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Showing posts with label Mobile Apps. Show all posts
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Friday, June 27, 2014

10 Best Free Android Games

Asphalt 8: Airborne
Usually Gameloft has tried to ape PC games, bringing their distinct console flavour to smartphones, though with mixed results. However, with Asphalt 8: Airborne, Gameloft has a clear winner. It is extremely hard to believe that this game is just given out for free. You will probably never notice the microtransactions, and as casual gamers you can easily launch the app, race and get out quick. With its visceral sense of speed, easy-to-use controls, beautiful tracks and licenced cars, Airborne hits all the right buttons.

Real Racing 3

If Asphalt 8: Airborne is too arcadey for you, and you want something more serious and simulation-like to bring out the motoring aficionado in you, then Real Racing 3 is the best game for you. With jaw dropping visuals that demand a well-equipped Android device and realistic driving along very real circuits and campaigns, Real Racing 3 lives up to its name, literally.

Blood Brothers

Until the popular battle card game on iOS, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, makes it to Android, you can indulge in Blood Brothers. Part board game, part RPG and part card-based game, Blood Brothers is a unique game set in a dark world filled with mythical creatures. If you like your RPGs a bit different, give Blood Brothers a whirl. It won't cost you a thing.

Clash of Clans

Fancy a bit of strategy? Then jump headfirst into Clash of Clans, a realtime multiplayer online strategy game. You can build your village and defend it from attacks and train troops to attack other players. The biggest selling point of the game is the massive online community of players all hooked to it.

Dead Trigger 2

There's no better way to pass a boring train journey than killing scores of zombies. Dead Trigger 2 throws you bang in the middle of a zombie apocaplyse, where you just have to keep on killin’. With simple controls that let you focus on just running-and-gunning and a surprisingly deep crafting system, Dead Trigger 2 is a game you have to have on your smartphone. However, be warned: It’s gory and will need a beefy device to look it’s best.

Dots

Sick of those Candy Crush Saga-type puzzle games that flood your inbox with invites? Dots is a brand new smart puzzle game that not only plays smart but looks the part too. The premise is simple: You just have to join dots of same colours in 60 seconds. You can also connect online and play multiplayer. It is easily a fun and simple game you have to have.

Dungeon Hunter 4

Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter series has always been the Diablo of mobile gaming. While it may not be as deep, it’s still a fun and frenzied dungeon romp. With four types of characters to choose from, tonnes of weapons and spells, there's a whole lot of loot to be found in Dungeon Hunter 4.

Galaxy on Fire 2

Take to the stars in an unbelievable space sim game, much like the Wing Commander series. In Galaxy on Fire 2, you fly a spaceship in a huge game world, fight, trade and even mine for money. With superb graphics, easy-to-use flight mechanics, challenging dogfights in space and a pretty cool story, this game will put most PC games to shame.

Plants vs Zombies 2

This unique take on the zombie genre has won countless awards. Plants vs Zombies 2 is pure fun from the beginning to the end, and it’s free. Build an army of plants all supercharged with plant food to take on the zombie hordes. Don't let the humorous graphics and cutesy characters fool you, this game needs some serious tactical thinking.

Ready Steady Bang

A supremely simple game that is surprisingly fun. Ready Steady Bang is as simple as a good old gunfight in the good ‘ol western style showdown, where a quick and controlled trigger finger makes all the difference. It can get quite boring playing with bots, but when you get in another player who can play on the same phone your cafeteria fun time will become way more fun. Also, the old school LCD-look works like a charm in this game.

How Google Now puts Siri to shame


If you have Siri set to speak in English, she will not understand the word "gracias." But Google on Thursday updated its Google Now voice search and assistant app so it can quickly switch between multiple languages on the fly, CNET reports.

Rather than select a single language setting from Google's list of about 50, Google Now can now recognize and understand the speaker's language and allow users to switch up to seven different ones on the fly. According to Google, you'll have to pre-select your secondary languages, but after that the feature will work automatically.

In an interview with CNET, Google said "seemingly simple language-recognition tasks are much harder than they appear," and that it's still working on making Google Now a true linguist by understanding complex accents and minimizing ambient noise.

Simultaneous multi-language support will roll out to Google Now users within "the coming days," Google said.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

New iPhone Might Have a Built-In Barometer



Apple has already stepped into the health and fitness tracking market with its Health app for iOS. Now, the company could be upping the ante with its upcoming iPhone
New code spotted by developers who spoke with 9 to 5 Mac indicates the iPhone 6 could have a barometer built in.
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An integrated barometer would track altitude and air pressure and could infer temperature readings, too.
Existing apps already perform many of these tasks, but they use the iPhone's GPS and motion chips to do so. A piece of dedicated measurement hardware is likely to provide better performance. 

Intel's Pocket Avatars chat app packs 3D avatars that mimic your face and mood


Intel wants to inject passion and excitement into mobile chat through a new app that relies on face-tracking technology to assess facial expressions and mood.
With Pocket Avatars, users can chat with friends using animated three-dimensional avatars, but there’s a twist. A camera on a mobile device tracks a user’s face and expressions, and those emotions are reflected on the avatar during a chat.
The avatar serves as an alter-ego for those who don’t to put their real face on screen, said Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group at Intel.
“It’s just a fun thing on top of standard messaging,” Bell said.
Emoticons have been a standard tool for expressions in text messaging. An animated chat that reflects a real person’s mood is more engaging, Bell said, adding that if a user is angry or happy, the avatar will show it, Bell said.
The camera captures moving faces, lighting conditions and a range of emotions such as smiles, blinking eyes or kisses. The recordings are processed through an algorithm and then mapped on the avatar in real time. The Pocket Avatars app then deletes the information.
“We are not storing databases with people’s faces,” Bell said. “We’re not selling ads or information. This is about social messaging, using an animated avatar. It’s not mining [data].”
intel 3d chat app avatar
One wouldn’t expect chat software from Intel, which specializes in making chips. But Intel’s research division has a diverse group of scientists and social scientists researching technology and other areas such as health and human behavior. Pocket Avatars was being kicked around the labs for a little while, and it represents the fun side of Intel’s research team, Bell said.
Chat and messaging software companies are also being valued highly so there is momentum in that area, Bell said. About 20 trillion over-the-top messages—messages sent through chat software—will be sent this year, and Intel wants a piece of that market, Bell said.
“Some of the evaluations of those companies... it’s not a joke,” Bell said. Facebook said earlier this year it would acquire WhatsApp in a stunning deal worth $19 billion.
Bell’s New Devices Group is also charged with exploring opportunities in the wearables market. Pocket Avatars represents Intel’s willingness to experiment and dabble in new areas, Bell said.
But some experiments for Intel haven’t panned out. Intel dropped plans to launch a TV service after failing to reach license agreements with content providers, and also shut down its own app store for PCs called AppUp.
Pocket Avatars is free for download and comes with forty avatars. Some avatars are free while others cost $0.99 for unlimited use. The avatars available include famous people, Lego characters and also YouTube star Annoying Orange.
Intel plans to add more avatars and capabilities as the app evolves, Bell said.