With NoteStream You’ll Learn Something New in No Time at All

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Price: Free
Rating:
NoteStream
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re like me, you have a tendency to miss out on learning new things simply because you feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to sit and read. Unfortunately this means you could be missing out on a new hobby or learning something fun and exciting.

NoteStream is an incredible app that revolutionizes the way you discover and learn new information, one note at a time.

Developed by NoteStream, Inc., this impressive app is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Concept and Functionality:

The goal of NoteStream is to take large amounts of information on a topic and break it down into bite-sized notes that can be read in only a couple of minutes.

While this might sound like a daunting task, the app does a terrific job of delivering information in a way that even the busiest of people can learn something interesting over a short coffee break.

When you first open NoteStream, you’ll be asked to create an account either by email or with Facebook. Once you’re set up, you’re taken to the Explore page, where you can view every topic NoteStream covers.

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NoteStream iPhone App

Topics include lifestyle, travel, food, nature, music, and many more. Tapping on one reveals a list of NoteStreams curated by experts in their field so you can trust the information you’re reading.

Notes themselves are very precise and properly formatted to the app and screen, meaning NoteStream is visually appealing and lacks a messy interface or clunky navigation.

Simply swipe your finger left and right to move between notes. Users can easily add NoteStreams to their personal collection, which saves where they left off. It’s also easy to bookmark certain notes in streams for easy access later.

Features:

NoteStream was recently updated to 2.0, which added enhanced notification features so users could easily choose how they want to be notified of new streams released by their favorite authors.

Users can also choose how often they’d like to be notified, which definitely cuts down on noise if you’re subscribed to a bunch of authors.

Also, NoteStream uses a very curated list of authors so users can be certain that they’re receiving accurate information. This definitely impressed me, as similar apps and websites have a tendency to be a “free for all” and anyone can contribute. NoteStream also makes it easy to read up on authors via their biography.

Value:

NoteStream is available to download from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. Overall, I’m definitely impressed with the app and how well it organizes and delivers information to users.

The goal of NoteStream is to help you learn new things quickly, and it accomplishes it quite well.

I highly recommend giving the app a try if you enjoy reading about things that interest you.

NoteStreamnotestream.jpg requires iOS 7.0 or later and is 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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Passible Password Manager Keeps Passwords Organized and Secure

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
Passible Password Manager. Passwords vault & secure login in 1
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Passible, by Clear Sky Apps Ltd, is a well-designed app that’s a great tool to help you keep your passwords all safely stored in one convenient location.

Available for $0.99 through the iTunes Store, this app is perfect for anyone trying to organize their digital life.

Features:

Passible is loaded with features to help keep not only passwords secure, but also credit card numbers as well. Once the passwords are entered into the app, there are multiple ways to retrieve them, including an option to “copy and paste.”

Another option to retrieve stored passwords is by using the iOS Safari web browser and utilizing the Passible extension to automatically fill in the login credentials on the screen.

Lastly, Passible is capable of launching its own web browser within the app and automatically inserting the appropriate login credentials where needed.

However, as mentioned previously, Passible isn’t just limited to saving login credentials and passwords.

Passible also provides a way of storing credit card information, a feature that will come in handy for anyone who does a lot of online shopping.

Similar to the saved passwords, you’re able to copy the card number with a tap and paste it into any iOS web browser.

Passible iPhone App

Passible iPhone App

Some other great features this app provides is a tool that creates a “score” of how secure your passwords are for the internet. It’ll even provide feedback on how to make a better password.

For  those that are worried about having their passwords all stored in one place, Passible has developed the app to utilize AES-256 bit encryption, along with the user’s own 40 character private key.

Passible states that this combination of protection is “impossible to crack.” Lastly, for the iOS devices that have the hardware, Passible is able to utilize the Apple device’s fingerprint scanner for quicker application logins.

Appearance and Layout:

We appreciate the work the developers have done creating an excellent layout that is easy to navigate and easy on the eyes.

The overall appearance has a “high-value” style that is not only aesthetically appealing but also useful. Being able to quickly login to “favorited” websites with one tap is fantastic and highly efficient.

One of the many reasons why Passible is a great app is because of the developers’ attention to detail. For instance, different categories of websites will have different icons.

When the app loads or utilizes a “splash screen,” the app displays computing digits that makes the application feel like it’s decrypting an electrical vault. All in all, Passible’s appearance is cleverly constructed into a wonderful and unique style that many apps struggle to achieve.

Value:

For only $0.99, Passible provides a multitude of features. Unlike other password apps that require a “subscription” service, Passible has all the features for one low price.

This in and of itself makes this iOS app highly valuable. If you’re looking for an application that is useful and convenient, then look no further than Passible. You shouldn’t pass this one up (pun intended)!

passibleqrPassible Password Manager requires iOS 7.0 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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SocialPoint HD Provides Effective Social Media Aggregation

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Price: $0.99
Rating:
SocialPoint – HD
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Review by Adam Itkoff

Review by Adam Itkoff

A very real question arises when we talk about Social Media. How much is too much? While most of us love to share our thoughts and feelings through our respective social outlets, some people seem to live online. I’ve seen people with 200,000 tweets via Twitter, and that sparkling little ‘200K’ never ceases to blow my mind.

If you’re looking to free up some mental space by consolidating your Social Media, look no further than SocialPoint – HD, from SocialPoint.me.

SocialPoint – HD is a very interesting and capable aggregation app that makes your online social life easier by moving your favorite outlets into a single place.

Features:

Registration on the app is easy, and your download is lightning fast at under 40MB. Once you get in, you’ll want to immediately sync with your select Social Media accounts, or the entire app will be barren.

The App is broken into “Feed”, “Filters”, “Post”, “Search”, and “More”. The ability to connect with your established networks is there, but is a bit hidden in the ambiguous “More” section. We’d like to see that prompt which encourages syncing to be prompted with first login.

The developers have struck the perfect balance; the app is functional without being overdone or too sparse either. You see one main feed with a complete view of your interactions; including your comments, favorites, likes and so on.

Social Point HD iPhone App Review

Social Point HD iPhone App Review

Concept and Functionality:

The concept is sound and the functional execution spot on, although we do think the aesthetic needs some work.

We’ve got some generic templates going on in this app, but with the dollar price tag, we should be getting an aesthetically exceptional experience.

Even better yet, why not customizable?

The app is off to a great start, but we’re most exciting to see what direction it goes in next.

A cleaner, quieter build with a free download would likely invite more users, and an optional $0.99 IAP for upgrades, such as the aesthetically exceptional templates mentioned above, would appeal to the segment of the audience who values style. Food for thought.

Overall Value:

Do you absolutely need to spend a dollar on this app? It depends; how much do you use Social Media?

If you’ve tried other social content aggregators before, you know what to look for; Ease of use, fluidity, and the ability to actually save time when making a post.

This app’s got you covered and boasts most everything it needs to stand out, but could use some finishing touches to fully justify the download.

SQRSocialPoint – HD requires iOS 5.1.1 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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Press Release: Knick Knack Media Has Released Bubble Jeopardy To Rave Reviews

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Bubble Jeopardy
iPhone App Press Release by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

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March 13, 2015 – Sydney, Australia Move over Candy Crush, there’s a new sheriff in town, Bubble Jeopary. Knick Knack Media has released Bubble Jeopardy, a free and easy-to-play yet challenging new match-3 game that gamers cannot put down. Between the compelling graphics and exciting gameplay, once you start playing Bubble Jeopardy you’ll find the time just slips away.

Bubble Jeopardy is a challenging and addictive pattern puzzle “Candy Crush” style game with lots of awesome bits and pieces like bubbles, balloons, spray cans, balloon animals, bubbles holding special items like snowflakes, colored tacks and more. The game is free to play with over 240 levels and offers in-app purchases to progress through the game at a much faster pace.

This game is great for all ages, children and adults alike will become immersed in its entertaining gameplay and lively soundtrack. This game takes the match 3 genre to a whole new level by implementing an “anti-gravity” mechanic that flips the typical gravity-based pattern puzzle model on its head. Shiny 3D helium balloons float up into the game board, rather than coming in down from the top.

The rising colorful balloons filling the grid adds a twist that gamers will find interesting and challenging. Make no mistake about it, this game is just as much fun to play, and is as addictive, as any of the top games from the big production houses, such as Candy Crush or Bejeweled. Can an indie development shop make it among the giants? This awesome game proves the answer is yes, but you be the judge.

TheiPhoneAppReview.com, a global leader in iOS app reviews, recently took on the challenge of testing out this new indie game and came away quite impressed. They reported to their readers “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.”

Leaving no doubt about their recommendation, TheiPhoneAppReview.com made their opinion quite clear by stating “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 Jeopardy is available to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices from the Apple App Store for free.

 

About the Developer:
Knick Knack Media is a boutique digital media company specialising in entertainment apps (Pocket Whip) and games.

 

Media Contact:
Nick Cercone
+61 405 518 900
nickcercone@icloud.com
mason.davis@knickknackmedia.com
Sydney Australia

 

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ABC Gurus Makes Learning Fun and Brings Letters to Life

abcgurus

Price: $1.99
Rating:
ABC Gurus
iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

We’re huge fans of educational apps here at TheiPhoneAppReview, and we’re always excited to see the latest creations by developers who are catering to the next generation of learners.

ABC Gurus is an incredibly fun an interactive letter learning app for iPhone and iPad.

Developed by Colto, this is a great way for kids to learn about letters while having fun.

Concept and Functionality:

Personally I love reviewing educational apps, mainly because it’s fun to see different ways that developers help kids learn.

One of the first things I look for in a kid’s app such as ABC Gurus is ease of use, as kids have a strong tendency to tap everywhere on the screen and become frustrated if they can’t get to what they want.

Luckily that isn’t a problem in ABC Gurus. The main menu is well-organized and easy to navigate, and it consists of all 26 letters of the alphabet arranged on a rotating planet.

Kids can swipe their finger left and right to rotate the planet and reveal more letters. There’s also an uppercase and lowercase toggle button so kids can easily switch between the two. Tapping on a letter makes it appear on the screen.

This is where the fun happens in ABC Gurus. A narrator repeatedly sounds out the letter on the screen so kids can easily become familiar with it. There are crayons on the right side of the screen so kids can color in the letter.

ABC Gurus iPad App

ABC Gurus iPad App

On the left side of the screen, they can decorate their letter with hats, eyes, mouths, and accessories. Once the letter is decorated, they can tap the Play button and an object representing the letter appears on the screen.

One of the things I really like about ABC Gurus is that it’s incredibly interactive and animated, which is key to keep children interested in what’s going on in an app.

I also love the fact that it’s designed to encourage kids to interact with letters beyond reading them on a screen.

Features:

ABC Gurus includes quite a few neat features. Some are subtle and speak to the production value of this app, such as the phonemic audio recorded by a special needs phonemics expert for children. Others are more obvious and add to its entertainment value, such as the ability to take a screenshot of the decorated letter. However, I noticed that it looks like the app forces you to take a screenshot before going back to the main menu, which is definitely a drawback.

Naturally the last thing parents want is a full camera roll, so one way around this is to disable access to photos.

Also, a feature we definitely appreciate is that ABC Gurus is completely free of in-app purchases and ads. There are a few links to other apps by the developer and the parent’s area, but they’re protected by a “tap the shape” question.

Value:

This app was fine-tuned based on feedback from more than 120 hours watching preschool children playing ABC Gurus, and the resulting quality shows.

ABC Gurus is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. Personally I love the app and the way it helps kids interact with letters of the alphabet.

Though the apparent forced screenshot is a bit of a bummer, it’s easily remedied until a separate exit button is added to the page.

ABC Gurusabc_gurus.jpg requires iOS 7.0 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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BCast Gives Ustream A Run For Its Money

bcast

Price: Free
Rating:
BCast
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Review by Adam Itkoff

Review by Adam Itkoff

Yes, you have Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. But why not one more Social Media profile focused on live video streams, just to round it all out?

You might share your live streams via Ustream.tv, and you might share your finished videos via YouTube, but how do you broadcast your live streams from mobile to mobile?

How about TV to mobile, or countless other combinations of seamless, cloud-communicated broadcast?

BCast, from FullCircle GeoSocial Network, Inc., allows for the sharing of live streams (“Instacasts”) by launching an “open live mobile broadcasting platform”, enabling users to connect in real time and navigate a huge, living world of live streams via their smartphone.

Features:

The app itself requires an authenticated login, so you’ll need to download, create an account, authorize via email, and then login (again) to the app in order to get started. The lack of “guest” option, and the 5 minute wait for the email authorization kills the buzz created by a successful download, but eventually you get in and start to poke around the app itself.

On the plus side, as long as you don’t specifically log out you don’t have to log in again the next time you open the app.

OK, now you’re into the app, you’d like to connect with someone and follow them. Unfortunately while you can search for the name of any BCast video, you can’t search for all members. If you’re using the app and you try to find someone under “Member Channels” by scrolling down, you can only see a subset of all the channels, in alphabetical order, although you can search for a channel if you know the user’s name.

BCast iPhone App Review

BCast iPhone App Review

The app is divided into a few central components: “Categories”, “BCasts”, “Live BCast”, “My Profile” and “Channels”. Navigation is easy enough, and you can link into somebody’s live stream at any time. The app opens you up to assorted videos (BCasts) and users (Channels), and definitely has a growing community thus far.

The videos are generally of decent quality although many of the videos display at some pixelation. Since you can’t control how folks are connecting, many are outdoors and probably using relatively slow connections, this is to be expected.

The UI could use some cleaning up. If you want to follow someone using the iPhone app you have find one of their videos in the BCast category and then select “share” once you are playing a video. We’d like to see a long-press or swipe right to reveal all options so you don’t have to dig for it.

Also, we’d like to see additional categories and the ability to create a channels besides the one default one you get.

After you create a BCast it takes a bit before it shows up, which is fine, but there is no indication that anything is happening. Some feedback that the video is being processed would be nice. Then when you do see the video you just made in your profile under ‘Broadcasts’ (why not ‘BCasts’?) there’s no way to delete it from the app, you can only delete videos if you use a browser to access the service.

You can also do an “Instacast”, which is actually a key differentiator for this app.  The Instacast feature is an option when you start a broadcast. Standing for “instant broadcast”  it allows you to instantly live stream with one click with notification to your followers.(Like Twitter).

With an app that covers so much ground it’s good to see a “help” section, but when you select that you don’t see a tutorial or any info, just an email form so you can ask a question.

There’s no doubt the developers have done all the heavy lifting to get this app to its current capabilities. However, to really make it fly they need to do more work on improving the quality of the videos and the UI so new users can easily see what’s going on and find what they’re looking for.

Concept and Functionality:

I wasn’t blown away by any of the videos I found, but we can hardly fault the developers for that. I found videos labeled “apartment” that let me watch snow melt, and I found a video named “LOL” that I still haven’t figured out.

Like any social network, as the user community grows it will become more compelling and the variety, and quality, of the BCasts are sure to improve.

We love the concept and we believe that this app lays the groundwork for an amazing live broadcasting service. It’s not quite all there yet but with some additional clever video compression and design work this app will be a force to be reckoned with.

Overall Value:

Remember when “Chatroulette” was popular, before the mainstream broke away and left the medium for Snapchat and less inherently perverse forms of communication?

Well, we hope that won’t happen to “BCast”, but it will need a few tweaks to break into the five-star category. A smoother aesthetic layout, more feedback to users to know what’s going on, better search capability, including a way to find only ongoing live streams, and a guest login option would punch the app up and deliver a more satisfying experience.

Still, for a recent advent, the app is going strong and will be a fan favorite for Ustreamers and video fanatics alike. We look forward to seeing the creativity this app is sure to unleash.

The app is also available on Android.

BQRBCast requires iOS 7.0 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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