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nvNotes Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 21st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: USEFUL NOTES
Simple yet powerful is what ensures that nvNotes is a great note taking app for those willing to pay up.
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MeisterTask Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on July 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONVENIENT ORGANIZING
MeisterTask helps you co-ordinate your efforts with your family, roommates, workmates, and so forth.
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Private Browser Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANONYMOUS
Privacy conscious? Private Browser might ease those worries.
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OfficeTime Apple Watch Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Rob Rich on June 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TIMERS
OfficeTime is a handy way to track your own personal time sheets.
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This Week at 148Apps: May 25-29,2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 1st, 2015

May Days at 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Cartoon Survivor

An auto-runner about a dodo bird getting tossed into a reality TV show where it has to run a gauntlet of cavemen, dinosaurs, angry Mayans, lava, and more - all with a stick of dynamite strapped to its back? Sure, Cartoon Survivor, I’ll bite. Aside from being the kind of reality show that nobody would willingly sign up for, Cartoon Survivor is a pretty solid auto-runner. Tilting the device will move the dodo back-and-forth along the “road,” while tapping the screen jumps and tapping and holding will glide. You can also tap the Boost icon for a temporary speed increase but let’s not get too carried away. --Rob Rich


Cooking Mama Let's Cook!

Mama is back, again, with Papa in tow. This time she’s got a new free-to-play game that’s… well it exists.Cooking Mama Let’s Cook! is classic Mama for the most part. You get to select from a small assortment of dishes, and perform all sorts of gesture-based actions on the touch screen to try and complete various steps of each recipe. If you fail to pull a single step off perfectly it’s going to torpedo your chances at a three-star rating, but you can always start fro scratch. Or spend a precious continue token (I don’t know what their actual name is) to try a failed task again.--Rob Rich


Kapu Fishing

It turns out that foxes love to jump in boats, sail off, and go fishing. At least that’s what Kapu Fishing tells us, and it proves to be an adorable and simple game that should captivate your little ones for a while. With controls that are ideally suited for toddlers, it won’t take long for them to figure things out and have fun. As the app explains through some simple gestures, casting a line is a simple matter of dragging your finger across the screen. How far the line goes depends on how far you drag your finger. It’s the kind of intuitive thinking that’ll be ideal for educating your kids through. Once the lure hits the water, gentle taps cause it to come nearer to you. --Jennifer Allen


Brickies

Brick-busting Arkanoid style games are nothing new, yet Brickies feels more fresh than most. Offering a few new tricks up its sleeve goes a long way to enticing you into carrying on playing.The key change to Brickies is how missing a shot doesn’t mean game over. Instead, it deactivates the ball, leaving it useless until you bounce it back again with one of your paddles. You have two paddles - one on either side of the screen - which respond in the same manner throughout. The focus is less on keeping your ball in play, and more on getting things done quickly, with each level offering a fairly tight time limit on things.--Jennifer Allen


Sword of Xolan

I often look forward to seeing larger games released for iOS, both because I wish more people would take the platform seriously (as they should) and because being able to play something like Knights of the Old Republic on my phone is just really, really cool. But that doesn’t mean that shorter, more bite-sized games can’t also shine. And Sword of Xolan is definitely a tiny shiner. That sounded a lot better in my head. Sword of Xolan follows a similar structure to other mobile platformers from developers like Ravenous Games. It’s broken up into two different modes - Adventure and Challenge - with the former itself being broken up into three acts. And each act is made up of several platforming levels and a final boss fight. You can simply blitz through everything in a rush to the end, but stages are really meant to be replayed. --Rob Rich


Mr. Muscle

Don’t let the impressive beach body or the far more impressive mustache fool you; Mr. Muscle is actually a featherweight. As a game, I mean. There’s nothing particularly feathery about the buff fellow holding goodness nows how many pounds of metal above his head.Seriously though, I have to give credit to Flow Studio for Mr. Muscle’s presentation. If nothing else, it sports a very enjoyable and clean-looking art style. It’s also complimented by a simple but pleasant music loop that sound almost vaudevillian in nature. Fitting given the striped swimming trunks and massive handlebar mustache, I think. --Rob Rich


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Sunburn!

We’ve waited for a while for Sunburn!, and with good reason; early clips of the gameplay hearkened to something fun and engaging. Now that it’s out, we have the perfect occasion to check it out.Graphically, it’s a fun, retro-feeling trip, with old-school characterizations and purposely stilted animations. It incorporates the use of color effectively, as in the visual representation of the target sun. The backdrop is dark, and the sound effectively carries along the gameplay.--Tre Lawrence


Plancon: Space Conflict

If you’re a fan of Serenity, those lyrics will make sense almost immediately. The criminally short-lived series would probably find a kindred spirit in HeroCraft’s new caper Plancon: Space Conflict. In this one, space exploration is the name of the game, ut with an added twist: invading aliens.The action starts with an in-game tutorial; it is a bit of a slow going, almost ploddingly so, but, as gameplay further on underscored, it is important to understand the basics. The player takes on the persona of an adventurer in a future world where extended space travel is possible and commonplace. The game leads one through the basics of interplanetary travel, which is effected by tapping and double-tapping. There is also the collection of valuable materials, and simple combat. One is also introduced to the commerce system, which is probably the most intricate aspect of the game.--Tre Lawrence

All this, plus Apple Watch reviews of Yellow Pages, Wear Reader, and TripAdvisor.

Evernote Apple Watch Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on May 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCEPTIONALLY USEFUL
Evernote somehow just got even more essential for Apple Watch owners.
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Horizon 3 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 20th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ORGANIZED
Organize your life with this attractive and mostly intuitive calendar app.
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Todoly Reminders Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 10th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: HOLDS PROMISE
Todoly Reminders is a fast if basic To-Do list app.
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Dropbox Adds MS Office Documents and More in a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRODUCTIVITY TO THE MAX :: Read Review »

Dropbox, the popular file storage solution, has announced an update that adds three new features for you to enjoy.

Even Trello is Making an Appearance on the Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 21st, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Tello has taken pity on lonely wrists everywhere and updated theirproductivity app to work with the upcoming Apple Watch.

IFTTT is Bringing Do Button and Do Note to the Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 16th, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

IFTTT has announcedDo Button and Do Note for the Apple Watch. Do Button lets you make your own personalized button that can connect to things like your Google Drive, control the temperature in your home with Nest Thermostat, or turn the lights on with Philips Hue.Do Note acts as a notepad that connects to Evernote, Twitter, Google Calendar, and a multitude of channels. With Do Note you'll be able to do things like quickly create events in Google Calendar, create short notes in Evernote, and share tweets on twitter.

Even though the Apple Watch is not here yet, you can try bothDo Button and Do Note on your iPad for free right now.

iDocs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 15th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED DOCUMENTS
iDocs wants to be your all in one file creation app. It tries hard but falters.
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Friends Don't Let Friends Forget Their To-Do List With Cuckuu

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 14th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Cuckuu, by Ake Ideas, is an alarm clock for your daily schedule. The app lets you set reminders for tasks and share them with friends.

When you complete a task you can get points and win prizes. You can also chat with friends and add pictures and videos to your alarms for extra motivation. By making your schedule a social event you make it a whole lot harder to ignore, so you can actually get things done. You can also set private alarms for activities in case you don't feel like sharing.

Cuckuuis free on the App Store, so set a reminder to download it.

Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now Available for iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone.OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and iCloud so you can save and share easily.

You can download the free version of OfficeSuite, or puchase OfficeSuite Pro for $9.99 or OfficeSuite Premium for $19.99.

Get a Little Help From Your Friends with Complete

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 9th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

If you have a hard time sticking to your to-do list, Complete is here to help. Complete is a social task manager that uses networks to provide motivation, information, and connections. The app includes a toggle bar to set your tasks to private or public, a productivity Score that can be increased by completing your own tasks of helping others, and updates that keep your task list fresh.

“Social networks have connected people like never before, but they massively underutilize the collective knowledge and experience of those people. Existing social networks are all about what we’ve already done. Complete is about what you’re going to do, opening the door for meaningful interactions that create and enhance relationships,” said Xander Schultz, CEO and Co-Founder of Complete Labs, in a press release.

You can download Complete for free on the App Store and get to work.