App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro is Perfect for Your Fire Device

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Price: $1.99
Rating:
App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

There’s a lot of talk these days about cutting the cord, the cable tv cord that is, and with cable tv prices where they are, who can blame anyone to doing it.

To do it and still have access to rich streaming content you’ll need a broadband connection and some sort of device to connect to that content. Services such as Netflix and Pandora, to name just two, are easily brought to your non-smart tv via add-on boxes from any number of vendors.

Features

If you’re using one of Amazon’s Fire devices, either Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, then you need to download this app pronto!

App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro makes using Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick quick and easy and gets you from app to app with just a touch of your finger.

This app, developed by RSTK Studios, provides a simple one-touch interface to your Fire apps as well as duplicating the functions of your Fire remote.

App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro iPhone App

App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro iPhone App

Start up your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, start the app, and put down the Fire remote, you’re good to go.

Set Up and Functionality

The ability of this app to control your Fire TV or Stick requires that you have a “side loaded” app on your Fire device as well as this app on your iPhone or iPad. So, there is some legwork required here, it’s not just a simple app install. That being said, it is not a difficult chore, just a few more steps than what you’re used to.

The process is well defined and this reviewer had no problems completing the install of the app on a Fire Stick and connecting it to the app running on an iPhone. You’ll need to provide a name for your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and then enter it’s IP address into the app. Again, not a big deal and the detailed instructions provided tell you exactly how to do it.

Value:

The use of the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick provides consumers with two excellent choices for adding streaming apps to any TV or monitor. They are both low cost additions and provide a wide range of apps to choose from.

The value of these devices is significantly enhanced by adding this app to the mix. It makes bouncing around from app to app super easy and while the free version gets the job done, the Pro version adds in a virtual remote that mimics the one that came with your Fire device.

We highly recommend this app for anyone who is using, or considering using, either of Amazon’s Fire devices, the Fire TV or the Fire TV Stick.

firetv-qrApp Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Press Release: Hurry Ball is a Simple Game for iPhone That You Can’t Put Down

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Hurry Ball
iPhone Game Press Release by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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May 19, 2015 – Marseille, France Jonathan Teboul has released Hurry Ball, a challenging new game that combines just the right amount of simplicity, difficulty, and quick gameplay. Just tap the screen to move up through the levels and avoid obstacles (both fixed and mobile). What could be simpler?

hurry ball iphone game review ss1Hurry Ball shines due to its simple gameplay that is quick, responsive, and challenging. You’ll see the obstacles up ahead, but can you avoid them? Keep at it and improve to reach the top of the leaderboard in Game Center. Compete with your friends online or challenge them to a high score battle. With a feel that’s similar to Doodle Jump, Hurry Ball manages to turn simplicity into excitement.

Once you start playing you’ll find that it’s impossible to put Hurry Ball down. Your friends will be coming after your high score but you will not only beat them, you will also be the best in the world! Hone your skills by playing a quick game when you have just a few minutes to kill or really going at it and rising to the next level.

TheiPhoneAppReview.com was quite impressed with Hurry Ball giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars and commented “this vertical version of Flappy Bird is frustratingly difficult to play, but far too addicting to put down.” The reviewer went on to say “I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of Flappy Bird and/or Doodle Jump.”

Hurry Ball is a rewarding gaming experience that gets right to the point. No fancy graphics, superfluous animations or lengthly tutorials that only serve as distractions and bore you to tears. Just a fast game that grabs your attention and gets you focused on one thing, get past the next obstacle.

Hurry Ball is available for free to download from the Apple App Store for iPhones running iOS version 8.0 or better. You can see the game in action by watching a brief video review.

 

About the Developer:
Jonathan Teboul is 33 years old and has been developing apps for the iPhone since 2009. Among the 13 apps that he has developed and are available in the App Store, his most notable app is ContactsXL 2015.

 

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Jonathan Teboul
@contactsxl
appsjt@gmail.com

 

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VIPetBook Is a Must-Have App for Pet Owners, Vets, Groomers, and More

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
VIPetBook
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you have pets, you know just how much they mean to you. However, sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of aspects of your pet’s life such as vaccination dates, weight, and contacts.

VIPetBook is perfect for pet owners, vets, groomers, and shelters helping them keep track of vital records for an unlimited number of pets.

Concept and Functionality:

While pet apps certainly aren’t new, VIPetBook, a brand-new app for iPhone and iPad by Ioannis Kousis, takes pet record keeping to a whole new level.

This is an app that goes well above and beyond simply tracking important dates.

One of the things I like the most about VIPetBook is that it’s incredibly easy to navigate even if the pet database is large. This is fantastic news for vets, groomers, and animal shelters, as it means they can keep track of animals and access records easily.

Also, VIPetBook lets users add as much or as little information about each pet as they would like.

What this means is anyone can use the app for anything, whether it’s just to keep track of appointments and procedures, weight, important contacts, or anything of the sort.

VIPetBook

VIPetBook iPhone App

Personally I’ve never encountered an app like VIPetBook. It’s clear that the developer has made the app flexible enough for everyone, from pet owners to vets and everyone in between.

Features:

As you can probably imagine, VIPetBook is loaded with features.

From appointment tracking and reminders to data entry capabilities for things like procedures and vet costs, pretty much everything is covered in the app.

When it comes to building a profile for an animal, you can be as detailed or as brief as you like, including linking each pet to a set of photos and contacts.

While VIPetBook has everything covered, one feature I’d love to see implemented into the app is a way to transfer pet profiles from device to device, either via account or export/import.

This would allow vets and groomers to easily add new animals to their database and even seamlessly update the animal’s profile and records on your device, as well.

Value:

VIPetBook is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Overall, VIPetBook is a must-have pet app for anyone who has animals, especially if they’re not already keeping track of important records.

Vets, groomers, and shelter workers can take advantage of VIPetBook’s features, as well, making it an incredibly flexible app that’s right for everyone.

vipetbook.jpgVIPetBook requires iOS 8.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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Casino Over Under Is Simple and Addictive

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Price: Free
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Casino Over Under
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Reviewed by Jim Desposito

Casino Over Under is a simple card game that draws you in and doesn’t let go.

Before you know it you’ll have played dozens of hands and wonder where the time went.

Developed by Casino Over Under, LLC, this simple and fun game is great for either short bursts of play or extended sessions.

Features:

While a tutorial is provided, it hardly needs one. You’ll learn how to bet and that “over” means that the value of your 3 cards is greater than 23, while “under” means that the value of your 3 cards must be less than 18. Once you know those two numbers you’re good to go.

Casino Over Under iPhone Game

Casino Over Under iPhone Game

Unfortunately when playing on an iPad the last screen of the tutorial does not display all the text so you don’t see what number you have to be less than for an “under” bet. Aside from that it would be a nice option to let players quickly bring up the over and under numbers at any time.

You start out with 1,000 chips ($1,000) and the play is very straightforward. You decide how much to bet, whether or not you want to wager a “bonus” bet, and then choose “over” or “under”. That’s it! Simple? Yes. But also very hard to put down.

If you want to play at higher stakes tables you can wait until you’ve won the minimum needed for the table, wait for the timer to run down to make 500 chips available, or buy the chips you need. You can add different amounts of chips starting at 5,000 chips for $0.99 all the way up to 500,000 chips for $6.99.

Layout and Graphics:

For what this game is, the design works very well. It’s not flashy and the card animations are minimal (when a card is shown you see it turn over), but for a betting game it’s fine. We would like to see some options for the card design but not a big deal.

The choice of fonts and color combination is perfectly reasonable making all numbers and text quite readable, when you can see them, and the ads along the bottom of the screen do not interfere with gameplay.

At a glance you see all the pertinent information; the table your at, the amount you have to bet, the payout for a bonus bet, and the buttons that you use to control the play of the game.

Value:

If you like playing casino type card games this is definitely one you should check out. It’s free to download and lots of fun to play.

casinooverunder-qrCasino Over Under requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Hurry Ball Is an Addicting New Endless Jumping Game for iPhone

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Price: Free
Rating:
Hurry Ball
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Hurry Ball is a simple and challenging fun new game for iPhone.

Developed by Jonathan Teboul, this vertical version of Flappy Bird is frustratingly difficult to play, but far too addicting to put down.

Concept and Gameplay:

If I had to use one word to describe Hurry Ball, it would be simple.

One of the first things I noticed about the game is that there aren’t any fancy graphics or posh animations to impress players.

A minimalist design like this indicates to me is that the developer has put much more time and effort into the the actual gameplay experience. This is the case here and it definitely paid off.

To play Hurry Ball, all you have to do is tap on the left side and right side of the screen in order to make the ball jump vertically.

Your goal is to move the ball through the spaces while avoiding obstacles. Each space counts as one point towards your final score, and the overall goal of the game is to get the highest score possible.

In comparison to similar games, Hurry Ball feels much more like Doodle Jump than Flappy Bird. Though there aren’t creepy aliens to shoot at, players do have obstacles that they need to skillfully avoid.

From personal experience, I found that it’s usually better to play quickly rather than carefully.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Even though Hurry Ball is pretty light on features and doesn’t include a lot of extra stuff, one really nice thing about the game is that it is Game Center enabled.

This allows players to compete with each other online, as well as issue challenges for the highest score.

Other than that, perhaps the only suggestion I can make for Hurry Ball is adding different themes in the future.

Though the background color does change as you reach a higher score, I think it would be pretty cool for players to be able to choose from a variety of backgrounds as a way to make the game their own.

Value:

Hurry Ball is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone.

The game does include ads, and occasionally they do get a bit annoying after you complete a level. This is especially true for full-screen ads that tend to pop up on a consistent basis.

Overall, I definitely think Hurry Ball is a game that offers players quite a bit even though it’s pretty simple and straightforward.

I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of Flappy Bird and/or Doodle Jump.

hurry_ball.jpgHurry Ball requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Gem Fish is Quite Challenging and Addictive

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Price: Free
Rating:
Gem Fish
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Gem Fish is a fun new game that’s quite challenging and offers an interesting twist on pinball.

Created by Vyper Studios, Gem Fish features a “tilt-based” control system that results in a unique game that will appeal to anyone looking for a good challenge.

Features:

As indicated by its name, this game’s core gameplay centers around launching a “gem” ball at fish.

If you hit a fish, you collect shells and earn points. However, unlike normal pinball games, there aren’t any bumpers or flippers to redirect the ball.

Instead of using flippers, you control the ball by tilting your device and while it sounds simple enough, it’s actuality is pretty difficult, the ball reacts pretty slowly and if you tilt the screen too much it will flip upside down.

Gem Fish iPhone Game

Gem Fish iPhone Game

In fact, I personally was unable to get past even the first level for the game, despite having tried to do so for a good deal of time. That being said, there also isn’t any indication as to how many “shells” I needed to beat the first level.

Without this clear indication, it was hard to determine exactly how well I needed to do in order to advance.

While Gem Fish is a unique, fun concept for a game, improvements such as letting players warm up to it and putting in clearer indications of requirements for advancing through levels would be appreciated, and would keep more players engaged.

Appearance and Layout:

The menu and layout of Gem Fish are very basic for an app of its type. No unnecessary “frilly” details are really included at all, a fact that makes this app very easy to navigate.

At the same time, Gem Fish does feature above average graphics (particularly for a free app).

Since all of Gem Fish is meant to take place underwater, the graphics of this app reflect this well, and this steady theme throughout the app keeps things consistent.

Value:

Gem Fish is currently available for free through the iTunes Store. This free version includes in-game ads, however, which can be removed for a small fee.

As a whole, Gem Fish is a very challenging game that will most likely appeal to anyone with a penchant for very difficult games. If you couldn’t put Flappy Bird down you’ll be addicted to Gem Fish in no time.

Its graphics are fun and simple, and while it probably won’t be very thrilling to anyone who wants to be able to master a game quickly, this app could very well be appreciated by anyone looking for a time-consuming challenge.

gemfishqrGem Fish requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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