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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 App - Designed for iPhone, 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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Hmmm Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on June 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INTUITIVE
Hmmm is a social networking app that focuses on letting users create avatars to selectively share information with specific groups of friends.
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Favs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT
A handy way to consolidate the many likes and favorites we scatter across the internet.
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FeedFriendly Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on May 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EASY TO USE
Combine the top three social network newsfeed updates into one location with the help of FeedFriendly.
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Realikety Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on May 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SLIGHT DISAPPOINTMENT
Realikety is an augmented reality social networking app that allows iOS users to “Like” virtually anything in the real world.
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