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Mobile apps round-up: Music Studio, Cloud SMS, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week we feature the musician-centric iOS service Music Studio, The Big Issue's move into the digital sector, and Windows 8-esque multi-tasking software for Android tablets.

iOS

'Music Studio' screenshot
Music Studio
Price: £10.49
Publisher: Alexander Gross
Musicians both budding and established have been making use of iOS devices since the dawn of the mobile operating system, and Music Studio has all of their production needs covered. This award-winning application is backed by a user-friendly interface and offers the kind of sound quality you won't usually find outside of desktop hardware.

The newly-released Version 2.1 comes loaded with bonus features, including a sampler and background audio, as well as Dropbox support and other additional sharing options. Music Studio might come with a premium price tag, but there's a Lite version available for free, so users can try before they buy.

'Actions for iPad' screenshot
Actions for iPad
Price: £1.99
Publisher: Beautyfool
Actions for iPad is the latest in a long line of applications that transforms your tablet into a customisable remote control for your PC or Mac. The Beautyfool-developed software aims to simplify human-computer interaction with an engaging interface that can be tailored to the user's needs.

Users can mould the app's layout according to personal preference. Those who require only the most basic commands, such as copy and paste, can set up a stripped-down interface, while users with more sophisticated needs can assign a range of functions to the vast array of colour-coded icons on offer.

'The Big Issue' screenshot
The Big Issue
Price: Free
Publisher: Dennis Publishing
In a move that some have called controversial, Dennis Publishing has taken The Big Issue into the digital world with the release of a universal app for iPhone and iPad. The magazine, traditionally sold by Britain's homeless and vulnerably housed, features articles on showbiz, sport and business, with contributions from numerous celebrities from each field.

Critics claim that launching a digital edition of the publication could have a detrimental impact on street vendors, but the publisher insists that the absence of printing costs means more of the proceeds from each digital copy sold will go into a central pot for supporting the homeless. Individual issues of the magazine are available for £2.49 via in-app purchase.

Android

'Cloud SMS' screenshot
Cloud SMS
Price: 79p
Publisher: Wess Bechard
Cloud SMS enables users to send and receive SMS messages from their Android tablet. Once this application is installed on both your smartphone and your slate, you'll no longer have to switch between devices when somebody gets in touch via text.

The software has a similar look and feel to the stock Android Messaging service and has been built with simplicity in mind. Cloud SMS works over the internet, transmitting messages over HTTPS with a high level of encryption, security and privacy.

'GAME Mobile App' screenshot
GAME Reward Mobile App
Price: Free
Publisher: GAME Retail Limited
The increasing profitability of online retail might be slowly killing high street video game retailers like GAME, but that hasn't stopped the company from embracing digital. The GAME Reward Mobile App serves as a replacement for the GAME Reward and Gamestation Elite cards, and comes with a few added bonuses.

Additional features include a store locator and gamer tag syncing, which the retailer will use to reward customers for their gaming achievements at some point in the future. Users can also update their personal details easily, eliminating the hassle of informing your local store should you ever change address.

'Multiscreen Multitasking' screenshot
Multiscreen Multitasking
Price: 99p
Publisher: NQR Productions
You don't have to be running the latest version of Windows for that Minority Report-esque experience. Multiscreen Multitasking allows Android users to run an array of programmes simultaneously in resizeable and moveable titles, so you can chat on Facebook while watching a movie, or peruse Google Maps while trawling through a text document.

Bonus features include built-in music and video players, a doodling pad and customisable backgrounds. Up to three browsers and two editors can be displayed on screen at once, and the service is constantly being built on with downloadable updates.

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