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Speed Dreams

Speed Dreams is the former Torcs-NG, but with a host of improvements. There are lots of cars, better graphics and realistic physics engines. It’s a racer all right, but precision driving will be necessary. It is cross-platform and you can play it in Windows, Linux and Haiku. There’s a lot of everything here. Racing modes include Career, the Championship, single events, endurance, quick race and practice. Dozens of cars are available and grouped into the following categories: World Rally Series, Monoposto 5, Long Day Series GT1 and 2, Supercars (sports cars), TORCS Racing Board 1 and 1936 Grand Prix. TORCS Racing Board 1 cars are redesigned models from the original TORCS. The 1936 Grand Prix are pre-World War II racing cars.

123D Make

So you just made a cool 3D model, but wouldn’t it be great if you could turn that into a real object you can hold? Well, 123D Make by Autodesk allows exactly that. How does it do that? It turns a 3D object into cardboard templates. After printing these templates, you can use these to cut cardboards or foams. Glue them together, paint and your virtual 3D object is literally in your hands. The program is a bit different from other 3D graphics software, but it will only take a while to get used to the interface.

Home Design Story

Home Design Story is a simulation game where you design, build and decorate your dream house. This iPhone/iPad game gives you a great deal of control over the design and construction of a house. The brightly colored graphics and smooth flow help make this gem from TeamLava very enjoyable, all while bringing out your creativity. The key in these simulation games is the depth, and Home Design Story doesn’t disappoint. A wide array of styles is available ranging from modern to classic to deco. You can add furniture, wallpaper and flooring. You can also create beautiful gardens and patios.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is an app that lets you search flights from around the world. When you use the app, you’ll be able to locate the most affordable dates and flights around. After downloading and setting up the program, it will ask for your present location so it can locate the nearest flight. You can choose OK or “don’t allow”. Choose OK when you are ready to use the app. If you tap OK, you’ll be given information about the nearest airport. Skyscanner will also tell you where the flights in your area are located. The screen will also have information on what days a flight is returning or departing, where airports fly to and the closest airport. You can modify the search options to show only direct flights.

Bean

Bean for Mac is a word processor that can handle basic writing tasks and a bit more. It doesn’t have as many features as full office suites. But it doesn’t take as much space either. Bean combines a beautiful interface with several helpful editing tools. Even better, it is very quick and doesn’t have the intricacies that come with office suite based word processors. The product has some limitations; it cannot display style sheets or footnotes; compatibility with Word is partial. However, it has plenty to offer. There is a grammar / spell checker, dictionary, change format font style, color, size and a live word count. The font manager makes it simple to organize and add favorites.

Pinball Deluxe

Pinball Deluxe is based upon the traditional game, but with twists. This Android arcade game comes with five tables. Each one has distinct features and can be considered a complete game. They are Brix, Carnival, Diving for Treasure, Space Explorer and Wild West. Controls for the game are simple. Touch and hold any part of the screen to propel the ball. Touching the left and right side of your smartphone will control the left and right flippers. Shake your phone if you want to give the table a shake. If you want to pause the game, tap the scoreboard at the top of the screen.

Tango Video Calls

Tango Free Video Calls does exactly what it says: offer video calls and international text at no cost. This app from TangoMe works with tablets, smartphones and PCs. You can make voice calls between PCs, iOS and Android at no cost. The mobile app edition basically has the same features for the three phones. You get an account and there’s no need to set up a password. You can invite your buddies and call them, send text and email. If you are using the voice call feature, you can switch to video on the fly.

Bubble Mania

Bubble Mania is a game for kids, the young at heart and anyone who wants some fun. Created by Team Lava, it is a bubble puzzle adventure game. Players hurl bubbles in the air and match them up with bubbles of a similar color. To move on you have to clear the screen and release the creatures trapped inside the bubbles. Anyone who’s played bubble puzzle games will feel right at home here. Even if you haven’t played any color matching games before, it won’t be long before you get accustomed to the gameplay.