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  • Subway Surfers Windows Review

    Subway Surfers Windows Review

    Every time you look through an app store, it seems like a lot of the same old familiar faces pop up. You see all the classics such as Spotify, Angry Birds, and Snapchat. However, there’s one app that I’ve almost always seen in those lists that I’ve never bothered to try. Now, is that because of extreme levels of laziness on my part? Yeah, kind of. But we don’t need to get into that right now. Let’s take a look at Subway Surfers for Windows devices.


    What Is Subway Surfers?

    Subway Surfers is one of your basic endless running games, along the line of Temple Run and Sonic Dash. The game is almost always around the top of the most downloaded lists on the various app stores. But what does the game have to offer that all the rest do not? Well, take a seat and put on your lucky opinion listening hat, here is what I think…


    How Is The App?

    If I can be totally honest, I don’t really understand the appeal of Subway Surfers. I spent a decent amount of time with the game, trying to see what exactly all the fuss was about, and didn’t quite get it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad game at all, as the endless running is pretty fun and the graphics are quite nice. However, I’m not seeing why it continues to grace the top downloaded charts.


    The Bottom Line

    Subway Surfers is by no means a bad game. However, I’m just a bit surprised it's as popular as it is. Considering games like Temple Run have the same gameplay with much more personality, I’m a bit surprised Subway Surfers has become the household name of endless runners. Perhaps if I didn’t know about the hype, I’d like Subway Surfers a bit more. But, as it is right now, it’s just OK. Also I never got to surf. So maybe that’s why I’m so let down.

  • Out Of Milk Android Review

    Out Of Milk Android Review

    It’s happened to all of us. You go out on a special trip to the grocery store for one simple item, come back with bags of stuff, and realize you didn’t even get the one thing you went to the store for. It can be a cruel world sometimes. Well, some app developers must have felt this exact pain and decided it was time to make a stand. No longer shall we go to the store for a pack of gum and come home gum-free again. Let’s take a look at Out Of Milk for Android devices.


    What Is Out Of Milk?

    At first glance, Out Of Milk seems to be your usual run-of-the-mill grocery list app. However, it’s actually got some useful additions to it. For starters, the app allows you to not only add in items you are in need of, such as bread or cereal, but scan barcodes of products you really enjoy to add them right in. Additionally, you can organize the items already in your pantry and determine how much you have left. After all, there’s nothing worse than the grim realization you’re low on peanut butter.


    How Is The App?

    Out Of Milk is one of those apps that really surprised me. It’s not that I didn’t think the app would be any good or anything, I just thought I’d be getting one of your regular listing apps. However, I believe this app really innovates the classic grocery list in a number of ways. The barcode scan is simple and intuitive, and the pantry idea is pretty novel. Even though I’m not nearly organized enough to keep all of that together.


    The Bottom Line

    Out Of Milk definitely exceeded my expectations, offering a grocery experience unlike my usual process of “writing something on a sticky note and bringing it to the store”. Even if my absolute lack of organization probably means I won’t be able to fully take advantage of the app.

  • How To Find Your Lost iOS Device

    How To Find Your Lost iOS Device

    Have you ever been playing video games for a solid four hours, realized that you haven’t checked your phone the entire time, and immediately fear that as soon as you pick it up you’ll be bombarded with angry text messages about why you haven’t come into work yet? Because it happens to all of us. Well, there’s actually a fairly simple way to find your missing device once it’s been misplaced. Let’ find out how in a little segment I like to call “How To Find Your Lost iOS Device”.


    The Problem

    As I said, nobody likes losing their phone. However, the tried and true method would usually be to have a friend call it or try dialing your number from a landline. But there’s another problem with that. And not just that people don’t use landlines anymore. You see, if you left your phone on silent mode before its mysterious disappearance, your phone calls will be all but useless. “ISN’T THERE ANOTHER WAY?”, you scream to nobody in particular. Well, you’d be very happy to know that there is.


    The Solution

    Tracking down your device can be done in a few simple steps. You start off by logging into your iCloud account on your computer. From there, you must choose the “Find My Phone” option and select your device. After that, you simply need to click the “Play Sound” button and your phone will alert you that it was in your jacket pocket the whole time. Not that that’s ever happened to me of course.


    The Bottom Line

    While it can definitely be a bit of a pain to lose your phone, especially with the sound off, it’s good to know that the retrieval process is actually quite simple. It definitely beats the old days of tearing your house apart just to find your flip phone.

  • Coloring Book Windows Review

    Coloring Book Windows Review

    I’ve written before about the recent trend of coloring books for adults getting more and more popular. So I won’t give you the whole preamble on the reimagined app versions of the activity of coloring in app form gaining more and more popularity. Hmm I guess I pretty much just gave you the preamble anyways, huh? Oh well. Let’s take a look at Coloring Book for Windows devices.


    What Is Coloring Book?

    The Coloring Book app for Windows is, to the surprise of everybody, a coloring book app. Well, it’s a coloring book with a few additions. Along with the old fashioned coloring book side, you can also do some Microsoft Paint-style sketches. There’s a decent amount of different coloring book options, but there may be a bit of a problem. Allow me to explain..


    How Is The App?

    Coloring Book, while a decent idea considering the ongoing trend of coloring apps made for adults, has some definite issues. First of all, the coloring book part itself was a bit difficult to use. Every time I tapped any of the options, the app would immediately crash. So I couldn’t even do the main activity that’s included in the title. The only other part of the application, the Sketch option, is fine enough, but can often be frustrating and unresponsive. Needless to say, this isn’t going to be one of my more glowing reviews


    The Bottom Line

    While apps such as Coloring Book can definitely be fun to play around with, there’s some issues that need to be fixed. While the Sketch portion is functional, they definitely need to put some work into the actual coloring part of the app if this is going to grow in popularity. You might be better off just grabbing a regular old fashioned coloring book instead.

  • Cold Turkey Android Review

    Cold Turkey Android Review

    We’ve all had that friend that just can’t seem to stay off of their phone for more than a couple minutes at a time. While you’re trying to have a conversation, they’re Instagramming, Twittering, and AOL chatrooming (do people still do that?) away. And we’ve also all had those times where we’re trying to get some work done but can’t help from checking for texts or playing a few levels in Candy Crush. Heck, I’ve had some of my reviews take all day because of that. I probably should have kept that a secret, huh? Well, maybe there’s a certain app that can help with all of that. Let’s take a look at Cold Turkey for Android devices.


    What Is Cold Turkey?

    Cold Turkey is an app with the main focus of keeping you off of your phone. Well, not so much off of your phone, just not using any of the fun and addictive things a smartphone can do. Which is everything. You begin by setting the amount of time you’d like to be phone-free, and a timer starts. And then, until that timer hits zero, your mobile device is useless. You’ll just have to wait to see how many likes you got on that Facebook photo.


    How Is The App?

    I must say, I am very impressed with the Cold Turkey app. Not only is it a spectacular idea, it’s executed very well. The simplicity of the application is perfect for keeping focused, and I almost enjoyed the frustration of being able to open different apps...only to be redirected right back to the Cold Turkey screen. Bold move, designers.


    The Bottom Line

    Whether you have trouble focusing because of your mobile device or just want more time with the outside world, Cold Turkey is an amazing application for any mobile device user. It’s designed well, executed well, and...oh! My time’s up! I can use my phone again!

  • Vevo Android Review

    Vevo Android Review

    I’ve always been quite a fan of music videos. There’s something that’s always so interesting about seeing a visual addition to your music listening experience. While this used to be a feature only seen on television, music videos have grown to be more of an online experience, with on-demand music videos readily available. And, the past few years, Vevo has made their name as a major distributor of these music videos. Let’s take a look at the dedicated Vevo app for Android devices.


    What Is Vevo?

    My earliest memories of Vevo were in the earlier days of YouTube, when I would watch tons of music videos. However, suddenly various musician music video channels had the name “Vevo” added onto them. And started adding ads before the video. Well, as you can imagine, this was a bit tough for some people to deal with, and they made this very apparent in the comments section. But don’t worry, it’s the only time that a comments section has ever been angry. Well, frankly I didn’t mind it, and Vevo has lived on, releasing their very own dedicated music video app.


    How Is The App?

    Vevo is actually a pretty well-designed app. The entire look of the application is very approachable, and is actually one of the better designs I’ve seen for a video-streaming app. You can simply search around for any artist or song you’d like to see or check out the suggested songs. But there’s the only problem with the app: you can pretty much already do all of that with the YouTube app. Plus watch millions and millions of cat videos.


    The Bottom Line

    Vevo is not a bad app by any means. I really enjoy the basic design of the application and it does offer a more focused music video experience. However, there’s simply not much that makes it different from the main YouTube app. And, like I said, there’s no cat videos. Trust me, I looked.

  • More Weird Windows Paid Apps

    More Weird Windows Paid Apps

    I’ve already done a spotlight on some strange Windows Store apps that, strangely enough, actually cost money. However, is it possible there’s even more weird apps available on the Windows Store that you have to pay for? Considering the large number of weird Windows apps I’ve already spotlighted, I’d say definitely. Let’s take a look at the sequel to my original list: “Weird Windows Store Paid Apps 2: This Time It’s Slightly Weirder”. Or just “More Weird Windows Paid Apps”. Yeah, I like that better.



    Much like the Flashlight+ app I spotlighted in the last list, Social+ is a paid version of something you can find for free on any phone. Only in this case that free thing is Facebook. Social+ claims to be an advanced Windows Phone client for Facebook. But wait...isn’t Facebook already available on Windows Phones? And for free? And the app has 1263 ratings, meaning at least 1263 people have actually paid for it? Is this some kind of strange Twilight Zone episode?!?


    Talking Monkey

    Now, to be fair, this one I could mildly see actually playing around with. If it were free that is. You see, Talking Monkey appears to be just what it says: a talking monkey. And, were it not for the price tag, I may or may not be pretty interested. After all, it is, you know, a talking monkey. So every person’s dream. However, it’s still probably not worth cracking open the old wallet.


    Create A Old

    I have a number of questions with this app. First of all, what is going on with the title? Is it trying to say “create an old person”? Is “create a old” some kind of hip new catchphrase I’m too old to understand? Whatever it is, the title is the first thing that seems off. But what does this app actually do? From what I can tell, it makes you look older. Can’t I just let that happen gradually instead of paying an app to do it?


  • Sorting Hat Android Review

    Sorting Hat Android Review

    I’ve made it pretty clear in the past that I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies. But can you blame me? They’re so much fun to read and watch! Plus they have that cool spell that works like a mini flashlight. Even if you do pretty much just do with your phone. Or a flashlight. Whatever, it’s still cool. Well, one of the most iconic parts of the Harry Potter franchise is the Sorting Hat, which examines your personality and decides which of the school’s houses you belong in. And now that talking hat has been made into an app! (Wow, I never thought I’d type that.) Let’s take a look at Sorting Quiz for Android devices.


    What is Sorting Quiz?

    Much like in the books and movies, the Sorting Quiz decides which of the four Hogwarts houses you belong in by taking a look at your personality. This is done by answering ten questions about what you seek in life, your best quality, and more. So for me, pretty much just food and sleep.


    How Is The App?

    I must say, I had a very good time playing around with the Sorting Quiz app. The application had some pretty interesting (and oftentimes tough) questions and actually works very well. How do I know this? It placed me in Hufflepuff, the house I’ve been placed in every single time I take a Sorting Hat quiz of this kind. Man, somebody reading this that doesn’t know about Harry Potter must be pretty lost, huh?


    The Bottom Line

    The Sorting Quiz app is very fun. In fact, even if you’re not a fan of the franchise, it still works as a quick personality test. But, I must admit, as a person that bought Harry Potter-looking glasses right after the first movie came out, I must say the app is much more fun if you’ve been a longtime fan like myself. Whether you have the glasses or not.

  • iOS 10 Features We Didn't Really Need

    iOS 10 Features We Didn't Really Need

    iOS 10 has been out for a while now, and there’s a good chance that you downloaded it, whether on purpose or by accident. (It may or may not have been by accident for me.) And, while there’s been plenty of great additions in the update, we didn’t exactly need every single one. And no, I’m not talking about the sticker emojis. Those are actually pretty cute. Especially that one that has the little dancing waffle. Let’s take a look at some of the iOS features we didn’t really need.


    Having Siri Take A Selfie

    Now, I understand that selfies are pretty big these days. And I also understand that this little thing called Siri has taken off quite a bit. Well, one of the newest features of iOS 10 allows you to combine the two by having Siri snap the photo for you. While this might be kind of an interesting feature, it really only saves you around one second.


    Collaborating On Notes

    Note collaboration through the iCloud was another feature that came with the newest iOS update. And, for the most part, that’s not really a bad idea. However, there are already plenty of apps that allow you to do this, such as Google Keep. However, if you’re a loyal Apple supporter, I can understand why you’d prefer to keep it all in this app.


    Drawing On Pictures

    This is another feature that, while fun, isn’t really the most useful of additions. Apps such as Snapchat have allowed you to doodle on images for years now, so I suppose it makes sense that Apple would add it to their image applications. Overall, all of these additions have their place and I could see people using them. But, in the wide scope of what our phones can do, they’re just not the most revolutionary of additions. That doesn’t sound pessimistic, does it?


  • Marble Maze Windows Review

    Marble Maze Windows Review

    Sometimes it can be refreshing to try an entirely new game. Something that doesn’t have the word Candy Crush or Angry Birds in it. However, it can also be a bit of a risk. You see, when you try out something with an established name, you’ve got some expectations in terms of quality. Well, that’s not exactly the case with all new apps. Am I talking about the app I’m reviewing today? You’ll just have to keep reading to find out, won’t you? Let’s take a look at Marble Maze for Windows Phones.


    What Is Marble Maze? First off, I’d like to say that the title of this game is just a bit misleading. By which I mean the title has absolutely nothing to do with the game. You see, there really are no marbles to be found in the entire game. And as for the maze, well, it’s less of a maze and more of an... endless loop? I’ll get into that later.


    How Is The Game? Marble Maze is definitely not one of the best games I’ve tried on the Windows Store. And, considering some of the strange apps I’ve reviewed in the past, that’s really saying something. The game is seemingly all about traversing the levels and finding the exit. Well, I found the exit after a while but never actually figured out how to open it. Do I need a key? Was it a fake exit? I’m not sure.. I gave up before I found out.


    The Bottom Line While I’ve tried out a number of games I didn’t enjoy on the Windows Store, very few of those were downright frustrating to play. Well, Marble Maze might fall into that category. The controls are difficult to get used to, there’s not much going on visually, and I couldn’t even really figure out how to beat the first level. Which seems pretty essential when you’re playing a video game.

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