New Travel Apps I’ve Discovered

These days there’s virtually an app for everything. For the tech-savvy traveler, there is no shortage of apps that track flights, book hotels, convert currency and more.

The problem is a lot of these apps are horrible. Testing apps is hit or miss and for sure you wouldn’t want to pay to test one. Rather than suffer from downloading useless stuff, I share with you three new promising travel apps.

Smarter Paris

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Is Paris on your bucket list? With so many things to see and experience, navigating the city of lights can be overwhelming for Parisians and seasoned travelers alike. If you long to savor the beautiful centuries old architecture, visit museums, take a leisurely stroll around Paris’ well-preserved streets, shop at the posh shopping centres or meet Parisians then Smarter Paris is the best if not the only app for you.

Released in December 2014, the creators promise to make your visit hassle-free and memorable. In fact, they market it as “the best Parisian’s guide to Paris.”

Some features are: a Geolocalised Map with no charges for offline usage; a What’s on that makes it easy to check out events, concerts, nightlife and exhibits; an integrated guided walk that’s super easy to use; and a Trip Planner, Journal, currency converter. Truly for the lone traveler this makes exploring Paris neighborhoods seem like touring with a Parisian friend in tow. Right now, the app is available on iPhone and iPad but who knows us Windows Phone users might have it someday.

AirHelp

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Airline passengers are mostly ignorant of their rights. Most travelers will just accept their fate and swallow their meager meals along with their pride when their flight gets delayed or canceled. The few who will try to claim monetary compensation will usually give up when the responsible airline fails or rejects the passenger’s claim.

While US and EU laws do provide for compensation, lodging a claim is a complicated process. The team behind AirHelp will make this process simple for you. When you visit their website you will have to check your eligibility. If you are eligible, they will do the rest for you by lodging the petition and follow-up on your behalf. It’s no harm no foul for these guys as they will only take 25% of the compensation if you won.

By the way, the app is available on iOS and Android. Perfect when you’re mobile or you know “trapped” in an airport.

Stayful

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If you’re traveling on a budget within the US but want to stay in hotels instead of hostels then the Stayful app is worth trying out.

Their approach is different from the dozens of hotel booking apps out there. To be able to give you the best hotel rates, you first choose your travel destination and dates. Then you will be shown available properties with the best online rates. After choosing a hotel, you have two ways of booking your stay through Stayful, either by immediate booking or through bidding.  If you do opt to bid the team will negotiate with the hotel of your choice on your behalf.

Although there are travel apps from companies such as Airbnb, ITA Matrix and Kayak that make travel and searching for accommodations hassle-free and cheaper, the apps I’ve mentioned are worth downloading because they have something unique to offer that other travel apps don’t have.

Why are PC Gamers paying $60 now?

It all started when Activision had the audacity to start charging $60 for the PC version of Modern Warfare 2. Activision realized that after the success of Modern Warfare, they can pretty much charge any amount they please for the sequel and PC gamers would still flock to buy it. Of Course, if you’re into the multiplayer aspect of Modern Warfare 2, then the game comes packed with hundreds of hours of game play, so it’s safe to assume that Activision, somehow, got away with it, but when Assassin’s Creed 2, a single player game with absolutely no multiplayer and a horrible DRM that serves to punish legit buyers, is selling for $60 and the upcoming standard editions of Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 are also selling for $60 too, things have gotten too far ,and we can see that a new trend is emerging.

Of course, you may come and point out the fact that console games cost $60 too. Why should PC gamers have to pay $50 when console gamers have to pay $60? Well, On top of the $50 that publishers set for their games to be sold on the console, they will also need to pay about, or more than, $10 per copy licensing fee to Microsoft and Sony respectively in order for them to sell the games on their console in the first place, which you guessed it, you pay for, but, unlike console gaming, there are no licensing fees for PC games. In fact, Microsoft, themselves, offers publishers to put the “Games for Windows Live” in their games free of charge. After this, we can only deduce that publishers who price their games $60 on the PC earn more money per game sold on the PC than do they earn per game sold on the console.

When someone asks on a forum, what is the reason behind all this pirating? A number of answers can be heard, such as “because I can” or “because games are too expensive”. The fact that games are becoming more expensive should in some ways exacerbate the whole pirating issue publishers are ranting about, and when publishers like Ubisoft deter customers by raising the price tag and by forcing a completely unnecessary DRM to play a single player game and then complaining about low sales is just really pathetic. As for Blizzard, I have no doubt that, no matter, the price tag that are put on their games, their games will sell like hot cake. Of course, is the raising in price tag necessary? Is Activision getting a little too greedy? I will have no doubt that some of you do think that Blizzard games are worth every penny of that $60, and that you can recoup the money lost by restricting yourself from $10 worth of beer, but remember, by thinking like this, you are advocating the new trend.

List of Quad Core optimized games.

Note:It is important to note that these games offer a serious performance increase when upgrading to a quad core from a dual core,and not from a triple core.

1. ARMA 2 (confirmed)
2. Aliens vs Predators (unconfirmed)
3. Anno 1404 (confirmed)
4. Assassin’s Creed 2 (unconfirmed)
5. Batman Arkham Asylum (confirmed)
6. Battlefield Bad Company 2 (confirmed)
7. Brother in Arms: Hells Highway (confirmed)
8. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (unconfirmed)
9. Call of Duty World at War (confirmed)
10. Company of Heroes series (confirmed)
11. Devil May Cry 4 (confirmed)
12. DIRT 2 (confirmed)
13. DIRT (unconfirmed)
14. Dragon Age: Origins (confirmed)
15. Empire Total War (patch 1.3) (unconfirmed)
16. Far Cry 2 (confirmed)
17. Flight Simulator x (confirmed)
18. Football Manager 2010 (unconfirmed)
19. future Source Engine games(confirmed)
20. future Unreal Engine 3 games(confirmed)
21. Grand Theft Auto IV (confirmed)
22. GRID (confirmed)
23. HAWX (confirmed)
24. Left 4 Dead 2 (confirmed)
25. Left 4 Dead (confirmed)
26. Lost Planet 2(confirmed)
27. Lost Planet (confirmed)
28. Medal of Honor Airborne (confirmed)
29. Operation Flashpoint 2:Dragon Rising (unconfirmed)
30. Prince of Persia (unconfirmed)
31. Prototype (confirmed)
32. Red Faction: Guerrilla (unconfirmed)
33. Resident Evil 5 (confirmed)
34. Shattered horizon (confirmed)
35. Stranglehold (confirmed)
36. Supreme Commander 2 (confirmed)
37. Supreme Commander Forged Alliance (confirmed)
38. Supreme Commander (confirmed)
39. The Last Remnant (unconfirmed)
40. The Sims 3 (confirmed)
41. Tomb Raider Underworld (unconfirmed)
42. Unreal Tournament 3 (confirmed)

World in Conflict (confirmed)

The list is outdated. If you are aware of any other games that grant a hefty boost to FPS using a quad core, please add the name in the comment section.

List of Worthwhile Paid games that were released for Free on the internet.

Bored? Out of Cash? Well, many games were once paid but were released free and legally on the internet, and we have compiled the ones worth your time.

Savage 2 – Tortured Soul

Genre: Fantasy First-Person Shooter

Release Date: Jan 16, 2008

Download: http://www.savage2.com/en/download.php

Full Spectrum Warrior

Genre: Real-Time-Tactics

Release Date: Sept 21, 2004

Download:http://www.gamershell.com/download_33784.shtml
Far Cry

Genre: First-Person Shooter

Release Date: Mar 23, 2004

Download:http://www.gamershell.com/download_20867.shtml

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Genre: Action Adventure

Release date: Nov 30, 2003

Download:http://www.gamershell.com/download_20868.shtml

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Genre: Real Time Strategy

Release Date: Oct 31, 1996

Download:http://www.freewarefiles.com/Command-And-Conquer-Red-Alert_program_44782.html

The Elder Scrolls II:Daggerfall

Genre: RPG

Release Date: Aug 13, 1996

Download:http://www.fileplanet.com/202291/200000/fileinfo/Elder-Scrolls-II:-Daggerfall-(Full-Game)

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

Genre: Real Time Strategy

Release Date: Aug 27, 1999

Download:http://www.bigdownload.com/games/command–conquer-tiberian-sun/pc/command-and-conquer-tiberian-sun-free-full-game/

Sam &Max Episode 104:Abe Lincoln Must Die!
Genre: Adventure

Release Date: Feb 22, 2007

Download:http://www.gamershell.com/download_21854.shtml

The Suffering

Genre: Horror

Release Date: Jun 8, 2004

Download:http://www.bigdownload.com/games/the-suffering/pc/the-suffering-full-free-game/

F.E.A.R Combat

Genre: FPS Multiplayer

Release Date: Aug 17, 2006

Download:http://www.gamershell.com/download_15038.shtml

BattleForge

Genre: Real-Time-Strategy

Release Date: Mar 23, 2009

Download:http://www.battleforge.com/en/home/landingpage.bfg

Fallout

Genre: Role Playing

Release Date: Sep 30,1997

Download:http://www.fileplay.net/file/4271/fallout-full-client

Quake Live

Genre: First-Person-Shooter

Release Date: Feb 24, 2009

Download:http://www.quakelive.com/#home