This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Ken Burns is a new app for iPad that connects all of Ken’s work together for a unique look at American history. If you’re looking for a new game, you might give Skydrift a shot. It’s not an endless runner, it’s more of an endless faller. Spaceteam is a party game that will have you shouting technobabble instructions to each other as you try to outrun an exploding star with a ship that’s falling apart.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup, Pacemaker is the first DJ app that can take advantage of Spotify’s catalogue of music, Avengers Alliance is the latest game featuring all of your favorite Marvel super heroes and villains, and Facebook – Paper is a much prettier way of keeping up with your Facebook news feed.
I had been wondering which PC maker would be first to abandon the sinking Windows PC ship, as PC sales continue to tank. I suppose it’s not surprising that it might turn out to be Sony, given the Vaio’s dismal sales performance of late, but I’m pretty confident that with Mac OS X Sony PCs, it would have been a different story.
Over the holiday season, I thought I had my hardware upgrade roadmap plotted for the foreseeable future. With a 13-inch MacBook Air serving as my anchor Mac for the next few years, my intent was to an iPad Air in 2014. But now it’s rumored that a 13-inch panel iPad Pro is on the way, most likely for release in the fall, muddying the upgrade waters again.
In January, Apple reached a settlement with the FTC over an issue they already settled with customers. Come on, FTC, either catch up with us just head back home. Who else needs to go home? Three dudes from Boston who are mad Apple asked for their personal information when making a sale. Meanwhile, a Melissa Pettignano is looking for publicity for her book by suing pretty everyone who sold it, so we’ll oblige, and Samsung…well, they just pop up all over this wrap-up, don’t they?
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This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Are you convinced AutoCorrect trying to ruin your life? You might really like a new app called SwiftKey. If you’re looking for a new game to play you might like either EA’s Dungeon Keeper or Lumi. Dungeon Keeper is a tower defense game without the tower (and way more offensive). Lumi is Apple’s featured game of the week that’s definitely worth a look. Can you illuminate the world?
You can’t really evaluate a workhorse computer until it’s been used for a while in your work environment, but early days impressions are mostly positive. It’s amazingly slim, but not much different footprint-wise than the old MacBook. I had been curious about how it would perform and feel in tasks and venues that have been more and more shunted to the iPad. My verdict is that this 13-inch MacBook Air really isn’t an iPad substitute, but at $1,099 represents the most laptop for the money Apple has ever offered.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: Beats Music is the latest music streaming subscription service, and you can try it out for free for seven days to see for yourself if it’s the best deal available. VLC has been updated to conform to iOS 7 styling, but that’s not all; they’ve also added a ton of new features to make this app even more useful. Storehouse wants to help you combine pictures and videos with text to meaningfully document your experiences.
This week on the Free Apps Roundup: If you’re a fan of Google Play, you’ll want to download the official Google Play app for iOS devices. While you can’t purchase content via the app, you can watch all of your content over Wi-Fi via the app. Making memes is now super easy with the Imgur MemeGen app. All of the most popular memes are ready and waiting for you to caption and distribute so the rest of us can keep laughing. And if it’s a new game you’re looking for, give Mega Jump 2 a try. It’s not another endless runner, it’s more of an endless jumper. There are hundreds of missions to keep you busy.
The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs, but will do-all tablets eventually cover all the bases? I’m not yet convinced the end of traditional PCs is close at hand, but the prospect (albeit not a lively one) of an iPad Pro that would be more than an just an upsized MacBook Air is beguiling.
In a sponsored article on Quartz, Intel iQ editor-at-large Ken Kaplan observes that whether it’s from fatigue or fragmentation, users’ tastes in tablets are changing. For some time after the iPad lit a fire under the media tablet market in 2010, it appeared that most aspiring tablet users agreed with Steve Jobs that the iPad’s 7-inch competitors, such as RIM’s Playbook, didn’t fare especially well. However, that began to change with Google’s Nexus 7.