iOS apps http://www.stuff.tv/ios/ios-apps/all en-GB Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead http://www.stuff.tv/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An aeronautics engineer has made one of the most charming flying machines around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead" alt="Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bionic-bird.jpg?1414686937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With quadcopters getting a lot of bad press lately (mainly due to the fact that any idiot can buy one then fly it over a professional football match or in an airport&rsquo;s landing corridor), it&rsquo;s high time (no pun intended) for an alternative aerial gadget. And the Bionic Bird just might be it.</p> <p>Designed by French aeronautics engineer Edwin Van Ruymbeke, the Bionic Bird weights just 9g and can fly up to 10 eight-minute sorties in a session (the battery charges from empty to full in only 12 minutes). It has a range of 100m and can be flown both indoors and outdoors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fly, my pretty, fly! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The device, which is currently in its prototype stage, flies in a similar way to a real bird: it flaps its wings. Except rather than feathers, skin and bone, these wings are made from carbon fibre. Nevertheless, its makers claim it imitates an actual bird so closely that it has been known to come under attack from birds of prey &ndash; but its foam body can take a clawing without suffering significant damage, and the wings can be replaced.</p> <p>The Bionic Bird is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, and has already exceeded its target almost twofold. Backers who pledge US$120 (&pound;75) or more will receive their very own model (plus a spare set of wings, a charger and a t-shirt) by Christmas this year.</p> <p>In the future, the makers intend to add more nuanced controls, built-in cameras and a wearable wristband controller. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bionic-bird-the-flying-app--2" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dw0-WeXhjDQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/drones-too-scary-try-flying-app-controlled-robot-bird-instead/news#comments Drones iOS apps Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:34:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1451816 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Helix http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pulsating arcade title recalling a classic game that never was, fend off infinite enemies with the power of a dextrous digit in Helix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/helix-explosions.png?1414516296" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Helix is one of those games that smashes old into new with exciting results.</p> <p>On first launching the game, you&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking you&rsquo;d somehow been catapulted back to 1982, given that Helix is full of oddball pixelated characters coloured in searing neon.</p> <p>But the controls are straight out of touchscreen heaven, making for a modern-day arcade classic that manages to rub shoulders with ancient (but still brilliant) titles that surely influenced it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch 4.3+) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An old school slice of gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The basics of Helix are survival and destruction, in that the destruction of your enemies ensures your survival. Given that Helix is very much positioned as an old-school slice of gaming, said survival doesn&rsquo;t tend to last very long, not least in your initial goes where you grapple with the game&rsquo;s interesting mechanic.</p> <p>You see, in Helix, you&rsquo;re unarmed. Despite being trapped in a confined space, while somewhat geometric beasties that are deadly to the touch roam about or home in on your position, you&rsquo;ve not got so much as a digital sausage to fling at them; instead, you must encircle your enemies, to make them explode.</p> <p>The pace of Helix is such that you&rsquo;ll probably be dead before you manage to obliterate a single foe on your first go, but deft thumb-work and steely concentration enables anyone determined to persevere a kind of staccato progression. You&rsquo;ll almost hurl your iPhone at the wall after a string of single-digit scoring sprints, before clocking the behaviours of newly encountered enemies, and figuring out how to beat them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week"><strong>More App of the Week reviews&nbsp;</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix-about-to-die.png?1414516296" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You are a gaming god </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before long, you&rsquo;ll be scoring in the &mdash; well, let&rsquo;s not get too cocky &mdash; dozens of points. Much like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/super-hexagon/id549027629?mt=8">Super Hexagon</a> makes you feel like a champ when you cling on inside its kaleidoscopic rollercoaster whirlpool for an entire minute, 50 or 60 points in Helix has you believe yourself to be a gaming god.</p> <p>Naturally, Helix then slaps you down to size. Survive long enough and you enter the aptly named Terror Mode and then Vortex, one of the few modes in any game where a regular score close to zero isn&rsquo;t so much an embarrassment as a certainty.</p> <p>What ensures Helix stands out isn&rsquo;t its brutal nature, though &mdash; it&rsquo;s everything. It lacks artistry, but every annihilated monster&rsquo;s pixels are scattered across the screen, wheeling into oblivion much like classic arcade title Defender&rsquo;s aliens being sucked down a space plughole. The soundtrack has a sense of urgency that propels you on. And the controls are pitched perfectly, enabling you to control your weird-looking hero via 1:1 drags anywhere on the display, or flick to more rapidly zoom along when the situation calls for it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review">Apple iPad Mini 3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Helix review" alt="Helix review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/helix.png?1414516296" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Helix Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might sound like hyperbole to suggest Helix resembles what we imagine a modern-day Eugene Jarvis creation would be like if the Defender and Robotron developer went back to his roots, but it&rsquo;s no exaggeration when that happens to be true.</p> <p>In short, Helix is one of the very best arcade titles on iOS, and it deserves to be played by many, many people.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A frantic, compelling, balanced, addictive and hugely challenging arcade game that&rsquo;s perfect for your iPhone or iPad</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/helix/review#comments App of the Week Apps and Games iOS apps Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000 Sophie Charara 1451586 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Oculus Rift gets its first feature film, PlayStation 4’s Share Play demoed, and the Pentax K-S1 offers pastel variants http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week with our breezy morning roundup of the latest tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Banshee Chapter" alt="Banshee Chapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/banshee-chapter-oculus.jpg?1414393079" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Oculus Rift film released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift are primary thought of as platforms for games, but they should provide an intriguing way to experience any visual art form - given the right tweaking, of course. Well, here&rsquo;s an early test case to try out should you have a Rift development kit.</p> <p><em>Banshee Chapter</em>, a solidly well-reviewed horror film from last year starring Katia Winter, has been adapted for the Oculus Rift, letting you experience the shocks and scares like you&rsquo;re there in the scene. The 3D version of the film was converted for the Rift, letting you look left and right around the image as it plays.</p> <p>A studio called Jamwix handled the conversion, and it&rsquo;s not just for&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter</em>: apparently, this tech can be used with any 3D film, potentially opening the door for more flicks to hit the platform without too much hassle.&nbsp;<em>Banshee Chapter: Oculus Rift Edition</em>&nbsp;is available free&nbsp;<a href="https://share.oculusvr.com/app/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift-edition">from the Oculus developer portal</a>, but only for Mac users at present.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/10/24/banshee-chapter-oculus-rift/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IkwdDFMBm5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PS4’s Share Play feature walkthrough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s big 2.0 version firmware update for the PlayStation 4 is due out tomorrow, and one of the biggest additions is Share Play, which lets a game owner invite an online friend in to play - even if the guest doesn&rsquo;t own the game. And you won&rsquo;t even need to download the game to join in.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s all handled through streaming game technology - like that used for the PlayStation Now service - and if you&rsquo;re curious about how it&rsquo;ll work, you can catch a glimpse of it above. You&rsquo;ll need a PlayStation Plus subscription to use most of the functionality, but this could be an appealing enough perk to convince anyone not already swayed to join up.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocJeVjGIFfY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ocJeVjGIFfY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection adds a pastel touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the dozen different launch styles didn&rsquo;t grab you last month, perhaps the new Sweets Collection series of colours for the Pentax K-S1 will do the trick. You&rsquo;ll soon be able to snag the company&rsquo;s latest digital SLR in Strawberry Cake (pictured), Lime Pie, and Blue Cream Soda variants, with the colour coming as a distinctive accent on a white-and-silver body.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/PENTAXK-S1SweetsCollection">Pentax</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slashgear.com/pentax-k-s1-sweets-collection-adds-rainbow-of-colors-24352429/">SlashGear</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pentax/pentax-k-s1-striking-dslr-sharp-snapshots/news">The Pentax K-S1 is a striking DSLR for sharp snapshots</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" alt="Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pentax-ks1-sweets.jpg?1414393079" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SnapDonate lets you snap… to donate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The easier it is to donate funds to charity, the more generous folks are likely to be. That seems to be a driving factor behind SnapDonate, at least, as the new &ldquo;magic lens&rdquo; app for Android and iOS lets you snag a photo of a charity&rsquo;s logo and quickly be able to send money.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s powered by JustGiving and you can donate to more than 13,000 UK charities, although the app only recognises a few dozen logos to start. If you don&rsquo;t have cash on the street to give, or simply have an urge to send some money to people and organizations that need it, SnapDonate can get it there quickly and securely.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://snapdonate.org">SnapDonate</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-homefront-revolution-gets-new-makers-google-s-self-driving-car-hangout-and-char">Fully Charged: Homefront: The Revolution gets new makers, Google&rsquo;s self-driving car Hangout, and a charity begins accepting Bitcoin</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="SnapDonate" alt="SnapDonate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snap-donate.jpg?1414393079" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-oculus-rift-gets-its-first-feature-film-playstation-4-s-share-play-demoed-and-p#comments Android apps Cameras Gaming iOS apps Oculus Pentax PlayStation 4 Rift Sony Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451461 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple TestFlight gets you early access to iOS app betas http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s win-win: you get introduced to new apps and devs get to test their apps before going live </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/testflight.jpg?1414142337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you like the idea of testing apps before they&#39;re released, then Apple&#39;s new TestFlight Beta program might be for you. What&#39;s involved? You sign up, download an app and you&#39;re in line to help test and review other apps on the App Store. Pretty simple, huh?</p> <p>Third-party developers can invite up to 1,000 people to beta test &ndash; an tenfold increase on Apple&#39;s originally-announced plan of just 100 testers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens is that a developer sends out invitations, users then download the app via iTunes Connect and then download TestFlight. iOS 8 also helps notify users when the latest builds of beta apps are available, which is pretty handy compared to waiting for developer emails.</p> <p>As for updates, they&#39;re going to take a little longer due to Apple needing to vet the apps via its Beta App Review. Still, having the Big A run the rule over apps first isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing &ndash; it reduces the likelihood of pre-release software messing up your iPhone or iPad. One of the pitfalls of Google Play is its reliance on peer review, meaning it&#39;s all too easy for malware and shady apps to sneak into the app marketplace.</p> <p>The TestFlight Beta app is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664?mt=8" target="_blank">free on the App Store</a> but it would be a good idea to get the lowdown on the program at the <a href="https://developer.apple.com/app-store/Testflight/" target="_blank">official page</a> first.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0"><strong> 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus </strong></a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_releases_testflight_app_beta_testing_public?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Maclife</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/testflight%2002.jpg?1414142337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news#comments Apple iOS iOS 8 iOS apps iPad iPhone Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:10:20 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451254 at http://www.stuff.tv Rooms app from Facebook lets you create and share mobile message boards http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/rooms-facebook-lets-you-create-and-share-mobile-message-boards/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The company that redefined the social network looks to redefine Internet forums </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="Rooms from Facebook" alt="Rooms from Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-rooms.png?1414091454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Facebook is a great place to keep tabs on friends and share kid/pet/travel photos, but not so much to have really focussed conversations - or get weird without being judged by loved ones.</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/rooms-facebook-lets-you-create-and-share-mobile-message-boards/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/rooms-facebook-lets-you-create-and-share-mobile-message-boards/news#comments Facebook iOS apps Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:05:43 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451193 at http://www.stuff.tv Video is the new text, says Skype Qik http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New standalone Skype app lets you send short video messages to one or many </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Qik-iphone-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you press the record button in Microsoft's shiny new Skype Qik app, you have 42 seconds to record a video message. Choose a contact, hit ‘send’. Boom.</p><p>Choose many contacts, make them into a group, send them all the same message. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>On the Tube or got no signal? Record and send messages anyway; they’ll go when they can. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>No time to record a reply to someone’s message? Send one of your pre-recorded Quik Fliks. Boom.&nbsp;</p><p>Never Qik’d a contact before? They’ll get a text with a link to download the app. Pause… Boom.</p> <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>That&rsquo;s outlined the &lsquo;what&rsquo; of this app, but what about the &lsquo;why&rsquo;?&nbsp;</p> <p>Of its main app and service &ndash; and it went to great pains to establish that the two are separate; that &lsquo;Skype&rsquo; stays untouched by this newness &ndash; people mostly approach video calling with a very premeditated attitude.</p> <p>Skype calls are normally planned or regularly scheduled and last, on average, for 45 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Qik, on the other hand, is designed to be an instant cure for your video messaging fix.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also easier, if you&rsquo;re on the hoof, to record a quick video message than it is to try and trot and type, especially with increasingly larger slabs of smartphone goodness filling up our struggling hands.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qik-android-1.jpg?1413345856" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>Privacy fans will be pleased to hear that each Qik video clip is deleted automatically after two weeks, both on your device and everyone else&#39;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also, at any point, delete a single clip. They&rsquo;re stored locally, and not in the cloud, so no need to worry about l337 hackers wrapping their mitts around your latest video of Mr Tibbles yawning.</p> <p>If you fancy taking it for a spin then you can try out Skype Quik for free on Android, Windows and iOS from today. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">30 of the best free Android apps</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" frameborder="0" width="300" height="180"></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/s3i_Fss5PuM" 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/microsoft/video-new-text-says-skype-qik/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Windows Phone apps Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450226 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: WhoSampled http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That familiar riff that&#039;s been driving you bonkers? Now you can find out exactly where it came from </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="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/whosampled-1.jpg?1413197283" /> </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>Time was people once actually had to remember things &mdash; imagine! But armed with a modern smartphone and a web connection, any human able to prod at a keyboard lurking underneath glass can become a cyborg armed with all of the world&rsquo;s knowledge, and never be wrong about anything ever again. At least for a given value of &lsquo;never be wrong&rsquo;, which often equates to &lsquo;never be wrong, although only from the point of view of crowdsourced information, which might occasionally actually be very wrong&rsquo;. But anyway.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (on Android; iOS version costs £1.99) </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 encyclopedia of musical borrowings </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 its core, the concept might not seem terribly interesting, not least when you discover every song you loved in your youth has been unceremoniously welded to a terrible brainless pop track by a teenage warbler. But on delving deeper into WhoSampled, it really does become an engrossing encyclopaedia of musical connections. Although you can easily enough rummage through artists and tracks the app deems &lsquo;hot&rsquo;, &lsquo;most influential&rsquo;, or &lsquo;most connected&rsquo;, you can also search to find your favourite tracks and artists, to discover how their music has been used (or the music they used).</p> <p>On pulling up a track, you&rsquo;ll see sample, cover and remix links in relevant directions. Tapping on an individual sample brings up a head-to-head comparison screen, which often enables you to flick between YouTube videos of the two tracks in question. Helpfully, there&rsquo;s also a prominent &lsquo;buy&rsquo; link, to grab songs readily available from online music emporiums.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-obituary-thank-you-music/feature">iPod Classic obituary: thank you for the music</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="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whosampled-2.jpg?1413197283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Cost-free on Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Originally released for iOS (where it was selected by Apple as an App Store best-of-year), WhoSampled does have a couple of changes for this Android remix. There&rsquo;s no Now Playing feature for finding musical connections, but this is balanced by the app being bereft of a price tag &mdash; at the &lsquo;expense&rsquo; of some mildly irritating ads that pop-up now and again.</p> <p>Given its smart interface, addictive Wikipedia-style endless browsing, and favourites collecting, we&rsquo;ll happily croon a &lsquo;Download WhoSampled for Android/Or we might get a bit annoyed&rsquo; refrain, until our song fades out or someone points out we actually stole that riff from the Rolling Stones. Naughty us.</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> </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="App of the Week: WhoSampled" alt="App of the Week: WhoSampled" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whosampled-3.jpg?1413197283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Download WhoSampled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Price</strong>: &pound;1.99 for iOS, free for Android</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whosampled/id529092671?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">Download WhoSampled for iOS</a></p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whosampled&amp;PAffiliateID=110l3Md" target="_blank">Download WhoSampled for Android</a></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"> 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 decent, smartly designed app for browsing musical connections</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-whosampled/review#comments Android apps App of the Week iOS apps Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1449914 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget blown-up iPhone 5 apps - these crackers have all been optimised for your shiny new device... </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="680" height="540" title="apps" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-apps.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;ve had two weeks with your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and by now you&#39;ll have noticed they have bigger screens. Great! Except that most of the apps you own now scale themselves to the full size of the bigger display, making you feel like a tiny person with a gargantuan iPhone.</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. Transmit iOS (£6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before now, file management on iOS was a major pain, and overly reliant on Dropbox, given that many apps integrated with it to some extent. With extensible Share sheets on iOS 8, however, the entire OS is opened up like never before.</p> <p>Transmit brings the smarts from Panic&rsquo;s OS X app to the iPhone, merges it with a beautiful and minimal interface, and also makes use of the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape by giving you a dual-pane view.</p> <p>FTP, SFTP WebDAV, and S3 are supported, giving you the ability to use compatible apps to create your own virtual cloud storage in seconds.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transmit-ios/id917432930?mt=8">Download Transmit iOS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Transmit" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-transmit_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Sky Guide (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to stargazing with an iPhone, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/star-walk-2-guide-to-sky-day/id892279069?mt=8">Star Walk 2</a> is probably the best iOS app, with its augmented reality mode, 3D models and slew of data. But we&rsquo;ve always had a soft-spot for Sky Guide&rsquo;s beauty and elegance, and with this update it&rsquo;s not only included support for Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones but also a handy Today view Notification Center widget with rise/set times for the sun, moon and planets.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8">Download Sky Guide</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Sky Guide" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-sky-guide_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Twitterrific 5 (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Elegance is also the watchword of Twitterrific 5. While Tweetbot is awesomely powerful, Twitterrific has an unparalleled sense of design, with beautiful themes, typography and a lightness of touch that works perfectly with Apple&rsquo;s larger iPhones. That&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s lacking in features, though: Twitterrific has live streaming, list management, gestural controls, filtering and muting, timeline sync, and more. It&rsquo;s also a free download, with some affordable IAP available to those who want push notifications and no adverts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/twitterrific-5-for-twitter/id580311103?mt=8">Download Twitterrific 5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 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="1501" height="1334" title="Twitterrific" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-twitterrific.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Mr. Crab </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 we&rsquo;re honest, we never thought we&rsquo;d be singing the praises of <em>Mr. Crab</em> as a must-have game for the iPhone 6, but here we are. This one-thumb platform game utilises Metal in iOS 8, making for a beautiful visual experience, and is also one of the very few games to properly reformat itself for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It helps that it plays well, too, your leaping auto-running crab finding his way through increasingly complex and dizzying levels that are wrapped around gigantic poles.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mr.-crab/id599515468?mt=8">Download Mr. Crab</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Mr. Crab" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-mr-crab_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. Day One (£2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Journalling app Day One&rsquo;s had a bunch of rewards thrown in its general direction by Apple, and that comes as no surprise when you start using it. This is a sleek, beautifully designed app that&rsquo;s very usable and ensures your content shines through. For the new iPhones, you get a properly optimised interface that simply shows more stuff; and for iOS 8, there&rsquo;s integration with Touch ID, Share sheets and a Today view widget in Notification Center.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/day-one-journal-notes-diary/id421706526?mt=8">Download Day One</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Day One" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-day-one_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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. GoodReader (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature">When we recently spoke to app devs</a> about their hopes for the iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8, the CEO of GoodReader developer Good.iWare remarked that bigger screens are better for reading and annotating. It should therefore come as no surprise to see GoodReader quickly updated to support the new iPhone screen sizes. There&rsquo;s also support for Handoff (for sending what you&rsquo;re reading between devices), and the means to import from and export to iCloud Drive.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/goodreader/id777310222?mt=8">Download GoodReader</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="1281" height="1136" title="GoodReader" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-goodreader_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. iMovie (free with new device) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, Apple updated the bulk of its apps to make full use of the new iPhone displays, and iMovie is perhaps the most interesting. More space on the screen means more space for editing and previewing your content. But also the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better video cameras than ever. This combination of hardware and software results in a tiny pocket video recorder/edit suite you can use to shoot, edit and share full movies - and now all without squinting at edit points! (Note that if you&rsquo;ve bought a 64 GB or 128 GB iPhone 6/6 Plus, iMovie will be preinstalled.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8">Download iMovie</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-6/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="639" title="iMovie" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-imovie_0.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. PCalc (£6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First and foremost, PCalc is a great calculator with a very long heritage - the original Mac version appeared way back in 1992. On the iPhone, it&rsquo;s the platform&rsquo;s best traditional calculator by far, and this latest update is fully optimised for Apple&rsquo;s new displays. It also rolls in a handy Notification Center widget and editing for your button layout, including the means to create dedicated buttons for performing conversions or running functions.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8">Download PCalc</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="1334" height="750" title="PCalc" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-pcalc.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more than a whiff of freemium grind about <em>Asphalt 8</em>, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop it from being one of the best arcade racers on the platform. It&rsquo;s fast, furious and a little bit bonkers, with you zooming through surreal takes on real-world cities. With iOS 8&rsquo;s Metal, you get suitably over-the-top visual effects - Flames! Air-drag! - but iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners also enjoy an exclusive season that pits you against three times as many opposing cars. (iPhone 5s and iPad Air owners are also grudgingly invited to this party.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8">Download Asphalt 8</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="2209" height="1242" title="Asphalt" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-asphalt.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fantastical 2 (£2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter how big Apple makes your iPhone, the Calendar and Reminders apps are still going to be rubbish. You&rsquo;re better off replacing them with the far superior Fantastical 2, which has a straightforward list view for appointments (that you can see more of on larger devices), excellent natural-language input for events, and the kind of usable week view you just want to tape to Jony Ive&rsquo;s forehead, to show him how it should have been done in-house.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fantastical-2-for-iphone-calendar/id718043190?mt=8">Download Fantastical 2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature">15 totally amazing one-thumb games you can play on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus</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="1501" height="1334" title="Fantastical" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-fantastical.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0#comments Apple iOS 8 iOS apps iOS games iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:10:48 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448869 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best sleep apps http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed up your journey to the land of Nod with these soporific apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Six of the best sleep apps" alt="Six of the best sleep apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sleep-apps.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sleep: we spend a third of our lives doing it, but most of us just do what comes naturally, and hope for the best.</p> <p>Well, that&#39;s not the Stuff way. We have apps and gadgets for our waking hours, so why not turn to technology to improve the quality of our snoozes? We&#39;ve rounded up six apps that promise to do just that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twilight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The creators of this app claim that blasting your retinas with the blue-white light from your smartphone screen interferes with your body&rsquo;s melatonin production, preventing you from getting a full night&#39;s sleep. Twilight gradually shifts the colour temperature of your smartphone screen into the red end of the spectrum as the sun sets, making it easier on the eyes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux" target="_blank">Download Twilight here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="659" height="372" title="Twilight" alt="Twilight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twilight-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are many sleep-inducing hypnosis apps out there, but Andrew Johnson&#39;s Scots burr makes this one the most soporific of all, gently wafting you into the arms of Morpheus using breathing exercises and guided meditation.</p> <p>iOS users may also want to try his <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/infinite-relaxation/id460610625?mt=8" target="_blank">Infinite Relaxation</a>&nbsp;app, which mixes and matches audio tracks to give you a different experience each time you use it.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;1.89 (Android), &pound;1.99 (iOS)</p> <p><strong>Download Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/deep-sleep-andrew-johnson/id337349999?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hivebrain.andrewjohnson.deepsleep" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" alt="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/deep-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you find falling water restful, this nature sounds app is the one for you. It provides you with every conceivable sort of rain you could imagine, from city rain to rain in a tent and full-blown downpours.</p> <p>You can also dial up other noises to help you nod off; including blizzards, crackling fire &ndash; and, oddly, home appliances. To each their own.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS <strong>Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/rain-rain-sleep-sounds/id478687481?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" alt="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rain-rain-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This app turns your smartphone into a full-blown sleep tracker; stick it under your sheets and the app uses its accelerometer to track your sleep patterns. As well as showing you how well you slept, it&#39;ll also let you set an alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase in the morning &ndash; you&#39;ll be positively bounding out of bed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong> &pound;0.69 (iOS), &pound;0.99 (Android)</p> <p><strong>Download Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" alt="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleep-cycle-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Relax and Sleep II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This soundboard app lets you pick and choose from a selection of relaxing noises, building up your own sleep-inducing soundscape. Some of them are obvious &ndash; summer rain, whale song and so forth. Others are downright baffling; the combo of beating heart, creaking rocking chair and music box surely belongs on the soundtrack to a horror film.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>Android<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;Free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mizusoft.relaxandsleeptwo" target="_blank">Download Relax and Sleep II here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Relax and Sleep II" alt="Relax and Sleep II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relax-and-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pzizz Sleep </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This sleep app uses a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and binaural beats &ndash; two tones of different frequencies, one played into each ear &ndash; to help you drift off. Each time you use the app, the soundtrack&#39;s different &ndash; so you won&#39;t become over-familiar with the track and end up focusing on what&#39;s coming up next.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS<strong> Price: </strong>&pound;2.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pzizz-sleep/id341324632?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Pzizz Sleep here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-video-editing-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best video editing apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pzizz Sleep" alt="Pzizz Sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pzizz-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games iOS iOS apps Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:23:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448481 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Watch: how your apps will evolve http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We talk to the app makers to find out how Apple’s new kit and mobile OS will impact on the apps and games you love </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="1024" height="768" title="apps" alt="The app makers on iPhone 6, iOS 8 and the Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dev-lead.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a> are all big steps forward for Apple. But hardware is nothing without software; even iOS 8 is really only a foundation for the playground in which app and game developers frolic.</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"> The big screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> display boasts a screen&nbsp;resolution of&nbsp;1136 x 640, but both of Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones have larger screens and more pixels to play with: 1334 x 750 for the iPhone 6 and 1920 x 1080 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Existing apps zoom to fill these extra pixels, making use of iOS 8&rsquo;s scaling capabilities, but developers are looking forward to reworking their apps to fully take advantage of the extra space.</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodiware.com">Good.iWare</a> CEO Yuri Selukoff says &ldquo;the larger the screen, the better it is for reading&rdquo;, and hopes people with new Apple devices will &ldquo;spend more time reading and annotating documents, which means more possibilities for apps like GoodReader&rdquo;. Mike Ferenduros, creator of iPad comic reader <a href="http://chunkyreader.com">Chunky</a>, says the new devices are &ldquo;enough to push me into finally making my app universal, simply because bigger screens turn the new iPhones into better comic readers&rdquo;. Elsewhere, <a href="http://splashdata.com">SplashData</a> CEO Morgan Slain sees a new lease of life for the many productivity apps that use list-based interfaces: &ldquo;Extra pixels help you deliver more user records at once, saving people time and effort in scrolling and searching.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> <p>According to developer <a href="http://splendid-things.co.uk">Benjohn Barnes</a>, people with multiple iOS devices will start to see &ldquo;smoother transitions from &lsquo;phone&rsquo; to &lsquo;tablet&rsquo;&rdquo;, when it comes to apps. Developer frameworks now define the similarities between devices, instead of considering them entirely separate units. This is already apparent with the iPhone 6 Plus, which in landscape boasts a two-column display in Apple&rsquo;s apps - something third-parties are sure to mimic.</p> <p>From a developer standpoint, this means more work, which could potentially impact on app updates and pricing. However, developer <a href="http://www.lukeredpath.co.uk">Luke Redpath</a> called this a &ldquo;wake-up call&rdquo;, arguing developers should be using resolution-independent graphics and auto-layout capabilities as the number of available devices proliferates. <a href="http://www.pcalc.com">PCalc</a> creator James Thomson adds that although Apple omitted talking about the specifics of its new devices at WWDC 2014 in June, it was possible to read between the lines regarding imminent larger iPhones &ldquo;and possibly bigger iPads with a split-screen option&rdquo;.</p> <p>The message, he says, was &ldquo;don&rsquo;t assume screen sizes are fixed any more&rdquo;. While demanding a shift in approach and extra work for developers in the short term, embracing Apple&rsquo;s new thinking will, argues Thomson, &ldquo;make apps more flexible&rdquo;; he reckons if Apple came out with a 7in iPhone tomorrow, his PCalc app would already adapt with no extra work.</p> <p>Panic&rsquo;s <a href="http://mrgan.tumblr.com">Neven Mrgan</a> also enthuses about the manner in which Apple has provided guidance and tools, but complains that the rest of a developer&rsquo;s toolkit is lagging: &ldquo;Design apps need to start helping out by natively supporting concepts such as adaptive UI or even multiple canvas sizes that reuse basic elements. Little pieces of functionality are trickling in, but we still have to do a lot of manual hacking to design for all the different iOS devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="800" height="600" title="display" alt="display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/display_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Playing the game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mrgan notes he&rsquo;s spent 15 years sweating over pixel precision, following the idea that a good designer must arrange everything just so. But techniques need revising now the iPhone&rsquo;s moving towards extremely high-resolution screens, flexible viewport sizes and scaled graphics. Games creator <a href="http://pixelsontoast.com">Kevin Ng</a> wonders how developers of retro-style pixellated games like Wayward Souls will now fare, since they relied on whole-number scaling to blow imagery up in a manner that always remained sharp. &ldquo;Their choice is now whether to allow fuzzy edges or crop the game world on certain devices, which could give unfair advantages to some players in multiplayer,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>Elsewhere, though, developers see few problems regarding bringing games to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Ng notes the screens are still 16:9, like the one on the iPhone 5 and 5s, meaning interfaces can remain largely the same, bar minor adjustments for &lsquo;thumb reach&rsquo; and textures. He also dismisses any notion iOS has turned into something like Android for games creation, and even suggests Android has <em>benefitted</em> iOS developers: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had to deal with Android&rsquo;s many resolutions for years, which has forced games designers to start thinking in a resolution-agnostic manner. Because of this, many games should work fine out of the box with the new iPhones.&rdquo; Games developer <a href="http://www.aeiowu.com">Greg Wohlwend</a> adds that this also works in reverse: &ldquo;If you make a game and it does well, you&rsquo;ll want it to work on everything. So starting with a more flexible output in mind will help minimise headaches when porting to new systems.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.revolution60.com">Giant Spacekat</a> head of development Brianna Wu is also extremely positive about the potential for games on the new iPhones. She similarly dismisses Android comparisons &mdash; &ldquo;The problem there isn&rsquo;t so much screen sizes as dealing with all the different hardware&rdquo; &mdash;&nbsp;and reckons games are &ldquo;simply more fun to play on a bigger screen&rdquo;. She wonders whether larger iPhones could impact on Vita sales, and notes that Apple&rsquo;s Metal technology could be transformative to mobile gaming.</p> <p>&ldquo;Metal&rsquo;s going to let gaming on your iPad and iPhone look closer to games on a console. Those things that really make you go &quot;WOW!&quot; when you play a PS4 game is what Metal lets devs do better than ever before, solving limitations regarding particle effects and transparency,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;My belief is because of Metal you&rsquo;re going to see way more games on consoles ported specifically to iOS, because they&rsquo;ll simply run better now.&rdquo; Wu notes that Metal is also something that could impact on Android, because the sheer fragmentation of hardware and software makes a similar system on that platform practically impossible to implement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="416" title="gaming" alt="gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gaming_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Building extensions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond the screen, it&rsquo;s iOS&rsquo;s newfound extensibility that has developers excited. Previously, every app was a silo, but that&rsquo;s about to change. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a hyperbolic person, but iOS 8 app extensions could be the biggest thing to happen to third-party iOS apps,&rdquo; believes David Chartier of <a href="https://agilebits.com">AgileBits</a>.</p> <p>Whereas before it was hard to get iOS apps to work together and exchange information, Chartier says iOS 8 &ldquo;blows that all wide open&rdquo;. This will lead to new classes of apps, and also make existing apps and services more powerful. You&rsquo;ll be able to clip anything from Safari to Pinterest, collect content into Evernote, have 1Password fill passwords, and more. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about faster workflows and ultimately providing more power to end users,&rdquo; says Oliver Waters of <a href="http://d3i.com">d3i</a>.</p> <p>By way of example, games developer <a href="http://www.boson-x.com">Ian McLarty</a> says he uses his iPad for music composition, and will no longer have to use extra apps to read data and then transfer it to Dropbox. And Iconfactory&rsquo;s <a href="http://gedblog.com">Gedeon Maheux</a> notes how developers can add value to existing offerings, such as PCalc&rsquo;s Today View extension that optionally resides in Notification Center: &ldquo;People love it because you get instant access to a calculator right from the lock screen. There are so many possibilities and opportunities here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere, Touch ID is now available for third-party apps (&ldquo;A big win for anyone who wants an extra layer of security,&rdquo; according to <a href="http://metaclassy.com">Metaclassy</a>&rsquo;s Jorge Pedroso), and Handoff will enable the seamless transition of in-progress content between devices. Wu wonders whether Steve Jobs&rsquo;s Apple would ever have allowed such things, and reasons this renewed Apple is &ldquo;getting better&rdquo;.</p> <p>There are some notes of caution, however. Chartier says developers must be careful to alert users about integration features, because although they&rsquo;re installed with app updates, they are not enabled by default. Mrgan hopes a &ldquo;market of apps aiming to replace system services won&rsquo;t devolve into a contest of cleverness and giddiness, like we&rsquo;ve seen in the past, and will instead compete on feature quality and robustness&rdquo;. Redpath, though, is convinced things will go well: &ldquo;Extensions have the potential to really change how we all use iOS, and I get the impression Apple intends to develop new &lsquo;extension points&rsquo; in the future. But for now, being able to share data between apps without having to switch apps is a killer feature.&rdquo;</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="1324" height="993" title="extensions" alt="extensions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/extensions.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Watch this space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, Apple&rsquo;s recent event wasn&rsquo;t only about the iPhone &mdash; Apple Watch was unveiled, which the company says developers will be able to create apps for. Barnes warns that the &lsquo;watch&rsquo; part of the device&rsquo;s name is essentially a misnomer: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure thinking of it as a watch will be any more useful than thinking of the iPhone as a phone. It&rsquo;s really a computer you can carry around even more easily.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for the apps, Chartier notes it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;totally new platform, which will require new thinking for new use-cases&rdquo;. It eschews multitouch and has a tiny screen, which will prove challenging to app and game creators. Chartier reasons those who &ldquo;truly think outside the box will be most successful,&rdquo; while Maheux is excited by the interface: &ldquo;Already, everything&rsquo;s starting to gel and vibe&nbsp;&mdash; the animations are fluid and make sense, and the design is clean and purposeful. I can&rsquo;t wait for something like the Apple Watch&rsquo;s Home screen to come to the iPhone&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>In terms of what we&rsquo;ll see, it&rsquo;s all speculation for now. Stephen Dodd of <a href="http://www.officetime.net">Office Time</a> reckons it&rsquo;ll be perfect for tracking your life, including for business uses, such as timing billables by client. Waters sees loads of potential in health and personally connected apps, with the Apple Watch sensors and &lsquo;taptic&rsquo; engine collecting and feeding back data to users in new ways. And Morgan is looking forward to non-obvious applications: &ldquo;Notifications, exercise apps and remotes seem obvious enough, but what about games, creation tools and companion accessories? Three years from now, millions will use a hip new Apple Watch service we can&rsquo;t even imagine today.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on</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="800" height="600" title="watch" alt="watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch_0.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Tight squeeze </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 ever, there was some disappointment following Apple&rsquo;s September event. Mobile app developer <a href="http://www.squidee.com">Luke Durrant</a> wasn&rsquo;t thrilled at Apple keeping 16 GB devices in the line-up (and, worse, the 8 GB iPhone 5c), and said this means developers will have to take extra care to keep app builds small so they don&rsquo;t take up too much space: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen people with such devices who can&rsquo;t even update to iOS 8, because they have 6 GB of photos and just a few apps&rdquo;. With larger screens, the demand for bigger assets only amplifies this problem.</p> <p>Pedroso also says it&rsquo;s getting increasingly hard for independent developers to keep pace: &ldquo;For the last couple of years, we&rsquo;ve been spending months just playing catch-up with updates to iOS, OS X and devices. And this year, Apple&rsquo;s released even more stuff.&rdquo; He adds he doesn&rsquo;t want to sound too negative &mdash; Apple&rsquo;s updates are good for business &mdash; but such stressful periods can with smaller developers propel apps into a kind of maintenance mode rather than their creators working on planned new features. There&rsquo;s also a question of stability, with betas, developer tools and even the final shipping operating systems coming under fire.</p> <p>Developers have also been criticised due to many early iOS 8 updates not being properly optimised for iOS 8. Many apps simply zoom the interface and fix a few bugs, and some games don&rsquo;t work at all on the iPhone 6 Plus. Durrant appeals to users to allow developers a little time. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to take a while for developers to take full advantage of the new APIs and capabilities, and the full power of everything Apple&rsquo;s released won&rsquo;t come until later,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;But I think we are already on the next chapter in the iOS app ecosystem.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="390" title="storage" alt="storage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/storage.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS 8 iOS apps iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Watch Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:47 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448372 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: 1Password http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The secure locker for passwords has gained thumb power and the means to work in other 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="1024" height="768" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro2.png?1411978466" /> </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>If there&rsquo;s an app that&rsquo;s benefitted from the underlying changes to and relative openness of iOS 8, it&rsquo;s 1Password. The password manager has long been popular on the desktop, providing a simple, convenient way to create insanely complicated passwords and &lsquo;inject&rsquo; them into browser forms.</p> <p>The net result is greatly enhanced security, and the app adds further useful features, such as storing multiple identities (for instance a simplified set of details for forums), secure notes, wallet entries, and software licenses.</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS </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"> Security silo </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 iOS, however, the app&rsquo;s inability to worm its way deep into the system always left it as an awkward security silo. There was no integration with Safari for iOS, meaning you either had to use 1Password&rsquo;s basic built-in browser to shop online or visit forums, or laboriously copy and paste passwords across to Safari.</p> <p>As of iOS 8, this has all changed. Because of app extensions, 1Password can be directly triggered&nbsp;from a Safari Share sheet, providing rapid access to all of your usernames and passwords. In fact, 1Password goes further, because it can also be used with any third-party app that builds in support; examples that have gotten on board early include Slack, Instapaper, and Treehouse.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-1.png?1413804910" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve got the touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, iOS already includes its own roughly equivalent secure password system, iCloud Keychain, but 1Password is superior in terms of cross-platform support (iCloud Keychain is a strictly iOS and OS X thing) and also in enabling you to edit your entries on a mobile device. Furthermore, if you have an iOS device with Touch ID, 1Password can be configured to work with that, significantly speeding up accessing your secure content.</p> <p>As with any new release, there&rsquo;s the odd gremlin lurking - for example, on the iPad, 1Password&rsquo;s dialog awkwardly lurks behind the keyboard in landscape mode. Additionally, while the desktop version boasts a useful security audit, flagging old or weak passwords, this is omitted on mobile.</p> <p>Still, any feature disparity is excusable when you consider 1Password for iOS&rsquo;s new price tag of <em>nothing at all</em>. You only pay (&pound;6.99/US$9.99) if you want &lsquo;pro&rsquo; features (extra categories, custom folders and tags, multiple vaults, custom fields), and most people won&rsquo;t need them. Existing 1Password for iOS users get them for free. Presumably, the developer&rsquo;s aiming to make its money on the desktop, which makes the mobile offering beyond a mere bargain, propelling it into no-brainer install territory.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8">Download 1Password for iPhone and iPad</a> (requires iOS 8)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">See all of our Apps of the Week 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="1281" height="1136" title="1Password" alt="1Password" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/set-2.png?1413894802" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about Android? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>1Password does exist for Android, and can be grabbed in a free-trial version from <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agilebits.onepassword&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>. The app is broadly similar to the <em>old</em> version for iOS, and is therefore something of a silo. &lsquo;Premium&rsquo; features in this version are very different from those in the iOS release, amounting to essentially any adding, editing or organising items. That&rsquo;ll set you back &pound;4.99 and we reckon the app is way clunkier than its iOS sibling, which is a pity. If you&rsquo;re a dedicated 1Password user, the Android release is still worth grabbing, but if you want a password manager solely for Android, there are better options.</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"> 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 useful but limited iOS app just became essential, thanks to iOS 8&rsquo;s new powers. Download it now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-1password/review#comments App of the Week iOS apps iPhone & iPad Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:16:50 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448314 at http://www.stuff.tv SwiftKey for iOS revealed - the best Android keyboard, coming soon to your iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 18/09/14: It&#039;s out now. And it won&#039;t cost you a penny </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="895" height="671" title="Keyoard lovers rejoice" alt="SwiftKey for iOS revealed - the best Android keyboard, on your iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swiftkey.jpg?1411033098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>SwiftKey has shown off its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 </a>keyboard, and it looks like it&#39;s carrying over all the features from its Android counterpart. In case you&#39;ve yet to venture into the Android camp - this is a good thing.</p> <p>The company has topped countless Play Store charts across the world with its number one keyboard app, with its scarily accurate word predictions playing a big factor in its popularity.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to traditionally pecking away at on-screen letters, you can also choose to use the Flow input method, which lets you swipe your finger/thumb across across the keyboard without having to lift it off the screen, Swype-style.</p> <p>SwiftKey Cloud is also present. If you allow it to, it can learn learn the way you write and which words you commonly use across Facebook, Gmail and Twitter, for a more tailored prediction experience.</p> <p>Sadly there&#39;s no price or release date for the time being, but we&#39;d be surprised if SwiftKey missed out on iOS 8&#39;s 17 September release date. Stay tuned for more info.</p> <p><strong>Updated 18/09/14:</strong>&nbsp;iOS 8 has officially landed, which means that SwiftKey has too. It&#39;s available right now on the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/swiftkey-keyboard/id911813648" target="_blank">App Store</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;free, which should help sway people over its 69p Swype rival.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oilBF1pqGC8" 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="800" height="600" title="A soon-to-be-familiar site" alt="SwiftKey for iOS revealed - the best Android keyboard, on your iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swiftkey2.jpg?1411033098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iOS apps Smartphones Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:38:19 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447225 at http://www.stuff.tv AppyParking will give you hours of your life back http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your time on Earth is too short to waste looking for parking spaces. This app finds them for you – and it&#039;s found itself a spot on Microsoft&#039;s Ventures program for start-ups </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AppyParking" alt="AppyParking" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/appyparking.jpg?1410196537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;ve ever found yourself driving in circles looking for a parking space in the absurdly congested streets of London, <a href="http://www.appyparking.com/" target="_blank">AppyParking</a> is for you.</p> <p>Fire up the app and you&#39;re presented with a colour-coded map showing you exactly what parking is available where &ndash; from electric charging stations to disabled and motorbike bays. It&#39;ll even flag up free parking depending on the time of day and take account of parking restrictions around events.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>He ended up trawling through the databases of 33 different boroughs, before drawing in the zones on his app. &quot;I was going out on the streets, looking on Google Street View, compiling this database. I did 13 boroughs to start with. I met Enric then, my co-founder, and he put all these zones into an app called Yellow Line Parking.&quot;</p> <p>Yellow Line Parking became AppyParking, and new features were added as Hubert found more ways that drivers&#39; lives could be made easier &ndash; pointing them to everything from disabled bays to motorbike parking and electric vehicle charge points. The app&#39;s already won an award from Ford for helping to relieve congestion &ndash; &quot;We can stop cars aimlessly driving around residential zones looking for parking,&quot; Hubert says &ndash; and now it&#39;s been accepted onto the <a href="https://www.microsoftventures.com/accelerators" target="_blank">Microsoft Ventures Accelerator</a> program for nurturing start-ups.</p> <p>&quot;In the week that we&#39;ve been on it, it&#39;s already been immensely useful,&quot; says Hubert. &quot;We&#39;re surrounded by industry gurus and leaders and mentors, and other start-ups going through the growing pains of a teenager &ndash; working out everything from who our customer is to user experience.&quot;</p> <p>Hopefully AppyParking has a long road ahead of it &ndash; we&#39;d like to see it expand to other cities and make some more drivers &#39;appy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-best-time-saving-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best time-saving apps</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XYlOUyK3Css" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/appyparking-will-give-you-hours-your-life-back/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Microsoft Ventures Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:14:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446991 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Mario Kart 8 adding Link and more in DLC, Jabra's wireless heart rate-sensing earbuds, and Instagram’s impressive time-lapse video app http://www.stuff.tv/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start off the day with a burst of quick-hit tech and gaming updates </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="Mario Kart 8 DLC" alt="Mario Kart 8 DLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mariokart8-dlc.jpg?1409122981" /> </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"> Mario Kart 8 adding familiar Nintendo faces and places </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Super Smash Bros. has opened its doors to the wider Nintendo cast of characters (and beyond), the Mario Kart series has always maintained its Mario series boundaries. That won&rsquo;t be the case for much longer, as Nintendo UK has leaked details and images of a pair of downloadable content packs (since officially announced) coming for Mario Kart 8 on Wii U.</p> <p>The first pack will arrive in November and bring Legend of Zelda lead Link as a playable character, along with Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, eight courses, and four vehicles. It&rsquo;ll be some time before the second pack debuts in May 2015, but it&rsquo;ll bring Dry Bowser plus Isabelle and the Villager from Animal Crossing as drivers, along with eight more courses and four rides.</p> <p>Each pack will sell for &pound;7, and Nintendo says that tracks from the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing will be among the new ones, while older locales like Wario&rsquo;s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii are also planned, as well as a Blue Falcon kart from F-Zero. Seeing as Mario Kart 8 is arguably the biggest driver of Wii U sales to date, it makes a ton of sense to keep interest alive well into 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://store.nintendo.co.uk/wii-u-ddc/the-legend-of-zelda-x-mario-kart-8-aoc-pack-digital-download/10991121.html">Nintendo UK</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mario-kart-8/mario-kart-8/review">Mario Kart 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jabra launching heart-monitoring Bluetooth earphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just this morning, Jabra announced plans to release its own pair of heart rate-sensing earphones this autumn, but unlike the wired ones that SMS Audio and Intel unveiled a couple weeks back, the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds feature Bluetooth connectivity and tie into a specialized Sport Life app.</p> <p>The IP55-rated waterproof earbuds should run for about 5-6 hours on a full battery charge, and because music playback uses more power than the heart rate-monitoring feature, you&rsquo;ll still be able to track your vitals even when the music stops (should you run low). With the app, you&rsquo;ll be able to set heart rate zone goals and adjust on the fly to maximize your workout. Also, you can determine your VO2 Max level by performing a walking test with the Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, which Jabra claims is 98% accurate compared to proper specialized medical gear.</p> <p>The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are expected out on 15 October for &pound;200, and they&rsquo;ll ship with all manner of buds and ear wings to ensure a quality fit. In fact, Jabra has a &ldquo;wall of ears&rdquo; comprised of varying moulds of real ears to make sure they&rsquo;re covering a wide range when bundling in options. That&#39;s right: a wall of ears.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/fully-charged-sms-audio-debuts-heart-rate-sensing-earbuds-tom-hanks-surprising-ipad-app-and-sa">Fully Charged: SMS Audio debuts heart rate-sensing earbuds, Tom Hanks&rsquo; surprising iPad app, and Samsung&rsquo;s big smart home acquisition</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="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" alt="Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jabra-sportpulse.jpg?1409122981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Instagram’s Hyperlapse generates stable time-lapse clips </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/104410054?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Launched yesterday for iOS devices, Hyperlapse is a new free app from Instagram that allows you to quickly and easily film and share time-lapse videos. Thanks to stabilization technology, the results aren&#39;t super-shaky and disorienting, but actually rather smooth and effective.</p> <p>Weirdly, Microsoft just showed off similar tech under the same name a few weeks back, with plans to launch it on Windows - but Instagram just beat it to the punch, and the results look even smoother. Sorry, Microsoft. An Android version is planned, reports Wired, but isn&rsquo;t yet in development.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blog.instagram.com/post/95829278497/hyperlapse-from-instagram">Instagram</a>, <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/08/hyperlapse-instagrams-new-app-is-like-a-15000-video-setup-in-your-hand/">Wired</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/microsoft-tech-turns-frantic-gopro-footage-slick-stable-time-lapse-clips/news">Microsoft tech turns frantic GoPro footage into slick, stable time-lapse clips</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-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"> Pokkén Tournament is Pokémon meets Tekken (really) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly two decades out and we still can&rsquo;t get a proper Pokémon adventure for consoles, but here&rsquo;s Nintendo and Bandai Namco with a Pokémon fighting game powered by the Tekken engine. Why? Because it will make stupid amounts of money. Pokkén Tournament is slated for a Japanese arcade release next year, before a surely inevitable Wii U launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Cs4L1JALY">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pokemon-x-and-y-nintendo-running-low-new-pokemon-ideas/feature">A set of keys with eyes: Nintendo&rsquo;s running a bit low on new Pokémon ideas</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/p7Cs4L1JALY" 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/jabra/fully-charged-mario-kart-8-adding-link-and-more-dlc-jabra-reveals-wireless-heart-rate-sensing-#comments Headphones Instagram iOS apps Jabra Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Wearable tech Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445985 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple replacing faulty iPhone 5 batteries, Amazon acquires Twitch, and Google Slides hits iOS http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read up on all of the tech news you need to start your day </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="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5_1.jpg?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple swapping select iPhone 5 batteries for free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your iPhone 5&rsquo;s battery seems to be petering out much faster than it should, you might be eligible for a free replacement from Apple. The company announced that a replacement program will begin in the UK come Friday, 29 August for iPhone 5 batteries that don&rsquo;t hold a full charge.</p> <p>You can input your serial number on <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple&rsquo;s website</a> for the program, and it&rsquo;ll tell you if your device falls within the group identified as problematic. From there, you&rsquo;ll be able to get the battery swapped without charge at an Apple Store or authorized service provider.</p> <p>However, if you have a cracked screen that impedes opening up the device, you may need to pay to fix that issue before moving ahead with the replacement process. This program extends warranty coverage of the battery to two years from the purchase date or 1 March 2015, whichever is longer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature">18 ways you&rsquo;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</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"> Amazon acquires Twitch game streaming service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this summer, it seemed certain that YouTube and Google were set to acquire Twitch, the wildly popular video game livestreaming service. But then we heard little about the reported deal. Here&rsquo;s why: Amazon leapt in as a new suitor for Twitch, and the official deal was closed and announced today.</p> <p>Amazon is forking over about US$970 million (&pound;585 million) in cash for control of Twitch, which had more than 55 million unique visitors in July alone and commands a huge amount of web traffic, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear says the company will retain independence under its new mega-corporate umbrella.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou">Twitch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-youtube-eyeing-twitch-streaming-deal-halo-collection-rumoured-xbox-one-and-h">Fully Charged: Halo collection rumoured for Xbox One, YouTube eyeing Twitch streaming deal, and how to get lunch for &pound;1 every Monday</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="Twitch" alt="Twitch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitch_1.jpg?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Google’s Slides released for iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following through on a promise made earlier this summer, Google yesterday released a free iOS version of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id879478102?mt=8">Slides</a>, its presentation creation software. Additionally, its <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-docs/id842842640?mt=8">Docs</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-sheets/id842849113?mt=8">Sheets</a> apps - first launched a couple months back on iOS - have been updated to support Microsoft Word files.</p> <p>Now you can use all three of Google&rsquo;s free productivity services on a huge array of devices, whether iOS, Android, or computer, and all three feature offline editing support so the fate of your workday isn&rsquo;t tied to a steady Internet connection.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/08/docssheetsslidesios.html">Google Drive Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-leapfrog-s-wearable-tech-kids-new-google-docs-and-sheets-apps-and-nasa-s-tron-i">Fully Charged: LeapFrog&rsquo;s wearable tech for kids, new Google Docs and Sheets apps, and NASA&rsquo;s Tron-inspired spacesuit</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="714" title="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" alt="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-docssheetsslides.png?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Minecraft recreated in Trials Fusion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is kind of mind-blowing. Trials Fusion, the latest in Redlynx and Ubisoft&rsquo;s side-scrolling motorcycle challenge game, features a rather extensive level editor - so extensive, in fact, that someone used it to create a full 3D version of Minecraft.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a small stage, but the amount of time this sort of total transformation took is surely immense. The same creator apparently made a Titanfall-inspired wall-running level as well - again, surely no small feat considering the toolset - which you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK3mlAE6TVk">watch here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/25/6065201/minecraft-trials-fusion-level">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</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/y2Pzmopkwo0" 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/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli#comments Amazon Apple Gaming Google iOS apps iPhone 5 Minecraft Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445911 at http://www.stuff.tv