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Cloudy With a Chance of Document Organization - Adobe Document Cloud is On its Way

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 19th, 2015

Adobe has announced the new Adobe Document Cloud: a document organizer for all your assorted paperwork. Forget the mess and hassle of the papers and files strewn about your desk, Adobe will collect up your school permission slips, health insurance forms, bills, and more.

“People and businesses are stuck in document-based processes that are slow, wasteful, and fragmented. While most forms of content have successfully made the move to digital (books, movies, music), documents and the process of working with them have not, and that needs to change,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Technology and Corporate Development at Adobe, in a press release. “Adobe Document Cloud will revolutionize and simplify how people get work done with critical documents.”

Adobe Document Cloud will include Acrobat DC, which will allow you to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file and includes E-signing and Mobile Link that will let you take your documents on the go. You'll be able to access your work between desktop and mobile devices using a host of mobile apps. As a bonus, you'll also be able to convert paper documents to electronic ones by using your mobile device's camera as a scanner. The program will even let you track the documents you've sent to see who has opened them and when.

Adobe Document Cloud and Acrobat DC will be available next month, but you can subscribe to Acrobat today for $14.99/month to automatically receive them as soon as they are available.

Sid Meier's Starships - Tips, Tricks, and Strategies to Get Your Empire Off Terra Firma

Posted by Rob Rich on March 12th, 2015

Hailing frequencies open:
Trying to decide if this particular space empire expansions sim is worth your time? Check out our Sid Meier’s Starships review!

Sid Meier's Starships is a pretty great game in its own right, but it doesn't do a very good job of helping new players get acclimated to its systems - or its star systems (bah-dum-TSHHH). That's why we've taken it upon ourselves to cover some of the basics, a few of the things you won't learn about in-game unless you dig through the menus, and some strategies that will hopefully keep your fleet mobile and allow you to dominate the galaxy.


Getting Started


  • Keep it simple - For your first time out, don’t bother messing around with things like map size, difficulty, or victory conditions. There’s no shame in reducing the number of opponents, either.
  • The Purity Faction is the most beginner friendly - None are necessarily the best, of course, but Purity’s ability to earn double rewards will really come in handy for newbies.
  • Choose Bolivar or Fielding as your leader - There might be six other leaders to choose from, but these two are the most straightforward and will make the most sense to beginners.
  • Make liberal use of the Advice button - The little “info” button to the far left of the row of icons at the bottom of the screen will be your only friend in learning how to play Starships - aside from this guide, that is. Try to tap it every time you’re ready to take a new action as its suggestions should point you in the right direction.
  • Go out and explore - You won’t have much of a chance at any sort of victory if you don’t leave your home planet. So find those navigation lines that point to new planets, and get to visiting!

Sid Meier's Starships Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Rich on March 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRIGHT STAR
Sid Meier’s Starships is as much fun as you’d expect from the mind behind Civilization and Pirates!, but it’s a bit of a rocky start.
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Dragon Quest V Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CLASSIC RPGING
Dragon Quest V is arguably one of the finest installments in the series so, yes, you should get it.
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Griffin and Misfit Team Up to Offer Versatile Upgrades for Shine and Flash

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 4th, 2014

Griffin Technology and Misfit have combined their powers to make a whole new line of accessories for Misfit Shine and Flash. Now fitness fans can get the Ribbon Wristband, Sleep | Sport Band and Shoe Pouch for their Shine and Flash. The Ribbon Wristband is available for $19.99 for a 2-pack and comes in exclusive Misfit colors Bamboo Shoot Green and Grey.

If you prefer to wear your fitness tracker somewhere out of the way, you can pick up the Shoe Pouch for $14.99. It can slide under your shoelaces or can be laced through the loops on the back of the pouch. It also features reflective accents to make for safer running at night.

The Sleep | Sport Band is softer and stretchier than previous sport bands and can be worn either as a wristband or an armband. You can pick one up for $19.99.

“The fitness tracker market has boomed over the last few years and as Griffin continues to develop the wearable technology accessories market that we created, we feel it’s important for us to align ourselves with the highest-quality wearable technology devices like Misfit,” said Chris Paterson, General Manager of Design and Product Marketing at Griffin Technology. “Our new partnership will help to further provide Misfit users with new ways to wear their devices and enhance their experience.”

You can purchase the Misfit Accessories on the Griffin Technology website.

2Do Gets Updated to 3.0 and Has Been Completely Redesigned

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 24th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GREAT :: Read Review »

Recently, Guided Ways Technologies updated their 2Do task management app. They have rebuilt the entire app to be streamlined and easier to use. With over over 200 new features and improvements, there are so many we can't list them all, but a few of the the features are:

  • Calendar Events for iPad: View and manage your Calendar events directly from within 2Do. No need to switch between apps.
  • List Groups: Create new List Groups for organizing your lists. You can collapse or expand a List group with a simple tap.
  • Quick Add: Tap and hold on [+] to add one task after another
  • Extended View: Tap on the priority button next to the task to view multiple lines of text, notes and tags in one go
  • Pinch Zooming: Pinch your fingers to zoom in or zoom out of your tasks.
  • With the iOS 8 system, 2Do now also supports Fingerprint Password Protection and Notifications with built-in actions.

  • Current users will be upgraded for free, but if 2Do is new to you, then you can pick it up on the App Store for $14.99.

    Sling Adds Chromecast Support Through Slingplaye​r Mobile Apps

    Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 18th, 2014
    iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
    Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: Unimpressive :: Read Review »

    Sling Media has added support for Chromecast through their Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad. Chromecast allows you to send content to your TV straight from your mobile device, and Slingplayer lets you turn that around and watch TV on your mobile device.

    With the two combined you can use the Slingplayer as a remote control for changing the channel, navigating the guide, or accessing the DVR connected to the Slingbox, and you can send videos to the TV via the new 'Cast' icon within the app. Conveniently, the Slingplayer app can run in the background so you can keep doing important things like playing Angry Birds while you watch TV.

    The SlingTV unit can also be controlled with the app, like a remote in case you own one.

    You can download Slingplayer on the App Store for $14.99.

    Bioshock Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Rob Rich on August 28th, 2014
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: POWER OF THE ADAM
    Do you love Bioshock? Have you always wanted to be able to play it on the go? Well then your prayers have been answered. More or less.
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    Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Campbell Bird on August 12th, 2014
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A CLASSIC REBORN
    This classic JRPG has gotten a pretty wonderful treatment for mobile play.
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    Civilization Revolution 2 Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Blake Grundman on July 11th, 2014
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE REDUX THAN REVOLUTION
    Is a new 3D coat of paint worth spending $14.99? In this case, probably not...
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    The Wolf Among Us Howls Out 'Cry Wolf', its Season Finale

    Posted by Ellis Spice on July 10th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: 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.

    148Apps Gets Some Hands-On Time with Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2

    Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2014

    It was announced recently that there will, in fact, be a Civilization Revolution 2, and that it will be a mobile-only release. Seeing as Civilization Revolution is a great game, and a slightly more streamlined version of the strategy juggernaut actually seems like a really great fit for mobile anyway, this is exciting news.

    What’s even more exciting is that it’s every bit as much of a time-devouring black hole as the original.

    The improvements made to mobile hardware over the past couple of years has Civilization Revolution 2 looking good. Almost as good as the original game did on consoles, actually. The interface has also been significantly improved and functions pretty much the same way you’d expect: tap to select a space to move a unit to, tap again to confirm movement, tap to navigate through menues, etc. An interesting addition is the End Turn button that’s actually more of a switch. To help prevent players from accidentally ending their turn prematurely, you actually have to hold the button down and drag it to the left - not unlike shutting down an iPhone or iPad, actually.

    New maps, wonders, special scenarios, and technologies like Modern Warfare and Information Technology are available, as well as two new leaders (JFK and Churchill) that can be unlocked. Multiplayer, however, has been cut out entirely. It seems as though it wasn’t much of a draw on mobile, which means more time and resources for developing the campaign so it’s difficult to get upset over.

    If you just can’t wait to get your hands on Civilization Revolution 2, you’re in luck! The game is out this Wednesday, July 2, and will be available for $14.99.

    Looks Like Record of Agarest War Snuck its Way onto the App Store While Nobody was Looking

    Posted by Rob Rich on May 15th, 2014
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    Popular tactical RPG Record of Agarest War started out on consoles, and was brought to Android, but now it's finally on iOS.

    In a somewhat surprising move, the game was released to the App Store with very little fanfare. Still, it's here now so why not check it out? All the hours upon hours of gameplay, massive combos, monster capturing, giving birth to the next generation's hero (for up to 5 generations), and more are present and accounted for - it's just been shrunk down. Pretty cool, right? It's a wonder nobody's been talking about it.

    You can grab Record of Agarest War off the App Store now for $14.99. Additional dungeon DLC and in-app purchases are available.

    * Over 100 hours of gameplay
    * 59 outstanding soundtracks
    * Full 720p HD graphic assets
    * 40 cut scene videos
    * Fully voice acted with 16,000 character voices
    * Over 400 different Magic spells and Battle skills
    * Over 400 Enemies and Characters
    * Capture monsters to join your army
    * Story stretching 5 Generations of heroes
    * Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
    * Support for full touch interface, virtual on screen controller and iCade support
    * Automatic save backup to iCloud.
    * Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Game Center.
    * Language: English text with Japanese voices.
    * Airplay support
    * universal application

    Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Amy Solomon on May 12th, 2014
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DINO STORIES
    Smithsonian Prehistoric Pals Collection is an informative collection of ten dinosaur-themed stories.
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    IK Multimedia Releases Guitar Processor and Recording App AmpliTube Orange for iPad

    Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014
    iPad App - Designed for iPad only

    Music application and accessory heavyweight IK Multimedia has released yet another iOS music-inclined app. AmpliTude Orange is specifically geared toward iPads.

    According to the app information, AmpliTube Orange was developed with careful guidance from the tone gurus at Orange to ensure the authenticity of the sound. Derived from the award-winning desktop recording studio version, AmpliTube Orange for iPad lets you choose from 6 Orange amp models and 3 stompbox models.

    Amplitube Orange is available on the App Store for $14.99.

    - Real-time guitar and bass mobile + recording app
    - Full rig with 4 simultaneous stompboxes + amp with effects + cabinet + mic
    - Inter-App Audio support (available on iOS 7 only)
    - Audiobus compatible: works in any of the 3 Audiobus "slots"
    - 4 stompbox models — Highway Drive, The Shaker, Echo Trip (by registering), and Noise filter
    - 6 Orange amps with matching Cabinets — OR50™, Rockerverb 50™, Thunderverb 200™, Tiny Terror™, AD 30™, AD 200 Bass MK3™
    - Dynamic + condenser mic models
    - Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Orange™ Mac/PC software
    - Single track recorder (with re-amping and preroll) expandable to 8-track studio with master effects through in-app purchase
    - AutoFreeze allows for separate, tweakable effects per track on the multitrack recorder
    - Import songs/backing tracks directly from your Music library on your device or from your computer
    - Export via E-mail, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing
    - NO VOICE feature removes the lead vocal or guitar solo from imported songs
    - Change the tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songs without affecting their pitch
    - Digital audio in/out
    - MIDI controllable
    - Powerful preset system
    - Includes tuner and metronome
    - Low-latency for real time playing
    - Can be incorporated into AmpliTube 3 for iPad app via in-app purchase.