February 27th in App Reviews, For Kids by .

Review : Toca Pet Doctor

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It’s been a little while since Toca Boca has had a new digital toy out for the iPad….or at least it feels like it. Thankfully, either way, my kids can enjoy a new app from the award-winning team that seems to get kids better than any other app developer out there. The latest app is called Toca Pet Doctor, and it lets kids nurture and care for 15 injured pets by offering assistance in treating wounds, and giving them plenty of love. (more…)

February 19th in App Reviews, Games by .

Quick Review : Dream Flight

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In the wake of the loss of Flappy Bird from the App Store, many users have taken to finding a good replacement. Regardless of how you feel about the game, it was a success, and the fact that clones of it are hitting the store left and right, and being downloaded a ton says something. Sure, it says some developers are money grabbers…but it also says that there is a market for this type of game. The simple and easy to understand game, that loads and plays quickly, without much thought, is appealing to many. One app that seems to have a similar premise to Flappy Bird, but is just different enough to make it enjoyable, is Dream Flight. If you’re missing tapping your way through a level, give it a look. (more…)

February 16th in App Reviews, Productivity by .

Review : Numerical – Calculator Without Equal

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Sure your iPhone comes with a calculator. Yes it’s free. Sure it’s available via the Control Center swipe up gesture. None of that matters if the tool isn’t the best one for the job. Developer Andrew J. Clark says, “People think numbers and calculators are a solved problem, sorted out since the 1960’s. I disagree.” He couldn’t be more correct. His answer to this problem is Numerical: Calculator Without Equal. It’s replaced the calculator on my devices, and quickly. (more…)

January 16th in App Reviews, iPhone, Other Devices by .

Jawbone Up 24 Band and App

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A little while ago I reviewed the Withings Pulse and its ecosystem for fitness and health tracking. I found the entire platform pretty great, and I still do recommend it. That said, the lack of a true band as opposed to a belt clip or pocketable tracker continues to hinder more mainstream adoption in my opinion. This is a personal choice for many, and the lose-ability of such a small item that goes into a pocket or clips to a belt just feels wrong I’ve been told.

Since my initial review, other companies have released updates to their existing lines, including the new Fitbit Force and Jawbone Up 24. Both look pretty great. Today I’m looking at the Jawbone Up 24. (more…)

January 15th in App Reviews, Productivity by .

Review : Byword for iOS

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With all the options available to users today in the world of writing apps, it’s a wonder that anyone outside the major players has a chance. Amazingly, these smaller teams not only have “chance”, they are taking enormous strides and at times better providing users with what they need for the job. (more…)

January 11th in App Reviews, For Kids by .

Review : Jamaroos Musical ABC’s

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There are many apps on the App Store that are designed to help young kids learn the alphabet, phonics, and reading fundamentals. However, I’m not sure any are as entertaining as Jamaroos Musical ABC’s. (more…)

December 31st in App Reviews, Games by .

Review : 4th Dimension for iPad

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Some iPad games are simple fun, some are mindless filler, and others are complicated and nerve bending. Some games lend themselves to a review that can make anyone want to play the app, and others are only explainable and understandable after being played. 4th Dimension is the type of game that looks simple, seems mindless, but turns out to be complicated and can drive you nuts. It’s the type of game that’s difficult to review, but entertaining once you get into it. (more…)

December 19th in App Reviews, For Kids by .

Review : Ansel & Clair – American Bowl

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American Bowl is a kids app from the creators of the great Ansel & Clair exploring apps. American Bowl is a bit different in that this app is more of a trivia game with bowling added in for a bit of fun, but it’s equally as educational and my kids found it interesting from the start. (more…)

December 16th in App Reviews by .

Review : Timeless

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One of the things I find lacking on most calendar views is the ability to determine how many days until a specific event. How long until Christmas? How long until my daughters birthday? How many days until my anniversary? These are questions that we all ask ourselves. Yet on the iPhone isn’t not that simple. Even using Siri to help has problems. I can ask “How many days until Christmas”, and get an answer. However I can’t simply say, “How long until my wife’s birthday?” This was a problem for me, and thankfully with Timeless it no longer is. (more…)

November 19th in App Reviews, For Kids by .

Review : Strangebeard: The Pirate Princess

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A little while ago my kids and I both grew somewhat tired of the iPad storybooks. We still enjoyed them, but nothing new really came along and grabbed us…something had been missing. Until Strangebeard: The Pirate Princess. (more…)

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