Thousands of apps and games are added to the App Store each week, and trawling through them to find the good ones can be difficult. That’s where we come in! We’ve found two new titles in particular that we think are worthy of your attention, as well as a golden oldie that we reckon deserves another mention.
App of the Week
A powerful-looking translation app that lets you take a photo of any text, whether it be on a document, a website, a street sign or a mug, and have it translated into any language you like. It’ll also translate verbal communication, and has a full voice to voice conversation function. The only apparent hitch that we can see is that it seems rather expensive next to the free Google Translate, but then not everyone’s such a big fan of Google these days.
Game of the Week
Beat Hazard 2 [$5/£5]
It might have been a while since you last played an old school arcade shoot ’em up, but Beat Hazard 2 offers a major incentive to dip back into this intense genre. At first glance it’s regular spaceships-and-lasers stuff, but there’s a twist. The game lets you play your own music in the background, and then alters the ebb and flow of the action to fall in sync with the beat. Your favorite tunes will even influence the shape of the procedurally generated boss ships.
App Store Classic
Microsoft Teams [Free]
Many of us are using video calling software more than ever right now. FaceTime, WhatsApp and Skype have you covered on the personal one-to-one front, but video conferencing darling Zoom has been exposed as a potential security risk for businesses. (Note that on iPhone and iPad, those issues are minimal.) Microsoft Teams is a more than solid alternative, with a slick interface, end-to-end encryption, and a connected-up suite of collaboration features. You’ll need a paid Office 365 commercial subscription to use it, but that’s a matter for your IT department.