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MARTYN LANDI

Reviews Editor
Henri Le Worm(page 50)
has an engaging story that
is cleverly designed to get kids helping
out in the kitchen. Plus, its got Simon
Pegg narrating and Raymond Blanc
recipes what more do you need?
NICK JONES
Editor in Chief
Disney Animated (page 42)
is a beautiful introduction
to the art of animation. A fun and
educational app that both kids and
adults will get something out of.
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PLAYERS
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ENTERTAINMENT - 22 APPS
040 The best
podcast players
Catch every episode of your favourite
talk radio downloads
042 Disney Animated
Learn the secrets of animation
045 Pixaki
Blocky graphics rule the roost with
this art package
EVERYDAY - 24 APPS
048 Best DIY apps
Do it yourself with these downloadable
decorating tools
050 Henri Le Worm
Raymond Blanc and Simon Pegg team
up to teach children to cook
053 CanOpener
Audiophiles rejoice, your ultimate
plaything is here
WORK - 15 APPS
056 Morning
Shake off that bleary feeling with a
morning data blast
058 Syllable
Increase your reading speed with lots
of practice
059 Dynamic keyboard
Automatically alters the size of keys
for faster, more efficient typing
GAMES - 36 APPS
062 Have fun with
physics games
Mobile mind benders that pit you
against the forces of nature
064 Call of Duty:
Strike Team
Lead a covert special ops squad
067 Heroes of Loot
A spooky dungeon crawler
FREE - 23 APPS
032 Free alternatives
to... Paprika
Discover new dishes without paying
a thing
034 Coast
Manage your webpages like app icons
in this iPad-only browser
037 Angry Birds Star
Wars II
Turn to the Pork Side in this sequel
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symbol apps will work on both devices.
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Step-by-step guides on getting the
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006 Shoot and share
3D pictures
Take parallax pictures with the
Instagram of the future
008 Rewriting books
for the digital era
Top companion apps for your
favourite books
010 How to:
Run a market stall
Manage a truly mobile business
012 Gallery
The best mobile games to come
out of Japan
013 Google Play 2.0
New features for the Android store
014 Mid-range
headphones
To get the most from your music
we compare the best over-ear cans
015 Social
Your tweets and photos this month
016 Gear roundup
The best mobile accessories
017 My home screen
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SEENE IS NOT THE
FIRST 3D PHOTO APP
READ OUR REVIEW OF
TADAA 3D ON PAGE
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IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS
Following in the footsteps of Instagramand Vine,
Seene viewers can followeach other to create a
regularly updating feed of 3D photos. Images can
also be shared to Facebook and Twitter with the
option to copy the link so it can be sent via email
and embedded in websites.
VIEW FROM ALL ANGLES
Tilt your iPhone to viewSeene photos fromall
angles in 3D. Early attempts may not hold up to
scrutiny images can appear stretched fromsome
angles but this comes with experience. A two-
fngered zoomgesture allows you to viewyour 3D
images in incredible detail.
ONLY FOR iPHONE
Following in the trend of many other social photo
apps, Seene only works on iPhone, with no iPad
or Android versions reportedly in the works. Also,
while posts can be embedded in websites, there is
no desktop social network for Seene it is a purely
mobile community.
SHOOT IN SECONDS
While there is a learning curve to shooting 3D
photos, the actual process is incredibly quick.
Capture a subject by gently moving your camera
around the subject until all the segments of a
circle turn green. Check out our step-by-step for
helpful hints on howto shoot your own images.
IN TOUCH
SHOOT AND SHARE 3D PHOTOS
HOW TO CAPTURE A 3D PHOTO
TAKE PARALLAX PICTURES WITH THE INSTAGRAM OF THE FUTURE
GET EXCITED ABOUT
S
itting somewhere between iOS 7s parallax
wallpapers and Vines six-second looping videos,
Seene is a new download that allows you to
create 3D photos in a matter of seconds.
Created by London-based developers Obvious
Engineering, the innovative free app allows you to
shoot pictures that you can view from four angles just
by tilting your screen. The amazing images can then be
shared on Facebook and Twitter, as well as viewed on
desktop and embedded in websites.
However, Seene also has its own social network.
We see Seene as an evolution of what a photo can
be, and its social and shareable by design, said Mike
Evans, co-founder and COO at Obvious Engineering.
Like other social apps, users can follow each others
posts, favourite individual images, and attach hashtags
to posts so that others can search for a specifc topic.
Landing in the top fve of both the UK and US App
Stores most popular downloads in the Photo and Video
section, Seene is already developing a burgeoning
community of its own.
Weve been amazed by the quality of what our
hundreds of thousands of users have been sharing over
the last week since weve launched, added Evans.
While it takes a matter of seconds to process an
image and create a 3D photo, the app cannot capture
plain, transparent and refective surfaces particularly
well. It also requires very steady hands to map the
object you want to render accurately, with the app
fashing up warnings if you do it incorrectly. However,
Evans believes users quickly adjust to this. Weve
found that after a few shots people start sharing
really interesting compositions, so although there is a
learning curve, its not that steep.
But the spokesman was keen to point out that
Seene is not looking to rival Vine and Instagram yet.
Our lifelike 3D focus is the diference, and weve got
some great features in the pipeline to reinforce this
side of the product, so we think we can grow alongside
them for now its not yet a zero sum game.
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1 Dot to dot
To take a 3D photo, Seene needs to
be able to use lots of points to map
the image. While in camera mode,
but before you press Capture, dots
will be displayed clustered around
objects. The more dots there are,
the better image you can take.
For the best results, avoid plain,
refective or clear materials.
2 Capture four angles
Centre your camera on the point
you want to shoot, then tap the
large white Capture button at the
bottom of the screen. Capture the
subject from four angles, moving
left and right, then up and down.
A circle divided into four segments
will appear on the screen get four
green segments and youre done.
3 Slow and steady
Its recommended that you use
both hands when capturing your
image to keep the camera stable.
If you dont, the app cant render a
lifelike 3D image. The segments will
fash red as a warning if youre not
smooth enough. Also, keep your
subject centred and move around it.
Dont pan from side to side.
4 Share with friends
Once youve snapped your picture,
add a caption and a hashtag, then
tap Share. Seene already has a
emerging community of users who
will be able to view your photos,
favourite them and follow you.
However, there is also the option to
share with your friends directly to
Twitter and Facebook as well.
SEENE
iPhone| iOS6.0| Free| v1.0.1
SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS ARE BRINGING PRINTED
STORIES TO LIFE IN MORE INNOVATIVE WAYS THAN EVER
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S
ince the release of the earliest
tablet, doom-mongers have
predicted the end of the printed
book. While eBook readers and
interactive fction is a growing trend,
a new range of apps have been
launched to accompany existing
books, not replace them.
Recent release George R.R. Martins
A World of Ice and Fire includes
hundreds of character biographies,
an encyclopedia of place names
and interactive maps to help the
reader navigate the vast world of
the fantasy epic series. However, a
unique feature allows users to set
where they have read up to in the
book cycle, fltering out any other
content, reducing the risk of spoilers.
Another new release, which blurs
the lines between books, apps and
music is Sadly By Your Side. The work
of Italian interaction designer and
electronic musician edisonnoside, you
scan a book full of coloured shapes
with the iPhone app to play music.
Each colour represents a diferent
audio parameter in a track, and
every page of the book represents
a diferent song. Depending on how
you focus the app on the page, you
can even remix the tracks.
Meanwhile, on Google Play, the
interactive fction genre is fourishing.
Following success on iOS, Dave Morris
adaptation of Frankenstein lives again
on Android. The app includes both an
eBook of Mary Shelleys gothic classic
and an interactive reworking that
allows readers to pick and choose
how the story unfolds. Finally, both a
game and story, Death of the Cuf is
a detective story inspired by Agatha
Christies Poirot, in which you must
interview all the characters and trick
the killer into revealing themselves.
SADLY BY YOUR SIDE
iPhone | iOS 5.0 |
Free
FRANKENSTEIN
iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | 2.99/$4.99
Android | OS 4.0 | 2.99/$4.57
GEORGE R.R. MARTINS A WORLD OF ICE AND
FIRE A GAME OF THRONES GUIDE
iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 4.0.3 | Free
LEFT: Depending on how
you point your camera
at the pages of the book,
the music in will change
LEFT: The Frankenstein app
allows users to make choices
that will affect the narrative of
the classic tale
ABOVE: Use the spoiler scroll bar to
show where in the book series you
are, so the app doesnt ruin it!
ABOVE: Sadly By Your Side heralds
an exciting new development in
the telling of stories
GET EXCITED ABOUT
REWRITING
BOOKS FOR THE
DIGITAL ERA
IN TOUCH
G
et started with a new hobby with this
sporty product recommendation app.
Whether youre looking to take up skiing
or planning to jog of all your winter weight
in the summer, taking up a new hobby more
often than not means buying new sporting
goods. Rather than comb forums for product
recommendations or scour online retailers for
the best price, Curiosity does it all for you.
Driven by a community of enthusiasts, the app
provides packages for diferent activities, from bicycle
repair kits to cold weather running clothes and many
other outdoor activities.
The apps user interface has a stylish stripped-back
look, but is also very efective. Products are curated
so that they are grouped in packages, each shown in a
scrollable horizontal gallery and accompanied by a brief
title or description. Tapping on any lineup will
display further details, such as biographical
information aboutt the user that posted the
product, as well as product ratings and store
options. Items can then be tapped on for
product specifcations (usually ofered via the
manufacturers website), saved for later or purchased
through a preferred, typically big-name, reseller.
Best of all, you can begin using the app by viewing the
large assortment of suggestions as a guest, then sign up
for a free account or for simply link to your Facebook
profle for posting and other capabilities.
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CONTEXTUAL
Based on your
location, movement
and activity, Aviate
recommends quick
access functions (for
example, Camera or
Check In), apps and
information suited to
your needs.
02
COLLECTIONS
In addition to
suggesting apps that
you need right now,
Aviate automatically
sorts all your downloads
into categories, such as
Music or Productivity.
This means that evenif
apps arenot displayed
immediately, youcan
still findthemwithease.
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UNCLUTTERED
Only displaying
the information you
need right now, Aviate
gives your smartphone
a streamlined design
that is both stylish and
easy to navigate. The
stripped-back look also
makes it faster and
more efficient to use.
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WHY WE
LOVE IT
I
magine waking up and having the weather forecast and your
schedule displayed on your home screen. Later, when driving, it
would display traf c updates and give you directions at home.
When out looking for dinner, your phone displays restaurant reviews
and photos. All of this without pressing a button.
Based on an understanding of both your location and your
preferences, Aviate for
Android works to deliver
you only the best apps and
information when you need
them most. Aviate can learn
how to best organise your
apps, which is ideal for users
with a lot of them. Still, the
app is currently in beta, so you
have to apply and be approved
before you can download it.
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ENDOMONDO SPORTS
TRACKER
On top of tracking your
running, interact with
other athletes, compete
against their best times and
share route maps with friends.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v8.6.1
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
POSE
Get fashion tips from
this stylish social
network. Featuring
thousands of fashion bloggers
for you to follow and the ability
to purchase products in-app.
iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free | v4.0.3
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v2.9.0
QUORA
Ask any question on any
subject and get real-time
answers from other users
with first-hand experience. A great
community to be part of that will
likely come in very useful.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v3.0.1
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.3.1
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W
ith a range of new features, the new-look iOS
7 operating system for iPad can take some
help getting used to. The latest in the popular
series of guides, iPad Tips, Tricks, Apps and Hacks
Volume 7, ofers step-by-step tutorials on using
the tablet plus recommends the best apps.
Covering both the iPad and the iPad mini, the
Tips section goes into all the devices built-in
features, while Tricks recommends third-party
apps to get jobs done. The dedicated Apps section
covers every section of the App Store, while
Hacks showcases the added functionality that
jailbreaking your device can ofer.
iPad Tips, Tricks, Apps and Hacks Volume 7 is
on sale now from www.imagineshop.co.uk and all
good newsagents.
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1. Mobile card reading
Customers now want to pay
with plastic, sparking a rise
of card readers that integrate
with smartphones for mobile
businesses. In the US, Twitter
founder Jack Dorseys Square
is very popular, but the best
service of this kind available
in the UK is Intuit Pay.
2. Provide a receipt
The Intuit Pay app is free, but
the card reader costs 49.99.
After this set-up cost, all
money is transferred into
your account but Intuit
charges 2.75 per cent per
transaction. The app acts as
a cash register and emails
receipts to customers.
3. Track your
inventory
Inventory Tracker makes it
easy to keep an eye on how
many items youve sold by
importing a spreadsheet
of your goods and altering
in-app. You can also use a
barcode scanner to search
your record instantly.
4. Export sales data
You may want to back up your
sales fgures for safekeeping.
Inventory Tracker exports
via email or you can it set
to automatically export to
Dropbox every time you close
the app. If youre using Intuit
Pay, just log in to www.intuit.
co.uk to download records.
5. Keep in touch
As your business booms, you
might look at hiring more
staf. If your team is spread
over multiple locations,
Glassboard allows employees
to ping you a message, as
well as allow you to track
their location. You can also
share fles and media.
Final thought
Carefully combing the Business, Finance and
Productivity sections of the App Store can
provide you with a range of helpful tools for
running your mobile business with many of
them available as free downloads. Most high
street banks also now provide free apps for
account holders to monitor their money on
the go, however there is no getting around
paying for card transactions.
APPS USED
INTUIT PAY
Never miss a
sale with this
safe way of
processing credit card
transactions through
your smartphone.
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| Free | v1.5
Android | OS 4.0
| Free | v1.5
GLASSBOARD
A secure social
network that
allows you to stay
in touch with your staf
and share fles, photos and
videos, if need be.
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0
| Free | v2.3.3
Android | OS 2.2
| Free | v2.5.0.0
INVENTORY
TRACKER
Keep track of
the inventory
that you buy,
sell and deliver, as well
as keeping a close eye
on those all-important
proft margins.
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 2.99/$4.99 | v4.0.2
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T
he Oddworld series of games began with
Abes Oddysee in 1997 and they were soon
taken to the hearts of gamers. One of the
best games, Strangers Wrath, is being ported
from the Xbox to iOS and Android, with the
former getting a release very soon and the latter
following. Despite its console origins, the handheld
versions appear very faithful, with an intuitive
control system and background that moves with
the handset we fnd out what else is new.
What do you think you have
achieved with the game?
Weve resolved the issue of
frst-person shooters. Anywhere
you touch creates a controller
and a camera. Weve made it so
the left side of the screen is the
joystick and the right side the camera but it also
works by moving the device. We think with the
ability to aim quickly anywhere you want and
fne-tune the shooting, weve solved the two-
fnger frst-person shooter problem.
It does look quite unique...
Weve spent some time on it. Its rendering better
in iOS and Android than it did on the Xbox.
When will it be available?
By Christmas. It will be on iOS frst at a low price.
What are your aims for the game?
Orbital - the way you can aim and fne-tune - will
be used for other platforms. Im hoping we have a
good fall but lots of things can happen. The better
we do, the faster we can do things.
What diference has self-publishing made?
Self-publishing is great. I think we can put a
premium Oddworld experience in peoples hands
at a real low price. It builds us a digital shelf space
on smartphones and if it does really well, then it
becomes a title that people remember and want
more of. Were looking at long tail and nowadays
having a mobile presence is vital for this. Allowing
us to self-publish will also hopefully let us build.
What about the future?
We have very specifc ideas of what we want to
do in the future but historically Ive been slapped
around a few times by the fans for promising
things and announcing things we couldnt do but
the audience is forgiving. You fnd out they dont
need the biggest and latest thing for 60 dollars,
they just want more from you. These are unique
games and people are saying, I want a Strangers
Wrath remake so I can play it on my phone. So
were delivering that and I think were going to
have a really good year.
Whats your business model?
The money being made for Oddworld will go
back into making Oddworld. When people buy
our games, they are not just buying the games. If
people go to Gap, they know the money doesnt
necessarily go to the people in the shop but they
know if they go to an independent store, they
invest in the people there to a greater degree.
Because were engaging with the audience, the
feedback is invaluable and it gives clarity in ways
that adjusts creative thinking and strategy.
Whats the big diference between today and
the Nineties, when Oddworld was frst made?
With the way digital distribution has opened
up, it has shown there is an audience that still
cares. Were constantly questioning the viability
to deliver when we promise. If we do it, we can
do it for the fans now. When I did Abes Oddysee
[on the PlayStation], it cost us a fortune to get
the right tools to make it but today there are all
kinds of tools out there and thats really changing
things. It is making it more viable to make
expansive, innovative and creative games without
massive outlays. With self-publishing, the little
guys have possibilities again.
05 CONSOLE TO SMARTPHONE CONVERSIONS
DRIVER
Its been out for a
while but it showed
just what the
iPhone was capable of as a
gaming machine.
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1.99/$2.99 | v1.1.1
CALL OF DUTY BLACK
OPS ZOMBIES
The infamous
blockbuster war game.
GRAND THEFT AUTO 3
The pivotal
videogame now on
your mobile.
THE SIMS 3
A PC favourite on
a smaller screen.
Touchscreens work
wonders for this everyday
life simulator. Great fun.
WORLD OF GOO
The characters
of Oddworld in a
diferent language.
It amazed console
gamers in 2005. Now
Oddworld: Strangers
Wrath creator Lorne
Lanning hopes to
drop the jaws of
phone owners with
a mobile version
PLAY IN AN
ODDWORLD
WERE ENGAGING WITH THE AUDIENCE; THE FEEDBACK
IS INVALUABLE AND IT GIVES CLARITY IN WAYS THAT
ADJUSTS CREATIVE THINKING AND STRATEGY
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ODDWORLD: STRANGERS WRATH
Strangers Wrath is an action-adventure
game that forms part of the acclaimed
Oddworld series.
IN TOUCH
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | TBC | v1.0
Android | OS 4.2 | TBC | v1.0
iPhone | iOS 4.2 |
4.99/$6.99 | v1.3.1
Android | iOS 2.3.3 |
5.99/$6.99 | Varies
iPhone+ | OS 4.3 |
2.99/$4.99 | v1.3.2
Android | iOS 2.2 |
2.99/$4.99 | Varies
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 |
4.99/$6.99 | v1.3.90
iPhone | iOS 4.3 |
2.99/$4.99 | v1.5
Android | OS 2.2 |
1.99/$2.99 | v1.1.1
1. HUNGRYMASTER
Boasting more than
100 missions this game
certainly wont bore you,
and neither will the retro visuals
that look like theyve come straight
out of an Eighties arcade. The aim
of the game is to turn monsters
into fruit in order to feed Delica and
her talking cat Saten. This is done
through some cool gesture controls
that involve tapping and holding to
move a character, before swiping to
take out any approaching monsters.
The endless, survival feel has made
it hugely popular not
just in Japan but all
across the world too.
2. MA.YU,MO.RI
A unique visual
combination of claymotion
and more traditional
graphics, this game happens to
be one of the most popular here,
being released in English by popular
demand. The aim of the game is
to use a bow and arrow to shoot
fowers and release their power.
Full of soothing music, the game
ofers something very diferent to
the usually intense mobile gaming
experience found on iOS and
Android. Instead, Ma.Yu.Mo.Ri has a
relaxing efect and as such is unlike
anything else out there.
iPad| iOS4.3| Free| v1.18
iPhone+| iOS5.0| Free| v1.0.4
iPhone+| iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99| v3.0
iPhone+| iOS4.3| Free| v5.9
3. CATS ALL OVER
Cats are very big in Japan,
and that probably explains
the nature of this puzzle
game, where the aim is to keep
your grid of felines happy. To do
this, users must wake them up and
send them to sleep at the right time
each day and night, with failure to
do so leading to illness among your
army of felines. The puzzle aspect
comes from the fact that tapping
a single cat doesnt just afect that
one, but also those around it. The
aim is to make it through as many
day cycles as possible without
failing to have every cat either
asleep or awake its addictive!
4. MEWMEW TOWER
A crazy combination of
Jenga and cats, the aim
of this game is to stack
cats in a straight line as high as
you can. The gestures allow users
to have complete control over the
placing of each cat a delicate
process that certainly brings some
extra tension to what is a very
fun-looking and casual game.
There are cats of diferent shapes
and sizes to drop in, so keeping
a tower straight is of the utmost
importance. This game feels
like its straight of of Japanese
television and look out for the tilt
controls to help with balance.
iPhone| iOS4.3| Free| v1.4
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5. POCKET LEAGUE STORY
From Kairosoft, one of
the hardest-working
developers out there given
the number of games they put out,
and the highlight for many has been
Pocket League Story. The game
sees users building a football team
from scratch, signing and training
players before setting out on the
path to glory. Build a stadium and
fan base as success grows, while
enjoying the engaging pixel-art
world. Engrossing from the start,
Pocket League Story
makes users want to
keep coming back.
6. RAGE OF BAHAMUT
Trading card games are
a very big deal in Japan,
so unsurprisingly one of
the biggest exports comes from
that genre. Rage of Bahamut lets
players choose an allegiance and
join an order before battling other
players live. There are constantly
updating quests and events to
help players level up and make a
name for themselves in the games
universe. Its a constantly evolving
community of players, which makes
for an engaging experience that will
keep players returning and the
cool anime style art impresses too.
iPhone+| iOS3.1| 2.49/$3.99| v1.0.3
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FILLING IN THE GAPS
T
he range of colourful cases that Apple
launched for the already quite vibrant iPhone
5c range have dived opinion. While some liked
that the hole-studded cases gave them the option
to mix and match their iPhone colour with te case
for added personalisation, others dismissed it as
resembling Connect Four.
CaseCollage is a new app that has appeared to
sovle the problem. Users have the option to fll all
35 cricle-spaces in their case as they see ft, either
selecting images from their photo library or using
the app to insert text, fller colour or even select
from a range of interesting stencils and patterns
available in its toolbox.
Having completed the creation process,
CaseCollage builds a print-friendly version to cut
out and place inside the iPhone 5c case. There are
also sharing options should users want to show
of their unique creation to friends and family.
USE CASECOLLAGE TO CREATIVELY
FILL THE GAPS IN iPHONE 5c CASES
ABOVE: The first step of using CaseCollage is
to select the colour case owned, so the final
digital version is accurate
ABOVE: The in-app tools allow users to drop in and take
photos, but also fill areas with colour, icons and letters
M
aking the Play Store the best place it can
possibly be for Android users is obviously
a high priority for Google, especially with
Apples own store having just upgraded. With this
in mind, Google has recently announced some
big, sweeping changes to how you use it due to
come into efect from November 21. From this
date onwards, tablet users visiting the Play Store
will have both the recommended and top lists
optimised for tablet apps, so the content users
see is instantly more relevant to them.
In addition, as Android 4.4 rolls out, the Play
Store will begin to use recent web and YouTube
searches to recommend apps and music to
customers. Behold the new, streamlined Play
Store, and rejoice in just how personal its become.
THE PLAY STORE
GETS PERSONAL
GOOGLE ROLLING OUT BETTER
CUSTOMISATION FEATURES
RESULTS
As well as making tablet users
feel more at home, the Play
Store is starting to use what
Android device owners search
the web and YouTube for in
order to recommend apps and
music specifc to them.
RECOMMENDED
FOR YOU
Tablet users will nowsee a very
diferent Play Store, one that is
nowoptimised for them, with
tablet-designed apps taking
centre stage so the most relevant
downloads are close to hand.
CRITERIA
Google has announced that
apps will continue to be subject
to criteria in order to make it
into the Designed for Tablets
section, and those that dont will
appear in Designed for Phones.
CASE
COLLAGE
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SENNHEISER
MOMENTUM
ON-EAR HEADPHONES
As these Sennheisers are on-ear as
opposed to over-ear, cancelling out the
world around you without leaking some
audio isnt really possible. However, what
the Momentums do is recreate a similar
kind of absorbing sound, despite less ear
coverage. Its a testament to the quality
of the sound produced, and thanks to the
softness of the ear cushions comfort is
also not an issue despite them having to sit
physically on your ears.

169.99/$229.95
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FOCAL SPIRIT ONE
Standing out not only because
of their eye-catching design,
the Focal Spirit Ones have been
made especially for use with
mobile devices in mind. As a
result, they are impressively
light for over-ear headphones.
Theres an in-line remote
that also works for calls and
summoning Siri, but youll get
the most pleasure from the
sound. Its crisp and clear with
just the right punch of bass to
make things interesting. Theyre
comfortable to wear for long
periods, making them a very
solid choice indeed.

149.00/$279.99
| Focal | focal.com
SMS AUDIO STREET BY 50
You could argue these headphones have an advantage
over their rivals as theyre the only ones here endorsed by
a musician in this case 50 Cent. As an on-the-go set of
headphones however, these might not be ideal given their
size and general bulkiness. Stay in one place, however, and
you have something serious on your hands. The Active
Noise Cancellation is truly brilliant, blanking out the world
around you completely as you get surrounded by a deep,
bass-heavy sound that doesnt overdo it. The sheer size and
weight can become an issue over long periods, but if youre
very into your music, these are well worth a look.

199.95/$279.95 | SMS Audio | smsby50.com


SONY MDR-XB800
HEADPHONES
The packaging for these headphones
tells you several times about the extra
bass these phones provide, when in truth
you only need to fre them up to discover
that. Bass can be easily overdone but
thankfully the XB800s are precise and
powerful without losing clarity at the top
end. With regards to design, these catch
the eye the styling looks rough and
ready; straight from the DJ booth. The fat
ear pads dont look comfortable but are
so soft that your ears sink into them and
they become over-ear pods that blot out
the world around you.

149.99/$149.99
| Sony | sony.com
NAD VISO HP50 OVER-EAR
HEADPHONE
The most striking thing about the VISOs is the comfort and noise
cancelling that the leather ear pads provide. It means that the user
can sit back and not disturb a soul in the process. Its clear from the
depth of sound that a lot of efort has gone into honing the audio
output of these headphones, and coupled with the
style, its a very desirable fnal package.

245.00/$299.00 | NAD | nadelectronics.com


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Each year, Apps Magazine
honours the best iPhone,
iPad and Android apps in
categories ranging from Best
Game to Best Entertainment,
Everyday and Work Apps as
well as awards for style and
innovation. Arguably the most
coveted prizes, however, are
App of the Year, selected by
the Apps Magazine team, and
the Readers Choice award,
which is chosen by you.
This years nominees are
endless-running game Temple
Run 2, video-sharing app Vine,
navigation app Google Maps,
language game Duolingo and
forecasing giant BBC Weather.
Head to www.knowyourapps.
com now to vote for your
favourite. The deadline for
entries is 11 November so
you will need to be quick to
cast your vote in time!
Last year the Readers
Choice accolade was awarded
to Endomondo Sports Tracker,
an all-encompassing ftness
app that remains one of the
most popular downloads
around, something this years
award nominees will likely be
looking to emulate.
The winner will be revealed
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BOOQ VIPER HARDCASE
Subtle in appearance and design, the Booq Viper ofers
some very good protection for your valuable seven-inch
tablet. The slim travel case has a semi-rigid moulded
exterior that ensures your device is well protected when
on the move. Inside is a soft lining ideal for your device,
alongside compartments for things like your passport,
boarding pass and other papers. As well as being the
perfect size for the iPad mini, it will comfortable ft an
Android tablet, such as a Galaxy Note or Nexus 7.

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DIVOOM BLUETUNE SOLO
Despite its compact size, the Bluetune Solo aims to give the
music on your device a bass boost. Lightweight and nicely
designed, there are few environments this speaker wont
look good in, and it also works as a speakerphone should
your listening session be interrupted by a call. The bass does
begin to distort at the top end, but this is a solid audio choice
nonetheless. To bring the noise, you can connect multiple
Solos together via Bluetooth for surround sound.

39.99/$59.99 | Divoom | divoom.com


GRIFFIN POWERDOCK 5
An impressive piece of kit for the power it has
to ofer, the PowerDock can handle charging up
to fve iOS devices at once. There are USB ports
for each slot on the dock, with power coming
from it being plugged in. Now giving your entire
households devices a power boost can be done in
a single place, ending the need for an extension
lead and wires everywhere. This is defnitely one
for big families or extreme iOS device lovers.

74.99/$99.99 | Griffin | griffintechnology.com


BLUE SPARK DIGITAL
With the look of an old school studio mic,
the Blue Spark Digital is intended for mainly
musical use, ideally hooked up to your iPad
and running some recording software. It also
comes with a USB cable to connect to a laptop,
and is incredibly easy to assemble quickly. If
youre looking to start a mini music studio at
home then this is a great way to begin.

199.95/$199.95 | Blue | bluemic.com


W
hich apps are best
suited to gamers?
The built-in ones
are all fne, but we think our
collection provides a lot more
fun. Here weve included a
video-calling app that allows
you to play games within a
call and challenge the person
at the other end, as well as
a camera app that lets you
stamp Minecraft graphics
on your photos. Interested?
Check out our other suggested
alternatives and discover how
you can start unleashing your
competitive side from every
corner of your smartphone.
STEAM MOBILE
Alternative to
App Store
Steam is incredibly
popular with
gamers as its an
essential source of games
and information. You can
browse and buy top games,
and get the latest news.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free | v1.2
Android | OS 2.1
| Free | v1.0.6
PUFFIN
Alternative to
Safari
Safari is a fne
web browser
for most surfng needs,
but unfortunately it
doesnt support Flash.
Pufn does play Flash
movies, so now you
can view all the game
previews and demos
youve been missing.
BING
Alternative to Maps
Bing is much more
than just a web
search tool and its
maps are pretty good. If youre
visiting a friend for a gaming
session and arent sure how to
get there, the in-app Bing
Maps will show you directions.
RAPTR
Alternative to
Game Center
Get all your
friends to join
the Raptr
community. It works a
bit like Game Center;
you can see whos
playing what across all
the consoles, track your
friends achievements
and more. Great fun!
1
TANGO
Alternative to
FaceTime
Call friends and
challenge them to
a game you can
play within the video call!
5
WEATHER RABBIT
FREE
Alternative to
Weather
Displays daily and
hourly forecasts
but there is also
a virtual pet to look after.
CAMERA
MINECRAFT
EDITION FREE
Alternative to
Camera
Use this Minecraft
camera to add themed
graphics to the shot for fun.
SUPER NOTE:
RECORDER, NOTES,
MEMOS. FREE
Alternative to Notes
Jot down your game
details such as
usernames,
characters and wishlists.
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THE GAMER
Entertaining apps for the serious game enthusiast
KINECT STAR
WARS
Alternative to
Messages
Loving Angry
Birds Star
Wars II?
Message your friends
this Star Wars-themed
social network app.
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| Free | v1.2
Android | OS 2.3.3 |
Free | v1.6
COUNT DOWN
APP FREE
Alternative to
Clock
This countdown
timer could be
used to track
important upcoming
game launches. Just add
the release dates of the
games you are waiting
for and it will alert you.
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| Free | v1.2
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| Free | v3.5
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| Free | v1.0
iPhone | iOS 5.0
| Free | v3.2.2
Android | OS 2.2
| Free | v3.0.10154M
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| Free | v1.2
Android | OS 2.3.3
| Free | v1.6
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MY HOME SCREEN
Whether its a luxury hotel or an
Oscar-winning movie, the idea
of something being five stars is
a badge of honour that is rarely
awarded. It represents the pinnacle
of achievement and a reward for
hours of hard work, innovative
thinking and true craftsmanship.
We hand out only a few five-star
awards in each issue of Apps
Magazine to downloads that have
really grabbed us. Here is a roundup
of the leading apps that weve seen
this year, complete with why you
should reserve a spot on your home
screen just for them.
To ensure that you can enjoy this
App Store crme de la crme without
racking up unwanted costs, weve
limited our list to the top 50 priceless
apps that wont cost you a penny.
Whether they are on iPhone, iPad or
Android, they are all completely free
you to download and enjoy.
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ANOMALY NOVEL iPad | iOS 5.1
This is an app that feels like a
Hollywood blockbuster built for
iPad, with levels of content
unseen anywhere else. Anomaly
is a 300-page graphic novel for starters, but
with individual art panels to move through,
and voice acting talent from flm, TV and
video games this is much more than just an
eBook. The epic sci-f story is littered with
interactive touch points throughout the
pages totalling over 170 and these give
readers background detail that feels
encyclopedic at times.
Visually this app is breathtaking; with
a huge amount of detail having gone into
the image-creation process, and there are
hundreds of 3D interactive models hidden
behind the touch points too. One of the
best aspects of this app is the diferent
reading modes; you can choose to move
through the story yourself, or turn on the
cinematic mode that takes you through it all
automatically, all you have to do is sit back,
watch and listen. This is a truly amazing
entertainment experience and one that is
unrivalled on the iPad.
WHAT WE SAID BEFORE
This isnt just a story youre moving
through, its an entire universe.
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CRAFTSY
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
For craft lovers this
is an essential app,
with video tutorials
on everything from knitting
to cake decoration. There
are hours and hours of
content to work through at
your own pace in order to
master a technique and,
thanks to the ability to take
video notes and participate
in discussions, youre getting
a fully fedged learning
experience for free.
SLICE ICE!
Android | OS 1.6
A puzzle game from a
completely new
perspective, Slice Ice asks
players to accurately cut sheets of
ice without separating the baby
penguins or getting in the way of the
leopard seals. A game that should be
on everyones home screen.
MEDIAFIRE
iPhone | iOS 5.1
Android | OS 2.3.3
MediaFire received the nod
as a fve-star app thanks to
the great convenience it
ofers for being productive while on
the move, but also because of the
massive 50GB of storage it gives to
every user. Perfect productivity.
FLIPBOARD
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.2
Held in high regard by many,
Flipboard is an essential.
Browse through newthat
appeals to you or even create your
own magazines from scratch,
selecting stories and sources before
sharing them with the community.
UNSTUCK
iPad | iOS 4.3
A pretty unique app for productivity, Unstuck is
designed to help users get themselves unstuck
and working once again when that creativity block
hits often at the most inopportune moments. The app
also works more generally across all aspects of life and is
programmed to help its users try and think diferently
through a series of on-screen exercises.
ZENONIA 5
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
Android | OS 2.2
An RPG series that has proved infnitely popular
with mobile gamers, Zenonia has been able to
rack up fve instalments thanks to a visual style
inspired by Final Fantasy, and expansive worlds that draw
the user in. This is by far the best-looking game in the
series, and with so much to do, there are few free games
that come more highly recommended.
GUMULON
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0
This is something very diferent
for gaming fans, Gumulon asks
users to use their mouth and
the action of chewing to help Ace
escape an underground maze. The app
uses the front-facing camera to track
movement and convert that into
gameplay, helping Ace to collect crystals.
There is a more conventional tap version
of the controls available too.
CHARITY MILES
iPhone | iOS 6.0
Android | OS 2.2
Charity Miles is a great app
not just because of its
honourable subject, but also
for the way it takes available
technology and puts it to brilliant use.
As you walk, run and bike the miles,
you earn money for charity.
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TRIPOSO
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
Android | OS 2.1
Be sure that you have all the
knowledge you could ever
need about your destination
by having Triposo with you. The app
allows you to download guides and
use them of ine to prevent you from
getting unwanted data charges.
GOOGLE MAPS
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0
Android | Varies
Still the premier mapping
app for whatever youre
doing, Google Maps
covers public transport and walking
directions as well as traditional road
steps. In-app reviews will also help
familiarise places quickly.
BBC WEATHER
iPhone | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.2
Not just any old weather
app, this one looks fantastic.
With fve-day forecasts
across the globe you can prepare for
all conditions ahead of time. There
are also hour-by-hour reports for the
current day to keep you informed.
DUOLINGO
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.2
A host of new languages
placed at your fngertips,
Duolingo uses a great
game-like interface to help you pick
up phrases and ultimately become
fuent. There are achievements and
levels to unlock as you progress.
RECCE - LONDON
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 4.0.3
One of the coolest city
guides you ever, Recce
transforms London into
a beautiful 3D map bursting with
information. This focuses on what to
do and see but also on getting around,
making it ideal for visitors to the city.
DIGITAL THEATRE iPad | iOS 5.0

Another app that is hugely experience-
driven, Digital Theatre brings the ambiance
of a night at the theatre directly to your
device thanks to its library of shows to
stream. While in-app purchases are required in order to
open up many of the shows, the talent and productions
on ofer make any transaction worth it. There are also
rental options that last 48 hours should you not wish to
make something part of your permanent collection.
Professionally flmed from multiple angles, each
production on ofer is captured in all its glory, in many
cases allowing the user to get much closer to the action
than is normally possible. There are trailers for each
show, and the app also contains The Journal, a digital
newsletter that provides the latest culture news.
Part of the lure of this app lies in the impressive
names that litter it from David Tennant to Jonathan
Pryce this is an app flled with some of the biggest
productions from around the UK, and bringing them
into the home is a unique experience. Add in the ability
to send shows to a HDTV via AirPlay and you have the
makings of a very unique night in.
WHAT WE SAID BEFORE
A great idea that has been well designed and
executed, and will only get better. Issue 31
CINEBEAT BY SMULE
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
One of the very best apps available for
getting creative and providing an
overwhelming sense of fun, CineBeat takes
your short clips and turns them into music videos. The
app is then able to analyse your video and compose
music to match.
With 18 diferent
styles and flters
on ofer here, you
can expect a
unique fnal result
that gives you a
great taste of
stardom.
TUNETRACE
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0
Find and listen to music in places you
wouldnt normally expect thanks to the
unique power of Tunetrace. The app takes
your drawings or photographs and, using the lines
and shapes
within them,
creates music and
light to dance
across your
screen. A one-of-
a-kind app that
has to be seen to
be believed.
THE SILENT AGE
iPad+ | iOS 4.0
Android | OS 2.2
This game has given the platform genre a
new lease of life thanks to its use of time
travel that sees your character jump
between the same settings but in diferent time
periods. It is by
this method that
you overcome
obstacles, crossing
dimensions in
order to move
forward and
explore the next
environment.
RAD SOLDIERS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
A brilliant combination of hardcore battles and
wacky characters, RAD Soldiers has plenty of
personality that shines through. As well as
the single-player mode, there is a chaotic multiplayer
setup where
users can take
on friends and
other online
players, killing
each other in
increasingly
hilarious ways.
Brilliant fun.
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TURBO RACING
LEAGUE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
Android | OS 2.3
Being a movie
tie-in doesnt
always bode well
for mobile games, but
things couldnt be more
diferent for Turbo Racing
League. With smart
controls and some cool
environments to speed
around, there is no reason
to not play this game.
PLANTS VS
ZOMBIES 2
iPad+ | iOS 5.1
Though the
original was and
remains
incredibly popular, Plants
vs Zombies 2 has all the
content to surpass it
thanks to a quicker
turnover of cool plants.
Theres also now a range
of settings that add some
much-needed variety to
the gameplay.
GALAXY ON FIRE 2 HD
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
Android | OS 3.1
Placing an entire galaxy at your disposal, this game
is brilliant for the sheer scale and potential it ofers
you. There are more than 100 planets to explore
and several
spacecraft to
unlock and then
upgrade. Its
about as close to
open-world space
exploration as
youll ever get on
your mobile.
PHOTO EDITOR KIT FREE
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0
A truly impressive free
download, this app contains a
level of editing tools that usually
costs a few pounds or dollars to access.
You do have to deal with some ads, but its
worth it for the sheer range of things you
can do from some serious image perfecting
to creating light-hearted memes.
MUSYC
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
Music creation apps are not a new
concept when it comes to
downloads. Musyc though, has
managed to refresh the experience
thanks to the open nature of the interface.
Musyc works by using diferent shapes,
and the diferent sounds they make in an
environment to create a track. Users can create
the environment as they see ft; using either
precision to get the exact result they want, or
just throwing in sounds to see what happens.
This is the joy of Musyc, the unpredictability
and indeed the scope of the app.
Theres also a creative presence beyond just
audio too some of the presets in the app hint
towards creating pictures with the shapes on
ofer and then adding sound-making shapes to
these scenes and seeing what happens.
For more serious audiophiles there are also
plenty of editing tools to tweak the sound of
each shape, ofering more depth to an app that
has surrendered complete creative control to
the user and its a great power to have.
WHAT WE SAID BEFORE
A wonderfully engaging and easy-to-
use music creation app with seemingly
endless possibilities. Issue 37
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GAMES
DONT LOOK BACK
iPhone+ | iOS 1.0
Android | OS 2.2
Basic in design, but Dont
Look Back is provides an
uplifting message and
immersive gameplay. Based on the
story of Orpheus in Greek mythology,
you must retrieve your love from hell
and return without ever looking back.
PLAGUE INC
Android | OS 2.2
Indulge your destructive
side with this game that
sees you trying to create
a plague to wipe out the worlds
population. As you complete the task
in varying dif culties, more disease
types open up for you to try out.
PIXEL PEOPLE
iPad+ | iOS 4.3
Build your own Utopia,
complete with the citizens
that live within it as you
splice together your occupants to
create new people. Unlocking new
characters opens up more buildings
as your Utopia constantly expands.
DOTS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.2
Simple design yet stunningly
addictive, Dots is all about
creating squares of the same
colour on your grid in order to score
points. Whether it be battling the
clock or with a set number of moves,
you wont be able to put this down.
DEAD TRIGGER
iPad+ | iOS 4.2
Android | OS 2.3.3
Remains one of the best-
value games around given
the look and depth to this
game most would be happy to pay
for it, but Dead Trigger remains a free
download. Rejoice, download and
fght of wave after wave of zombies.
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iPhone | iOS 6.0
A very cool way of bringing
together Instagram and
Vine videos; Sympler allows
users to mix together diferent
short videos to the beat of music.
The fnal product can then be
stitched together, with various
diferent musical accompaniments
to choose from, and then shared
across social networks.
DUNGEON HUNTER 4 iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 Android | OS 2.3
An RPG that has so much going for it,
Dungeon Hunter 4 ticks the boxes for style
and scale when it comes to mobile gaming.
The game has a huge array of upgrades
across its four warrior types, each one with its own
unique combat style. All of this goes perfectly with the
fantastic visuals that add to the epic atmosphere.
There are huge bosses to defeat, and a frenetic yet
fun slashing-based control system to help you do that.
This fast-paced gameplay combined with the seemingly
endless amounts of loot to discover in the story mode
ofers users various ways to immerse themselves.
Then there is the multiplayer, with both co-op and
player vs player modes that allow you to team up with as
well as take on friends. Theres also a team deathmatch
mode where you can gather up a group of fghters and
take on other players. This is an accomplished title that
has become more popular with every instalment, and
deservedly has a place
among the other fve-
star apps listed here.
WHAT WE
SAID BEFORE
A sensational
game that will
keep you hooked
for hours on end.
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GOJEE FOOD
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
Not just collecting together
recipes from the worlds
best food bloggers and
displaying them in one place, Gojee
Food combines them with some
stunning photography to have you
salivating even further. If ever there
was an app to fuel want in the best
possible way, then this is it. An
essential app for food lovers.
STARMATIC
iPhone | iOS 4.2
A very cool alternative if
youre looking for
something a little bit
diferent to the likes of Instagram,
Starmatic ofers similar powers of
social interaction through the
sharing of photos. The app also
includes a range of flters and
camera rolls for you to test out on
your photographs.
VODIO
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 3.0
An aggregator for all your
video content, Vodio tracks
uploads across the major
video sites and divides them into
categories for you to look through.
The aim of the app is to be the
ultimate destination for time-killing
entertainment, and it hardly puts a
foot wrong in that department.
DUNGEON HUNTER IS AN ACCOMPLISHED
TITLE THAT HAS BECOME MORE POPULAR
WITH EVERY INSTALMENT
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
The roster of characters
available in this app would
be enough to get it fve
stars from many a comic book fan.
Combined with the great visuals and
cool card-collecting gameplay,
however, this is a sure-fre winner.
DISNEY JUNIOR APPISODES
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
Captivate the younger
members of your household
with this video app and,
being on iPad, each episode
downloaded is also fully interactive.
This means getting involved with
events that unfold in front of you,
and you can download episodes to
access them at any time.
LAYRS
iPhone | iOS 5.0
A very cool photo app that
gets under the skin of your
images, separating
individual layers and allowing you to
work on each one independently for
better efect. A unique editing app
that ofers a lot of opportunity.
ESPN UK
iPhone | iOS 5.1
Android | OS 2.2
Given a recent overhaul and
reaping the rewards, ESPN
UK allows you to customise
your feed across sports and teams,
so all of your alerts are together in
one, very good-looking place.
HOBBIT MOVIES
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
As far as companions go for
movie franchises, this is one
of the fnest. With artwork
and maps as well as some stunning
character imagery and an intuitive
interface, this app deserves some of
your time, especially if youre a fan.
EVERMEETING
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
A fve-star app and an award
winner in Apps Magazine in
the past, evermeeting really
is a fantastic piece of productivity kit.
Keep on top of everything by
scheduling your meetings, as well as
recording minutes before transcribing
and sending out summaries.
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iPhone | iOS 6.0
Android | OS 4.0
Moves is one of the
most detailed
movement-tracking
apps around, putting
the existing technology within your
smartphone to log your exercise
throughout the day. View your
entire day mapped out as a
timeline, with walking, running and
cycling marked on the line in
diferent colours. The idea behind
this is that the visual presentation of all your movement could
trigger some lifestyle changes, encouraging you to be more
active and resulting in more exercise being taken on.
The strength of this idea is perhaps best emphasised by
Apple introducing the M7 coprocessor into the latest iPhone 5s,
which does a similar job of tracking your movement throughout
the day. It also means Moves could be an even more potent tool
on these devices in particular. The app learns your habits and
regular spots visited, including them on the timeline of the day
as well as the in-app maps where you can see the diferent
routes you take. Moves is efortless to set up and use, yet
detailed and massively helpful to your daily routine.
WHAT WE SAID BEFORE
Whether for fun or serious exercise, it succeeds in
every area. Moves is a clever solution with an
interface perfect for the task at hand. Issue 31
WEBR
iPhone | iOS 4.3.5
This is one of
the best apps
for displaying
the power of the
iPhone; Webr gives you
the ability to build a
website from scratch
and post it in moments.
There are templates
and editing capabilities
as well, so you can
continue updating
while youre on the go.
PHOTO EDITOR
BY AVIARY
iPhone+ | iOS 7.0
Android | OS 2.3
One-touch
auto-enhance,
sharpening and
blur efects and of
course, the customary
flters, Photo Editor has
everything you could
ask for. You can also
draw on screen and add
text if you wish, so
every base is covered.
VYCLONE
iPhone | iOS 7.0
Android | OS 4.0.3
Vyclone takes
footage from
various
perspectives and
stitches them
together into a single
clip, covering the
moment from all
angles. Social
gatherings and
sporting events have
never looked so good.
EFFORTLESS TO SET UP
AND USE, YET DETAILED AND
MASSIVELY HELPFUL
iPLAYER RADIO
iPhone | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 4.0
A fantastically designed
little app that gives users
the power to search
through the archive of BBC radio
stations and listen to any podcasts
you like. You can even download your
favourites and listen later of ine.
BLOOM.FM
iPhone | iOS 4.3
Android | OS 2.3
Bloom.fm has been
immensely popular thanks
to its unique borrow-and-
return scheme that allows users to
rent songs and then swap them for
others. There are free radio stations
too, but the tiny subscription fees
make this app worth your time.
BANDSINTOWN CONCERTS
iPhone | iOS 4.3
Android | OS 2.2
This app takes a look at
the music library on your
phone and builds a concert
calendar based around it. Youll never
again be too late to hear about those
gig tickets, as well as discover new
artists along the way.
KISS KUBE
iPhone | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.3
A great companion for fans
of the popular radio station,
Kiss Kube also contains a live
stream of Kisstory and Kissfresh, and
users can even customise the app so
that it begins playing their preferred
stream upon opening the app.
YOUTUBE
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
Android | OS 2.2
YouTube is more even more
music friendly as it now
supports background video
playback; users can listen to a song
while queueing up the next one for
the frst time on mobile.
NOWTHIS NEWS
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
Android | OS 2.2
A simple and very
cool video news
app, NowThis
News is a collection of
video bulletins released
daily to keep users up-to-
date with all the global
developments. There are
news articles too, and the
interface is engaging and
good enough to sustain
interest for a long time.
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ACROSSAIR
AUGMENTED
REALITY
BROWSER
iPhone | iOS 3.1 | Free
A very handy app for being
out and about, acrossair
has a list of amenities on
screen to help users narrow down
what theyre looking for. Each of the
categories also has multiple source
options when it comes to of ering
suggestions of places. Ranging from
Google to Yelp, users can specify which to use if they happen to prefer one
over the other. Users can also bookmark favourite places, and acrossair
of ers directions too. Its even possible to log the location of the car, so
losing it while out in a new town or city is no longer an inevitability.
LAYAR
AUGMENTED
REALITY
iPhone+| iOS6.0| Free
Android| Varies | Free
This app is all about
getting extra content
from the adverts and
products in the world around
you. Anything displaying the
Layar logo can be scanned,
and this then ofers the user
quick links to the site as well
as extra content. Scan a movie
poster to see the trailer, while
compatible magazines may
ofer extra content in the form
of videos when theyre
scanned. Quick links mean
users can buy products in a
couple of taps, from fashion
items to movie tickets. All this
content is saved to the app,
logging everything seen and
allowing users to return to it
later and show friends.
YELP
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | Varies | Free
Of course Yelp
is primarily a
list and map-
based recommendations
app, it having its own
AR setup makes sense
given the amount of
information there is on
of er. Yelp can now
overlay search results
as AR results on screen
to help users f nd what
theyre looking for. The
fact that a lot of the
other search-based
apps here use the
service to source their
results emphasises the
power and scope that
this app can of er.
Though it may not be
the central function of
the app, using AR
alongside the endless
reviews makes a lot of
sense and serves as a
useful way to f nd that
great restaurant or
entertaining evening
activity on the f y.
WIKITUDE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.3 | Free
What makes Wikitude
appealing as an AR app is its
accessibility. There are various
categories to select from ranging
from restaurants to accommodation
and events, relevant places and points
that appear on screen. Reviews and
recommendations are of ered by a
host of sources, including big names
like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com, and
Wikitube has a cleaner interface than a
lot of other AR explorers. Theres a
more playful side too, with AR games
thrown in that allow users to f ght of
invading aliens and swat f ies if killing
time becomes a top priority.
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ACTION MOVIE FX
iPad+| iOS5.0| Free
Of course not every AR app is about
fnding out whats around the corner,
there are some, like Action Movie FX
that try to do something a little diferent.
This app wants to bring some Hollywood
blockbuster efects to the videos shot on
smartphone and tablet. Using the in-app
efects and framing tools, users can make
it look as though theyve narrowly avoided
a huge car crash, witnessed an asteroid
hitting Earth or been caught in an
avalanche. The efects are perfectly
knitted in using AR, so the depth and
impact looks better than anything else
available on iOS, and because of this it
encourages creativity in video shooting.
AUGMENT 3D
AUGMENTED
REALITY
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free
Another app that focuses more
on the entertainment side of
augmented reality, Augment
gives you the chance to interact with and
even create your own models, as well as
try out products to see if they f t in your
world. There are famous characters to
pose alongside, virtual pets to dote over
and even triggers that you can create yourself, so scanning an object leads to
certain objects appearing. The real advantage of this app however comes in
the ability to see what products such as furniture look like in your home
before buying it, so you are able to get a far better idea of whether or not it
f ts into your room and if you like it. A well-executed app with many uses.
ANOMALY:
INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL
iPad | iOS 5.1 | Free
Android | OS 4.0 | 3.25/$4.99
This is a graphic novel on another level to the others in its category
thanks to the various augmented reality points that litter over 300
stunning pages of this story. The AR works as a visual and
interactive encyclopedia of the people and creatures that occupy the
Anomaly universe, allowing users to rotate and examine in detail the various
lifeforms and ships within the story. Interact with them and users will also
provoke a reaction; wild animals will attack and hostile creatures will threaten
you. It all works perfectly as an added layer to the immersive story, and helps
to break up the panel-by-panel reading.
STAR CHART
iPad+| iOS4.3| Free
Android| Varies | Free
Using stunning artwork to emphasise the
constellations, the diferent fgures and myths
hidden among the stars are unveiled across
your devices screen in real beauty. The app also
highlights the planets as well as man-made residents of
the heavens, like satellites. Users can now see what
theyre looking at when they point their smartphone or
tablet upwards, even in broad daylight. There are also
3D features that allow users to explore the universe as
a whole, but the AR is the real showstopper here.
SNAPSHOP SHOWROOM
iPhone+| iOS4.2| Free
Making shopping a
much more thorough
process, SnapShop
Showroom gives users the
chance to virtually pick up
objects and drop them into
their front room to test the
water before buying. The app
supports gestures, so its
possible to rotate and position
items just how they would be
set up in the room before
taking a picture and sharing it
with others to get opinions. On
top of that, the app has its own
built-in browser so users dont
have to leave the app to make
a purchase. Big-name brands
like Ikea and Pier1 are signed up
and linked in with the app.
FETCH! LUNCH RUSH
iPhone | iOS 4.0 | Free
Fetch is a maths-based game where players have
to solve puzzles by scanning the correct number
card. This can be downloaded in-app to be
printed off, and using them sees animated sushi pop up on
screen. The aim of the game is to help Fetch get
everyones lunch order right, with the maths questions
getting harder as the game progresses. Its a great way of
engaging younger users, and as a free game is good fun.
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SIMPLE SOIREE
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | 1.49/$1.99
Hosting a really great party can take
a lot of work, but Simple Soiree can
make it a lot easier. Say goodbye to
lists on scraps of paper around your
house, forgotten details or incomplete shopping
runs you can plan everything inside this one
app. Create shopping lists, track RSVPs, plan your
menu and send updates to guests.
PINTEREST
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | Varies | Free
Did you spot a photo of an amazing party theme
when you were researching ideas online? Pinterest
allows you pin pictures from the web and store
them for later as well as share them with friends. In
fact, Pinterest has such a developed community that you can
fnd lots of great party ideas just by searching within the app.
PARTY PLANNER
Android | OS 1.5 | 0.63/$0.99
Organise your bash with this easy-
to-use checklist. It comes preloaded
with lots of party related items that
you can customise to your needs, but
also might contain something you hadnt thought
of including. This list can be easily be shared
with others involved and
can be backed up to
Dropbox.
BRIT + CO.
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free
Similar to Pinterest, Brit & Co. is an
image-driven app packed with ideas
for your party, from decorations
to costume as well as serving
suggestions. The diference is that, in addition to
being able to research and collect pictures, this
app includes easy-to-follow instructions to create
them yourself at home.
FACEBOOK
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | Varies | Free
The simplest way to get
the word out about any
party is via Facebook.
Creating an event is
easy to do in the mobile app, with
the option to include a name,
description, location and time
remember the privacy settings too.
EVITE
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free
Android | OS 2.1 | Free
Create colourful invites
for all your friends,
manage the guest list
and track RSVPs with
Evite. Use templates to make invites
for any occasion from birthdays to
barbecues, as well as import your
own photos for a personal touch.
GROUPME
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | Free |
Android | OS 2.2 | Free
To make sure the
invite doesnt get lost
in transmission, use
GroupMe. This app draws
contacts from your address book,
Facebook and Twitter, so no matter
what social network your guests are
on, they wont miss out.
RED STAMP CARDS
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free
If virtual invites arent
sophisticated enough,
design physical invites
and have them posted
out with Red Stamp Cards. You
can customise existing templates,
though Red Stamp have a much
larger range. For non-US users, the
price of each invite is 1.44/$2.29.
PRO PARTY PLANNER
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | 2.99/$4.99
Ideal for larger events, you can
manage everything from seating
plans to party favours with this in-
depth app. Track your spending with
a budget management spreadsheet and draw
up a shopping list of items you need to buy. You
can even imagine how your party will look using
clever augmented reality features.
Find inspiration
on Pinterest
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HELPING HAND
If youve been invited to a friends
party, why not ask if they need any
help setting up? PitchIn is a great
app to manage who is doing what.
PITCHIN
iPhone |
iOS 4.3 | Free
1. Create a board
Once youve set up an
account on Pinterest, simply
tap the blank Create a
Board square on your profle
page. A board allows you
to store pictures, such as
decoration ideas, in one
place so that you can easily
refer back to them.
2. Set up a board
Give your board a name and
also add a description if you
like. So as to make sure your
party stays a surprise, or
simply keep it secret from
other Pinners, consider
switching Secret mode to
On so that the board is only
viewable by you.
3. Pin images
Now let the party planning
truly begin! Tap the search
icon and look up party
ideas and search other key
phrases. When you see an
image that takes your fancy,
simply tap the Pin button
and select your relevant
board from the list of
available options.
3. Dispatch invites
Tap the Send button to select
how to send your invites, opt
for Mail Paper Postcards for
hard copies. You will be asked
to supply recipient addresses, a
return address and then enter
your bank details.
2. Customise your
invite
To edit an invite, double tap on
the image to amend location,
date and contact details. Tap the
speech bubble on the sidebar to
change the headline as well as
play with the colour of the card.
1. Choose a template
Select Invite from the options
on the main menu, then view
various templates. If youre
just browsing for now, tap the
Like button to add designs to
your favourites section for
potential use later on.
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LAYING ON FOOD
GOJEE FASHION & HOME
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Ofering the
same level
of incredible
photography
of that in Gojee Food, but
starring stylish outfts
rather than succulent
dishes. Great for inspiration.
POSE
iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.2 | Free
Like Facebook for fashionistas,
this social network allows you to
keep up with the latest trends.
Ideal for fnding a party frock.
LENS COLOR SHOPPING BY
FASHIONFREAX
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free
Looking for shoes to match a
dress? Snap a photo and Lens
Colour will fnd corresponding
clothes to purchase in-app.
HOW TO COOK
EVERYTHING
iPad+ | iOS 6.1 | 6.99/$9.99
With 2,000 recipes
ranging from a Caesar
salad to cupcakes,
you are bound to fnd
the recipe here. To make cooking
simple as well as plan the party, the
option to flter recipes that you can
prepare in advance or cook quickly
is a particularly useful one.
PARTY FOOD RECIPES
Android | OS 1.0 | Free
A collection of 25 video
recipes for foods that
are ideal for parties.
Including appetisers,
salads, pastries and desserts,
this Android-only collection also
recommends dishes for specifc
festivities. The only downside is that
there is no search feature and all the
videos are sourced from YouTube.
GOJEE FOOD
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Warning: the mouth-
watering photography
in this app could
easily distract you
from planning your party. But if
you can tear your eyes away from
the pictures, the recipes are also
incredibly good. The option to search
by what food you have left in the
cupboard is also very useful.
PAPRIKA RECIPE
MANAGER
iPad | iOS 6.0 | 2.99/$4.99 |
If you already have
recipes in mind, store
them all in one place
with Paprika. Its easy to
copy and paste recipes from your
favourite food websites or store
them of ine until you need them.
MARTHA STEWART
MAKES COCKTAILS
iPad | iOS 4.3 | 1.99/$2.99
For a modern way to
make cocktails, turn
to this top download
from domestic goddess
Martha Stewart. Ofering six
diferent recipe bundles, you can
choose options including Cutting-
Edge Cocktails for a particularly
on-trend refreshment, alcohol-free
Mocktails for those designated
drivers amongst your guests, and
Holiday for a seasonal selection.
Theres no better way to help your
guests get in the party mood.
8,500+ DRINKS AND
COCKTAILS FREE
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | OS 1.5 | Free
As well as being cross-
platform, this download
is amazing because
it has such a massive
selection of drink recipes and also
happens to be entirely free. The
search bar makes it easy to fnd a
specifc drink, while simply having to
tap the star icon next to every drink
while browsing makes it as easy as
possible to add the best drinks to
your favourite list. With so much on
ofer here, whats not to love?
SPEAKEASY COCKTAILS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | 2.99/$4.99
With names like The
Sidecar, Twelve Miles
Out and El Presidente,
its an irony that the
Prohibition Era produced some of
the worlds best cocktails. If you
want a paty on par with The Great
Gatsby, serve your guests Jazz Age
drinks with this unique collection,
which includes helpful video
instructions for each drink.
HELLO VINO
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 2.2 | Free
Want to impress your guests with a fne wine? Then,
undoubtedly, this is the app for you. Hello Vino allows you to
search for a vintage based on the occasion, what specifc food
youre planning on serving with it, where it came from, and also
by personal taste. Alternatively, the app allows you to scan bottle labels for
more helpful and specifc information while youre out shopping.
THE PHOTO COOKBOOK - TAPAS
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | 2.49/$3.99
If youre looking for a bufet option that
is a bit more high-end than chicken
wings or cheese and pineapple on
skewers, tapas might be the best option
for you. The latest in the popular Photo Cookbook
series, this app includes 60 dishes with step-by-
step instructions and 500 Retina Display photos.
This is bound to help you get the party started.
What to wear
MONITOR YOUR
DRINKING
This app works out a running estimate
of your blood alcohol level provided
you remember to log every drink.
ALCOHOL
MONITOR
iPhone | iOS 3.1
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PUMP UP THE MUSIC
SHARE PHOTOS
SPOTIFY
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free
Android | Varies | Free
Stream millions of songs instantly
with Spotify. Either create your own
playlist of your favourite tunes or
select Party from the in-app Radio
options for endless dance tracks. While this
app is free to download, you do need to have a
subscription in order to use it on your mobile.
MUSIC MAKER JAM
Android | OS 4.0 | Free
This free music maker app is
Androids answer to djay 2, allowing
you mix your own songs. Adjust
the tempo and apply cool efects to
thousands of professionally produced loops to
create your own Hip Hop, Dance, Electric Jazz,
or Rock sound. Alternatively, shake your smart
device to create a random loop instantly.
DJAY 2
iPad | iOS 6.0 | 6.99/$9.99
For something extra special, why not DJ your
party? There is no need for expensive turntables,
simply link your iPad up with some Bluetooth-
enabled speakers and download djay 2. Seamlessly
mix tracks from your iTunes library, or if you dont think you
have the skills, the app can do it for you in Automix mode. Add
extra drums if you really want to raise the roof.
GOOGLE+
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free
Android | Varies | Free
If youve arranged your party by posting an
event on Google+, enable Party Mode and all
the photos and videos you and other users take
will be uploaded to a shared collection. Users
can tag, share and download their favourites. Also, why not
organise a video Hang Out for those who couldnt make it?
INSTAGRAM
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.2 | Free
Create a hashtag for all
the photos and videos
at a party and post to
Instagram. You might
need something more inventive
than #birthdayparty, however
SNAPCHAT
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free
Android | OS 2.2 | Free
Embarrassing pictures
can be a real problem.
Thankfully, Snapchat
ofers a private network
to share photos that only last ten
seconds before vanishing for good.
HEADS UP!
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | 0.69/$0.99
Android | OS 2.3 |0.62/$0.99
An update of an old
parlour game, guess
the names of a celebrity
by asking other players
questions. Only when you say the
correct name will the word change.
WHAT WOULD YOU
CHOOSE?
iPhone | iOS 5.1 | Free
Would you rather have a
magic carpet or be able
to teleport wherever
you wanted? This app
is packed with 400 daft choices that
are perfect for breaking the ice.
TRUTH OR DARE!!!
iPhone+ | iOS 3.0 | Free
Every teenagers
favourite game, answer
questions truthfully or
pay a forfeit in the form
of a dare. Programme in the name
of players and shake your device to
refresh the questions.
CREATE A
PLAYLIST
Search for a track
you like, then tap the
button and then
select Add to Playlist
from the menu that
appears. Tap the Plus
icon to create a brand
new playlist for all
your party songs.
MAKE IT
COLLABORATIVE
Once youve added all the
tracks that you like to the
playlist, tap the button
in the top right and select
Make Collaborative so
that other users can add
to it. Give your playlist a
distinctive name so your
guests can fnd it.
SHARE WITH
FRIENDS
In the same menu as
Make Collaborative,
tap the Share button
to send the playlist to
all guests attending
your party via email,
Facebook, Twitter or
even SMS. Now no-
one can complain!
Create a collaborative playlist in Spotify
GET CHATTING
If youre someone who dreads small
talk at parties, give this app a whirl
for instant lively conversation.
CONVERSATION
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MANAGE YOUR KITCHEN REPERTOIRE AND DISCOVER NEW DISHES WITHOUT PAYING A THING
PAPRIKA RECIPE
MANAGER
Paprikas pricing as a recipe app
might raise eyebrows at frst, but
the scope of potential content soon
washes away these concerns. This download
ofers up recipes from almost 200 recipe
websites, all aggregated into a single place
here. In addition to this, Paprika makes a
big efort to take advantage of the cloud,
allowing you to save and sync recipes and
the personalised notes you can make on
them across devices and even your Mac as
well. So no matter where you do your recipe
browsing, Paprika is available.
This app combines content and
functionality very well, making it ideal to
support any level of cook in the kitchen.
Android | OS 2.2 | 3.11/$4.99 | v1.2.0
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EPICURIOUS RECIPES &
SHOPPING LIST
This app is privy to more than 30,000
recipes that users can add to their
favourites, creating a menu-like list of
all their signature dishes. Like Paprika, Epicurious
can be synced across desktop and devices, so
managing recipes, ingredients and shopping lists
can be done anywhere. Although there are a
huge number of recipes on ofer, searching for
a dish is very straightforward as its possible to
search by individual ingredients as well as meals.
Plenty of depth in terms of content as well as
some handy features to make it your very own
digital sous chef. What more could you want?
iPad | iOS 4.3 | Free | v3.0.6
Android | OS 1.5 | Free | v1.0.1
ALLRECIPES.COM
DINNER SPINNER
Allrecipes allows users to look through
its database by dish type, ingredients
and cooking time. The idea is that its
possible to narrow down exactly what is wanted
using a combination of these three categories.
Despite the logic, there is a sense of sparseness
compared to some of the other apps on show
here. Still, there are still moments when this app
can be very useful, particularly when applying the
cooking time flter to dishes when in a hurry.
Not the best app here, but it certainly has its
uses. The cooking time filter is also a nice way
to narrow down meal choices.
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v3.0.4
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v2.1.2
BIGOVEN 250,000+
RECIPES AND GROCERY LIST
BigOven is an app that any user should
take a serious look at. Not only does
the app support up to 250,000 recipes
a mixture of ones from the BigOven website
and those uploaded by users there are some
impressive planning features too. Create dishes
and drop them into a meal calendar, before having
the app create a grocery list based on the dishes
to be made. Users can also upload photos, and link
in with Facebook friends to swap tips easily.
Impressive levels of organisation
and content make BigOven the
go-to recipe app of choice.
iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Free | v5.0
Android | Varies | Free | Varies
THE BETTY CROCKER
MOBILE COOKBOOK
A household name, this app certainly
benefits from an instant sense of
reliability. Mobile Cookbook contains 13,000
recipes, including many classics given the Betty
Crocker touch. Recipes come with photos, helping
to make the dish creation process clear. While the
content might not match up to some others in
terms of variety, the ability to search by ingredient
as well as recipe comes in handy. Users can even
earn coupons that can be put towards General Mills
products the parent company of Betty Crocker.
ALLTHECOOKS RECIPES!
Allthecooks is socially driven with
thousands of recipes on ofer that have
been posted online by other users. The
app comes with a built-in messenger service
that allows users to communicate with one
another on any food query, even those beyond
the recipes within the app. For those looking for
quick meals, Allthecooks includes timing as a flter
to fnd dishes that can be made in as little as ten
minutes. The app also supports customisation in
the form of various cookbooks users can create
and fll with their favourite recipes.
Very simple interface and functionality,
making it easy to work with in the kitchen.
Takes a refreshingly different
approach and the social interaction
is very handy to have so close.
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v4.0.4 iPad+ | iOS 7.0 | Free | v2.02
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v3.1 Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v3.63
MUST-HAVE RECIPES
FROM BETTER HOMES
AND GARDENS
As well as over 500 recipes and
additional recipes that can be
downloaded via in-app purchases Must-
Have Recipes boasts how to videos and step-by-
step guides to improve your kitchen skills. Users
can add notes and substitute ingredients, as well
as organising and sharing favourites. Users can
create shopping lists for the ingredients they
need too, and these can be made store specifc.
Does everything right, but is lacking the
number of recipes needed to stand out.
iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v3.0.2
Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free | v1.0.3
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The web has evolved
exponentially from drab,
grey webpages with blue,
linked text to vivid, elegant
pages with complex graphics, videos
and other interactive information. Yet,
so far, the web experience on tablets
has been limited to browsers that are
either scaled-up versions of smartphone
browsers or scaled-down desktop
browsers. Web developers Opera wanted
to do something about this. Enter Coast,
a browser specifcally designed for
surfng the web on your iPad.
During the year and a half it took to
develop, the app was codenamed Ice,
but Coast as in coasting along suits
its relaxed, easy-to-use nature better.
Not that the browser is slow. When we
carried out speed tests on loading times,
Coast was faster than both Googles
Chrome and the gesture-driven Dolphin.
The only browsers we could fnd that
benchmarked better were Safari and
Puf n. Safaris speed is no surprise;
Apple ensures it runs faster on iOS by
giving it its own dedicated server and
forcing all third-party apps to share one.
Puf n, however, compresses webpages
before it downloads them, so it was
three times faster even than Safari. But
Puf ns drab design doesnt compare to
Coasts stylish interface.
Rather than waste screen space with
buttons, Coast makes the most of your
touchscreen and boasts an impressive
number of features that are entirely
gesture controlled. Do you want to
move backwards and forwards between
webpages? Just swipe left and right.
Want to close a tab or delete a favourite
page from the main menu? Just drag
it to the top of the screen where a
yawning black void, that looks similar
to an open envelope, will appear to
swallow it up. If you tap the tiny button
that is permanently at the bottom of
the screen, you can view screenshots of
every open page in a carousel like your
new iOS 7 iPads multitasking feature.
Similar to multasking, you can swipe
upwards to close pages, but if you swipe
down Coast runs a quick security check
on how safe the webpage is.
The white bar at the top of the screen
we also found to be highly intuitive.
As a universal search feld you can
enter either full web addresses or
just keywords to search for, and it will
auto-suggest both related words and
websites so you dont have to even fnish
what you were typing. While this has
become a standard feature in the most
popular browser apps, Coast goes one
step further with preview pictures of
webpages. This is a great feature that
is particularly helpful for when youre
trying to locate a specifc website, but
cant remember the name of it.
THIS FUNCTIONAL WAY TO NAVIGATE AND INTERACT
WITH THE WEB COULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU BROWSE
THE INTERNET AND USE APPS ON THE iPAD
ABOVE: Coast is a browser that
has been designed specifically
for use on the iPad
BELOW: The search bar attempts to auto-complete your searches
with recommended words and pages
COAST
BY OPERA
MANAGE YOUR WEBPAGES LIKE APP ICONS IN THIS iPAD-ONLY BROWSER
Webpages fill
almost the entire
screen
Gesture controls
make it easy to
navigate
No control over
privacy or web
history
The city-by-night
background looks
a little dated
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However, though Coasts PR team has
been eager to claim its a buttonless
browser, this isnt strictly true. In an
efort to create a tablet-friendly way to
surf the web, Opera seems to have taken
inspiration from how Apple put together
the iPad. Just as the iPad displays its
various programs as tappable app icons,
Coast does the same for webpages.
While this might sound cluttered, it
makes for a tidy mosaic of coloured
squares, with your favourite webpages
grouped in the centre of the screen and
open pages scrolling across the bottom.
Dont mistake this feature for just
a novel style choice though, as this
functional way to navigate and interact
with the web could change the way you
browse the Internet and use apps on
your iPad. Coast ofers an innovative way
to bookmark your favourite sites, making
apps that exist only as a portal for
websites, such as Facebook, Buzzfeed or
Google Drive, obsolete. This is refected
by the websites that are preloaded
onto Coasts main menu, which include
Pinterest, Soundcloud and Gmail as well
as magazine websites including Vice and
the British Journal of Photography.
With all of these popular features
easily accessible within Coast, youre
encouraged to stay within this single
app. Has this browser imitated the iPads
home screen and gesture controls so
thoroughly that it might become your
new home screen? It is certainly possible.
Where the app does fall down is in its
lack of control over privacy. For instance,
unlike other browsers, there is no option
to switch to private browsing. On top
of that, if you want to delete your web
history you have to exit the app and do
it in the iPads own settings. Aside from
being out of step with current concerns
regarding personal data, this seems a
particularly backwards move for an app
that otherwise encourages you to stay
within its interface.
The apps monochrome city-by-night
backdrop and seemingly handwritten
logo arguably seem a little dated.
However, you rarely actually see this
branding except for when youre
navigating to another webpage. Still,
these are only minor complaints that
shouldnt put you of at least trying out
this innovative new app you may fnd
that it suits you perfectly.
iPad| iOS6.0| Free| v1.12
01 FIND A PAGE
Tap the search bar at
the top of the screen
and begin typing.
The auto-complete
function will help you
enter the name or web
address of the website
that youre looking for.
02 DRAG TO MAIN MENU
Rather than tapping to
view the website, drag
the icon that appears
on the right-hand side
downwards and place
it on to your main
menu for quick access
in the future.
03 MOVE ICONS
The menu can store
up to 32 websites
spread out over four
swipeable screens.
Hold and drag on an
icon to move it around
and rearrange the
layout to your liking.
04 GROUP TOGETHER
Why not try ranking
website icons in order
of how regularly use
them? Alternatively,
you can group them
by type here we
grouped all of our
social networks.
05 DRAG UP TO DELETE
If you change your
mind, its easy to
remove a website.
Drag it to the top of
the menu and place it
in the black hole that
appears. Tap on it to
confrm deletion.
An elegant browser that could
potentially change the way you
browse and persuade you to delete a
variety of your existing apps.
BELOW: Websites take up the whole screen
with no distracting buttons
SHOWCASE
Navigate
with a single
swipe
01
TAP TO SEARCH
Tap the white bar
at the top of the screen
to start your search for
web addresses and key
phrases. Open a few
windows to see how
easy it is to navigate.
02
BACK AND FORTH
Rather than
pressing arrowbuttons,
simply swipe left and
right to seamlessly
move backwards and
forwards between your
open webpages.
03
MAIN MENU
Toexit fromany
window, all you have to
do is tap the small white
mosaic button at the
bottomof the screen to
return to the main menu
and your bookmarks.
04
CLOSE PAGES
To actually shut
down active pages, first
tap the button in the
bottom-right to viewa
carousel of all open tabs.
Swiping themupwards
will close the tabs.
05
SAFETY FIRST
Swipe down in
this screen for a safety
report of to howmuch
the webpages are
trusted. Double tapping
this screen will give you
extra information.
HOW TO
Bookmark a webpage
with ease in Coast
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Pros/Cons
Control a computer
via the iPad
Use iPad-style
controls, requiring
little learning
It costs 34.99/
$49.99 a year after
a 14-day trial
There is no dual
use facility so the
computer cant be
used by anyone
Parallels Access is a nifty
little app that allows
access to the desktop of
a Mac or PC via an iPad.
Users can control any Mac or PC
program they open and use it as if it is
running natively on the iPad. All thats
needed is this app and some software
installed on the computer and, with
the two synced, its all good to go.
Setting up is actually very easy,
more so than users might typically
expect from this type of app. Once the
Mac had the right software installed,
it was instantly picked up by the iPad
and the two began working side by
side. The Macs Launchpad could then
An amazing and useful app that
will enable users to have their
computer on them at all times.
be opened for users to pick programs
are wanted for use on the iPad. After
that, users can tap away on icons
and options, using two fngers for a
right-click, and efectively operating
the programs in the way users might
expect if sat at a desk with a mouse.
The computers desktop is
replicated perfectly on the iPad in
fullscreen mode. It is possible to zoom
in and highlight words as well as cut,
paste and open toolbars. The app is
made so that users can utilise apps
such as Microsoft Of ce, Internet
Explorer and Photoshop and, when
using a PC as well as a Mac, these all
worked liked a dream.
The main limitation is the fact
that using Parallels Access puts the
computer out of action while synced
with the iPad but there are lots of
positives. These range from the ability
to switch apps and windows with a tap
or two and simple, iOS-style scrolling.
It means the app has a nice learning
curve since everything feels as if you
are using your Apple device rather
than trying to access a computers
functions on a smaller screen.
ACCESS YOUR MAC OR PC APPS AS IF THEY WERE MADE FOR iPAD
PARALLELS ACCESS
iPad| iOS6.0| Free| v1.0.2
ABOVE: Here we have the Macs version of Pages
running on the iPad screen
ABOVE: Everything is explained well when using
Parallels Access, including how to use the toolbar ABOVE: To move around the screen, simply use tapping and scrolling gestures
DOWNLOAD
NOW!
01
REGISTER
Download the app
fromthe App Store and
register an account using
your email and a password.
02
DOWNLOAD
Go to access.
parallels.comand
download a small app to
your PC or Mac.
03
INSTALL
Install this app on
your computer and follow
the instructions that will
be given on the screen.
04
SYNC
As soon as the
app has synced with the
computer, it will showyou
the machine being used.
05
REMOTE ACCESS
Click Start and you
should see your computer
desktop. You are nowhave
remote control access.
HOW TO
Get Parallels
Access set up
in seconds
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The new lease of life for Star Wars
isnt just limited to the big screen. The
anticipation ahead of the release of
this sequel to the collaboration with
Angry Birds and Lucas Arts has been impressive.
More varied than the original, the introduction
of the Dark Side refreshes the format.
Android| OS2.3| Free| v1.0.2
iPhone+| iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99| v1.4.1
In this conquest-themed strategy
game, your job as a military
commander in a world war is to
destroy enemy bases while protecting
your own from attack. The former is achieved
by acquiring the resources necessary to build
up raw material production facilities, factories
and weaponry. Although this might sound dry,
the game has a light-hearted tone, which is
typifed by heavy reliance on exaggerated military
stereotypes and colourful, cartoon-like graphics
that blend World War II and Cold War motifs.
FRIENDLY FIRE!
BUILD AN ARMY TO ANNIHILATE ENEMIES IN A WORLD WAR
Android| OS2.0.1| Free| v1.11
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II
ABOVE: Before going into battle on your own you should attend basic training
Humorous and not over complicated, this
deserves to capture the attention of casual
mobile gamers everywhere.
The frst time you launch the app you get a
comprehensive training session that introduces
the features of the battlefelds. Each of these
is viewed from above and shows the enemys
facilities and surrounding roads. Somewhere
along those roads, positions will be highlighted
from which you can start your tanks rolling in a
general assault or towards specifc targets.
Once training is complete, you set up an online
profle by choosing a name and deciding which
real-world location you want for your base. At
this point, you start acquiring metal, oil and tanks
and can attack the bases of other online players
around the globe. Thankfully, if you choose the
right targets, you dont have to play for hours
before you get positive results. Still, youll need
to use any resources you capture wisely in
maintaining your own defences, because sooner
or later someone is going to come after you.
available as playable characters, alongside the
mighty Yoda and, worryingly, Jar Jar Binks.
The game feels like a love letter to the Star
Wars universe, but Rovio has at least put efort
into expanding the game beyond the straight
Angry Birds playing experience. There are some
unique abilities on show, including being able
to use Young Anakins pod racer to propel you
further than a catapult launch, for example. Also,
players can jump between Jedi and the Dark Side
in between certain levels, with each side having
its own path through the game to follow. This
means more levels than ever, and that can only be
a good thing. Look out for free character rewards
too, which allow you to trial yet-to-be-unlocked
characters within your levels.
Then, of course, there are the Telepods, which
allow you to scan physical toys and see them drop
into your game as characters. This is beginning to
feel like a franchise of its own, and the gameplay
evolution is refecting steady growth.
Thats because users have the chance to
indulge in some firtation with the Dark Side for
the frst time, or in this case the pork side. Fan
favourites such as the likes of Darth Vader, Boba
Fett and even the Emperor himself are now
ABOVE: For the first time, players can decide if theyd like to indulge
themselves by playing on the Dark Side
ABOVE: Yourbasehastobesuppliedwithrawmaterials, factoriesandfortifications
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Its the little victories in life that
are often the best, and a sneaky
shortcut to avoid any heavy traf c is
defnitely up there. Thankfully, this is
a feeling that INRIX is happy to provide.
This traf c app is a combination of map set
information, gathered from GPS data, cameras
and sensors and user input to piece together
the state of the roads around you. Users can set
locations for home and work, get alerts when
you leave either place containing the traf c
details, as well as access some traf c cameras to
get a live look at whats happening.
INRIX also contains a dedicated community
where users can earn praise and standing
by making good recommendations on traf c
problems, as well as sharing useful routes to
speed up journeys. You dont have to share
these, instead you can use the cloud to share any
routes you save across devices.
On top of this very handy bunch of features,
upgrading to the premium version via an in-app
purchase unlocks the ability to monitor petrol
ABOVE: The app is a
combination of live
maps and traffic alerts
ABOVE: As part of the
community you can
submit your own reports
Great for those moments just before you head
out the door to avoid any nasty surprises.
prices so you can fnd the best deal. Of course,
just remember to not use the app while driving.
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CROWDSOURCING TRAFFIC NEWS SO YOU DONT HAVE TO SIT IN IT
INRIX TRAFFIC MAPS,
ROUTES & ALERTS
Personalised news is not a new
concept by any stretch of the
imagination, but that shouldnt stop
you from appreciating apps that do
the job well. Material is one such new source,
taking the social network you log in with (either
Twitter or Facebook), and building editions of
news for you twice a day.
The app breaks everything down into
categories based on what you follow and like
on your social network, sourcing stories from
mainstream sites, blogs and RSS feeds. Each
category is flled with 30 stories for you to
browse through and you can jump to the original
in a tap thanks to the in-app browser. Material
also works of ine so you can go back at any time.
If you dont like one of the categories youve
got, theres an edit button to remove it from your
list for future editions, so you can streamline
your content even beyond the formula Material
uses in the frst place.
The other strong selling point of Material is
that it doesnt require the initial getting to know
you setup that some personalised news apps
insist on. The social network sign in is all you
need and the app does the rest, even telling you
Nothing to fault and refreshingly
simple to set up and use
wherever you happen to be.
ALL THE GOOD STUFF FROM THE WEB THAT IS RELEVANT TO YOU
MATERIAL
to carry on with your day, itll get back to you
when your frst edition is ready. A very good, light
way of getting the news that matters to you.
ABOVE: The app lists
news categories to give
to you each day
ABOVE: Material builds
your first edition with
your social activity
BELOW: The interface is simple, and there are
even offline-browsing capabilities, so you
always have your news with you
iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.2.0
Android | OS 2.3 | Free | Varies
Just about perfect for quick music
creation, but could be even better.
A near-perfect word
game concept that will
keep you coming back.
A clever app with many useful
features, but the appeal may be
limited to a small audience.
Find the latest fashion
and use suggestions to
help you. Brilliant stuff.
A huge amount of potential, but
needs some work to stabilise it.
A complete and reliable app for
finding local events with many
extra features included.
Music Maker Jam is
primarily designed for
those who want to
create music quickly and
with a minimum amountof efort.
There is a raft of preloaded samples
to choose from and the elegant
interface helps to inspire those who
may not normally consider creating
their own tunes. Ironically, the fact
that it is so good left us slightly
disappointed because there is much
potential to take things a step
further and to let the user make
much more complex tunes when
mobile. It is great as it is, but we
would love to see more.
Wordly looks like other
word games that are
popular, but there is
actually quite a lot of
thought needed to succeed. You get
to play against friends remotely and
can also play on your own to help
you master the best tactics needed
to win. With a clean presentation
and a pretty short learning curve,
it eases you into the gameplay
ef ciently. However, be prepared
to tax your mind if you want to
beat the majority of the people you
come up against. This is a pleasantly
surprising deep word game that is
designed to let anyone play.
With a range of flters,
the ability to combine
diferent video clips
together and an
included editing studio, you couldnt
criticise the amount of content
on ofer in VideofyMe. Share your
creations on YouTube, Twitter and
other popular social networks and
watch the creations of others. We
like the way it works and the flters
are clever, but we struggled with the
notion of an app that sits in a very
narrow stream of social networking.
For those who love to shoot and edit
videos it will have a place, but the
majority may look elsewhere.
Fashion is a huge
interest for many
millions of people, but
checking each of the
major retailers to see whats new
can be a tiresome task. Scoopt is
designed to not only show you
a wider range of clothing, but to
give you a broader idea of what
is actually fashionable. With
recommendations from other users
and a presentation that shows
of the clothing perfectly, there
is little wrong with the overall
implementation. In fact, very few
apps fulfl their goals as well as
Scoopt does and so it comes highly
recommended for fashion followers.
Evomail is a modern
solution that aims to
help speed up your daily
email management, but
we have to say that some of the
features are present in many other
oferings. The interface is, however,
very clean and many of the features
will suit specifc types of user down
to the ground. Gestures will form
your main interaction with the app,
but we sufered a few unexplained
crashes, knocking our confdence
in the solution a little. It has the
potential to work very well for those
who like minimalism, but needs work.
With so many apps
designed to help
you fnd events
happening locally, it
takes something special to stand
out. This particular ofering lets
you search events using a variety
of methods including date, location
and keywords and on the whole we
found the results to be accurate and
extremely varied. You can add items
to the calendar, share them and
even buy tickets with one tap. For
completeness alone it excels, and
will suit those who are very active.
MUSIC
MAKER JAM
WORDLY VIDEOFYME SCOOPT
EVOMAIL - MODERN
MOBILE EMAIL
DAYBEES EVENT
FINDER
SHARE A
PANORAMA
01 PANOPERFECT
With a new look for iOS
7, this is a stylish social
network to share your
panoramas and follow your
favourite iPhoneographers.

iPhone | iOS 7.0


| Free | v3.0.2
02 PHOTOSYNTH
Take panoramic photos
in-app, zoomin to view
themin detail, tag themand
share themwith the community.

iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.6.0


03 WONDERSHARE
PANORAMA
Add effects and filters to
your panoramas then share
themto all the major social
networks including Twitter, Tumblr,
Facebook and Flickr.

Android | OS 1.6
| Free | v1.5.1.130301
04 SPHERE 360
DEGREE PANORAMA
One of the fewpanoramic
apps that also works with
the iPad, Sphere is designed
as a travel app with the ability to
share your panoramas to a map.

iPad+ | iOS 6.0


| Free | v3.2
Android | OS 4.0.3
| Free | v1.24
05 PANORAMA FREE
A popular download, but
rather basic snap a series
of photos and stitch them
together with this simple tool.

iPhone | iOS 4.3


| Free | v2.3
Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.0.2.5
iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.3
Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free | v1.4.0
iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free | v4.0.6
Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v2.0.1 Android | OS 2.3 | Free | v2.1.0
iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.2.6
Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.0.5
iPhone | iOS 6.1 | Free | v1.3.1
Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.1.0
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PLAY, LOOK AND LISTEN
This app lacks the search-by-category
feature and the polish of other podcasters
but is impressive nonetheless. The main
screen shows podcasts youve not fnished
listening to, anything that has been recently
added, your download queue and episodes you
have downloaded for of ine playback. Also,
available episodes of titles youve subscribed to
are listed further down the main menu, but this
seems redundant given that some are also shown
under other sections. Tapping on an episode takes
you to the playback screen where you can stream
or download it, add it to a playlist and set a sleep
timer if you think youll doze of before it ends.
Inconsistent artwork and minor design issues
aside, this is a superior podcast player.
GRAB RADIO
Like TuneIn Radio Pro, this app is primarily
marketed as a streaming radio station
player but its main menu includes an
entry for podcasts. This, in turn, leads to a
submenu that includes an impressively extensive
list of categories covering musical styles, sports
and common subjects such as the arts, news
and science. Tapping on any episode brings up
information on the streaming speed and reliability
of the stream but there is no downloading option.
The playback screen is simple but it also provides
direct access to the Shazam app, which might
be useful if you listen to a lot of music-related
podcasts that play tunes you want to hear again.
Not flashy and only allows you to listen online
but theres plenty to choose from.
TUNEIN RADIO PRO
This app has a well-deserved reputation
for streaming live radio stations from
around the world and also has a decent
podcast section. The Browse menu provides direct
access to a selection of popular podcasts and
allows you to search for particular titles. Tapping
on a title brings up a list of the available episodes
going back several weeks. Episodes can only be
streamed but you can record them in the app, set
an alarm or sleep timer so that playback starts
or stops at a certain time. Share titles across the
usual sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+
or by email as well as mark titles of podcasts or
individual episodes as favourites.
Some features of dedicated podcast apps are
missing but you get streaming radio instead.
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cultureNOW
The idea behind this app is clever but
unfortunately the end product is let down
by patchy functioning. Developed by a
non-proft organisation dedicated to celebrating
Americas cultural environment, it provides
access to informative podcasts in which artists,
architects, historians and planners describe
notable buildings in several major cities across the
United States. These recordings are backed up by
some great photographs and general information
that could be useful to tourists. Accessing this
content is a hit-and-miss afair, however, because
the interface is frequently unresponsive and the
search function can be slow.
This should exist for all major towns
worldwide to bring cultural heritage to life.
POCKET CASTS
This attractive and well-organised app
lets you import podcasts you already have
on your device or search its extensive
database. Available podcasts are listed by country
and cover a wide range of topics, including the
media, arts and science. Podcasts you have
imported or subscribed to are displayed in a grid
layout on the library screen. Simply tap on an entry
and you are taken to another page where you get
more information about that title and the option
to download or stream available episodes. The
playback screen also has a shortcut to your Playlist
and the inevitable sharing options.
The impressive interface makes this
one of the best podcast players on
any platform
HBR TODAY
The Harvard Business Review is one of
the foremost resources for business
professionals around the world and this
app provides an efective portal to the wealth of
material produced by the publisher. That includes
HBRs IdeaCast podcast series, which can be
found under the Audio and Video sections of the
app. The list of episodes goes back several years,
although at the time of this review it did not
show the most recent audio recordings posted
on HBRs website. There is no way to search
for topics or download episodes but scrolling
through the lists is quick and the casual listener
is sure to fnd something here that will pay of.
Well organised and efficient, just like a good
business should be. A worthy download.
JOGTUNES
As its title suggests, this app is directed at
joggers and runners. It provides access to
episodes of the podcast that gives the app
its name, which include selections of indie music
that has a beat matching a certain number of steps
per minute. The indie artists come from a range of
genres such as rock, pop, alternative and R&B and
each episode covers a diferent range of beats.
The app is intended to be motivational and even
widen your musical horizons by encouraging you
to run in time with the music while simultaneously
introducing you to artists youve probably never
heard of. The selection is variable but its a neat
idea that is competently implemented.
Youre stuck with just the one podcast title but
it might just help you pick up the pace.
RADIOLAB
The Radiolab crew are respected
proponents of a better understanding of
science on American radio stations, and
this excellent app makes their podcasts accessible
to an international audience. Episodes are available
from as far back as 2007 and cover a variety of
scientifc and philosophical topics; from our sense
of self to the purpose of laughter. Individual
episodes can be downloaded for of ine listening
and you can mark favourites and share. One of the
apps best features is its brilliant design, which
takes you from Earth to outer space as you swipe
to navigate through the various sections.
All app designers could take a lesson
from this and the content is very
entertaining as well.
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Just as they have brought
countless still images to life
on the silver screen, Disney
has now sprinkled their
magic over this comprehensive guide
to animation. Designed exclusively for
the iPad, Disney Animated uses hours
of video clips, interactive features and
practical exercises to take you through
every step of producing a cartoon
classic. Drawing on the flmmakers iconic
collection, the apps many behind-the-
scenes features will also appeal to fans
of the House of Mouse.
Framed as a breezy guide to
animation, Disney Animated includes
overviews of Walt Disneys approach to
everything from developing a story to
visual efects and adding a flm score.
The language used is broad rather than
technical, so consider this Animation
101 rather than a step-by-step guide to
making the next Cinderella or WALL-E.
However, there are also a bunch of
practical activities to test your animating
skills: make a ball bounce, adjust the face
of a horse to convey expressions and
create your own animated sequence.
The latter is a simplifed version of real
Disney Studios software and involves
both adjusting the joints of a CGI model
to make them assume positions and
recording it and editing the order of
frames to produce a short flm.
The guides themselves are illustrated
with hand-drawn sketches, work-in-
progress computer-generated scenes
and rotating artefacts from the locked
vaults of The Walt Disney Animation
Research Library. Tapping on objects can
trigger video cut-scenes or allow you
to pinch-zoom in on images and view
additional annotations. These details give
the app mass appeal beyond wannabe
future animators to all flm lovers.
Perhaps the biggest fan service in
the app is the timeline of all 53 Disney
animated movies ranging from Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves back in
1937 right up to the new release Frozen.
Each entry includes a plot synopsis,
did-you-know factoids, video clips for
all major characters, cinema trailers and
extracts from the musical score. The
Timeline also includes key moments both
in Disneys business history, ranging from
the opening of Disneyland in 1955 to the
purchase of Lucasflm last year, as well as
ofering wider historical context, such as
the Great Depression and the invention
of the World Wide Web.
Each flm also includes a Color Map,
a unique way of viewing entire movies
DISNEY ANIMATED
HOW DID THE PARTNERSHIP WITH DISNEY COME ABOUT?
Disney came to us years ago with a proposal to do
something with them. It took over a year to figure out what
that something should be, and the result another year later
was Disney Animated. Touch Press has people who really
knowhowto make an app sing, to use the mediumto its
full potential. In every project we do, we try to find the core
of what makes the subject interesting and put that front
and centre, instead of making the app itself the story, as is
so often the case with newmedia projects.
WHICH AGE GROUP WOULD YOU SAY THE APP IS AIMED AT?
My philosophy on this subject is to aimwhat we do at
anyone who is interested in the subject, no matter what
their age. I really think thats the best way to make a
story interesting, and its what Disney itself always does
too. Their movies work for kids, and they work for adults
too and thats no accident. Sure, the youngest kids may
not be able to read all the words in Disney Animated, but
thats what parents are for, and if one isnt handy kids
can play with the funny horse or flip through the Color
Map looking for their favorite scenes. Looking at Disney
Animated together as a family is the best way to use it, and
thats what we designed it for.
WITH THE VAULTS OF THE DISNEY ARCHIVE OPEN TO YOU,
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE WHICH ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE?
We had the good fortune of having not only open doors,
but also people standing around those doors offering to
lead us through the vaults. The people of Walt Disney
Animation Studios love what they do, and love their history,
so they were able to tell us about great stuff that few
people outside even knowexists. As you can imagine, there
was way more material that we simply could not find room
LEARN THE SECRETS OF ANIMATION FROM THE MASTER
A thorough guide
with fun, practical
exercises
Hours of
interactive Easter
eggs to enjoy
Moving text can
grow tiresome
Some elements
felt purely self-
promotional
PROS/CONS
ABOVE: Practical exercises, such as controlling this horses
facial expression, help you hone your animating skills
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THEO GRAY
The chief creative
of cer at Touch Press
reveals what it was
like to explore the
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from beginning to end, highlighting the
tones and hues that dominate each
scene. Hold your fnger over the multi-
coloured lines to view individual frames
from each flm. There is also shortcut
on the main menu to view the colour
map for every flm at once. Again, this
is a feature aimed at those interested
in learning the secrets behind Disneys
magic, and is a great way of spotting
style trends. For example, why was the
colour palette of Disneys movies darker
between 1980 and 2000?
All in all, this app is packed with hours
of entertainment with guides divided up
into chapters so that you can easily dip
in and out of them. While the make-your-
own-animation Workshop feature will
keep bringing users back time and time
again as their skills improve, so will the
hunt for interactive Easter eggs.
Produced by Disney in collaboration
with Touch Press, who have developed
many other popular interactive books
(Barefoot World Atlas, The Orchestra
and March of the Dinosaurs), Disney
Animated raises the bar in terms of
interactivity levels. It seems like every
object on the screen has an additional
function, whether it is a tapable image
caption or a video clip. However, perhaps
the animated text is a bit too much.
While being able to drag every item on
screen is fun, having the text move as
well every time your fnger strokes the
touchpad can be very distracting when
youre trying to read, annoying even,
after the fourth or ffth time it happens.
A word of caution to parents, while
the App Store lists this Disney product as
suitable for ages four and over because
it contains no objectionable material, it
may be that it is a little too complicated
for children under ten-years-old without
supervision. Users should also be aware
that all those video clips and interactive
features will eat up 1.78GB of your
storage not unusual for an interactive
book, but still more than your average
download. Despite that, this is a brilliant
app that will likely appeal to everyone.
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Inside knowledge from the
iconic film studio, completed
with great interactivity.
01 12 PRINCIPLES
Taken from The Illusion of
Life book, the techniques
for creating cartoons such
as drawing and timing are
explained with examples.
for in the finished app, and we very much hope that there
will be follow-on apps that let some of this material see
the light of day. For example, to tease you just a bit, we
shot full high-resolution rotations of over 60 animation
maquettes, of which less than a dozen are in the app, at
much lower resolution (purely for file size reasons, the
app is already huge!).
DO YOU THINK THE RULES OF THE PRINCIPLES OF
ANIMATION APPLY TO PRODUCING INTERACTIVE BOOKS AS
WELL AS DISNEY MOVIES?
Certainly some of themdo, especially when its a dynamic,
interactive book like Disney Animated. The principles that
have to do with storytelling and appeal absolutely apply,
as do the ones related to anticipation and staging. People
need to be able to understand whats going on on the
screen in an interactive app, just like they do in a movie.
You may notice that many parts of Disney Animated, like
the text itself, are animated, and of course we used the
Principles in the design of those animated elements.
THE COLOR MAP IS A TRULY INNOVATIVE FEATURE HOW
DID YOU COMPRESS ALL THE INFORMATION FROM A MOVIE
INTO A SINGLE LINE?
The Color Maps came about because I wanted to see if
it was possible to extract the colour script back out of
a finished movie and compare it to the one produced by
the Visual Development department at the very start
of the process. So the process was all about pulling out
and concentrating similar colours fromeach scene, and
showing each colour as a separate patch large enough
to distinguish it fromits neighbours. This is quite hard
to do its not at all a question of squashing down each
frame of the movie, instead its done with a sophisticated
mathematical technique called cluster analysis, which
examines all the colours in each frame of the movie to
find groupings of related colours. At first the plan was to
just do one or two films, but then I thoughtHey, why
not do themall?. I had several computers at my house
grinding away for months doing this analysis on all the
films, but it was definitely worth it. Sometimes you really
need to followthat Hey, wait a minute, we could line of
thought, because down that path is where the fun lies.
CAN WE EXPECT UPDATES TO THE TIMELINE OF ANIMATED
MOVIES WITH NEW DISNEY RELEASES?
Absolutely! Frozen is already in there with placeholder
images, ready for an update as soon as the movie is
released, and plans are in place for the next one after
that. As long as there are apps, and newDisney movies,
there will be updates to Disney Animated.
02 IN-DEPTH GUIDES
From writing a story to creating
visual efects even creating
end credits the app is packed
with Disney insights into
creating an animated flm.
03 WORKSHOP
Once youve got a grip on the
theory, head to the Workshop
to get a feel for CG animation
by controlling a moving puppet,
playing with facial expressions,
and animating a bouncing ball.
04 COLOUR MAPS
A unique way of looking at the
colour palette used in a flm, you
can view every frame of every
Disney movie ever made shrunk
to ft in a single page.
06 ELSAS SNOW
The most child-friendly feature
and the one that felt most like
self-promotion, draw swirls of
snow with graphics taken from
new Disney movie Frozen.
05 TIMELINE
This feature will probably have
the most appeal to fans; view all
the Disney flms in chronological
order with synopses, fun facts,
original trailers and flm scores.
ABOVE: Included among the animation lessons are titbits of Disneys history
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HOW TO...
Create a
pop-up
YouTube
window
01
CHOOSE A VIDEO
Find a video that
you would like to view
and tap the menu
button in the top right-
hand corner of the large
thumbnail. This will bring
up a host of options.
02
POP-UP MODE
Choosethefirst
option, Play InPop-Up
Mode. Whenyouselect
this, youwill seea black
box appear andyour
videoshouldloadand
thenbegintoplay.
03
FULLSCREEN
Whilethebox
might besmall, it
contains lots of control
options. For example,
selectingthefirst icon
opens upthevideointo
fullscreenmode.
04
CONTROLS
Inaddition, you
canmutethesound,
alter thedefinition
quality andpausewithin
thebox. Thepop-upcan
alsobemovedaround
your screenwithease.
05
VIDEO INFORMATION
If youdliketo
watchthepop-upina
format that allows you
toseeall of thevideos
information, youcan
dothis too. Its all very
simpletooperate.
LEFT: Here you can see the pop-up box displayed on the main home screens of Android
ABOVE: Videos can be added to playlists,
Favourites or watched online
ABOVE: The interface displays the
videos in two easy-to-view columns
ABOVE: Tap the share button to spread
content across platforms
Pros/Cons
You are able to
resize and move
windows around
It syncs with your
YouTube account
Resizing windows
can be a little fiddly
Its not immediately
obvious howto find
minimised videos
GAIN GREATER CONTROL OVER YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH A POP-UP WINDOW
VIRAL PRO
Many of us enjoy watching
YouTube videos but dont
particularly like having to
stay within the YouTube
app to view the videos. Wouldnt it
be nice, then, if we could be doing
something else, such as checking an
email or seeing whats coming through
on another app? If that sounds good,
then you will absolutely love Viral Pro.
The app allows you to watch videos
in a pop-up window that can be
enlarged to any size you desire and
placed in a position that works well
for whatever you are doing on your
smartphone or tablet. When you close
the Viral Pro app by tapping the Home
Being able to open YouTube videos
in a pop-up window has a host of
uses and it works extremely well.
button, the pop-up box remains and it
is this great feature that allows you to
multitask more efectively.
Imagine, then, that you want to
watch a tutorial explaining how to get
the most of out a complex app. You
could open up the video as a pop-up,
open the app you want to learn about
and have the video play while you
carry out the functions. Its also great
for catching up on the latest music
releases without surrendering the use
of your phone. You can open more
than one pop-up box if you really want
to but only if your device is up to it.
With video resolutions that can
range from 144p to 1080p catering
for quality as well as speed, and
with a tab sliding interface for easy
navigation, Viral Pro soon becomes
an essential way to watch YouTube
videos. It has a clean and easy-to-use
interface with the functions neatly
located in the right places. Sub-menus
are called up from the thumbnail itself
and this cuts down on the to-ing and
fro-ing that some apps of this type
can put you through.
You can watch videos of ine,
minimise and play videos in the
background and log in to your account.
It goes well beyond the scope of
the YouTube app itself and yet loses
nothing (other than a little bit of
money from your pocket). In addition,
as a welcome bonus, the paid version
has no ads to distract from your
viewing, making the app an defnite
must-have for regular YouTube users.
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Pixel art appears to be one
of those art forms that will
never go out of fashion. It
harks back to days gone by
on home computers and consoles of
the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of the Eighties
and Nineties. Graphics back then were
blocky and yet richly formed, but you
can still see examples of it today as
people attempt to go retro and evoke
memories of the past.
Pixaki allows for the recreation of
these gems with a touch interface that
lets you manipulate chunky pixels on a
canvas spreading up to 512px by 512px.
It is truly amazing to see what you can
come up with when you are using such
a limited colour palette and you can let
your imagination run free.
The way Pixaki allows you to create
graphics is invitingly easy. That said,
Pixaki does not fall back on old methods,
so its not just a simple case of flling in
PIXAKI: PIXEL ART
FOR PROFESSIONALS
BLOCKY GRAPHICS RULE THE ROOST WITH THIS ART PACKAGE
Being able to produce your own
personal pixel art is made fun and as
easy as possible.
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The publishing world continues
to bring forth a raft of new ideas
in order to inject life into books.
Childrens books have, arguably,
benefted most from this push as publishers
attempt to encourage them to read and engage
in stories, both old and new. Here, the stories of
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter are given a new
lease of life, starting with the freebie The Tale of
Tom Kitten. The app will also give you the chance
to snap up some more tales, although only one
more is currently available.
As you fick through the book, you can listen
to Richard E Grant and Tamsin Greig read the
stories. However, the moment you touch the
images and call up the hotspots is when the real
magic begins; characters are able to speak and
children can enjoy a range of sound efects.
Turning the page is a familiar process and one
that only requires a swipe left and right. It is very
much like reading a normal eBook on an iPad or
iPhone. Versions of this app are available on both.
Where things expand and become innovative,
however, is in the ability to record your own voice
and add sound efects. In this sense, it can be
as equally appealing to adults. This provides a
Beatrix Potter would have approved of this
charming telling of her stories. A wonderful
way to experience the narrative.
GIVE YOUR OWN VOICE TO SOME MUCH-LOVED BOOK CHARACTERS
PETER RABBIT ME BOOKS
great opportunity for parents to have a lot of fun
with their children and should really help with
engaging younger readers with the story. All of
this helps makes the app very appealing indeed.
ABOVE: Load and save
your own recordings
over the images
ABOVE: When you hold
down on an image,
hotspots appear
BELOW: The illustrations are
beautiful and work well on
both iPad and iPhone
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | 1.99/$2.99 | v1.1
BELOW: The opacity of your
art can be altered with the
use of a simple slider
squares. The app has a contemporary
edge to its creative approach, meaning
that you can produce art consisting of
over 20 layers and even control their
opacity. You can also export them as
Photoshop PSD or PNG fles. Pixaki lets
you copy and paste graphics and layers
and you can also customise the palette
if you wish and get incredibly close with
up to 400 times magnifcation.
On top of that, you can pop any
graphics into Dropbox for easy porting
to other platforms and editing. Indeed,
the beauty of Pixaki is that it allows just
about anyone to be able to produce
some amazing pixel art, whether its
for a creative project or just for fun. A
refreshingly simple art download.
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The magic of Dr Seuss graces
mobile devices and looks great.
Lots of promise, but lacking in
almost every area. It needs a lot
more attention.
Visually and audibly brilliant, but
it just needs a little more depth to
offer a true challenge.
Overall very good, but requires
precise touchscreen handling.
Perfect for young children with
lots of variety and many colours.
A great app to keep
Minecraft-obsessed
younger children safe.
You cant really go
wrong if you want to
keep a child entertained
by having a Dr Seuss
story to hand. Here On Beyond
Zebra! is presented with all the
expected personality intact and
with entertaining sounds to keep
children glued to the screen. The
words are highlighted as they are
spoken, which adds an educational
element to proceedings and the
professionalism used throughout
makes it a title well worth
considering for you and your child.
How can you possibly
ignore the promise of
more than 750 satellite
channels available in the
palm of your hand? Well, we would
suggest treading cautiously because
when we tried this app it was a
struggle to get any of the channels
to actually play at all. The interface is
quite confusing and the requirement
of downloading fles is never
explained, which left us even more
wary. The promise is high, but the
execution is unfortunately lacking,
so we cannot recommend this app
until it is more reliable. It needs
much more work for it to become a
worthwhile purchase.
Pulse is a game that is
designed to help you
relax, enjoy a subtle
challenge and to take
up a lot of your time. The graphics
and sounds on ofer here are really
quite exceptional, and there is a
sense that you could get addicted
at any point. Still, after some time
we found ourselves drifting away a
little, perhaps in want of a little more
depth. It is a decent game to pick up
and play on occasion, and at times
you may enjoy longer playing stints,
but more is needed for this app to
truly succeed and impress.
The name behind this
app is, of course, very
well known and the
intentions are admirable.
Use the product to help young
children write letters in the most
obvious way possible. It does work
quite well and we can see that
the implementation is designed
specifcally to teach, but the way it
works means that the child needs
to have a good understanding of
using touchscreens. This seems to
contradict the target age range, and
as a result could put of some users.
This app is a leading
example of how to keep
children entertained.
There are many
activities to keep them occupied,
among them creating origami
animals and caring for them. Still,
what makes this app a triumph is its
colourful interface and the fexibility
for children to make the app their
own, so parents should appreciate
the care that has gone into creating
this child-centric masterpiece. It is
one of the best childrens mobile
titles we have ever seen.
Minecraft is growing
in popularity all of the
time, with the average
age of children playing
the game now increasingly young.
The desire to watch Minecraft-
related videos has grown alongside
the popularity of the game, so this
developer has come up with a way
to show these videos and make
them suitable for children. Each
video is checked for inappropriate
content and language before being
approved. The interface suits the
theme very well and it will ofer
peace of mind to many parents.
ON BEYOND
ZEBRA!
SATELLITE TV PULSE PLAY-DOH
CREATE ABCS
MR SHINGUS
PAPER ZOO
KICVIDZ -
MINECRAFT
LEARN TO
PLAY PIANO
01 PIANO COMPLETE
Featuring 1,000
lessons and 500 songs,
learn to play by reading
sheet music or falling notes.

iPad+ | iOS 3.0


| 6.99/$9.99 | v1.2.1
02 PIANO
MELODY PRO
Learn to play by ear, starting
with recognising a few
notes and then playing
along with 300 songs.

Android | OS 2.2
| 2.00/$2.99 | Varies
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
| 1.99/$2.99 | v7.3
03 ADICTUM PIANO
LESSONS
Learn to play modern music
for piano and keyboard,
including rock, pop, jazz and
electronica, by following these
instructional videos.

Android | OS 2.2
| 3.77/$5.99 | v2.0
iPad+ | iOS 2.0
| 4.99/$6.99 | v2.0
04 LEARN PIANO HD
For the more personal
touch, watch videos of piano
expert Peter Darling and
learn by playing along with him.

Android | OS 1.6
| 1.25/$1.99 | v2.1
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| 1.49/$1.99 | v3.8
05 STEINWAY ETUDE
Find sheet music for all of
your favourite tracks. Its
free to download, but all
music has to be purchased in-app.

iPhone | iOS 5.1


| Free | v2.2
Android | OS 2.1
| 0.64/$0.99 | v1.5
iPhone+ | iOS 4.2
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.3.6
Android | OS 2.3.3
| 2.00/$2.99 | v1.0
iPhone+ | iOS 4.1
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.2
Android | OS 3.0
| 1.99/$1.99 | v1.0.2
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 1.99/$2.9 | v1.0.1
Android | OS 2.2
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.0.9 Android | OS 3.2 | 0.64/$0.99 | v1.6
iPhone | iOS 5.0
| 2.99/$4.99 | v2.1
Android | OS 2.1
| 3.20/$4.99 | v1.41
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DECORATE LIKE
A CELEBRITY
This eBook claims to help you create
versatile and chic domains on a budget
that look like the homes of stars such as
Courteney Cox. It covers a range of styles, such as
shabby chic, Paris apartment and Tuscan. The
content describes in clear prose which colours,
furniture, curtains and other ornamentation youll
need for each style but unfortunately there are
no pictures. Nonetheless, its a good general
guide if you want to give other rooms in your
house a touch of Hollywood glamour.
Helpful advice if you want to make a terraced
house look like its in Tinseltown.
iPad+ | iOS 3.0 | 0.69/$0.99 | v1.0
Android | OS 1.6 | 0.85/$1.35 | v1.0
HOME DECORATION
GLOSSARY
There are no bells and whistles to
this app (called Home Decor & Interior
Design Glossary on iOS), which consists
of terms you could encounter in the context of
home decorating. The main menu is an extensive
alphabetical list of terminology. Tap on any entry
and you get a clear explanation of the term
accompanied in some cases by pictures and
helpful links. The apps other feature is a quiz that
allows students to test their knowledge of the
words defned in the app using virtual fashcards.
This will help build up your knowledge of DIY
terms, but not how to use them.
iPhone | iOS 3.0 | 1.49/$1.99 | v1.0
Android | OS 1.6 | 0.79/$0.99 | v1.1
MY MEASURES
AND DIMENSIONS
This app will make exact dimensions for
DIY projects far easier to remember. It
allows you to annotate a photograph of
a space in your house with lengths and angles
so you wont need to draw a diagram before you
go shopping. You can take the picture in-app or
import one; from there its easy to add and adjust
arrows as well as text, and place smaller images
within the picture. With the details down, you
can save the image or convert it to a PDF before
leaving for the hardware store.
This app may be a little pricey but when sizes
matter, its more reliable than memory.
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Android | OS 2.2 | 2.79/$4.99 | v1.0.15
PLUMBING GLOSSARY
If you need to fnd your way around
the piping in your house but you dont
know an angular discharge tube from
a packing nut, it might help to have this app on
hand. In short, easy-to-read paragraphs it explains
a host of plumbing-related terms that you can
fnd in an alphabetical list or by entering keywords
in a Search feld. Some of the defnitions would
probably beneft from a diagram for added clarity,
but you can at least adjust the size of the text
and add notes that you can refer to later. The
Android version of the app will also save your
search history, which is a handy feature.
ELECTRIC TOOLKIT
This app should make simple household
wiring projects from light switches to
sockets less intimidating thanks to its
large, clear wiring diagrams. Its worth noting
that these conform to American standards and
there are no detailed instructions, so youll need
a reliable manual before you begin work. Of more
international relevance is the section on pinouts
that includes guides for a range of connections
such as HDMI, component and Ethernet cables.
The app also has four specially designed
calculators for experienced electricians who need
to do trade-specifc calculations.
CLINOMETER
Thanks to its clear interface, smooth
animation and high degree of sensitivity,
this app should be helpful for tasks such
as lining up counter tops, frames or other fttings
that need to be at the correct angle. If you hold
the device its installed on in an upright position,
the main screen shows a slope fnder, but this
fades into a bubble level if you lay the device on
a fat surface. In addition, there are helpful in-app
instructions for calibrating the output and you
can also lock the reading so that it doesnt change
if you need to move the device.
This straightforward plumbers dictionary will
help to flush away fears of plumbing jargon.
If you are experienced this graphical guide will
help you avoid getting your wires crossed.
Smaller than a spirit level and accurate enough
to ensure your projects stand up straight. The
perfect DIY accompaniment.
iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | 0.69/$0.99 | v1.0 iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | 3.99/$5.99 | v1.2.2 iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | 1.49/$1.99 | v4.0
Android | OS 2.0.1 | 0.62/$0.99 | v1.1 Android | OS 2.1 | 3.23/$4.99 | v1.9.1 Android | OS 1.6 | 0.51/$0.99 | v1.6
THE BEST DIY APPS
DO IT YOURSELF WITH THESE DOWNLOADABLE DECORATING TOOLS
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ROOM+
Create a foor plan for your dream house,
starting of with a square that can be
adjusted to the size and shape you
require. You then attach additional rooms and
a staircase before positioning doors, furniture
and fttings within each room using the easily
manipulated selection menus. The size and
orientation of objects can be changed once they
are in place and it is possible to zoom in or out for
a diferent perspective. Finished designs can be
saved as an image or be viewed in 3D using the
associated Interior Viewer app.
3D INTERIOR
ROOM DESIGN
This cool app (3D ROOM Udesignit on
iOS) is designed to help you visualise a
living space as if you were in it. You start
with one of the included editable room shapes
or create your own design. The app then renders
this in 3D so that you can add windows, doors,
wall coverings and other features. The app works
best on a tablet due to the small menus but there
are many options, and you can zoom in and out
and rotate 360 degrees to survey the entire room.
HOW YOUR HOUSE WORKS
This handy book in app form covers a
range of topics relevant to plumbing,
wiring, heating, air conditioning, air
quality, appliances and windows and doors. It
includes clear cross-section diagrams and basic
text explaining how the most common domestic
systems work. As with many apps such as this, it
is geared towards American standards but some
of the principles it covers are generally applicable.
It wont necessarily help you fx things that go
wrong in your home but it might give you a better
idea of what has happened so you can pass the
relevant information on to the repair engineer. A powerful, time-saving and easy-to-use
planning tool, especially when used in
conjunction with its companion app.
No other app makes virtual
decorating this much fun, but the
Android version is pricey.
Clear and concise but of limited value if youre
located outside of North America.
iPhone | iOS 4.3 | 0.69/$0.99 | v1.0.10 iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | 0.69/$0.99 | v2.1.1 iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | 1.99/$2.99 | v1.0
Android | OS 2.2 | 2.49/$3.99 | v1.0.12 Android | OS 2.2 | 3.07/$4.79 | v2.1.1 Android | OS 2.2 | 1.85/$2.99 | v1.0
SMALLER THAN A SPIRIT
LEVEL AND ACCURATE
ENOUGH TO ENSURE YOUR
PROJECTS STAND UP
STRAIGHT. THE PERFECT DIY
ACCOMPANIMENT.
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A lot of emphasis is being
put on food awareness in
both adults and children
today, and Henri Le Worm is
an app that supports this through that
popular genre of edutainment.
Many apps have tried it in recent years
across a broad range of subjects from
human anatomy to maths and language
skills. Henri Le Worm is taking things from
a slightly diferent angle, looking to get
users to be proactive, providing recipes
and cooking methods for a host of the
foods mentioned in the app. The idea is
to get kids and their parents interested
in food, but also the growing process
including the insects in your garden.
The app is built around the story of
Henri Le Worm, an invertebrate chef
extraordinaire whois looking to win
his gardens cooking competition. This
is before his cookbook is stolen by
the pesky Lumpy the Maggot, whos
after the prize for himself. The story is
narrated by comic actor Simon Pegg so
instantly parents will have their interest
twigged, and thanks to the interactivity,
whimsical characters and vivid colours,
the kids wont be bored either.
The story makes an efort to touch
upon some of the key areas of nutrition
in an entertaining way, for example
having the user make breakfast pancakes
for Henri and his friends to highlight the
most important meal of the day. Its at
this point that another layer of the apps
features appear the recipes section.
While youre helping Henri fip virtual
pancakes, the app asks you if youd like
to learn how to make them yourself. This
links you to the recipes section, which
is where Raymond Blanc takes over as
master of ceremonies from Mr Pegg.
Although there is no narration from
the chef, he does ofer up some of his
favourite family recipes, complete with
guides, with certain steps within the
instructions highlighted that are ideal for
getting kids involved. There are some
delicious dishes on ofer, and most are
mentioned somewhere in the story
nothing like some underlying hints to get
you and your kids cooking.
While there are a couple of little bugs
lurking within Henri Le Worm, theres
nothing that cant be fxed in the frst
update; most issues relate to some lag
Great story and
characters to keep
you entertained
Intertwining
recipes into the
overall story is a
great touch
Some lag when
trying to jump
between pages
Some of the
navigation
instructions arent
always clear
PROS/CONS
ABOVE: Almost every screen in the app is full of
interactions of varying degrees
ABOVE: Help Henri in his kitchen and then put his
recipes to the test in your own
HENRI LE WORM
CELEBRITY CHEF RAYMOND BLANC AND ACTOR SIMON PEGG TEACH KIDS TO COOK
DOWNLOAD
NOW!
INTERVIEW:
OLIVIER BLANC
HOW DID THIS IDEA FIRST COME TOGETHER?
The idea came about with my then girlfriend Charlotte
Salt (who is nowmy business partner and co-creator). We
were reading a magazine and sawan image of a cartoon
wormwith a politicians face on it. I liked the image and a
concept started to formin my head. I created a character,
loosely basing himon my father. That is to say Henri would
have certain qualities; he would love food, be a chef, be
passionate, be very French and then I added a fewother
ingredients. Henri was truly born when I explained the
character to Charlotte she drewa fewsketches, capturing
himperfectly and we began to write our first story.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO EDUCATE KIDS AND ADULTS ON
NUTRITION DO YOU THINK?
Food connects with everything; health, family,
environment, society and farming and I believe we are
beginning to appreciate that more. I definitely feel over the
past ten years there has been a gradual reconnection with
food. It has even become political with cooking returning
to the British curriculum. Good nutrition is a byproduct
of good food. If we learn to eat well, by choosing good
local ingredients and by cooking themsimply we will be
laying a fantastic foundation for our children. We are very
fortunate to have Raymond Blanc and Amanda Ursell,
both experts in nutrition, to help us choose enjoyable yet
healthy recipes to go into the app.

DID YOU ALWAYS SET OUT TO CREATE A COMBINATION OF


ENTERTAINING STORY AND PRACTICAL RECIPES?
As soon as it became an app, yes we did. I really didnt
want to preach to kids so it was vital to create a fantastic
story filled with hilarious characters to capture the childs
attention. The logic hopefully goes that if the child likes
Co-creator of Henri
Le Worm and son of
Raymond Blanc shares
his inspiration and
ambitions for the app
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when trying to navigate between pages,
and overzealous interaction that sees a
tap on an interactive point that happens
to be hovering over a character bring
them both to life. In general though,
this is a very easy app to navigate
particularly with the clear controls on
the screen combined with prompts from
the narration to guide which is a must
for any app that wants to interact with
children. There are also purple hot spots
that appear to indicate a character or
object on screen will react when tapped,
and there are mini-games littered
throughout the various screens to keep
the young minds occupied.
This app has done a great job of
drawing users in thanks to its great use
of colour from the outset; this is a very
vibrant app from the moment you pick it
up, and there is no doubt that kids will be
drawn to it. Thankfully it has more than
enough content to keep them occupied
once they get here, and the story is
balanced enough to also be enjoyable,
and potentially educational for adults too.
The narration is lively and interesting
enough to keep you engaged, with
Simon Pegg bringing his usual energy to
proceedings and carrying of the range of
voices and characters brilliantly. Theres a
great range of personalities throughout
the story that younger users will want to
interact with, and on pretty much every
screen that is possible. Having been
developed in part with Blancs son, Olivier,
some family inspiration has defnitely
gone into the creation of Henri as a
character, and into making gastronomy
much more accessible.
Henri Le Worm has done a brilliant job
of standing out in a competitive feld as
well as being engaging throughout its
usage time. The fusion of a fun narrative
with manageable but tasty recipes is
a brilliant way to get both adults and
children back into the kitchen.
iPad| iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99| v1.0
A likeable app and the
practical side should keep
you coming back often.
BELOW: There are also mini-games to play, including making and serving
breakfast for Henri and his friends
01 THE LOOK
As this is an app aimed
predominantly at
children, it needs to
engage from the get-
go, so Henri Le Worm
has been design with
an array of appealing
and vivid colours.
02 CHARACTERS
Theres a host of
Henris friends and
enemies to meet
and interact with
throughout the story,
with some providing
educational content as
well as entertainment.
03 NARRATIVE
This is designed
primarily to entertain,
but also has plenty
of educational and
engaging content
running through it
that is subtle enough
to not turn you away.
04 INTERACTIONS
Every screen within
the app has something
to interact with on
varying levels, from
simple soundboards
right up to links for real
recipes you can try out
for yourself.
05 RECIPES
Recipes are referenced
throughout, and
they have their own
dedicated section.
Instructions also
ofer suggestions as
to when kids can get
involved too.
the characters and if they enjoy the stories then when
it comes to dinner time they will knowfor example what
carrots are, why they are good for you and hopefully they
will eat themwithout you having to hide themunder
some potato! The recipes within the app are designed
by Raymond to be quick and easy. It is so important
for families to eat together, so if Henri can get some more
children cooking with their parents and families eating
together he will be the happiest wormalive!

WHEN WAS IT THAT SIMON AND RAYMOND CAME INTO


THE EQUATION?
Raymond was on board first. He loved the project
straightaway, as he has been a champion of good food
ethics and teaching children for decades, so he embraced
the idea passionately. The contact with Simon came
through my mother who knewSimons wife Maureen. She
showed Maureen a storybook we had mocked up with
all the characters and she loved it. But it was only when
Simon sawhowmuch his daughter adored the characters
that he decided to come on board. He said he wanted to
do something that his daughter would enjoy. He is away
a lot filming, so nowTilly can listen to her dad narrate the
story as well as doing funny voices for all the characters,
which I think is lovely.

DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BECOME A SERIES OF APPS?


Absolutely yes, fromthe tiny seed grows the mighty oak!
We would like fromthe beginning of next year to release
a story app with each season. So four a year, one in
spring, summer, autumn and winter. We are doing this
primarily to explain the importance of seasonality and
this will be reflected in the seasonal produce available
in the walled garden at the beginning of each story. We
also aimto release some spin off apps which are directly
related to Henri Le Worm. We are looking to release a
cooking app with Henri for this Christmas. We would
love to growand become a brand, so that we can spread
Henris positive message. If Peppa Pig can do it why cant
Henri Le Worm?!
WHAT HAS THE FEEDBACK BEEN LIKE SO FAR?
The feedback so far has been amazing. The kids seem
to love it and the parents really appreciate what we are
trying to do. I must admit I didnt quite appreciate how
competitive a market it is for apps, so when we got to
number one in the education category we were over the
moon. Weve were also voted by the Guardian online as
one of the top kids apps as well as being featured on the
Apple homepage as New&Noteworthy. So, all in all, its
been a great start but theres a long way to go.
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SHOWCASE
What gives Henri his
va va voom
StoryToys, the company
behind this app, is an
award-winning developer
and when you begin to
use Chug you quickly see why. It has
built a reputation for producing solid,
innovative pop-up books that have
engaging stories and wonderful visual
efects and these are seen in all
their glory in this wonderfully delicious
ofering that tells the tale of Chug and
his numerous pals.
Navigating is easy; the pages can
be fipped with a swipe left or right
or by hitting the arrow buttons in the
corners. Lively narration reads the
words on screen in an approachable
manner, slow enough for children to be
able to follow and learn to read as they
play. This can also be turned of to
encourage independent reading.
Jovial music plays in the background
as the pages are turned but this
app is not purely about the reading
experience. Some pages pop-up,
showing Chug and his friends in 3D
and turning the book into a gaming
experience. These are simple yet
fun, letting little fngers clear logs, or
capture red carts as they speed past.
Lovely sound efects complete the
efect and, when each game ends,
children can resume reading.
This approach contextualises the
games and it also breaks things up to
the extent that children will want to
push ahead and read, knowing there
is a reward awaiting them as they get
through the book. None of the games
are overly long either so they are
perfect for parents who dont want
their children to spend ages on a game,
becoming addicted in the process.
These are short, snappy slices of
fun that work so well with incredibly
detailed, cartoon-like graphics which
really shine on the screen of tablet.
The main problem, however, is that
is too short. There are 21 pages in
total but, because the games are over
quite quickly, it wont occupy a child for
too long and the games are perhaps
AN INTERACTIVE BOOK THAT IS
VERY MUCH ON THE RIGHT TRACK
CHUG PATROL: READY
TO RESCUE
Gorgeous and fun, Chug Patrol is a
polished app that is perhaps just a
bit too short to be truly satisfying.
not engaging enough for repeat play.
The production values are high but
this shortness does make us question
the value for money in terms of time.
iPhone+| iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99| v1.0.1
Android| OS2.3.3| 2.99/$3.99| v1.0.1
ABOVE: Each game has clear instructions
so children will know exactly what to do
ABOVE: Clear text and a nice layout makes
for pleasant reading and navigating
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Pros/Cons
Fantastic graphics,
sound and narration
An engaging story
and game hybrid
It doesnt take too
long to complete
The price tag may
put off some
SHOWCASE
The little app
that could
01
MINI-GAMES
If you or your
child would rather jump
straight into one of the
mini-games without
having to flick through
the book, you can do so
with ease.
02
PARENT CONTROLS
Access the Parent
Center and decide if you
want to turn off certain
features. This is great
for peace of mind when
leaving younger users
alone with the app.
03
INDEPENDENCE
Let your child
choose to have the
words read to himor her
or encourage themto
read independently. This
feature boosts the apps
educational value.
04
TOGGLE MUSIC
Users have
theoptiontochoose
whether the background
music is enabled or
disabled, which is easily
toggled via the music
icon in the menu.
05
CHOOSE LANGUAGE
Areyoulocated
in the UKor the USA?
Tailor the specific type
of English you want to
see used throughout the
app via this thoughtful
language option.
ABOVE: The app has lots of mini-games with clear objectives. Each one takes only a short time to complete
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KicVidz Lego is a child-friendly app
that pulls together lots of YouTube
videos containing content relating to
the infamous brick-building product.
It has been produced by a father of a seven-
year-old child who, he says, enjoys watching
videos online. The dad worries about the number
of swear words and amount of inappropriate
language on the site and KicVidz is an attempt to
provide a cleaner ofering for children.
The videos are split up into a number of
categories within a scrolling bar at the top of
the screen. These categories include the Whats
New section, which ofers up fresh content, Set
Reviews looks in more detail at the latest Lego
products, News showcases trailers and new
items being released and Creations for features
on inspirational builds and discussions. On top of
this, theres Animation, Ninjago, Mini Figs, Friends,
Super Heroes, Chima and more, each exploring a
diferent aspect of the Lego universe.
The videos play in landscape mode and require
a simple tap of the content thumbnails. Previews
are large and visually appealing and scrolling is
easy to perform, meaning any child will soon be
able to get to grips with the app. Whether or
not we agree with repacking and selling what is
ABOVE: Everything has
been designed to be
appropriate for children
A worthy and thoughtful app that brings
together some lovely Lego content in one
expansive child-friendly space.
essentially an interface for hand-picked YouTube
videos is another matter. But work has gone
into this, and the ethos behind it deserves some
reward especially given the wealth of categories
and the small sums that are involved.
Android| OS3.2| 0.63/$0.99| v.1.3
ENJOY PEACE OF MIND WITH THIS CHILD-FRIENDLY VIDEO AGGREGATOR
KICVIDZ - LEGO
ABOVE: Navigation is easy,
using scrolling gestures
to get aroundthe app
ABOVE: The general interface
looks great, even down to the
in-app player
ABOVE: One of the biggest strengths
is the enticing interface and simple
gestures to make changes
Getting the sound of your music
just right is not as niche an idea as
it used to be. After all, collectively
we seem to take more time than
ever to pick out a new set of headphones or
earbuds depending on what we want for our
ears. CanOpener then, is the app to accompany
your musical anorak side, as it hands audio
control to you. The app combines a cool, visually
driven interface with some surprisingly powerful
tweaking tools to create a playground for those
who want to tailor their listening experience.
First of all, it is worth mentioning the
wonderful simplicity of the app there is no
music import needed here. Instead, CanOpener
will dip straight into your iTunes library when you
hit Play, though it should be noted that this is the
only source it will use to play music.
From here you have a host of features to
try out and experiment with, listening to how
each gesture you make afects the sound. This
is an area for real audiophiles, with a crossfeed,
equalizer and dosimeter as the core settings
you can change. For the less adventurous or
knowledgeable, there are some presets in the
crossfeed section to help you get started.
FINE-TUNE YOUR HEADPHONES WITH THIS AUDIO APP
CANOPENER
Has the technology to please those who love
the physics of soundwaves, and the smart
intuition for newbies who want to experiment.
iPhone| iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99| v1.1
Having said that, CanOpener can easily be
picked up by the audio novice and appreciated
because of the simple intuition at its heart. The
changes you make are instant and noticeable in
what you hear. This is some great stuf.
ABOVE: You can watch reviews of specific Lego
sets, which have their very own section
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A variety of maths-based games
that children should find fun. It can
be unstable, however.
The promise of being able to add
3D effects to photos is a brilliant
one, but only if it works.
An original solution that some
users will love, but not everyone
will find uses for it.
A great way to look under the
hood of your mobile device but it
may have a limited audience.
A rewarding way for
children to learn that
routines can be useful.
Lots of encouragement
wrapped up in an
attractive package.
The variety and
number of activities
included in this app are
impressive and children
should be able to learn specifc
aspects of maths with ease when
using it. The app will help them
read and write numbers and also
understand the correct order of
number ranges. Bonus activities add
a reward element and the tutorials
are particularly useful for getting
children of to a fying start. The
only problem we found was a lack of
stability from time to time.
tadaa 3D claims to be
able to let you create
3D illusions from any
photo; in some ways
it works as intended, but there are
some drawbacks. We found it very
dif cult in our tests to create photos
that looked realistic and could
take advantage of the software
on board. Still, when it did work, it
did so wonderfully and the efect
was great. The ability to move your
phone and see an object not move
while the background does is clever,
but again, it took too many attempts
to get right. It has lots of promise,
but needs a little more attention
before it can be considered great.
Roundr is an app that
lets you adjust the look
of the corners on your
mobile device screen.
It is an aesthetic tweak, but when
Roundr Extensions is installed it adds
much more variety. You can now use
more intricate corners to add some
personality to your screen and also
blacklist apps if you need to, but
we were left wondering how many
usability improvements it ofers.
It works well for those who like to
tweak the look of their device and
it can change the entire feel of a
screen, but its not for everyone.
Geekbench 3 is unusual
in that it ofers data
about your phone or
tablet that you would
not normally be privy to. You can
view everything from processor
details to the software version,
which is normal, but benchmarks can
also be taken to ofer speed scores.
These can then be analysed to make
sure your device is operating within
an acceptable range. It is an app for
those who have a real interest in
such things and most users will not
need it, but maybe the geek in all of
us will want to look anyway.
Routines are important
for children and none
more so than at
bedtime and in the
morning. This app is designed to help
bring order to a childs day and does
so using fun games that are very
colourful and have realistic sounds to
accompany them. The characters are
friendly, which should help children
subconsciously learn that routines
can be a good thing. This app is
fun, but comes with a heavy dose
of learning that both the child and
parent can enjoy together.
There are many apps
that are designed to
help you get ft or
achieve a specifc goal,
but few ofer the wealth of detailed
background information this one
does. There is a lot of explanation
included and the presentation
brings it all to the front very easily.
Add to this a plan that will gradually
increase your confdence and you
have a perfectly formed mobile
package that can ofer many
rewards that is as long as you stick
to the advice given.
DOODLE CRITTER
MATH: NUMBERS
TADAA 3D ROUNDR
EXTENSIONS
GEEKBENCH 3
DANIEL TIGERS
DAY & NIGHT
3 MONTH MUSCLE
BUILDING PLAN
iPhone | iOS 6.0
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.2
Android | OS 2.2
| 1.28/$1.99 | v1.0
iPhone | iOS 7.0
| 0.69/$0.99 | v3.1.2
Android | OS 4.0
| 0.69/$0.99 | v3.0.0
iPhone+ | iOS 5.1
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.0.1
Android | OS 1.5
| 1.69/$2.67 | v1.0
iPhone | iOS 5.0
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.03.1
GET THE
KNOWLEDGE
01 WOLFRAM ALPHA
Designed to be like a real-
life Star Trek computer,
ask a question from
maths to music and this app will
explain it with graphs and more.

Android | OS 2.1
| 1.86/$2.99 | v1.3.0.4590401
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| 1.99/ $2.99 | v1.5.1.4752439
02 AKINATOR THE GENIE
Real or fictional, whatever
person you think of this
telepathic app can guess it
with just a fewquestions.

Android | OS 2.2
| 1.49/$1.99 | v2.41
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 1.49/$1.99 | v2.4.0
03 SAYHI TRANSLATE
A pocket-sized interpreter, this
app will translate conversations
in up to 100 languages in real
time it even includes regional dialects!

iPad+ | iOS 6.1


| 1.49/$1.99 | v3.6.0
04 SOUNDHOUND
Discover the name of a song
and find it on Spotify or Rdio
just by humming the tune.

Android | Varies
| 3.99/$5.99 | Varies
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| 4.99/$6.99 | v5.3.3
05 BIRD SONG ID
Like Soundhound specifically
for twitchers, this UK-only app
can identify birds based on
their calls and songs.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3


| 2.99 | v5.0
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If you are anything like some
of the Apps Magazine team
members, then you will
wake up each morning, grab
a cup of tea or cofee and start to play
around with your iPad to check the latest
information and get your day going.
The Morning app caters for this very
use, delivering a wealth of information
on a single, well-designed screen so that
you can see at a glance all of the vital
details that will get you on your way.
When you load the app for the frst
time you will see that it has a large clock
with the date in the top-left of the
screen, as well as blocks for weather and
events. These need to be connected
to your location and to your calendar,
with the reminders block needing to be
synced with your Reminders app.
When you have done this, you begin
to see the apps use. Suddenly you can
view any specifc tasks that you need to
do that day, view the weather forecast
and get a favour of where you are
expected to be without having to fick
from one app to another.
Morning, however, goes even further
than that. Although the interface is a
relatively simple one, it actually masks
a complex series of tasks that can be
performed. For a start, you can change
and customise all the blocks on the
screen; so you could decide not to have
the weather in the top left-hand corner,
for example, and place it elsewhere or
even drop it entirely. You can also add in
any extra functions with a host of panels
available for you to tailor the page in the
way that truly suits you.
For example, by tapping each box and
selecting the icon to the left, you can
choose one of eight diferent panels.
These include Commute which lets you
know what to expect on the roads when
you leave the house, News allows you
to pull in various diferent RSS sources,
Stocks is there for keeping a close eye on
the stock market and Countdown so that
you know how long you have left before
any important events starts.
By selecting these, the panel you
have tapped will alter, changing the
dynamic of the page and bringing in the
information that you want to see and
use. You can have these in any order
you wish, and make the page suit your
requirements. For example, having the
weather app in a larger panel allows you
see the humidity, wind and changing
times of the day, whereas having it in
a smaller one will simply show you the
current weather and the highs and lows
of the day. It means you can prioritise
the information to a greater degree.
There is another icon when you press
the panel too. The one to the left allows
you to alter the settings of each of the
windows so again, you can have more
ALTHOUGH THE INTERFACE IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE
ONE, IT ACTUALLY MASKS A COMPLEX SERIES OF
TASKS THAT CAN BE PERFORMED
RIGHT: You have the choice of a range
of different colours to form your
Morning background
ABOVE: Auto-location tailors the app to
your specific locality so that you get
the right information
ABOVE: In order to get started you must
enable the weather, reminders and
events features
MORNING WEATHER, TO-DO,
NEWS AND MORE
SHAKE OFF THAT BLEARY FEELING WITH A MORNING DATA BLAST
A clean, effective
and easy-to-read
interface
It taps into your ot
her apps and
location for spot-
on service
More panels are
needed to create a
true one-stop app
It could use some
more flexibility in
its design
PROS/CONS
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bespoke and personalised services.
Perhaps you want your weather in
Celsius rather than Fahrenheit (a
thoughtful option), or you want your
calendar to only display a specifc event
from birthdays to home to shopping, or
even lectures and leisure activities.
Unfortunately, its not all perfect. You
cant add in your own extra panels, for
example, so for now youre stuck with
the predetermined sizes. Additionally,
while you can alter the colour of the
screen, you cant tell the app to colour
individual panels, which would be a
handy feature. That said, this uniformity
does make for a more sleek, less fussy
and complex design that works well, so
perhaps we are just being picky.
Alarm clocks and alert systems would
be nice addition, though, and it would
be good if you were able to input the
countdown using scrolling menus rather
than having to write it using text. More
of an issue is not always being able
to pull in the news feeds wanted and
having to scroll down or wait to see each
one, rather than simply being able to
display the headlines at a glance.
Yet, we found ourselves always
coming back to the app. We used it day
after day, making it our frst port of call.
It cut down on the time spent jumping
from one app to another which, when
getting ready for work, can be quite
annoying and potentially time-consuming.
To that end, Morning is a fne example
of a one-stop shop information app. It
needs more panels; eight is a good start
but there are others that would come in
useful social media, for example). Still,
for the price, its well worth investing
given the time it will save.
iPad| iOS6.0| 1.99/$2.99| v1.0.5
01 SELECT PANEL
To get started, simply
select a panel that you
would like to change
to a news feed and tap
the icon on the right-
hand side. This should
bring up an additional
menu of options.
02 SELECT NEWS
Simply scroll through
the list of available
options that has just
appeared and select
the option for News.
This will in turn bring
up a new screen for
you to customise.
03 ADD SOURCE
Tap the Plus button
located next to the
word Source, or
else select one of
the options already
presented. You can
also select the number
of articles that appear.
04 ADD URL
Add a URL or RSS/
ATOM feed is easy.
Simply type in the
relevant web address
and the app will verify
it. You should also
include an identifable
title for the feed.
05 CONFIRM
After you have tapped
Add, select the source
you want to use from
the list and you should
now see it displayed in
your panel for you to
view every morning.
Its as easy as that!
Morning ensures you know exactly
what you have to do when you wake
up and its a great accompaniment
throughout the day.
ABOVE: The app can be set to auto-lock if you so wish
SHOWCASE
Make your
routine run
more easily
01
ADD LOCATION
One of the most
helpful features,
use your location to
determine helpful
information such as the
weather, or howlong
your commute will take.
02
ARTICLES
The app allows
you to viewthe headline
and first paragraph
of articles. Should
something take your
interest, you can tap to
read themin full.
03
CUSTOMISE
Feel free to
personalise the app and
make alterations to the
settings. Doing so means
that each of the panels
will work in the specific
way you want it to.
04
EXTERNAL FEEDS
Tomaketheapp
evenmoreuseful, you
also have the option to
add in some external
feeds. This could be for
news, updates fromthe
stock markets and more.
05
REMINDERS
Create lists from
your native Reminders
app and then tick them
off as you go along,
keeping track of tasks
and making sure your
day is productive.
HOW TO
Add a news feed to
your Morning
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With so much information
available at our fngertips
these days and so much
going on in other media
from traditional newspapers and
television to online magazines being
able to consume it all at great speed
is something of an advantage. Syllable
aims to help you speed up your
reading rate so that you can absorb
information much quicker and have
time to do all of those other things.
The frst thing it asks you to do
is add articles that you would like to
read, either by URL or via Source (for
example a third-party app such as
Pocket). You can also add your own
text, which is great if you want to read
back your own words or cut and paste
lengthy novels or textbooks. The app
then displays these words to you at a
An app that surpassed
expectations and did
exactly as promised.
set rate, defaulting at 50 words per
minute. You can change this, however,
increasing the speed so that your
reading becomes faster and faster.
Words are displayed up to fve at
a time and the idea behind the app
is that you stop subvocalising the
words. Subvocalisation, it explains, is
when words are said to yourself in
your head. Instead, Syllable wants you
to concentrate on the pacing of the
text and this, over time, will lead to
you reading much faster.
The wealth of customisation
options, from text size to the number
of words being displayed and the
speed at which they are played
back, put you in control of your own
learning. By using your own articles,
you are able to tailor it to texts that
you are most likely to be reading each
day. It will help you speed through your
Pocket and Instapaper articles and it
works really well. The major bonus, of
course, is that the app actually works;
we found our reading speed increasing
with time (and in our line of work, that
is very handy indeed).
Of course, the downside is that you
have to be disciplined enough to stick
with it but that is no fault of the app,
just human nature. The presentation
and ease of use of Syllable makes for
a very pleasant learning experience
and given that it yields decent results
and actually delivers, we were more
than pleased to pay the asking price.
INCREASE YOUR READING SPEED WITH LOTS OF PRACTICE
SYLLABLE
iPhone+| iOS6.1| 1.99/$2.99| v1.0.2
ABOVE: Write your own text if you
wish by using the built-in keyboard
ABOVE: If you have copied a URL from
Safari, it will be available to you
ABOVE: Swipe each of the articles to
the left in order to delete them
Pros/Cons
Easy to set up
and use
You can use your
own texts
Can feel like a bit
of a chore
More sources
would be a nice
addition
DOWNLOAD
NOW!
Add articles
and learn to
speed read
01
ADD CONTENT
When you start
the app, you will be
prompted to tap the Plus
icon in the top right-
hand corner.
02
CHOOSE SOURCE
Choose whether
to add text, a URL or
a Source (Pocket or
Instapaper) by tapping
the relevant option.
03
URL ARTICLE
On this screen you
can add a URL, which
you will need to find by
navigating to the Safari
web browser.
04
CONFIRM
We have added
the URL here. If you had
chosen Text, youd be
prompted to write some
words at this stage.
05
FINISH
Our first article has
nowbeen added to the
app, ready to be tapped
and displayed a few
words at a time.
HOW TO
ABOVE: Up to five words can appear at once and
you can alter fonts and reading speed
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Keyboards generally have you
tapping at them to get the words on
to the screen. But Dynamic Keyboard
Pro joins the merry ranks of those
numerous alternatives which not only allows for
the use of swiping but provides a keyboard that
responds to the way that you type and second
guesses what you are going to write next.
As well as predicting the words you write and
letting you type without moving your fnger of
the keys, this app goes further. It enlarges letters
that you use most often, giving you the option of
a split keyboard for extra comfort and allowing
for diferent customisations.
You can choose to have a translucent
background if you wish and you can tell the app
that you want to change the shape of the keys
or that you wish to have a diferent keyboard
layout. You can also choose from colours and
presets and have multiple languages.
All of this is great, but the app comes
unstuck a little when using autocorrect in a
diferent language. Additionally, you can have
vibration feedback but the app doesnt allow
for sound. While its not perfect by any means,
ABOVE: You can tailor
make the keyboard to
fit the way you type
Its another alternative keyboard but one that
responds to the way that you type and use it.
the developer does seem to look at comments
posted on the review part of Google Play and
appears to take note, so we can expect some
alterations in the future. Sometimes this level
of after-development care is worth its weight in
gold so we applaud the developer for that.
Android| OS2.1| 0.50/$0.99| v.1.9.3
WORRY NO MORE ABOUT PREDICTIVE
TEXT FAILS
DYNAMIC KEYBOARD
PRO
ABOVE: Installation and
enabling of the app is
very easy to do
ABOVE: You need to pull down
for each additional item you
want to include
ABOVE: In order to start a list
you need to first pull down
on the app
Joining the ranks of the many list
management apps many of which
are now gesture-controlled and try to
make the compilations of lists second
nature is Silo. Here you are able to pull down
to add new lists, pull down again to add items to
that list and swipe left and right to either delete
those lists or else share them with others.
The sharing aspect of the app is the real killer
feature that Silo has, and what sets it apart from
the many other oferings on the App Store.
For sharing to happen, the app needs to
access your contacts; from there on its a
simple case of tapping in an email address and
submitting it. It works well and its great that you
can sync the lists between your iPad and Mac
plus you can still make use of a website when
you dont have an Apple product to hand.
The design of the app is pleasant with a nice
shade of red forming the background. It would be
nice if there were other colours available to make
it easier to colour code your lists though, and the
user interface can take a little bit of getting used
to. The fact that you have to keep pulling down
to add more to your list is a little annoying and
could use some improvement.
GOING SHOPPING? LET OTHERS SEE WHAT YOULL BUY
SILO SHARE YOUR LISTS
An app in its early days with decent
functionality and usability it just needs some
extra features to be worthwhile.
iPhone| iOS6.0| 1.49/$1.99| v.1.0.7
Still, the potential is there, but we are
expecting to see more in updates. A sorting
function would be good and the ability to jot
down notes would improve the app more. This is
a promising start with some good ideas behind it.
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A flexible solution for
reading when you have
little time to spare.
Users of Zimbra will appreciate
the clean way in which it has been
ported to the mobile world.
A potentially game-
changing app that will
offer benefits to users.
A visual app that works as a new
take on an old solution.
An effective solution
for sharing expenses in
a matter of seconds.
Specialist maybe, but potentially
capable of aiding those who feel
they have a need for it.
It is all too easy to
collect long articles
from the web with
the intention of
reading them when you have spare
time. If this time is at a premium,
however, that can be dif cult. This
app presents articles from your
Instapaper, Pocket and other service
accounts in a unique way. One word
pops up onto the screen at a time
and you get to choose how many
words per minute are shown. It takes
time to get used to, but the end
result will speed up your reading.
ZTasks Pro is likely the
most efective way
to use Zimbra on a
mobile device because
it includes support for all of the
main features Zimbra users will
use every day. The search facility
is wide-ranging, as is the ability
to use multiple accounts, but it is
in the presentation that the app
works so well. The specialist nature
of the service means that the app
will never be hugely popular, but for
servicing a particular audience and
ofering many ef ciencies, it does
exactly what it needs to.
No matter how digital
the world becomes
there will always be
the need to store paper
documents or scan them for safe
keeping. This app brings all of your
paper documents into one place
and makes the scanning process
quick and extremely efective. It
is able to add clarity to the most
obscure documents and allows you
to organise everything in the most
logical way for you. The more you
add, the more useful it becomes.
Conversion apps are
incredibly common, but
The Converted takes a
diferent approach by
showing more than just numbers.
Their presentation uses imagery
to show the diference between
two units and great care has been
taken to ofer a perspective that
is understandable to the user. The
number of diferent units supported
is high, so there is little to complain
about here. The only problem is that
it may not do enough to make you
move from your current solution, but
for new conversion app users it will
ofer a huge number of benefts.
Splitting bills is a task
that is required often
in the workplace and
historically apps have
tended to focus purely on the
activity itself. This app, however,
not only makes the bill splitting
process simple, thanks to its clean
look and easy-to-use navigation, but
it also stores all of the information
should you need it later on. It is not
pretentious in any way but manages
to ft the iOS look perfectly. This is
a great example of a tool doing the
job it is intended for seamlessly from
start to fnish. A brilliant and useful
addition to any home screen.
The way this app has
been built and the
subject matter it covers
highlights just how
many areas mobile apps cover today.
It is purposefully aimed at those
in the religious feld who want to
share and give their message out
to a group of people, and in most
areas it does this efectively. It may
be dif cult for some to understand
initially, but eventually the way it
works should become clear, at which
point it will come into its own. This is
obviously not an app for everyone,
but it shows what can be done.
READQUICK -
SPEED READER
ZTASKS PRO:
ZIMBRA TASK LISTS
TINY SCAN PRO:
PDF SCANNER
THE CONVERTED
BY IDEON
PROMISSORY 3DM
STAY IN
THE BLACK
01 DOLLARBIRD
Track where you
money is going with
this colour-coded
calendar, complete with graph
projections and the opton to
set reminders to pay bills.

iPhone | iOS 6.0


| 1.49/1.99 | v1.1.1
02 MONEYWIZ
Sync all of your accounts
and import your bank
statements in order to
crunch the numbers and get a
forecast of your spending.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3


| 2.99/$4.99 | v1.4.2
03 NEXT EXPENSE
TRACKING
Monitor howmuch youre
spending at Starbucks or in
the App Store with this
easy-to-use interface.

iPhone | iOS 6.0


| 1.49/$1.99 | v2.0
04 DEBT MANAGER
Got into arrears? Dig
yourself out of trouble with
this low-cost download.

iPad+ | iOS 4.0


| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.5
05 SPENDEE
Snap photos of your bills
and store themin-app or
enter themmanually to
viewon a chart.

iPhone | iOS 6.0


| 1.49/$1.99 | v1.2.1
Android | v4.0
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WHERES MY MICKEY?
This is Disneys second spin-of from its
original Wheres My Water? game and puts
the companys most iconic character at
the forefront. The objective is to direct the fow of
water through a cross-section of Mickeys world,
from the source to his collection point. The puzzles
are simple to start with but quickly get harder
and to mix things up you can unlock screens
featuring Goofy. There is a charming retro feel
about the colourful animation and the emphasis
is more on fun than physics but the result is an
enjoyable distraction that Disney fans should love.
Theres not much new here but Mickeys
appeal keeps it from being a damp squib.
CUT THE ROPE
With his goofy smile and big eyes, the
candy-crazy central character in this game
has won over the hearts of mobile gamers
young and old. This is despite the fact that all he
does is open his mouth to grab passing sweets and
look sad if they dont fall his way. What makes the
gameplay addictive is the combination of a light-
hearted tone and brain-teasing challenges that
require an understanding of geometry and motion.
Like other hit mobile games, this has expanded into
a franchise but the original adventures of Om Nom
are as sweet as any of the sequels.
Amusing, exasperating and absolutely
impossible to give up just like candy!
NANO PANDA
This game echoes Cut the Rope but is
sufciently original to be its own animal.
The objective is to get the titular pandas
from their launch tubes into the mouths of one or
more hungry atoms. The obstacles will be familiar
to fans of Om Nom but one of the twists here
is that there can be multiple pandas and they
attract each other. This extra movement must be
accounted for when predicting where the pandas
will go, and you also have to consider what order
to launch them in to ensure they reach their
destination and you get maximum points.
Cuddly central characters and puzzling
challenges make this more than bearable.
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OSMOS
In this biology-based game you control
a mote, a single-celled organism that
needs to grow by absorbing other motes.
Your mote foats in a sea of others and you move
it around by tapping the screen. This creates a
current that drives it towards its targets and away
from the red motes that would suck it up. Normal
gameplay is slow but you can speed it up with
a swipe. Sometimes, though, you should take a
moment to appreciate the impressive graphics and
plot your next move, because natural forces dont
always move things in the directions you expect.
Not one for action-oriented gamers but original
and absorbing if patience is in your nature.
JENGA
Jenga is an ideal party game because its
easy to understand but challenging to
play. Reproducing it digitally is dif cult
because complex physics have to be accounted for
to make the tower topple convincingly. This app
succeeds thanks to the nicely rendered bricks and
the realistic way they interact as play proceeds.
You can challenge someone online, compete with
friends in pass-and-play mode or do some solo
deconstruction. Diferent settings are unlocked as
you progress and if you want to show of your brick
pile, its easy to snap and share a picture in the app.
An impressive simulation that is much quicker
to set up than the real thing. Great fun.
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II
This entry in Rovios feathered franchise is
a prequel to the original Angry Birds Star
Wars game, featuring the Emperor, General
Grievous, Qui-Gon Jinn and other characters from
Episodes I to III of the movie series. The format will
be familiar to anyone who has played these games
before but this time you can swap allegiances and
play as Darth Sidious minion pigs on the Pork Side.
You can also use Telepods, which are plastic mini-
fgures that can be integrated into the game by
scanning their QR codes with your devices camera.
The hilarious spoofing of Star Wars
and challenging gameplay mean this
never gets old. Brilliant fun.
SIMPLEROCKETS
This cool app from the developers of
SimplePhysics allows you to design your
own rocket and launch it into space. How
far it gets before it runs out of fuel or crashes
depends on your design and how efective you
are at controlling it. Every design starts with a
Command Pod by default, but after that youre
on your own. There are various parts you can add
and the excellent tutorial encourages you to be as
crazy as you like as long as you remember to take
along enough fuel and include detachable stages,
like the ones real rockets have.
It might start out as a simple five-minute
mission, but youll soon get addicted.
CUBES VS. SPHERES
The challenge in this game is exactly
what the name suggests: armed with
spheres, you defend your position against
approaching hordes of cubes. The spheres pop
up from a central point at your command and you
launch them or roll them at oncoming blocks. Points
are amassed when you hit cubes, which explode
on impact. You can use your devices gyroscope or
swipe to aim and as you progress, you have more
weapons to choose from. You need a grasp of
speed and trajectory, though, because as the levels
increase in dif culty the cubes come thick and fast.
Proof that a simple idea cleverly implemented
can make for compelling gameplay.
PLASMA PIG
Plasma Pig takes the idea behind games like
Bad Piggies and Bridge Constructor and fips
it on its head. Instead of creating something
that allows you to negotiate a tricky landscape,
you essentially design the landscape itself. You
swipe across the screen to create plasma platforms
that will get the purple pig to a wormhole. When
you think you have a design that works, you set
Pig on their way and watch them roll towards the
destination, tilting your device, if necessary, to keep
them moving in the right direction.
Dont turn your nose up at this
tricky twist on a popular physics
game formula.
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The Call Of Duty franchise
is now a decade old, and
there have been numerous
variations and scenarios
released over the years. Each console
version was eagerly awaited and played
to death by millions of enthusiasts. This
is perhaps the reason why Call Of Duty:
Strike Team has had such a lukewarm
reaction on the iPad and iPhone. People
have high expectations having played
it on a PlayStation or Xbox, but Call Of
Duty: Strike Team for iOS is a fraction
of the price, it runs on more limited
hardware and there is no controller, just
a touchscreen. Its wrong to compare it
to the console version and if you forget
your preconceptions and expectations
of the game, then you should have great
fun with this 4.99/$6.99 iOS app.
Call Of Duty is a war game and in
this iteration the United States is under
attack by an unknown enemy. You and
your team are tasked with taking down
the bad guys. This involves entering
enemy bases patrolled by guards,
hacking door locks, disabling alarms,
breaking security codes and retrieving
vital information. Oh, and killing bad guys
a lot of bad guys. The action is as fast
and furious as a machine gun.
The app mixes real-time strategy
(RTS) with frst-person shooter (FPS)
and it is an interesting idea. In FPS mode
there are thumb controls at either side
of the screen and the left is used to
move forward, back, left and right, while
the right is used to look, aim and fre.
Touchscreens arent ideal for this type of
action and it is a little awkward, if only
there was a decent physical controller.
Still, there is the option to tap the
left and right screen edges in order to
snap right onto the next target. Some
might consider this to be cheating, but
you dont have to use the feature. You
can switch to another team member and
take control with a swipe across their
name. You can even hide them in lockers
and dumpsters where they will be
hidden and protected from the enemy
while you concentrate on one person.
Tapping at the top switches to RTS
mode where youll have a birds eye
view of the battlefeld or building. Team
members can be selected individually or
together and then instructed to move
to new positions. Enemy soldiers can be
targeted and engaged or taken out with
a sniper rife. You cannot play the game
entirely in either FPS or RTS modes and
to make progress you must switch from
one to the other as best fts your current
situation. You might need to use FPS
to take over a gun turret and blast the
enemy at close range, or you could use
the RTS overview to position your team
IF YOU FORGET YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS AND
EXPECTATIONS OF THE GAME, THEN YOU SHOULD
HAVE GREAT FUN WITH THIS APP
ABOVE: There are lots of
missions to master. You can
play in regular mode or as an
experienced veteran
ABOVE: At every stage in a
campaign you are told what
you must do and where to go
ABOVE: Make use of the birds-
eye view during battle and
direct your troops to attack
or take cover
CALL OF DUTY: STRIKE TEAM
A FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER AND REAL-TIME STRATEGY THIS GAME HAS IT ALL
It features both
RTS and FPS
modes
Action packed or
slow and steady
its your choice
The FPS controls
could use a bit
of work
Lack of multiplayer
games might
disappoint some
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so as to ambush the enemy, draw their
fre or attack on their unprotected fank.
Its a bit slow and clumsy when switching
modes, but it does add a bit of interest
to the game and you need to consider
which mode is best at any time.
There are lots of campaign missions
and a moderately interesting story
that links them together. As you
work through the missions you gain
experience points and new and better
weapons become available. You can
choose the weapons for each team
member at the start of each mission, but
until youve tried it and failed, you wont
know which weapons to take with you.
Thinking about the specifc situation
will certainly help you for example, do
you need a sniper rife or a machine gun?
The weapons at your disposal are limited
at frst, but there are in-app purchases
that enable you to unlock items early
to provide extra frepower if you cant
wait to earn the experience points. If the
team is injured or killed, you can restart
the mission or revive the men with
health kits. They cost you, but you earn
game money for completing missions.
There are a lot of one-star reviews
in the iTunes store and this is because
the app is big and pushes the limits of
the iPad. It is a 1.3GB download and 2GB
installed. You must then quit all apps
and power of the iPad. Restart and it
will then run smoothly. If you dont, it
stutters and crashes a lot.
Call Of Duty: Strike Team isnt as good
as the console versions and it lacks any
online multiplayer action. However, it
makes an entertaining iPad game. It will
appeal more to those new to the series
rather than old hands that will compare
it with the console experience.
iPad| iOS6.0| 4.99/$6.99| v1.0.0
01 USE STEALTH
As it turns out, Call
Of Duty isnt all about
blasting with machine
guns, sometimes
stealth is required.
Here you must sneak
up and dispatch the
enemy with a knife.
02 REVIVE AND
CONTINUE
Health kits come in
handy when team
members are injured.
You can apply an
adrenaline shot or
revive them and then
carry on playing.
03 PICK YOUR WEAPONS
Having the right
weapons for each
mission is incredibly
important. Customise
each team member
specifcally to give
them the tools they
needs to do the job.
04 USE THE STORE
If you cant wait to get
all the better weapons,
there is always the
option of visiting the
store. In-app purchases
enable you to add lots
of goodies early on, if
you have the money.
05 USE FPS MODE
You can gain control
of some incredibly
powerful weapons
when youre in FPS
mode. Being in the
right mode at the
right time is the key to
success in this game.
With mixed FPS action and RTS
strategy, this attempts to create the
Call Of Duty experience on iOS.
ABOVE: Take advantage of available cover you can even hide inside lockers and dumpsters
01
CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES HD
This combines the
Call Of Duty gameplay
with mindless zombie-
slaying fun. Its surprisingly
popular and worth a try.
iPad+| iOS3.2
| 2.99/$4.99| v1.3.3
02
FRONTLINE COMMANDO
As the sole-
surviving commando,
you must save the day.
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| Free| v3.0.3
03
MODERN COMBAT 3:
FALLEN NATION
Features a 13-mission
campaign and multiplayer.
iPad+| iOS4.3
| 4.99/$6.99| v1.4.0
Android| iOS2.1
| 2.99/$4.99| v1.1.3
04
TINY TROOPERS
Less realistic than
Call Of Duty and in a
cartoon style. Good fun.
iPad+| iOS5.0
| 0.69/$0.99| v1.3.1
Android| iOS2.2
| Free| v1.0.6
05
MODERN COMBAT:
SANDSTORM HD
This is an old game, but
its still great. Complete
ten missions set in the
Middle-Eastern desert.
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Features to be
excited about
in Infnity
Blade III
01
HIDEOUT
Adding a bit more
scale and breaking up
the relentless fighting is
your newhideout. Here
users can retreat to
create potions and work
with the blacksmith.
02
PLAY AS ISA
For thefirst time
intheInfinity Blade
series, users canswitch
betweentwoplayable
characters andupgrade
thembothas they go
along, a nicebonus.
03
COMBO FINISHERS
Users cannow
makecomboattacks
evenmorelethal thanks
tothefinishingmove.
Theseappear as gesture
prompts onscreenat the
endof combos.
04
VISUALS
Eachgameinthis
series has got steadily
better looking, andthe
thirdinstalment is no
different. Look out for
sweepingpanoramas
andplenty of lens flare.
05
ACHIEVEMENTS
As anadded
incentive, the
achievements system
has beenoverhauled
andGoals introduced,
rewardingusers with
valuablechips.
ABOVE: There are enemies of all shapes and sizes
for users to engage in battle
ABOVE: This game marks yet another step forward
in terms of the graphic quality on mobile devices
Pros/Cons
Visually, its a
wonderful world
to explore
A second playable
character and new
features freshen
things up
Nothing hugely
revolutionary in
the gameplay
The repetition and
difficulty curve can
drag at times
Its taken some time to
surface, but the third
instalment of the Infnity
Blade series has fnally
arrived on iPhone and iPad.
Much like the previous titles, this
game sticks to what it knows best
in terms of the gameplay, with the
repetitive slash-heavy battles still
the centrepiece. What you will notice
is how much bigger the game is, and
how much better it looks. Things are
much more polished this time, and
considering Infnity Blade has never
been a bad-looking game, it means
things really do look gorgeous now.
The world you play in is also on a
much bigger scale, and though there is
less of the path choice and exploration
that we found in Infnity Blade II, there
is a suitable impression of size and
general epicness that developers Chair
seem quite keen to get across.
In terms of gameplay things are very
much familiar, with the same gesture-
laden combat the focal point of your
gaming. A few layers have been added
to and around this though; users can
now add a fnishing move to their
combos thanks to an on-screen swipe
prompt. Its a great way to do some
extra damage at the end of a furry.
The new achievement system also
rewards players for varying up how
they fght, with valuable chips on
ofer for hitting certain numbers of
parries, dodges and blocks, so it pays
to mix things up a bit. Isa is a playable
character for the frst time too, and
you can level her up independently
to Siris. Theres also a blacksmith
and potions master to work with in
this game, and while some of their
processes can take a fair chunk of
time, there are rewards in using them.
Rather than a massive overhaul this
is very much a polished continuation
of the story. Some of the narrative will
be lost on you if you havent played
the previous games, but dont let
that stop you from playing what is a
benchmark in iOS gaming.
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to the gameplay that fans of the
previous titles should appreciate.
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ABOVE: The control buttons are located
in the bottom corners of the screen,
as is traditional
ABOVE: The enemies come at you
in huge waves and it can be really
difficult to keep on top
ABOVE: Death is inevitable but the idea
is obviously to not see this screen and
instead collect the loot
Pros/Cons
Wonderful visuals
and fantastic sound
So much action it
might just make
your brain hurt
There is no
multiplayer
available within
the game
The maps can
become a little
repetitive
A GRINDING DUNGEON CRAWLER THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT
HEROES OF LOOT
Old-school games have a
certain charm to them, but
they can also be extremely
hard. Heroes of Loot harks
back to the style of the Eighties with
a pixelated set of characters but,
thankfully, it places this within a game
that has been made less dif cult
than it could have been. That will be
extremely refreshing for all of those
who would otherwise have sweated
their way through what turns out to a
high-action dungeon crawler.
A high-octane game that
evokes past memories and
a great dungeon crawler.
With this game, you can forget in-
depth plot lines of the likes of Grand
Theft Auto V and instead leave your
brain at the door while you choose a
character from one of four classes
Elf, Warrior, Wizard or Valkyrie and
get to grips with all of their attributes.
At frst you may just start tearing
around the place, losing lives and
wondering just how youre going to
open doors. Youll discover secret
rooms by accident and pick up all
manner of goodies.
What you need to do here is stick
a plaster over your thumb and keep
hammering away at that fre button to
dispatch the nasties that have come
to spoil your day. There is a story,
but it matters little, even if the cut-
scenes are a welcome relief from the
relentless gameplay.
The main point is embarking on
random quests, fnding your way
around and trying to remain as
unscathed as you could possibly hope
to be when a swarm of enemies
decides to envelope you en masse.
Everything about the game smacks
of retro in the positive sense. You
really could be looking at a game that
was available on one of the more
colourful home computers of the early
video-gaming era. There is speed as
well as a lot of wit, and you soon learn
the various skills of your classes and
just how invaluable they are to clean
up the mess before you.
You will fnd this game hard to put
down, and yet it is really geared up
for short bursts of play. The game is
available on both iOS and Android, and
it plays equally well on either format.
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DUNGEON HUNTER 4
An epic RPGsaga
that seems to get better
with each iteration.
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| Free| v1.2.0
02
HEROES OF DESTINY
With four heroes
to control, this is great
real-time strategy fun.
iPhone+| iOS5.1
| Free| v2.0.1
Android| OS2.1
| Free| v2.01
03
ORC VENGEANCE
The icon may look
like an evil Shrek but
theres nothing nasty
about the gameplay of
this excellent RPG.
iPhone+| iOS4.1
| 1.99/$2.99| v1.2
04
NIMBLE QUEST
Beautiful, pixel
graphics make for an
engaging, fun game.
iPhone+| iOS5.0
| Free| v1.0.8
Android| OS2.2
| Free| v1.0.4.1
05
THE BARDS TALE
The 3Dgraphics
place this into console
territory. Amazing stuff.
iPhone+| iOS4.3|
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| 1.85/$2.99| v1.4
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A classic shooter with entertaining
graphics and addictive qualities
that will keep you entertained.
This is a carefully and creatively
designed app that should work
very well with children.
An excellent port of a
classic that works well
on the small screen.
A great game that is very well
designed, but can get dull when
played over a long time.
20 years since the original, its
back but with a few bugs in tow.
Completely original,
and very interesting.
An amazing game.
This game may look
like it was designed for
children, but as you dig
deeper you realise there
is a lot of depth here and it is this
that makes the game very addictive.
There is a sense of achievement
throughout and despite the in-app
purchases, you can progress quite
easily without having to spend
money. As you shoot the aliens and
practise your movements, you will
fnd great satisfaction in killing more.
Its not original, but it is very good.
Wungi Pirates is a
visually impressive
childrens app ofering
huge amounts of fun
as the child navigates through the
various screens; younger children
in particular may fnd lots of replay
value. The games and interactivity
work well and the theme is
consistent throughout, ofering
an atmosphere in which users can
immerse themselves. The games
are challenging and the sense of
achievement as the child succeeds is
great, lifting the title above its rivals.
The Last Express has
long been admired by
many as one of the
true classic adventure
games and here we have a modern-
day version for mobile devices. The
graphics and sounds come together
to create an atmosphere which
not only retains the charm of the
original, but works perfectly today. It
can take you hours to play and you
need to be careful with your actions
as they can afect the entire game.
This is without a doubt a must buy.
Stickman Downhill
has already proved to
be very popular and
with good reason. It
is very well designed and lets the
gameplay shine through with a
host of progressively more dif cult
challenges to keep you amused. It
does most things well, but over time
we found that it could get repetitive
if played a lot. It is still worth picking
up for the low price, but we would
like to see more variety and diferent
challenges in the later levels.
This is a classic game
that started life back in
1993, but it still holds
up today in terms of
how deep and addictive it is. The
graphics certainly feel retro; while
this makes the control mechanisms a
little fddly in some areas, the charm
has remained and for anyone who
is a fan they will enjoy it immensely.
Unfortunately there are some bugs
and we experienced a few crashes,
but hopefully these can be fxed
in the future. Until then, its still an
impressive piece of gaming history.
It is rare for a game to
be so simple and yet
be as compelling as
Blackbar is. You read
a series of communications that
have been censored and your goal
is to work out the censored words
and then type them in to proceed.
The writing is wonderful, and this
alone makes you want to jump to
the next page. Some of these pages
are relatively simple, while others
require a lot of thinking to decipher
exactly what the missing words
are. The presentation is supremely
simple and so is the way the game
plays, but it works very well.
SKYLANDERS
CLOUD PATROL
WUNGI PIRATES THE LAST
EXPRESS
STICKMAN
DOWNHILL
SIMON THE
SORCERER
BLACKBAR
BATTLE ROBOTS
01 EPOCH
In this FPS war of the
machines, you upgrade
your robot from the
parts of the enemies you kill.

iPad+ | iOS 4.0


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Android | OS 2.3
| 1.76/$2.83 | v1.4.4
02 CORDY 2
Help to save the world from
the evil Boogaloos
mechanical minions in this
classic enjoyable platformer.

iPhone | iOS 3.2


| Free | v1.0.7765
Android | OS 2.2
| Free| v7765
03 DEUS EX: THE FALL
Technically featuring
cyborgs and not robots, you
can choose to fight or
conspire with the factions trying to
take over the world in this RPG.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0


| 4.99/$6.99 | v1.0.4
04 REAL STEEL
The big-screen adaptation
of the RockEmSockEm
Robots comes to
smartphone as you compete in a
futuristic boxing tournament.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.1


| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.11.0
Android | OS 2.0.1
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.3.4
05 CUBEMEN 2
Battle against other block-
shaped bots in this fast-
paced 3D strategy game
that also supports multiplayer mode.

iPhone+ | iOS 3.1.3


| 1.49/$1.99 | v1.14
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 1.49/$1.99 | v1.8.0
Android | OS 2.3.3
| 1.28/$1.99 | v1.8.0
iPad+ | iOS 6.0
| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.3
Android | OS 4.0
| 2.54/$2.99 | v1.1
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 2.99/$4.99 | v1.03
Android | OS 2.3.3
| 3.00/$3.99 | v1.0.2
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.3
Android | OS 2.2
| Free | v1.6
iPhone+ | iOS 2.2
| 1.49/$1.99 | v2.4
Android | OS 2.2
| 2.70/$3.99 | v1.0.2.1
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| 1.99/$2.99 | v1.0.1
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The game may be 25 years old, but
it still plays quite well today.
Few games offer a
sense of extreme
realism as much as this.
Hidden object games often offer
a more intriguing experience that
you may imagine.
Stunning graphics, excellent
gameplay, but with a few bugs.
The turn-based gameplay may
not suit everyone, but this is a
compelling game.
A game that some will love and
others will be confused by. It is
still worth a try, however.
The original game was
released in 1988, and
this version has been
tweaked to make it feel
much more modern. Graphically it
does well and the control mechanism
works quite ef ciently, but it could
be a little more natural to use.
There is a sense of frantic pace to
the gameplay and you will feel part
of the environment as you play
through, but you may not be playing
it week after week without getting
bored. It is a decent port of a classic,
which just about stands up today.
You may have imagined
jumping hundreds of
feet in a wing suit, but
not had the nerve to
consider doing it in real life. This
game gives you the opportunity to
experience the sensations, but in
an environment that is safe. You
get to try and beat your best score
as many times as you like and can
also watch detailed replays of each
jump if only just to experience
everything all over again. It is a hard
game to explain, but trust us when
we say that once you start, you will
struggle to put it down. Perfect for
those with a dardevil steak.
Hidden object games
need a few things to
make them worthy of
your time; in Twisted
Lands: Origin we have a title that
ofers pin-sharp graphics and many
intelligently placed objects that will
keep you occupied for a long time.
The atmosphere is brilliant, as is the
story, with the game fast becoming
a relaxing experience that ofers
enough intrigue to keep you coming
back. This is a brilliant addition to the
Twisted Lands series.
Tower defence games
are common, and
the good ones make
you want to try the
same level over and over again
to progress, but this one ofers
a more impressive environment
than any other. There are multiple
towers and a host of levels with
more than enough variety to keep
you thinking hard. This is great, but
there are stability issues present
that need tweaking to allow the
brilliant gameplay to shine through. It
could well be one of the best tower
defence games available.
Games like Mecho Wars
tend to be adored by
a sub-set of gamers
who like the turn-based
elements and simplistic 2D graphics.
It would be easy to look at this game
and presume it to be made only for
geeks, but there is actually a lot of
depth involved and the areas you
travel in feel huge. You need to
think hard on occasion and its not
a title for everyone, but if you like
a challenge you will enjoy spending
time building up your resources and
progressing further. An impressive
and immersive game.
Beach Games is a
curious title and one
that will likely polarise
opinion. On the one
hand you are given a series of mini-
games that will help pass some time,
but each of these requires a lot of
practice and near-perfect timing. On
the other hand, some may fnd it all
too simplistic and may wonder what
the real appeal is. It certainly has
charm and acts as a fun diversion,
but we lean more towards the idea
that it needs additional content to
make it truly enjoyable. At least the
graphics are lots of fun.
CONTRA:
EVOLUTION
WINGSUIT PRO TWISTED LANDS:
ORIGIN
SIEGECRAFT
DEFENDER
MECHO WARS BEACH GAMES
CREATE YOUR
OWN WORLD
01 MINECRAFT
POCKET EDITION
Build a world out
of digital blocks by
yourself or work
together with friends.

Android | Varies
| 4.99/$6.99 | Varies
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| 4.99/$6.99 | v0.7.5
02 TERRARIA
Chop wood, dig holes, build
houses and interact with
every aspect of this
expansive 16-bit world.

Android | OS 2.3
| 3.14/$4.99 | v1.02
iPad+ | iOS 5.1
| 2.99/$4.99 | v1.02
03 MEGACITY HD
More a puzzle than an open
world, arrange buildings in a
set order to earn more land
and create a sprawling metropolis.

Android | OS 2.2
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.81
iPhone+ | iOS 5.0
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.80
04 DUNGEON VILLAGE
Help to create a thriving
medieval village by inticing
heroes to defeat monsters
and raid dungeons for you.

Android | OS 1.6
| 2.99/$4.99 | v1.0.7
iPad+ | iOS 5.0
| 2.49/$3.99 | v1.0.1
05 POCKET GOD
Exercise omnipotent power
over an island of pygmies
but will you be good or
evil? Its completely up to you.

Android | OS 2.0
| 0.62/$0.99 | v1.4.1
iPhone | iOS 5.0
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.47
Android | OS 2.3
| 0.69/$1.08 | v1.504
Android | OS 2.3.3
| 1.24/$1.99 | Varies
iPhone | iOS 4.0
| Free | v1.0.2
Android | Varies
| 1.92/$2.99 | Varies
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.0.2
Android | OS 4.0
| 1.31/$1.99 | v1.0.2
iPhone+ | iOS 4.3
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.02
Android | OS 2.3.3
| Free | v1.01
iPhone | iOS 4.3
| 0.69/$0.99 | v1.1.1
Android | OS 2.1
| 0.63/$1.00 | v1.1.2
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Learn in style
Discover more with the Book series expert,
accessible tutorials for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android,
Photoshop, Windows and more
The
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CAPTURE MOMENTS IN MORE
DETAIL THAN EVER
iPhone
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LOVE EDITING
PHOTOS? SEE OUR
REVIEW OF PHOTO
EDITOR KIT IN ISSUE
A
s Apple often tells us, the camera in the iPhone is now the most
popular and widely used camera in the world. Even the most
novice user now wants to be able to efortlessly snap a quick
photo on the fy and be able to look back on it without worrying about
lighting or a lack of stabilisation ruining the shot.
The iPhone 5s has taken one of the biggest steps forward in some
time of terms of upgrading the hardware, and combined with the
launch of iOS 7 to boost the software, it almost feels like a completely
new approach for users to work with.
Among the extensive amount of overhauling that has been done
to the hardware is the quicker and better focus, which lends itself
perfectly to the two main features of this tutorial burst mode and
slo-mo. Burst photography is not a new concept on smartphones,
its been available on some Android devices for a while and makes
capturing those blink-or-youll-miss-them moments more achieveable
than ever. The great touch from Apple has been to add some AI to this,
with the Camera app ofering its own input to your bursts, highlighting
which shots it thinks are the best.
In addition theres the very cool slo-mo feature, where users can
drop in a slow-motion section to a video theyve recorded. Its all the
rage on TV these days, so the chance to see a super-slo-mo clip of
your dog catching a Frisbee is something that will appeal to plenty of
users, and this tutorial is going to show you how to go about it.
THE iPHONE 5s HAS TAKEN A BIG STEP
FORWARD IN UPGRADING THE HARDWARE
PICKING YOUR
FAVOURITES
>How to get the most from
your burst shoots
Burst
Along the bottom of the screen youll
see a roll of the various images you
took in a single burst. You can scroll
through all of these with a swipe.
Cancel
If you want to try again, tap the Cancel
button and return to your Camera Roll,
where bursts are shown as a single
entry and must be tapped for access.
Apple hints
Users will notice the grey dots that
appear beneath certain photos in
the roll. These are the shots the app
believes are the best of the bunch,
based on lighting and other factors.
Tick of
To keep images, simply use the tick in
the bottom-right corner. Once youre
happy with your selection, hit Done and
the remaining images will be erased.
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Using the new burst and slow-
motion modes on the iPhone 5s makes
getting the perfect photo even easier
About the app
CAMERA
Boasting some cool
new features to aid your
iPhoneography
iPhone+ | iOS 7.0

The iPhones camera and
native Camera app have
long been criticised for
being behind the competition.
Clearly this is something Apple has
focused on in the iPhone 5s, and
this latest version of the app. As
well as the awesome new burst
and slo-mo features, the new app
takes advantage of two diferent
LED fashes for the frst time,
meaning better lighting for your
snaps. Arguably, Apple is giving
their rivals a run for their money.
A serious step up from previous
versions in terms of photography
and user experience.
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CAMERA
TIP
Slow-motion timing
To get the best results from slow motion, look
for moments involving lots of speed where the
change of pace is obvious, or involves jumps.
Something hanging in the air looks very cool.
CAMERA > Capture the perfect photo
1 PHOTO
Burst mode is built right in to the Camera app,
so doesnt need to be turned on. Head to the
app and swipe through to the standard photo
option so you can get ready to snap away.
4 SLO-MO
If youre looking for something more exciting
then the slo-mo feature might be worth a
shot. Swipe along from the Photo option in the
Camera app to find slo-mo on the far left.
2 BURST CAPTURE
Taking a burst of photos is effortless, simply tap
and hold the camera trigger button and the app
will keep taking photos until you let go. An on-
screen counter tracks the number youve taken.
5 RECORD
Here little changes from recording regular
video, just tap the Record button to start and
stop. For best results, shoot fast movement to
emphasise the change of pace later on.
3 FAVOURITES
Tap the photo thumbnail in the bottom-left
corner, and then Favorites to enter a mini
menu. Choose your preferred shots from the
burst, while the app gives its own judgement.
6 SLO-MO PLACEMENT
Below the familiar frame bar is the slo-mo
placement bar, where you can move the start
and finish point of the slow-motion capture to
time it perfectly in your video.
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TUTORIALS
BOOST YOUR BATTERY LIFE
WITH ONE FREE DOWNLOAD
Android
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CUSTOMISATION,
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TENDERE IN ISSUE
W
hile our smartphones are getting smarter, faster and more
powerful, users can end up paying for this advancement with
their precious battery life. This is because of the processing power
needed to support such hefty operating systems.
As a result, there is a burgeoning market of battery ef ciency apps on
the Google Play and App Store, each aiming to optimise your battery by
closing background programs, but also by providing the user with analytics.
This means you can make better judgement calls on the apps to run, and
how to generally improve your digital housekeeping.
DU Battery Saver is one such app, and it does a very good job of not
only using its own capabilities to improve your phones ef ciency, but also
to give you the power to control which apps your phone is running at any
one time. Add to this the ability to log and monitor your charging history,
and the app will be able to build a picture of the health of your smartphone.
DU Battery Saver then shows you this information on its main dashboard,
giving you a real-time overview of the battery life you have, and various
breakdowns of specifc usage times.
This tutorial will show you how to not only make sense of this intuitive
dashboard, but also how to put DU Battery Saver to good use among the
accumulated clutter of all your apps.
IT GIVES YOU THE POWER TO CONTROL
WHICH APPS YOUR PHONE IS RUNNING
THE KEY FEATURES OF
DU BATTERY SAVER
1 Battery summary
The battery infographic at the
top of the screen gives a visual
representation of how much life you
have left, as well as the time in hours.
4 Bottom tabs
There are a range of options at the foot
of the screen that lead you to charging
stats and links to the Pro version,
which has a extra features.
2 Optimise
This is the most powerful button
in the app, as this button begins the
process of analysing your device and
its battery performance.
3 Live fgures
Should you be interested to see your
devices temperature and battery
capacity shift as they do, then the live
fgures at the centre of the screen will
be of signifcant use to you.
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Use DU Battery Saver to monitor and optimise the power
you get from your smartphone, and give it a new lease of life
About the app
DU BATTERY SAVER
& WIDGETS
Make your battery last longer
with this app
Android|OS2.1|Free| v3.3.0
There is no shortage
of battery power and
optimisation apps available
to download in the Google Play
Store, but fnding the right one to
optimise your power usage can
be a dif cult process. DU Battery
Saver is available for free with
the option of an upgrade to a Pro
version should you wish to get
more in-depth in your tweaking of
the programs youre running, and
monitoring how you use power.
A simple yet powerful tool for
increasing your smartphones
battery ef ciency.
>Find your way to the core areas
of the interface
DU BATTERY SAVER
TIP
Tailor your housekeeping
DU Battery Saver has a Protected List under the
Settings app. Here you can place apps you wish to
spare from the virtual spring clean your music
player, for example.
DU BATTERY SAVER >Supercharge your smartphone
1 HOME
The first screen is the central dashboard. Here
youll get a general overview of the battery life
you have remaining and stats like temperature
and capacity. These are live figures.
2 OPTIMISE
Tap the large Optimize button to launch an
analytics sweep of your device, creating a list
of energy-saving recommendations as well as
extra manual things you can do.
3 THE LIST
The list created is split in two with a Saver
Recommendations list, showing which apps
are running, and the Manual Power Options
list, with check boxes you can action instantly.
4 RUNNING APPS
The Saver Recommendations section has check
buttons next to its entries. If you spot any that
can go, DU Battery allows you to close them.
5 MONITOR
Return to the dashboard and tap Monitor for
a list of all the apps running in battery usage
order. Scroll throughandstopthemas necessary.
6 CHARGE
Tap the Charge icon at the bottom of the
screen to be shown how to correctly charge
your phone, resulting in extended battery life.
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As the nights draw in,
this spooky puzzle
game is defnitely a
recommended
download. Set in a
snow-covered forest in
Sweden, your character is on a vision quest for
a glimpse of the future. Making the most of
your touch controls, you must interact with
on-screen elements to complete tasks and
solve puzzles for macabre woodland spirits.
iPad+| iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99| v1.1
iPhone/ iPad
DEVILS PLANTATION
Piece together
the interweaving
stories of an archaeologist
and a mental patient froma
multimedia map of Glasgow.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPad
TIMELINE AMERICAN
CIVIL WAR
This interactive
history includes maps
of key battles and is
packed with 500 photos.
iOS5.0| 3.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad
CHOPSTICKS NOVEL
In this novel
experience you are
given bits of peoples
lives as you weave the story
together in your own mind.
iOS4.0| 4.99/$6.99
iPad
THE FANTASTIC FLYING
BOOKS OF MR MORRIS
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Breathtaking visuals
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iOS5.1| 2.99/$4.99
BOOKS
iPad
THE WASTE LAND
Discover TS
Eliots epic and
revolutionary poem,
viewinteractive notes, and
watch related videos.
iOS5.0| 9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad
iPOE
Interactive
illustrations and
music bring the
macabre magic of Edgar Allen
Poes haunting poetry to life.
iOS4.3| 4.99/$6.99
iPad
THE LAND OF ME:
STORY TIME
Pick and choose the
plot lines of stories
in this interactive
childrens app.
iPhone/iPad/ Android
FRANKENSTEIN
The classic horror
story is brough
back to life in this
interactive adaptation.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
OS4.0| 2.99/$4.99
Android
DEATH OFF THE CUFF
Part story, part
puzzle, bluff your
way into getting
the killer to confess in this
interactive whodunnit.
OS2.2| 0.65/$0.99
iPad
THE ELEMENTS: A VISUAL
EXPLORATION
Viewhi-res, rotating
images of every
element in the periodic table.
iOS5.1| 9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad
STAR WALK
This augmented
reality app lets you
explore the stars,
planets and constellations in
the night sky in real-time.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
iPad
DK THE HUMAN BODY APP
Takes you deep into
the human body, with
video content and
annotated graphics. A
fine app on the iPad.
iOS4.0| 4.99/$6.99
iPad
PLAYART BY TAPOOK
Learn about the work
of five great painters,
including van
Gogh and Monet, and then
experiment with their style.
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
iPad
PYRAMIDS 3D
Viewthe pyramids
and temples of Giza
in stunning 3D and
examine the treasures that
were once inside them.
iOS5.1| 4.99/$6.99
EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT
iPad
ARTRAGE
Use all those tools in
exactly the same way
on your iPad as you
would on a real canvas, mixing
your paints with great results.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
PLEX
Streammusic and
video fromyour
desktop, and enjoy
content fromPlexs channels.
iOS5.1| 2.99/$4.99
OSVaries | 3.21/$4.99
iPad
PROCREATE
Paints, inks and
abstract shapes are
available, so you can
achieve the effect youre
looking for.
iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
SNEAK
In this game you
literally have to sneak
up on your phone
froma distance to capture
photos of the shy monsters.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKETCHBOOK MOBILE
Includes a full set of
sketching tools in
a streamlined and
intuitive user interface.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
OS2.2| 1.32/$1.99
BUSINESS
iPhone/Android
CAMCARD
Scan business cards
for easy storage and
import contact details
directly into your address book.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.0| 1.90/$2.99
iPad/Android
QUICKOFFICE PRO HD
Create documents,
spreadsheets and
presentations and
viewPDFs on the go.
iOS5.0| 13.99/$19.99
OS3.0| 14.71/$19.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
POCKETCLOUD
REMOTE DESKTOP PRO
Gain remote access
to your desktop from
your device.
iOS5.0| 10.49/$14.99
OS2.2| 9.35/$14.99
iPhone
SAYHI TRANSLATE
Speak into this app
and have your words
translated into 40
languages, either spoken back
to you or sent as a message.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
CV EXPRESS
Create a stunning
CV with this step-by-
step app that creates
a polished final product that
can be easily exported.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPad
MEETING MINUTES
Visualise seating
plans, schedule
meetings, save notes
and record audio for taking
minutes in this business app.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad
JOTNOT SCANNER PRO
All-in-one scanner
JotNot can be used
to scan text files,
business cards, bills and more
using your smart device.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/Android
SPLASHTOP
REMOTE DESKTOP
Gain remote access
to your computer
anywhere.
iOS3.2| 4.99/$6.99
OS2.2| 3.23/$4.99
iPad
SHOWCASE APP
Share your portfolio
with clients instantly
in this impressive app,
and even access it without a
web connection.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPad
PROOF
Ensure people get
feedback, direction
and encouragement
with this stylish project
management app.
iOS5.1| 2.49/$3.99
Android
MAPMASTER
Pinpoint all the
major cities of the
world and learn their
locations with this addictive
geography game.
OS1.6| 1.40/$1.65
iPad
LITTLEBIGHISTORY
A broad approach to
the history of the
world, combining
science, culture and politics in
a handy timeline.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPad
NHM EVOLUTION
Explore 600 million
years of evolution
with a fossil timeline
and multimedia treatments
that explain the science.
iOS4.3| 9.99/$13.99
iPad
JOURNEY TO THE
EXOPLANETS
Discover alien worlds
outside of our solar system
with this immersive app.
iOS4.0| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
PYTHAGORAS THE GAME
This educational
game is a fun way
to master the
Pythagorean Theoremwith
great graphics and examples.
iOS4.3| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
iSPY CAMERAS
Watch the world go
by with this unique
app that lets you
viewthousands of public
video cameras in real-time.
iOS5.1| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/Android
FONEJACKER
Prank your friends
and family with
classic phrases from
the cult TV show.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
OS1.6| 0.60/$0.99
Android
TALKING TOM CAT 2
The ultimate virtual
pet, Tomwill repeat
what you say and
you can also dress himup and
customise his appearance.
OSVaries | 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
VLC STREAMER
The renowned
streaming service
comes to iOS, sharing
media fromyour desktop to
your device. Supports AirPlay.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPad
ART SET
Very realistic effects
in this app, with
textured oil paint,
virtual pressure sensitivity
and smudge blending.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
With this one-off
download there is
no need to buy an
office suite for your
smartphone or set
up cloud storage to get your favourite files on
your device. Splashtop allows you to remotely
access and control everything on your PC or Mac
desktop, including smoothly streaming high-
definition video and audio, so that you can even
play your PC games on your mobile device.
Android| OS2.2| 3.23/$4.99| v1.6.6.5
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
iPad
WAR HORSE
Childrens story read
aloud by author
Michael Morpurgo, plus
musical performance and a
historical timeline of WWI.
iOS5.0| 4.99/$6.99
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iPhone/iPad
POCKETMONEY
The price you pay
for this app is fully
justified, thanks to its
superior functionality and the
useful tips it divulges.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/Android
MY BUDGET BOOK
Track your earnings
and expenses with
this app, and transfer
money between accounts.
iOS5.0| 0.99/$0.99
OS2.1| 1.99/$2.99
iPad
MONEYWIZ PERSONAL
FINANCE FOR iPAD
This is one of
the best finance
managers around,
with easy-to-use functions.
iOS4.2| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/ Android
STOCK PULSE
StockPulse keeps you
updated with the
price of your shares
and the latest business news.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| 1.85/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
DEBT MANAGER
Clean, simple
interface allows you
to visualise your debt,
organise your incomings and
outgoings, and pay it off.
iOS4.0| 0.69/$0.99
FINANCE FOOD & DRINK
iPhone/Android
JAMIES 20 MINUTE MEALS
Step-by-step photo
recipes, plus extra
kitchen tips such as
howto sharpen knives.
iOS3.1.2| 4.99/$6.99
OS2.0| 4.99/$7.69
iPhone
GREAT BRITISH CHEFS
Its superb recipes,
detailed videos and
excellent expert
advice make it a great app for
cooks of all skill levels.
iOS4.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone
OTTOLENGHI
An absolute must
for all foodies, this
app features mouth-
watering fullscreen photos
and some clever features.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING
The app is perfect for
any level of cooking
experience and can
teach you some great new
skills in the kitchen.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
THE PHOTO COOKBOOK
QUICK & EASY
With images of every
ingredient and step
to each recipe, it
couldnt be easier to follow.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
BASTION
Hand-painted
scenery, evolving
landscapes and a
reactive narration creates a
one-of-a-kind game.
iOS5.1| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
NEED FOR SPEED MOST
WANTED
Hi-res, high-octane
street racer.
Absolutely great fun.
iOS4.0| 2.99/$6.99
OS2.3| 3.21/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
YEAR WALK
Spooky game set
in 19th Century
Sweden. Solve
puzzles using logic, touch and
sound. Contains adult themes.
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
ANOMALY KOREA
Protect your convey
of troops and attack
alien invaders in this
top-down strategy game.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
OS2.2| 2.99/$4.99
iPad/Android
ANGRY BIRDS SPACE HD
A revolution in
physics gaming, this
game breathes new
life into the franchise.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| 1.99/$2.99
GAMES
iPhone/iPad/Android
SUPER HEXAGON
Devilish difficulty
and a simple design
combine in this
addictive puzzle game.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.2| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GRAND THEFT
AUTO: VICE CITY
Control the criminal
underworld in this epic mobile
version of the classic game.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
OS2.3| 3.21/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
BEAT SNEAK BANDIT
Part puzzle, part
stealth, all rhythm
action. Tap your
screen to the beat of the
music to navigate levels.
iOS3.1.3| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
MINECRAFT
POCKET EDITON
Create your own
world, block by block.
iOS4.3| 4.99/$6.99
OSVaries | 4.99/$6.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
HORN
Visually stunning
open-world fantasy
adventure with
intuitive gesture controls.
iOS5.0| 4.99/$6.99
OSVaries | 5.07/$6.99
iPad
WEDDING PLANNER FOR iPAD
Plan everything, from
your big days budget
to the colour scheme
and the seating plan with this
detailed wedding app.
iOS5.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone
TIME BACKER
Type in a URL
and select a date,
then discover how
websites used to look with
this web history time machine.
OS4.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
DAY ONE JOURNAL
Record your life
with this magazine-
like app for your
memories, ideas and photos.
Share online or keep private.
iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone
START BY TACK
Minimalist, gesture-
driven alarmclock
and stopwatch that
will launch your favourite apps
for when you wake up.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
Android
HD WIDGETS
Customise your home
screen with these
stunning widgets
for current time, weather
forecasts and other utilities.
OS2.3| 1.99/$1.99
LIFESTYLE
iPad
CYCLEPEDIA ICONIC
BICYCLE DESIGNS
This app starring Sir
Paul Smith follows
the history of bicycle design.
iOS5.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
ICONS PRO
Unique icons in a
range of colours
and styles, including
animal fur and pastel sweets,
for your device.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
Android
SPB SHELL 3D
Get smooth, rotating
3D effects for your
home screen, smart
folders, panels and other
assorted widgets.
OS2.1| 9.45/$14.95
iPad
MARTHA STEWART
CRAFTSTUDIO
Create decorative
cards in-app with
hints and tips from
Martha herself.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPad
MY WRITING DESK
Aspiring novelist?
My Writing Desk for
iPad is your space to
express yourself in a clean,
distraction-free environment.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
iSPREADSHEET
Compatible with
Excel, Google Docs
and Open Office
manage all of your finances on
the go with this app.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
iPad
BILLS FOR iPAD
Keep track of your
incomings and
outgoings with this
app that filters paid, planned,
and overdue payments.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
Android
MONEY TAB
Update your
expenses in real-time
with this tracking app
with stylish Holo-design. View
stats and export to MS Office.
OS2.2| 0.69/$0.99
Android
GUILT
Spending tracker
in a clean interface
with a unique twist,
indicating howguilty you
should be for big expenses.
OS4.0| 1.26/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
MORTGAGE MENTOR
Compare mortgages
side-by-side, work
out what the true
price would be and manage
your payments.
iOS4.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
TEACH ME SUSHI
Videos showyou
howto select your
ingredients and make
your own rice and sushi in this
detailed Japanese cooking app.
iOS4.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/ Android
PAPRIKA RECIPE MANAGER
File away your
favourite web recipes
in this dedicated
cooking database.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
OS2.2| 3.11/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
GREEN KITCHEN HEALTHY
VEGETARIAN RECIPES
Stylish interface
and inspiring recipes
prove healthy eating doesnt
need to be bland or boring.
iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPad
NOM NOM PALEO
Recipe app for those
with specific dietary
needs, such as gluten
and soy allergies, and fans of
the Paleo caveman diet.
iOS4.3| 3.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad
MY RECIPE BOOK
Import and organise
your favourite online
recipes so they are all
in one place and easy to find
when you want them.
iOS5.1| 1.49/$1.99
HEALTH
iPhone/Android
ENDOMONDO
SPORTS TRACKER PRO
A mix of fitness
tracking and social
networking.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
OSVaries | 3.99/$4.99
iPhone/Android
ZOMBIES, RUN!
Run to stay alive
in a world infested
with zombies in this
immersive AR workout.
iOS6.0| 2.49/$3.99
OS4.0| 2.79/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
CARDIOGRAPH
Simply hold your
thumb over the
camera lens to
monitor your heart rate.
iOS4.3| 1.49/$1.99
OS1.5| Free
iPad
iMUSCLE 2
One of many
fantastic health apps
from3D4Medical, this
breaks away frommost by
focusing on fitness.
iOS6.0| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GORILLA WORKOUT
A real-life workout
videogame for
men and women.
Complete levels as you get fit.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
OS2.3| 0.62/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM
Military-grade
workout app that
requires no fitness
equipment bar your device.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
OSVaries | 1.99/$2.99
iPhone
7 MINUTE WORKOUT
CHALLENGE
A fast-paced work
out with 12 exercises,
instructional videos
and health and weight tracker.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
CALORIE COUNTER PRO
Eat more healthily
with this handy
meal-planning
and tracking app.

iPhone/iPad/Android
RUNTASTIC PUSH-UPS PRO
Plan your workout in
this stylish app and
receive motivation
fromthe voice coach.
iOS6.0| 1.49/$1.99
OS2.2| 1.49/$1.99
iPad
FITNESS FOR iPAD
This app is packed
with photo, video and
audio tutorials to help
you reach your peak level of
fitness. Also includes yoga.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
MEDICAL
iPhone/iPad/Android
VISUAL ANATOMY
Viewrotatable 3D
images fromGrays
Anatomy of selected
organs or regions of the body.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OSVaries | 1.60/$2.49
iPhone/iPad
LULLABY!
Gentle songs and
ambient sounds
set to child-friendly
graphics will soothe your
baby off to sleep.
iOS6.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
SKELETON SYSTEM PRO III
This dissection of
the human skeleton
goes into incredible
detail with plenty of roomfor
adding your own notes.
iOS5.0| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
COMPLETE RELAXATION
GUIDED MEDITATION
Relax with these
comforting words
set to ambient music.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone
iEMERGENCY+
An app worth having,
but one you hope
you never have to
use. It stores your emergency
contacts in one place.
iOS3.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 2
Aimed at medical
students but suitable
for general interest,
this app features six tests to
revise howthe body works.
iOS3.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
MUSCLE & BONE
ANATOMY 3D
Includes five different
ways to explore
the musculoskeletal
systemand a pop quiz.
iOS5.1| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/Android
BREATHING ZONE
Reduce stress and
see your breathing
patterns displayed in
colourful graphics.
iOS3.2| 2.49/$3.99
OS2.2| 2.49/$3.99
iPad
HEART PRO III
Life-like depictions
of the heart and
circulatory system
that can be rotated 360 to
appreciate its complexity.
iOS5.0| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
FAMILY ILLNESS AND
SHOT TRACKER
Keep a digital diary
of your familys
shots, vaccinations,
medicines, illnesses and more.
iOS3.1.3| 1.49/$1.99
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
OS2.1| 2.57/$3.99
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iPhone/iPad
GARAGEBAND
With a multitude of
instruments, plus
multitrack recording,
this is a magical music box
that anyone can enjoy.
iOS5.1| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
FIGURE
Make music in
minutes with
this easy-to-use
interface. Export results to
iTunes Audio Sharing.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
DJAY 2
Take tracks fromyour
iTunes library and
start mixing them
together on this full-featured
turntable app.
iOS6.0| 6.99/$9.99
iPad
THE ORCHESTRA
Explore three
centuries of classical
music with this
interactive mix of music and
video content.
iOS6.0| 9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
REACTABLE MOBILE
Create music with
this clever app that
includes synthesisers,
samples and oscillators.
iOS4.3| 6.99/$9.99
OS2.2| 7.19/$9.10
iPhone/iPad/Android
SOUNDHOUND
Huma tune or sing a
lyric and SoundHound
will give you the full
name of the song and artist.
iOS5.0| 4.99/$6.99
OSVaries | 3.99/$5.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
ULTIMATE GUITAR TABS
Viewguitar tabs,
create lists of your
favourites, and view
chord diagrams.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.0| 1.93/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
OOTUNES RADIO
Record live airplay,
set up a radio alarm
clock on your iPhone
or iPad, and AirPlay radio
stations to other devices.
iOS3.0| 2.99/$4.99
Android
AIRSYNC iTUNES
Wirelessly sync your
Android device with
your desktop iTunes
so you can enjoy your
music on your smartphone.
OS2.2| 4.99/$4.99
iPad
VINYL THE REAL
RECORD PLAYER
Addauthentic crackle
toyour digitisedmusic
andwatchasyour
albumart discolours withtime.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
PULP
Newspaper skin
for reading your
favourite newmedia
news sites in an old-fashioned
but intuitive interface.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
Android
REDDIT SYNC PRO
Easily sync your
favourite subreddits
for later offline
viewing in this clean, easy-to-
use Holo interface.
OSVaries | 1.59/$2.00
Android
BACONREADER PREMIUM
FOR REDDIT
Another popular choice
for viewing Reddit,
with newSlideshow
mode for easy viewing.
OS2.0| 1.23/$1.99
iPad
LONGFORM
Toggle easily
between original
news sites and an
elegant magazine reader, and
save articles for offline use.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
iPad
READQUICK
Learn to speed-read
while taking in the
news headlines. Set
the pace that words appear
one at a time to train yourself.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
iPHOTO
The final piece in the
iLife puzzle for iOS,
iPhoto comes with
an astonishing suite of editing
tools to tweak images.
iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPad/Android
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TOUCH
Edit images on the
go with a range of
touch-control tools
using this essential software.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
OS3.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
iMOVIE
Great on the iPhone
and iPad, this movie-
making app allows
you to capture, edit and share
footage anytime.
iOS6.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/Android
LAPSE IT TIME LAPSE PRO
Create time-lapse and
stop-motion videos
with this sleek app
with adjustable frame rate.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
OS1.6| 1.99/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
HALFTONE
Create a comic
book starring your
friends and family
by applying speech bubbles
and borders to images.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/Android
PLANE FINDER
Viewnear real-time
air traffic maps that
let you track the
paths of aircraft above you.
iOS5.1| 2.99/$3.99
OS2.2| 1.99/$1.99
iPhone/Android
GEOCACHING
Join the worlds
biggest treasure
hunt by becoming a
Geocacher. Its great fun.
iOS5.0| 6.99/$9.99
OSVaries | 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GPS NAVIGATION 2
SATNAV BY SKOBBLER (UK/ROI)
Crowdsourced
maps with offline
functionality to save
on data costs.
iOS4.3| 1.49
iPhone/iPad/Android
CITY MAPS 2GO
Download more than
7,000 maps from
around the world for
offline use on your device.
iOS5.1| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.3.3| 1.99/$1.99
iPhone
MAPS 3D GPS TRACKS FOR
BIKE, HIKE, SKI & OUTDOOR
Ideal for the
mountains, view
3D maps and aerial
images and plan your route.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
COPILOT LIVE PREMIUM
Maps work offline;
however, online use
also includes Google,
Wikipedia and Yelp searches.
iOS6.0| 19.99/$28.99
OSVaries | 19.99/$29.99
iPhone/iPad
SPYGLASS
Augmented reality
navigator and
compass that lets
you track your location and
work out bearings in real-time.
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
HILL LISTS
Provides geographical
details for highland,
hilltop and mountain
walks across the UK and
Republic of Ireland.
iOS4.3| 1.49/$1.99
iPad
THEODOLITE HD
All-in-one compass,
GPS, map, zoom
camera (photo and
movie), range finder and two-
axis inclinometer for iPad.
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
VIEWRANGER OUTDOOR
GPS & MAPS
Get off thebeatentrack
withthismapapp, ideal
for planning, trackingandsharing
hikesandoff-roadcyclepaths.
iOS5.1| 9.99/$19.99
iPad
MR. READER
This iPad exclusive
RSS reader is perfect
for viewing the latest
news, with multiple themes to
add a personal touch.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
INSTAPAPER
Save feature articles
and blog posts for
later offline reading
in this paper-like reader.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
OS2.3.3| 1.93/$2.99
Android
gREADER PRO
This RSS client
for Feedly offers
a customisable
interface, as well as the option
to have articles read to you.
OS2.1| 3.19/$4.99
Android
PRESS (RSS READER)
Simply swipe through
this clearly laid out
app to read articles
offline with ease. Double-tap
images to zoomin.
OS4.0| 1.93/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
DOWNCAST
Downloadandlistento
your favouritepodcasts
directlyfromyour
iPhoneor iPadwithout theneed
tosyncwithiTunes.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
Android
CAMERA ZOOM FX
The fastest camera
on Android, this app
will take ten shots
per second and offers a range
of filters for your images.
OS1.6| 1.79/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
PHOTOVIVA
Transformyour
photos into works of
art with this picture
editing and painting app.
iOS4.3| 3.99/$5.99
OS2.2| 3.82/$5.99
iPhone
MEXTURES
Create and combine
your own filters
for truly individual
Instagramphotos.
iOS5.1| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
PAPER CAMERA
Apply paper texture
and cartoon effects
to your photos and
real-time video shooting.
iOS4.0| 0.69/$0.99
OS2.1| 1.19/$1.99
iPhone
CAMERA+
A replacement for
your native camera
app. Dont just point
and shoot, add effects to your
images in-app with ease.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
MUSIC NEWS PHOTO & VIDEO NAVIGATION
MEXTURES
Holy photo efects,
Batman! Create a comic
book out of your own
photos with this geek chic app.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
ANOMALY KOREA
In a unique take on the
tower defence genre,
rise up against the alien
invaders in this strategy game.
iOS 5.0| 2.49/$3.99
INSTAPAPER
Complete with a new
look for iOS 7, this
easy-to-use app is a
great way to store up to 500
articles for of ine reading.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
FRANKENSTEIN
It's alive! This gothic
horror classic is brought
back to life on Android.
OS 4.0 | 2.99/$4.99
RED SHIFT - ASTRONOMY
Go star spotting and
track comets with this
map of the night sky.
iOS4.3| 7.99/$11.99
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iPhone/iPad
NUMBERS
This spreadsheet was
designed for your
touchscreen, allowing
you to calculate figures and
create graphs with ease.
iOS5.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone
CLEAR+
This purely gesture-
based app has one of
the most innovative
and intuitive interfaces of any
app around.
iOS7.0| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
PAGES
This versatile app
allows you to create,
edit and view
documents and create
attractive, customised pages.
iOS5.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GRAFIO
DIAGRAMS & IDEAS
For a little
brainstorming session
at work, you cant go
wrong with Grafio.
iOS5.0| 4.99/$6.99
Android
SWIFTKEY 3 KEYBOARD
The innovative
keyboard learns the
words you use for
more accurate auto-correction
and predictive text.
OSVaries | 2.99/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
BRIAN COXS WONDERS
OF THE UNIVERSE
With wonderful
images, animations
and video content, its
a must-have for any stargazer.
iOS5.0| 3.99/$5.99
Android
TERRATIME
Based on satellite
imagery, viewthe
Earth displayed at
any time, in any location. Also
works as a live wallpaper.
OS2.0| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
WOLFRAMALPHA
Find essential
information that is
well-presented and
easy to use in this clever app.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.1| 1.86/$2.99
iPad
DICTIONARY.COM
DICTIONARY

& THESAURUS
HD iPAD
An amazing resource
to have available on
the iPad.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
REDSHIFT ASTRONOMY
This exquisite app
brings the night
sky to your device
with all major planets and
constellations displayed.
iOS4.3| 7.99/$11.99
iPad
TWEETBOT FOR TWITTER
(iPAD EDITION)
Perfect for heavy
Twitter users, it
includes multiple
timelines and smart gestures.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
TINYCHAT
Make friends and
have lively group
conversations with
this video chatroomapp or
remain silent and just watch.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
TWEETCASTER PRO
Includes extras for
Twitter, such as
dictated tweets,
scheduled posting and more.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
OS2.0| 3.07/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKOUT+
Create and manage
a profile and instant-
message newpeople
near you or around the world.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.0| 1.90/$2.99
iPhone/Android
BADOO PREMIUM
Meet newpeople
who live near you
with this location-
based chat roomapp.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.1| 1.99/$2.99
Android
SEESMIC PRO
Manage your social
networks in one
place and view
your Facebook and Twitter
accounts in one timeline.
OS2.1| 1.89/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
MY FOLLOWERS ON
INSTAGRAM PRO
Find out when
someone unfollows
you on the photo-
sharing site.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
BLOGSY
Designed to use
your iPads touch
functionality to
manage your blog. Drop media
into your posts with ease.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
STATNUT
Viewall of your social
networks in one
place with StatNut
and display themin a simple,
colour-coded interface.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
TWEETICIDE
Keep your username,
followers and direct
messages, but delete
your tweets with this social
network spring-clean app.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$1.99
iPad
FLIGHT+ FOR iPAD
Whether youre
taking a flight or
keeping track of your
friends and family, Flight+is
one of the best apps around.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
KAYAK PRO
Book a room, track
a flight or rent a car
and viewmaps of
hundreds of airport terminals
with this all-encompassing app.
iOS7.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
MYTRAINS
Get live departure
and arrival times for
trains and download
timetables for offline viewing.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
OS2.2| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
CITY GUIDES
A combination of lifestyle
and travel tips in a stylish
magazine interface
covering cosmopolitan
cities.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPad
1,000 PLACES TO SEE
BEFORE YOU DIE
The interactive bucket
list offers photo-laden
travel features of
dreamglobal getaways.
iOS4.3| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/iPad
PACKING PRO
A list-making app
specially designed for
your holiday packing,
with a detailed pre-departure
to-do list with over 100 tasks.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
Android
BACKCOUNTRY NAVIGATOR
PRO GPS
Keep track of your
position using GPS or
switch to offline maps when
out of mobile signal range.
OSVaries | 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
SULLIVANS LIST
Discover great
adventures around
the world, then
create your own wish list of
places you want to visit.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
FLIGHTRADAR24 PRO
Turn your device into
a radar dish and see
what air traffic looks
like in real-time.
iOS4.3| 1.99/$2.99
OSVaries | 1.99/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
LIVE STREET VIEW
Use Google Maps
Street Viewand your
devices GPS to create
an intuitive map that responds
to your movements.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
SYNCSPACE: INFINITE
SHARED
WHITEBOARD
Endlessly large
canvas for simple sketching
that you can export as PDFs.
iOS5.0| 5.49/$7.99
Android
WARMLY - AN ALARM
CLOCK
Wake up to the
tranquil sounds
of dogs, trains, or coffee
brewing instead of a siren.
OS2.3| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
KEYNOTE
Create a world-class
presentation with
this top app with a
range of impressive themes
and customisable features.
iOS5.1| 6.99/$9.99
iPhone/iPad
GROCERY LIST
Write a list and sync
it between devices
so that you and your
flatmates can all keep track of
whos buying what.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$2.99
iPhone/iPad
REAL MEMO PRO
HANDWRITING
Freeformdrawand
write notes when
youre in a hurry.
Tilting will create a newnote.
iOS5.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
BAREFOOT WORLD ATLAS
Interactive 3D
globe for children,
beautifully rendered
with details of all the
countries of the world.
iOS5.0| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
ARTICLES
Browse Wikipedia
using this excellent
reader, which
offers great formatting and
customisation options.
iOS6.1| 1.99/$2.99
Android
WORLD HISTORY
Viewall of human
history on a colour-
coded timeline and
tap for detailed descriptions
of specific events.
OS2.3.3| 2.53/$3.50
iPhone/iPad/Android
CHAMBERS DELUXE
Clear, accurate and
occasionally witty
definitions, plus a
detailed thesaurus.
iOS4.3| 6.99/$9.99
OS2.2| 6.13/$9.99
iPad
LONDON A CITY
THROUGH TIME
Explore 2,000 years
of one of the worlds
greatest cities with
articles, photos and video.
iOS5.0| 9.99/$13.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
F1 2013 TIMING APP CP
The live map tracks
every race, with
detailed profiles for
both cars and drivers.
iOS5.0| 15.49/$21.99
OS2.1| 15.49/$21.99
iPhone/iPad
TOPPS PENNANT
Pennant displays
stats in a brilliantly
animated way, and
one that is simultaneously
cool and traditional in feel.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad
TRANSFER WINDOW
All the latest football
news, transfer
gossip, confirmed
transfers and tweets from
sports journalists.
iOS5.0| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOLFSHOT: GOLF GPS
Viewmaps and track
your position on golf
courses across the
world with this GPS app.
iOS4.3| 20.99/$29.99
OS2.2| 18.57/$29.99
iPhone/iPad
FOOTBALL RUMOURS 2
All the latest footy
news and transfer
gossip in one app
with notifications for your
favourite team.
iOS4.1| 0.69/0.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
COACHS EYE
Improve your teams
performance with
video analysis and
drawdirectly onto images.
iOS6.1| 2.99/$4.99
OS4.0.3| 3.30/$4.99
iPhone/iPad/Android
BOATIE
Navigation and
reference guide for
ether sailing for all
boats, yacht or dinghy.
iOS5.0| 4.99/$6.99
OS2.2| 4.99/$7.65
iPhone
THE MASTER
TACTICIAN MOBILE PRO
Create winning
football strategies
with this animated
playbook app.
iOS4.0| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/Pad
COACHNOTE
Multipurpose
playbook includes
features for a variety
of sports, fromsoccer to
hockey to roller derby.
iOS4.3| 2.99/$4.99
iPhone/iPad
CURLYS POCKET
GUIDE TO SPORT
The rules to 74
major sports from
golf to Greco-Roman
wrestling, with illustrations.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone
WEATHER POD
This app keeps itself
fromgetting cluttered
by using gestures to
display info. For example, slide
right to viewa 3 day forecast.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPhone/ iPad/ Android
WEATHER LIVE
Create your own
weather station
with customisable
features and great graphics.
iOS4.3| 1.49/$1.99
OSVaries | 1.29/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
NOAA RADAR PRO
Vivid, real-time
animated radar
images of weather
across the United States, with
stormalerts and bookmarks.
iOS5.0| 2.49/$3.99
iPhone/Android
WEATHERPRO
Get seven-day
forecasts and radar
imagery of the USA
and much of Europe.
iOS5.0| 1.99/$2.99
OS2.1| 2.49/$2.99
iPhone/Android
FIZZ WEATHER
A slick UI with a
wealth of useful data,
you get weather info
for over 58,000 cities.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
OS2.1| 0.99/$1.62
iPhone/iPad
TIDE TIMES
Simple and accurate
seven-day forecast
for UK tidal times.
Scroll through hundreds of
locations on the coastline.
iOS4.3| 0.69/$0.99
iPad
PEEPOMETER
A retro weather
app with beautifully
designed dials
and gauges that appear in
stunning Retina display.
iOS4.3| 1.49/$1.99
Android
SPACE WX
Visualisation of
real-time space
weather affecting
our solar system, such as solar
flares and winds.
OSVaries | Free
iPad
MAGICAL WEATHER
Viewanimated hourly
and weekly weather
forecasts for up to
nine different places around
the world simultaneously.
iOS5.1| 1.49/$1.99
iPhone/iPad
WEATHER DOODLE
Charming animated
weather illustrations
belie the useful
functionality of this five-day
forecast app.
iOS3.2| 0.69/$0.99
PRODUCTIVITY REFERENCE SOCIAL SPORTS TRAVEL WEATHER
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KAYAK
Book your hotel, track
your fight and create
trip itinerary in one place!
iPad+ | iOS 7.0 | v27.0.1
NIKE+ RUNNING
This fitness tracking
app has been upgraded
for the iPhone 5s.
iPhone+ | iOS 6.1 | v4.3.1
AROUNDME
From banks to bars,
scan for nearby
business instantly.
Android | OS 2.2 | v4.2.3
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Duolingo ofers free courses in
French, German, Italian,
Portuguese, and Spanish. To
learn a language you have
match images with text,
translate sentences and speak
phrases out loud. Earn points
as you go to compete against
your Facebook friends top the leaderboard.
iPhone+| iOS5.0| v3.0
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iPhone/iPad/Android
KOBO
For functionality and
design we would take
Kobo every time. Free
books and cool reading stats.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad
iBOOKS
Apples own native
bookstore comes
with iCloud features,
as well as the ability to change
reading settings to suit you.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
COMICS
Essentially a portal
to read over 12,000
comics, and over 500
of themare free.
iOS4.3
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOODREADS
A great app for book
recommendations,
Goodreads also has
wishlists and social links.
iOS5.0
OS1.5
iPhone/Android
AUDIOBOOKS FROM
AUDIBLE
Part of theAmazon
family, soyouhave
plentyof choice.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
BOOKS
BUSINESS
iPhone/iPad
LOGMEIN
Remotely access your
desktop PC or Mac,
so you can take your
business along wherever you
should be going.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
BOX
Cloud storage so you
can save and access
all your key files
across all your devices.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
PODIO
A very clever work-
based network
where users across a
teamcan delegate tasks.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
JAMES CAAN
BUSINESS SECRETS
Find out about hiring
staff, raising money,
and more in this app.
iOS4.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad
DRAGON DICTATION
This app instantly
translates the spoken
word into text.
Send notes and reminders to
yourself, and so much more.
iOS4.0
iPhone/iPad
iTUNES U
One of the most
powerful educational
tools around, with full
university courses available
directly on your device.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
KHAN ACADEMY
A library of over
3,000 videos to help
users learn pretty
much anything they want, no
matter what their interests.
iOS6.0
iPhone/Android
NASA APP
Everything NASA in
one place, including
news on missions
and stunning imagery.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
DUOLINGO
Learn a new
language for free,
fromgrammar basics
to translating entire websites.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
TED
Regular programming
with remarkable
speakers and lectures
for free via this app.
iOS6.1
OS2.2
EDUCATION
ENTERTAINMENT
iPhone/Android
iPLAYER RADIO
So much more than
an extension of the
iPlayer catch-up
service, with a great interface.
iOS5.0
OS4.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKY GO
Keep up with your
favourite shows
anywhere; just sign
in with your Sky ID.
iOS5.1
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
ACTION MOVIE FX
Give your home
videos some epic
Hollywood effects
with this brilliant free app for
your iOS device.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
REMOTE
This handy app
lets you connect to
iTunes wirelessly and
play music and movies that
are on your Mac or PC.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
NETFLIX
Cross-device viewing
thanks to the cloud.
An absolute must for
subscribers to the service.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
POCKET EXPENSE
PERSONAL FINANCE
Track your accounts
and bills all in one
place, with the ability to set
budgets thrown in as well.
iOS5.0
iPhone/Android
BLOOMBERG
Bloomberg is a must
for City traders and
anyone interested in
the stock market.
iOS3.2
OS1.6
iPad
SPENDING TRACKER
Monitor your spending
and ultimately save
money thanks to the
charts, graphs and stats that
are provided here.
iOS5.0
iPhone/Android
BARCLAYS PINGIT
Send money
between accounts
using just a mobile
number, fromyour device.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
PAYPAL
Check your current
balance, viewyour
account and send
money via 16 currencies.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
FINANCE
FOOD & DRINK
iPhone/Android
FOODSPOTTING
An essential
destination for when
you want something
great to eat.
iOS7.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
WHISK
Your ultimate kitchen
companion, Whisk
helps you order
ingredients for portion sizes.
iOS5.1
OS2.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
EPICURIOUS RECIPES
& SHOPPING LIST
An absolute must for
culinary masters and
budding chefs alike.
iOS4.3
OS1.5
iPhone/iPad
HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING
ESSENTIALS
The app thats
perfect for any level
of experience, from
oven wizards to toast burners.
iOS5.0
Android
TOPTABLE
Find and book a
restaurant table in
just a fewtaps, last
minute or planned.
iOS5.0
OS2.3.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
TEMPLE RUN
The free-running
phenomenon is one
of the best free
downloads you can make.
iOS4.3
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
JETPACK JOYRIDE
A real challenger to
Temple Run, this
endless platformer
has one-touch controls.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
Android
ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS
TheAngry Birds
franchisecollides
withStar Wars,
completewithlightsabers and
theForcetohelpyou.
OS2.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
TRIPLE TOWN
Gem-matching
and settlement
management have
been neatly fused together.
iOS4.1
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
DEAD TRIGGER
A fantastic-looking
game for a free
download just try to
survive a zombie onslaught.
iOS4.2
OSVaries
GAMES
HEALTH
iPhone/Android
ENDOMONDO
SPORTS TRACKER
Endomondo is the
most social fitness
experience around.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
CALORIE COUNTER
Your ultimate calorie
guide with a massive
database as well as
exercises and social links.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
NIKE+ RUNNING
This app requires a
pair of Nike shoes
that have an insert
for the Nike+sensor.
iOS6.1
OS2.3.3
iPhone/Android
WEBMD
Not only can you
check symptoms and
conditions, but you
can also get drug information.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
iPhone/Android
HEALTHTAP
Post your concern
and a qualified doctor
will respond with a
diagnosis fairly swiftly.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
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iPhone/Android
WANELO SHOPPING
Standing for Want,
Need, Love, this is
perfect for finding
unique products and trends.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPad
EBAY FOR iPAD
This app is not only
great to keep up
with your shopping,
but also a wonderful place to
browse for bargains.
iOS5.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
FANCY
Searching and
sharing on Fancy is
all about becoming a
curator of cool.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
AROUNDME
This is a handy app to
use in an unfamiliar
place when you need
to find local amenities.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/ iPad
SNAPGUIDE
This community-
driven guidebook is a
wonderful resource.
Browse its many topics and
get all sorts of handy tips.
iOS6.0
LIFESTYLE
MEDICAL
iPhone/iPad/Android
VISION TEST
This app tests your
vision through a
series of exams, and
includes an optician finder.
iOS4.0
OS2.2
iPhone
PREGNANCY+
Monitor your babys
development week
by week with 3D
visualisation, plus a log to
record doctors appointments.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad
BLOOD PRESSURE
MONITOR
Comes with data
visualisation and
stats so you can track the
whole family, and medication.
iOS5.0
iPhone
uHEAR
As hearing loss
usually happens
over a period of
time, uHear is a good app for
monitoring your hearing.
iOS2.2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
PROGNOSIS: YOUR
DIAGNOSIS
Uses case studies for
better diagnosis in
patients by doctors.
iOS6.0
OS2.3.3
iPad
AWEDITORIUM
Quite literally a wall
of sound for users to
interact with, as each
brick hosts an artist, their
music and cool photos.
iOS3.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
SPOTIFY
Build customised
playlists frommillions
of tracks and share
themwith the world.
iOS6.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
SOUNDWAVE
Discover newmusic
with this running
feed of what
everyone is listening to.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
SHAZAM
An extraordinary app,
Shazamcan identify
songs by listening to
themfor a fewseconds.
iOS6.0
OSVaries
Android
HITLANTIS
This cloud of music
bubbles is one of
the most innovative
ways to discover newmusic.
Intuitive and fascinating.
OS2.2
MUSIC
NAVIGATION
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE MAPS
Back on iOS and still
the undisputed king
of the mapping world.
This app is all you need.
iOS6.0
OSVaries
iPhone
RECCE NEW YORK
A quite brilliant
example of just
howengrossing and
stunning navigation apps can
really be on iOS.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
WAZE SOCIAL
GPS & TRAFFIC
A social app for
drivers to share info
on traffic delays.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone
HOPSTOP TRANSIT
DIRECTIONS
Get real-time subway,
bus, train, taxi,
walking and biking
directions.
iOS6.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
NAVFREE GPS
LIVE UK & ROI
Voice directions and
no data connection
needed. Great stuff.
iOS4.3
OS2.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
FLIPBOARD
Its not only one of
the best news apps
around; its also great
fun to use on your device.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
PULSE NEWS
Bring together your
favourite RSS feeds
in one place for easy
access in a stylish interface.
iOS6.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
POCKET
Pocket lets you save
any article, image or
video you find online
and read it later.
iOS6.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
BBC NEWS
This app allows you
to watch live news
feeds over Wi-Fi, so
you can always stay current.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPad
SKY NEWS FOR iPAD
Watch live streams
fromthe TV station
in the palmof your
hands. Feature-rich, brimming
with content and totally free.
iOS5.1
NEWS
PHOTO & VIDEO
iPhone/iPad/Android
YOUTUBE
Streamvideos from
the popular website,
nowwith voice
search and picture to picture.
iOS6.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
CAMERA AWESOME
Give your images
an impressive boost
with the range of
filters and editing tools on
offer in this app.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
SNAPSEED
This app has quite
simply become the
go-to image editing
app across all devices.
iOS5.0
OS4.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
FLICKR
Offering 1TB of online
storage, this app is
great for showcasing
and sharing your best photos.
iOS6.0
OS2.3.3
iPhone/Android
INSTAGRAM
With a wide range
of cool filters and a
great community you
can create amazing photos.
iOS6.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
EVERNOTE
Create a note on your
device and save it to
the cloud, where it
can be picked up and edited.
iOS7.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
WUNDERLIST
With cloud syncing
you can create your
lists and share your
tasks across devices.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
CLOUDON
Essentially giving
you Microsoft Office
on your device,
completely free for all.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPad
PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE
A wonderfully
character-filled
sketching and
creative app where users can
purchase other themed tools.
iOS5.0
iPhone/iPad/Android
DROPBOX
Access your images,
documents or any
other type of digital
file you like, anywhere.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
PRODUCTIVITY
REFERENCE
iPhone/Android
SCRIBD THE WORDS
LARGEST ONLINE LIBRARY
All the reference
books youll need,
available offline.
iOS6.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE TRANSLATE
Translate to and
from64 languages,
speech from17
languages, and listen in 24.
iOS3.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
QUORA
The place to go
with your burning
questions, with the
community providing answers
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone
WIKIPANION
An excellent client
for easier Wikipedia
access, including the
ability to bookmark entries
and sections within them.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad
SKY MAP
Everything you could
wish to knowabout
the sky above you is
in this very handy reference
app. Keep looking up.
iOS4.3
iPhone/iPad/Android
TWITTER
The official app of
the social network
heavyweight to share
your thoughts and more.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
FACEBOOK
The ultimate social
networking tool has
regular updates. Easy
to use and fairly foolproof.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/Android
PINTEREST
This growing
community is a great
way to discover new
things, and a hell of a timesink.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
PATH
A simple and
satisfying interface
that Facebook and
Twitter can only dreamabout.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
SKYPE
Bring your loved ones
closer to you with the
free video and audio
calls of Skype.
iOS5.0
OSVaries
SOCIAL
SPORTS
iPhone/ Android
BBC SPORT
Covering a wide
range of sports, the
app includes news,
videos and stats.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPad
SKY SPORTS FOR iPAD
The Sky Sports
channels on your
device, as well as
some impressive in-game stat
screens and graphics.
iOS5.1
iPhone/Android
YAHOO! SPORTS
For the amount
of info at your
fingertips, this app is
a must for every sports fan.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad
EUROSPORT PLAYER
Watch the hottest
action live with
this streaming app
(monthly subscription fee).
iOS5.0
OS3.2
iPhone/iPad
MLS MATCHDAY
Another great
official app with
comprehensive
highlights and news.
iOS5.0
OS2.3.3
iPhone/Android
HAILO
Sets the standard
and changes the way
people order taxis on
iOS or Android.
iOS5.0
OS2.2
iPhone/iPad/Android
KAYAK
This excellent app
even goes beyond
the booking phase to
give you tips for on your trip.
iOS7.0
OS2.1
iPhone/iPad/Android
GOOGLE EARTH
This is one of those
definitive apps, giving
you access to pretty
much anywhere on the globe.
iOS4.3
OSVaries
iPhone/iPad/Android
TRIPADVISOR HOTELS
FLIGHTS RESTAURANTS
Hotel and restaurant
reviews, cheap flights
and virtual tours.
iOS5.1
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
GUIDEPAL CITY GUIDES
Download full city
guides, plus maps, for
over 60 of the most
exciting destinations.
iOS5.0
OS2.1
TRAVEL
WEATHER
iPhone/iPad/Android
WEATHERWISE
Fill your screen with
some great themes
to accompany your
weather forecast.
iOS4.3
OS2.2
iPhone/Android
THE WEATHER CHANNEL
A solid and
professionally
produced app, it
offers very detailed info.
iOS6.0
OSVaries
iPhone
SURF REPORT
You never need to
aimlessly trawl the
coastlines looking for
the big waves again, thanks
to this free app.
iOS2.2.1
iPhone
WEATHERMOB
Forecasting with a
difference as this app
is truly social, allowing
users to share their climate
and what theyre doing in it.
iOS6.1
iPhone/iPad
WEZZOO
Share real-time
forecasts so you
can see the latest
weather fromaround the
world, thanks to other users.
iOS4.3
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