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The best scanner app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 13th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

People always say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, the same is true with scanners, and your phone can be a pretty great tool for scanning receipts and other documents while you're on the go.

Check out the list below to discover the ultimate scanner app and a few honourable mentions.

The best video player on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 7th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL :: Read Review »

We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix.

Unfortunately, Netflix and other streaming services also have their own set of setbacks, namely their recurring cost and need for a data connection. That's where third-party video players come in.

Four apps to help improve your Super Bowl experience

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 7th, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it.

You’ve got your snacks, right? Well, How about downloading some apps to improve your viewing experience? Here are some recommendations.

The best automation app on mobile

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO WITH THE FLOW :: Read Review »

Have you ever found yourself getting frustrated at the amount of navigation or tapping you have to do when doing some tasks on your mobile device? If so, you've probably looked into getting an automator.

These apps are specifically designed to reduce the overall amount of navigation that comes with an app-centric ecosystem by executing strings of tasks or specific functions that you do regularly in a single tap.

We've scoured through the mobile app stores to bring you these best automation apps out there.

The best music creation app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 2nd, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own music? It’s not as hard as you think, thanks to a variety of different apps out there to help you do exactly that.

You don’t even need to use a PC or Mac, with your trusty iPhone and iPad filling that role admirably.

Here’s a look at the best on mobile.

The best entertainment discovery apps on mobile

Posted by Gordon Siu on January 29th, 2016

Although 2016 may bring about new responsibilities and resolutions to fulfil, the new year also means more entertainment to be excited about!

Whether it be books, movies, or music, we’ve selected three apps that will help you discover entertainment tailored to your tastes.

The best budgeting app on mobile

Posted by Jessica Famularo on January 26th, 2016
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: AVERAGE :: Read Review »

The new year is a time for forming better habits, but it’s not always easy. The year is still young, but our motivation to start the year off right fades quickly.

If you’ve resolved to spend smarter this year, luckily there are a range of excellent apps to help you stay focused. We’ve sifted through the top budget apps to bring you our favorites to ensure a fiscally fit 2016.

The best

Mint is a great all-in-one money management app. Developed by Intuit, the people who also produce TurboTax, Quickbooks, and Quicken, Mint pairs up with your bank accounts to track your spending and saving automatically. If you make an old-fashioned cash purchase, you can input the transaction manually with ease. What’s more, Mint also tracks your credit card debt and monitors your credit score. The app also features a colorful, simple design that’s easy on the eyes, making the budgeting process a little less painful.

The rest

Spending Tracker is a trusty little app that takes a simplistic approach to budgeting. Enter your income for the month, and a “budget bar” appears at the top of the main screen. As you record your spending for the month, the bar will slowly drop into the red. Rotating the screen horizontally presents a handy pie chart that shows how much spending goes into each category in a month. You can also view your cash flow over an extended period of time in a convenient line graph.

Coinkeeper makes budgeting fast, and, dare I say fun? Input your income and bank account balances. You can then set your budget according to the categories (groceries, eating outside, etc.) listed or ask the app to do it for you. Whenever you make a purchase, your budget coins will slowly fill up, giving you a visual representation of how you’re doing as the month progresses.

Do you have a go-to budgeting app? Let us know in the comments below!

The best reading app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 21st, 2016

Reading on the move is a great way to spend some time and feel like you’re doing something fun or productive.

While you can stick to tried-and-true solutions like a book or Kindle, there are easier options out there - and you can find all of them on your mobile.

Read on to discover the best reading apps on mobile.

The best

Somewhat predictably, you can’t really beat Amazon’s Kindle app. The store offers access to more than three million books, as well as many audiobooks and exclusive titles.

You can also read newspapers and magazines - as well as customise the experience so it looks exactly how you want. What more could you need?

The rest

Apple’s own solution, iBooks, is pretty good. You can easily browse through extensive content and purchase books using your iTunes credit.

You can choose from seven fonts and three choices of page color, plus it’s easy to bookmark and highlight favorite sections of the text.

Not quite a reading tool but essential nonetheless, Goodreads is a social network for book fans. You can keep track of what you’re reading, view personalized recommendations, and see what your friends are reading too.

Options for writing book reviews are also available and it’s great for when you need motivation to read more, or simply want to discover something new.

Not in the mood for reading but want to hear a story? Audiobooks from Audible is the audiobooks equivalent of Kindle and iBooks.

You can easily explore the catalogue of over 180,000 titles before choosing to listen to one wherever you go. Even if you’re on the treadmill at the gym, you can listen to a story unfold, and the app does a great job of saving your place at all times.

The best workout app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 15th, 2016

Want to lose the Christmas pounds? Fortunately, your iPhone and iPad can save you from those, courtesy of a plentiful supply of great workout apps.

We’ve taken a look and rounded up some of the best to help you get motivated.

4 great apps for habit forming and keeping your New Year resolutions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 10th, 2016

It takes 21 days to form a habit, which means that no positive change is instantaneous.

For those initial 21 days in particular, you need some form of reminder to encourage you to follow whatever that new plan is, whether it’s to go for a run or simply to take a photo each day.

While no app can actually force you to complete such tasks, there are many great ways in which they can remind and encourage you. Here are some of the top picks.

6 retro games that should be revived on mobile

Posted by Simon Reed on January 8th, 2016

Games were better in the old days, right? Well, some were - others are probably best forgotten. Like most Java games for example.

148Apps wants to look at the best of the past though. Specifically which retro titles deserve to be dusted down and given new life on mobile, and why they'd work well on the small screen.

The 4 most exciting games to look forward to in 2016

Posted by Campbell Bird on January 5th, 2016

It's the new year, and there's a lot of great stuff coming our way - particularly in the mobile games department.

Let's take a look at the four most exciting games of 2016.

3 groundbreaking mobile predictions for 2016

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 4th, 2016

With the new year upon us, it’s time to speculate what the future might hold for mobile gaming in 2016. It’s a fast moving industry at the best of times, and that looks set to be a trend that will continue this year.

Here are our predictions for what might occur in the next 12 months.

148Apps's best games of 2015 - Glen's list

Posted by Glen Fox on January 1st, 2016

2015 has been and gone, and with it an absolute ton of awesome mobile games. We thought it couldn't possibly stand up to 2014 (which had Monument Valley, for crying out loud) but it did. It really did.

While I'd love to just gush about 50 or so awesome games I've played - on my various mobile devices alone - I've narrowed it down to just four. Yes, just four.

Without further ado, read on to discover more about, not only my favourite mobile game of 2015, but a few honourable mentions as well.

148Apps's best games of 2015 - Brittany's list

Posted by Brittany Vincent on December 31st, 2015

Though I'm certainly no stranger to apps, 2015 was the year I took the plunge and played and completed the most diverse list of games in my history as a mobile gamer.

While there was a veritable flurry of releases I'm still trying to keep track of, it's time to make things a little clearer and crown my best games of 2015.

Believe me, it was tough.