Neil – Personal Curator AI Easily Finds the News You Care About

Neil – Personal Curator AI
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Artificial Intelligence, often referred to as simply “AI”, is coming up more and more as a way to improve or add capabilities to familiar processes.

Neil – Personal Curator AI is a noteworthy new arrival in the newsreader category that provides the best stories for you based on your interests.

Offered for free through the iTunes Store, buddying up with Neil in your iOS apps is one easy way to easily access numerous articles on topics you care about.

Features:

Just as advertised, Neil – Personal Curator AI, from BPU Holding, is an app that aims to take the work out of finding news articles that interest you.

Setting up your account is incredibly simple; the AI bot guides you through literally every step of the process, providing helpful advice on how to voice your preferences in order to get the most curated experience possible.

Users can choose to link their previously existing social media accounts to further curate their article feed if desired as well. Articles can be discovered through opening up the app or through daily notifications from Neil; favorites can be bookmarked for later referencing or can even be shared with friends.

The real difference between this app and other curated news apps is the use AI-powered natural language as a way for you to express your interests to the app. This does make it somewhat easier to let the app know what topics you care about, although it’s hard to say if the result is any different than that from other news aggregators.

This app definitely does a good job of doing what it’s designed to do and claims to avoid fake news and clickbait articles. We can’t verify that but it sounds great so if you haven’t yet settled on a favorite news aggregator you would be well served to try Neil.

Appearance and Layout:

Neil – Personal Curator AI iPhone App

If “clean and simple” is a description for how you like your apps to appear, then you will find Neil’s layout to be exactly what you’re looking for.

However, while this minimalistic approach does make it fairly simple to navigate through the app, it would also be fair to mention that the graphics in this app are definitely kept to the bare minimum; anyone wanting a more visually stimulating source to bring them their news will probably not be very impressed with the presentation of Neil’s offerings.

Small icons at the bottom of your screen are your main way of getting around this app, and the AI presents a helpful introduction on how to get the most out of your app experience when you first start to use it.

Overall, the appearance and layout of Neil – Personal Curator AI are fine, keep the navigation and controls secondary to the content, and get the job done.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Neil – Personal Curator AI is a free app so trying it out is definitely pretty easy.

However, even though this “personal curator” is free, it would still be a stretch to rank its value very highly, when considering how other apps already offer the same or similar services.

We encourage you to try it and give it some time to learn your preferences. You may find that compared to other news apps on your iPhone, Neil does a better job of delivering the stories you actually want to read.

Neil – Personal Curator AI iPhone app requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Stand by You Is a Deep and Dark Interactive Graphic Novel for iOS

Stand by you
Price: $4.99
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

No matter where you look, it always seems like the concept of the apocalypse is ever present. From televisions shows to books and other media, the idea of the end of the world is everywhere.

Stand by You is an imaginative interactive graphic novel  that is sure to entertain and engross you in its post-apocalyptic world where two characters rely on each other to survive the end of days.

If you enjoy gorgeous visuals and a truly interesting story, this is definitely a game for you.

Concept and Functionality:

In Stand by You, by Water Phoenix, you take on the role of Kyo-Ya, a boy who awakens to a destroyed world where (almost) everyone and everything has perished. He meets Asagiri, a girl who explains that she’s the only other living creature.

Asagiri is on a mission to atone for humankind’s sin of destroying the world by experiencing death for every creature and plant that has died. Kyo-Ya travels with her on her journey, and the interactive aspects of Stand by You bring you, the reader/player, right into the story.

Personally I’m a huge fan of interactive novels just like Stand by You. The visuals are incredibly detailed and truly beautiful to experience – it’s clear that quite a bit of work has gone into the artistic aspect of the app.

One thing I do want to mention about Stand by You is that it has graphic elements to it and might not be suitable for all audiences. There’s a bit of violence and the story itself is pretty depressing.

Features:

Stand by you iPhone App

Stand by You is an interactive graphic novel at heart, and unfortunately this means there aren’t very many additional features to speak of.

One thing I do want to mention is the developer states that the average player should be able to finish the story in under five hours, which is a bit of a drawback if you really get into the story. On the other hand it’s the perfect companion on that long plane flight or train ride.

Stand by You also features a great transition system that helps the story flow. Scenes transition flawlessly, making the reading experience very clean and enjoyable.

Value:

Stand by You is available to download from the app store for $4.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no additional in-app purchases that I could find.

Overall, Stand by You is ideal for anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic stories and digital novels. The steep price tag is a bit of a drawback especially if you finish the story quickly, but it’s definitely an interesting game that will hold your attention.

Stand by You requires iOS 6 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Christmas Wallpapers ® Offers over 10,000 HD Images to Customize Your iDevice

Christmas Wallpapers ®
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Ever since the beginning of personal computers, wallpapers have been a way for you to express yourself. Thankfully smartphones are no different, and there are plenty of ways to add great lock screen and home screen backgrounds to your iPhone and iPad.

Christmas Wallpapers ® is quite beautifully done and gives you access to over 10,000 gorgeous colorful wallpapers for your iDevice.

You can even add text and stickers to backgrounds to make them exclusively yours!

Concept and Functionality:

Christmas Wallpapers ® is a great resource for tracking down festive wallpapers to get you in the holiday spirit. Created by Fantasy Apps, it does require a couple of permissions when you first download the app, namely allowing notifications and access to your camera. The latter allows you to take your own photos to edit within the app.

Navigating Christmas Wallpapers ® is a breeze once you figure out what each button on the main screen does. I do wish there was a brief tutorial to walk new users through the layout of the app, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Don’t let the name fool you – as I discovered, Christmas Wallpapers ® offers way more than just holiday themed wallpapers. If you tap the button that looks like an eye, you’ll discover that the app actually has cool fantasy wallpapers, as well as nature, animals, and much more.

Features:

Christmas Wallpapers iPhone App

Christmas Wallpapers ® includes quite a few cool features to make the wallpaper experience even better. You can add text and fun stickers to images, giving them a more personalized touch.

10,000 images can be a lot to go through, which is why the option to save images as favorites comes in handy. This is possibly my favorite feature because it means you don’t have to clutter your camera roll with every single image that you fancy.

One drawback to Christmas Wallpapers ® is that it caches images on your device, which means it’ll eat up a TON of space if you let it. To fix this, navigate to the settings menu. From here you can manually clear the app’s cache, set a lower cache size limit (I definitely recommend dropping it from the default 10GB to 1GB), or disable caching altogether.

Value:

Christmas Wallpapers ® is available to download from the App Store for free, which is definitely an awesome value for what the app does.

There’s an optional in-app purchase of $2.99 to disable ads. Naturally they’re a bit annoying to deal with, but by no means unmanageable if you’re only using the app occasionally to find a new wallpaper.

Overall, I highly recommend giving Christmas Wallpapers ® a try even if you’re not searching for Christmas-themed wallpapers. It has plenty of cool features that make it even better.

Christmas Wallpapers ® requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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HowUdish Helps You Stick to Your Diet When Dining Out

HowUdish: Dieting & Nutrition
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Being on a diet can be challenging, especially when you’re not able to cook for yourself. Finding a decent restaurant that serves food meeting your dietary requirements is now a lot easier.

HowUdish is an incredibly useful and easy-to-use app that helps you find dishes from local restaurants, no matter where you are.

Perfect for travelers and anyone who likes to dine out, this app is a must-have for anyone with dietary requirements.

Concept and Functionality:

When you first open HowUdish, a free app by Felix Culpa Publishing, you’re asked a few questions about your diet preferences. You’re asked to set a target weight and select your diet strategy.

Once everything is set up, you’re free to begin browsing dishes from local eateries. One of the things I really like about HowUdish is that it lets you fine tune your cuisine preferences.

A very nice feature is that you can also choose to filter results by distance and whether or not they’re currently open.

I really like the layout of HowUdish. It’s very easy to navigate and find everything you’re looking for. Controls are intuitive and I like that you can swipe between dishes to find what you’re looking for.

Features:

HowUdish iPhone App

HowUdish has quite a few awesome features that make it a must-have app for everyone. Food options are displayed in a really cool way.

Each dish features an image that represents it and nutritional information such as calories, protein, fat, and carbs.

It’s important to note that nutritional information is based on similar recipes and isn’t an exact figure provided by the restaurant.

If you’re the type to share your experiences, HowUdish allows you to rate and review dishes that you’ve tried.

Personally I think this is an important feature of any local app because it gives users the chance to help others.

Value:

HowUdish is available to download from the App Store for free. I couldn’t find any in-app purchases.

Overall, HowUdish is a great app for anyone who wants to dine out locally without having to worry about finding dishes that work with their diet. I highly recommend giving it a try!

HowUdish: Dieting & Nutrition requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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9 of the Absolute Best Free iOS Games of 2017

9 of the Absolute Best Free iOS Games of 2017

Whatever type of game you like to while away the hours of your spare time or fill some dead time when on a queue, 2017 has been an outstanding year for new games. The best ones are challenging to play and beautiful to behold. Here are 9 that we think really hit it out of the part (although none are baseball games ;-).

Batman – The Telltale Series

Batman is a classic cartoon franchise that comes to its fans in many forms; movies, TV shows, games, comic books, and of course, apps. This app is faithful in its characters, action and, most important of all, attitude!

The game itself is actually simple to play and that’s only serves to get you sucked into it that much quicker. But it’s a terrific adventure and Telltale will entertain you every step of the way.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

PKTBALL

Lots of game apps will test your reflexes, concentration and ability to react to every changing challenges. In this regard this game is one of the best around. There are plenty of fun characters for you to win or buy that keeps the game fresh.

You’ll quickly find yourself smashing through this endless arcade game to make sure that you’re on top of your friends on the leaderboard. It’s a fun and challenging time that will have you playing for hours on end, so long as fast-paced exciting games are your cup of tea.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Injustice 2

If you’re a fan of DC Comics then don’t even hesitate to check this one out. It’s a continuation of Injustice and does a great job of advancing the plot line. Warner Bros. has pulled out all the stops to make sure anyone who enjoyed the hours played in the previous game will spend even more time on this one.

The great thing about this game is that you are continually challenges with building, leveling up and expanding your stable of classic DC characters.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Battle Bay

It’s great whenever developers take things up a notch and this game is a great example of not just great design but innovative game play as well. The real-time team vs team game play makes this game stand apart and is something that we think gamers will enthusiastically embrace.

As with any game where you are pitched against opponents you don’t know, the results can vary quite a bit, and when the skill levels or styles of play differ too much it can be a bit frustrating but there any number of ways the developers can improve this and we look forward to follow up versions.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Transformers: Forged to Fight

Who isn’t a fan of Transformers? Nobody! That’s who. This game starts out with a smile on the face of anyone whose downloaded it and from there it only gets better. The support for 18 different languages makes this game a true global phenomenon. Whether you’re building your 1-Star, 2-Star, or 3-Star Bot or focusing on completing your daily mission, this game grabs your full attention and doesn’t let go.

One of the possible downsides of trying to leverage such a successful franchise is, of course, not doing justice to it and leaving its fans somewhat deflated. Not the case here. Kabam has done a terrific job with the game play and the graphics and have even included a AI mode for when you’re feeling a bit lazy.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Tomb of the Mask

If you’ve ever played old-style lo-res retro games, maybe you’re old enough to have enjoyed a game or two of ZZT, then you’ll feel right at home with this wonderfully enjoyable retro style game. Once you put on the mask, your endless runner kicks into high gear.

It’s sure to delight even young gamers who have no idea what the previous sentence is all about. Whether you’re doing your best to get past spike traps or avoid enemies that might blow up (literally) and get so big they’ll block your way, this game is incredibly well designed and will keep you going to get to the next level and theme.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Dawn of Titans

You know if you’re into action/strategy games, there is no maybe, and if, like us, you love them, then Dawn of Titans is not to be missed. It will quickly immerse you in a fantasy world that will totally take your breath away. Extremely well designed with great attention to detail, you’ll control thousands of giant titans, earn divine gems, and achieve great victories.

This game is definitely “console quality” and will amaze you with its stunning 3D graphics nonstop gameplay.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

The Trail

When you need to step away from endless running and blood & guts for a minute, The Trail will entertain you with a fresh story line that harkens back to the old west. But don’t be fooled, this is not “story heavy” and while you will have to walk around some to get started, the effort is richly rewarded. At times it might even remind you of the classic Oregon Trail, but The Trail is well beyond that venerable title in sheer gameplay fun.

Gather resources, create better tools and clothes, make it to a town, build a home and share that experience with other players in the same town. This is not an “edge of your seat” type of game, but if you’re more of a builder than a fighter, you will absolutely love your time spent with The Trail.

In App Purchases: Yes

 

Asphalt Xtreme

What would a list of great games be without at least one racing game. And Asphalt Xtreme fits the fill in spades. It’s so much fun to play you might forget to break for lunch. The Asphalt series has been around awhile and we think the creators of this game have really brought it all together here. The cars are varied (35 to choose from) and fast and the scenery is thrilling. Oh and did we mention there are no roads?

The tag line “No Road, No Rules” is apt and is a hint at the fun you’ll have playing this beautifully done global racing game. The more races you do the more chances you have to win and the more winnings you’ll collect to upgrade your ride or buy a new one.

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Run!!! is a Challenging Endless Runner That Keeps You Coming Back

Run!!!
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Run!!! is an addicting arcade game for iPhone that begs you to keep playing for a better score. Simple controls and unlockable characters make this a great game for everyone.

Concept and Gameplay:

I’m all for complex and in-depth games, but sometimes the most fun is had when you have only one goal in mind – don’t fall in the hole.

Run!!! has one objective – travel as far as you can while avoiding obstacles such as holes in the floor. Controls are very simple – move left or right by sliding your left thumb, and tap to make your character jump. Beyond that, your only objective is to survive as long as you can.

Of course the free to play online version of Run 3 is also still available.

Two game modes, Explore and Infinity, are available for you to play through. If you’re feeling adventurous, Explore mode is definitely the way to go.

You can complete levels and unlock additional characters and achievements while mapping the galaxy.

Infinity mode is perfect for competitive players who want to see how far they can go and earn the highest score.

Features:

Run!!! iPhone Game

As I mentioned above, Run!!! allows players to unlock additional characters with special abilities.

One of the cool things about this is that you can use these additional characters to continue your progress in Infinity mode if you happen to fail.

Run!!! features an in-game store where you can purchase powerups and characters with power cells. Power cells can be earned by playing, watching ads, or purchasing them.

Value:

Run!!! is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Overall, Run!!! is a fantastic arcade game that’s so much fun to play I couldn’t put down once I started playing. It has tons of great features that will keep you coming back for more.

Run!!! requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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