Madgarden’s Chill Space Shooter ‘Chillaxian’ Resurrected for iOS 11 and Gains New Features in Latest Update

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$ 11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It’s true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$ 1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game’s title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It’s simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013.

Well, if you were a Chillaxian fan back in the day then you may have noticed it got swept up in the great 32-bit Appocalypse of 2017. Madgarden isn’t going to let that slide though, and so this past Friday he released a brand new update to the game bringing it compliant with 64-bit and iOS 11 requirements. But wait, there’s more! He also added full screen support for the iPhone X, added some new enemy types and special effects, added humans that are floating through space for some reason which can be collected for extra points, and revamped the whole power-up system. Now you can actually scavenge and collect various power-up parts which can be combined to create a variety of unique setups. Hey, I would have taken iOS 11 and iPhone X support and been perfectly happy, but WHATEVER Madgarden go ahead and add new features if you must. I’m happy seeing such a fun space shooter continuing to live on, so if you’ve missed out on this one before definitely give it a look and if you’re already an iOS 11 sporting Chillaxian owner, hey, you can play the game again!


No chill: Some Microsoft Surface Pro 4 users need to stick device in freezer to stop screen flickering

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A growing number of Surface Pro 4 owners are experiencing display flicker, and to temporarily rectify the situation, they need to chill the device well below room temperature to get it to work properly for even a short time.
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Chill Out with the Latest Event in ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’

It’s definitely looking like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] is going to be one of those games that is wall-to-wall events with little to no breaks in between. The Rover’s Garden Safari event just ended earlier today, and we’re already on to the next thing. Instead of catching butterflies in your garden, you’re going to be going after something slightly more seasonal. The Winter Sports Event is on, and it’s going to be even quicker than the last event, so you’ll want to get on it right away.

The last event changed things up a bit, pushing players who may have been avoiding the new gardening feature to tackle it head-on. You collected seeds by helping out villagers, planted the seeds to grow special flowers, then tried to catch the butterflies that appeared around them. Those butterflies were traded to Rover in exchange for a variety of items. The schedule was a bit too tight, but it was kind of nice to be doing something different than the usual grind.

Depending on how well you liked doing those extra tasks, this new event will either be a relief or regrettable. We’re back to the formula of the previous events, which means gathering up an extra type of material by doing the same old tasks for the villagers and using it to craft special limited-time items. This event takes advantage of the recently-added clothing-crafting feature, allowing you to exchange your collected snowflakes for sweet winter sports wear. Once you’ve got all the pieces, it adds up to a skiing outfit and a figure skating outfit. You can also get an interactive mini skate rink that the villagers will spin around on, and a new amenity in the form of a snow park that the animals will snowboard on.

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this is going to be a quick one. It ends on January 31st, so you’ve got about a week and a half to gather everything if you want it. If you need a little head start, Nintendo’s selling an IAP that includes 20 Leaf Tickets and 25 snowflakes for $ 0.99. That’s not really a lot of snowflakes, though, so you might as well just play the game if you really want the goods. Either way, you’ll have to hustle if you want to adorn your campground and avatar with the finest winter gear.


Tesla takes its foot off the gas with ‘chill’ acceleration

Tesla's latest driving mode is an about-turn from its previous options, which were all about squeezing the optimal performance from its cars. The new "chill" setting makes for a "gentler ride," according to the manufacturer. That sounds like an odd u…
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Chill: Robot-related job loss won’t be that bad (probably)

Automation now threatens as much as 40 percent of the job market. And unfortunately for many of us, we’re on track to hit this target by 2030. But maybe it won’t be that bad. The Wall Street Journal today delivered an engaging look at the history of other major disruptions throughout history. From the industrial revolution, to the 1500s, where Queen Elizabeth I refused to grant a patent for a mechanical knitting machine that threatened skilled laborers, the fear surrounding tech stealing our jobs has been, mostly, overstated. Automation will be disruptive, but maybe we’re taking too narrow a view.…

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Getflix and chill for life – it’s only $35 right now

You’re crashed on the couch, ready to relax and zone out on your favorite TV show or movie. It’s a moment of pure bliss. However, international geo-blocking means you probably can’t enjoy the same viewing magic if you’re traveling internationally. A lifetime subscription to Getflix not only lets you watch all your favorites when you want — it’s also only $ 35 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals. Getflix offers more than 50 Smart DNS servers positioned across the globe, shooting you unrestricted access to over 100 unblocked streaming channels everywhere in the world. Whether it’s Hulu, BBC iPlayer, or dozens of others, you’ll…

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Apple Music begins rollout of ‘My Chill Mix’ to select users

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Apple on Tuesday began the staggered release of a new curated Apple Music playlist dubbed "My Chill Mix," offering users a custom generated sampling of relaxing tunes from their favorite artists and genres.
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Feeling the chill: Bringing IoT to cold chain logistics in retail

In a contributed article for Internet of Business, Dermot O’Connell, vice president of OEM and IoT solutions for Dell EMC EMEA, discusses how IoT might be used to tackle supermarkets’ over-chill challenge.

The accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere has led to noticeable environmental changes. Ocean acidification and increasing ocean temperatures are damaging marine ecosystems. Rising sea levels are increasing risks to coastal communities and commercial facilities. Each year, at least eight million tons of plastics find their way into the ocean and the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events puts human lives at risk.

This bleak outlook should serve as a call to action for governments, businesses and the general public alike to do their part to drive change – but where to start? 

Read more: GE boss Immelt takes stand against Trump climate change moves

Retail decisions

Let’s look at the retail sector. Did you know that the retail sector, including supermarkets, is one of the largest users of F-gas (fluorinated greenhouse gas) refrigerants? That’s a situation that could be improved upon immediately and with no need for an overly complex solution.

Pretty much everyone’s heard the hype about the IoT and how cool it is that the fridge in your kitchen can tell you when you’re out of milk. But what if all the millions of refrigerated train cars, lorries and storage centres used by supermarkets in the cold chain process – the transportation and storage of perishable foodstuffs – could tell owners and operators when they actually needed to be switched on, or up, in order to keep food fresh? In fact, they already can. 

IoT sensors can be used to monitor these refrigeration units, tracking their temperature and lowering the level of energy or the number of units needed, according to how cold food needs to be and how much is currently stored. They can also track how long food has been out of refrigeration and how quickly it needs to be chilled again before it spoils and creates unnecessary waste.

A good example here is IMS Evolve, a Dell EMC partner that helps its customers monitor refrigerated food supply chains. That’s important work, because companies in the food retail industry readily admit that supply chain complexity means it is easier and safer to chill all food to the lowest temperature required (typically, that required by meat products), meaning an extensive annual over-chill.

However, by integrating data from existing machine sensors with supply chain and merchandise systems, as well as fridge control systems, each machine can be automatically set at the temperature to suit its specific contents, removing instances of over-chilling.

The ‘always on’ nature of this approach ensures that when, in the course of normal business, products are moved around a store, the right temperature for the right product is sustained automatically. The result is that IMS Evolve is able to help its clients, including a major UK supermarket, significantly reduce excess energy consumption, minimise food waste and improve customer experience.

Read more: AT&T gives wings to Red Bull IoT project

Product quality

In addition, with smart cold chains, a higher quality product can be achieved, resulting in a better customer experience. In manufacturing and processing environments, consistency of both ingredient quantities and environmental factors can be regulated and the available data from each stage of the process united to ensure the highest quality, most profitable end product every time.

Take dairy products, for example: many of us have come face-to-face with an unappetising watery yogurt, but few are aware this a familiar byproduct of over chilling, one that could be eliminated by a smarter cold chain.

The possibilities for IoT are endless, but it’s important to think beyond the big visions of smart cities and focus instead on more modest applications that would nonetheless change a business, its products or the customer experience if offers for the better. These small changes could make a big difference to the world.

Connecting the cold chain process is only one example, of course, of how businesses can make a positive impact on customer experience and on the environment. It’s important to look at all options to reduce the effect that businesses can have on the physical world – alternative shipping methods can be deployed, sustainable packaging can be used, components can be recycled. While we can’t fix global warming with just a few sensors, as more organisations realise the capabilities of IoT, it’s at least one small step in the pursuit of a better world.

Read more: Climate change will be among KPIs for smart cities by 2020, says Gartner

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