Check Out Tattoo Artists With InkAdvise

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

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

If you’re looking to get a new tattoo, you owe it to yourself to checkout InkAdvise.

This is a very interesting new app by Danilo Ferraiolo that will help you discover great artists in your area.

Available for free through the iTunes Store, this app provides easy search features for locating tattoo artists in any city.

Features:

As indicated by its catchy name, InkAdvise is an app designed to help consumers locate the best tattoo artists in a city, whether near themselves (via the “Near Me Now” function) or within another specific city  (through the generalized search function).

A map with pin-dropped locations shows users where each artist is located, and clicking on a pin brings up more specific information about that particular artist, including user-submitted reviews if there are any available.

User-submitted photos can also be viewed. However, while the idea behind InkAdvise works great in cities where the app’s popularity has caught on, it really has relatively little value in areas with few users.

For instance, in a town near me, while there was an impressive number of tattoo artist locations, there weren’t any reviews posted on InkAdvise for these shops, making it hard to tell the advantages of one location over another. The recommendation aspect of this app will certainly improve as this app catches on.

Appearance and Layout:

InkAdvise iPhone App Review

InkAdvise iPhone App

One of my favorite parts of InkAdvise was definitely its appearance. It’s a very clean with a minimalist design making it wonderfully simple to use.

Anyone familiar with map-based review apps will have no problem with transitioning to InkAdvise, as navigating through it is completely intuitively.

I appreciated the clean, white background as well, and found no delay when clicking on different tattoo artists in my “my area” map to find reviews.

Overall, the appearance of InkAdvise is exactly as you’d wish for in an app like this: clean, simple, and yet still pleasing to look at.

Value:

As mentioned previously, InkAdvise is a well designed app with a friendly, easy to use layout that will appeal to many consumers.

However, even though InkAdvise is created with talent, it seems to lack some of the appeal that other apps similar to it might have; for instance, finding nearby tattoo artists can be done through other apps that also allow you to search for other vendors and shops as well (not solely limited to tattoos).

The lack of a variety of results, such as coffee shops or bars, means that it relies on its users to only be interested in one thing, tattoos. Additionally, while this app offers lots of promise and it may be great for users in cities where it is more popular, it doesn’t offer much value yet in areas where there are few, if any, reviews.

download (5)InkAdvise requires iOS 8.4 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 review.

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Big Review TV Lets You Leave Video Reviews for Businesses Around the World

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Big Review TV
Price: Free
Rating:
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

In our tech powered world, reviews are mostly respected not only by fellow consumers, but also by businesses. There are countless review services available all around the world, from Yelp to Foursquare and more.

Big Review TV  is one of those rare apps that makes you say “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”

It makes reviews much more informative by allowing users to leave brief video reviews in order to document their experience at an establishment.

Concept and Functionality:

The idea of Big Review TV, an app by Big Review TV, is smart because those who are viewing the review can place themselves in the establishment instead of using their imagination to guide them while reading a review.

Big Review TV sports an easy sign up process that lets you use an existing social networking account to log in, or you can create an account with your email address. Once you’re in, you can immediately begin browsing for reviews in your area.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Big Review TV includes pretty much every business in your area, meaning you’re not restricted on reviews.

To leave a review, simply tap the play button at the bottom of the screen and search for the business you’d like to review. Big Review TV shows a list of featured businesses, but you can use the magnifying glass to search for a business close to you.

Once you’ve found the business, tap “Review This Venue” and follow the instructions to record your video, leave your rating, and any applicable comments.

Features:

Big Review TV iPhone App

Big Review TV iPhone App

As I mentioned before, Big Review TV includes pretty much every business listed, even if it hasn’t been featured by the site. This means that, unlike many other review apps, Big Review TV doesn’t have to rely on highly populated areas in order to be useful.

This sort of limitation is what cripples other review apps, giving Big Review TV a chance to become a true hit in the consumer community.

Another cool feature of Big Review TV is the fact that business owners can contribute to their listing within the app, leaving relevant information about their company such as a new product, special offers, and more.

Value:

Big Review TV can be downloaded from the App Store for free and is designed for iPhone. Big Review TV doesn’t include in-app purchases or ads, so it’s completely free to use and enjoy. It’s also available from Google Play for Android.

Overall, I think Big Review TV is an awesome idea that helps consumers share their experiences through video instead of text. It’s great for business owners, as well, because they can see their establishment through the eyes of consumers.

big_review_tv.jpgBig Review TV requires iOS 6.0 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 review.

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The Apple 3D Touch Function and Gaming: What You Need to Know

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Apple 3D Touch and Gaming
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The Apple TV might represent Apple’s foray into the home TV game space but, it is the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6S, which is a more sensitive version of Apple’s Force Touch, that is the biggest potential innovation in game design for the company.

Young Man with cell phone walking3D Touch brings touch sensitivity to the touchscreen of the iPhone. That is, the screen can tell exactly how hard you are pressing and uses that information to dictate what step it should take next. For instance, to see a preview of an email message, you would press lightly and to see the actual message, you would press a little harder. Plus, the 6S has vibration feedback to clue you in on the level of pressure that you are using.

This touch sensitive feature works great for gaming purposes as well. For instance, you can use it to play games on the Royal Vegas site. This online casino is powered by Microgaming software, which means that gamers are treated to great graphics, a huge selection of over 600 games (they include keno, poker, baccarat, roulette, slots, and blackjack), as well as unparalleled security. The operators of this site are always on the lookout for the latest technology and, as such, have already integrated the iPhone’s 3D Touch capability into many of its games.

To showcase its flexibility, the 3D Touch feature was used to show gamers how it could be used in the new iOS game, Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade. This action shooter is based on the classic role-playing game and it gives you control over an Imperial Knight, a giant machine capable of devastating destruction. When playing this game on your iPhone, simply touch the things on the screen that you want to shoot. Applying more pressure allows you zoom in for more accurate aiming and if you press even harder, you now have the option to swap to a different weapon – all without taking your finger off the screen. This is a huge step forward in the complexity of game-play, but it doesn’t impair usability one iota. Go figure!

Another great example is the new game underpressure_ where the force of your touch determines the shade of color in the game.

If you think about it, the 3D feature will allow you to do things you couldn’t do in the past with precision and control like you’ve never seen before. And, as you can see, this new control option has definite implications for gaming, especially for developers who are now tasked with creating new types of vibrant and interesting games for this operating system.

In other words, its introduction to the market will surely lead to breakthrough design innovation and to games that we didn’t know that we couldn’t live without.

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Starific Takes You On Quite a Ride

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Starific – Endless Arcade Reactor
Price: Free
Rating:
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Starific - Endless Arcade Reactor iPhone Game

Starific – Endless Arcade Reactor iPhone Game

We love games that are created with a simple idea, and that is to make the action packed gameplay into a simple, unique form.

Starific blends Space Invaders and Pong into a challenging and entertaining game, while offering a wide range of interesting bonuses and gameplay mechanics along the way.

Features:

To get started with Starific, from Alex Gierczyk, all you need to know is that you have to place the ball inside the pixelated sphere and move the paddles left and right on that sphere in order to keep the ball rolling.

The more you play, the higher the score you can get and when you reach specific score levels you will have the ability to win the game, which is really nice for sure.

The coolest thing for me when it comes to this game is that everything in it is procedurally generated. As you would expect, that is a game changer because each time you can find new challenges.

Only the inner portion of this sphere is generated, the outside remains the same all the time, and that on its own can be really fun and exciting all the time.

Starific - Endless Arcade Reactor iPhone Game

Starific – Endless Arcade Reactor iPhone Game

Power-ups are very cool in this game but aside from visuals, they also offer plenty of benefits. For example, you can use them all the time if you want to increase your score, however they can also remove some of the challenges on the board and make your game easier.

Finding the right power-ups can be quite the hassle, especially since the game does tend to get very hectic all the time, but it’s the gameplay experience that matters the most here.

Appearance and Layout:

The ability to customize everything is also a major plus in this title, and the more you play the more you will like this. It’s also interesting to see how many game modes are there, because alongside arcade you also have a strategic mode that might suit your needs.

You can collect a wide range of themes and use them in your game, but at the same time there are lots of other cool things for you to check out. It’s amazing how much attention was placed into the game and how great it is, but the most exciting thing is how everything manages to blend in together and offer a top-notch gaming experience.

Graphics are amazing in this game, even though sometimes it can be very hard to understand the things that happen on your screen. On top of that, the music is pretty good, although the focus is too much on dubstep which is a niche genre.

Value:

Overall, I feel that Starific – Endless Arcade Reactor manages to give you a very good, immersive and fun gameplay that’s really nice.

It’s an amazing game to play that will keep you happily playing for hours.

starificios-qrStarific – Endless Arcade Reactor 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 by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Gif Me! Camera Lets You Create Awesome GIFs in a Flash

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Gif Me! Camera – Animated Gif & Moving Pictures
Price: $0.99
Rating:
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

If you’re internet savvy, you’ve undoubtedly heard of animated GIFs, or Graphics Interchange Format images. They cover a short sequence of events, usually a few seconds, and repeat endlessly.

GIFs are a great way to capture a moment and get straight to the point.

Gif Me! Camera is incredibly easy and fun to use letting you quickly create animated GIFs with just a few taps.

Concept and Functionality:

Gif Me! Camera, an app by Pierre Gougelet, certainly isn’t a new idea as far as photo apps go, but the developer obviously put quite a bit of time into making sure it’s one of the easiest apps to use.

I really like the fact that you can jump into the app and start making GIFs almost instantly; it really is that easy to use.

The interface is one of my favorite aspects of Gif Me! Camera and it’s very clean and easy to navigate.

I really like the fact that Gif Me! Camera puts the image above all else, limiting the space that menus and toolbars take up on the screen so users can see as much of the image as possible.

One thing I really like about Gif Me! Camera is the fact that it lets you not only record video directly on your camera, but you can also import existing media straight from your Camera Roll.

I’ve always been a huge fan of features like this because it means users can take advantage of cool photo editing apps immediately without having to hunt down the perfect moment just to try it out.

Features:

Gif Me! Camera iPhone App

Gif Me! Camera iPhone App

One thing that surprised me about Gif Me! Camera is the sheer number of cool extras it features.

For example, users can shoot video in both stop motion or full video. There are tons of filters that you can add to your GIF for extra effects, and all of them can be viewed and applied in real time.

For users who would like even more control over their GIF, Gif Me! Camera even lets you change the speed of the animation and add text to your image.

There’s nothing worse than watching a GIF that’s too fast, and Gif Me! Camera makes sure you have total control over pretty much every aspect of your animation.

Value:

Gif Me! Camera can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99 and is designed for iPhone.

When it comes to price, a buck is a small price to pay for an app that offers quite a bit of creative freedom to its users.

Overall, Gif Me! Camera is a great photo/video app that allows you to quickly and easily create GIFs and control exactly how they look.

It offers many features that users will enjoy, and I definitely think it’s worth checking out if you’re serious about your GIFs or just want to have some fun!

gif_me_camera.jpgGif Me! Camera requires iOS 8.0 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 review.

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Bungee Mummy Offers Lots of Very Cool Challenges

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Bungee Mummy: Challenges
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Steampunk Wizards Ltd.’s Bungee Mummy app challenges players to successfully guide “geemies” through each level.

Bungee Mummy is an entertaining game that features excellent arcade-style graphics and lets players challenge their friends’ top scores.

Features:

Bungee Mummy is a game that challenges its players to do exactly as its name indicates. (That is, direct “bungeeing-based” characters through obstacles.

Specifically, this app is a touchscreen-based control system that forces players to think critically about the physics forces needed to accomplish each task.

That may sound complicated but you’ll quickly get the hang of it and be amazed at how much fun you’ll have with these challenges.

It’s a simple enough gaming concept that is still difficult enough in actual execution to provide a good amount of entertainment for most audiences.

Each challenge in this game is very unique to that level, and I found that this variety was definitely a plus side to the app, as  it kept things feeling fresh.

Bungee Mummy iPhone Game

Bungee Mummy iPhone Game

For those who appreciate sound effects during a game, Bungee Mummy offers a fun soundtrack also, and particularly competitive players might find the option to compare their scores against friends through the leaderboards to be an attractive feature as well.

No wifi or cell data connection is required to play Bungee Mummy, making it a great game for passing time on long road trips or subway rides.

Appearance and Layout:

Bungee Mummy definitely features fun graphics that really contribute to the overall appeal of the game. The overall feeling of the app is very arcade-style, and the graphics of Bungee Mummy fit perfectly into this schema.

Additionally, even though there is always a lot going on at any one time without the app, I never felt like the screen’s appearance was too cluttered.

Finally, this game is very well designed so actually playing it is best described as intuitive; I appreciated not having to waste any time on figuring out how to best navigate the features and settings of this game.

Value:

As noted above, this is a free app, which makes it a great option for budget-conscious consumers to try out without any need for financial investment.

We heartily recommend checking out this game: the graphics are fun, the gaming concept is simple enough to easily grasp and yet difficult enough to provide for hours of entertainment.

download (4)Bungee Mummy requires iOS 7.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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