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5 places where Pokemon GO is still number one

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
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In the U.S., the bloom is off the Pokemon Go rose ever so slightly. It's still doing great, sitting atop the top grossing chart as it has for some time, but it's no longer among the top 10 free apps in downloads, possibly because darn near everyone who wants it already has it.

But while it may no longer be the all encompassing phenomenon it was in July and early August in the United States, it's as big as ever in some other countries -- maybe even bigger, if that's possible. Let's take a quick look at five places where Pokemon GO is still the unquestioned number one mobile game.

5 free apps to help with back to school shopping

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016

The new school year is coming on like Usain Bolt rounding the turn in the 200-meter dash. In other words, really fast.

This isn't news if you're the parent of a school-aged child. In fact, depending on how your summer went, you may already have the first day of school circled on your calendar. The problem is, you may not have all of your back to school shopping done, and now you're running out of days.

Time to panic. Just kidding. It's actually time to download some free apps that can help you out of your conundrum. These apps all do different things, but they'll all come in handy as you get closer to that dreaded/celebrated occasion.

Which mobile games feature the Suicide Squad?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 9th, 2016

What do critics know, anyway? TheSuicide Squadmovie may have taken a critical drubbingjust like its predecessor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's proven a hit so far with moviegoers. It demolished the August record for an opening weekend in the U.S., and it appears poised to end up as one of the top handful of movies for 2016.

(Although there is a new Star Wars movie coming later this year. Just saying ... )

Naturally, that kind of success has people anxious to experience more of DC's bad guys reluctantly doing good things. You can find the Suicide Squad in a pair of free mobile games, provided you know where to look. Let's start with the official game of the movie ...

4 free apps to help you keep tabs on Rio 2016

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 7th, 2016

The action in Brazil is underway, with athletes from more than 200 nations competing to bring glory and gold home with them. In the U.S., the networks of NBCUniversal are providing extensive coverage of all kinds of sports through August 21, while other countries have similar arrangements when it comes to their television networks.

Still, we're not always around TV screens, even in this day and age. If only there were some mobile apps to help track everything going on in South America this month ... Oh wait, there are!

6 Pokemon GO updates you can expect, according to Comic-Con

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016
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Pokemon GO had a scheduled appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con for a while, but it was only relatively close to the show that it was upgraded to a spot in Hall H. That's the biggest venue at SDCC, one usually reserved for the largest movie and television panels.

Such is the runaway success of Pokemon GO that no one really batted an eye when the game's panel, which featured folks from the game's developer, Niantic, including studio chief John Hanke. While he and his team spoke this weekend about when has happened with the game so far, the big draw was everything they hinted at that is yet to come.

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
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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
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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?