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Disney Animated Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ENCYCLOPEDIA FANTASIA
Disney Animated is a chronicle of all of Disney's animated features that's incredibly detailed, extensive, and even a little magical.
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Epoch Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MINIMALIST VIDEO BROWSING
Epoch makes it simple and effortless to browse for fun and relevant YouTube videos.
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Vidora Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on June 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL CHOICE
Providing a portal of video choices, Vidora makes it simple to decide what to watch, no matter how many streaming services are available to choose from.
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Inkist Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Rich on June 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS WORK
Inkist touts a "streamlined drawing experience" and compares itself to "advanced painting software," however in reality it's anything but.
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Limelight Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on May 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE UNIVERSAL DREAM
Rate many movies in not much time. Criticism for the mobile era!
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Penception Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FINGER ART
This simple yet elegant app is almost perfect for a little on-the-go sketching.
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Infuse Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SMART AND BEAUTIFUL
Offering plenty of options, Infuse makes it simple to view videos regardless of their format, all within an attractive outer shell.
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Face Party Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on April 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUIRKY FACES
Creating quirky faces to use as profile or forum images is great fun with this simple to use app.
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Pickle Weasel Review

Posted by Rob Rich on January 28th, 2013
iPad App - Designed for iPad only

Developer: Jezam Interactive
Price: $1.99
Version: 2.0.31
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

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Update: 2/18/2013, Version 2.0.31
Don't let the identical version number fool you; there's a lot more to Pickle Weasel this time around. Even more Guess Games and Draw Games have been added, giving users twice as much guessing and drawing to do. On top of that there are also Flips, which are essentially a collection of goofy 2-frame animations meant to draw out a chuckle or two. If nothing else it means people will be able to enjoy the bizarre creature's antics for a bit longer now.

First of all, what exactly is a pickle weasel? Well in this particular instance it’s a cartoon character brought to life by JC Little, a.k.a The Animated Woman (director, illustrator, blogger, speaker, and artist). Back in 2011 the bizarre pickled cucumber mammalian took on a life of his own, and now he has his own weird iPad app to help spread the weirdness that much further.

Pickle Weasel is kind of a game, and kind of not. It’s more like a pseudo-interactive showcase with an emphasis on sharing the madness with friends than a straight-up multiplayer affair. The app is split into two distinct parts: Draw-Games and Guess-Games. Draw-Games present users with an image (or sometimes a partial image) and challenges them with adding their own particular visual elements such as a face on a piece of fruit or a costume for the weasel himself. Guess-Games, on the other hand, give users a single play-on-words image that they need to try and figure out. Once they think they know the answer there’s a “WTF” button at the top that can be tapped to reveal the actual subject.

The Guess-Games can be decent fun when there’s a group of people to sit around the iPad and make assumptions with, but there’s much more fun to be had with the Draw-Games. Whether users are following the instructions to the best of their abilities or simply doing whatever they feel like there’s no shortage of drawings to scribble over and share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or simply handing the iPad to a friends and saying “Look at this!” There’s even a nifty option to replay the drawing and watch each line trace itself into existence. It serves absolutely no purpose but it can be kind of cool to see in motion.

Unfortunately there really isn’t much meat on Pickle Weasel’s bones. I suppose his half-vegetable DNA is partially to blame but it still makes for a fairly simple app with rather limited use. Updates are in the works and the creators are welcoming feedback, but until any supposed new content gets added it’s most likely going to be the kind of app that people play with for a day or two and then move on.

Pickle Weasel is a commendable first attempt but in its current state still feels a bit incomplete. There’s some entertainment value in trying to guess what the picture is trying to describe and scribbling weird faces on produce is surprisingly fun. It’s just that the well runs dry pretty quickly at the moment.

Action Movie FX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Michael Halloran on December 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BIG-BUDGET EFFECTS
Action Movie FX takes the process of producing big-budget special effects and packs it into a simple interface to create spectacular home movies within seconds.
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Foldify Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Michael Halloran on December 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PAINT
Foldify has a simple and intuitive interface that allows aspiring artists to create and share their own unique paper figure creations.
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Blue Note by Groovebug Review

Posted by Lisa Caplan on October 12th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: EMI Records Limited
Price: FREE
Version: 1.1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iOS Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

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EMI is doing some interesting things with app developers via their openEMI project. While the project is by no means limited to iOS, EMI proper, pairing with Groovebug and Blue Note Records - which was founded in 1939 and acquired by EMI in 1971 - chose the iPad to make it’s commercial debut. Blue Note by Groovebug offers a great free tour of the jazz label’s catalog with 30-second low-bitrate samples along with access to iconic album cover designs and even detailed liner notes, giving the package a vintage vibe with legit LP perks.

While the app functions as a free stand-alone product, in order to enjoy full tracks users must subscribe for $1.99/month. While the catalog is finite, it’s not all there yet and EMI promises new featured albums and artists along with new playlists from experts in various related fields each month to keep thing from getting stale. The upgrade also gets users higher-quality audio and access to extended photo galleries.

The app pays homage to one of the most venerable historic jazz labels and has sounds from the likes of Thelonious Monk and Jazz Messenger drummer Art Blakely in signature Hard Bop style, Modal Jazz with Andrew Hill and Sonny Clark along with other sub-genres like trios, tenors and post-Bop and recordings by giants including Baby Face Willette, Miles Davis and John Coltrane - all musical pioneers in their time.

The feature set is cool whether you love jazz or don’t know much about it. Along with the album art and music, there are well-written featured articles on topics like Blue Note’s history and Blue Note in NYC Jazz Clubs. Users can add curated playlists to their favorites and make new playlists of their own. Also included is basic social sharing to Tumblr and Twitter and extra Facebook integration allowing users to dedicate songs to friends and participate in conversations.

There is even artist backstory and discovery - those who want to learn more about the early avante-garde jazz scene can tap on a familiar name and get all their recordings, a fairly extensive bio, YouTube videos, news, photos, even original newspaper clippings. The last tab – Similar – toggles a neat turntable-like control, which users spin to see related artists.

Blue Note by Groovebug is a sweet package, worth the subscription if one loves jazz or wants to learn more. It’s not a comprehensive history of this uniquely American art form, but it digs into one label that helped shape the genre with enough depth and breadth to give it replay value. I’m eager to see what EMI and third parties do next with commercial OpenEMI apps on iOS, Spotify, and beyond.

Brushes 3 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE STROKES
It's not the most technically advanced of drawing apps but Brushes 3 is an ideal place for amateur artists who want to dabble in the fun of drawing.
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Rise of the Guardians Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on September 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RISING SLOWLY
Delve into the world of Rise of the Guardians, the upcoming animated movie from Dreamworks, with this new free app.
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AppZilla 3: 150 in 1! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 14th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: USEFUL
AppZilla is back with 40 new apps and games that are all packed into one convenient location along with new features to satisfy hungry iOS appetites.
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