There's been rumours of a an upgrade of the Mac Mini for ages. First, back in December we thought it'd come at Macworld. Then, in Feb, we tracked down an image with a surfeit of USB ports and some basic specs. Then, yesterday, we thought the refresh would come at the end of this month.
Well, Apple has confounded all our expectations, and has announced a new Mac Mini, with the following specs:
1x FireWire 800
1x mini DVI
1x Display poort
Nvidia chipset (like the newest MacBook)
starting at Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz
2 GB DDR3 memory (max 4 GB)
120 GB hard disk (max 320 GB)
Not bad eh? Not face-meltingly good specs, but they'll do. As with every Apple product announced ever, it's available now, and costs £XXX.
Kerning, if you're unaware, is the process of adjusting the distance between letters in typography, and now someone's made a game of the process, and published it for the iPhone. It's called "Kern".
It works a little like Tetris - you position a letter at the bottom, and a word falls into place around it. The objective is to get it as close as possible to a perfect kern. It's not easy, unless you have a perfect eye and a very steady finger.
As you can imagine, the design is absolutely impeccable. It's enormously geeky, too, but that's not really going to put off hardcore typographers now, is it? Here's a video of it in action:
Kern (via Technabob)
Click play on the video above. You're watching a walkthrough of an innovative indie game called Tag: The Power of Paint, developed by a group of students from the DigiPen Institute of Technology.
It's a first-person platformer where you spray your surroundings with different coloured paint to progress. Green paint makes you jump, red paint makes you go faster, and blue paint allows you to climb walls. It's all cel-shaded, and looks like a wonderful cross between Mirror's Edge and The Unfinished Swan.
It's a free 55MB download from here (via Game:Life).
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Last week's cricketastic Flash Game Challenge was won by commenter Alan, who hit my score for six with a mighty 127 runs. A polite round of applause for him, please, ladies and gentlemen.
As for this week, well, today is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, so I wanted to pick something to warm your cold little hearts. How about helping some deer cross a forest stream, with rays of light cascading all around? On my first go, I scored a pathetic 9750. The second time, I scored a far more respectable 4991950. Can you beat it? Entries, as ever, in the comments.
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Do you like energy drinks? I'll admit that I'm not a massive fan - they taste like robot sweat - but some gamers love them, so I thought I'd point out this quite cool iTunes plug-in that Relentless has made for a marketing campaign of some kind. You can see it in action in the video above.
The website is a bit confusing, and you'll have to register and give up your email address (or *an* email address, wink wink) to download the plugin, but if you're the sort of person who digs visualizations, then this one's more attractive than most. Blow it up big screen, and it's like being friends with an aggressive squid. In a good way.
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