I Act in Fact- Where Time Management Meets Fun

I Act In Fact To Do List - BrowseWorks

 

I Act in Fact iPhone app review

Reviewed By: Bill Myers

Price: $1.99
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After performing the iPhone app review for I Act in Fact, by developer BrowseWorks, I realized organizing my life is more than a mandatory chore, rather, it can be an enjoyable game.  This iPhone app wrangles your competitive spirit and pins you against your fiercest competitor: yourself.  Not only is the interface of this iPhone app flawless, but the “Stats” portion of the app sets it apart from any other time management iPhone app.  Let’s talk about how this app can make accomplishing tasks more enjoyable and less mundane.

Design

The layout and usability of this app is beautiful.  Organizing your life can be complicated, but I Act in Fact makes things easy.  Touch to create a new task then swipe to complete it.  The stats meter in the top left corner of the main screen gives you a statistical analysis of how you have been completing your work.

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

 

It’s been raining cats, dogs, and iPhone apps here at the iPhone App Review, and we’ve been racing to keep up with all the awesome applications launching with vigor. We’ve got your Top 5 iPhone App Roundup waiting for you after the break, but before diving into the meat and potatoes of things, have a sneak peek at some of the great reviews we covered this week.

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

We had the pleasure of looking at two educational apps this week, each with its own unique (and decidedly adorable) twist: ABC Baby Animals is a great way to teach your kids the alphabet using cute chicks, cubs, and calves, while iLearn with Poko: Seasons! is a top-notch replacement for traditional children’s literature. If you’re looking for an education in globe-trotting, check out the Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates Destinations app, an all-out guide to some of the coolest cities on the planet.

Some of our favorite games this week were Sudoku Puzzle Packs, which comes crammed to the gills with punchy puzzling action, and Thick Lips (not an Angelina Jolie joke, we promise) which brings the mad fun of Whack-A-Mole to the iPhone.

That’s our sneak peek for the week, but don’t think we’re calling it quits, yet: No, we’re just getting started! Hit us up after the break for a full look at our Top 5 iPhone Apps for May 27.

Top 5 iPhone Apps of the Week

Hound iPhone App
Hound iPhone app

 

Hound – Free

One of the first (and coolest) innovations on the iPhone was Shazam, a free app that could listen to any song playing in the grocery store, take a sample to the internet, and then return with the exact track, artist, and album. Others came later, like Soundhound, who has now flipped the tables with their latest offering, Hound.

This killer iPhone app is essentially a souped-up voice search, but when it’s this beautiful on the iPhone’s Retina Display, we don’t care. Users simply speak an artist, track, or album query, and the app transcodes your words, takes them to the cloud, and then returns with more information than you can shake a stick at.

Hound is a neat premise, and even though it’s still got some growing room, this app is an example of true iOS innovation.

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Hello: Goodbye to Being Facebook-Less on the iPad

Hello. App - Facebook for iPad - Kent Nguyen

Hello iPad App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $2.99
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One of the first things new users of the iPad notice is the curiously Facebook-shaped void in the AppStore. The eight-hundred pound gorilla of social networking has yet to release an official iPad app, and considering the Safari version of the site just doesn’t make use of the device’s real estate, this lack is a real drag. Thankfully, heaps of developers have stepped up to the plate, including Kent Nguyen creator of Hello.

Functionality

Hello is a full-featured Facebook iPad app. The iPad app attempts to fill every void left by the lack of an official offering, and brings users the total Facebook experience—minus one important part, but more on that later.

When I took Hello out for a iPhone app review I made sure to do all of the things I usually do with the site’s desktop client: I hucked out a few inbox messages, checked my notifications, browsed the homepage, looked at posted videos and photos, and stalked some profiles. Hello performed admirably, almost without fail, in every regard. I did have a one-off issue connecting to my messages inbox, but after a quick reboot the problem was solved. Hello does offer everything you could want from a Facebook client, including events, groups, notes, and content sharing. However, there’s no Facebook chat here—at least not yet. For some that might be the deal breaker, but as I despise the service anyway, I wasn’t put off.

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i.Protect the Security Bag: Papa’s Got a Brand New (Locked-Down) Bag

i.Protect - The Security Bag - Jan-Niklas Freundt

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i.Protect – The Security Bag iPhone Video App Review

iProtect - The Security Bag

i.Protect – The Security Bag, by developer Jan-Niklas Freundt, is a brilliant and cheap way to manage passwords, photos, links, and other sensitive data. The app’s excellent presentation, stellar pricing, and hard-core protection make it an absolute cure for the iPhone paranoia in us all.

Functionality

If you’re like me, you have about fifty different important accounts spread all across the world wide web. Managing this multitude of log-in details, passwords, and safe codes can be an absolutely nightmare. They’re easy to write down, but leaving the security of your bank account in the hands of an easily stolen Post-It note is far from optimal. Enter i.Protect the Security Bag.

i.Protect – The Security Bag is an easy and secure way to ensure your private data is kept safe. When first booted, the app requests you create an unlock code, and then a master password. Both of these will work to keep your data from being wrongly accessed. In fact, as you use the app, you’ll find both of these codes are requested with reassuring frequency. The app itself offers the ability to store, save, and organize just about any kind of personal data you have: Photos, passwords, login details, car information, links to websites, or even phone numbers. All of your data is password encrypted and safe from prying eyes, and with the ability to store everything into folders, you’ll never be lost. i.Protect also throws in some unique additions, like an in-app secure browser and a random passcode generator. i.Protect also includes the ability to backup your entire data store to be saved onto your Mac, though you will have to pay an extra $ .99 for this awesome feature.

 

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Your Friends Have Voted – What Will you Choose? Decide With VoteItNow

Reviewed By: Bill Myers

VoteItNow! - What do you think? - MyClickapps.com LLC

 

Price: Free
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Like many, you may be stuck trying to determine what new products to buy.  There are so many to choose from, and there must be an easier way to get reviews to help you sift through the infinite product abyss, but who can you trust? How about your friends!  Just fire up the VoteItNow iPhone app, by MyClickApps.com , and find out what all your friends are saying about the latest products on the market.  Sound too good to be true?  Let’s chat, shall we?

Functionality

VoteItNow relies on using Facebook to connect to your friends.  Once you type in the name of a specific item you’d like to see reviews on, you’ll have access to all the information you will need when deciding how to spend your hard-earned money.  This iPhone app also allows you to rate your own products and compare your product experience to other people as well.  All very easy to use and all valuable information.

Thanks to the latest update, version 1.1, VoteItNow now offers integrated barcode scanning to obtain product information, as well as an enhanced social element, thanks to the new Twitter feature, allowing you to share and garner feedback from your Twitter friends.

 

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iLearn with Poko: Seasons, and Photos, and Weather, Oh My!

i Learn With Poko: Seasons and Weather! - Tribal Nova

iLearn With Poko: Seasons iPhone App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $1.99
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Previously we had the pleasure of looking at Tribal Nova’s iLearn with Poko: Seasons and Weather HD iPad app. We had loads of good things to say about the educational app, and as it would have it, we have the good fortune to be back in Nova’s shaded grove—this time with the iPhone version of the same app. Buckle down, and follow us after the break for a look at iLearn with Poko: Seasons for the iPhone.

Functionality

As with its larger cousin, iLearn with Poko: Seasons is an educational utility designed to teach children of various ages about the seasons and the weather, including the words and terminology related to both. The iPhone app features three different mini-games, each designed for a different age group and each with a slightly different lesson. The first has your child looking at various pictures of the app’s protagonists and identifying weather elements: This includes things like the clouds, rain, snow, and sunshine versus cloud cover. The next game is for slightly older children, and involves identifying inappropriate clothing or objects for the weather. For example, children must recognize that a sweater and galoshes isn’t the right outfit for a summer day.

Lastly, older children are asked to identify the weather on certain days, and to pick out what the protagonist was doing based on the conditions. Each game reinforces a key aspect of weather and seasons recognition, and each offers a valuable lesson. Not only that, but the games are fluid and fun, meaning your child will be thoroughly engaged throughout.

 

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