Android apps http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-apps/all en-GB Fully Charged: App offers unlimited coffee for a monthly fee, the Nest of air conditioners, and Dutch road glows in the dark http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-app-offers-unlimited-coffee-monthly-fee-nest-air-conditioners-and-dutch-road-glows-dar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off your day with a quadruple shot of technology news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cup, the Netflix of coffee" alt="Cup, the Netflix of coffee" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cup-coffee-app.jpg?1397720777" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cups, the “Netflix of coffee”, launches in New York </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Drink a lot of coffee? Live in New York City? Then you&rsquo;ll probably want to download Cups, a subscription app for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citylifeapps.cups">Android</a> and iOS that gives you access to unlimited cups of joe from over 30 independent coffee shops.</p> <p>Basically, it&rsquo;s Netflix but for caffeine-based drinks. The entry-level $45 a month gets you access to the likes of brewed coffee, tea and pour-overs, but if your tastes run to pricier beverages like lattes and cappuccinos you&rsquo;ll be wanting the premium account &ndash; a thirsty $85 a month.</p> <p>Both plans include all sizes of drink though, and being a coffee-addicted ex-New York resident this correspondent can tell you that the prices seem like a bargain &ndash; provided the participating coffee shops are located close to where you live and/or work. At present, most of the cafés are in Lower Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3029079/the-netflix-of-caffeine-gives-you-unlimited-access-to-indie-coffee-shops">Fast Company</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet Aros, a smarter breed of air conditioner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here in the UK air conditioners aren&rsquo;t really a necessity for the average home &ndash; even during the hottest summers, a fan will do the trick for most Brits &ndash; but in more humid climes AC is a welcome luxury. And now Quirky has teamed up with General Electric to bring you Aros, a smarter way to keep cool.</p> <p>Aros is compatible with Wink, an iOS and Android app that not only lets you control the unit but can also detect when you&rsquo;re arriving home or leaving, switching it on and off accordingly. It also tracks weather and records usage, allowing you to plan your AC use around a budget.</p> <p>Aros will begin shipping in the US in May, priced at US$300 (&pound;180). It&rsquo;s available for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Quirky-Aros-Smart-Window-Conditioner/dp/B00IDXGIAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397576200&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=quirky+aros">pre-order now</a> at Amazon.com.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/04/14/aros-smart-air-conditioner/">Mashable</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EA__njK0OEM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC Sport app score real-time goal alerts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The BBC Sport apps for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-sport/id377388936?mt=8">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bbc.android.sportdomestic">Android</a> have just got a decidedly timely update: just in time for the final few weeks of the season, they&rsquo;re now able to deliver real-time goal alerts for 150 domestic teams. Just pick the ones you want to follow and the app will let you know as soon as events happen in the game. Kick-offs, half-time scores and full-time results are among the notifications available.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/no-more-constant-score-checking-as-bbc-sport-apps-get-real-time-goal-alerts-1242477">TechRadar</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="608" height="320" title="BBC Sport app" alt="BBC Sport app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bbc-sport-app.jpg?1397720777" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dutch road gets glow-in-the-dark markings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stretch of road in the Netherlands province of Brabant has just been given a next-gen set of street markings. The creators have used paint incorporating photo-luminescent powder, which absorbs energy from the sun during the day and is able to glow all night.</p> <p>The markings are only painted on a 500-metre section of the road, but this is just the first step &ndash; a test run if you will. Should the trial go well, the future could see all sorts of extra functionality incorporated into these smart roads: freezing temperatures could cause huge snow flake icons to appear on the surface as a a warning to drivers, while a special lane could charge electric vehicles via induction as they pass over it.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/netherlands-glow-in-the-dark-road/">Engadget</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IBTx87xiscs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps iOS apps Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:10:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435508 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: RouteShoot http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Combine GoPro-style videos with Strava-like maps – if your smartphone&#039;s up for being an action cam, that is… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RouteShootA01.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As much as I like 1080p action cams, they&#39;re slight overkill for someone who embarks on a video-worthy adventure perhaps twice a year.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, that&#39;s the idea behind RouteShoot. A mixture of GoPro, Strava and Streetview, it lets cyclists, hikers or any outdoorsy types create map-based videos that can be shared for route guidance, improving technique or, you know, fun.</p> <p>Of course, before you can use RouteShoot, you need a smartphone mount. For this, we used the versatile Mivue-X (&pound;40, limitlessoutdoors.co.uk), which is an iPhone chest mount.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/action-cam/gopro-hero3-black-edition/review">GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootB.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our main test activity was cycling trips, and the Mivue-X worked well for this. Once we&#39;d adjusted the angle of the mount and attached the fisheye lens, it felt secure and helped Routeshoot record relatively stable videos. The only issues were that there&#39;s no way to protect your phone from downpours, and using it without the fisheye isn&#39;t an option when cycling due to the angle of your chest. But this wouldn&#39;t be a problem on more &#39;upright&#39; activities like skiing or motorbiking.</p> <p>The RouteShoot app itself works very smoothly: just press the record button to start and stop. Playback then devotes half of the screen to your video, and half to its map data, with your pin moving as the footage progresses. You can also upload it to the Routeshoot site from here. There are obvious downsides to using your smartphone as an action cam: storage and battery life. The former is manageable on high capacity iPhones or Android phones with microSD slots &ndash; our 3-minute, 360p video took up only 15MB. Simultaneously using your phone&#39;s video camera and GPS does, though, somewhat ravage your battery. We filmed for just under an hour in total before our iPhone needed a recharge &ndash; longer trips would demand an external battery like the Mophie Juice Pack Reserve (&pound;30, johnlewis.com).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShoot2.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once your video is uploaded to Routeshoot (you&#39;ll need a Youtube account, as this is where its videos are hosted), you also get speed and elevation graphs underneath. Overall, it&#39;s a very useful overview to share with people interested in doing the same route. To see it in action, have a look out <a href="http://bit.ly/1hhgb5N">our Richmond Park test run</a>.</p> <p>Video quality is average, though &#39;unlimited HD recording&#39; is a &pound;2 in-app purchase and making beautiful videos isn&#39;t really the point. RouteShoot&#39;s primarily for sharing fun routes without resorting to clicking through Streetview, and for this it does a fine job.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="852" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootC.jpg?1397296981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fine way to share and discover outdoorsy routes, as long as your smartphone&#39;s up to the challenge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-routeshoot/review#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:22:53 +0000 Will Dunn 1435293 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just acquired the beautiful new flagship smartphone from HTC? Here are the first apps you should download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone, and we suspect many of you will be splashing your hard-earned readies on one soon (if, indeed, you haven&rsquo;t done so already). With that in mind, we&rsquo;ve compiled a list of essential apps and games to get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! (£1.20) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This ingeniously simple puzzle game has spawned a legion of shameless rip-offs (including <em>2048</em>, which has, somewhat tragically, become more popular), but while these clones might have half-inched its essence, they can&rsquo;t match its charm. <em>Threes!</em>&rsquo;s music and visuals are almost as important as its number-crunching tile-shuffling, and it&rsquo;s quite simply a joy to play &ndash; then compare your top score to your friends&rsquo; and realise that you have a lot to learn.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes! &ndash; a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Threes!" alt="Threes!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/threes.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocket (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previously called Read It Later, Pocket is a brilliantly useful app if you&rsquo;re the sort of person who comes across interesting web articles all the time &ndash; but doesn&rsquo;t have the time to read them. Now you can simply stick them &ldquo;in your Pocket&rdquo; for perusal at a time when you do have a few moments to spare, and because Pocket works in the cloud, you can add pages using one device and read them from another.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pocket" alt="Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pocket_3.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VSCO Cam (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take full advantage of the One (M8)&rsquo;s classy UltraPixel camera with this wonderfully tasteful photo editing and sharing app. VSCO Cam lets you tweak a wide variety of criteria (exposure, contrast, sharpness, colour temperature etc.) as well as crop images and apply a series of adjustable filters that are far more subtle than Instagram&rsquo;s equivalents. Finished images can then be shared to social media (including Instagram and Facebook) or VSCO&rsquo;s own eminently elegant Grid platform.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VSCO Cam" alt="VSCO Cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vsco-cam.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wunderlist (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A smarter way to make a to-do list, Wunderlist syncs across all your platforms and its lists are shareable, meaning you can easily set up group tasks as well as personal agendas. Should you upgrade to the paid Pro edition, you can break down complex tasks by adding subtasks, and make your lists richer and more detailed via attached images, PDFs, videos and even soundbites.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wunderkinder.wunderlistandroid" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="900" title="Wunderlist" alt="Wunderlist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wunderlist_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cut the Rope 2 (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given the original <em>Cut the Rope</em>&rsquo;s popularity, it seems amazing that it&rsquo;s taken so long for a sequel to emerge. But emerge it finally has &ndash; and it&rsquo;s free, albeit with in-app purchases sprinkled throughout to sour your fun somewhat. With enough new in-game elements to justify a download even for seasoned rope-slicing veterans, it&rsquo;s a physics-based gem.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr2.f2p.google&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jwyCaO9J9Qw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcus Hyper Local Weather (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arcus uses the Forecast.io API &ndash; as seen on iOS app Dark Sky &ndash; to predict weather in a specific location with unnerving accuracy. About to leave the house and not sure if those clouds are ominous enough that you need to pack a brolly? Consult Arcus and it&rsquo;ll tell you exactly what&rsquo;s going to happen over the next hour: when the rain will start, when it will stop and how heavy it&rsquo;s going to be. Because of its hyper-local focus, we&rsquo;ve generally found it far more useful than more wide-ranging weather apps.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" alt="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcus.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reddit Now (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Reddit is a rich source for all sorts of great stuff on the web, but reading the web version on a phone is a total pain in the eyes. Enter Reddit Now, which makes subreddits far more visually appealing. You can swipe along the top bar to move between different subreddits, and if you login with your own Reddit account you can customise the layout as well as comment and post from your phone. It&rsquo;s ad-supported, but you can remove those by shelling out &pound;1.50.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phyora.apps.reddit_now" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="768" title="Reddit Now" alt="Reddit Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reddit-now.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Device Manager (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Android version of Find My iPhone, Device Manager is an official Google app that allows you to locate a misplaced phone or tablet (as long as it&rsquo;s associated with your Google account, that is). You can view the device&rsquo;s location on a map in order to find it, and if you can&rsquo;t you can remotely reset its screen lock code or erase all data on board. One of those apps you&rsquo;ll hopefully never have to use &ndash; but one that everyone should have on their Android phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="768" height="1280" title="Android Device Manager " alt="Android Device Manager " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-device-manager.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungry Oni (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A cutesy, twitchy puzzler in which you control Oni, an ogre who eats items falling from a tree. Controlled simply with your thumb, the game allows Oni to eat only items coloured the same as the tree leaves &ndash; and these can be changed by consuming special rainbow leaves. It&rsquo;s a basic premise, but as you rise through the levels things become thumb-testingly frenetic.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuretrostudios.hungryoni&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rm2aQ_bYazI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Facebook paid out US$19 billion for this messaging app, and once you&rsquo;ve started using it you can (sort of) understand why: it&rsquo;s robust, supports swift cross-platform IMs and group chat, incorporates emoji and allows you to attach all sorts of useful &ndash; or just fun &ndash; things to messages including sound clips and location data. And it&rsquo;s free. You just have to cross your fingers that Facebook is doing something totally innocent with all your data.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="480" height="800" title="WhatsApp" alt="WhatsApp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp1.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Android games Apps and Games HTC One (M8) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:50:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434986 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Readly http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is like Spotify for magazines, and that&#039;s pretty much as brilliant as it sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Readly&#039;s magazine catalogue is very broad" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Readly_review_01.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This might be rather damning coming from someone who writes for one, but I don&rsquo;t buy many magazines anymore. And I&rsquo;m far from alone - it&rsquo;s no secret that sales are falling (<em>Stuff&rsquo;s</em> doing just fine, though, don&rsquo;t you worry).</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £9.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price is monthly subscription. Tested on iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Loads of mags available instantly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Share your subscription with friends and family </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vibrant, sharp and quick to navigate </div> <div class="field-item even"> Download issues for offline reading </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some titles (including Stuff) currently missing </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first binge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In my first couple of minutes I&rsquo;ve seen some incredible front covers, from the hand-drawn Nazi-stalking troops on the front of <em>Commando</em>, to the head-sized growth protruding from the neck of an understandably miserable looking woman on <em>Chat</em>.</p> <p>Two hours later I&rsquo;ve chosen tonight&rsquo;s tea (massaman roast chicken) from <em>Delicious</em>, found a wine to go with it from <em>Decanter</em>, and just about read the latest issue of <em>VolksWorld Camper and Bus</em> (a magazine I previously had no idea even existed) cover-to-cover. My lazy Sunday mornings just got even lazier and many times more enjoyable.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s an option to view spreads in landscape mode" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_04.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Even WWII action comics are included" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_03.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="NME usually costs £2.40 a week, so £9.99 a month for Readly seems very sensible" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_02.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some gaps, but a brilliant offering overall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not every magazine is accounted for. Big publishers such as Future and Dennis are notably absent, as is <em>Stuff</em> (I&rsquo;m nagging the Big Cheeses about it), but the overall selection is really strong, from the likes of <em>NME</em> and <em>Now</em>, to <em>Rugby World</em>, <em>Practical Boat Owner</em> and <em>Mountain Bike Rider</em>. Our sister titles <em>What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision</em> and <em>Autocar</em>&nbsp;are present and correct, too. Back issues are included (how far back varies from mag to mag) and you can even access a whole bunch of mags from the US and Sweden - <em>Jaktmarker ost Fiskevatten</em>, anyone?</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t get any of the interactive content of dedicated mag apps such as <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stuff-magazine/id506367508?mt=8" target="_blank">ours</a>, but the speed of page turns and general navigation, the sharpness of the text and punchiness of the pics all make this a thoroughly pleasant reading experience. You can download issues for offline reading and even share your account across five devices, which seems massively generous for &pound;9.99 a month.</p> <p>Not convinced? You can try it for free for two weeks by signing up at <a href="https://gb.readly.com/" target="_blank">Readly.com</a>. I&#39;ll bet you&#39;ll be completely addict mere moments later.</p> <p>(Disclosure: Haymarket, Stuff&rsquo;s publisher, has multiple titles on Readly, but that&#39;s not why I like it)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tab the star to create a library of your favourite magazines" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_06.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Readly began life in Sweden, hence the large selection of Swedish mags" alt="Readly review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Readly_review_05.jpg?1396513848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brilliant value and beautifully implemented, Readly really is Spotify for magazines</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire/app-week-readly/review#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Kindle Fire Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:30:49 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434774 at http://www.stuff.tv Pocket unveils its Android Wear functionality http://www.stuff.tv/pocket-unveils-its-android-wear-functionality/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll be able to save interesting links for later reading with the swipe of a finger on your smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Notification on Android Wear" alt="Notification on Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stacked-notifications.jpg?1395451777" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a> is still a little while away from launch, but when it does arrive, web service Pocket will be among the first batch of third-party apps supporting Google&rsquo;s wearables platform.</p> <p>Today Pocket previewed article-sharing via Android Wear. Pocket&rsquo;s SDK allows you to essentially save notifications with a simple swipe to the left and a tap of the resulting &ldquo;save to Pocket&rdquo; button.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just a work-in-progress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Click <a href="http://pocket-blog.s3.amazonaws.com/20140321/AndroidWear.gif" target="_blank">here</a> see an animation of Pocket&#39;s Android Wear in action.</p> <p>The SDK is intended for app developers who wish to add the &ldquo;read it later&rdquo; action to their app&rsquo;s Android Wear notification. However, Pocket cautions that, with Android Wear&rsquo;s SDK still in a pre-release Developer Preview version, their own SDK should be considered a work-in-progress.</p> <p>At present, app makers can only adapt their notifications for Android Wear. As long as they already have an Android app, it should be able to send notifications to Android Wear devices. A full SDK for Android Wear will be released in the future.</p> <p>[<a href="http://getpocket.com/blog/2014/03/android-wear-prototype-quick-sharing-to-pocket/" target="_blank">Pocket</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/21/pocket-previews-article-saving-android-wear/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pocket-unveils-its-android-wear-functionality/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Wearable tech Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:03:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434113 at http://www.stuff.tv The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup gets underway, we&#039;ve rounded up the best touchscreen takes on the connoisseur&#039;s bat&#039;n&#039;ball sport </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shot!" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Batsman against bowler. The thud of leather against willow. The clatter of yet another English wicket falling.</p> <p>Yes, the 2014 T20 cricket world cup in Bangladesh gets underway in earnest this week, so why not&nbsp;get in the mood for it by having a slogabout on one of the many cricket game apps. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) Cricket Unlimited </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Play Store and App Store are stuffed with cricket games which look great but don&rsquo;t play very well, and Cricket Unlimited is one such example. Your batsman is fixed in place and although you can swipe in any direction to send the ball thataway, the lack of foot movement makes it feel a bit samey. It&rsquo;s also too easy: just press the Power Boost button before a shot and you&rsquo;re pretty much guaranteed a boundary. Bowling is similarly flawed - you choose the power, pitch and direction of a ball, but there&rsquo;s no distinction made between bowling type.</p> <p>Odd decisions abound too &ndash; CPU players attempt crazy runs, blatant LBWs are turned down and in one game, J.Ruahut (there are no real player names here. Presumably that&rsquo;s Joe Root) was given out stumped despite not having moved from the crease. Still, there are plenty of game options available and it&rsquo;s a decent enough way to pass 10 minutes. Just don&rsquo;t expect it to hold your attention for much longer than that.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-unlimited/id711398179?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for iOS&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xtpl.cricketunlimited" target="_blank">Download Cricket Unlimited for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">25 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cricket Unlimited" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Cricket Unlimited" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-cricket-unlimited-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) IPL Cricket Fever 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>IPL Cricket Fever 2013 is one of about a dozen cricket sims made by IndiaGames, and frankly we can&#39;t see much difference between them all. Still, this is probably the pick of them, bringing the razzmatazz of India&#39;s IPL to your mobile in some style. So you get cheerleaders, a multitude of modern flamboyant shots such as the scoop and the helicopter and more ads than a Saturday night on ITV. Seriously, you have to skip two before the game even starts.</p> <p>Once it does begin, you get a fairly good game, with a reasonable amount of batting and bowling control, nice graphics, genuine player names and even rudimentary commentary at key moments. Unfortunately, a few key flaws cost it dearly. When batting, there seems little relationship between the shot you play and where the ball ends up - even Chris Gayle would struggle to hit some of the shots that are possible here - and when bowling the CPU runs itself out about once an over.&nbsp;And while you can earn power-ups to boost your speed and six-hitting ability, the constant demands for in-app purchases begin to grate quite quickly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭✩✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ipl-cricket-fever-lite-2013/id623162506?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;IPL Cricket Fever 2013&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.indiagames.cricketfeverchallenge" target="_blank">Download IPL Cricket Fever 2013 for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IPL Cricket Fever 2013" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world IPL Cricket Fever 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-ipl-cricket-fever-2013-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) International Cricket Captain 2012 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ICC is the only game here that really nails the most important thing about cricket: stats. It&#39;s a management sim rather than an arcade smackabout &ndash; think Football Manager not FIFA - so you&rsquo;ll spend your time in it organising training, picking squads and setting tactics. And to do all that, you&#39;ll want to immerse yourself in the numbers. Lovely, lovely numbers.&nbsp;Within the game you&rsquo;ll find all-time averages for almost every professional player alive, meaning you could happily spend hours looking at it without actually starting a game. And what happy hours they&rsquo;d be.</p> <p>Once you drag yourself away from the stats and start playing, you have the option of skipping through matches or following them via text updates, with key moments presented as TV-style highlights. And although you&rsquo;re not technically controlling the players, you can have a major impact on the on-field action by setting batting and bowler aggression levels and positioning fielders. Alright, so &pound;4.99 is on the pricey side &ndash; especially given that all of the other games here are available for free, albeit most of them in Lite form &ndash; but what price many contended hours spent geeking out over averages? Just one question - can we have ICC 2014 now please?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/cricket-captain-2012/id554163563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download International Cricket Captain 2012 for iOS (&pound;4.99)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes! The most maddeningly addictive puzzle game ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="International Cricket Captain 2012" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world International Cricket Captain 2012" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-international-cricket-captain-2012-001.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) World Cricket Championship </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking for a realistic arcade cricket game? Then WCC is pretty much your only choice. You get full control over your batting, with footwork, shot selection and timing all coming together in the way they should - hitting and hoping is very much a last resort. A clever confidence meter that builds up the longer you&#39;re in also plays a major role; attempt an ambitious shot too early in the innings and you&#39;ll soon be trudging back to the pavilion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bowling isn&#39;t quite so rewarding, but you still get plenty of control over the deliveries and there&#39;s a real thrill when you send down three dot balls then tempt the batsman into chasing a wide one. Or at least we got a thrill from it. Maybe we&#39;ve been playing a little too much app cricket lately.</p> <p>The graphics are slick and detailed, animation is excellent and the whole thing has a quality, well-produced feel, with commentary, replays and the ability to edit player names. But be warned - it&#39;s hard. Stupidly so at first. Persevere, though, and you&#39;ll be rewarded with an entertaining, playable cricket sim that gets almost every aspect of the game right.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/world-cricket-championship/id486287740?mt=8" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;World Cricket Championship&nbsp;for iOS (from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextwave.wcc_lt" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Android&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/world-cricket-championship-lite/3f7c288d-c9d7-4861-ab67-d704bcfc662c" target="_blank">Download World Cricket Championship for Windows Phone 8&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="World Cricket Championship" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world World Cricket Championship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-world-cricket-championship-002.jpg?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) Stick Cricket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Twenty20 of the cricket apps world, Stick Cricket shows tradition and realism the door and welcomes in big-hitting fun for a thrill-a-second party. Gameplay is simple: you control an endearingly angular stick figure with the sole aim of chasing down the opposition&rsquo;s total. They fire down deliveries; you smack them towards the boundary. And that&rsquo;s it &ndash; no bowling, no fielding, no running, no appeals, no fancy replays. Nothing except the ball whizzing towards you and the bat sending it skywards. Well, if you can hit it &ndash; timing is everything here, and it&rsquo;s all too easy to miss the cherry altogether or whack it straight down a fielder&rsquo;s throat.</p> <p>A variety of game modes (including a really tough World Cup sim) keep it fresh, and there are in-app purchases to add more. You can also buy new bats to improve your timing &ndash; although we&rsquo;d steer clear of the slightly overpriced &pound;20.99 SC Elite Limited Edition. So essentially it&rsquo;s a one-trick pony &ndash; but a really exciting pony that you won&rsquo;t tire of riding.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stick-cricket/id406781620?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Stick Cricket for iOS (&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sticksports.stickcricket" target="_blank">Download&nbsp;Stick Cricket for Android&nbsp;(&pound;free)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stick Cricket" alt="The 5 best mobile cricket games in the world Stick Cricket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-mobile-cricket-app-games-stick-cricket-001.gif?1395365368" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-best-mobile-cricket-games-world/feature#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iOS games Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:20:24 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434064 at http://www.stuff.tv New Sonos app brings universal search spanning every major music service http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And you can try the beta version now on Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos app controller" alt="Sonos app controller main" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonos_app_family.jpg?1395196789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve got a Sonos music streaming system at home, you&#39;re already a lucky so-and-so.</p> <p>Now your life just got even better - because the multiroom maestro&#39;s new app introduces universal search.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos app controller beta" alt="Sonos app controller beta" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sonos_app_search.jpg?1395196789" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/new-sonos-app-brings-universal-search/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Hi-Fi & Streaming iOS apps Sonos Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:27:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433886 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: LokLok http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-loklok/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A shared lock screen is a great idea, as long as your friends aren&#039;t evil </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LokLok app review" alt="LokLok app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LokLok01.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of the most successful apps are based on an idea so simple that at first, it hardly seems different enough to bother with. WhatsApp is just instant messaging, Snapchat is just disposable pictures, and so on, but that&#39;s also what makes them work - they&#39;re clear, well-executed ideas for doing a job just differently enough.</p> <p>LokLok has that simple-but-brilliant feel to it. It&#39;s a lock screen that lets you take pictures and draw on them, and when you change your LokLok screen, the screens of the other people in your LokLok group change too.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simple, clever, fun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A few bugs </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fight your inner schoolboy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first person I shared a LokLok screen with was Tom Parsons (Stuff reviews ed), and almost immediately I&#39;d taken his picture and overlaid it with the sort of &quot;artwork&quot; found in maths books across the country. It&#39;s not big and it&#39;s not clever, but the satisfaction I got when he went to unlock his phone mid-meeting and did a double-take at the offensive image was simply marvellous. You can currently share your LokLok screen with up to five people, and the potential for mischief is huge.</p> <p>You may not stay LokLok friends for long with those shenanigans, though,&nbsp;so I then tried putting it to its intended use - sharing nice little notes and pictures with my Significant Other.</p> <p>The regularly changing screen, on which you can share notes and photos of things you&#39;ve observed/eaten/visited during your day, is a very nice way of staying in touch. It&#39;s private, personal and more fun than just swapping texts or emails. And it can also be quite useful - while it&#39;s not much as a messaging app,&nbsp;it&#39;s pretty handy&nbsp;for leaving your other half a reminder to take the bins out. Unlike SnapChat, which very sensibly doesn&#39;t have an option to save pics, LokLok lets you keep any particularly memorable screens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/patgOkFHOgU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LokLok app review" alt="LokLok app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/loklok02.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LokLok verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LokLok is currently in beta, so a few bugs are to be expected, but here&#39;s what needs fixing before it&#39;s a five-star app: it currently uses a fair bit of battery on some phones, and sometimes the LokLok screen just doesn&#39;t appear. Aside from that, it&#39;s a great idea that deserves to do well.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loklok" target="_blank">Download LokLok for Android here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2560" height="1920" title="LokLok app review" alt="LokLok app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LokLok03.jpg?1395159251" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A shared lockscreen for rudeness or romance, and right now it&#39;s free</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App of the Week: LokLok </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-loklok/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-loklok/review#comments Android apps Apps and Games LokLok Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:50:10 +0000 Will Dunn 1433803 at http://www.stuff.tv Six apps you need to gamify your life http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-you-need-gamify-your-life/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turn chores into boss battles and evening jogs into zombie attacks with the best gamification apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini meme gamification apps" alt="Mini meme gamification apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mini-meme-gamify-apps-main-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Life is a video game, right? We hope the hooker we just ran over in our Truffade Adder knows that. And doesn&rsquo;t that moustachioed plumber look familiar?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. HabitRPG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>RPG-style settings and a simple points and health system are just the start of why the popular HabitRPG is a keeper. Chores, exercise or bits of work can be added as tasks or &lsquo;dailies&rsquo;, money can be earned and used to buy weapons and armour plus there&rsquo;s geeky rewards to choose from when completed. </p> <p>All you really need to know is that you&rsquo;ll get more stuff done with HabitRPG - just to keep that health up. Sadly, the app is a little slow but it&rsquo;s technically still in beta and with extra geeky website features such as guilds, parties and more pets coming, we&rsquo;re willing to be patient. </p> <p>Todoist&rsquo;s desktop &lsquo;karma&rsquo; feature, promised to be coming soon to Android, is a simple but equally addictive alternative.</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> Android, iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong> &pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HabitRPG" alt="Mini meme gamification apps HabitRPG" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-habitrpg-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Fitocracy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gamify fitness and healthy eating with this always-on, always-pumped social network that sets - you guessed it - quests and levels to achieve and unlock. It works better for actively entering workouts (from weights to pilates to B-ball) than for auto-tracking apps that just run in the background, so you will need to invest some time into it. But the idiot-proof UI keeps on getting friendlier, having started life as more of a Reddit-style design. A good move, we feel.</p> <p>Plus, Fitocracy has one powerful special combo: the feed of friends&rsquo; activities to scroll through for inspiration, groups to join (with encouraging names such as Hello Sports! and The Right Mindset) and &lsquo;props&rsquo; to give and receive. Feel the burn then feel the love.</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Fitocracy" alt="Mini meme gamification apps Fitocracy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-fitocracy-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. DuoLingo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Short of finding yourself a sexy Parisian, DuoLingo is the most addictive way to learn a new language thanks to its progress tracker, rising XP, bonus hearts and &lsquo;days on track&rsquo; to spur you on to that tricky adverbs level.</p> <p>Languages for English speakers are mostly European (French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc) but there are loads more options for those looking to learn English, with the likes of Polish and Russian also supported. There&rsquo;s a good mix of reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises to race through and build points and if you&rsquo;re on the train, you can turn off the mic and save the pronunciation till you get home.</p> <p>DuoLingo works best when you have IRL friends to follow (with invites via email and Facebook), thanks to competition-fuelling email updates on their progress. But notification nudges will make sure you don&rsquo;t fall too far off the wagon even if you&rsquo;re learning solo.</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="DuoLingo" alt="Mini meme gamification apps DuoLingo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-duolingo-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Zombies! Run </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Updated (on iOS only) to add more sources for music playback and a local jogging map, Zombies! Run still tickles us. The idea behind the app is that by adding zombie chase noises at intervals, as part of an overall zombie story, it&#39;ll get you running up to 20% faster: And it works, letting&nbsp;you run along calmly for ten or so minutes at a time before throwing in zombie action to increase your pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>The thrill is pretty effective for getting us out in the cold in the first place, but it&#39;s perhaps not the best long-term strategy. As an alternative, try the structure of the separate Zombies! Run 5K training app or&nbsp;the narrative-inclined The Walk.</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;2.49</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate: the 25 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zombies! Run" alt="Mini meme gamification apps Zombies! Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-zombies-run-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. SuperBetter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perfect for kicking One Bad Habit, with power-ups, quests, bad guys and allies - just don&rsquo;t rid yourself of all vices at once or it gets confusing. Quit sugar/smoking/being lazy by first downloading the correct pack then battling bad guys like &lsquo;doing it when stressed&rsquo; or &lsquo;doing it when tired&rsquo;, building resilience points as you progress.</p> <p>SuperBetter&rsquo;s more psychologically inclined than most gamification apps, with a section of science cards on concepts such as &lsquo;surfing the urge&rsquo; and &lsquo;ironic rebound&rsquo;. Half sincere coach, half life-tracker, we&rsquo;re much more inclined to open up a self-helpy app than an embarrassing paperback. Surely we&rsquo;ve earned a power-up for being so clever?</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;2.99</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SuperBetter" alt="Mini meme gamification apps SuperBetter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-superbetter-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Beeminder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlocking badges not cutting it? Here&rsquo;s a drastic measure - sign up to Beeminder, set a goal going on its yellow brick (graph) road and if you veer off track, pay up. With real money. Funny how quickly giving &pound;3 to a free app gets those reports done - though we&rsquo;d prefer a fund, say &pound;50, that trickles away as we falter and veer off the yellow brick road than individual mini payments that could stack up to a daunting amount.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a basic looking, slightly intimidating app and website but other gamification and fitness apps such as DuoLingo and RunKeeper can be hooked up to Beeminder&rsquo;s system for extra incentive. The furthest from a &lsquo;game&rsquo; of the bunch and coughing up isn&rsquo;t fun - but it might just get results.</p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS &nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/freemium-and-iap-iphone-and-ipad-gaming-can-be-pro-not-just-con/feature">Freemium and in-app purchasing in iPhone and iPad gaming can be a pro, not just a con</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beeminder" alt="Mini meme gamification apps Beeminder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mini-meme-gamify-apps-beeminder-001.jpg?1395402460" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-you-need-gamify-your-life/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-you-need-gamify-your-life/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:50:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433727 at http://www.stuff.tv 25 best free apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 25 free apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="25 free apps for Android" alt="25 free apps for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yay! Free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff. And there&#39;s plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now. We know, because we counted.*</p> <p>But a word of warning - much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn&#39;t-even-work-at-all duds.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, word-for-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you.</p> <p>The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate">Download Google Translate</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Translate" alt="25 free apps for Android Google Translate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-translate-free-android-apps-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. NASA App </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn&#39;t the best looking app in the world, but it&#39;s full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what&#39;s going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they&#39;ll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa">Download NASA App</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NASA app" alt="25 free apps for Android NASA app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nasa-app-25-free-apps-for-android-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. TWICKETS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twickets is a way to buy or sell spare tickets to gigs or events, but what makes it special is the rule that tickets can only change hands for their face value or less. That means the profiteering touts stay away and genuine fans get to recyle spares in good faith - great if one of your mates has dropped out and left you in the lurch, or you need an extra seat at short notice.</p> <p>You can browse what&#39;s available or offer tickets via the app and finalise the deal via Twitter (hence the name).&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.twickets.droid">Download Twickets</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twickets" alt="25 free apps for Android Twickets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-twickets-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Audible for Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long journey? Tired eyes? Audio books! A bit like radio shows that you actually want to listen to, a bit like podcasts before all the funny people stopped doing them, a bit like books being read to you (OK, mostly the latter), audio books are a treat to be savoured.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Audible app is a gateway to its own audio book service, drawing you in with free tasters of some of its best sellers. It&#39;s worth downloading even if it&#39;s only for those free nibbles.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application">Download Audible</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audible For Android" alt="25 free apps for Android Audible For Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-audible-for-android-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Navfree </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve got Google Maps already and that&#39;s lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn&#39;t always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all.</p> <p>You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it&#39;s fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you&#39;re visiting before you leave and you&#39;ll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL">Download Navfree</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Navfree" alt="25 free apps for Android Navfree" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-navfree-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Airbnb </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hotels are great when other people are paying, or if&nbsp;you have pots of cash to waste,&nbsp;but otherwise they&#39;re rarely situated where you want them. Airbnb is one of the stars of the so-called shareconomy, an accommodation network built around normal people offering up their unused rooms for a little bit of extra cash.</p> <p>The result? You&#39;ll be able to find somewhere to stay right in the heart of the city, up a mountain or even down a river, often for a very decent price. Just spend a minute browsing the amazing pads on offer and you&#39;ll be hooked.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android">Download Airbnb</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Airbnb" alt="25 free apps for Android Airbnb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-airbnb-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Any.do To-do list &amp; task list </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re all busy. Busy creating Stuff To Do lists and sticking them in our bags, on the front door, in our back pockets and tapping them into note apps on our phones. Any.do is the best way to keep on top of all those loose ends, thanks to its cloud syncing and sharing skills. You can have it running as a live widget on your homescreen and also separate your tasks into different folders.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo">Download Any.do</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Any.Do" alt="25 free apps for Android Any.Do" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-any-do-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Comics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With access to over 45,000 comics from DC, Marvel, Image Comics, IDW and Disney, the Comics app is the place to go for all things graphically novel. You get quite a few freebies to get you started, with more free titles released each week. Paid-for comics will typically set you back between &pound;0.69 and &pound;2.49. The app really comes alive on larger devices, where you can pore over the panels in a more leisurely manner than on a phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics">Download Comics</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Comics" alt="25 free apps for Android Comics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-comics-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Zoopla Property Search </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It won&#39;t necessarily find everything in your chosen area, but Zoopla (which incorporated Findaproperty.com in 2012) has a huge amount of properties for sale, and even if it&#39;s just used as a jumping off point it can give you a good idea of what&#39;s available and the prices involved. The app itself could be easier to use, but it does the basics of allowing you to search on specific area, property type, number of bedrooms and add keywords, then browse photos and link up with the agent.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zoopla.activity">Download Zoopla Property Search</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zoopla Property Search" alt="25 free apps for Android Zoopla Property Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-zoopla-mobile-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Cocktail Flow - Drink recipes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best feature of this cocktail recipe book is the way you can tell it what odds and ends you&#39;ve got lurking in the cupboard under the sink, and then ask it to suggest palatable ways to mix them up. It also comes with a library of popular cocktails, with additional packs that can be downloaded for a small fee.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.distinction.cflow">Download Cocktail Flow - Drink Recipes</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cocktail Flow" alt="25 free apps for Android Cocktail Flow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cocktail-flow-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Money Tracker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Easily our favourite app for keeping a handle on incomings and outgoings, Money Tracker strikes a sensible balance between simplicity and features. As well as the basic sums, it lets you create your own folders and categories, so you can see where it all goes each month, and more easily define where you might be able to make savings in future. Did you really spend that much on coffee this week? Maybe you should invest in a flask this weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prometheusapps.moneytracker">Download Money Tracker</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Money Tracker" alt="25 free apps for Android Money Tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-money-tracker-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 12. Hangouts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Hey! Who wants brunch at Choochies today?&quot; &quot;Count me in! I&#39;ve got tickets to the Nicks game, wanna come too?&quot; Etc. Alternatively you can use Hangouts to message friends via text, video and emoticon-style &quot;emojis&quot; in a more realistic manner. &quot;Train cancelled again&quot;, or &quot;Dad, get on the video call so you can show me how to fix the boiler&quot;. That sort of thing. Woah! Hangouts rocks!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk">Download Hangouts</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hangouts" alt="25 free apps for Android Hangouts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-hangouts-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Duolingo: Learn languages free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Translate may be great, but the long-term aim should be to learn to speak all those languages yourself. Duolingo does an amazing job of making this fun, with a format that&#39;s a bit like a pub quiz machine. It currently supports Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English, and if you &quot;play&quot; it regularly you&#39;ll definitely pick up at least some competence in your chosen language. With more intensive use you can give yourself a week&#39;s crash course before a trip abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo">Download Duolingo: Learn Languages Free</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Duolingo Learn Languages Free" alt="25 free apps for Android Duolingo Learn Languages Free" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-duolingo-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 14. Houzz Interior Design Ideas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one is all about inspiration. As you would hope from an app about design, Houzz itself is neat, logically laid out, smart and pretty in all the right places, making it the perfect distraction as you recline on your Eames lounge chair, feet up on the ottoman, contemplating the witty juxtaposition of that chandelier in your bedsit.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.houzz.app">Download Houzz Interior Design Ideas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Houzz Interior Design Ideas" alt="25 free apps for Android Houzz Interior Design Ideas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-houzz-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 15. FxGuru: Movie FX Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This slightly gimmicky special effects app is nonetheless very clever, verging on useful. It comes with a batch of free effects (the kind of things you&#39;d see in a disaster movie) with additional packs as in-app purchases.</p> <p>You point your phone or tablet at a scene (say, your office, the street or your garden), and then the app records a short video clip with a destructive missile attack or perhaps a hovering UFO superimposed over the live action. Motion tracking allows you to pan as you film, too.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.picadelic.fxguru">Download FxGuru: Movie FX Director</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/10-best-kindle-fire-hdx-apps-download-first/feature">The 10 best Kindle Fire HDX apps and games to download first</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/10-best-samsung-galaxy-s4-apps/feature">12 of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="FXGuru: Movie FX Director" alt="25 free apps for Android FXGuru: Movie FX Director" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-fxguru-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. BBC Cbeebies Playtime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A lot of free apps for children are beset by confusing prompts for in-app purchases that can seriously hamper the fun. CBeebies Playtime is an ad-free lucky dip of educational games and activities for pre-school children, based on some of the channel&#39;s biggest shows and characters, including Mr Tumble, Tree Fu Tom, The Octanauts and real-life actual people such as Andy and Nina.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bbc.cbeebiesplaytime">Download BBC CBeebies Playtime</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC CBeebies Playtime" alt="25 free apps for Android BBC CBeebies Playtime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cbeebies-playtime-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 17. SoundCloud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>SoundCloud is great because it&#39;s not just the same old music rehashed in a new, futile money-making shell. It does hold a lot of full-length commercial tracks but it&#39;s the unique user-generated music that makes it special. That means DJ mixes, remixes, cover versions, live recordings and recitals, snippets, sounds and spoken word contibutions. If you want to listen beyond the sphere of Spotify, cock your ear this way.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundcloud.android">Download SoundCloud</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Soundcloud" alt="25 free apps for Android Soundcloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-soundcloud-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 18. Met office weather application </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All UK weather forecasts are based on information and predictions from the Met Office, so why not get your forecast from the horse&#39;s mouth? This app doesn&#39;t go in for swanky visuals but does give it to you straight, with timeline breakdowns of the changing skies plus map-based predictions of advancing weather systems. If you&#39;re less of a weather geek, try the BBC Weather app for a prettier presentation of much the same stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.metoffice.android">Download Met Office Weather Application</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Met office weather application" alt="25 free apps for Android Met office weather application" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-met-office-weather-app-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 19. VLC For Android Beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wouldn&#39;t it be lovely if there was one video format to rule them all, like MP3 is to music? Well, dream on... Until that day you&#39;ll be thankful for VLC, which aims to play every video format you&#39;ll ever encounter. If you like to source your movies from varied locations you&#39;ll find this one of the most useful apps on your phone or tablet. It&#39;s ad-free and doesn&#39;t try to harvest all your personal data either, which makes a nice change.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon">Download VLC For Android Beta</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VLC" alt="25 free apps for Android VLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vlc_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 20. Dropbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As Android moves closer to home computer territory, syncing photos, music and work documents is increasingly important. As a free service, Dropbox offers 2GB of pleasingly simple online storage which is automatically synced whenever you log in from any of your devices &ndash; very useful for occassional file transfers, semi-permanent documents and shared folders. The Android app is nothing fancy but it doesn&#39;t need to be, getting the job done without fuss.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android">Download Dropbox</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 unbelievably good free Windows Phone games</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-lg-g2-apps/feature">10 of the best LG G2 apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dropbox" alt="25 free apps for Android Dropbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-dropbox-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re putting yourself through a fitness grind alone, this virtual back-patter will help spur you on. It tracks all your runs, walks and rides, then does the maths to tell you (and the entire world via social media) how many calories you&#39;ve burnt, how far you&#39;ve gone and generally how heroic you&#39;ve been over the past week or so. The in-app purchase model keeps it all nice and tidy too, so even in the basic free format it&#39;s a very neat app to use.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnesskeeper.runkeeper.pro">Download Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" alt="25 free apps for Android Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-runkeeper-gps-track-run-walk-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 22. WiFi File Transfer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s liberal management of the Play store leads to some strange situations, such as the presence of six apps with exactly the same name. Here we&#39;re referring to the one developed by smarterDroid. We find it the easiest way to move files wirelessly to and from a computer and an Android device on an ad-hoc basis. The free version has a file size limit of 5MB, but you can buy the full, unlimited version for &pound;0.88.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififiletransfer">Download WiFi File Transfer</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="WiFi File Transfer" alt="25 free apps for Android WiFi File Transfer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-wifi-file-transfer-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 23. Peppa&#039;s Paintbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We don&#39;t review childen&#39;s cartoons, but if we did, Peppa Pig would get five stars because it&#39;s consistently brilliant in its own little way, full of practical education wrapped up in addictively snappy episodes. Like the CBeebies app, this porcine painting app has no hidden agenda so your kids can paint away without being tripped up or led astray by ads, links or in-app purchases. Madame Gazelle would certainly approve.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.peppapig.paintbox">Download Peppa&#39;s Paintbox</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Peppa&#039;s Paintbox" alt="25 free apps for Android Peppas Paintbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-peppas-paintbox.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 24. TuneIn Radio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take a break from the endless banality of UK radio and tune in to a different point of view or musical selection. So long as you have a half-decent data connection, this app will tickle your ears with audio streams from all over the world, browsable by location, genre or what&#39;s trending. It also works as an on-demand podcast player. It&#39;s brilliant for in-car entertainment, so long as you have a data contract that can take the strain.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player">Download TuneIn Radio</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TuneIn Radio" alt="25 free apps for Android TuneIn Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-tunein-radio-001_0.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 25. Vine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the best ways to get your fix of LOLs is to flick your way through Vine&#39;s stream of micro-movies. The quality is always going to vary, but the way the app delivers them is beautifully quick and simple. Just check out your feed or do a search (say, #skatefails), then enjoy a string of LOLable 4-second loops. Maybe even upload a few of your own.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.vine.android">Download Vine</a></p> <p>Words by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>. </p><p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">25 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate: the 25 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vine" alt="25 free apps for Android Vine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vine-001.jpg?1394558604" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got an Android device? Then you need these free apps </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature#comments Android Android apps Smartphones Tablets Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:20:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433527 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" alt="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony%20xperia%20z1%20compact%20main.JPG?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z1 Compact is an excellent smartphone, eschewing the &ldquo;big is better&rdquo; mentality of most high-end handsets for a &ldquo;less is more&rdquo; approach. It&rsquo;s a bona fide top tier phone that, thanks to its relatively dinky 4.3in screen, isn&rsquo;t a struggle to squeeze in your jeans pocket.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve recently bought an Xperia Z1 Compact, you&rsquo;ll probably want to fit it out with some top notch apps &ndash; and to that end, we&rsquo;ve scoured the Google Play Store to find some of the best around.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5by (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great for passing the time when you&rsquo;re at a loose end, 5by is a video recommendation and playback app which curates and suggests short clips depending on what you feel like watching: comedy, sport, science and tech news etc. It&rsquo;s also fully compatible with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google&rsquo;s Chromecast</a>, so you can beam the videos wirelessly to your TV.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiveby.jupiter" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="720" title="5by (Free)" alt="5by (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5by-android-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Stickman Golf 2 (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A simple but maddeningly addictive casual game in which you play increasingly outlandish holes of 2D golf. It&rsquo;s a little like Worms, a little like Angry Birds and not very much like actual golf (more fun, if you ask us).</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkiTNqJSn9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agent (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A collection of apps &ndash; or &ldquo;Agents&rdquo; &ndash; that&rsquo;ll make you life a little bit easier, Agent features a battery-saver; a setting that automatically silences your phone every night when you go to sleep; a Drive mode that reads SMS messages aloud and auto-responds to calls while you&rsquo;re in the car; a setting that helps you remember where you parked said car; and a meeting mode that syncs with your calendar and ensures your phone won&rsquo;t bother you at any times when you&rsquo;re scheduled for a meeting. Great stuff considering it&rsquo;s free.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tryagent" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="858" title="Agent (Free)" alt="Agent (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/agent-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dots (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unquestionably the most tastefully designed smartphone game around, Dots is Candy Crush Saga&rsquo;s cousin who works at an East London creative agency, eats only grass-fed beef and ride a fixed-gear bicycle. Essentially, you join dots into chains &ndash; the longer these are, the more points you rack up. The minimalist looks and simple, clever use of audio mask a compellingly complex game where, if you want to score big, you need to plan several moves ahead.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nerdyoctopus.gamedots" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dots (Free)" alt="Dots (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dots-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VSCO Cam (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z1 Compact boasts a fantastic 20.7MP camera, and the VSCO Cam app makes a worthy alternative to Sony&rsquo;s own photography software. Featuring some tastefully understated and adjustable filters (its black and white filters are streets ahead of Instagram&rsquo;s), it allows for a decent degree of photo editing and offers one of the best sharing platforms around in VSCO Grid.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/355YBCwcQAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to see why Facebook paid over &pound;11 billion for WhatsApp? Then download its ubiquitous messenger app, which allows you to communicate with your contacts &ndash; or whole groups of them &ndash; in far more ways than IM: voice messages, photos, video clips, emoji and location data are among the things you can send in an instant.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="WhatsApp (Free)" alt="WhatsApp (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp-messenger_0.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo Weather (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A decent weather app is a must for anyone living the unpredictable UK, and Yahoo! makes one of the best free examples around. Its beauty lies in its simplicity: the main page shows only the current temperature, conditions and daily high and low, but scroll down and you get an hour-by-hour breakdown of the next seven hours, plus a five- or ten-day forecast. If you wish, you can add other locations too.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.weather" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yahoo Weather (Free)" alt="Yahoo Weather (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-weather-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AntennaPod (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most elegant-looking of podcast feed wranglers, but the open-source AntennaPod works well and won&rsquo;t cost you a penny. You can add podcasts to your feed via OPML import from another podcatcher, browse the gpodder.net or Miro Guide directories or enter feed URLs manually. Then, every time you refresh the latest episodes of your favourite podcasts will appear for easy download and playback.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.danoeh.antennapod" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="840" title="AntennaPod (Free)" alt="AntennaPod (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/antennapod-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Top Racing (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A mash-up of Super Mario Kart and old-school favourite Micro Machines, Table Top Racing offers a triple whammy of great visuals, decent driving mechanics (for a touchscreen) and addictive gameplay (as with Angry Birds, you&rsquo;ll want to three-star every level). Fantastic freebie fun.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playrisedigital.ttr" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YkRknpaYm2o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll doubtless be familiar with the Kindle app already, but we&rsquo;ve picked it because it&rsquo;s ideally suited to the Z1 Compact: thanks to the phone&rsquo;s waterproof build, you can bring it into the bath with you and get stuck into your current novel.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle (Free)" alt="Kindle (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-app-android.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Android games Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:40:28 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433437 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet Wello, the ingenious health monitor disguised as an iPhone case http://www.stuff.tv/meet-wello-ingenious-health-monitor-disguised-iphone-case/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep an eye on your vitals with this sensor-packed smartphone jacket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Wello, the ingenious health monitor disguised as a iPhone case" alt="Meet Wello, the ingenious health monitor disguised as a iPhone case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wello-sofa-main.jpg?1394167183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Well, well, Wello? So what is it?</strong></p> <p>Wello is an iPhone case &ndash; but one that hides a healthy secret. It&rsquo;s actually a device capable of measuring a number of your key vitals: temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, blood oxygen and even lung functions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How does it do that?</strong></p> <p>It packs a number of integrated sensors that measure the majority of the functions to &ldquo;medical grade&rdquo; accuracy; these work when you hold the case in a certain way (see the image above). Lung capacity and airflow, meanwhile, are measured using an attachment that you blow into. The attachment will cost extra, but at the moment Wello&rsquo;s maker Azoi is offering it for free to anyone who pre-orders the case.</p> <p><strong>And this data, what do I do with it?</strong></p> <p>Well, it&rsquo;s all fed to the Wello app, and you can use that to monitor and document your health. The idea is to watch for changes (whether good or bad) and patterns, and see how activity impacts your vitals. Azoi says Wello is also compatible with other health devices and pedometers (Fitbit is one example), allowing you to add even more data.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wello sensors" alt="Wello sensors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wello-sensors.jpg?1394167183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Wello app" alt="Wello app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wello-lifestyle.jpg?1394167183" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What iPhones does it work with?</strong></p> <p>Currently the case fits on the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5s, but the Bluetooth inside means it&rsquo;ll actually work with Android phones too, as long as they have Bluetooth LE and KitKat on board. It just won&rsquo;t fit onto the phone, obviously.</p> <p><strong>How do I get one?</strong></p> <p>It won&rsquo;t be out until this summer, but you can pre-order it for &pound;120 (or &euro;145 if you&rsquo;re in the EU). Take a look at the <a href="https://azoi.com/" target="_blank">Azoi site</a> for details on how to do that.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank"><strong>GET YOUR HEART RATE SOARING WITH OUR OTHER HOT STUFF STORIES</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3c6QdNhy1Aw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Hot Stuff iOS apps Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:30:29 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433357 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and download: RealPlayer Cloud http://www.stuff.tv/realplayer-cloud-transcodes-your-videos-so-theyll-play-anything/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need to send a video from your iPhone to an Android, or vice versa? RealPlayer&#039;s new &#039;Dropbox for video&#039; transcodes your movies so they&#039;ll play on anything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="882" title="The phrase &quot;Dropbox for video&quot; was used more than once" alt="RealPlayer Cloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/RPCLOUD.jpg?1394625163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trying to send a video from your Android phone to your iPhone? Can&#39;t get your iPhone movies to play on your TV? The question of which device will play what kind of file can be toe-curlingly frustrating, but RealPlayer Cloud offers a nifty solution. Every file you upload to your personal folder is automatically transcoded into a number of different file formats, and when you want to play them on another phone, tablet, PC or Smart TV, it automatically downloads the right kind of file so it&#39;ll play without any mucking about.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While for many people RealPlayer was a plugin they remember installing in the late &#39;90s, the media player has forged on and continues to serve up video to around 25 million users, who download around 100 million of each other&#39;s videos per month. And while you may already have VLC or another multi-format player on your desktop, your uncle/nan/employer probably doesn&#39;t, so RealPlayer Cloud should make sending home movies a great deal easier. Your recipient doesn&#39;t need a RealPlayer Cloud account to watch or download videos you&#39;ve sent them, so you won&#39;t have to talk your parents through any sort of installation process, and if you&#39;re pinging videos between your own devices it&#39;s all pleasingly straightforward.</p> <p>And yes, you could upload your videos to YouTube and mark them as private, but RealPlayer Cloud lets you email someone a download link rather than a link to watch on a website, and for many that will feel like a more secure, private way of getting their home movies from their phone to their TV. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve found that while increasingly TVs are sold as &#39;smart TVs&#39;, people aren&#39;t really using them as &#39;smart TVs&#39;, because it&#39;s difficult to connect things up and watch things from your other devices&quot;, said RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser when we met him at Mobile World Congress last week. &quot;So our aim is make that easier. We&#39;ve started with Roku and Chromecast&quot; - there&#39;s a Cast button built into the app - &quot;and we&#39;re going to add more devices. People tell us they much prefer using an app as a remote control.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The amount of space you get in RealPlayer Cloud is similar to the Dropbox model, with 2GB available straight away for free, more if you persuade a pal to sign up, and still more if you&#39;re prepared to pay. Don&#39;t imagine you can use it for any nefarious sharing, though. &quot;We support the same rules and use the same deterrents as YouTube does to stop piracy,&quot; said Glaser. &quot;Our goal is to make legitimate sharing of video easy, not piracy.&quot;</p> <p>RealPlayer Cloud is available for PC, Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Play nice, you two" alt="RealPlayer Cloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rpcloud2.jpg?1394625163" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/realplayer-cloud-transcodes-your-videos-so-theyll-play-anything/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Camcorders iOS apps Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:55:24 +0000 Will Dunn 1433062 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC plans to use your phone for good while you sleep http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-plans-use-your-phone-good-while-you-sleep/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your quad-core monster could be used, along with millions of others, to crack scientific mysteries </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Power To Give" alt="HTC Power To Give app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-power-to-give-app-001.jpg?1393295059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It might be another month before HTC announces its new flagship phone, but Henry&#39;s T-shirts and Coats still had plenty to talk about today - a very pleasant-looking mid-range phone in the form of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/htc-unveils-new-desire-816-phablet-mwc/news" target="_blank">Desire 816 </a>plus something a little different: the world&#39;s largest volunteer computing project.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC Power To Give is the first time the increasingly powerful innards of smartphones have been used to create a distributed supercomputer, and it could be a monster - phones are so numerous that if everyone who buys HTC&#39;s latest models signs up, it&#39;ll have more number-crunching power than the world&#39;s largest supercomputer. And it doesn&#39;t look like there would be much of a reason not to sign up - HTC says it won&rsquo;t run down your battery or use up your data, presumably because it runs while at night when your phone&rsquo;s charging.</p> <p>Check out the video above for more info on the project and, if you&#39;re as excited about us about the forthcoming&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One Plus</a>, keep your screen glued to Stuff.tv for all the details on that when we have it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Keep up to date with all the MWC stories on Stuff.tv</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_0oJ39vs_Kk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-plans-use-your-phone-good-while-you-sleep/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-plans-use-your-phone-good-while-you-sleep/news#comments Android apps HTC MWC 2014 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:01:38 +0000 Will Dunn 1432808 at http://www.stuff.tv First-time buyer pays for house using Pingit app http://www.stuff.tv/first-time-buyer-pays-house-using-pingit-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tap once for the home of your dreams, assuming your dreams involve living in Mitcham </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You might want a gate to go with that" alt="House bought using mobile app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pingithouse.jpg?1392818958" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Proof, if any were needed, has arrived that we&#39;re living in the future - for the first time, a housebuyer has paid the deposit on their new home using an app.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> oh, it&#039;s just for auctions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sadly it&#39;s not quite that simple - you can&#39;t just go wandering around Worcester Park or Penge with your phone, snapping up dream homes, unless those homes are being sold by property auctioneers Savills. A partnership between Barclays and Savills means customers can use Pingit for very large sums, but for all other transactions you&#39;ll have to rely on the more arduous process of going online, phoning up the bank or faxing a CHAPS payment, which sounds delightfully posh but is entirely mundane in real life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, it does show the increasing extent to which people are paying with their phones - over &pound;350 million has been spent so far using Pingit alone, with bazillions more being splurged through services like PayPal and Google Wallet.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/beyond-bitcoin-bubble-what-s-next-altcurrencies/feature">What the crivens is Bitcoin?</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-time-buyer-pays-house-using-pingit-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/first-time-buyer-pays-house-using-pingit-app/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:19:25 +0000 Will Dunn 1432583 at http://www.stuff.tv