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Stephen is founder of GoogleGlassFans.com, its parent site SelfScreens.com, and has written at many other publications across the web including iFans.com, AppStorm.net, and iPhoneHacks.com. His main interests are currently Google Glass, smartwatches like the Pebble, and other wearable technology topics. He also has experience writing about the Apple ecosystem, jailbreak, and mobile applications and games.

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Outread Speed Reading App Gets Huge Update with New Reading Mode, Audio Cues

Posted by on April 14th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Outread, an app from developer Arkadiusz Holko that claims to improve your reading effectiveness through various training methods, has received a huge update that includes a wide variety of new features.

The latest update features eBook support, a built-in directory of classic public domain books, built-in statistics (to see overall and daily reading stats), a new reading mode that aligns the app’s word highlighter to the center, audio cues, and more. Also in version 1.2 of Outread are countless improvements to already existing app features, including a better “chunking algorithm,” a refreshed app icon, and more.

You can get Outread on the App Store for $4.99.

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via: Our Review
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While there are dozens of apps that make panoramas in the App Store, Cycloramic from Egos Ventures set itself apart by being the first to be able to take these photos by spinning itself on a table using your phone’s vibration. But today, the app is getting even better in a recent update that adds clap activation.

Previously, using Cycloramic could be somewhat hard; you had to balance the phone standing up on the table and try to press a button on the screen to start the spinning photo action. Now, in version 4.9 of Cycloramic, users will be able to start the panorama-taking process with a clap or a whistle. The update also includes the usual “optimizations.”

You can get Cycloramic on the App Store for $1.99.

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via: Our Review
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The good folks at Sesame Street recently released their very first interactive magazine app, dubbed Sesame Street S’more, and it’s available right now. In the ‘magazine,’ your child will find a variety of fun activities inspired by the world of Big Bird – including games, stories, puzzles, rhymes, reward badges, and “S’more!”

In the app, your child will learn many skills, including ABCs and 123s, listening skills, coloring, creativity, and self-expression. The magazine app also features Elmo, Grover, Ernie, Big Bird, and other Sesame Street stars, kid-friendly music and videos, read-aloud narration, and multiple learning levels.

You can download Sesame Street S’more on the App Store right now for free. Subscriptions cost $3.99 for single issue, $2.99 for an automatically renewing subscription, or $15.99 to get every episode for the year.

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Captain Bubblenaut Hits the Big Screen in a New Update

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Captain Bubblenaut from indie developer Dean Tate is a fun arcade game featuring one-finger “slide the ground” controls. The goals of the game include eliminating all “erflings” and making your father “Admiral Pop” proud. The game features 30 achievements and Game Center leaderboards, more than 4 different terrains, charming music, and more.

Recently, Captain Bubblenaut received a humble update that brings the game to the larger screen of the iPad. Luckily, for you, the game is now universal meaning you don’t have to repurchase the game to play it on iPad. The update also includes support for iOS 6 and new menu music.

You can get Captain Bubblenaut on the App Store for $1.99.

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Feed Me Oil 2 Gets New Levels and a Price Drop in its Recent Update

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Feed Me Oil 2 is a great puzzle game from Chillingo, publishers of other iOS favorites Cut the Rope and the Anomaly series. In the game, you have to channel oil into monsters in a wide variety of environments, using many tools and techniques to get the slippery substance where you want it to go.

The game was recently updated with an all-new chapter for you to explore. You can “collect the eggs tucked away in your favorite Feed Me Oil 2 puzzles” to unlock this chapter, according to the update notes. Chillingo has also changed all the gross oil to be “delicious molten chocolate” for a limited time.

You can grab Feed Me Oil 2 at its new, lower price of $0.99 on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Flying Hamster and Flying Hamster HD are Free and Updated to Support MFi Controllers

Posted by on April 9th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Flying Hamster brags that it has almost 2 million players worldwide, and I don’t see any reason to doubt that as the truth. After all, this game is about flying hamsters. It features 6 unique worlds, 35 different enemies, and 8 “freaky” weapons that you can find throughout each level. Additionally you can control the game in four different ways, allowing the player to use either on-screen controls or the accelerometer.

Flying Hamster and its HD version were both recently updated with support for 4-inch screens, iOS 7 game controllers, and Game Center. But the best part about the recent update is that both games are now completely free to download. Head over to the App Store and grab one (or both) of them now.

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via: Our Review

Frozen Synapse, a popular turn-based strategy game from renowned developer Mode 7, will become a universal app and arrive on the iPhone and iPod touch at some point later this year, according to a report from Pocket Tactics. You can get the game on the iPad right now, however, and that version has received a plethora of great reviews.

Notably, the game’s user interface is jam-packed on the PC version and it’s already clunky on the iPad; there’s just a lot of buttons and options that make the game work. It’s hard to imagine Mode 7 being able to fit all of the game’s buttons on such a small screen.

We’ll see how it works on a 4-inch (or 3.5-inch) screen when Frozen Synapse is released for the iPhone later this year.

source: Pocket Tactics

Now Available: R.B.I. Baseball is a New Mobile Take on the Classic Baseball Game Formula

Posted by on April 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

R.B.I. Baseball, known as the most popular Baseball game to ever be released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, has received a reboot via the modern smartphone. The original game licensed players from the MLB, and the same is true for R.B.I. Baseball 14, which features 480 of the current lineup of players. You can play the game, with visuals just slightly better than its predecessor, in a variety of modes including season, postseason, and exhibition.

The game features all 30 MLB teams, and you can play an entire 9-inning game in just 20 minutes. It also features easy-to-use “classic” controls, allowing you to control the game with what is basically just two buttons. The game is also very realistic, featuring players whose appearance and abilities are based on real stats. Finally, there is unlockable in-game content such as legacy jerseys that you can unlock by playing season mode.

You can get R.B.I. Baseball 14 on the App Store for $4.99.

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In upcoming game Warhammer 40,000: Carnage from Roadhouse Interactive, you play a lone Space Marine who has to battle tons of enemies with countless weapons while traveling through the game’s dark fantasy worlds. Sound awesome? The game’s “exceptionally rich” universe immerses you in action as you build alliances with friends but also fight battles with the game’s terrifying evil creatures.

The game features over 50 levels, the ability to build countless in-game items through an intricate crafting system, the ability to upgrade your weapons, a leaderboard for competing with other players worldwide, and highly accessible controls.

You can expect Warhammer 40,000: Carnage to launch in the App Store sometime in May.

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A new action game from Shortbreak Studios called Hellraid: The Escape is scheduled to be released soon, porting the upcoming sibling game for PC (simply called Hellraid) to iOS. In the game, a sorcerer has imprisoned your soul, leaving you to wonder who you are yourself, and how you could possibly rid the world of this evil. The game is a high-quality and well-developed game with great graphics, and hopes to be a fun experience as well even on top of its frightening story premise.

The game has a plethora of features, including a wide variety of challenging puzzles, the graphics quality of its PC brother, a world that’s free to explore, intuitive controls, Game Center achievements and more. Hellraid: The Escape will also support play on a TV via AirPlay or an HDMI cable. The game will have free updates released over time and will not feature any in-app purchases.

Hellraid: The Escape will be available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad on May 15 for $2.99.

Laser Dog Games, creators of the well-loved game PUK, is at it again. This time they’re teasing the upcoming space game Alone. In Alone, you have to use game’s “ultra responsive slide controls” to navigate through caves, rocky outcrops, and falling debris while it becomes ever more claustrophobic as you play.

aloneAlone is an endless runner, and the game’s “procedural worlds” attempt to give the player a sense of making progress through space. The difficulty of Alone rises and falls as you move from planet to planet, with a little bit of down time between each area giving you room to breathe. The game is also said to have a fantastic soundtrack.

Alone will be available on June 26 on iOS, and will be a premium game with no pesky in-app purchases.

Although currently only available for PC, Democracy 3, an awesome political simulator from indie developer Cliff Harris, will be coming to the iPad according to Pocket Tactics and a post on Harris’ blog. This is the second port of one of Harris’ games following the release of Gratuitous Space Battles, which was released on the App Store in 2012.

Democracy 3 lets you play the role of a blood-sucking politician (such as a president or prime-minister), taking control of the entire country and giving you the power to cater to the “motivations, loyalties, and desires of everyone in the country.”

Keep your eye on 148apps as we’ll be sure to let you know when there’s more to tell you about the upcoming release of Democracy 3 for iPad.

source: Pocket Tactics
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IFTTT (If this Then That) is a service for connecting your favorite web applications and platforms together and pushing information between them. One of those platforms that is critical to the way IFTTT works is iOS, and today the service’s mobile application was updated to version 2.0.0.

In the latest version of IFTTT, you’ll find a bunch of new features including iPad compatibility; you can now manage and create recipes from the comfort of your tablet. Also packed into this update is the iOS Notifications channel, which allows you to send triggered actions straight to your iOS device. Lastly, the update includes a new iOS Photos channel that works when you’re in a specific area.

You can get IFTTT on the App Store for free.

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Stitcher Radio is Completely Remade in New Update Including New Front Page, Redesigned Player Controls

Posted by on April 7th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Stitcher Radio is a well-known and well-reviewed app that lets you listen to your favorite news, comedy shows, talk radio shows, podcasts, and more – when you want them. The app has long been available for iOS, but recently received a massive update that changes almost everything about it.

Version 4.0 of Stitcher Radio includes a new front page, which brings new episodes of the shows you love to the forefront of the experience, redesigned player controls with a new mini player, a last player feature that lets you pick up where you left off, a new design that brings the app inline with iOS 7 design philosophy, and more.

You can get Stitcher Radio on the App Store for free.

via: Our Review
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Getting ready in the morning and heading out the door can be stressful, but new app Ready to Go — Your Daily Reminder from AppBit Software hopes to make it just a little more pleasant. It’s easy to forget every day tasks before you leave the house, and this app intends to remind you of all these little tasks.

The app features daily reminders of the tasks you probably need to complete, an adjustable checklist of the items that are built in to the app, and “intuitive controls with gestures” that make using the app pleasant and fun. To top it off, the app looks beautiful with a flat iOS 7-like design.

You can get Ready to Go – Your Daily Reminder on the App Store for $0.99.

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Commonly found on the App Store are dozens (or even hundreds) of apps that accomplish the same task. And that being the case, it’s awesome when you find a new app that is unique — or mostly unique — in the problem it tries to solve. Pocket Wine Pairing is a new app from Wine Paradigm that fits this scenario; it tries to help you find wine to make your dining experience the best it can be, and tells you what wines would go best with the food you choose to eat.

The app features a “Do’s & Don’ts” section depending on the type of food you’re eating along with a “Quick Guide To Food Types,” which gives you a quick look at how to pair each food type with wine.

You can get Pocket Wine Pairing on the App Store for free.

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Get a Goofy Tooned-Out Makeover with New ToonifyMe App

Posted by on April 4th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There are countless apps on the App Store made for editing photos, and it seems a decent number of those are primarily just for fun (FatBooth, anyone?). Today, MotionPortrait Inc. is adding their new app ToonifyMe to the list of goofy photography apps; this one analyzes the features of your face and makes caricature-like cartoons in a “fast, fun, and interactive way!”

But the app does more than just make caricatures. You can add a ton of effects to your now-tooned picture with the swipe of a few fingers, reshaping your photo and adding filters for even more variety. Lastly, the app can share your caricatures on social media, allowing you to show off your goofy creation to your friends.

You can get ToonifyMe on the App Store for free.

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BUNT MLB Trading Card Game Updated with New Card Types, New Gameplay Features

Posted by on April 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hit MLB trading card game BUNT from Topps is a fun way to collect, trade, and play cards with what the company calls the “best baseball card collecting community in the world.” The game has a wide variety of features, including real-time valuation, strategic trading with real people, an authentic collecting experience, and the wide variety of player stats that come with each card.

The app was recently updated to make the experience even better for 2014. The game’s version 4.0 update comes packed with a brand new user interface, new gameplay features, a slew of new card types, and new fan metrics. Also, the update allows players to trade in higher volume; now up to up to 9 for 9 cards. You can find BUNT: The MLB Digital Baseball Trading Card Game on the App Store for free.

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Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Update Act 2: Forest Hunt Released – Includes New World, Minigame, and Enemies

Posted by on April 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf, which we called “highly exceptional and unique” in our review, is a half-gamebook half-RPG adventure full of story and combat. Today the game has received a huge update called Forest Hunt that expands on the game’s original adventure, taking you through the “Kingdom of Sommerlund and the dreaded Darklands.”

The update features a variety of alternative paths, beautiful new 3D locations, and even packs a “magical” new mini-game. Act 2: Forest Hunt also includes many additional new features that will affect the entire game, including 3 different difficulty levels, “re-tuning and improvements” to the game’s AI, new ranged attacks, and overall improvements to the game’s gear repair mechanics.

You can get Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf on the App Store for free.

via: Our Review

Freeze! Updated with a Fourth World and Many New Challenges

Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Freeze!, an app from indie developer Andreas von Lepel and FrozenGunGames, is a great physics-based game known for its gorgeous visual appearance. The game’s mechanics and gameplay style set it apart from the majority of iOS games, and its visuals are delightfully grayscale and creepy. But the app has received many content updates since it was first released, and now another world is available for your puzzle solving pleasure.

The latest update to Freeze! brings the game’s fourth world, which packs many new fun and beautiful-looking levels and challenges. But this update also brings a new in-app purchase. While previously available in-app purchases have allowed players to unlock each world (1-4) for $0.99 each, the game’s latest update adds the option for players to unlock all worlds (2, 3, and 4) for the same price: $0.99.

You can get Freeze! on the App Store for free.

via: Our Review
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Fantastical 2 from Flexibits, known as the most fantastic calendar available for the iPhone, was this morning released in the larger iPad form-factor. The app ships with all of the calendar features you love from the iPhone version, including its seamless iOS reminders integration, the ability to open links in third-party browsers and apps, the ability quickly search through your events and reminders, and most importantly, its language parser that allows you to create events in plain English.

But the iPad version of Fantastical 2 features the new Fantastical Dashboard, which allows you multiple ways (such as DayTicker, week view, or full-screen week view) to view your events and reminders in a way that suits you best. And your Fantastical Dashboard can be switched between these different views with a simple gesture. Overall, this app is a great addition to the Fantastical family, leaving only the Mac version yet to be updated to the “2″ version number.

You can get Fantastical 2 for iPad on the App Store for $9.99.

New Comedy Central App Lets you Watch Full-Length Episodes on your iOS Device

Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Known for its crude and hilarious TV shows, Comedy Central this morning released the first version of its iOS app. As goes with many other TV station apps, Comedy Central allows you to watch a huge amount of full-length TV shows – that is, if you sign in with your TV provider account. And sadly, only select partnered TV provider accounts are going to work with the app (notably, Dish Network is missing).

But if you really want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Colbert Report, South Park, and other shows, this is the app to go to. These full episodes will carry ads (even after logging in), but you won’t watch as many as if you were watching live TV. The app also features stand-up specials, archived TV show selections, and the ability to share clips with your friends.

You can get Comedy Central on the App Store for free.

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Get a Grasp on the Beauty of Mathematics with Incredible Numbers

Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Have you ever wanted to truly understand the beauty of numbers and how they relate to the world around us? If so, you need to check out this new app called Incredible Numbers from Touch Press. Drawn from the work of bestselling author Professor Ian Stewart, Incredible Numbers walks you through a plethora of interactive examples that show you everything form the significance of numbers in nature to how they brings us pleasure through music.

Incredible Numbers features topics such as Infinity, Pi, Music, Codes, Nature, Primes, Polygons, and Factorials – walking you through 23 articles crafted by Professor Ian Stewart himself, along with 71 “groundbreaking” demonstrations. The app also includes 15 of Ian Stewart’s most famous mathematical puzzles. The goal here is to convince you that math is beautiful.

You can get Incredible Numbers on the App Store for $4.99, and the app is only compatible with iPad.

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Sometimes, you just really need a doughnut. And if you’re lost and don’t know which way to turn (and don’t want to open up Yelp and type “donuts”), a new app called Doughbot will come to the rescue. The app, as you might expect, takes your current location and finds the nearest doughnut shops and then presents them to you via the app’s simplistic and beautiful user interface.

The app gives you navigation and walking directions when you’ve found the shop you want, has reviews for shops in-app that are pulled from popular review platform Yelp, and includes photo galleries powered by Instagram. Really there’s no better doughnut-finding app out there, and this one costs only $0.99 – about the same as a doughnut. You can get Doughbot on the App Store right now.

Flying Fortress is a upcoming iOS roleplaying game, set in an airship and designed specifically with character narrative, exploration, and strategic battles in mind. The game’s “streamlined” gameplay style allows players to engage with its story at their own pace, only requiring you to use one hand to play. The game comes from Los Angeles-based development studio BoxCat.

It features over 200 cutscenes, 108 collectable characters that will all see a different fate at the hand of your decisions, and 50 craft-able airships that can be customized for best battle performance. Finally, the game sets itself apart from the rest of the iOS gaming world herd as it is completely offline and playable anywhere.

Flying Fortress is expected to land sometime in Q3 of this year on iOS.

Transit Train and Bus Schedule App Gets an iOS 7 Makeover

Posted by on April 1st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Transit is arguably one of the best apps for making your public transportation experience less hectic, and the app has support for most of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. There’s really no reason not to have this app if you ever need to ride a train or catch the bus. But recently, Transit received a huge update that not only brings its user interface design up to date, but adds a bulk of new features as well.

The update features an “all Routes mode,” which lets users explore route and stops in their region, train and subway stations listed in auto-complete while searching, the ability to “search locations using stop codes,” an improved offline mode, and more. Of course on top of all these goodies the newly updated app features a beautiful newly designed interface to flatten it up and make it more iOS 7-y.

You can get Transit on the App Store for free.

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Philips’ hue lighting collection is growing, with the addition of two new upcoming members of the family: the tap switch, which lets you control connected lights wirelessly, and the “lux,” which is a white-only version of the 16 million-color original Hue bulb. Hue is known for its connectivity with iOS devices, allowing you to control room lighting from the comfort of your couch.

The tap switch, which will be available later this year for $60, impressively requires no external power source. The device powers itself with the kinetic energy of tapping its buttons. The “lux” bulb, which will retail for $40 per bulb (or come bundled with 2 bulbs plus a hue base for $100), is a very bright white coming in at $20 less than its colored brother.

Both of these new products will be available in Europe and North America sometime this Fall.

An exciting new online battle arena game called Sigils: Battle for Raios was demoed at GDC a couple of weeks ago, and is on its way to an iOS device near you. The game, which is being developed by Sproing and published by Gameforge, will be free-to-play and feature a variety of game modes including matchmaking, PvP, and PvE. Leaderboards for competing against others will also be available in-game.

So far, 20 combatants have been announced to be available for players to upgrade and level-up at the time of release, but Gameforge says that more will be made available by way of a variety of future updates. The game’s battles will be fought in a wide variety of arenas, and game play will be synced in live-time.

Sigils: Battle for Raois is optimized for iOS tablets and is slated for release sometime in 2014.

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Urbanspoon Restaurant Review App Gets Redesigned for iOS 7

Posted by on March 31st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Urbanspoon is one of the best-reviewed apps on the App Store for finding restaurants, and its millions of users have provided countless reviews for countless different eateries; you won’t be disappointed if you go to Urbanspoon to find a great nearby place to grab some lunch. But until recently the app was still sporting an old, clunky, pre-iOS 7 user interface. In the app’s latest update, version 3.5.0, it finally got a refreshed user interface and icon to match the iOS 7 aesthetic.

Better late than never though, right? This update, on top of its redesigned UI, also packs a couple of new features. You can now filter restaurant choices based on price, cuisine, and meal services, and there’s now a “nearby” button on the home screen of the app for quickly finding the nearest restaurants. Finally, you’ll find the user bug fixes and improvements that come with almost every app udpate.

You can get the new version of Urbanspoon on the App Store for free.

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Color Splash Receives Update Featuring a New UI, New Color Adjusting Tools

Posted by on March 31st, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Color Splash has been on the App Store for a very, very long time. Essentially, the app lets you take a full-color photo, highlight the part that you want to stand out, and make the entire image black and white except that specific point of focus. It’s a cool effect, and not many apps can provide the same. But this senior member of the App Store has received a much-needed update, which you can download right now.

Version 3.0 of Color Splash updates the app to have an iOS 7 aesthetic, which gives it “a sleek new look and feel” according to the update notes. The update also packs a new “hue shift” adjustment slider which allows the user to change the colors slightly within the image being edited. Finally, the previously-removed option of displaying the outline of the brush while painting has been brought back.

You can get Color Splash, if you don’t already have it, on the App Store for $0.99.

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via: Our Review
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