Is Asphalt 8 the best Android racing game of all time?
Asphalt has long been at the top of the racing game pyramid and the eighth edition of the series is by far the best game yet. This time around there are a total of 47 cars, with only a small selection being borrowed from previous versions of the game. One problem with Asphalt has been the lack of licensed manufacturers appearing in game, but this time around you’ll find the likes of Bugatti, Pagani and Lamborghini all present and accounted for.
There’s a lengthy campaign to get through here, spanning over eight seasons and 180 individual events with the inclusion of ramps and hills for you to perform rolls over to keep things fresh. Difficulty gets progressively harder the further you venture into the seasons, but the improved touch screen controls lend themselves well to the fast paced action. As you race, you’ll get to explore a wide range of tracks included in Asphalt 8, the selection isn’t as impressive as previous editions, but each is based within a recognisable location and graphically there’s no racing game even close.
Where Asphalt 8 really pulls away from the competition is with its multiplayer experience. Connecting to an online race is simple and quick enough to not leave you twiddling your thumbs. Up to 8 players can race at any point and we managed to complete a handful of these races without any problems whatsoever. There’s also an intriguing Ghost Mode that enables users to race against the fastest times on each track, it’s a good bit of fun while it lasts, but the small selection of tracks means you won’t be going back to it time and time again.
Don’t be stuck, scratching your head and wondering what a word means. Google Goggles on an Android phone can translate for you, as this tutorial explains…
Google Goggles is one of the most ingenious Android apps. Among its many features is the ability to translate printed text, such as from a restaurant menu or road sign, making this app the perfect travel companion.
Take your fitness regime to the next level with the Fitbit Zip.
Despite its small stature, the Fitbit Zip is a comprehensive fitness tracker that tracks the calories you’ve burnt while exercising. Its small plastic exterior feels well made and it includes a small hook that can be used to attach it to your person while exercising.
Included on the front of the Zip is a small LCD screen that tracks the distance and steps you’ve covered and a selection of icons which indicate battery life and if the Zip is currently connected to your phone. Alongside the Zip is the official Fitbit app that is used to store all your tracked data to measure your overall progress and enable you to interact with other users through its forum system.
Trendy bag to transport your smartphones and tablets
The Unitah may look like your standard satchel, but it includes a range of pockets and compartments for you to store your smartphones, tablets and laptops in. Each pocket is layered with a wool-like material which stops any scratches appearing on the screen of your devices when moving about and also keeps the device fairly still as well.
If you do take advantage of the range of pockets and compartments available, you’ll find you won’t be left with much space for any other everyday items you’ll want to travel with. There’s also an issue with the velcro strips used to keep the covering flap attached, as they seem to come loose frequently. Problems aside, the ColcaSac Uintah is a decent enough back for all your electrical items.
New book from Imagine Publishing is the perfect guide to using Android
If you’re new to Android and want to quickly get up to speed with all the amazing things you can do with your phone, then the new Android for Beginners book is for you.
Starting with the absolute basics of setting up your phone or tablet it features a wealth of step-by-step guides to help you get up and running.
With detailed guides to Google Play, Google+, Google Drive and Google Maps, you’ll soon be able to download apps, music and movies, stay social, navigate with ease and use your device in ways you didn’t know were possible.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will compete against Sony and Pebble to become the king of smartwatches.
It wasn’t just the jaw dropping Note 3 that Samsung announced at IFA 2013, with the Galaxy Gear arguably grabbing all the headlines. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is in essence a smartwatch, but one that includes a wealth of features and tricks to really differentiate it from the likes of both Pebble and Sony’s offerings.
As with most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear can be used to read notifications, alter music and video controls and also control incoming and outgoing phonecalls, but it also includes some notable extras. The 1.63″ Super AMOLED display has a 320 x 200 display resolution, but it also includes a single-core 800MHz Exynos processor to use and a 1.9-megapixel camera.
You’ll be putting that processor to good use, when you consider the Galaxy Gear comes with a range of compatible apps that can be installed via your Galaxy smartphone. Although many of the apps offer simple tasks, such as remotely tracking your phone, there’s also big name apps such as Path, Evernote and RunKeeper which will eat up the 4GB of on-board storage.