Apps and Games http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/all en-GB Stuff's Geek Projects Special http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-specials/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We show you how to pimp your existing gadgets and even build your own </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="Stuff Geek Projects Special" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/geek%20projects%20special2.jpg?1422701108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new year always brings with it two things: a lack of cash and a thirst for self-improvement. So why not solve the former and satisy the latter with a great geek project.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve come up with a stack of wallet-friendly, brain-upgrading, gadget-pimping projects. Where we once bought, now we build: cameras, dinosaur-shaped showerheads and even homemade nuclear reactors.</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/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</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"> Photography </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>It&#39;s time to have a break from bokeh and take your camera on a wild ride on everything from infrared photography to light painting.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature">Build it: Bigshot camera kit</a></strong></p> <p>The ultimate learning project for any budding snapper: building your own camera.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature">Project #1: Level up your phoneography</a></strong></p> <p>Photographer Adrienne Pitts reveals her favourite smartphone tools for travel photography.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature">Project #2: Make a pro cinemagraph</a></strong></p> <p>Julien Douvier shows us how to make moving pictures that trump any app.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature/project-3-hard-create-light-tornado">Project #3: Create a light tornado</a></strong></p> <p>Martin Kimbell reveals how to use long exposure and a handful of LEDs to make glowing tornadoes.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature/project-3-hard-create-light-tornado">I Build... IR-hacked DSLRs</a></strong></p> <p>Steven Saphore takes us into the realms of invisible light with his infrared-shooting camera hack.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-photography/feature">Geek Projects Special: Photography</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="Bigshot camera kit" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bigshot.jpg?1422701108" /> </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"> Smart Home </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>You don&#39;t need to move to a new-build flat in Smartville, Clevershire to experience the benefits of an automated abode. A teaspoon of tinkering and a sprinkling of sensors are all you need to get started...</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature">Build it: Littlebits smarthome kit</a></strong></p> <p>Piece together the &#39;bits&#39; to create your own connected home</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature">Project #1: Aint no party like a smart bulb party</a></strong></p> <p>The next level up from a disco ball, create a light display for your tunes</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature">Project #2: Geo-fence your central heating</a></strong></p> <p>Now that the weather will be reliably horrible for months, it&#39;s time to automate your boiler</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature/i-built-fusion-reactor">Project #3: Multiroom audio</a></strong></p> <p>Don&#39;t fancy buying a new hi-fi setup just for streaming? Here&#39;s a quick multiroom solution that uses your existing kit.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature/i-built-fusion-reactor">I Built... A fusion reactor</a></strong></p> <p>The ultimate smarthome project? An unlimited supply of free, clean energy. Which might sound like sky-pie, unless you&#39;re Dr Jonathan Howard, who built a fusion reactor in his London flat.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-smarthome/feature">Geek Projects Special: Smart Home</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="Littlebits smart home kit" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Geek-Projects---Smarthome-Main3_0.jpg?1422701108" /> </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"> Music </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>Even if you&#39;re clueless about clefs or as melodious as a machine gun, the tech is here to teach you a new tune. From instrument kits to the best music-making apps...</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature">Build it: Korg MS-20 Kit</a></strong></p> <p>Put away your saucepan drumkit and homemade maracas, because this is a serious DIY instrument.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature">Project #1: Loog guitar</a></strong></p> <p>Ever complained that Ikea don&#39;t do flat-packed instruments?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature">Project #2: Rocksmith 60-day challenge</a></strong></p> <p>Could you teach yourself hot to play the guitar in just two months?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature/project-3-hard-make-music-kinect">Project #3: Make music with Kinect</a></strong></p> <p>You might not use your Kinect sensor to play darts any more, but you can use it to make sweet, sweet* music (*sweetness not guaranteed)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature/project-3-hard-make-music-kinect">I build... Modular synths</a></strong></p> <p>Matthew Regula started building modular synths in the early 2000s, but don&#39;t let that put you off.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature/playlist-music-making-apps-1-4">Playlist: Music-making apps</a></strong></p> <p>8 of the best mobile apps to take your music-making habit on the road.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/geek-projects-special-music/feature">Geek Projects Special: Music</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="Korg MS-20 Kit" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Korg.jpg?1422701108" /> </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"> Coding </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>Learning code doesn&#39;t have to mean locking yourself away for months with a Python textbook. Start with these hands-on projects...</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature">Build it: DIY Gamer Kit</a></strong></p> <p>This kit from Technology Will Save Us has all the ingredients you need to make your own handheld console, with <em>Snake </em>pre-coded for you.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature">Project #1: Learn a programming language</a></strong></p> <p>You may have failed GCSE French, but Blocks is different...</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature">Projects #2: Build the button of power</a></strong></p> <p>A switch that can perform just about any web-connected task?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature/i-fixed-london-parking">Project #3: Learn to mod</a></strong></p> <p>Learn to code your own modifications for <em>Minecraft</em>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature/i-fixed-london-parking">I fixed... London parking</a></strong></p> <p>Enric Requena reveals how he became co-founder of AppyParking.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-coding/feature">Geek Projects Special: Coding</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="Technology Will Save Us DIY Gamer Kit" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Geek-Projects---Coding-Main3_0.jpg?1422701108" /> </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 of the best Raspberry Pi projects </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>Get the most out of the cheap little tinkerers&#39; board with a variety of projects that range from easy to fiendish in difficulty.</strong></p> <p><strong>Dedicated <em>Minecraft</em> machine</strong></p> <p>Free up your PC so you can enjoy building blocks without the arguments.</p> <p><strong>piBeacon</strong></p> <p>Turn your Pi into a functioning iBeacon that will transmit a message if it spots your phone in range.</p> <p><strong>Solar smart meter</strong></p> <p>Beam the current output of your solar panels to wherever you are over the net.</p> <p><strong>3D scanner</strong></p> <p>You&#39;ll need 42 Pi boards, but it&#39;ll be worth it when you can scan whole people...</p> <p><strong>Home server</strong></p> <p>A great starter project to stream your media to almost any screen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/5-best-raspberry-pi-projects/feature">5 of the best Raspberry Pi projects</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="pi.minecraft.net" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraftPi.jpg?1422701108" /> </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"> 5 of the best Imagination Technologies Creator CI20 Projects </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>With more processing grunt than the Pi, you can tackle some more power-hungry projects&hellip;</strong></p> <p><strong>Home lighting controller </strong></p> <p>Use the CI20&#39;s Wi-Fi skills to make it Christmas all year round with colour-changing lights controlled from your phone.</p> <p><strong>Media centre </strong></p> <p>Turn the CI20 into a set-top box that will stream Netflix and media from DLNA-equipped devices.</p> <p><strong>Steam Machine </strong></p> <p>Stream games from your PC using Nvidia Gamestream. Robot Butler The CI20&#39;s built-in Wi-Fi will allow you to assemble your robot army and control it via Wiimote.</p> <p><strong>DIY Ouya </strong></p> <p>The CI20&#39;s graphics processor is plenty powerful enough for playing original PlayStation games and the like.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/imagination-technologies/5-best-imagination-technologies-creator-ci20-projects/feature">5 of the best Imagination Technologies Creator CI20 projects</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="bit.ly/robobutler" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rover.jpg?1422701108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D printing </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 class="p1"><strong>As fun as solving 2D printing&#39;s paper jams has been, it can&#39;t compete with the geeky joy of rendering in the third dimension. We show you how to take your first steps - starting with a homemade 3D printer.</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature">Build it: Printrbot Simple Metal Kit</a></strong><br />The only thing standing between you and geek glory is a four-hour build of &#39;moderate&#39; difficulty.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature/project-3-hard-print-new-pair-specs">We 3D-printed... a car</a></strong><br />Local Motors&#39; John B Rogers Jr tells us about the company&#39;s first 3D-printed car.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature">Project #1: Scan a statue</a></strong><br />Help build a 3D-printable library of the world&#39;s monuments.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature/project-3-hard-print-new-pair-specs">Project #2: 3D printed glasses</a></strong><br />Learn how to rustle up the world&#39;s geekiest face furniture.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature">Project #3: Print your run</a></strong><br />Create a unique marathon memento: a 3D-printed route map.</p> <p class="p1"><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature/what-print-part-one">Playlist: 8 great objects to 3D print</a></strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ IT NOW:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-special-3d-printing/feature">Geek Projects Special: 3D printing</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" alt="Great geek projects: How to build your own tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Printer2.jpg?1422701108" /> </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/geek-projects-specials/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/geek-projects-specials/feature-0#comments 3D Printing Apps and Games Cameras Connected home Geek projects How to Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:54:37 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1458720 at http://www.stuff.tv WhatSim promises near-unfettered access to WhatsApp when you're overseas http://www.stuff.tv/whatsim-promises-near-unfettered-access-whatsapp-when-youre-overseas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But would you want to buy a SIM that restricts you to just WhatsApp? </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="With this WhatSim, you can use WhatsApp anytime, anywhere " alt="With this WhatSim, you can use WhatsApp anytime, anywhere " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whatsim.jpg?1422008719" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that WhatsApp is one of the most widely used apps in the world. And even more so when we travel, since all we need is Wi-Fi or data to send messages on the app instead of paying a ton using SMS services.</p> <p>In building on that need, an Italian company has created the WhatSim &ndash; the word&rsquo;s first SIM that allows you to chat on WhatsApp from anywhere in the world and with no limits. All it will cost you is &euro;10 (&pound;7.50) a year.</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"> It cripples your phone </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>So, even though some of you might think this idea is a stroke of genius, we&rsquo;re struggling to make sense of this SIM. It still limits your WhatsApp usage (contrary to its claims) and you can&rsquo;t use the basic functions of your phone.</p> <p>Yes, you pay more for a monthly plan or for an international pre-paid SIM when you travel, but that provides bang for your buck. You&rsquo;ll be able to play games on your phone, post Instagram shots and use a world of other apps &ndash; including WhatsApp.</p> <p>We think it is kind of useless, unless all you ever use on your phone is WhatsApp. But if you&rsquo;re certain this SIM is for you, you can buy it from authorised dealers or the <a href="http://www.whatsim.com/en/buy-now" target="_blank">WhatSim website</a> (deliveries start 26th February). It comes in micro, nano, and standard sizes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/11-secret-whatsapp-features-you-didnt-know-about/feature"><strong>11 WhatsApp features you probably didn&#39;t know about</strong></a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/digital-life/phone/story/whatsim-lets-you-chat-whatsapp-worldwide-the-cheap-20150122#xtor=CS1-10" target="_blank">The Straits Times</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="567" height="425" title="With this WhatSim, you can use WhatsApp anytime, anywhere " alt="With this WhatSim, you can use WhatsApp anytime, anywhere " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsim2.jpg?1422008719" /> </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/whatsim-promises-near-unfettered-access-whatsapp-when-youre-overseas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/whatsim-promises-near-unfettered-access-whatsapp-when-youre-overseas/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:22:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458328 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Talks #4 – how to make a best-selling mobile game http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-talks-4-how-make-best-selling-mobile-game/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mobile gaming might’ve been around for a while, but what makes a great one? </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="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Stuff-Talks-4-main.jpg?1421851788" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Barry Meade, commercial director and co-founder of Fireproof Studios, creator of best-selling mobile puzzler <em>The Room</em> and <em>The Room Two</em>, explains why the mobile gaming industry at an exciting crossroads.</p> <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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can&rsquo;t go on an app store without finding yourself knee-deep in games. A lot of them are tat &ndash; but many are true gems. With smartphones and tablets becoming almost ridiculously powerful, and self-promotion easier than ever, the industry is still reeling &ndash; and many developers are falling over each other to fully exploit that potential.&nbsp;Meade says it&rsquo;s great that it&rsquo;s still frontier times in the industry&hellip; it&rsquo;s still all to play for.&nbsp; <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-talks-1-photography/feature">Stuff Talks #1 - how smartphones democratise photography</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-talks-2-true-mobility-means-power-your-pocket/feature">Stuff Talks #2 - in the future, your pockets will be full of Hydrogen</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-talks-3-knitter-whos-creating-military-level-wearable-tech/feature">Stuff Talks #3 &ndash; the knitter who&#39;s creating military-level wearable tech</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</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/D3064p9r4XY" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/stuff-talks-4-how-make-best-selling-mobile-game/feature#comments Apps and Games Sony Stuff Talks Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:26:25 +0000 Maguire 1458147 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best puzzle games for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Work out your noggin with this hand-picked selection of brain-sweating titles </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="1037" height="778" title="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" alt="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monument-valley-main.jpg?1421640098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s more to mobile gaming than decapitating zombies, shooting aliens and driving endlessly round a track.</p> <p>Sometimes it&#39;s good to get the old synapses firing.Keep them fresh, keep them busy, and you&#39;ll be sharp when you hit your twilight years.</p> <p>Or, you know, just play them because they&#39;re tonnes of fun.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s a selection of some of our favourite Android puzzlers for you to wrap your heads around:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> Where&#039;s My Water? </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>Poor old Swampy - a peaceful, chilled-out alligator, he just wants a nice hot shower. Unfortunately the dastardly Cranky has mucked around with the pipes, meaning you&#39;ll need to put your grey matter to good use helping the water on its way. That&#39;s easier said than done: between each pool of water and Swampy&#39;s tub lie all manner of hazards including poisonous acid, algae and bombs. Where&#39;s My Water? is a beautifully made puzzler, with endearing characters, plenty of variety and a nicely judged learning curve. It has so far spawned four spin-offs and a sequel, with the Mickey Mouse-starring Where&#39;s My Mickey? being our favourite.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.WMW&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Where&#39;s My Water</a>? (&pound;1.49)</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/rgv18mHmGQE" 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"> Threes! </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>Like all the best puzzle games, Threes! is built on brilliantly simple mechanics: in an attempt to clear a 4x4 grid, you merge numbered cards by sliding them into each other, but (with a couple of exceptions) only matched numbers will combine &ndash; and when they do, they become a single tile with the combined value of their constituents. OK, so maybe we&rsquo;ve made it sound more complicated than it really is, but once you&rsquo;ve tried it, its crack-like addictiveness will grip your heart. The perfect &ldquo;play for two minutes at a time&rdquo; game, and its music and visuals are lovely icing on the cake.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Threes</a>! (&pound;1.31)</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/YonTc2jLXEA" 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"> The Room Two </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 Room Two is of the finest puzzle games our fingers have ever had the pleasure of swiping around. The game throws you into various rooms, many of which have a beautiful Victoria steampunk-esque feel to them. Each one has a series of puzzles ranging from kick-starting old machinery to manipulating levers and secret switches to reveal clues, keys and other items which will ultimately help you escape each section. It&#39;s simple in concept, but incredibly tough to crack, and will keep you occupied for a good few solid hours</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">The Room Two</a> (&pound;1.99)</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/CbGaddIZzVs" 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-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"> Trainyard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Trainyard, the aim is simply to get trains to goal stations of the same colour, by drawing tracks and tapping Start. There&rsquo;s no time-limit, so you can waste as much time as a typical train operator. But it gets fiendish without you realising; before you know it, you&rsquo;re merging and splitting trains, routing round rocks, and grappling with a spaghetti heap of track to stop trains colliding.</p> <p>Also check out the free <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyardexpress&amp;hl=en_GB">Trainyard Express</a> (in theory a demo for this one, but actually including loads more puzzles) and the similar and equally impressive <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.badcrane.rgbexpress&amp;hl=en">RGB Express</a>.</p> <p><strong>Download<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyard&amp;hl=en">Trainyard</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</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/QQImpDfcF14&lt;" 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-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"> Monument Valley </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 fell in love with Monument Valley the second we first stepped foot into its abstract Escher-eque universe. Players are thrust into the shoes of a silent princess who must traverse impossible monuments by dragging and spinning around various features of each level. there&#39;s a lot of clever perspective trickery at play, and the level design is absolutely stunning. So much so, in fact, that there&#39;s a built-in screenshot feature, which we&#39;ve used to create some snazzy wallpapers.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Monument Valley</a> (&pound;2.49)</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/wC1jHHF_Wjo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hitman GO </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 admit &lsquo;adorable&rsquo; is probably not the first word that leaps to mind when thinking about assassins, but Hitman GO is very adorable indeed. It&rsquo;s a turn-based puzzle take on the award-winning console series, with Agent 47 sneaking about clockwork-like dioramas. It works brilliantly, somehow even managing to echo its console-based cousin&rsquo;s tension and atmosphere.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squareenixmontreal.hitmango&amp;hl=en_GB">Hitman GO</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</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/jz5FwcA2njc" 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-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most experimental and thoughtful puzzlers around, Splice has you arrange cells to fit a target structure, based around binary trees. Cells are dragged into place, and automatically rearrange themselves when spliced, depending on how many fellows are attached. Initially, it confounds, but when this one clicks, you&rsquo;ll be hooked. Watch out for some devious levels later on.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cipherprime.splice&amp;hl=en_GB">Splice</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.92)</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/Q3A86k2x6_E" 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-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strata </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 elegant game is all about swiping coloured ribbons across a grid that contains coloured squares. The aim is to pattern-match by strategically swiping in a certain order. Earlier levels are dead simple, with basic two-by-two grids; by the time you hit five-by-fives, you&rsquo;ll be tearing your hair out, even if you&rsquo;ve figured out some patterns to success.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graveck.stratapremium&amp;hl=en">Strata</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/0u9gb_srhfw" 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-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> World of Goo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not hyperbole to say World of Goo isn&rsquo;t just a fantastic puzzler, but one of the best games from the past decade. It centres around sentient goo, which you use to build structures. This enables any remaining goo to find their way to the pipe that takes them to goo heaven. In less talented hands, this would have been a typically cartoonish saccharine puzzle game; but 2D Boy&rsquo;s title is infused with melancholy, a beautiful narrative, bizarre and surreal artwork, and an engaging, atmospheric soundtrack. It&rsquo;s a true classic.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twodboy.worldofgoofull&amp;hl=en_GB">World of Goo</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</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/uiCm88Me_3U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joining Hands 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most challenging game on this list, but Joining Hands 2 is sweet and addictive. The aim is to connect multi-limbed Peabins so they&rsquo;re all holding hands. That would be simple if not for the rigid hexagonal grid structure that&rsquo;s peppered with obstacles. Throughout, new characters with unique powers are introduced, and if you enjoy the title, the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mythpeople.joininghands">first game in the series</a> is equally good.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.the10tons.joininghands2&amp;hl=en">Joining Hands 2</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</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/LgQDUv4wLz8" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature#comments Android Android games Apps and Games Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:38:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457830 at http://www.stuff.tv Instagram unfiltered: 10 great features you might not know about http://www.stuff.tv/instagram-unfiltered-10-great-features-nobody-showed-you-earlier/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All killer, no filter </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="Instagram unfiltered: 10 great features nobody showed you earlier" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 great features nobody showed you earlier" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Instagram%20%281%29.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Isn&rsquo;t Instagram just about slapping filters onto pictures of chicken nuggets and checking back to see how many likes you&#39;ve managed to acquire?</p> <p>Well given the amount of useless shots littering our news feed yes, we suppose that&#39;s a large part of the whole experience.&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/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Manage your filters </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>Instagram&rsquo;s latest update adds five new filters to your shady repertoire. But with so many at your disposal, it can be a little difficult to keep track of them all. So now, not only do the filters come with a little blurry preview of the treatment your photo can expect to receive, you can also manage them for easier Instagram-ing.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Make it happen</strong>: You can reorganise your filters directly on the filter list. Tap and drag to rearrange or hide the ones you don&rsquo;t use at all so you don&rsquo;t have to swipe through the lot to find your favourite filter. Scroll right to the end of your filters and you&rsquo;ll see Manage Filters hidden right at the end. Tap on it to bring up the whole list of filters to re-enable those you&#39;ve hidden.</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="567" height="425" title="Manage your filters" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/filter%20management.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Manage your filters" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/manage.png?1421395142" /> </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"> Using Instagram Direct </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>That little inbox icon in the top right hand corner that you&#39;ve probably never used? It&rsquo;s the key to a little-used service called Instagram Direct.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;If you&rsquo;ve got a photo you&rsquo;d like to share with a select few, activate Instagram Direct instead of sharing it with all your followers. When Instagram-ing, do the usual (select photo, edit, and share). Instead of sharing to Followers, tap Direct instead and select the lucky recipients.</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="567" height="425" title="Using Instagram Direct" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Instag%20Direct.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Using Instagram Direct" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doggie.png?1421395142" /> </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"> Refusing Instagram Direct </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>Of course, not everyone wants to be constantly hammered with group pictures via Instagram Direct. And that&#39;s just fine.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Make it happen:</strong> Tap on a conversation, then tap on the icon next to the comment bar to bring up the options relevant to this feature. You can choose to either Ignore posts or Hide this post. The former stops you from receiving direct requests from a particular person while the latter allows you to exit without the sender finding out that anything&#39;s amiss because the photo will still reflect your presence in the group. </p> <p class="p1">You can even report photos as inappropriate, if you&#39;re unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of one or two questionable snaps.</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="567" height="425" title="Refusing Instagram Direct" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bye.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Refusing Instagram Direct" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ignore.png?1421395142" /> </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"> Playing with perspective </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the new update, Instagram has added a myriad of ways to tweak your photos into looking better than they actually are. Besides the obvious filters, you can go into detailed tools to play around with aspects like Contrast, Vignette, and Shadows, just to state a few. But the most underrated has to be Adjust.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;Tapping on it automatically straightens your photos. Not only that, but it also allows you to play with perspective (both vertical and horizontal), for a more interesting angle. Because who cares about properly straight photos anyway? It&#39;s all about expressing yourself artistically. Though of course you can also straighten up wonky shots if you&#39;re all about that sexy symmetry.</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="567" height="425" title="Playing with perspective" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tilty.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Playing with perspective" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adjust.png?1421395142" /> </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"> Photo mapping </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>Geotagging your shots lets you keep track of where you&#39;ve taken them, and offers a nice way to look back over your travels.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also useful to see where other people have taken their snaps, letting you find the perfect spot to recreate an Instagram moment or figure out where to buy your own arty latte.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;Simply go to any user&rsquo;s account (especially those travel-related ones) and hit the geotag icon to see where people have been. Do note though that there are profiles without photo maps either due to their privacy settings or their lack of geotagging activity. If you want to selectively hide your own travel activity, you can access your own photo map and deselect certain photos.</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="567" height="425" title="Photo mapping" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20mapping.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Photo mapping" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/geogphotos.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Untag yourself </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>Instagram, unlike Facebook, doesn&#39;t allow you to limit access of your profile for different lists of people. And sometimes you really don&rsquo;t want to be tagged in someone&rsquo;s photos because your boss is following you and you were supposed to be at home sick, not crowd surfing at an EDM festival.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;Head over to the last icon on your profile which will bring up all photos that you&rsquo;ve been tagged in on Instagram and tap on the offending snap. Then tap on the (...) icon to bring up Photo Options, and select Hide from My Profile or Remove Me from Photo if you want to destroy all evidence.</p> <p>If you want to have more control and prevent awkward situations from happening, you can hit the gear icon to approve future tagged photos.</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="567" height="425" title="Untag yourself" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untag.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Layer your filters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might be able to adjust the intensity of your chosen filter, but sometimes one (even at 100%) isn&rsquo;t enough for you. If you&#39;re too lazy to edit it via another app, you can layer filters onto the same photo within Instagram itself.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Make it happen: </strong>Add a filter as usual, then hit the arrow to take you to the caption screen. Instead of posting it, just go back or quit the app, and the filtered photo will be saved in your phone/tablet&#39;s album. Open it up again, apply another filter, and there you have it. You can slap as many filters you want, as many times as you want on the same photo, though it&#39;ll probably become unrecognisable after the third or fourth go.</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="567" height="425" title="Layer your filters" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/layer%20filter.png?1421395142" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Layer your filters" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/meowmix.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Righting wrongs </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>When you&rsquo;re in a rush to get your Instagram post up as soon as possible, it&#39;s all too easy to make a typo in your caption or mistag a place. But don&rsquo;t worry, your mistakes don&rsquo;t have to live on forever in your Instagram feed. There&rsquo;s a way back from clumsy finger condemnation.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;Tap on the photo that you want to edit the information of, and then tap on the (...) icon. Hit Edit and then correct those mistakes. The Internet is pretty forgiving these days, unless someone has already screenshotted your mistakes. Though why on earth they&#39;d go to all that trouble is beyond us.</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="567" height="425" title="Righting wrongs" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/edit.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jogging your memory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might find yourself trying to tell a friend about a great photo you saw and liked, but you can&rsquo;t remember whose photo it was thanks to your ailing memory. It&rsquo;s okay, it happens to the best of us. Luckily, Instagram remembers for you.</p> <p><strong>Make it happen:</strong>&nbsp;The last icon from the left (...) lets you bring up your Options sidebar. From there, you can tap on Posts You&rsquo;ve Liked to, well, bring up all the photos you&#39;ve liked. As far as we can tell, it dates back to a good 15 weeks ago, which should be more than enough.</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="567" height="425" title="Jogging your memory" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/likes.png?1421395142" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find people to follow </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&rsquo;re already sick of all the accounts you&rsquo;re following and are in need of fresh photo blood, you don&rsquo;t have to rely on the search icon to bring up random followers (although that&rsquo;s also a good place to begin). If you&rsquo;re seeking something less random, there might be friends who are on Instagram that you haven&rsquo;t realised yet.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Make it happen:</strong> Again, hit the Options sidebar and then Find People to Follow. It will offer you suggestions based on your Facebook or phone contacts. You can hit Follow All for convenience or scan through the ones with more interesting feeds based on the preview of four photos for each account. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Find people to follow" alt="Instagram unfiltered: 10 features that are hiding in plain sight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/findey.png?1421395142" /> </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="750" height="1334" title="Find people to follow" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wowww.png?1421395142" /> </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/instagram-unfiltered-10-great-features-nobody-showed-you-earlier/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/instagram-unfiltered-10-great-features-nobody-showed-you-earlier/feature#comments Apps and Games Instagram Smartphones Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:07:46 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457724 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple raises UK iTunes App Store prices in line with EU ruling http://www.stuff.tv/app-store/apple-raises-uk-itunes-app-store-prices-line-eu-ruling/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The cheapest apps and games now start at 79p rather than 69p </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="500" height="374" title="Apple raises UK iTunes App Store prices in line with EU ruling" alt="Apple raises UK iTunes App Store prices in line with EU ruling" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-app-store-logos_0.jpg?1420817516" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has raised the prices of the apps sold in its iTunes App Store.</p> <p>The move was widely predicted, however it hasn&rsquo;t hiked pricing across the board, instead concentrating only on the cheapest paid apps: these will now set you back 79p rather than 69p.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The change comes as a response to a new European Union ruling that states that VAT on digital sales must be calculated by the country in which the purchaser is located &ndash; not the retailer. Apple&rsquo;s EU operation is based in Luxembourg, where tax rates are relatively low, and this is why UK app shoppers are seeing the price nudge up slightly.</p> <p>Apple says prices are increasing across all EU countries, as well in Norway and Canada. They&rsquo;ll &ldquo;change&rdquo; in Russia, while Iceland will actually see a decrease in pricing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios/ios-apps">See all our iOS app coverage 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-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="Apps and games now start at 79p" alt="Apps and games now start at 79p" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pako-car-chase-simulator.jpg?1420817516" /> </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/app-store/apple-raises-uk-itunes-app-store-prices-line-eu-ruling/news#comments App Store Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:25:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1457162 at http://www.stuff.tv How tech can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions http://www.stuff.tv/how-tech-can-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolutions/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to be a better person in 2015? There’s probably 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="Happy New Year! Now give up chocolate forever" alt="How tech can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-years-eve-firework.jpg?1420160512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Happy new year! As the clock strikes midnight for the last time in 2014 and fireworks erupt over the Thames, you&rsquo;re probably thinking about the year ahead &ndash; and making at least one resolution to improve your life or yourself over the next 12 months (and hopefully beyond).</p> <p>No matter how good your intentions, it can be tough work sticking to your commitments. Thankfully, modern tech is here to help: there are apps, website and gadgets that can act as life coaches, making the whole process much, much easier. And here are some of the best.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Improve your fitness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s the commonest new year&rsquo;s resolution around: &ldquo;This year, I&rsquo;m going to exercise more and get fitter.&rdquo; And it&rsquo;s also the one that most people give up on after a couple of weeks &ndash; or never actually embark on at all. Thankfully, there&rsquo;s lots of tech which can aid you in getting off your keister.</p> <p><strong>Get Running (Couch to 5K)</strong></p> <p>Designed for those who don&rsquo;t run at all, Get Running&rsquo;s &ldquo;Couch to 5K&rdquo; programme does exactly what it says on the tin. It&rsquo;s a nine-week, three-runs-per-week programme that aims to have you pounding the pavement for a continuous 30 minutes by its end.</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/get-running-couch-to-5k/id319043985?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Get Running for iOS</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.splendid_things.android.getrunning&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Get Running for&nbsp;Android&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Runtastic Sit-Ups&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Get &ldquo;rock hard abs&rdquo; in weeks! No, not by having them airbrushed on, but with this sports science-based voice coach app, which uses your phone&rsquo;s accelerometer to automatically count reps and follows and integrates with both Apple Health and MyFitnessPal (see below).</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/runtastic-sit-ups-workouts/id570183110?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Runtastic Sit-Ups for iOS </a>or&nbsp;<a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runtastic.android.situp.lite&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Runtastic Sit-Ups for&nbsp;Android&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Runtastic Push-Ups</strong></p> <p>Similar to the above but for (yep,you guessed it) push-ups, this app counts reps using either your phone&rsquo;s proximity sensor or by having you tap the screen with your nose each time.</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/runtastic-sit-ups-workouts/id570183110?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Runtastic Push-Ups for iOS</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runtastic.android.pushup.lite&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Runtastic Push-Ups for Android</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Get Running (Couch to 5K)" alt="How tech can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/get-running-couch-to-5k.jpg?1420160512" /> </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"> Learn to code </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>&ldquo;This year, I&rsquo;m gonna build myself a website! From scratch!&rdquo; It might sound like a tough one, but coding for the web &ndash; at least at a low level &ndash; is deceptively simple.</p> <p>If Santa&rsquo;s left you feeling cash-rich, you can try <a href="http://decoded.com/uk/code-in-a-day/" target="_blank">Decoded&rsquo;s Code in a Day</a> course. Based in central London, it&#39;s &pound;500, which seems a bit steep, but it gives you a good understanding of how the web works, teaches you how to build a web app and, well, it&rsquo;s a lot of fun. If you buy their current gift pack, you even get a lovely scented candle (designed to stimulate creativity) thrown in.</p> <p>Thankfully, you don&rsquo;t need money to learn to code. <a href="http://www.codecademy.com/" target="_blank">Codecademy</a>&rsquo;s interactive online courses are free, uncomplicated and &ndash; through the act of having you build a website step by step &ndash; enjoyable. They make you feel as if you&rsquo;re getting somewhere as you progress, and you can do so at your own pace.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sunday-project-pick-one-our-top-10-free-online-courses/feature">10 fantastic online courses</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="This candle could &quot;spark&quot; your creativity " alt="How tech can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/decoded-gift-of-code.jpg?1420160512" /> </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"> Learn to play the electric guitar </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>Available for Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, <em>Rocksmith 2014</em> is quite simply amazing &ndash; because it lets you plug almost any electric guitar or electric bass into your console or PC and strum away to over 50 songs as notes tumble down a screen. It&rsquo;s like <em>Guitar Hero</em> with a real guitar, and thus you&rsquo;ll start to learn to play an actual musical instrument surprisingly quickly (the makers say 60 days).</p> <p>Video tutorials will help you pull off more advanced techniques such as, er, pull-offs, while Session Mode allows you to riff away to your heart&rsquo;s content as a virtual backing band fills in the gaps. An ideal way for beginners to take their first steps towards becoming a rock god. Not bad for &pound;50. Although you&#39;ll need a guitar too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/first-play-rocksmith-2014-edition/feature">Rocksmith hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jY7F9iN9ySM" 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-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"> Learn a new language </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the world becoming a smaller place (figuratively, not literally) every year, learning a new language is always going to be productive and rewarding. There are plenty of tech-related ways to do this (check out the highly-rated <a href="http://www.rosettastone.co.uk" target="_blank">Rosetta Stone</a> series if you don&rsquo;t mind shelling out &pound;150+ on an interactive course), but <a href="https://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Duolingo</a> is one of the most enjoyable &ndash; and it&rsquo;s free.</p> <p>Featuring nine languages, Duolingo works by gamifying the process of learning a language: it splits it into levels, it removes a life when you mess up and it awards you with points when you succeed. And a study found that 36 cost-free hours of &ldquo;playing&rdquo; Duolingo is the equivalent of an entire US college semester when it comes to improving your language skills.</p> <p>Duolingo works through your web browser, but there are also mobile apps so you can continue lessons while on the move.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/app/duolingo-learn-spanish-french/id570060128?mt=8">Download Duolingo for </a><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/duolingo-learn-spanish-french/id570060128?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Duolingo for&nbsp;Android</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/duolingo-learn-languages-for-free/2d89520e-d360-4b5b-ba5a-5a15064aa935" target="_blank">Download Duolingo for Windows Phone</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/WyzJ2Qq9Abs" 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-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"> Go to more gigs </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>Remember when you used to get out there and see bands live? Well, bring back those carefree days through the power of <a href="http://www.songkick.com/" target="_blank">Songkick</a>, for our money the best service for discovering and tracking live music events.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pretty much painless to set up: just tell it your location and either manually enter your favourite bands or link it to music services such as Spotify and iTunes and have it scan your listening history. It&rsquo;ll then send you a message every time one of your artists announces a nearby gig, allowing you to tag events you plan to attend and receive reminders when they&rsquo;re getting close. You can even buy tickets direct from the Songkick app or website.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/songkick-concerts-tour-dates/id438690886?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Songkick for iOS</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.songkick&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Songkick for&nbsp;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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gig.jpg?1420160512" /> </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"> Lose Weight </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>Feel like you&rsquo;re carrying a little too much timber after the Christmas blowout? Reportedly responsible for helping over 65 million people losing weight so far, <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/" target="_blank">MyFitnessPal</a> is one of the most popular apps for those looking to shed a few pounds. It does so by accurately tracking your calorie intake, allowing you to easily enter the foods you eat (over 4,000,000 items are in its database &ndash; and many items are barcode scannable) and check that you&rsquo;re on course to hit your goals. It also includes 350-odd exercises to improve your overall fitness.</p> <p><strong>Download MyFitnessPal for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a>, <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/myfitnesspal/22841d0a-389c-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8" target="_blank">Windows Phone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&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="Count those calories with MyFitnessPal" alt="Count those calories with MyFitnessPal" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/myfitnesspal.jpg?1420160512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be a better cook </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><u><strong>QOOQ tablet (US$500)</strong></u><br />Now running on Android, the quad-core, 10in tablet <a href="http://www.qooq.com/tablette/en" target="_blank">QOOQ</a> is designed specifically with kitchen use in mind: it&rsquo;s tough, waterproof and can be wiped clean if and when you splatter it with lobster bisque. Some 3000 recipes (accompanied by video clips) come pre-loaded on the device, along with tutorials for improving your technique in essential cooking skills such as chopping or peeling. And of course, you can download any number of additional cooking apps from the Play Store.</p> <p><u><strong>Smart Chef Suite (&pound;1.99)</strong></u><br />This iPad app makes a valuable kitchen companion, telling you the ideal ingredients to use as substitutes when your cupboards are a little bare, converting American and Imperial measurements to metric (because what&rsquo;s &ldquo;a cup of butter&rdquo; really?) and filling you in on recipe terms that might be unfamiliar to budding chefs.<br /><strong>Download Smart Chef Suite for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/smart-chef-suite/id363904777?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> (compatible with iPad only)</strong></p> <p><u><strong>Dinner Spinner (Free)</strong></u><br />An app packed with recipes (1000 of which are accompanied by videos), Dinner Spinner&rsquo;s best feature is that it allows you to search by cooking time, the ingredients you have or your dietary requirements. It also lets you create a quick, easy shopping list direct from the recipe page.<br /><strong>Download Dinner Spinner for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/allrecipes-dinner-spinner/id299515267?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.allrecipes.spinner.free&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="The QOOQ tablet doesn&#039;t care if it gets covered in sauce" alt="The QOOQ tablet doesn&#039;t care if it gets covered in sauce" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qooq-tablet.jpg?1420160512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read more books </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>&ldquo;I read a book a week,&rdquo; boasted Chris Finch in <em>The Office</em>, and while we don&rsquo;t suggest you take any lifestyle tips from <em>him</em>, reading more is a great way to relax, learn, be entertained and keep your imagination and mental agility firing on all cylinders.</p> <p>There are a few decent e-readers on the market, but the Kindle Paperwhite is the best of the bunch (find out precisely why in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-paperwhite-2013/review">full Kindle Paperwhite review</a>, but note that the new version has more storage space). The E-Ink screen is far kinder on your eyes than a tablet or smartphone display, but it&rsquo;s also backlit to make reading in the dark possible.</p> <p>You can buy books from Amazon&rsquo;s Kindle Store, or borrow them if you&rsquo;re a Prime member, but if you want an (almost) endless supply of reading material there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-launches-kindle-unlimited-uk/news" target="_blank">Kindle Unlimited</a>, the &pound;7.99 a month &ldquo;Netflix of books&rdquo; launched last year. The quality of the 700,000 or so tomes on offer drops off fairly quickly in our opinion, so you may want to use the free 30-day trial to evaluate the service (and blaze through all the <em>Harry Potter</em> books).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sunday-project-pick-one-our-top-10-free-online-courses/feature">Pick one of these 10 online courses and learn something new</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="The best e-reader: Amazon&#039;s Kindle Paperwhite" alt="The best e-reader: Amazon&#039;s Kindle Paperwhite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-paperwhite_0.jpg?1420160512" /> </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/how-tech-can-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolutions/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-tech-can-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolutions/feature#comments Apps and Games Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:09:09 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455604 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2 http://www.stuff.tv/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visit the planets from your sofa, explore impossible worlds, learn French, and finger-paint like a champ </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="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesco-hudl-1.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We dare say there are quite a few people now sitting there with a Tesco Hudl 2. The little tablet that could <em>for only &pound;129</em> boasts a full HD widescreen display and proves surprisingly powerful in use.</p> <p>But what should you first load on to your device, once you&rsquo;ve managed to wade past all the Tesco icons and moved beyond the usual suspects such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? We installed an insane number of apps and games on to our own Hudl 2 to find out.</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"> Amazon Appstore (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might seem odd to install another app store on to your Hudl, but there&rsquo;s a good reason: Amazon has a daily free app, meaning you can get more apps and games for nowt. It also has a few (although not many) apps you can&rsquo;t find on Google Play.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000626391&amp;ref_=mas_dl_appstore_rr" target="_blank">Download Amazon Appstore</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Amazon Appstore" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-appstore.jpg?1419847381" /> </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"> Badland (free with ads or £1.99 for ad-free/£4.99 for premium edition) </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>Every other &lsquo;flappy&rsquo; game looks a bit rubbish compared to <em>Badland</em>, which finds a strange little black critter flying through deadly forests. Sawblades, rocks destined to crush anything nearby, and exploding spiked contraptions that fling anything that hits them violently through the air, appear as silhouettes atop gorgeous painted backdrops. Using just your thumb (hold to flap), you must figure out a path to the end of each stage, taking advantage of power-ups and - more frequently as the game goes on - unlimited restarts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogmind.badland&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Badland</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free/&pound;1.99/&pound;4.99)</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="750" title="Badland" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/badland_0.jpg?1419847381" /> </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"> Duolingo (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Annoyingly, we discovered it&rsquo;s not enough to eat loads of tapas and hope you gain fluency in Spanish by some kind of food osmosis. It actually requires study. Fortunately, Duolingo turns learning the basics of a foreign language into an entertaining and game-like experience, through bite-sized exercises, achievements, stats, and a gentle difficulty curve.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Duolingo</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Duolingo" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/duolingo.jpg?1419847381" /> </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"> Flipboard (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flipboard bills itself as your personal magazine. All you need to do is follow some topics, and the app compiles a digital publication for you to flip through, in addition to hand-picked stories in The Daily Edition. In both portrait and landscape, it looks great on the Hudl, and there&rsquo;s a social aspect too, with you able to follow friends and have a quick nose at their magazines.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Flipboard</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Flipboard" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flipboard_1.jpg?1419847381" /> </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"> Movies by Flixster (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Movies is one of those apps that does one thing really well, and we love it for that. Give it your location, select a film you fancy seeing, and it&rsquo;ll list all relevant local cinema times; alternatively, you can select a cinema and find out everything that&rsquo;s on over the coming week. You can also discover whether a movie is any good or by Michael Bay by checking out its trailer, info and Rotten Tomatoes score.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.flixster.android&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Movies by Flixster</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature">The best Android Wear watch faces</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="750" title="Movies by Flixster" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movies-by-flixter.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monument Valley (from £2.49) </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>Very occasionally, a game has everyone who experiences it glued to their screen for the duration. <em>Monument Valley</em> is one such title; full of heart and artistry, it combines simple touch-based exploration with impossible structures. You lead silent princess Ida through Escher-like constructions, manipulating architecture to create pathways that exist only from certain angles. It&rsquo;s short but captivating; happily, a second chapter now exists in the shape of <em>Forgotten Shores</em>, a &pound;1.49 in-app purchase.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley</a>&nbsp;(from &pound;2.49)</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="1920" title="Monument Valley" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley_0.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SketchBook Express (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might have long ago abandoned finger painting as a juvenile activity, but it feels so right when armed with a Hudl. Using SketchBook Express, you can doodle away on up to three layers, making use of a decent selection of brushes, fills and symmetry tools. Images can be saved to the Gallery app or uploaded to deviantART, and at no point will you be treading paints and crayons into the carpet (unless you&rsquo;re doing that while using your Hudl, you weirdo).</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adsk.sketchbookhdexpress&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download SketchBook Express</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="SketchBook Express" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sketchbook-express.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Snapseed (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are loads of apps for mucking around with photos, but Snapseed&rsquo;s our favourite on the Hudl. Load in a photo and you can make basic corrections and crops, before delving into much more interesting effects, such as vintage filters, vignettes and tilt-shift lenses. The interface is intuitive and tactile - swipe vertically to select a parameter and horizontally to adjust its strength - ensuring that making edits is a breeze.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Snapseed</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="750" title="Snapseed" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snapseed_1.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solar Walk (£1.82) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Solar Walk, you explore the solar system from your Hudl. Each of the planets can be rotated with a flick of a finger, and extended information provides insight into what&rsquo;s lurking inside Neptune and how many moons Jupiter&rsquo;s greedily keeping to itself. In-app purchases optionally add satellite models, educational movies, and high-resolution surfaces for Earth, the moon, Mars and Venus. Lovely.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vitotechnology.SolarWalk&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Solar Walk</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.82)</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="750" title="Solar Walk" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/solar-walk.jpg?1419847381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spelltower (£1.32) </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>Spelltower is sneaky. At first, it&rsquo;s an innocent, simple word game. You get a tower of letters, and remove tiles by creating words from snake-like paths. Gravity does its thing. Rinse and repeat. But then new modes are unlocked along with more advanced challenges: rows of letters arrive after submitting a completed word; some tiles require minimum word lengths; blanks appear that must be obliterated by forming large words nearby. So whether you want a noodly word-search or ferocious <em>Tetris/Boggle</em> mash-up, this is the word-game for you.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.stfj.spelltower&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Spelltower</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.32)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature">The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2</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="1920" title="Spelltower" alt="10 of the best apps and games for your new Hudl 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spelltower.jpg?1419847381" /> </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/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/hudl-2/10-best-apps-and-games-your-new-hudl-2/feature#comments Apps and Games Hudl 2 Tablets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455679 at http://www.stuff.tv The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s pick of the top games, TV, music, creative and reading apps for Apple’s flagship tablet </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 will you accessorise it with? " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Air-2-main_0.jpg?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve got your mitts on a shiny new Apple tablet, but it&rsquo;s just a pretty paperweight without some things to do with it.</p> <p>Never fear: we&rsquo;ve scoured the App Store for the best ways of having fun with the iPad Air 2, whether you&rsquo;re a fan of wintry horror, inventive and immersive reading matter, streaming telly, or getting all creative with digital paints and musical instruments.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0">The 10 best apps for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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"> Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Short but very sweet, <em>Monument Valley</em> is a visually stunning and surprisingly tactile mobile title. You guide the silent Ida through puzzles that incorporate fantastical architecture that boasts impossible Escher-like geometry; twist and rotate structures and you create new paths, gradually uncovering the mystery of the valley.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</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="1536" height="2048" title="Monument Valley: perfect for a short sweet gaming fix" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/games-monument-valley.png?1419568959" /> </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"> Year Walk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A slice of chilling Scandinavian horror perfect for dark winter months, Year Walk is an innovative, daring iPad gaming experience. With roots in folklore, classic first-person adventure games, and cryptic narratives, it blurs the boundaries between genres, to unique and enthralling effect. Also grab&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/year-walk-companion/id597879895?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">Year Walk Companion</a>&nbsp;for the full story.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/year-walk/id555916407?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Year Walk</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Year Walk: a Scandanavian scare experience" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/games-year-walk.png?1419568959" /> </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"> Eliss Infinity </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>Multitouch marvel <em>Eliss Infinity</em> is single-person finger-Twister. You fuse and tear planets so they&rsquo;re sucked into like-coloured wormholes. Different colours must be kept separate, or your energy depletes, and space storms add to the challenge. From simple beginnings, you&rsquo;ll soon be using all ten digits to manage a kind of contained cosmic chaos.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/eliss-infinity/id700971134?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</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="1536" height="2048" title="Eliss Infinity: travel through space with this app " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/games-eliss-infinity.png?1419568959" /> </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"> Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might question anything hitman-themed for the festive season (unless Aunt Mabel got you socks *again*), but <em>Hitman GO</em> is more clockwork board-game than bloodthirsty stealth &rsquo;em up. There&rsquo;s still strategy, though, scouring adorable dioramas, memorising guard routes, and figuring out how to literally bump a target off the board.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hitman-go/id731645633?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Hitman GO</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 38 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Hitman Go: a nifty alternative to Cluedo?" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/games-hitman-go.png?1419568959" /> </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"> 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"> Netflix </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&rsquo;re feeling a bit antisocial but have the thirst for some telly, Netflix for iPad fits the bill. The app enables you to pick up where you left off from watching on other platforms, and has video-out for flinging footage to a supported device.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Netflix</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Netflix: television at your fingertips" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tv-netflix.png?1419512581" /> </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"> BBC iPlayer </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>So the dog ate the remote, and now you&rsquo;re missing <em>Doctor Who</em>. No matter: fire up BBC iPlayer, to access live or archived BBC output. The app can also download shows for you to watch up to 30 days after broadcast.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485?mt=8" target="_blank">Download BBC iPlayer</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free)</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="2048" height="1536" title="BBC iPlayer: catch-up and on demand" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tv-bbc-iplayer.png?1419512581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Air Video HD </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>Should you have a nice collection of digital movies lurking on your network, don&rsquo;t try squeezing them on to your iPad via tedious conversion and iTunes. Instead, install Air Video Server HD on your PC or Mac, and stream with live-conversion to your iPad. With tinkering, Air Video even works over the web. Magic!&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/air-video-hd/id668354926?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Air Video HD</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Air Video HD: a handy way to stream films" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tv-air-video-hd.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Replay Video Editor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With your iPad, you *could* painstakingly sit there with video footage and cobble together a video in Apple&rsquo;s iMovie. Alternatively, select some photos and videos, pick a style, and let Replay do the hard work for you. Extra styles are available via IAP - &pound;6.99 buys you the lot.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/replay-video-editor-for-instagram/id694164275?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Replay Video Editor</a>&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - 38 amazing free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Replay Video Editor: quick and easy video editing" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tv-replay.jpg?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Journeys of Invention </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>Touch Press has figured out what a digital book should be: full of content and beautiful photography, but also infused with interactive components. Here, you explore how science and invention connect. Dozens of objects can be rotated, and you can step inside Apollo 10&rsquo;s Command Module or send messages with an Enigma Machine.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/journeys-invention-science/id685965924?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Journeys of Invention</a>&nbsp;(&pound;6.99)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Journeys of Invention: taking you beyond the pages" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reading-journeys-of-invention.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chunky Comic Reader </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 iPad Air 2&rsquo;s gorgeous display is perfect for reading comics, and Chunky is by far the best comic reader. It supports PDF, CBR and CBZ and has some fantastic upscaling for low-res content. Pay &pound;1.99 to upgrade to &lsquo;Pro&rsquo; and you can also grab comics from a networked PC, Mac or NAS.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/chunky-comic-reader/id663567628?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Chunky Comic Reader</a>&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Chunky Comic Reader: read comics in hi-res" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reading-chunky.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Stuff Magazine </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>Paper? Pah. How very last century! The best way to read the world&rsquo;s best-selling gadget mag is on one of the world&rsquo;s best-selling gadgets, whereupon you&rsquo;ll get all the same articles alongside exclusive interactive content. The world&rsquo;s trees will also heartily thank you. Probably.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/stuff-magazine/id506367508?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Stuff Magazine</a>&nbsp;(&pound;free app / &pound;2.99 per issue)</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="1536" height="2048" title="Stuff magazine: the stuff of dreams" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reading-stuff.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Guide </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>Explore the heavens from the warmth of your living room using the most beautiful of the iOS stargazing apps. Drag with a finger and prod celestial bodies to find out more about them, X-ray the sky, and see dazzling time-lapse star trails when rapidly moving through time.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Sky Guide</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.49)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/best-20-mac-app-store-apps-and-games-your-new-macbook-pro-or-macbook-air/feature">20 great Mac App Store apps for your new MacBook or iMac</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="2048" height="1536" title="Sky Guide: tap into the universe " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reading-sky-guide.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Korg Gadget </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might cough on seeing its price tag, but Korg Gadget is worth every penny. You get 15 miniature synths (&lsquo;gadgets&rsquo;), ranging from drum machines and monster bass to delicate bells and searing chip-tunes, along with an intuitive means of laying down tracks, which can then be exported online or track-by-track for mastering on desktop. Forget GarageBand and everything else - this is the king of music apps on iOS.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/korg-gadget/id791077159?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Korg Gadget</a>&nbsp;(&pound;20.99)</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="1536" height="2048" title="Korg Gadget: synth out your music" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music-korg-gadget.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Launchpad </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 fancy yourself as a musician, but nearby pianos and guitars literally explode if you so much as glance their way, try Novation Launchpad. Using its eight-by-six grid, you can launch up to eight loops simultaneously, and they&rsquo;re always in tune and sync. Extra sound sets are available via IAP, along with a &pound;4.99 audio import feature for adding custom loops.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/novation-launchpad/id584362474?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Novation Launchpad</a>&nbsp;(from &pound;free)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Novation Launchpad: loop it out " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music-novation-launchpad.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RealBeat </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 rather different take on sampling, RealBeat is all about live performance with whatever you happen to have handy. Use your iPad&rsquo;s microphone to record voices, claps or you smacking a saucepan into submission; then add effects and delve into the simple sequencer and pattern system to build oddball compositions.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/realbeat/id457372874?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download RealBeat</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</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="2048" height="1536" title="RealBeat: experiment with some sampling " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music-realbeat.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Traktor DJ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most traditional-looking DJ app around (there are no on-screen decks, for a start), but Traktor DJ is a feature rich and clever take on the genre. Load in any DRM-free tunes on your iPad, and spend many happy hours crossfading, beat-matching, pretending you&rsquo;re Fatboy Slim.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/traktor-dj/id592052832?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Traktor DJ</a>&nbsp;(&pound;6.99)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature">Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2</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="2048" height="1536" title="Traktor DJ: life is a dancefloor " alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/music-traktor.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Pixelmator </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 anything, Pixelmator for iPad betters its desktop sibling, at least in terms of immediacy and usability. It&rsquo;s probably not quite feature-rich enough for pros, but it&rsquo;s a stellar photo editor &lsquo;for the rest of us&rsquo;, full of impressive photographic filters, fun painting tools, and loads of adjustment and editing options.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Pixelmator</a>&nbsp;(&pound;6.99)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Pixelmator: even bolder on the iPad" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/art-pixelmator.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Comic Life 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take your photos and turn them into a comic book page, adding custom sound effects, captions, speech balloons and sound effects. You can mess about with panel borders, add comic-like halftone effects to your photos, and then export the entire lot to PDF, JPEG or EPUB.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Comic Life 3</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</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="2048" height="1536" title="Comic Life: bring a touch of the graphic to your snaps" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/art-comic-life.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PicFrame </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 a subtler and more stylish take on collage, PicFrame&rsquo;s your best bet on the iPad. Choose your frame set-up, import a load of photos, and then set about editing borders, colours, effects and even panel shapes. Once you&rsquo;re done, send the result to email or your favourite social network.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/picframe/id433398108?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download PicFrame</a>&nbsp;(&pound;0.69)</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="1536" height="2048" title="PicFrame: no more messing about with Pritt Stick" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/art-picframe.png?1419568959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Foldify </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 fancy making your own miniature superhero or tiny car, Foldify is a great place to start. Pick a template, add stamps or photos, scribble all over it, and marvel at your masterpiece.</p> <p>But rather than simply emailing the result, print, cut, fold and you&rsquo;ll have a stalwart paper hero to guard your shiny tablet from any thief not tough enough to brave a potentially very nasty paper cut.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/foldify/id527118971?mt=8&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">Download Foldify</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-7/review">Apple iPhone 7 - all the rumours rated</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="2048" height="1536" title="Foldify: a neat procrastination papergram" alt="The 20 best apps and games for your new iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/art-foldify.png?1419568959" /> </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/20-best-apps-and-games-your-new-ipad-air-2/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Air 2 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:43:06 +0000 Emily P Burt 1455497 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini meme: Get organised for Christmas! http://www.stuff.tv/mini-meme-get-organised-christmas/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the first day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / Apps to help plan successfully </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="Mini meme: Get organised for Christmas!" alt="Mini meme: Get organised for Christmas!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mini-meme-xmas-icons.jpg?1419302882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Christmas mere days away, it&#39;s not too late to turn to the world of apps for help getting your Yuletide off to a slick start.</p> <p>We&#39;ve picked out eight excellent apps &ndash; all free &ndash; that you can download right now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mini-meme-photo-editors/feature" target="_blank">Mini meme: Best photo editing apps</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/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. Evernote </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 main problem with organising Christmas is forgetting ALL OF THE THINGS - or remembering some of them and then forgetting where you put your lists. Just bung it all in Evernote - to-dos, gift lists, inspirational recipe cards and decorations - tag everything, put your feet up and have a mince pie.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone <strong>Price:</strong> From &pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong><a href="https://evernote.com/" target="_blank">Download Evernote</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="2130" title="Evernote" alt="Evernote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-evernote-iphone-5-p.jpg?1419302882" /> </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. Amazon </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 fairly certain Amazon will be the only shop in existence by about 2040, and the app shows why: so many things at such low prices, all at your fingertips. It&rsquo;s perfect for the sofa shopper or for those last-minute impulse pressies - assuming you splash out a bit for next-day delivery.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS, Windows Phone <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_174888667_3?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000501923" target="_blank">Download Amazon</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="2130" title="Amazon" alt="Amazon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-amazon-iphone-5-p.jpg?1419302882" /> </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. Yummly </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>Unless you&rsquo;re going a bit minimal with Christmas dinner (and, sorry, but Turkey Twizzlers and chips will <em>not</em> cut it), you need recipes. Yummly has all of them, and you can make collections and build shopping lists. (Android users must make do with the website, or rivals <a href="http://allrecipes.com/" target="_blank">Allrecipes</a> and <a href="http://www.bigoven.com/" target="_blank">BigOven</a>.)</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> iOS <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.yummly.co.uk" target="_blank">Download Yummly</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="2130" title="Yummly" alt="Yummly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-yummly-iphone-5-p.jpg?1419302882" /> </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. Google Maps </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&rsquo;re travelling for Christmas, turning up three hours late for dinner because you went the wrong way up the M1 won&rsquo;t win you a crack at the wishbone. Use Google Maps to plan your journey (and its length) and if you&rsquo;re going somewhere without much reception, save the local map for offline use.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/" target="_blank">Download 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="2000" title="Google Maps" alt="Google Maps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-google-maps-nexus-4.jpg?1419302882" /> </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"> 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. BBC Weather </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the UK at least, the weather&rsquo;s as likely to be grey and mild on Christmas Day as attempting to turn your garden into an ice rink and blow the cat over next door&rsquo;s fence. The BBC Weather app&rsquo;s great for forecasts and weather warnings that are as clear as day, even if you&rsquo;ve had the odd sherry or ten.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/about/24085989" target="_blank">Download BBC Weather</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="2000" title="BBC Weather" alt="BBC Weather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-bbc-weather-nexus-4.jpg?1419302882" /> </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. Moonpig </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always the same: the cards are done and dusted, at the mercy of Royal Mail, but you&rsquo;ve forgotten one. You could go out again, but instead stay in, use Moonpig to send a personalised card from the oddly svelte mobile selection, and spend the evening perfecting your Slade impersonation.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✩✩</p> <p><strong>Download Moonpig for <a href="http://www.moonpig.com/uk/app/iphone/" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="http://www.moonpig.com/uk/app/android/" 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="2000" title="Moonpig" alt="Moonpig" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-moonpig-nexus-4.jpg?1419302882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Christmas Radio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whenever a bunch of people get together, everyone&rsquo;s varied and personal taste in music is most likely to make them come to blows. So set fire to Spotify for the day and go truly festive with Christmas Radio, playing only music from stations that have Santa, sleigh bells, carols and snowmen on the brain.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✩✩</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="http://www.xmasradio.mobi" target="_blank">Christmas Radio</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="2000" title="Christmas Radio" alt="Christmas Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-christmas-radio-nexus-4.jpg?1419302882" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Humming Timing </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>Since this timer only goes up to a second under two hours, Humming Timing&rsquo;s no good for your turkey, but it&rsquo;s great for timing veggies and the like; instead of an alarm blaring when something&rsquo;s ready, it uses tracks from your music library. Spuds ready when <em>American Pie</em>&nbsp;is done? Confusing but tasty!</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> iOS <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> ✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong><a href="http://hummingtiming.com" target="_blank">Download Humming Timing</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-apps-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Uber is the best app of the year</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="2130" title="Humming Timer" alt="Humming Timer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-humming-timing-iphone-5-p.jpg?1419302882" /> </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/mini-meme-get-organised-christmas/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:06:08 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1455943 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 months </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="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" alt="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-mobile-game-monument-valley_final.jpg?1418997305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although we love our console games, you can&rsquo;t take them with you on the bus.</p> <p>So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when we&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in <em>Monument Valley</em>? It&#39;s our favourite mobile game of 2014.</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"> Winner: Monument Valley </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 like aimlessly moving coloured blobs around your screen it&rsquo;s unlikely the brief but brilliant experience of <em>Monument Valley</em> will interest you, but in a world that&rsquo;s normally about little more than tapping players for cash, this Escher-esque puzzler stands out like a perspective-warped thumb. Conquer its optical illusions and guide the princess to the end of each level for one of the most memorable mobile gaming experiences in years. It&rsquo;s not exactly difficult but sometimes it&rsquo;s the journey rather than the destination that makes a trip worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vUABzeh55hQ" 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"> Runner-up: BioShock </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>Everyone&rsquo;s favourite Libertarian underwater dystopia has been rebuilt for your iPhone this year, bringing gunplay, gorgeously decayed Art Deco settings and philosophical pondering to your commute. Yes, the touchscreen controls take a bit of getting used to (though you can always connect a gamepad), but the fact that they&#39;ve managed to cram a previous-gen console title into your pencil-thin iThing is frankly mind-boggling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">Bioshock iOS review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7HAyShZw6mM" 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"> Runner-up: The Nightmare Cooperative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With flesh-eating giant snails, pools of acid and many more ways to die, <em>The Nightmare Cooperative</em> is a scary place to spend your commute. A sliding puzzler similar to Threes! the aim is to raid dungeons without unlocking too many monsters. The gameplay, although uniquely brilliant, can be rather cruel and may involve sacrificing your teammates &lsquo;for the greater good&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">The Nightmare Cooperative review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nv0T3tw-luk" 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-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"> Runner-up: Eliss Infinity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&rsquo;s for you, organisational ogres and neat-freaks. <em>Eliss Infinity</em> puts you in charge of a small section of the universe to keep tidy, and then lobs planets, vortexes and space storms at you at an alarming rate. Your success relies on a gold medal-winning performance of finger gymnastics, plus sheer determination to keep going despite the deluge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">Eliss Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" 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-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"> Runner-up: Hitman GO </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&rsquo;re after a bloodbath, look elsewhere. But if you&rsquo;re partial to a bit of strategy or Cluedo, this chin-stroking reworking of the <em>Hitman</em> series may be just the thing. To work your crafty way around the board game-like grid, sneak up on the bad guys or distract them by throwing rocks. There are no time limits, so there&rsquo;s no need to get flustered.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">Hitman GO review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l9kJxrLSwHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Runner-up: Threes! </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 Stuff team is so addicted to <em>Threes!</em> that it&rsquo;s a wonder we get anything done at all. On the face of it, it&rsquo;s pretty simple: you merge number cards to get as higher total as possible; with new cards added each time you make a move. Add in some cute catchphrases and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a 4am mad swipe-fest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes!</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/YonTc2jLXEA" 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-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Room Two </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 most exciting game you&#39;ll ever play that involves opening a box, the much-anticipated sequel to <em>The Room</em> challenges you with more ambitious environments and multi-layered puzzles than its predecessor. Now there are multiple rooms with clues scattered throughout and each chapter is set in a particular location such as a ship or jungle. You can manipulate artefacts using swipes, pinches and double-taps, although it&rsquo;s easy to fumble &ndash; the oppressive atmosphere puts you on edge.</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/CbGaddIZzVs" 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-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Walking Dead season 2 </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>Unlike most zombie-infested games, in <em>The Walking Dead</em> you&#39;ll have to put down your gun and get out your tissues; things are about to get emotional. A brilliant extension of the <em>Walking Dead</em> universe, this episodic game focuses on the difficult decisions young Clementine has to make in order to find safety and survive, now that she&rsquo;s all alone. Sob. Or not&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</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/3RkuY03QCVs" 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/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 Gaming iOS games Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453849 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 5 Android apps that will genuinely change your life http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-5-android-apps-will-genuinely-change-your-life/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget time-draining flicky games and download five Android apps that will actually change your world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shutterstock_169065278.jpg?1418997277" /> </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-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 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image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lollipop_2.jpg?1418897988" /> </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-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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-android/feature#comments Android Apps and Games LG Promotion Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:49 +0000 Marc McLaren 1455656 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Uber is the App of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-apps-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Public relations hiccups aside, the ride-sharing service tops our list of the year&#039;s finest phone software </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="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Uber is the best app of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Uber is the best app of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-app_uber_FINAL.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your smartphone might be a metal-and-glass slab of gorgeousness, but it&#39;s only as good as the apps you put on it.</p> <p>Really, what good is that supercharged processor and 2K screen if you&#39;re not doing anything with it? We fill our phones with apps, but only a few of them are truly life-enhancing pieces of wonder software&nbsp;that will join the list of must-have staples.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve sifted through the clutter and picked out the year&#39;s finest efforts; but there can be only one winner, and it is...</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"> Winner: Uber </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>Uber&#39;s been in the news lately for a number of reasons &ndash; not all of them positive. But we&#39;re not here to judge them on their corporate ethos; just on the product they&#39;ve produced.</p> <p>The fact is, as apps go Uber is excellent. Just open it up and it&#39;ll use GPS to find you. Not long after that, there&#39;ll be a driver along to pick you up. It&#39;s cheap too. And with more places being added all the time, it means an end to aimless wandering of foreign streets looking for a taxi rank, or getting ripped off by &#39;tourist tax&#39;. If only they could launch an Uber for bacon baps, we&#39;d be at peak humanity.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-and-uber-link-enable-car-music-streaming/news" target="_blank">Spotify and Uber link up to enable in-car music streaming</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="Uber" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-uber.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner-up: Hyperlapse </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>Instagram&#39;s new app lets you warp time more efficiently than Christopher Nolan; condensing your moving footage into a timelapse video that lasts mere seconds. It&#39;s undeniably impressive; particularly when you factor in the amazing image stabilisation that makes it look like you&#39;ve shot the whole thing with a Steadicam rig.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/instagram-s-got-new-standalone-app-and-it-s-called-hyperlapse/news" target="_blank">Instagram&#39;s got a new standalone app &ndash; and it&#39;s called Hyperlapse</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hyperlapse" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-hyperlapse.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner-up: Dice </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 the hottest ticket in town? You need to give Dice a roll; it&#39;s a curated ticketing app that picks out the best gigs in London, and lets you book tickets without paying exorbitant booking fees. There&#39;s everything from upcoming bands playing shows in pubs for a fiver, to superstars at the O2 &ndash; take your pick.</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="Dice" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-dice.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner-up: Dark Sky </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>How we scoff at the nebulous forecasts of weathermen and barometers &ndash; after all, there&#39;s no way it could rain later when the sky is cloudless and blue. But Dark Sky&#39;s eerlily specific weather predictions are not to be ignored &ndash; not when it can tell you that yes, it will rain, and for precisely seven minutes at 6:45pm. Fire up this app and you need never fret about whether you need that brolly again.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/try-right-now-dark-sky/feature" target="_blank">Try this right now: Dark Sky</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="Dark Sky" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-dark-sky.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner-up: 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>The problem with online shopping is that you don&#39;t get that hit of instant gratification; you want your stuff now, not tomorrow or Thursday between the hours of 8am and 7pm. Enter Jinn: a courier delivery service that&#39;ll pick up whatever you want and deliver it right into your eager clutches. It&#39;s London-only for the moment, but should be rolling out nationwide soon.</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> </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="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-jinn.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner-up: Pixelmator </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>Tablets are great, but their image editing apps have always felt like toys compared to the full-fat versions found on desktop computers; fine for tweaking snaps, but hobbled by limited feature sets. Pixelmator is different; this iPad app is a fully-featured image editor, with layers, filters and retouching tools enabling you to tinker with your pics to your heart&#39;s content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-pixelmator-ipad/review" target="_blank">Pixelmator review</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="Pixelmator" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-pixelmator.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Google Cardboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has gone all Blue Peter with its latest innovation &ndash; a DIY virtual reality kit that you make with old boxes and sticky-backed plastic (ask a grown-up to help you cut out the cardboard). Once you&#39;ve put it together, fire up the app and you can turn your smartphone into a fully-fledged VR headset for browsing Google Earth and watching YouTube.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature" target="_blank">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</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="Google Cardboard" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-google-cardboard.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: AppyParking </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>Don&#39;t fancy paying through the nose for a space in a multi-storey car park? &nbsp;AppyParking will save you the trouble of scouring the backstreets, telling your where all the paid-for (and free) parking zones are, and when restrictions apply. Green zones are currently free, red zones are off-limits; it&#39;ll even point you towards available driveways using ParkatmyHouse.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news" target="_blank">AppyParking will give you hours of your life back</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">All of our Gadget Awards 2014 winners</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="604" height="453" title="AppyParking" alt="These are the 8 best apps of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-appyparking.jpg?1417581181" /> </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/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-apps-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-apps-year/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 iOS apps Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:08:20 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454113 at http://www.stuff.tv Mini meme: Six of the best photo editing apps http://www.stuff.tv/mini-meme-photo-editors/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From high-end image editors to quick-fix filters, here’s our selection of apps to make your photos picture perfect </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="Now you just need to learn how to take photos" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-editors-mini-meme.jpg?1416966655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once upon a time the idea of editing photos on a phone or tablet was considered folly &ndash; akin to painting watercolours on a piece of sponge.</p> <p>But that&#39;s all changed as screens have got sharper and touch control more precise. Plus, with many of us now using smartphones as our main camera, there&#39;s no shortage of raw material on them that could benefit from a bit of judicious tweaking before posting to Facebook or Instagram.</p> <p>And that&#39;s where these apps come in: they&#39;re the best photo-editing apps we&#39;ve tried so far.</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. Pixelmator for iPad </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>Even if you just want to muck about with its endlessly tweakable filters, Pixelmator would be three quid well-spent. But delve further into the app and you discover a beautiful, usable, powerful touch-optimised image editor, featuring transform tools, layers with effects, and paintbrushes for adding the personal touch. Barg!</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> iPad <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;2.99</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="_blank">Download Pixelmator</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="Pixelmator for iPad" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-pixelmator-ipad-l.jpg?1416966655" /> </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. Adobe Photoshop Touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;d be daft to expect desktop Photoshop on mobile, but this comes close, with many familiar tools present and correct. The interface is a bit cumbersome, but the app&rsquo;s hugely capable, especially on tablets, and it has a more professional bent than Pixelmator. Pity about the separate phone/tablet versions though.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;2.99 for phone, &pound;6.99 for tablet</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.adobe.pstouchphone" target="_blank">Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for Android phones</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.adobe.pstouch" target="_blank">Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for Android tablets</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/adobe-photoshop-touch-for/id589440659?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="itunes_store">Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPhone</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/adobe-photoshop-touch/id495716481?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="itunes_store">Download Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe Photoshop Touch" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-photoshop-touch-ipad-l.jpg?1416966655" /> </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. Pixlr Express </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>Pixlr Express feels like quite the oddball, a quirky icon-happy interface always mere seconds away from emitting an explosion of editing effects. But despite its kitchen-sink nature, Pixlr has plenty to offer, from an intuitive focus-blur tool to the dozens of dazzling filters waiting for a thumb tap.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: <strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixlr.express" target="_blank">Download Pixlr Express for Android</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixlr-express-photo-editing/id526783584?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="itunes_store">Download Pixlr Express for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-video-editing-apps/feature">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="Pixlr Express" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-pixlr-express-nexus-4-p.jpg?1416966655" /> </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"> 4. VSCO Cam </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>VSCO Cam is so chic and serious, it hurts. But the minimalism isn&rsquo;t just for show &mdash; the bold icons and sliders make it very easy to use. Edits and filters in the app are also non-destructive, meaning you can play with, edit, remove and reapply effects until satisfied with your photographic masterwork.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: <strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download VSCO Cam for Android</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/vsco-cam/id588013838?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="_blank">Download VSCO Cam for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VSCO Cam" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-vsco-cam-nexus-4-p.jpg?1416966655" /> </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. Snapseed </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>Although you&rsquo;re still pawing at glass, Snapseed makes photo editing feel tactile. Its rich effects have you swipe up and down to select a parameter and then across your photo to adjust its strength. This affords you a great deal of control, far from the simple single-sliders offered by most free rivals.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> Android, iOS <strong>Price:</strong> Free</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:</strong> <strong>✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Snapseed for Android</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="_blank">Download Snapseed for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="720" title="Snapseed" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-snapseed-nexus-4-l.jpg?1416966655" /> </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. Typic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can still crop, filter and tweak photos in Typic, but this app&rsquo;s primarily about adding text and icons to your photos. You get four of each, and they can be resized and recoloured. It&rsquo;s a touch fiddly, but all changes are non-destructive. Android owners, check out the broadly similar (but even fiddlier) Over.</p> <p><strong>Platforms:</strong> iOS <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;1.49</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: <strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/typic-photo-editor/id601467470?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5&amp;ct=" target="_blank">Download Typic for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 35 best free apps for Android</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="Typic" alt="The six best photo editing apps for iPhone, iPad, Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-typic-iphone-5s-p.jpg?1416966655" /> </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/mini-meme-photo-editors/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/mini-meme-photo-editors/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:10:14 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1453844 at http://www.stuff.tv