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App Wrap: 'Parallels Access,' 'Goldee'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Parallels Access

It's been one of the real sticking points for lots of business people hoping to use their iPad as a laptop replacement: the inability to use Microsoft Office. Well, the solution, or at least a solution, may have arrived.

"Parallels Access" is specifically made for the iPad so that users can access software that's sitting on their PC or Mac on their iPad. But it's the way it's all done that might be particularly appealing to people. All those desktop apps show up optimized to work on the iPad. In other words, they fill the screen and can be manipulated and used just as any iPad app would.

"Parallels Access" is priced at about $80 a year to use with one computer, though there is a sale at the moment at around $50 for the year.


Isn't is nice when you buy a product, and then, a few months, weeks, maybe even days later, it can do even more than you originally thought? Well, that was always the plan with Philips Hue lights, LED bulbs you just screw in and then control, even change the color, using your mobile device.

Philips left the software open so that anyone could create new apps for the bulbs, and "Goldee" is one of the first such examples. It offers what it calls "Dynamic Light Scenes." Developers say in nature light rarely stays one color or intensity very long, so it wants to use these bulbs to do the same.

In order to do that, it brought in artists to create lighting scenarios based on inspirational scenes from nature. So, for example, with sunrise, the lights will change to mimic a sunrise. Night in Paris offers up a multicolor scene, and so on. Right now, there are 10 scenes, but developers say they're working on a library so that eventually, you'll have hundreds to choose from.

"Goldee" is a free app for iOS devices. A Philips Hue start pack goes for around $200. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP