Following the announcement of the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple just rolled out with their highly-anticipated iOS 10, the latest iteration of their mobile operating system. Not only does it feel aesthetically revamped, but it incorporates an array of features that appeal to casual and power users alike. Here are 10 of the most apparent updates included with iOS 10:
We’ve all been there…your cell phone is a year old, but a brand new version has just been released. There’s an epic keynote introducing all the shiny new features, there’s an ad campaign that helps cement this new phone as a must-have item, and your friends won’t stop showing theirs off. But should you upgrade?
The next installment in the Angry Birds franchise has been released on Android, iOS and Windows Phone in the form of Angry Birds Go! This latest installment in the Angry Bird franchise takes the lovable birds and pigs and puts them in a Mario Kart-style racing game. While the game is a kart racer Angry Birds Go! is more reminiscent of the endless runner genre with the player only able to control if the kart goes right or left through touch or tilt controls.
The game currently features two courses, Seedway and Rocky Road, which contain five types of races players can participate in. “Race” is a straight race with several other pigs and birds with similar karts trying to finish top 3 in most cases. “Time Boom” is a solo beat-the clock challenge race that has you racing to reach the finish before a fuse burns down, while dodging obstacles along the way. “Versus” is a one-on-one race with the player getting to set the difficulty level on Easy, Medium or Hard. Then there is “Fruit Splat” which is a Fruit Ninja-inspired mode where you have to drive through a set number of fruit on your way to the finish line.
The final race features a boss battle where you are tasked with racing and beating a bird in order to unlock them to use as a playable character. Each section also includes boss-bird races: beat them three times, and you unlock them to use as a playable character. And as you work through, there are more modes to unlock too: one focused on stunts and another on jump-heavy ‘air’ races.
Having all these game features keeps the game from becoming boring quickly. The gameplay is also tight with its easy controls making drifting with the karts fun to do. The drifting controls actually made the game even more fun because I would create my own meta-game by trying to see how many of the other racers I can run off the track while still getting first place. It’s a silly thing to do but makes going through the course more fun since you can quickly familiarize yourself with the courses.
Angry Birds Go! also has the added feature of working with a new collection of Telepods Angry Bird toys. And if you purchased the Angry Birds Jenga board game you are able to unlock a Jenga game mode by entering the promo code. If you didn’t buy Angry Birds Jenga than you have the option to unlock this game mode through an in-app purchase on Angry Birds Go!
While the gameplay and design is well executed the one downside to Angry Birds Go! is that it goes all in with its freimium. The Kart that you are initially given is the most basic Kart in the game. While you can upgrade it you are going to have to spend real money if you want to get the best looking karts in the game. This may be a real deal breaker for some as buying these karts can get costly, with the range being between $2.99 and $49.99. It doesn’t help that the game itself doesn’t tell you right away how much something cost, such as the Double Your Coins Forever feature that always appears after every race actually cost.
+DIY Style Design
+Plenty of Game Modes
+Gameplay Easy to Grasp
+Integration with Angry Bird Toys
–Freemium Model Makes Things Costly
–Easy to Mistakenly Make In-App Purchases
For some Angry Birds Go! will be another fun installment in the franchises as it offers up plenty of game modes and a design that is aesthetically pleasing. For others they may be angry with the games in-app purchases being too much considering the cost of these in-app purchases. So when making the choice to play Angry Birds Go! you have to ask yourself: Do I mind the free-to-play model this game has gone with?
Platform: Windows Phone
Windows Phone users, be ready to say goodbye to the word of the day calendar that you have sitting on your desk. Now you can replace it with Today’s Word app that has just been released on the Windows Phone Store.
With the Today’s Word app all you have to do is open the app and you will be given the word of the day. You can also view the previous day’s word if you missed it and, if you can’t wait, you can also look at what the word of the day will be for the next day. Included with each of the word are its definition and an example of how the word is used. Some words also include the pronunciation and their origin. The one catch to access future word of the days is to review the app on the Windows Phone Store, a fair trade to open up this option.
One thing I would like to see improved with future updates is to have the option to be able to pin the app to the Windows Phone lock screen background. This would only help keep the app at the top of mind for users that there is a new word of the day.
-Learning new words every day
-Availability of the previous and next day’s word
-Definition, pronunciation and origin of word provided
-Lack of lock screen support at launch
Today’s Word is an app that all Windows Phone users should download and pin to your home screen immediately. Soon enough you will have vocabulary that may even surprise you.
With Any.do you can view your tasks and goals by category or by date. Dates can be specifically broken down to the minute or something more general such as “tomorrow” or “someday.” This task-manager app is all wrapped in a visually appealing design.
What sets Any.do apart from other task-management apps is its signature feature called Any.do moment. This feature is a setting that you set-up which will remind you to review your upcoming tasks. When this scheduled time happens the app will begin by telling you it’s time to review your tasks. It will then show you the tasks that are in your schedule for that day. The idea behind this feature is to train you to have the habit of reviewing your tasks list on a daily basis.
A benefit for iOS users is that Any.do can be synced up with the Cal app so you can automatically see your tasks within your calendar. This feature is not available for Android users since Cal is not currently available to be downloaded on Google Play.
One minor problem that I came across was that if you added or changed a reminder within a task it would not show you the name of that task in the time and date page. This may cause a problem for long to-do lists as it could be easy to forget the name of the task if it does not show up.
+Categorizing tasks to the minute or specific
+Any.do moment feature
-Added or changed tasks to a reminder don’t show up in app pop up.
-Cal sync not available on Android.
When it comes to downloading a Task-management app you want one that will support all the basic functions of your daily lives and Any.do does that for you. The Any.do app that hits all those primary concerns while giving users just a little bit more to explore.