The Caribbean is Closer Than You Think – Look in the Palm of Your Hand

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Bluewaterpages: Caribbean Yellow Pages iPhone Video App Review

Reviewed By: Bill Myers

 

After performing this iPhone app review, I felt that if Captain Jack Sparrow ever ventured onto the United Sates’ mainland (and had an iPhone), he would be using this iPhone app.  With Bluewaterpages: Caribbean Yellow Pages, you discover little jewels of the Caribbean right in your own hometown.  From restaurants to beauty salons, BlueWaterPages is your comprehensive source for anything Caribbean.  Let’s take a further look, shall we?

Usability

At first glance, you will immediately ask yourself, “What could possibly be “Caribbean” in this part of town?”   Punch in “Nearby” and you will be in for a pleasant surprise.  You might see that there are gyms, hotels and even car rental locations with Caribbean owners, as well as themed restaurants and other venues right in your area.

Under the “Settings” menu, you can adjust how much of a radius the app should search in order to find your personal Caribbean getaway.  It is all fairly easy to set up and the iPhone app drops pins on Google Maps in order to tell you the various locations.

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BeatFactor is the Missing Link in Your Groove

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Price: $1.99

BeatFactor, by developer Frank Mantek, is an excellent swirl of both a drum machine and a metronome. The iPhone app’s focus on practice means you can work on nailing a new lick, or even a whole solo with the songs mode. It’s a gnarly piece of machinery, and if you’re itching to hit the woodshed, BeatFactor has a lot to offer your practice session.

Function

After digesting the app and performing the iPhone app review of BeatFactor, I ascertained that the basic premise of is simple: A metronome is grand on its own, but how about adding different sounds and instruments to the same, time-keeping principle? The result is an interface that supports two different click tracks, each which can be swapped out with any other in the library with only a click of a button. Tempo sliders along the top allow for precise time adjustments, as does the tempo pad which users can tap to set the pace.

Another much appreciated addition to BeatFactor is the ability to change the tempo’s style. If you really need a thirty-second note blast, a quick slider sets you up in no time. Likewise, you’re free to choose any other rhythm all the way from quarter notes to triplets. BeatFactor’s metronome function works fantastically, but when the app sports such a vast library of click tracks and song loops, it’d be a shame not to create whole practice tracks. The app makes this easy as well, offering the same two track line-up in song mode. Tempo sliders and pads are present, and the user is free to save selections for use later. The app also comes with a wealth of pre-made practice tracks from a myriad of genres, making it incredibly easy to workshop a new solo.

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Excellent Webcam Viewer for your iOS: EyeSeeU

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

EyeSeeU - Video Surveillance - CCTV Camera Viewer - Ecaste

 

Price: $1.99
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Imagine being able to view webcams from famous locations all over the world, all on the same page, from the palm of your hand. Sounds impossible? Think again! EyeSeeU, from French developer Ecaste is a slick app that lets you view live stream webcams and updated images, from preselected webcams. Not interested in viewing the Eifel Tower or Pelican Lake? Add your own webcam sources in with the easy add tools in EyeSeeU.

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Users of EyeSeeU can select to view a list of all the webcams linked to the app, view image shots of each on a page (or multiple pages), edit their settings or synchronize their webcam through the included links. There’s even pan-tilt-support and the ability to view either live streaming (through MJPEG technology) or still images, refreshed periodically.  Users aren’t limited to just a multi-page view of webcams, as they can simply tap on the one they are interested in and view a larger, more full-screen style view of the webcam stream of interest.

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PairShare is Aware of Your Music-Sharing Despair

PairShare - PairShare, LLC

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PairShare iPad Video App Review


Reviewed By: Bill Myers

You love to show off your new music to friends but hate handing over your iPhone in order for them to listen to your tunes.  Well, there’s an app for that.  PairShare, an iPhone app that allows you to wirelessly stream your music to a friend’s iPhone, is here to save the day.

Once PairShare is installed on both iPhones, each user can create separate playlists to hear each other’s iPhone libraries.  It utilizes Bluetooth and the audio quality is superb as long as you are within the signal’s range.  Let’s talk a little more in-depth about this app’s capabilities.

Usability

During our iPhone app review of PairShare, we found the app to be a delight to use and very effective. If you have ever paired a Bluetooth headset, it can be frustrating. But in the case of PairShare, it’s easy to connect.  Touch the app, create a playlist, connect to a friend’s iPhone, listen to their music.  Simple.  There is an excellent “Instructions” menu under the “Info” tab within the app that answers any questions you might have regarding pairing.

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Memory Mayhem Rolls onto the iOS with Memoballs

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Memoballs ~ Memory game with a smile - amelisoft

 

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Are you are a Go-Fish board game master? Think you can handle any memory game under the sun or on the iOS? If so, then tackle Memoballs iPhone app, from developer Amelisoft!

In our iPhone app review of Memoballs, we found that players take turns facing off against the AI or other human opponents, trying to successfully clear the Memoball screen of all the balls, based off their memory. Sounds easy enough, right? In fact, Memoballs iPhone app can be quite challenging, thanks to the adjustable AI skill levels. Toss three different board sizes and Memoballs can be quite the puzzle!

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Users can select from three different board sizes (12, 24, 48), and up to four players (including AI or real human players). Memoballs also includes variable difficulty settings for the AI, something I really appreciated when first playing the game as a total beginner. Gameplay is fairly straightforward and the game board looks great! Users take turns trying to match up the previously-revealed memoballs, trying to be the first to clear the board successfully. It’s a fun concept and definitely a good group game!
Stability seemed to be something of an issue with Memoballs. I would occasionally run into some crashed upon game start. However, this wasn’t always an issue.

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Tackle the Alphabet with Hairy Letters

Hairy Letters - Nessy

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Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Learning the alphabet is a rite of passage that few of us remember actually doing, yet our parents certainly can recall this monumental and often tedious first set of steps in our education. The advent of iOS devices in many households offers the possibility of easy alphabet learning with the aid of the touch screen, as is the case with Hairy Letters app, from developer Nessy. If you are a parent or guardian of children that are just learning their letters and basic words, consider Hairy Letters!

At its core, Hairy Letters is an education English-language app for children just learning their alphabet and simple words. It combines colorful animation and crazy characters with important teaching games, for ages 4 and up.

Functions and Gameplay:

Hairy Letters has several different modes; all aimed at helping your children get ready for more advanced language skills. There are games to play, tracing letters, pronunciations, cartoon animations and more, all included in Hairy Letters. The games include sounds that help reinforce the proper pronouncing of letters and words, definitely a useful thing for small children. I was impressed with the amount of variety included in Hairy Letters! Children need interesting apps to keep them entertained, and Hairy Letters is certainly such an app! Also, Hairy Letters is quite easy to pick up, allowing even younger children to quickly use it without too much trouble.

When playing the tracing game on Hairy Letters, I noticed that I was rewarded with a “Well Done” if I traced the letter backwards or forwards. This probably isn’t an issue for most people, as the end result is the same. However, if you are a stickler on penmanship, keep in mind that Hairy Letter might not create the most pure ‘form’ of penmanship in its young students.

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