The big news on Thursday was undoubtedly the jury decision in Apple's favor which awards the iPhone maker another $290 million from Samsung over 13 older devices found to have infringed on Cupertino's patents. Combined with the earlier verdict, that puts nearly a billion dollars in Apple's coffers, although it does little to stomp out the Samsung copying machines from firing up more knockoffs down the road. With that victory behind us, let's get on with one last Friday recap ahead of next week's Black Friday!
We’ve got a great variety of standout options this week, ranging from Disney’s updated platform classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse to Flick Kick Football Legends and an endless runner based on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And if you’re looking for a point-and-click adventure game starring a New York City rabbi, then The Shivah: Kosher Edition is certainly for you. But if not, we’ve got other options in the mix.
We’re big fans of Evernote, the “second brain” service where you can throw nearly any scrap of paper into the cloud until it’s needed again. For certain types of personal data, however, this approach often means that you’ll spend more time searching than accessing information. Mustbin is a free app geared toward life’s most precious data – credit cards, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and more. However, the developers have also empowered the app as a kind of digital jack-of-all-trades that can be used for sorting photos or even password-protected accounts into digital “bins.”
Dancing at parties or clubs can be a terrifying prospect if you don’t have any training in (rhythmically) moving your body to music. And enrolling in classes to learn isn’t much less frightening. But even if you have two left feet, there’s a dancer lurking somewhere beneath your skin — and an app may be just the ticket to get you over enough of the embarrassment to shake your thing in front of other people or check out proper classes. These eight apps are sure to get you grooving, grinding, and gliding to the beat — or at least flailing a little less.
Now here's something worth getting excited about if your next flight will be on Southwest Airlines: You'll be able to connect small portable electronic devices like the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to Wi-Fi from gate to gate.
Wednesday wound up being a big day for Windows Phone 8 users, who finally got the Instagram app they've been waiting for, as well as Google blessing them with a second app in the form of crowdsourced traffic service Waze. Sure, these apps aren't much to get excited about on the iPhone these days, but it's always nice to see competing mobile platforms catch up, even if it's long overdue. Speaking of which, there's still no NFC-enabled Google Wallet on the iPhone, but we do have a spot of news about the service in today's recap...
There’s a strong sense of déjà vu that comes from playing Oceanhorn. This mobile adventure stars a brave boy that sails to different islands, overcomes puzzling dungeons, and gains the tools necessary to combat evil and essentially save his kingdom. Despite not featuring princesses or golden triangles, there’s no denying that the game draws heavily from Nintendo’s iconic The Legend of Zelda series, particularly Wind Waker. However, instead of merely giving us a facsimile and porting it to iOS, Oceanhorn handpicks what it borrows and creates an experience well worth playing.
Punishing puzzle-platform games are nothing new on iOS, but Stealth Inc. raises the bar in both creativity and challenge with the inventive gauntlet of deadly devices it sends you merrily charging through. Trapped inside a cloning facility, your mission in this clever puzzler is to escape with your hide intact. That's not so easy when there's a vast network of closed-circuit cameras watching from all directions. Outsmarting these mechanical overseers to circumvent the many dangerous traps is a real thrill — assuming you don't mind dying a lot in the process.
As Agent 86 (aka Maxwell Smart) himself might have put it, "We missed it by that much!" Better late than never, Logitech has finally made official its long-rumored iOS 7 game controller, only a day after the competition got a jump on them.