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PLANET OF THE APPS: 11TH OCTOBER 2011

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Jon Teamlaverne Jon Teamlaverne | 15:14 UK time, Monday, 10 October 2011

After a week away, App guru Stuart Dredge returns with news, and these reviews...

 

Cars 2 AppMates (iPad)

Disney has released a new app designed to work with toy cars in the real world. You literally drive them around your iPad screen to interact with the virtual Radiator Springs, chatting to characters, having races and even tipping over tractors.

 

It's out for the iPad 2 (with an iPad 1 version to come), and the app is free but the cars cost £12.99. Disney is planning to do more of these 'Appmates' apps for its other movies too.

 

London Unfurled (iPad)

This iPad app is based on the book of the same name. Artist Matteo Pericoli travelled along the north and south banks of the Thames, sketching pen'n'ink drawings as he went of all the riverside buildings.

 

This app lets you follow that journey, zooming in and tapping on famous places to read all about them - with audio courtesy of Will Self and Iain Sinclair.

 

Tap! The Magazine (iPad)

Tap is, literally, a magazine about the iPad, which you read on the iPad, and which is even made with... an iPad. Released by UK company Future, it has reviews, features and tips on apps, but the interesting thing is that it's actually created on an iPad rather than traditional desktop publishing software.

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