Posts byRaymond Padilla

    Padvance Report: Mobile vs. Console Games, Awesome iPad Mics, and Dolphin HD Review

    The Padvance Report returns with a hot debate on mobile games vs. console games, an excellent iPad condenser microphone, and a great alternative to the stock Safari browser on iPad. Watch a longtime Nintendo exec go at it with a CEO of a mobile games company. Learn more about the MXL Tempo microphone. Last, but not least, is a review of the fine Dolphin Browser HD. Let’s roll! (more…)

      Win a $10,000 App Store Gift Card

      To celebrate its upcoming 25-billionth App Store download (think about that number for a second), Apple is holding a contest where you could win a $10,000 gift card. All you have to do is purchase and download an app or fill out an online form. (more…)

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        Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) Working on Three iOS Games

        Hironobu Sakaguchi — best know as the longtime director and producer of the Final Fantasy series — has revealed that he’s working on three iOS games. What started out as an innocent question from a Twitter follower became a major revelation for RPG fans around the world. Check out the details below. (more…)

          Mountain Lion Continues the iOS-ificiation of OS X

          As Chris mentioned earlier today, OS X Mountain Lion has some powerful social gaming features thanks to its Game Center integration. On a larger scale, this upcoming OS X release shows how influential iOS — particularly on the iPad — has become. Just take a look at the marketing copy being used: “You love them on the iPad. Now you’ll love them on your Mac.” Let’s take a look at some of the ways OS X is becoming more like iOS. (more…)

            Epic Games Announces ‘Make Something Unreal Live’ Studios

            Epic Games and Train2Game have provided an update on the “Make Something Unreal Live” competition. The contest has students making games using Epic’s Unreal Development Kit. The games will be released on the iOS App Store, with the winner receiving “a full source, commercial Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS free of upfront fees” and a vacation to a water park in Slovakia (for real). As the contest approaches its climax, four student-based game-studios have emerged as the finalists: Commando Kiwi, Derp Studios, Digital Mage and Indigo Jam. The four studios will be making iOS games based on the Fighting Fantasy series of books by Ian Livingston and Steve Jackson. (more…)

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              iPad 3: Dual-Core or Quad-Core?

              Most pundits are certain that the Apple iPad three will have a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, an option for a 4G LTE radio, and improved cameras. One area where experts are split is the processor. Over the last 24 hours, I spoke with 20 tech journalists and analysts. 13 of them believe that the iPad 3 will have a quad-core processor, while the others believe that it will feature an improved dual-core processor. There are pros and cons to each choice. Let’s take a look. (more…)

                Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses China and Foxconn Controversy

                Apple has been getting a ton of heat for its heavy use of Foxconn and other Chinese manufacturers. With labor practices, wages, and safety situations that are considered subpar by Western standards, it’s easy to understand why. However, compared to most companies, Apple is doing more to improve labor in China. Foxconn is also viewed to be superior to other manufacturers in China. Check out a lengthy excerpt from Apple CEO Tim Cook addressing the matter. (more…)

                  DICE 2012: Mobile vs. Console

                  One of the three discussions during the “Hot Topics” session of DICE 2012 was mobile games vs. console games. On the console side was Zebra Partners principal Perrin Kaplan, formerly a longtime executive at Nintendo of America. On the mobile side was Addmired CEO Gabriel Leydon. It was an interesting discussion that brought up several fascinating points. Check out the video below. The mobile vs. console action starts at the 32:38 mark. (more…)

                    iPad 3 Announcement Slated for March 7?

                    It looks like Apple will be announcing the iPad 3 on March 7, 2012. The date was originally posted by iMore and later supported by the well-connected Jim Dalrymple from The Loop. The timing makes sense. March 7 would be a hair over a year from the iPad 2 announcement. Like the iPad 2 announcement, the rumored date would also be smack in the middle of Game Developers Conference, allowing Apple access to all the developers and journalists in town for the show. (more…)

                      Are We Approaching the Pinnacle of Tablet PC Graphics?

                      At DICE 2012 Epic Games CEO and technical director Tim Sweeney talked about the future of video game graphics during a session called ‘Technology and Gaming in the Next 20 Years’. During the talk he discussed how the human eye is the equivalent of a 30-megapixel camera and how the most it can process on tablets is a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 at 72 frames per second. Considering the rumors of the iPad 3’s capabilities, is the industry close to achieving this pinnacle? (more…)


                      Infinity Blade II Wins Interactive Achievement Award for Best Mobile Game

                      The outstanding Infinity Blade II won the prestigious Interactive Achievement Award for Best Mobile Game. The awards, held by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, are voted on by a committee of the top minds in gaming. While the competition was fierce, Infinity Blade II was the favorite to win for bringing iOS visuals to new heights. Congratulations for Chair Entertainment and Epic Games for the award. (more…)

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                        CNN Tackles Apple and Foxconn

                        Here’s a video by CNN that adds a personal story to the controversy on Apple and Foxconn. While a lot of the information is old, CNN makes the situation easier to identify with by interviewing a female Foxconn employee. The interview subject revealed that it’s forbidden for Foxconn employees to grant interviews; at best they’ll lose their job and at worst they’ll face criminal charges. The anonymous employee also says that Foxconn employees are treated like “animals”. Watch the entire video below. (more…)

                          Your Favorite Super Bowl XLVI Tech Commercials

                          Advertising was generally tame for Super Bowl XLVI. A lot of people felt that the commercials were played out or tired. There weren’t any Apple advertisements making viewers cry (deaf people signing on FaceTime always tugs on heartstrings). That said, there were a handful of tech-based ads that stood out. Check out the videos below and leave a comment with your favorite Super Bowl XLVI tech commercials. (more…)

                            Atari Arcade Creators Reunite to Tackle iOS

                            Innovative Leisure is a startup that has reunited the creators of numerous Atari arcade classics and brought them together to tackle today’s arcade: iOS. The company was started by Seamus Blackley (co-creator of the original Xbox) and Van Burnham (author of Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1971-1984). While the founders of the company have impressive resumes, the talent they’ve gathered is simply mind blowing. Check out some of the amazing minds behind Innovative Leisure below. (more…)


                            NASA Gets Into iOS Gaming With Sector 33

                            Normally, the news of a new air-traffic control game wouldn’t be terribly interesting…but this one is from NASA! Say hello to Sector 33 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The game ties in with NASA Smart Skies’ LineUp with Math simulator, which encourages children to have fun with “decision making and proportional reasoning.” Check out more details and screens below. (more…)

                              Your Next Apple Device Could Be Made in Brazil, Not China

                              Apple has been getting a lot of heat for relying so heavily on Chinese manufacturers to make its products. Some people have an issue with labor conditions and wages in China, as well as the unusual number of suicides among Chinese factory workers. It will be interesting to see if these same people will have a problem with the Foxconn’s five new factories being built in Brazil specifically for Apple products. Check out the details after the break. (more…)

                                Apple, Foxconn, and Broadway

                                Here’s a sweet video from CBS that adds a cultural twist to the controversy on Apple, China, and Foxconn. The producers incorporated footage from the off-Broadway play The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey. It’s some surprisingly strong and informative reporting for a mainstream news outlet with a twist that help it stand out from all the recent coverage. Check it out below and leave your thoughts in the comments section. (more…)

                                  Padvance Report: iPad Killing Physical Media, Bleacher Report App, PlugBug Accessory

                                  There’s something for everyone in this week’s Padvance Report. First, check out some startling numbers on how the iPad is annihilating physical media purchases made by business professionals. Next is a Flipboard-style app that’s brilliant for sports fans but is plagued by performance issues. Wrapping it up is one of the best accessories for people that own MacBooks and iPads. Check it out! (more…)

                                    Apple and China: The Only Choice?

                                    Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple relies heavily on Chinese factories. In America, the company has been getting heat for enjoying tremendous success (especially during a recession) and not supporting U.S. factory workers. A recent NY Times article reveals that Apple believes that the efficiency and flexibility of Chinese factories can’t be beat. Check out the illuminating details below. (more…)

                                      Padvance Report: Project Fiona, MS Office on the iPad, and iPad 3 Cameras

                                      Tablet computing is set for some major changes in 2012. Redefining what a tablet is, using the cloud to expand tablet capabilities, and drastically improving the photographic capabilities of a tablet are just some of the things in store. This week’s Padvance report touches on all of those topics. Razer’s Project Fiona is a high-powered Windows tablet aimed at hardcore gamers; it grabbed a ton of attention at CES 2012. OnLive is known for streaming games, but is now using its cloud services to bring Microsoft Office to the iPad. Lastly, it looks like the iPad 3’s cameras will be exponentially better than the iPad 2’s. Read on for all the details. (more…)

                                        Jon Stewart Talks Apple, Steve Jobs, and Foxconn

                                        Here’s a great video from The Daily Show where Jon Stewart talks about Apple, Steve Jobs, and (especially) Foxconn. Part of it is funny in that funny-because-it’s-true way. Part of it is sad because working conditions in China’s Foxconn, where Apple products are assembled, are brutal by Western standards. Check out the video below. (more…)

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