The most infuriating part of the app store, and there are many, is the fact that Apple has given developers no way to give a sample of a product with the ability to upgrade to the full version within the app. What this has created is an environment where each paid app has a "lite" version for free. In theory this is a working scenario, except for the fact the lite version has no direct connection to the full version.
Apple has, finally, given developers the ability to write one application that has a free demo mode and, if you like the application and want the full version, you can purchase it right through the app itself, without having to go back to the app store and purchase a different app and install it, then uninstall the lite version.
Back in August we reported that the new Green Lantern film might be forced out of Australia due to an economic surge in the country. As of this week, it is official that the cost will be too high for them to shoot there.
Australia has become a very popular film spot in recent years. With a varied landscape in a very small area, lower filming costs and a government excited to bring a new industry in, it is no wonder films from Lord of the Rings to the new Where the Wild Things Are have all shot there. Unfortunately, for the studios at least, the Australian dollar has been rising in value against the US dollar. What this means for the studios is that the cost of production keeps going up every time there is a rise in their dollar. The Hollywood Reporter explains it like this:
With the Windows 7 release on the horizon Apple is definitely trying to steal Microsoft's thunder but it would be weird if they didn't, after all they are Apple. Apple is highlighting the fact that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is just too much of a hassle so you should just buy a Mac instead...
Brian Croll, Apple's vice president of Mac OS X worldwide product marketing, said,
Users are really growing tired of Windows and the headaches it brings. We've seen this with Vista, XP, and the other Windows operating systems going all the way back.
Our good friend Michael Pachter, AKA Mr. Predictions, recently did what he does in regards to the new motion controllers coming out next year from Microsoft and Sony, and the prices might surprise you.
We'll start with Project Natal, since that is the one everyone is so excited about. He believes that, since the device is simply a three-lensed camera and all of the motion control is actually performed by the console itself, the device will retail for only $50. Now, based entirely on the cost to manufacture, I would have to agree with him here. However, Microsoft has been billing Natal as the revolutionary end to games as we know them, and therefore I can't see them charging the same price as, say, a controller, for the messiah of gaming. I am going to put it somewhere in the $80-$100 range.
We Americans like to make fun of our Japanese friends for their extraordinary work ethic but sometimes something magical translates to our shores because of it. Miyamoto and his team at Nintendo has been hitting it hard working on Super Mario Bros. Wii. Some of you may be rolling your eyes after reading that Nintendo is still milking the Super Mario franchise (no way!)but from what I've read this milk will certainly be fresh from the cows utters.
The new Super Mario Bros. Wii game is a full Super Mario adventure game with a couple of twists. The new game has a guide system built in to help novice players enjoy the experience and varying levels of difficulty for more experienced players. This guide can consist of a computer AI or a player character that can join in the single player story mode at any time during your journey though worlds 1 to 8.
Anybody here agree with me when I say a little childhood drama builds character? It turns out a middle school in Troy, Missouri doesn't agree. A 9th grade boy at the school was recently arrested for taking his bullying into the digital age. The student created a website about a particular female that he was not particularly fond of because of the company the girl kept. The site had pictures of the girl and several anonymous posts referring to her as a "slut" and that she would be "better off dead." After the female student discovered the site and alerted the school principal the site was taken down but the name consisted of the female students name and "cunt.com"