This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Smash Bandits is about to be updated with a brand new mode and be renamed to Smash Bandits Racing. That’s right, they’re adding a racing mode. Smash Hit is a game that’ll let you break everything made of glass on purpose. And for the Math geeks among us, Calculords is a math and card based game that will really challenge your skills.
I’m sad to see the old unibody machine go; I’d prefer to have an on-board optical drive, and I’m not convinced that the speedier access, silence, and shockproofness of solid state data storage are worth the trade-off in drive capacity one has to give up, but I didn’t put my money where my mouth is when I upgraded to a 13-inch MacBook Air last fall.
Is there a reasonable case for buying an iPad 2 in March of 2014? I would say categorically not at $399, and if you can’t scratch up the extra hundred bucks for an iPad Air with a Retina display and the future proofing of a light-years faster A7 64 bit System on Chip, I would strongly advise going with a Retina iPad mini at the same $399 price
In the month that was in Apple litigation, Steve Berman goes all Braveheart on behalf of ebooks customers, Michael Bromwich continues to be a thorn in Apple’s side, the Korea Fair Trade Commission learns about the legal system at the “Wonder Pets” School of Law, and a formidable new foe steps into the arena: the angry educated of Wisconsin!
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: The FCC app aims to help you figure out all of the important metrics related to your mobile broadband connection. If you’re looking for a game, you might like to give Disco Zoo a try; it’s from the makers of Tiny Tower. And finally, Disney introduced their Movies Anywhere app this week so you can watch Disney movies…you know…anywhere.
If my guess about app code bloat is correct, it’s pretty hard to any longer recommend 16GB iPads as a good value, since unlike many Android and Windows tablets, iPads have no option of removable media expansion for data overflow. Yes, there’s the Cloud, and I love Dropbox, but I prefer to have anything worth saving stored on local media, with Cloud storage for synchronization and backup only.
A New York based startup called Outernet hopes to offer unrestricted, globally accessible broadcast data via satellite, giving everyone on the planet Internet content access. For free. Their greatest challenges to bridging the global information divide are likely to be political and legal, rather than technological or financial.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Google has updated their Waze social GPS app to include handy features such as auto-completing from various sources, including your address book. Second Chance Heroes is an action arcade game featuring cloned versions of historic figures fighting zombies, werewolves, and much more. ACR Drift is a beautiful racing game that focuses on drifting. And, as always, there are tons of limited time freebies to be downloaded.
I’ve made a fair proportion of my living over the past two decades writing about technology, but when it comes to technology in cars I’m unapologetically more than a bit of a luddite. I’m an old-school car aficionado, and regard the incursion of technology in cars mostly with dismay and loathing.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will most likely release an upgraded iPad Air later this year with a more powerful 64-bit A8 SoC and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and delay release of a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” and a newer iPad mini version until next year.
Zal Bilimoria blogged recently that he’s fallen out of love with tablets, observing they couldn’t possibly shoulder all the expectations people had for it. Well, speak for yourself, Mr. Bilimoria. You must travel in different circles than I do. I’m not hotly in love with my iPad, but I’ve developed a strong respect for it within its manifold limitations, and am seriously addicted.
I have great respect for my iPad 2, but I’m surprised Apple kept it in production this long. Price-wise, selling for $399, it hasn’t been much of a bargain. Still, I’ve been very satisfied by the value received with my 16 GB Wifi iPad 2, and if my next tablet serves me as well, I’ll be delighted, so here’s a parting salute to a faithful tool.