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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • ColorTherapy iOS Review

    ColorTherapy iOS Review

    I always loved coloring books as a kid. They gave me a chance to play around with my crayons and let me flex my artistic muscle a bit. Even if I mostly colored outside of the lines. (Sure, it seems easy as an adult. But those lines were tricky as a youngster.) While I may have enjoyed them in my youth, coloring books have made a tremendous comeback in app form. They’re even become a pretty big hit for adults. Hey, I’m an adult! So let’s take a look at ColorTherapy for iOS devices.

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    What Is ColorTherapy?  

    ColorTherapy is an interesting mixture of your basic coloring book and, well, therapy. I guess that’s how they got the name, isn’t it? The coloring part of the app is done through tapping on different sections of the picture to fill them in with the color of your choice, working very similar to the “paint bucket” found in most photo apps.

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    How Is The App?

    Before I began using the app, I was bit skeptical about the “therapy” part of ColorTherapy. However, after spending some time with the app, I definitely understand what they were going for. You see, there’s something about the mixture of soothing music and tap-coloring away that soothes the soul better than any candles or warm bath ever has. And, as a firm believer in the power of candles and a warm bath, that’s saying something.

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    The Bottom Line

    If you're looking for some nostalgia, a little stress relief, or even just a relaxing way to waste some time on the train, ColorTherapy is an amazing app. After all, it’s easier (and more artistic) than squeezing a stress ball. While the idea of an adult coloring book may not appeal to everyone, this is definitely something you should try out.

  • What To Draw? Android Review

    What To Draw? Android Review

    If I can be totally honest, I am no artist. Sure, I know an instrument or two and can write the occasional smart sounding word (like testudinal), but drawing is a skill that has always evaded me. Perhaps I just never had the right art teacher. Or maybe it’s because I never tried that hard at it. Or perhaps it’s just that I never knew what to draw. Say, what a coincidence! That’s the name of the app we’re looking at today. Let’s check out What To Draw? for Android devices.

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    What Is What To Draw?

    The best way to describe What To Draw? would be an “inspiration” app. You see, the app uses a sort of random word generator to create different themes and scenes for you to draw. For example, it may tell you to draw a lizardman ranger wearing a magical amulet threatening a barbarian. Which is one I actually got. If that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is.

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    How Is It?

    Let me begin by saying this app has a really cool-looking interface. The different art pieces for sections such as Western and Terror not only get you in the mood for such themes, they get art on your mind. Beyond that, What To Draw? Is just great for when you need a creativity spark. The app seems to have a great collection of different phrases and sayings, each more unique than the last.

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, if you’re looking for a little inspiration and are feeling artistic, What To Draw? is just what you need. However, What To Draw? can do more than just tell you what to draw (what a confusing sentence), it can inspire short stories, books, and even movies. So look out for my new novel coming next year:  The Lizardman Vs. The Barbarian: Revengeanceing Part 1.

  • How To Use PhotoMagic (Windows)

    How To Use PhotoMagic (Windows)

    We live in a pretty photo-centric world. Everywhere you look, people are taking pictures of their food, themselves, clouds that look like things, pretty much anything. So it’s no surprise that photo editing apps have become all the rage. I mean, why even take a photo if you can’t throw a nice sepia tone filter over it? Exactly. So let’s take a look at the PhotoMagic app for Windows Phones.

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    What Is PhotoMagic?

    PhotoMagic is one of many photo editing systems available in app form. What’s interesting is how much difference there is between photo applications. You’ve got desktop systems that allow for intense editing and simple mobile apps that only let you throw a filter on. Where does PhotoMagic rank on that spectrum? Well, you’ll just have to wait for me to get to that part, won’t you?

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    How Do You Use It?

    Like most of its mobile contemporaries, PhotoMagic begins by letting you upload a photo or take one yourself. From there, it’s time to use one of the many editing options, such as filters, cropping, and even clipart style stickers. From there, you can share through Facebook and a few other options. However, there’s just one problem…it doesn’t really work. Let’s talk about it.

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    Should You Get It?

    While I really enjoyed the number of features and options available with PhotoMagic, the inability to share the images makes the actual editing a bit pointless. I found myself crafting some true photographic masterpieces only to realize there was no way to share the photo. However, hopefully this will be fixed soon. Despite that issue, I really did like the functionality of the app. All the buttons are in one convenient place, making editing much more streamlined. Which, considering how long it took me to find the eraser alone in PhotoShop, is a breath of fresh air.

  • TubiTV Android Review

    TubiTV Android Review  

    Remember the days of portable TVs where you’d have to lug around a little device with an antenna and try and watch TV in public? Well, things have changed quite a bit. You see, now we’re all technically carrying around portable televisions in our pockets that allow us to watch pretty much whatever we want. Especially with apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and... TubiTv? You haven’t heard of TubiTV? Well, let’s change that. Let’s take a look at TubiTV for Android devices.

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    What Is TubiTV?

    TubiTV is a television and movie streaming app in the vein of Netflix. However, unlike some of the bigger names in streaming, TubiTV doesn’t require you to pay a subscription fee. That’s right, it’s absolutely free. And, on the internet, that’s most of our favorite words. Especially when it comes to free shipping. But that’s an article for another day.

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    How Is The App?

    Overall, TubiTV has some pretty good functionality. It was pretty easy to find shows and movies and make a selection. However, unlike many streaming giants, TubiTV doesn’t exactly have the greatest selections. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some decent shows and movies available on the app. However, there’s not many big hits or exciting content. It just needs a bit more eye catching material in order to compete with the other big names in streaming. However, there was a horror movie about evil turkeys. So that earns some points in my book.

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    The Bottom Line

    It’s a little difficult to criticize TubiTV for its lack of great content. Considering the price tag of, well, nothing, I don’t feel right saying they don’t have too much content to offer. However, I remember when I reviewed the Crackle app (which was also totally free) and they had some pretty decent offerings. TubiTV might just need a little time to grow and get some new shows and movies.

  • Netflix Windows Review

    Netflix Windows Review

    Netflix is one of those things where the name is synonymous with something. Like how when you search something online you generally say you Google it. Well, people may have used to say Ask Jeeves it. But I don’t think they exist anymore. Sorry, Ask Jeeves fans. I’m getting a bit off topic here. Let's look at the Netflix app on Windows Phones. How is it, you may ask? Well, I’ll answer you with my extremely special “Netflix Windows Review”. Will it answer all your questions and exceed your expectations, leaving you in a state of shock and amazement? Possibly.

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    What Is Netflix?

    While the company used to be best known for mailing DVD’s to you (which feels weird typing nowadays), Netflix is now known more for their streaming content. They’ve got everything from their own original shows to entire series available. Like The Flash, which I’ve become totally hooked on. But I’ll get into how easy it is to watch a few hours of Netflix and forget you have to get back to work later. I’ve got a show to watch first.

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    How Is The App?

    Netflix itself has a great amount of content. Besides their constantly expanding roster of original shows, they’ve also got tons of series and classic movies on demand. In addition, the app is very easy to use, as you can pretty simply scroll around different genres. Netflix also does a great job of giving you suggestions based on other shows and movies you’ve watched. So, for me, a whole lot of comic book shows and movies. I like what I like.

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, there’s a reason Netflix is so popular. They’ve clearly done a great job of not only putting together some amazing content, but making an app that’s easy to use and allows you to experience all the wonderful entertainment away from the TV. And when I say experience the entertainment, I mean stay in on a Saturday night enjoying a nice Netflix marathon.

     

  • Hulu Plus Windows Review

    Hulu Plus Windows Review

    We live in a world of streaming. Gone are the dark days of waiting all day for your show to come on or videotape it. (Wow, I feel old even typing that.) One of the main names of video streaming is Hulu, which has made its name as one of the top streaming systems along with Netflix. In fact, Netflix vs. Hulu has become the newest “Microsoft vs. Apple” or “Sonic vs. Mario” or “me vs. runon sentences.” Let’s take a look the the Hulu Plus app for Windows Phones.

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    What Is Hulu Plus?

    As I said, Hulu Plus is known for their streaming content. Unlike Netflix, Hulu’s main focus is current TV shows. However, they also have original content, movies, and commercials. Yes, they do have commercials. At least, unless you want to pay more money. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re cool with watching an insurance commercial for the hundredth time if it means not having to spend any more cash.

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    How Is The App?

    First of all, I must say the content included in Hulu Plus is pretty substantial. In addition to many current weekly shows, there is a great amount of shows I haven’t seen in ages such as Sonic Boom and Sonic X. Hopefully this means Sonic Underground is coming soon. Did I mention I like Sonic? The app itself works pretty well, although I did have some trouble attempting to skip around. However, that may have been due to some kind of internet issue. Or my lack of patience. Either way.

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    The Bottom Line

    Needless to say, there’s a reason that Hulu is such a huge name in the streaming world. Besides the good amount of content, the app is pretty easy to use and offers plenty of suggestions. Overall, it's a worthy contender to Netflix that deserves a look.

  • How To Use GoodReads (iOS)

    How To Use GoodReads (iOS)

    I can admit that I’m not very good at reading. Not in the sense that I’m not great at the actuall “reading” part. Even if I don’t proofread these articles. (Note to self: take that out later.) What I mean is I have a terrible habit of starting a book, getting halfway through, and forgetting all about it. However, maybe there’s an app that can help me out with that. Maybe. On an unrelated note, today I’m reviewing GoodReads for iOS devices.

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    What Is GoodReads?

    GoodReads is a bit of a difficult app to explain as I’ve never quite used anything like it. The main objective of the app is to help you discover new books to read that fit your personal preferences. So, for me, lots of comic books with lots of explosions. They just make for good reads, you know?

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    How Do You Use It?

    You begin using the app by selecting some of your favorite genres, such as Romance or Science Fiction. From there, you rate twenty different books you’ve read, which may seem like a daunting task at first. Until you remember there were seven Harry Potter books. After you’ve reviewed your books, you will have selections ready to read in the future. Additionally, you can add to your “to read” section to choose what you want to check out in the future. Which, for me, again, includes plenty of comic books with plenty of explosions.

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    How Is It?

    GoodReads works well on a few different levels. On the one hand, you get to find new books recommended for your tastes, kind of the way music apps or Netflix will give you recommendations. Additionally, you get a main hub to know what books you’ve already read. So it’s kind of like a librarian in your mind that knows what you’ve already read and suggests new books for you. Yeah, that sounds pretty cool.

  • How To Use Cute Note (Android)

    How To Use Cute Note (Android)

    Cuteness is something we’re pretty spoiled about in the internet age. While in the olden days you could go weeks without seeing so much as an adorable kitten, now you can see one in a tiger costume at the click of a button. Which is incredible, really. And another great byproduct of the internet age: being able to cute up everything else in our lives. Like, say, note taking apps. Cute note taking apps? That’s exactly what Cute Note for Android devices is! Let’s take a look at it.

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    What Is Cute Note?

    As the name implies, Cute Note is an app that combines the tried and true way of taking notes and attempts to cute it up a bit. I have long been a loyal user of Google Keep, but have noticed that while it is an amazing note taking application, there’s a pretty distinct lack of cuteness. Does that make Cute Note the superior app? Well, you’ll have to wait for the dramatic conclusion, won’t you?

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    How Do You Use It?

    Like most standard note apps, you begin by hitting the “plus sign” button. You can begin writing your note right away. But then the real fun begins: customizing your note for premium cuteness. You can press the letters for different font sizes and the various heart and bear buttons to give yourself an adorable little template to take notes on. You can also make a to-do list, but I found it to be lacking in cute options. So I’m sticking to the memos.

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    Should You Get It?

    If you’re tired of the same boring-looking notes, you should definitely give Cute Note a shot. While the to-do option could use a bit of a cuteness upgrade, the main memos will definitely fill your cuteness quota. Additionally, there’s even a few Batman and Spiderman styled note templates. While I can’t comment on how legal that is, it’s still a nice touch.

  • Fun Facts For You Windows Review

    Fun Facts For You Windows Review

    Everybody loves a good fun fact. Whether you hear something that makes you think or just need a way to pass the time, it’s good to get a bit of interesting info. For example, did you know that 91% of people lie regularly? Although, if that’s true, isn’t there only a 9% chance of me telling the truth. Did I just blow your mind? Well now you can get fun facts for you with the Windows Phone app Fun Facts For You. I have no idea how they got the name though.

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    What Is Fun Facts For You?

    Fun Facts For You is a randomizer for various fun facts. You simply need to tap the button to get a brand new fun fact and it comes to you. In addition, there’s the “Good Question” button, which you can press to get a philosophical or otherwise interesting question. And that’s really it, there’s not too much else to the app. So...on to the next section!

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    How Is The App?

    I must say I love the idea of having an app to give you some interesting tidbits you never knew before. And it works as an excellent conversation starter as well! After all, think of all the interesting topics that can be mined from the fact that 45% of people believe in ghosts. However, there is one problem with the app - it has no personality to it. It’s merely fun facts in unexciting text against an orange background, nothing too terribly flashy.

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    The Bottom Line

    While I really like the idea of the app, a few minor tweaks would turn it from “OK” to “great”. Even just changing color each time you choose a new fact would earn it some major points in my book! However, as it is right now, I can only say the app is OK. Not bad. Not great. Just OK.

  • How To Use Spark Art (Windows)

    How To Use Spark Art (Windows)

    Art is definitely a fun pastime. There’s nothing like taking some time off and expressing your artistic side. Even if you’re just drawing stick figures with crayons. (Admit it, we all do it.) However, the world of pens and paper can only take you so far. Plus they cost money. With a smartphone, you can make some pretty interesting pieces of art using free apps. And hey, today we’re reviewing a free art app! Life’s funny that way. Let’s take a look at the Spark Art app for Windows Phones.

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    What Is Spark Art?

    Spark Art isn’t your usual art app. While most art apps will give you different colors and paintbrushes and whatnot, Spark Art uses a different kind of art supply: fireworks. Or sparks. Whatever you want to think they are. I just prefer to think they’re fireworks. Because fireworks are awesome.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Spark Art is a pretty simple app to use. You can pretty much get drawing away as soon as you open the app and begin making your spark/firework creations. At any point you can tap the little floppy disk button to save your art to your phone and share it with your friends, family, or art teacher that didn’t think you very good at art to show them you’ve improved. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

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    How’s The App?

    Spark Art is one of those creative apps that’s pretty fun to play around with. However, there’s just not enough depth to the app. Don’t get me wrong, I loved making some nice colorful art with the tip of my finger. But there was simply not enough to keep me interested for much longer than a few art pieces. Maybe a few additional backgrounds or even some kind of firework game added in would make the app a bit more entertaining.

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