Your Next Asian Vacation Spot is on HomeAway

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HomeAway Asia
Price: Free
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HomeAway Asia iPhone App

HomeAway Asia iPhone App

Vacation rentals can look very attractive when compared to ever increasing hotel rates. In fact, vacation rentals offer more amenities and space to the visitors. However, looking for the perfect vacation rental in Asia is not be an easy thing to do.

Features

That’s where the right app can make all the difference in the world.

HomeAway Asia makes it as easy as possible to look for the best vacation rentals across Asia according to your specific needs and requirements.

In fact, HomeAway Asia looks a lot like an upgraded version of TravelMob, with a wide array of additional impressive features.

HomeAway Asia, from HomeAway.com, Inc., can be used to look for any different vacation rental as per your preferences. In other words, you will be able to look for unique places to stay. They include everything from basic rooms, houseboats, luxury villas, spacious apartments to even private islands.

They have a good collection of vacation rentals across the world in their database and there is something for everyone. This social marketplace can easily be used to look for that perfect destination to spend your next vacation.

User Interface & Design

HomeAway Asia iPhone App

HomeAway Asia iPhone App

Both travelers and suppliers can use HomeAway Asia. The travelers can search for vacation rentals according to their destination and budget. Travelers will also be able to include their specific travel needs in order to narrow down the results.

In fact, the features that are available in HomeAway Asia will give travelers the opportunity to save a lot of time as well as money. They have also included a separate section in HomeAway Asia for special offers.

If you are looking forward to save few additional bucks, you can have a look at these offers and discounts. This section also includes information about last minute deals that are provided by suppliers.

The reservation process of the available vacation rentals is pretty straightforward and you can do it right through the app.

You can either call them from your phone or make the payment via your credit card. Once you make the payment and confirm the booking, you will be provided complete access to your itinerary along with contact details and address.

Then you can start communicating with the supplier and make other arrangements. The best thing about HomeAway Asia is that it includes reviews about available suppliers. These reviews have been posted by the individuals who used HomeAway Asia before.

Therefore, you don’t need to worry about the accuracy of details that can be found in these reviews.

Suppliers can also use the HomeAway Asia app in order to come across potential customers. They can upload information about their vacation rentals and make them visible for the tourists who are planning to travel.

Suppliers will also get the chance to keep track of their reservations right through the app. They can announce their offers to the customers through HomeAway Asia as well.

Overall Value

Overall, HomeAway Asia is one of the best platforms available out there to bring together tourists and suppliers of vacation rentals.

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

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IdeaSwipe for iPhone Lets You Collaborate to Solve Challenges

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IdeaSwipe
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

There definitely isn’t a shortage of productivity apps on the App Store, but finding the right one for you can be difficult.

IdeaSwipe is a very cool and easy way to track your ideas without any hassle. This is one iPhone app to definitely check out.

Developed by Effective Mind AB, IdeaSwipe makes it easy to capture ideas and track challenges. You can even team up with friends to tackle challenges.

Concept and Functionality:

I’m a productivity app junkie. If there’s a chance it’ll make my day easier, I’m all over it. IdeaSwipe is a breath of fresh air; most apps are incredibly detailed and require you to really sit and focus on your idea. This app is different because you can provide as much or as little info as you want.

IdeaSwipe goes beyond capturing quick ideas in text. You can easily change the background color of your idea for a personal touch, and you can even add photos to your idea. Challenges are awesome because you can invite friends or colleagues to collaborate and tackle tough tasks together.

When it comes to usability, I think IdeaSwipe is a great balance of features and functionality. You definitely won’t get lost using the app, and I really like the quick add button at the bottom of the screen.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

IdeaSwipe iPhone App

IdeaSwipe contains a surprising number of great features for a free app. For example, you can take connections a step further by hosting or joining live brainstorm sessions.

These 30 minute sessions are a fantastic way to quickly focus and collaborate around a single idea. You can save session logs for easy access, as well.

Another cool feature is the idea trigger. If you shake your iPhone (carefully, of course), a card with a picture and keywords will appear on the screen. You can use this idea trigger to help you give your thoughts a bit of direction.

Value:

IdeaSwipe can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. You can purchase additional idea triggers for $2.99, and I’m sure the developers will add additional packs in the future.

Overall, IdeaSwipe is a great productivity app for iPhone. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a free way to collaborate with friends and colleagues.

ideaswipe.jpgIdeaSwipe requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Find Your New Home with Ask Avenue

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Ask Avenue – Free Real Estate Advice
Price: Free
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Ask Avenue makes connecting with realtors to find your dream property easier than ever before. A free app, Ask Avenue is a unique way to connect with local real estate agents.

Features:

Ask Avenue, by Avenue Interactive Inc., is a pretty cool real estate app. Instead of you just having to browse through all of the local listings on your own, this app connects you (virtually) with a certified real estate agent in your own area that can help find you the homes/apartments/living spaces that interest you the most.

Past conversations with agents can be reviewed or deleted if they’re no longer of use to you, and searches for homes or agents is not limited to the GPS region of your iOS device.

Specifically, Ask Avenue allows you to change  your city of location prior to making inquiries, making it possible to house-hunt prior to ever actually arriving in a location.

While actually using Ask Avenue was a really easy experience, it is important to note that use of the app is tied to your Facebook account.

For interested users who don’t wish to connect their two accounts or for anyone who does not have a Facebook account, using Ask Avenue isn’t really an option; this factor can definitely detract from the overall appeal of this app.

Appearance and Layout:

Ask Avenue iPhone App Review

Ask Avenue iPhone App

Ask Avenue has a fresh, clean feeling about its user interface. The design is very user-friendly, and its layout makes it easy to get around the app even when you’re just starting to use it.

This user-friendly design is one of the stronger features of the app and makes working with it a pleasure. Resetting your searches to be area-specific instead of GPS-based is also easily done.

This app has very few things cluttering the screen at any one time, and I felt like this minimalistic approach was great for keeping my focus on the photos provided by the agents.

As a whole, the layout of Ask Avenue is easy to understand, and personalizing the app to best fit your own real estate needs is very easy to accomplish.

Value:

This is a free app. It’s easy to use, and I felt that questions were answered in a timely manner. However, with the prevalence of easy-browse real estate apps already on the market today, it’s hard to recommend Ask Avenue over those already more popular apps.

Additionally, we’d like to suggest the ability to register with an email address since the connection to a Facebook login will definitely deter some potential users.

download (6)Ask Avenue requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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FaceTrackCam Is a Great Idea with Lots of Potential

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Price: $1.99
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FaceTrackCam – The Face Grabber!
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Not only do smartphones replace our computers on most occasions, but they also make fantastic cameras. Gone are the days when you had no choice but to carry around a dedicated point-and-shoot. Naturally this means there are a ton of apps to help you capture your favorite moments.

FaceTrackCam  is an innovative app designed to make sure faces are always the focal point of your photos and videos and features a special zoom effect that is quite amazing.

Concept and Functionality:

As I mentioned above, FaceTrackCam, an app by Tatsuya Sato, takes an existing idea, Apple’s automatic face detection feature, and makes it better.

There are plenty of occasions when you would want to be able to automatically zoom in on someone’s face, whether it be a child’s birthday party, sporting events, or family photos.

Trying to zoom in while taking videos can make your device shake all over the place, leading to less than desirable results. FaceTrackCam offers a plethora of customizable features for you to adjust based on your subject and conditions.

You can easily use the on-screen slider to adjust the level at which the camera zooms in on a face, as well as the speed at which your subject is moving. You can also disable face tracking altogether if you want to capture photos and videos normally.

Unfortunately there is one drawback to FaceTrackCam that I found, which is frequent crashes when you slide the speed option all the way to the left (for a still subject). It seems that the camera works so hard on zooming smoothly that it over works itself and crashes.

Features:

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FaceTrackCam iPhone App

FaceTrackCam does offer quite a few customization features as far as adjusting for conditions, but it also has basics such as flash toggling.

You definitely won’t find any extra features like filters or editing capabilities, which is definitely disappointing. I think that FaceTrackCam would benefit from these features because it would mean that users don’t have to use additional apps to apply filters and effects.

Value:
FaceTrackCam is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.

When it comes to value, I think the price is a little high for an app that is prone to crashes. Plus, FaceTrackCam lacks any additional features that you come to expect from a paid photo app such as filters and editing tools.

Overall, FaceTrackCam has tremendous potential but it needs some polishing before it’s a viable app. Once it’s stable, it’ll be a great addition to your photo app collection.

facetrackcam.jpgFaceTrackCam – The Face Grabber! requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Connectable is a Challenging and Fun Puzzle Game

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Connectable – Free Flow Arcade Puzzle Game
Price: Free
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Connectable iPhone Game

Connectable iPhone Game

Simple arcade games have a universal appeal and are great for extended gaming sessions or a quick game when you just want to kill some time.

Connectable is an entertaining “connect the dots” type of puzzle game that challenges you to find a way to connect the colored dots without crossing lines.

It’s a free arcade puzzle game that is enjoyable, simple and fun.

Connectable, from Kevin Cramp, is neither revolutionary nor unique but nonetheless it still manages to deliver a strong dose of challenging fun.

With the simple gameplay, beautiful selection of colors and tons of different levels, the creators of Connectable sure made it challenging and content-rich.

Concept & Gameplay:

Connectable iPhone Game

Connectable iPhone Game

As mentioned, the concept is based on connecting dots of the same color. This may make the game sound boring, but it’s the total opposite; it is both exciting and entertaining.

In order to pass through the levels, you need to pair up all the matching dots on the board. You will do that by dragging single continuous lines between them, which can be hard because the lines can’t branch off or cross over each other.

The gameplay is smooth and the controls are simple. All you need are your strategy skills and you are ready to be challenged by Connectable.

Features:

This game features two themes: day and night. The difference between these modes is the background (light or dark). The app also gives you additional customization features to change the setting for color perception assistance (i.e there are visual labels).

In order to keep you challenged, Connectable features 5 different modes of difficulty. We’ve played all of them and there is a slight difference in only the last few.

There are more than 375 levels and as you progress through them some do get harder, although they are vastly similar in many respects.

In order to keep you hyped and motivated to always do your best, the developers made Connectable to be integrated with the Game Center. In this way, you can compete for a better place on the leader-board and for achievements. 

Overall Value:

Connectable is a decent effort to create an addicting and challenging puzzle game. If you are already fan of such games, this one is sure to be a favorite.

If you haven’t played “connect the dots” type of game this can represent a new challenge and addiction. Although the game is not something unique or revolutionary, it is still a feature-rich game that can be a great challenge or simply a way to pass some time.

You can compete for your place on the leader-board and unlock achievements, and that can be a great additional challenge. Connectable game is free and available on the App Store and it is certainly a worthy download.

connectable-qrConnectable requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Discover Local Markets with Mercactivate

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Mercactivate
Price: Free
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Reviewed by MC

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Mercactivate opens up the world of street vendors to tourists and local citizens as well.

Designed to make the goods of nearby markets more readily researchable, this app brings local businesses into the spotlight.

Features:

Mercactivate, an app by Armando Perez Acosta, is an app seeking to bridge the marketing gap between local markets and smartphone-using, potential customers.

Specifically, users of Mercactivate can use the app to help them locate nearby street vendors and other small local markets. Information regarding the goods sold at these markets can be found through the app, and selecting specific items that they would like to purchase is even an option at some stores.

Items can be booked through the app, and customers are then informed when they are available for pick-up for actual purchasing. The app can use your iOS GPS system to locate nearby vendors, or a manually directed search for vendors in another area can also be done.

However, it should be mentioned that Mercactivate currently is only featuring very regionally-specific markets right now. To be more exact, this app is currently only featuring Spanish as the in-app language, so English-speaking (or other) users probably won’t be able to appreciate the app’s features fully.

Appearance and Layout:

Mercactivate iPhone App Review

Mercactivate iPhone App

This is a simply designed app. Clear navigational labels make it easy to find your way around. The in-app color scheme is impressively clean cut as well.

Mercactivate’s designers did a good job of creating an app that is colorful, but not overwhelmingly bright.

Features are logically organized, making it easy to find your favorite markets or to discover new ones in an area as well.

Overall, while Mercactivate doesn’t have graphics that are anything to write home about, the app still does have a cleanly designed layout with a pleasant color scheme that makes it very aesthetically pleasing.

Value:

As mentioned previously, Mercactivate is only currently available in Spanish. Because of this, anyone who is not fluent in Spanish really won’t be able to utilize this app’s features. Additionally, this language limitation really limits the areas where it can be used as well.

Still, for those who are of the target demographic for Mercactivate, this free app is a well created concept. It’s logically designed and easy to use, and if local markets truly do connect through it, Mercactivate could potentially grow their customer base.

download (5)Mercactivate requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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