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I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent solving Sudoku puzzles in newspapers and puzzle books — there’s just something about numbers on a grid that I can’t resist! As it turns out, Japan has many more games to tickle your brain and kill time with, and my latest favorite is playable on your Android device. Presenting the awesome Hashi Puzzles: Bridges & Islands!




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Based on a traditional puzzle called Hashiwokakero by Nikoli — the publishers of Sudoku, Nonograms and other delightful puzzles — this game requires players to think about both space and numbers, and can keep you engaged and entertained whether you have a minute or an hour to play. Let’s take a closer look at how Hashi Puzzles are solved and see if we can’t beat a level or two.


Hashi Puzzles's pleasant aesthetic (Left) - the in-game tutorial is mighty helpful (Right)

Hashi Puzzles’s pleasant aesthetic (Left) – the in-game tutorial is mighty helpful (Right)


How to Play

The goal of a Hashiwokakero puzzle is to connect the islands (represented by circles) using bridges that you can draw between these islands. Each island has a numeral on it that represents how many bridges must connect to it. So in the example level shown above, all one has to do is swipe between islands to draw bridges, ensuring that each island has as many bridges as its number indicates.


Sounds almost too easy, doesn’t it? There are a few rules governing the bridges you draw, that make each puzzle interesting:



they can’t cross any other bridges or islands
they can only run perpendicularly (and not diagonally)
they must connect the islands into a single group (and not several small groups)
there can only be at most two bridges between any two islands.

Presentation

Developer Francois Guibert has chosen to go with a minimalistic look for his version of Hashiwokakero, which I think suits this game and its rules perfectly — the puzzles traditionally don’t have grids drawn and need to be easy to play on a touchscreen, and Hashi’s muted palette and simple shapes help keep things legible and playable. Plus, it’s much better looking than most other bridges-and-islands titles in the Play Store.


The game looks great on tablets (Left) - Hints (shown in red) are available when you're stuck (Right)

The game looks great on tablets (Left) – Hints (shown in red) are available when you’re stuck (Right)


Cracking Hashi Puzzles

The best way to learn to play Hashi Puzzles is to go through its in-game tutorial that describes the rules and gameplay and has you play an easy level. From there, you can get started on any of the 80 free levels built on grids of increasing difficulty. Each puzzle has a unique solution, and you can earn stars for completing levels without using hints. When you’re hungry for more, there are 420 additional levels that you can purchase in packs of 60, for a dollar each.


Levels go from really simple (Left) to fairly challenging (Right)

Levels go from really simple (Left) to fairly challenging (Right)


Conclusion

Hashi Puzzles is a great interpretation of a clever puzzle game that’s sure to keep you engrossed and entertained, whether you’re bored on a long commute or blazing through levels before bedtime. I could’ve done with a little meditative music to get me into the zone, though. Other than that, this is a sleek puzzler that you shouldn’t miss. After all, it’s free and looks great on tablets and smartphones. Give this a try and give your brain a solid workout!




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The Sunrise Calendar. iPhone app syncs your Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn calendars with a fresh perspective. It is visually appealing and engaging, and the simple, intuitive interface elevates and inspires. The Sunrise Calendar. iPhone app requires authorizations and permissions from Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. For Facebook, it requests access to your information and your friends’ [...]
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Last week Rogers, TELUS and Bell dropped the 16GB iPhone 4S to $0 on a three year contract (it’s a limited time offer, not a permanent price drop). Now, SaskTel has followed suit with the exact same deal, available in black and white. The iPhone 4 is also the same price, so make sure you...

SaskTel 16GB iPhone 4S Drops to $0 on 3 Year Term is a post from: iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource


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ClipClock iPhone Application ClipClock iPhone Application

ClipClock is your Social Hub for Great Video Moments!

Now you can swipe videos for best moments highlighted by other people!


- Connect to the ClipClock Hub

- Discover great videos shared on social networks

- Highlight & share the mo

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ments you love


Featured on TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, TheNextWeb, SocialTimes as new popular video clipping mobile service!


Connect to the service to watch friends’ and interesting people’s videos shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. ClipClock supports YouTube, Vimeo and provides screenshot preview for each clipped moment.

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Having another streaming content option is usually a good thing. I’ve got Netflix, Slingplayer, HBO Go and various TV station Apps. There is no shortage of things to watch on the go. When I saw the announcement for the Amazon Instant Video App I downloaded it immediately. I figured that since I already pay for Amazon Prime, I might as well take advantage of this benefit. I just

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got a chance to play with the App and it does the kinds of things I expected right off the bat. I signed in with my Amazon credentials and I was presented with a display of available TV shows and movies for instant streaming. So far so good. I randomly picked an episode of Fringe to watch and the quality was decent. Again, this is all good, but…


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Trouble in paradise…

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While the App performed as I expected, I was completely dismayed to find out that it only worked via WiFi. That’s right, no 3G/4G cellular support. While you can watch any videos that you’ve downloaded, you can’t stream anything once you step outside the range of a WiFi Network. This seems like a huge step backwards in 2013. In the early days many apps were restricted from streaming over 3G because AT&T was the only network that supported the iPhone and AT&T/Apple feared that millions of streaming customers would bring the network to its knees. However, those days have long gone since the iPhone is available now on several carriers. Also since most carriers charge for a certain amount of data use each month, users are careful not to do a ton of streaming unless their plans support it. I think that it’s very shortsighted of Amazon to limit their App this way. Perhaps put up a warning when I user starts a stream over cellular data and then once the user taps OK they’re on their own. The other problem (and this is not just an Amazon problem) is that the App doesn’t support AirPlay. So If I understand this correctly, I have to be on my WiFi network to enjoy the App, and since I’m home on my network I can’t even enjoy the show on my big screen HDTV? With these limitations, this will not be my goto App.


If you have an Amazon Prime account or you’ve purchased downloadable movies via Amazon, then the App is probably worth having on your device. However, the WiFi requirement and lack of AirPlay/HDMI out support will make it a limited experience.


iTunes

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Passwords are a giant pain in the behind (pardon my language). First and foremost, passwords need need to be secure, and in order for them to be secure they have to be a long string of letters (random mix of uppercase and lowercase), numbers and symbols (for good measure). When you create a strong password they’re nearly impossible to remember, the theory being that if you can’t remember it how will anyone trying to hack your account crack the barrage of characters you created.


So, when you create these 15+ character passwords, how are you to keep track of them? There are certai

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nly a number of options available (I know some opt for a good old-fashioned spreadsheet), but if you want a secure, user friendly experience 1Password has been to the go-to choice for quite some time. In December 2012, AgileBit released version 4 of 1Password, which includes an impressive list of new features. Hit the jump to take a peek at what the new 1Password has to offer.


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Beautiful & Functional

For those of you updating from the previous version of 1Password, the first thing you’ll notice in version 4 is the all-new design. Compared to other password management iOS apps (e.g. mSecure, LastPass, SecureSafe) 1Password has always featured a more pleasant design, but the new interface puts the app on a whole new level. The splash screen still features the iconic lock design, but the app as a whole has ditched the skeuomorphic vault design in favor of simple backgrounds, and textured headers and navigation bars.


Beautiful and simple are very accurate words to describe 1Password's new design.

Beautiful and simple are very accurate words to describe 1Password’s new design.


The side navigation bar has received a fairly substantial overhaul, folding many of the previous options (Logins, Accounts, Notes, Software, Wallet) into a new Categories section. Additionally, two new sections have been added — Favorites and Folders. Favorites, as the name implies, is a feature that allows you to quickly access your most commonly used logins, notes, cards, etc. If you don’t fancy scrolling through a huge list of logins, Folders is a great feature that allows you to sort your items in the manner of your choosing.


To add an item to your favorites, tap the + button in the Favorites section (or tap the star icon in the item’s details view).

To add an item to your favorites, tap the + button in the Favorites section (or tap the star icon in the item’s details view).


Another nifty feature that you can utilize in the Categories section is Global Search. When you select a category (e.g. Logins, Secure Notes) a search bar is displayed at the top of the list. As you begin typing, the results will autocomplete. To make the most of this feature, I found it best to use it in the All Items category, which will display results from every item you’ve entered into 1Password.


Easily search through all your items.

Easily search through all your items.


A Better Browser

One area of 1Password that’s also improved greatly is the in-app browser. Those familiar with the previous browser know it offered very little for users; luckily, the new browser brings some much needed features including tabbed browsing, a URL omnibar (good for entering a direct address or search queries) and form filling options (easily enter login, credit card or personal information while using the browser).


The new browser makes it quite simple to enter your login, credit card or personal information.

The new browser makes it quite simple to enter your login, credit card or personal information.


The browser is certainly serviceable, but like all other non-Safari browsers it falls prey to the missing Nitro JavaScript Engine. Another strike going against the browser is that it’s simply not convenient to use for everyday browsing, mainly because you have to log into the app for nearly each browsing session. What’s even more intriguing is the lack of creating a new login entry while signing-up for a new account on websites. It would seem like a no-brainer that I could go to a site, begin the process of creating an account and have the option of generating a new password without having to exit the browser.


I'd love the option to create a new login and password while using the browser.

I’d love the option to create a new login and password while using the browser.


For those of you that like to utilize bookmarklets with Safari, I have some good news. You can easily create a Safari-to-1Password bookmarklet (using the javascript provided below), which when used, will instantly switch from Safari to 1Password and load the webpage in 1Password’s browser (you may need to login to 1Password if your previous session has expired). It’s a really nice option if you don’t want to copy and paste credentials into Safari, as long as you don’t mind using another browser.


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The Bottom Line

To call version 4 of 1Password an improvement is putting it mildly. While it may be shallow of me to put so much stock in an app’s, the new interface simply sells the whole experience. To me, there’s simply nothing more enjoyable as an iPad user as when an app development team creates the perfect blend of design and functionality. Dollars to donuts, version 4 of 1Password could easily be the poster child of great design and great functionality.


In addition to the redesign, the list of some really great additions in form of Favorites and Folders, an approved web browser, global search, action bar (which allows you to swipe across an item to copy, favorite, open in the browser or delete), and iCloud sync (Dropbox sync is still available), all adds up to a truly great app. Even better, a purchase is good towards a universal version of the app (making it available on all your iOS devices for one low cost).


If you’re serious about changing your password habits, I simply cannot recommend 1Password enough. Like most people, I too fell prey to using a handful of the same passwords for all of my accounts. Practicing such unsafe habits it bad enough, but the real problem I always had was forgetting passwords for sites I rarely visited. After trying multiple login attempts, I’d often succumb to accessing the Forget My Password feature, bringing about a truly inconvenient experience. Since I began using 1Password, such issues have never reared their ugly head again.

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fibbleHave you seen those little paper cards sitting next to the green cup stoppers at your local Starbucks? Don’t ignore them. Pick one up and flip it over — each card has a code for an iOS freebie on the back. Every Tuesday the ubiquitous coffee purveyor offers customers a free download or two. Frequently the codes offer a song from a popular artist such as Bruno Mars o

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r Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, or an iOS app, an iBook, or an episode of a TV show to watch in iTunes.


This week’s offering is Fibble HD, a physics-based puzzler that normally retails for $0.99.



Players travel with Fibble, an adorable little alien, through four rooms: the kitchen, the bathroom, kid’s room, the basement, and the garden. Each room offers a variety of levels; there are 40 levels in the game. Solve all the levels so Fibble, with a little help from his friends, can finally exit the house and travel back to his home planet.


Fibble’s gameplay crosses Angry Birds with mini golf. Draw back Fibble with a finger, then release it to earn coins and other prizes. Complete the level by using one, two, or three three flicks. The fewer flicks you need, the more stars you earn, and like Angry Birds, Fibble HD encourages the replay of levels again to earn three stars on each.


As one might expect, the courses get increasingly complicated as the player moves through the game. At times the player also has to tap the screen to roll Fibble along. There are a few surprises along the way and Fibble meets friends with powers that help him navigate the course.


Fibble HD is a casual puzzler with colorful animation that will appeal to kids and as well as adults. It’s Game Center-enabled, and has all the usual social media bells and whistles.


At 524 MB, the app is rather large, so make sure you have at least 1GB free on your device before installing it.


The verdict: If you’re in Starbucks already, why not pick up a copy of Fibble HD? It could be the perfect addition to your afternoon coffee break.




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There are a lot of things that qualify as art that perplexes my mind these days. Kazimir Malevich, Barnett Newman, and other artists come to mind. I can usually appreciate the paintings, but when it comes to showing off an

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iPad in a Chinese Museum, I’m just left confused.


The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing has begun displaying an iPad, as well as a white uniform, badges, and contracts from a Foxconn employee, who worked undercover to create the piece.


The New Yorker has a great article up on the piece, and we recommend heading over there to give it a read. It’s written in a Q & A fashion with the “artist,” and highlights some interesting insights from someone who worked in a Foxconn factory.


We recommend giving the article a read.

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What Do You Think of “This Week In Android”?

For the past few weeks, we have been running a new column on the site entitled “This Week In Android” where we recount the most interesting news tidbits from the week in terms of software updates, new device announcements, and app updates. It was designed as a light recap of general news, to keep you up-to-date on the latest Android happenings, since we usually do

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n’t cover these in our regular posts.


However, we know that you, as an Android.Appstorm reader, come to us mostly — and almost exclusively — for our app and game reviews and roundups. That’s why, after a few weeks of foraying into “This Week In Android”, we’d like to know your opinion about the new column. Did it pique your interest, or were you skipping it as you prefer to get your Android news from other more timely and elaborate sources? Would you be more interested in a change of format that skips the device and software news to focus solely on app and game updates and releases?


Please take the time to vote and share your opinions in the comments below.




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