Top 10 Apps for the Perfect Valentine’s Day

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Top 10 iOS Apps for the Perfect Valentine’s Day
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this list of 10 iPhone and iPad apps should help you plan the perfect day with your special someone. From sending greeting cards to making plans and playing games, you definitely won’t have a boring Valentine’s Day.

Apps for Sending Greeting Cards

Ink Cards for iPhone

Ink Cards for iPhone

justWink (American Greetings – Free) – Valentine’s Day is definitely a “Hallmark Holiday”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out and buy a card. Personalized greeting cards mean much more, and justWink lets you quickly and easily create your own meaningful card right on your iPhone.

There’s a nice amount of variety for every occasion, too, and you can easily send cards to your Valentine via postal mail, email, SMS, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ink Cards (Sincerely Inc. – Free) – While justWink focuses on the digital aspect of greeting cards, sometimes you just want to send a physical card to someone. Ink Cards is definitely the go-to app for this purpose.

This awesome service lets you customize and mail cards to anyone for any occasion. You can even create cards ahead of time and set a delivery date so the card arrives on time. Plus, Ink Cards is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

Apps for Making Plans

Gravy (timeRAZOR – Free) – No Valentine’s Day app list would be complete without a few apps that will help you make plans.

This is especially true seeing as the 14th falls on a Saturday. Gravy is a fantastic iPhone app that allows you to see what events are going on locally. Simply tell the app what kind of mood you’re in, and it’ll display a list of suggested events for you to peruse.

You can even purchase tickets and get directions within the app.

Eventbrite (Eventbrite – Free) – Similar to Gravy, this particular app also allows you to search for local events and purchase tickets.

The main difference between this app and Gravy is that it allows you to create and manage events of your own.

Personally I would suggest downloading both apps and searching for events, as it’s possible that one app features an event or two that the other doesn’t.

Apps for Dining Out

Open Table for iPhone

Open Table for iPhone

Open Table (OpenTable, Inc – Free) – No Valentine’s Day app list would be complete without mentioning Open Table. This incredible iOS app allows you to quickly make reservations at over 20,000 different restaurants.

Seeing as going out to dinner is a very popular tradition, this app is a must-have if you want to get a table at your favorite restaurant. Plus you can earn reward points for future use.

Yelp (Yelp – Free) – Like Open Table, Yelp is a must for anyone who dines out. This is especially true if you’re entertaining the idea of trying something new. This community-driven review app will help you find the perfect restaurant and will hopefully eliminate any surprises.

Apps for Dining In

Yummly (Yummly – Free) – If you’d rather dine in, you’ll want to be prepared when making dinner for your special someone. Yummly is an awesome combination of recipes and an integrated shopping list.

Perhaps your sweetheart absolutely loves a particular ingredient, but you don’t know what to cook. Yummly lets you search for recipes containing certain ingredients, which is the perfect solution to fixing up a nice gastronomic surprise.

KitchenPad™ Timer (Touch Village Inc – $1.99) – All of us know how easy it is to lose track of time when cooking a meal, and Valentine’s Day is the worst time to burn your meal. KitchenPad is the perfect solution because it lets you keep track of timers for each stove burner, as well as the oven.

You can set up to 9 timers and even save them for future reference.

Games for Having Fun Together

RockIt Karaoke for iPhone

RockIt Karaoke for iPhone

RockIt Karaoke (Jose Zamora – Free) – Valentine’s Day is all about spending time together, and no app list would be complete without a few fun games to play together.

RockIt Karaoke brings tens of thousands of songs to your iPhone or iPad, all streamed from YouTube.

You’ll definitely have fun singing along to your favorite tunes.The app even allows you to record your session via video or microphone.

If you purchase the “All Access” upgrade for $2.99, you can even stream karaoke videos to Chromecast and Apple TV. Plus you can export recordings to your device.

Charades! Free (FatChicken Studios – Free) – Who doesn’t love a good game of charades?

This incredibly fun game is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of activities.

There’s a ton of variety, so you won’t have to worry about running out of ideas.

There are over 100 categories to choose from, and the developers are actively adding new cards every week.

 

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10 Best New iOS Apps and Games from January 2015

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10 Best New iOS Apps and Games from January 2015
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

The first month of 2015 was an exciting one for the world of technology. This includes a slew of brand-new iPhone and iPad apps and games making their debut on the App Store.

This list of the 10 best new iOS apps and games from January rounds up the cream of the crop.

Games

Skyward for iOS

Skyward for iOS

Skyward (Ketchapp – Free) – Skyward made its debut on the App Store with quite a bang, and it’s quickly becoming an incredibly popular iOS game.

The goal is to navigate dynamic labyrinths very carefully using a combination of strategy and good timing.

The game itself is gorgeous to look at, and it’s very peaceful to play.

Gunbrick (Nitrome – $2.99) – Recently named as one of the App Store’s Editor’s Choice games, Gunbrick is an incredibly unique and fun game for iOS.

This puzzle platformer requires you to navigate your brick through several levels and bosses.

Roll over your enemies using simple swipe and tap controls, and collect plenty of achievements.

Socioball (Yellow Monkey Studios – $2.99) – Socioball is another brainteasing puzzle game for iOS, and this one is a bit different from others in its category.

To play, you’ll have to use your creativity to solve over 60 puzzles by navigating your ball through levels from start to finish.

This is accomplished by strategically placing missing tiles in the correct place around the board. Players can even create their own puzzles using the game’s built-in level editor.

Minesweeper - Widget Edition for iOS

Minesweeper – Widget Edition for iOS

Wizard Golf RPG (Floor 27 Industries – Free) – If you’re a fan of old-school RPG games, then Wizard Golf RPG for iOS is exactly what you’re looking for.

This unique mini-golf game requires you to traverse through 12 courses, each featuring 9 holes to complete.

However, Wizard Golf RPG is much more than just getting the ball to the hole.

You can use weapons to destroy enemies, collect loot, and upgrade your character’s spells to make him even better at golf.

Minesweeper – Widget Edition (AA Mather – $0.99) – Ah, the classic game of Minesweeper. If you grew up in the early era of computers, you’ll certainly remember this torturous game.

This adaptation of Minesweeper brings the puzzle game directly to your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center, meaning you can play it anywhere and at any time.

Plus, your progress is automatically saved and loaded each time you want to play, so you don’t have to worry about finishing a game immediately.

Apps

Microsoft Outlook for iOS

Microsoft Outlook for iOS

Microsoft Outlook (Microsoft Corporation – Free) – While the generic mail client for iPhone and iPad is usually sufficient enough for basic email management, sometimes you just need a bit more “oomph”.

Alas, Microsoft has delivered by bringing its stellar desktop mail client to iOS.

With Outlook, you’ll be able to easily combine email accounts from popular free services like Gmail and Outlook, as well as Microsoft Exchange accounts.

Microsoft Outlook also lets you access your calendar and manage attachments with ease.

Evernote Scannable (Evernote – Free) – Evernote is my digital organizer of choice, but sometimes it’s tricky to capture physical documents and data for inclusion in a note.

That’s where Evernote Scannable comes into play.

This brand-new app for iOS allows you to easily scan receipts, business cards, contracts, etc. into Evernote.

The app even intelligently rotates and crops documents so everything is clear and easy to read.

Purrge (AppJester – $0.99) – There are many things that iOS devices can do well, and one of them is taking photos.

However, how many times have you received the dreaded “Low Storage” message, just to find that your iDevice is loaded with old photos?

Purrge gives users a quick and easy way to manage your camera roll using swipe gestures and batch deletion features.

Purrge for iOS

Purrge for iOS

Chrome Remote Desktop (Google – Free) – If Google Chrome is your browser of choice, then the new Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS is exactly what you need.

This brand-new app allows you to easily and securely access your desktop computers from the comfort of your iDevice.

No, this doesn’t let you control only Chrome on your desktop, but your whole computer.

Say goodbye to pricey desktop software, and say hello to a whole new way to use Chrome.

AllCast (AllCast LLC – Free) – Though popular social networking services are a great way to share photos with family and friends, sometimes you want to do the same thing with people under the same roof.

That’s where AllCast comes in handy.

This free iOS app lets you quickly and easily stream media such as photos, music, and videos directly to your TV via devices such as Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Roku, and more.

 

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BVS Solitaire Collection Is the Ultimate Solitaire Game for iOS

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Price: $5.99
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BVS Solitaire Collection – play Spider, Freecell, Pyramid, Klondike and other patience variations
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Most people I know, including me, love playing card games to pass the time. Like many others of my generation, I learned to enjoy the old Windows version of classic solitaire. Thankfully technology has advanced and there are plenty of options available, especially on the App Store.

BVS Solitaire Collection is a must-have game for anyone who enjoys playing solitaire.

Developed by BVS Development Corporation, this immense collection of over 200 variations of solitaire will surprise even the savviest of solitaire enthusiasts.

Concept and Functionality:

Yes, you read that correctly. BVS Solitaire Collection includes a grand total of 224 different solitaire games.

According to the game’s App Store page, “All your old time favourites are included such as Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, Klondike, Tri-Peaks, Scorpion, Seahaven Towers, Accordion, Russian Solitaire, Monte Carlo, Forty Thieves, Flower Garden, Golf, Cruel, Yukon etc.”

This sounds incredible, and it truly is. Personally I never realized there were so many variations of solitaire, and BVS Solitaire Collection does a fantastic job of making each and every game accessible. Games are sorted by type, number of decks, difficulty, and odds, and it’ll likely take new players a bit of time to get acquainted with even a fraction of the extensive list of games.

BVS Solitaire Collection iPhone Game

BVS Solitaire Collection iPhone Game

BVS Solitaire Collection plays like most solitaire games, though, in that it’s easy to tap and drag cards to their respective spots. If you decide to be adventurous, go for it. BVS Solitaire Collection includes very detailed descriptions for each game.

Given how much is available in BVS Solitaire Collection, I’m definitely impressed with how easy it is to find your way around the game. You can even access a detailed menu while playing by tapping on a blank space on the board, and you can quickly change games, play a new game, and check out statistics.

Features:

If 224 variations of solitaire isn’t enough to impress, BVS Solitaire Collection also includes a few extra features that make it an incredibly comprehensive game. This includes very detailed statistics, which gives users a great overview of performance on various games.

Also, one of the things that makes BVS Solitaire Collection very unique is the fact that you can fine-tune each and every solitaire game by modifying rules. Yes, that’s right; you can even create your own variation of solitaire.

This includes changing foundations, number of redeals, and tableaus. You can give your custom game a name and enjoy it anytime, just like other BVS Solitaire Collection games.

Value:

BVS Solitaire Collection is available to download from the App Store for $5.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. It’s also available on Mac and PC.

While this might seem like a steep price for an iOS card game, BVS Solitaire Collection offers an unbelievable number of features and games for players.

Personally I think the ability to create your own solitaire variation is what really makes the game incredible.

Overall, if you’re an avid player of solitaire, BVS Solitaire Collection is a must-have game. It might take awhile to get used to navigating such a feature-rich game, but you’ll be trying different games and creating your own games in no time. I highly recommend it!

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Press Release: YOOStir Releases Slammer Slots, An Innovative Twist on Traditional Slots

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Slammer Slots
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January 27, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA YOOStir has released Slammer Slots, an innovative twist on traditional slots games that puts pictures of your actual family and friends on the slot machine. You have to guess which of your friends has committed a bizarre crime and then decide to lock ‘em up or let ‘em loose.

slammerslots1Say goodbye to boring slot machines where you are endlessly trying to match Lucky 7’s, cherries, bananas, or what have you, and say hello to an exciting new twist on the game. You’ll be spinning pictures of familiar faces – with each spin bringing a tangible relationship between you and the faces of your friends on the screen.

Slammer Slots provides players with a fresh and exciting perspective on slot machine games. Featuring spinning wheels with faces of your family and friends, fan participation, character voice-overs and fun animations, such as mug shots and jail door closings, you’ll find this game impossible to put down.

Getting started with Slammer Slots couldn’t be easier. You just log in using your Facebook account, connect with at least four of your Facebook friends, then the fun starts! The only similarity this game has with traditional slots is the ways that you win. You can match 3 suspects across the center row or diagonal lines. Beyond that, you can win a bonus if the center or a diagonal line matches your “culprit” selection.

Once you’ve found the culprit who committed the heinous crime, such as “Most likely to fart then realize there’s something more?”, you can then share the guilty verdict with your family and friends via Facebook, email, Twitter, or text. Don’t just settle for the crimes that come with the game! Players can send and submit new crimes.

As you play the game you’ll not only be using the faces of your family and friends on the slots wheel but you can also spin while you listen to your favorite tunes from your iTunes library. This game creates a unique experience for every player, adding a more personal touch to each spin.

Slammer Slots is available to download for iPhones from the Apple App Store.

 

About the Developer:

YOOStir is a mobile development company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA that was founded by Tony Smith in 2014. Slammer Slots is the company’s first entry in the Apple App Store and will be followed by other imaginative and innovative games.

 

Media Contact:

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Founder & CEO
YOOStir
Los Angeles, CA USA
Phone: (423) 504-0805
Email: yoostir@gmail.com

 

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Guess the Number and Win Real Money with Number Hunch

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Price: Free
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Number Hunch
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re like me, you love taking a shot at winning something, especially when the cost of entry is free. Number Hunch , from the company by the same name, is a cool way to try your luck with winning a small prize of $100 or more.

Number Hunch is simple to play and is a great way to pass time and maybe win a cash price.

Concept and Functionality:

The first thing you have to do is set up an account with Number Hunch, which is pretty standard. You can do so by email or by connecting Facebook to the app. Once that’s set up, you’re taken to the main screen of the app, which shows four numbers.

The object of Number Hunch is to guess the four digit number of the day. You can do so by either turning the numbers to guess specifically, or you can tap the “Hurry Hunch” button to quickly generate four random numbers.

Once your numbers are chosen, tap the “Submit” button. You’ll have to watch a short video ad after the submission, but once it’s over, you’re free to submit another number. Though the ads might be annoying, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s how Number Hunch earns revenue for prizes.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Number Hunch iPhone App

Number Hunch is a bit slim on extra features, but the point of the app is simplicity. One thing I do want to mention is that you can optionally use credits for hints such as a “not this number” hint and even a hint that reveals one of the numbers.

In order to buy these useful hints, you’ll need to spend credits. Hints range from 25 credits up to 500, and you’ll have to play the game, share via social networks, or complete tasks such as watching short video ads, in order to earn more.

Other than that, Number Hunch is very straightforward. Perhaps the best part about the app is that you can submit up to 50 “Hunches” in a 24 hour period. It really depends on how many ads you want to sit through. The cash prize go up as more “Hunches” are submitted by all players.

In fact, this app is just like a lottery except that instead of buying tickets you pay by watching 15-30 second ads. If you do win you’ll receive a PayPal iTunes gift card or Amazon gift card check in the mail.

Value:

Number Hunch is free to download from the App Store, and you won’t have to spend anything for extras. Truthfully, the only cost is your time, and it’s totally up to you as to how much you want to spend of it.

Whether you’re feeling lucky and you want to give the game a shot or you’re determined to guess the number of the day, Number Hunch is a fun and free way to try your luck.

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Press Release: Teaching Baby LLC Updates Its iOS App, Baby’s Brilliant, With Awesome New Videos

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Baby’s Brilliant
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 January 22, 2015 – Sherman Oaks, CA Teaching Baby, LLC has updated Baby’s Brilliant for iPhone and iPad with awesome new videos for parents to enjoy with their young children. This innovative app enables babies and toddlers to learn while being entertained by delightful videos that show everyday life set to classical music from the most beloved composers.

babysbrilliant1Baby’s Brilliant provides beautiful short videos, each about five minutes long, which are specially designed to engage your baby to discover and explore the new and exciting world around him or her. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, French and German, parents will smile as these colorful videos use images from everyday life, as well as inspiring settings from around the globe, to teach young ones numbers, letters, animals and other educational concepts.

The audio soundtracks have been carefully designed and drawn from a variety of genres, including classical, Spanish, spiritual, favorite children’s songs, and soothing lullabies, to perfectly complement the educational content of the videos. Guided by research that shows music increases a child’s overall development, memory, coordination and social skills, these videos offer a multi-modal experience aimed at soothing and enhancing healthy brain development.

“When my children were small, all the existing products had become too complicated, mostly computer generated, over-stimulating them, rather than engaging and educating them,” says Ulli Coulter, founder of Teaching Baby LLC. “It was time for a change”, she added, noting that babies don’t need much more than colors and inanimate objects to look at during those first formative years.

While there are innumerable videos on YouTube, Ulli realized that there was a lack of video material that has been designed specifically for babies and toddlers. In addition, even if you can find a good video on YouTube, as the experts at Kspersky Labs noted, “Children can be exposed to inappropriate content on YouTube,” and that kids can be as few as three clicks away from inappropriate content.

Baby’s Brilliant solves the problem for parents and care givers by providing enriching videos set to some of the world’s greatest music and all within an app that insures no inappropriate content will be viewed. Parents will also appreciate that the app includes read-along books.

Baby’s Brilliant is a universal app available to download from the App Store for free and can be expanded with a variety of $0.99 IAPs.

 

About the Developer:

Teaching Baby LLC was founded by Ulli Coulter, a busy mother of three, who was finding it more and more difficult to find enriching and educational materials for her children. She, along with her husband Benedict Coulter, an award winning editor/producer of coming attractions, wanted a tool to turn down the “noise” and turn up mind development; with that in mind, Baby’s Brilliant was born.

 

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