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  • How To Use Pigment (iOS)

    How To Use Pigment (iOS)

    In a recent review, I talked about the interesting new trend of adult coloring books. It’s become very popular for mobile users looking for a way to destress and perhaps feel a bit nostalgic. And, considering there are now tons of them available on the App Store, I’d say the trend is still going on. But what do I know? I’m but a simple app reviewer. Let’s take a look at Pigment for iOS devices.

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    What Is Pigment?

    Pigment is, as I alluded to in the beginning with my wonderful words, a coloring book for adults. Or children really. I suppose either can enjoy it.  Where was I going with this? Ah yes, Pigment. The app is all about choosing different colors to fill in different portions of your coloring book page Microsoft Paint-style. And expressing yourself creatively. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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    How Do You Use It?

    You begin by opening the app and choosing one of the “coloring books” you’d like to color in. There is no shortage of categories, from flowers to the ocean. After that, you can simply color away! While you are presented with a number of colors initially, you can always change to different palettes if you’d like. This is done by tapping the palette next to the “color bar” where you can adjust the different tones of your color.

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    The Bottom Line

    Overall, I think the trend of coloring books for adults is pretty cool. Although, I also still love Pokemon and Power Rangers, so perhaps I just have a soft spot for reconnecting with my childhood. And Pigment is a pretty good app for fulfilling your coloring book needs. Now, there is one minor thing that may make or break it for you: while you may begin on a 7-day trial, the app will cost money after that. And no, I don’t much care for spending money either.

  • How To Use Gym Workout (Android)

    How To Use Gym Workout (Android)

    While it may come as a surprise given my long history of admitting my own laziness, I used to be pretty into going to the gym. There was even a time that I would get up before sunrise just to do some yoga. Oh, those fond times before I actually had stuff to do… Anyways, I also remember always wanting to get into a good exercise routine but never quite being able to get into a groove. I suppose that’s where my inner laziness finally kicked in. But perhaps I just needed some kind of app. Some kind of app like Gym Workout for Android devices. Which I’m reviewing today.

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    What Is Gym Workout?

    The Gym Workout app is an easy way to find the exercise routine that works best for you. So if you’re looking to really blast your biceps, this is the app for you. Or if you’re looking to...rip...your...somethingoids? I’m not going to lie, it’s been awhile since I’ve hit the gym. I’ve kind of forgotten the names of some of the muscles.

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    How Do You Use It?

    You can begin by choosing an area of the body you’d like to work on. From there, you are directed to a number of different exercises for that particular muscle. By hitting play, you’ll see a demonstration video on the workout so you know exactly what to do.

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    The Bottom Line

    Gym Workout is a pretty impressive app. You’ve got a gateway to tons of different workouts with videos detailing how to complete them. Additionally, there are some pre-set workout routines for you to choose, meaning if you’ve got one absolute goal, you have an easy way to organize it. Does this great workout companion mean I’m going to be heading back to the gym lifestyle anytime soon? Probably not. But that’s OK.

  • Pokemon TV Android Review

    Pokemon TV Android Review

    I’ve made it no secret in these reviews that I’m a huge fan of Pokemon. I grew up playing the games and watching the show, and nowadays I still play the games and...watch the show. OK so I haven’t grown up that much. I’m content with that. Well, while I haven’t changed that much, the world of technology has, especially in the world of streaming. And, speaking of Pokemon, they’ve released an app called Pokemon TV for you to watch some episodes on. Let’s take a look at the Android version.

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    What Is Pokemon TV?

    Pokemon TV is an app for you to watch all kinds of Pokemon-related content. Originally, I assumed you could only watch the usual cartoon series. However, Pokemon TV also offers movies such as Pokemon 2000 and the Pokemon Origins special that was released in 2013. In other words, tons of video of cuddly creatures, awesome monsters, and excellent theme songs. Even if nothing beats the original theme.

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    How Is The App?

    I must say, I was very impressed with the Pokemon TV app. It definitely exceeded my expectations when it comes to the content offered. Including some of the feature films and even some of the original episodes from my childhood, Pokemon TV is a great way to see how the show has progressed in almost twenty years on the air. Boy, that makes me feel old. Let’s move on.

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    The Bottom Line

    I realize that Pokemon TV isn’t for everyone. In fact, if you’re not a Pokemon superfan like myself, you may not even want to download the app. However, with the massive popularity of Pokemon Go, there’s a lot of new fans who may want to take a look at what the world of Pokemon outside of the games is like. Also, it’s free. Which is always nice.

  • Zedge Windows Review

    Zedge Windows Review

    I still remember the first time I got a cell phone. Two of the things I was most excited for were finding the perfect ringtone and wallpaper. Keep in mind this was the flip phone days when tech was a bit more primitive. You know, before you could answer pretty much any question you had with them. Well, call me old-fashioned, but I’m still a huge fan of both ringtones and wallpapers. So let’s take a look at Zedge for Windows Phones, the app that provides the world with as many ringtones and wallpapers as your heart desires. Hey, that should really be their tagline. I’m calling them up now.

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    What Is Zedge?

    The Zedge app is kind of a one-stop shop for both ringtones and wallpapers. While there are many currently popular ringtones and wallpapers available in the featured/popular section (especially around the holidays), you can also search around for your own desired background and call sound. And you know what this means: I’m downloading the Power Rangers theme song ASAP. It was going to happen at one time or another.

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    How Is The App?

    Zedge is a very impressive app. There were tons of ringtones available, from popular songs and themes to some I’ve never heard before. And the wallpapers were pretty interesting as well, with a great mix of different looks for the background of your mobile device. And did I happen to mention that it’s all free? You know, that word that makes everyone smile all the time?

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    The Bottom Line

    I can understand that both wallpapers and ringtones have seen a bit of a change in popularity over the past decade. However, I’ve always been a bit nostalgic as well. And what better way to feel that nostalgia than to answer your phone to the tune of the Ninja Turtles theme song? Along with a Ninja Turtles wallpaper. While wearing a Ninja Turtles backpack. Not that I’m speaking from experience.

  • How To Use Talking Alarm Clock (Android)

    How To Use Talking Alarm Clock (Android)

    Waking up is not my favorite part of the day. It generally comes down to a brutal struggle to get out of bed, make a cup of coffee, and try to summon the energy just to get dressed. However, I remember having great alarms when I was younger that made getting up in the morning a snap. Mainly because they were extremely loud and obnoxious. But maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Maybe I just need to start the day with some kind words. Or a robotic voice reminding me over and over what time it is. Either way. Let’s take a look at Talking Alarm Clock for Android devices.

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    What Is Talking Alarm Clock?

    While most alarms will entice you with their variety of sounds or activites that help you wake up, Talking Alarm Clock is a bit simpler. The biggest draw is the whole “talking” part. (It is called Talking Alarm Clock after all.) You can either have a computerized voice remind you the time as an alarm or even record your own wake up message. Then you wake up to your own voice. Which is kind of weird when you think about it.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Talking Alarm Clock works very similarly to other alarm apps. You begin by tapping the “Add Alarm” button and choosing your time. From there, you have a variety of options, such as choosing the alarm’s volume, vibration, and even the recording itself. Recording your personal alarm message is also very simple, as more casual users may not have experience recording. After that, all you do is sleep and wait for your talking alarm to start your morning.

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    How Is The App?

    Overall, Talking Alarm Clock is a pretty good app when it comes to waking up in the morning. While some people will definitely prefer their usual heavy metal music of annoying beeps to wake up, I’d still recommend giving Talking Alarm Clock a shot. It might make the unbelievably difficult task of waking up just a bit easier.

  • How To Use Adobe Illustrator Draw (iOS)

    How To Use Adobe Illustrator Draw (iOS)

    I must admit, I enjoy drawing. Ever since I was a kid I have greatly valued my time with a blank sheet of paper and crayons, markers, pens, etc. However, I can also admit that my drawing talents are...less than satisfactory. Hey, we can’t all be Michelangelo. (The artist, not the Ninja Turtle.) But my lack of overall artistic skill doesn’t stop me from trying! Maybe I just need a better way to draw. Like an app that’s meant purely for drawing. Yes, that would be perfect! In fact, it’s exactly what today’s app “Adobe Illustrator Draw” is! Funny how that works. Let’s take a look at Adobe Illustrator Draw for iOS devices.

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    What Is Adobe Illustrator Draw?

    I’ve seen my fair share of art-related apps in my day. From coloring books aimed at adults to Photoshop on the go, there’s a good amount of mobile ways to express your artistic side. Adobe Illustrator Draw is a pretty straightforward art app. However, it’s more than just simple scribbling and doodling. There are also many different shapes and tools available for you to try out. But we’ll get more into that in the next section.

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    How Do You Use It?

    When you start up the app, you begin with a basic blank sheet of paper. Which is quite fitting, I must admit. There are a variety of brushes available at your fingertip, allowing you to freehand draw and switch around colors with ease. While this doesn’t always produce the cleanest pictures, you may also tap the “Shapes” option to produce some nice, clean shapes to use for your creations. And, yes, I immediately made the triangle thing from The Legend of Zelda.

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    Should You Get It?

    While desktop software doesn’t always translate well into app form, I must say that Adobe Illustrator Draw worked very well when it came to iOS capability. My only really complaint is the layout of the app, which makes it a bit difficult not to accidentally press the wrong brush while drawing away. But otherwise I had a lot of fun. Even if I’m not the world’s greatest artist. Yet.

  • Artisto iOS Review

    Artisto iOS Review

    There are a ton of photo apps out there. Everything from cropping and basic editing apps to photo filter applications flood pretty much every online store. And there’s a good reason for this: we’re a very photo-centric society. There are people that can’t so much as tie their shoes without snapping an image and sharing it. However, this photo-savvy society has also led to some pretty amazing photography apps. Like the Artisto app for example. Let’s take a look at the Artisto app for iOS devices.

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    What Is Artisto?

    Unlike most photo apps that offer little more than a simple filter or basic editing options, Artisto is kind of like Snapchat mixed with a filtering app. You have many options for Snapchat-like objects that you can edit onto your face, such as sunglasses, hats, and even a fancy moustache. However, it’s the non-Snapchat-ish additions that start to make things very interesting. This is where the real artistry comes from, with filters that add vibrancy and color in ways I haven’t seen a mobile app do. But I’ll gush over it more in the next section.

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    How Is The App?

    At first, I figured Artisto was going to be another run-of-the-mill photography app. However, the app exceeded my expectations on pretty much every front. The more Snapchat-like filters are fun and work quite well. Plus you have the option to create a video or loop. And the artistic filters were very impressive, allowing for some very artistic selfies that I may or may not have already made into my profile picture.

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    The Bottom Line

    Just because we’re slightly oversaturated with image apps doesn’t mean you should ignore applications like Artisto. If I was just scrolling through the App Store, I may have ignored this little app. However, that would have been a big mistake. In fact, I may just consider Artisto my current top photo editing app. Bold statement, I know.

  • How To Use Voice Notes (Windows)

    How To Use Voice Notes (Windows)

    There have been plenty of things that smartphones have replaced. Everything from mp3 players to flashlights have been made obsolete by our mobile devices. One of the big things replaced by phones is recording devices. No longer shall we require those tape recorders like the one the kid from home alone used. Even if they looked pretty cool. Let’s take a look at the Voice Notes app for Windows Phones.

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    What Is Voice Notes?

    Voice Notes is an app that creates, well, voice notes. Which is pretty important if you like taking notes or spying on people. I don’t judge. It can also be great for recording music, which is great if you’re a musician with an acoustic guitar and some lyrics. Or even just a kazoo and some poetry. Music is music in my mind.

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    How To Use Voice Notes

    While using a classic tape recorder is pretty simple, using the Voice Notes app isn’t too terribly complex. You can record a new note by tapping the button with the little CD on it. Or donut, if you prefer to think that’s what it is. I know I do. Once you’ve recorded your note, it will be placed under a generic name such as “My Voice”. All you need to do is tap the pencil button to edit the names and organize. Finally, you can tap the options button in the bottom right corner in order to select the “Upload To OneDrive” option. Which, as you could imagine, uploads it to OneDrive.

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    The Bottom Line

    The Voice Notes app succeeds greatly in its simplicity. Which, like I said, makes it compare favorably to a classic tape recorder. Recording, renaming, and uploading your voice notes is made very easy by the app. Additionally, the layout is nice and clean, letting you focus on your audio notes.

  • Bear Writer iOS Review

    Bear Writer iOS Review

    Writing apps are in no short supply on the various mobile app stores. It seems like a simple search will bring up approximately 60,000 different writing apps. Now why is this? Is it because there are so many aspiring writer who wish to ditch their pens and paper for an iPhone? Is it because they’re very easy aps to develop? Is it an artistic cry for help, a mobile way of telling us we should be communicating our artistic vision through the written word? I dunno, maybe. But let’s take a look at Bear Writer for iOS devices anyway.

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    What Is Bear Writer?

    Bear Writer is, as you can most definitely tell from my intro, an app for writing. Although I guess you could tell from the name of the app as well. But why is it Bear Writer? I mean, for Evernote, the logo is an elephant, which makes sense because elephants can remember so many things. So does that mean bears can...write extensive documents? I don’t know, I’m not a zoologist.

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    How Do You Use It?

    Like most writing apps, Bear Writer is very simple to use. After opening up a new document, you can begin typing away on that mystery novel where you’re supposed to believe the butler was a jewel thief when, in fact, it wasn’t the butler at all. It was the maid. (What a twist!) From there, you can easily download/share the document in everything from docx to pdf form by simply hitting the share button. You know, that button that’s the box with the arrow pointing out of it.

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    The Bottom Line

    To be totally honest, Bear Writer doesn’t bring a ton of new stuff to the table. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad app at all. In fact, its simplicity makes it arguably one of the better apps for writing. I suppose I’ve just seen so many writing apps that it’s tough to differentiate them at times. However, I must say, being able to save them as a variety of different document types is a nice touch.

  • Alarmmon Android Review

    Alarmmon Android Review

    I’ve seen my fair share of alarm clock apps in my day. From apps that require you to solve math problems to shut off the alarms to apps that just have you hitting the snooze button, there’s no shortage of applications that will get you woken up in the morning. However, there’s been one consistency I’ve seen throughout my time looking at these apps: they have no personality. All of them seem so cold and robotic, when they should be a fun way to wake you up in the morning. Well, apps such as Alarmmon definitely look to change that. Considering the app logo is an adorable looking cat, I’m going to say we’re in for some cuteness.

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    What Is Alarmmon?

    Alarmmon is an app that combines waking up in the morning with playing games with cute and adorable creatures. Is that enough of a wonderful combination for you? You see, unlike many other apps, Alarmmon requires you to complete specific “missions” in order to shut them off. So the days of simply hitting snooze and sleeping past your early morning work meetings should be a thing of the past.

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    How Is The App?

    In a world of boring alarm clocks, Alarmmon definitely stands out. And not just because of all the cuddly creatures you’ll see. The missions you complete to shut off the alarm are pretty fun and creative. I mean, how many other alarms have you saving a falling chicken from the sky? Didn’t think so.

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    The Bottom Line

    If you want to start your day in a more interesting way, I’d say Alarmmon is the way to go. Rather than a boring alarm, you’ll be woken up to adorable animated creatures and a fun minigame. And, if that doesn’t cheer you up during the terribly unfun and daunting task of waking up in the morning, I don’t know what will.

     

     

     

     

     

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