Android apps http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-apps/all en-GB Six of the best sleep apps http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed up your journey to the land of Nod with these soporific apps </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="Six of the best sleep apps" alt="Six of the best sleep apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sleep-apps.jpg?1412070130" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sleep: we spend a third of our lives doing it, but most of us just do what comes naturally, and hope for the best.</p> <p>Well, that&#39;s not the Stuff way. We have apps and gadgets for our waking hours, so why not turn to technology to improve the quality of our snoozes? We&#39;ve rounded up six apps that promise to do just that.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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"> Twilight </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 creators of this app claim that blasting your retinas with the blue-white light from your smartphone screen interferes with your body&rsquo;s melatonin production, preventing you from getting a full night&#39;s sleep. Twilight gradually shifts the colour temperature of your smartphone screen into the red end of the spectrum as the sun sets, making it easier on the eyes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux" target="_blank">Download Twilight here</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="659" height="372" title="Twilight" alt="Twilight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twilight-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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"> Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson </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>There are many sleep-inducing hypnosis apps out there, but Andrew Johnson&#39;s Scots burr makes this one the most soporific of all, gently wafting you into the arms of Morpheus using breathing exercises and guided meditation.</p> <p>iOS users may also want to try his <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/infinite-relaxation/id460610625?mt=8" target="_blank">Infinite Relaxation</a>&nbsp;app, which mixes and matches audio tracks to give you a different experience each time you use it.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;1.89 (Android), &pound;1.99 (iOS)</p> <p><strong>Download Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/deep-sleep-andrew-johnson/id337349999?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hivebrain.andrewjohnson.deepsleep" target="_blank">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="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" alt="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/deep-sleep-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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"> Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds </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 find falling water restful, this nature sounds app is the one for you. It provides you with every conceivable sort of rain you could imagine, from city rain to rain in a tent and full-blown downpours.</p> <p>You can also dial up other noises to help you nod off; including blizzards, crackling fire &ndash; and, oddly, home appliances. To each their own.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS <strong>Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rain-rain-sleep-sounds/id478687481?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds 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="1200" height="900" title="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" alt="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rain-rain-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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"> 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"> Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock </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 app turns your smartphone into a full-blown sleep tracker; stick it under your sheets and the app uses its accelerometer to track your sleep patterns. As well as showing you how well you slept, it&#39;ll also let you set an alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase in the morning &ndash; you&#39;ll be positively bounding out of bed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;0.69 (iOS), &pound;0.99 (Android)</p> <p><strong>Download Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">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="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" alt="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleep-cycle-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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"> Relax and Sleep II </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 soundboard app lets you pick and choose from a selection of relaxing noises, building up your own sleep-inducing soundscape. Some of them are obvious &ndash; summer rain, whale song and so forth. Others are downright baffling; the combo of beating heart, creaking rocking chair and music box surely belongs on the soundtrack to a horror film.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>Android<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mizusoft.relaxandsleeptwo" target="_blank">Download Relax and Sleep II 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="1200" height="900" title="Relax and Sleep II" alt="Relax and Sleep II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relax-and-sleep-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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"> Pzizz Sleep </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 sleep app uses a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and binaural beats &ndash; two tones of different frequencies, one played into each ear &ndash; to help you drift off. Each time you use the app, the soundtrack&#39;s different &ndash; so you won&#39;t become over-familiar with the track and end up focusing on what&#39;s coming up next.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;2.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pzizz-sleep/id341324632?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Pzizz Sleep here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-video-editing-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best video editing 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="Pzizz Sleep" alt="Pzizz Sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pzizz-screen.jpg?1412070130" /> </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/six-best-sleep-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games iOS iOS apps Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:23:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448481 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's augmented reality Ingress game now lets you play and create custom missions http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spice up your commute by capturing virtual portals on the way to the office </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="567" height="425" title="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" alt="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ingress_portal.jpg?1411727535" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ingress is an augmented reality game which lets you choose&nbsp;between two factions - the Enlightened and the Resistance - who battle to control territories marked by &#39;portals&#39;, and it&#39;s just been updated with missions.</p> <p>The portals themselves are normally monuments, sculptures or other public areas of interest, and you&#39;ll have to walk around to hack the opposition&#39;s portals and claim them as your own.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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-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> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news#comments Android apps Android games Apps and Games Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:32:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448634 at http://www.stuff.tv AppyParking will give you hours of your life back http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your time on Earth is too short to waste looking for parking spaces. This app finds them for you – and it&#039;s found itself a spot on Microsoft&#039;s Ventures program for start-ups </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="AppyParking" alt="AppyParking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/appyparking.jpg?1410196537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve ever found yourself driving in circles looking for a parking space in the absurdly congested streets of London, <a href="http://www.appyparking.com/" target="_blank">AppyParking</a> is for you.</p> <p>Fire up the app and you&#39;re presented with a colour-coded map showing you exactly what parking is available where &ndash; from electric charging stations to disabled and motorbike bays. It&#39;ll even flag up free parking depending on the time of day and take account of parking restrictions around events.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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>He ended up trawling through the databases of 33 different boroughs, before drawing in the zones on his app. &quot;I was going out on the streets, looking on Google Street View, compiling this database. I did 13 boroughs to start with. I met Enric then, my co-founder, and he put all these zones into an app called Yellow Line Parking.&quot;</p> <p>Yellow Line Parking became AppyParking, and new features were added as Hubert found more ways that drivers&#39; lives could be made easier &ndash; pointing them to everything from disabled bays to motorbike parking and electric vehicle charge points. The app&#39;s already won an award from Ford for helping to relieve congestion &ndash; &quot;We can stop cars aimlessly driving around residential zones looking for parking,&quot; Hubert says &ndash; and now it&#39;s been accepted onto the <a href="https://www.microsoftventures.com/accelerators" target="_blank">Microsoft Ventures Accelerator</a> program for nurturing start-ups.</p> <p>&quot;In the week that we&#39;ve been on it, it&#39;s already been immensely useful,&quot; says Hubert. &quot;We&#39;re surrounded by industry gurus and leaders and mentors, and other start-ups going through the growing pains of a teenager &ndash; working out everything from who our customer is to user experience.&quot;</p> <p>Hopefully AppyParking has a long road ahead of it &ndash; we&#39;d like to see it expand to other cities and make some more drivers &#39;appy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best time-saving apps</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/XYlOUyK3Css" 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/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Ventures Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:14:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446991 at http://www.stuff.tv Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key http://www.stuff.tv/noke-padlock-you-open-phone-not-key/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluetooth and an Android or iOS app are all you need to pop open this smart lock </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="Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key" alt="Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/noke-main.jpg?1409235867" /> </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>Padlocks haven&rsquo;t changed much in the past 100 or so years, have they?</strong><br />You&rsquo;re bang on the money there, but Noke (pronounced &ldquo;no key&rdquo;) is designed to drag them into the 21st century.</p> <p><strong>How?</strong><br />This padlock doesn&rsquo;t require a key or a combination. Instead, it&rsquo;s unlocked wirelessly via Bluetooth and a smartphone app: if your phone is within 10 feet of your Noke, it&rsquo;ll be unlocked (assuming you&rsquo;ve got the auto-unlock feature turned on, of course). You can also share access with friends &ndash; even on a one-time basis, if you want.</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>So if my phone battery dies, I&rsquo;m screwed?</strong><br />Nope. There&rsquo;s another way to open it up: the Quick-Click code. You can set your own sequence of taps and clicks, and keying these manually into your Noke will unlock it.</p> <p>The Noke runs off a battery too, and the makers say it&rsquo;ll last a year with normal use. When it&rsquo;s running out, you&rsquo;ll see a notification light and you can replace it yourself, without the need for any tools.</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="Bluetooth 4.0 will open the lock when your phone is within 10 feet" alt="Bluetooth 4.0 will open the lock when your phone is within 10 feet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/noke-with-phone.jpg?1409235867" /> </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>Is it tough?</strong><br />Oh yes. It&rsquo;s made of hardened steel and boron and the makers say it can&rsquo;t be shimmed open by a thief. It&rsquo;s also water resistant, so you can use it to lock your garden shed, or your bike.</p> <p><strong>My bike?</strong><br />Yes, Noke has an optional bicycle chain, as well as a mount so you can clip it securely to your ride&rsquo;s frame when you&rsquo;re on the go.</p> <p><strong>Which phones does it work with?</strong><br />At launch, it&rsquo;ll work with Bluetooth 4.0-equipped devices running Android 4.3 and above or iOS 7.0 and above.</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="An optional bike kit will be available" alt="An optional bike kit will be available" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/noke-bike.jpg?1409235867" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sweet &ndash; I have one of those. So I can buy it now?</strong><br />Not yet. It&rsquo;s currently <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fuzdesigns/noke-the-worlds-first-bluetooth-padlock" target="_blank">a Kickstarter project</a>, but has already hit its funding target and the makers estimate that they&rsquo;ll start shipping units to backers in February 2015. In order to get on that list, you&rsquo;ll need to back the project by US$59 (&pound;35) or more (plus US$15 for postage to non-US addresses). The bike kit add-on is another US$20 (&pound;12). When launched, the Noke will be sold for US$89 (&pound;53).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">LOCK YOUR EYES ON MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lock8-bike-lock-smart-enough-warn-you-if-someones-using-blowtorch-steal-it/news">The Lock8 bike lock is smart enough to warn you if a blowtorch is attacking it</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/F-WRDLqk5uI" 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> <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"> Noke: the phone-controlled padlock </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Bikes Hot Stuff iOS apps Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:29:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445418 at http://www.stuff.tv Uber’s Corner Store delivery service will bring essential everyday items to your door http://www.stuff.tv/uber-s-corner-store-delivery-service-will-bring-essential-everyday-items-your-door/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The option, currently being tested in Washington D.C., will deliver medicine, nappies, chewing gum and more from 9am to 9pm </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="Uber’s Corner Store delivery service will bring everyday items to your door" alt="Uber’s Corner Store delivery service will bring everyday items to your door" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uber-corner-store.jpg?1408592736" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>App-driven cab replacement service Uber is branching out into other areas. The company is currently running trials of a new service, Corner Store, which will allow users to order up everyday items for speedy, free delivery via their smartphone.</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"> A loafer&#039;s best friend </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>At present the service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm in some areas of Washington, DC If the trial proves a success, it&rsquo;s likely to roll out to other cities in the US before too long (Uber generally doesn&rsquo;t hang about when it comes to expanding its service). As with car rides, there&rsquo;s no cash or tipping involved: your credit card is charged and Uber pays the driver.</p> <p>Similar services like Amazon Fresh and Google Shopping Express are available in other parts of the US, and it seems the quick delivery of food and essentials is set to become another tech-led boon for many of us in the near future. Are we on the cusp of a golden age for lazy, disorganised or just plain busy people?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.uber.com/cornerstore" target="_blank">Uber</a> via <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/uber-test-driving-corner-store-delivery-service" target="_blank">Android Central</a>]</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="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/uber-s-corner-store-delivery-service-will-bring-essential-everyday-items-your-door/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps iOS apps Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:52:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445399 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini drivers to get first dibs on parking spots thanks to new app http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Access the JustPark app via Mini&#039;s Connected in-car entertainment system for stress-free shopping trips </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="The JustPark app could take the stress out of shopping" alt="Mini JustPark app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/070814min.jpg?1408413263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Anyone who&#39;s navigated the parking at Westfield Stratford City around Christmas will attest to the life-changing experience.</p> <p>It&#39;s like a scene from a Roland Emmerich film - cars everywhere, children screaming and parents resorting to post-apocalyptical measures in order to secure the last parking space on Earth.</p> <p>Fortunately, it&#39;s not something Mini drivers will need worry to about again thanks to a new 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/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</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"> Is this the end of parking pains? </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 app, called JustPark, connects drivers with home and business owners looking to rent out parking spaces. It can also point out the nearest multi-storey and tell the driver how many spaces remain.</p> <p>BMW has made JustPark available as part of its Connected infotainment system, meaning Mini owners can access the handy app on the move via the dashboard and removing the need to fumble with smartphones in pockets.</p> <p>Those in search of parking nirvana first have to register with the free-to-download service and enter a few details. They can then search by postcode or their current location and arrange the list of local parking spaces by distance and price.</p> <p>Parking spots range from a driveway in front of someone&rsquo;s house to spare spaces at local hotels and businesses. Once the space has been selected and paid for, the driver is then directed to it via the car&#39;s sat-nav system.</p> <p>BMW plans to roll the application out to all of its models by the end of this year, meaning Christmas shopping may not leave such a deep mental scar this year.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8/review">BMW i8 review</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="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="902" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/070814min-a.jpg?1408413263" /> </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/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/mini-drivers-get-first-dibs-parking-spots-thanks-new-app/news#comments Android apps BMW Cars iOS apps Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:51:03 +0000 Leon Poultney 1444851 at http://www.stuff.tv Shazam teams up with Spotify for full song playback http://www.stuff.tv/music/shazam-teams-spotify-full-song-playback/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Discovered a tune you like and want to hear it again right away? There’s an app for that </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="Shazam teams up with Spotify for full song playback" alt="Shazam teams up with Spotify for full song playback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shazam-spotify.jpg?1408068904" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Much like it did with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/shazam-hooks-rdio-full-song-playback/news">Rdio last month</a>, Shazam has partnered with Spotify to offer full-song playback.</p> <p>That means Shazam users who also have the Spotify app installed on their iOS or Android device can have Shazam identify a song then tap a dropdown menu to have the Spotify app open and play the full track. Assuming that it&#39;s present in Spotify&#39;s millions-strong library, of course.</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-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/music/shazam-teams-spotify-full-song-playback/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps iOS apps Music Spotify Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:26:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444825 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC rolling out apps to all Android phones http://www.stuff.tv/htc-rolling-out-apps-all-android-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ll now be able to download the likes of the Zoe video creator app even if you use a rival Android phone </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="What HTC Zoe would look like on a Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="What HTC Zoe would look like on a Samsung Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-zoe-on-samsung-galaxy-s5.jpg?1408083546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC&#39;s Sense Android skin&nbsp;is one of the best out there, and now some of its features are set to make their way over to other Android phones.</p> <p>The Taiwanese manufacturer has set up a new business unit, HTC Creative Labs, to develop apps for Android phones &ndash; and its first creation is Zoe, a video creation app that&#39;s available as part of its suite of features on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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-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-rolling-out-apps-all-android-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc-rolling-out-apps-all-android-phones/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games HTC Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:57:37 +0000 Stephen Graves 1444744 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best home design apps http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-home-design-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wave goodbye to flouncy interior designers and say hello to smartphone-powered home makeovers </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="The best home design apps " alt="The best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/App%20Logos_0.jpg?1407987170" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Decorating the home rarely goes to plan, mainly because there&#39;s a big difference between how amazing things look in your head and how they end up in reality. Although why you ever thought lime-green walls with purple borders was a good idea is beyond us.</p> <p>The good news is that apps have transformed the process: you can now decorate, rearrange or transform an entire area, from the hues of the walls down to the colour of the furniture, all from your smartphone.</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"> Virtual Plan 3D </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 is currently a concept but one that you might be using for real quite soon. It&rsquo;s an augmented reality app that turns 2D architectural drawings into 3D models. For now you can only use it with some demo drawings &ndash; and even though it&rsquo;s not going make your own plans pop up, it&rsquo;s a lot of fun to play with.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.construireonline.virtual.plan&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Virtual Plan 3D here</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="1280" height="720" title="Virtual Plan 3D" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Virtual%20Plan.png?1407987170" /> </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"> Homestyler Interior Design </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>Say you want to make over a room. Clear it out, take a picture and then import it into this app. Give the positions of the walls and corners as clues, and then you can choose from a host of furnishings, plopping the 3D models into your room. Proof at last that you can&rsquo;t fit a snooker table in the kitchen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autodesk.homestyler&amp;hl=en">Download Homestyler Interior Design for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/homestyler-interior-design/id601137449?mt=8">Download Homestyler Interior Design for iOS 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="1280" height="752" title="Homestyler Interior Design" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot.jpg?1407987170" /> </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"> Home Design 3D Gold </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 brilliant app for designing extensions or whole buildings, taking the grind out of digital design. You can quickly throw up walls, add doors and windows and drop in furnishings, then take a virtual tour around your new abode in 3D. There are two free editions of the app but we recommend the full-fat option.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>&pound;6.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/home-design-3d-gold/id514345557?mt=8">Download Home Design 3D Gold here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 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="1310" height="1026" title="Home Design 3D Gold" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Home%20Design%203D%20Gold.jpg?1407987170" /> </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"> 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"> Dulux Visualizer </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>Now you can paint your walls with virtual brushes. Snap a photo, choose a colour and start splashing away. It&rsquo;s a quick way to get an idea of the tones that will work in a space. There are limits to the app&rsquo;s accuracy &ndash; so much of a paint&rsquo;s appearance is to do with lighting conditions &ndash; but you can order testers to be delivered direct from the app.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.akzonobel.uk.dulux&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Dulux Visualizer for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dulux-visualizer/id404007106?mt=8">Download Visualizer for iOS 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="1200" height="900" title="Dulux Visualizer" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final.jpg?1407987170" /> </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"> Magic Plan </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&rsquo;s a neat solution for creating floorplans of existing properties. Mark out the walls, floor, ceiling, doors and whatnot of a room. From that, the app makes 2D plans to be exported as PDF, JPG, DXF, HTML or CSV files. It&rsquo;s free to try with in-app purchases to unlock the export options, ranging from &pound;1.99 to &pound;69.99.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>Android, iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>from &pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensopia.magicplan&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Magic Plan for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/magicplan/id427424432?mt=8">Download Magic Plan for iOS 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="1200" height="900" title="Magic Plan" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_5.jpg?1407987170" /> </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"> 3D Room Designer </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>Interiors retailer Crate &amp; Barrel is behind this one. Regardless of whether you intend to buy any of their gear, the app gives an idea of how you can decorate, rearrange or transform a room, using 3D models overlaid on to your photos or preset room templates. Of course, if you do fancy anything, the &lsquo;Add to cart&rsquo; button is never far away.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform&nbsp;</strong>iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price&nbsp;</strong>&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/3d-room-designer/id646431838?mt=8">Download 3D Room Designer for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</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-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="3D Room Designer" alt="The six best home design apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_6.jpg?1407987170" /> </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-best-home-design-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-home-design-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Tablets Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:02:32 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442749 at http://www.stuff.tv You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of your phone http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE&#039;s Cash on Tap app can replace your Oyster card on London buses </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="767" height="575" title="Move over Oyster, there&#039;s a new contactless payment method in town" alt="You can now pay your bus fare with a tap of your phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/EE-CASH-ON-TAP.jpg?1407150014" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>EE has announced that its Cash on Tap contactless payment app which launched last year will now work on London buses.</p> <p>The new bus payment service charges &pound;1.45 for a single journey, with daily and Monday to Sunday bus fares capped at &pound;4.40 and &pound;20.20 respectively.</p> <p>That&#39;s the same cost as using an Oyster card, and it&#39;s welcome news for those of us that are constantly losing them. Or having our pets chew them up. Again and again. Damn their adorable faces.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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-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/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ees-cash-tap-app-lets-you-ditch-your-oyster-card-london-buses/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Smartphones Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:29:10 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444011 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: F1 to hit new-gen consoles (but not yet), Amazon’s big free app bundle, and Monarch’s mobile in-flight entertainment offering http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-f1-hit-new-gen-consoles-not-yet-amazon-s-big-free-app-bundle-and-monarch-s-mobi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s almost the weekend - don’t begin Friday without the latest tech tidbits. UPDATE: Now with 100% more Chris Pratt </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="F1 2014" alt="F1 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/f1-2014.jpg?1406909911" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Chris Pratt shows off his Spaceship </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>Chris Pratt gives Guardians of the Galaxy fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Milano spaceship. We&#39;re remodelling our house to match its interior as we speak.</p> <p>If only we could remodel ourselves to look like Chris Pratt too...</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/Ih7gCDFRfLQ" 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-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"> Codemasters reveals two new F1 games </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 <em>Formula One</em> simulation franchise isn&rsquo;t quite ready to make the new-gen leap, so Codemasters yesterday announced plans to launch <em>F1 2014</em> on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on 17 October.</p> <p><em>F1 2014</em> ought to build upon the winning formula of recent entries, and it&rsquo;ll add the new turbocharged vehicles, along with fresh circuits and the like. Codemasters also says that it will strive for accessibility with an added driver evaluation system that tweaks difficulty settings, plus improved handling with a gamepad.</p> <p>When 2015 rolls around, the publisher will be ready to make the new-gen leap onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (also PC again) with a brand new game, which is pegged to launch earlier in the F1 season (which begins in March) than usual. Something for now, something for later. Good call.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.codemasters.com/f1/07/f1-2014/">Codemasters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stunning-v12-f1-engine-coffee-machine-costs-9000/news">This stunning V12 F1 engine coffee machine costs &pound;9,000</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/SyA1TbsslsE" 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"> Amazon’s free £100 self-improvement app bundle - get it today! </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 29 apps worth a total of &pound;100+ for nothing? That&rsquo;s the bargain offered by Amazon this week for Android and Kindle Fire devices, as the Summer Self-Improvement Bundle for the Body &amp; Mind offers a wide array of apps and games for no money at all - but today&rsquo;s the last day to take advantage of it.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find everything from productivity apps (Docs to Go Premium, PDF Max) to fitness aids (Daily Workouts, Food Diary and Calorie Tracker PRO) and even great games (<em>Carcassonne</em>, <em>Sonic &amp; Sega All-Stars Racing</em>), and the apps can be snagged separately if you don&rsquo;t want everything. Hit the link below to see the full list and start loading up your device.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/mobile-apps/b/?ie=UTF8&amp;node=1661657031">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone preview</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="Amazon" alt="Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-freeapps.png?1406909911" /> </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"> Monarch launches in-flight entertainment via your phone/tablet </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>Rather than pack its planes full of screens, Monarch has announced the launch of the MPlayer in-flight entertainment system, which allows you to download an iOS or Android app and wirelessly tap into the carrier&rsquo;s media offerings when onboard.</p> <p>For a per-flight fee of &pound;3.99, you&rsquo;ll be able to access a selection of major films, dozens of episodes of BBC Worldwide programmes, and 50+ albums from top artists new and old. Free digital magazines are also available for those not eager to spend.</p> <p>MPlayer is available now on six of Monarch&rsquo;s planes, and will expand out to the entire fleet by the end of the year. Paired with the carrier&rsquo;s recent new ergonomic, non-reclining seats - which feature a tablet-holding slit on the back - Monarch will hopefully keep fliers both comfortable and entertained.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">Fully Charged: Xbox One&rsquo;s Kinect-less power boost, in-flight Wi-Fi expanding across Europe, and World Cup stadiums explorable in Google Maps</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="Monarch MPlayer" alt="Monarch MPlayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monarch-mplayer.jpg?1406909911" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-f1-hit-new-gen-consoles-not-yet-amazon-s-big-free-app-bundle-and-monarch-s-mobi#comments Amazon Android Android apps Gaming Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:18:11 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443799 at http://www.stuff.tv Football fans the winners as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brighton &amp; Hove Albion’s clever signal-sharing app gets Football League backing just in time for the new season </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="The home of football. Well, according to Tom Wiggins" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brighton-and-hove-albion.jpg?1406808634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An app that aims to end the problem of bad phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country, including Loftus Road, home of newly promoted QPR.</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/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</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>An official tie-in with the Football League also means latest scores from around the grounds are supplied by Opta, plus there&rsquo;s the usual travel info and Twitter feeds.</p> <p>The iOS version of its previous incarnation &ndash; the Brighton-only <a href="http://Links: http://www.stuff.tv/how-brighton-hove-albion-s-digital-stadium-app-solved-problem-bad-signal-big-crowds/feature">Digital Stadium</a> &ndash; used Apple&rsquo;s Game API to communicate between phones, but the new version operates more like its Android sibling: it makes use of the iPhone&rsquo;s Multipeer Connectivity tech to send data over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct (aka AirDrop) or local networks, rather than having to rely on 3G signals or an internet connection, much like FireChat does to exchange messages with other nearby users.</p> <p>The Albion, the Seagulls-specific version of the app, is available now (and will even work at away games), along with Hornets Hive for Watford fans, Blues Hive for Brummies and the less imaginatively titled Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers apps for use at Loftus Road and the Trotters&rsquo; newly renamed Macron Stadium respectively.&nbsp;Middlesbrough&rsquo;s version of the app is scheduled for release later this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fancy checking the apps out in time for the new season? You can download the Android versions <a href="https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tribehive&amp;c=apps&amp;hl=en_GB">here</a> and the iOS versions <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tribehive/id829576364">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/world-cup-2014/25-best-football-games-ever/feature">The 25 best football video games ever</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="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="The app is packed with options for football fans" alt="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps.jpg?1406808634" /> </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="1000" height="900" title="Football fans the winner as signal-boosting app heads to more stadiums" alt="Poor old Cardiff" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/signal-sharing-apps-2.jpg?1406808634" /> </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/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/football-fans-winner-signal-boosting-phone-app-heads-more-stadiums/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Smartphones Sport Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:09:56 +0000 Marc McLaren 1443745 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best comic reader apps http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZOK! BIF! POW! ZAKAM! And other stereotypical words you might find in a comic! In honour of Comic-Con 2014, here are our favourite comic apps </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="Six of the best comic reader apps" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-comic-reader-apps-main.jpg?1406427302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of browsing dusty comics in dusty back-street stores will never die, but these days there&#39;s also a shiny digital way to get your DC or Marvel fix.</p> <p>Yes, in the past few years the way we read comics has undergone a sea change every bit as big as that affecting books and music.</p> <p>So, ahead of&nbsp;Comic-Con 2014&#39;s opening in San Diego tonight, here&#39;s our guide to the best mobile comic reader apps in the world.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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. 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>Comics by Comixology was the Amazon of comics, until Amazon bought it. Now, it&rsquo;s just Amazon, with all of the politics that brings: the Android app lost Google Play payments, and iOS lost its store entirely.</p> <p>But, oh, the range - it&rsquo;s hard to stay mad when there are so many affordable comics to buy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/comics-read-comic-books-graphic/id855282563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Comics for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Comics for Android (&pound;free) here</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="Comics" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comics.jpg?1406427302" /> </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. Marvel 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>Described as &lsquo;the Netflix of comics&rsquo;, there&rsquo;s a whiff of bargain bin about Marvel Unlimited. But c&rsquo;mon - for US$10 per month you get access to 15,000 digital issues, in an all-you-can eat buffet of spandex and scientific experiments giving rise to superpowers in an extremely unlikely fashion.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/marvel-unlimited/id607205403?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvel.unlimited" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for Android (&pound;free) 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="1200" height="900" title="Marvel Unlimited" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-marvel-unlimited.jpg?1406427302" /> </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. Chunky </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&rsquo;re long-time <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-zeal-comic-reader/id363990983?mt=8" target="_blank">Comic Zeal</a> fans, and that &pound;2.99 app&rsquo;s still best for iPhone. On iPad, though, Chunky won us round, due to its streamlined interface, great controls, smart upscaling, and two-up landscape option. There&rsquo;s plentiful cloud support, but a &pound;1.99 &lsquo;pro&rsquo; upgrade adds a mini web server too.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/chunky-comic-reader/id663567628?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Chunky for iPad (from &pound;free) 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="1200" height="900" title="Chunky" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-chunky.jpg?1406427302" /> </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. 2000 AD </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>Edited by a green alien with a phone dial glued to his head and featuring fascist-future-cop-with-a-permasnarl Judge Dredd, <em>2000 AD</em> is a British institution. The 37-year-old comic&rsquo;s digital venture is sleek and smartly designed, providing access to <em>2000 AD </em>itself,&nbsp;the <em>Megazine</em> and classic thrills aplenty.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/2000-ad-comics-featuring-judge/id537982373?mt=8" target="_blank">Download 2000 AD for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) 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="1200" height="900" title="2000 AD" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-2000-ad.jpg?1406427302" /> </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. ComiCat </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>Yes, we&rsquo;ve - gasp! - gone for a paid Android app. That&rsquo;s because ComiCat is excellent, automatically scanning your device to find any lurking comics, and deftly handling whatever CBRs and PDFs you throw at it.</p> <p>That instantly marks it out as superior to most Android comic viewers - and we tried many. Cheapskates can make do with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rookiestudio.perfectviewer&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Perfect Viewer</a>, though.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=meanlabs.comicat" target="_blank">Download ComiCat for Android (&pound;1.99) 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="1200" height="900" title="ComiCat" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comicat.jpg?1406427302" /> </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. Sequential </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>Sequential is a comic app for the more discerning reader. Its collection is heavily curated and possibly a bit worthy, but you can guarantee pretty much anything you buy will deserve your time and money. The reader itself is smooth and fast, if lacking Chunky&rsquo;s level of elegance.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Sequential for iPad (&pound;free) here</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 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</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-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="Sequential" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-sequential.jpg?1406427302" /> </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-best-comic-reader-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:19 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442935 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best time-saving apps http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too busy to cook? Clean? Find birthday presents? Repent, with help from these time-saving apps </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="The best time-saving apps" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/App%20Logos.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not enough hours in the day to do everything on your to-do list? We feel your pain.&nbsp;</p> <p>The pace of life in today&#39;s always-on world regularly leaves us scrabbling around trying to find time for those everyday chores. You know the ones: they&#39;re not important, but they do need doing at some point in the future. Things like putting the washing in, paying the bills and feeding the kids.&nbsp;</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. Mopp </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>Panicking over the state of your En Suite of Doom? Book a cleaner for &pound;10 an hour using Mopp instead of doing the dirty work yourself. The payment process is speedy - just a case of tapping in the number of hours, whether you have cleaning products and the time you want - Mopp even captures your card details via your iThing&#39;s camera.</p> <p>Unlike most service apps, it&rsquo;s also already operating in ten UK cities - London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and <a href="https://mopp.com/">more</a>. Mopp cleaners (background checked and reliable) need at least 24 hours&rsquo; notice so it&#39;s not truly last-minute but we say that&#39;s fair enough. A blemish-free service.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS (optimised for iPhone)&nbsp;<strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mopp-cleaning/id834623947?mt=8">Download Mopp here</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="Mopp" alt="The six best time-saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_4.jpg?1405945929" /> </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. Rooster </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>For &pound;3 a month, this book club for the busy sends bite-sized chunks of one classic and one contemporary ebook to get you to read during that half-hour lunch break. The monthly choices are curated by the founders, two ex-journalists Jennifer Lee and Yael Goldstein Love, and the clean, white and grey aesthetic fits the fiction. Rooster looks and feels more lit chic than chick lit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Push notifications at your preferred time of day are just the nudge that&rsquo;s needed to get you to actually read your 15 minute or so daily chunk and stay on track. Plus to help you concentrate, you can only read one of the titles at a time.&nbsp;Kindle-style customisation is a bonus but we hope they&#39;re working on an optimised iPad version too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free with sub</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rooster/id815251881?mt=8">Download Rooster 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="1200" height="900" title="Rooster" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_0.jpg?1405945929" /> </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. Jinn </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>London-only for now, Jinn takes the First World Problems solving crown.</p> <p>It&#39;s an idea that&#39;s been around for a while but nobody&#39;s cracked yet - superfast deliveries of physical items to give you that same instant hit as digital. Type in any exact item (that fits in a car) from any open shop/restaurant plus your postcode and it will turn up at your door in less than an hour. &nbsp;</p> <p>After a few texts to confirm the items and keep you updated, Jinn sends a &lsquo;genie&rsquo; (courier) to buy and deliver it for &pound;5.95 plus 10% of the item&#39;s value. It&#39;s perfect for restaurants that don&#39;t deliver or getting a present before the shops shut if you&#39;re stuck at work.</p> <p>The money is taken from the card linked to your Jinn account - this is a bit disconcerting as there&#39;s nowhere in-app to give you the exact amount paid but we&#39;re sure they&#39;re working on this feature. And when the Jinn genie shows up, you get the receipt from the store or restaurant anyway.</p> <p>The best bit? It works. Even when we didn&#39;t text Jinn back straightaway, we still received our delivery from across London within 60 minutes. Mmm, Nandos on the sofa.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jinn-wish-for-it-we-deliver/id743778083?mt=8">Download Jinn for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jinnapp.jinn&amp;hl=en">Download Jinn 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="1200" height="900" title="Jinn" alt="The best time saving apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_1.jpg?1405945929" /> </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. Utter! </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>Can&rsquo;t get the (virtual) staff? Chances are that if you want to use voice control on your smartphone to turn it into a true virtual PA, you want it to work with every app and be fast enough to register all your orders.&nbsp;</p> <p>This Android voice app, utter!, is quicker than Google&rsquo;s own voice offering, always listening and even able to defer to Google Now when it gets stuck. It works with Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Dropbox and tons more apps too. We tested the slightly buggy beta, often picking up phrases that weren&#39;t meant for it, but a version 1.0 Google Play app is due to land soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brandall.nutter&amp;hl=en">Download Utter! 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="1200" height="900" title="Utter!" alt="The best time saving apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_2.jpg?1405945929" /> </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. Bizzby </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>Jinn finds stuff quickly&hellip; Bizzby finds people. Handymen, movers, plumbers &ndash; this friendly app guides you through query dropdowns to determine what you need, shows available prices per hour and alerts its army of vetted contacts. No Facebook pleas for recommendations, no trawling through suspect links on Google.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s also a small section on beauty treatments - we wouldn&#39;t be surprised to see Bizzby expanding beyond burst pipes to give you the best price for any local expert, no matter what you&#39;re willing to pay for. Just be careful when hitting the &#39;Bizzby it&#39; button - after the price screen, placing an order is a tap away.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s London-only for now, with Manchester, Bristol and maybe NYC coming soon. Lifesaver.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android (beta)&nbsp;<strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bizzby-on-demand-services/id659352778?mt=8">Download Bizzby 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="1200" height="900" title="Bizzby" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bizzby%20Final.jpg?1405945929" /> </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. Gift Fix! </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 order a present by the date of the birthday, that counts as on time. Fact.</p> <p>Gift Fix! sells last-minute Firebox gifts with zero fuss. All you need is a mate&rsquo;s number, Firebox then texts them to let them know they&#39;ve received a gift and your buddy enters the delivery address themselves.</p> <p>A snag: the nicely curated catalogue of &pound;35 and under tech toys is regularly refreshed but there are only around 50 things to choose from. This isn&#39;t full Firebox - more choice, please. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parcelgenie.firebox&amp;hl=en">Download Gift Fix! for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gift-fix!-by-firebox.com/id827724575?mt=8">Download Gift Fix! for Android here</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-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="Gift Fix!" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_3.jpg?1405945929" /> </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-best-time-saving-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps iPhone & iPad Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:59:09 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442372 at http://www.stuff.tv Tinder app on Android Wear to make dating even less effort http://www.stuff.tv/android-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear, giving you the ability to swipe right for that cute guy or pretty girl without being too obvious </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="567" height="425" title="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " alt="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tind.jpg?1405504069" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tinder&rsquo;s one of the most popular social apps when it comes to flirting/pursuing/dating someone (whichever&rsquo;s up your alley, we don&rsquo;t judge). And now it&rsquo;s made life easier for you because you don&rsquo;t have to even pull out your smartphone to make that swipe to the right.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> There’s no fuss required to get it </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>Setting up isn&rsquo;t going to be as hard as you think &ndash; all you need to do is pair your Android smartwatch to your phone. That&rsquo;s literally it. You say &ldquo;Start Tinder&rdquo; to begin your classic swipe adventure. Besides being able to view matches and get your swipe on, you can tap on profiles to open them on your paired phone for closer inspection.</p> <p>Alerts of new matches and message notifications will be included in the watch&rsquo;s stream, and you&rsquo;ll also be able to respond to them from your Android Wear. For example, responding to the messages will require you to speak your reply into the smartwatch.</p> <p>Just make sure you&rsquo;re not in a very crowded location where your cheesy pickup line can be heard and judged. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tinder.com/blog" target="_blank">Tinder</a>]</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="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="1400" height="1223" title="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " alt="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgapp-v2.jpeg?1405504069" /> </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-wear-gives-tinder-option-let-you-make-questionable-dating-choices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android apps Apps and Games Wearable tech Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442256 at http://www.stuff.tv