Blast your way through infinite space in Cosmos

The controls in the game are the one thing I’m not too happy about. In order to move your ship, you drag your finger across the screen to go left, right, or up and down. As you move, the ship fires automatically. I’m not a fan of this control scheme because it feels cumbersome and slow to move around, and I would have to constantly switch my thumb or fingers after a while. I would have preferred a virtual joystick of some kind, because I feel that works best for these types of games. At the moment, there is no way to change the controls either, which is annoying. Hopefully the developer adds some other forms of touch screen controls in future updates.

While other arcade shooters are based on levels, Cosmos is more of a pure high score chaser and you can play infinitely until you die. Of course, the difficulty will ramp up the longer you survive since more enemies will show up with harder-to-predict movement and behavior patterns. Still, the game does split up the waves into stages, and once you reach the next stage, you can choose to start from that point in a new game. Cosmos features three difficulty levels that you can choose from before you set out, and there will be separate high scores for each. There are also boxes floating around that are power-ups, so make sure to use them to your advantage.

The graphics in Cosmos are a nice homage to the classic games of yore, featuring 16-bit pixelated sprites for all of the spaceships and space mines. The background of the game is a stark and inky pitch black that is sprinkled with some white stars and nebulas, so the bright and vivid sprites contrast nicely. Animations in Cosmos are smooth and fluid, and I experienced no lag whatsoever on my Plus. The atmospheric soundtrack is a joy to listen to and it helps pull you into the game, while the sound effects are a fun touch.

Back in the day, when arcades were numerous and fruitful, I always enjoyed going to them and either watching people show off skills that were much better than mine, or just going to the nearest space shooter and just killed some time on that. These were my favorite types of games in the arcade because hey, who doesn’t like flying through space and just shooting lasers at everything and watching foes blow up along the way? So naturally, when I saw Cosmos on the App Store, I was intrigued and had to give it a try for myself.

Cosmos – Infinite Space ($2.99) by Alexander Repty brings classic arcade shoot-em-up action right on your , , and even . If you once lived in the arcade just dumping quarters into the space shooter arcade machines and miss those glorious days, then Cosmos is a fun way to relive that experience. It is similar to other games on the market like Starseed: Origin and Operation Dracula.

The Best Time Management iPhone and iPad Apps

It is not important who you are or how you make a living, you probably have difficulty with time management. Even people who try to run their lives like clockwork can have issues staying on task, being on time and recalling the things they must do on a daily basis. There are lots of reasons for this. The biggest reason is that, due to smartphones and tablets, many of us have types of distractions at our fingertips just begging for our attention. In this article we will tell you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management device as opposed to as a time management wrecking ball.

Make use of Instapaper. Instapaper is an application which you can use not just on your cell phone or tablet but on your computer as well. It’s one of those excellent time saving “read later” programs. How frequently during the day do you run into a fascinating article or website that you seriously want to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? How often have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or looked into it anyway (because you knew you wouldn’t remember it at a later time)? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other apps to help you save all of those links so that you can read it later. The links are saved to one central account. This means that you can use any gadget (mobile phone, tablet, and computer) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is among the better applications. It’s your basic to-do list software but it doesn’t get bogged down in a lot of heavy graphics or a sophisticated interface. Every day you can take a moment with this application and enter all of the things that you have to do that day. It does not cost anything to use. In addition to being easy to use, it is simple to sync with many different devices. If you’re able to train yourself to check your software as frequently as you check your email, you’ll find it much easier to keep yourself on task.

Evernote is really great and useful. It’s a central place to organize just about all: your emails, downloads, pictures, notes, thoughts, etc. It syncs between devices (including your computer) and is easy to incorporate with other applications, like Wunderlist. Unfortunately, this program is not free of charge–which is its only true negative quality. You could pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or get a year of service for forty five dollars.

In terms of calendar software, Agenda is the best. There are plenty of reasons this is true but the most important reason it is true is that it could be synced both to iCalendar (the calendar iPhones and Macs use) and Google Calendar. This makes managing a calendar much simpler for people who have PCs and iPhones because they are going to just have to type in their information into one place and it is readily available on all of their devices. Furthermore, it looks great.

You’ll find all kinds of time management tools you can download. These are the best of them but a bit of research will yield several others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author