Time flies. Summer is almost over and the new school year is upon us. While you may have spent your last months indulging in our 5 entertainment and boredom-curing apps, it's time to fire up your neurons again and use the video medium for more than gushing and awing at the latest cute kitties. Whether you're going back to school, university, or you graduated a long time ago but are still interested in learning new skills, the following selection of apps should provide you with enough grey matter-moulding content to last you years.
Unless you absolutely despise games, you've probably noticed Unreal Engine is sort of a rock star among game development platforms. Not only is it capable of rendering some profoundly gorgeous graphics, it can do so on virtually every major desktop and mobile operating system available. Today, Epic Games is releasing Unreal Engine 4.4 with some new tools for building animation and behavior models, additional rendering features, improved support for Android and iOS, and even some free stuff in the content marketplace.
Microsoft has two versions of its Xbox One SmartGlass app in the Play Store—regular and beta. The beta app is getting an update today with some previously announced (and pretty neat) functionality. However, you'll only get the full effect if you're in a supported country, which for once is not the US.
For kids, deep internal conflict may consist of deciding whether to play with toys or something virtual and flashy. Even in our youth, there simply isn't enough time in the day for everything. Yet LEGO has an answer. With its new FUSION line of products, children (both young and old) can take physical blocks and create things that come to life inside of a tablet or certain phones. To launch the brand, LEGO has dropped three apps into the Play Store.
I know, I know. You are tired of filter and effect apps, and so am I. But this Afterlight app looks good, really good. After starting out on iOS and gaining popularity due to its simplicity and quality, the app has just been released on the Play Store for Android devices running 4.0.3 and up.
The ability to mark unwanted email as spam and check the junk folder for potentially mislabeled messages is a core feature for any email client, but until now, Dropbox's stylish Mailbox app has lacked it. With version 1.1, that changes. The app now places the spam folder inside the sidebar with its other pre-existing categories, and tucked away inside each email's menu we now find the new option to "mark as spam."
This isn't all the developers have been up to.
Well this is amusing. The International Olympic Committee has released an Android app into the Play Store that is arriving just in time to stream video from this year's Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in Nanjing, China. Ironically, though, China is the one place where Olympic TV is explicitly labeled not to work. It's written in plain sight on the app's Play Store page.
The event will take place this year from August 16th to the 28th and provide teenagers with a venue to compete in all manner of athletic games.
When I was a kid, I loved camping. As an adult...well, I still like it, but I don't get to go that often for various reasons. Like work. And life. And some other thing. Of all the times I've been camping, I remember one in particular: I got abducted by aliens. There were tests, I made some friends, and maybe saved the world.
OK, that didn't really happen. But if it did, I imagine it would play out a lot like Bik, a new game from Zotnip.
Surgeon Simulator is a game where players will save lives, but this will come mostly likely after they've ruined many others. In this port of the popular PC title, players get to step into an operating room and do whatever it is their heart desires. The idea is that this will match whatever it is the patient's heart wants, but as we know from any simulation game, this isn't always the case.