Every week, the editors and writers at iMore carefully select some of our favorite, most useful, most extraordinary apps. This week’s selections include a war game, a videography app, a classic board game, and a popular twitter client for Mac.
Sky Gamblers – Storm Raiders – Peter Cohen
World War II air combat on the Mac – dogfighting in the skies above Pearl Harbor, Midway, France and more. Fly historic planes with cross-platform multiplayer, Game Center and iCloud support. If you’ve played the game on your iOS device, you know what to expect. But Atypical Games has reworked Sky Gamblers – Storm Raiders to work on the Mac, which makes it an even more fun game on a bigger screen.
The game costs a paltry 99 cents to download, but content like new planes and weapons come at a price – in-app purchases for a couple of bucks here and there. Still, lots of fun to play and not a lot of coin to make it happen.
- .99 – Download now
Luma Camera – Rene Ritchie
While I was at BlackBerry Live — or was it iMore live? — one of the developers in attendance came over and showed me Luma Camera for iPhone. It’s a video shooting app that offers filters both real-time and for post-processing, as well as optional HD video storage space via their website. The most interesting feature, however, is the image stabilization. Real optical image stabilization requires hardware, but Luma does a respectable job using the iPhones built in sensors and it’s powerful graphics processing capabilities.
I haven’t had much of a chance to play around with it yet, but it looks like fun. If you try it, let me know what you think!
- Free – Download now
Ticket to Ride Online – Richard Devine
I must confess to being an avid fan of the Geek and Sundry YouTube Show, TableTop starring Wil Wheaton. It’s via that show I first became aware of the board game Ticket to Ride, and now I’ve found and begun playing the Mac version — Ticket to Ride Online
I’ve never played the board game, but the Mac version is a beautifully colourful recreation of the original, and follows the rules to the letter. You choose a series of routes, and the objective is to lay trains on as many of those routes as possible before the game is up. The longest routes get an extra reward at the end, and incomplete routes loses points. It’s really simple to pick up and play, and there’s a comprehensive tutorial game to help you get to grips with the gameplay.
In-App purchases are available to extend the game boards, with new ones available for Europe, another USA board and for Switzerland. And, the online play supports competing against other Mac, PC, and iPad players. I’ve not tried out the iPad version just yet, but you’ll find a link for that too below.
Tweetbot for Mac – Ally Kazmucha
There are a wealth of amazing Twitter clients for iOS but when it comes to Mac, there are less to choose from. While I tend to use Twitterrific on my iPhone and iPad, I’ve never really liked the feel of it on Mac. Tweetbot is my second favorite for iOS and when they released a Mac client a while back, it definitely didn’t disappoint.
The price point is quite a bit higher than other Twitter offerings in the Mac App Store but honestly, it’s the best available, hands down. If you want the iOS Tweetbot experience on your Mac, there really is no other option.
- .99 – Download Now
Now that we’ve chosen our favorites for the week, we want to hear yours! Did you pick up a killer app, accessory, or game this week? Let us know in the comments below!
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Google’s Nexus Q media streamer was short-lived, and canceled shortly after being revealed at last years Google I/O event. With no word on a replacement at this years show, we’re now seeing its successor hit the FCC. A new Google device branded as H840 DEVICE has cleared the FCC this week (product code H2G2-42, an apparent play on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and it has our interest piqued.
The listing doesn’t reveal tons of details, but mentions that this new device “functions as a media player” among other things. The FCC listing is being backed and protected by a confidentiality report, so we’re stuck with very little details, for now.
Unlike many device that clear the FCC, this wasn’t sent through with any test photos, or they are being withheld from our site, so all we have is the picture you see above. It certainly has Google all over it, mentions media player, and us currently under testing by the FCC. As you all know a new Nexus Q wasn’t announced this year at Google I/O, but neither was a new Nexus phone or a new version of Android. It still could be coming though.
Google could be preparing to announce a new Nexus Q type media device, as well as the rumored Android 4.3 and white Nexus 4 on June 10th. At least according to multiple tips, leaks, and reports. Details from Droid-Life state this device could be codenamed “Wolfie” and be Google’s answer to the Nexus Q and the OUYA game-console in one. This new H840 could be tied into Google Games, and double as a media streamer, among other things.
Personally, we feel Google needs a device that does Google TV, Games, and streaming all in one. Now that would make more sense. Google announced a new music-streaming service at I/O this year, Google Music All Access, now we just need this new media streamer to go along with it to rock out our living rooms. Stay tuned for more details.
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If you own a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion and either a second or third generation Apple TV, you have the ability to display content from your Mac on your TV wirelessly with AirPlay Mirroring. If you are familiar with how AirPlay works for iOS with display mirroring, it’s very similar.
If you’ve never used AirPlay on your Mac before, follow along and we’ll show you how.
The content on your Mac screen will now automatically be shown on your TV screen.