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22nd October 2011

Play Real Racing 2 wirelessly on your HD TV via AirPlay Mirroring

Thanks to iOS 5’s AirPlay Mirroring functionality, Real Racing 2 drivers can now stream their qualifying races or championship deciders wirelessly from an iPhone 4S to a HD TV in the front room. And with Party Play enabled, you and up to three fellow F1 aspirants can screech around Real Racing 2’s circuits in split-screen mode (using an iPhone 4S as host) on the aforementioned high-def television set.

Bolt Creative incorporates turn-based multiplayer gaming into Pocket God

Entitled I Sting the Body Electric, the 41st chapter in the long-running Pocket God saga is noteworthy for two reasons. Firstly, potential omnipotents can now explore a fresh underwater area, the Coral Reef, which is infested with dangerous jellyfish - hence, the chapter’s name. Secondly, gamers can take advantage of iOS 5’s baked-in turn-based multiplayer support to engage in Battle of the Gods skirmishes with random folk or friends / family.

Apple posts record fourth quarter revenue and earnings

Apple has released its fourth quarter FY11 financial figures, for the three months ending September 24, 2011. The Cupertino-based consumer electronics firm posted record fourth quarter revenue of $28.27 billion and net quarterly profit of $6.62 billion. During the financial results conference call, Apple revealed sales of 17.07 million iPhones and a record-shattering 11.12 million iPads this quarter.

Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with support for iOS 5

Apple’s iWork productivity suite for iOS comprises the word processing application Pages, the spreadsheet software Numbers, and the presentation program Keynote. In Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you can now store your documents in iCloud and keep them perfectly in sync across all of your iOS devices. Furthermore, you can use your voice to create and edit Pages documents by dictation (via Siri) on an iPhone 4S.

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Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

Scurrying past the rest of the competition to the top of the Qi leaderboard this week is Image and Form' Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense, a strategy title that currently holds a sweet 8.3 Qi rating.

Utilising the basic structure of a tower defence title, this bug-filled app sees you drawing pheromone trails with your finger in order to destroy ladybirds and drag their carcasses back to your abode for a spot of lunch.

Slide to Play praised its casual approach to strategic action: "While the game isn’t exactly a full-on RTS, it’s a nearly perfect compromise between casual fun and strategic action. Combine that with the superb presentation and Anthill is definitely worth the download."

Also shooting up the Quality Index chart this week is Chillingo's Pixel Ranger, a colourful shooter in which you take on the role of an 8-bit cowboy.

Instead of facing off against other gun-toting Wild West explorers, you'll be tackling over 70 alien-like enemies, each with different attack patterns.

148Apps considered Pixel Ranger to be one of the best games in its genre: "When it comes to sci-fi/western mash-up arcade games, I can’t think of a better example than Pixel Ranger. It’s just simply…endearing. And fun, of course."

A top-notch combo.

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