Top 5 Apps to Check Out This Weekend: News Pro, Junior Coder, and More

January 30, 2016

6:00 pm

Nothing is better than pulling on the brake after a full five days of accelerated speed. Just lay down in bed and pick up your handset to read only the news you are interested in, play with the kids, and try some new games while they are sleeping in the afternoon. That’s why, in this week’s roundup, I tried to put together a list of apps I think you’ll find interesting.

DZ Puzzle

It’s challenging, easy to understand, and pure logic. The main idea is to connect the start piece and the finish piece. You know, it may sound easy, but it isn’t, so you’d better put your mind to work. Levels are organized in graduations, and each graduation series has a different color and will increase the mental abilities of the player. Are you ready to take the challenge? Download DZ Puzzle from Google Play ($0.99)!

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PolyBlast

Don’t be fooled by the simplistic and retro interface of PolyBlast. If you really love retro-arcade games, you’ll certainly become addicted to this game. Previous versions of PolyBlast have been featured by Apple in 30 countries. It comes with surprising challenges, so don’t take your victory for granted! Download PolyBlast from the App Store for free!

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Hoppy Naut

Released just a few days ago, Hoppy Naut invites you to hop down from your spacecraft to the surface of an ever-changing planet and start jumping. You’ll be traversing various landscapes, exploring alien towns, and trying to avoid exotic obstacles. Hoppy Naut is available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Junior Coder

Designed for kids aged 9–11, Junior Coder is what its name suggests: It lays down the basics of programming in a way children can understand. The app uses games and puzzles to teach them computational thinking and problem-solving skills, alongside basic programming. All these are vital ingredients of twenty-first-century learning, so go ahead and download Junior Coder for iPad for free from the App Store.

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News Pro

In an effort to compete with Apple News, Microsoft has launched News Pro, an iOS app that brings you articles and topics “you didn’t know you needed”. Based on your reading habits and interests, News Pro will suggest new topics to search based on what it learns about you. The app is powered by Bing News. To start reading the news you’re are interested in, all you need to do is log in with your Facebook details or LinkedIn account and enjoy a customized news feed. Download News Pro from the App Store

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Freelance tech journalist István Fekete covers the latest technology news and trends, such as mobile payments, Apple news and app reviews for multiple publications.

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