Premium-Inhalt. Apple licenses certain significant patents to one of its historical arch-rivals. Elsewhere, another leak may or may not show off a key iPhone part, but it's always good to be skeptical, because you never know when you might get screwed. The remainders for Monday, August 13, 2012 are all fouled up.
Premium-Inhalt. Sound Shapes isn't your average musical platformer. In fact, I'm not sure what Sound Shapes is exactly; what I do know is that it's one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I've had this year. Sound Shapes is something that could only come from Jonathan Mak, the creator of Everyday Shooter. It's an extremely unique musical platformer that tasks you with creating the soundtrack as you play through the level. Every time you collect a note in a level, the game will change in real-time to add a corresponding note on the soundtrack as it's playing. It's a simple concept that continues Mak's pension for creating music with simple gameplay, working as brilliantly as ever.Presentation-wise, everything is extremely minimal in Sound Shapes. You've got a simple menu system that makes it easy to figure out how to do everything without much explanation. In fact, simplicity is a theme throughout the entire game, right down to the short tutorial sequence that teaches the basics through proper gameplay rather than slow explanations. After the tutorial you won't ever see another explanation, but you'll learn what you need to do just by doing it. It was so simple that I didn't even realize how much I had actually been taught until the end of the game. Sound Shapes features five albums from four different artists I Am Robot and Proud, Jim Guthrie, deadmau5, and Beck that all utilize significantly different mechanics that develop as the music is formed. The different environments contribute to the development of the music as well, as the sounds of firing cannons or enemy lasers zap to the beat. It makes it extremely useful to listen to the music and learn how the level is operating.The levels were all made with the in-game level editor, showcasing the creative and beautiful tracks that can be made using the tools. My favorite track was Cities by Beck (which is exclusive to Sound Shapes) as it showed some of the most creative level design I've seen in years. As the song's faint vocal track faded in and out, the platforms made of the lyrics appeared and disappeared. It was absolutely brilliant and showcased the design aesthetic that makes Mak's development studio Queasy Games so unique. After completing the main campaign, Beat School and Death Mode are unlocked. Beat School attempts to teach the basics of beat creation by tasking players to match the beat pattern to the track played. It's a really neat idea, but I found it to be exceptionally difficult, requiring more trial and error than actual skill. Death Mode is, as the name implies, a mode where you die over and over again. It's comprised of several seemingly simple challenges that require you to gather a certain number of notes in a selected amount of time. It's incredibly difficult, but addicting at the same time, thanks to that "just one more try" style of gameplay. Perhaps the biggest part of Sound Shapes is the level editor and user-generate dlevels that extend the gameplay long beyond the short three-hour campaign. The level editor is simple to use and even though it might seem like a gimmick, using the back touchpad to manipulate objects works surprisingly well and integrates into the workflow immediately. Sharing a level with friends is as easy as hitting Save and watching your level go live for the world to see. It's even easier to find new user levels to play through, as there's a whole section of the main menu dedicated to it. There's plenty of sorting options too, making it easy enough to look through without seeing the same level multiple times. Sound Shapes is beautiful. It's one of the most elegantly designed games in recent memory, showing the creativity and care of the developer throughout. It does some unique things in level design and musical arrangement that separate it from similar titles. I can't wait to see what the community can do with the tools available to them, and at only $14.99 for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions, I'm more than confident that there will be thousands of great levels soon.
Premium-Inhalt. Users of Symantec's Norton line of security products have long had access to its password management tools. But you no longer need to be a paying Norton user to get access to Norton Identity Safe, a standalone product that makes password management a (relatively) easy task.
Premium-Inhalt. Those of us of a certain age remember the early days of HBO, launched in 1972, when paying for TV was a novel idea. How quaint that seems in today's always-on, always connected world of three -- or is that four? -- screens (computer, television, smart phone, tablet). The pioneering movie channel is now an originator of top-shelf content like Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm and (personal favorite) Deadwood that is consumed on demand on virtually any device by viewers around the world.
Premium-Inhalt. At least four PC makers plan to launch hardware -- not strictly tablets -- running Windows RT, Microsoft says.
Premium-Inhalt. Sprint it will sell the Motorola Photon Q smartphone for $199.99 and a two-year service plan starting on Sunday.
Premium-Inhalt. Microsoft is sprucing up its application lifecycle management server products, adding a kanban board to the cloud platform and Git repository capabilities to the TFS (Team Foundation Server) behind-the-firewall product.
Premium-Inhalt. HP CEO Meg Whitman is telling the company's India workers that they won't be hit by HP's plans to cuts its global workforce.
Premium-Inhalt. So you finally made the move from AOL to Gmail, but you're missing one beloved feature from the former: The "You've got mail" announcement that heralds the arrival of a new message.
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Premium-Inhalt. Microsoft today said that Windows RT, the spin-off of Windows 8, has been completed and will power ARM processor-equipped tablets and PCs from Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung.
Premium-Inhalt. Responding to the trend of streamlining data-center management, Zenoss has added to its network monitoring software support for a popular open-source messaging bus.
Premium-Inhalt. The countdown to Windows 8 is on. In just over two months the new flagship operating system from Microsoft will be . For businesses looking to upgrade, though, there is a decision to be made between just getting Windows 8 itself, and subscribing to .
Premium-Inhalt. In recent years, a handful of developers have attempted to add note-taking capabilities to Gmail, the idea being to let you attach custom, personalized information to any given message.
Premium-Inhalt. Cats would be far more remorseful if they only knew how many hours of productivity are lost on funny cat pictures across the world every day. Then again, the same could be said about random YouTube videos, aimless Wikipedia crawling, and the numerous other forms of online procrastination keeping us away from doing boring (or scary), yet essential, work. The trouble is that pulling the plug is often not an option: Many of us need the Internet for work. One interesting solution is censoring your own Internet usage, blocking out distracting websites while still being able to use the Web for work. This is what open-source utility Cold Turkey Free Edition offers, at no cost and with no ads.
Premium-Inhalt. The Google Nexus 7 tablet was launched to much anticipation earlier this year. Since the original Nexus phone, Google has held this range of devices up as a showcase of the Android OS potential.
Premium-Inhalt. The latest downpours came during what is known as the "rainy season", with the majority of the precipitation falling in August; so in that sense, it was not unexpected. This is after the preceding month saw heavy winds and rains, resulting in yet another 53 people dead. What was unexpected, however, was that depending on the source, upwards of 2 million people were displaced.
Premium-Inhalt. Google's decision to cut 20% of the workers from its Motorola Mobility unit re-ignited fears that Google was primarily after the 17,000 patents Motorola held when it was acquired in May.
Premium-Inhalt. Violin Memory plans to add deduplication, thin provisioning, snapshots and other features in a software update for its all-flash storage arrays, in a bid to match some key features that enterprises are used to getting in disk-based platforms.
Premium-Inhalt. A survey of 1,200 federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals by reveals that using social media as an investigative tool is taking hold. Here's how the numbers stack up.
Premium-Inhalt. Criminals take note: Police are getting better at using social media to find you.
Premium-Inhalt. angered advertisers when it confirmed that it would in its upcoming Internet Explorer 10 browser -- the IE version that will be designed for use with 8.
Premium-Inhalt. We're pretty sure the extinction of the dinosaurs had nothing to with biblical Armageddon, yet laughably bizarre interpretation of prehistory wins big points for goofy creativity. puts you in control of the floating hand of a mighty dinosaur deity. Doling out benevolence or wrath as you see fit puts a neat spin on the frantic end-times puzzle action.
Premium-Inhalt. has been launched to try and get Google to 'pay its fair share' of tax following the recent revelation that the search giant paid just £6 million, or 1.5 percent, of tax on turnover of £395 million last year.
Premium-Inhalt. You might have thought that the highest-resolution image would have come in the form of the worlds most massive print. But it is actually printed on the worlds tiniest canvas, measuring just 50 micrometers squared.
Premium-Inhalt. The founder of the Megaupload file-sharing and storage site, on piracy claims, hinted on Twitter today that the popular service may return with a new music download service called Megabox.
Premium-Inhalt. Sometime back in January, a call went out for 151 artists to take part in an upcoming art show entitled Pokémon Battle Royale. Each of these artists were subsequently told to choose and capture one of the original 151 Pokémon in an inventive piece of artwork.
Premium-Inhalt. Colt Technology Services has revealed that it has acquired channel-focused cloud platform provider, ThinkGrid, in a bid to target growth in the SME market.