With more than 100,000 apps in the iTunes App Store and huge success around the world with the iPhone, it would appear Apple has done just about everything right with the launch of its first mobile handset. But as any iPhone app developers will tell you, the app approval process is less than ideal, with some developers waiting well beyond Apple's 14-day waiting period and sometimes longer to get their apps approved. Though Apple has stated it is working on the app approval process, there has been little in the way of progress if you ask iPhone app … Read more
Sony has a strategy for upping the quality of its content and providing an incentive for gamers to upgrade their home entertainment systems next year, and it involves the PS3 going 3D.
A presentation to investors yesterday underlined that the PlayStation 3 will be a fully 3D-capable game console by the end of 2010, and that a firmware update would share this upgrade across all existing PS3s. A few demos of PS3 3D gaming have been shown previously, but the news of an across-the-board firmware update is new. Of course, a gamer would still need a 3D-capable Bravia HDTV and … Read more
Earlier this week, Asus unveiled a 15-inch laptop with Nvidia's 3D Vision technology built in. The $1,699 Asus G51J 3D has a 120Hz LCD panel, an Intel Core i7 CPU, and a high-end Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M GPU, and comes bundled with a pair of Nvidia's active glasses and the USB-powered IR emitter required to make the glasses work.
We've just had a chance to take the system for a test drive, and came away largely impressed with the results, especially compared with Acer's Aspire 5738DG, a 3D laptop that uses a pair of passive … Read more
We're fans of Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, which uses a collection of hardware and software to create 3D versions of PC games. Our main knock against the concept has been that it requires several highly specific hardware purchases to work. In a recent article comparing Nvidia's 3D Vision technology to a new 3D laptop from Acer, we said:
Nvidia's 3D Vision requires a bundle of specialized hardware. At a minimum, the active glasses plus the USB emitter cost $199. But since 120Hz LCD monitors are still not common (and Nvidia only lists two officially compatible models, … Read more
MAGIX 3D Maker is an intuitive program that creates attractive 3D and animated graphics. Even users with no graphic design knowledge can produce professional-looking logos, Web buttons, screensavers, and more.
The program's interface is fairly well organized, although a visit to the built-in Help file is recommended to get the most out of the program's features. A background in graphic design may be a slight advantage in using MAGIX 3D Maker, but with a bit of experimentation, anyone can get the hang of it. It's easy to create basic 3D text and customize the fonts, colors, and … Read more
Manage your graphic files with Alteros 3D. This digital asset management program displays thumbnails of your 2D and 3D graphic files within a versatile interface.
Alteros 3D is jam packed with features. You can crop and edit your photos or display them in a slideshow. It will play DVDs and other media, and you can even use it as a file browser. You can view files in small, medium, or large thumbnails, customize the arrangement of the panels, and change the skin of the viewer, too. The slideshow feature is an easy way to share photos with viewers, and Alteros … Read more
We have to admit that we were excited about reviewing Supercow from the start, based on its name alone. It sounded like it would be fun and a little wacky, and we couldn't wait to play it. We're happy to report that Supercow met our expectations admirably. In this fun and exciting adventure game, Supercow must save the farm from the evil Professor Duriarti. With high-quality graphics and plenty of challenging tasks, Supercow is made for hours of fun.
The game is arranged in levels that Supercow must travel through, and in some ways we found it to … Read more
Dynomite is an amusing prehistoric twist on a classic puzzle game. Although we found the game fun to play, we thought the graphics were a little below PopCap's usual high standards.
Much like the classic computer game Snood, the object of Dynomite is to shoot an object (in this case, a dinosaur egg) at a group of two or more similar objects, causing them to disappear and take any attached objects with them, with the goal of clearing the board. Dynomite offers several variations on this theme, including an endless puzzle, a puzzle that's periodically shaken up by … Read more
May the drive be with you.
Tyme Machines, maker of licensed USB drives, has released its Series 1 3D sculpted Star Wars USB thumb drives. The set, which includes replicas of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Storm Trooper, and Yoda, comes in 4GB to 16GB capacities that range in price from $29.99 to $59.99.
At 3 inches tall and not exactly svelte, they won't be so easy to plug into a USB port, especially if you're using a laptop. But that's where a USB extension cable comes in handy.
So, are these the right characters to … Read more
For gamers, video performance is everything. They extract as much power from their graphics cards as possible without melting down their motherboards, all to enhance in-game realism. They require accurate, in-depth, real-time data on graphics performance. That's where D3DGear steps into the picture. It's a free DirectX and OpenGL utility that automatically measures and displays the 3D frame rate of your Windows-based games and graphics-intensive applications. It's also a screenshot capture tool that can record multiple frames and save it in AVI video, even as you play, or copy any screen image and save it as a … Read more