Monday, 20 May 2013


Sonic the Hedgehog

The original Sonic the Hedgehog arrived on Android this week, courtesy of an official port by SEGA and developer Christian Whitehead. Far from being a glorified emulator, Sonic 1 for Android has been remastered in the same way that Sonic CD was, with fast, 60-frames-per-second gameplay, graphics designed to take full advantage of 16:9 displays and the ability to save games. The spin dash ability has been ported back to Sonic 1, too, and you can even unlock Tails and Knuckles as playable characters.
If you're up for some old-school, fast-paced platforming action this weekend, this 16-bit classic is definitely worth a look. It's available on the Google Play Store for devices running Android 2.3 and up.

Field Trip

Field Trip isn't a new app, however it's worthy of mention this week for one key reason. It is now available in over 80 countries worldwide, and in over 30 different languages. It will also automatically translate any cards not written in your native language. Impressive.So, for those who aren't familiar, Field Trip is developed by the Niantic Labs team at Google, the same people who developed Ingress. It works in the background, and is designed to alert you to things of interest that are around you wherever you are. Shopping, eating, places of historical interest, all are covered, and you can customize the notifications to be as frequent or infrequent as you desire. Field Trip can also detect when you're driving, and talk to you about places of interest as you pass them on your route. It's free, so if it's now available in your country, give it a whirl.


If you're like most people, you need a little motivation sometimes to get your butt to the gym for those dreaded workouts. Nothing keeps people accountable like money does, so how about a little friendly wager to keep you sweatin' to the oldies? Gympact helps you earn cash for working out, whether you go to the gym or do outside activities such as running or biking.
It's simple to use. Download the app, then make a pact for how many days you will commit to exercise each week. Wager some cash that you'll pay up if you don't make those days, and make sure when you go work out that you check in via the app as your proof that you were there. Not at the gym? No worries, import GPS-verified running/biking activities with RunKeeper. At the end of the week either rake in the rewards for meeting your goals, or shell out a bit of dough to all those that did make it.
I'm pretty sure no one will get rich by using Gympact, as the payouts aren't huge, but if you need a little bit of extra push to get off your tush, this may be just the thing for you.


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