iOS apps http://www.stuff.tv/ios/ios-apps/all en-GB Signal for iOS offers secure voice calls http://www.stuff.tv/new-ios-app-offers-secured-voice-calls/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stay one step ahead of the snoopers with this clever encryption-adding app </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="Signal for iOS offers secure voice calls" alt="Signal for iOS offers secure voice calls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/signal%2001.jpg?1406713028" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you ever want to get someone super paranoid about mobile security, have them watch the Will Smith flick <em>Enemy of the State</em>. While vastly over-the-top at times (hey, it&#39;s Hollywood), it makes a good point about mobile phone calls: they&#39;re easy to tap, as are text messages. But securing mobile calls just got a bit easier for iOS users, thanks to the new Signal app.</p> <p>Open Whisper Communications has already brought voice and text encryption to Android, but now you can keep your phone calls private in iOS too. And the best bit? It&#39;s free.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy, encrypted voice calls </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the app&#39;s advantages is ease of use. No lengthy instructions here: you just enter your phone number, get a confirmation code, have your contact list auto-imported and you&#39;re ready to go. The whole point of encryption is foiled if users find it too hard to use in the first place, after all.</p> <p>How does it work? Signal uses the ZRTP protocol with AES 128 encryption. It should be able to fend off attempts by anyone trying to hack into your call, but you won&#39;t be able to tell while using the app whether it&#39;s encrypted or not: the tech is kept behind the scenes. To talk to another Signal user, all you need to do is read aloud a pair of words that appear on the screen to authenticate.</p> <p>And if you&#39;re using Signal, you can call users who use the encrypted voice app Redphone &ndash; as both apps are made by the same company.</p> <p>But if the apps are free, then how are their makers making money? Well, as a matter of fact they aren&#39;t: the app&#39;s development is funded by a combination of government grants and donations to make encrypted voice calls available and affordable for all.</p> <p>Download it for free from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id874139669" target="_blank">App Store</a> or go for the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.thoughtcrime.redphone&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">RedPhone app</a> (also free) if you&#39;re on Android. For free, encrypted texts, the company also makes <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.thoughtcrime.securesms&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">TextSecure for Android</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/07/free-encrypted-calling-finally-comes-to-the-iphone/" target="_blank">Wired</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="New iOS app offers secured voice calls" alt="New iOS app offers secured voice calls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/redphone.jpg?1406713028" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:36:21 +0000 Stephen Graves 1443632 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best comic reader apps http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZOK! BIF! POW! ZAKAM! And other stereotypical words you might find in a comic! In honour of Comic-Con 2014, here are our favourite comic apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Six of the best comic reader apps" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-comic-reader-apps-main.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of browsing dusty comics in dusty back-street stores will never die, but these days there&#39;s also a shiny digital way to get your DC or Marvel fix.</p> <p>Yes, in the past few years the way we read comics has undergone a sea change every bit as big as that affecting books and music.</p> <p>So, ahead of&nbsp;Comic-Con 2014&#39;s opening in San Diego tonight, here&#39;s our guide to the best mobile comic reader apps in the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Comics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Comics by Comixology was the Amazon of comics, until Amazon bought it. Now, it&rsquo;s just Amazon, with all of the politics that brings: the Android app lost Google Play payments, and iOS lost its store entirely.</p> <p>But, oh, the range - it&rsquo;s hard to stay mad when there are so many affordable comics to buy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/comics-read-comic-books-graphic/id855282563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Comics for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Comics for Android (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Comics" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comics.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Marvel Unlimited </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Described as &lsquo;the Netflix of comics&rsquo;, there&rsquo;s a whiff of bargain bin about Marvel Unlimited. But c&rsquo;mon - for US$10 per month you get access to 15,000 digital issues, in an all-you-can eat buffet of spandex and scientific experiments giving rise to superpowers in an extremely unlikely fashion.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/marvel-unlimited/id607205403?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvel.unlimited" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for Android (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Marvel Unlimited" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-marvel-unlimited.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Chunky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re long-time <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-zeal-comic-reader/id363990983?mt=8" target="_blank">Comic Zeal</a> fans, and that &pound;2.99 app&rsquo;s still best for iPhone. On iPad, though, Chunky won us round, due to its streamlined interface, great controls, smart upscaling, and two-up landscape option. There&rsquo;s plentiful cloud support, but a &pound;1.99 &lsquo;pro&rsquo; upgrade adds a mini web server too.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/chunky-comic-reader/id663567628?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Chunky for iPad (from &pound;free) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Chunky" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-chunky.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. 2000 AD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Edited by a green alien with a phone dial glued to his head and featuring fascist-future-cop-with-a-permasnarl Judge Dredd, <em>2000 AD</em> is a British institution. The 37-year-old comic&rsquo;s digital venture is sleek and smartly designed, providing access to <em>2000 AD </em>itself,&nbsp;the <em>Megazine</em> and classic thrills aplenty.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/2000-ad-comics-featuring-judge/id537982373?mt=8" target="_blank">Download 2000 AD for iPhone and iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="2000 AD" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-2000-ad.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. ComiCat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we&rsquo;ve - gasp! - gone for a paid Android app. That&rsquo;s because ComiCat is excellent, automatically scanning your device to find any lurking comics, and deftly handling whatever CBRs and PDFs you throw at it.</p> <p>That instantly marks it out as superior to most Android comic viewers - and we tried many. Cheapskates can make do with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rookiestudio.perfectviewer&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Perfect Viewer</a>, though.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=meanlabs.comicat" target="_blank">Download ComiCat for Android (&pound;1.99) here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ComiCat" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comicat.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Sequential </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sequential is a comic app for the more discerning reader. Its collection is heavily curated and possibly a bit worthy, but you can guarantee pretty much anything you buy will deserve your time and money. The reader itself is smooth and fast, if lacking Chunky&rsquo;s level of elegance.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Sequential for iPad (&pound;free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sequential" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-sequential.jpg?1406125517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:19 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442935 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best time-saving apps http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too busy to cook? Clean? Find birthday presents? Repent, with help from these time-saving apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The best time-saving apps" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/App%20Logos.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not enough hours in the day to do everything on your to-do list? We feel your pain.&nbsp;</p> <p>The pace of life in today&#39;s always-on world regularly leaves us scrabbling around trying to find time for those everyday chores. You know the ones: they&#39;re not important, but they do need doing at some point in the future. Things like putting the washing in, paying the bills and feeding the kids.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Mopp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panicking over the state of your En Suite of Doom? Book a cleaner for &pound;10 an hour using Mopp instead of doing the dirty work yourself. The payment process is speedy - just a case of tapping in the number of hours, whether you have cleaning products and the time you want - Mopp even captures your card details via your iThing&#39;s camera.</p> <p>Unlike most service apps, it&rsquo;s also already operating in ten UK cities - London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and <a href="https://mopp.com/">more</a>. Mopp cleaners (background checked and reliable) need at least 24 hours&rsquo; notice so it&#39;s not truly last-minute but we say that&#39;s fair enough. A blemish-free service.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS (optimised for iPhone)&nbsp;<strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mopp-cleaning/id834623947?mt=8">Download Mopp here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mopp" alt="The six best time-saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_4.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Rooster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For &pound;3 a month, this book club for the busy sends bite-sized chunks of one classic and one contemporary ebook to get you to read during that half-hour lunch break. The monthly choices are curated by the founders, two ex-journalists Jennifer Lee and Yael Goldstein Love, and the clean, white and grey aesthetic fits the fiction. Rooster looks and feels more lit chic than chick lit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Push notifications at your preferred time of day are just the nudge that&rsquo;s needed to get you to actually read your 15 minute or so daily chunk and stay on track. Plus to help you concentrate, you can only read one of the titles at a time.&nbsp;Kindle-style customisation is a bonus but we hope they&#39;re working on an optimised iPad version too.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free with sub</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rooster/id815251881?mt=8">Download Rooster here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rooster" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_0.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Jinn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>London-only for now, Jinn takes the First World Problems solving crown.</p> <p>It&#39;s an idea that&#39;s been around for a while but nobody&#39;s cracked yet - superfast deliveries of physical items to give you that same instant hit as digital. Type in any exact item (that fits in a car) from any open shop/restaurant plus your postcode and it will turn up at your door in less than an hour. &nbsp;</p> <p>After a few texts to confirm the items and keep you updated, Jinn sends a &lsquo;genie&rsquo; (courier) to buy and deliver it for &pound;5.95 plus 10% of the item&#39;s value. It&#39;s perfect for restaurants that don&#39;t deliver or getting a present before the shops shut if you&#39;re stuck at work.</p> <p>The money is taken from the card linked to your Jinn account - this is a bit disconcerting as there&#39;s nowhere in-app to give you the exact amount paid but we&#39;re sure they&#39;re working on this feature. And when the Jinn genie shows up, you get the receipt from the store or restaurant anyway.</p> <p>The best bit? It works. Even when we didn&#39;t text Jinn back straightaway, we still received our delivery from across London within 60 minutes. Mmm, Nandos on the sofa.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/jinn-wish-for-it-we-deliver/id743778083?mt=8">Download Jinn for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jinnapp.jinn&amp;hl=en">Download Jinn for Android here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jinn" alt="The best time saving apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_1.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Utter! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Can&rsquo;t get the (virtual) staff? Chances are that if you want to use voice control on your smartphone to turn it into a true virtual PA, you want it to work with every app and be fast enough to register all your orders.&nbsp;</p> <p>This Android voice app, utter!, is quicker than Google&rsquo;s own voice offering, always listening and even able to defer to Google Now when it gets stuck. It works with Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Dropbox and tons more apps too. We tested the slightly buggy beta, often picking up phrases that weren&#39;t meant for it, but a version 1.0 Google Play app is due to land soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brandall.nutter&amp;hl=en">Download Utter! here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Utter!" alt="The best time saving apps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_2.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Bizzby </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Jinn finds stuff quickly&hellip; Bizzby finds people. Handymen, movers, plumbers &ndash; this friendly app guides you through query dropdowns to determine what you need, shows available prices per hour and alerts its army of vetted contacts. No Facebook pleas for recommendations, no trawling through suspect links on Google.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s also a small section on beauty treatments - we wouldn&#39;t be surprised to see Bizzby expanding beyond burst pipes to give you the best price for any local expert, no matter what you&#39;re willing to pay for. Just be careful when hitting the &#39;Bizzby it&#39; button - after the price screen, placing an order is a tap away.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s London-only for now, with Manchester, Bristol and maybe NYC coming soon. Lifesaver.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✭</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android (beta)&nbsp;<strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bizzby-on-demand-services/id659352778?mt=8">Download Bizzby here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bizzby" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bizzby%20Final.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Gift Fix! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you order a present by the date of the birthday, that counts as on time. Fact.</p> <p>Gift Fix! sells last-minute Firebox gifts with zero fuss. All you need is a mate&rsquo;s number, Firebox then texts them to let them know they&#39;ve received a gift and your buddy enters the delivery address themselves.</p> <p>A snag: the nicely curated catalogue of &pound;35 and under tech toys is regularly refreshed but there are only around 50 things to choose from. This isn&#39;t full Firebox - more choice, please. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>&nbsp;✭✭✭✭✩</p> <p><strong>Platform</strong>&nbsp;iOS, Android <strong>Price</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parcelgenie.firebox&amp;hl=en">Download Gift Fix! for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gift-fix!-by-firebox.com/id827724575?mt=8">Download Gift Fix! for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Gift Fix!" alt="The best time saving apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Final_3.jpg?1405945929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps iPhone & iPad Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:59:09 +0000 Peter Rawlins 1442372 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: McCartney releases iPad app albums, Leicestershire Police testing facial recognition tech, and ex-dictator Noriega sues over Call of Duty http://www.stuff.tv/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our latest morning round-up blends media and crime—just the way we like it </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="Band on the Run" alt="Band on the Run" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mccartney-bandontherun.jpg?1405578781" /> </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"> Paul McCartney re-releases classic albums as iPad 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>Artists are increasingly seeing interactive album apps as a potentially lucrative way to engage with fans, and Paul McCartney made a big splash yesterday by re-releasing five of his classic albums (solo or with Wings) as standalone iPad apps.</p> <p>Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM, and Wings Over America are each available, and while relegating each to the larger tablet screen might seem a bit odd, they&rsquo;re pegged as larger experiences beyond the remastered album audio. You&rsquo;ll also find behind-the-scenes photos and videos, along with interviews and historical text.</p> <p>Each sells for &pound;5.49 from the App Store, which is cheaper than buying just the audio from iTunes&mdash;and luckily, all audio and video can be downloaded from the app to your iPad.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/16/paul-mccartney-ipad-apps-albums">The Guardian</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/band-on-run-paul-mccartney/id723450958?mt=8">iTunes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/time-waits-no-one-how-tech-has-changed-music-forever/feature">Time Waits For No One &mdash; how tech has changed music forever</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"> Leicestershire Police testing speedy facial recognition tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 planning on breaking the law anytime soon, maybe don&rsquo;t do it in the vicinity of Leicestershire&mdash;at least if they have any record of you on file. The police force there is the first in the UK to test out a swift and accurate new facial recognition technology called NeoFace, from NEC.</p> <p>Leicestershire Police can now monitor CCTV or officer body camera footage and have it be compared to the force&rsquo;s 90,000 strong database of facial images. However, the results can&rsquo;t be used in court, so for now, it&rsquo;s just another tool to help locate criminals&mdash;not prosecute them. Leicestershire will be testing the tech for six months to determine its potential usefulness elsewhere.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.leics.police.uk/news-appeals/news/2014/07/15/new-face-recognition-technology-helps-to-crack-crime#.U8c3_Ny1WCY">Leicestershire Police</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/uk/2014/07/16/uk-police-trialing-facial-recognition-tech-can-id-individuals-seconds/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smart-feeding-station-uses-facial-recognition-technology-and-scales-stop-your-cat-getting-fat/featur">This smart feeding station uses face recognition and scales to stop your cat getting fat</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="Leicestershire Police" alt="Leicestershire Police" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/leicestershire-police.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the more memorable missions of 2012&rsquo;s Call of Duty: Black Ops II involved escorting former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to safety through a war-torn city. Unfortunately for Activision, Noriega didn&rsquo;t agree to be depicted in the game, and thus has decided to sue the publisher for both damages and lost profits.</p> <p>His lawsuit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Country Superior Court, claims that the game depicts him as &ldquo;a kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state,&rdquo; done in order &ldquo;to heighten realism in its game.&rdquo; Sounds right on all counts; now we&rsquo;ll see what the judge and/or jury thinks. At least it&rsquo;s a more credible suit than Lindsay Lohan levied against Rockstar recently for Grand Theft Auto V&mdash;over a character she believes is inspired by her.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-noriega-activision-lawsuit-20140715-story.html">Los Angeles Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-ditching-plasma-tvs-lindsay-lohan-sues-over-gta5-and-amazon-will-fight-">Fully Charged: Samsung ditching plasma TVs, Lindsay Lohan sues over GTA5, and Amazon will fight U.S. government over in-app purchases</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="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" alt="Manuel Noriega in Call of Duty: Black Ops II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-noriega.jpg?1405578781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Here’s a trailer for the Ouija film </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Transformers became a smash film series for Hasbro, so the logical next plaything to turn into a flick is&hellip; a Ouija board? Well, it&rsquo;s happening: Ouija comes out this October, and you can see the first trailer above. Turning this into a horror film centered around the board makes a lot of sense, but the trailer makes it look like an average, generic modern horror flick. And if Ouija breaks big this autumn, Transformers director Michael Bay will cash in again as a producer here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HQ2FblScFQ">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/transformers-care-bears-top-ten-toys-1980s/feature">From Transformers to Care Bears: The 10 best toys of the 1980s</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/1HQ2FblScFQ" 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/activision/fully-charged-mccartney-releases-ipad-app-albums-leicestershire-police-testing-facial-rec#comments Activision Film and TV Gaming iOS apps Music Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442326 at http://www.stuff.tv Shazam hooks up with Rdio for full-song playback http://www.stuff.tv/shazam-hooks-rdio-full-song-playback/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can now listen to entire songs on Shazam if you&#039;re a paying Rdio subscriber - and Spotify integration will hopefully follow soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Shazam&#039;s getting a helping hand from Rdio" alt="Shazam teams up with Rdio for full-song playback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shazam-plus-rdio-app-main.jpg?1405530514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Music discovery site Shazam has teamed up with streaming service Rdio to offer users full-song playback.</p> <p>The partnership means you you&#39;ll no longer be limited to short snippets after Shazaming a tune - instead, with a click of the &#39;Listen in Rdio&#39; button you&#39;ll be able to hear the track in its entirety.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wherefore art thou Spotify? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 feature will only work if you&#39;re a current paying Rdio subscriber, of course. And for now it&#39;s an iOS-only treat. But an Android update is coming soon, as are link-ups with other music services.&nbsp;The Shazam app already has a &#39;Listen in Spotify&#39; button, but for now this only gives you a preview of your newly discovered tune; we&#39;d guess that Spotify will be the next service to jump on board.</p> <p>The 7.7 update to the iOS Shazam app isn&#39;t just about streaming full songs, though - it also adds new playlist functionality. You&#39;ll now be able to create playlists of Shazamed songs and add them to an Rdio playlist. Which is nice.</p> <p>You can check out the update on the&nbsp;<a href="http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=66960X1514734&amp;site=theverge.com&amp;xs=1&amp;isjs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fid284993459%3Fmt%3D8&amp;xguid=bfadcf21d4c6a29915c0681d8ef3c532&amp;xcreo=0&amp;xed=0&amp;sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2014%2F7%2F14%2F5899681%2Fshazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them&amp;xtz=-480" target="_blank">App Store</a> and Android users? Just be patient.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/best-new-albums-spotify-so-far-year/feature">The best new albums on Spotify so far this year</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/14/5899681/shazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them" target="_blank">The Verge</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="1200" height="900" title="The new Shazam iOS app screen" alt="Shazam teams up with Rdio for full-song playback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shazam-plus-rdio-app-screen.jpg?1405530514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/shazam-hooks-rdio-full-song-playback/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Streaming Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:59:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1442292 at http://www.stuff.tv Modern Polaxis is an eye-popping Augmented Reality comic http://www.stuff.tv/modern-polaxis-eye-popping-augmented-reality-comic/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read this graphic novel through your iPad’s camera and watch its pages come to life </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="Modern Polaxis is an eye-popping Augmented Reality comic" alt="Modern Polaxis is an eye-popping Augmented Reality comic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ar-comic-2.jpg?1405586998" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Australian comic artist Sutu has created what could be the world&rsquo;s first Augmented Reality (AR) comic.</p> <p><em>Modern Polaxis</em> is the story of a paranoid time traveller &ndash; or rather his journal. The idea is that the character&rsquo;s paranoia has led him to conceal a huge amount of information in an AR layer that is visible only via a second medium. In this case, it&rsquo;s your iPhone or iPad.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fire up the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/polaxis/id550870541?mt=8" target="_blank">Polaxis app</a> on your iOS device (sadly, there isn&rsquo;t an Android version in the works at the moment), point it at the book and you&rsquo;ll see these secrets come to life in seamless animations. It&rsquo;s one of the most inventive uses of AR we&rsquo;ve seen thus far.</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="Hold up your iPad or iPhone to the book and its pages spring to life" alt="Hold up your iPad or iPhone to the book and its pages spring to life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ar-comic.jpg?1405586998" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Sutu and his co-creators are halfway through completing Modern Polaxis&rsquo; 40 pages, and are seeking some sweet Kickstarter money to help push it over the finish line. At present, the campaign has amassed well over half of the AU$9,000 (&pound;4,900), and pledging AU$45 (&pound;25) will get you a signed copy of the book come October 2014.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="453" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/138189330/modern-polaxis-augmented-reality-comic-book-and-ap/widget/video.html" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>You can find out more about Modern Polaxis on its <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/138189330/modern-polaxis-augmented-reality-comic-book-and-ap" target="_blank">Kickstarter page</a>, or on <a href="http://www.sutueatsflies.com/modern-polaxis/" target="_blank">Sutu&rsquo;s website</a>.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/comic-book-collides-with-augmented-reality-to-tell-a-twisted-sci-fi-story/" target="_blank">CNET</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</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> iOS apps Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:27:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442273 at http://www.stuff.tv Hailo takes on Uber with high-end HailoExec option http://www.stuff.tv/hailo-takes-uber-high-end-hailoexec-option/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The black cab-calling app now offers access to BMWs, Mercedes and other luxury cars </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="Hailo takes on Uber with high-end HailoExec option" alt="Hailo takes on Uber with high-end HailoExec option" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hailo.jpg?1405432073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hailo has just gone high-end. The app-driven service that sends a black cab to your location now offers a &ldquo;HailoExec&rdquo; option, which basically means you can request a posh motor like a Mercedes or BMW instead.</p> <p>Hailo says it has developed the option &ldquo;following the requests of business users&rdquo;, but it&rsquo;s hard not to see it as a response to rival service Uber, which has been sending out luxury cars to its customers from launch.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hailo claims the service won&rsquo;t affect its regular black cab-based offering, and that users won&rsquo;t be sent a pricier luxury car when they request a cab. 23,000 licensed black cab drivers are registered with Hailo, and the company is at pains to point out that this remains its core business &ndash; and that it&rsquo;s a friend to black cab drivers rather than a threat.</p> <p>Uber recently upset London&rsquo;s cabbies, who held a mass protest at what they saw as the unfair practice of launching an unregulated, unmetered car service in their backyard.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.hailocab.com/blog/2014/07/14/the-next-step-for-hailo" target="_blank">Hailo</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/KMbHfmISe1w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps iOS apps Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:47:21 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442169 at http://www.stuff.tv New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos http://www.stuff.tv/music/new-album-app-format-offers-hi-res-audio-remix-options-and-360-degree-videos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Norwegian singer Bernhoft has found an intriguing way to make his latest record a bit special </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="New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos" alt="New album app format offers Hi-Res Audio, remix options and 360-degree videos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bernhoft-hd360-1.jpg?1403797242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most artists are content to release their album in MP3 format, but Norwegian soul singer Bernhoft has found a way to add a little more value to his latest record.</p> <p>His new album <em>Islander</em> is being sold as a fully interactive iPad and iPhone app &ndash; and it could be the first of many in a new &ldquo;HD360&rdquo; format.</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"> Adding more value </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The app, which costs &pound;13.99 and is available now, features every track in Hi-Res studio-quality, as well as a video for each song &ndash; but that&rsquo;s just the beginning. It also features full liner notes, a console that allows the user to remix every track, a loop station and special 360-degree videos that allow you to sit (virtually, at least) in the middle of the musicians as they perform.</p> <p>The app was produced by Philip Tennant, who has previous worked with Depeche Mode and The Cure, and is based on over two years of software development. That suggests that Islander is merely the first in a series of HD360 albums released as apps &ndash; and wouldn&rsquo;t it be nice to have more of them out soon? We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>You can download the HD360 edition of <em>Islander</em> from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bernhoft-islander/id870484538?mt=8">App Store</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/td46BDoA2m0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" alt="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bernhoft-hd360-2.jpg?1403797242" /> </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="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" alt="Every track can be remixed at this virtual desk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bernhoft-hd360-3.jpg?1403797242" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Hi-Res Audio iOS apps Music Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:39:37 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1440219 at http://www.stuff.tv Facebook’s Slingshot app lets you trade one photo or video for another http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/facebook-s-slingshot-app-lets-you-trade-one-photo-or-video-another/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What was expected to be a straight-up Snapchat clone is actually fairly unique </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="Slingshot" alt="Slingshot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/slingshot-facebook.jpg?1403059386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Slingshot&mdash;the latest standalone mobile app from Facebook&mdash;accidentally snuck out last Tuesday before being pulled, but it turns out that unintentional drop was only a week ahead of schedule.</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/facebook/facebook-s-slingshot-app-lets-you-trade-one-photo-or-video-another/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/facebook-s-slingshot-app-lets-you-trade-one-photo-or-video-another/news#comments Android apps Facebook iOS apps Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:21:50 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439392 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Riders http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Become the extreme sports star you&#039;ve always secretly wanted to be with Riders for Android and 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="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Riders-1.jpg?1403279181" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&#39;s the truth: at first, everyone is rubbish at skateboarding, mountain biking, snowboarding and all that kind of stuff. Nobody was born with the inate ability to perform a Backside Wallride Nollie Out. These things must be learnt, and <em>Riders</em> is here to teach you.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">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"> Pick your trick </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 list of disciplines in the current version includes aggressive inline skating, BMX, mountain bike, longboard, scooter, skateboard, ski, snowboard and wakeboard. Some sections have more content than others. For example, the newly added inline skating section has 20 tricks while skateboard has over 200, along with an extensive dictionary of skateboard terms.</p> <p>Dipping into the Tricks menu lets you filter your preferred discipline and then choose a trick from a number of categories. The combination of succinct text instructions and slow motion videos makes it seem pretty easy. As the intro to the 180 Tailwhip explains, it&#39;s just &quot;the regular tailwhip except this time you need to do a 180 and ride fakie&quot;. No sweat.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The quality of contributions from other Riders users is often superb" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-2.png?1403279181" /> </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="Once you&#039;ve learnt a trick, record yourself doing it for real and upload it for everyone else to watch" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-5.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Share and share, or like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That would be rather nice in itself, but it&#39;s the user-generated content and interaction with fellow knee-grazers that&#39;ll keep you coming back to the app. There&#39;s an option to upload stills or videos of your own tricks to any of the existing entries, and there are some fantastic contributions for you to learn from.</p> <p>Once someone has added a their own footage or picture, other users can comment or ask questions. There&#39;s a community feel here which is refreshing, devoid of the insults and inanity you&#39;ll find on YouTube and the like. The social aspect continues with the ability to follow other riders via the app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The Best Free Apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can like or comment on user&#039;s uploads – the vibe is refreshingly positive" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-3.png?1403279181" /> </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="It&#039;s not all skatepark action; mountain biking, water sports and winter sports are included too" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-8.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Let them entertain you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;d rather just browse and get some inspiration, there&#39;s an Editor&#39;s Picks section that highlights some of the best new stills and vids, which can also be filtered to include just uploads from those you&#39;re following. Even though it&#39;s the tutorial side that&#39;s more likely to bring you to the <em>Riders</em> app, this stream of Vine-style mini movies and cool photos is what will keep you checking back whenever you get a few spare moments.</p> <p>In fact, the quality of the user uploads is often brilliant: pin-sharp, super-steady tracking cams, pro-standard photography and quite a lot of fast-slow-fast footage. The videos loop too, so you can watch the same trick over and over to analyse what&#39;s going on. We&#39;ve been watching Daiki Ihara busting out a tidy sequence of grinds and flips on the streets of Japan for the past ten minutes. It&#39;s quite mesmerising.</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="Kick back and have a look through the latest Editor&#039;s Picks" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-9.png?1403279181" /> </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="The videos are short and sweet and loop automatically, so you can watch them over and over again" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-7.png?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Riders review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Regardless of your age and abilities, <em>Riders</em> is an ace distraction for anyone with an interest in messing about on wheels and boards. It works well purely as entertainment but the interactivity and potential for learning and developing your own skills and styles makes <em>Riders</em> and essential download.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">Click here for more fantastic Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" alt="Riders app review for Android and iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Riders-10.PNG?1403279181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>An inspirational, educational and entertaining app for all skaters, boarders, skiers and bikers</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-riders/review#comments Android Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps iPhone Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:55:42 +0000 Tony Horgan 1439267 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 8: The winners and the losers http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-winners-and-losers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While iOS 8 will be a godsend for some app makers and devs, others will be looking at its feature set and cursing their luck </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="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios-8-review-04.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It must be tough being a developer - you spend years creating the perfect app, then Apple releases a new OS and kills the market for it stone dead.</p> <p>Then again, it must be great being a developer - you spend years creating the perfect app, then Apple releases a new OS and suddenly there&#39;s a new market for it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</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"> Winners: health trackers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the run up to iOS 8&#39;s unveiling, anyone involved with a health- or fitness-tracking app must have been terrified about what Apple would announce. Word was that a Health app was a definite, and it seemed likely that it would do the tracking itself. But in the end, the opposite was the case.</p> <p>With HealthKit, Apple has introduced APIs that unite all of your fitness apps under one umbrella, enabling you to track all of your health data from one place.</p> <p>So let&rsquo;s say you use a Jawbone Up to track steps, MiCoach to track runs, Strava to track bike rides, MyFitnessPal for calorie counting and weight monitoring, and a Withings Pulse O2 for blood oxygen &ndash; HealthKit should pull in all of that information and present it in Apple&#39;s own Health app. Although none of these specific services have officially said they&rsquo;re going to adopt HealthKit, it seems likely that most will; Nike are already on board.</p> <p>And on top of that HealthKit could also automatically alert your doctor if the results it&rsquo;s getting fall outside your specific expected parameters. Your iPhone could quite literally save your life.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple iWatch preview</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="The Health app" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-health_2.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Loser: Dropbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dropbox is awesome, but it might also suffer from the introduction of Apple&#39;s iCloud Drive.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s basically what you&rsquo;d expect &ndash; cloud storage for all of your docs and data, which is then available across your iOS, OS X and Windows devices. But it&rsquo;s also cheaper than Dropbox - US$3.99 a month for 200GB compared to US$19.99 a month for the same amount of Dropbox space. There&rsquo;s a 20GB option costing US$0.99, too, and you get 5GB for free.</p> <p>Admittedly Dropbox&rsquo;s compatibility with Android and Windows Phone is an advantage, but we&rsquo;d wager its bottom line will be taking a bit of hit when iOS 8 lands.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-macbook-air-13in-2014/review">Apple MacBook Air 13in (2014) 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="iCloud Drive" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-icloud-drive_1.jpg?1401955764" /> </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="Dropbox" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dropbox-logo_stacked_2.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Winner: virtual keyboard developers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 ability to add third-party keyboards has always been seen as a big advantage for Android, but now they&rsquo;re also coming to iDevices with iOS 8. That&rsquo;s going to give those third-party developers a new and massive audience to sell their customised keyboards to.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s little surprise that SwiftKey has confirmed it&rsquo;s already started work on porting its hugely popular keyboard to iOS (thanks, <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129165-swiftkey-we-ve-already-started-building-swiftkey-keyboard-for-ios" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a>).</p> <p>​<strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </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="Third-party keyboards should be coming to iOS 8" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-third-party-keyboards_2.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Loser: WhatsApp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iMessage is getting properly beefed up for iOS 8, and group chats are getting most of the attention. You&rsquo;ll be able to name groups, leave groups, set specific group chats to silent, share locations, and add voice messages and video messages instantly.&nbsp;</p> <p>A lot of those features will be familiar to the millions of WhatsApp users out there, a fact not lost on its founder, Jan Koum, who tweeted: &ldquo;Very flattering to see Apple &lsquo;borrow&rsquo; numerous WhatsApp features into iMessage in iOS 8 #innovation&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview - everything we know about the next iPhone</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="Apple&#039;s iMessage has new features aplenty. It&#039;s just that many of them are already on WhatsApp" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-voice-messages_2.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Winner: home automation developers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HomeKit basically does for home automation devices what HealthKit does for health and fitness trackers.</p> <p>It means you&rsquo;ll be able to fill your house with smart kit from loads of different companies (smart locks from August, Hue bulbs from Philips, for example) and bring control of them all under one roof. Pardon the pun.&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll even be able to group devices and commands together and control them with Siri &ndash; for instance, say &ldquo;get ready for bed&rdquo; and HomeKit will dim all of your lights and lock the doors and garage at the same time.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature">iOS 8 gives apps more power than ever, but Cupertino&#39;s still in control</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="HomeKit" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/homekit-hero.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Loser: Alfred </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Actually a potential casualty of OS X Yosemite rather than iOS 8, Alfred is a hugely popular app for searching your Mac and the internet really quickly. The problem is that the enhancements to Spotlight for Yosemite ape and in some ways surpass Alfred&rsquo;s abilities.</p> <p>Andrew and Vero, the devs behind Alfred, don&rsquo;t see this as the end for their app, though. In a blogpost on alfredapp.com they write that &ldquo;we&rsquo;ve been working on some pretty special and truly amazing new features that you&rsquo;ll hear about over the next few months. We think these will blow your mind and can&rsquo;t wait to tell you more&rdquo;. Here&rsquo;s hoping Alfred&rsquo;s future is brighter than it currently seems.</p> <p><strong>​READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Everything you need to know about Mac OS X Yosemite</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="Spotlight has new tricks in iOS 8" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-spotlight_2.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Winner: game developers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty of power in Apple&rsquo;s A7 chip, but it seems Open GL has been acting as a barrier that&rsquo;s made it difficult for devs to properly harness it. But with iOS 8, Apple is introducing Metal, a whole new 3D graphics tool that will give studios more direct access to the processor&rsquo;s grunt. </p> <p>Apparently Metal brings with it a ten-fold increase in rendering efficiency, and that means far more graphically intensive and advanced games can be developed for iOS 8. Understandably this has got the games community pretty hot under the collar, and quick glimpses of EA&rsquo;s awesome Frostbite engine and the <em>Zen Garden</em> tech demo from Epic Games suggested that the iPad and iPhone might just be capable of console-quality gaming experiences. And that&#39;s got to be good news for app developers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Zen Garden tech demo" alt="Apple iOS 8 - the winners and losers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-metal_1.jpg?1401955764" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ios-8-winners-and-losers/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8-winners-and-losers/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS 8 iOS apps Smartphones Tablets Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:07:48 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438547 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Monument Valley http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Immerse yourself in a beautiful world of impossible architecture, guiding a silent princess to an unknown and mysterious goal </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="Yeah it looks lovely, but you wouldn&#039;t want to live there" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-01.jpg?1401898011" /> </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>Mobile gaming so often feels like it&rsquo;s in a tearing hurry - as if should it stop for a single moment, it will somehow be &lsquo;discovered&rsquo; as being some kind of interloper, trespassing on terrain long since claimed by &lsquo;proper&rsquo; games.</p> <p>So keen are titles for you to barrel through every level at breakneck pace, only pausing to collect your three stars, that there&rsquo;s barely room for contemplation and scant regard for beauty.</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"> £2.49 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 begin with a silent white-robed princess, Ida, faced with an Escher-like construction, her path blocked. You soon discover she&rsquo;ll move to wherever you tap, assuming she&rsquo;s able; when that&rsquo;s not the case, you must carefully manipulate the architecture that surrounds her.</p> <p>At first, a simple cog rotates a <em>Tetris</em>-like block, revealing a new route that simply cannot exist - but in <em>Monument Valley</em>, perception is everything, and if it looks like Ida can cross a pathway, she can.</p> <p>As you venture onwards, deeper into the valley, the monuments increase in complexity. Distant doorways beckon, and protruding columns enable you to twist the very scenery. As a tower is rotated, its form undulates; like a clockwork music box, notes play as you try to align seemingly separate blocks into a coherent, solid track. Occasionally, slowly patrolling crow people obstruct your way, challenging you to find a means to leave them stranded, so you can continue on your quest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games on Android right now</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="Things start off simple enough..." alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-02.jpg?1401898011" /> </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="768" height="1280" title="...but the levels quickly get more complex" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-03.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> UNCANNY VALLEY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Peppered throughout the game, Ida gains hints of her purpose and the history of the valley, but you&rsquo;re largely left to make sense of everything yourself. The conclusion is swift, final but elegant - a satisfying end to an enigmatic journey, but one that&rsquo;s over rather quickly. A mere hour or two is enough to exhaust the secrets of the ten monuments, and with the exception of a couple of perplexing puzzles towards the end, <em>Monument Valley</em> doesn&#39;t provide anything more than the slightest of challenges. </p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a nagging feeling that it never <em>quite</em>&nbsp;fulfils its potential regarding the world it sets up and the intriguing narrative it weaves. You might wonder, then, why we reckon you should go and buy <em>Monument Valley</em> immediately. Why should you spend a few pounds on a game that lasts barely longer than a movie? </p> <p>Do so to experience something different and unique; to spend a short time being mesmerised by something delightful; for those moments of joy when optical illusions shift and change before your very eyes; to reward a developer willing to craft an evocative, beautiful world you can truly savour; and to show that you&rsquo;re not so jaded by mobile gaming that you think everything should be free, generic and entirely throwaway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">More great App of the week reviews</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/monument-valley/id728293409?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Monument Valley for iOS here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley is a visual treat" alt="Monument Valley app review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/monument-valley-app-review-android-ios-04.jpg?1401898011" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 gorgeous and thoughtful - if slight - journey that rewards those inquisitive enough to explore</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> App of the Week </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"> Explore the beautiful Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review#comments Android apps App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:32:14 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438362 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-twodots/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First there was Dots. Now there are TwoDots, this being the sequel. Dots 2 you might say. Is it as addictive as the original? </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="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/twodots1_0.jpg?1401674514" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Where once there was one, there are now two. That&rsquo;s what happens, you see, when you let digital nature take its course. (Actual nature requires two, which become a three. Or a four. And doesn&rsquo;t stop there, if the population figures are to be believed.) But in the digital realm, a thing exists, and if it grows strong it becomes two.</p> <p>And so on, and so forth, until the whole franchise whirls off its own axis and spins itself into destruction, like a washing machine full of hammers.</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/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</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"> Dot Cotton </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Where once there was a simple one-board game, there is now a basic narrative, involving two dots and a journey. Where once there was only dots, there are now other in-game objects, like anchors and fires and bombs. Where once there was binkety-boink sound effects and down-tuned colours&hellip; well, there still are.&nbsp;The basic mechanic is as simple as the last <em>Dots</em>: connect the coloured spots to make them go away, in a limited number of moves. Get them to form a square and all the dots of that colour ping away, giving the OCD side of your brain a tingle of orderly pleasure. &nbsp;</p> <p>But, you know, there are two games here. One is to clear up the Dots and get the anchors to the bottom of the screen, and advance the little Dots on their journey. But the other, the real game, is to play for as long as possible while not spending any money. The game is to ignore those pop-ups that offer you a dot-destroying bomb for &pound;0.69, that offer you an extra five swipes for &pound;0.69. To stand firm against a sea of unhappy face graphics and sound effects encouraging you to pay money to progress more easily. Oh, you&rsquo;ll lose lives. Eventually you&rsquo;ll lose <em>all</em> your lives, and you&#39;ll have to wait 15 minutes for a new life to spawn, but surely it&#39;s possible to play (and enjoy playing) without giving in to the in-app purchase dynamic?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">30 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twodots2.jpg?1401674514" /> </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="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twodots2a.jpg?1401674514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Dot marks the spot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Is it, though? As you&rsquo;re hobbling your way through levels, ignoring the proffered bombs and whistles, you begin to get the unsettling feeling that the game might be playing you. With their gentle, charming music and cutesy characters, games of this kind like you to believe that they were hand-coded by a Finnish man in a shed wearing a floppy-eared beanie.</p> <p>Wrong. People in suits booked meeting rooms to bash out the fundamentals of this game. They talked about Return on Investment, and they called you &ndash; yes, you &ndash; a &lsquo;User&rsquo;. And at some point they talked about the non-paying players, and they decided whether or not it should be possible to get beyond a certain level of the game without buying any power-ups.</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="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twodots4a.jpg?1401674514" /> </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="700" title="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twodots4b.jpg?1401674514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Dot’s showbusiness </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 you progress, this thought-worm tunnels more and more into your enthusiasm. You start getting cavalier with your swipes. Levels are failed, lives are lost and the the pop-up offering you fresh air for the price of a Kit-Kat is stabbed away rather than proudly cancelled.</p> <p>At some point you close the app, and some time later you swipe away the notification that you&#39;ve earned some more lives just by waiting, and some time later someone asks you if you&rsquo;ve played that new TwoDots game. And you shrug, and say that you played it &quot;for a bit&quot;. You don&#39;t tell them that you wrestled with it, and it infuriated you, but it didn&#39;t get your &pound;0.69. And the game swells up and becomes <em>ThreeDots</em> anyway, regardless of your petty, fun-foiling fussing. You onion.</p> <p><strong>DOWNLOAD NOW</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id880178264" target="_blank">TwoDots from iOS</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature">Free Game of the Week: Beneath a Steel Sky</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="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twdots4_0.jpg?1401674514" /> </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="700" title="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" alt="Free Game Of The Week: TwoDots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twodots5b.jpg?1401674514" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/free-game-week-twodots/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-twodots/feature#comments Apps and Games Gaming iOS apps iOS games Sat, 31 May 2014 13:55:05 +0000 Will Dunn 1438239 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Table Tennis Touch http://www.stuff.tv/ipad/app-week-table-tennis-touch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Tennis Touch returns to the source of video gaming to update an evergreen classic </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="Table Tennis Touch review" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/screenshot_010_0.jpg?1401285781" /> </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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The combination of a simple, comfortable game mechanic with depth and regular injections of jovial encouragement and bonuses makes us happy.</p> <p><em>Table Tennis Touch</em> has all of that, which is why these words are being typed by fingers that are positively dancing across the keyboard. The sooner this review is done, the sooner the table tennis can resume.</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"> £2.49 </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"> Native apps for iPhone and iPad </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast, responsive and great looking </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hugely addictive </div> <div class="field-item odd"> A real challenge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Command Centre can get in the way </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flicks and tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the moment <em>Table Tennis Touch</em> is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/table-tennis-touch/id860620713?mt=8" target="_blank">available for iPhone and iPad</a>, with an Android version in the works (the latest ETA from the developers is &quot;ASAP&quot;, which is somehow both reassuring and entirely unhelpful at the same time).</p> <p>It&#39;s a single-player game that uses a format first seen in Konami&#39;s 1985 coin-op <em>Ping Pong</em>, right down to the disembodied bats. The basic control method is along the lines of <em>Papertoss</em> and <em>Flick Kick Football</em>: just swipe up and across the bottom of the screen to fire the ball back over the net.</p> <p>Beyond that you can add spin by switching direction just after contact, and the speed and length of your swing affects the power of your shot. You can also choose from two serving styles: swipe up through the ball for an almost foolproof straight hit, or double tap to tee up the ball, then let fly with all the power and spin you can muster. The latter is quite easy to fluff, so if the game is hanging by a thread it&#39;s advisable to play it safe.</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="A simple &quot;flick&quot; control makes it easy to get into" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0812.jpeg?1401285781" /> </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="Table Tennis Touch - learning the basics" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0810_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> A career in table tennis </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On top of that solid base, Table Tennis Touch builds a game structure that elevates it way beyond those aforementioned ball flickers.</p> <p>The heart of the game is the Career mode, which is based around a series of knockout competitions. This knockout format rapidly escalates things from casual to deadly serious. Going out in the semis or the final will make you cry as if you&#39;re Andy Murray on Centre Court.</p> <p>Because there&#39;s a lot of scope for different styles of play, from safe to risky, games feel as if they could go either way at any point, and a blast of bullish bat flapping can eject you from a tournament in a flash.</p> <p><strong>WATCH MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ces-2014/hands-video-preview-sonys-tennis-racket-sensor-will-help-you-improve-your-swing/video" target="_blank">Sony&#39;s Tennis Racket Sensor will help you improve your swing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The knockout format raises the stakes" alt="Table Tennis Touch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0808_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </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="One of life&#039;s little victories" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0809_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Mini games and extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mini games and unlockable extras pop up all the time to keep things feeling fresh. Diversions such as the skittle-toppling challenge aren&#39;t just fun, they also act as training aids, allowing you to work on your technique and experiment without fear of losing a vital match.</p> <p>You can buy better bats with your virtual currency, known as &quot;reputation&quot;, which is earned by winning events and beating challenges. There are also in-app purchases that adorn your invisible player with a magical &quot;boost&quot; spray (for more powerful shots) or unlock the mini games, either of which will set you back 69p.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The Best Free Apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mini games stop the ball-batting action from getting too repetitive" alt="Table Tennis Touch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0811_0.jpeg?1401285781" /> </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="In-app purchases offer unlocks and power-ups" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0824.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Thumbs or fingers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 though this is a universal app, identical across all iOS devices, it plays quite differently on a big iPad compared to an iPhone. On the big screen it feels naturual to swipe with the index finger on your dominant hand. That makes some shots harder to play, but on the iPhone you can use two thumbs, which can make it easier. Owners of big hands and an iPad Mini can take their pick from either method.</p> <p>One small irritation when played on an iPhone is the way the iOS Control Centre menu tab keeps popping up. You could temporarily disable that in your main phone settings if it really got on your nerves, and it&#39;s rarely popped up in full during our games.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Play two-thumbed on an iPhone or with a single digit on an iPad" alt="Table Tennis Touch iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_012.jpg?1401285781" /> </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="Table Tennis Touch" alt="Table Tennis Touch iPd" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screenshot_011_0.jpg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Table Tennis Touch 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>The pin-sharp 3D graphics and good variety of locations make <em>Table Tennis Touch</em> a nice place to be, and the challenge of the Career mode gives it a lifespan beyond that of most casual games.</p> <p>If bitesized sporty gaming is your kind of thing, get your teeth into it pronto.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">Click here for more fantastic Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Unlock extras as you progress" alt="Table Tennis Touch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0823.jpeg?1401285781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Quality casual gaming to fill a couple of minutes or a couple of hours</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/ipad/app-week-table-tennis-touch/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iPad iPhone Tue, 27 May 2014 13:55:33 +0000 Tony Horgan 1437568 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify support added to djay 2 for streaming mixes http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update elevates popular iPad and iPhone turntable apps with major new features </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="djay 2" alt="djay 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/djay-spotify.jpg?1400827158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Algoriddim&rsquo;s djay apps have long been prime examples of intuitive touch-centric design, and now they can tap into streaming music service Spotify to access more than 20 million tracks.</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>A new Automix Radio function should prove ideal for parties, as you can set djay 2 loose on Spotify and have it automatically mix tracks with transitions based on your music preferences. And all of your Spotify playlists, starred tracks, and the like carry over into djay 2.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a rather large feature addition to the App Store&rsquo;s top turntable app, and comes just a few months after the debut of rival iPad app&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pacemaker/id593873080?mt=8">Pacemaker</a>, which boasted Spotify support as its most unique perk (aside from a flashy interface). A paid Spotify account is required for use of the new djay 2 features, naturally, but that might be a small price to pay for what it adds to the experience.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify">Algoriddim</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/64/best-bits-our-pick-64-bit-iphone-apps-5s-owners-must-try/feature">9 essential 64-bit apps every iPhone 5s owner should download</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/qGXsp4Lhbns" 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/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news#comments iOS apps Music Spotify Thu, 22 May 2014 19:46:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437660 at http://www.stuff.tv