Good news, fans of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon! A new RollerCoaster Tycoon mobile game is out, blending the classic Windows PC game with its sequel RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. Aptly dubbed RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, this real-time theme-park sim is now on Google Play store as well as Apple Appstore, priced at $5.99. Sadly and not surprisingly, it is not a free-to-download. You have to pay upfront for the game, but we suspect fans who are huge on nostalgia probably won’t mind paying. And if you think 5.99 is the be all and end all, well, it is not. Continue reading Original RollerCoaster Tycoon Theme Park Sim Turned Into Mobile Game
Every new car owner will be familiar with the thick car owner’s manual found in the car’s glove compartment, but not many did really pick it up and study it diligently. Why? Lets face it: it is boring as hell. Unless you are already familiar with the concept of automobile workings, that book will more likely be like book on the topic of relativity. It’s like rocket science. However, come later this year, owners of 2015 Sonata will be spared the dreadful tiny words of details and still be able to pick up some knowledge about the workings of their vehicle with Hyundai Virtual Guide app that can recognize more than 45 major features of the Sonata. Continue reading Hyundai Augment Reality Owner’s Manual Will Teach You How to Check Engine Oil Level
(photos: B&W) B&W Zeppelin Air Mobile App | US$free | www.bowers-wilkins.com
finally, Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin Air Mobile App is available free for download. so what’s so great about this app? for starter, you gotta own one of those AirPlay-enabled devices such as the Zeppelin Air sound dock. controlling your gadget from your iDevices is just one of the standard duty but it has more up in its sleeve. the app, in B&W’s own words “brings iTunes music collections together wirelessly so several users can build a customized, collaborative community playlist, streamed to any AirPlay-enabled music player.” sounds like fun but i just hope it won’t start a music war in a party but luckily, you as the host, will have a hand in managing the playlist before spinning them wirelessly via the app to your music player. Continue reading finally, Bowers & Wilkins out AirPlay app for iDevices
(image credit: Logitech) Logitech Harmony Link | US$99.99 | www.logitech.com
Logitech has just officially join the iDevice universal remote bandwagon with its Harmony Link. essentially geared for use with iPad but it will also works with your iPhone or iPod, though with a couple of features less. Logitech is not new to universal remote but instead on banking on hardware remotes, it has developed a hardware plus app combo to turn your iPad into a universal remote, albeit being a rather huge remote. collectively they are known as Harmony Link. the Harmony Link takes universal remote a notch higher with its customizable, in-app TV listings where user can tune in to a show with just a single touch. obviously, a proper setup would be required for this feature or any other features, for that matter, to work. Continue reading Logitech Harmony Link turns iPad into a Universal Remote
(credit: screenshot from Witness video) Witness App for Mac | US$39.00 | www.witnessapp.com
with an annual turnover of US$3.1 billion for the burgling industry, you can’t be too lax when it comes to home property protection, isn’t it? if you own an iSight-equipped Mac and it’s sitting at home doing nothing while you are away. why not make it perform some security duty? Witness is a Mac app that will turn your iSight into a motion-activated security camera. in the event of an intrusion, the Witness immediately sends an alert to your iOS device along with the intruder’s mugshots and video. the Witness is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher for $39.
a free app, Witness Remote, also allows you to remotely arm or disarm your Witness on your home Mac. user can also access the witnessapp.com website to stay on top of the happenings in your home, office or dorm room. i have one concern though. when iSight is activated, a tiny green light will appear next to your iSight. in that case, any burglar who has knowledge of newer Mac would notice it, don’t they? well, it’s just a thought.
(image credit: ThinkFlood) ThinkFlood RedEye Mini Universal Remote for iPhone and iPad | US$49.00 | thinkflood.com
we have seen gadgets that turn your iOS devices into an universal remote control. while some are more sophisticated, some are just straight forward simple, like the ThinkFlood RedEye mini Universal Remote which uses infrared signals to control your TV, DVD, stereo system and pretty much anything that uses infrared signals. instead of a separate hardware to translate bluetooth or WiFi signals to infrared, the RedEye mini puts infrared on your iOS devices in the form of a petite 3.5mm jack-equipped dongle. of course, you will need the free app from ThinkFlood, simply called RedEye, to work.
running the RedEye mini is as simple as plugging it into your iOS devices headphone jack, launch the accompanying app and walah, you are in control. like all faithful universal remote tailored for iOS devices, the RedEye mini supports activity-based control, multi-touch, learning capability and of course, motion gestures. i can’t help but to feel the iPhone with the RedEye mini on, does look a little like an antenna stub. well, that’s an observation. RedEye mini retails at $49 and is available over at ThinkFlood website. i guess it’s the most affordable universal remote to date.
the RedEye mini works with 2nd to 4th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 3/3GS/4 and iPad running on iOS 3.0 or later.