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Twitterrific 5.0 Review

By Jeff Scott on December 6th, 2012
Twitterrific 5.0 is a whole new version of the familiar Twitter client. Designed by The Iconfactory from the ground up to be the perfect Twitter client. Did they do it?
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Evzdrop Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 3rd, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Evzdrop, Inc.
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod touch 5

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

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I generally find myself skeptical of location-based services that launch. In general, they have too much of a focus on urban dwellers. Something like Foursquare is only interesting for those who live in a big city. As well, it becomes just noise when shared to people on other social networks, just a shallow way to announce that a person is at a certain place, instead of actually adding value to the conversation.

Evzdrop avoids many of those traps. First off, the service is built to actuallya have people say something. There’s a Twitter-esque 140 character text box that requires input whenever a drop is made. This makes it easy to share thoughts on the place. Think the food at this restaurant is terrible? Say that, and include a thumbs down. Think that this bar is the raddest joint on earth? Thumbs up and a cool message will lead the way. Drops can be shared to Twitter or Facebook (or not at all!), and photos can be attached.

[img id="Evzdrop-4-169x300.png"]Second, there’s actually many, many ways to use the service. It’s possible to listen to places akin to following them on Twitter, and to see what’s happening at a certain place, or to see what’s happened recently. For example, when I spoke to the developers of Evzdrop, they mentioned that people have posted photos and updates from sports stadiums, so people can get a special perspective on what’s happening there. It could even be used as a Yelp-type service, where seeing real, recent opinions on a place is possible, or even just to filter to certain types of places and to see what’s around. Essentially, micro-reviews. This means that in suburban areas, where people are more spread out, there’s value in still posting things, as othe people will be able to see them later. Drops are all public, and those who run places can respond to drops, but it can also be done entirely anonymously.

The long-term problem is simple, as with every other service that’s based on location: it needs users. It needs people checking in at places regularly in order to provide content, so that when a person looks, they will actually see what they want to see. It needs places to actually interact with people regularly. The app also needs some cleaning up in its interface. There’s a lot of options, and a lot of the value of the app can get obscured in buttons and options, and things that look like buttons, like the tiny icon in the upper left, seems like it should be a button but is actually a non-interactive icon.

I find myself very interested in what Evzdrop will do in the future: they’ve done a lot to ensure that it’s something that has value even early on as its userbase is growing, and to ensure that there’s actually interesting content on there. But it just needs more to be something truly special.

StatNut Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED MINIMALISM
StatNut looks delightful but it lacks any extensive features to make it more than just an attractive hub to access social networking accounts.
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Six3 Video Share Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on November 7th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT
When a text just won’t quite get a message across clearly, use Six3 Video Share to send high quality video messages to friends and loved ones.
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Bonfyre Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PLAIN SOCIALIZING
Bonfyre is a nice idea for a private place to share photos and event details, but it lacks some important features.
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Topps HUDDLE Review

Posted by Blake Grundman on October 24th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: The Topps Company
Price: Free
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Playtime Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

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Spending a lazy Sunday afternoon plastered to the couch with an adult beverage in hand, while enjoying America's favorite pigskin pastime has become a critical strand in the fabric of our culture. Along with the sport itself, fantasy football is quickly becoming just as ingrained in the day-to-day lives of fanatics everywhere. What if there were a way that fans could meld the world of fantasy sports and social media together? The trading card company Topps has stepped in with their new hybrid application Topps HUDDLE to fill this critical void.

It is hard to define what exactly HUDDLE is as a piece of software. Is it a game? Could it be a social networking tool? Might it even be considered a research source for fantasy football owners? Ultimately, the aim is for this to be a fan's one-stop shop for football statistics, fantasy information, and up to the minute briefs on the biggest names in the National Football League.

The game portion of HUDDLE consists of initially acquiring "packs" of players, like in trading card packs, which makes complete sense given Topps' brand history. Each player in the pack is assessed with a plus or minus points value at the end of each week. These cumulative totals are used to compare against friends via Facebook, contact lists, or just strangers met at random. There is also a sit vs. start mechanic, where only seven active players can be selected per week. True to the freemium design model, additional packs of players can be purchased to further build out a roster.

While the game portion of the application is solid enough, where it will shine for fantasy owners is in the news section. Many of the daily ins and outs of the season will be constantly updated, including such juicy tidbits as injury updates, statistical analysis, and suggestions for budding players on the rise. For those that are fans of twitter banter, there is even an option to keep in touch with NFL standouts via their personal twitter profiles, all of which are seamlessly accessible from within the software.

Players also have the ability to trash talk, message amongst themselves and even swap players between rosters on Facebook. It pretty much goes without saying that there is a little bit of something for every NFL fan.

Trying to explain to someone what Topps HUDDLE actually is proves to be a rather tricky proposition. Though it attempts to fulfill the needs of several different types of fan, the lack of focus and direction ultimately renders the application/game a somewhat confusing amalgam of stats and social media. Fortunately the free cost makes the barrier to entry minimal, leaving it far more appealing to the masses. If given the chance, Topps HUDDLE could prove to be a strong mid-season replacement for your stat tracker of choice.


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Lookup Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: USEFUL TALENT SCOUT
Lookup is a quick and simple way of learning more about a person that consolidates numerous search engine results.
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UpTo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ORGANIZED
UpTo is a calendar-based organizational app that adds social networking elements to create an altogether better (if unstable) experience.
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Lift Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Michael Halloran on September 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CAN BE USEFUL
Lift is an app the helps users make and retain good habits and track their progress as they go.
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Instatag Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Dale Culp on September 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY AND USEFUL
Instatag is a neat little app designed to streamline and take some of the guesswork out of adding tags to photos on Instagram, and it works pretty well.
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FlipToast Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on September 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SOCIAL SIMPLIFICATION
Use FlipToast to simply your Facebook and Twitter streams, and post to both services at once.
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Bubbly Review

By Jennifer Allen on September 6th, 2012
Bubbly hopes to be the Instagram of voice. It ticks all the right social networking boxes but it needs more users to be a real must try.
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Sing! Join the global karaoke party! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DEFINITELY HOLDS A TUNE
Sing! is a social networking karaoke app that turns the iPhone into a global stage and invites the whole world to sing along.
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WhatsApp Messenger Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on July 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEATURE-RICH
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform app and SMS alternative that relies on an internet data plan to send messages to friends through push notifications.
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Gabi Review

By Kevin Stout on July 3rd, 2012
Gabi allows users to filter their Facebook information into a great-looking visual representation.
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