What’s hot? What’s trending? What’s coming out in the world of apps? Hard-core Apple are abuzz about the Grand Central Terminal store the company opened Friday morning, but when it comes to Apple products, software takes center stage too.
Before the new store opened, FoxNews.com got a special one-on-one app demo from Apple’s Michael Tchao, vice president of product development for the iPad.
Sneak peak alert: A soon-to-be released app by Namco Networks called Sky Gamblers is certain to entertain. Fly your way through an aerial battle using gesture control to navigate the airspace -- and the visuals in this game are unbelievable. The group has developed similar apps in the past but not nearly of such high resolution. Simply tap the gears and arrows to maneuver the skies. Be on the lookout for this one.
Jamie-Oliver 20 Minute Meals
No more sticky fingers on your cookbook ... or your iPad. Jamie-Oliver 20 Minute Meals has a cool new feature that uses voice commands to move from step to step. Sort through 60 different recipes to find what you are in the mood for or have the ingredients for. Once you get started, tap the voice-control button and start talking. Say “next” or “back” to proceed. Photos will also guide you through your cooking session.
Download Jamie-Oliver 20 Minute Meals: Apple iTunes.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Discover a new interactive world of reading with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Download the award-winning short film turned narrative for just $4.99. The experience allows adults and children alike to not only read the “Wizard of Oz” type story at their own pace but to make the animated characters swirl and twirl across the pages.
X is for X-Ray
Another story book-like app, X is for X-ray helps your kids learn the alphabet as well as the inner workings of 26 different everyday object representing each letter. For example, E is for Engine; swipe your finger across the engine image to reveal the guts of the actual machine. The final letter, Z is for zipper. And what's revealed when you unzip it? Your iPad of course!.
Download X is for X-Ray: Apple iTunes.
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Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model
Take hold of your very own spaceship and guide through the galaxy using Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model, for $2.99. Fly from planet to planet, observing all of the planets, inner structure, history of their exploration, points of interest, and so much more. The facts and details seem endless. The app works as your time machine through space: Satellites even give you real-time trajectories. And you can zoom in on a planet for a geography lesson.
Download Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model: Apple iTunes.
Beatbox like a rap star using just your iPad with MadPad HD. Upload any and all sounds from your everyday life then remix them into "soundboards" for $2.99. Get creative using sounds in conjunction with photos and videos to mix clips of your own sounds with other sets already included in the app.
Here's how it works:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
And just in time for the holidays, the Charlie Brown Christmas app is a classic for the whole family to enjoy. It’s the same seasonal story of the Peanuts gang trying to figure out the meaning of Christmas, but this app adds interactive features like playing Schroeder’s piano, finger painting, caroling, and decorating contests not to original narrative from 1965.