Looking for a fun, free game to play on iOS? Check out Big Action Mega Fight!, a new title by Montreal-based Double Stallion and game dev incubator Execution Labs. BAMF! reminds us of the good old days and strikes that nostalgic heart string.
This game screams throw-back with its retro art style, classic side-scrolling brawler gameplay and campy dialogue. It has been described as Streets of Rage meets Scott Pilgrim: the game. Those with a keen eye will notice little nods throughout the game such as a crashed Delorean in background or a level complete screen that reads “ A winner is you.” Granted, on their own these references wouldn’t hold water, but accompanied with rock solid gameplay, butter-smooth controls, and eye-pleasing graphics, BAMF! stands out among the ever-growing catalogue of iOS game options.
What’s good? Great gameplay, controls, graphics, and soundtrack. Playful humor and references backed up by the game’s surprising depth.
What sucks? There’s only one character and the pacing picks up fast, making later levels pretty tough until you get the chance to level up.
Buy it? It’s free. So ya, download it immediately at this iTunes link.
If you become a big fan of the game, you can even grab some merchandise for it from Swagling, an Ottawa-based merchandising company for gamers.
The thingCharger is a crowdfunding campaign that has been funded over 100x its original asking price. The device works by being plugged into the wall socket and it’s made to look exactly like the original plug, except this one has USB ports and a charging dock on top. It’s a pretty great idea but it also has a couple flaws.
First, the device seems a little bulky. When you plug a boxy device into the wall, it becomes something you now have to deal with when moving furniture or walking past it. Also, outlets tend to be in places where you wouldn’t necessarily want to rest your device, such as near the floor. The other downside is not being able to interact with the device while it’s plugged in. That’s typically why cables are preferred.
If your outlets are in a nice spot near your couch or bed, and you would like to charge your devices right where they’re plugged in, the thingCHARGER could be for you.
— Shahriyar Ali (@shahriyarali) December 4, 2013
It’s pretty widely understood that BBM is being used all over Asia in some pretty interesting ways. The messaging app is still incredibly popular in East Asia as well as South-East Asia. Recently, @shahriyarali tweeted a photo of a customer service BBM pin, and the timing is very interesting. With BBM Channels being released, stories like this are one reason brands and businesses are going to start adopting BBM as a tool for engaging with customers. This could be a sign of things to come.
— CapChi Ottawa (@CapCHIOttawa) November 20, 2013
Recently, CapCHI, an Ottawa-based technology meetup group, hosted a lecture at Algonquin College with Dr. Glen Geiger on Workflow Efficiency at The Ottawa Hospital. The event was during World Usability Day 2013, and featured a fascinating lecture on how the Ottawa Hospital deployed a major iPad pilot program and became a world leader in mobility.
First and foremost, some people may be wondering, why would the Ottawa Hospital need a mobility solution? The hospital environment has nursing stations, computers on wheels, embedded computers everywhere and thousands of computers throughout the hospital campus. So why would a hospital need a mobility solution? The entire pilot program of giving nurses iPads seems like giving them “toys”, and this is how it was perceived by almost every other hospital around the world.
The next time you are reading an article using the BlackBerry 10 Browser make sure you try out the reader option for a distraction free read. Simply put, this option allows you focus on the article you’d like to read by removing distracting clutter such as ads. Reader mode also offers the ability to increase or decrease the text size as well as an option to invert colors which I find really convenient whenever I’m reading before bed.
To try this all you need to do is tap when viewing an article and select Reader, or press the R key if you are using a device that has a physical keyboard. To increase or decrease the textfont size, use the buttons along the bottom of the screen. You can also change the background color to make nighttime reading easier, to do this, tap again and select Invert Color.
To learn more about BlackBerry 10 Browser check out the Help app on your device or the user guide which can be found at docs.blackberry.com.