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Apps World highlights Yplan, Bubblepix and more

Some of the more interesting diversions, live from Earls Court
Tue Oct 22 2013, 16:06

RETURNING TO LONDON, Apps World has made it's annual pilgrimage to Europe with a two day residency at the Earls Court exhibition centre.

Among the keynote speakers this year are EA stalwart Trip Hawkins and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniack. They share the venue with hackathons, panels, and oodles of eager app companies that can't wait to throw leaflets, stress balls and come-ons at anyone who gets within range of their stands.

Here are a few of the more interesting, weird, wonderful and downright strange things we've picked up on at Apps World.

Yplan, the "going out" app that has been endorsed by His Stephen Fry-ness, launched on Android today. The curated events app allows users to pick up tickets to undersold events for the night, and book tickets in one click. The enthusiastic girl demonstrating it to us came somewhat unstuck when, as she was showing us how simple it was, she accidentally booked herself two tickets to see Peter Gabriel.

Bubblepix has been around for a while now, but is gaining traction with apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The attachment for your camera converts it into a 360 panorama lens that records video in all directions simultaneously, giving viewers the chance to change their viewpoint as they go. Because the device requires a case the number of handsets supported is limited, but there are plans afoot for 3D printable cases to allow a wider range of handsets to join in the fun.

Wordstop is the most refreshing gaming app we've seen so far today. The object is to avoid extending words in a way that will leave your opponent no choice but to complete them. A nice twist, akin to the game "Cheddar Gorge" on Radio 4's "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue". But with smartphones instead of aging comedians.

And finally, see the picture above. Because it isn't an exhibition unless some poor sod has to sweat the day away in a company mascot costume. µ


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