Microsoft Office for iPad is here, and by all accounts, the apps are pretty spectacular, with many critics calling them well worth the wait. One detail lost amongst the excitement is that the iPhone version is actually now free, while the iPad version requires an annual Office 365 subscription to edit files. Microsoft wasn't the only big news on Thursday, however, so read on and close out the work week with some other stories you might have missed...
We’ve got a couple of pretty significant releases leading the week: Supercell’s Boom Beach, which follows the wildly popular Clash of Clans, along with Star Wars: Assault Team, a card-based battler based on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. We’ve got several other new releases profiled in the pack, of course, and if you’re a fan of Plants vs. Zombies 2, don’t forget to update to grab the new Far Future update with loads of fresh free content. Be sure to keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these titles in the coming days, and then check back next Thursday for an all-new list of notable games to consider.
It's hard to keep up with all of the great television shows on the air these days. There's must-see programming airing almost every night of the week, and all those great shows are spread across so many channels that the old dial controls would never even get to them. Missing an episode means covering your ears—and avoiding Twitter, Tumblr, podcasts, or anything else remotely social—the next day to make sure you don't hear any spoilers. Luckily, these eight TV companion apps not only make it easier to stay caught up on your favorite programs, but also enhance your time in front of the tube—so you’re even more invested in the hopefully-great content you watch.
At some point in the ‘90s, every college dorm had a Magnetic Poetry set stuck to the front of someone's mini-fridge. Verses might have been limited to the few dozen tiles that hadn't fallen behind the vent cover, but the fun wasn't in creating Walt Whitman-worthy masterpieces—it was in seeing how your creation was twisted by other people. Magnetic Poetry eventually went out of fashion, but FridgePoems looks to bring it back. However, while there may be a certain sense of nostalgia evoked here, the digital representation loses quite a bit of the fun without the kitsch and collaboration of the original.
As a clear effort to emulate big-budget console shooters like Panzer Dragoon or Star Fox, Star Horizon is perhaps most notable for how true it stays to its vision. It's a game that takes very little influence from the usual iOS design trends, thankfully eschewing common devices like virtual sticks, tilt steering, or in-app purchases. As a result, it’s a mostly successful homage that shines particularly in its presentation, with the game serving as a showpiece for the iOS platform.
The annual Macworld/iWorld show kicked off Wednesday in San Francisco, where many of your favorite Mac and iOS products are now on display. Although your trusty recap reporter can't be there in person this year, we've rounded up a handful of news that is surely being talked up on the show floor, and as usual, we're bringing it all straight to you, no ticket necessary...
Replace trainers with keepers and Poké Balls for monster traps and you’ve got Monster Legacy, a game that offers a glimpse of what a free-to-play Pokémon could play like if Nintendo ever took its popular franchise mobile. This means fighting alongside a team of monsters, training them to evolve, and even completing missions for rare items. But before you dismiss this game for another creature-catching clone, Monster Legacy mixes in various clever elements and modes that make it more than just another Pokémon wannabe.
Anyone who’s ever been stuck at a nightclub, concert, or sporting event with spotty wireless connectivity knows the frustration of being unable to ping friends or family waiting nearby. That no longer has to be the case thanks to FireChat, a free messaging app for iPhone that takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity framework introduced with iOS 7. This service allows nearby devices to discover and communicate with each other using peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even in areas where an Internet connection is unavailable.
If there's one thing we hate to report on, it has to be seeing a longtime Mac developer close its doors -- especially when we use one of its products on a daily basis. This week we're requesting a moment of silence for the creators of Speed Download, a Mac utility to help queue up downloads. Find out more details in our Tuesday recap!