New iPhone apps worth downloading: TiVo update, Option Chain, Star Trek Rivals

May 21, 2013

Get your DVR in order and control it from wherever you are with the updated TiVo app for iPad. The latest update makes it easier for you to find new content on your TV worth watching. Following that is Option Chain, a financial app designed to bring up-to-the-second market data to users, wherever they are. Finally, Star Trek Rivals turns the world of the new Star Trek films into a collectible card game and lets you challenge other fans in duels.

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TiVo update (iPad) (Free)

What’s it about? TiVo brings full control of the DVR system to its users on their iPads, allowing for recording programming, using your iPad as a remote and more.

What’s cool? The TiVo iPad app basically turns your tablet into a full remote for your TiVo in an instant, giving you all the control you could need for the DVR from just about anywhere. The handiest feature is probably the ability to program the device to record stuff even if you’re not at home, but TiVo also supports using your iPad as a remote control, browsing through all your recorded stuff, viewing TV listings and more. In its latest update, the app adds the “What to Watch Now” feature that helps you find something worth your attention from multiple “feeds” like sports, kids and movies.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a TiVo subscriber and an iPad owner, you should have this app

What’s it like? Get some similar functionality for other DVRs from Verizon FIOS Mobile and TWC TV.

Option Chain (Free)

What’s it about? Market analysis app Option Chain brings you information about the stock market, making it easier to make informed trades.

What’s cool? Option Chain provides up-to-the-second stock market data on your iOS devices, providing everything you might need to know in order to make trades throughout the day on your favorite stocks. You can search for ticker symbols and instantly get data on them, and with the app’s various subscription services, you can keep updated on changing prices. Option Chain also supports multiple devices, so you can keep your bookmarks and other saved information on your iPhone or iPad and use the app interchangeably.

Who’s it for? Option Chain is geared toward investors and others working in the stock market who need information updated frequently.

What’s it like? You can get more useful information from Dividend Predictor and TeleTRADE Analytics.

Star Trek Rivals (Free)

What’s it about? Star Trek Rivals creates a collectible card game out of Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, the two new films in the Trek franchise.

What’s cool? Drawing on characters from the JJ Abrams Star Trek films, Star Trek Rivals tasks players with building decks of cards and using them to defeat other players. There are more than 100 cards based on characters and other elements from the films, and you can use them to take on your friends in multiplayer battles, or to challenge other random players from around the world. The more you play, the more credits you earn, which can be traded for new decks and upgraded cards that are more useful and powerful.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a fan Star Trek and card battle games, you’re all set with Star Trek Rivals.

What’s it like? Check out Shadow Era TCG and War of the Fallen for more card-based strategy titles.

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