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When I was a kid one of my favorite games to play was Connect Four, the classic game where you connect four of one’s own discs of the same color next to each other vertically, horizontally, or diagonally before your opponent.


The joy of the game is that it’s never the same it’s fun to play with anyone who will spend a few minutes (or

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a few hours) trying to connect, well, four of the same color discs next to one another before you can.


A new iOS game, Connect & Pop, while based on Connect Four, takes the classic game and makes it better with a host of fun new challenges, a pleasing design and social features which never leave you without an opponent to play against.


The goal of Connect & Pop, like its inspiration, is to connect four or more pieces of your color horizontally, vertically or diagonally. That alone would make Connect & Pop a good game, but what makes it a great game? Well…



Pop Mode – Adding a spin to the classic Connect Four game, Pop Mode gives players the option to remove one of your pieces from the last row of the board. This simple twist adds a new layer of strategy and fun to the game.
A 10×7 board – A larger board than the traditional 6×7 board provides more options to best your opponent.
Skill levels – 5 different skill levels to let you hone your skills on your own, prepping you for epic battles against friends and family.
Achievements – If you don’t win anything, what’s the point in playing, right? Connect & Pop features over 30 different achievements you can collect as you play the game!

But wait, there’s more. In addition to playing with the people sitting around you, Connect & Pop is Game Center enabled! This means you can play your other friends on Game Center or random opponents and stake your claim to the top of the Game Center leader board. Not only that, but you can play a game on a single device, or play others with iOS devices using bluetooth connectivity.


Add all that to some polished graphics, sound effects and music and you’re left with an iOS gaming experience that you’ll truly enjoy at a price that can’t be beat.


If you’re like me and like Connect Four, you’ll love Connect & Pop.


 


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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.


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From the creators of Angry Birds: an all new game from the PIGS’ point of view!

"Extremely fun and very challenging" -- Kotaku

“The best title Rovio has released yet” - IGN

“4/4 - Must Have” -- Slide to Play

"Bad Piggies is awesome, and needs to be a part of your iOS game collection just as much as the rest of the Angry Birds series" - Touch Arcade

"If you can’t enjoy watching a pig drive a badly constructed car off a cliff and onto a pile of dynamite, you probably don’t have a soul." - Yahoo/BGR

Create the ultimate flying/craw
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ling/rolling/spinning/crashing device and pilot the pigs safely to the eggs!

The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again -- but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation!

With more than 72 levels, and free updates coming up, you have hours and hours of pig-crashing, exploding, and flying fun! Get three stars to unlock 18 more levels! HINT: Sometimes you need to play the level several times to achieve all the objectives -- try building a new device or steering in a different way to earn all the stars!

Features
● 72 levels crammed with flying/driving/crashing fun!
● 18 additional levels unlocked by getting three stars!
● Free updates!
● 4 sandbox levels to stretch your creativity!
● Ultra-special, ultra-secret, ultra-difficult sandbox level to unlock by collecting all the skulls!
● 33 objects to create the ultimate machine: motors, wings, fans, bottle rockets, umbrellas, balloons, and much more!

Mechanic Pig
● Need help? This little piggy will build it for you!
● Mechanic pig pre-assembles transport for you!
● All you have to do is pilot it!
● Tweak his design to get all three stars!

Get ready to see pigs fly!

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MoodCraft lets you create, design and share your own moods and smileys with your friends! You can take full control of your own emoticon designs and make them truly yours.
By tagging your friends, you can also express through your emotions what is your current state of mind is and if you desire, let them know what you are thinking about them at that precise time!
By using MoodCraft, you will also be able to discover how other people feel. You can even go one step further and find out how others think and feel about you!
With MoodCraft, you will start to discover and underst
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and your own emotions better as well as the emotions of others.
Features:
- Build your own moods with your fingers in a matter of seconds
- Check what your friends are thinking and feeling
- Share with your friends your own state of mind
- Tag your friends so they know how you feel about them
- Discover how other people feel about you
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Love quizzes? Feel like a challenge? Test your knowledge with DK’s Quiz app and play thousands of questions for free. There is a quiz for you whether you love music, film, history, food, travel, insects, inventions, plants, sports, animals. Play solo and check out your score on the leaderboard to see how you rank overall, by category and against your friends. The addictive turn-based challenge mode allows you to go head-to-head with friends by entering their user name or connecting through Facebook.
What are you waiting for? Start playing now…
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If there’s one question that I get asked a lot, more than any other as a matter of fact, it’s “how do you keep finding Apps to review?”. I started thinking about that question today as I was thinking about what I wanted to say about this App. The truth is, I don’t go looking for Apps “just to review” usually. For the most part the Apps that I review are Apps that I have found to solve a problem. After all, if it doesn’t solve a problem, what good is it really? Recently I started the process of moving into my new town
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home. Before I moved even the first thing in though, I decided that I wanted to paint things to make it feel more like home, more mine from day one. I headed over to the hardware store to start looking at colors and quickly realized that I had no idea what color I wanted. So, being me, I immediately went to my iPhone for help. What I found is quite possibly THE best iPhone App for anyone planning on painting anything in their home. Colorsmart not only helps you find your paint color, it helps you calculate how much paint you will need, and lets you preview it on a wide assortment of example rooms. These rooms aren’t simulated digital representations of rooms, rather they are photos of actual rooms. Even though this is an App about house paint, the design, quality, and execution make it an App for other developers to strive to emulate.

Find Your Color
First and foremost this App is about getting you the right color for your project. Whether you’re painting a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or barn, Behr Colorsmart is the perfect App to help identify the right color for you. There are a few different options to find the correct color. The first option is to use the Explore Color tab. This pulls up a palette of every color that Behr offers. Choose your desired color family,  the color style (muted, pure, or shaded), and the specific hue. When you have made your selection Colorsmart shows you not only the paint name and number, but it also shows you complimenting colors, and offers to show you a preview of it. This is TRULY a well thought out App.

Have a color that you want to match? Not a problem! use your iPhone’s industry leading camera to take a photo, or choose a photo from your photo library. Once your image is loaded pinch to zoom in to the specific area that you would like to match and simply tap on the area. Colorsmart will bring up that color from the Behr line of paints, again with the name and Behr number. Once you have chosen your color, save it to favorites by tapping the icon in the upper right hand corner for future reference.
 

Once you’ve chosen your colors, the last thing to figure out before you head to the store to purchase it, is how much paint you will need. Behr has you covered there too! Under the More tab at the bottom of the screen, you will find a Paint calculator that will help you determine exactly how many gallons you’re going to need to finish your project!
 
The Bottom Line
This App has it all! As you can see from the screen shots and the description, this App has it all; great UI, in depth functionality, and extreme usefulness! If you’re planning a painting project any time soon, you need this App. Colorsmart will help you save time, get the perfect color, and buy the correct amount of paint. It’s truly one of the most useful Apps I’ve ever seen.
 
You can get Behr Colorsmart for your iOS device from the iTunes store for free here:
 
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In the iTunes App Store there are plenty of iPad apps designed for productivity, but those that stand out for their ability to truly do so are in shorty supply.  Investing in one of these apps only to find you’ve made a poor purchase is a horrible feeling.
PDF Forms is different, in a grand way, giving one absolute control over your PDF files.
What PDF Forms offers is the ability to work with PDF documents and forms, commenting on PDF documents, completing forms, signing legal documents and sharing processed PDF documents via email or Dropbox.
Other features include:
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Get PDF documents from any application using Open In, from iTunes or Dropbox folders
Manage PDF documents using folders
Sign legal documents (contracts, notices, etc.)
Fill out various forms
Mark and comment any text or image in any PDF document
Split any PDF documents into separate PDF files
Share ready PDFs via e-mail or Dropbox

My favorite feature of the app is the signature pad option.  All one has to do is save a copy of your signature for later use on PDFs. Your saved signature can be resized and placed in the required area of any PDF form or contract with couple of taps.
Simply put, PDF Forms for iPad is a great way to edit PDF documents. For all who regularly work with PDF files, PDF Forms is a must-have iPad app.
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Ringier Studios Champions League: True Passion, Big Business is an iPad app to be avoided. It’s one of the very worst iPad apps I’ve seen in any category.
This will not be a comprehensive review because this app turned me off and pissed me off so much that I could not force myself to spend enough time with it to do one. Yes, it’s that bad, and worse.
Strike 1, 2, and 3 against it: when you first open this app (after it has been downloaded and installed from the App Store) you get to a splash screen and a download status bar starts. The app is not ready to go after being install
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ed; not anywhere near ready. The status bar shows that it needs to download 380MB of something, there’s no indication of what. That’s a bad enough start, but then you get the better news – you cannot do anything at all in the app while you wait on the download, and the download is slower than slow.
What’s slower than slow, you might ask. Right around TWENTY MINUTES. Yes, you read that right. You launch this app and there is nothing whatsoever to do in it until you wait 20 minutes to have content downloaded.
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#1 in 99 countries! Big thanks to all of the fans!

ALL NEW ANGRY BIRDS GAME FROM ROVIO -- the #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space!

After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own...

Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, n
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ew in-app purchases, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!

FEATURES

• 60 interstellar levels!
• Regular free updates!
• Brand new birds!
• Brand new superpowers!
• Zero-gravity space adventures!
• Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
• New in-app purchases!
• Hidden bonus levels!
• Beautifully detailed backgrounds!


DANGER ZONE

• In-app-purchase for the ultimate Angry Birds fan!
• 30 of the most difficult levels EVER!
• Can you master the DANGER ZONE?


SPACE EAGLES

• Open a wormhole of destruction with Space Eagles!
• Aim carefully to wreak havoc on the pigs!
• Earn through gameplay or buy in-app
• New goals and achievements!

Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic!

PLEASE NOTE: iPod Touch 3rd generation devices (8GB/16GB/32GB) will not run this game. The device consists of 2nd generation hardware which is not currently supported by Angry Birds Space.

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I’m always on the lookout (or should that be listenout?) for great new music. This morning I’ve found some courtesy of a new album released as a free iPad app. It’s called Tracey Browne Everyone Is Ordinary, and it’s one of those very rare albums where there’s not a single track you want to skip past, just all good songs.
Here’s a little slice of the App Store intro for the app / album:
Well a cursory first listen to Tracey Browne’s debut album could easily invoke comparison to a host of singer-songwriters…
A British Joan Osborne perhaps, a 21st century Kirsty
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MacColl, a folkier Sarah McLachlan, a poppier Karine Polwart…they’ve all been mentioned, but who knows…and who cares; before that first listen is over you’ll more than likely have reached the conclusion that Tracey Browne transcends comparisons, and with those oft neglected virtues of a fine voice and a great melody, she’s already taking you some place else, some place all her own.

I’ve listened to the whole album twice over now and I agree. I’m no music critic but I think Browne has a great voice, and her songs are really nicely written.
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