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Kinkle Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Monica Stevens on February 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A KINKLE IN TIME
Kinkle is design-savvy but, like other upstarts in this space, lacking content.
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Good.co Uses a Personality Test to Help You Find Your Happiness

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 28th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

If you are looking for guidance about how to navigate the minefield of socializing at work or in your personal life, Good.Co is here to help. The app uses a personality test, based on a Myers Briggs Test (MBTI), to unearth your strengths and weaknesses. It will give you advice on how to interact better with other people and give you insight into why others react to you the way they do.

Good.Co also works as a social network. You can search for jobs and companies that will fit your personality. You can share with your friends and family and also discover new friends that will match your style.

You can download Good.Co for free on the App Store and start discovering yourself right away!

Function Space, a Social Network App for Science, Launches on iOS

Posted by Ellis Spice on September 2nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Function Space is a social learning network for science, which prides itself on being a 'one-stop solution' for learning science on the web. The site features news, articles, and discussion, and now there's an iOS app so users can do view all of it on the go.

The app allows users to have discussions with peer groups or experts on a particular subject and get real-time updates on those discussions. Users can also access the large library of articles and discussions already available on the site and stay in touch with developments in the scientific realm through the app's news section.

Function Space is available to download for free from the App Store now.

 

YouTube Alums Form New Media Venture, Victorious

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 25th, 2014

When it comes to communicating with fans, sometimes the comments section on a blog post or YouTube video just won't cut it. For those that want to forge a stronger relationship with their audience, several former YouTube executives including the likes of Michael Todd, Bing Chen, and Dean Gilbert have joined together to create Victorious.

But what is "Victorious," you ask? It is a platform for reaching out to fans in a variety of different ways, with an emphasis on mobile interactions. The main idea is that content creators will be able to engage in an open dialog with their fans. The most intriguing part is that communication will be a two way street, where fans will be able to talk back just as freely with the rest of the community.

While details are scant as of now, it is exciting to see what some of biggest names in media have cooked up to revolutionize the world of mobile promotion. We will have plenty more details on Victorious' plans as they become available, soon.

GameLoop Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NICE IDEA
Consolidating various gaming networks is a nice idea from GameLoop, but it doesn't quite work. At least not yet.
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Habbo Brings its Teen Social Networking World to the iPad

Posted by Rob Rich on May 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HABBOUT TIME :: Read Review »

Oh wow, Habbo takes me back. I remember messing around with it back when Runescape was still on my radar. In fact, Habbo (then known as Habbo Hotel) has actually been around longer than Runescape. Yeesh I feel old.

And now it's available for the iPad.

What is Habbo? It's essentially a pixelated virtual world/hangout/social network for teenagers. Users can explore various rooms, customize their avatar with lots of accessories and effects, take part in daily events, and more. But don't worry, parents, it's also got live moderators who are available 24/7.

You can now download Habbo for your iPad for free.

Zeebox is Now Beamly TV - Still Offers the Same Social Networking TV Fun, Plus a New Look

Posted by Rob Rich on April 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Zeebox used to be an app about following your favorite TV shows and stars, chatting with like-minded fans, and enjoying the benefits of having a personalized guide to help you discover new shows. Now, well, it's still all of that. It's just that now we're calling it Beamly TV.

Beamly TV is the new name and look for the older app. 24/7 updates for TV shows and actors, chatrooms you can visit to gush about your favorites (and sometimes even chat with the celebrities themselves), and so on.

You can download Beamly TV off the App Store for free.

Caktus is a New Social Music Listening Experience for the iPhone

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 10th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Countless social networks hit the App Store all the time, but it's not every day that you see a new app completely dedicated to making your music-listening experience a little more social and fun. Caktus, a new app from Caktus Media, was announced at SXSW in Austin, Texas last weekend, and it aims to do just that.

Caktus really, really wants you to listen to the music on your iOS device through their app rather than Apple's standard Music.app. Why? Because Caktus wants to share everything you're listening to with your friends in real-time. In return, if you have friends who also use Caktus, you'll be able to see what they're listening to as well. The app also lets you see what music is being played among those physically near you, as well as see what music is trending amongst your friends.

You can grab Caktus on the App Store for free right now.

Minube Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: POTENTIAL
A travel app with some neat ideas, Minube falters through some odd design choices and a lack of comprehensive content.
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Coffeetopia Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on July 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COFFEE JUNKIES UNITE
Coffeetopia allows users to easily find, rate, and share great coffee with friends and other coffee lovers.
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Rate My Cake Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: OM NOM
It’s a free cake community app for enthusiasts to share pictures and recipes as well as connect with other fanatics, and it won’t leave users feeling hungry for more since it has plenty of features.
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Instagram Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Carter Dotson on April 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POPULAR FOR A REASON
Why is Instagram so popular? Because it makes sharing photos extremely easy; it's not just about the filters.
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Localmind Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on April 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LOCAL ANSWERS
It connects users with locals to get answers to questions about an area quickly, and the ability to earn karma points gives the app a fun game-like appeal.
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Real Racing 3 Recap and a Contest with Prizes!

Posted by Rob Rich on March 1st, 2013
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Wow, what a month it’s been for racing fans. Specifically Real Racing fans! You might recall how we kicked things off with our three-part series documenting the history of the Real Racing series, Firemint’s (now Firemonkeys’) approach to designing the first two games, and a peek at Real Racing 3’s Time Shifted Multiplayer that everyone’s been talking about. If you don’t recall you should give them a read. You know, for science or something. Not because I wrote them and am proud of my work or anything.

Of course that was just the beginning. There was also our look at Real Racing 3’s first true hands-on demo. And of course that whole free-to-play business that turned into something of a debacle. Let’s not forget the seething jealousy that was undoubtedly felt when we all found out both New Zealand and Australia were getting the game a couple weeks earlier than the rest of the world!

Before we knew it, Real Racing 3 was only a week away. Our lord and master, Jeff Scott, really dug into the mathematics at play and analyzed the in-game economic structure, for better or for worse. Blake Grundman followed with a look at the top 5 drool-inducing rides players can get their hands on (thus far), and soon after that Carter Dotson stepped up with a look at the 5 most alluring real-world racetracks on offer. Finally, the week was capped off with Carter’s in-depth look at Time Shifted Multiplayer while Jeff hopped back in the driver’s seat (sorry, I’m only human) one last time to bestow his Real Racing wisdom with an impressive number of tips and tricks. We also reviewed it, of course.


Get Racing - we've got prizes!

Since it’s been something of a non-stop Real Racing 3 party here at 148Apps we wanted to draw things to a close with a bit of style. Which is why we’re going to capitalize on all the spirit of Time Shifted competition and challenge you, our readers, to a race. Specifically the Pure Stock Challenge, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Nissan Silvia (S15) Showcase Cup race pictured above. I think I’ve typed that out correctly. Why this event? Because it requires one of the first cars new players will have access to and doesn’t allow for any other; providing as even and easily accessible a playing field as we could find.

All you have to do is drive your heart out. Snap a screen shot (hit the Power and Home buttons on your iOS device at the same time) of your best time and post it in the comments below along with your Game Center username. We’ll pick random winners from all of the entries and post the results here on Monday (3/4) afternoon.

The prizes? We'll give away three $10 iTunes gift cards to spend how you see fit. Although in the spirit of the contest we’d suggest something like, oh, maybe the Race Car Booster Pack that includes 65 gold and a 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X?

Update: We'll contact our three winners via email. Thanks for playing and look for more Real Racing 3 contests coming up soon.

Wink! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HALFWAY THERE
Being able to share pictures with specific people is great and all, but why does finding a specific image have to be so difficult?
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