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3 apps to boost your focus

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 30th, 2016

As someone who works from home, my workspace is a minefield of distraction. Cats, tasty snacks, the wind blowing past my window, that cleaning that I suddenly can’t put off any longer. If I let distraction takes its course, I find that soon half the day is over, and I still have a full workload to finish.

Thankfully there’s a whole host of productivity apps designed to keep you on track, writer or no. As someone well-versed in procrastination, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best.

4 games like Burly Men at Sea to inspire your inner explorer

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 29th, 2016

Burly Men at Sea is out today and it looks a treat. It tells the tale of three Scandinavian fishermen who leave the humdrum of their daily lives to go exploring. It’s a beautiful folksy story that unfurls as you interact with the environment until the adventure ends and you set off down one of the game’s other many altering paths.

If you enjoyed the beardy fishermen’s atmospheric adventures, perhaps you’d like to do some more exploring. Here are our recommendations for some of mobile’s finest exploration-heavy games.

5 great apps for the budget traveller

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 28th, 2016

Travelling abroad, or even within your home country, has never been easier thanks to our handy smartphone companions. There are hundreds of apps on the market that promise to make your world journeys hassle-free, but we've selected five of the finest.

Our 5 favorite iMessage sticker packs

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 27th, 2016

At long last, iMessage joins the ranks of messaging apps the likes of LINE and Whatsapp, adding an impressive collection of stickers. They’re a great way to add a little something extra to your daily conversations.

Naturally everyone is jumping in with their own branded sticker packs, from Disney to Dunkin Donuts, to independently made packs featuring cute characters. We picked out some of our favorites to help feed your sticker addiction.

3 money saving apps for lazy people

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 21st, 2016
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVEST WISELY :: Read Review »

Saving money is super important, but it can also be time-consuming, frustrating, and you’ll need a bit of discipline to keep your goals on track.

Thankfully there are quite a few apps out there that do all of the dirty work for you, helping you to save up for that well-deserved vacation or build up a simple rainy day fund with ease. Here are our top three picks.

5 games you can play while you wait for Sorcery! 4

Posted by Jessica Famularo on September 19th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MYSTICAL EXPLORATION :: Read Review »

It’s a difficult time for fans of Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series, as Part 4 has been officially delayed until this Thursday. Developer Inkle decided it would be best to push the game back so as not to be overshadowed by last week’s iOS 10 release. That’s actually pretty smart, if you think about it! We want the best for Sorcery!, so we can stand to wait a bit longer, but it will be tough. What do we do in the meantime?

Why not explore some of the other fine storytelling adventures on mobile? There’s a lot of great interactive fiction out there—here are our recommendations!

4 of the funniest mobile games on iPad and iPhone

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2016

There's a new video game comedy show coming from Seth Rogen. I don't know about you, but that whole sentence has filled me with a sort of awful dread. It's creeping up my chest, and I feel like it's about strangle me.

Anyway, it'll probably pass. So while I'm shivering on the floor wondering where the whole world has gone wrong, I thought I'd take the time to think up some of the funniest games on the App Store.

Because I don't know, someone had to, and since it's pretty late and everyone else is probably out having a lovely time with people who they like and who like them, it may as well be me. Sigh. Here goes. Fun times.

Titanfall Frontline and the best and worst console to mobile tie-in games

Posted by Harry Slater on September 13th, 2016

There's a Titanfall card battler coming out. So that's a thing. Now let's all take a moment to think about the sort of content we could spin out of that fact. Remember to consider SEO while your cogs are whirring.

Oh wait, I've got it, let's look at some of the other tie-in games that have come out on the App Store and have a good old laugh about them.

Who knows, we might even find some good ones out there? I can think of like maybe two. I'll try and think some more as I get deeper into the list, but I'm not promising anything. Let's just roll with it and see what happens.

7 reasons Luigi deserves a mobile game rather than Mario

Posted by Harry Slater on September 12th, 2016

Look, I don't want to start an argument because of my excellent content writing skills, but anyone who's anyone knows that Luigi is the best of the Mario brothers. I mean, for starters his first name and his second name aren't exactly the same. That instantly makes him more trustworthy.

Plus he's the underdog, the other brother, the charming moustache-wearing loser who secretly we all root for. He's more than the player two character, he's an institution. I mean he had a whole year dedicated to him. Remember that? That was a thing that actually happened.

To that end, here are just some of the reasons that it should be Luigi spearheading Nintendo's next mobile game and not his stupid brother whose name I've already pretty much forgotten. Martin or something, I think.

He wears green

Bowmasters character guide: All the archers you could ever want

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 6th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

I don't know much about archery in real life, meaning if there's an apocalypse that leaves us having to hunt food without firearms, I won't be much help. But I've always loved archery in comics, movies, and video games, which is one of the reasons I love Bowmasters.

The game's dark humor and silly gore (if there is such a thing) help a lot too. Most of all, I just want to collect all the different characters and put them all through their paces, even if that means they'll all end up dying bloody deaths dozens of times over. C'est la vie, right?

A few new ones were added to the mix in a recent update, meaning there are now more options than ever for your arrow-shooting pleasure. Here's the entire list of Bowmasters in one handy character guide.

5 free apps you need for football season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 5th, 2016

The arrival of Labor Day can only mean one thing: football is back! Yes, we've talked about global football on this site before since it returns sooner, but this time we mean American football in all its glory.

College football has been as wild as ever right out of the gate, with three top 10 teams falling in the first week and another one in a tough game as this post was being written. The 2016 NFL season is right around the corner too, kicking off Thursday night with a championship rematch.

The question is whether you're ready for the season. And we mean really ready. We'd suggest that that you aren't unless you're rolling with the right apps. We've got five free suggestions to ensure you're as prepared for football in every aspect as you could possibly be.

Why the next Pokemon GO update needs to get here now

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 4th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

There's no need to panic about Pokemon GO. Though you're almost certain to have read articles in various places about how it has fallen off in terms of popularity since its stellar debut, that was inevitable. When your star burns as bright as Pokemon GO's did, literally the only place to go is down.

The numbers tell a slightly different story. Pokemon GO is still a top 20 app as we head into the holiday weekend in the U.S., even bouncing up a spot from the previous chart. That's not too shabby for a game that's been out for two months.

More importantly, it's still the top grossing iPhone game (though unlike some of its competitors for that throne, it's way further down on iPad). That should give Niantic all the resources it needs to keep plugging away on updates.

And make no mistake, those updates are definitely needed.

5 mobile games that let you explore space like No Man's Sky

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 29th, 2016

No Man's Sky hasn't exactly turned out to be everything it was promised. Though its core concept of exploring an unimaginably vast universe of different planets is an intriguing one, the execution has left many PS4 and PC gamers feeling like they were not entirely satisfied with the result.

But hey, there are theories out there in the scientific community that there are actually an infinite number of parallel universes that exist. In gaming terms, if one isn't to your liking, you can simply go explore a different one.

None of these games will allow you to wander through a nearly limitless expanse encountering totally new worlds and lifeforms at every stop, but given what some people are saying about No Man's Sky, maybe that's not an entirely bad thing.

3 best fantasy football apps to get you ready for the season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 24th, 2016

Last season didn't go the way you wanted it to in fantasy football. You were super happy following your drafts or auctions, convinced you had outsmarted everyone. You were all set to hustle on the waiver wire, work out some sweet trades, and make room in your possibly imaginary trophy case.

And then the football season actually happened, and things went wrong. Injuries. Suspensions. Scheme changes. Other people having better luck with their mid-season acquisitions.

In any case, you didn't get the glory you sought, and now here you are getting ready for a new campaign and hoping that things will be different. There's no excuse not to be prepared, since info that you could only get by buying magazines a decade ago is literally at your fingertips today, or more precisely in your pocket.

Obviously, you should have the app for your league's platform of choice on your iPhone, whether that's ESPN or Yahoo Sports or what have you. But how about other apps to help you with your fantasy football prep? We've got five that may help you make sure things are different this year.

Well, until your first round pick goes down in Week 1, of course.

Best apps for watching live TV

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016

The Olympics have come and gone, leaving nearly everyone in a temporary state of "What the heck am I going to watch on TV right now?" Besides old reruns of Golden Girls, but that goes without saying.

I say temporary because we're not too far away from the start of the new fall TV season, and even though the networks' decades old paradigm is becoming increasingly obsolete, there's no question that the seasonal concept still carries a lot of weight because of all the new and returning shows that will flood at us in fairly short order.

To prepare for the deluge, you're going to want to be able to watch as many ways as possible. That means apps, and while this isn't a true guide to cord-cutting -- because taking in live TV still requires a cable subscription sometimes -- it can at least help untether yourself from your living room this fall.