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Sunday
Feb072016

APP Review: Chomp 

Chomp

iTunes Link: Chomp

Cost:  $2.99

In-App Purchases: No 

Ads: No

Category:  Photos & Video 

Platform: iOS

Device: iPhone

Rating: 5/5

Review: 


Description: 

Chomp is the latest app developed by children’s author Christoph Niemann (his previous app is Petting Zoo).  The app combines faces from the user with silly, fun and comical drawings to create a fun environment for kids (and adults) to interact. The drawings are varied enough (over 50) to allow for different interactions to happen.  

The great thing about this app is that by drawing these hand drawn backgrounds it makes the user feel at ease about being themselves or simply have fun.    

Pros: 

The apps beautiful hand drawn pictures and backgrounds are fun to look at and they provide the user with great starting points for their unique videos. 

Cons: 

Because the app comes with 50 designs, and it is entertaining; it is really easy to go through all of the available options.  We would have liked options to get more backgrounds.  

Bottom Line: 

Get it. This is a fun tool for both kids and adults to have fun and enjoy these unique video making app. 

Sunday
Jan312016

Move The Turtle. Programming For Kids 

Product:  Move The Turtle. Programming For Kids 

iTunes Link: Move The Turtle 

Cost:  $3.99

In-App Purchases: No 

Ads: No

Category:  Programming 

Platform: iOS

Device: iPhone

Rating: 4/5

Review: 


Description: 

When I was younger, my first exposure to programming came from a software learning tool called LOGO.  The idea behind it was, that kids would be exposed to the basics of programming and be given quick positive feedback.  The goal was to move the turtle in the middle of the screen. You could give it orders to move certain steps.  You could have it draw lines or just simple move.  

Move The Turtle app does the same things for the next generation of kids.  The app works on the iPhone or iPad and provides variety of controls for kids to move the turtle.  

Pros: 

The app is a great introduction into programming for kids.  It helps them understand and build the basics of coding experience. 

Cons: 

The app is best for kids 9 to 11, so if you have younger kids that might be interested in learning about coding, we recommend using code.org website. 

Bottom Line: 

Get it. This is a great tool to teach your kids the basics of computer programming. 

Thursday
Nov192015

Mail Apps for Android Platform

Overview:  

With the open platform of Android, users have been provided variety of email programs.  While there are quite a few available options we have identified five good apps to manage your emails with.  

Inbox 

Developed by Google

Price:  Free

Link:  Inbox

Review:  

Google reimagines email management with their newest app, Inbox.  The app which was developed while Gmail is still going strong with users, tries to reimagine how a person can interact with their email.  Before you install this app please note that there is a huge learning curve associated with this app.  

The app interacts with an icon driven interface. A lot of the features of Inbox are meant to improve on how you interact with your email in Gmail.  For example, instead of putting a star next to important email, you can pin them.  The good thing is that the pinned emails are always visible.  

The one feature we found useful is that in Inbox the emails are grouped by time you received them (Today, yesterday, last month, etc.). 

Overall we found the app useful, but we still prefer the easy to use features of Gmail. 

Gmail  

Developed by Google

Price:  Free

Link:  Gmail

Review:  

The original email app by Google, Gmail is functional and easy to use.  The great aspect of this app is how easy it is to use.  Simply read your email and you can either keep it or deleter.  You can put a star (as a flag) next to the important ones for retrieve later on.  Or simply do a mass search in your inbox for what you are looking for. 

The drawbacks of the app will be dependent on the type of user you may be.  If you don’t mind the massive inbox or lack of grouping by date, then you won’t know the app.  However, if you like a clean inbox; just move to another option.  

CloudMagic   

Developed by Cloudmagic 

Price:  Free

Link:  CloudMagic 

Review:

You may be juggling many email accounts at any one time.  One of the most cumbersome aspects of juggling multiple accounts is switching between all of them to see if you have any important emails to review. 

CloudMagic has taken to resolve that pain point.  The app is constantly checking all the email servers and will push notifications as soon as there is new email. 

One of the great features of the app is that it works with other apps seamlessly.  CloudMagic app connects to such apps as Wunderlist, Evernote, Salesforce.com, etc.  This feature will allow easy transfer of attachments, notes, dates to your overall productivity apps. 

Mailbox   

Developed by Dropbox 

Price:  Free

Link: Mailbox

Review:

The team behind Dropbox an easy to use cloud storage system has brought their “fast and easy” thought process to email apps.  Mailbox currently works only with Google Mail and iCloud mail accounts (something we hope they will expand on).  

The inbox is easy to figure out, with easy swipes to delete or snooze emails.  The app learns your behavior and your preferences for emails and will eventually perform the tasks prior to view of your inbox. 

TypeMail    

Developed by TypeApp 

Price:  Free

Link:  Type Mail 

Review:  

Another option to the standard mail app on your Android phone is TypeMail.  The app works with majority of the popular email accounts (Google, Apple Microsoft, and Yahoo) and provides a single app to manage them all. 

The app connects to your contact list and will use your pictures as a nice feature as you are drafting email. 

TypeMail has built in features for Android wear (watches for example) and mobile printing.  The app fails at syncing calendar invites with the calendar (something that future updates should resolve).  

Overall TypeMail is a solid mail app for Android users. 

Sunday
Jun292014

App Review: MagiCam 

Product:  MagiCam

iTunes Link: MagiCam

Cost:  $0.99

In-App Purchases: No 

Ads: No

Category:  Photo & Video 

Platform: iOS

Device: iPhone

Rating: 4/5

Review: 


Description: 

From the developers of Camera+ comes another photography app.  MagiCam provides a unique photography app that will appeal to a certain group of users.  The app focus on automatic fix of the photos you take.  So if you take photos that need a bit of touch up, and you have no interest to learn the complex rules of editing you should give MagiCam a try. 

Once you take a photo, MagiCam automatically applies the necessary filters and edits to make your picture look its best.  You can apply an overall filter design that shows the photo in a particular color scheme. 

Pros: 

The app does a good job of overall editing of photos we took. The auto correct of coloring and lighting made our job of taking photos a lot easier. 

Cons: 

For those who actually enjoy editing the photos they take or want specific outcomes of the photos, this app will not be useful.  

Bottom Line: 

Get it. If you are not interested in editing the photos you take on the iPhone then MagiCam will make a great companion. 

Monday
May262014

App Review: Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic 

Product:  Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

iTunes Link: Waze

Cost:  Free

In-App Purchases: No 

Ads: No

Category:  Navigation

Platform: iOS

Device: iPhone

Rating: 5/5

Review: 


Description: 

With the approach of summer one thing will be awaiting most of us.  And that is the family vacation and the impending drive that goes along with that.  With all the features of a smart phone nothing gets more use during these trips than the navigation portion.  

Most navigation apps work by providing you the direction, and the more advanced versions may add basic traffic info on top of that.  Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic goes one step further. It provides a social network where drivers alert others of traffic issues, accidents and even police hiding in speed trap locations. 

Having tested this app on various short and long road trips, it became quite obvious that the traffic info provided by fellow motorists was far more detailed and updated than by any aggregate traffic app.  

Pros: 

The source of the traffic information comes from fellow motorists.  It is up to date and provides far more up to date tracking. 

Cons: 

The data needs to be placed on certain timer basis.  There were several pinpoints on the map of accidents that had cleared earlier that were still showing up on our updates.  

Bottom Line: 

Get it. If you are looking for traffic information app, there is nothing that is more up to date and useful than the Waze App.