Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) Has Awesome Potential

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MOVING BOOKS! Jajajajan (FREE)
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) is a fun and lively children’s app that introduces kids to over 50 books and songs for free.

Though the app has great intentions, Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) has one major flaw that keeps it from being a fantastic children’s app.

Concept and Functionality:

Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) by FORii, lnc. is designed to be an incredibly comprehensive collection of interactive storybooks and sing-along songs. As mentioned above, there are over 50 books and songs for kids to enjoy.

The app doesn’t require an active Internet connection for use, but you do have to download books and songs to your device individually before your child can play with them.

One of the things I really like about Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) is the fact that navigation is incredibly simple. Kids won’t have an issue with finding their way around the app and selecting books to read and songs to listen to. Animations are also very well done and narration is easy to understand.

The one major issue with Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) is the fact that the app is supported by ads. These ads are a constant fixture on the screen and, although you can remove them by touching the screen away from the ad, children will almost certainly tap on them, which will lead them away from the app and open the web browser.

This is a major no-no for apps that are designed for kids, especially since there is no control over what ads are shown.

Features:

Moving Books! iPhone App

Moving Books! iPhone App

Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) does offer a few extra features, mainly in the way of parental customization. Parents can access the menu by tapping the button on the upper left-hand corner of the screen and entering a series of numbers in order to bypass the parental gate.

Personally I think the gate is fairly pointless when kids can get into much more trouble by tapping ads.

Parents can selectively enable or disable individual songs and books so they can be hidden from the main selection screen. Parents can also optionally re-download books from the same menu.

Value:

Moving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) is available to download from the App Store for free and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. Even though it offers tons of books and songs for kids to enjoy, on-screen ads are a massive hindrance that simply cannot be overlooked.

Not only are they potentially troublesome, but they also interfere with what’s happening on the screen. I would much rather see that the app had an IAP to remove ads or, even better, become a paid download without ads, as it’s easily worth $1.99.

moving_books.jpgMoving Books! Jajajajan (FREE) requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Easily Edit Your Images with Cut Me Out & Paste In

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Cut Me Out & Paste In: Erase Photo Background to superimpose your images
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Cut Me Out & Paste In makes editing photos on your iOS device easier than ever before.

Offered for free through the iTunes Store, this app’s full title really sums up its features quite well.

Features:

Despite a less than creative title, this app’s features are truly excellent.

Easy to use and simple to understand, Cut Me Out & Paste In, an app by Niu Lixuan, is a fun app that offers photoshop-like features at an iOS picture level.

Depending on your personal aesthetic taste, some of the example features in this app might seem a little dated; still, the concept behind these features is arguably good.

While the title of the app really highlights the main feature of this app (cutting out an image and pasting it into a different background), other options like filters and blending modes further add to the editing options provided.

A quick tutorial helps you figure out how to use the many features of the app as you’re starting out. As a whole, I found Cut Me Out & Paste In to be an excellently executed app concept.

Appearance and Layout:

Cut Me Out & Paste In iPhone App

Cut Me Out & Paste In iPhone App

If you’re looking for an iOS photo editing app with a great layout, Cut Me Out & Paste In certainly won’t disappoint.

It’s wonderfully easy to navigate, even though there are an impressive number of features to work with; while it might seem a little overwhelming at first, figuring out how to use this app to do what you want it to do is actually very easy.

This impressive ease-of-use is largely due to a well put-together instructional tutorial that aids first time users.

Since many of the graphics used for the examples in Cut Me Out & Paste In seem to be from basic stock photos, however, some of the features might appear a bit cheesy to certain audiences. Still, the layout of this app is definitely well thought out.

Value:

As mentioned above, this is a free photo editing app. As such, it really is a great value for anyone looking to add a well polished cut-and-paste photo editing service to their iOS devices.

Cut Me Out & Paste In is easy to use and provides a remarkable level of photoshopping skills for an app-level photo editing program.

download (2)Cut Me Out & Paste In requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Slots and Trivia Collide with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Free Slots – Las Vegas casino slots with fun facts and bonus games!
Price: Free
Rating:
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots is a fun combination of slots and trivia all in one colorful and engaging game.

Offered for free with optional in-app purchases, this app will easily appeal to iOS users with an attraction to either slots or trivia, but mostly slots.

Features:

Fans of both trivia facts and traditional slots will find themselves excited about this unique app from Winshare Games.

Featuring crazy, weird, and quirky facts officially sanctioned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! this app gives you opportunities to earn free coins for your trivia knowledge (as well as just helping you expand it in general).

Other than these seemingly randomly dispersed quirky trivia facts, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots, by Winshare Games LLC, is pretty similar to any other slot-focused game; featuring a Vegas-based slots theme, all of the graphics and general game design are set to make you feel like you really are getting a real slots experience.

You’re allowed to use your Facebook login to create an account, or you can also login to play as a guest if desired (a feature I really appreciated).

However, if I had to come up with one complaint about this app, it would probably be the slow speed that I frequently experienced when playing it; there are many features of this app, and unfortunately that equated to a relatively slow playing speed, even on a newer iOS device.

Appearance and Layout:

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Free Slots iPhone App Review

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots iPhone Game

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots looks like many other digitalized slot games, complete with bright flashing graphics and exciting colors.

While this Vegas-like appearance probably won’t appeal to anyone who finds these flashy-focused designs to be tacky, the app’s design probably appeals well to its target audience.

Like most slot games, Ripley’s has a somewhat crowded screen, with a lot going on at any one time; still, this lack of minimalism fits well with the theme of the app.

Getting around this app is pretty simple, but it’s still definitely a gaming concept that will appeal most to someone who already really enjoys playing slots (a love of trivia probably isn’t enough to really get you hooked on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots).

Value:

As mentioned above, this app can be downloaded for free through the iTunes Store. However, like most slots games, there are many in-app purchase opportunities aimed to increase the appeal of the app.

For example, even though first time players are greeted with a 10, 000 coin bonus, many players will probably want to go ahead and purchase more in-app coins.

Because of this, the overall “value’ of this app really just depends on how often you plan to make these purchases and how often you end up playing this game.

ripleysqrRipley’s Believe It or Not! Free Slots requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Lipa Theater: Story Maker Lets Kids Unleash Their Inner Director

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Lipa Theater: Story Maker
Price: $3.99
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Interactive storybooks are certainly a great way for kids to have fun while learning, but sometimes parents are looking for something a little more immersive and creative for their child.

Lipa Theater: Story Maker is an amazing app that allows kids to have infinite creative freedom by directing their own animated play.

Parents will love how it brings out their child’s creativity and they’ll enjoy using it, as well.

Concept and Functionality:

While Lipa Theater: Story Maker, a children’s app by Lipa Learning s.r.o., certainly isn’t the first app of its kind, it’s definitely one of the best. I’ve seen many similar apps that have just been far too complicated for kids to grasp, but Lipa Theater: Story Maker certainly isn’t one of them.

Lipa Theater: Story Maker features an incredibly in-depth tutorial for kids and parents to learn how to use everything within the app. This includes moving characters around, adding props to the scene, and much more. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how creative you can truly be when it comes to crafting your own story.

In terms of navigation, it’ll probably take younger children a little while to get used to everything in Lipa Theater: Story Maker. The app is certainly more complex than what you’re probably used to as a parent, but it’s very intuitive and kids should be able to figure out everything in due time.

Features:

Lipa Theater iPhone App

Lipa Theater iPhone App

Lipa Theater: Story Maker is packed to the brim with awesome features for both kids and parents to enjoy. This includes the ability to create and save recordings of plays, as well as the ability to add voice overlays for narrating stories.

You can even import your own backdrop using your device’s camera, which is a great way for kids to interact with their current environment such as family gatherings or vacations.

Creative control also extends far beyond custom backdrops and narration. There are tons of characters for kids to include in their story, and they can even change aspects of the environment such as time of day, weather, and music.

Value:

Lipa Theater: Story Maker is available to download from the App Store for $3.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. The price might seem a little steep, but I can honestly say that it’s worth every penny if you’re a parent who wants their child to be able to explore the wonderful world of puppets and plays.

Kids will easily be able to spend hours on end playing with Lipa Theater: Story Maker, and parents can join in, too.

lipa_theater_story_maker.jpgLipa Theater: Story Maker requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Grosh Features Intelligent Grocery Lists and More

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Grosh – intelligent grocery shopping list
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Keeping track of what you need at the grocery store can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of things to buy. While many people still go the route of pen and paper, grocery lists have evolved into something fairly advanced ever since the debut of the iPhone.

Grosh is a brand-new cross-platform shopping list app that offers tons of features for users, including multiple lists, syncing, and much more.

The developers promise that the app will always remain free, which is also a plus.

Concept and Functionality:

As someone who has tried many grocery list apps over the years, I’ve never been able to find one that truly fits what I’m looking for.

Grosh, by Compelling Software, aims to satisfy even the pickiest shopper by providing numerous features and making list creation super simple.

To start, you’ll have to create an account with the service using your email address. This not only allows cloud syncing, but also enables list sharing among other Grosh users whether they’re on Android, iOS, or using a desktop browser. Once your account is set up, you can begin creating lists immediately.

Adding items to a list is as simple as typing it in at the top of the screen. Grosh does include pre-populated standard items, but you can easily add items of your own without having to do so manually. Items are auto sorted on the list by aisle, as well, which is incredibly handy for shoppers who like to be organized.

One of the things I did notice is that Grosh doesn’t auto correct items that are being added to the list. This might seem fairly trivial, but I found it strange and slightly frustrating. Other than that, I think Grosh is very easy to use and is also pretty innovative.

Features:

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Grosh is definitely rich in useful features that make your shopping experience a bit less painful. This includes the ability to create separate lists, which is great for shopping at different types of stores or shopping for other people/events. Believe it or not, I’ve found that multiple lists are not very common in other grocery shopping apps.

You don’t need to create separate lists if you want to shop in different stores, as you can tag items with a store name. By tapping the store name on the shopping list, you can easily filter/unfilter the list for that store.

Grosh also has the ability to easily set the item quantity needed when it’s being added to the list. This is most simply done by prefixing the item with a number, eg “2 milk” when adding items at the top. The entry for the item then shows the quantity separate from the name of the item.

Grosh remembers the last used quantity and store name, so when entering “milk” the next time it might show “2 milk” and a tag for “Costco”.

Another cool feature of Grosh is list suggestions, which automatically populate after a month of frequent usage. These suggestions are based on items that are frequently added to your list, which is why the app needs a bit of time to learn what you like to shop for.

Value:

Grosh is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. As I mentioned above, the developers have stated that the app is and forever will be free, which is great news for anyone who doesn’t want to shell out money for a digitized grocery list.

As mentioned above, a key part of its usefulness is that it runs on a variety of devices, including Android and desktop browsers, not just iPhones.

Overall, I think Grosh could easily replace both pen and paper and similar list apps. It offers plenty of features for users to enjoy and is a great way to keep lists in sync and up-to-date.

grosh.jpgGrosh – Intelligent Grocery Shopping List requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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Spruce Up Your iOS Device with Fancy Lock Screen Themes

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Fancy Lock Screen Themes – customize cool lockscreens, statusbar, backgrounds and clock for free
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Fancy Lock Screen Themes offers iOS users creative and exciting ways to personalize their devices.

With ways to change up various customizable elements to make your phone uniquely yours, this free app is a fun way to spice things up.

Features:

The name for this app really says it all. Fancy Lock Screen Themes, by NestedApps Limited, provides users with an impressive selection of background options, all perfectly designed to fit the dimensions of various iOS screens.

Some of these options are free, with optional in-app purchases to unlock special lock screen packages.

However, instead of just providing a large library of background options, Fancy Lock Screen Themes takes things to an extra level. From the clock display to your status bar this fun app provides ways to truly customize the appearance of the features of your iOS device

My favorite aspect of this app was how easy it was, and how much fun it was, to apply stickers and text to your background.

This lets you switch up the appearance of all of the “standard” features of your device incredibly easily, with a seemingly infinite combination of options.

However, as mentioned previously, not all of the features of this app are available for free; be sure to check to see if there is a fee (a certain number of in-app “coins” needed) to access or apply specific features before getting your heart set on them.

Appearance and Layout:

Fancy Lock Screen Themes iPhone App

Fancy Lock Screen Themes iPhone App

Although this app’s purpose is to provide users with creative, unique lock screen backgrounds, the actual appearance of Fancy Lock Screen Themes app itself isn’t very impressive.

Specifically, a little more detail into the layout of the background library options would have been appreciated. Still, the overall layout of this app is easy to navigate; a center-bottom button allows you to easily access the different features of the app, and searching through the many different lock screen themes is also easy to do as well.

Value:

Fancy Lock Screen Themes is a free app with optional in-app purchases for specific themes.

These background options are fun and definitely unique, and it’s nice to have a wide selection of lock screen options already created to perfectly fit iOS screen dimensions.

While it may not be for those who prefer to simply have a favorite photo of their own as their background or lock screen, this app will definitely appeal to many iOS users.

fancyFancy Lock Screen Themes requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this article.

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