iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mixel for iPhone Review – Produce Great Collage as Long as You Want to Share! Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:48:27 +0000 Read More]]> Mixel for iPhone Review 3

Having the ability to take a good photo is one thing, being able to present it in an interesting way is a whole other thing, especially when you have lots of pictures that you want to display. This is where Mixel for iPhone comes in.

If you recognise the name then you may have used Mixel when it was available as a social collaging app on the iPad. However, as that app died, this app has cropped up and is already flying high in the App Store charts.

Mixel for iPhone Review 5The social aspect of Mixel is still there, in fact you can’t even create a collage without first signing in either with your Facebook or Twitter account, if you don’t have either of those then you can stop right here!

Once you have signed in you can select to follow or invite your friends and choose other users to users to follow too. This provides an Instagram style photo stream of Mixels that the people that you follow have created. This adds additional functionality to your Mixels as you can add to your friends Mixels.

The first thing you’ll want to do is create your own Mixel, this is easy to do, click the large plus in the middle of the task bar and you’ll be ready to start getting creative. Your first job is to select some pictures. If you’ve linked your Facebook and Instagram accounts you’ll be able to select pictures that you’ve posted to both of them as well as from your camera roll and photo stream if you have one.

Once you’ve selected your pictures they will be automatically imported into a collage and at that point you may decide that you are finished. However, if you want to you can start tweaking the design by shuffling the placement, zooming and moving the individual pictures.

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You can also choose between 6 different styles. These styles controls the borders and and overall theme of the collection and can add a whole new perspective to your work. The results can be pretty impressive too regardless of whether you decide to just go with the default selections or micro-manage each individual picture.

Completing your Mixel will post it to your Mixel timeline so that your followers can view your creativity, once there you can choose to share it via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as your Photo Stream.

Mixel’s from people that you follow can be expanded on. If you all go to the same event or place, or just a shared theme of pictures you can extend someone else Mixel by adding to the existing one. This is especially fun if you have a bunch of friends all using Mixel.

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For style and ease of use Mixel rates highly as do the results. The reliance on social media integration and the fact that you have to post your work to your Mixel timeline to complete your work seems a little over the top.

That being said if you don’t mind the social media integration then Mixel for iPhone is a great way to add a new perspective to your pictures and is Free.

[rating: 3.5/5]

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]]> 0 London 2012 – The Olympics on Your iPhone and iPad Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:41:08 +0000 Read More]]>

The London 2012 Olympics are under one week away now and if you’re not able to take the time off of work and sit down to watch 1,000’s of hours worth of sport spread over the two weeks then you may want to look into some of the iPhone and iPad offerings that are available to you to consume the games while you are out and about.

London 2012: Official Results App for the Olympics and Paralympics Games (Free)

First up is the official results app which is a free app for both the iPhone and iPad which will enable you to keep track all the events as they happen.

The schedule page promises to keep you up to date with what’s happening and when including what’s coming up next. If you have a specific sport that you want to follow you can to and even set yourself reminders to be alerted before they start.

Full medal stats will be available here too and you can view the overall count, individuals and by specific sports. Also included is an extensive athlete database where you can view your favorite athletes, although if you are a fan of some of the smaller countries their teams are not currently updated, hopefully this will get updated. [App Store]

London 2012: Official Mobile Game (Free/$2.99)

If you are more interested in competing, virtually, in some of the games yourself then the Official Mobile game may be for you. There are two versions of the the game a free version that allows you to progress using in-app purchase of a paid version where stars and stamina are pre-included, although you may still need to purchase more.

9 events are covered and as with many games of this type a combination of repeated tapping and timing is required to succeed in all of the events. You build up your athletes stats across 6 different categories and these in turn help improve your athletes results.

The game is fun and has its own built social aspect so that you can compare your best results with your friends, however it doesn’t use GameCenter so you’ll have to find and add your friends again.

The London 2012 Offical Mobile Game can be a little sluggish at times and the use of stamina will prevent you from playing the game as much as you would like, unless you are willing to purchase more via in-app purchase. [App Store]

London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympics and Paralympic Games (Free)

If you are one of the lucky ones that will be attending the London 2012 games then the London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympics and Paralympic Games app for the iPhone and iPad is a companion app for you.

This app will show you what is going on and where and not only includes the sports but also other events that are taking place in each area for when you aren’t watching the sports.

There is a lot of information in this app including information of travelling, safety, tickets and much more. If you’re going to be in and around London for the 2012 Olympics then this is a must have app. [App Store]

2012 Team USA Road to the London Olympics (Free)

For our readers that want to follow Team USA you have an app just for you. 2012 Team USA Road to the London Olympics for the iPhone and iPad is the one stop shop for everything you need to know about your athletes.

With a frequently updated news stream you’ll always be up to date with what’s going on in all the sports that Team USA are taking part in helping you to keep you patriotic fever at a maximum level at all times.

The app is a little sluggish due to the frequent refreshing of data but the benefit of that is that it’s always up to date. You have access to the Team USA shop and in-depth biographies of all the athletes. [App Store]

NBC Olympics & NBC Olympics Live Extra (Free)

Talking of the USA, if you are in the USA then NBC and their family of TV stations will be televising the London 2012 Olympics and they have a couple of apps for you to consume their coverage.

NBC Olympics is a app for everything about the olympics and including news, videos, photos, athletes and sports with a USA focus. There’s no live coverage in this app though, for live coverage you need to use the separate NBC Olympics Live Extra app.

The NBC Olympics Live Extra app allows you to watch the the events as they happen providing that you have cable or satellite at your home which includes the NBC family of channels.

Only time will tell how well the the app works when the live events start but one of the great looking features is the ability to set reminders to the live events so that you won’t miss out on them wherever you are especially as the video will stream over the cellular network but will obviously use a lot of data! [App Store]

BBC Olympics (Free)

For those of you in the UK you can download the BBC app which will include up to 24 live video streams of all the events as well as news, live text updates and details on all the sports.

The app is beautifully presented but at this moment is only available for the iPhone and not the iPad which considering that it includes live video streams is a little disappointing.

No separate TV subscription is required for this app but you will need to be based in the UK to watch the live streaming. [App Store]

SportsStars – Athletes to Watch for London 2012 ($0.99)

If you want to enjoy the London 2012 Olympics along with the sports stars themselves then SportsStars is the app for you as it contains all of the social savvy athletes who are active of Facebook or Twitter.

As well as direct links to their social pages you can also view current news on each specific athlete and view the timetables for their events so that you know when to tune in to watch them. However, with around only 40 of the athletes being included in the app there’s no guarantee that your favorite athlete is going to be included. [App Store]

Reuters Olympics London 2012

There are many iconic moments that happen in global events and the full impact of these moments can’t always be fully appreciated in video. However, photojournalists continue capture beautiful moments which can speak a 1000 words.

The Reuters Olympics London 2012 app collates these pictures into a single application for the iPad which groups these photographs by day and event and is visually stunning.

The pictures also have additional information alongside them and can also be shared via your social networks. [App Store]


It’s no surprise that there are multiple ways to get involved with the London 2012 Olympics and with this handful of iPhone and iPad apps you are never going to be too far away from the action.

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]]> 3 Replace Your Stock iPhone Camera App With Wood Camera – Review Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:06:23 +0000 Read More]]> When Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion recently the questions were about why and how much and it was easily argued that it was about the user base rather than the technology.

That’s not to say that Instagram isn’t a great app, it is, but there are better apps out there and Wood Camera for iPhone is certainly one of them, do read on though and I’ll tell you why.

Lenses are one of the main things users of camera apps like to use and Wood Camera has 23 of these, they’re your standard lenses but something that is unique about them is the ability to take pictures with the filter enabled. This can save you a lot of time if you have a lot of pictures that you want to take and add lens effects too.

Applying filters is just one of many adjustments that you can make to your pictures with 17 different textures, 12 frames and my favorite features of the vignettes which enables you to highlight specific areas of the photographs.

All of these features come with the ability to apply how big the effect is via a slider which puts you in control of how your photographs looks. Applying all of these features is easy to do with all the options available along the bottom of the screen.

You can also easily take a quick full screen view of your creation via a switch at the top of the screen and from a technical perspective Wood Camera will import your iPhone 4S pictures at the full 8 mega-pixel resolution to ensure that your pictures can look as best as possible.

Of course it’s no good creating this these pieces of art if you can’t share them with the world and there are no shortage of options there either. All of the major social networks are there from Twitter and Facebook to Flickr and even Instagram as well as to your camera roll or via email.

One final nice option is the ability to have Wood Camera launch to the photo taking screen meaning that it can be a true replacement to the stock camera application.

So if you are one of those people who wasn’t happy when Instagram were brought by Facebook or are just looking for a great camera / picture editing app then Wood Camera for iPhone could be just the app for you and is available for $1.99 from Apple’s App Store.

[rating: 5/5]

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Wood camera-1 Wood camera-2 Wood camera-3 Wood camera-4 Wood camera-5 ]]> 2 Barefoot World Atlas Review – A Treasure Trove of Interactive Information Wed, 02 May 2012 17:29:17 +0000 Read More]]>

Barefoot World Atlas Review

Apple have been pushing the iPad as an educational device since its launch and this is certainly the case for younger users of the device as more and more apps are introduced to the App Store to engage, educate and entertain children as well as adults.

One of the most recent to attempt to do this is Barefoot World Atlas from Touch Press who already have produced such iconic titles as March of the Dinosaurs and Skulls by Simon Winchester.

Barefoot World Atlas is a 3D interactive globe that highlight 100’s of different places around the world and the things, people and places associated to them.

The touch navigation is intuitive for any iPad user, you can scroll around the the globe with simple a swipe and zoom in and out with two fingers which are all natural gestures for the iPad. This is all done with subtle background music which changes up whenever you zoom in to any specific item.

Zooming in on any of the individual items will bring up a brief description of the item that can also be read out to you in a clear human voice rather than a computerized one. Many of them also include pictures, some of which are interactive, which you can view full screen. Most of them only have one picture and it would be nice to see more of them.

As well as just browsing around the world and selecting items you can also view lists by Feature, Region and Countries. Viewing regions and countries provide even more detail, for example you can find out the climate and weather of a region or information about its wildlife, environment, people and transportation.

Countries meanwhile provide detailed facts about the current time, distance from your current location, population, currency and much, much more. The whole app is a treasure trove of facts and information produced in a beautiful way that will appeal to adult and children alike.

Barefoot World Atlas is priced at $7.99 and it’s unlikely that you could find a paper copy covering such information so wonderfully for half the price.

[rating: 4.5/5]

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]]> 0 Lego: Life of George Review – Two Huge Brands come together and Create Loads of Fun Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:18:26 +0000 Read More]]>

Lego: Life of George Review

There are times when two things that you hold dear collide and instead of becoming even greater than the sum of their parts they become a monster. Take my love of all things deep fat fried and Cadbury Creme Eggs, put them together and it becomes a sickly sweet mess. But then you can take miniature things and ponies and you get miniature ponies which are simply delightful.

Therefore when I saw that Lego had brought out a game that included physical Lego blocks and an iPhone app I was hoping that it would fall under the latter category rather than the former. The iPhone / Lego combination has come together in ‘Life of George’ a $30 Lego set that works with a free iPhone app with the same name.

George is a frequent flyer and on his travels he takes a lot of pictures of the things that he encounters and he presents these things via the Life of George app in the form of photo albums. Each set of pages consists of 10 hidden items and by tapping on any of the 10 blank pictures reveals the image that you have to build out of the real Lego bricks that come as part of the set.

You are up against the clock and things can get a little tricky especially with the smaller pieces and in your hurry you can often find that what you are building falling apart. As soon as you have built your matching creation you can tap the screen, place the creation on the supplied display board and snap a picture.

You need to make sure that the board is positioned correctly and that there is no glare on the picture to ensure that the app can compare it correctly, but given that you’ve done that then you are scored based on speed and accuracy.

With 13 different locations and 10 creations per page there is a lot of building to be done and that’s before you include the 30 levels that have been added with the Christmas update and 50 spaces that are made available for you to create you on creations to play with. These My Life creations are great fun and really bring out the creativity in the ‘child’. The only tricky part is getting the lighting right when taking the photograph to add your creation to album. The accuracy is pretty great but if there is any glare in the picture it can be seen as there being no block there at all.

Of course all the creations are flat 2D creations, and while I would love it to be possible to include 3 dimensional creations to build I don’t see how an app would be able to record the accuracy of that!

There is also a two player option where you can go head to head on a single device on 5 randomly selected creations taking it in turns to see who has the overall best speed and accuracy. It would be nice if you could share your own creations with other players either via a code or uploading them a website as would GameCentre integration to compare your high-scores with other players around the world.

If you are a fan of Lego and have an iPhone or iPod Touch then Life of George is an excellent combination of the two and well worth the $30 price point. Life of George is available at all good Lego stores and re-sellers and via the Lego Website.

[rating: 4/5]

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]]> 0 Olloclip Review – iPhone 4S Camera Lens that Really Packs a Punch Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:17:24 +0000 Read More]]> Olloclip Review

When the iPhone 4S was released with its improved rear facing camera it quickly become one of the most popular devices for taking pictures. Of course that’s also due to the fact that as Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Barry Staver once said in regard to what’s the best camera, “It’s the one you have with you.”.

There are now multiple accessories that you can add to your iPhone 4S to enhance its photo taking qualities and the latest is the Olloclip a three in one pocket sized kit that includes a Fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens.

One of the great things about the Olloclip is it’s size and the fact that all the lenses are in one piece with the macro lens being accessed by unscrewing the wide-angle lens. This means that it’s very easy to carry with you especially given that it comes with it’s own little carrying case.

The lens fits the top left corner of the iPhone, coincidentally exactly where the iPhones camera lens is! It slides into place with a slither cut out to fit over the sleep button and while it fits tighlty enough to stay in place while taking photo’s you won’t want to throw your iPhone around too much as the Olloclip may fall off.

With the lens in place you are ready to take your pictures, presuming you’ve remembered to take the lens cap off of course! The results are pretty impressive, using my beloved Mini Cooper as my inspiration I first took a picture without a lens and then two shots, one with the wide-angle lens and another with the fisheye, the results of which you can see attached, and both impressed me very much, especially the additional real estate that was added to the wide-angle photograph.

Some additional shots from closer up emphasized the fisheye results and all of these were taken within seconds of each other thanks to how easily the Olloclip is to switch out. I then moved inside to take some shots with the macro lens.

Using a dime I took a picture as close as I could both with and without the Olloclip macro lens and considering I was inside using artificial light I was still impressed with the the results especially considering the slight camera shake! I look forward to attempting to getting some closeup shots outdoors of some wildlife once the weather warms up a little.

The Olloclip retails at $69.99 and is available via their website given the impressive results that it produces it’s well worth it. It a pocket sized powerhouse that really packs a punch.

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Strip Designer Review

Comic strips have never gone out of fashion and with today’s technology is easier than ever to create you own. If you have an iPhone, iPad or both then you can try your hand at creating your own by using the photo’s on your camera roll with the universal app Strip Designer.

The functionality on both the iPhone and the iPad are the same although the iPad obviously benefits from the additional real estate but the iPhone version can still produce great results.

The first task in building your strip is to select a template category which controls the style and the number/position of the pictures. If you want to get really granular you can even create your own and while this is a little more complex it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need to delve this deep as the pre-built templates provide a great range of options.

With your layout selected you can then start adding graphics that not only include pictures from your photo album, camera and Facebook but also maps and drawings the latter of which lets you get very artistic with a range of brushes, effects, layers and filters.

Not being that artistic though I focused on using pictures for my strips and adding those are just a couple of taps away and once you’ve added it you can pinch to zoom and rotate the picture to get your desired result.

With your pictures added this is where the fun begins as you begin to add your text that brings your strips to life. Just like the rest of Strip Designer there are a plethora of options to delve into and everything can be tweaked and changed as much and as little as you can like.

The depth of options, tweaks and functionality could put some users off as it may be too complex for them but it shouldn’t, you can get great results without delving in too deep but for those that want to go a little bit further.

With your strip created you can easily share it via email, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and more which makes it easy to get your work seen by potentially millions of people! Strip Designer also takes advantage of the iCloud which means that you can start work on one of your devices and carry on your work on your other device.

At just $2.99 Strip Designer is a great way to get started in comic strips for old and new a like.

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]]> 0 Folder+ for iPhone and iPad Review Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:10:58 +0000 Read More]]> Folder+ Review: A File Handling Machine!

Folder+ is a File Manager / Viewer / Editor for your iPad / iPhone. We have seen several apps that are built on the same premise but the features of Folder+ make it a refreshing addition to the market. It handled just about anything one would expect a file app such as this should and then some.

Folder+ ($4.99) is loaded with features which makes it stand out in a fairly saturated file handling market. The interface is very slick and keeps everything within your reach without having to go in and out of a ton of menus. This is clutch for someone who has to handle a lot of files on the go. The ability to zip and compress folders on the go is also very handy. I haven’t seen this in all of the file management apps but it is a welcome addition.

I also like how Folder+ allows you to long touch on files and folders and give you options of what you want to do. This limits the need to jump in and out of menus. The ability to use multi touch to quickly move between viewing and editing files is also very good if you’re willing to utilize it. Features such as these are what makes this app different from the rest.

The basics of file management apps are also present in this app. You have the ability to create Folders, Text files, Drawings, Audio files, Pictures or Video or upload from Library. This allows you to not only copy files to the device using the built in FTP but also create files right there on your device. Emailing of files and folders allows for sharing your files directly from your phone via email and FTP all from inside Folder+.

Overall I really like Folder+. It is a solid file management app for both iPhone and iPad. You may hesitate at the price of $4.99 as there are cheaper file management apps but few with the features of Folder+. I definitely feel like its worth it as I have both an iPhone and an iPad.

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File Manager Viewer Editor iPhone iPad-1 File Manager Viewer Editor iPhone iPad-2 File Manager Viewer Editor iPhone iPad-3 File Manager Viewer Editor iPhone iPad-4 File Manager Viewer Editor iPhone iPad-5 ]]> 1 Shuttervox Review for iPhone – Take Pictures with Voice Command Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:46:52 +0000 Read More]]> Shuttervox Review-1Shuttervox Review: The app allows you to take pictures without having to touch of any the camera controls. Instead it will listen to your voice command and take the picture when you say. Perfect for when you need both hands to steady your device.

Shuttervox is set up so that when you say the word ‘Cheese’ it will take the picture. To set it up at first all you need to do is tap the little headphones in the centre of the screen. When you do this it then tells you it is loading the speech engine ready and a red button will show. When this button goes green and it says ‘Listening for keyword’ you are ready to take the pictures.

Shuttervox Review-2You postion your device ready for taking the photo and simple say ‘cheese’ when you are ready to take the shot. Shuttervox then listens for the command, if it hears a word but doesn’t recognize it will tell you and listen out for the word again.

When the app finally recognizes your keyword it will then take the picture. Once that happens you can add a title and then share either via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, send via email or just copy to the camera roll. Then you just start the process again with your next picture.

I found that the app didn’t recognize the keyword a lot of the time. Whether this is down to the tone of your voice I am not sure. I had to make sure I said the word in a certain way before it would take the picture and even then I had to say it four or five times before it did. If this happened when I was out and about in public, I may start to feel a little frustrated!

There are currently two versions available. The lite version just has the one keyword available and the paid version lets you have up to four different keywords. Which is handy if you really don’t like shouting ‘cheese’ out all the time!



]]> 0 Color Location-Based Photo Sharing App Hits the App Store Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:43:36 +0000 Read More]]> Screen shot 2011-03-24 at 22.42.04.png

A new social networking application called Color hit the App Store today, and unlike any other social network this one uses location-based technology to share photos, comments, and videos with other Color users located within 150 feet. Instead of adding friends or following other users, the network works on location data alone to provide a list of other Color users in close proximity, allowing you to enjoy the photographs they’ve uploaded.

It’s a unique new way of interacting with other people that requires no login ID or password, no friending, and more importantly no way of controlling who can and cannot view the pictures you’ve uploaded. Bill Nguyen, one of Color’s creators, described the application to the Associated Press:

“The days of having to say anything are done. There’re no more profiles, there’s no more friending, there’s no more electronic dog fence created by Facebook. It’s all over. This is the post-PC world. It’s a brand new way of sharing.”

Color has instantly rocketed into the limelight since its launch thanks to the team behind the application, Color Lab, which consists Bill Nguyen, founder of Lala (purchased by Apple); Peter Pham of BillShrink; and DJ Patil, former chief scientist of LinkedIn. The company secured a whopping $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank before the application was even launched.

Privacy is of course a concern for Color users – with no way of limiting who can view your photos, they’re free for anyone to take a look at once they’re published. The company’s privacy terms for the application states:

“When you create content using our app, that content is immediately published to any unique user who has the app open near you, and often to unique users with whom you’ve had past contact with (whether they are geographically close or not). That content is also published and available for viewing through various social media sites. Unique users can view your content and can send to anyone a link to your content, the content of other unique users, or compilations that include your content. Anyone: from grandparents to bosses.”

Despite the application’s backing and the brains behind the whole idea, Color still hasn’t gotten off to a great start in its iOS debut. A slow takeoff means that early adopters don’t really have enough users around them to interact with, and this, coupled with software bugs and slow loading times, means the application has received bad ratings and reviews in the App Store. However, we’ll give it a little more time before brandishing it a flop.

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