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Jul 97 Challenge

Volume Number: 13 (1997)
Issue Number: 7
Column Tag: Programmer's Challenge

Jul 97 - Programmer's Challenge

by Bob Boonstra, Westford, MA


The Challenge this month is to write a string completion routine loosely patterned after the keyword lookup facility in the QuickView utility. QuickView will suggest a completion of the keyword as you begin to type it, and update that suggested completion as you continue to type. In the Toolbox Assistant, for example, if you are looking for documentation on InitGraf and type "i", the suggested completion is "iconIDToRgn". As you continue by typing "n", the suggestion becomes "index2Color". Adding "i" yields "initAllPacks"; adding "t" leaves the suggestion intact; adding "g" changes it to "initGDevice". Finally, typing "r" gives the desired "initgraf".

For our disambiguator, you will be given an unsorted list of words and an opportunity to preprocess them. Then you will be given a string to match and asked to return a list of words matching findString. To make the problem more interesting, the match string can contain wild card characters, as described below.

The prototype for the code you should write is:

typedef unsigned long ulong;

void InitDisambiguator(
   const char *const wordList[],   /* words to match against */
   ulong numWords,                 /* number of words in wordList */
   void *privStorage,              /* private storage preinitialized to zero */
   ulong storageSize               /* number of bytes of privStorage */

ulong /*numMatch*/ Disambiguator(
   const char *const wordList[],   /* words to match against */
   ulong numWords,                 /* number of words in wordList */
   void *privStorage,              /* private storage */
   ulong storageSize,              /* number of bytes of privStorage */
   char *findString,               /* string to match, includes wild cards */
   char *matchList[]               /* return matched words here */

Your InitDisambiguator routine will be called with an unsorted list wordList of numWords null-terminated words to match. The wordList words will include alphanumeric characters, spaces, and underscores. You will also be provided with a pointer privStorage to storageSize bytes of preallocated memory initialized to zero. The amount of storage provided will be at least 20 bytes for each word in wordList, plus one byte for each character in the wordList (including the null byte, and rounded up to a multiple of 4). In other words, storageSize will be no smaller than minStorage, calculated as:

for (minStorage=0,i=0; i<numWords; i++)
   minStorage += 20 + 4*(1+strlen(wordList[i])/4);

InitDisambiguator is not allowed to modify the wordList, but you may store a sorted version of wordList, or pointers to the words in sorted order, in privStorage. The first four parameters provided to Disambiguator will be identical as those provided to InitDisambiguator. In addition, you will be provided with the null-terminated findString and a preallocated array matchList with numWords entries where you are to store pointers to the words that match findString. Your string matches should be case insensitive (i.e., "initgr" matches "InitGraf". The matchList should be returned with the strings ordered in case-insensitive ASCII order (i.e., space < [0..9] < [A-Za-z] < underscore).

The findString may also contain zero or more of the wildcard characters '?', '*', and '+'. The wildcard '?' matches any single character, '*' matches zero or more characters, and '+' matches one or more characters. So, for example, "*graf" matches any string ending in the (case-insensitive) string "graf", while "+1Ind+" matches any string containing "1Ind" between the first and last characters of a word.

For each call to InitDisambiguator, your Disambiguator routine will be called an average of 100 to 1000 times. The winner will be the solution that finds the correct matchList in the minimum amount of time, including the time taken by the initialization routine.

This will be a native PowerPC Challenge, using the latest CodeWarrior environment. Solutions may be coded in C, C++, or Pascal. The problem is based on a suggestion by Charles Kefauver, who pointed me to an April, 1995, AppleDirections article discussing the user interface for a disambiguator. Charles wins 2 Challenge points for his suggestion.

Three Months Ago Winner

Congratulations to ACC Murphy (Perth, Australia), for submitting the faster (and smaller) of the two entries I received for the Projection Challenge. This problem required contestants to calculate the image of a set of input polygons, including the shadows cast by one polygon on another, given an observation viewpoint and an illumination point.

Both of the submitted solutions used a ray-tracing technique. The winning solution calculates, for each point on the projection plane, the nearest polygon to the viewpoint among those intersecting the ray from the plane to the viewpoint. It then does another ray-trace to determine if there are any other polygons between the illumination point and the projected polygon, identifying the point as being in shadow if an intervening polygon is found.

I ran three test cases, moving the polygons 10 times for a given viewpoint in each case, using a GWorld bounds rectangle slightly smaller than my 1024x768 monitor. As you can see from the execution times, considerable refinement would be needed before this code could be used for animation.

A good discussion of the projection and hidden surface removal algorithms applicable to this problem can be found in the Black Art of Macintosh Game Programming, by Kevin Tieskoetter. In addition to discussing the z-buffer ray-tracing algorithm, it describes another technique for hidden surface removal called the Painter's algorithm. This approach breaks the polygons to be displayed into pieces such that each piece is entirely in front of or entirely behind any other piece, as seen from the viewpoint. The polygons can then be sorted and displayed without looking at each pixel in the image. For our application, two polygon decompositions would be required, one for the image, and one for the shadows.

The table below lists, for each entry, the execution time for each case and the code size. The number in parentheses after the entrant's name is the total number of Challenge points earned in all Challenges to date prior to this one.

                      Case 1   Case 2   Case 3    Total       Code
Name                   Time     Time     Time   Time (secs)   Size
A.C.C. Murphy (10)    29.02    23.64    81.61     134.27      4196
Ernst Munter (232)    20.87    58.11    89.76     168.74      7192

Top 20 Contestants

Here are the Top Contestants for the Programmer's Challenge. The numbers below include points awarded over the 24 most recent contests, including points earned by this month's entrants.

Rank    Name             Points   Rank     Name             Points
   1.   Munter, Ernst      194       11.   Beith, Gary         24
   2.   Gregg, Xan         114       12.   Cutts, Kevin        21
   3.   Cooper, Greg        54       13.   Nicolle, Ludovic    21
   4.   Larsson, Gustav     47       14.   Picao, Miguel Cruz  21
   5.   Lengyel, Eric       40       15.   Brown, Jorg         20
   6.   Boring, Randy       37       16.   Gundrum, Eric       20
   7.   Mallett, Jeff       37       17.   Higgins, Charles    20
   8.   Lewis, Peter        32       18.   Kasparian, Raffi    20
   9.   Murphy, ACC         30       19.   Slezak, Ken         20
   10.  Antoniewicz, Andy   24       20.   Studer, Thomas      20

There are three ways to earn points: (1) scoring in the top 5 of any Challenge, (2) being the first person to find a bug in a published winning solution or, (3) being the first person to suggest a Challenge that I use. The points you can win are:

1st place   20 points             5th place   2 points
2nd place   10 points           finding bug   2 points
3rd place   7 points   suggesting Challenge   2 points
4th place   4 points

Here is A.C.C. Murphy's winning solution:
A.C.C. Murphy

unit Challenge;


   Storage space must be big enough for 13 floats per polygon
   All points must be significantly smaller in magnitude than BIG_FLOAT = 
   Polygons are translucent (their colour based uplon lighting is independent 
      of the side of the polygon that is lit)
   50% attenuation of colour is used
   50% attenuation of black is black
   InitProjection is not used
   First we precalculate a small bounding sphere for the polygon points.
   Next we get the information about the GWorld to allow direct pixel access.
   Then for each point on the GWorld, we trace the ray from the point to the 
      eye, intersecting it with each polygon and finding the one closes to 
      the eye (furthest forward, since the eye is infront of all polygons).  
      That determines the colour.  We then trace the ray from that intersection 
      point to the light source to determine whether the point is in shadow, 
      and if so we halve the intensity. We set the colour of the pixel and 
      move on.
      Direct pixel access to the GWorld (known to be 32 bit)
      Bounding sphere used to optimize the ray/polygon intersection test.
      Time is approximately 2 microseconds per pixel per polygon on an 8500.


      Types, Quickdraw, QDOffscreen;
      kMAXPOINTS = 10;

      BIG_FLOAT = 1000000.0;
      float = real;
      My2DPoint = record (* point in z==0 plane*)
         x2D: float; (* x coordinate*)
         y2D: float; (* y coordinate*)
      My3DPoint = record
         x3D: float;                 (* x coordinate*)
         y3D: float;                 (* y coordinate*)
         z3D: float;                 (* z coordinate*)
      My3DDirection = record
         thetaX:float;              (* angle in radians*)
         thetaY:float;              (* angle in radians*)
         thetaZ:float;              (* angle in radians*)
      MyPlane = record
         planeNormal: My3DDirection; (* normal vector to plane*)
         planeOrigin: My3DPoint;     (* origin of plane in 3D space*)
      MyPolygon = record
         numPoints: longint;      (* number of points in polygon*)
         thePoint: array[0..kMAXPOINTS-1] of My2DPoint;
                                  (* polygon in z==0 plane*)
         polyPlane: MyPlane;      (* rotate/translate z==0 plane to this plane*)
         polyColor: RGBColor;     (* the color to draw this polygon*)
      MyPolygonArray = array[0..0] of MyPolygon;
   procedure InitProjection(
      const viewPoint: My3DPoint;(* viewpoint from which to project*)
      const illumPoint:My3DPoint;(* viewpoint from which to draw shadow*)
      storage: univ Ptr;         (* auxiliary storage preallocated for your use*)
      storageSize: longint       (* number of bytes of storage*)

   procedure CalcProjection(
      offScreen: GWorldPtr;          (* GWorld to draw projection *)
      const thePolys: MyPolygonArray;(* polygons to project *)
      numPolys: longint;             (* number of polygons to project *)
      const viewPoint: My3DPoint;    (* viewpoint from which to project *)
      const illumPoint: My3DPoint;
                               (* illumination point from which to draw shadow *)
      storage: univ Ptr;       (* auxiliary storage preallocated for your use*)
      storageSize: longint     (* number of bytes of storage*)


      Ray3D = record
         origin: My3DPoint;
         direction: My3DPoint;
      PolygonExtra = record
         normal, rotX, rotY, center: My3DPoint;
         radius2: float;
      PolygonExtraArray = array[0..0] of PolygonExtra;
      StorageRecord = record
         poly_extra: PolygonExtraArray;
                  { must be at the end, since it's an extensible array }
      StorageRecordPtr = ^StorageRecord;
   function DotProduct(const src1, src2 : My3DPoint) : float;
      DotProduct := src1.x3D*src2.x3D +  
                    src1.y3D*src2.y3D +  
   procedure CrossProduct(src1, src2 : My3DPoint; 
                    var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := src1.y3D*src2.z3D - src1.z3D*src2.y3D;
      dst.y3D := src1.z3D*src2.x3D - src1.x3D*src2.z3D;
      dst.z3D := src1.x3D*src2.y3D - src1.y3D*src2.x3D;
   procedure AddVectors(const src1, src2 : My3DPoint; 
                     var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := src1.x3D + src2.x3D;
      dst.y3D := src1.y3D + src2.y3D;
      dst.z3D := src1.z3D + src2.z3D;
   procedure SubtractVectors(const src1, src2 : My3DPoint; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := src1.x3D - src2.x3D;
      dst.y3D := src1.y3D - src2.y3D;
      dst.z3D := src1.z3D - src2.z3D;
   procedure MidPoint( const src1, src2 : My3DPoint; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := (src1.x3D + src2.x3D) / 2;
      dst.y3D := (src1.y3D + src2.y3D) / 2;
      dst.z3D := (src1.z3D + src2.z3D) / 2;
   function Distance2( const src1, src2 : My3DPoint) : float;
      Distance2 := sqr(src1.x3D - src2.x3D) + 
                      sqr(src1.y3D - src2.y3D) + 
                      sqr(src1.z3D - src2.z3D);
   procedure ScaleVector(const src : My3DPoint; scale : float; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := src.x3D * scale;
      dst.y3D := src.y3D * scale;
      dst.z3D := src.z3D * scale;
   procedure NormalizeVector(const src : My3DPoint;
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
         length : float;
      length := sqrt(DotProduct(src,src));   
      dst.x3D := src.x3D / length;
      dst.y3D := src.y3D / length;
      dst.z3D := src.z3D / length;
   procedure MakeViewRay(const eye : My3DPoint;
                      x, y, z: float; var ray : Ray3D);
      ray.origin.x3D := x;
      ray.origin.y3D := y;
      ray.origin.z3D := z;
      ray.direction.x3D := eye.x3D - x;
      ray.direction.y3D := eye.y3D - y;
      ray.direction.z3D := eye.z3D - z;
      NormalizeVector(ray.direction, ray.direction);
   procedure RotateX(src : My3DPoint; sinA, cosA : float; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := src.x3D;
      dst.y3D := cosA*src.y3D - sinA*src.z3D;
      dst.z3D := sinA*src.y3D + cosA*src.z3D;
   procedure RotateY( src : My3DPoint; sinA, cosA : float; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := cosA*src.x3D + sinA*src.z3D;
      dst.y3D := src.y3D;
      dst.z3D := -sinA*src.x3D + cosA*src.z3D;
   procedure RotateZ( src : My3DPoint; sinA, cosA : float; 
                      var dst : My3DPoint);
      dst.x3D := cosA*src.x3D - sinA*src.y3D;
      dst.y3D := sinA*src.x3D + cosA*src.y3D;
      dst.z3D := src.z3D;
   function PointInPlaneInPolygon( const pt: My2DPoint; const 
               poly: MyPolygon ): boolean;
      function Quadrant( const pt: My2DPoint; x, y: float ): 
         if pt.x2D > x then begin
            if pt.y2D > y then begin
               Quadrant := 0;
            end else begin
               Quadrant := 3;
         end else begin
            if pt.y2D > y then begin
               Quadrant := 1;
            end else begin
               Quadrant := 2;
      function x_intercept( const pt1, pt2: My2DPoint;
                      yy: float ): 
         x_intercept := pt2.x2D - 
                     ( (pt2.y2D - yy) * 
                        ((pt1.x2D - pt2.x2D)/(pt1.y2D - pt2.y2D)) );
         i, angle, quad, next_quad, delta: longint;
         last_vertex, next_vertex: My2DPoint;
      angle := 0;
      last_vertex := poly.thePoint[poly.numPoints-1];
      quad := Quadrant( last_vertex, pt.x2D, pt.y2D );
      for i := 1 to poly.numPoints do begin
         next_vertex := poly.thePoint[i-1];
         next_quad := Quadrant( next_vertex, pt.x2D, pt.y2D );
         delta := next_quad - quad;
         case delta of
            3: delta := -1;
            -3: delta := 1;
            2, -2: begin
               if x_intercept( last_vertex, next_vertex, pt.y2D ) > 
                           pt.x2D then begin
                  delta := -delta;
            otherwise begin
         angle := angle + delta;
         quad := next_quad;
         last_vertex := next_vertex;
      PointInPlaneInPolygon := (angle = 4) | (angle = -4);
   function Intersect(const ray: Ray3D; const poly: MyPolygon; 
         const poly_extra: PolygonExtra; var distance : float; 
         var intersectionPt: My3DPoint) : boolean;
         tempVector : My3DPoint;
         temp1, temp2 : float;
         intersectionPoint : My3DPoint;
         intersection2D : My2DPoint;
         Ib, Ic, Id: float;
      Intersect := false;

      { intersect ray with sphere }
      SubtractVectors( ray.origin,,
                            tempVector );
      Ib := 2 * DotProduct( ray.direction, tempVector );
      Ic := DotProduct( tempVector, tempVector ) - 
      Id := sqr(Ib) - 4.0*Ic;
      if Id >= 0 then begin { yes, ray intersects sphere }
         temp1 := DotProduct( poly.polyPlane.planeOrigin, 
                            poly_extra.normal ) - 
                     DotProduct( poly_extra.normal, ray.origin );
         temp2 := DotProduct(ray.direction, poly_extra.normal);
         if temp2 <> 0 then begin
            distance := temp1 / temp2;
            if distance > 0 then begin
               ScaleVector(ray.direction, distance, intersectionPoint);
               AddVectors(intersectionPoint, ray.origin, 
               if Distance2(intersectionPoint,
                                          poly_extra.radius2 then begin 
                  { intersection point is whithin sphere.  
                     Find out if it is actually in the polygon }
                  intersectionPt := intersectionPoint;
                  { First translate back to the origin }
                  intersection2D.x2D := DotProduct(
                        poly_extra.rotX );
                  intersection2D.y2D := DotProduct( 
                        poly_extra.rotY );
                  { Then check if it is whithin the polygon }
                  Intersect := PointInPlaneInPolygon

   procedure InitProjection(
      const viewPoint: My3DPoint;(* viewpoint from which to project *)
      const illumPoint:My3DPoint;
                                 (* viewpoint from which to draw shadow *)
      storage: univ Ptr;         (* auxiliary storage preallocated for your use *)
      storageSize: longint       (* number of bytes of storage *)
{$unused( viewPoint, illumPoint, storage, storageSize )}

   procedure PreparsePolygons( my_storage: StorageRecordPtr;
   numPolys: longint; const thePolys: MyPolygonArray );
         i, j: longint;
         pt: My3DPoint;
         pts: array[1..kMAXPOINTS] of My3DPoint;
         min_x, min_y, min_z, max_x, max_y, max_z: My3DPoint;
         dist_x, dist_y, dist_z, new_radius2: float;
         radius, new_radius, old_to_new: float;
         sinX, cosX, sinY, cosY, sinZ, cosZ: float;
      for i := 0 to numPolys-1 do begin
         with my_storage^.poly_extra[i], thePolys[i],
         polyPlane.planeNormal do begin
            sinX := sin(thetaX);
            cosX := cos(thetaX);
            sinY := sin(thetaY);
            cosY := cos(thetaY);
            sinZ := sin(thetaZ);
            cosZ := cos(thetaZ);
            normal.x3d := sinY*cosX;
            normal.y3d := -sinX;
            normal.z3d := cosY*cosX;
            rotX.x3D := 1;
            rotX.y3D := 0;
            rotX.z3D := 0;
            RotateZ(rotX, sinZ, cosZ, rotX);
            RotateX(rotX, sinX, cosX, rotX);
            RotateY(rotX, sinY, cosY, rotX);
            rotY.x3D := 0;
            rotY.y3D := 1;
            rotY.z3D := 0;
            RotateZ(rotY, sinZ, cosZ, rotY);
            RotateX(rotY, sinX, cosX, rotY);
            RotateY(rotY, sinY, cosY, rotY);
            for j := 1 to numPoints do begin
               pt.x3D := thePoint[j-1].x2D;
               pt.y3D := thePoint[j-1].y2D;
               pt.z3D := 0;
               RotateZ(pt, sinZ, cosZ, pt);
               RotateX(pt, sinX, cosX, pt);
               RotateY(pt, sinY, cosY, pt);
               pts[j] := pt;
               if j = 1 then begin
                  min_x := pt; min_y := pt; min_z := pt;
                  max_x := pt; max_y := pt; max_z := pt;
               end else begin
                  if pt.x3D < min_x.x3D then begin
                     min_x := pt;
                  if pt.y3D < min_y.y3D then begin
                     min_y := pt;
                  if pt.z3D < min_z.z3D then begin
                     min_z := pt;
                  if pt.x3D > max_x.x3D then begin
                     max_x := pt;
                  if pt.y3D > max_y.y3D then begin
                     max_y := pt;
                  if pt.z3D > max_z.z3D then begin
                     max_z := pt;
            dist_x := Distance2( min_x, max_x );
            dist_y := Distance2( min_y, max_y );
            dist_z := Distance2( min_z, max_z );
            if dist_x > dist_y then begin
               if dist_x > dist_z then begin
                  radius2 := dist_x/4;
                  MidPoint( min_x, max_x, center );
               end else begin
                  radius2 := dist_z/4;
                  MidPoint( min_z, max_z, center );
            end else begin
               if dist_y > dist_z then begin
                  radius2 := dist_y/4;
                  MidPoint( min_y, max_y, center );
               end else begin
                  radius2 := dist_z/4;
                  MidPoint( min_z, max_z, center );
            for j := 1 to numPoints do begin
               new_radius2 := Distance2( center, pts[j] );
               if new_radius2 > radius2 then begin
                  radius := sqrt(radius2);
                  new_radius := sqrt(new_radius2);
                  radius2 := (radius + new_radius)/2;
                  old_to_new := radius2 - radius;
                  center.x3D := (radius2*center.x3D + 
                  center.y3D := (radius2*center.y3D + 
                  center.z3D := (radius2*center.z3D + 
                  radius2 := sqr(radius2);
            AddVectors( polyPlane.planeOrigin, center, center );

   procedure CalcProjection(
      offScreen: GWorldPtr;          (* GWorld to draw projection *)
      const thePolys: MyPolygonArray;(* polygons to project *)
      numPolys: longint;             (* number of polygons to project *)
      const viewPoint: My3DPoint;    (* viewpoint from which to project *)
      const illumPoint: My3DPoint;   (* illumination point from which to draw shadow *)
      storage: univ Ptr;         (* auxiliary storage preallocated for your use *)
      storageSize: longint      (* number of bytes of storage *)
         bounds: Rect;
         x, y : integer;
         colour : RGBColor;
         viewRay : Ray3D;
         lightRay : Ray3D;
         i : integer;
         closestDistance : float;
         closestIntersectionPt: My3DPoint;
         thisDistance : float;
         intersectionPt: My3DPoint;
         intersect_polygon: longint;
         pm: PixMapHandle;
         junk_boolean: boolean;
         pixels: Ptr;
         rowbytes_add: longint;
         my_storage: StorageRecordPtr;
{$unused( storage, storageSize )}
      my_storage := StorageRecordPtr(storage);

      PreparsePolygons( my_storage, numPolys, thePolys );

      SetGWorld( offScreen, nil );
      bounds := offScreen^.PortRect;
      pm := GetGWorldPixMap( offScreen );
      junk_boolean := LockPixels( pm );
      pixels := GetPixBaseAddr( pm );
      rowbytes_add := band( pm^^.rowBytes, $3FFF ) - 
                                    4 * (bounds.right - bounds.left);

      for y := to bounds.bottom-1 do begin
         for x := bounds.left to bounds.right-1 do begin
            MakeViewRay(viewPoint, x, y, 0, viewRay);
            closestDistance := 0.0;
            intersect_polygon := -1;
            for i:= 1 to numPolys do begin
               if Intersect(viewRay, thePolys[i-1], 
                           my_storage^.poly_extra[i-1], thisDistance, 
                           intersectionPt) then begin
                  if (thisDistance > closestDistance) then begin
                     intersect_polygon := i;
                     closestDistance := thisDistance;
                     closestIntersectionPt := intersectionPt;
            if intersect_polygon > 0 then begin
               colour := thePolys[intersect_polygon-1].polyColor;

               MakeViewRay(illumPoint, closestIntersectionPt.x3D, 
                                 closestIntersectionPt.z3D, lightRay);

               for i:= 1 to numPolys do begin
                  if (intersect_polygon <> i) & 
                     Intersect(lightRay, thePolys[i-1], 
                     thisDistance, intersectionPt) then begin
      := band(, $0FFFF) div 2;
      := band(, $0FFFF) div 2;
      := band(, $0FFFF) div 2;
      LongintPtr(pixels)^ := bsl( band(, $0FF00), 8 ) 
                     + band(, $0FF00) + 
                        bsr( band(, $0FF00), 8 );
            end else begin
               LongintPtr(pixels)^ := 0;
            longint(pixels) := longint(pixels) + 4;
         longint(pixels) := longint(pixels) + rowbytes_add;



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Bully: Anniversary Edition (Games)
Bully: Anniversary Edition 1.03.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.03.1 (iTunes) Description: *** PLEASE NOTE: This game is officially supported on the following devices: iPhone 5 and newer, iPod Touch... | Read more »
PINE GROVE 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A pine grove where there are no footsteps of people due to continuous missing cases. The case is still unsolved and nothing has... | Read more »
Niantic teases new Pokémon announcement...
After rumors started swirling yesterday, it turns out there is an official Pokémon GO update on its way. We’ll find out what’s in store for us and our growing Pokémon collections tomorrow during the Starbucks event, but Niantic will be revealing... | Read more »
3 reasons why Nicki Minaj: The Empire is...
Nicki Minaj is as business-savvy as she is musically talented and she’s proved that by launching her own game. Designed by Glu, purveyors of other fine celebrity games like cult favorite Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Nicki Minaj: The Empire launched... | Read more »
Clash of Clans is getting its own animat...
Riding on its unending wave of fame and success, Clash of Clans is getting an animated web series based on its Clash-A-Rama animated shorts.As opposed to the current shorts' 60 second run time, the new and improved Clash-A-Rama will be comprised of... | Read more »
Leaks hint at Pokémon GO and Starbucks C...
Leaked images from a hub for Starbucks employees suggests that a big Pokémon GO event with the coffee giant could begin this very week. The images appeared on Reddit and hint at some exciting new things to come for Niantic's smash hit game. | Read more »
Silent Depth Submarine Simulation (Game...
Silent Depth Submarine Simulation 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Enneas Saga lets you lead your own demon...
Defend the land of Enneas Continent from the forces of evil in the new fantasy MMORPG from Lyto Mobi: Enneas Saga. Can’t wait? No problem. It’s available to download now on Android devices. | Read more »
Great zombie games in the spirit of Dead...
Dead Rising 4 arrives tomorrow, giving enthusiasts a fresh chance to take selfies with zombies and get up to other ridiculous end-of-the-world shenanigans. To really get into the spirit of things, we've gone and gathered the best zombie games that... | Read more »
Amateur Surgeon 4 Guide: Advanced tips a...
Amateur Surgeon 4 is still tackling the competition at the top of the App Store charts, so if you haven't tried it out yet, you should probably do that right away. If you've been at it for a while, though, perhaps you're ready to start expanding... | Read more »

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Holiday sale: 12-inch Retina MacBook for $100...
B&H has 12″ Retina MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1199 $100... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch MacBook Airs availa...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $849. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB MacBook Air: $849 $... Read more
Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
Back in stock: Apple refurbished Mac minis fr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Twenty-Five Years Of Apple Laptops – A person...
Among many other things, the often tumultuous 16th year of the new century marked the 25th anniversary of Apple laptop computers, not counting the optimistically named 16-pound Mac Portable of 1989.... Read more
Landlordy iOS App Adds Support For Appliances...
Riga, Latvia based E-protect SIA is releasing major update (version 1.8) to its Landlordy app for managing rental business financials on the go. Landlordy is iPhone and iPad app designed for self-... Read more
Holiday sale, Apple iMacs for up to $200 off...
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2099 $200 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more
Holiday sale: Mac minis for $50 to $100 off M...
B&H Photo has Mac minis on sale for up to $100 off MSRP free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $449 $50 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac mini: $629 $70 off MSRP - 2.8GHz Mac mini: $899 $... Read more
Mac Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP, ref...
B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3699, $... Read more

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