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DomiNations - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Being the Finest Leader

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015

[Can't decide if DomiNations is the kind of thing you'll want to sink hours into? Check out our review.]

Have you just downloaded DomiNations and you're trying to figure out the best way to progress? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to give you the edge in battle.




General Tips

  • Explore! Explore so very much - Clear surrounding forests whenever you can. It gives you more room to develop your civilization but it also uncovers more animals for you to hunt, gold chests to loot, mines to excavate, and even ancient ruins. Those ruins are particularly great as they unlock crowns - the premium currency in this game.
  • Build new houses whenever you can - They get expensive but they mean you have 2 more citizens at your disposal each time. These then give you the means in which to complete more tasks at once, which inevitably leads to more profit for you!
  • Hunt everything as often as possible- It might seem like a waste of time pursuing bunnies and deer, but what you gain from them really adds up fast. It’s good to be busy.
  • Food and money are everything - Follow that ethos by maxing out your farms, mills, merchants, and markets at all times. They passively give you more of both resources, and do add up fast.
  • Keep your base neat - It’s easy to move stuff around and you’d be wise to keep everything connected via the road network, thereby giving you more gold. Walls are great for slowing down enemy attacks too.
  • Use crowns sparingly and intelligently - Only use them for long winded things rather than because you’re impatient. Having said that, if you know you’re going to be away from the game for an extended time, sometimes it’s handy to burn some crowns so you can accomplish a couple of things before you go.
  • Keep an eye on upgrade timers - Once any upgrade has less than five minutes to complete, you can boost its progress for free, finishing it off quickly. Use that often.
  • Raid smart - Raiding other players is the fastest way of earning resources but don’t rush into it. Wait till you’ve got sufficient powers of your own to fight back when they take revenge.

Put Your thumb Away and Stop Hitchhiking, Hitch-A-Ride Now Live on the App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 8th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Hitch-A-Ride is a social media app that lets you connect with other people going your way. You can either use your own contacts or expend your horizons and accept rides from new friends as you carpool to your desired drop off.

Hitch-A-Ride requires you to sign-in to your Facebook account so there's less worry about getting in the car with a stranger (always say no if they offer you candy). If you decide to be a driver you can even make a few extra bucks picking up Hitch-A-Ride customers. The app saves you time and money by letting you carpool instead of having to catch costly cabs or call car services.

You can Hitch-A-Ride for free on the App Store now.

Paxifi is Seriously Trying to Merge Taxis and Convenience Stores

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 8th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Straight from Hong Kong, Paxifi has rolled onto the App Store. It's designed to let taxi and limo drivers sell convenience goods to their customers easily during their trip. These can include things like snacks, drinks, headache tablets, umbrellas, sunscreen, and so on. Paxifi can basically turn a cab or limo into a mobile store.

All drivers have to do is register their store, choose what they want to sell, and download a sticker that contains a QR code. Paxifi provides riders a catalog to browse through as they ride and keeps track of sales to make it easy to see results.

You can check out Paxifi for free on the App Store.

Mortal Kombat X is Available Now - Get Over Here (and Download it)

Posted by Rob Rich on April 8th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chaces are you don't need much prodding to go and download the free mobile version of Mortal Kombat X, but just in case I'll leave you with this little tidbit: even though it's the mobile spin-off, it still has fatalities.

You may now do the thing.

Instagram's Fancy New Features Let You Finely Adjust Fade and Color

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 8th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POPULAR FOR A REASON :: Read Review »

Instagram has got some new tools for you: Fade & Color. Now you can soften colors in your images using the fade tool or tint pictures to give them some interesting style with Color. The Color function offersyellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, or green tints. There are also new Post Notifications to make sure you are always up to date on your friends feeds.

The updates has already been submitted, and you can check out Instagram's Color and Fade in a couple days when they go live on the App Store.

Build a Minion Utopia Later This Summer with Minions Paradise

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 7th, 2015

Electronic Arts, Illumination Entertainment, and Universal are working together to bring us more minions! Their first upcoming collaborative title is Minions Paradise.You'll be playing as a new minion called Phil as he designs a minion resort after being shipwrecked on a tropical island. Help Phil's minion buddies relax with waterslides, firefly trees, and loads and loads of bananas.

Minions Paradise will be free to download and comes out later this summer.

Adobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC Have Officially Arrived

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 7th, 2015

Good news everyone! The wait forAdobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC is now over.

The document cloud includes anall newAcrobat DC, the ability to e-sign documents, and document management & control that keeps track of your documents and protects your privacy. The software works with Adobe's new appAdobe Acrobat DCmobile app, whichlets you transfer information from your desktop to your phone or ipad and then edit, organize, and export.

“The response to Adobe Document Cloud has been incredibly positive and inspiring,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development at Adobe, in a press release. “Clearly, we have struck a chord, as we set out to alleviate document distress for both enterprise workers and individual consumers. With Document Cloud, we are revolutionizing how people get work done with documents, and our customers are applauding the move.”

You can downloadAdobe Acrobat DC Mobile on the App Store for free.

Toca Boca Releases a Special Bundle for Autism Awareness

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 7th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STYLISH DIGTAL DOLLHOUSE :: Read Review »

The Toca Box for Autism Awareness, by Toca Boca AB, includes four fun kids games that can be used to help children with autism practice social interaction, creative expression, oral language, and more.

The app pack includes:

Toca Store, which lets kids open their own store. There are a ton of items the store can carry and kids can ring them out just like a real cashier.

Toca Hair Salon, where kids can have fun styling six different characters, including some animals! They can wash, blow dry, and cut hair into crazy dos.

In Toca Town, kids can visit locations like a park, police station, restaurant, and house. There are also a ton of characters to meet and play with, as well as lots of ways to play including cooking at the restaurant, going camping, or even building a sand castle.

Lastly, Toca Band gives kids 16 musicians with different sounds that they can play. They can decide how fast they play, which ones go on stage, and try to create a hit song.

Toca Box for Autism Awareness has a lot going on for the small price of $2.99. You can pick up a copy for your kids on the App Store today.

Naught Reawakening is Finally Coming This Thursday

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 7th, 2015

Genera Games and Wild Sphere have announced their new gravity bending platformer, Naught Reawakening, is finally coming out on April 9. The game is a stark black and white world full of shadow monsters where you'll need to control yourself as well as the world around you to survive. You'll get over 30 levels of puzzles and 3 bonus levels to challenge yourself on.

You'll be able to get Naught Reawakening for $3.99 on the App Store this Thursday for $3.99.

More Than 1,000 Apple Watch Apps Have Already Been Submitted to the App Store, Apparently

Posted by Rob Rich on April 7th, 2015

Yesterday 9to5Mac got their hands on an employee memo from Apple CEO Tim Cook, which mentioned that the new wearable has already had over one thousand apps submitted for it - in only four days. You can check out the original story, along with a full copy of the memo, right here.

"More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them," Cook said, "and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then."

That's kind of ridiculous when you stop and think about it. I mean, the App Store has only been accepting Apple Watch app submissions since last week. Of course this doesn't mean that over 1,000 apps are going to be accepted right away - Apple does have an approval process to go through and it could result in many of these submissions getting bounced back - but you can be sure the Apple Watch will still have a fairly robust selection of software at launch.

Seriously though, those are some incredible numbers. Bravo iOS developers. Give yourselves a hand.

This Week at 148Apps: March 30-April 3, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on April 6th, 2015

The Apps of April

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Vietnam...'65

Vietnam…’65 isn’t like a lot of other strategy games out there. It’s more like a board game if anything, with its turn-based movement being much more than just a way of slowing down combat. Channeling its PC roots, it’s a pretty lengthy game to play on the iPad, which could be a deciding factor on whether it suits your needs or not. There’s no campaign mode to speak of which is a significant misfire. Instead, you dive into a randomly designed level each time, working towards unlocks and new ranks, rather than seeing a story unfold. Levels start to look quite similar after a time, with each stage easily taking over an hour to complete. Vietnam…’65 isn’t for those wanting a quick fix. --Jennifer Allen


Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

Gamers who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s will confidently state that their first taste of portable gaming came from the Nintendo Game Boy. It was a great system at the time and some of its games have remained highly entertaining. If you’re as nostalgic for the time as I am, the style of Tiny Dangerous Dungeons is really going to tickle you. It looks just like a title from that era, and it plays pretty well, too. It’s a Metroidvania inspired adventure at heart. You play an adventurer as he explores a dungeon, discovering new abilities, and backtracking quite a bit, all in a bid to reach the exit. Relatively early on, you’ll come across a map that highlights everywhere you can go. It seems a little restrictive and small but like any classic Metroid-eque title, there’s a lot of backtracking. --Jennifer Allen


UAG Folio Case

At first glance, it looks a tough, complex cookie. Upon closer inspection, it's clear that at least one of those adjectives holds true. In hand, the empty UAG Folio Case looks like it means serious business. It opens up as a folio usually does - much like a book cover - but it also has an extra trick up its sleeve in that the front cover doubles-up and wraps around in such way that that the back cover can be flipped up and out. It creates a pseudo-three-layered setup, which is perfect for the secondary purpose: creaing a back support so that the tablet can be used upright in landscape. The composite material that most of the case is covered in looks a bit like kevlar, with tough stitching melding pieces together. The inner lining of the front cover comes in soft black felt - perfect for the screen it will be in contact with - and the front cover also incorporates a strap. Altogether, it exudes a sense of being heavy duty but is still quite light. --Tre Lawrence


DuckTales Remastered

I’m not going to lie, I flipped out a little when I first saw that teaser for DuckTales Remastered back in 2013. The NES version of DuckTales has been close to the top of my nostalgia list for many, many years - right up there with Mega Man 2 and Elevator Action to name a couple - so seeing it get a high definition remaster was pretty amazing.But that was about two years ago. By now the shock of the new has worn off, and we’re left with trying to figure out whether or not DuckTales Remastered is a worthwhile iOS port. It kind of is, but it’s got a little bit of a control issue. --Rob Rich


Layout

If you’ve never used a collage making app before, then Layout will probably seem pretty useful to you. Unfortunately, anyone with a passing interest in collage creation probably already has a superior photo editing tool on hand. While Layout is easy to use, it’s also pretty basic.The simplicity involved in using Layout is pretty great. A matter of choosing up to 9 photos before picking out one of many layouts that might look good for your chosen images, there’s not really much more you need to do. In terms of speediness, Layout is unmatched. You can choose to move photos around by simply holding and dragging, or pinching to zoom in and out. There are also options to mirror an image, replace one, or flip them around.--Jennifer Allen


SMART Adventures Mission Math 1

It’s a depressing fact that girls are all too often put off studying science and mathematical based subjects because, well, there’s a whole wealth of debate as to why. Regardless of why you might feel that’s the case, SMART Adventures Mission Math 1 is an excellent game to entice your young children, daughters in particular, into enjoying such subjects again. Working much like a conventional adventure game, you have to figure out why your home, a space station, has been sabotaged as well as fix its various problems. This is done through completing a series of mathematical based problems, as well as exploring the space station to find out more. It’s simply done but with such a story based focus, it’s immediately more interesting than merely going from puzzle to puzzle. --Jennifer Allen


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Nova Blox External Battery

The Juno Power Nova Blox External Battery is a mobile option that looks to give extended life to our mobile devices.It’s a relatively small piece, mostly silver with deliberate black accents. It has a button on the side, with a micro-USB charging port and what looks to be a prominent LED light on one end, and on the opposite end, there is a USB outlet port. Officially, it comes in at 2.87 x 2.01 x 0.83 inches, and weighs 4.65 ounces. Overall, it is barely bigger than a box of tic tacs, which makes it quite portable and even fairly pocketable. The retail package also provides a micro-USB cable (which can be used to charge the unit and also as an output cable) as well as documentation. We got the silver, and there are other trim options.--Tre Lawrence


INSTEON Home Remote Control

We’ve said it so much that it has to be true: The Connected Home isn’t the future. It is definitely the present, and the smartphone is the new control panel. INSTEON is front and center in this area, and we were eager to check out its customizable solutions.The Starter Kit INSTEON sent us to review contains some of the elements that connect one’s home; the retail packaging contains the INSTEON Hub and two on/off modules. The former serves as the brain of the system, while the latter serve as elements that help effect control.--Tre Lawrence


Nyrius Songo HiFi Wireless Music Receiver

Understanding what the Nyrius purports to do is the key to understanding the proposed functionality; it works as a wireless receiver that collects signals from a Bluetooth source — like an Android device — and allows the audio to be played on a sound system that accepts wired signal from the puck itself. In essence, it bridges a Bluetooth source to an output unit (like a stereo or sound system without a Bluetooth chip) so that, say, music can be played. This is especially useful when one wants to continue using traditional devices, or even for folks like me, who prefer wired connections but like or need to go wireless for one reason or another.--Tre Lawrence

SquareEnix Opens its Collective to Direct Funding for Mobile Developers

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 6th, 2015

Gamasutra reports that SquareEnix has announced opening their Collective up to make direct investments into select projects. This means that smaller developers (including mobile developers) can pitch their ideas to SquareEnix and potentially get funded directly.

“Since launching a year ago we’ve met some great teams with projects that they didn’t want to take to crowdfunding, and where an investment of up to $250,000 would have really helped them get to launch in the best shape,” said the platform’s creator and project lead Phil Elliott. “So we’ll be exploring options with teams over the course of the year as we continue to look for new ways to support new talent coming into the industry.”

$250,000 can go a long way to helping out a project. If you are interested, you can contact the Collective Team at[email protected].

The Apple Watch Might Impact Our Daily Lives More Than You’d Think

Posted by Rob Rich on April 6th, 2015

I know I’ve already theorized on how the Apple Watch could change mobile, but this time I’d like to talk about how it could affect our day-to-day lives. And make no mistake, there’s a good chance it’s going to change a few things around here.

One of the biggest changes we’re going to see because of the Apple Watch is company policies for retailers, restaurants, and pretty much any other place that caters to the public. Most places already prohibit their employees from bringing phones onto the floor since, for example, it usually doesn’t look good if a cashier is fiddling with their iPhone when they should be ringing people out. Now that people are going to start wearing the Apple Watch, you can bet a lot of places are going to ask workers to keep their timepieces in their lockers or otherwise off the floor. I don’t imagine having a theater usher ceaselessly messing around with their watch would go over much better than if it were a phone, do you?

By extension, the Apple Watch could end up affecting employee productivity to the point where businesses that don’t directly interact with the public might still have to institute some kind of limit. Granted I imagine most offices discourage using one’s iPhone while on the clock, but it’s going to be a lot easier to sneak a peek at your wrist and jump back to work once the boss shows up than it is to hastily tuck a phone back into your pocket or desk drawer. Conversely, the potential functionality of the Apple Watch could end up becoming such a boon that some offices encourage their use or even issue one to their employees. It really depends on the business.

Reminders will also be far more useful, since it’s much easier to accidentally (or purposely) miss a notification if your phone is silenced or in another room. When your watch is tied into your itinerary it’s going to be a lot harder to ignore the blaring alarms coming off your wrist. Whether or not this leads to an era of never forgetting to pick up milk on the way home ever again remains to be seen, since it still relies on people making the effort to set up reminders in the first place, but the potential is definitely there.

I also touched upon the unfortunate side of things last time when I contemplated the idea of thievery a bit, and despite it being a depressing topic I think the Apple Watch will affect things here as well. For better and for worse. What I mean by “worse” is that you can’t really hide an Apple Watch like you can an iPhone. Telltale earbuds aside, if you’ve got an iPhone in your pocket it won’t really be attracting the attention of potential thieves. An Apple Watch though, that’s going to be on your wrist for all to see. Of course it is more difficult to remove a watch than it is to yank a phone out of someone’s hand. On the “better” side of things, the near-constant health monitoring could be used to automatically call for help if you’re in trouble (medically or otherwise), as I’ve mentioned before.

Then there’s the issue of how we physically move through a space. Yeah, I know, it’s weird to think about but anyone who’s ever worn a wristwatch can tell you that you’ll need to start paying attention to where you swing your arm. Banging your watch against things is an extremely common occurrence even if you’re used to wearing one, and people are going to want to be extra careful not to whack their Apple Watch against the corner of a desk or something. It’s not going to lead to a country-wide baby-proofing (padded table edges, etc) or anything like that, but Apple Watch owners are going to want to be a lot more conscious of their movements once they’ve strapped their wrist-phone-thing on. And they’ll want to make sure not to forget to take it off when they take a shower or otherwise have to douse their hands in liquids.

Sound the Horn - Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is on Sale Through April 11

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: YOO HALLOO :: Read Review »

Exciting news for wannabe Monster Hunters everywhere -Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is 33% off from now until April 11! Feel the rush as you and your friends try to bag the big one. Build up your hunter's armaments by completing quests and equipping them with new weapons and armor. The game is optimized for iOS and hasMFi Game Controller support to make for a better hunting experience.

Hunt the biggest, baddest creatures of all time inMonster Hunter Freedom Unite, on sale now for $9.99.

Quarriors! is Free to Download for the Next Week, Just Roll With it

Posted by Rob Rich on April 3rd, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad only
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DICEY :: Read Review »

Icarus Studios' "dice builder" Quarriors! is on sale for the next week, so you might want to go download it while you can.

Both the physical game and this digital port have you rolling dice to generate currency/power known as Quiddity, then using that Quiddity to buy more dice to add to your arsenal or summon creatures to defend you/attack opponents, respectively. It's a fun little dice game, and when you play it on your iPad there's a lot less to set up and clean up.

You can download Quarriors! for free from now through April 10. And if you end up really liking it, you can also nab the Quarmageddon! expansion with a $1.99 in-app purchase.