The biggest and best games we saw at Tokyo Game Show
See the near future of gaming from East and West
'Star Trek: The Original Series' scenes look fantastic as cinematic panoramas
Where are the TNG and DS9 versions?
As with any smartphone in 2014, there’s no more important feature than the camera. It’s what we use to take photos with our friends and families, how we remember what we ate and what our kids looked like way back when. The camera has always been one of the iPhone’s most impressive feature, and this year, Apple says it’s gotten a huge upgrade. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature new sensors, better optics, new technologies that aid in stabilization and HDR, even slower slo-mo video, and much more. They’re meant to destroy your point-and-shoot, your camcorder, and maybe even your DSLR.
As someone with small hands, the larger phone will remind me that, yes, I am small, not just in the physical sense, but in the spiritual and existential sense. Cosmically speaking, our bodies, our planet and our very reality are microscopically microscopic. As Ted Theodore Logan once said to Socrates, “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.” Touching an iPhone 6 Plus is like reaching through all dimensions and touching the very fabric of existence.I need a bigger iPhone — and so do you!
The ultimate photo shoot: on location in Iceland with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
To see what the new devices can really do, travel photographer Austin Mann went to Iceland on a week-long photography adventure. He’s been shooting in some incredible places, in incredibly difficult conditions; he’s put both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to their ultimate test.
The Assassin’s Creed curriculum: can video games teach us history?
So what is the goal of playing a game rooted in history like the Battle of Okinawa, once the events have already been set, the books about them written, and the collective memory intact? As one developer told me, games are actually perfectly suited to model complex systems with a number of moving parts — which sounds a lot like the conditions of history, where chance circumstances and actors collide to create the occasional moment of extreme cultural significance. And today, as the historical game genre has expanded parallel to indie gaming’s success, there are an increasing number of ambitious games experimenting with and rearranging those interlocking, constantly shifting components.
The new Kindle Voyage e-reader is shockingly good
It’s hard not to fall immediately in love with Amazon’s new top-of-the-line e-reader. It’s called the Kindle Voyage and it ticks off virtually every single hardware complaint I’ve had about the Kindle Paperwhite. Available for preorder now and shipping in October, it’s selling for $199 and will sit alongside the Paperwhite and a new low-end Kindle — which gives Amazon a full lineup of three touchscreen e-readers (a GSM 3G version will be available for $60 more).
After two decades in print, Macworld announced this week that the print magazine will shut down. Jason Snell was Macworld’s lead editor for more than a decade, and – along with many of his former colleagues – is moving on. Jason has launched a new site, Six Colors, where he will continue covering Apple and the technology industry at large. We asked him to reflect on his experience as one of the industry’s most prolific Apple watchers.
The best iOS 8 features you may not know about
Apple’s new update brings big changes, but also some great small ones