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CloudMagic - Mail App Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Lee Hamlet on November 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GREAT
CloudMagic hopes to refine and enhance the iOS email experience with its color-coded interface and powerful search feature, and in some ways it succeeds.
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LinkedIn Launches Intro, Connecting LinkedIn with the iPhone Email App

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 24th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

LinkedIn has launched a new service called Intro that connects with the iPhone email app, allowing users to see the LinkedIn profiles of those who sent the email. The Wall Street Journal reports that users don't need to leave the email app to see the sender's profile, which includes their name, picture, workplace, and title.

Make sure you check out the video below to learn more about LinkedIn Intro!

This Week at 148Apps: October 7-11, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on October 12th, 2013

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So little time and so very many apps. What's a poor iPhone lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we've ever written.

Monster Adventures

I enjoy Roguelikes. I have a thing for RPGs. I love action-adventure games. I even dabble in monster-collection fairly often. But in all honesty, would anyone expect all of those great tastes to taste great together? Turns out it doesn’t matter because Foursaken Media has mixed them all in the big proverbial jug that is iOS, and the result is so good it just has to be fattening. Monster Adventures begins (and pretty much stays in) the town of Yerpa. It’s a quaint place surrounded by forests, mountains, and snowy plains, all of which are crawling with monsters. Fortunately our hero/playable character stumbles upon a friendly critter in the town’s well, and the duo set out to be the very best. Possibly like no one ever was. --Rob Rich


Gunner Z

There haven’t been a lot of serious attempts to replicate the formula of Zombie Gunship, which is unfortunate: that game made zombie killing fun in a special way. Gunner Z is one of the few that takes it on, but it struggles due in large part to its structure. The game puts players in the gunner seat of a truck that’s out to go blow up some zombies and the human sympathizers that seem to all have military ranks. Players can raise or lower their height to get the perfect angle against zombies, though it never feels like it’s of much practical use. Players get a standard gun of their choice with unlimited ammo, and a set of rockets that can be used to help take out more powerful enemies and large groups of zombies. If the zombies get close they’ll do heavy damage to the truck, and if the truck runs out of health it’s mission over. --Carter Dotson


The Cave

Back before there was ever a Master Chief or even an Angry Bird, there was once an adventurer named Guybrush Threepwood. Ron Gilbert was one of the brains behind the success of LucasArts’ original run of Monkey Island PC titles, later departing from the studio to pursue other projects. Fast forward to 2011, Gilbert re-teamed with fellow LucasArts alum Tim Schafer to re-imagine the adventure game for the modern generation. Has The Cave recaptured the magic of old, or is this a nostalgic trip down frustration lane? Adventure games have had a long legacy of turning a player’s mind to mush. For this reason, it only seems fitting that The Cave harkens back to the classic Maniac Mansion, where the player is faced with selecting which three of the seven available characters to use for the entirety of the game, right out of the gate. Decisions, decisions. Depending upon the selected avatars the puzzles and story may be modified slightly, lending itself well to a least two additional replay sessions. --Blake Grundman


Perfect Shot

Capturing that one perfect shot of a group of friends can be difficult. There’s almost always someone who is blinking, not looking at the camera, or forgetting to smile. Now there is an app available that solves all these problems and more. Perfect Shot couldn’t have a better name since it essentially describes exactly what the app does. Designed specifically with iOS7 in mind, Perfect Shot detects the number of individuals in a photograph and can detect their eyes and smiles. What’s amazing about this app is that it automatically captures a photo once everyone in the group is smiling and not blinking, so there’s no need to press the shutter button. Of course, eye and smile detection can be turned on or off by tapping on the gear icon in the lower right corner. --Angela LaFollette


Toca Cars

I am pleased to have had a chance to review Toca Boca’s new app, Toca Cars. As many may know, Toca Boca is known for their wonderful digital toys based on the real world playthings children use every day, and Toca Cars continues in the footsteps of their other great apps. It is worth explaining that Toca Cars is not so much a first-person POV driving simulator. Instead, it allows one to drive a car around a track with the drag of a finger. More impressive is the chance to drive and crash into the landscape the track has incorporated within; including many various buildings, street signs, a few animals or other characters, colorful ice cream puddles, ramps, and many more details too numerous to name. --Amy Solomon


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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

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Autumn Dynasty

Good pure RTS games aren’t exactly easy to find on Android. Sure, there are a few good ones, but few can match the strategic depth to be found in Autumn Dynasty. Autumn Dynasty tells the story of a Royal Scholar, an important, intelligent man sent on a routine journey by the ruling government. He runs into a spot of trouble and, after proving himself against his enemies, you’ll follow his story as he grows into a leader and unearths a sinister plot. AD tells a great story and the very well done character art and interesting dialogue really drive the game’s story onwards and gives a lot of incentive to complete the next mission. --Allan Curtis


Evomail

Evomail is part of the new generation of email apps, ones that shoot for a greater degree of accessibility and inbox management. But for me, Evomail comes with one killer feature: the ability to remove emails from the inbox temporarily by ‘snoozing’ them. On my iOS devices, Mailbox’s ease of use and interface has made it my client of choice. This is a problem because I rely on its ability to easily delay emails to a later time to help keep my sanity. Yet despite Mailbox’s expensive acquisition by Dropbox, it’s still an iOS-only affair. It’s frustrating, because it’s something Google has yet to add in as a built-in feature despite making the Android Gmail app more like Mailbox and Evomail with things like swiping actions. So now Evomail is on Android, and with it, the ability to procrastinate on answering emails. But it’s not quite the great email experience that I wanted. --Carter Dotson


PinWar

Pinball is one of those old-school games that are almost always perfect as-is. Why? It presents the perfect union of physics, chance and human skill. It’s beautiful… even the electronic versions seem best when they are presented “traditionally.” Maybe, just maybe PinWar is an exception. “The” exception? In this game, basic pinball gets souped up into a battle zone that pits fast reflexes against human opponents or artificial intelligence. There are a few different play modes. In Quick Battle, it’s a war of attrition; play continues until one side loses all available tokens, with friends being expended with every pinball conceded. This mode is s quick shootout. --Tre Lawrence

And finally, this week, Pocket Gamer took a look at the new and noteworthy iOS games, including Costume Quest, KAMI, Duet, and Ring Run Circus. It also investigated Codea, an app that lets you make games on your iPad. And the site reviewed huge new 3DS adventure, Pokemon X and Y. Take a look, in PG's weekly wrap-up.

Mailbox Gets 1.5 Update. Adds Cloud Searching, Chrome Links, and More

Posted by Rob Rich on August 29th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Mailbox was already pretty great to begin with, but it's about to get even better. The (arguably) be-all and end-all Gmail app for iOS has just hit the ripe age of 1.5, and has received a fair number of improvements.

Chief among them is the ability for you to use Cloud Search to search through all your messages. Account-specific signatures have also been included, as well as the option to open links directly in Chrome. And, of course, the standard bug fixes and such that come with all updates.

If you haven't been using Mailbox, now is certainly not a bad time to start!

Evomail Updated - Now Includes Unified Inbox!

Posted by Rob Rich on August 5th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Evomail's handy inbox sorting and labeling just got even handier. In addition to some general stability fixes, the 1.2.3 update has added the ability for users to unify their inbox. What this means is that it's now possible to filter all of the emails from all of your accounts into one big catch-all box to make correspondence much easier.

The new Unified Inbox is bound to make current and prospective users very happy indeed. You can download the app for free and start organizing (and unifying!) your email accounts right now!

AltaMail Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on July 12th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: FIX IT!
AltaMail is an app that's got powerful guts, but a painful user experience.
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Mail Ninja Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE MAIL SORTING
Favoring simplicity over complexity, Mail Ninja won't be the email solution for everyone but it does make sorting through new mail a fairly quick process.
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How To: Set Up the VIP Inbox in iOS 6

Posted by Carter Dotson on November 5th, 2012

In iOS 5 with Notification Center, there was finally the ability to get push notifications for all emails that came in through the official Mail app. There was just one problem, not every email is necessarily all that important to make one’s phone go buzzing all willy-nilly.

Thankfully, that’s what the VIP feature in iOS 6 is designed to alleviate. It’s possible to get a push notification when certain people send emails. Setting it up is easy.

Open up Mail. Go to the Mailboxes screen, by tapping the upper left arrow until it disappears. Then tap on VIP. If a VIP has already been set up, then tap the blue arrow on the right. This will open up the VIP list. Tap Add VIP… to set up a contact as a VIP. Only people with email addresses will be selectable as VIPs. Note that as of iOS 6.0, all of a contact’s email addresses are added as a VIP, so separate contact cards will need to be set up for a person in order to not have certain emails show up in VIP.

The VIP inbox should now be selectable from the Inboxes section of Mail, below All Inboxes. This inbox includes all recent email from VIPs, from all accounts.

The beauty of VIP email is that it exists as a different set of rules in Notification Center, so there’s no need to enable all notifications for Mail, or only certain ones like sounds can be enabled while VIPs will appear as a banner. These can be configured from the VIP List screen by tapping VIP Alerts, or by going to Settings -> Notifications -> Mail -> VIP. VIPs can be configured to appear as alerts, and everyone else as banners. Look at them up and their emails up there in that tiny banner. They’re like ants from up here. VIP emails will show in Notification Center with a star to to differentiate from non-VIP email notifications.

There’s a drawback for Gmail users looking to take advantage of VIP notifications: as built-in Gmail support is still Fetch-only, this means that true Push will only work through Gmail accounts set up as Exchange accounts.

Has the VIP inbox helped tame the email beast? Let us know in the comments?

New App: Cloudmagic is a Quick Search for All Your Online Data

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 31st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cloud + magic = Cloudmagic.

Cloudmagic allows you to search across many of your cloud based services, all in one place. It amazes with how quick it is as well. Connect your Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and other services. Then you can search across all of them in one place.

Remember part of a name but not where you saw it, search in Cloudmagic and it will find where you saw it, quickly, easily. Very impressive. Give it a shot, let us know what you think.

Put an End to Obnoxious Junk Mail the Eco-Friendly Way with PaperKarma

Posted by Rob Rich on February 20th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GO GREEN :: Read Review »

Junk mail. Yuck. Not only is it annoying, it's also a terrible waste. All those circulars about sales no one cares about involving products nobody wants... At least those unsolicited emails from Nigerian princes don't waste any paper. Well now there's this neat little app that will theoretically put a stop to most of these unwanted advertisements.

PaperKarma is so simple in its execution it almost sounds like magic. All a user has to do is snap a photo with their iOS device's camera and the app will (read: should) find the company responsible and take care of the rest. The rest referring to getting users off of the mailing list. It's a mind-bogglingly simple concept, really.

Anyone with an iOS device and a thinning patience for junk mail should definitely check out PaperKarma. It's on the App Store right now, and it's on sale for free for a "limited time." What's the harm in giving it a try, right?


Need A Photographic Memory? There’s An App For That…

Posted by Ben Harvell on May 19th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Having an iPhone on you is always handy when you want to snapshot something you need to remember, whether it’s a for sale sign, promotional poster or an advertisement. One of the drawbacks of this process is that once you’ve taken the photo you’ll need to fish it out of your Camera Roll where it’s taking up valuable space among your actual photos and there’s also a good chance that you’ll forget about it altogether.

QuickShot! aims to put an end to these issues by combining your iPhone’s Camera and Mail apps into one slick process. Once the app is setup you can simply launch it, take your photo and push a button to send yourself an email. The process is simple enough that it can take as little as three taps to complete.By default the image isn’t saved to your Camera Roll either so you won’t have to worry about clutter anymore. When sending the email, you can customize it as you wish and also scale the picture before you send. This strikes us as one of those apps you think you wont need until, of course, you actually do and is certainly worth a look. QuickShot! is available on the App Store for $0.99.

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Mailroom - Gmail and Google Apps Mail Client Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Fanguy on May 14th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VERY USEFUL
Mailroom is a feature-rich email utility which allows its users to view and utilize all their Gmail accounts at once, within one application, without compromising essential features, such as labeling, threading conversations, etc. found in Google’s onli
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