Cut the Rope (TMA Review), one of the most popular and addictive physics puzzle game on the iPhone and iPad, has made its way to a web browser as a HTML 5 port thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and ZeptoLabs.
Cut the Rope is an immediate favorite for anyone who plays it. It’s as fun as it is adorable. So we had an idea: let’s make this great game available to an even bigger audience by offering it on the web using the power of HTML5.
To do this, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team partnered with ZeptoLab (the creators of the game) and the specialists at Pixel Lab to bring Cut the Rope to life in a browser. The end result is an authentic translation of the game for the web, showcasing some of the best that HTML5 has to offer: canvas-rendered graphics, browser-based audio and video, CSS3 styling and the personality of WOFF fonts.
There are currently 27 levels available and the game can be played on most modern browsers that support HTML 5, including Chrome, Firefox and Safari. To play Cut The Rope for free online, head over to www.cuttherope.ie and enjoy more On Nom while your boss isn’t watching. A “Behind the Scenes” video of how this HTML port came about can be found after the break.
SkyDrive, Microsoft’s answer to the popular online storage service Dropbox, is now available for the iPhone. For Yahoo and Google users not familiar, SkyDrive let’s you store all your files in the cloud and all that’s required is a free Microsoft Live ID. Unlike Dropbox’s free option, SkyDrive gives you a whooping 25GB of storage space for all your digital files.
SkyDrive from Microsoft is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. With SkyDrive for the iPhone, you can now easily access, manage and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your iPhone to SkyDrive.
•Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you
•View recently used documents
•Upload photos or videos from your phone
•Share a link to any file using email
•Create folders. Delete files or folders
Existing SkyDrive users will no doubt appreciate being able to access their files now with the iPhone app. If you don’t have an account and would like to take advantage of the generous cloud storage space, you can sign up for one here.
Microsoft Corporation, SkyDrive, – Free
Microsoft’s OneNote app for iPhone, released earlier this year, has finally been released for the iPad. Similar to the popular Evernote, OneNote lets you create and store notes in the cloud, or more specifically, Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Using the app, you can create searchable notes with text, images and bullets and checkboxes – great for drafting up quick todo lists. OneNote for iPad is free to download and use, though you’ll need to have a Microsoft Live ID (also free to create if you don’t already have one) and there’s a limit of 500 notes you can create and edit. If you wish to continue using the mobile app after hitting that number, you can upgrade to unlimited use for a one time fee of $14.99.
Microsoft, Microsoft OneNote for iPad, – Free
Microsoft’s mobile search app Bing, first released for the iPhone back in Dec’09, has received its first update. Listening to user feedback, Microsoft has made various improvements and implemented several new additions, including the ability to bookmark maps, directions, weather reports etc., parental controls, search history and private searches and more. Oddly enough, just as the update was made available, it had been reported that the app was subsequently pulled from Non-US App Stores.
Add another check-mark to the growing list of Ballmer-boners remarks. 19 November, Microsoft’s CEO placated shareholder fears regarding dismal smartphone market share by blessing them with the knowledge that Windows has a 96% share, a number which not only flies in the face of web statistics, but is incorrect in both the world-wide as well as US markets. In 2008, Windows fell to less than 90% in the USA, but has seen a modest reprisal thanks to Windows 7, an OS that has advanced the software behemoth past its dark-age roots. Still, global figures show OSX alone with 5,26%, not to mention the smaller, but quickly growing markets for Linux and other alternative operating systems. Naturally, part of a CEO’s job is to tell flattering lies, but unless Microsoft cut market segments like Jobs’ cronies cut performance figures for new Macs, Ballmer has either: A. gone outside without a bonnet, or B. been asleep for the last 5 years. Still, TMA have to give it to Microsoft for surviving the tribulations of an aped CEO who can sleep off a 6% market share drop and call it a “good thing”.
[via Apple Insider]
Quite classic really: Microsoft have uploaded a video of IE developer, Dean Hachamovitch, explaining the team’s strides in preparing IE9 for public release. The focus? Standards and interoperability. The crux of the joke is that Silverlight is Microsoft’s proprietary answer to Adobe Flash; and in order to watch the video, you must download compatibility component for Silverlight.
Still interested? Click here for the non-proprietary version (dubbed “PSP” MP4).
Thanks John Gruber.
Yup, Microsoft, embarrassed by the poor (and perhaps redundant) sod who made the mistake of mentioning that Windows 7 was designed to look and feel like the Mac, have done their darndest to retract the statement – even so far as to blog about it. If you feel embarrassed and don’t know what to do, it is best to leave it alone, or blab about it. Microsoft have taken the Oprah Winfrey way and now, everyone can investigate the real reasons why Windows 7 looks more Mac-like than ever before. You can also Google the subject which nearly everyone of purport caught the story .
[via Windows Steam Blog]
Giz either love/hate the Mac, but when it comes to Windows, have a nasty, juicy affair with the most Mac-like feature of the new Windows 7, the taskbar. And, according to AppleInsider, Microsoft have admitted to building their new OS to look like a Mac. For long-time Mac users, this is no news as from the very beginning Windows has in some way tried to emulate a semblance of the usability which is found on Apple’s computers, and usually for a much higher price.
Every year Apple warn Redmond to start its photocopiers – what they did not expect is that they actually would, and to good effect.
Have you tried out Microsoft’s new beta search engine, bing? If not, it is actually worth a shot. While typing google.ca (I still do that) in Safari’s address bar, or using the browser’s built in search field feels more natural after years of complacent surfing, I will admit that bing.com has some benefits. Microsoft are hoping that users will discover not only via computers, but via Apple’s iDevice. They released an SDK which should help developers add Bing functionality to iPhone applications.
Fans of technology love the release of new gadgets, especially touch-screen, 3D capable, SDK-toting mobile app powerhouses which also incidentally, play music. Wait,outside of mobile phones, there is currently, only one device like that, the iPod touch. Sure, a slew of lookalikes have emerged from China and will continue in single-line forever over distant horizons. Some are actually quite good. But, aside from them, there have been too few wannabes. Creative’s Zii Egg gets honourable mention, but considering its market potential, there won’t be a proper iPod touch rip-off competitor until Microsoft’s Zune HD actually hits shelves.