New version includes several game upgrades and integrates Nextpeer for head-to-head play and tournament competition opportunities.
Worldwide, October 25, 2013
Mountain Woods Media, LLC has released a new version of its iOS app “Splatz and Batz” with new game features including NextPeer multiplayer compatibility.
The free app, available in Apple’s App Store, is based on the concept of helping insects avoid busy, oncoming highway traffic in order to keep the bug character from becoming a “splat” on a windshield.
Players have the opportunity to choose from four bug characters – (all free) and can earn points by collecting leaves, dandelions and pieces of candy.
The new version (v1.2) adds:
- Starting the game with additional character lives.
- Opportunity to earn extra lives during game play.
- Earn “Power Ups” during game play, which increase game speed and/or create additional scoring opportunities.
- Game levels.
- Social media integration with Facebook and Twitter.
- Mute sound.
Apple’s Game Center and NextPeer’s Multiplayer are also included for head-to-head and tournament play. Players can turn off ads within the game and/or add a Kids Mode for invincible game play, for a small additional charge.
Mountain Woods Media, LLC is a mobile application (app) development company specializing in creating business, hobby, special-interest and game apps.
For the first time this year, Apple unveiled two new versions of the iPhone at the same time: the top-tier iPhone 5s and the more budget-friendly iPhone 5c. While the devices have much in common, the 5s has several things to offer over the 5c, including a faster processing chip, a better camera, and a 64GB option.
Then again, you might prefer the 5c if you love color and don’t want to break the bank with your new phone purchase. Use the following information to determine which new iPhone is right for you.
- Capacity – iPhone 5s comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes; iPhone 5c only comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities.
- Price – New two-year contract pricing for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c is as follows:
16GB: $199 for 5s; $99 for 5c
32GB: $299 for 5s; $199 for 5c
64GB: $399 for 5s
- Color – iPhone 5s is offered in three different color schemes: gold-on-white, silver-on-white, and “space gray”-on-black. The 5c comes in more bold color options: yellow, green, blue, pink, and white.
- Construction – The 5s is has a durable aluminum chassis, while the 5c has a plastic shell, surrounding a steel-reinforced frame.
- Chip – iPhone 5s features the powerful A7 chip, which boasts significant speed and graphics processing improvements over the A6 chip that powers the iPhone 5c.
- Identity Sensor – The 5s has Touch ID, a feature allowing you to access your phone using your fingerprint. The 5c doesn’t have this feature.
- iSight Camera – Though both cameras are 8MP, the camera on the 5s features several improvements over the 5c camera, including a larger aperture for better low-light photography, True Tone flash for photographing people, Slo-mo video, and Burst Mode photography.
One more thing to note: The iPhone 5c is essentially the same phone as the now discontinued iPhone 5, but with a plastic shell. The 5c does offer a couple small improvements over the 5, including a slightly longer battery life and a marginally better front-facing camera, but for a significant upgrade, iPhone 5 users will have to opt for the 5s.
iOS 7: New Features You Should Know About
In September, Apple released the latest version of its iOS operating software for the iPhone and iPad: iOS 7. Like every iOS update, the latest one introduces new features and functionality, and can take a little time to adjust to. If you haven’t updated your device yet or recently updated and want a tour of the latest features, read on to learn about the major changes introduced by iOS 7.
- New look – The changes made to the iOS’ appearance with the latest update are more drastic than those introduced in any of the past few iOS updates. The revamped look includes colorful, flattened buttons and a new password screen, among other changes.
- Control Center – This new feature provides easy access to essential settings and utilities. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Center, where you can toggle Wi-Fi on and off, adjust screen brightness, and access your alarm clock, turn on the flashlight, and more.
- Improved Notification Center – Notification Center now includes a “today” section, showing you all of your notifications for the current date.
- New camera features – Camera includes new photo filters that change the look of your photo with the swipe of a finger. Also, quickly change between shooting formats (still, video, panorama, and square).
- Easier updates – iOS 7 introduces automatic App updating. App updates are downloaded and installed automatically during power-efficient times, such as when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
- Photo sorting – Now sort photos by time, place, year, collection (e.g., “New York trip”), or moment (categories within collections, e.g., “Videos from Empire State Building”).
- AirDrop – This new feature lets you share pictures, videos, contacts, etc., with someone nearby using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
- iTunes Radio –This streaming, personalized radio station service is new with iOS 7.
- Safari improvements – Updates made to the Safari browser include an improved search bar and a new vertical tab view.
- Improved Siri – Siri is now faster, checks more resources, is easier to understand, and performs more tasks. Siri will now return calls, play voicemails, search Twitter, control the new iTunes Radio feature, and more.
- Better security – New features make it harder for someone who stole your device to use it. For example, turning off “Find My iPhone” or erasing your device now requires your Apple ID and password.
Don’t forget to back up your device before you update it to iOS 7, and keep in mind that you’ll need at least 3GB of free space to download the update directly (otherwise, you can install it over iTunes).