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!
Devices like iPhones and iPads get a lot of flak these days for supposedly keeping us from being more active, but a new sensor kit on the way from Zepp Labs actually allows you to use them to perfect your athletic training. Mind you, this isn't another heartbeat sensor; rather, the sensors and mounts monitor your movements in baseball, golf, and tennis and offer suggestions for how to improve.
Touchscreen platforms typically do a solid job of recreating individual aspects of a sport (like swinging a bat or kicking a ball), but they're rarely good at offering full simulations. While it might be a decidedly unrealistic take on football, Football Heroes does provide a fairly complete — and, more importantly, a very fun — version of the sport. Heroes is a straightforward version of 8-on-8 football with a few key differences, the most notable being your ability to punch opponents and use various power-ups.
Codemasters has a seasoned pedigree when it comes to racing games, and it shows with F1 Challenge for iPhone and iPad. As the name suggests, F1 Challenge is an officially licensed Formula One game, but this top-down racer’s real draw is its unique control scheme. Instead of virtual buttons dedicated to left and right steering inputs, F1 Challenge uses a vertical slider to control the angle at which your speedster approaches each track’s hairpin curves.
Despite securing the official (and lucrative) NASCAR license, Eutechnyx’s most recent offering on the App Store isn’t a racing game, strictly speaking. Instead, NASCAR: Redline is more like a career management sim: as a fresh-faced rookie in the Sprint Cup Series, you must win races to finance new car parts and pit crew training sessions to climb to the top of the standings. Unfortunately, some of the mechanics feel unclear, while in-app purchases for this premium game seem unnecessary and frustrating.
Following a stellar effort last year, it feels like 2K Sports phoned in the latest mobile edition of its highly regarded basketball simulation series. NBA 2K14 is essentially NBA 2K13 (minus the commentary), albeit with updated rosters and a new mode focused on superstar LeBron James. It feels incomplete, thanks to awkward gaps in the presentation where you'd expect commentary, plus a host of other minor glitches and issues. But, as with last year's effort, there's a decent – albeit barebones – basketball simulation under the hood.
FIFA 14 continues the fine form set by last year’s edition of the popular soccer simulation, mixing in a compelling free-to-play Ultimate Team mode and an all-new gesture-based control scheme that dramatically alters the feel of the game. It goes much further towards defining the mobile series as distinct from its console brethren, with both the new controls and the lightweight design providing more of a streamlined experience that’s sure to please casual players. There’s still plenty on offer for the hardcore, too – even without paying a cent.
Hunting never felt so base and inhumane as in Deer Hunter 2014, the latest in a long line of titles that has evolved progressively far from its moniker and expanded now to include endangered animals. The core shooting and weapon upgrading experience is actually very well executed, albeit easy – assuming you can look past the ethical blunder is blasting near-extinct creatures – while its rapid-fire mission structure across three exotic locales makes for some compulsive gaming. However, there’s little by way of deer or realistic hunting on offer.
We're a week into the new NFL season, and already we've had surprises, intrigue, and high-scoring affairs – in other words, football is back in full swing. Most sports fans probably already have a score-checking app of choice, likely set to alert you with each scoring drive or change of possession, but if you want to stay truly plugged into the league beyond just the weekly numbers, you'll need a few more apps in your arsenal. Here are eight apps that can help you follow all of the action this season.
The 2013 National Football League season finally kicks off tonight, and it's been a long wait since the Ravens toppled the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII way back in February. Luckily, the season never has to stop in the video game world. In recent weeks, a couple of notable new releases have popped up, while others have been refreshed for the impending season. With the real games about to start up, here's an updated look at 10 of the most notable football games for iPhone and iPad. Not all of these are winners, but if you're craving pigskin action around the clock, surely a few of these options will scratch that itch.