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Four Letters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 23rd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY ADDICTIVE
Simple yet addictive is what works so well for Four Letters.
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Dice Mogul Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BOARD GAMING
Dice Mogul is kind of like a simplistic Monopoly. It's briefly fun but forgettable.
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Monster vs Sheep Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SAMEY FUN
What Monster vs Sheep lacks in variety it makes up for with stress relieving fun. At least, for a little while.
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Iron Snout Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 5th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE BUT BRIEFLY FUN
Iron Snout is fun for five minutes, but a bit too simple for longer doses.
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Pair Solitaire Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ADDICTIVE. SO ADDICTIVE
Welcome to your new 'five more minutes, oh no, why is it dark outside' addiction.
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Go To Bed: Survive The Night Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SPOOKY BUT SHALLOW
Go To Bed: Survive The Night looks and sounds great, but it's actually quite basic in its execution.
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Baseball Battle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 29th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE HITTING
Simple and cute, Baseball Battle is a fairly fun baseball game for those looking for something light.
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Angularis Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWITCHY
A game for the twitchy player, Angularis is simple yet entertaining.
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Poptile Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 25th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY FUN
Simple yet a little bit glorious, Poptile is a satisfying entertaining puzzle game with oodles of the 'one more go' factor.
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Soccer Stars Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A LITTLE SHALLOW
More like Pool or Billiards, Soccer Stars is a simple, sometimes shallow, but easy to pick up multiplayer focused soccer game.
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(R)evolve Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 16th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TWITCHY PLANET MANIPULATION
It's not revolutionary (hohoho), but (R)evolve is a fun game for twitchy players.
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Don't Eat People Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE MUNCHING
Perhaps almost too simple, Don't Eat People lives up to its name in terms of its main focus.
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Hoots Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 1st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar ::
A Match-3 game taken right back to its basics, but sometimes that's all anyone could want.
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Word Forward Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 19th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUN WORDPLAY
Create words from tiles in order to get the lowest score in this simple yet enjoyable word game.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - How My Grandmother Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Going Mobile

Posted by Mike Deneen on December 31st, 2013

I'm the kind of person who my entire family comes to with any tech or game related question. For my soon-to-be career in the IT world, I've probably already heard every silly computer related question I can think of; such as my parent's worrying I deleted all of their email in their Yahoo! email account when I reformatted their computer to my uncle calling me to tell me how this site he saw on an infomercial cleaned up his PC. Every facepalm, of course to those in the know, was from lack of knowledge of computers and technology.

So when it came to my grandmother - who is old, fragile, and not in the greatest of health - needing an upgrade from her ancient Mac Book this year, I candidly suggested she go to an iPad instead of a new computer. "Why?" my family asked, "How can a tablet replace a computer?" To which I gave them a brief summary of all the reasons I could come up with to justify the purchase of a $500 tablet versus a $1200 MacBook. The iPad's size, weight, cost, and usability were all crucial to my argument for the iPad versus another laptop.

Me with my grandmother at my wedding in 2010.

Eventually I won out in this discussion, thus beginning a sort of experiment to see if my dad's mother could adopt to a mobile touch screen device. To many in our age group, the idea that someone may have trouble with an iPad sounds almost absurd. But keep in mind this was part of a family that I had to verbally instruct over the phone as to how to launch Skype on their MacBook.

The first baby steps of this experiment were to introduce her to popular apps, such as the iPad email interface, Safari, and Facebook. Facebook took great strides in 2013 to make their mobile app to have nearly all the functionality of the browser based version. I was even able to help her figure out how to hide the posts from a distant relative who'd post quite frequently about Justin Bieber and how much she'd spent on clothes. My grandma is cool like that.

Next up was showing her various forms of entertainment on the device. Now again, this amazing lady still owns two SD TV's, so an iPad with it's Retina display is by far the best visually striking screen in her house. I showed her various video apps; such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and even lesser known ones such as VUDU. Because I also deal with iOS games on a consistent basis, I introduced some simple but really fun games I thought she might be interested in trying. Two of them, which appeared to catch on with her, were games I considered to be some of the best but most overlooked games of 2013: 4 Thrones and FlowDoku.

There have been a couple of challenges in this adventure however, as anyone going from the familiar to the unknown can be a little daunted. My grandmother had issues figuring out her email, having been used to browser based clients. However, I was able to introduce her to the wide array of Google apps available on iOS, merging the Google and Apple worlds into one. She found the Google Mail client pretty useful for her needs, as well as Google Drive, so I could send her stuff such as wedding photos from the event that occurred some 3 years ago. Additionally, I was able to set her up with Skype on iOS so she could watch my sister's wedding, as well as the TED Talks app so she could see the various topics discussed.

There was also a little trouble getting my elderly grandmother adept at using the on-screen keyboard. Luckily the keyboard on an iPad is relatively big with easy to read buttons, especially in comparison to any Android device. It also responds perfectly to touch, with little to no issues responding appropriately. Once she learned to adapt to using a touch screen to not only replace the mouse but the physical keyboard as well, things seemed to go much easier.

The farm I spent a lot of time on as a kid at my grand parents.

My grandmother means the world to me, and it's absolutely devastating knowing she is nearing her final days on this Earth. But the notion that I could help simplify her life a little bit makes me feel a tad better. From helping her get a device that her frail body will be able to manage to setting her up with and showing her how to use some apps that were similar to what she was using on a MacBook, I feel as though my grandma has a great computing device, an awesome means of communicating with the outside world, and something that will help improve her life overall; regardless of how long or short that may be. Technology has many uses beyond business, entertainment, or whatever else. Sometimes it's just as simple as using it to aid the ones you love.