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.
Whether someone is musically inclined or not, there’s a good chance they’ve dabbled in its creation at least once in their lifetime. Of course it’s never easy to put something that sounds good together when you have zero experience, but Chillingo’s new freemium social music creation/sharing game, Zya is looking to change that. I had the pleasure of checking out a hands-off demo at EA’s recent Holiday Showcase, and I have to say I came away impressed despite my initial skepticism.
Each song you can create is made up of different parts – such as a guitar, drums, vocals, and background vocals for example. You can tweak each section to your liking by selecting various band members who each produce a unique sound, giving them different instruments which also produce unique sounds, then choosing to either use the default samples or create your own. If you decide to create your own you can tap out drum beats or even record your own vocals, then add effects until they sound just right. It’s worth noting that there are different characters for different musical genres, and it’s entirely possible (and even encouraged) to mix them all up to create some truly unique tunes. It’s all cloud-based too, so new game content such as extra songs and characters can be dropped in almost instantly.
You’ll have access to a single genre pack of your choosing (pop, rock, etc) from the start, and can purchase additional characters, instruments, microphones, and so on using points earned through creating songs and sharing your tracks with the world. It’s even possible to have Zya create and post a YouTube video of your performance. Licensed music is also available, and can be altered just as much as everything else, but require an in-app purchase to unlock. Not surprising given that it’s licensed music, really. Still, being able to remix popular songs and share them so easily is a pretty cool concept.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 11th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Ever run into a stranger you shared a “moment” with? Where you had a special connection but then went your separate ways, never to speak again? Well, WeHadAMoment is an app that enables users to find that person they shared a moment with. All users need to do is enter the information of that moment and then hope for the best.
Now go create some more moments and begin sharing them!
Remember when it was just Facebook and Twitter? No, me either. Anyway, if you don’t know what Instagram is, I’m amazed you’re reading this article. As for Ban.jo and AroundMe, I’ll forgive you for not knowing about these social networks that incorporate happenings, events, and locations nearby a-la Yelp or FourSquare.
An interesting inclusion this week is AppGrooves which, like Powerslyde, recommends other apps to its users. And then there’s Kik Messenger, which claims to be the fastest messaging app out there. Is it? I don’t know, as there’s a glut of messaging apps out there, including Apple’s own iMessage.
Ok…deep breath…do you feel properly socialized now? Good. Join us next week for another installment of the ongoing app popularity saga. Thanks to Powerslyde, the app that leverages your friends’ app recommendations, for this week’s list. What apps do you recommend? Drop us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. See you next week!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 13th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Next Sentence is a social writing game that lets two players create entertaining stories by taking turns writing short sentences. The game reveals a title for the story to begin and it’s up to the players to fill in the rest. However, both players will never see each other’s full sentence which can lead to unique and unpredictable stories.
Next Sentence is available for $1.99, allowing players to play with others online. There is also a free version that only works in pass-and-play situations.
Posted by Rob Rich on September 2nd, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
What exactly is Klamr and what does it do? Basically, it makes getting together with friends as easy and painless as technology will allow. At least until we get teleporters.
Klamr combines messaging, planning, and sharing into a single app. You can send word to your friends about your plans (including SMS notifications to non-users), swap photos, set up several options for places to hang out/eat/whatever and give everyone a chance to weigh in, and even pull up Yelp reviews of various spots.
Wrangling folks for dinner should be a cinch now!
- Free messaging: one-to-one or in groups
- Free notifications: to all Klamr accounts
- Nobody is left out: SMS notifications to non-Klamr users
- Private: messages and plans can only be accessed by close friends and family
- Share photos: while chatting and enjoying your get-togethers
- Create multiple Ideas: chat about where and when to hang out next
- Find the perfect and most popular places: from our specially-curated venue database as well as adding your own
- Ratings and reviews: from Yelp, Foursquare and Facebook
Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 3rd, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Instagram, the popular app that lets you create and share photos, has been updated and adds photos of you. Now, before sharing your images, you can add people to each photo and share the profile of the person who’s accompanying you on your latest outing. This also includes a new tab on your profile page that allows you to see what images people have tagged you in.
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.
Posted by Rob LeFebvre on November 8th, 2012 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Social newsreader Pulse updates its iPhone app to include iPad in this new update, adding a fully redesigned interface and other great features. Will it replace Editor’s Choice recipient, Flipboard, as the king of the hill? Check it out and let us know in the comments below.
★ Unlimited Pages: Add as many sources as you want to follow via Pulse!
★ Improved Navigation: Access any page, settings, catalog and your saved stories effortlessly via a brand new sidebar!
★ Comprehensive Search: Search for any website, person, brand or topic and find results from Tumblr, Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Blekko, and more!
★ Simpler Customization: Edit button on every page to quickly personalize your Pulse.
★ Infinite Scrolling: Keep swiping horizontally to read as many stories as you want from any source in Pulse.