App Wrap: "Angry Birds Space", "First Impressions: The Masters"
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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Angry Birds Space
Angry birds are no longer venting their frustrations against pigs solely on our planet. In Angry Birds Space, you must abide by the laws of physics that apply outside our atmosphere. So, for example, if you shoot a bird towards a planet into its gravitational field the bird will fly accordingly doing an orbit around the planet or asteroid. If, however, you fire a bird clear into space nowhere near a planet, then he'll just keep flying forever or until he bumps into something. Developers actually worked with NASA to accurately depict how the birds would fly. In fact, on the title screen, there's even a NASA logo you can push which will take you to the NASA website for more information on the U.S. space program. Back to the game though, there are also a few new birds you'll have at your disposal. Among them, the powerful "Mighty Eagle" who, after a single tap, turns into a black hole swallowing every pig in site. Angry Birds Space is out for iOS and Android devices; 99 cents for phones, $2.99 for tablets. Android users can also get a free, ad-based version.
First Impressions: The Masters
Shifting now to a different type of birdie. This isn't as much a new app as it is a special digital edition of Golf Digest called "First Impressions: The Masters". For the most part it's exactly what the title implies: It has golfers, journalists, and some everyday fans who tell the stories about their first time watching or playing in the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia. There's also though a special section looking forward at what the Masters may look like in the distant future as well as an interactive section that allows you to take any of the 18 holes and then click through to see every transformation that hole has taken during course redesigns since 1934. Golf Digest's "First Impressions: The Masters" is available on the iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tables for free to existing subscribers to the magazine or $1.99 for non-subscribers.