8 Apps and Games for Soccer Fans

8 Apps and Games for Soccer Fans

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and since the advent of channels such as Sky Sports, it has become much simpler to get engrossed in a match. However, the experience of watching a match is far from perfect – enter your phone, and this selection of apps and games which is sure to make any soccer fan drool!

In essence, soccer is a simple game to play and enjoy. But for those of us who want to do more than scratch the surface of the beautiful game, statistics galore and in-depth information of each player can almost become a necessity before sitting down to watch a game. This is where the apps below should help, allowing you to do everything from play a match of soccer yourself to getting live score updates as they happen.

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The Best iPhone Apps of the Year, According to Apple

At the end of every year, Apple releases a list of the best iPhone apps.

Apple is known for being extremely selective, and this year’s list contains a mixture of everything — from helpful productivity apps to cutting-edge games with stunning graphics.

We’ve collected all of Apple’s top picks in one tidy place for you to learn more about each one and download your favorites.

Waterlogue turns your photos into artistic watercolors.

Image credit: Waterlogue | iTunes

Waterlogue lets you watch as it paints over your photos to create a beautiful watercolor version. There’s 14 different styles, and you can create the perfect picture by tweaking wetness, pen outlines, and colors.

Price: $2.99

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AutoMath Photo Calculator

What is AutoMath Photo Calculator?

AutoMath Photo Calculator is a mathematics application that allows you to take pictures of a problem. Once you’ve taken a picture, the app then solves the problem for you and provides you with steps on how to solve the problem. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store.

Here’s how AutoMath Photo Calculator works. It opens to a camera view that is highly cropped. You put the problem on camera and snap a picture. From there, the application attempts to solve the problem, give you the answer, and provide you with a list of steps on how to obtain the answer. There are a number of mathematical functions built in (250+) and includes some study guides like step-by-step tutorials. It also works entirely offline so you don’t need a network connection.

Unfortunately, the app has run into a lot of snags. People have complained about not being able to get it to work on their devices because their cameras cannot focus or get the whole problem in the cropped box. We didn’t have a problem getting simple stuff to work but the more complicated (and longer) math problems did present an issue. It’s also worth noting that this works best with typed problems. Taking pictures of hand-written problems requires above average penmanship so if you try this at home, make sure you write the problems as neatly as possible. Continue reading

Game of Thrones by Telltale Games brings war to the Google Play Store

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones that have been waiting for a new game to hit for Android can now celebrate. Wasting no time in making it to Android, Telltales Games has released Episode 1 of their Game of Thrones adventure game.

Game of Thrones (A Telltale Games Series) is available now for $4.99 in the Google Play Store.

Game of Thrones Telltale Games specs

The game is based on the world of Westeros as depicted in the HBO television series, which is, of course, based on the books by George R. R. Martin. You take on the decision making role of House Forrester, a northern noble family loyal to Winterfell, and what remains of house Stark.

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Food Battle

Food Battle review

What is Food Battle?

Food Battle is a very quirky mixture of your classic casual “3-star” style game combined with hack and slash, adventure-oriented game play. It also employs a lot humorous and occasionally vulgar situations which give this game a different sort of casual gaming feel. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here’s how Food Battle works. It uses the same sort of level-based, star-based game play that you’re used to from games like Angry Birds. Each level is a short adventure quest where you must do battle with various types of mutant donuts by hacking them to pieces with a sword. The game play mechanics are fairly straight forward and no one should have trouble learning how this game works. Each level contains 3-stars including a star that’s usually easy to find while the other two are generally better hidden. Once you get to the fat guy, you can exit the level.

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Tilt Scroll

What is Tilt Scroll?

Tilt Scroll is a root application that allows you to scroll things on your Android device without actually touching the screen. Think of it like a non-Touchwiz version of Smart Scroll on Samsung phones. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with an in app purchase that costs $1.79.

The app premise is fairly easy to understand. It allows you to scroll things on your screen without actually touching your phone. It does this by utilizing the gyroscope in your device. When you tilt it, it scrolls. It’s a function that can be turned on and off at will so you can scroll normally if need be. The free version comes with features like scrolling vertically and horizontally, the ability to select a scrolling area when multiple scroll areas are present on screen, and various activation methods. There are also no ads.

In the paid version you can adjust the speed of the scroll as well as the acceleration and deceleration of the scroll and you’ll get an automatic and manual mode which affect how the tilt behaves under certain situations. You can also scroll directly to the top or bottom of a page by using the volume buttons. About the only hangup is that you do need root for this app and, of course, an accelerometer in your device. Continue reading

Facebook Brings Graph Search To Mobile And Lets You Find Feed Posts By Keyword

Facebook is finally getting serious about search. Today it’s challenging Google for finding answers and Twitter for checking real-time chatter with the launch of keyword search. Two years after debuting semantic “My friends who…” search for people, places, and photos on the web, Graph Search is rolling out on iOS in the US along with a new keyword search option for dredging up old News Feed posts by friends.

Product manager Rousseau Kazi tells me Facebook’s personalized search results are focused first on helping people rediscover thoughts, experiences, and memories they saw in feed. Still, queries for “dentist” or “burrito” could surface recommendations from friends that compete with Google results. Meanwhile, a search for “Michael Brown” or “101 traffic” could surface a feed of recent mentions or news articles by friends, similar to Twitter.

There will be no ads on Facebook’s mobile search or any new keyword ads. But since keywords can carry lucrative purchase intent, I’d bet Facebook experiments with ads here eventually to see if they could become real revenue generators. Businesses would surely be willing to pay to insert themselves into results for “restaurant” or “lawyer”.

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