App Wrap: "Midway Arcade," Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0
YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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For many of us who grew up playing arcade games in actual arcades, just the sounds of the games alone can instantly trigger memories. Now, from the comfort of one's own home, without a few pounds of quarters in your pocket weighing you down, there is yet another new way to play some video game classics.
Atari was the first big publisher to offer a virtual arcade on mobile devices and now it's Midway, with titles like "Spy Hunter," "Rampage," "Defender" and "Joust," just to name a few.
The "Midway Arcade" app takes users inside a virtual arcade to not only play video games but also some physical-skill based games like "Pop A Shot" and "Pool." In fact, you can even collect tickets for achievements and cash them in for prizes at a virtual gift shop.
"Midway Arcade" is right now for iOS devices only. It costs 99 cents, which gets users 10 games. There are then two add-on packs of three games apiece, which you can buy as in-app purchases for 99 cents per pack.
Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0
What may also seem like a blast from the past, you may remember about a year ago when Research in Motion launched its first tablet, the Blackberry Playbook. It didn't sell well, and many say it was because it lacked many of the key features that make Blackberry smartphones so popular.
Now the Playbook's operating system has gotten an upgrade, and version 2.0 finally does bring many of those features on-board.
For starters, now you can use the device for emailing with the same account you use for your Blackberry phone, without having to wirelessly link the two anymore. You can also quickly and easily add your social networking accounts and have all your messages from all those places in one spot.
The new update also has a new calendar that syncs with what you have on your smartphone. Plus there's a new video store and the ability to run Android apps if developers of those apps port them over to the Playbook.
The Playbook OS 2.0 update is available now and is free.