Lifetrak Zone C410 Fitness Tracker

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Made by: Lifetrak / Salutron
Price: $99.00

Hardware/iOS Integration Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Usability Rating: ★★★☆☆
Reuse Value Rating: ★★★★☆
Build Quality Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Bottom Line: While the stand alone performance of the Zone C410 is pretty awesome, the integration with iOS seems a bit of an afterthought.

The Lifetrak C410 is a great fitness tracker for the dedicated athlete. It handles everything from heart rate monitoring to sleep tracking, but it seems as though the iOS integration is a bit of an afterthought.

The hardware of the C410 is very well made; with a great band, water resistant housing, and amazing battery life (a year or more). The band is built like a LCD watch and uses similar tech for the display. This makes it a bit hard to read at times, especially in low light. The main face of the device is also pretty thick, and perhaps needlessly so. The display seems to be fairly deep in the device, leaving a big air gap that seems wasted.

The software on the app is great though, tracking movement, sleep, and heart rate for up to seven days on the device. Further days can be read with the Lifetrak app. The issue with this is that syncing must be done manually – there’s no option to do automatic sync.

In my three weeks with the C410 I found it useful and pretty accurate compared to my Fitbit. The bulk did get in the way a couple times, but that’s likely something I’ll get used to. Having the heart rate monitor available, even though it must be initiated manually, was more interesting that I thought it would be.

My best guess is that the LCD screen and the lack of an automatic sync could be due to battery savings. This band does go for a full year on a single CR2032 battery, and that is nothing short of amazing. Most fitness bands require charging at least once per week. With the Zone C410, you can leave it on and forget about it – but remember to sync it once per week.

The extra-amazingly long battery life makes all of the blemishes seem pretty small, really.

Sonic Jump Fever’s New Launch Trailer Sprints into View

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
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Sonic Jump Fever, SEGA’s competitive high-score follow-up to their vertical platformer Sonic Jump, is now available on the App Store. To celebrate this a launch a new trailer has been unveiled, showing off the kind of combo jumping Sonic and his pals can pull off in-game now.

You can grab Sonic Jump Fever off the App Store for free.

The Wolf Among Us Howls Out ‘Cry Wolf’, its Season Finale

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: INTRIGUING MYSTERY :: Read Review »

The fifth episode of Telltale Game‘s The Wolf Among Us, ‘Cry Wolf’, is now available to purchase and play. This episode wraps up this season of the storyline set in the same universe as the ‘Fables’ series of comic books.

The Wolf Among Us is available to download for $4.99, which gives access to the first episode. Further episodes, including ‘Cry Wolf’, are available as In-App Purchases for $4.99 each. Alternatively, a multipack of episodes 2-5 is available for $14.99.

via: Our Review

Buckle Your Swashes! Assassin’s Creed Pirates is the App Store’s Free App of the Week

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: YO HO HO! :: Read Review »

Ubisoft was proud to announce today that Assassin’s Creed Pirates is being featured as the Free App of the Week in the App Store. This news comes alongside the fourth update being released.

The update includes new missions that take players to La Isla de la Juventud for slave liberation. The mission unlocks exclusive rewards as part of the new daily reward system. Players will receive increasingly valuable rewards every day just for playing.

The update also has ship customization so you can sail the seas in style. Lastly, new players will be happy to hear that they will receive a Starter Pack in the store and have several tutorials to reference as they begin their ruthless life of piracy.

Check out Assassin’s Creed Pirates for free on the App Store while you can.

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via: Our review

Game of War – Fire Age has gone from strength to strength since its initial release, so we thought it was about time that we helped newcomers to the game figure out the best strategies to be the very best at it. Or at least, not quite as bad as they could be without any assistance. Take note of these helpful tips and tricks, and enjoy making your way towards world domination.

First things, first

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Most games like these are good at teaching you the basics and Game of War – Fire Age is no different.

  • Follow the quest lines it offers up at first. They’ll run you through the basics better than any explanation could offer, plus they get the foundations settled ready for your steady path towards being the best.
  • Be aware of one particular quest, though. It asks you to scout another player, which is potentially a recipe for disaster if you annoy the wrong person.
  • Pick out a player with a random name full of letters and numbers. That tends to mean they haven’t fully thrown themselves into the game because they haven’t renamed themselves, so they’re probably quite weak. Even better, they might have abandoned the game at some earlier point.
  • Also, keep an eye on what alliance the player being scouted is part of. Safety in numbers is key here and you don’t want to annoy someone that’s part of a big alliance.

Stick Together

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Join an alliance as soon as possible. Game of War – Fire Age isn’t like other games where being anti-social is fine. Much of your success is going to be down to being part of an alliance.

  • For one thing, an alliance means you can ask others to help speed up your timers when building or researching things. Plus, in return you can do the same for other players.
  • Build a name and reputation for yourself. People are more likely to help you if they know who you are, rather than being an anonymous number.
  • Remember to follow orders. Alliances are serious business and while they can protect you from attack, you need to be a team player, too. It might sound occasionally tedious but it’ll pay off in the long run.
  • Having said that, don’t mouth off in general chat. While you want to build a name for yourself within the alliance, you don’t want to draw undue attention from others who might be keen to bring you down a peg or two.

Resources are Everything

Keep your resources ticking along wherever possible. Game of War – Fire Age is pretty tactical here as you have limited space to allocate to your resources.

  • Those wanting to amass a huge army might want to focus on farm building for the sake of food production, but a more balanced approach is better.
  • Build around 10 farms with the rest of the spaces divided up between the other resources and watch as you’re rarely short of anything for particularly long.

Build, Build, Build

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  • As soon as you’ve joined an alliance, you can use a free teleport to move your city to a location near your allies. Do it. It’ll help. A lot.
  • Once that’s done, focus on upgrading your stronghold. Don’t do it in a different order as once your stronghold reaches level 6, you lose that free teleport.
  • Build plenty of villas to gain silver, which is vital for research. As well as that, try to keep everything reasonably balanced.
  • Hospitals are useful because they help get your troops back up to scratch after a rough battle, but you also need plenty of barracks to train those troops up.
  • Level up that academy as soon as possible for even better units to throw your enemy’s way.
  • Try to keep your storehouse in line with your other resource levels, so nothing goes to waste.
  • Finally, don’t forget the Gymnos. It ensures that if you get killed, a certain percentage of your hero’s experience points transfer to the new hero, meaning you don’t miss out as much as you could. Each Gymnos upgrade adds to the percentage gain.

Keeping Busy

  • Take on alliance quests and daily quests every time you play. Free rewards are handy, plus it’ll make the game more interesting than simple busywork.
  • Scout for abandoned places to attack. Some players will have given up a while back but still have left plenty of resources for you to gain for easy profit. After all, there’s no fear of retaliation!

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Released: 2013-07-25 :: Category: Games

We hope you’re all ready for a firefight, because the Overkill franchise is coming back for a third dose of action this summer. Craneball Studios‘ new teaser trailer for the upcoming Overkill 3 features more of the futuristic shooting that fans have come to expect from the series, only this time in third-person.

Though details are scant as of yet, you can definitely spot appearances from drones, gun emplacements, and the remnants of toppling skyscrapers in the footage. So essentially it looks like business as usual, right? 

Start stockpiling your ammo now, because this is the kind of conflict that players won’t want to miss.

Tempo Smart Calendar Has Received a Big Update Today

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Tempo AI has released the latest version of their Tempo Smart Calendar app. The smart calendar is kind of like having a personal assistant in your pocket. It connects your apps, collects information, and uses that info to make appointments, populate emails, get flight info, post birthday greetings, get directions, and a whole lot more.

With all those features you might ask what the new update could possibly include? Tempo AI has redesigned the calendar’s look, made it easier to add events, added in-calendar reminders, and integrated Waze – a community-based traffic and navigation app.

The sleek new Tempo Smart Calendar is already here, and ready to serve you for free on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

Birdseye Mail Adds Extra Account Support Plus Better Attachments Support

Posted by on July 10th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Our Rating: ★★★★☆ :: SOLIDLY USEFUL :: Read Review »

There’s a new update out for Birdseye Mail and it’s a pretty significant one.

The update adds support for iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and FastMail accounts alongside the Gmail support that’s already there. You can also toggle notifications for different accounts now.

Most important of all though is Birdseye Mail‘s new way of dealing with attaching files to your emails. It’s now much faster to add attachments, plus there’s the added benefit of being able to rename files before you send them.

Birdseye Mail is available now for the iPad, and it’s free to download.

via: Our Review

Danish developers Bedtime Digital Games have announced that their surreal 3D puzzle game Back to Bed will arrive on iOS this August.

A Kickstarter success and multiple award winner back when it was a student project, the game is influenced by Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, and David Lynch. It stars a man named Bob, who suffers from narcolepsy that gives him hallucinations and excessive daytime sleepiness and causing him to take surprise naps in dangerous places. You play as Bob’s subconscious protector, moving him around and manipulating illusion-filled levels to journey him back under his duvet, avoiding living man-holes, steep falls, and alarm clocks along the way.

Back to Bed will rub the sleep from its eyes and arrive on the App Store sometime this August.

A Ton of New Content Comes With the Might & Magic Duel of Champions Griffin Bane Expansion

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
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Our Rating: ★★★★½ :: DECEPTIVELY STICKY :: Read Review »

Ubisoft is releasing the Griffin Bane Expansion for Might & Magic Duel of Champions. The expansion comes with 100 new cards, six new heroes, and updated gameplay mechanics. Griffin Bane is designed to allow players to acquire cards more quickly from the six different factions: players only have to win one game against a faction to earn an achievement and unlock the faction’s deck.

Griffin Bane is also removing the pre-made decks of each faction from the shop. Players will instead win decks from completing game achievements. Samuel Jobin, Producer of Might & Magic Duel of Champions, said “We are giving new players access to more decks earlier in the game so they can understand how to play the different factions the game offers. It definitely strengthens our game as one of the highest quality free-to-play online card games.”

You can pick up Might & Magic Duel of Champions for free on the App Store

via: Our review

It feels like we just had a big iOS game sale. Actually, we did just have a big iOS game sale. And yet here we are again, with almost 20 different games suffering from a severe case of Pricedropicitis. Or something like that.

We’re not entirely sure why so many games (and so many notable ones at that) have suddenly gone on sale but here they are, on sale, ready for you to snap them up.

Seriously, there are some really great titles on this list. If you’ve been on the fence about downloading games like Threes! or Eliss Infinity, now’s the time to fix that.

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It’s Time For Walkies With Trottr, the Dog Walking App

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Busy adults with very important things to do don’t have to worry about walking Fido anymore. Trottr is a service that allows users to find professional dog walkers in their neighborhood.

Trottr walkers are vetted, trained, certified, bonded, and insured, and Trottr can set up a meet and greet so that you can be confident about your choice. The app allows you to see when your walker is available and schedule 15, 30, 45 and 60 minute walks. If a user needs to get in touch with the walker, the chat function lets you to communicate 24/7. Users can even use GPS to track their dog’s walk. When your dog is exercised and happily returned home users can pay their walker directly through the app.

Trottr is available for free on the App Store.

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GAMEVIL‘s Kritika: Chaos Unleashed for mobile which got it’s soft-launch in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand this past week is being released world-wide July 15. The game is a hack and slash style RPG with monster waves, crafting, and character customization.

GAMEVIL will be holding an online pre-registration event for players. If you register you will receive a limited-time avatar (Berserker or Cat Acrobat) and a special item for your character.

Kritika: Chaos Unleashed will be available on the App Store later this month.

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Now that the sequel to the widely lauded Civilization Revolution is finally upon us, it seems high time to fill you all in on the best ways to lay siege to the world for a second time. But as any diehard Civilization fan already knows, the long and winding road to victory can be fraught with countless twists and turns. Hopefully, if you take a few of these hints to heart, you might be able to alleviate a few of those first devastating defeats.

Research Unlocks All Doors

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No matter what the objective in the specific scenario being played, research will eventually be the key to success. Here are a trio of key research concepts to keep in mind as the battle progresses:

  • In many cases, the other civilizations on the map are slow to expand outward. Take advantage of that time to pour extra gathering units into pulling in as many research points as possible early on. You will reap the benefits as the eras advance.
  • Though the game does tout its ability to shift gears throughout the research trees, it is still best to put focus one specific area, with specific end goals in sight. Only after exhausting one avenue of advancement in an era is it really beneficial to branch out into other paths.
  • There are great late-game payouts for each research tree, so make sure to check out the flowchart and find the payouts that will best compliment your playstyle.

The Evolving Role of Cities

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As mentioned before, early on it is best to pour the most resources into research. But as time progresses and more cities are added to the empire, the roles of each province should change.

  • When more settlements are added to the empire, don’t be afraid to move the production of battle or defensive units out towards the borders. Unless roads link the entire empire, transporting units towards the front lines become far more cumbersome than necessary.
  • It is best to use the more internally located cities as resource mines for pulling in additional research points. The benefits of these advancements can then flow outward, further powering expansion
  • As cities expand away from the capitol, don’t be afraid to change the production role of a city to better match its geographical location on the map. Try to think about what resources in the area are most beneficial to the whole of the country and if the location should be more focused on offense, or defending the core of the empire
  • Don’t feel the need to establish settlements as soon as settlers become available. There is nothing wrong with idling these units until a more suitable location is found. Under most circumstances, patience will lead to far more beneficial locations becoming available from either a resource gathering or tactical sense.

Tactics Evolved

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Despite the game offering up to four different ways to win a match (cultural, economic, conquest, or scientific) it will be pretty much impossible to win without some form of moderate combat. When heading into battle, it may be best to keep the following things in mind:

  • Get rid of warriors as soon as possible. They are quasi-useful early on when grouped into armies of 3 units, but their effectiveness wanes quickly.
  • Evolve unit production along with technology. Don’t be afraid to move away from tried and true unit types you rode heavily (in the case of cavalry units, quite literally) early on in the campaign. All of the enemies will be doing the same, so don’t be the one bringing a catapult to a tank battle.
  • Don’t be afraid to sacrifice a unit or two if you don’t have any scouts available. There is nothing wrong with sending one of the worthless warriors you have hanging around to the slaughter if it means you will be able to get a read on the level of your opposition. Sometimes it is better to lose a level one troop instead of a mid-level army that could be more effectively used elsewhere. After all, warriors are much cheaper and quicker to produce than the disposable spy units.
  • Don’t forget to cover your back. Any city that doesn’t have at least one troop stationed within its borders is ripe for the conquering. This is essential to not lose sight of when in the throes of rapid expansion. An unprotected city is essentially like leaving the front door unlocked for anyone to walk in and claim for themselves.
  • As empires become less centralized, consider using roads as a way to ‘hotlink’ provinces for quickly transferring resources and troops. In the long run it can make the difference between victory and defeat.

Above all else, Civilization Revolution 2 will consistently provide a different experience for every single match. Don’t chain yourself to one specific play style, and you will ultimately be able to harvest far more hours of enjoyment than those intent on pigeonholing themselves into a gameplay corner. So get out there and explore; there’s plenty more to learn and enjoy!

$14.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2014-07-02 :: Category: Games

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers is Out Now for iPad

Posted by on July 9th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Magic fans rejoice! Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers has officially released for the iPad!

This new digital installment of one of the world’s most popular collectible card games touts an improved tutorial that makes it easier than ever for new players to learn the ropes, epic battles against a number of Planeswalkers, multiplayer, card collecting, and more. This year’s release is also placing a heavy emphasis on deck management by allowing you to organize and customize numerous decks like never before.

You can download Magic 2015 right now for free; it’ll run on the iPad 2 and up.

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