iOS apps http://www.stuff.tv/ios/ios-apps/news en-GB Fully Charged: The Bionic Bra is a real wonder, you can 3D print the new Star Wars lightsaber, and Apple’s top apps and games of 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has all of the fun and fascinating news you need today </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="Bionic Bra research team" alt="Bionic Bra research team" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bra.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Researchers unveil Bionic Bra </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&rsquo;s a form of wearable tech that at least half the world can potentially agree on. Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed what they call the Bionic Bra, which uses smart components to react to changes in movement and provide immediate support for wearers.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been in development for more than 15 years, but recent advancements in fabrication (including the rise of 3D printing) have finally made the Bionic Bra feasible via &ldquo;actuators and sensing technologies,&rdquo; says the university. However, there&rsquo;s still much work to be done before you can pick one of these off the shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;Results indicate that our technologies can sense breast motion and provide additional breast support,&rdquo; said team member Dr. Sheridan Gho. &ldquo;The challenge now is to integrate these technologies into a functional, comfortable bra.&rdquo; Godspeed, we say.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://media.uow.edu.au/releases/UOW184372.html">University of Wollongong</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/08/bionic-bra/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft-lifts-moods-smart-bra/news">Microsoft lifts moods with smart bra</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D print the new lightsaber </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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113298946?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Surely we could settle all of the debate over the controversial crossguard lightsaber seen in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">the&nbsp;<em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>&nbsp;teaser</a>&nbsp;if we only had a physical replica. Oh, right: 3D printing, duh.</p> <p>Within mere days of the teaser&rsquo;s release, the 3D-printable fictional weapon hit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:572485">MakerBot&rsquo;s Thingiverse</a>, letting you download the plans and customize your own version of the new saber. Let&rsquo;s be honest: not even the movie itself (still a year away) will quell the message board battles, but at least you&rsquo;ll have a cool new toy to play around with.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.designboom.com/technology/3d-print-customizable-crossguard-lightsaber-star-wars-12-08-2014/">Designboom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Apple picks best iOS apps of 2014 </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 interesting to hear which apps and games Apple thinks are the best on its own platform each year, and for 2014, the top picks are very well deserved. On iPhone, Apple awarded best game honours to amazing puzzler&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8"><em>Threes</em></a>, with slick platformer&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/leos-fortune/id830544402?mt=8"><em>Leo&rsquo;s Fortune</em></a>&nbsp;taking the runner-up spot. Brain training app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/elevate-brain-training/id875063456?mt=8">Elevate</a>, meanwhile, took App of the Year on iPhone, while Instagram&rsquo;s own&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hyperlapse-from-instagram/id740146917?mt=8">Hyperlapse</a>&nbsp;was runner-up.</p> <p>On the tablet side of things, brainy platform-puzzle adventure&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8">Monument Valley</a></em>&nbsp;won out, with addictive card-battler&nbsp;<em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8">Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</a></em>&nbsp;in second place. And for iPad apps, robust image editor&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8">Pixelmator</a>&nbsp;was deemed the best of 2014, with visual storytelling app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/storehouse-visual-storytelling/id791297521?mt=8">Storehouse</a>&nbsp;deemed next-best.</p> <p>Monument Valley was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">our own pick</a>&nbsp;for the best mobile game of 2014 (as shown), with Threes appearing as a runner-up. Apple also named several runners-up in each category, so be sure to check our their full lists on the App Store, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">then consult ours</a>. Oh, and load up your iOS devices with amazing recent games and apps, of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year</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="Monument Valley" alt="Monument Valley" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-stuff-awards.jpg" /> </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"> The Legend of Zelda gameplay demo </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 Wii U is on a bit of an upswing, and games like&nbsp;<em>Mario Kart 8</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Super Smash Bros.</em>&nbsp;have been among the best in their respective series. Luckily, next year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Legend of Zelda</em>&nbsp;looks to continue that trend on an even grander scale.</p> <p>With a massive world and less linear gameplay than usual, it looks like the biggest advance since the role-playing favorite entered 3D. Check out the first real gameplay demo from this weekend&rsquo;s The Game Awards, and then be sure to pick your jaw up off the floor when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECWlFInyFM">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</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/SECWlFInyFM" 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/apple/fully-charged-bionic-bra-real-wonder-you-can-3d-print-new-star-wars-lightsaber-and-apple-s-top#comments 3D Printing Apple Gaming iOS apps iOS games Nintendo Wearable tech Wii U Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454936 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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-app_uber_FINAL.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-uber.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-hyperlapse.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-dice.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-dark-sky.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-jinn.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-pixelmator.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-google-cardboard.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-of-the-year-appyparking.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-editors-mini-meme.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-pixelmator-ipad-l.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-photoshop-touch-ipad-l.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-pixlr-express-nexus-4-p.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-vsco-cam-nexus-4-p.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-snapseed-nexus-4-l.jpg" /> </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-typic-iphone-5s-p.jpg" /> </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 Apple sees (Red) with the biggest names in apps http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-sees-red-biggest-names-apps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The App Store gets a (Red) makeover for charity </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="Apple sees (Red) with the biggest names in apps" alt="Apple sees (Red) with the biggest names in apps" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apps%20for%20red.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody vandalised the App Store with a coat of red paint&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;it&rsquo;s just that the most popular app developers have jumped on board with <a href="http://www.apple.com/red/" target="_blank">Apple to drive fundraising for World Aids Day 2014</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> App-eal for donations </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 will have the chance to do their bit for charity, as you&rsquo;ll definitely have one of these apps in your devices. Monument Valley, Angry Birds, and even Kim Kardashian: Hollywood have gotten in on the act, with tinges of Red subtly making their app-earance in-app to remind you about the cause at hand.</p> <p>See, that also justifies the insane purchase of (BEATS)RED Solo2 headphones for your Kim Kardashian: Hollywood character. Head over to the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=935350535&amp;mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a>&nbsp;to begin your play for charity.</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="Appeal for donations" alt="Apple sees (Red) with the biggest names in apps" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/red.png" /> </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"> Product (Red) </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>Aside from the software, Apple is also donating a percentage of its online sales on 1st December, World Aids Day and also Cyber Monday. So if you&rsquo;ve been saving your pennies for a new iThing, you might want to hold off on buying it until then, to do your bit for the world.</p> <p class="p1">If not, you can also just shop <a href="http://www.apple.com/product-red/">here</a>. We hope red&#39;s your colour.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/gift-guides/christmas-gift-guide-2014-12-gadget-gifts-apple-fans/feature" target="_blank">12 Christmas gift ideas for Apple fans</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="567" height="425" title="Product (Red) " alt="Apple sees (Red) with the biggest names in apps" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/product%20red.png" /> </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/apple/apple-sees-red-biggest-names-apps/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-sees-red-biggest-names-apps/news#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS apps Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:56:21 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453825 at http://www.stuff.tv 11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn't know about http://www.stuff.tv/11-secret-whatsapp-features-you-didnt-know-about/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;ve rounded up some top tips for everyone&#039;s favourite instant messaging service. Time to cure the blue tick curse... </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="WhatsApp Doc" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whatsapp_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What a furor WhatsApp caused with a colour change in its double ticks.</p> <p class="p1">Its latest update confirmed what we&rsquo;ve always suspected (but never bothered confirming) all along - namely that the ticks represent when your messages are delivered, and confirm that they&#39;ve been read.</p> <p class="p1">On the flipside, this incident also inspired us to dig deeper, and we&#39;ve gatherd up a bunch of features hiding in the nooks and crannies of WhatsApp.</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"> 1. Begone, blue ticks of misery </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 know how it is. You&#39;re at figure skating practice, your phone buzzes, and you glance down briefly before nailing a spectacular triple axle.</p> <p>Sometimes you&#39;ve only got time for a quick glance, taking a little time to formulate a response as you carry on with the rest of our day.&nbsp;Ideally without having the sender realise that we actually looked at said message five hours ago, as otherwise they&#39;d think we&#39;re ignoring them. That&#39;s the privelege the blue ticks take away.</p> <p>Recently though, the chat app has realised the error of its ways and silently come up with a workaround. The liberty of message-mulling is ours again.</p> <p><strong>How</strong>: Users can just access Privacy via Settings and disable Read Receipts. However, this feature is currently only available to Android users who are on the all new beta version of the app.</p> <p>If you&#39;re that desperate though, you have to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whatsapp.com/android/" target="_blank">download the beta</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;head to your Android phone&#39;s settings, enable Unknown Sources to install the APK file&nbsp;as it&#39;s not in the Google Play Store yet. </p> <p>There, now it&#39;s time to iron out the kinks in your friendships that the blue ticks have caused. The rest of us will just have to wait for a future update.</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="Begone, blue ticks of misery" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/disable%20blue%20ticks_0.png" /> </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. See when your messages are read </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>Think the double blue ticks are the worst thing to happen to relationships since Last Seen? Think again. Here&#39;s another way you could annoy your mates.</p> <p>In addition to finding out the exact time your messages are delivered, you can also choose to see the exact time your message was read if you choose to stick with the ticks.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How:</strong>&nbsp;Go to any of your WhatsApp chats, tap and hold on any of the messages you&rsquo;ve sent in that chat, followed by the Info option. For iOS users, you can also drag towards the left to reveal a window which will show the time your message was delivered and subsequently read. </p> <p class="p1">It works for group messages too with the window listing the time each participant read the message.</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="See when your messages are read" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/More%20info.jpg" /> </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. Tied to your number </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 overseas and you get a new data sim, there&rsquo;s no need to go through the hassle of registering the new number attached to the SIM and faff around adding contacts. Just carry on using WhatsApp with your regular number.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How</strong>: When you put your new SIM in and activate WhatsApp, you&rsquo;ll be prompted by the messaging service to register the new number. But doing so will mess up your contacts list. Just ignore the pop-up or cancel it, and your WhatsApp should work linked to your old number, while using your new data SIM.</p> <p class="p1">[Image credit: <a href="http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/whatsapp-tips-tricks/" target="_blank">Hongkiat.com</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="473" title="Tied to your number" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/change-phone-number_0.jpg" /> </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. Sending public messages privately </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;ve got a generic announcement to make - an invite to a weekend BBQ or an intervention about your friend&#39;s unhealthy obsession with KFC - and you don&rsquo;t want to do it on the loudmouth platform that is Facebook, this feature works in pretty much the same way as BCC-ing people in an email.</p> <p>Your recipients will get the message as if it was a privately composed one, oblivious to the fact that you&rsquo;ve sent the exact same invite to 342 other people. Sincerity? What&#39;s that?</p> <p><strong>How:</strong>&nbsp;On the top left hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just below the search bar, you&rsquo;ll notice a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away like you would normally.</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="Sending public messages privately " alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/broadcast.png" /> </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. Back it up </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>Worried about losing a year&rsquo;s worth of messages? You don&rsquo;t have to. WhatsApp knows how precious your chat history is to you and secures it all for you in the cloud.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How:</strong> iPhone users get the option of backing their chat history to iCloud automatically on a daily/weekly/monthly schedule. If it&rsquo;s only selected chat histories you desire, click on the chat you want, then the user&rsquo;s name and finally email conversation to yourself.</p> <p class="p1">Android users will find the file within the WhatsApp folder in their phone. Make sure that file, found in WhatsApp &gt; Databases and named msgstore.db.crypt7, is copied and transferred to the exact same folder if you wipe your phone or get a new Android device.</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="Back it up" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/backup_0.png" /> </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. Shortcuts to conversations </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 there are certain people you chat to more often, it might be a good idea to create a shortcut for them directly on your homescreen so you don&rsquo;t have to keep opening and closing WhatsApp.</p> <p><strong>How:</strong>&nbsp;Tap and hold on the chat (group or individual) of your choice and a tab will pop up. Select the Add Conversation Shortcut option and the chat in question will appear as the person&#39;s profile photo on your mobile desktop. Unfortunately this only applies for Android users and not iPhone ones. Sorry guys.</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="Shortcuts to conversations" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/convo%20shortcut.png" /> </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. Saving media </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 on a 1GB data plan, every MB counts. You don&rsquo;t want to be slapped with a hefty bill at the end of the month from sending stupid shareable memes and screenshots of every little thing. There&rsquo;s a way to make sure that all that heavy-duty image sending won&rsquo;t eat up what little complimentary data you might have in your plan.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How</strong>: Go to Settings, then Chat Settings and then Auto-Download and tweak the settings for how you want your received media to be downloaded. Choose Wi-Fi if you don&rsquo;t want to overload your data plan. Alternatively, you can trigger downloads manually by switching Auto-Download to Never. You can also save the hassle of having to clean up your camera roll every so often by tweaking Save Incoming Media off.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Saving media" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/save%20media.png" /> </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"> 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. Keeping group chats on the down low </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As WhatsApp becomes the go-to chat app for more and more people, the likelihood of making group decisions gets carried over as well. So if you&rsquo;re always getting added to new group chats filled with strangers (you social butterfly, you), you might want to keep certain details private until those strangers become friends.</p> <p><strong>How:</strong>&nbsp;Head to Settings, Privacy, and then tweak your Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status to retain a bit of mystery. Choose to share them with Everyone, or only your Contacts, or Nobody at all. Unfortunately, there&rsquo;s nothing you can do about hiding your phone number.</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="Keeping group chats on the down low" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/privacy%20somewhat.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Mute group chats </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 all in at least a few group chats at any one time, created because someone (likely the group admin) was bored. People tend to get overzealous in chats, especially since WhatsApp allows group conversations of up to 50 participants. Who hasn&rsquo;t woken up to the horror of 100+ unread messages fuelled by a night of boredom?</p> <p><strong>How:&nbsp;</strong>To prevent yourself from being woken up by the constant lighting up of your smartphone screen, you can (a) either flip yourphone over and ignore it or (b) Mute the offending group chat. Tap on the group chat of your choice, then the name to bring up Group Info where you will find the option to Mute the chat for eight hours to one week or a year. Alternatively, you can exit it altogether.</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="Mute group chats" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/mutey%20mute.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Staying selectively notified </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not all group chats are created equal, as some are filled with nothing but white noise. And it&rsquo;s exactly those group chats you want to ignore until you get some down time to sieve through everything that&rsquo;s been said. On the flipside, there are the group chats you want to stay on top of like ones deciding dinner plans for the night and so on. Here&rsquo;s how you can stay selectively notified.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How</strong>: Go to the significant group chats, tap on the name to bring up Group Info and then Custom Notifications. There, you can select a custom message alert for the group chats of your choice. All you have to do now is remember which alert tone you assigned to which group chat. This customisation is only applicable for group chats though.</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="Staying selectively notified" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/customizzzzze.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Find out the truth about where your friend is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve all been a victim of that &ldquo;on the way&rdquo; lie when the person in question is still in bed. To prevent yourself from ever getting duped again, insist that the contact shares their current location with you by tapping on the arrow icon next to the text box and then Share Location. There&#39;s also a way of preventing them from manually entering their l</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How</strong>: The way the location appears is a clue. If it&rsquo;s a real GPS-based location, the location share will appear as a dropped pin, but if it&rsquo;s a location they entered, its address will appear beside the dropped pin. Feel free to call them out on it.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature" target="_blank">18 ways you&#39;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</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="567" height="425" title="Find out the truth about where your friend is" alt="11 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn&#039;t know about" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/location.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disable those accursed blue ticks in WhatsApp! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, more features you might not be aware of </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/11-secret-whatsapp-features-you-didnt-know-about/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/11-secret-whatsapp-features-you-didnt-know-about/feature#comments Android apps iOS apps Smartphones Windows Phone apps Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:10:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1453528 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free iOS apps no longer “Free” on App Store, Motorola’s phone-finding Keylink, and why the iPhone 6 lacks a sapphire screen http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smattering of quick-hit tech news to energize your morning </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="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-appstore-freeapps_0_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple changes listings for free apps </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 rise of so-called freemium apps and their rampant in-app purchases have caused some confusion amongst consumers, not to mention a lot of surprise bills - and eventually lawsuits about how they&#39;re marketed and administrated. That&rsquo;s led to changes in how digital storefronts present their free-to-play offerings, and Apple has just made its own move.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice it right away on the App Store: free apps are now downloaded by tapping a button that says &ldquo;Get&rdquo; rather than &ldquo;Free,&rdquo; with &ldquo;In-App Purchases&rdquo; written in small text below when applicable. The word hasn&rsquo;t been entirely banished from the iOS storefront; after all, the Free listing on the Top Charts remains. But Apple clearly sees value in changing the context of how you grab gratis apps and games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/11/19/free-apps-arent-free-in-apples-app-store-any-more/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> Motorola debuts Keylink </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>Do you frequently misplace your smartphone and/or keys? Well, Motorola has something for you. The newly-released Keylink is a small trinket that you&rsquo;ll attach to your keychain and pair with your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth, letting you find one if you have the other.</p> <p>It works up to 100 feet away, and you can make your phone ring with a push of the Keylink, or show the keys on a map via the Motorola Connect app. It&rsquo;s priced at US$24.99 (about &pound;16) and promises a year of battery life, plus if you&rsquo;re running Lollipop on your Android device, you can use the Keylink with your trusted device settings so you don&rsquo;t have to enter a password when your keys are nearby. Very handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/finding-your-phone-keylink.html">Motorola</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X 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="741" title="Motorola Keylink" alt="Motorola Keylink" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-keylink.jpg" /> </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"> iPhone 6’s missing sapphire screen explained </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>Durable sapphire screens were pegged for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus months before they debuted, but curiously, the phones launched without that long-expected feature. And then GT Advanced, Apple&rsquo;s sapphire supplier, filed for bankruptcy weeks later. So what exactly happened?</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating report on the breakdown between the two companies, suggesting that GT Advanced wasn&rsquo;t in a position to produce the amount of sapphire crystal it agreed to (see mistakes in the image above), that Apple&rsquo;s hard-driving partner agreements were a thorn in the company&rsquo;s side, and that countless management and manufacturing issues killed the iPhone 6&rsquo;s sapphire intentions. It&rsquo;s a worthwhile read.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus 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="762" title="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" alt="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-sapphire-mistakes.png" /> </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"> Family Library added in Kindle update </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;ve got a new entry-level Kindle, the fancy Kindle Voyage, or tje most recent Paperwhite model, keep an eye out for an update that brings a couple of big features to the e-readers. Family Library is a particularly big one, as it lets you share books with a spouse or partner&rsquo;s Amazon account.</p> <p>Word Wise is another significant addition, displaying short and easy-to-understand definitions above challenging words in thousands of supported books - ideal for younger readers or those still learning English. The update is rolling out over the air in the coming weeks, or you can grab it now directly from Amazon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_touch_img?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201630670">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-voyage-aims-premium-e-reading-bliss-plus-entry-level-kindle-gets-touch/news">Kindle Voyage aims for premium e-reading bliss, plus the entry-level Kindle gets touch</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="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" alt="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-voyage-basic_0.png" /> </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/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip#comments Android Apple iOS apps iPhone 6 Kindle Motorola Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453573 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Raspberry Pi A+ board gets smaller and cheaper, Game of Thrones game series launches soon, and Instagram finally adds caption editing http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/fully-charged-raspberry-pi-board-gets-smaller-and-cheaper-game-thrones-game-series-laun <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup has the tech news you need to start your day right </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="Raspberry Pi A+" alt="Raspberry Pi A+" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/raspberry-pi-a-plus.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raspberry Pi A+ is smaller, better, cheaper </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">Got a computing project in mind that requires a really small board, but won&rsquo;t demand ample funds? Perhaps the new Raspberry Pi A+ board will do the trick, as it replaces the previous Model A while getting smaller, more powerful, and cheaper than ever.</p> <p class="p1">The A+ board uses the same BCM2835 processor with 256MB RAM, but comes in at 2.6in in length, whereas the previous version was 3.4in. It also offers a larger GPIO for connectivity, swaps in a microSD socket for the old full-sized SD one, and the audio circuit has a low-noise power supply for improved audio performance.</p> <p class="p1">Despite the enhancements, the Raspberry Pi A+ actually sells for less than the Model A, currently priced at &pound;15.51 from <a href="http://uk.farnell.com/raspberry-pi/raspbrry-moda-256m/sbc-raspberry-pi-model-a-256mb/dp/2447906?Ntt=2447906">Farnell</a> or US$20 from <a href="http://www.mcmelectronics.com/content/en-US/raspberry-pi">MCM</a> in the States. Whether you&rsquo;re a hardcore hardware warrior or a budding hobbyist, the Raspberry Pi must seem more alluring than ever at that price.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-model-a-plus-on-sale/">Raspberry Pi</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/raspberry-pi-gets-even-tinier-with-new-model-a-board/">CNET</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/raspberry-pi/new-raspberry-pi-b-arrives-same-price-board-it-replaces/news">New Raspberry Pi B+ arrives at same price as the board it replaces</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game of Thrones game out soon </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">Telltale Games, the maker of awesome episodic game series like <em>The Walking Dead</em> and <em>The Wolf Among Us</em>, revealed yesterday that its adaptation of <em>Game of Thrones</em> will premiere &ldquo;soon.&rdquo; The season will last six episodes, with the first tilted, <em>Iron From Ice</em>.</p> <p class="p1">Details remain vague at this point, but expect the game to be similar to the others Telltale has made of late: conversation-driven, smartly presented, and with a narrative the builds around your various choices made throughout the season.</p> <p class="p1">If Telltale&rsquo;s reputation for quality remains intact here, it could end up being the first great official adaptation of the immensely popular fantasy series - the George R.R. Martin novels and HBO television show, of course - following a couple of half-hearted attempts. Although there was a pretty fun <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">fan-made freebie</a> last year.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/telltalegames/status/531838754898460672">Twitter</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones video game is all kinds of awesome</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="675" title="Game of Thrones" alt="Game of Thrones" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/telltale-gameofthrones.jpg" /> </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"> Now you can edit your Instagram captions </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">We&rsquo;ve all done it: you&rsquo;re in a hurry to post an amazing Instagram photo and you flub the caption in the process, ruining your sarcastic quip or witty observation. Prior to yesterday, you could either delete and start over, or simply deal with the mistake.</p> <p class="p1">But now, finally, you can edit captions thanks to a new update. Years after the app&#39;s initial launch. Thankfully. Additionally, the iOS and Android versions of the app have been updated with an enhanced Explore tab to facilitate locating people you might actually want to follow.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/102294612077/discovery-and-caption-editing">Instagram</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-pro-tips-taking-killer-instagram-photos/feature">6 pro tips for taking killer Instagram photos</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="701" title="Instagram" alt="Instagram" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/instagram-editcaptions-screens.png" /> </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"> Evil Dead returning as TV series </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">The Sam Raimi-directed comedic horror film series, <em>Evil Dead</em>, will return next year as a television series. <em>Ash vs. Evil Dead</em> will feature Bruce Campbell back in his iconic role as Ash Williams, with the series picked up by American pay-TV network Starz for 10 half-hour episodes.</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;I&#39;m really excited to bring this series to the <em>Evil Dead</em> fans worldwide - it&#39;s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor,&rdquo; assured Campbell.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-orders-evil-dead-tv-747919">The Hollywood Reporter</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/10/7189195/evil-dead-tv-series-starz-2015">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/10-best-horror-movies-netflix/feature">The 10 best horror movies on Netflix</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="649" title="Army of Darkness" alt="Army of Darkness" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/evildead.png" /> </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/raspberry-pi/fully-charged-raspberry-pi-board-gets-smaller-and-cheaper-game-thrones-game-series-laun#comments Android apps Film and TV Gaming Instagram iOS apps Raspberry Pi Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452826 at http://www.stuff.tv New Smart Cross Connect app set to take the strain out of inner-city parking http://www.stuff.tv/new-smart-cross-connect-app-set-take-strain-out-inner-city-parking/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Diminutive new Smart ForTwo goes large on the community parking features </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="1201" height="900" title="Parking made easy with Smart&#039;s new software" alt="Smart ForTwo Cross Connect app" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/14C1289_125.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most cities are so busy these days that hunting down a parking space can be a coronary-inducing affair. So let&#39;s salute Smart for trying to solve the problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>The compact city car offshoot of&nbsp;Mercedes-Benz has just revealed that its 2015 offering will pack some clever smartphone connectivity that attempts to make urban life on four wheels more pleasant.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Smart-owning community can also upload suitable spaces with ease by snapping an image of said spot and registering the GPS co-ordinates with a click of a button. Smart&#39;s infotainment designers claim the community will help create a detailed database of Smart-sized parking spaces, some of which will be free of charge, across the world.</p> <p>Naturally, there&#39;s a team of people sat in an office somewhere checking that miscreants aren&#39;t uploading images of discarded crisp packets and claiming they are suitable for housing a Smart car. But once the sport is verified, owners can locate the nearest space and have the navigation system direct to the destination with the minimum of fuss.</p> <p>Smart isn&#39;t the only company attempting to make parking easier for drivers: apps such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news">AppyParking</a> offer users the same kind of service, albeit across the board rather than specifically for Smart cars.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news">AppyParking will give you hours of your life back</a></strong></p> <p>Improved suspension set-ups, a more refined ride and a plucky selection of petrol engines are other notable improvements on the newest microscopic two-door city slicker, while the four-door version boasts a loading capacity that can swallow two Ikea &#39;Billy&#39; bookshelves thanks to nifty adjustable seating.</p> <p>Prices start at &pound;11,125 for the two-seater ForTwo, while the smartphone cradle and audio system is a &pound;500 extra. Expect to see the little critters parked in unusual places early next year.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cars/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 cars</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="Parking made easy with Smart&#039;s new software" alt="Smart ForTwo Cross Connect app" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1289_122.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart ForTwo Cross Connect app" alt="It looks like a trainer inside, too" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1290_012.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1202" height="900" title="Smart ForTwo Cross Connect app" alt="Well, maybe not a trainer..." src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/14C1289_035.jpg" /> </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/new-smart-cross-connect-app-set-take-strain-out-inner-city-parking/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/new-smart-cross-connect-app-set-take-strain-out-inner-city-parking/news#comments Cars iOS apps Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:01:49 +0000 Leon Poultney 1452407 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Office goes free on mobile devices as iPhone version launches and Android nears http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-office-goes-free-mobile-devices-iphone-version-launches-and-android-nears/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You won’t need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit mobile docs going forward </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="Microsoft Excel for iPad" alt="Microsoft Excel for iPad" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-excel-ipad.jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re fans of the new, flexible, more open Microsoft. And you may be too once you hear that Office for iOS and soon Android devices is now free to use without a paid Office 365 subscription.</p> <p>Users can now edit and create documents on mobile devices without paying up, although those with Office 365 memberships will have access to additional features, such as Dropbox integration and collaboration options.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-office-goes-free-mobile-devices-iphone-version-launches-and-android-nears/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-office-goes-free-mobile-devices-iphone-version-launches-and-android-nears/news#comments Android apps iOS apps Microsoft Office for iPad Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:17:35 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452425 at http://www.stuff.tv CityMatchDay apps lets you get a footie screen for each eyeball http://www.stuff.tv/citymatchday-apps-lets-you-get-footie-screen-each-eyeball/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let the boys in blue take over your iPhone </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="Green green grass of home" alt="CityMatchDay apps lets you get a footie screen for each eyeball" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/footballs.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If football on your TV, your pillow cases and your car&rsquo;s rear window isn&rsquo;t enough, Manchester City app CityMatchDay offers yet another way to get footie on your phone.</p> <p>Few things cause rabid concentration like a football match, but CityMatchDay gives you another screen to glare at in those few seconds when your eyes aren&rsquo;t attached to the TV.</p> <p>It launched in preparation for the Manchester City vs United match on Saturday 2 November, but will be used for future matches too.</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/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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 idea is that fans at the match will stream the latter two using the stadium&#39;s Wi-Fi. Can it cope? The people behind the scenes at the Etihad Stadium seem to think so.</p> <p>CityMatchDay lets you truly drown your phone in Manchester City goo, and it&rsquo;s available for free for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mcfc.citymatchday" target="_blank">Android</a> devices and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/citymatchday/id869410901?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhones</a>.</p> <p>Aside from the virtual TV channels, CityMatchDay also gets you access to score updates, league tables and photo galleries. You can get involved too by guessing the score of upcoming games with other users of the City fanatics&rsquo; app.</p> <p>Plus there&rsquo;s a &lsquo;blogging wall&rsquo; that pulls in content from social sources like Twitter. Let&rsquo;s hope it&rsquo;s not rammed full of expletives, then.</p> <p>But it probably will be.</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> <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="853" height="640" title="WE DIDN&#039;T KICK THE BALL HARD ENOUGH, IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE" alt="CityMatchDay apps lets you get a footie screen for each eyeball" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/cityapp.jpg" /> </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/citymatchday-apps-lets-you-get-footie-screen-each-eyeball/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/citymatchday-apps-lets-you-get-footie-screen-each-eyeball/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:36:55 +0000 Andrew Williams 1452186 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Calendar made much smarter and sleeker for Android (and soon iPhone) http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With Lollipop launching, Google has significantly enhanced one of its key apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Calendar" alt="Google Calendar" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-calendar-newapp.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of us rely on Google Calendar for keeping track of our myriad appointments and obligations, but it&rsquo;s an app that feels like it hasn&rsquo;t evolved much over time. That&rsquo;s changed as of today, at least for mobile and tablet users.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Also big is the addition of Assists (as in the Inbox app), which help you add new events by constantly suggesting the next step in the chain - whether that&rsquo;s the type of event (like a birthday party), where it&rsquo;s at, who it&rsquo;s with, and so on and so forth, all using the rest of your Google data to fill in the missing pieces.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s much prettier than before, too, due to Lollipop&rsquo;s touted Material Design aesthetic - but also because events in schedule view now show photos, maps, and other relevant images to show you the event&rsquo;s context at a glance. It looks rather fantastic in the image up top.</p> <p>Android devices running Lollipop can access the new Calendar immediately, while anyone running Android 4.1 or higher will be able to get it from Google Play in the near future. And Google says it&rsquo;s also coming to iPhone at some point, though we&rsquo;ll see if it&rsquo;s quite as fetching in that incarnation.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-new-day-for-google-calendar.html">Gmail Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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/MSTmkvn060E" 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/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-calendar-made-much-smarter-and-sleeker-android-and-soon-iphone/news#comments Android apps Google iOS apps Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:50:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1452097 at http://www.stuff.tv Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead http://www.stuff.tv/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An aeronautics engineer has made one of the most charming flying machines around </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="Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead" alt="Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bird.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With quadcopters getting a lot of bad press lately (mainly due to the fact that any idiot can buy one then fly it over a professional football match or in an airport&rsquo;s landing corridor), it&rsquo;s high time (no pun intended) for an alternative aerial gadget. And the Bionic Bird just might be it.</p> <p>Designed by French aeronautics engineer Edwin Van Ruymbeke, the Bionic Bird weights just 9g and can fly up to 10 eight-minute sorties in a session (the battery charges from empty to full in only 12 minutes). It has a range of 100m and can be flown both indoors and outdoors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fly, my pretty, fly! </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 device, which is currently in its prototype stage, flies in a similar way to a real bird: it flaps its wings. Except rather than feathers, skin and bone, these wings are made from carbon fibre. Nevertheless, its makers claim it imitates an actual bird so closely that it has been known to come under attack from birds of prey &ndash; but its foam body can take a clawing without suffering significant damage, and the wings can be replaced.</p> <p>The Bionic Bird is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, and has already exceeded its target almost twofold. Backers who pledge US$120 (&pound;75) or more will receive their very own model (plus a spare set of wings, a charger and a t-shirt) by Christmas this year.</p> <p>In the future, the makers intend to add more nuanced controls, built-in cameras and a wearable wristband controller. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bionic-bird-the-flying-app--2" target="_blank">Indiegogo</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dw0-WeXhjDQ" 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/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news#comments Drones iOS apps Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1451816 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Helix http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pulsating arcade title recalling a classic game that never was, fend off infinite enemies with the power of a dextrous digit in Helix </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="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/helix-explosions.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Helix is one of those games that smashes old into new with exciting results.</p> <p>On first launching the game, you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking you&rsquo;d somehow been catapulted back to 1982, given that Helix is full of oddball pixelated characters coloured in searing neon.</p> <p>But the controls are straight out of touchscreen heaven, making for a modern-day arcade classic that manages to rub shoulders with ancient (but still brilliant) titles that surely influenced it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch 4.3+) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An old school slice of gaming </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 basics of Helix are survival and destruction, in that the destruction of your enemies ensures your survival. Given that Helix is very much positioned as an old-school slice of gaming, said survival doesn&rsquo;t tend to last very long, not least in your initial goes where you grapple with the game&rsquo;s interesting mechanic.</p> <p>You see, in Helix, you&rsquo;re unarmed. Despite being trapped in a confined space, while somewhat geometric beasties that are deadly to the touch roam about or home in on your position, you&rsquo;ve not got so much as a digital sausage to fling at them; instead, you must encircle your enemies, to make them explode.</p> <p>The pace of Helix is such that you&rsquo;ll probably be dead before you manage to obliterate a single foe on your first go, but deft thumb-work and steely concentration enables anyone determined to persevere a kind of staccato progression. You&rsquo;ll almost hurl your iPhone at the wall after a string of single-digit scoring sprints, before clocking the behaviours of newly encountered enemies, and figuring out how to beat them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week"><strong>More App of the Week reviews&nbsp;</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix-about-to-die.png" /> </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"> You are a gaming god </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>Before long, you&rsquo;ll be scoring in the &mdash; well, let&rsquo;s not get too cocky &mdash; dozens of points. Much like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-hexagon/id549027629?mt=8">Super Hexagon</a> makes you feel like a champ when you cling on inside its kaleidoscopic rollercoaster whirlpool for an entire minute, 50 or 60 points in Helix has you believe yourself to be a gaming god.</p> <p>Naturally, Helix then slaps you down to size. Survive long enough and you enter the aptly named Terror Mode and then Vortex, one of the few modes in any game where a regular score close to zero isn&rsquo;t so much an embarrassment as a certainty.</p> <p>What ensures Helix stands out isn&rsquo;t its brutal nature, though &mdash; it&rsquo;s everything. It lacks artistry, but every annihilated monster&rsquo;s pixels are scattered across the screen, wheeling into oblivion much like classic arcade title Defender&rsquo;s aliens being sucked down a space plughole. The soundtrack has a sense of urgency that propels you on. And the controls are pitched perfectly, enabling you to control your weird-looking hero via 1:1 drags anywhere on the display, or flick to more rapidly zoom along when the situation calls for it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review">Apple iPad Mini 3 review&nbsp;</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="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix.png" /> </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"> Helix Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might sound like hyperbole to suggest Helix resembles what we imagine a modern-day Eugene Jarvis creation would be like if the Defender and Robotron developer went back to his roots, but it&rsquo;s no exaggeration when that happens to be true.</p> <p>In short, Helix is one of the very best arcade titles on iOS, and it deserves to be played by many, many people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A frantic, compelling, balanced, addictive and hugely challenging arcade game that&rsquo;s perfect for your iPhone or iPad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000 Sophie Charara 1451586 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Oculus Rift gets its first feature film, PlayStation 4’s Share Play demoed, and the Pentax K-S1 offers pastel variants http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week with our breezy morning roundup of the latest tech news </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="Banshee Chapter" alt="Banshee Chapter" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/banshee-chapter-oculus.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Oculus Rift film released </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>Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are primary thought of as platforms for games, but they should provide an intriguing way to experience any visual art form - given the right tweaking, of course. Well, here&rsquo;s an early test case to try out should you have a Rift development kit.</p> <p><em>Banshee Chapter</em>, a solidly well-reviewed horror film from last year starring Katia Winter, has been adapted for the Oculus Rift, letting you experience the shocks and scares like you&rsquo;re there in the scene. The 3D version of the film was converted for the Rift, letting you look left and right around the image as it plays.</p> <p>A studio called Jamwix handled the conversion, and it&rsquo;s not just for&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter</em>: apparently, this tech can be used with any 3D film, potentially opening the door for more flicks to hit the platform without too much hassle.&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition</em>&nbsp;is available free&nbsp;<a href="https://share.oculusvr.com/app/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift-edition">from the Oculus developer portal</a>, but only for Mac users at present.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/10/24/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</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/IkwdDFMBm5k" 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"> PS4’s Share Play feature walkthrough </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>Sony&rsquo;s big 2.0 version firmware update for the PlayStation 4 is due out tomorrow, and one of the biggest additions is Share Play, which lets a game owner invite an online friend in to play - even if the guest doesn&rsquo;t own the game. And you won&rsquo;t even need to download the game to join in.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all handled through streaming game technology - like that used for the PlayStation Now service - and if you&rsquo;re curious about how it&rsquo;ll work, you can catch a glimpse of it above. You&rsquo;ll need a PlayStation Plus subscription to use most of the functionality, but this could be an appealing enough perk to convince anyone not already swayed to join up.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocJeVjGIFfY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</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/ocJeVjGIFfY" 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"> Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection adds a pastel 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>If the dozen different launch styles didn&rsquo;t grab you last month, perhaps the new Sweets Collection series of colours for the Pentax K-S1 will do the trick. You&rsquo;ll soon be able to snag the company&rsquo;s latest digital SLR in Strawberry Cake (pictured), Lime Pie, and Blue Cream Soda variants, with the colour coming as a distinctive accent on a white-and-silver body.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/PENTAXK-S1SweetsCollection">Pentax</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slashgear.com/pentax-k-s1-sweets-collection-adds-rainbow-of-colors-24352429/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-s1-striking-dslr-sharp-snapshots/news">The Pentax K-S1 is a striking DSLR for sharp snapshots</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="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" alt="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-ks1-sweets.jpg" /> </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"> SnapDonate lets you snap… to donate </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 easier it is to donate funds to charity, the more generous folks are likely to be. That seems to be a driving factor behind SnapDonate, at least, as the new &ldquo;magic lens&rdquo; app for Android and iOS lets you snag a photo of a charity&rsquo;s logo and quickly be able to send money.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s powered by JustGiving and you can donate to more than 13,000 UK charities, although the app only recognises a few dozen logos to start. If you don&rsquo;t have cash on the street to give, or simply have an urge to send some money to people and organizations that need it, SnapDonate can get it there quickly and securely.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://snapdonate.org">SnapDonate</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char">Fully Charged: Homefront: The Revolution gets new makers, Google&rsquo;s self-driving car Hangout, and a charity begins accepting Bitcoin</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="800" title="SnapDonate" alt="SnapDonate" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/snap-donate.jpg" /> </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/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p#comments Android apps Cameras Gaming iOS apps Oculus Pentax PlayStation 4 Rift Sony Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451461 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple TestFlight gets you early access to iOS app betas http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s win-win: you get introduced to new apps and devs get to test their apps before going live </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="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/testflight.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you like the idea of testing apps before they&#39;re released, then Apple&#39;s new TestFlight Beta program might be for you. What&#39;s involved? You sign up, download an app and you&#39;re in line to help test and review other apps on the App Store. Pretty simple, huh?</p> <p>Third-party developers can invite up to 1,000 people to beta test &ndash; an tenfold increase on Apple&#39;s originally-announced plan of just 100 testers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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>What happens is that a developer sends out invitations, users then download the app via iTunes Connect and then download TestFlight. iOS 8 also helps notify users when the latest builds of beta apps are available, which is pretty handy compared to waiting for developer emails.</p> <p>As for updates, they&#39;re going to take a little longer due to Apple needing to vet the apps via its Beta App Review. Still, having the Big A run the rule over apps first isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing &ndash; it reduces the likelihood of pre-release software messing up your iPhone or iPad. One of the pitfalls of Google Play is its reliance on peer review, meaning it&#39;s all too easy for malware and shady apps to sneak into the app marketplace.</p> <p>The TestFlight Beta app is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664?mt=8" target="_blank">free on the App Store</a> but it would be a good idea to get the lowdown on the program at the <a href="https://developer.apple.com/app-store/Testflight/" target="_blank">official page</a> first.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0"><strong> 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus </strong></a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_releases_testflight_app_beta_testing_public?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Maclife</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="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/testflight%2002.jpg" /> </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/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news#comments Apple iOS iOS 8 iOS apps iPad iPhone Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:10:20 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451254 at http://www.stuff.tv