App week: iPad App Store has first softcore porn app

Every Saturday we round-up the week in mobile applications bringing you news of the biggest new releases across all major platforms and a host of reviews from T3's App Chart. Let's crack on...

iPad app news: Softcore porn avoids App Store censure
Is Apple about to relax its prude stance on sexual content on the App Store? US cable provider Cinemax launched its iPad app for subscribers this week, which includes its range of Max After Dark programming. The 'Skinemax' app offers shows like the Hills Have Thighs and Sin City Diaries. Is change in the air? Probably not.

Gaming apps don't threaten console titles
Popular smartphone games like Angry Birds to not pose a threat to console games according to the CEO of cloud-gaming service OnLive, which will launch in the UK later this year. "App-based games aren't a threat, I see it as very complimentary to the industry as tablet games are severely limited in what they can do," said Steve Perlman.

iPhone/Android app news: LinkedIn gets a big overhaul
Professional social network LinkedIn has revamped its mobile apps for iPhone and Android following a massive surge in smartphone users accessing the service. The network has now organised its functionality into four, main, easy-to-access segments. You can browse Updates, Inbox, your profile and your network by hitting the stacked cards icons on the application's homescreen.

Android app news: Dr Who travels through app stores
The BBC's most fabled doctor (even more famous than Charlie from Casualty) has crossed the great divide for his Android debut. BBC Worldwide has launched a simple port of the popular Dr. Who Mazes of Time iPhone game for Google smartphones. The app is free to download, but you can unlock over 100 levels with in-app purchases.

Windows app news: Windows 8 to have its own App Store
It was widely expected, but the Windows 8 team officially confirmed this week that the new tablet-friendly operating system from Microsoft will have its own App Store. The OS is expected to arrive in the spring of 2012 and will boast a rival to Apple's Mac App Store.

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APP REVIEWS FROM THE T3 APP CHART

iPad app review: KORG iMS-20
There are a host of fantastic apps for iPad that replicate the functionality of classic synths, well this one from KORG might just be the best. The £22.99 application brings the immense functionality of the original MS-20 to your iPad's touchscreen for a fraction of the price. Check out our KORG iMS-20 for iPad review

Android app reader: Mango Manga Reader
The definitive app for Manga fans, may not have the slickness of the Marvel and DC apps for Android, but there's masses of free content here that you can pull down to your Google-powered smartphones. Our reviewer says, "It's a little rough around the edges, but definitely worth a look."

iPhone app review: Ascendancy
We'll seen a lot of beloved classics from yesteryear arrive on the App Store, some with more success than others. In the case of mid-90s favourite, it might have been better left dead. Read our Ascendancy for iPhone review to find out why.

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