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Arron Hirst

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Hey, I'm Arron. I'm a 23 year old freelance writer and graphic designer from Cheshire, UK who is very much tuned into the app space. Straight out of college I founded RazorianFly - a web-based publication aimed at providing its readers with the latest from Apple, and the technology industry. The publication now attracts 80-100K unique readers per month, generating over 100K page views per month. When I'm asked for a review, I ultimately look for the design, presentation and clarity that product offers (or could offer) to its intended audience. If it doesn't cut it - I'll tell you straight.

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Safe Cracker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on January 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: REPETITIVE
Safe Cracker, although theoretically based on a good idea, falls short on delivering the bank heist experience that most will be expecting. It's repetitive levels and looping soundtrack certainly don't help.
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Atomic+ Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on January 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PARTICLE-SMASHING MADNESS
Atomic+ is a minimalist survival game that hits all the right protons. It's fun, addictive, and will surely keep players coming back for more.
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BEAT DRIFT Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on January 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HARD MAZE FUN
BEAT DRIFT counts on a player's logic in order for them to survive. It's techno beat and visuals will likely arrive as a delight to most, but it's difficulty levels could do with a tweak or two.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - 2013: The Year Of Apple, Inc. 2014: A Year For The Taking

Posted by Arron Hirst on December 27th, 2013

It's pretty fair to say that 2013 has been an incredible year for Apple. With the company's stock price currently reflecting upwards of $550 a share, it's clear that investors have renewed faith in the firm's ability to deliver on its mission to create some of the world's most desirable products.

One such investor is billionaire business mogul Carl Icahn. Publicly announcing back in August that he now holds a "large stake" in $AAPL, Icahn is perhaps most known for his reported hostile takeover of Trans World Airlines in 1985.

[image credit: CNN Money]

While Icahn is keeping quiet on exactly how big his stake in $AAPL is, the Wall Street investor is said to be in ongoing negotiations with company CEO, Tim Cook. These talks, if successful, could see Apple increase its recently announced stock buyback program for investors, resulting in Icahn potentially buying back as much as $60 Billion in stock options.

But it isn't just the arrival of newfound investors that has seen the company elevate itself to the point of operation we see today. New hires were also a large part of Apple's fiscal 2013. The most prominent of these being the confirmed hiring of Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts.

Sirtet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWIST ON AN OLD CLASSIC
Sirtet may initially look like that familiar tile-matching arcade title we're all likely familiar with, but it has a unique twist up its sleeve.
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Angry Birds Go! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BIRDTASTIC
Rovio has built a certain polish around the Angry Birds brand, and this new entry to the franchise certainly won't disappoint loyal fans.
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Heroes of Dragon Age Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TOO DETAILED
Part of a genre where every strategic battle title begins to look familiar, Heroes of Dragon Age separates itself with highly detailed artwork and gameplay to match. However, initial long load times and semi-auto gameplay might put some off.
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Calendate Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE & CLEAN
Calendate puts a spin on event-tracking by allowing users to customize how their calendar experience both looks and functions. But, is that enough to set it apart?
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Createrria Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET CREATIVE!
Rather than arriving as a game itself, Createrria is aiming to give gamers the necessary tools to create their very own platformers. The premise is great, but it could do with a few more creation and customisation options.
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Cyro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CUTE FUN
Help the Cyro people collect enough bars to build their bridge to the moon, but be careful - failing to deliver enough bars due to bumping into the factory walls may just see them left behind!
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Mech Conquest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: TOO AUTOMATIC
Mech Conquest's approach to intergalactic warfare will see many sci-fi fans go weak at the knees. It's just a shame the use of completely automated battles may put a dampener on the action.
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Galaxy Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PAY-TO-PLAY JETPACK FUN
Galaxy Run will likely please casual gamers looking for an addictive and challenging space runner. Sadly though, they may feel like they have to pay-to-play.
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TouchCast Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
TouchCast's obvious want to blur the line between creating and sharing interactive, presentation-quality video is great - for the most part. However, some elements could do with a visual update.
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Max Blaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT ENOUGH BLAST
Max Blaster might keep the kids happy for a while with its florescent visuals and faux-3D graphics, but in reality this just feels like a rehash of most other available space shooters.
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FlightTrack 5 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Arron Hirst on December 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY FLIGHT TRACKING
FlightTrack 5 is perhaps the update to Mobiata's flight tracker app that users have been waiting for. The question is: Should they pay again?
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