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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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Path Updated to Support iPad

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 1st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PLENTIFUL SOCIALIZING :: Read Review »

Path the semi-private social networking app has gotten a Universal update to include a very well designed support for the iPad.

Monster Warlord Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Rob Rich on November 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SEEMS FAMILIAR
Monster Warlord looks cute and colorful, and offers up a decent amount of free-to-play goodness, but it feels a little too familiar at times.
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Come Together Right Now Over Musicr

Posted by Jordan Minor on August 1st, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Plenty of people dream of becoming musicians but few realize just how hard that life can be. To break through, aspiring musicians must not only be good at their art but also know the right people so they can have a chance to show off just how good they are. With Musicr, musicians are now able to connect and share with each other like never before.

The app is basically a social network for musicians. Users can search for fellow artists with whatever skills they are looking for. Whether it’s a local drummer to help fill out a jazz band or someone to explain just how an accordion works, users can connect with them on Musicr. Amateur rock stars can also showcase their own talents and share how far they are progressing in their careers through text, photos, or other social networks. It’s all about bringing performers together so that they can give each other much needed help and exposure.

Make some new musical friends and be a part of the world wide jam session. Musicr is available now for free on the App Store.

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Share Photos Securely With outmywindow

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 23rd, 2012

Sneaking candid shots of yourself and sharing them with the world has become a staple of the iOS ownership experience. There was always the issue of security when it came to apps like instagram.  Under most circumstances your photos were essentially being broadcast into the ether, for everyone with an internet connection to consume.  Who would you expect to come to the aid of users who wanted to share their images in a more discrete manner?  If you guessed Warner Bros. you may want to consider getting your head checked, but oddly enough that is actually the correct answer.

Despite coming from a completely unlikely source, outmywindow is a hybrid of social networking and photo storage that allows you full control of who can see your photos.  Users can even import images from their iOS libraries and create albums to once again share with only those that are worthy of permission.  The app is free and looks to be a solid alternative to other providers on the market. Plus, when they are offering 5GB of free storage, there is always an added incentive.


Whisper is a Safe Place for Users to Post Secrets Online

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 27th, 2012

Late last year the PostSecret app was removed from the App Store. PostSecret allowed users to submit their posts to the PostSecret art project (where users send in anonymous postcards with their secrets). The volunteer moderators were unable to keep up with the abusive and threatening submissions, so the app was removed. A new app has just been released with a similar objective, but with security measures in place to prevent the inherent problems with that kind of app. Whisper is being advertised as the "anti-Facebook," where users can hop on and tell the truth without the "look at me" feel of Facebook.

The app allows users to express themselves with photo filters and fonts, uses a real-time stream (similar to Facebook), and even allows users to share things over other social networks (including Facebook as well as Twitter and Tumblr).

Since the app has been released, the average user of Whisper visits the app ten times a day and spends a total on an hour or more on it. The popularity of the app is rising and it's free to download. Whisper also has a website to check out as well.

Mafia Planet Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GET MADE
Settle in, expand the turf, and squash any rivals who get in the way.
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EveryBlock Update Brings Neighborhoods Closer Together

Posted by Jordan Minor on May 3rd, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Knowing what’s going on in the world at large is certainly useful. Sometimes though, it’s more important to know what’s going on across the street instead of what’s going on across the globe. Recognizing that, the EveryBlock app seeks to fill that local news niche and with its the new update it is hoping to fill that niche even better.

The 2.0 update adds a host of new community features bringing the app more in line with the EveryBlock website. Users can now more easily connect to their neighborhoods by choosing the specific locations they want their news to come from all the way down to the block level. Users can become citizen journalists and share breaking news and photos of events as they unfold. Using the app, users can also send questions to their neighbors or even just start a conversation in real time.

Be aware that currently EveryBlock is only available in the following 16 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The updated EveryBlock app is available now for free on the App Store.

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Dabble, A Photo Sharing App from Former Twitter Employee

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 23rd, 2012

Apparently good photo-sharing services are potentially worth billions of dollars (see: Instagram). Former Vice President of Business Operations at Twitter (and ex-team manager for Search Quality Operations at Google), Santosh Jayaram, has just released a photo-sharing service of his own called Dabble. It’s not to be confused with the word game, Dabble, or Dabble, the iPad sketching app. This Dabble is a “social postcard” service.

In THIS app, users create location-based postcards of the places they’ve been. For example, if I go get a burger at a local place near me and take a picture of said burger, I may share a Dabble postcard of the burger and write a short comment like “best burger in town.” That Dabble postcard is now linked to that particular location and anyone who comes to or views that location later can see the postcard. It’s the ultimate “I was here” app.

Other Dabblers (that has a great ring to it) can comment on those postcards and those comments are also linked to that location. It’s an interesting service by an interesting guy. We look forward to see how it works out.

LoveThis is a Recommendation App for Close Friends

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 19th, 2012

Recommendation apps and networks generally either try to give users recommendations based on some kind of automated system or give recommendations in a small niche market like books (Goodreads) or restaurants and nightlife (Yelp). LoveThis is a social network where friends can give recommendations to each other on almost anything imaginable (movies, TV, books, restaurants, and more).

LoveThis, a name that vaguely reminds me of a portion size at Coldstone Creamery (I keep accidentally typing Love It), helps users get recommendations from people that really matter to them. Users can save recommendations to their collections for later viewing and discuss those recommendations either in-app or via Facebook. LoveThis is displayed on a clean and easy-to-use interface.

The app even works for people that haven’t downloaded or registered in the iOS app. This is way LoveThis stands out from other recommendation apps and networks. The app allows users to send and receive recommendations in other ways including Facebook and email. This is a great way for new users to become exposed to LoveThis and to expand recommendations beyond the app itself.

LoveThis is free to download. Grab the app and start recommending anything and everything to friends.

Flixel Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Kevin Stout on March 28th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PHOTO FUN
Flixel allows users to create images with moving video elements and share them over social networks.
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Connect to Fellow Dieters with Diet & Weight Loss Buddies

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 22nd, 2012

Anyone can start a diet, but sticking to it is a different story. Between watching what one eats, doing scheduled weigh ins and generally making sure that they are staying on track, a diet can be a hard thing to maintain. To make getting in shape a little easier, as well as prove that the internet can be used for more than just lazy web browsing, Body Chef has released Diet and Weight Loss Buddies.

The app calls itself "the world's first social network app for people who want to lose weight and feel great." Through the app, users can put in their personal diet information and schedule reminders to make sure they stay on the wagon. They can also look up new diets and strategies online by connecting with fellow dieters around the world. It has everything dieters need: information, encouragement, and support from others.

Diet and Weight Loss Buddies is available now on the App Store for free. It can help make up for that lost time spent sitting down, playing with an iPhone.

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Peel Kicks Off "American Idol" Real-Time Social Experience

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 15th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Before, the Peel app from Peel Technologies was content just being a television social network. However, in addition to connecting users through their love of television shows, Peel is now looking to connect users with the shows themselves. Peel is kicking off their new "Second-Screen TV Engagement Platform" with "American Idol."

Starting with the final few episodes of this season, Peel will be offering "American Idol" fans what they are calling a "Real-Time Social TV Experience." Using the app, viewers will be able to cheer or boo performances, results and even the judges themselves all while watching the show. The app then collects and shares these results so one can compare what they think with the thoughts of fellow watchers.

The updated Peel app is available now for free on the App Store. To celebrate, Peel Technologies will be giving one lucky user free VIP access to the Idols Live concert this summer.

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Cinemagram Review

By Kevin Stout on February 28th, 2012
Cinemagram is an Instagram-like app that allows users to create a combination of a still photograph and video.
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