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LookUp Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CLEAR DICTIONARY
It might be cheaper to use a website but LookUp is a stylish and simple way to quickly look up words and their meanings.
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Shot & Find Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IMAGE BASED SEARCHING
Search for mostly anything, simply by taking a photo of it with this cool app.
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Brian Cox's Wonders of Life Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 26th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATTRACTIVELY FASCINATING
Exploring the wonders of the world, this is a fascinating app of discovery.
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Phlo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 28th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DETAILED SEARCHING
Type in one thing to search amongst over 30 different search engines. It's as easy as that.
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Timeline WW1 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on August 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY
Educational and fascinating, Timeline WW1 is a great resource for those wanting to know more about World War 1.
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Night Sky 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STARRY-EYED
Night Sky 2 is a fantastic, if slightly flawed, companion app for any star gazing enthusiast.
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Quist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DAILY HISTORY
Offering a daily slice of history relating to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender history, Quist is an interesting read for all.
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Grokr Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By David Rabinowitz on March 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PERSONAL INFORMATION
Grokr is a personal information aggregator that is highly customizable.
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Wine Simplified Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRESH INSIGHT
Doing exactly what the name suggests, reference guide Wine Simplified deciphers the myths and confusions about choosing what wine to buy. It's a handy resource.
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Atlas by Collins Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on October 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ALL THE WORLD
Atlas by Collins is an app that has a lot of information, but feels like it's missing a few things that could make it a truly great reference app.
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Instant Translation Using Worldictionary

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 17th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Here's a reminder of just how great technology is: Worldictionary is the kind of translation tool that would have seemed mystical years ago.

All the user has to do is point their iPhone's camera at a word and Worldictionary defines and translates it. There's no need to type in words. An internet connection is required but otherwise, it's pretty seamless.

The app recognizes 22 languages, including Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish. In each case, results promise to be instant and accurate. Live translation isn't the only option either, with it possible to take a photo for later reference, such as when an internet connection is available.

Google, Wikipedia and YouTube search functionality is available for definitions and it's always possible to check the translation history at a later date.

Worldictionary should prove to be a great assistant for regular travellers.

It's out now, priced at $3.99.

Brian Cox's Wonders Of The Universe Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE
An attractive guide to the wonders of the Universe and the Solar System.
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How To Draw! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 3rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DETAILED
A little heavy on talking rather than doing, How to Draw! does teach some great skills.
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Guitar Companion Adds New Features

Posted by Kevin Stout on March 27th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Infinaut Technologies has released its 3.0.0 update for guitar instruction app, Guitar Companion. The update includes the addition of various features including a metronome with four rhythm choices, drum packs (including rock, blues, jazz, and more), alternate chord fingering, custom skins, an ad-free option, and making the app available in 16 languages. Many of the updated features come from suggestions from users.

Guitar Companion is a tool for both pro and beginner guitarists. It can be a quick reference to the seasoned player or a source of learning for the new player. The app contains a tuner, chord charts (over 1600), and scales (over 150). The simple interface displays a guitar fret board that can manually be strummed to hear chords (or auto strummed for lazy players).

The app is free with in-app purchases including perks like the rhythm packs and removing ads. Check out the video demo of version 3.0.0 of Guitar Companion below.


The Skyrim Alchemy App Makes Mixing Potions (and Poisons) Much Easier

Posted by Rob Rich on December 14th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a huge game. I'm talking massive. Vast, even. With a wealth of content and activities from procedurally generated quests to blacksmithing and enchanting, calling it a little complicated would be an understatement. Each of the side activities can be incredibly involved, but none so much as alchemy. There are a virtual ton of ingredients to combine, each one with four different effects, in order to craft all manner of helpful and hurtful concoctions.

It's a huge list of items to keep track of, which is why we now have the Skyrim Alchemy App. It includes a complete reference guide of all the many, many ingredients as well as their numerous functions. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of it as most of an ingredient's effects are unknown until they're discovered through mixing or ingesting. This way, a player can simply check the app to see what works with what rather than expending precious resources. A recipe book which will allow users to save and load their favorite mixtures is already in the works and should be available in a future update.

With the biggest western RPG of the year (both literally and figuratively) still in its release infancy, having a little extra help with some of the more menial tasks is welcome. With that in mind, Skyrim Alchemy App can be had right now for $0.99.