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Contributing Writer with the 148Apps Network since March 3, 2010

I currently serve as Chief Financial Officer for a mid sized behavioral health services clinic as my main profession. When I'm not spending my non-work time writing for 148apps, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing League of Legends sparingly. I hold a Master's Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. I've worked most of my career in public service and have only recently switched to the for-profit world. I have a two year old son that takes up most of my time, and I'm completely okay with that. Feel free to contact me at my 148apps email with any questions. Thanks for visiting.

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Chaos Rings Review

Chaos Rings Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
I do not hesitate to claim that Chaos Rings has the potential to change iDevice gaming as we know it, and for the better. If and when people commit to paying for quality, this game will be that new standard to meet.

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April showers bring May flowers, and while May is just around the corner, the rainy days are in full force. What better way to get through a rainy day then by using an iDevice? Here are a few apps that we think will be the perfect companion.

Netflix

There has already been a lot of coverage on Netflix, but it truly is an MVP of the app store. As of this print it’s an iPad only app, but there are confirmed reports of Netflix making a debut on the smaller iDevice lineup eventually. It’s a sure fire bet that watching a movie or television show on a rainy day will help to pass the time.

Alternative: For those that don’t have an iPad, or those not subscribing to Netflix, the YouTube app, NBC.com through the Safari Web Browser, and the Pandora app are a couple alternatives to provide some entertainment. Unfortunately the video streaming offerings have been limited up until Netflix. With Netflix expected on the pocket sized iDevices, and rumors flowing on Hulu’s debut on the iDevice line up, you can expect that to change sooner than later.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Entertainment

Tetris

Maybe it’s just me, but I can play Tetris for hours without getting bored. Whether it’s the WiiWare version of Tetris, my old cartridge version, or the app version, I can’t get enough. Nothing beats relaxing on the couch watching some TV and playing some Tetris.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Games

101 Classics (or other free book app)

I used to be an avid reader, but responsibilities have really limited the time I can devote to it. When I did read more, there was a vast collection of books I used to read. With an app like 101 Classics, large quantities of books are collected into one app for free and easy access. Make some hot chocolate, grab a blanket, and pop up a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the next time it’s raining.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-30 :: Category: Books

Articles

They say that knowledge is power. “They” tend to be those people always looking to get a hand up in Trivial Pursuit, but a little extra knowledge can’t hurt anyone. With the “Surprise Me!” feature in Articles, you can relax inside, check out the rain, and educate yourself on little random pieces of the world one Wikipedia page at a time. Available on the entire iDevice line-up, this app is sure to equip you for battle the next time Trivial Pursuit night comes up.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-15 :: Category: Reference

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Reference

Honorable Mentions:

Rainy Day apps really are just boredom fillers, and to that end there are hundreds of possibly apps available. An epic RPG Series like the Final Fantasy (One or Two), Zenonia (One or Two), and Inotia (One or Two) are great options. Point and Click games such as Nick Chase, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Broken Sword, or any number of apps have the potential for filling that void. Take a look at the games I offered here or figure out a specific genre of game you are looking for and check out 148apps vast database of reviews to find something that provides a great product to fill your time with.

If you would like a specific recommendation for a genre, shoot me an email at ryan.wood@148apps.com and I would gladly toss you one. If I don’t have a lot of experience in one genre, 148apps has a plethora of talented staff members who might.

Paper Bridge Review

Paper Bridge Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Paper Bridge follows along the same kind of game as World of Goo, only more geared towards the iDevice format. With a little bit of work, Paper Bridge can be a must have for iDevice consumers.

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Open Cellar Review

Open Cellar Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
For those of you with comprehensive Wine Cellars, Open Cellar provides an excellent portable app that allows for easy organization. It's ability to communicate with Windows and Mac versions of the same program, as well as internet backup for free make this a great app.

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Headquarters Review

Headquarters Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
For those of you who have a Basecamp account, Headquarters provides an excellent portable manager for all things related to that account. A sleek user interface and a comprehensive offering make this an excellent addition to Basecamp accounts.

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Sketch Nation Shooter Review

Sketch Nation Shooter Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Sketch Nation Shooter has the potential to birth a new genre of user based content on the iDevice line up. If it takes off as well as it seems to be, expect this to be the next popular game genre to come to the portable gaming machine from Apple.

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Vampire Origins Review

Vampire Origins Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Vampire Origins is spot on fun, and a must try for casual and hard-core gamers alike. A well developed story line, unique controls, and fresh game play throughout leave you wanting more.

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Within all the iPad coverage last week, some of you might have missed Jeff’s Favorite Four: Apps for Baseball Fans. If so, check it out here.

This week I’m looking at apps that help the millions of job seekers out there. With the economy the way it is, and no clear determination on when these troubles are going to end, it’s important to equip yourself with as many tools as possible when looking for a job. Competition is fierce, and employers are able to choose from a much larger job pool.

Here are a few to search and prepare for job interviews:

1. Career BuilderCareer Builder boasts an impressive library of almost 2 million jobs at any given time. The Career Builder app takes this powerful database and makes it available on the go. This free app is a powerful tool for any job seeker. The only downside is that Career Builder is focused on U.S. jobs only.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Business

2. Indeed: I’ve included two separate job search apps on purpose. Where Career Builder is a website specific search engine for jobs, Indeed takes finding the job that next step. Instead of one specific search, Indeed accesses thousands of websites and millions of job postings to find the most accurate jobs you’re searching for.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-06-07 :: Category: Business

3. Audio Job Interview Professional : If you didn’t get it drilled into your head by your mother, coach, teacher, or director, I am here to tell you that practice makes perfect. Luckily for you, developers Halosys Technologies Inc. & ImageTek agree. They’ve put together a set of standard questions from an interview that can be replied to, saved, and sent out as part of an electronic application. If that’s a bit much for you, the questions are excellent study tools.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-08-31 :: Category: Business

4. Linked In: Last, but certainly not least, is LinkedIn. LinkedIn for iPhone puts your professional network just a touch away. I just recently started a LinkedIn profile and I was shocked at how powerful this networking database really is. The LinkedIn app gives you immediate access for real time updates and on the go advice.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-08-20 :: Category: Social Networking

I’m not a job expert, but I know it doesn’t help to get discouraged in the job hunt. There are many other apps, and plenty of websites, out there to access. Use these resources, and everything you can get your hands on, and best of luck in your job hunting!


Know of any other job finding apps? Let us know!

It’s finally here. The moment we’ve been waiting for since that emotion filled day back on January 27, 2010 when the iPad became an official announcement, instead of a mythical object of speculation. The iPad is available today!

We at 148Apps have a few app and game suggestions to help make the first day with your iPad a day of happiness and celebration. Here is a list of 20 of apps and games we plan to be checking out today:

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Marvel ComicsMarvel Comics
Introducing the MARVEL COMICS app, a revolutionary new way to experience the Marvel Universe on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, featuring the world’s most popular super heroes! Download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite characters -— including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more — on your mobile device with the touch of a button. [ App Store ]

analyticsAnalytics HD
The premier app for Google Analytics, Analytics App, now debuts on the iPad as Analytics HD! See charts and reports like you’ve never seen them before, and share them in a meeting! Analytics HD brings all your important stats in a simple and efficient interface, faster and easier than checking Google Analytics from your browser! [ App Store ]

Brushes screenshotBrushes – iPad Edition
This updated iPhone and iPod Touch classic makes great use of the enhanced iPad features, making it a great opening day seller. Featuring an advanced color picker, high quality brushes, layers, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface, it is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device. [ App Store ]


Continue reading Must Have Apps and Games for the iPad – Release Day Special »

iPad App Preview: iDisplay

There is a lot of question regarding the iPads benefit to the professional world. Ultimately, it will be developers who define its use through innovative apps that increase productivity and expand the ability for users to do business. iDisplay, from Shape Services, is getting an early start. This Apple approved app will allow users to utilize their iPad, as well as their smaller iDevices, as an extension of their Mac desktop. This has the potential to be useful in both personal and professional worlds.

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It’s unclear if this app will be usable for all Mac computers, if there will ever be PC connectivity, and if this will catch on with the business world. We here at 148Apps will be monitoring the progress of this app closely.

Developer Avallon Alliance is bringing its hit hidden object game to the iPad with hi-res graphics. The Stone of Destiny was one of the first, if not the first, hidden object game to hit the pocket sized iDevice. Since then, it has continued to entertain players, based on it’s overly positive reviews on the app store.

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The increased real-estate of the iPad lends itself well to a more complete experience for this genre of game. Instead of being shown a portion of an image at any given time, the larger screen allows players to utilize much more of the screen, and provides a more seamless transition from the PC version of this game.

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The Stone of Destiny HD is currently available in the iPad section of the app store.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

Developer Avallon Alliance is hoping to bring casual gaming to the iPad with their iDevice hit Cassandra’s Journey – The Legacy of Nostradamus, only this time in HD. Cassandra’s Journey has been fairly well received in the app store, and the graphical improvements coming to the HD version of this game only stand to improve the experience of the game.

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You’ll be able to pick Cassandra’s Journey – The Legacy of Nostradamus HD up soon in the app store.

    “Cassandra’s Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus HD” delivers one of the most entertaining spins on the popular casual game category. Taking all the best from PC and iPhone versions, HD game brilliantly saves magic atmosphere and looks spectacularly on iPad. Gameplay includes all the best and the most loved mechanics in casual games: match 3, item and word seek, solving riddles, card games… “Cassandra’s Journey: The Legacy of Nostradamus HD” is available for $3.99.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Games

Popular MMO puzzle game Aurora Feint is coming to the iPad with yet another sequel: Aurora Feint 3. If the vast improvements made from Aurora Feint to Aurora Feint 2 are any indication of the improvements being made, then expect Aurora Feint 3 to be an excellent addition.

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Did I forget to mention that Aurora Feint 3 is currently available on the app store for the iPad, free of charge? It adds yet another free to play option right out of the box available for the iPad.

    “With Aurora Feint 3 we’ve delivered on two of our core goals: developing a beautiful, multi-chapter MMO for our players and deploying a free-to-play virtual goods-based version of OpenFeint,” said Jason Citron, Founder & CEO of Aurora Feint. “This game integrates core components of OpenFeint X and gives us a chance to test and refine these features in a live game before releasing them to the rest of the OpenFeint developer community.”

More pictures after the jump.


Continue reading iPad Game Preview: Aurora Feint 3 »

The weather app, along with a few other apps, were suprisingly missing from the iPad shown during Steve Jobs’ keynote during the unveiling of the iPad. Regardless of what that means, developer Vimov isn’t waiting around. Weather HD will be available at iPad launch, and it takes a very artistic approach to providing weather information.

It may be a novelty item, or it may fill a much needed gap in the iPad app offerings. The video of Weather HD displays simplistic weather reports with stunning visuals, and may appeal to people regardless of the weather app availablity.

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Only April 3rd will answer these questions. Weather HD may have a market regardless.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Weather

iPad App Preview: IM+

There are quite a few instant message apps out there, all trying to be the must have for iDevice users. With the release of the iPad, that struggle is renewed. IM+ is a well respected pocket sized iDevice app, and given the screenshots we’ve seen so far, IM+’s iPad functionality is going to put it at the top of the list.

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IM+ provides an “Award winning instant messenger for iPhone/iPod Touch to chat within MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace, Skype and Twitter.” We’re excited to see how well IM+ ports to the new larger screen format.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-11-13 :: Category: Social Networking

I was an Evony junkie for quite awhile, so I’ve had my eye on CastleCraft for a few weeks now. Developer Infinite Lives already has this app on the app store, just waiting for the iPad to get into the hands of the masses. The story contains three different story lines that allow players to interact with one another in a massively multi-player online environment.

Three different quest lines lead players to form alliances and train up to 16 different types of military, resource and technology units. Play against friends and foes worldwide, chat in real time, and witness your city expand under intricate day-night cycles with dynamic particle effects. Amass Dragon Crystals to power your empire with magic.

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Castlecraft is a civilization builder that boasts Plus+ network support, so that you can instantly connect to a large community of friends to interact with. Like I said, this will be one of the first iPad purchases I make.

More pictures after the jump.


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Sam & Max is making an appearance on the iPad in this Telltale debut title. This title is Episode one of the The Devil’s Playhouse, which has celebrated a lot of success in other platforms. The enhanced graphics and expanded real estate makes this game a perfect marriage to the iPad.

    “Sam & Max just feels right on iPad,” said Kevin Bruner, CTO, Telltale Games. “The gameplay experience is incredibly intimate and tactile. Playing the game on iPad truly feels different to anything else.”

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Additional features have been implemented in order to more effectively utilize the iPad’s enhanced touch features. This five episode series has the potential to really shine on the iPad. Check it out for the iPad at $9.99.

More pictures after the jump.


Continue reading iPad Game Preview: Sam & Max Episode 1 – The Penal Zone »

Like many of you out there, we at 148apps can’t WAIT to get our hands on the iPad. The iPad isn’t cheap though, and many of you might be picking up the iPad and waiting for that next paycheck before you really can enjoy it. Developer Imangi Studios understand this, and it offering a great sale on their iPad game Harbor Master HD. For the low price of free, you can enjoy all the 5-star fun of Harbor Master, fully optimized for iPad performance.

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At release, Harbor Master HD will have one fully optimized HD map ready to play. Imangi Studios plans to offer DLC and ads free options later on, but for now you can pick up a game that is fully optimized for no cost at all. If the original Harbor Master is any indication, this app is going to be a must have for the iPad. You can check out our review of Harbor Master below.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-06-17 :: Category: Games

Sherlock Holmes looks to be making his way onto the iPad with this release from Warner Bros. Entertainment. This fairly well received adventure game on the pocket sized iDevices will find a new and improved home on the increased size and clarity of the iPad.

    Leveraging the powerful platform of the Apple iPad and its 1024×768 screen resolution, players will be treated to stunning visuals and breathtaking graphics through 11 immersive 3-D environments as they work to solve the case.


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The iPad version of Sherlock Holmes: Mysteries includes a lot of exclusives that will even attract those who have previous played this game for another iDevice.

    - Puzzle Boxing Tournament – Exclusive for the iPad, Sherlock must use his wit and mental acuity, finding and exploiting his opponents’ weaknesses to neutralize the threat. Knuckle your way through a tournament of 12 unique characters using the iPad’s multi-touch functionality

    - Auto-Flip and Rotate Support – Flip or rotate the iPad to play from any angle

    - Full Screen Resolution for a High-def 3-D experience

    - Increased Texture Resolution for the characters and environments

    - Redesigned UI Takes advantage of the larger iPad screen

Check out our review of Sherlock Holmes: Mysteries below. We’re excited to see the changes from the original iDevice games to the upgraded iPad game.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-20 :: Category: Games

iPad App Preview: Instaviz

Instaviz developer Pixelglow Software recently sent us an update on this pocket whiteboard app currently out for the smaller iDevices. Amongst other updates included in Instaviz 1.6 is the exciting inclusion of iPad support.

We reviewed Instaviz back in the beginning of 2009 and it received favorable reviews. We’re really excited about how well such an app might lend itself to the iPad’s larger screen.

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Pixelglow is hopeful that the update will be available alongside the release of the iPad on April 3rd.

$9.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-12-06 :: Category: Business

Developer MooCowMusic has been around since the beginning of the app store, offering Pianist as a debut title for the iPhone. They are stepping up to the plate again with Pianist Pro for the iPad.

Some exciting changes are being realized from the original Pianist to Pianist Pro. Details are scarce, but images from the app show increased real-estate on the iPad screen has offered MooCowMusic the opportunity to expand the functionality of their virtual piano app.

The original Pianist:

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Pianist Pro for the iPad:

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Pianist has been recognized by Apple as one of the top ten music applications, and user reviews are overly positive. If MooCowMusic follows along the same formula that worked so well for Pianist, we can expect Pianist Pro to be an excellent debut app for the iPad.

Aftermath Review

Aftermath Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Aftermath follows along the standard equation of zombie games that have come before it. The dual stick shooter feel combined with a fairly easy to pick up game style make it a good experience. At $0.99 it's a small investment for some good old fashion zombie killing.

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10 Pin Shuffle Review

10 Pin Shuffle Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
10 Pin Shuffle is a great on the go game that doesn't require a lot of investment to enjoy. It's multiple game modes and local/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth multi-player options make it a fun two person experience as well.

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We Rule Review

We Rule Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
We Rule is a solid entry into the freemium genre. While the potential for greatness is there, serious time and consideration needs to be taken on the server and game play issues for We Rule to stay popular with fans.

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ipad_hero_20100305I’m trying to decide what my next purchase is going to be, and am having difficulties making the decision. I decided to turn to the readers, and ask for your opinion on what I should be purchasing next. I have a few ideas in mind, and I’ll share them with you. I certainly wouldn’t mind a few new ideas either, though my wife might despise you for it.

I started working for 148Apps at the beginning of the month, and I am really enjoying myself. I am limited on how much I can do because I only own an iPod. The obvious is to purchase an iPad when it comes out, and hook it up with a 3G data package. I would still need to use my Verizon Wireless phone, but I would have expanded my ability to review 3G specific, and soon iPad specific, apps. I have a 32 gig iPod, so I wouldn’t really need anything past the standard low end model.

Then there is the possibility that maybe I could pick up a low end Apple computer. It would allow me to use more apps that interact with Apple only programs, and increase the number of programs I have available at my fingertips. This is especially appealing because I’ve been considering possibly a little iPhone development of my own. I’ve always been a big fan of Mac computers, but never really been in the tax bracket to afford a big investment like that.overview_hero1_20091020

I’m concerned that the iPad won’t really fulfill a lot of business functions at my “main job”, that I might be able to use with a Mac. That said, my office is all PC so communication between the two computers might be difficult. Plus, I am no technology master, and in an agency of three people, there certainly isn’t much room for difficult set up, or complicated interfacing. It’s not as if I live in Cleveland or Columbus either. My mediocre town here in Ohio isn’t known for it’s sophisticated infrastructure. Depending on the functionality, the iPad would be the easiest to take to board meetings, and the easiest way to provide important spreadsheet information while saving a tree or twelve. At least, I think it would be???

There’s also this pesky issue of a newborn on the way. It’s my first, so who knows what I’ll need for that. I also want to do some landscaping, and a vacation would always be nice.vacation-packages

What does the community think? Are you going to be purchasing an iPad? Already pre-ordered? Is a Mac higher on the priority list? I haven’t even considered an iPhone either. In my predicament, what do all the experts out there believe is my best purchase at this junction? Sound off and give me some advice!

Dark Shrine Review

Dark Shrine Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Dark Shrine has a lot of potential that is lost on a seemingly rushed production. A dedicated set of developers may provide the salvation this game needs, but it's current form is unfinished.

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Healthcare

If you haven’t yet heard, the United States recently passed a national health care bill that, like all things American, is dripping with controversy. The entire process has been riddled with unanswered questions, and Americans are either extremely for it, or extremely against it. Arguments far and wide have been heard from both sides, and many Americans don’t really know what to believe about the whole situation.

What’s less controversial is that healthy living is beneficial to the well being of our lives. For those of you that own an iDevice, there are plenty of apps out there that assist in this process. From calorie counters to work out routines, there is something out there for every diet and exercise need. Unfortunately, there aren’t any apps that I know of that can make sense of the health care bill.

Read on for a few health and fitness apps that we like.
Continue reading Healthcare »

Momento Review

Momento Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Momento takes keeping a diary to the next level with its ability to tag and sort posts and upload pictures to each entry. It's a must try for those that enjoy keeping a diary.

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Across Age

Across Age

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Across Age follows along in the same approach that other action RPGs for the iDevice do. Fans of this genre should check it out!

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MoneyBook

MoneyBook

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
MoneyBook makes it possible for anyone, regardless of expertise, to easily and effectively track and monitor their spending habits. The simplistic interface creates an easy to learn environment streamlines the use of this app.

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