Remember Tamagotchis? The digital pet key chains of the late ‘90s that kids couldn’t get enough of? Chances are you had a lanyard with a dozen or more of these egg-shaped pets attached that you obsessed over and took everywhere. The all-consuming toy faded away, as most trendy toys do, but Bandai Co., the original manufacturer of the digital pet, just released a brand new app, Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. to celebrate Tamagotchi's Sweet 16!
Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones the free app is just as fun—and needy—as the original. The handheld app is based on the original toy and operates with its original 3 buttons that at first you’re likely to not remember how to use. The little creature is still pixelated and now with push alerts your pet is bound to live a little longer than they used to. You still feed, clean up after, play with, and give your pet medicine just as you did when you were in elementary school. The updated Tamagotchi features different shells and creatures that you’re able to unlock as you raise, and most importantly keep alive, more pets. The new app is also a lot more interactive and allows you to play games with your pet, different colored egg shells, take screenshots to show your Instagram followers just how mature you are, and other new features. Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. also allows you to play in the old school egg mode or the new updated app style.
It finally happened. After resorting to deep-frying bubble gum, we may have run out of food to deep-fry. Anyone who’s ever said “I’d eat anything if it was deep fried” might have to put their money where their mouth is, almost literally. Food stylist Caitlin Levin has teamed up with photographer Henry Hargreaves to bring us something that’s both horrifying and a little appetizing: deep-fried gadgets.
New to Midtown Miami is Salumeria 104 an Italian deli and restaurant crossover. This eatery offers an assortment of Italian charcuterie foods such as cheeses, salamis and other Italian cold cuts. Salumeria 104 is inviting and casual, the perfect place for a snack and drink. Besides deli items, Salumeria 104 serves antipasti/salads, fresh pasta dishes, and regional Italian dishes along with an affordable array of wines.
3451 NE First Avenue #104, Miami
Spring is finally sort of kind of in the air and we’re finally getting a little bit of that warm weather energy back. Anyone in the spirit of things put that new energy to good use this weekend pranking the living daylights out of their friends. Sunday was a free pass for tricks, and a Get Out of Jail Free card for consequences. Most of us are patiently waiting for the best of this weekend’s festivities to show up on Youtube, but they’re not the only place featuring the best April Fools’ Day tricks.
The annual celebration of violent consumerism...er...Black Friday is only two days away! Whether you're going to be surfing through crowds in the streets of Manhattan or shopping from the comfort of home on the heels of your Turkey-induced coma, there's no shortage of sweet deals for the music obsessed.
As they typically do year-round, Amazon has some excellent savings this week. Ranging from $5 digital CDs to deeply discounted box-sets, there is a ton of cheap tuneage to sift through. Amazon's "lightning deals" are changing by the hour, so be sure to check the site frequently!
The holiday season is approaching fast, and there's no shortage of cool new music devices out there for the aspiring producers, gadget freaks, and all around audiophiles in your life. Whether you're looking to get your younger sibling a new set of speakers to blast the new Drake record on, or you're ready to spend that iTunes gift card on a really cool app, here are some of the best bits of technology coming from the music world.
Altec Lansing Custom In-Ear Monitors
Imagine a pair of headphones designed exclusively for you? Well, if you're a professional musician or hardcore audio nerd and are willing to shell out serious cash, Altec Lansing is offering a series of custom in-ear monitors. While the monitors are super pricey at $1000, $750, and $500, those who purchase them will be able to consult with an Audiologist to create the perfect mold to fit their ears, meaning your live sound and secret Britney Spears playlist will both sound clearer than ever.
Odds are some of us have already spent a wad of cash on food or fireworks to celebrate Independence Day over the long weekend. No worries. iPad, iPhone, and iPod users can still feel like they’ve got disposable income no matter what today. EA Games is having the biggest sale in its history and users can get some great games for under a dollar. Usually around ten dollars, most of these are 90 % off. They’re not alone. Joining them on the sales front is NAMCO, Gameloft, Glu, and several other publishers.
These are some of the biggest developers for phone gaming, so many of these are a big steal. Classics like Tetris, Pac-Man, Galaga, The Oregon Trail, and Tamagotchi are on the list. Extremely fun and popular modern games such as I Love Katamari, Rayman 2, Mass Effect Galaxy, and Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies are slashed in price. For those that prefer games that increase intelligence and flex their mind’s muscle, there are games like Brain Challenge HD, Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima, and Scrabble available.
Here is the list of recommended games according to Engadget:
Since the touchpad began making its debut many wondered how the change would affect art and editing. After all, touch screens were somehow bringing us closer to the pad and paper. Using your own hands is a big part of having a touch screen device or tablet. Many were that Adobe, makers of Photoshop, the most popular software for photo editing and creating art via computer, to jump in to accommodate the new experience.
While a fully fleshed out Photoshop program has not been made for tablets or the iPad yet, a few alternatives have been cropping up. Photoshop Touch, a free update for users that already own Photoshop CS5 Extended, will allow the program to communicate with iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices. Touch screen devices would be able to control things like paintbrush movements and layering, essentially functioning as a control panel and art tablet at once. This update will also make it possible for any app developer to work Photoshop into their creation.
Apple recently made the official announcement about the iPad 2. It’s slimmer, faster, and touts a new camera on the back and front of the device. Sporting a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, graphic performance touted as nearly nine times better than the original iPad, and maintaining the original’s battery life, it looks like the iPad 2 is much more than another sequel.
Engadget soon got a first hand look at the device and took note of the iPad 2’s speed. It’s insanely fast. The iPad 2 is The Flash of computer devices. Although not much has changed about the way it operates, every aspect has been upgraded and has seen some improvement. The only big physical change besides how thin it is will be the cover that comes attached. A cover now protects the screen from damage and the iPad 2 begins to save battery life whenever it senses the cover close to its surface. The lack of extreme change isn’t a bad thing. Apple doesn’t need to fix what isn’t broken. At the same price as the original iPad, the changes are probably enough to draw in the crowd that passed up on the device the first time around.
Recently, Apple Inc. has been negotiating with music companies including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp, and more, about giving iTunes customers more flexibility and easier access to the music they purchase from the store. Basically, Apple Inc. is arguing for “record companies to give iTunes customers easier access to music they’ve purchased across multiple devices” (Bloomerg.com).
In the deal, customers would be assured “permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost.” In addition, users will also be able to download the same music files to iPad, iPod, and iPhone devices…all from the same iTunes account.
Although, most declined to comment on the subject, the talks are definitely happening and there might be a deal in place midway through 2011.