The Week in iOS Apps: Plex offers live TV on iOS

This week's roundup features live TV, another new Zen app, beautiful games, and more.

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Live TV on your iPad? Plex goes there.

This week’s roundup features live TV, another new Zen app, beautiful games, and more. Read on!



Plex (free, iPhone and iPad) has long let you access your videos, music, and photos from nearly any device. Now, the app has added a live tv option—starting at $5 a month—allowing you to watch and record high definition, over-the-air television broadcasts using a digital tuner and antenna. It’s good for your mobile iOS devices or Apple TV.



Clarity (free, iPhone) is a wallpaper editor, letting you create homescreens and lock screens with a little more flair. The app helps you edit your pics so that time, date, and icons are legible, depending on the screen you’re viewing. You can add frosted glass effects, or pick from 200 color gradients to get just the effect you like.

Farming Simulator 18

Farming Simulator 18

Farming Simulator 18 ($5, iPhone and iPad) lets you simulate farm life—planting crops, breeding pigs, hauling wood, and more. If you hit hard times, though, there’s no Virtual Willie Nelson to run a cyber-benefit concert to save your farm.



Here’s the latest in the crowded category of Zen apps: Meditapes (free with in-app purchases, iPhone) lets you create relaxing audio loops using “sound packs” of sounds made by musicians using real instruments. Need five minutes? How about an hour? You can customize your Meditapes to run however long it takes you to achieve bliss.

Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2 ($5, iPhone and iPad) is getting a real push from Apple in the App Store. “Guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry.” And yes, it’s pretty to look at.



Slicing (free, in-app purchases, iPhone and iPad) is one of the simplest iOS games that can exist: When a white square appears, you tap on the screen to try and slice it. When a black square appears, you let it go. Speed, reflexes, and nerves of steel will help you accumulate points.



TidBit (free, iPhone) is basically a social network for foodies. You create a network of like-minded family and friends to pick and share your favorite dishes and restaurants, helping you to discover new wonders and stay in touch with old favorites.



Watchlist ($3, iPhone) lets you make a (natch) watchlist of the movies on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix—making one list to rule all your Saturday-night entertainment options instead of a separate one for each. You can save from movie pages in Safari directly to the app, then double-tap a movie to mark it “watched” when done.

Tiny Trees

Others of note

Yoga Studio has updated with new meditations—and a new subscription pricing plan … Tiny Trees (pictured) teaches your children to care for alien plant life … Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire is a game about a wealthy, but wacky, cab driver.

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