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Today's Best Apps: Space Guard, Air Video HD And DeskConnect

Today's Best Apps: Space Guard, Air Video HD And DeskConnect

August 31, 2013
The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


DeskConnect by DeskConnect (Free, 6.5 MB): If you're still moving along with older versions of Apple OSs or haven't joined iCloud, this handy utility can provide some of that new age cross device usage convenience. For example, you may have heard of iCloud Tabs, which allows a person to quickly access the URL of a page being displayed on a different device. Or another possibility, you've received a long code or otherwise important text, for a website and the page doesn't load on your iPhone or iPad. Rather than doing the manual copy method of look and type, launch DeskConnect and send the data right to your computer through a few simple taps. Documents, music, videos, and images are synchronized in a similar fashion. Indeed, the activity isn't automated like Apple's own services, however, there's still the possibility of a big time saver here. DeskConnect requires registering for a free account and the installation of the OS X client.


Air Video HD by InMethod s.r.o. ($2.99, 3.9 MB): Whether you're someone who still needs a quality remote video access solution or a current fan of Air Video, this successor to the already acclaimed video streamer, player, and converter provides features you may not want to miss. Foremost, the user interface has been revamped to include a sleek black finish and a minimalistic playback control appearance, history access, as well as gallery view, an alternate browsing mode optimized for iPad. Realistically, that shouldn't be enough to warrant the release of a whole new app, and it wasn't. In addition, InMethod has upgraded the conversion engine to support more of a videos original quality and elements, such as H.264's audio passthrough functionality for better surround sound performance when connected to a TV and soft subtitles, plus expanded its reach. Specifically, downloads are now transcoded during the transfer rather than before, just like what was already done for streaming playback. Alongside the iOS app, you'll also need to replace the previous Air Video Server with Air Video Server HD to complete the new setup and utilize the enhanced capabilities.


Space Guard by RT Development, Ralf Hasemann Software ($1.99, 66.5 MB): This action-arcade game reintroduces Asteroids to your entertainment zone, though not before applying a few enhancements. In the strictly improvement category, there's an upgrade from 2-D to 3-D and achievements to go alongside the global leaderboards, plus the deployment of shields and aggressive enemy ships, elements similar to those of Asteroids Deluxe. However, multiplayer capability will likely amaze you the most, especially because of the many ways to approach it. With just an iPad, you can challenge anyone on Game Center to a match or do a head-to-head-style tabletop face off against a local foe. If you both have an iPad, create a bluetooth connection, then sit back and battle in comfort. For the ultimate setup, gather an iPad, two iPhones / iPod touchs, and install the companion app. Now, the experience becomes console-like as each handheld acts as a wireless controller, keeping the main viewing screen clear of unnecessary clutter.

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