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Today's Best Apps: Straight 8 And JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience

Today's Best Apps: Straight 8 And JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience

September 11, 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


straight 8 by Widebeam Digital Ltd. (Free, 28.7 MB): This camcorder app by a group of old school-style filmmakers takes their Super-8-style short movie competition into the digital age. Attempting to stay as true to the physical 8 mm film cameras as possible, the app has a three minute time limit for an entire project plus offers a wide collection of enhancements, adjustments, and filter effects, such as Sepia, night vision, saturation, pixellate, and tint bleaching. Known as "kits" because they can be combined and customized in intensity, each one may be added before a shot is started but not during or afterwards. In fact, no shot can be edited, only saved or discarded before moving on, which provides the challenging fun behind the activity. For assistance during recording, the app does feature a torch (LED) button and a full status panel with readouts for elapsed and remaining film time, device storage and battery levels, active feature reminders, as well as performance alarms for things like an unsatisfactory frames per second processing rate. Once you've finished recording the scenes, it's time to move onto audio editing. The sound editor allows removing selected audio from scenes and adding a music track, if desired. Completed projects are named and credited, then may be published to the Straight 8 community library and popular video compatible social networks. The five Pro Kits are available in packs priced at $0.99 each.

Marvel's Iron Man 3 - JARVIS: A Second Screen Experience by Marvel Entertainment (Free, 131.4 MB): Even if you don't have your own Iron Man suit, you can still feel like the extremely successful engineering mastermind Tony Stark with this portable version of J.A.R.V.I.S. Based on the Stark's talented butler Edwin Jarvis, the Just a Rather Very Intelligent System is politely helpful with a multitude of tasks, such as reporting the current weather details in your area and setting a reminder alarm. If you have Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray, the AI can also control playback and unlock special items within the app through image and other identifications. The app features push-button voice recognition, vector-based user interface list of verbal commands, unlockable suit designs, Facebook integration, plus links to downloadable bonus content (wallpapers, etc).

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