Use PathSource to Plan Your Career

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Price: Free
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PathSource: Career and Job Search
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Created by a developer of the same name, PathSource: Career and Job Search is a well-designed and easy-to-use app that helps you determine your ideal career path.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, PathSource is a great app for anyone looking to figure out a “game plan” for his or her life.

Features:

As indicated by its name, PathSource is an app designed to help users figure out what career path would be best suited for them.

It does this by providing users with a number of different assessment they can take to help them nail down their best fit. For example, users are encouraged to take a “lifestyle assessment” quiz to help them determine what salary they would need make in order to support their desired lifestyle, as well as a “career assessment” to help them figure out how to best combine their skills with their interests.

However, unlike many other similarly-themed services, PathSource goes beyond just suggesting certain careers based on these quizzes.

Instead, PathSource also features thousands of interviews with professionals in various fields, college major suggestions, university information listings, and optional area-based job searches as well.

Overall, I found the features covered by PathSource to be very impressive; this app is definitely a great tool for students thinking about what career they might like to pursue, as well as for high school and college career-advice counselors.

The features all work together nicely to provide a full picture of possible career options—many of which students might not have even considered prior to using PathSource.

PathSource iPhone App

PathSource iPhone App

At the same time, however, there could probably still be improvements made. For instance, while the “lifestyle assessment” did include a question about college attendance plans/costs, it would probably be very helpful if the app could somehow break down this option into several questions regarding tuition cost per year, possible loan interest amounts, and desired payment plan options (5year, 10year, 15 year, etc.).

For the growing number of students graduating with significant amounts of college loans, this info could be helpful for providing a more accurate glimpse into what their projected financial needs might be following graduation.

Appearance and Layout:

Getting around PathSource is a snap. In fact, using some of the app’s features does not even require signing up for a free account first; instead, quizzes can be taken right away if desired.

A friendly blue and red color scheme throughout the app keeps it cheerful without feeling overwhelming bright, and all in-app fonts are easily readable, even on smaller screens.

In-app navigational icons all have text labels also, leaving no room for confusion regarding how to navigate PathSource. Finally, videos within the app are of acceptable quality as well.

Value:

PathSource is free to download and can definitely be of great value to its intended audience.

Although it probably won’t be an app that you’ll keep around for the long run, it can certainly be an app that will be useful when you’re making career decisions, such as choosing a college major or searching for a job in your area.

PathSource is very user-friendly, and its expansive library of career-focused videos is impressive in and of itself.

pathqrPathSource iPhone app requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this article.

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Use LolipoTouch+ To Easily Build Websites or Blogs From Your iPhone

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Price: Free
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Website and Blog Builder – LolipoTouch+
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Whether you’re a casual blogger who likes to post a few times a month or someone who has made blogging a part of their daily routine, it’s best to find a platform that works well for you. While there certainly are plenty of choices available, few of them allow you to do it all from your iPhone.

LolipoTouch+ is an amazing app that lets users build a site or blog from the ground up using just an iPhone, and there aren’t any catches or caveats.

Developed by GMO Pepabo, Inc., this fantastic site builder app is great for users who want a site of their own but don’t want to get involved with major blog platforms like WordPress, LiveJournal, etc.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I had reservations about the promises made the developers. As someone who has built numerous sites and blogs over the years, I know how much work goes into setting up a site. To be able to do so from a smartphone seemed like a crazy idea, but LolipoTouch+ proved me wrong.

Once you set up an account with the service, you’re able to begin creating your site or blog with LolipoTouch+. One of the first things I recommend doing is heading to the app settings page and changing your username so that it matches what you like, as it’s automatically generated using your email address.

Once that’s set up, you can customize your blog using various themes, as well as add your own cover photo.

I was pleased to see that LolipoTouch+ includes tutorials for new users who are just getting started, and they’re definitely helpful. It’s not terribly hard to find your way around the app, and I was surprised at the fact that navigation is very clean and simple.

LolipoTouch+ iPhone App

LolipoTouch+ iPhone App

Your LolipoTouch+ site can function as a blog or static site depending on the content you add to it. Users can easily create new articles with the tap of a finger, and these articles can contain text, photos, and links. You can even directly embed tweets and YouTube videos, which is pretty neat.

One thing I really like is that you can easily add each element to the article and design it the way you want.

Features:

As you can probably imagine, LolipoTouch+ includes plenty of features for users to make a site their own. From themes to custom headers, it’s easy to create the look and layout you want. Users who want people to be able to contact and locate them (store website, for example) can even add a contact form and Google Maps page to their site with no extra effort needed.

Another awesome LolipoTouch+ feature is the ability to use your own domain name with the service. Unlike many other free blogs and site hosts, you don’t have to pay a fee to make this change.

Lastly, sites created with LolipoTouch+ look fantastic across all platforms, from mobile devices to desktop browsers. Everything is optimized incredibly well, and information that’s posted on the site is formatted perfectly.

Value:

LolipoTouch+ is available to download from the App Store for free, which is unbelievable given how much the app lets you do. There are no in-app purchases to worry about, nor do you have to pay fees or deal with advertisements.

Overall, LolipoTouch+ is a must-have iPhone app for anyone who wants to build and manage their website or blog right on their iPhone.

lolipotouch+.jpgLolipoTouch+ requires iOS 7.1 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 article.

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Bubble Jeopardy for iOS Adds a Twist to the Match 3 Game Genre

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Bubble Jeopardy
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

 

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re a fan of match 3 games like Candy Crush and Bejeweled, you’ll definitely enjoy Bubble Jeopardy.

Developed by Knick Knack Media, this unique and challenging game puts a new twist on a very popular game genre.

Concept and Gameplay:

The idea behind match 3 games like Bubble Jeopardy is to slide pieces of various shapes and kinds (in this case, balloons) around the game board in order to make three or more of a kind. As you create matches, balloons disappear and new ones enter the screen.

However, unlike other match 3 games where new pieces drop down from the top of the screen, Bubble Jeopardy switches things up a bit by making pieces move upwards. For veteran Candy Crush and Bejeweled players, this definitely takes a bit of time to get used to.

Another piece of the gameplay puzzle that separates Bubble Jeopardy from similar games is that players have a maximum number of moves they can complete for each level . While this isn’t really a factor in low levels, players will definitely notice an increase in difficulty as they reach higher levels.

When it comes to graphics, Bubble Jeopardy has enough detail and animations to keep things interesting, but not distracting enough to frustrate players. Sound effects are also pleasant, so you won’t have to worry about rushing for the volume button after a few minutes of playing.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Bubble Jeopardy features hundreds of assorted levels for players to enjoy, as well as various worlds. You can earn a maximum of 3 stars per level based on how many points you score, and if you fail a level, you’ll lose a life. Lives are replenished every half hour, of you can choose to purchase more.

Also, players can use various power ups, which definitely give an advantage. Bubble Jeopardy includes 3 power ups: spraypaint, stars, and smileys. Spraypaint turns all balloons into one color and clears the board. The star and smiley power up adds one star or one smiley to the game board.

Value:

There is no doubt that the production value of this game is on a par with those of the mega hit, Candy Crush. The question is, can a game from a indie developer reach the same level of success as one from King? We think so and we think you’ll find this one just as entertaining, if not more so.

Bubble Jeopardy is a fun and addictive match 3 game that delivers top-notch gameplay and slick graphics, all with a unique twist that gamers are sure to enjoy.

Bubble Jeopardybubble_jeopardy.jpg requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this article.

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Use Chimnee to Vent Your Thoughts About Work

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Price: Free
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Chimnee
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Chimnee, by Canary Wharf Apps Ltd, is a very interesting app that allows users to anonymously strike up work-related conversations.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, Chimnee lets you reveal your thoughts without having to worry about revealing your identity.

Features:

Have a work-related thought that you want to share? Just moved to a new city and are a little bit nervous about your first day on the job? Frustrated with how your boss is treating you but don’t want to take the risk of ranting about him on your regular social media platforms?

Chimnee is an app that provides a safe outlet for anyone who can relate to any of these situations (and more!). The concept of Chimnee is fairly simple: anyone can use it to post a thought, preferably about, and with a focus on, work-related issues.

Specifically, users can choose to post to thoughts to categories like “boss,” “work/life,” “salary/bonus,” or “news/gossip.”

However, unlike other social media platforms like Twitter where discussing just about any topic under the sun is fair game, all of the the categories in Chimnee are designed with a singular purpose in mind; venting about work-related situations.

Chimnee iPhone App

Chimnee iPhone App

Chimnee uses your location (if you allow it), and this allows you to search for other users of the app in your area if you’d like. However, using this feature showed me that much of the activity on this app appears to be based in London, which makes sense since that is where the developer is based.

As such, I feel it fair to state that this app will definitely be more ideal for non-Londoners once it has a larger user base.

Appearance and Layout:

Chimnee is a clean, simple, and easy to use app. The graphics are kept to a minimum, as the app is focused on a text-based theme.

However, the developers are smart to make this app visually appealing anyway. The photographs used for the “categories” section of the app are all definitely of great quality, and the overall color scheme of Chimnee is appreciably aesthetically pleasing as well.

Getting around this app is wonderfully intuitive, and setting up an account takes practically no time at all. All fonts are easy to read, even on the smaller screen of an iPhone. Finally, responding to posts is easy to do, and all users can read the responses to any given post if they so desire.

Value:

The concept of Chimnee is an interesting one, and for anyone who likes the thought of remaining a faceless voice in the crowd, this app will definitely be appealing.

At the same time, however, as with all social media we feel it’s wise to some amount of discretion when using the app. After all, your boss could be using this app as well, and providing too much information about any particular current situation you’re in could prove unwise (even though your posts are still technically anonymous).

Still, overall, Chimnee is a cleverly constructed app that will be appreciated by its target audience, particularly after that target audience has expanded to include more cities and users.

chimnee qrChimnee requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this article.

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Mouse Tales is a Fun and Free Kids Puzzle Game for iPad

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Mouse Tales
iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Puzzle games are a great way for young kids to learn about the environment around them. Plus, it helps to immerse them in an interactive playscape.

Mouse Tales, developed by Wirenode s.r.o, is a well-designed fun puzzle app for iPad that aims to teach kids the idea of putting everything in its right place.

Concept and Gameplay:

The goal of Mouse Tales is to visit each room in a mouse family’s home and tidy it up. This is accomplished by dragging and dropping objects where they belong.

For example, moving a lamp to the designated spot on an end table or putting books away on a shelf.

One of the things I really like about Mouse Tales is that it’s highly interactive and immersive.

Kids can freely explore each room in the home and clean it up. Once all objects have been put away, a fanfare will play to let kids know that they’ve successfully completed the puzzle.

According to the App Store page for Mouse Tales, the game is intended for small kids. I noticed that puzzles are a bit advanced because objects aren’t exact matches. Plenty of logic is factored into each puzzle, and it’s more than matching shapes.

However, the game is still plenty of fun to play with and youngsters can definitely grow into it.

Features:

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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Mouse Tales features 8 different rooms for kids to explore, as well as over 50 objects to move around.

I do want to mention that the free version of Mouse Tales allows access to only 3 rooms, but the game itself does not include ads and is a great way for kids and parents to try the app before purchasing the full version.

Also, though there are links to external sites (more apps by the developer and in-app purchases), everything is protected by the power of math. In order to successfully access any external links, a math equation must be solved.

One of the things I noticed about this is that the equation changes all the time, so parents don’t have to worry about their child remembering the answer.

Believe it or not, this tends to be overlooked when this sort of security is implemented into kids apps, but I’m glad Mouse Tales is ahead of the game.

Value:

Mouse Tales is available to download from the App Store for free and is compatible with iPad. The in-app purchase for the full version of the game is $1.99, but I believe it’s a good value considering how much content is included in the full version.

If you’re a parent who is looking for a fun and immersive puzzle game for your growing child, we highly recommend you check out Mouse Tales.

Plus, you can try it before committing to the full version, which is always a plus.

Mouse Talesmouse_tales.jpg requires iOS 5.1.1 or later and is compatible with iPad.

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Top 10 New iOS Games from February 2015

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Top 10 New iOS Games from February 2015
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Written by Sarah Hanlon

Auro for iOS

Auro for iOS

Yet another month is coming to a close, and it brought with it a slew of wonderful new iPhone and iPad games for you to enjoy.

From strategic puzzles to immersive action adventure and adrenaline-fueled racing, you’re definitely going to find a few games that intrigue you.

Sinking Feeling (Force of Habit – $0.99) – This delightfully simple, yet challenging arcade game for iPhone and iPad requires players to smash through glass panels with tact and skill.

There are two unlockable game modes, as well as 10 types of glass panels to destroy. Sinking Feeling is a bit difficult at first, but new players will get the hang of it. Just don’t be afraid to retry a bunch of times!

Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure (Dinofarm Games – $2.99) – iOS gamers who are looking for a bit more out of a title will definitely enjoy Auro. This strategic game requires players to bump monsters in order to defeat them.

Auro features 31 tutorial levels, single-player mode, and competitive play mode, which allows players to build their rank over time.

King of Thieves (ZeptoLab UK Limited – Free) – If thievery is your thing, King of Thieves is just what you’re looking for. The whole goal of the game is to steal gold from other players.

It’s a hybrid mix of PVP and platformer, which makes it incredibly fun to play. KoT is loaded with content, including user-generated levels.

King of Thieves for iOS

King of Thieves for iOS

Tempo™ (WARCHEST LIMITED – $3.99) – Tempo™ is a universal game that requires players to assemble a team of heroes to battle evil and save London from the grips of a crazed man and his minions.

The game is loaded to the gills with action-packed content, and though the price is steep, you don’t have to worry about buying additional content via in-app purchase.

Pursuit of Light (ZHIPENG WANG – $0.99) – Players who enjoy a visual experience will definitely like Pursuit of Light.

This gorgeous action adventure game features 80 levels to play through, an immersive environment, and the perfect musical soundtrack.

Can you help guide a lost little girl through the landscape by the light of the moon?

Daytona Rush for iOS

Daytona Rush for iOS

Daytona Rush (Invictus – Free) – Who doesn’t like driving a fast car? Daytona Rush puts players in the driver’s seat. Unlike complex racing games such as Need for Speed, Daytona Rush features simple controls.

Players can customize their car and complete missions to increase their level. Also, the game is completely free of in-app purchases and advertisements.

World Zombination (Proletariat Inc. – Free) – Unlike many zombie games where you’re the good guy, World Zombination lets you play on both sides of the fence. You can choose to fight with humanity or fight against it.

Regardless of which side you choose, this addicting MMO will immerse players in hours of content. It’s incredibly dynamic, too, so players are less likely to become bored.

Alto’s Adventure (Snowman – $1.99) – Similar to Pursuit of Light, Alto’s Adventure is a beautiful game to play.

The landscape is simply stunning, and players won’t have a problem with mastering the basic mechanics of the game.

The goal is to guide Alto through the landscape while performing tricks on your snowboard. It’s definitely a game that’s easy to learn but hard to master.

Shapes!! (Pawel Jurczyk – $0.99) – Shapes!! is a different kind of puzzle game for iOS that tricks your mind and will frustrate the heck out of players.

Featuring over 70 levels to play, the game gets increasingly difficult as you travel through 4 areas and progress through levels. We reviewed Shapes!! here on the site a few weeks ago, as well.

AG Drive for iOS

AG Drive for iOS

AG Drive (ZORG – $3.99) – We finish our list of 10 best iPhone and iPad games from February with AG Drive, a futuristic racing game that features a ton of content for players to enjoy.

From futuristic roadways to gorgeous vehicles and racetracks, this is definitely a must-have game for iPhone and iPad.

While it’s a bit pricey, it’s a premium game that doesn’t include in-app purchases or ads.

 

Top 10 iOS Games from February 2015 Published by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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