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5 top free emoji keyboard apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 21st, 2016

If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has taken it and just kept running over the past few years.

(Whereas the Japanese now have apparently disowned them.)

There's money in them there emojis though, especially when it comes to emoji apps. People just can't seem to get enough of them, and while a series of those apps have rotated through the top of the App Store charts over time, the latest one to create a buzz means it's a fine time to consider five that are popular right now.

7 things we want to see in Pokemon GO updates

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Clearly, Niantic and Nintendo don't need any advice on how to create a popular mobile game. Pokemon GO fever has swept not just the nation, but the entire world. Except Japan, ironically, where it's not out yet.

On the other hand, even the developers would have to admit that there are ways that the game can be improved. It's not the deepest Pokemon game ever, and since it's on mobile, content updates will be not just hoped for, but absolutely essential to keep it relevant for the long haul.

5 free apps to track your exercise playing Pokemon GO

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 11th, 2016

When it comes to Pokemon GO, there's one unavoidable fact: Sooner or later, you're going to have to do some walking.

Yes, you can get it in the car and drive around to different Gyms to avoid using the old shoe leather express, but some exercise simply can't be avoided. For example, the game is smart enough to know when you're in a car versus traveling by foot, so driving the 10 km to hatch the Pokemon egg isn't going to work.

Then again, some additional exercise is never a bad thing, and Niantic and Nintendo should be commended for getting people off their couches and roaming around outside. Now the next step is to see how that additional physical activity is paying off for you.

6 ways Battle Champs improves the Clash of Clans formula

Posted by Glen Fox on July 11th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Battle Champs is a build and battler out right now on iOS and Android that takes a lot of inspiration from the undisputed champion of the genre, Clash of Clans.

But to call it a clone is way off the mark. The developer of Battle Champs has made a serious effort to innovate on and, dare we say it, improve certain features of Clash of Clans.

As we're a kind bunch, we thought we'd write up a list of six ways that Battle Champs improves on the Clash of Clans formula so you can better decide whether or not it's worth your time.

5 free apps to make your beach trip better

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 7th, 2016

Now that Independence Day is in the rearview mirror in the U.S., the beach beckons for many of us. Even if you're not a huge fan of sun and sand, there's something relaxing about the waves and the pace of a week or two at the shore.

You know what could make that beach trip even better though? Considering we call this site 148apps, you shouldn't need more than one guess to answer that question.

CSR Racing 2 complete vehicle list: How to get every car

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 3rd, 2016

In CSR Racing 2, you're only as cool as your garage. NaturalMotion and Zynga stocked their new drag racing title with an imprssive selection of top notch vehicles, enough to ever make Jay Leno envious if they were all in one real life collection.

But it's one thing to talk about all the sweet rides in CSR2 and another to actually be able to grab them for yourself. With two dozen manufacturers represented and cars spread across five different tiers, there's a lot of work to do to collect them all.

5 popular free fertility apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 30th, 2016

There was a good article this week in The Independent about how more women are using fertility appsas a de facto form of contraception. It's apparently not working too well, leading to numerous unwanted pregnancies.

That's not a good thing. But the fact remains that apps to track a woman's menstrual cycle are probably as popular as they've ever been. A glance at the section of the App Store devoted to Health and Fitness bears this out, as among the fitness trackers and weight loss aids are plenty of fertility apps.

Five popular free apps to help you slim down for the summer

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 24th, 2016

Thanks to retail and advertising, we're used to thinking one season ahead. Here we are just a week into the summer and we're conditioned to start thinking about the fall.

Forget that. There's plenty of summer left, and that means you'll likely be hitting the pool, the beach, or some other place where you'll be more scantily clad than during other parts of the year. Is there still time to drop a few pounds before you don a swimsuit?

Top apps to help with summer road trips

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 22nd, 2016

Benjamin Franklin once famously said that the only certainties in life were death and taxes. During the summer, you can add another thing to that list: lots of people are going to be hitting the road for their vacations.

It wasn't too long ago that travel during the summer months meant breaking out the road atlas and being able to read road signs. Now, of course, all the help you used to need for navigation, lodging, and anything else you might need on a road trip is as close as your phone or tablet.

Best replacements for default iOS apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 21st, 2016

When iOS 10 arrives in earnest this fall, it will bring with it a feature that has been long requested by Apple users: the ability to delete the default apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone or iPad.

For most people, the desire to get rid of the default iOS apps has less to do with the fact that they somehow stink and more to do with maximizing precious space. With every bit of memory precious, why leave apps you don't use on your phone or tablet?

5 apps to give as last minute Father's Day gifts

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 18th, 2016

So in case you hadn't heard, it's Father's Day soon. As in this Sunday. If you're reading this and this is news to you, it means you haven't bought dear old Dad a present yet.

That's bad. After all those hours he spent playing football with you even though he knew you were never going to grow up to become the next Wayne Rooney, you just went and did him dirty like that. And now it's too late to order anything online, because it's not showing up in time.

Best free weather apps for your summer planning

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 16th, 2016

It's officially summertime. The temperatures are higher, the days are almost as long as they can possibly get, and schools are out almost everywhere. Time for a vacation, or holiday, as my British bosses would say.

That's if the weather cooperates. When it doesn't, it's nice to have some advance notice, and these days, that can be as close as your phone.

Get more done: The 5 best free productivity apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 15th, 2016

While we'd all like to be spending 100 percent of our time on our mobile devices playing games, sending pictures and videos to friends, and doing other fun stuff, the reality is that we occasionally have to use those iPhones and iPads to do work. Sometimes more than occasionally.

The idea, then, is to be able to do that work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get you back to doing whatever you do on your leisure time. Apple has helpfully loaded your iPhone and iPad with default apps to assist in that quest (though iOS 10 will allow you to delete them), but at 148apps, we don't like to settle, we like to find the best -- in this case the best free productivity apps around.

T-Mobile Tuesdays and 4 more free apps to earn you real rewards

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 8th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's often said that you can't get something for nothing. That thinking has been in the news a lot as of late, with airlines making changes to frequent flyer programsto work via dollars spent instead of miles flown.

Alas, there's still a place where you can be rewarded for loyalty, and it's on your smartphone or tablet. Apps like T-Mobile Tuesdays, which has rocketed to the top of the App Store free app chart, are proof of that.

Beyond Snapchat: 5 popular free messaging app alternatives

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 6th, 2016

There's no escaping Snapchat. Not only is it the dominant force among free photo-sharing apps at the moment, it's also increasingly become the app of choice for text messaging among teens and young adults. After all, why use a separate app for messaging when you can do it from the same one you use to share images and videos too?

That said, there is life beyond Snapchat. A number of free iPhone and iPad apps are out there that allow users to easily communicate with friends and loved ones without necessarily needing to download the current industry leader. Let's take a look at five of them that are currently popular on the App Store charts.