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iDocs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 15th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED DOCUMENTS
iDocs wants to be your all in one file creation app. It tries hard but falters.
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Castaway Paradise VIP Subs are on Sale for a Limited Time, and a Special Holiday Update is Coming Soon

Posted by Rob Rich on November 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AN ISLAND OF FRIENDS :: Read Review »

'Tis the season for sales and price drops, and Castaway Paradise has apparently caught the bug as well. Seeing as it's free to download, the upfront cost hasn't changed. However, for a very limited time you can purchase a 12 month VIP subscription for $5 off the regular $29.99 price.

A holiday-themed update is also on its way, which will bring a big new Christmas event (and various goodies, naturally) to the island. The update will also add group chat to the game, but that's not particularly Christmas-y.

You can download Castaway Paradise form the App Store for free, and take advantage of the VIP subscription sale right now. The holiday update will being "in December."

Any.DO 2.0 Hopes to Help Manage Productivity

Posted by Ellis Spice on October 30th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

An update has arrived for Any.DO's productivity app, bringing it to version 2.0. The key element of this update is the optimization for users to manage their collective 'lives', allowing them to plan out a productive day for both home life and work life.

Users can send messages to others, be it sending out the latest grocery list to the rest of the family or the latest to-do project to the rest of the team at work. Files can also be shared via Dropbox, with premium users able to upload an unlimited amount to Any.DO. Meanwhile, the app also allows premium users to set up regular reminders and set their own custom background colors.

Any.DO is available to download for free now, with the 'Premium' service discounted to $3 a month/$27 a year for the next two weeks.

YouTube Subscription Enhancing App Tube Alert Now Available for iOS Devices

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

TubeAlert is a new app that looks to help Youtube using iOS users to streamline the notification and sharing process.

According to the developer, the app was made to "enhance subscriptions" by creating more traffic to one's channel with instant notifications of newly uploaded videos. In other words, TubeAlert wants to help channels get exposure.

TubeAlert is available for free on the App Store.

MLB.com At Bat Optimized for iOS 7 - Gets a New Look and Adds New Features

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 26th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HOME RUN :: Read Review »

When we first had a look at MLB.com At Bat in 2012, we surmised that it was a good app to have for every baseball fan. Thus, it's great to hear that the 2014 edition has been optimized to work with iOS 7.

The app has been completely redesigned, and the new elements pay homage to Apple's latest major re-tooling of its OS. The re-design also encompasses the ability to deliver inline video playback, and new league-wide scoreboard functionality for single-tap expansion.

As before, the app allows for two subscription options ($19.99/year or $2.99/month), and content is free to MLB.com Premium subscribers.

MLB.com At Bat is available on the App Store

CES 2014 - Share Anytime Allows Up to 100 Users to Share a Document Across Multiple Devices

Posted by Rob Rich on January 6th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

MetaMoJi has announced their latest release today: an app inspired by their Note Anytime virtual whiteboard app. Share Anytime uses a similar whiteboard system as their previous app, but now it allows for multiple users to share and simultaneously edit a single document across a very large assortment of devices. I don't just mean different iPads, but iOS, Android, and Windows 8 mobile platforms.


This means up to 100 different users across the world using several different devices can all collaborate on an idea or get together for a virtual meeting incredibly easily. Inviting someone is easily done through Facebook, Twitter, email, or Tumblr, and individual participants can group together and work on various "parts" of the document (i.e. break off into teams) as well. Other features include a virtual laser pointer for the presenter to use, a "pass the chair" option that will allow the presenter to pass control along without ending the meeting, edit tracking in the event you need to go back and check something that's been scribbled over or deleted, and support for 13 different languages.

Share Anytime is available now as a free download for attendees and offers free access for presenters for up to 10 meetings or 1 GB of data transfer. After the 10-day trial for presentations is up, users can then opt to subscribe to the service for 1 GB, 5GB, or 10GB for 1 or 12 months. All with varied rates, of course, starting at $1.99/month for the 1 GB plan. Alternately there's a $1.99 version that gives users a month's worth of 1 GB service right from the start.

Blinkist Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on December 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHEAT SHEETS FOR THE MODERN AGE
Blinkist will be right up the alley of anyone who has ever enjoyed SparkNotes as a kid.
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Using Aio Wireless $15 Tablet Plan on an Old iPhone

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 18th, 2013

I recently discovered something interesting. Checking out Aio Wireless, I discovered I could add data-only service to an old iPhone for as low as $15 per month all-in and no contract.

Aio Wireless is the new LTE pre-paid service from AT&T. It's not listed anywhere that it's run by and uses the AT&T network, but this is mentioned in press releases about the service. They offer both recurring and single month services.

Aio Wireless offers a set limit 250MB tablet rate for just $15/month. With additional GB available to add for $10/month. Not a bad deal. To use the Aio service a SIM card will need to be ordered from the site for $9.99 (make sure to order the correct size for the phone or tablet to use). In my test it got to me in just a day.

Once the account is set up and the SIM is registered for the $15/month tablet plan, the SIM will then work in any iOS device that is unlocked and compatible with the AT&T network. Even an iPhone. Voice and SMS won't work, and don't expect it to since this is just a data service. But iMessage will work as well as any other feature that uses the data connection.

The downside, and it's not a big one, is that the service provided for pre-paid cell phone services like this is never first-tier. Meaning it isn't prioritized on the host network like contract services. Aio Wireless specifies that the LTE service is capped at 8MB. Still a great speed, but well below the 30-40Mbps I have seen on AT&T LTE. So data rates will be slower, but still very usable. Especially considering the price.

I'm guessing this little loophole will be closed eventually, but until then it's a great way to give access to an old iPhone or iPad for an extra device for a relative, to use as a hotspot, or to have a device on another network.

MeteoEarth Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on January 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: NEWS WORTHY
MeteoEarth's roots sit firmly in the land of televised weather forecasts, but that doesn't mean it can't be useful for iPad owners, too.
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Beautiful Weather Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BRIGHT & SUNNY
There's almost too much information to handle in this good-looking free weather app, and that's even before unlocking more features through a subscription.
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App Update: Next Issue Update Adds 31 Magazines to the Rack

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 10th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: NO HOARDING REQUIRED :: Read Review »

In our review of the Next Issue app and subscription magazine service, we found it to be a great value. And now Next Issue has been updated to include an additional 31 magazines. This brings the total to over 70 magazines still at their original subscription price of $9.99 for the monthly magazines, or $14.99 including the weekly magazines.

The new magazines include: Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Details, Eating Well, Elle Décor, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Family Circle, Family Fun, Food Network Magazine, Golf World (available for Unlimited Premium subscribers), Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, HGTV Magazine, House Beautiful, Ladies’ Home Journal, Living the Country Life, Marie Claire, Midwest Living, More, O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Road & Track, Seventeen, Successful Farming, Teen Vogue, Town & Country, Traditional Home, Veranda, W, Woman’s Day, Wood

Gameloft's Order and Chaos Online Update - Goes PvP, Adds Mounts, Kills Subscriptions

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on August 9th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MASSIVE :: Read Review »

Fans of Gameloft's ambitious mobile MMO, Order & Chaos Online, have more reason to celebrate. The game will be getting a massive update later in August. The game will include new features that fans have been asking for, including mounts, a brand new dungeon to explore, player vs player (PvP) combat arenas, and and end to the subscription model.

The new dungeon will be called Salien Pt. 2. The original Salien dungeon was added in update 1.10 in March of this year, 2012. There will be three new arenas for player versus player combat, in combinations of 1 on 1, 2v2, 3v2, or 4v4 players. There will be four new mounts to tear around on through the Arcadian Forests or the Tanned Land.

What's most interesting, however, is the end of the subscription model. PC and console-based MMO games are suffering huge losses in player subscriptions lately; it makes sense that a mobile game like Order & Chaos would struggle with adding and maintaining an active, paying subscriber base as well. With mobile gaming exploring the free to play model more vigorously than the traditional PC and console gaming space, it's surprising that Order & Chaos Online lasted as long as it has.

Stay tuned for more details as they arrive.


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VaultBox.me Helps Catalogue Personal Belongings to the Cloud for Insurance Purposes

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 25th, 2012

VaultBox.me is an app and website designed to help users catalog their property for insurance purposes in an easy and convenient way. Developer Jacob Israel claims he was inspired to create this service after his home was robbed three times in one year, but was unable to be reimbursed for the full value of his items due to insuficient cataloging.

So, VaultBox.me provides sufficient cataloging of property for insurance purposes. Users can easily scan the UPC barcodes of their items to add basic information, and add in info such as the item’s serial number to identify it. Pictures of the item, receipt, owner with the item, and the serial number can be added for additional proof. All this is available from both the app and from the VaultBox.me website, so if that precious iPhone disappears, the information saying it was stolen is not! The service is free for 10 items, with yearly subscriptions available for greater quantities.

Stuff Magazine Now on iPad

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 20th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Best-selling gadget magazine Stuff now has an iPad edition. Stuff Magazine, like most iPad magazine apps, is a Newstand app that’s free to download but charges for individual issues and subscriptions.

Stuff Magazine includes the same tests, photography, and expert opinions on the newest tech toys and gadgets, but the iPad edition includes new interactive features that are exclusive to the iPad magazine. The new digital magazine includes hands-on videos, 360-degree photography, Twitter feeds within the magazine, animations, and photo galleries.

Subscribers to the print version of the magazine will also have free access to Stuff Magazine. New subscribers can also just subscribe in the app itself. The prices listed in the app description are in British pounds. But from what I can glean from the top in-app purchases, the magazine costs $4.99 (£2.99) for an individual issues, $11.99 (£7.99) for three months, $19.99 (£13.99) for six months, and $33.99 (£23.99) for a year.

Personal Cloud Service, PocketCloud, Released

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 18th, 2012

With the rise in popularity of “cloud” services like iCloud, Dropbox, and Box, another category of cloud services has started to pop up describing themselves as “personal clouds” or “private clouds.” PocketCloud, and it’s iOS app PocketCloud Explore, is one of those services.

These personal clouds often provide access to a remote computer instead of uploading all files to a “cloud” server in possession of the service. With the free version of PocketCloud Explore, users gain access to one remote computer, have 2GB of actual cloud storage, are limited in upload/download size, and audio and video streaming are restricted to 30 seconds. Subscribers can use ten remote computers, the upload/download limit increases to half a GB, and video and audio streaming becomes unlimited in length (Windows only, Mac coming soon).

PocketCloud comes with a companion program that must be installed on the remote computers users wish to access on the fly. The program is available for both Mac and Windows, but the Mac version is unable to stream audio and video as of now.

A PocketCloud subscription will cost $5 per month, but it’s currently on sale ($7.99 for three months and $23.99 for the year).