It is very difficult to mention any aspect of Information Technology without the names Apple or MAC being uttered. Apple is one of the top companies in the technology industry and they do not appear to be slowing down any time soon. Sadly, some in the industry have been giving Apple the backseat when it comes to their IT departments but this trend seems to be changing in Apple’s favor.

Apple MAC Qualification

One of the main reasons for ignoring Apple and all it offers would be the huge popularity of their main competitor, Microsoft. Microsoft has led the business world with their products and software for many years without Apple making many waves. It would be difficult in the past to walk into office not full of PCs running one of the many Windows platforms. Today, this trend is changing and it is changing rapidly due to some of the latest technology coming from Apple.

The iPad and iPhone have made huge waves in the IT industry and many companies are now purchasing MACs to go along with these stand alonemicro computers. It is much easier to integrate them with a MAC than a PC so companies are quickly switching over to Apple’s delight. Apple are a great company to follow and when you are Apple certified you will be making your chances of getting a job so much higher.

Water — the highest enemy of tech gadgets everywhere. If you really want to make sure that you don’t have to deal with gadgets that fail on you — even with the white rice bag trick — you’re going to need to make sure that you start thinking about something waterproof.

And if you’re going to need to go with something waterproof, we really can’t think of anything that would honestly be better than going with the Pantech Element. It’s a waterproof tablet on AT&T, if the carrier matters to you. It’s an LTE device, so if you’ve been tired of not going with the fastest devices on the network, you might have quite a bit of positive feature waiting for you. After all, who doesn’t like speed?

Let’s go into why this tablet should be on your list. The waterproof feature is one of the top things that the Element brings to the party, but the truth is that there’s more to this tablet.

The display is decent at 1028×768 TFT XGA. There’s also a nice battery — 6,400 mAh should keep you going strong for a long time, especially on a tablet.

The outer design is all about plastic, unfortunately. However, the construction still looks sound and it keeps the tablet as light as possible.

There’s 16GB of internal storage on this bad boy, but if you want to expand to 32GB it will let you do that as well. There’s also HDMI out, along with micro-USB and an easily accessed SIM.

So, what about that waterproof thing? We’re getting to that. There are grooved plastic flaps that can keep water at bay for about 30 minutes at about one foot. So if you drop your phone into the pool you’re still boned, but if you spill something onto your tablet you could still be pretty protected. It just depends. Keep in mind that the volume rocker doesn’t have the waterproofing, so be careful and still keep that gadget protection insurance handy!

There’s a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. So clearly, this isn’t going to be the one that takes all of your high resolution photos. There’s a 5 megapixel beauty on the back of the tablet, so you will still be able to take those pictures.

Battery life is really, really good here — about 9 hours, depending on what you do. It can even go up to about 12 hours under the right conditions. LTE users will not see 12 hours — 9 hours seems to be the standard here.

This is going to be an Android tablet, clearly. Pantech has loaded 3.2 on the tablet, which is skinned. You still have plenty of great space to install the apps that you like.

Overall, should you think more about this 8-inch tablet? If you need to be on the go, it’s a nice mid-range tablet. It’s $299 w/ a 2 year from AT&T. If you think you might want more features, it’s better to go ahead and trade up. On the other hand, if you’re looking with something to hold you over until upgrade time, this might be the device you’ve been looking for. Check it out for yourself today! You’ll be glad you did!

Android has come a long way since its first release – after version 2.1, it became a force to be reckoned on the mobile market, and today it has the largest market share on smartphones, with tablets slowly catching up. This year has marked a new milestone for the OS – the release of Android 4.0, code named Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the most advanced version yet.

There are plenty of new features and capabilities that will benefit users and developers alike, and if you have a dual core smartphone or plan on buying one, you should definitely look forward to the OTA update, which has already started rolling out and should be complete by the end of spring. Here are just a few of the reasons why Ice Cream Sandwich is worth the attention:

It’s the first universal tablet/smartphone version of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version of the OS that was designed to run on both smartphones and tablets, something that everyone expected to happen with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Google finally got around to creating a unified API and user interface that fits both small and big displays alike and runs all the apps on the Market equally well no matter what the pixel density of the display is. Of course, there are differences between the tablet and smartphone UIs, but the underlying code is nowhere near as different as is the case with Honeycomb and Gingerbread. All in all, ICS should be faster, more stable and compatible with all your favorite apps on both your tablet and smartphone.

It has a new, distinct user interface. Android Gingerbread introduced some noticeable changes in the UI for smartphones and Honeycomb brought a very nice interface to tablets, but Ice Cream Sandwich beats them both when it comes to it. The new user interface features the biggest redesign yet – dark colors are prevalent (which also saves battery on OLED displays), the text has a new font and different colors, the lock screen got a very nice upgraded look, there are several new gestures for everyday operation and of course, there’s the System Bar – a variable buttons strip at the bottom of the display, which replaces the traditional hardware buttons to make the phone smaller while not sacrificing screen size – the Bar disappears when it’s not needed.

It supports full on-device encryption. This is a big one for corporate users and individuals who want their data to be safe at all times – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version of the OS to bring full support for on-device encryption – basically, all the data on the phone’s storage is encrypted, making it useless to anyone without the access key. This will allow Android to compete with Blackberry OS, and corporate users will finally start getting the option of a great smartphone that can both work and play instead of the antique Blackberries that currently dominate the sector.

It brings the new Google apps. Google has updated all of their apps for Ice Cream Sandwich and made them compatible with the new features that the OS offers. The mail app, calendar, Google Talk, Search, and others – all have a new interface, new useful features and tighter integration with Google Plus – something that Google is pushing hard nowadays.

It has new useful features for app developers. App developers will also have more opportunities to create awesome and unique apps for Android 4.0, thanks to the new development tools, new APIs and hooks. The advanced multitasking, improved speech engine, deeper hardware communication with the OS and other things mean that developers will have unprecedented capabilities to create new and exciting apps, and that’s great for everyone.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is definitely the top gunner when it comes to mobile operating systems – it has everything you might need and more. With the new user interface, new capabilities for developers, the awesome new features and Google’s long term support pledge, you can be sure that it will perform great for years to come.

Android is one of the top operating systems for mobile devices, and it becomes significantly better every year, with every new version bringing a lot of great features and improvements in tow. The latest version, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, is by far the best mobile OS yet, but even the previous Android 2.3 and 3.0 are excellent on any device. If you have an Android smartphone or tablet and want to better manage your time, money and everyday life, here is a short collection of the top apps I recommend:


QuickOffice is one of the top solutions for working with documents on your smartphone or tablet. The suite has support for all of the popular file formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF, letting you view, edit and create beautiful and informative documents from scratch, right on your mobile device. The latest update also brings support for Evernote and Catch notes, access to Egnyte, Google Docs, Dropbox, MobileMe and other online file storage services, with support for synchronization, of course. You can save a lot of time by reviewing your work documents on the go on a small tablet or smartphone as opposed to a laptop or desktop computer.


Evernote is the premier note taking app for any platform, and its Android application is just as good as the award winning iOS and Mac apps. You can use Evernote to save all of your ideas for later review in the form of text, photos, video or audio with notes, tags and descriptions. Furthermore, you can create To Do and task lists out of the ideas you previously jotted down, email or tweet anything right from the app, and sync all your data with other devices running Evernote or the remote storage space provided by the service, which is useful if you want to be able to access your notes at all times, from anywhere.


This free task and To Do list management app combines simplicity with advanced features like no other application, and if you value your time and want to be able to quickly plan and schedule tasks, you should definitely check it out. The interface is clean and uncluttered, giving you just enough functionality to be able to plan most of your tasks, but if you need to set up an advanced reminder, share a task, create a list or do something else, you can easily do it using the features hidden under the various menus and tabs.


eWallet is a veteran on the mobile market, having been around since the days of Windows Mobile 5, and it’s still going strong. The app is basically a secure locker that can be used to store any kind of information and even files. You can use it to save your usernames and passwords, credit card and bank account numbers, flight information, your schedule and any other information that you need to keep safe. The 256 bit AES encryption practically guarantees that nobody but you will be able to access the data – though you do have to choose one strong master password and remember it.

Pocket Informant

Pocket Informant is the best task and schedule management app I’ve seen for Android – it’s the perfect replacement for the standard Android Calendar if you need something that will actually help you get things done instead of getting in your way. You can use Pocket Informant to manage your daily schedule, your tasks and even small projects. The app supports the GTD methodology and has a very nice interface as well – be sure to check it out even if you’re content with the default Calendar app!

Sure enough, there are plenty of other great apps for managing your time and money on the Android Market, but I believe the above five to be among the best, and if you’re looking for something to help you with your daily work and life, you should give them a try – they’re definitely worth the money.

Smart TVs are set to become big in the next couple of years (and possibly much sooner if Apple’s iTV turns out to be true), and Google TV is at the forefront of the technology. It is relatively unknown to most people, but an important step to bringing the World Wide Web to the masses. Google TV is basically the Android OS optimized for TVs. There are quite a few companies that have announced their plans for smart TVs (LG being the most notable), and that’s great news for all the current Google TV owners – the platform is here to stay.

If you own a set top box running Google TV or are just planning on acquiring one, you should know that the strength of the platform is in the third party apps that are on the marketplace – there are already quite a few of them, and new ones are being ported and released every month. Here are just a few of the best apps that work with Google TV and which you should definitely check out when you get the chance:


OnLive is the future of gaming, and if you still haven’t heard about the service, you should definitely check it out as soon as you get the chance. OnLive basically gives you the ability to play any PC games on any device, from underpowered laptops and netbooks to the iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and smartphones and of course, Google TV sets. The technology behind it is really simple and amazing – all the heavy processing is done on a remote cluster of servers, and the player receives a video feed of the game, while also transmitting control signals through the app. All you need is a good Internet connection. If you have a Google TV set, be sure to give this app a try – it works great even without a specialized controller, and I’m sure it will amaze you.

Dolphin Browser HD

If you want to get the best Web browsing experience on your TV, you should definitely download Dolphin Browser. It is pretty much the best browser for Android and it works perfectly fine on Google TV, as well. The browser has everything you can think of – support for tabs, full support for AJAX and Flash (you can even watch Flash videos inside the browser window), plugins and themes, and more.


Spotify is all the rage when it comes to music streaming, and it’s easy to see why – the service lets you stream any of the 15 million+ songs to your computer, phone, tablet or in this case, TV set, and you can buy the song if you like it, share it with your friends, find and play the lyrics along with the song, view artist information, get tickets to concerts, find similar songs and much more. The app is made for Android, but it works fine with Google TV, as well.


If you have an iPhone or iPad and would like to stream video to your Google TV box wirelessly, Airtight is what you need. It is an app that works with Apple’s Airplay, and it’s pretty good at receiving video and displaying it on the big screen – you can even use your phone as a remote. Sadly, there’s still no support for music streaming, but developers say that it’s coming soon.


News360 is the only news app you’ll ever need. It aggregates the latest news from all over the world, front hundreds of sources, and presents it to you in a clear and easy to read format. If you like keeping up with the news and knowing all the points of view, News360 is a great addition to your Google TV app collection.

If you have a Logitech Revue, Sony Internet Blu-Ray player or a Sony Internet TV set (the only devices running Google TV at the moment), you should definitely check out some of the apps that are available for your platform. The latest Google TV update brings support for new features, and with a couple of third party apps, you can turn your smart TV into the home entertainment platform you always wanted. Start by checking the apps listed above and work your way from there.

Industry critics say that Apple will have to find a way to respond to changes in the Asian markets which mean that the iPhone will no longer remain the hottest commodity in mobile phones. Competitors such as Lenovo are putting the pressure on Apple to diversify and offer cheaper alternatives in their product line: something the tech giant has hitherto avoided for fear of watering down their brand.

The hottest news this week are the rumours of the new ‘iPhone Math’. The name of the phone is not confirmed, the source being the China Times and leaving tech fanatics wondering if something has been lost in translation. So what the rumoured specifics on the new phone? Well, it will allegedly have a much larger screen display. The iPhone is now competing with the ‘phablet’ category of phones, which is currently led by Samsung’s Galaxy S3 model. Stores are also not having to work hard to sell Samsung galaxy ace handsets. The larger screen display is said to come with an 8 megapixel camera, like it’s stablemate the future iPhone 5S.

The ‘iPhone Math’ will also be made of plastic – significantly lessening the cost of a phone with an aluminium casing. Will Asian customers care if a cheaper casing lets them pick up a cheaper machine? Probably not. Although the beautiful design of Apple technology is appreciated everywhere, customers will probably care more about what’s inside the box and how they can adapt it to their needs. Give them a phone that works well and they will continue to plonk down cash for mobile.

All these releases put the total of Apple phones released in 2013 to three. That’s much more than the company has previously put out in any year. But, as with the arrival of the iPad Mini device, Apple has shown that is willing to adapt the strategies of its competitors in the global market. With the announcement of their recent drop in profits, Apple will surely do anything they can in order to stay on top.

The Smartphone market is absolutely intense at the moment, with new models from major companies like Sony Ericsson and Apple set to hit the shops in the near future, meaning that Samsung has a lot riding on its new model – the Galaxy s2. This is a pretty expensive phone, with a monthly cost of £35 and a total of £519.99 SIM-free, meaning that the firm from Korea needs to be able to justify this hefty price tag with their latest model, which it has described as the natural successor to its finest Smartphone thus far.

Fortunately the Samsung Galaxy S2 lives up to both the hype and the price tag, offering a combination of brilliantly sharp picture quality, great technology and innovative design, ensuring that there is not much to criticise with the phone. The design, which abandons the standard all-metal chassis, for a combination of metal and plastic, ensures that the Samsung Galaxy s2 rivals models by competitors, such as the Xperia Arc from Sony Ericsson, for the title of lightest, slimmest Smartphone on the market. Some might consider the plastic a little on the flimsy side, but the mesh design on the rear of the phone is very effective in ensuring that the phone does not become uncomfortably warm when you are using it for an extended period.

The Samsung Galaxy s2 also offers impressive tech to impress geeks, with Super AMOLED plus screen providing a display which can scarcely be faulted either for sharpness or brightness, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and a fine 8.1MP camera with LED flash. On the downside, one of the few criticisms that could viably be made is that the operating system is perhaps not the easiest to use, while the excess of app software and options for customisation that you may be required to delete will be somewhat tiresome for all but the geekiest of mobile enthusiasts.

For the past couple of years, the iPhone ruled in multimedia and gaming matters, however 2011 was the year Android finally stood up to the task, as well. Initially, Google’s mobile OS was pretty restricted in multimedia – you couldn’t even find a good music player on the Market, but today, there are plenty of awesome media players, as well as some pretty wicked games.

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, here are a few 3D games you should check out to see just how great the platform has become at gaming – their quality is easily comparable to that of PSP and Nintendo DS games and it supersedes the PlayStation One and Two, and that is definitely nothing to scoff at.

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation.

The Modern Combat series is one of the most successful first person shooters for Android and iOS, and Fallen Nation is by far the best game yet. The premise and story is very similar to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series for PC and the Xbox, but what’s really impressive is the graphics and sound quality – Modern Combat 3 looks and feels amazing for a smartphone game (in fact, it’s even better than many PSP and older PC titles). The touch screen controls aren’t bad either, and you’ll go through the 13 missions in a breeze – if you like FPS games, Fallen Nation is a must have.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

If you’re a fan of racing games, you’ve most probably already heard of or even tried Need for Speed Shift – the best game in the series for smartphones. Well, Asphalt 6 is even better! You can race 42 cars in 55 events and 11 leagues, collecting the cars in your own 3D garage along the way. The graphics quality is nothing short of amazing, as are the audio and special effects. The accelerometer and touch screen controls are also the best in class – everything is smooth and precise, unlike many other games. At the asking price of $1, this game is a must have for anyone with an Android phone.


Shadowgun can easily be called THE smartphone game of 2011. It came out for both iOS and Android and it has shattered everyone’s view of just how good smartphone/tablet games can be. The graphics and special effects quality are at the top of the charts, with the story and gameplay following close behind. You play as the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, sent to hunt down a maniacal scientist with his own personal army of cyborgs and genetically enhanced mutants, and with the latest weapons and your own AI assistant, SARA, you’ll have to fight your way through several levels and hack terminals to get to your target. This game is a must have on any compatible Android smartphone and especially tablet!

AirAttack HD

AirAttack HD puts you in the pilot seat of a WW2-era warbird, and lets you fly missions to bomb bases, hunt submarines, dogfight other planes in the air, escort and protect your squadron’s bombers from enemy fighters and more. There are 8 missions with 58 different types of enemy craft, a lot of weapons and upgrades for your plane, destructible buildings on the ground (as collateral damage), great music and awesome graphics – if you like warbirds and flight simulators, you should try this game.

Blood and Glory

Blood and Glory is one of the best indie games to come out this year for Android. It puts you in control of a gladiator in the arena, and lets you fight others to entertain the viewers. There are no rules, and the fights are to the death – choose your weapons and armor well and learn how to attack and defend yourself. The swipe and slash controls work great, and the 3D graphics are pretty awesome, especially when you know that the game is completely free.

There are a lot of other great games on the Android Market, and it looks like we’ll see tons more this year – after all, smartphones are set on replacing portable gaming consoles in people’s pockets, and with the latest hardware, they’re doing a great job at it. If you like to play a good game once in a while whenever you’re bored, be sure to check out the above five – they’re pretty darn impressive.

Among Lenovo’s many devices set for release in the first half of 2012, one of the most attractive is the IdeaPad S2 – a consumer-level high end tablet that is set to take on the Asus Transformer Prime 700 and has everything it needs to actually succeed, including powerful internal hardware and a keyboard dock that is remarkably similar to the Transformer’s accessory.

Exterior design

The IdeaPad S2 is not that unique when it comes to the exterior design – it looks and feels like your usual 10 inch tablet, with the big screen on the front and pretty much nothing on the back. The display is covered with a big sheet of Gorilla glass, and the back has a nice metallic texture finish that feels and looks great. By itself, the S2 is very slim and light – more so than the Transformer Prime 700 series, actually, and even with the special keyboard dock, which includes a battery and several ports, it weighs only 1.1 kg – an impressive achievement for what is practically a sophisticated netbook.

Performance and hardware features

The performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad S2 will surprise you. In the specs sheet you’ll see that it runs on a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, with the processor running at 1.5 GHz per core – big deal, no way it can compare with the Tegra 3, right? Well, that’s where everyone is wrong. The Snapdragon under the hood of the S2 is actually Qualcomm’s next generation MSM8960 Krait, an SoC capable of competing on equal terms with the quad core Tegra 3, even though it’s dual core.

It matches the Tegra 3 in benchmarks, and it’s actually faster in real life use because Android is still pretty bad at managing 4 cores, so two higher clocked cores perform better in most apps. The Adreno 225 graphics adapter is also new, competing on equal grounds with NVidia’s GeForce, and the 1 GB of DDR2 RAM in dual channel mode keeps things smooth even if you’re running a dozen different apps in the background.

The other hardware is equally as impressive – aside from the usual Wifi N, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS radios, the IdeaPad S2 has a USB port, HDMI out port, 3.5 mm audio jack, a 2 megapixels camera on the front and an 8 megapixels camera on the back with 1080p video recording support, 4G speeds of up to 42 Mbps download and a slew of sensors needed for everyday operation. The 10.1 inch display may not be Full HD like on the Transformer Prime, but its IPS technology make the 1280×800 pixels more than enough for any kind of applications.

The keyboard dock is very similar to that of the Transformer Prime, and it also comes as an optional accessory. It’s got an integrated battery that increases the lifetime of the tablet from 10 to 20 hours of continuous use, a great island style keyboard and several ports, including two full sized USB ports and an SD card reader (which can be used for extra storage space).


Obviously, the new IdeaPad S2 will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the factory, and Lenovo has also installed their custom skin on top of it – an iffy decision, I’d say, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with the normal operation of the tablet and it doesn’t lag, I’d say there’s no need to worry about it. Plus, the tile based home screen looks pretty sleek.

Price and Availability

The Lenovo IdeaPad S2 will be released in the second quarter of 2012, by the end of spring, probably, and the cost will be comparable to that of other high end tablets on the market, i.e. around $500-600. Not a bad price, although if you want the keyboard dock, you’ll have to pay extra. I hope that Lenovo releases the tablet before the iPad 3 to give it a fighting chance, but even with Apple’s next revolutionary tablet on sale, I think the S2 will do just fine.

Android may not have been very good at multimedia when it was first released, but today it is one of the most capable mobile operating systems out there. With over 300,000 apps on the marketplace, you are pretty much guaranteed to find whatever app you need, and of course, there are lots of music and video players available, as well. To make it easier for you, I’ve compiled a selection of the top 10 media players below:

Spotify. Spotify is one of the best music streaming services available today, according to the millions of users worldwide, and it’s hard to disagree. Their Android app looks very nice, has an intuitive interface and lets you stream the music you like when you want it. You can also save the music on your phone or tablet for listening offline (useful if you don’t want to waste money on your data plan), share the music you like, create a favorites list, sync your own MP3 list with your phone, send the tracks you’re listening to Facebook and and more.

Pandora internet radio. Pandora is also a music streaming service, only they’ve been in the game for a longer time than Spotify and are only available in North America. Their Android app is more mature, has a great user interface and a lot of features. In the free version, you can create “radio stations” based on the artist you like and stream the tracks straight into your headphones. The paid version lets you select the albums or tracks you want and save the music offline for later.

VPlayer. VPlayer was created as the player to top all players. It can playback almost any video you can throw at it, and you don’t even need to have the latest processor in order to do it (unless you’re watching movies in HD format). No more manually transcoding your files before sending them to your phone or tablet – just copy the video file, and open it with VPlayer.

MixZing. MixZing is being marketed as the most advanced player around, and looking at the impressive features sheet, it is hard to argue. The player has a pretty good interface (though it’s nothing special) and has more features than you’ll ever need. There’s the automatic ID tag retrieval, graphic equalizer, custom listening sessions based on your mood, lyrics playback along with the song, recommendations for similar music, batch editing for playlists, and much more.

Summer Player. This is one of the best video players on the Android Market. It’s simple to use, it plays back most of the popular file formats really well and it has a range of features that many would find useful, including the ability to take screenshots, support for multiple user profiles, sharing videos on Facebook and YouTube (by uploading them to your own channel), and more.

DoubleTwist Player. DoubleTwist is widely recommended as the best music player for Android, and indeed it has quite a few features that would make it worthy of that title. The player has a nice user interface with large buttons and support for gestures, it supports most of the file formats out there and can read ID tags even if they’re partially missing (thanks to an online service), it can sync music with Mac and Windows computers, and it can even stream music to Airplay enabled devices, including the Apple TV and Google TV set top boxes (the latter is thanks to the Airtight app, which you need to install on Google TV).

RockPlayer. RockPlayer is my personal favorite video player – it can playback mp4 and avi files even on older smartphones, supports most of the file formats out there, and it has GPU acceleration for some codecs, which makes it possible to watch even 720p HD videos with it. The interface is clean and simple, and there aren’t that many other features, but if you want a good player that will perform well, you should try it out.

UberMusic. If you like the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI, you should definitely give UberMusic a try. It’s a great player that has a Metro like default interface, which can be replaced with a skin (though there aren’t that many of them around at the moment). The functionality is pretty basic, but it’s got everything you need to enjoy music and the way it displays the album art in the background is simply awesome.

PowerAMP. PowerAMP is one of the top music players on the Android Market, and it certainly deserves to be there: it has a nice UI and the features list include a graphic equalizer (with 3D effects), support for most of the audio formats out there, crossfade and gapless playback, audio gain, GPU accelerated album art animations, lyrics search and display, support for themes, queuing and much more. With all of that, it’s still completely free, so do give it a try if you’re looking for a good music player.

Winamp. Winamp is my favorite music player, whether it’s on Windows or Android. It doesn’t have all the features of PowerAMP, but it’s got the basics covered (sorting files, playlists, album art, etc.), it’s light on the resources, has controls on the lock screen, can index a thousand songs in mere seconds and it lets you search a song by keyword, which is great if you have a lot of songs and don’t have time to scroll through them.

There are quite a few other media players on the market, plus some developers have announced that they’re planning to release some new ones, but for now, the above apps are the best choice when it comes to playing audio and video files – be sure to check them out when you get the chance.