Selfie Request Is Social Networking in 99 Seconds or Less

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Selfie Request
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

To say that we live in a fast-paced and ever-changing world is quite an understatement. We spend so much time dwelling on the past and worrying about the future that it makes it difficult to focus on the present moment.

Selfie Request is lots of fun to use and makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family through selfies and brief text messages.

Concept and Functionality:

Getting started with Selfie Request, an iPhone app by MediaOne International, LLC, is pretty simple.

You have the option of signing up with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email address. It’s worth noting that you also have to provide a phone number in order to receive a confirmation text so you can create your account.

The idea behind Selfie Request is to send and receive requests on the fly. The app is designed to require a maximum of 99 seconds for you to respond to a request with a photo and a brief text message that describes what you’re doing.

The goal is to keep your friends updated without worrying about composing the perfect photo, and Selfie Request gets the job done making it easy to connect with friends and family.

While I really like the idea behind Selfie Request, I had a hard time justifying the use of the app over other apps like iMessage and Snapchat. The limited response time is neat but you probably won’t always be able to send a response because you’re busy doing something else.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Selfie Request is off to a good start when it comes to being a social networking photo app, but there are quite a few important features that seem to be missing.

For example, even though you create a username, it seems like the app can only connect with people in your iPhone address book. This makes it incredibly complicated for people like me who don’t want to give apps permission to import contacts data. I think it would be much better if we could connect with each other via username.

If you’re concerned about privacy, the developers of Selfie Request state that once a selfie is viewed by a user and subsequently closed, the image is deleted forever.

Naturally this can be circumvented with screenshots and so on, so you definitely don’t want to send anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see.

Value:

Selfie Request is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone.

Users don’t have to worry about in-app purchases, which is definitely good news, although I would really like to see expanded contact options like adding people by phone number or username.

Overall, Selfie Request is a great app for living in the now and letting your friends know you’re thinking about them.

Selfie Requestselfie_request.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Stretch Your Brain with Scrambled Words Challenge

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Scrambled Words Adventure
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Scrambled Words Adventure brings you word puzzles that lead you through a fun collection of challenging levels.

Offered for free with optional in-app purchases, Scrambled Words Adventure challenges you to think outside of the box to advance through the app.

Features:

Scrambled Words Adventure, by Brainivore LLC, is basically a word search game on steroids.

The app presents you with different levels of challenging hidden word puzzles but unlike traditional word searches, however, you aren’t limited to one level of lines for words.

Instead, you’ll need more creativity with Scrambled Words Adventure to connect letters through multiple lines to find the hidden words in these puzzles.

This app also has randomly placed “joker” pieces that are strewn throughout the app to help you out. These pieces are wild cards and so can be any letter that you’d like them to be.

As you connect letters into words, those letters/words disappear, leaving you with a new gameboard to work with. Scrambled Words Adventure also pits you against different “bosses” throughout the levels that make it harder by doing things like slowing you down or switching up letters on you.

While playing Scrambled Words Adventure I found the concept of the game to be very easy to pick up. However, I felt that the actual gameplay was frustratingly glitchy at times; the app repeatedly kept freezing at the completion of the first level.

Appearance and Layout:

Scrambled Words Adventure iPhone App Review

Scrambled Words Adventure iPhone Game

The appearance and layout is probably the best done area of Scrambled Words Adventure. Understanding how to play the game is easy, particularly since so much of the concept of the game is similar to that of other apps.

Navigating through the app is also easily accomplished, since the developers decided to go with a very basic, intuitive layout.

The in-app lettering is a bit cartoonish, but this trends more towards making the app feel charming instead of childish in this case.

Graphics throughout the app are mostly focused on these letter tiles, but other details are thrown into the different unique aspects of the game help to spice things up at times.

As a whole, the graphics and layout of Scrambled Words Adventure are arguable the strongest features of this app.

Value:

Scrambled Words Adventure is a fun little game, but as mentioned previously, the game seems a little glitchy. We expect the developers to fix this in the next update but because of this, it’s hard to recommend it as a great value at this time. Most players will probably lose interest in the app before ever actually spending any significant amount of time on it.

In-app purchases for special game pieces to help out with levels can be made if desired. In-app ads are present, but they do not hinder gameplay continuity at all.

Overall, the graphics are fun and lend a little bit of charm to the app, and the concept of the game does have potential once the glitches are all worked out.

download (11)Scrambled Words Adventure requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Build Your Memory Skills with MemPal

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MemPal
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

MemPal is a fun free memory challenge game that’s hard to put down.

With in-app customizable options, this app takes a simple memory game concept to a much more fun and personalizable level.

Features:

MemPal, by Dynetix Design Solutions Inc, has features that are easily summed up in its name. Specifically, this app is designed to be a fun memory challenge, similar to a game you might play with a friend.

In this case, however, your “pal” is this little app; fortunately for those who might not have photographic memories, MemPal is a nice friend and starts out with really simple memory challenges.

At first, these challenges are actually so simple that some players might lose their interest in the app.

For those who decide to push through, the farther you get into MemPal the more intense, exciting, and fun the memory challenges become.

The overall concept of the game, however, remains the same so there isn’t any new technique you have to learn to stay successful at higher levels, which is really appreciated.

Some extra complicated memory challenges can be purchased through in-app purchases if desired as well. If you like a good memory challenge, do not overlook these.

Players who want to personalize their MemPal experience can do so by making in-app purchases to add their own photos into the app. The app even includes an option to create your own MemPal-playing playlist while you work through the app’s puzzles.

One of the aspects of this game that we liked a lot is that MemPal is integrated with IOS Game Center and so users may post their results to the MemPal leaderboard and achievement boards (requires Social Media IAP), and send/receive challenges to/from their GC friends.

Appearance and Layout:

MemPal iPhone App Review

MemPal iPhone App

“Simple” would probably be the best way to describe MemPal’s graphics.

While this simplicity is part of what makes the game so fun, it would be appreciated if the graphics/layout of the app were a little more impressive.

I appreciated the easy-to-navigate interface of MemPal, but at the same time I think more work could have been done to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

The memory icons themselves within the app are actually impressively detailed, however; if you aren’t succeeding at MemPal, you certainly don’t have the graphics to blame at all!

Value:

MemPal is a fun app. It’s easy to get the hang of, and the levels all build up gradually enough to challenge you but not overwhelm you.

The concept of MemPal is similar to many other memory-challenge apps, but  the level of personalization via the in-app purchases is definitely greater.

While some consumers probably won’t have any interest in these purchases, those who are won’t be disappointed.

As a whole, MemPal is a well-designed, easy to understand app that can definitely help you workout your “memory muscles.”

download (10)MemPal requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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Get Out and Explore Your City with Strol for iOS

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Strol
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

During the summertime it’s great to go outside for a walk, but you can easily get bored with the same route. What if there were an easy way to discover cool things about your city while going on a walk?

Pokémon Go isn’t the only app that wants you to go outside.

Strol is an awesome app that not only auto-generates a walking route based on a few factors, but it also tells you cool info about landmarks you might otherwise miss.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I love going for walks in the morning and the evening. However, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to go if you’re facing time constraints.

Strol, by Strol LLC, not only tells you about areas of your city, but it tells you the best route to go in a given period of time.

I’ve never come across an app like Strol and I definitely think it’s a breath of fresh air.

Even if you’re not really interested in landmarks and/or you don’t even live in a city, the app is incredibly useful. Not only that, but you’ll actually be encouraged to walk in order to discover new places.

When it comes to usability, Strol has been extremely well designed and so isn’t hard to figure out.

You’ll be able to pick the app up and use it within minutes of taking your first walk. This is great news for iPhone users who don’t want to tinker with an app and would rather open it and begin using it immediately.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Strol iPhone App

Strol is incredibly feature-rich, and the best way to take advantage of all the features that are offered is to use the app when you’re located in a new city.

Even though it’s designed to be used everywhere, you’ll definitely get more out of the app in terms of learning about new landmarks.

Another cool thing about Strol is that it features achievements and the ability to keep a running history of all of your journeys.

The only drawback to this is that it seems you have to connect a social media account with the app in order to take advantage of these features.

According to the developer, you’re supposed to “Use social networks to invite friends to a scenic stroll with you or share a great city walk you had so your friends can enjoy it too.”

I agree with this to a certain point, but I don’t think that users who aren’t involved with social networking should be locked out of features like achievements and history.

Value:

Strol is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no in-app purchases that I could find, and the app is not supported by ads.

Whether you’re exploring a new city or you want to find a new walking route in your neighborhood, Strol is certainly worth a try.

Strolstrol.jpg requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Liven Up Messaging with Rawr

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Rawr Messenger: 3D Avatar Chat
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Rawr Messenger: 3D Avatar Chat brings your text messages to life like never before and makes texting a far more entertaining experience.

Available for free, this messaging app takes texting to a new level.

Features:

To get things going, Rawr Messenger, from Futurefly, lets you create your personal avatar, complete with different outfit options.

Through different hashtags you can make your avatars act on different animations within your conversations. I thought the range of hashtag options was very impressive–ranging from dancing to commenting on the latest UK vote.

Changing the backgrounds of your conversations is also a possibility. Having other friends using the app is really needed to make your communication equally entertaining on both ends, but the app also does let you connect with other Rawr users around the world if you’d prefer to do that (instead of just chatting with your own contacts).

When actually using the app I did not experience any noticeable lag, and this helped to keep the pace of the conversations flowing smoothly.

Appearance and Layout:

Rawr iPhone App Review

Rawr iPhone App

Even if you’ve never used any personal avatar-creator apps before, setting up your character on Rawr Messenger is extremely simple to do.

A step-by-step process guides you, and figuring out how to use the app is pretty much entirely intuitive; first time users should have no problem with getting used to sending messages through Rawr Messenger.

The characters created through the app are fun and the personalization options are actually variable enough that most users can probably create at least somewhat of a likeness of themselves.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Rawr Messenger is a free app. However, some of the features of the app can only be fully enjoyed with in-app purchases; options for these purchases range from $0.99 to $14.99.

While some of these cheaper packages might make sense for users who find that they use the app frequently, the more expensive options seem hard to justify; other similar apps can offer almost the same features but for far cheaper.

As a whole, Rawr Messenger is a fun app that can spice up messaging with your friends. However, it’s hard to see any need for spending more than a few dollars on add-ons.

download (9)Rawr Messenger requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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The Little Mermaid – a Magical Augmented Reality Book Is Simply Awesome

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The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If there’s one technological movement that I’m all for, it’s virtual and augmented reality.

It’s pretty cool to be able to point your iPhone at something and make a scene come to life.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredibly fun augmented reality book that’s off to a great start.

This innovative eBook, by Books & Magic for iPhone and iPad, provides an amazing augmented reality experience and kids will no doubt enjoy using it.

Concept and Functionality:

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is the first interactive storybook by Books & Magic, and I’m definitely willing to say that it’s a home run.

In order to use the book you need to either have a secondary Apple device (another iPhone or an iPad) handy.

You also have the option to purchase a physical book, and I’ll talk about that in greater detail later in this review.

Once you’ve acquired the book via secondary device or you picked up a physical copy, you can open The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book and point your primary device towards an open page in the book.

This will make illustrations come to life and kids can interact with all sorts of mini games while learning about the classic story of The Little Mermaid.

When it comes to ease-of-use, parents don’t own a secondary Apple device are at a bit of a disadvantage because you’re pretty much limited to purchasing a physical copy of the book.

I couldn’t find an option from the developer to purchase a digital copy of The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book in PDF format (or another digital format).

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

The Little Mermaid iPhone App

As you could probably imagine, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book definitely includes tons of great features that make it an amazing app for youngsters.

Not only does it allow 3-D exploration, but there are plenty of fun mini games that follow along with the classic storyline.

Parents will also be happy to know that The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book doesn’t include advertising or distractions, so kids are much less likely to divert away from the game while using your device.

Value:

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. You want to purchase the full book digitally, you can do so via in-app purchase for $9.99.

If you want a physical copy of the book you’ll be spending much more; it’s just over $37 USD free shipping.

Overall, The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Book is an incredible book that makes it very easy for kids get excited about the world of augmented reality.

It’s a little bit tricky to set up and it has its disadvantages if you’re not a multi-device household, but once you get it going it’s something that your child will definitely enjoy.

The Little Mermaid – A Magical Augmented Reality Booklittle_mermaid.jpg requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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