Full Control is an Amazing Remote Control for Your Mac

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Full Control
Price: Free
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Full Control iPhone App

Full Control iPhone App

Full Control is a very slick app that let’s you control your Mac from a distance over WiFi.

Developed by Francesco Burelli, this app turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full-fledged remote control for your Mac.

Features:

To get started you have to download the app onto your iDevice and also download the “helper” app onto your Mac. This is the program that talks to the app and would likely always be available for your use by it being perched up in the upper right program bar of your Mac.

After that you just make sure your iPhone is connected to the same WiFi as your Mac, start the app, select the Mac that it has detected as the one you want to control, and voila, you are remotely controlling your Mac.

The set up is pretty simple and other than a delay in completing the connection, we had no trouble getting it all up and running.

Once you have it running you’ll see your Mac application icons on your iPhone along with some control icons that Full Control provides to make controlling all the various functions of your Mac from your iPhone a snap.

Full Control iPhone App

Full Control iPhone App

We found the virtual trackpad area is very cool and lets you move a circle around your Mac screen and actually control anything just as you would with your mouse.

The remote keyboard is also quite useful. Just set the text edit cursor where you want text to go and start typing.

If you’re using your Mac to play music or videos, especially if you’re using something like Chromecast, and you don’t want to have to be right at your Mac to make changes to the music or video controls, this app is ideal.

Controls and Functionality:

Overall we found the app to be very intuitive and with a bit of poking around you’ll quickly have it all figured out.

You can easily perform all kinds of functions on your Mac, such as launch applications, open/close windows and browser tabs, enter text, put your Mac to sleep, restart it, and many more.

One thing we learned about the keyboard is if you select the Mac Command key, it stays selected so after you enter a command you may think you’re inputting text but you’re actually entering more commands.

There’s no doubt that this app is a great idea, but part of being a great idea is that you can’t help but want more from it. In our use we found the connection between the iPhone app and the Mac Helper app on the Mac to be spotty (with solid WiFi) and we had to reset the app a number of times to get it working again.

It’s a “wow” experience and definitely delivers the goods, when it works, but you expect a remote control to just work whenever you pick it up. While the reset is not a big deal it is an inconvenience.

One suggestion we have is that it would be great if a subset of the controls, maybe just the media controls, were available via an Apple Watch app.

Overall Value:

Full Control is clearly a well designed app that can be incredibly useful for anyone wanting to control their Mac from a distance. If your Mac is a media player, this is an especially useful app to have on your iPhone.

We would like to see some of the kinks worked out so that the connection issues that we saw go away, and we’re confident the developer will improve this as time goes on.

The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a remote control app for your Mac, Full Control gets a solid recommendation from us. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

fullcontrol-qrFull Control requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Scattergories is Fast-Paced and Fun

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Scattergories
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Scattergories is the official app of the popular board game and more fun than ever.

Play it at your next party or the next time some friends stop by. You can even challenge your Facebook friends or some random opponents.

Features:

Anyone already familiar with the popular group board game “Scattergories” will be excited about this app being freely available on their iOS devices from Magmic Inc.

Currently, players can connect their Scattergories app account to their Facebook account to find other friends who are also using the app, or they can choose to play random opponents as well.

Playing Scattergories without connecting to your Facebook account is also a possibility. Like the boardgame, the idea for this game is to be able to think up creative answers in specific categories with all answers starting with a pre-designated letter.

Games are run in only 90 second intervals, so they go by very quickly. Slight misspellings are assumed to be typos and allowed to generate points for your overall score, and you’re also allowed to dispute any answers that you feel were unfairly rejected.

However, there does not appear to currently be a method to dispute the answers that you feel were incorrectly accepted (such as your opponent’s answers), which could be frustrating. I also felt like I kept getting the same starting letters with this Scattergories app–an issue that can become pretty frustrating if you want to play this app for any length of time.

Appearance and Layout:

Scattergories iPhone Game

Scattergories iPhone Game

Overall, I was very pleased with both the appearance and the layout of this app. In-app colors are all bright and cheery, playing well with the mood of the app.

Fonts are easy to read, and typing buttons are made large enough that making typos shouldn’t be much of a problem. Instructions for how to play are provided to first time users. Navigating to and from the home screen is easy to do.

Value:

As stated previously, this is a free app. In-app coin purchases can be made that might increase your chance of winning, but these definitely aren’t required.

With a quick, creative mind, you probably won’t be too interested in making any purchases at all.

It’s a great party game and an easy selection for family game night because it’s so much fun to play.

Still, there are issues with this app that keep it from being the “perfect” game. There are little quirks (like the sometimes questionable answer choices) showing that some improvements can definitely still be made for future versions of Scattergories.

scattScattergories requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Comixon Lets You Easily Create Entertaining Stories

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Comixon
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Comixon is an innovative app that makes it easy to turn your iOS photo adventures into fun comicstrips.

Offered for free through the iTunes Store, this app amps up digital storytelling for the creative user.

Features:

Comixon, an app by Orange Rockets, is designed to help you make your own “comic-style” story strips.

Specifically, this app does not change your photographs into cartoon versions of the images, but instead it makes it easy to edit photos into story strips, complete with your own self-inserted verbal and/or thought bubbles.

These “comics” can then be saved and shared either through the Comixon social media network, or through an outside network if desired. Editing photos within the app is very easy to do, with the option to add filter effects similar to those of other popular iOS photo editing apps.

In addition to just creating and sharing your stories, you can also view the socially shared stories created by other users of the app as well.

Overall, I was incredibly pleased with the ease in creating a Comixon account and in using the editing tools within the app. While the current user-base of this app isn’t really big enough yet to spend a lot of time looking at the comics created by other users, I wouldn’t be surprised if the user base of this app takes off soon.

Appearance and Layout:

Comixon iPhone App

Comixon iPhone App

Clear, crisp captions and icons guide you to where you need to go within Comixon.

It’s a snap to navigate through this app, leaving you with really no room to complain. It’s especially easy to navigate if you’re already used to the layout of popular photo editing apps. In-app graphics are kept to a simple minimum, allowing your photographs to really be the focus of the in-app illustrations you’re seeing most of the time.

The options for adding in different thought/speech bubbles into photographs are straight forward and easy to do as well.

Value:

As mentioned above, Comixon is a completely free app. This is really something given how much fun it is to create fun photo-based comicstrips. Comixon is a terrific value for anyone who wants to give it a shot.

While sharing memories with Comixon comics probably won’t appeal to everyone, it definitely seems like an app that would delight friends and family members who might not get to see you everyday.

With Comixon, sharing fun stories and photo memories is easily more entertaining for the receiving audience than just getting a plain text-based message.

comixonComixon requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Take a Chance on a Fun New Game: Zero Chance

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Zero Chance – Space Arcade
Price: Free
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Zero Chance iPhone Game

Zero Chance iPhone Game

Zero Chance is a fun new iOS space arcade game that you should definitely check out.

Although it doesn’t break any new ground in gaming, it is still a fun and entertaining arcade game that we think you’ll enjoy playing.

Features:

It is one of the fastest and most dynamic arcade games you will ever experience. There are spaceships, beautiful graphics, interesting and tasteful art. But, the game can become somehow too monotone and lose some of its challenge over time.

That’s not to say it’s a boring game, on the contrary, it’s quite entertaining, especially to those who enjoy retro arcade space games.

Zero Chance has the classic space retro game mechanics and gameplay. It’s nice and interesting, and on the plus side because the game is not too elaborate, it should work well on older devices with less memory.

For gamers who sometimes just want a regular time killer and want a game that quick to play and good entertainment, this one fits the bill. It’s a perfect game for jumping in and out as time permits.

There are several weapons and unique properties. The enemies vary and you have to be ready always to destroy them with your available weapons. The controls are not hard, you need to move your iPhone to control the space ship while a simple tap will fire to the alien spacecraft.

Visual Effects & Graphics:

Zero Chance iPhone Game

Zero Chance iPhone Game

This game is quite strong on the visual side as it sports great details in the graphics. There is a lot of creativity and uniqueness in it. There is something enjoyable about the graphics and the visual effects. The blasts, shooting and the movements look and feel really cool and neat.

It’s clear the developers have worked really hard on some really creative art in terms of enemies and object variability. Sound effects are also good. They create a better ambient feel and are in almost perfect correlation with the graphics. Overall, the audio-visual effects in Zero Chance are more than satisfactory.

Overall Value:

After playing Zero Chance for over a week, we have to admit that we still feel it’s a game we want to play time and again. It’s not a game that will blow your mind but make no mistake about it, this game is certainly addictive and a fair amount of challenge and might be just the ticket for younger players.

The powerups are really well thought out and the fact that there are multiple weapons that can have different effects is a nice touch. We also appreciate the global high score list that always adds an extra bit of motivation to play more.

This is fun game to enjoy on your iPhone that offers professionally done graphic and a cool retro visual appearance. Add in its interesting gameplay and simple controls and we think it’s well worth a download.

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Paleo Ranking Is a Must-Have Food Tracker for iPhone

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Paleo Ranking
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

One of the things that dissuades people from diets is the fact that they have to actively track what they are eating. Most food trackers focus on the big picture and aren’t diet specific, which makes it easy for users to stray from their goal.

Paleo Ranking is a terrific new app that sets itself apart from the rest of the food trackers by focusing solely on the Paleo diet.

Developed by The Food Intolerance Institute of Australia Pty Ltd, this food tracker is built to help you stay on track to your goal of eating healthy and clean.

Concept and Functionality:

Paleo Ranking is the first app of its kind that I’ve ever seen, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when testing it for the first time. I’m somewhat familiar with the diet, so I had an idea as to what the app’s goals were before doing my review.

Thankfully the sign up process is quick and painless; for once I wasn’t bombarded with questions such as physical specifications and caloric goals.

The main screen of Paleo Ranking has a clean functional design that allows you to quickly and easily add food items to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack meals. The app features an incredibly detailed list of foods, all of which are pre-populated with a set rating that determines whether or not that food fits into the diet. The goal of Paleo Ranking is to keep your rating in the target range of 0-4.

I found Paleo Ranking to be very user-friendly, mainly because the app does most of the heavy lifting for you. You have quite a bit of control over food specific details such as serving sizes and cooking method, but you don’t have to worry about brand name foods and weights.

Features:

Paleo Ranking iPhone App

Paleo Ranking iPhone App

Much like other fitness apps and food trackers, Paleo Ranking includes a built-in social network that allows you to connect with friends and track your progress together. Not only is this a great way to stay motivated and on target, but it’s also cool to connect with others and work together towards your goals.

The only major suggestion I have for Paleo Ranking is the ability to automatically suggest foods based on user entries. Changing your eating habits can be a real challenge, especially when trying a clean diet such as this.

Food suggestions would help users discover new foods similar to what they’re already eating so that the diet doesn’t become boring and repetitive.

Value:

Paleo Ranking is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. Unlike most fitness apps, Paleo Ranking is completely free and doesn’t require a paid upgrade to unlock additional features. This is a welcomed change from what we usually see and means that even if you’re considering giving the paleo diet a try, you can do so without losing anything.

I highly recommend giving Paleo Ranking a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose and it will be a huge help for you to track your diet and therefore stay on the right path path towards your goals.

paleo_ranking.jpgPaleo Ranking requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Share Contact Details, Social Profiles, and More with Pushdot

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Pushdot – Networking made simple
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

It wasn’t too long ago when the only contact information we had to worry about was our phone number and our address. As technology has progressed and social media has taken a hold on modern civilization, our contact details have expanded to email addresses, YouTube channels, and much more.

Pushdot is an innovative app that helps users share networking details with a few taps of their finger. Pushdot is built on the concept of simplicity, and it has definitely paid off.

Concept and Functionality:

I’m certainly no stranger to contact sharing apps, as we featured quite a few here on The iPhone App Review. However, Pushdot is the first app I’ve seen that has such an expansive library of social media networks. The app itself also functions as a network, allowing you to easily find fellow Pushdot users and share contact details with them.

Pushdot features a very easy sign-up process that requires either your Facebook account or an email address. Once you are signed up with the service, you can begin importing your social network details. Each service is unique and requires different information, so your setup experience depends on which networks you want to add.

Sharing details with others is as easy as providing their phone number or email address, then individually selecting which details to share with them. It might seem unreasonably easy, but Pushdot is designed to let you share a fairly large amount of information quickly and easily.

Features:

Pushdot iPhone App

Pushdot iPhone App

One of the really neat things about Pushdot is the fact that it gives you quite a bit of control over who sees what. I really like the fact that the app lets you individually select which links to share with others.

Pushdot also builds up a dedicated list of contacts for fellow users so you can see who has shared information with you and what information you have shared with them. You can also easily contact fellow members by tapping on the dot that they have shared and communicating accordingly.

Value:

Pushdot is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. You don’t have to worry about in-app purchases or upgrades for additional features. Everything is free, which makes Pushdot even better.

Whether you want to share a few details with friends, or you have an account with every social networking service, Pushdot is something you definitely have to try if you’re actively building your network.

pushdot.jpgPushdot requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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