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Editor-in-Chief with the 148Apps Network since April 29, 2011

A resident New Yorker who likes to play video games (and board games these days), then tell people about them. Also a fan of the indie development scene. Owns his own Gravity Gun/Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator.

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Dragon Quest VIII is Raising the Tension on the US App Store

Posted by on May 29th, 2014
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One of the Playstation 2′s biggest Japanese RPGs, Dragon Quest VIII, has just been made available on the US App Store.

Everything from the PS2 version is here, reworked for iOS. So it’s essentially the same game you’ve probably played (or at least heard of) way back when, only it’s all been shrunk down to fit on your iPhone and iPad. And the controls have been reworked for touch screens, naturally.

You can download Dragon Quest VIII right now for $19.99, and the game features absolutely no in-app purchases of any kind – you get the whole thing right from the start.

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Are you going to be in Los Angeles for E3 on June 10th? Do you have a game you’re working on that you’d like to show off to a bunch of industry professionals in a fun environment? Interested in free food and booze? Then come meet us at The Big Indie Pitch!

On Tuesday, June 10th, from 5pm to 8pm, writerly folks from all over the mobile games industry (Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, Cult of Mac, etc) will be getting together to look at indie games, give feedback on indie games, and dole out some very excellent prizes to a select few indie games. It’s all happening at Bottle Rock in LA and, thanks to our sponsors (ZQGame, GREE, Samsung US), tickets to the Big Indie Pitch are totally free. All you have to do is head over to PocketGamer.biz and register.

Just think about it; all that networking and all those eyes on your game, all for free. But if you want in you’ll need to act fast. Registration for the Big Indie Pitch ends May 30th (tomorrow)!

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source: PocketGamer.biz

Grab Infinity Blade II Now While it’s Free, Just in Case You Still Don’t Own it

Posted by on May 29th, 2014
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The second game in the Infinity Blade series is currently free, so if for some odd reason you still don’t own it you’ve pretty much run out of excuses.

Infinity Blade II follows Siris as he attempts to free The Worker of Secrets and, hopefully, save the world. It also introduced players to two new weapon styles (dual wielding and two-handed), ClashMobs, and a more cohesive plot (see previous).

Really there’s no reason not to grab Infinity Blade II now while it’s free. I guess not unless you already own it, anyway.

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via: Our Review

Are you an indie developer going to Pocket Gamer Connects in Helsinki this year on June 16th and 17th? Are you going to be in Helsinki anyway? Well there’s still time for you to apply for the Very Big Indie Pitch. But not much.

You’ve got two days left (through May 30th), so there isn’t much time to dawdle. If you’re interested in pitching your game to a bunch of awesome folks, or maybe just want to win $10,000 worth of promotion on the Steel Media network, then head on over to PocketGamer.biz and register!

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via: Pocket Gamer

Like most gamers, you’ve probably heard about Watch_Dogs coming out yesterday. What you may not have heard about is that the game has received a companion app titled Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile, and that it allows iOS users to directly affect console and PC users’ games by taking over control of the police. Personally I think that sounds awesome. James and Peter from AppSpy apparently did, too. At least they thought it was awesome enough to record themselves playing it for your amusement.

You can check out the Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile video from AppSpy below, with the app available as a free download.

source: AppSpy

AppAdvice reports that GBA4iOS is back and available to download after being taken down when Nintendo issued a DMCA order a couple of weeks ago.

The short explanation is that Nintendo’s case was mostly built around the emulator linking directly to websites that would allow users to download ROM files, and this latest release circumvents that by linking to Google instead. Tricksy Hobbitses…

And so, GBA4iOS is available once again.

Image Source: geekcasual

via: Image: geekcasual source: AppAdvice

Habbo Brings its Teen Social Networking World to the iPad

Posted by on May 27th, 2014
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Oh wow, Habbo takes me back. I remember messing around with it back when Runescape was still on my radar. In fact, Habbo (then known as Habbo Hotel) has actually been around longer than Runescape. Yeesh I feel old.

And now it’s available for the iPad.

What is Habbo? It’s essentially a pixelated virtual world/hangout/social network for teenagers. Users can explore various rooms, customize their avatar with lots of accessories and effects, take part in daily events, and more. But don’t worry, parents, it’s also got live moderators who are available 24/7.

You can now download Habbo for your iPad for free.

Seems like we can’t have a holiday without a bunch of iOS games going on sale. Well you might as well take advantage, right?

That’s why you’re currently looking at a list of Memorial Day Weekend sales – most likely looking for that one big game you’ve just been waiting and waiting to see go on sale. So have a look! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find something else to tickle your fancy. And who knows? The list will be getting updated throughout the holiday weekend, so that thing you’re hoping to see just might make an appearance.

Updates:
4/25 – A few more games have joined the list, including an over-caffeinated box and one very lost astronaut. Also Blek!
4/26 – Throw another right games on the pile – including more than a few RPGs from Kemco.

You can find the full list of notable iPad and iPhone games that are on sale after the jump.

Continue reading Another Big List: Several iPad and iPhone Games are on Sale This Memorial Day Weekend, so You’d Better Act Fast! »

This Memorial Day weekend Gameloft is holding a series of special events across three of their games: Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and World at Arms.

Asphalt 8 is having a 40% off sale on all its U.S. cars in Class D and Class A, along with three special cup races: the Captain’s Cup (win an in-game 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8), the General’s Cup (win 1 million credits), and the Memorial Day Cup (win the car and up to 1 million credits). World at Arms, meanwhile, is offering the chance to win several different holiday-themed items (Lexington Minuteman, Paul Revere Statue, Washington Monument) during Operation Memorial Day. Finally, Despicable Me: Minion Rush‘s Memorial Day event gives players the chance to win a special Fireman costume.

All of these events are live now, and are only available for the next three days. Better act fast!

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Castle Doombad is Only $0.99 for a Limited Time

Posted by on May 23rd, 2014
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Playing the badguy can be pretty fun, as we’ve mentioned when we reviewed Castle Doombad earlier this year. But playing the badguy for super-cheap is downright awesome.

For a limited time you can jump into the shoes (scrubs?) of the infamous Dr. Lord Evilstein as he captures princesses and fends off do-gooding heroes. You’ll get to set up traps, summon minions, collect screams, and slaughter goodguys by the dozens – all for a buck. That’s a reasonable price to pay for eventual world domination, right?

Whether or not your intentions are good or ill, you can download Castle Doombad right now for $0.99.

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via: Our Review

Sketch-Your-Own-Adventure Game Drawn to Life has Popped-Up on the App Store

Posted by on May 23rd, 2014
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Lately it seems like at least once per week some fairly big name games just sort of spring up on the App Store overnight. Although I suppose this week it was actually two. Looks like we can add 505 Games’ doodle adventure Drawn to Life to that list now.

Back when it was first released for the DS the game attracted a lot of attention due to the way it allowed players to draw their own content. Characters, weapons, vehicles, etc – a significant number of objects could be edited or created entirely from scratch. And now you can do it all on your iPhone or iPad. I shudder to think of some of the screen shots people will inevitably end up sharing…

Anyhow, you can grab Drawn to Life off the App Store right now for $4.99. Keep it PG.

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Alone in the Dark Review

Alone in the Dark Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Not even the deeply ingrained nostalgia over one of the world’s earliest “Survival Horror” games is enough to make this port worthwhile.

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Blade Masters Stalk the Halls in this New Infinity Blade III Update, and Cut up the Price

Posted by on May 22nd, 2014
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Infinity Blade III has received still one more massive content update (they’re up to what, like 3 now?). This one is called “Blade Masters” and features – you guessed it – a couple of nasty new Deathless to deal with.

The Collector is a connoisseur of weapons who travels the world in search of the best. If you can defeat him you’ll earn a rare weapon, but fail and he’ll take yours from you! Ryth (from the second game) also makes a return and has something of an axe to grind. No pun intended.

In addition to the new baddies, Solar Trans weapons (kind of like lightsabers that are powerd by the sun) are also making a comeback, and now you can explore an entirely new path through the stronghold at Larioth using Isa. Of course there are even more goodies in this update, but I don’t want to spoil everything, do I? On top of all that, they’ve also reduced the price for a limited time.

You can download Infinity Blade III now for $2.99, with the Blade Masters update available for free to those who already own the game.

via: Our Review

Yesterday we mentioned that Space Hulk had received an update that added a new cross-platform co-op mode. Well we’ve also just figured out (thanks to the questions posed by 148Apps commenter Delnit) that it also supports cross-platform game saves. This means that you can carry over your campaign and multiplayer progress from your Mac/PC to your iPad and vice-versa, ensuring that you’ll always be ready to sacrifice a squad of genetically engineered supersoldiers in the name of The Emperor.

Here’s how you do it:

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via: Our Review

New FIFA 14 Update Adds FIFA World Cup Brazil to the Pitch

Posted by on May 20th, 2014
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I suppose it makes sense that FIFA 14 should get an update, what with the impending World Cup and all.

Yes, the popular iOS football (sometimes we Americans can get it right) game has just been updated to include the World Cup Brazil national teams, new Matches of the Week to compete in, and even the Adidas Brazuca ball. I’m not much of a sports fan so I have no idea why a ball is that important, but it’s obviously something of a big deal so who am I to judge?

You can download the newly updated FIFA 14 right now for free.

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via: Our Review

Lots of LEGO Games are on Sale for $0.99 Right Now

Posted by on May 20th, 2014
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LEGO games are quite popular, generally quite good, and certainly here to stay. And several of them are currently on sale for $0.99 on the App Store.

At the moment the titles affected by this seemingly random price drop are LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, LEGO Batman: DC Superheroes, and LEGO The Lord of the Rings. So if you’re in the mood for some wizard schooling, villain chasing, or cursed ring destroying you’re in luck!

You can nab each of the four games mentioned right now for $0.99 apiece.

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via: http://www.148apps.com/reviews/lego-lord-rings-review/

Calendars 5 is on Sale for 50% off for a Limited Time

Posted by on May 20th, 2014
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Calendars 5 is a pretty popular calendar app from Readdle that was recently updated with some input tweaks and a spiffy new icon. Perhaps more importantly – at least at the moment – it’s also on sale for 50% off.

You can grab Calendars 5 off the App Store for $2.99 for a limited time.

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Alone in the Dark Creeps onto the App Store – for Real this Time

Posted by on May 20th, 2014
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Remember last week when we mentioned that Alone in the Dark was coming to the App Store? And remember how it didn’t? Well it turns out all it needed was a little time.

The classic Survival Horror game that predates the term “Survival Horror” (seriously, it’s over 20 years old) is now available on the App Store, for real this time. No, really, it’s totally up there. This isn’t some bizarre demonic trick or anything, honest.

You can download this little piece of gaming history right now for $0.99.

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Looks Like Record of Agarest War Snuck its Way onto the App Store While Nobody was Looking

Posted by on May 15th, 2014
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Popular tactical RPG Record of Agarest War started out on consoles, and was brought to Android, but now it’s finally on iOS.

In a somewhat surprising move, the game was released to the App Store with very little fanfare. Still, it’s here now so why not check it out? All the hours upon hours of gameplay, massive combos, monster capturing, giving birth to the next generation’s hero (for up to 5 generations), and more are present and accounted for – it’s just been shrunk down. Pretty cool, right? It’s a wonder nobody’s been talking about it.

You can grab Record of Agarest War off the App Store now for $14.99. Additional dungeon DLC and in-app purchases are available.

* Over 100 hours of gameplay
* 59 outstanding soundtracks
* Full 720p HD graphic assets
* 40 cut scene videos
* Fully voice acted with 16,000 character voices
* Over 400 different Magic spells and Battle skills
* Over 400 Enemies and Characters
* Capture monsters to join your army
* Story stretching 5 Generations of heroes
* Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
* Support for full touch interface, virtual on screen controller and iCade support
* Automatic save backup to iCloud.
* Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Game Center.
* Language: English text with Japanese voices.
* Airplay support
* universal application

I’ll confess that I’d heard of Anki Drive before, but it was really only in passing. So when I was given the opportunity to check everything out first-hand, I was definitely curious. There were some surprises and a few disappointments, but after some time spent tearing around the track I couldn’t help but be impressed. Is this the next step in remote control racing? That’s not for me to say, but it’s definitely in interesting experiment.

Imagine a semi-futuristic racing game in which you can compete with your friends or AI opponents on various tracks in an attempt to upgrade existing cars and possibly gain access to new ones. Picture all of the vehicles in each race have weapons and shields. Now imagine that the cars are actually physical electronic toys you can carry around with you. Now you’ve got a good idea of what Anki Drive is.

ankistarterEach starter set comes with two cars and the necessary cables, as well as a track printed on something akin to vellum. You’ll also need to download the free Anki Drive app to control everything, of course. Once you do, simply turn on your cars, place them on the track, then use the app to find them and add them to your “garage” where you can spend points won through races to upgrade their stats. When you’re ready to start, you just set up a race and select your vehicle. If you want to invite a friend they can simply select the other car, or you can scan it in yourself and race against the AI. Yes, the physical car is controlled by AI. In fact, one of the newest additions to the lineup, Corax (pictured below), can only be used as a player vehicle if it’s beaten in an AI race first.

Weapons are also important, and will allow you to incapacitate your opponents temporarily during a heated race. Or you can simply battle each other to see who scores the most hits. The interesting thing is, again, that this is all happening with real remote controlled cars via your iPhone. When a car takes too much damage or runs out of juice, it will actually grind to a halt for a few moments while it recharges itself. Heck, these things can even recognize when they’re driving the wrong way and turn themselves around automatically.

corax_carousel_3-4_1280x500The thing is, I’m not entirely sure who the target audience is. The cars seem fairly durable and were able to shrug off the occasional collision easily, but at almost $70 apiece they’re a bit outside the realm of a children’s toy. $199.99 for the starter kit is nothing to sneeze at, either. And yet, the underlying tech is pretty darn cool. I guess you could say your mileage may vary.

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Perhaps the biggest problem with social media is that it requires the internet – and the internet can be a rather unfriendly place. At least, some of the people in it can be mighty unfriendly. With this in mind, Twitter is rolling out a new mute feature for its apps and web service.

Twitter‘s mute function does exactly that: it hides all of a particular user’s activity from your personal feed, whether it’s responses, favorites, retweets, or anything else. Users who have been muted will still be seen by other users and may still interact normally, it’s just that you won’t see any of that. This also applies to push and SMS notifications.

Instructions on how to make use of this new feature for iOS can be found below.

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To mute a Twitter user on iOS:
Muting from a Tweet:
Tap a Tweet from the user you’d like to mute.
Tap the “•••” icon.
Tap “Mute” and “Yes, I’m sure” to confirm.

Muting from a profile:
Visit the profile page of the user you wish to mute.
Tap the gear icon.
Tap “Mute” and “Yes, I’m sure” to confirm.

via: Image Credit: Todaymade source: blog.twitter

iphonekiller7With the ever-increasing power of iOS devices and the ever-present desire of license holders to make money, there’s no time like the present to think about bringing some older (and even some newer) games and franchises over to mobile. There’s also no time like the present to compile a list of 10 games and franchises that would be a great fit for mobile, but are still mysteriously absent. And that’s exactly what we did!

Below is our take on what we think would work well on iPhones, iPads, and iPods, ranked by how inherently “mobile” they might be. Why did we choose what we chose? Well because they’re great games, for one thing. That, and because their inherent nature would make them incredibly easy to interact with using a touch screen, make use of an accelerometer or gyroscope, or otherwise put iOS hardware to interesting use. Of course if there’s another game or franchise that you think would be a particularly good fit, leave a comment and let us know!

Continue reading 10 Games and Franchises that Should be on iOS but Aren’t for Some Reason »

With the release of Gunship X upon us, there’s a good chance that a few people will have questions regarding the similarities between it and Limbic’s Zombie Gunship. If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars, the basic gist is that a couple of extra folks were brought on board to work on it, then everybody went their separate ways and now said extra folks are releasing a similar title about blasting aliens. Of course that’s just the Cliff’s Notes version. There’s actually a bit more to the story than that.

According to an official statement from Limbic Software’s Arash Keshmirian, the duo of Sander van Rossen and Serban Porumbescu were “brought on at Limbic to work on Zombie Gunship in 2010/2011,” Keshmirian said, “We decided to no longer work with them a couple years ago.” Porumbescu tells a similar story. “In 2011 three companies / individuals came together create Zombie Gunship. I for example came in as Hidden Elephant Inc, and was never an employee of Limbic Software.”

gunshipx6“Despite Zombie Gunship’s success,” Porumbescu continues, “the various parties involved decided to part ways with Limbic retaining the rights to Zombie Gunship. As co-creators of Zombie Gunship, Sander van Rossen and I, along with artist Bryan Bell, had many ideas around a new game that we felt were worth pursuing. Gunship X was born, and we created a new studio Well Formed Pixels to pursue its development.”

So there you have it. A bunch of people came together to create a game about blowing up zombies with a AC-130, parted ways, and a couple of them went on to create something akin to the next step.

drafttrollThe 2014 NFL Draft is almost upon us! Soon up will become down, black will become white, college football players will become professional football players, and so on. No doubt plenty of you will be glued to your TV while watching all of these athletes play the high stakes version of “please don’t pick me last,” but what about people who won’t be able to watch the whole thing (or even at all)? Or what if you’d like a little more detail on a given player or team than what’s provided during the televised event? This is precisely why we’ve cooked up a small list of NFL Draft apps for you to check out.


Continue reading Here are Four of Our Own Draft Picks for Apps to Help you Keep Track of the 2014 NFL Draft »

The classic (and brutal) first-person adventure series that is Shadowgate has amassed a pretty decent following over the years. More than decent, really, which is why zojoi has been in the process of rebooting it by way of an all-new re-imagined Shadowgate for Windows, Mac, Android, and of course iOS. And goodness gracious does it look pretty.

The new Shadowgate isn’t so much a port with improved visuals as a relaunch (hence all the “re-imagining” business). It will certainly include several nods to the originals such as familiar rooms and such, but it’s intended to be a whole new thing. A whole new thing with plenty of classically brutal puzzles and gameplay, an all-new orchestral soundtrack, a retro soundtrack for the nostalgia fiends, some very nice visuals, animations, and a whole lot more.

Keep an eye out for Shadowgate on the App Store later this summer.

SHADOWGATE FEATURES:
- First Person Adventuring: Utilize your inventory, spell book, mapping system and on-screen commands to complete your quest
- Rooms: Tons of Beautifully illustrated rooms featuring both new and familiar locations, offering a new play experience
- Puzzles: Lots of new and updated puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game
- Difficulty Levels: Three different difficulty levels that actually change the game play experience and puzzle structure
- Commands: Intuitive command-based UI allows you to interact extensively with the environments (includes features like key binds, command locking/unlocking, retractable/maximizable HUD, etc.)
- Storytelling: Features dramatic cut-scenes and all the same great storytelling you expect from a Shadowgate adventure
- Cinematic Score: A full, digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack by composer Rich Douglas
- 8-bit Score: A second retro soundtrack featuring Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES composition
- Soundscapes: A complete atmospheric and puzzle-based sound design
- Achievements: Dozens of in-game and Steam-based achievements to find and unlock
- Animations: Environmental and object-specific animations and particles bring each location to life

source: zojoi

If there’s one thing you need to know about FTL, it’s that it’s a fantastic game. A very close second thing you really need to know is that it’s about as unforgiving as that one extremely tough grade-school teacher that never gave anyone a break. Don’t play innocent, we’ve all had one.

So, while we here at 148Apps wholeheartedly endorse you rushing to the App Store to purchase FTL for your iPad immediately (seriously, go do it if you haven’t already), we also understand that you may have some trouble starting out. Or just in general. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips, tricks, and strategies to hopefully keep your ship and your crew functioning that much longer. Due to the random nature of sector layouts, encounters, and shop inventories there’s no way to guarantee success, but we’re certainly going to do our best for you.

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via: Our Review

Bridge Constructor Medieval is Available Now – Adds New Missions and Game Modes, Traps, and gets More

Posted by on May 1st, 2014
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Headup Games’ Bridge Constructor Medieval is now available on the App Store, bringing with it more than simply a change of scenery.

Bridge Constructor Medieval, much like the original game, is all about building sturdy bridges. However, there’s a bit more to it than just that. There are new modes to enjoy that include surviving enemy sieges and disrupting enemy troop movements. You’ll have to create bridges that can stand up to some pretty severe punishment, as well ensure that it can protect your troops from being bombarded by catapults. Traps are also an option for when pesky enemies come trip-trapping your way.

You can download Bridge Constructor Medieval right now for $1.99.

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Now Might Be a Good Time to Buy Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Posted by on May 1st, 2014
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Gameloft’s Modern Combat series is one of the biggest names in first-person shooters on the App Store. And with a fifth game on the way (seriously, five games already!) it’s really no surprise. What is a little bit of a surprise is that the developer has just dropped the price of Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

All this rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ would normally set you back a few bucks, but for the time being you can grab it for a mere $0.99. The way I hear it, the mutiplayer alone is worth more than that. So if you haven’t bought Gameloft’s most recent military shooter, there’s no time like the present.

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via: Our Review

9to5Mac reports that Google has recently released separate iOS apps for both Google Docs and Google Sheets. I say “separate” because you could basically do the same thing with Google Drive.

So, as you might expect you can use Google Docs so view, edit, and share documents online through Google (and save for offline editing if need be). The same goes for Google Sheets, except it involves spreadsheets (it also lets you save files for offline use). And if that’s not enough, Google also announced that it’s planning on bringing Google Slides, an app meant for presentations, to the App Store in the near future.

You can download both Google Docs and Google Sheets from the App Store right now for free. Google Slides isn’t out just yet, but it should be available “soon.”

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source: 9TO5MAC

Sharebrands Stereo Headphones Hardware Review

Sharebrands' Stereo Headphones are a fairly affordable and comfy set of headphones.

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