While we could argue all day long if talking to your plants makes any difference, there's no argument surrounding the fact that plants need water. Forget to give them a drink for a few days and just watch how quickly those lush green leaves turn brown. So if you're prone to ignoring the potted inhabitants of your house Waterbot is a free app that can help you give them the care and attention they need.
Hundreds is a simple name for what is essentially a simple game. But beating it is a far from simple business. The point of the game is to complete a hundred levels by pressing on small grey circles with numbers inside so making them expand (and the numbers increase) until the point is reached where one or more circles adds up to 100. The combined total of all the circles is shown in the middle of the screen for the arithmetically challenged. Sounds easy huh? Yeah, right.
If you want to know what Eufloria would be like if it was ever to made into a film imagine Monty Don as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica and the whole show rewritten with a very strong horticultural slant. Or to put it another way, think space opera as gardening. Part real-time strategy space adventure, part eco-fable and part relaxation aid this iOS-stalwart finally made it onto Android at the start of the year and is a strong contender for the award for the Best Mobile Game ever.
At the start of the year Spotify was the preeminent on-demand music streaming service but now the big boys from Google and Apple have crashed the party. Google’s All Access service has been available in the US for a few months now while iTunes Radio is due to launch very soon. Google has also beaten Apple to the punch in the UK by making All Access available here in Blighty. At the moment there’s still no news as to when and in what form Apple’s offering will cross the pond.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is a bit of a rare beast because it’s a full-on first person shooter that’s available for Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Windows Phone 8. That means it’s available for most smart-device owners, only BlackBerry 10 users being left out of the fun. It’s also one of those games that makes you wonder about the wisdom of buying a console or forking out for proper PC games. At a fiver MC4:ZH isn't cheap, for a mobile game it’s actually rather expensive, but for the money it delivers the full, immersive FPS experience and may be all the shoot’em’up most people need.
Think cloud storage apps and you naturally enough think of DropBox but there is an alternative called Box that's also worth a look. Like DropBox Box is a free service but while DropBox offers only 2GB of storage Box offers 5. Box also runs regular special offers - at the time of writing if you sign into your account from a Dell Windows 8 machine you get an extra 25GB. Sign in from a BlackBerry 10 device and you get an extra 10GB.
The big problem with using buses is that you often don't know exactly when they will arrive or where they are going or when they are supposed to get to where you want to be. Bus Checker answers all those questions by displaying live information about where your bus is, where it's going, where it's been and where it stops en route between the two. If you regularly use public transport this is an app you really should take a look at.