What's Appening: Where It Counts
● By Aimee Cormier
By Gail Suberbielle
This number game is both our new favorite and our new nemesis. The premise sounds simple – match numbered tiles by sliding them across a board, until you wind up with one tile: 2048. Combining two matching tiles turns them into one tile. Match two 2’s, and you have a 4. Match two 4’s, and you have an 8, and so on. The game ends when you have no more moves available. For a little extra challenge, turn off the “unlimited undo” feature or turn on the “survival time” mode. If your 2048 habit takes you into the wee hours of the night, there’s even a night theme for playing in the dark. Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.
If you’re like us, you frequently have to look up equivalents – how many ounces in a gallon, again? The Converter Plus app puts all those conversions into one handy place so you don’t have to wear out Google or your reference librarian. Want to convert dollars to euros? Metric to imperial? Celsius to Fahrenheit? Planning a new house buy and want to know how much that mortgage will cost? Converter Plus provides all of this information and more than 100 other categories, such as pressure, temperature, gas mileage, sales tax, tips and more. It’s one of the handiest apps we’ve come across in a long time. Cost: Free, with in-app purchases.