A weekly grouping of apps which have grabbed our consideration
Laborious to consider that we’re already taking a look on the finish of September, however now we have room for one remaining Apps of the Week column prior to we finish the month. As all the time, we use this weekly publish to focus on a bunch of apps from the Android Significant writers which have became out to be enjoyable, helpful or simply fascinating bits of cellular device.
This week we now have a gentle grouping of instruments, video games and different odds and ends in your enjoyment. Stick round after the spoil and notice how this week’s picks stack up.
Casey Rendon – WiFi Mouse
The opposite day I wanted to review and take notes on just a few Powerpoint slides, so I determined to take over the dwelling tv and make it my large laptop display. The one downside was once, my HDMI cable did not attain the sofa, so I wanted to be able to remotely keep an eye on my computer. After a couple of minutes of shopping the Play Retailer, I discovered WiFi Mouse. One Android app set up and one fast and simple laptop app set up later, all I needed to do used to be faucet the “auto join” button and I was once up and operating. My Nexus 7 become a trackpad that used to be related by means of my house WiFi community. There may be even a scroll wheel in portrait mode, in addition to the flexibility to make use of the Android keyboard for typing. I was once additionally ready to scroll the usage of two finger gestures and transfer home windows and icons the use of three fingers. All these options have been incorporated within the free model that I downloaded, which met my wants completely. For people who need further options like hotkeys, devoted decrease/maximize/shut buttons, and an in-app keyboard, there’s a paid model on hand for $ 2.ninety nine.
Obtain: WiFi Mouse (Free)
Chris Parsons – Pocket Ninjas
I know, the whole Fruit Ninja style of games is kind of old but this one is too cool to pass up considering it comes free. Pocket Ninjas takes the old genre and mixes it up a bit in a fun way with some great graphics. Slice and dice through waves and waves of enemies while collecting points and gold with the tip of your sword. The game arrives with 4 arenas each with 3 game play modes though, you might want to keep this one away from the kiddies — it does get a bit bloody.
Download: Pocket Ninjas (Free)
Andrew Martonik – Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop
Many of us have used a remote desktop program for computer-to-computer communication and virtualization, but Splashtop 2 is leading the way in terms of mobile-to-computer virtual desktop use. If you have the need to access your desktop (or laptop) computer from your tablet, Splashtop 2 can do it seamlessly and for free if you’re fine sticking to the same Wifi network for both devices. You get a pretty intuitive set of controls that help translate your taps and pokes on the touch screen into clicks and scrolls on the computer, and once you get used to it, it can be a very power tool.
If you have the need to roam outside of the house and access your computer from over mobile data, Splashtop offers monthly or yearly access plans that can help you accomplish that as well. This isn’t the sort of tool that everything has the need for, but sometimes its a fun tool to play around with.
Download: Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop (Free)
Jerry Hildenbrand – Polarbear (beta)
If you’re a member of multiple social networks, you know how handy it would be to have one app that will post to any or all of them at once. I’m participating in the beta test for Polarbear, which can do just that.
You connect the Polarbear app to your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Blogger and App.net accounts, then you’re able to fire off a post and send it to any combination of them at once. The beta is going pretty smoothly, and the developer is quick to respond and interact with the testers. It’s almost ready for prime time.
If you want to give this one a try (it’s free) all you need to do is join the Polarbear beta community on Google+ through the link below.
Richard Devine – Transit App
My first trip to New York City is almost upon me, and as is traditional when I go somewhere new, I’m loading up my devices with as many travel apps as possible. The Transit App is one of those. Much loved on iOS for a long old while, it made the jump to Android back in July. Real time public transport schedules, routing options and always up-to-date data are a big bonus, especially for someone entering into the unknown. And it’s free, which is the other great thing about it.
Download: Transit App (Free)