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5 mobile games that let you explore space like No Man's Sky

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 29th, 2016

No Man's Sky hasn't exactly turned out to be everything it was promised. Though its core concept of exploring an unimaginably vast universe of different planets is an intriguing one, the execution has left many PS4 and PC gamers feeling like they were not entirely satisfied with the result.

But hey, there are theories out there in the scientific community that there are actually an infinite number of parallel universes that exist. In gaming terms, if one isn't to your liking, you can simply go explore a different one.

None of these games will allow you to wander through a nearly limitless expanse encountering totally new worlds and lifeforms at every stop, but given what some people are saying about No Man's Sky, maybe that's not an entirely bad thing.

5 places where Pokemon GO is still number one

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
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In the U.S., the bloom is off the Pokemon Go rose ever so slightly. It's still doing great, sitting atop the top grossing chart as it has for some time, but it's no longer among the top 10 free apps in downloads, possibly because darn near everyone who wants it already has it.

But while it may no longer be the all encompassing phenomenon it was in July and early August in the United States, it's as big as ever in some other countries -- maybe even bigger, if that's possible. Let's take a quick look at five places where Pokemon GO is still the unquestioned number one mobile game.

6 Pokemon GO updates you can expect, according to Comic-Con

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016
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Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: POCKET MONSTER :: Read Review »

Pokemon GO had a scheduled appearance at this year's San Diego Comic-Con for a while, but it was only relatively close to the show that it was upgraded to a spot in Hall H. That's the biggest venue at SDCC, one usually reserved for the largest movie and television panels.

Such is the runaway success of Pokemon GO that no one really batted an eye when the game's panel, which featured folks from the game's developer, Niantic, including studio chief John Hanke. While he and his team spoke this weekend about when has happened with the game so far, the big draw was everything they hinted at that is yet to come.

5 top free emoji keyboard apps

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 21st, 2016

If we're not at peak emoji yet as a society, it feels like we definitely should be. The emoji concept has gone far beyond what anyone in Japan could have envisioned when the people there unleashed it on an unsuspecting world, but the West has taken it and just kept running over the past few years.

(Whereas the Japanese now have apparently disowned them.)

There's money in them there emojis though, especially when it comes to emoji apps. People just can't seem to get enough of them, and while a series of those apps have rotated through the top of the App Store charts over time, the latest one to create a buzz means it's a fine time to consider five that are popular right now.

7 things we want to see in Pokemon GO updates

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on July 19th, 2016
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Clearly, Niantic and Nintendo don't need any advice on how to create a popular mobile game. Pokemon GO fever has swept not just the nation, but the entire world. Except Japan, ironically, where it's not out yet.

On the other hand, even the developers would have to admit that there are ways that the game can be improved. It's not the deepest Pokemon game ever, and since it's on mobile, content updates will be not just hoped for, but absolutely essential to keep it relevant for the long haul.

5 apps to give as last minute Father's Day gifts

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 18th, 2016

So in case you hadn't heard, it's Father's Day soon. As in this Sunday. If you're reading this and this is news to you, it means you haven't bought dear old Dad a present yet.

That's bad. After all those hours he spent playing football with you even though he knew you were never going to grow up to become the next Wayne Rooney, you just went and did him dirty like that. And now it's too late to order anything online, because it's not showing up in time.

Get more done: The 5 best free productivity apps for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on June 15th, 2016

While we'd all like to be spending 100 percent of our time on our mobile devices playing games, sending pictures and videos to friends, and doing other fun stuff, the reality is that we occasionally have to use those iPhones and iPads to do work. Sometimes more than occasionally.

The idea, then, is to be able to do that work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get you back to doing whatever you do on your leisure time. Apple has helpfully loaded your iPhone and iPad with default apps to assist in that quest (though iOS 10 will allow you to delete them), but at 148apps, we don't like to settle, we like to find the best -- in this case the best free productivity apps around.

The best reading app on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 21st, 2016

Reading on the move is a great way to spend some time and feel like you’re doing something fun or productive.

While you can stick to tried-and-true solutions like a book or Kindle, there are easier options out there - and you can find all of them on your mobile.

Read on to discover the best reading apps on mobile.

The best

Somewhat predictably, you can’t really beat Amazon’s Kindle app. The store offers access to more than three million books, as well as many audiobooks and exclusive titles.

You can also read newspapers and magazines - as well as customise the experience so it looks exactly how you want. What more could you need?

The rest

Apple’s own solution, iBooks, is pretty good. You can easily browse through extensive content and purchase books using your iTunes credit.

You can choose from seven fonts and three choices of page color, plus it’s easy to bookmark and highlight favorite sections of the text.

Not quite a reading tool but essential nonetheless, Goodreads is a social network for book fans. You can keep track of what you’re reading, view personalized recommendations, and see what your friends are reading too.

Options for writing book reviews are also available and it’s great for when you need motivation to read more, or simply want to discover something new.

Not in the mood for reading but want to hear a story? Audiobooks from Audible is the audiobooks equivalent of Kindle and iBooks.

You can easily explore the catalogue of over 180,000 titles before choosing to listen to one wherever you go. Even if you’re on the treadmill at the gym, you can listen to a story unfold, and the app does a great job of saving your place at all times.

4 great apps for habit forming and keeping your New Year resolutions

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 10th, 2016

It takes 21 days to form a habit, which means that no positive change is instantaneous.

For those initial 21 days in particular, you need some form of reminder to encourage you to follow whatever that new plan is, whether it’s to go for a run or simply to take a photo each day.

While no app can actually force you to complete such tasks, there are many great ways in which they can remind and encourage you. Here are some of the top picks.

3 groundbreaking mobile predictions for 2016

Posted by Jennifer Allen on January 4th, 2016

With the new year upon us, it’s time to speculate what the future might hold for mobile gaming in 2016. It’s a fast moving industry at the best of times, and that looks set to be a trend that will continue this year.

Here are our predictions for what might occur in the next 12 months.

The best navigation apps on mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 15th, 2015

With the festive season upon us, it’s likely that you need to travel - whether that's to a romantic lodge with a partner, or to see distant friends and family.

We’ve taken a look at the best navigation apps out there to help you get there quickly and safely.

The best GIF making apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 28th, 2015

Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun.

Here are four apps that make the process so much simpler from your iPhone or iPad.

The best spreadsheet app for your iPhone and iPad

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 18th, 2015

While nothing is going to beat the convenience of using a laptop or desktop PC to create and edit spreadsheets, sometimes you need to do it on your iPad or iPhone.

We’ve taken a look at the best app for the job, as well as some handy alternatives.

The best PDF editor on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2015

Portable Document Format (PDF) documents seem like they should be ideal for use on phones or tablets - they have portable right in the name!

But, while PDFs are definitely readable on iPhones and iPads without an app, it isn't that easy to manipulate or create them without having to sift through a bunch of third-party software.

Fear not though! We at 148Apps have taken it upon ourselves to find the best PDF editor so you don't have to.

The best video editor on iPhone and iPad

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 11th, 2015
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So, you’ve been enjoying recording all those videos on your iPhone. Maybe they’re of your child’s first step or a beautiful view.

You probably want to do something with them now but you're not exactly sure where to begin, right? Well, we've scoured the App Store to take a look for the best video editing app for the job.

Check out our findings below, where we bring you the definitive best video editing app along with some honourable mentions.