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  • How To Use Voice Plus (iOS)

    How To Use Voice Plus (iOS)

    Playing around with your voice can be fun. I’m sure we’ve all had those times where we took an old-fashioned tape recorder and played it really slow to see what it sounded like. Boy, those were the days. Except when the tape would get all messed up. I’m getting off topic, aren’t I? Well, nowadays we can use apps to play around with our voices instead. Apps such as Voice Plus for iOS devices. (Can you see where I’m going with this?) Let’s take a look at Voice Plus for iOS devices.

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    What Is Voice Plus?

    Voice Plus is an app for recording and editing your voice. There’s plenty of options for different voice options, with everything from robots to aliens and even Darth Vader. And yes, it’s as awesome as you’d think. In fact, most of the sheer fun of the app comes from using the various voice types available.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Voice Plus is a very simple app to use. You simply tap the microphone to begin recording as long as you’d like. From there, you can change around the voice by tapping whatever character is on the screen. From there, you can scroll around and choose whichever voice you want. After you have it in the perfect sound, you can share by tapping the box with that arrow thing at the bottom left of the app. You know, that one thing.

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    The Bottom Line

    While it may not be the most productive app, Voice Plus is a fun application to play around with. There’s a good amount of different voices available, meaning there’s a lot of potential fun to be had. You could even technically use it as a voice note app if you’d like. If you prefer to hear notes in alien voices. Which we all do.

  • How To Use Mini Recorder Free (Windows)

    How To Use Mini Recorder Free (Windows)

    I’ve seen my fair share of voice note apps in my day. I suppose that’s just one of the many perks of the app reviewing game. Along with the perk of feeling like you’re on your phone all day with a purpose. But you don’t want to hear about my life all day, do you? After all, that’s what my blog and autobiography are for. Instead, let’s talk about voice note apps. And, in particular, let’s take a look at the Mini Recorder Free app for Windows Phones.

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    What Is Mini Recorder Free?

    As I very vaguely alluded to in the opening, Mini Recorder is a voice note app. Or a regular recording app. But I’ll just call it a voice recording app because it’s easier. And I prefer when things are easy. Like how I started calling it “Mini Recorder” instead of “Mini Recorder Free”. Like I said, much easier.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Like most recording apps, Mini Recorder is not a very difficult application to use. You simply begin recording by tapping the numbers on the screen. From there, you can either choose to tap “pause” or “stop and edit” to, you know, pause or stop and edit. After that, simply tap the download app to share your recording however you’d like.

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    The Bottom Line

    Of all the recording apps I’ve tried out, Mini Recorder might be the most bare bones. However, bare bones isn’t a bad thing in this case. Even though it’s usually a bad thing. And Bare Bones would make for an awesome band name if we’re being totally honest. The simplicity reflects just how easy recording voice notes should be. If it was too complex and flashy I may not like the app at all. But the concentrated simplicity of Mini Recorder makes it the perfect, well, mini recorder.

  • BigOven iOS Review

    BigOven iOS Review

    As I’ve said before, I’m no cook. In fact, the only thing I really know how to make is mac n’ cheese. Well, as long as all the instructions are on the box. And even then I usually end up burning it. But that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that I can still learn. Well, probably not me. But other people probably could still learn. And, like with many learning experiences, gaining knowledge on how to cook can be done with a little help from your smartphone. Let’s take a look at the BigOven app for iOS devices.

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    What Is BigOven?

    The BigOven app is all about getting recipes in a simple, approachable manner. Do all of them require a big oven? I’m not sure. Like I said, not really much of a cook. And if they don’t all require a big oven, the name is a bit misleading, isn’t it? I’m losing focus here. The app has a number of different ways to show you its various recipes. For example, there’s one category for recently top-reviewed recipes and others for sweets. And, like any rational person, I went straight for the sweets.

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    How Is The App?

    BigOven does a great job of giving you all the tools you need to make a number of different recipes. Well, except the actual food. I believe you have to go to some kind of food store for that. Regardless, the ingredients list they offer is very comprehensive and easy to understand.

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    The Bottom Line

    BigOven is a pretty good app for finding some inspiration in the kitchen. In addition to giving you the recipes, you’re also able to make personal grocery lists so you can get all the ingredients you need. Which is pretty nice for those of us that forget to go shopping for food until we’re hungry.

  • Vimeo Windows Review

    Vimeo Windows Review

    When you think of free video streaming apps, what do you think of? And no, I’m not talking about Hulu. I don’t think they have anything for free anymore. Do they? Anyways, this is not about Hulu. What I mean is that most people would usually think of YouTube first. However, Vimeo has made their name as a of “YouTube alternative” of sorts. Is it as good as the video hosting giant that has provided us with so many hours of parody rap battles and cats doing things? We’ll find out. Let’s take a look at the Vimeo app for Windows devices.

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    What Is Vimeo?

    As I said, Vimeo is kind of an alternative for YouTube. However, YouTube is known more or less for its overall randomness. In other words, you can see a professionally edited music video one day and somebody recording a vlog on a flip phone the next. On the other hand, Vimeo focuses a bit more on the higher quality content. I’ll get more into that later. In the next section actually. You’ll see.

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    How Is The App?

    As I said, Vimeo is more about quality than quantity. While YouTube is a sort of endless sea of various videos, Vimeo keeps things shorter and sweeter. You see, Vimeo hosts many short films created by independent artists. In addition, they have many documentaries, animations, and even some very interesting music videos.

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    The Bottom Line

    Vimeo and YouTube are so similar yet so different. Both allow users to upload content they wish to share. However, the main difference comes down to what kind of video you’re getting. If you’re looking to just watch pretty much anything in the world, YouTube is the way to go. However, if you really want to try something new and interesting, Vimeo’s a great option to expand your mind a bit.

  • Textgram Android Review

    Textgram Android Review

    Over the past few years, photo editing has become much more vital. Photo-based apps such as Instagram have given us all the insatiable desire to post photos - albeit after they’ve been given tons of filters and lighting changes. Not that I do that of course. Well, speaking of photo editing apps, let’s review one! After all, I already wrote this intro. Might as well write the rest of the review.  Let’s take a look at Textgram for Android devices.

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    What Is Textgram?

    When I first heard the name, I expected Textgram to be some kind of “word” version of Instagram. But I guess that’s just Twitter, isn’t it? Anyways, Textgram is actually more or less your basic photo editing application. However, unlike many photo editing apps, Textgram seems to put more focus on one single function: the ability to put text on your photos.

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    How Is The App?

    Textgram is a pretty interesting case. While I was expecting an extremely stripped down and basic photo editor, I was actually treated to a pretty intuitive application. The text part, which I expected to be the most varied, provided plenty of font options. The ability to add everything from stickers to various filters made it a much more useful app than I imagined.

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    The Bottom Line

    I must say that Textgram really exceeded my expectations. From the outside looking in, it seemed like a bit of a cheap ripoff of Instagram or really simple photo editor. However, there was actually a great amount of options available for the app. I found myself having a ton of fun playing around with all the different functions of the application. And, if you enjoy putting black and white filters on your photos to make them look edgy or adding as many stickers as possible to cute up a picture as much as I do, you’ll love this app.

     

  • How To Use Writer Plus (Android)

    How To Use Writer Plus (Android)

    I’ve had a good amount of experience with different writing apps at this point. As a writer, I even find myself using a few here and there. Even if I prefer to use my phone for playing games and watching cat videos rather than doing work. Which I think we all prefer anyways. Today, let’s look at Writer Plus for Android devices. I wonder what this app could possibly do…

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    What Is Writer Plus?

    As you can pretty easily tell from the name, Writer Plus is a writing app. I know, big shock, right? Now, as I said, I’ve tried out my fair share of writing apps in my day. Some of them help give you the inspiration to write more. Others are more or less note taking apps. Writer Plus is more of a blank slate for you to write on. Like an empty notebook for you to write away. Or stare at when you have writer’s block. Either way.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Writer Plus is all about simplicity. You begin by hitting the plus sign button to open up a new document. From there, you can name the doc by tapping on its name. After doing some writing, you can create a folder to keep these different documents in by tapping the folder button at the top of the app. And, if you want to share or save your writings, simply tap the top right area of the document and hit “Share.”

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    How Is The App?

    Writer Plus is pretty much as basic as you can get. The app is little more than a digital notebook for you to keep all your writings. However, that’s not exactly a bad thing. Some writer may prefer something so basic, as it allows you to open your mind up completely. It’s not really my kind of writing experience, but I understand why people would enjoy it.

  • How To Use Shake-It Alarm (Android)

    How To Use Shake-It Alarm (Android)

    I’ve made it no secret in these reviews that I prefer to stay in bed. Who wants to go out in the big,bad world when there’s a warm safe bed where you can hide from your responsibilities? Well, because society demands that I get out of bed and get going, I need to use an alarm to get up. But what kind of alarm can jostle me out of my beloved sleep time? I’ve tried the ones that force you to do math problems to wake up. I’ve used the ones that are as loud and alarming as physically possible. I’ve even tried putting my alarm far away from my bed. None of these strategies have worked. Will Shake-It Alarm for Android devices be my ticket to waking up? Possibly. But most likely not.

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    What Is Shake-It Alarm?

    Shake-It Alarm is your basic alarm with a bit of a twist. While most alarms will ring until you push the snooze button or throw it across the room, Shake-It Alarm adds an interesting dimension to the process. When your alarm goes off, you’ll either have to tap your screen furiously or shake the phone for a period of time to get it to stop. Which makes sense considering the name of the app.

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    How Do You Use It?

    You begin by setting your alarm time like any other app, hitting the plus sign and choosing a time. From there, you simply pick which days of the week you’d like it to go off and choose to shake or tap. And then you simply need to do what we’ve all been waiting for all day: lay in bed and go to sleep.

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    The Bottom Line

    I truly believe that Shake-It Alarm is a brilliant idea. Just shaking my phone when I was trying it out was enough to get me focused. I can only imagine what that feels like in the morning. Oh, and did I happen to mention that there’s tons of cuddly creatures featured throughout the app as well? If that doesn’t seal the deal, I’m not sure what will.

  • Kik Windows Review

    Kik Windows Review

    Something that I’ve noticed get more and more popular in the past few years is the non-texting messaging app. Everything from WhatsApp to Facebook messenger offer some pretty interesting alternatives to the old-fashioned way of texting. Well, we’re going to look at one of the big names in texting-but-not-texting today: Kik Messenger. The Windows Phone version. Yes. On to the next section!

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    What Is Kik Messenger?

    Despite me not knowing how its name has any significance when it comes to messaging (I guess you “kick” topics around?), Kik is an online system to send messages. In addition to your typical text and emoticons, you can also attach images if you’d like. So, overall, it really does remind me of your basic text messaging system. But I’ll reveal my true opinions in the next section, which I’ve brilliantly titled “How Is It?”

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    How Is It?

    Overall, Kik is a pretty basic system. There’s really not too many bells and whistles included in the app. (Which is a very weird saying. What’s actually improved by bells and whistles? Unless you’re a gym coach that rides a bicycle. But that would be ridiculous.) Using the app is pretty simple, as all you need to do is search for the username of the person you’re trying to message. There’s only your typical emojis available, although there are apparently extra stickers you can buy on different operating systems. However, you do have to pay for them. So it looks like you’re not missing out on too much.

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, if you’re just looking to message somebody over Wi-Fi and keep things simple, Kik is a good way to go. My only real problem is the overall lack of personality on the app. But if it was flashier, I might like it less because that would take away from the simplicity I raved about. So what am I saying? I’m not really sure.

  • How To Use Loop (iOS)

    How To Use Loop (iOS)

    Everybody loves a good GIF. It has all the best parts of watching a video without all the need for volume or a full attention span. But is it possible to make a GIF on your own? Haven't we all wanted to see ourselves in the an image reminiscent of the talking pictures from Harry Potter? (Have I made that joke before?) Well, with Loop for iOS devices, you can. Let’s take a look at how to use the app and GIF-ify yourself. (GIF-ify is totally a word. Don’t lo  ok it up, just trust me.)

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    What Is Loop?

    Like I said, Loop gives you a way to make a GIF on your own. Now I know what you may be thinking. “Does this mean I can put all of Captain America: Civil War into one convenient GIF and then watch it in super-modern mode?” Well, no. Even if that would be pretty awesome. With Loop, you can only make GIFs out of images you take yourself.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Using Loop is an interesting combination of taking pictures and video editing. Kind of. You begin by taking as many images as you’d like to make your GIF. From there, you can add some pretty interesting editing options. You have the option to push the button on the bottom left for some artsy filters such as hand-drawn and 8-bit. You can also choose the bottom right button, which gives you a few different collage options.

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    The Bottom Line

    Loop is a very fun app to play around with. Whether you’re a fan of the world of GIFs or you just like arguing how it’s pronounced (it’s with a g by the way), you’ll have a great time with the app. You can even use it for claymation stop motion-ey projects if you’d like! Even though those are super hard to make.

  • Genius iOS Review

    Genius iOS Review

    What is true genius? Is it merely the idea that an IQ makes you better than those around you? Is it simply a word to divide us, to make us a world battling between brains and brawns? Is it truly a medal that rewards the refined work of the mind? Or is it an app that can give you song lyrics? It’s that one. Let’s take a look at the Genius iOS app.

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    What Is Genius?

    The Genius app for iOS devices does one thing that’s pretty normal and one thing that’s quite interesting. On the one hand, the app gives you lyrics to all your favorite songs. While this is a pretty basic feature, Genius puts an entirely new spin on it by including meanings to some of the different lyrics. Some are simply interpretations while others are taken straight from interviews, making this a great app for finally finding out what the song you sing in the shower is about.

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    How Is It?

    I must say, this is a great concept for an app. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a lyric that sounds like it’s much deeper than I understand, only to never truly understand what the songwriter was trying to say. You know what this means, I can finally know what the writers of “I Wanna Rock” were trying to say. (As it turns out, they wanted to rock.)

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, I can’t rave enough about this app. It’s a great basic idea that would have been perfect during my edgy, angsty, rebellious years. Although I would have just used it to look up Blink 182 lyrics. Which I suppose I still do. Regardless, whether you simply want to know the words to the song you’re singing along to or want to know it’s true, deep meaning, this is a very useful app.

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