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Calendars 5 is on Sale for 50% off for a Limited Time

Posted by Rob Rich on May 20th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Calendars 5 is a pretty popular calendar app from Readdle that was recently updated with some input tweaks and a spiffy new icon. Perhaps more importantly - at least at the moment - it's also on sale for 50% off.

You can grab Calendars 5 off the App Store for $2.99 for a limited time.

Accompli Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PRODUCTIVE EMAILING
Combining email, calendar, contacts, and attachment organization is a smart move for this email app.
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UpTo Calendar Hits Reset, Relaunches on the App Store with Multiple Layer Interface

Posted by Stephen Hall on March 27th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ORGANIZED :: Read Review »

UpTo originally launched in 2012, hoping to revolutionize the way we use our mobile calendar by making it just a bit more social. Now, more than two years later, the app is getting a facelift and a new breath of life with what the company behind the app is calling a relaunch; they feel they needed to start over to truly do the calendar right.

Part of what the new version of UpTo hopes to bring to the already very saturated calendar app market is a new user interface that has "multiple layers," leaving behind the assumption that a calendar must be a flat list. Be sure to head over to the UpTo site for more info, check out the video teaser below, and you can grab the newest version of UpTo off the App Store right now.

Peek Calendar Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 21st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE CALENDAR
Not one for those looking for complicated features or even multiple calendar support, Peek Calendar is an attractively minimalist calendar for those in a rush.
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24me Update Adds "Assistants for Everyone" Feature

Posted by Tre Lawrence on February 24th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMART AND SLEEK :: Read Review »

We had an opportunity to look at smart calendar and automatic to-do list app 24me and were reasonably impressed with the feature set and functionality. Now, in its latest update, 24me adds a new feature it calls "Assistants for Everyone."

According to the developer, the latest addition makes the app smarter and allows for better control of hard-to-do tasks "by automating the things they were putting off." In addition to this, the assistants are dynamic in the way the react to listed content, such as offering delivery services for packages or cleaners for housecleaning.

24me is available for free in the App Store.

31Squares Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on February 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: EVENT FINDER AND CALENDAR
31Squares helps iOS users find events in their area that interest them, and it also includes a calendar to keep all events organized in one location.
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Meetings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on January 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ORGANIZED
Meetings provides iOS users with a clean interface and unique features to manage meetings on the iPad, iPhone and Mac effortlessly.
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Calendate Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Arron Hirst on December 10th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE & CLEAN
Calendate puts a spin on event-tracking by allowing users to customize how their calendar experience both looks and functions. But, is that enough to set it apart?
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24me 2.0 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Angela LaFollette on November 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SMART AND SLEEK
24me is a smart calendar and to-do list rolled into one with impressive features sprinkled on top to make it a go-to app for busy iOS users.
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Snipe Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Mike Deneen on November 12th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: ODD AMALGAMATION
Notes, lists, and much more, but did we really need a mixture of Pinterest with a To-Do utility?
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Flashback Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SCI-FI ORGANIZING
Adding a sci-fi flourish to a calendar app is a neat move in ensuring Flashback is a little different from the rest of the crowd.
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This Week at 148Apps: October 28-November 1, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on November 2nd, 2013

Another Week of Expert App Reviews


At 148Apps, we help you sort through the great ocean of apps to find the ones we think you'll like and the ones you'll need. Our top picks become Editor’s Choice, our stamp of approval for apps with that little extra something special. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.

Bit.Trip Run

I imagine that everyone who has ever owned an iOS device has played an endless runner or ten. They’re just ubiquitous. And sometimes, what happens during the best of them is that careful ballet – that feeling of everything coming together perfectly. Due to random and/or procedural generation, that happens only periodically. That feeling is what Bit.Trip Run is built around in its entirety. This auto-runner, based off of Runner 2 but revamped for mobile, is more akin to a careful dance than a frantic survival game like Canabalt or Temple Run because it is all about intricate design. --Carter Dotson


The Stormglass Protocol

“Welcome to Vindiqo Research Laboratories,” is the first voice players hear when they wake up. What place is this? Questions will only be answered as players make their way through The Stormglass Protocol, where sixteen locked doors and portals remain between the player and their hope for freedom. Set from a first-person perspective, The Stormglass Protocol creates an immersive experience in the form of a unique puzzle adventure room escape. From the onset, it is without doubt that huge amounts of effort have gone into creating what essentially is one of the most gorgeous iOS games one could lay eyes on. From the quirky narrative jokes to the highly-explorable rooms, The Stormglass Protocol doesn’t miss a beat. --Lucy Ingram


Papa Sangre 2

Put on some headphones. Turn out the lights. It’s Halloween. What’s the perfect way to celebrate this cold, dark October evening? Why, by playing Papa Sangre 2 of course. The original awed thousands with its 3D real-time binaural audio engine and innovative use of sound to create an immersive and atmospheric experience, and Somethin’ Else have done it again. Except this time around it’s darker, it’s scarier, and it’s much more haunting. Starring the voice of ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Sean Bean, who has died more times than we can count, Papa Sangre 2 is a game that relies solely on the player using their ears to navigate their way around a dark and dangerous scenario. Trapped in the afterlife with only Sean Bean for company, players are guided through the Museum of Memories to engage in what becomes a rather macabre situation; running from monsters, avoiding traps, and seeking the scattered memories that are the only ticket out of this terrible nightmare. --Lucy Ingram


Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 is yet another app that’s been re-made as a completely separate experience for iOS 7. Unlike some of its brethren however, Fantastical 2 provides some great upgrades when it comes to user customization, phone integration, and accessibility – all of which make it worth the upgrade. Just like the older version of Fantastical, users can easily manage their events and schedules using the app’s excellent natural language parser and easily view their daily schedules at a glance via the day ticker. But now with Fantastical 2, both of these experiences are made even better through improved parsing (and dictation parsing!) and the landscape week view. These additions make creating and viewing events – arguably the two primary functions of a calendar app – simpler than ever. Have a meeting at noon in Times Square on the second Tuesday of every month? Simply type or speak those words into the app and it will set the repeating time, date, and place completely automatically, then display that event next to other immediate events when the phone is turned sideways. --Campbell Bird


Tricky Stories: Halloween Fairy Tale - Adventurous Sticker Book for Kids

Tricky Stories: Halloween Fairy Tale – Adventurous Sticker Book for Kids, as the name describes, is a universal sticker book for children with a Halloween theme. A haunted house and a forest are areas that one can decorate with stickers that are included and photos can be taken of one’s work. The look of this app is nicely stylized; with a palette of purples, grays, golden yellow, and blue shades that look quite nice against the backlit screen of the iPad or iPhone. The sticker choices and other landscape details contain a layered effect with a subtle paper grain that I appreciate, giving these stickers a little more substance than I typically see in an app such as this. --Amy Solomon


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:

AndroidRundown

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is one of those games that brings a lot to the table in many ways. Flight simulation games can sometimes be either overly involved or control-challenged; finding that comfortable middle ground can be tough. First of all, it is a pretty hefty download; we’re talking about just under 2GB unpacked according to Goog. Off the bat, at first glance, the graphics make it seem worth it… it looks good. From the aircraft themselves to the way the sun reflects off the endless the sea in the background, detail is definitely paid attention to. If you are able to look at the planes and not want to fly one in real life, check for a pulse. --Tre Lawrence


Haunted House Mysteries

Tis the season for mysteries, and the more haunted the better. Welcome to Haunted House Mysteries.
The game starting use of light flashes sets the tone; 1994 famous archaeologist Edward Russel found murdered with wife and younger daughter in vacation home in New Jersey right after a great dig in Egypt. His oldest daughter, her boyfriend and the important historical pieces discovered by Russel are all missing. A dozen and half years later a student named Nancy gets to take what she thinks will be some time off and visit her Aunt Mary at the coast. The house is not actually her aunt’s but was lent to her by a friend who is a bit spooked out by weird happenings. --Tre Lawrence


Ghost Toasters-Regular Show

Ghost Toasters takes a rather novel idea: Get Grumpyface, a talented mobile developer that has made several great Adult Swim and Cartoon Network games like Super Mole Escape and Mutant Fridge Gumball, to take the Regular Show cast of characters, including the baby ducks from one of the show’s most famous episodes, and put them into a Super Crate Box affair where jumping through portals switches to a character with a new weapon. Oh, and ] add in portals that can call up extra characters to give the player multiple hits before failing, because this is a game based off of a Cartoon Network show. Throw in a level-based structure and a coins system for upgrades to help differentiate things. On paper, it’s a pretty rad combination, and there are times when it all shines through. The animation is fantastic, and there’s a real sense that making this game faithful to the Regular Show style was important in its creation. But then, the flaws rear their ugly head. --Carter Dotson

And finally, this week Pocket Gamer detailed its most anticipated mobile games of November, played all the new games (from Papa Sangre II to Bit. Trip. Run! to Anomaly 2), put the GameStick through its paces, and celebrated Halloween with five scary games. Check out the Pocket Gamer weekly wrap-up right now!

Fantastical 2 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Campbell Bird on October 31st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CALENDAR FANTASY
Fantastical 2 is a redesigned version of Fantastical for iOS 7 with a bunch of added features, making it an even better and easier-to-use calendar app than ever before.
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Gneo Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Angela LaFollette on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INTUITIVE TASK MANAGER
Gneo is a task management app with an intuitive interface that allows users to organize their lives effectively thanks to smart notebooks, calendar syncing, and Evernote integration.
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Appoint Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLID ORGANIZING
Appoint doesn't revolutionize the calendar app world but it's still quite a solid interpretation.
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