This deceptively simple puzzler can prove quite addictive
It sounds simple enough – just slide the gaps in the on-screen lines to allow red and blue balls through to their matching coloured areas (fire and water) to complete each stage – but puzzler Orph soon increases in complexity and offers an addictive challenge. Multiple balls and lines make your task akin to juggling as you try to keep some balls contained while allowing others through, and you also have to account for balls colliding and changing trajectory. Later levels introduce switchable coloured lines that only allow matching balls through, plus balls that can be tapped to enable them to pass through lines for three seconds. Completing a stage in faster time earns you up to the maximum three-bar ratings, adding an incentive to replay levels. This is probably just as well as there are currently only just over 50 levels.
Now that Apple Music is available on Android it’s time to give that three-month free trial a whirl
Apple Music is now available on Android. The app is in beta, but it’s pretty stable and offers the same functionality you would get with the iOS version.
Essentially the service is Apple’s answer to Spotify, letting you stream music directly to your device. You will need an Apple ID to set everything up, but there’s a three-month trial that lets you test everything Apple Music has to offer before you decide whether you want to subscribe.
Meet the smartwatch that can boast a 30-day battery life
We love seeing emerging manufacturers make us stand up and take notice of them and Vector is certainly doing that with the Luna smartwatch. Out of the box you’re greeted with a stainless steel unit that’s the ideal weight without being too bulky. It doesn’t sit completely flush to the wrist, but this is a common problem with larger framed smartwatches, rather than a specific issue with Vector.
There are no rear sensors built in and apart from a small charging port, it’s a truly minimalist piece that oozes class from top to bottom. The rear sensor isn’t the only omission here, as there’s no coloured display, no touchscreen and no Android Wear to use. It’s a smartwatch, without the smarts. Instead, the Luna takes a more minimal approach to wearables, offering the core functions of a smartwatch, but nothing more. All of this is controllable through the accompanying app, which is easy to use and customisable at will. That said, without the app, the Luna is fairly redundant, so you’ll need your phone with you at all times.
Despite its title, mythological mash-up Gods of Rome features gods and heroes from both Ancient Rome and Greece – not that the story matters that much as they all get to beat the living daylights out of each other in one-on-one combat. Still, it adds to the atmosphere, as do some spectacular 3D visuals – which explain the vast data download (around 500MB) required upon launching.
The fluidly animated fighters battle it out on some sumptuous backdrops, including Mount Olympus. Fortunately, the touch controls are kept simple. A tap or swipe on the right of the screen results in a light or medium attack, while a long press charges up your character’s heavy attack. Holding the left side causes your hero to block most enemy attacks, while swiping left will make them jump back to avoid heavy strikes. It works well and requires some skill to defeat the more powerful foes. In addition, you can unleash a special attack when your rage meter fills up.
Stop apps from using up your data with this quick trick
You may not realise this, but various apps are leeching on your mobile internet connection, resulting in greater data and battery use.
Android has a built-in tool to prevent you from exceeding your network limit, and if you’re not using it already, you really should be. Open Settings>Data usage to get started, and tap the switch to enable monitoring for mobile data.