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Designed by Philippe Starck, these are the world’s most advanced wireless headphones, with unique functionality. The companion Parrot Audio Suite app allows you to customise the sound – you can even hear your music tuned by the late, great Lou Reed.

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WELCOME

WELCOME TO APPS MAGAZINE

Your essential apps guide every issue

The team recommends…

NICK JONES

Editor in Chief

Do you need an expensive dual-lens camera to take 3D photos? Not anymore: there is now an iPhone app for that (page 23). The results have to be Seene to be believed.

STEPHEN ASHBY

Contributor

Knock ’s (page 34) simple setup is great, but the real thrill comes from opening your password-locked Mac with a simple tap on your phone. It’s fast, fun and easy to use.

SEENE BOSON X KNOCK TINY DEATH STAR

JACK PARSONS

Deputy Editor

Temple Run meets the Large Hadron Collider in Boson X (page 40). More than just another endless runner, its mix of fast-paced fun and subatomic style quickly becomes addictive.

VICTORIA RICHARDS

Sub Editor

Now is your chance to dabble in the Dark Side! Tiny Death Star (page 24) is a management sim that allows you to experience the Star Wars universe in perfect pixel form.

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Give you and your device a New Year’s upgrade. Whether you’re looking to shed a bit of winter weight (page 30), save yourself money (page 42), or take up a new hobby, from baking (page 9) to blogging (page 22), we have you covered this issue. Featuring mobile 3D printing and augmented reality, our Next Generation Apps guide (page 14) is ideal for anyone looking to update their home screen for 2014. For all you iPhoneographers out there, we showcase the 25 photo apps that could be the next Instagram (page 18). For the gamers, we compare the mobile downloads for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and crown one the second- screen console king (page 6). Don’t forget to enter our competition this month (page 10) to be in with the chance of winning a SteelSeries Siberia Elite gaming headset worth over £160!

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CONTENTS

340 APP REVIEWS

FREE

19 APPS

022

Write a blog

Keep an online diary on the go with these free downloads

023

Seene

Create amazing 3D images with your iPhone

024

Tiny Death Star

That’s no moon – it’s a space station management sim!

024

The Hunting

The first interactive zombie movie shot on iPhone

ENTERTAINMENT

19 APPS

026 Top DJ turnable apps

Remix music like a pro

027 100 Cult Films

The British Film Institute’s guide to the best of cinema

028 Wall of Sound

Play your music library via

a wall of album covers

029 Justin.tv

View live video streams from around the globe

EVERYDAY

19 APPS

030

Count calories with apps

Keep track of what you eat

031

Cine Lumiè

Add effects to your videos

032

Turn Taker

A

cute app to teach users

how to share

032

John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes

An interactive history

WORK

14 APPS

034

Knock (to unlock)

Unlock your Mac with a quick tap on your iPhone

035

Fantastical 2

This could be the best calendar app to date

035

Gneo

A minimalist to-do manager

with some surprises in store

GAMES

19 APPS

038

Best war games

Plan your strategy and emerge victorious in these top games

039

Rayman

Fiesta Run

Rayman is back with new levels, but the same formula

040

Boson X

A

quantum leap forward for

the infinite runner

040

Pandemic

Save the world from a plague

Turn straight to page 44

18

25 SNAPPY PHOTO APPS

DISCOVER THE NEW INSTAGRAM

22 WRITE A BLOG

14

UPGRADE YOUR HOME SCREEN FOR 2014

TOP DJ TURNTABLE APPS

26

CONTENTS

APPS PEOPLE GEAR

006

PS4 and Xbox One apps compared

Can the console kings adapt to second-screen gaming?

008

Win! SteelSeries Siberia Elite gaming headset

Wrap your ears round these surround sound headphones

009

How to bake a cake

Master mixing, baking and decorating a cake

010

Q&A

James Cuda paints a picture of Procreate 2’s new features

011

My home screen

Off on a trip? These are the apps you’ll need to pack

012

Gear roundup

LOSE WEIGHT

WITH APPS

30

The must-have accessories for your smartphone and tablet

PLUS

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR APPS!

042 Store the songs you find on the internet

Use Songdrop to pull in music and video from YouTube and Soundcloud to create the perfect playlist

HOW WE REVIEW

38

BEST WAR GAMES

OPERATING SYSTEM

Certain apps only work on specific operating systems, check your device meets the specifications here.

FORMAT

Some apps are very specific to iPhone or iPad, however if listed with a plus symbol, apps will work on both devices.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v4.5.2 Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v4.6.3

VERSION

We always review the latest versions of apps when going to press, but bear in mind issues we outline maybe fixed in updated versions.

PRICE

We list the most up-to-date price possible, but check the App Store before purchasing. Free apps may still include in-app purchases.

PLAYSTATION APP

XBOX SMARTGLASSS

APPS PEOPLE GEAR

BUY GAMES

Unlike with SmartGlass, you can buy games directly from PlayStation App. It will launch the store in a web browser, but it’s still better than nothing.

SOCIAL FEATURES

Get super social through the app by chatting with friends, liking posts, receiving notifications as well as game invitations.

ACTIVITY FEED

Get all the latest activity from your friends list right from the front page of PlayStation’s smartphone app.

IF YOU LIKE GAMING VIDEOS, SEE TWITCHTV IN OUR NEXT-GEN APPS FEATURE ON PAGE

14

RECENT ACTIVITY

All of your most recent activity is saved direct to your home page on SmartGlass, just like it is on the Xbox Dashboard.

PS4 VS XBOX ONE

GET TO THE REST

All of the other key functionality of SmartGlass can be accessed from the menu button in the top-left corner of the app.

PIN APPS

AND GAMES

You can save apps and games that you access regularly to your home screen for quick access.

WHICH NEXT-GEN CONSOLE HAS THE BEST SECOND-SCREEN APP?

PS4 AND XBOX ONE COMPANION APPS COMPARED

While a great deal of the conversation around the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been about the graphics and game quality, there is a quiet but exciting development for both consoles with their supporting apps. The PlayStation App and SmartGlass app for Xbox One offer levels of interconnection, control and access away from your TV screen that has never been seen before. Your smartphone and tablet can become important tools to controlling your console or completing a game.

The SmartGlass app was originally attempted for Xbox 360, but relaunched for Xbox One and since the console itself was built with this new functionality in mind, the two work more seamlessly and faster with each other. What’s more, some first-party games such as Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son Of Rome offer companion app experiences through the SmartGlass app, giving you access to additional missions or just an overview of your progress compared to your friends.

On PlayStation, much of the second-screen excitement is centred around Sony’s own PlayStation Vita handheld device, but the new PlayStation App is no slouch. Once connected to your PS4, you can use it as a second-screen mirror and remote for your dashboard. Perhaps more interesting is the way you can use it away from your console as a messenger, activity feed tracker and social tool. You can purchase games through the app too, although it launches the web browser to do this.

WINNER

WINNER

WINNER

IN TOUCH

XBOX ONE SMARTGLASS

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v2.0 Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v2.0.2

VS

PLAYSTATION

APP

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.50.0 Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.50.1

CONSOLE CONTROL

As a second-screen mirror, you can use SmartGlass for a more immersive gaming experience, doubling as both a remote control and a dashboard for information. For instance, games like Dead Rising 3 can use SmartGlass as a second screen to display maps and item location tools. You can also use SmartGlass as a keyboard when using the Xbox One’s built in Internet Explorer browser.

Whereas SmartGlass is targeted at gameplay, the PlayStation App emphasises making navigation of the PS4’s broad and bold menu design a super smooth experience. You can use either your smartphone or tablet as a keyboard, to type out messages and navigate the PS4 menu screen instead of using the DualShock 4. However, it does not offer the same in-game support as the Xbox app.

SOCIAL FEATURES

With a dedicated section to the app for tracking your friends and followers as well as sending out group and single messages, the Xbox One SmartGlass app is a great way to keep connected with your gaming friends even when you’re not on or even near your console. On top of that, you can see the recent achievements and game clips your friends have been making by taking a look at their profiles.

Staying connected is what the PlayStation App excels at. By logging in with your PlayStation Network (PSN) ID you can access your entire trophies list, compare with friends, use the app as a messenger service for free with anyone who also has a PSN account, see an activity feed of your friends’ latest escapades and watch live feeds they may be broadcasting as they happen.

DESIGN

The SmartGlass app is pretty much a one-for-one replication of the Xbox One dashboard, which in turn is pretty close to the interfaces on Windows 8 PCs and Windows phones. If anything, the simplified design for Xbox works better. With regards to the app, everything is colourful and bold, making it easy to identify and it looks equally as good on a smartphone as it does on a tablet.

The basic app design here is a little plain, but that means it’s not too complicated either. It’s a shame that the tablet and smartphone apps are essentially identical and at present there’s no native iPad version available for iOS. That said, the PS4 menus work great on smart devices once you start mirroring and controlling your console. It could be a little more eye-catching though.

SUMMARY

An amazing extension of your Xbox One with some really fun integration with games. The only downside is that you can’t directly access the store.

A proper mobile experience with access to your full profile and queueing up downloads, but limited interaction with games from the app.

OVERALLL WINNER: XBOX ONE SMARTGLASS

SECOND-SCREEN EXPLOSION

BATTLEFIELD 4 COMMANDER

Bringing a whole new game mode to life, you get a top-down view of the combat in multiplayer and affect the action in real-time. iPad | iOS 6.1 | Free | v.1.0 Android | OS 4.0.3 | Free | v1.1.0

KNACK’S QUEST

Unlock gadget parts and relics by playing this free match-three puzzle game on iPhone and Android that feeds back into the PS4 game. Use the items earned in the app to help you on your console. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.2.1 Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.0.0

THESE NEXT-GEN CONSOLE GAMES HAVE ALSO LAUNCHED COMPANION APPS

CALL OF DUTY

Access all of your important Create-a- Soldier customisation options, manage your loadout and check all of your stats. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.0.2 Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free | v1.0.204

NEED FOR SPEED NETWORK

Team this app up with Need For Speed: Rivals for stat tracking, a live map of the game or launch Overwatch and help or hinder your rivals as they play. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v3.0.1

UPGRADE YOUR ARTWORK

Procreate co-founder James Cuda paints a picture of how the digital canvas’ new features will benefit both professional and novice creatives

PROCREATE

The new update to this already extensive app brings with it an appealing new interface and powerful new tools that paint in real-time. iPad | iOS 7.0 | £3.99/$5.99 | v2.0.1

The iPad illustration app Procreate has had a major update, dubbed ‘Procreate 2,’ bringing a new visual design and additional drawing, layering, and transformation tools. The app also includes support for the 64-bit A7 processors found on the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, as well as a new ultra high-definition 4K canvas. Procreate’s co-founder James Cuda explains the features and answers the age-old question of iPad art – whether or not to use a stylus.

How different is Procreate 2 from the original offering? Even though Procreate 2 ‘feels’ familiar, it’s very different from the original. The interface has been completely redesigned to match the new iOS 7 aesthetic. The update also has a heap of new features like a completely new gesture- driven gallery, 64-bit support and, of course, graphics-accelerated filters and adjustments. It’s almost an entirely new app.

How does the new 64-bit performance improve the user experience? Generally 64-bit technology provides little benefit to most apps. Where 64-bit benefits users is in high-performance software – which is great news for us. 64-bit tech has improved load times almost everywhere, decreased delays when switching tools and reloading documents. We’ve actually seen improvements to responsiveness across the entire app.

What are the benefits of the new real-time filters and upgraded effects? As artists, we need tools that not only keep up with us, but have the ability to blend seamlessly into our natural workflow. By unlocking the power in the iPad GPU, we can render effects like Gaussian blur as fast as you can slide across the screen. Curves can be manipulated directly on the screen, which not only allow for precision adjustments, but also foster moments of serendipity. Real-time effects turn out to be a beautifully natural and efficient way to work.

ABOVE Create stunning masterpieces with the extensive tools in Procreate

Is Procreate 2 accessible to everyone or is it just a specialist tool for professionals? We designed Procreate first and foremost for the creative professional. But good design isn’t limited by demographic. When something is well designed, almost anyone can pick it up. We poured our heart and soul into Procreate in the hope that it would be accessible to both professionals and consumers, and I think Procreate 2 is getting close to that goal.

Would you ever consider a version of Procreate for iPhone or Android tablet? The iPhone is interesting, but I question the value of a high-performance creative application on a phone. I think capturing detailed ideas on phone is interesting though. Android is also interesting, but device and OEM fragmentation is a real barrier for us.

Given the extent of the update, were you tempted to launch it as a separate app? Procreate 2 was very close to being a paid update. The traditional software market dictates paid updates are necessary for growth, which has a measure of truth to it. But we’re not in a traditional software market. The App Store is still young, and rather than try and extract money from existing Procreate artists, we’re interested in finding compelling ways to inspire new artists to experience Procreate.

Steve Jobs said of tablet design: “As soon as you have a stylus, you’re dead”. Do you to paint with your fingers or with a stylus? Stylus – unequivocally stylus. For the majority of tasks he was right, a stylus is unnecessary. When it comes to creative software however, he was wrong. A stylus is an absolute necessity.

“AS ARTISTS, WE NEED TOOLS THAT NOT ONLY KEEP UP WITH US, BUT BLEND INTO OUR NATURAL WORKFLOW”

05 APPS WITH A 64-BIT ARCHITECTURE UPDATE

PIXLR EXPRESS

Perfect for putting the finishing touches on your favourite photographs, this fun photo app has now added a new collage mode to its arsenal of editing tools. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v2.2 Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v2.2

VJAY FOR iPHONE

Along with its many other impressive features, this music video creator now supports HD video and has special effects that are exclusive to iPhone 5s. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v1.4.1

SKETCHBOOK MOBILE

An alternative to Procreate for smartphone users, the app supports an 8-megapixel canvas size. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £0.69/$0.99 | v2.8.7 Android | OS 2.2 | £0.61/$0.99 | v2.0.4

SING! KARAOKE

Sound like you’re in the Sydney Opera House with this app’s new and improved vocal effects. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Freemium | v3.0.4 Android | OS 4.0 | Freemium | v1.1.9

INFINITY BLADE III

The latest instalment in this epic fantasy franchise, it was also the first to be optimised for 64-bit. Now the stunning envionments take on a truly dynamic feel. iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | £4.99/$6.99 | v1.1.1

HOW TO…

BAKE A CAKE

IN TOUCH

TOP DOWNLOADS TO MASTER MIXING, BAKING AND DECORATING A CAKE

1. Before you bake

2. Get creative

3. Find a recipe

Why not envision what your cake will look like virtually? The My Cake Shop game lets you select a cake shape, mix the ingredients, bake it, then decorate it. Add a message and share with friends.

As well as being fun, playing My Cake Shop gives an overview of the processes involved in creating a real cake. It also enables you to experiment with various shapes and decorations too.

There’s a larder-full of recipe apps available, including some dedicated to cakes. We opted for BBC Good Food for its Cake Cookbook (available via in-app purchase) full of expert recipes.

4. Prepare

5. Let’s get mixing

6.

Add decorations

ingredients

Follow the instructions

Cake decoration is an art.

Helpfully, any ingredients you don’t have to hand can be ticked and then added to a shopping list, which can be emailed. Once you’re ready, it’s time to make a cake…

in the recipe to mix the ingredients, pour the mixture into a cake tin and place it in a preheated oven. The app’s built-in timer is particularly useful here.

The Sweet Dreams Cake App offers tutorials with videos to demonstrate techniques. Its handy calculator tells you how much icing you may need as well.

Final thought

No matter how much guidance apps can offer you, baking a good cake requires practice. Still, the detailed recipe available in apps should help – as long as you avoid spilling cake mix on your device! At the very least, they’ll provide the motivation to get you into the kitchen and start baking, while the decorating app we used will inspire you to be more creative.

APPS USED

MY CAKE SHOP HD (AKA CAKE MAKER SHOP)

Bake a virtual cake by mixing ingredients, bunging it in the oven for a few seconds and then decorating it. Good fun. iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Freemium | v1.3 Android | OS 2.2 | Freemium | v1.8

BBC GOOD FOOD

The app is polished, if a little buggy. The main downside is that extra recipe packs costs £1.49/$1.99 in-app, when you could get the content for free via the BBC’s website. iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | Freemium | v1.8.0 Android | OS 2.2 | Freemium | v1.9.1

SWEET DREAMS CAKE APP

While streamed, the well-shot tutorial videos offer top advice on cake decorating. There’s also a very handy ingredients calculator as well. iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0

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COMPETITION

WIN! STEELSERIES SIBERIA ELITE GAMING HEADSET

WRAP YOUR EARS ROUND THESE SURROUND SOUND HEADPHONES

Immerse yourself in your favourite games with a Siberia Elite gaming headset. The highest-quality SteelSeries headset to date, the Siberia Elite is equipped with Dolby 7.1 surround sound and has a retractable, noise-cancelling microphone to chat with friends during multiplayer battles. Designed for hours of entertainment, the headset is fitted with extra-large memory foam cushions, so they adjust to your ears perfectly. Dials on the earcups power the Siberia Elite’s audio and microphone-mute controls. For added personalisation, the colour of the Tron-like glowing rings on the sides of the headphones can be adjusted to radiate any one of 16.8 million shades with a few swipes.

With more and more console-quality games now available on iPhone, iPad and Android, the Siberia Elite over-ear headphones are compatible with smartphone and tablet as well as PC and Mac thanks to a swappable cable system. Thanks to our friends at SteelSeries, one lucky person can win a Siberia Elite gaming headset, worth £169.77, just by answering the question below. Runners-up prizes include a SteelSeries 9H headset worth £135.82 and three pairs of touchscreen controllers. The 9H headset also features Dolby surround sound and a retractable microphone, while the controllers, worth £20, include a joystick and buttons that attach to your screen using suction cups.

HOW MANY DIFFERENT COLOURS CAN THE SIBERIA ELITE GAMING

HEADSET GLOW? A: 16

B. 168,000

C. 16.8 million

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MY HOME SCREEN

THE TRAVELLER

OFF ON A TRIP? THESE ARE THE APPS YOU’LL NEED TO PACK

Going on holiday or even a business trip can be a stressful experience. Did you remember to pack everything you’ll need? There’s an app for that. You can also leave behind your copies of the phrase book and travel guide – we’ve got that covered too. Other apps here will help you to find the best places to visit, capture and share your adventures, and make the most out of your trip away, all from the palm of your hand.

TravelPod

Minutely

Postagram

World

Splid

SayHi

XE Currency

Packing

Gogobot

Sphere

MINUTELY

ALTERNATIVE TO: WEATHER

Don’t ever get caught out by the weather again. 3D radar maps as well as crowdsourced reports come together to offer

users an accurate short- term forecast for a specific location of their choosing. iPhone+ | iOS 5.0

| Free | v1.1.6

Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.1.6.1

POSTAGRAM

POSTCARDS

ALTERNATIVE TO: MAIL

Instead of emailing loved ones,

surprise them with

a glossy postcard based on one of your own photos. Create your own unique card, purchase it, and arrange delivery in-app.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0

| Free | v3.2

Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v3.1.5

TRAVELPOD

ALTERNATIVE TO: NOTES

Blog about the places you visit, adding photos and videos, to share your exploits with friends and family. Handily, the app still works when you have no Wi-Fi access. Now it has never been easier to show off your travels to those following back home. iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.2.3

WORLD

CLOCK PRO

ALTERNATIVE TO: CLOCK

Use the world map or unique comparison view to see what the time is anywhere on the globe – so now you can make

any international calls at an hour that equally suits both the conversation’s participants. iPhone+ | iOS 4.1

| £1.49/$1.99 | v2.4

SPLID

ALTERNATIVE TO: PHOTOS

Got a problem with your hotel or flight? Use Splid to take and store non- editable photos of the situation to provide a cast-iron virtual witness should you need to take the matter any further. An

invaluable app to have just

in case the worst happens.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0

| £0.69/$0.99 | v1

“THESE APPS WILL HELP YOU FIND THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT, SHARE YOUR ADVENTURES AND MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP”

SAYHI

TRANSLATE

ALTERNATIVE TO: PHONE

Finally you can leave the phrase book at home, because this app will instantly – and accurately – translate your words into any one of 41 languages/dialects (plus extra paid-for ones). An essential for travel abroad. iPhone+ | iOS 6.1 | £1.49/$1.99 | v3.6.0

XE CURRENCY

ALTERNATIVE TO: STOCKS

Discover whether that novelty sombrero you’re eyeing up really is a bargain with this currency converter. It supports every world currency and even works offline, so no need to worry about any extra charges. iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v3.2.2 Android | Varies | Free | Varies

PACKING PRO

ALTERNATIVE TO: REMINDERS

With so much to consider, it’s easy to forget some essential items – but no longer! With Packing Pro you can create a packing list, filterable by person/ bag, from over 800 items and sync it via iCloud to share it with friends or family who are travelling with you. Brilliant. iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v9.1

GOGOBOT

ALTERNATIVE TO: MESSAGES

Get other traveller’s inside tips on the coolest places to go for over 60,000 destinations worldwide with this crowdsourced travel guide. You can also book a hotel on the go through the app, so you’ll never be caught out. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v2.7.1 Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.6.1

SPHERE –

360 CAMERA

ALTERNATIVE TO: CAMERA

Normal photos are a bit flat, so capture the whole scene in a 360 degree panoramic sphere. Plus, explore those taken by other users, wherever you are. iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Free | v3.3.2 Android | OS 4.0.3 | Free | v1.34

VEHO 360 M4 BLUETOOTH WIRELESS SPEAKER

Standing at just 2.6-inches high, this cylindrical speaker is an ideal size and weight for taking to parties. Pumping out sound with two 2.2-Watt speakers, its miniature size doesn’t mean it can’t bring the noise, but the catch is that it doesn’t last particularly long. Connecting a cable via an audio jack boasts five hours playback, while the nice addition of a microSD slot will give Android users four hours of fun. But connecting to your device via Bluetooth will wear out this little speaker’s juice in just two hours.

£40.00 | Veho | sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

GEAR ROUNDUP

LUMOBACK

With back problems a common problem for tech users, many are looking for a solution to ease the symptoms. LUMOback is a new wearable sensor that measures your posture and gently vibrates when you slouch. Working with a free app for iOS and Android, it displays your posture with a cute stickman avatar and provides a real-time read out of how long you spend sitting, walking and sleeping. From calibrating it to match your body shape to interpreting the data, LUMOback is incredibly easy to use – although, despite trying out different iPhones, we did have problems setting up the Bluetooth connection.

£129.95/$149.95 | LUMO Body Tech | lumoback.com

CAPE FOR

iPAD AIR

Described by the manufacturer as the ‘superhero of tablet protection’, the Cape’s main strength is that it provides a water-resistant hard case for your brand-new iPad Air that weighs next to nothing. Beyond that, it offers quite ordinary features – your tablet snaps into the hard- shell back’s grips for secure hold, while leaving easy access to ports and control buttons, and the front can be folded into a stand for typing or relaxing to watch a film. The Cape comes in blue, black, berry and grey and versions are also available for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 8.0.

£29.99/$40.00 | stm | stmbags.com

STRIKELINE PRO RETRACTABLE CHARGE & SYNC CABLE

Say goodbye to all those irritating tangled wires thanks to the StrikeLine Pro cable, which extends to three feet with a gentle tug and retracts into a compact coil when you’re not using it. Fitted with a lightning cable and USB connector, the StrikeLinke Pro will work with the latest generation iPhones, iPads and iPods for both boosting your battery and syncing files. The only downside is that you must pull on both ends of the cable at the same time or the mechanism will jam.

£24.99/$29.95 | Scosche | Scosche.com

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25 NEXT GENERATION APPS

TIME

SAVING

TOOLS

KNOCK (TO UNLOCK)

An ideal download for those of you who have really embraced the Apple ecosystem, Knock provides a unique password for your Mac. As its name suggests, you simply have to knock on your iPhone screen to unlock your desktop computer. You don’t even have to open the app to use the function, so you can use it without taking your iPhone out of your pocket. See page 35 for a more in-depth review of how Knock works with your Mac as a simple but secure password solution. iPhone | iOS 7.0 |

LEFT

Narrato

provides a

platform to

share your

life events

across social

networks

3D PRINT MODELS FROM YOUR iPAD

Sculpt fantastic characters and add colours on your device, before having it printed out and sent to you.

123D

CREATURE

iPad | iOS 6.0 | Free

NARRATO

Between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, live-blogging your life in 140 characters or less is now commonplace. Narrato’s ‘LifeStream’ provides a single platform to share your thoughts across all the major social networks (though not Google+), and is photo-driven so as to look great on iPad while remaining streamlined enough for iPhone. However, Narrato is more than just a replacement for the now-defunct Tweetdeck, it’s also designed to act as a personal journal to record your thoughts and feelings and you can curate entries by topic and location. Significantly, while Narrato might seem like panoptic invasion of your privacy, its default

£2.49/$3.99

EVERCOPY

If you find yourself copying and pasting lots of information, then Evercopy is for you. This app allows you to back up everything you copy as well as paste quickly between iPhone, iPad and your desktop. Powered by Dropbox cloud storage, Evercopy is perfect for sharing links, phone numbers and short notes rather than large files, with instant syncing between devices. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Freemium

IMPOSSIBLE.

Need a lift to work or someone to walk the dog? Submit your ‘wish’ and the app will display it to other users who might be able to help. With backing from Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales and others at Google, this social network is designed for people to do favours for one another, free of charge. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free

setting is not to share your content with anyone. You can pick and choose what you share with the rest of the world while recording the important moments in your life just for you. The catch is that you are limited to 60MB per month before you have to subscribe. Though this should be enough data for most users to avoid paying out, power users should be aware. iPad+ | iOS 7.0 | Freemium | v2.1.5

It provides a single platform to share your thoughts across social networks

AIRBNB

RIGHT Like Twitter for travellers, discover last-minute holidays

Want to see the world, but are lacking the time? Airbnb specialises in last-minute and short-term getaways around the world, from sofa-surfing in Tokyo to renting castles in rural Ireland. The stylish app allows travellers to make an informed decision before booking by reading other user’s reviews and chatting with hoteliers directly. A geo-location feature also allows you to find nearby places to stay – ideal for backpacking.

iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free Android | OS 2.2 | Free

IFTTT

Teach your iPhone to automate simple tasks between online services, such as instantly backing up your photos on Facebook to Dropbox. While this might seem quite technical, the interface makes it incredibly easy, just select options from a list to see what combining different apps will produce. To make it even simpler, you can select ‘recipes’ that other users have made within the app’s social network. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free

REFERENCEME

Something for the students, ReferenceME makes it easy to create bibliographies and footnotes. Simply scan the barcode on the back of your book and the app will instantly render the title, author, publisher and other details for your essay. For added customisation, a simple slider makes it easy to switch between Oxford, Harvard and other referencing styles. A brilliant solution. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free

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GREAT

NEW

NIKE+ MOVE

Debuted at the launch event, Nike+ Move is a fitness app exclusively for the iPhone 5s. It harnesses the new iPhone’s M7 motion-sensing coprocessor, which can provide more reliable and accurate movement data. Nike+ Move then converts your movement, whether it’s jogging in the park or sat at your desk all day, into ‘NikeFuel’ points. The challenge is to beat your daily score as well as competing against friends to stay in shape. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free

MAAII: FREE CALLS & MESSAGES

While Line is being touted as the next big instant messenger, with over 100 million global downloads, another Asian app is hot on its heels. Maaii offers a similar service with free calls and the option to express yourself with stickers in text messages, but also incorporates multimedia features, such as sharing Snapchat- like disappearing photos and the option to embed YouTube videos in conversations.

iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free

SLEEVENOTE

Say goodbye to dull playlists with Sleevenote for iPhone and iPad. While iTunes has transformed where, when and how we listen to music, one of the casualties of the digital music revolution was album cover artwork. Whereas before music lovers had been able to pour over iconic cover art, the Spotify generation has been left to navigate plain white menu screens to find tracks, with iconic album covers relegated to screensavers. Sleevenote solves this problem with a library of interactive back covers for albums. Working as a player for your iTunes music collection, you can view the liner notes for all of your favourite artists. The app also works with iTunes Match so you can discover new sounds. As well as being able to view fullscreen artwork, you tap at the names of tracks to play them instantly. Easier than flipping through vinyl to find the track you want, you can swipe through artwork in alphabetical order or pinch to zoom out and view all of your music on a grid. iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free

GAMES

ANGRY BIRDS GO

While, strictly speaking, there is nothing cutting-edge about another Angry Birds, this new release is testament to the rise of mobile-only gaming franchises. Essentially a Mario Kart knock-off, the 3D graphics are a major step forward for the brand and the mixture of race modes offers hours of fun. You can also buy ‘telepods’ in real-life toyshops to add extra characters in the game. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Freemium Android | OS 2.3 | Freemium

HATCH

Taking the virtual pet to the next level, you can stroke, squeeze and play with your adorable little monster known as a Fugu in Hatch. Your Fugu will also dance along to your iTunes music and can appear in your photos. Designed for all ages, parents should be aware that buying gifts for your Fugu can require spending real money. iPhone | iOS 6.1 | £1.49/£1.99

STRATA

The goal of Strata is to strategically layer coloured ribbons to match a pattern. While it might take some practice to sequence your moves properly, over time patterns emerge and your tactics may evolve – but Strata will keep you busy with increasingly more difficult puzzles. iPhone+ | iOS 4.3|

WATCH CONSOLE GAMES ANYWHERE

A top app for hardcore gamers, watch gameplay from desktop and consoles and chat with other users on TwitchTV.

TWITCHTV

iPad+ | iOS

5.0 | Free

Android | OS

4.0 | Free

£1.99/$2.99

Android | OS 2.0.1 |

£1.86/£2.99

DEVICE 6

Another brainteaser, but one built on solving a spy thriller as much as a puzzle, you have to help Anna when she wakes up in the tower of a castle on an isolated island. The twist is that while the words of the story spell out on the page, they transform into a map to explore. It will take multiple attempts to unravel this mystery. iPhone+ | iOS 4.3| £1.99/$2.99 Android | OS 2.0.1 | £1.86/£2.99

CALL OF DUTY:

STRIKE TEAM

An original mobile game from the PlayStation and Xbox favourite, Call Of Duty: Strike Team mixes first-person shooting with bird’s-eye-view strategy. Take control and customise a team to take down an unknown terrorist menace in 3D battlegrounds around the world. This game sadly lacks online multiplayer battles, but you can compete against your friends to top scoreboards. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 |

£4.99/$6.99

Android | OS 4.0 |

£4.33/$6.99

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ARTSY

A top download for culture vultures, Artsy features more than 60,000 artworks from leading contemporary galleries, arts fairs and museums around the world, with more being added every day. While you sadly can’t enjoy Artsy on the iPad’s big screen, you can zoom in to view intricate details such as brushstrokes. If you have can affford it, select artworks can be purchased in-app as well. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free

IMGUR

RIGHT Discover funny photos and internet memes with Imgur

For a long time, Imgur was just used as the image dump for sharing funny photos and internet memes on Reddit. However, with the launch of its own mobile app, Imgur is cultivating its own community. After all, why navigate sub-menus and comment sections when you can get to straight to the galleries of Grumpy Cat? A great way to waste time.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free Android | OS 2.3 | Free

NEW WAYS TO READ

BLIPPAR

This award-winning augmented reality app brings photos to life in everything from magazines to adverts, even allowing you to interact with items in shopping catalogues. Scan a page where you see the Blippar logo (it’s identical to the app icon) with your phone to trigger animated elements, such as moving images and even exclusive music tracks. iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free

PRISMATIC: ALWAYS INTERESTING

Discover news stories you didn’t even know you were interested in. Prismatic learns about your interests by connecting to your social networks and using your GPS location. Articles fill the screen and menu options only appear when you long-press the screen. To ensure it stays interesting, articles you’ve read are instantly replaced. iPhone | iOS 6.1 | Free

GIMBAL

For a mixture of both navigation and narration, try Gimbal. This travel app is packed with short stories that are set in cities all over the world, which you can listen to as audio recording and follow on maps, either as you explore them in real life or imagine them at home. Thi is a great app for spicing up the grind of the daily commute or perhaps enhancing a journey abroad. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free

PEEKSTER

Another app attempting to reinvigorate print media, Peekster is ideal for sharing newspaper stories with friends online. Simply point your camera at a newspaper article and tap to perfectly render it as a digital news story, which you can bookmark for later or share across your social networks. Currently this app only works with a few select newspapers, but it has plenty of potential to grow. iPhone | iOS 6.1 | Freemium

WATTPAD

eBOOK READER

Featuring over 20 million free eBooks and short stories, this app is packed with both classic authors that are now out of copyright as well as original stories by new authors. A hub for fan fiction, the quality of writing does range, but there is no denying this is an unlimited resource for avid bookworms. iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | Free Android | Varies | Free

OCEANHORN

Set sail and embark on a console- quality adventure to fight sea monsters and find your missing father in Oceanhorn. Swashbuckle your way across the islands of the Uncharted Seas, a mixture of sunkissed beaches and deep, dark dungeons, filled with dangers, puzzles and secrets. With a combination of hack-and-slash battles and brainteasers to solve, comparisons have been made to Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series. However, keen-eared gamers might also think it sounds like Final Fantasy, as the award- winning composer for the franchise Nobou Uematsu created the soundtrack, which is a testament to this mobile game’s quality. With multiple islands to explore, Oceanhorn offers over ten hours worth of gameplay set in a lush landscape of beautifully rendered visuals. The story is perhaps a little trite, but endearing cut-scenes and strong voice acting make up for this. The pricetag will discourage some potential downloaders, but £5.99/$8.99 is the only price you will ever have to pay for the game, with no hidden or additional in-app purchases to buy weapons or upgrade your armour. iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | £5.99/$8.99

ABOVE Oceanhorn has been compared to Legend of Zelda

Oceanhorn offers over ten hours worth of gameplay set in a lush landscape of beautifully rendered visuals

25 SNAPPY PHOTO APPS

25 SNAPPY PHOTO APPS

GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE MUST-HAVE PHOTO CAPTURE, EDITING AND SHARING APPS

VSCO CAM

VSCO Cam combines all aspects of photography into one app – and if you think that’s great, it’s also really easy to use, meaning that you can create stunning and professional- looking images in just a few minutes. VSCO Cam’s interface is simple and clutter- free. You can navigate around the app intuitively using the sliding sidebar – activated from the left-hand side of the screen – and clearly identifiable icons when you’re browsing around the individual sections. You can also capture images and edit them natively from within VSCO Cam. Control exposure and the focus of your image before you’ve even captured the photo by pinching outwards on the camera screen. The editing

LEFT VSCO enables you to control every aspect of your photo

GET THE VINTAGE LOOK

This simple app allows you to quickly and easily capture photos that look like they were taken using vintage lenses and share them to Facebook.

FXCAMERA - PHOTOS WITH VARIOUS EFFECTS

iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free

process allows you to control and adjust all aspects of the image, including contrast, temperature and exposure. It also offers a wide variety of gorgeous filters and effects that you can layer over your image to give it that extra impact. If the free ones aren’t enough, you can purchase more for a small fee within the app. Once you’ve finished capturing and editing your photo masterpiece, you can easily share them with your friends and upload them across all of your social network pages. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Freemium Android | OS 4.0 | Freemium

VSCO offers a wide variety of gorgeous filters and effects that you can layer over your image

LOOM

Loom offers a slick solution for storing photos across multiple devices so you can keep your precious digital memories safe. Sync and manage photos from your computer and devices in one place – think of Loom as being your own private, infinite Camera Roll. It’s easy to use and offers 4GB of free storage to get you started. Add in an intuitive design and particularly good-looking interface and Loom is sure-fire winner.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Freemium

LEFT Loom displays stored photos in an attractive stream

25 SNAPPY PHOTO APPS

ESSENTIAL

EDITING

APPS

FACETUNE

Does the thought of using Photoshop to touch up your images leave you in a cold sweat? If so, download Facetune. It’s an intuitive and powerful image editor that provides you with the tools to achieve magazine-style results on portrait images. Touch problem areas – from removing skin blemishes to whitening teeth - to get the precise results that you want.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | £1.99/$2.99

SNAPSEED

Let your fingers do the editing with Snapseed, one of the most popular photo-editing apps available for iPhone and Android. It’s a hugely powerful app that places the editing controls literally at your fingertips. You swipe up and down to choose the edit that you want to make and then swipe left and right to control the level of adjustment. Simply unbeatable as a free offering.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.1 | Free

Android | OS 4.0 | Free

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS

Adobe has designed and released a compact version of its popular photo-editing app for both iOS and Android devices. It’s not as powerful as its big brother, but it still packs a punch with editing tools such as Auto-Fix and a host of slick colour-correction options. If you’re looking to edit panoramas or high- quality images, Photoshop Express can render these with ease.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.1 | Freemium

Android | OS 1.5 | Freemium

AFTERLIGHT

If you’re looking to quickly and easily create stunning images, look no further than Afterlight. With a cleanly designed interface, Afterlight offers a straightforward, logical workflow. Combine this with unique filters such as Light Leaks and ample colour-correction tools, and you can get really creative with your favourite images, transforming them in just a few minutes.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0 | £0.69/$0.99

MEXTURES

Mextures is a one-of-a-kind app that boasts many similar features and tools to the majority of the photo-editing apps available, such as filters, stickers and text. It also has beautiful textures and packs to unleash your creativity. However, it differentiates itself by having a non-destructive workflow, meaning that you can always remove any edit you made, no matter when you made the change.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.1 | £1.49/$1.99

25 SNAPPY PHOTO APPS

ADD

CREATIVE

TOUCHES

KANVAS

Add some fun to your favourite images with Kanvas, an easy-to-use app that can transform your images in moments. Make your images sparkle with stickers, text, frames and shapes to make them stand out amongst the crowd. With an interface that you’ll intuitively master from the first time you launch the app, Kanvas should be the first port of call for any creative. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Freemium

REPIX

Repix is your go-to app for turning your photos into works of art. Although like most photo-editing apps Repix features frames and filters, it uniquely offers effects brushes which allow you to paint different effects and shapes onto your photo. The app comes with a basic set of free brushes, but if you want to get really creative, you’ll need to purchase more brushes in-app. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Freemium Android | OS 4.0 | Freemium

BEAUTIFUL

CAP

Beautiful Cap is a photo editor and design studio rolled into one. With a clean interface, getting creative with your photos has never been so slick. The app’s workflow is centred around layers, allowing you to layer on text, stickers, frames and filters to make your photo say something – and you can also remove the layers you don’t want anymore without having to reset the whole image. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Freemium

PIXLR EXPRESS

Pixlr Express is perhaps one of the most comprehensive photo-editing apps on the market, offering you a huge catalogue of tools to not only edit your photos to perfection, but to also add a creative touch using stickers, filters and text. The app is cleanly designed and extremely easy to use with all the tools accessible quickly from the toolbar at the bottom of the interface. iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 2.2 | Free

TANGENT

Tangent allows you to get creative and put an artistic stamp on your photos. Don’t have an artistic bone in your body? All you need is some imagination and Tangent will take care of the rest. Start with a photo and use the toolbox at the bottom of the app interface to add layers of slick-looking shapes, frames and filters. Don’t like it? Tap Retangent to start again! iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | £1.49/$1.99

GOLDFRAPP

Electro-pop band Goldfrapp are celebrating the release of their latest record Tales Of Us by releasing a special photo-editing app. The app is designed to remix your photos by combining two photos from your phone’s Photo Library to create a double exposure. Choose specific photos yourself or alternatively, shake the iPhone and the app will randomly choose the photos for you with great results.

iPhone | iOS 6.1 | £0.69/$0.99

DUBBLE

If suspense and unpredictability is your thing, download Dubble, an app that combines social networking with photography. Shoot or upload a picture from your iPhone photo library, and within a few seconds Dubble will pair that with another photo from another user to create a fabulous double exposure. It can be a little bit hit and miss, but the app does occasionally output some real photo miracles.

INSTANT CUSTOM FILTERS

No time to edit images? Let Hipsta Hipster Cam do it for you! Hit the Hip It button and the app will produce a custom-made filter, just for you!

HIPSTA

HIPSTER CAM

iPhone | iOS 6.0 |

£0.69/$0.99

iPhone | OS 7.0 | Free

BLUX CAMERA FOR iPAD

Blux Camera is designed for the new generation of ‘iPadographers’ – people who take photos exclusively with a tablet. The aim of the app is to remove the need for post- editing and enable the user to edit their photos before they’ve even captured them. The app’s interface is based around the iPad viewfinder and the idea is that you can apply filters and controls to what you can see on screen without removing your hands from either side of the iPad. Controls are activated with a quick swipe of the finger or thumb from the icons either side of the screen – the controls available are professional standard that you would find on most DSLR cameras. Blux’s standout feature is a tool called PEAR, a photographic assistant that analyses the shooting environment and makes recommendations regarding the optimum settings to use that will help you to capture the best photo possible – it’s a really handy tool for novice photographers. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, Blux Camera is the one camera app you won’t want to be without as an iPad user. iPad | iOS 6.0 | £0.69/$0.99

FLIPAGRAM

Flipagram offers you a unique way of sharing your photos with friends, family and the rest of the world. Rather than putting your photos in an album to share online, Flipagram helps you to create a story from your photos and then set them to music. With the app’s simple set up as well as an intuitive interface, you can get started – and finished – in a matter of moments with great results. iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Freemium Android | OS 3.0 | Freemium

SPHERE – 360 CAMERA

Love travelling, exploring and taking photos? Combine your passion for all three with Sphere. The app allows you to capture

a 360-degree, 18-megapixel image of your location

– all you need to do is join the dots on screen. You

can also view ‘spheres’ from other users through the app’s social network, so you can explore the world freely without leaving your doorstep.

RIGHT Browse and view ‘spheres’ from all around the world

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Free Android | OS 4.0.3 | Free

SHARE YOUR IMAGES

FOAP

Is your iPhone’s Photo Library full of stunning photos that you’ve created? Let the Foap app turn your photos into money! The process is easy: capture or upload a photo from your iPhone. If the Foap community approves your image, it’ll be available for sale in the app’s Marketplace and you’ll bank five dollars from each sale. Sit back and watch the cash flood in… iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 4.0 | Free

CAMERA+

SEENE

Give your friends and family a three- dimensional look at your life with Seene, an app that allows you to capture stunning 3D photos and share them with the world. Launch the app and capture a moment using different angles to create your 3D ‘seene’, before easily sharing your image with other users or across your social networks with just one tap. For a more in-depth review, see page 23. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free

On first impressions, you could be forgiven for thinking that Camera+ is just another photo capture and editing app, but once you’ve spent a few minutes exploring the

EYEEM

EyeEm connects users through photography. Capture and edit photos with a range of filters and photo frames within the app. Once you’re done, upload and tag them with words and a location for other users to find. Based on the photos you’ve posted, EyeEm will create a collection of similar photos for you to flick through, presented in an easy- to-browse stream. iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 2.2 | Free

app’s interface, you’ll quickly realise it’s quite a powerful beast to contend with. It’s hard to pick a standout feature because there are so many, but the camera itself is a good place to start. Camera+ builds on the iPhone’s built-in Camera app, offering DSLR-standard controls such as live exposure, bursts, timer and a stabiliser. One of the coolest and perhaps strongest features of the app is Lightroom. This section offers a whole host of professional editing tools – the most highly regarded of which is Clarity, a tool that analyses your photo and makes ‘intelligent adjustments’ to help make your photo come to life. You can also automatically transform the lighting and exposure of your images with just a single tap. If professional-looking images are your thing but you’re not sure where you should start, Camera+ should undoubtedly be your first port of call.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £1.49/$1.99

RIGHT The Clarity tool makes intelligent edits to your images

The Lightroom feature offers a host of professional editing tools

CLUSTER

Cluster is reinventing photo sharing. See events and moments from every angle by collecting your friends’ photos in one place. The app is extremely easy to use – simply choose photos from your gallery and create a new album. Invite people to view the album and add their own photos and comments using the straightforward icon- based app interface. iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free Android | OS 4.0 | Free

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BUBBLI

Bubbli is the next best thing to actually being somewhere. It enables you to capture ‘bubbles’ – dynamic 360-degree panoramas complete with sound – that allow the viewer to get an amazing, immersive view of the location or event that you’re capturing. There are some handy video guides inside the app to help you create your own bubbles and share them across your social networks. iPhone | iOS 7.0 | Free

FREE

WRITE A BLOG

KEEP YOUR ONLINE JOURNAL UPDATED ON THE GO

WORDPRESS

Working with self- hosted blogs as well as those hosted on WordPress, this app allows you to perform essential tasks such as creating and editing posts, sharing photos and moderating comments. However, some features listed are deceptive and just link to the WordPress site in your browser. Many desktop features are absent but this is still an impressive set of tools.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v3.8.5 Android | Varies | Free | Varies

BLOGGER

A popular platform for blogging, Blogger is a worthwhile download for those who already use the service on desktop. However, users looking to blog on the go should think twice as the functionality is limited compared to WordPress, with no way to add hyperlinks in posts, let alone view stats or add new pages. A surprisingly disappointing offering in terms of both design and functionality.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.1.7.2 Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v2.1.1

TUMBLR

As a service and an app, Tumblr is more basic than WordPress, with fewer settings. Still, through a mixture of Twitter-like followers and hashtags it is a great way to reach an audience. Posting through the app is made easy with large, on-screen buttons representing Text, Photo, Link, Video and more. A great app. Tumblr is a wonderful and easy way for newbie bloggers to start out at no extra cost.

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Free | v3.5 Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v3.5.2.03

SQUARESPACE BLOG

Subscription-based Squarespace attracts many users with its minimalist but highly customisable templates. Edit and post content to multiple blogs, including text formatting, image editing, post scheduling and comments moderating. Unfortunately there isn’t a version of Squarespace Blog for Android, but there is a Squarespace Manager that offers users very similar features. This app has plenty of style as well as substance.

iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.1.1

TINYDESK

This third-party client for WordPress adds some practical new features specifically for mobile blogging that don’t exist within the official download. Whereas the official WordPress app requires you to gobble up data in order to work on your website, Tinydesk allows you to edit offline and create posts as Drafts. It also has some detailed image functions, so you can view your Media Library in-app. Designed just for mobile, this is a great blog manager.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v2.03

FREE

ABOVE Use a plain background to avoid the image being distorted

SEENE

CREATE AMAZING 3D IMAGES WITH YOUR iPHONE

ABOVE You can follow other users and comment on images

PROS/CONS

Easy to use and can produce some amazing images Social aspect lets you share your creations Takes some practice to get the best results Only able to capture a limited range of angles

There are plenty of image-sharing apps around, but Seene offers a unique angle – literally – on mobile photography. Using just the standard camera on your iPhone (4S or later), this clever software can capture 3D photos, known as ‘seenes’, that can be viewed at various angles by tilting your device. These images have a real wow factor, but are very simple to create. To capture a subject, tap the Camera icon to view your image superimposed with dots. Dots represent reference points for the app to render the image, so the more there are on screen the better. Tap the Record button once you’ve found a subject with the most dots and a four-sector graphic will appear on screen. It then requires a steady hand as you move the camera smoothly and slowly up, down, left and right around the subject to turn each sector green. Move too suddenly and you will have to restart. Once all four sectors have turned green, you’ve captured all the required angles and the ‘seene’ is saved. It can then be shared via Seene itself (you need to create an account),

Facebook and Twitter. Each seene also has a URL that can be pasted into an email or message and seenes can be viewed via WebGL-enabled desktop browsers. It does take a bit of practice to get really good results. Textured or patterned items work best – it doesn’t work so well with plain or reflective surfaces – and they need to be kept very still during the capture process, which is probably why the Seene users’ gallery has so many pictures of sleeping pets! Also, it’s best if the subject is placed in front of a plain background – patterns tend to get distorted. While only a very limited range of angles is captured – you can’t see at all far around an object – the 3D effect is really quite impressive and you’ll find yourself compelled to capture lots more seenes to share with others. A unique app that, with practice, can be used to make some truly startling 3D images. Innovative and good fun.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.1

HOW TO…

Capture an object in 3D using just the iPhone camera

01 Find a subject Tap the Camera icon

and find a subject that displays lots of dots on it. The more the better!

02 Start recording Hit the round

Record button and a grid of four sectors will appear to guide you.

03 Keep it steady Move very slowly

and steadily up, down,

left and right to turn each sector green.

04 Finish the seene Once all sectors

have turned green, the

process is complete. You’ve made a seene!

05 Get sharing Now’s the time to

show off. Share your 3D image via Seene, Facebook and Twitter.

FREE

STAR WARS: TINY DEATH STAR

THAT’S NO MOON – IT’S A SPACE STATION SIMULATOR!

 

The Star Wars juggernaut is moving forward at light speed, with new movies in the pipeline and two Angry Birds games on iOS and Android. Now a galaxy far, far away has been given the Nimblebit treatment – the team behind Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes. If you’re familiar with these other games, you will know what to expect. Taking orders from Emperor Palpatine, you have to construct

ABOVE Purchase

your own space station, building floor after

ABOVE The Emperor and Darth Vader will

your favourite

floor of businesses to pay for it, hiring staff

set you missions

characters in-app

and keeping products in stock as you go. But because you’re working for the Dark Side and not Mall of America, you also manage basement levels where you interrogate rebel spies. If you’re a fan of the movies, there are endless in-jokes and cut-scenes starring familiar faces rendered in 16-bit to enjoy, but beyond that there is nothing here that you wouldn’t get from just playing Tiny Tower instead. If you didn’t like having to manually operate an elevator or pay real money to speed

The one stand-out feature that is new to Tiny Death Star is the Collectable feature, in which you can unlock iconic characters from the movies and view them in albums. This makes for a fun side-quest to the main game and might just help to win over users. The fun is strong with this one, but there’s nothing particularly original here that you haven’t seen before in Tiny Tower.

ABOVE Create your very own Death Star level by level in this management simulator

up how long restocking takes in Tiny Tower, this game won’t be for you either.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.1 Android | OS 2.3.3 | Free | v1.1.2

THE HUNTING PART 1

THE FIRST INTERACTIVE ZOMBIE MOVIE SHOT ON iPHONE

The improving camera lens on each new iPhone has meant that the device is being used more as filming equipment more often. The Hunting is a project that perfectly epitomises this idea, it’s an interactive, first-person zombie movie that has been shot entirely on iPhone.

What this has created is an incredibly engaging experience – well backed up, like any good horror movie, by a startling soundtrack. The premise is that you awake to find that the world’s population has succumbed to a virus that has turned them into zombies. The suspense here is generated by the fact that

Suspense is generated by the fact you’re making the descisions and controlling the outcome of the story

ABOVE Shot from first-person perspective, The Hunting puts you up close with the undead

ABOVE: There are lots of decisions to make throughout the game

you’re making the decisions and controlling the outcome of the story. This is done by using gestures to complete actions, and tapping to choose between multiple routes and options. Although this app is only part one – designed to be a taste of what to expect throughout the story – there is plenty of suspense and undead- battling to keep you engaged. The Hunting keeps things simple in terms of the interactions, timing everything well so that only the key decisions are left to you, rather than messing up the pacing of the story by having you complete every action yourself. What The Hunting does is give a tantalising taste of what this series could produce in the future. The preview of the second chapter is absolutely terrifying, showing a lot of promise. On the short side, but a very good teaser for a series worth keeping your eye on.

iPhone | iOS 4.3 | Free | v1.1

SADLY BY

YOUR SIDE

You can use this app for free and even download the accompanying album without payment. When you point the phone at an object the app will translate the input into colours and then playback the rhythm, harmony and melody to reflect what the camera is seeing. Each situation it observes will create a unique track, but you can also buy a book that includes the images required to play the original tracks. A unique experience that is both clever and intriguing.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.01

BBM

The legendary BlackBerry Messenger has finally reached the most popular mobile platforms and brought with it a secure platform that anyone can use to keep in touch. It does what it promises, but to win against services like iMessage and WhatsApp, unique features are required to make it stand out. What we currently have is a competent yet uninspiring solution. A competent messenger which will do little to tempt people away from the competition.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.0.4.133 Android | OS 4.0 | Free | v1.0.2.83

KSCOPE

Kscope could be seen as a novelty, but it really isn’t. It is in fact a completely new way to use your phone camera and one that never fails to deliver unique photos or six-second videos to share on social media. Filtering your camera through five kaleidoscopic filters, the app responds as much to light and movement as it does to the subject you’re capturing, so you can create an original work of art with ease. This would be a worthy

app, even if you had to pay for it.

A clever idea and one that

works extremely well. A fun and interactive experience.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.0

TELEGRAM

MESSENGER

Telegram Messenger offers all of the features you would expect in a modern- day messenger, but does so in a way that easily rivals the likes of Whatsapp. You can group chat with up to 100 people, share videos up to 1GB in size and the unlimited cloud storage is also appealing – all of this is free and with no adverts. A highly capable messenger with a raft of features.

A genuine competitor to

Whatsapp with a professional and clean interface.

Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v1.2.14 iPhone | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.1

DEAD TRIGGER 2

In some ways, Dead

Trigger 2 is almost

a perfect game.

Great graphics, immersive environments and at times seriously frantic and heart- stopping game play. It all works extremely well and never slowed down once in our tests, but for hardened gamers the simplistic shooting mechanism and lack of variety may present barriers. For

the rest of us, however, it really is

a fun romp through a somewhat

clichéd desolate city with lots of zombies to fend off at every turn. Do we really need yet another zombie game? If it’s Dead Trigger, then yes we do.

Android | OS 4.0 | Freemium | Varies iPhone+ | iOS 7.0 | Freemium | v0.2.2

PEEKSTER

The temptation to call Peekster a novelty was great when we saw how it works, but when we started using it, the

benefits became clear. All you have to do is point your camera at a news article, in a newspaper or on the web, and you will be presented with other news articles on the same topic. In practice it has proved to be deadly accurate and

it quickly gives you a much more

rounded view of any subject with minimal effort. We can see huge

potential for this technology. Accurate and very clever. A new way to read the latest news.

iPhone | iOS 6.1 | Free | v1.0.0

FREE

FIND A DATE

01 POF

Short for ‘Plenty of Fish’, chat with the service’s 55 million users for free, but be aware that some features will cost you extra.

iPhone | iOS 6.0

| Freemium | v1.50

Android | OS 2.1

| Freemium | v2.91.1413526

02 TINDER

A 100 per cent free service,

swipe through photos of people

in your area to find yourself a

potential match to chat to.

iPhone | iOS 7.0

| Free | v3.0.1

Android | OS 2.2

| Free | v2.0.1

03 ZOOSK

Use this app’s free Behavioural Matchmaking engine to find users with similar interests to you – plus see who viewed your profile.

iPad+ | iOS 5.1

| Freemium | v8.5.7

Android | OS 2.1

| Freemium | v6.98

04 OKCUPID DATING

This won’t be for everyone, but this app employs a rating system that enables users to better judge their potential matches.

iPad+ | iOS 6.1

| Freemium | v4.1.1 Android | OS 2.2

| Freemium | v3.0.3

05 SKOUT

Not intended just for dating, using Skout you can also meet new friends and join various social groups operating in your area.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0

| Freemium | v4.0

Android | OS 2.0

| Freemium | v3.10.4

ENTERTAINMENT

TOP DJ TURNTABLE APPS

SPIN, MANIPULATE AND REMIX YOUR MUSIC LIKE A PRO

TAP DJ

The interface here is not the best, but the way it has been built works well on a smartphone. There are many features that enable you to mix and customise your music in a variety of ways – in fact, the more you use the features, the more useful it becomes. It may look like a novelty, but there are plenty of features to make use of in Tap DJ.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1

DEEJ

Deej does not pack in quite as much as Djay 2, but will include enough features to keep most people happy for some time – and there is some advanced functionality hidden behind the attractive and professional interface. Provides a good place to start. Perfect for the novice DJ who wants an app to help hone their skills to perfection.

iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | £3.99/$5.99 | v4.1

WIGWIGGLE DJ

SCRATCH

This app will help you conquer scratching. The interface is intuitive as it has been tailored for this one skill, giving you the opportunity to practise wherever you are. A one-trick pony that should help you master scratching.

iPad+ | iOS 4.3 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0 Android | OS 2.3.3 | £0.62/$1.01 | v1.0

MICRO DJ PRO

Even though Micro DJ Pro is not designed for those who want sophistication, it still offers a lot of fun in a small package. You can also change the tone of voices as well as creating and experimenting with many other sound effects on offer. This tiny app packs a lot of punch and includes some amusing extra features.

iPad+ | iOS 3.2 | £1.99/$2.99 | v1.0

DJAY 2

Djay 2 offers a realistic dual-turntable interface that is easy to use and which brings a selection of audio features. You can record your mixes, let the software do the work for you and also use a selection of pro samples. A fantastic visual turntable. Offers users both ease of use and sophistication.

iPad | iOS 6.0 | £6.99/$9.99 | v2.2.1

ENTERTAINMENT

100 CULT FILMS

PROS/CONS

A compelling body of work that contextualises film Searching through the films is made as easy as possible Video quality can be quite inconsitent and occasionally grainy Not all film features are available for every movie

THE BFI GUIDES US THROUGH SOME OF CINEMA’S MOST AMAZING FILMS

The British Film Institute is one of the film industry’s most respected organisations and here it presents 100 iconic movies, selected for being interesting and influential. Drawing on the acclaimed book of the same name, with all of its insight and discussion about the various included films, 100 Cult Films: BFI Screen Guides gives the original work a multimedia twist by including film trailers and video clips.

When watched through the app, some of the videos lose their sound and picture quality, but luckily there is a button that directs you to YouTube, where the reproduction appears to be better (you also benefit from being able to read comments from users too). Still, this isn’t too much of a problem since the videos serve mainly as additions to the star attractions: the prose and the choice of films. Dirty Dancing and Dawn of the Dead sit alongside The Big Lebowski and Fight Club. Tapping on one of these entries shows you film credits, fan sites and quotes and you can view the year it was made and its running time. Each entry can also be shared via email, Twitter and Facebook and then be marked up as having been seen by yourself or as something you want to watch another day. Its strength lies in its searching abilities and the fact you can not only view and edit films you’ve seen and browse your favourite flicks, but also search by director, year of release and genre, jumping through the list using the alphabetical menu that runs down the side of the screen. There is no doubt that this is an impressive body of work made even better by clear presentation. Other elements of the app are present but do not overwhelm the central message, instead enabling you to get more out of the information that is presented to you. For film fans, 100 Cult Films is an essential purchase and a guide that you will return to again and again for reference and inspiration. A beautiful guide to some wonderful films written in the most engaging and thought-provoking of styles.

iPad+ | iOS 5.1 | £2.99/$4.99 | v1.0

SHOWCASE

Become a film buff in no time at all with guidance from the BFI

01 Tap stars Select the films

you’d like to watch and

also let the app know the ones you’ve seen.

02 Viewed films See the films that

you have previously watched listed in their own specific section.

ABOVE Lots of text contextualises and discusses each film and the menu has plenty of search options

03 Easy searching Useful information

is displayed at a glance,

including the film, director and synopsis.

04 Sub lists Your list of

favourite films can be

accessed any time and shared with friends.

05 Recently viewed To further explore

or refresh your memory,

you can see the last 20 films you tapped on.

ENTERTAINMENT

WALL OF SOUND

PLAY YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY VIA A WALL OF ALBUM COVERS

Newly updated for iOS 7, Wall of Sound is a beautiful way to view and listen to your music collection – both stored locally and on iCloud. Upon launching, you’re greeted with an attractive wall of album covers. Just click on one to start playing it – if on iCloud, it may take a few seconds to start streaming. Swipe the album art of the current album to see a list of

JUSTIN.TV

VIEW LIVE VIDEO STREAMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Unless you’re already familiar with Justin.tv, its details in the App Store – mentioning ‘premium broadcasters’ – might lead you to think it offered professionally broadcast TV channels from around the world. The reality is that the video streams are all user-generated. Not that all of their content is necessarily original, however. For instance, browse the Sports category and you’ll soon find live

the tracks and a shuffle option. You can then swipe the playing window up to the top of the screen for a better view of the wall. The app offers a different and appealing way to access your music and we found that it helped us to rediscover old tunes we’d forgotten about. By default, it shows all of your music on the wall, which you can scroll around to find more. Tapping the icon at the bottom-

streams of football matches being shown on subscription TV channels such as Sky Sports – even though Justin.tv prohibits copyright violations. It also supposedly bans pornography, although we soon found Japanese erotica. Even if you’re not concerned about this, you may well be bothered by the unreliable nature of the service. Many of the live sports feeds we tried resulted in a frozen picture or error, while the ones that did work offered a

ABOVE You can also type messages to chat with viewers and the broadcaster while viewing

LEFT Simply swipe across the album artwork to view a complete track listing

BELOW Tell your friends what you’re listening to via the sharing menu

right brings up a menu from which you can filter the content by genre and playlist – it’s possible to tick multiple choices for each. In addition, you can opt whether to include music from iCloud and any without artwork (showing a musical notes icon on the wall instead). There’s also an option to include related music previews – the usual 30-second snippets – from the iTunes Store, although this seems to be based on the genre rather than the artist or

playlist. It’s a nice additional feature though and gives the app another solid selling point.

A different and visually appealing way

to listen to your music and discover even more. It really is beautiful.

iPad+ | iOS 7.0 | Free | v1.5

ABOVE Trending shows what is most popular with users

ABOVE Filter channels by category and subcategory

disappointingly low-res view. While there are thousands of live streams available, arranged into categories – such as Entertainment, Gaming and News & Events – and filterable into subcategories, quite a few channels we tried came up with a message saying they weren’t currently available on mobile devices. The social aspect is interesting though; you can type messages to chat with others during broadcasts. There is even a Social category,

although this largely consists of people staring at webcams. In short, the app needs tidying up.

A good idea that suffers from a lack of

reliability and worthwhile content – not good in a paid-for app.

iPhone | iOS 4.3 | £2.99/$4.99 | v3.8.3 Android | OS 4.0 | £3.11/$4.99 | v1.0

COMIC ZEAL COMIC READER

If you have a large collection of digital comics in varying formats, Comic Zeal looks like a decent way to bring them all together. The importing process is efficient and the navigation when reading comics feels natural, but it requires a lot of work to scroll through a collection and we had stability problems. A lot of the app works

brilliantly, but tweaks are needed.

A serious comic-lover’s dream,

but the app has some interface and stability problems.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.1

| £2.99/$4.99 | v6.0.20

FUNNY APP FOR BITSTRIPS

Bitstrips are very popular, and this app is designed to present the funniest ones each day, which it does quite well. However, in comparison to the official app, which lets you create and share new Bitstrips, it falls short. It is merely a mechanism to display images and the interface is minimal at best. It needs a lot more

features to justify the asking price and to give the user a reason to open it every single day.

It does what it says, but misses

the mark when compared with the official solution.

iPhone | iOS 6.1

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1

gMUSIC 2

Google Music has experienced a choppy launch, particularly in regards to apps. The official client is now more capable, but an app like gMusic 2 offers some features beyond what Google currently provides. With full offline support, automatic playlists and a look that works well with iOS 7, there are a lot of reasons to consider this app. If you only need the basics the official app will suffice, but if music is important to you gMusic 2 will be preferable.

An improvement over the official Google app with many useful features included.

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.4

HUM THIS!

This is an original game that requires you to hum tunes from pre-selected lists so your opponent guess the song. Your opponent can be a friend or someone completely random and it really does become addictive after a while, but of course you are not likely to play it in a public place. There is some lag loading data and the interface could be more professional, but the game will keep you coming back for more. A clever and fun game that can

bring people together.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v0.3

Android | OS 2.2

| £1.49/$2.42 | v2.4

TNR-E

The Tenori-on is a very unusual instrument that is designed to create a visible music interface, but it can be limited. This app is designed to change all of that by letting you access a variety of features easily on a screen and to then play music as you always intended. It isn’t cheap, but if you have the instrument it has the capability to transform the process, highlighting how software can greatly enhance hardware even after release. A clever musical software solution that makes the Tenori- on completely different.

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0

| £13.99/$19.99 | v1.0.0

THE MOTH

The Moth is a podcast series that presents real-life stories from speakers, and so far you have had to rely on third-party podcasting apps to catch them. With this app, however, you can now stream, download and share any of the podcasts in seconds with the simple interface. Crucially, it also offers more background on each performance and the presenting artists. Just brilliant. Fascinating audible content delivered very efficiently.

iPhone | iOS 7.0

| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.0.3 Android | OS 2.2 | £0.62/$1.00 | v1.0

ENTERTAINMENT

UPGRADE

YOUTUBE

01 TUBEBOX

Finally, using this app you’ll have the ability to listen to music and videos in the background while using other apps – a big user gripe with the official offering. You can also set your videos to repeat and shuffle.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v3.3 Android | OS2.2 | Free | v1.0.1

02 WATCHLATER

Save your data usage by downloading from various video platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, TED, as well as Soundcloud songs for offline enjoyment. The app also offers easy playlist management.

iPad+ | iOS 5.1

| £1.99/$2.99 | v3.8.8

03 iTUBE PRO

An all-encompassing app that allows users to view a complete history of watched content, find lyrics for music videos and enjoy regularly updated Top 100 lists to keep an eye on what’s trending.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0

| £0.69/$0.99 | v2.1

04 FOXTUBE 3

Featuring a beautiful iOS 7 redesign, this app allows you to customise hand gestures to make YouTube more personal to you. The app also offers remote control support, and a lock screen display.

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0

| £1.99/$2.99 | v3.1.2

05 REPEATTUBE

Geared more towards music videos, you can easily set videos to continuously play even when

you close the app to multitask.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.2

EVERYDAY

COUNT CALORIES WITH APPS

KEEP TRACK OF WHAT YOU EAT

WITH THESE SOPHISTICATED APPS

INTERMITTENT

FASTING

DIET DIARY

This app offers you all the support you need to ensure you are fasting sensibly and that you are aware of the calories contained in what you eat. Multiple panels show your calorie intake, goal weight progress and BMR, and the end result is a complete solution. A great way to motivate yourself to cut back on the worst kind of calories.

iPhone | iOS 6.1 | £0.69/$0.99 | v1.3

LIVESTRONG.COM - CALORIE TRACKER

The way this helps you track everything you are eating to attain specific goals is very impressive. You will need to prepare it for your specific needs, but it’s hard to argue with the features and implementation here. There’s even a community to help you keep your calorie intake in check. Calories and so much more are covered. An invaluable tool.

iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v3.2 Android | OS 3.0 | Free | v1.1

iFOOD PRO:

CALORIE COUNTER

iFood Pro will show you the calorie count for many, foods, but it also details the protein, carbohydrate and fat contents in graph form, so you can be sure you are eating healthily. The interface is lacking in professionalism, but the content will be useful. It’s not just calories that are important when you diet, and this app proves it.

iPad+ | iOS 5.1 | £0.69/$0.99 | v3.2

MEAL SNAP

Despite not offering all of the features found in Livestrong and Calorie and kJ Counter Pro, Meal Snap has an impressive trick up its sleeve. Simply take a photo of your meal and the app will calculate the calories you are about to digest. In our tests it performed extremely well and is much more than just a gimmick. Snap a meal and see an accurate count of the calories magically appear.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v1.1.0

CALORIE AND KJ COUNTER PRO BY MYNETDIARY

To calculate calories accurately an app needs a good database of foods – and they don’t come any more complete than this. With more than half a million foods and the ability to send a photo of food to the developers if it’s not included, this is undeniably good. A brilliant solution with a perfect interface. A truly deserving winner.

iPhone | iOS 5.0 | £2.49/$3.99 | v4.10 Android | OS 2.1 | £2.57/$3.99 | v1.3

EVERYDAY

CINE LUMIÈ

ADD SPECIAL EFFECTS TO YOUR VIDEOS IN JUST TWO TAPS

In a world where people Instagram their breakfast, adding effects to photos is now commonplace. Applying those effects to videos, however, is a fairly recent invention for consumer devices and Cine Lumiè is hoping to jump on that bandwagon by offering one of the simplest solutions yet. Included in the app are two sets of eight effects, named static and dynamic, which are designed to add a different look to your creations. All you need to do is tap one of the icons on the main screen to start capturing a new video, or to select one that has already been recorded and you are then ready to start adding effects. The two strips at the bottom of the screen let you select from static or dynamic effects, but we have to say that the quality of the effects is not great. Most are very simplistic, almost childish in their design, and simply add some icons or patterns above the videos. This has the dual effect of cheapening the quality of the videos and at times completely getting in the way of the subjects you are

PROS/CONS

Stable with a pleasing interface Could be useful for sending novelty clips to friend The number and quality of effects are limited Does not fulfil the promise of enhancing your video clips

watching. Add to this the fact that the icons do not really add all that much relevance to the subject matter and we struggle to see what benefits this solution can offer for the vast majority of video content users produce. The way it all works is impressive because it is extremely quick and never skipped a beat in our tests, but that only makes up part of the story. The interface is very good, almost artistic, which leads the purchaser to believe that this is a quality solution, which it is in some areas. If the effects could be enhanced and the dynamic icons, which move and do little else above the video content, could be made truly dynamic then this could be a solution worthy of your time and effort. Until then, Cine Lumiè is more of a novelty that fails in the core area of bringing added vibrancy and personality to your videos. An app with lots of potential, but it fails in its main aim of video enhancement. More work is needed.

iPhone | iOS 6.0 | £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1

ABOVE Effects can be selected from the two icon strips at the bottom of the screen

HOW TO…

Add a variety of effects to any of your video clips with ease

01 Select a clip Tap the left icon to

capture a new video. For this tutorial, tap the right icon to select a clip.

02 Choose video Select a video

from your phone to be presented with the main selection screen.

03 Select icons Tap a static icon

from the top row to add it to the clip that is playing at the top.

LEFT The static effects stay in place, while the dynamic effects will move around

04 Go dynamic

To experiment,

choose from the icons in the bottom row to try out a dynamic effect.

05 Finishing up When you are

happy, tap Save to keep the edited video on your phone for later viewing.

EVERYDAY

TURN TAKER

CUTE GRAPHICS RULE THE ROOST WITH THIS SIMPLE LEARNING PACKAGE

Aimed at children with an autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, special needs or those who are very young, Turn Taker aims to teach the basics of sharing. A large hand points in the direction of the person whose turn it is and then, after a period of time, the app states ‘Finished’ and displays another hand in the opposite direction. With two participants, this makes it clear whose turn it is, which teaches children that turn-taking is the fairly rapid handover from one person to another. The time

limits can be adjusted so that the app can be tailored to suit whatever physical game is being played at the time. But there are some misgivings. Although the

presentation is bright and colourful and there is

a lovely story which explains exactly why turn-

taking is important as a social skill, there are

spelling mistakes (‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’ being

a notable one), it only allows two people to

take part at any one time. Additionally, the app doesn’t seem overly complicated to develop, so we do question the price tag. And yet for children with learning disabilities and those who are having trouble understanding the concept of taking turns,

it will be an invaluable help, being effective in teaching both turn- taking and patience. Parents and carers who look after children with disabilities will find this app a useful learning tool.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | £1.99/$2.99 | v3.0

JOHN LENNON: THE BERMUDA TAPES

AN INTERACTIVE HISTORY OF THE BEATLE’S LAST ALBUM

There is an undeniable enduring quality about the music of The Beatles but, more than that, a continuing fascination with John Lennon, someone who continues to inspire entire generations and countless musicians.

This historical app charts his journey in the summer of 1980 to Bermuda. It was to be his final creative period, for months later he would be shot dead. There is no mention of that here; instead it’s about the merging of art and audio into a compelling narrative that explores his

ABOVE The layered graphics look amazing and are incredibly artistic

LEFT A time can be set to suit the game played

ABOVE You can listen to Lennon’s story and music via a retro-style tape deck

influences. It shows how he drew on the most inspiring figure in his life, Yoko Ono, as they penned the music of Double Fantasy. The app has it all: newly discovered photos, interviews and handwritten lyric sheets. The audio is crisp, and, with the benefit of hindsight, often haunting. There is plenty of it too. But the music is just as important. The app places the music and story onto tapes which play in a retro-style deck, making it feel quite nostalgic. Sometimes there are interruptions to the music but it’s a minor distraction. The main story is interactive and much can be gained from tilting and dragging the little ship around the screen. There is a lot to be learned here, and fans in particular will love it. A well-thought out musical history app including Lennon’s voice and magical music.

iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | £2.99/$4.99 | v.1.0

TWEETBOT 3 FOR TWITTER

Tweetbot 3 is an update to the classic previous version and the developers have cleverly kept all of the goodness intact while making it feel like a true part of the iOS 7 operating system. To list every clever feature would take forever, but we could wax lyrical about the sublime controls and functionality for a long time. This is probably the best Twitter client available. A near-perfect Twitter client with an inspired design.

iPhone+ | iOS 7.0

| £1.99/$2.99 | v3.1

PUB COMPASS

Finding decent pubs and clubs usually involves relying on the views of others, but with Pub Compass you can find any establishment in just a few taps. You can invite people by SMS, get directions and immerse yourself in the innovative interface that folds out like a traditional map. It would be nice to see other features included, such as reviews and ratings, but there is no doubt that this is a very good start and that there is much potential available. With some extra features this app could be hugely popular, but it’s very good already.

iPhone | iOS 7.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.1

SLOW FAST SLOW

Apple’s slow- motion innovation is an impressive achievement, but Slow Fast Slow actually slows down video by up to twice as much and offers a variety of manipulation functions. You can keep the audio pitch as it should be and it will work on the 5c, 5 and 5th Generation iPod Touch as well. There are minor glitches, but overall it is a great app to use and offers useful functionality that would otherwise not be available. An impressively simple to use slow-motion video recording app that just works.

iPhone | iOS 7.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.0

MAPS © FOR GOOGLE MAPS

You wouldn’t think that yet another mapping app could possibly add more to the Google Maps experience, but this app has an interface that feels more seamless than the default offering and great features. Besides automatically saving maps for accessing offline, you can interact with your contact list and access all of the Google mapping features in a more logical setting. Feature-rich, well presented and a pleasure to use.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0

| £0.69/$0.99 | v1.1

LIVING EARTH

It’s hard not to appreciate the stunning visuals in Living Earth and the way it displays the weather, world temperatures, cloud cover and more. With a simple navigation selector and superb performance on high-end devices it is an example of what can be done with the imagination. It is tactile as well and you can zoom in and spin the world around – but it is in the sheer amount of data included that the benefits shine through. A visually stunning world view of the weather and other useful real-time information.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0

| £1.99/$2.99 | v3.0

CAVEMAN FEAST - PALEO RECIPES

If you want to find out more about the Paleo diet and learn some of the recipes that make it so popular, this app is the perfect way to start. The imagery and presentation is brilliant and every step of the way you are guided through what you need to do to create wonderful meals. It has a great-looking interface too. A brilliant solution to get involved with the Paleo diet.

iPhone+ | iOS 6.0

| £1.99/$2.99 | v1.1.0

Android | OS 2.2

| £0.61/$0.99 | v1.0

GO WILD

EVERYDAY

01 WORLD OF ANIMALS

This digital magazine is brimming with in-depth features, illustrations and wildlife photography of animals from all over the globe. A must for animal lovers.

iPad+ | iOS 6.0

| Freemium | v.10

Android | Varies

| £2.49/$3.49 | N/A

02 CHIRP! BIRD SONG

Like Shazam for birdcalls – this app identifies species based on their chirping. Hold up your phone and let it do the work for you.

iPhone+ | iOS 4.3

| £2.49/$3.99 | v2.1.2

03 WONDERS OF LIFE

Based on the popular TV show hosted by Professor Brian Cox.

A variety of 3D models and

accessible videos help to explain how

physics underpins biology.

iPad+ | iOS 5.0

| £4.99 | v1.0

04 COLLINS BRITISH

WILDLIFE PHOTOGUIDE

An image-driven spotter’s guide

to the fauna and flora that you

encounter in the British Isles, with plenty of helpful information.

iPhone | iOS 5.0

| £6.99/$9.99 | v1.1

Android | OS 2.1

| £6.99/$10.99 | v1.0.1

05 AFRICA – ANIMAL

ADVENTURES FOR KIDS

This app is guaranteed to get young ones interested in wildlife with over 40 animated

animals to learn about.

iPhone | iOS 5.0

| £1.49/$1.99 | v1.3

WORK

KNOCK (TO UNLOCK)

SAVE TIME AND UNLOCK YOUR MAC WITH A QUICK TAP OF KNOCK FOR iPHONE

PROS/CONS

Fast and responsive technology Low-energy Bluetooth doesn’t needlessly drain your iPhone’s battery Sometimes can take a few moments to connect Interface for unlinking a computer could be clearer

For ultimate security, it’s always a good idea to add a password to your Mac and ensure it’s active whenever your Mac goes to sleep. However, with the most secure passwords being complex to remember and input, sometimes it can be simpler to just log in automatically. Knock aims to make unlocking your Mac easier while keeping it secure. Pairing the two together with low-energy Bluetooth technology, the app runs in the background on your phone and, when you come to unlock your Mac, will respond to a knock to remove the need for a password. Because you almost always have your iPhone with you, it seems like the perfect tool to help you unlock your Mac quickly. Setup is incredibly simple; you’ll need to download a free ‘receiver’ app on the Mac in order for the two devices to recognise each other, but once you’ve got it, the two will link instantly. Prompts on the screen make everything simple to set up, and once it’s done you’re ready to go. On occasion the app took a little while to recognise that the Mac was ready and waiting to be unlocked, meaning we might as well have typed in our password. However, for the most part, the app connected instantly and a quick

double-tap on the screen immediately unlocked the Mac. The responsiveness turned out to be very impressive, with a knock very rarely failing to register. The interface is nice too. Once you’ve set it up, the app shows when your computer is ready to be unlocked. There are no menus or buttons; the only function is unlinking your Mac, which isn’t clearly denoted, so can be a confusing prospect. While it’s only compatible with a few Macs, Knock is a great way to save time and show off to your friends. It’s well worth a try for saving time and having a bit of fun. A time-saving app that makes good use of your iPhone to promote security, and works very neatly with only a few small issues for now. Definitely worth considering.

iPhone | iOS 7.0 | £2.49/$3.99 | v1.0.2

ABOVE: The app uses low-power Bluetooth, so no more worrying about a drop in battery life

ABOVE: You’ll be informed when Knock detects your Mac is ready to be unlocked using the app

HOW TO…

Link Knock with your Mac for fast unlocking

01 Download apps First, download the

app on your iPhone, then

get the accompanying app on your Mac.

02 Connect devices Follow the on-

screen instructions on

both devices to set up the two to connect.

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