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The iPhone Gets its Own Pocket-Sized Galaxy Trucker

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 22nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Galaxy Trucker Pocket, by Czech Games Edition, is a mini version of the iPad version of Galaxy Trucker, which is itself a port of the popular board game.

You can play solo against various AIs in the campaign mode, or with up to three other players in pass-and-play or real-time online games. Galaxy Trucker Pocket lets you build your space ship (from sewer pipes), make deliveries, and fight off raiders. The game has 81 achievements and 12 different AI personalities for solo play to always keep you on your toes.

You can download Galaxy Trucker Pocket for $2.99 now, and the iPad version is still available for $7.99.

Stache Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VISUAL BOOKMARKING
Stache is a handy way of consolidating links and turning them into visual bookmarks, but there are better solutions out there.
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CloudMagic Cards Seamlessly Pairs Email to Your Favorite Web Services

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 12th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GREAT :: Read Review »

Email is becoming a thing of the past for many younger internet users, but for most of us it's still a critical part of our workflow. CloudMagic is already known as a decent iOS email client, but the app recently became a lot more innovative with its new "Cards" feature. The new 1.0.19 update notes boast that Cards allow you to "get all your work done without ever leaving your email."

How exactly? The video below will do a great job of explaining it, but essentially, Cards integrates your favorite internet services like Pocket, Trello, and Evernote into your email inbox. Receive a recipe to cook for dinner later? Just use the Evernote card and save it as you would if you had found that recipe online. But that's just one example; Cards is a whole lot more powerful than that.

You can get CloudMagic with its new "Cards" feature right now on the App Store for free.

Outread Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 15th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TIME SAVING READING
Speeding up reading and proving a great way to consolidate articles, Outread is useful for those who regularly read on their iPhone.
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Pocket Update Adds Improved User Experience With New Highlights and Preference Features

Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 14th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BETTER THAN BOOKMARKS :: Read Review »

Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) has received a 5.0 update, adding new highlights to the list of features. Highlights provides users with a new way to view the best and most relevant content that's been saved to their lists. The update also adds preferences that allow users to discover new content from the sites they frequent and save most often. Now jump on the update and check out these new features, along with the improved navigation enhancements.

iOS 7: Pocket has a New Design, Instant Background Syncing, and is Generally Faster

Posted by Rob Rich on September 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BETTER THAN BOOKMARKS :: Read Review »

Pocket has been revamped for, surprise surprise, iOS 7. It's looking sleeker, performing faster, and can instantly sync backgrounds even when the app is closed (so long as the option is enabled in iOS 7)! Plus it just looks pretty and is quite handy for storing articles, videos, and web pages you'll want to view later.

Syllable Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRACTICAL SPEED READING
Encouraging its users to read fast, Syllable is a handy tool for those with limited time.
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Pocket Update Allows Users To Highlight and Share Articles

Posted by Andrew Stevens on April 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BETTER THAN BOOKMARKS :: Read Review »

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has been updated with a new feature that implements sharing. If you like an article that you put off to read later through Pocket, you'll be able to share that article with friends. You can also leave comments along with highlighted quotes to share.

148Apps' Best Apps of 2012: 10-1

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 28th, 2012

This is it. Our favorite apps of 2012, the ones that took our devices to new levels of usefulness. Have your own picks? Tell us below in the comments!

10. Fantastical: What makes the iOS version of this Mac calendar app so great? Jennifer Allen says that it’s because of its natural language features. “Adding an event is a matter of tapping the plus button, like with many other calendar apps. Usually, this is where things get slow and cumbersome with users having to slide through times and dates to find the right one. Fantastical makes it so much easier. Users just type what’s going on. Meeting Joe for lunch tomorrow at 1pm? Type that in and the app understands perfectly. … Excluding typos, it’s tough to fool Fantastical, it’s that accurate.”

9. 1Password: Remembering passwords, especially secure ones, is difficult. Thankfully, version 4 of this password app is extremely easy to use and also comes with extra features for easily filling out private information. As David Rabinowitz says: “The sheer number of different types of information 1Password can remember is extremely impressive and comprehensive. It can store all of the usual things, like identities, credit cards, login information and such. But, it can also remember driver’s licenses, social security numbers, software licenses, wireless routers, and even notes if there is something to store that doesn’t fit in one of the many included categories. The app also has some really impressive advanced features, like syncing to iCloud or Dropbox.”

8. Pocket: Read It Later underwent a stylish renovation with a new name, and the result was this dramatically-improved experience that’s now one of the best cross-platform reading list apps available. The app is perfect for keeping up with longform articles, and its integration with apps like Tweetbot means that it's easy to save an article to Pocket from iPhone, and read it later on the iPad. It’s for more than just reading articles, videos work extremely well with it as well. Now, to just solve the problem of having too many saved things to get through.

7. Launch Center Pro: App Cubby expanded out their popular Launch Center application for easy access to actions on iOS with this new Pro version that brings new features and a much-improved interface. Angela LaFollette says “Launch Center Pro is ideal for users who like to save time and works perfectly sitting in the iPhone’s dock. Once you use it, you’ll never be able to stop. It’s packed with a lot of features, and its intuitive and sharp interface both make it attractive to all iOS users.”

6. Adobe Photoshop Touch: While a stripped-down Photoshop experience has been available on iOS for a while, this expanded experience is the photography enthusiast’s best friend. David Rabinowitz says that “ Although it doesn’t offer as much as its full-featured older brother on the desktop, it’s the best photo editing experience available for iOS. Beginners who have never used Photoshop before won’t feel overwhelmed by the app. The desktop version is known for being extremely powerful and full featured, with an at times cluttered and confusing interface, but the tablet version really only includes the essentials.”

5. The Magazine: Marco Arment’s bi-weekly magazine, with several original articles from talented writers, is probably the best justification for keeping Newsstand around at this point. It has a fantastic minimalistic design as well, which is to be expected from the creator of Instapaper. The topics are varied and provocative, great for a short-but-satisfying read, and it's only available on iOS.

4. Sparrow: Apple rarely approves third-party mail clients, so the fact that this one made its way to the App Store is a blessing for users. Sparrow makes it easy to navigate one’s inbox, quickly seeing unread emails, easily going from one mail to the next, and getting to see just who’s emailing with Facebook integration. It was so good that Gmail acquired the dev team, and the Gmail app is already seeing the dividends of the acquisition. While new feature development has stopped, Sparrow isn’t going away, thankfully: it recently got an update for the iPhone 5 and remains perhaps the best independent mail client on the App Store.

3. Google Maps: You never know what you have until it's gone, and such is the story of Google Maps. Ever since Apple’s mapping solution replaced the default Maps app in iOS, which was powered by Google, suddenly people missed Google’s solution. Well, splitting the app away into a third-party release proved to be a great move: while it is yet to see iPad support, the transit directions are a huge help, turn-by-turn navigation has been added to the app, and it's just generally a better experience than it was before.

2. Tweetbot for iPad: Tapbots brought their Twitter client from iPhone to iPad this year, and while the iPad experience is great enough on its own, the synchronization is the app’s real strength. Being able to easily sync unread position between iPhone, iPad, and even the later Mac version is just an amazing experience that works exactly as it says on paper. It’s the best Twitter experience available, period. Enjoy it while it lasts, thanks to Twitter limiting the number of users that an app can have using Twitter.

1. Paper by FiftyThree: This drawing app is incredibly beautiful, allowing for pieces that look incredibly realistic to be brought to life in the app’s virtual pages. But it may be the fact that it’s actually so easy to use, even for non-artists, that it is extremely compelling. Jennifer Allen saysPaper by FiftyThree does for sketching and artistry as iA Writer does for the writer. It’s simple and unsullied by menu bars and buttons. Instead it’s all about expressing creativity.”

Read It Later is Now Pocket, and Has a New App

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 17th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BETTER THAN BOOKMARKS :: Read Review »

Read It Later has a new app launching, and with it a brand new name: Pocket. What this brings is a brand new stylistic interface, one that aims to help users keep track of their favorite content across devices easier.

The new interface features a new view that integrates images and video previews to give a visual identity to items saved to the service. It's also possible to switch to a simple list as well. Videos from services like Vimeo and YouTube can be called up in an HTML5 player directly in the app, instead of having to watch the video on the website itself. Filtering for just articles, images, and videos is available, and items can be tagged and filtered by these tags.

Pocket still works with old Read It Later accounts, and any app that integrated with Read It Later such as Tweetbot will find that the functionality still works the same as it did before the name change. Pocket is now completely free and ad-free for all platforms, eschewing the free/paid model the apps previously used.

First Expansion for Ticket to Ride Pocket Arrives

Posted by Jason Wadsworth on February 23rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PERFECT PORT :: Read Review »

Today marks the launch of the first paid expansion for the acclaimed iOS version of the railroad building board game, Ticket to Ride. The Ticket to Ride Pocket: 1910 expansion includes three brand new game modes for players to enjoy and adds 35 new destinations to the game's US map.

The 1910 Classic mode brings updated route tickets and a slight change to the rules that makes completing the most tickets crucial to winning. The 1910 Mega mode starts each player with 5 route cards instead of 3, doubles the number of available route tickets, and awards bonus points to the most completed routes. Finally, the 1910 Cities mode is a faster game mode in which players contend over a few specific routes, all starting and ending with major cities. Ten new achievements, most of which are from the 1910 pack, are also included.

The Ticket to Ride Pocket: 1910 expansion is available via in-app purchase now for $0.99, so get ready to ride the rails again.


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Donna Harrison on March 17th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
While we all have interesting daily events that we would like to remember, most of us gave up our diaries and journals long ago. Billed as "the weightless pocket diary", Memiary allows us to record these events on the go.
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