Guest Post by: Lisa Myers
The era of virtual gaming has dawned and these games are becoming exceedingly popular with many of the teenagers who are deeply fascinated by the graphics, animations and most importantly, the ability to talk to others. This is the latest introduction in the gaming world that has taken the world over and continues to revolutionize it! What could be greater than the ability to interact with different characters in the game without any hurdle?
Virtual reality is the latest feature that has taken the gaming industry by storm. People are inquisitive and they want to go further in order to explore the unexplored.
Video gaming enables the players to set on an adventurous journey across undiscovered worlds. Gaming provides them with the ability to explore, travel across and amuse them within an alien setting. Currently, the game designers have begun the quest to offer the richest interactive experience of all times.
What is virtual reality?
Virtual reality is the latest form of technology that is capable of counterfeiting an environment. This top notch technology allows the people to interact with their environment in an unbelievable way. Virtual Reality (VR) can also exercise profound influence on our sensory experiences (sight, touch, smell, and hearing). The term virtual reality (VR) was first coined in 1950s in science fiction literature usually found in the work of Stanley G.Weinbaum. The term earned popularity in 1980s and now it is said to be the future of the video gaming.
At the contemporary, VR manifests itself on either headsets or computer screens, whether you are playing online games like poker or engaged in a battle in some war game. VR headsets are there to give you the most sensational gaming experience ever. This technology provides greater liberty to the users as they don’t have to control the games using their hands and this offers them a richer, true-of-life, game play!
VR gaming is actually the introduction of a 3-D environment to various video games. Virtual reality effects are usually created with the help of virtual reality softwares that offer and enhanced, just-like-real sensation to the players by assisting them to co-ordinate with their environment. VR has been on the scene since the inception of 3D gaming. Before the development of modern technology, VR made the use of projectors or huge multiple screens. Virtual gaming controls may be no different. They may make use of a standard keyboard or mouse. More advanced VR rooms may include latest technology that has the capability of enhancing the player’s experience and freedom in the virtual environment.
“ I think that VR is going to be the feature that will satisfy every player’s appetite for games and will go a long way to transform their dream of immersion (deep mental involvement) into reality” says Berkes from Game Period.
With the rampant advancement in the technological sphere, the virtual reality (VR) gaming hardware has evolved to the point of maturity, offering the users with an incredible sensory experience.
So if you are of the view that today’s VR games are awesome and breathe taking and it can’t get better than that, imagine about the technological advancements and their impact on the gaming industry in the future, you will be taken aback! That’s for sure! With your Virtual Reality headsets and glasses on, you can enjoy the gaming to its maximum!
It feels like ages ago when I downloaded my first iOS app in 2010. Seven years have passed and in internet time, that’s a long time. Once upon a time, “app” was the hottest buzzword out there so much so that the expression “There’s an app for that!” became a funny catchphrase everyone can relate to.
Despite gloomy projections a few years back, it’s obvious that mobile apps aren’t going away soon. In fact, more and more people are downloading apps and spending more and more time on them too, according to this article.
According to the comScore report, the number of mobile users surpassed desktop users in 2014. Gartner’s prediction narrates that over 268 billion mobile downloads will generate an income of $77 billion in 2017. The estimated global mobile app revenue was $35 billion in 2014, $45 billion in 2015, $58 billion in 2016, and a predicted $77 billion in 2017, as stated above.
But with Apple and Google Play’s app stores boasting a combined 4.2 million apps, it’s difficult to sift through an endless stream of apps to find those that you’ll actually want to download, find useful and actually use regularly.
Enter “app discovery” apps. At first blush, it seems redundant at best and counterintuitive at worst– after all, that’s another app taking up precious screen space. An app for discovering other apps? Seems like a chore. And for a long while it is. I’ve tried a few of these app discovery apps and it nearly drove me crazy going through all the random recommendations I’ve got.
For those who don’t know yet, I am a self-confessed app junkie since 2010 and still am, actually. I live and breathe apps for many years not only because I write app reviews but mostly and honestly for the thrill of a good app find. I would scroll through this endless list and try to download, test, use and delete as many apps as I can go through.I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.
I did this excessively and obsessively in the hopes of finding a gem in a sea of copycat, overpriced and underwhelming apps. Eventually, I got tired of the chase and settled for the ones that consistently sat on the Top Downloads charts or were “picked” by editors or showed up on Product Hunt — my recent go-to site for the fresh and promising apps and projects.
Very recently, however, I found a new app discovery app (website) called AppMatch.com. If the name makes you think of a dating site or makes you ask if it is, well it’s yes and no. Yes, because as I’ve realized after using it, it does feel like speed dating and Tinder combined, except that on AppMatch.com, the goal is to match users with their future favorite and can’t-live-without app (not a love interest, sorry to disappoint you Romeos and Juliets out there). App Match connects people with the apps they should be using by asking questions and then recommending apps based on your answers. The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.
Since app discovery apps are not allowed in Apple’s walled garden, you definitely won’t find this in the Apple app store. To use App Match, all you need to do is use your phone’s web browser and go to AppMatch.com. Note that while the website is accessible via desktop/laptop, you can only use the app-matching-discovery feature using your smartphone.
This is actually great because tapping on app download links take you directly to your device’s app store so you can readily download them coming from the browser.
Check out my video review/walkthrough below for AppMatch.com.
App Review: AppMatch.com
So how does it work? Easy.
- Open your smartphone’s native browser (Safari etc) and type AppMatch.com.
- Sign-up/create an account using your email.
- Start answering quiz-like questions to help App Match find the best apps for you.
- You can quit/skip anytime you wish. Doing so will prompt App Match to display the latest app matches based on your answers.
- From a menu that looks very much like Tinder, you have the option to “Swipe Right” for apps you like and “Swipe Left” for those you’d rather skip.
7. Rinse. Repeat.
What kind of questions does it ask?
The questions can range from light-hearted and fun to deeply personal. The more questions you answer, the more it learns about you and the better app recommendations it can make.
What about my privacy?
Here’s AppMatch.com’s privacy page for reference. It’s pretty much the same as what’s expected from a regular website. It tells you all you need to know about what information they collect and what they do with it.
Is it free to use? Yes.
App Performance Review Metrics:
Being an “app” accessible via a website, there are major advantages because factors such as app crashes, app speed, app latency and network errors are hardly an issue and when I used it repeatedly I didn’t have any issue at all. In this regard, I’m actually effectively reviewing a website. So all the other usual suspects when it comes to app issues are low to non-existent. The UI is great, the response is quick and the overall user experience is pleasurable and even fun.
Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)
I have yet to immerse myself in it so I can’t say how many apps it can possibly recommend to me but I look forward to using it regularly. I also hope the algorithm will just keep on getting better and the app list would keep growing, giving way to new promising apps.
You can try this immediately for yourself since it doesn’t even need a download. All you need is your smartphone’s web browser. Oh, and did I mention it works with Android (Google Play Store) too? Oh yes, it does!
So remember, you don’t need to drown in an ocean of apps or walk away overwhelmed by the sheer volume you’re up against. Just like love and that elusive soul mate, maybe your next favorite app is on AppMatch.com all along, just waiting for you to swipe right so it can take your heart away!
This is definitely welcome news! I’ve had the WordPress app on both iPhone and iPad yet I honestly haven’t really used it. If I wanted to write, I still go back to my desktop pr laptop because something doesn’t feel right.
I’ve always wished blogging through these apps would eventually become second nature to me in the same way I’ve hoped email blogging would in 2008.
And yet with all the apps available, I still feel like the user experience remains better on the desktop/laptop.
So, with this change/update on the WordPress iPad app, I just might give it another shot and I hope this time it clicks for me because I know for sure that it will make me blog more often and that’s something I need to do ASAP.
Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store.
The apps were originally designed with only iPhones in mind, so we wanted to make better use of the space available on the iPad and especially iPad Pro, to maximize your productivity in the app. These changes shipped incrementally, with the very final ones being included in the 7.1 release that went out last week.
We’ve improved the My Sites management to make it easier to handle multiple sites on iPad. Now you can see the posts from that blog alongside the list of blogs, and site management is now all on one screen – no more back and forth!
Managing profiles follows the same pattern.
Notifications has been overhauled, too.
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This Twenty Seventeen theme looks sleek, polished and it does mean business! I’m probably gonna give it a try very soon and see if it’s a good fit for my blog.
We’re excited to announce that this year’s WordPress default theme, Twenty Seventeen, is now available on WordPress.com.
Designed by Mel Choyce, Twenty Seventeen is a business-oriented theme that allows you to create a stunning front-page layout with multiple sections. The theme can be topped with a large custom header image or atmospheric video of your choosing.
Twenty Seventeen can be customized further by adding a logo, custom color or fonts, or widgets.
We paid special attention to making sure the theme’s typography works well with as many languages as possible. Font adjustments for the following alphabets improve readability:
Twenty Seventeen has also been designed to look good on a variety of screen sizes.