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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.

Kinkle Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on February 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A KINKLE IN TIME
Kinkle is design-savvy but, like other upstarts in this space, lacking content.
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Carde Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PHOTO HEAVY NETWORKING
Carde is a handy way to consolidate the photos of many social networks, but it does have limitations.
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Rowl Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on January 28th, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MISSING MORE THAN A G
Do we really need another social network? Does the question even need to be asked anymore?
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The Adorable Bubble-Popping Dragons are Back in Bust-a-Move Islands

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 16th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STEADY POPPING :: Read Review »

Gumi, Inc. has launched Bust-A-Move Islands, a new match-3 puzzle adventure in pretty much the same vein as the rest of the series. The app sports some exceedingly cute dragons called Bub and Bob, who adventure across fantasy islands popping bubbles and trying to find a cure for the evil warlock’s spell. Bust-A-Move Islands has over 200 puzzles to keep you popping like mad.

You can also play against your friends on Facebook and challenge them to see who is the best popper. To aid you in your bubbly quest you'll get special bubbles including the Super Bubble, Bubble Plus, and Bomb Bubble Boosts. Just watch out for dangers like Snake Bubble, Skull Bubble, Rocks, and Blocks. There's so many bubbles I can't handle it!

You can bubble download Bust-A-Move Islands for free on the App Store.

King Announces its Newest "Saga" - Diamond Digger Saga

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 21st, 2014

Diamond Digger Saga, by King Digital Entertainment, promises to be another addictive, adorable game in the "Saga" line.

Players will get to control Diggy, a cute little guy with a glowing deedlybop on his head. Diggy mines the lands of Diamond Dale, Turquoise Meringue, and others in search of hidden treasures with help from his friends Moustache Pistache, Orange Owl, Jolly Joyphant, and Jiggly Jiraffe. Players will need to match gems and clear paths to advance through the game.

“Having already launched Diamond Digger Saga on Facebook, we’re so excited to be bringing this charming, yet challenging digger adventure to mobile devices,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King, “We think players will love all aspects of this game, from the fun gameplay modes to the delightful characters, to the bright and colorful graphics. We can’t wait for fans of our games to start their mobile digging!”

Diamond Digger Saga will be available soon for free download on the App Store.

Pyramid Solitaire Saga Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FREEMIUM SOLITAIRE
The popular Facebook card game comes to iOS and it's a fun if restrictive ride.
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Parking Mania's Lot Just Expanded with a 2.0 Update

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 26th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

For those still wanting to indulge their inner desires for more mobile driver's education, Parking Mania has a treat for you! Almost five years after the title's original release, the game has finally made the jump to version 2.0!

Talk about adding value; the newest update includes an additional 45 levels. This brings the game to a grand total of 175 stages of vehicular navigating madness. But that's not all! This update revamps many other aspects of the game including the visuals, some of the core mechanics, and the inclusion of a leaderboard system that links up with your Facebook friends list.

Parking Mania is available now as an iPhone-focused app for $0.99.

Facebook for iPad Update Will Add Section for Games, Trending Topics

Posted by Ellis Spice on June 18th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ESSENTIAL SOCIAL NETWORKING :: Read Review »

Facebook has announced an upcoming update for the Facebook for iPad app, with the main new feature being the introduction of a new channel for games and entertainment within the app for American users. This channel will be found in the new right-hand column when the iPad is used in landscape mode, and will provide users with a selection of iPad games they already play, which can be started up from within the app, and other games they may want to play according to their popularity with the user's friends and the whole of Facebook.

This new right-hand column will also feature birthdays and events alongside sections for trending topics, which will display the most talked-about topics on Facebook at the time, and trending videos, which will display videos popular with the user's demographic.

The Facebook for iPad app is available for free on the App Store now.

4 Snaps Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on May 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SNAP HAPPY
Could 4 Snaps be the next big thing in social gaming? Most definitely.
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PAX East 2014 - Epic Arena is a Nifty-Looking Turn-Based Tactical Game

Posted by Rob Rich on April 14th, 2014

This week I was able to get a look at Travian Games’ Epic Arena, and it looks pretty cool. It’s an asynchronous hex-based tactical arena combat game with multiple factions to control and several arenas to fight in. There are also some new gameplay modes that are being added to the current Facebook version, which include a faster Blitz mode (each player has only 60 seconds to decide what to do on their turn, and there are ELO rankings) and solo Challenges (players are given a predetermined scenario and must figure out how to complete it), that will also be available once it releases on iOS.

The core mechanics involve using five actions per turn to make the most of the units you have available while attempting to either decimate the opposition or destroy their artifacts. Different factions (and their units) play differently, of course, and it’s also possible to use special one-off Power Cards that can do all sorts of different things - and come in different rarities.

Epic Arena should be releasing in the US in about a month or so as a freemium title, and will support cross-platform play.

It Came From GDC - KingsRoad is Bringing its Own Brand of Hack-and-Slash to the iPad This Summer

Posted by Rob Rich on April 1st, 2014

Action RPG KingsRoad has been doing pretty well for itself on Facebook, and now it's on its way to the iPad.

In addition to the touch-centric interface and controls, it will also feature cross-platform play for a total of three different players. With drop-in, drop-out play no less. Weapon enchantment and socketing, guilds, in-game chat, and a constantly updated list of dungeons.

KingsRoad should be hitting the App Store early this summer for free. With no energy timers, either!

Nine iOS Cloud Photo Services Compared - The 148Apps Round-Up

Posted by Chris Kirby on February 20th, 2014

A little over a year ago, everything changed. My daughter, Peregrine (Pip, for short), was born, and along with the myriad recalibrations, adjustments, and joyous changes that birth brought with it, I also finally came to terms with the true value of the iPhone camera: baby pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of them (no exaggeration) were taken by me, by friends, and by family, and then scattered over hard drives, social networks, and of course iPhones. The problem then became figuring out how to organize and store them privately and securely. As a devoted Mac user it’s easy enough to keep photos stored on iPhoto, but that’s a local option only, with limited cloud storage and sharing (those 1,000 photos on iCloud? Please!), and god forbid my hard drive crashes without proper backup.

I thought all of my problems with cloud storage for photos were solved when Everpix came along. Here was a fantastic, well-designed app that also had great web-based software and a Mac-based uploader. Best of all, it could load in all of my photos from various social streams, eliminate or hide duplicates, and handle a potentially unlimited number of photos for a reasonable monthly or yearly price.

There was just one big problem though; Everpix went out of business.

Before I get to the heart of this article, there are a few lessons to learn from my Everpix experience.

One: Always keep all of your photos on a local hard drive.

Two: Backup said hard drive as often as humanly possible (something I still don’t do, so do as I say, not as I do).

Three: Never, ever assume that a site, app, or service will exist forever. It won’t; it just won’t. They will all go away at some point. Some will last five years. Some will last a year or two. Some of the very best won’t even make it that long.

So I found myself back at square one, trying to find another good (read, as close to the effortless Everpix as I could get) cloud-based storage solution for my photos. Read on for my look at nine different cloud storage services that work with iOS.

Game of Thrones: Ascent - Facebook Strategy-RPG Title to Make its Way to iOS in the Near Future

Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 10th, 2014

Game of Thrones: Ascent, the strategy-RPG Facebook game, is making its way to iOS in the near future. Pocket Gamer reports that all content from the Facebook version will be available on iOS and that current players can link their accounts for cross-platform play. Players are able to create an army to send on adventures, craft gear and items, and participate in player-to-player actions that can either help or harm their neighbors.

148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - How My Grandmother Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Going Mobile

Posted by Mike Deneen on December 31st, 2013

I'm the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I've probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent's worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.

So when it came to my grandmother - who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health - needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. "Why?" my family asked, "How can a tablet replace a computer?" To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad's size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad's mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.

The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who'd post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she'd spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.

Next up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV's, so an iPad with it's Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.

There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister's wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.

There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

My grandmother means the world to me, and it's absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it's just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.