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Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android: 123D Creature, Auryn Ink, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week's highlights include software for creating your own 3D creatures on iPad and the arrival of watercolour painting application Auryn Ink on Google Play.

iOS

'Kickstarter for iPhone' screenshot

'Kickstarter for iPhone' screenshot

Kickstarter for iPhone
Price: Free
Publisher: Kickstarter
Crowd-sourcing service Kickstarter has proven to be nothing short of a phenomenon since it launched in 2009, helping creative individuals get all kinds of ventures off the ground. The Pebble Smartwatch, the Ouya Android console and sequels to the classic video games Wastelands and Elite are just a few of the great success stories we've had so far.

It was only a matter of time before Kickstarter companion apps were rolled out, and the iOS edition comes with all of the features you would expect. Users can browse a list of current projects or monitor their own on the go, so it's pretty much an essential download for anyone with an active account on the service.

'Versu' screenshot

'Versu' screenshot

Versu
Price: Free
Publisher: Linden Lab
Anyone old enough to remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that were popular in the '80s and '90s will no doubt feel a pang of nostalgia when delving into Versu, an iterative fiction experience for iPad.

Developed by Second Life creators Liden Lab, the application comes with two stories - 'The Unwelcome Proposal' and 'The House on the Cliff' - that readers can influence by making decisions at various junctures. An additional adventure is available to purchase via an in-app transaction and more premium content is expected to be added in the future. In short, it's Choose Your Own Adventure for the 21st Century.

'123D Creature' screenshot

'123D Creature' screenshot

123D Creature
Price: £5.49
Publisher: Autodesk
Designing your own creature and having it printed off as a 3D model might sound like a concept straight out of a science fiction movie, but iPad owners can do just that with Autodesk's 123D Creatures app.

Built using technology previously only available to professional 3D artists, 123D creatures offers users a range of tools to put together some weird and wacky creations. These designs can be exported as an image file or a 3D model - but if, like most of the world's population, you don't own a 3D printer you can order a 3D print out of your monster within the app.

Android

'NewsWhip' screenshot

'NewsWhip' screenshot

NewsWhip
Price: Free
Publisher: NewsWhip Media
There are plenty of news aggregation services out there, and NewsWhip is up there with the very finest. Promising to deliver "the world's best stories, according to the world", this informative application scans a billion Facebook and Twitter accounts to seek out the most-shared stories in cyber space.

NewsWhip includes filters for politics, gossip, tech, fun, music, movies, gaming, startups, health, food and sports, and lets users view trending articles by territory. The 'My Whips' feature keeps track of users' areas of interest to make future browsing that bit more convenient.

'NFC by Moo' screenshot

'NFC by Moo' screenshot

NFC by Moo
Price: Free
Publisher: Moo Print
NFC technology doesn't see too much day-to-day use at present, but that could be about to change for the tech-savvy businessmen among us thanks to this new application from Moo Print.

NFC by Moo is a means of reading and composing NFC-enabled business cards or tags, sharing information such as web links, maps or social networking profiles. The app itself is thoroughly well designed and intuitive to use, so the only drawback is that you have to shell out on a stack of Moo business cards.

'Auryn Ink' screenshot

'Auryn Ink' screenshot

Auryn Ink
Price: 62p
Publisher: Auryn
Watercolour painting software Auryn Ink garnered widespread acclaim when it was released for iPad in 2010, and now Android tablet owners with a penchant for art have the chance to find out what all the fuss is about.

Auryn Ink does its utmost to simulate real-life watercolour painting, right down to the finest detail. Budding artists can customise their pallets and brushes, choose between a variety of canvases, and export and share their creations once they are completed. With a clear and easy user interface, watching paint dry has never been so enthralling.

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