I’m sure that you all know by now that Apple has announced their latest addition to their smartphone lineup – the iPhone 5s. As ever with Apple, there has been a lot of hype surrounding this launch, and that has resulted in the fact that some of the sites that have reviewed it haven’t really understood what the phone is about, or what it is trying to be. Some put it down for its “bad” specifications. Others fawned over the device just because it was sent down by the Apple gods from above.. Even though I’m pretty late with this review, hopefully I’ll be able to give my thoughts on the device, and while doing that tell you what this device is really about.
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By law I may be a young person, but really I’m a cynical old grouch. For longer than I can remember, I’ve been complaining about society and how we’re all inevitably doomed in one way or another. Usually, if something really provokes me, I’ll blog about it at 3 in the morning, go to sleep, realise that what I’ve written is garbage and send it to the eternal pit of doom that is my drafts folder to decompose.
This time, however, things have started to get personal.
Mobile gaming is a wonderful thing. While it once took a 10 tonne console to escape to another world, where one would typically find a selection of guns, aliens and Italian plumbers, we can now use conveniently portable devices to take us away from our troubles instead. Or allow green pipes to cause even more.
Flappy Bird was the latest avian title to land in our pockets and find surprisingly astronomical success, with a deceptively simple premise and mechanics. A single tap performs a single flap of the wings of a small bird that looks like Kirby with Jay-Z’s lips which, although officially nameless, I affectionately call Flapster.
But why did a game made by a Vietnamese indie developer in a few evenings after work that launched in May 2013 become the most popular mobile game of 2014? The answer lies deep within the struggles of our lives.
Mario uses his raw plumbing tekkers to open wormholes and transcend dimensions with green pipes, but Flappy Bird and its nameless protagonist present a whole new facade to these former allies. He’s not a trained worker. He’s a bird. Pipes are enemies, and serve solely to crush his hopes and dreams with a brutal splat. Should our friend succeed and pass beyond the blockade, life throws up yet another challenge before his eventual death.
Attaching no name or back story to the bird lets us project our own emotions and struggles onto its journey. Life, like Flappy Bird, is not fair. To stand any chance of reaching double figures and cross the obstacles in our paths, we must stay focused and tap carefully. Yes, we may fly face-first into a pipe now and then, but we won’t give up. We will keep tapping. Tapping towards freedom.
Now, as creator Dong Nguyen, with $50k a day in his pocket, withdraws the app from stores and himself from the limelight, lil’ Flapster flies off into the sunset (via a few green pipes, naturally). All we have left are fond memories of the winter of the bird, who taught us it was alright to fail, as long as we got straight back up to seek the bing, and the hours we lost in our quest for a high five.
I’m back with a new angle of the tech world to interest you! The region of encryptions and ciphers is virtually unknown to most of the general public, but I am going to show you that cryptography is not just hacking people’s e-mails and making “unbreakable” codes. It’s actually quite a fun thing to be into once you have started. I’ll post a new puzzle each Tuesday and release the answer alongside the next puzzle every Tuesday.
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Xavier, Chris and Henry are back. Again. This time, when they can bear to leave poor Flavor Flav alone, they talk through the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice awards. Stay tuned to the end for special culture prizes, with Miley Cyrus finally getting some recognition from her number 1 fan.
- 2013 Digixav Editors’ Choice Awards
- 2013 Digixav Readers’ Choice Awards
- Farming Simulator Mad Skill
- Flavor Flav’s Flavor of Love – Wikipedia
- Are You Geared Up? Samsung Galaxy Gear advert
- Soda Drinker Pro
- Algae to crude oil conversion
- Probably some others
We like awards. As in 2012, we let you nominate and vote in 9 different categories in an effort to crown the best of technology in 2013, and the following is what we came up with. Our choices can be found here, and we’ll be discussing all the winners, losers and everything in between in a very special podcast later this week, so be sure to join us for that on iTunes.