Our final edition of the New App Recap for the month of February has a little something for everyone: A look at the rebranded IFTTT and a trio of new apps that hook into the service, how to turn three photos into a cool little video, better ways to track your footsteps and calculate math, plenty of classic television, soccer chat with others around the world, and a way to track your cellular data usage. It's all right here in our weekly roundup of the best new and updated apps from last week!
It’s Presidents’ Day here in the U.S., and for many, that means an extra day off work. But we’re not slacking off on this three-day weekend — instead, we’ve put together a list of eight great apps worthy of this presidential occasion! This week’s New App Recap puts 40 years of Saturday Night Live in the palm of your hand, and includes makeovers for major apps such as Pinterest and ESPN. Whether or not you’ve got the day off, you’ll find something here to make the holiday more fun!
American sports fans are starting to turn their attention back to our own particular brand of football in the aftermath of the World Cup, and a promotional page from DirecTV suggests that they have a big surprise waiting for them. According to the page, football fans will be able to watch the upcoming games live on their iOS devices and Macs without having to sign up for a conventional plan with the provider (or even needing to get a dish, for that matter).
Kind of Soccer is true to its name. You fling a ball from one player to another, hoping to line up a shot—not at the goal, however, but the referee, who runs about like a headless chicken desperate to avoid becoming dinner. Goals don't matter at all, in fact, nor do offside rulings, corner kicks, or any of the complexities of the beautiful game that bewilder non-believers. This is the kind of silliness that anyone can get behind.
Nearly six years into the life of the App Store and we’re just now getting a realistic, licensed Major League Baseball simulation—but R.B.I. Baseball 14 doesn’t resemble the feature-crammed, richly complex affairs seen on home systems. Instead, it pulls both inspiration and its moniker from a popular ‘80s/‘90s console franchise, and grounds its gameplay in the simplicity of that era while modernizing only the visuals. The result is expectedly very accessible and easy to get into, but also skimps on a lot of things that make baseball video games enjoyable and worth playing more than a couple times.
March may be all about the madness of college basketball, but for baseball fans, April is the start of seven glorious months of excitement. With so many connected screens and apps, we know you won't miss a minute of action when your favorite team takes the field. But if you're a true die-hard, it's not enough to follow just one club—you’ll want to catch as many balls and strikes as you possibly can. And since we're pretty sure you've already secured your MLB.com At Bat season subscription, we've found eight other apps that’ll help you soak in the thrill of the game all season long.
Dudeski asks just one question: are you rad enough to be a Shred Lord? Evoking fond memories of classic Windows game SkiFree (or MacSki for veteran Mac-heads), the game at its core is an arcade-style take on downhill skiing. Red and blue gates check your progress against a pursuing avalanche and a host of gnarly obstacles waiting to trip you up, while fast-moving pixel graphics and cheery chiptune music lend a light, playful air to what is an inherently difficult game.
The nuances of Formula One racing are mostly imperceptible to the layman. It's all angular momentum and downforces; a system of geometry, physics, and engineering in which minute adjustments have outsized effects. As a result, a game like F1 2013—the latest of Codemasters’ annual racing series, brought to Mac by Feral Interactive—tends to require technical precision and strict execution.
MLB.com At Bat was so ahead of its time, it felt as fresh during the 2013 World Series as it did upon launching in 2008, despite little more than a series of relatively minor updates between earlier versions. Still, Major League Baseball used the offseason to give the pro sports-leading formula its first major update. But while it brings a slew of visual changes that freshen things up for iOS 7, the overhaul is mostly cosmetic in nature, leaving a somewhat streamlined experience that doesn’t quite deliver the home run we hoped for.