AVG AntiVirus Protects Your Phone

Most of us have experienced a slow phone, or a phone that just does not perform the same as it used to. Our phones run the same way as personal computer and tablets, and should be treated as such. We can now protect our phones just like we protect our computers with the AVG AntiVirus app.

This app will protect your phone and tablet from harmful viruses, spyware, malware, and text messages. It will also keep your personal data safe with an app lock and picture vault. This app is for android phones and tablets, it provides effective easy to use virus and malware protection.

This app also has a phone locator and call blocker. You can also use this app to kill certain tasks so that you can save your battery. This app also includes a Wi-Fi scanner, analyzer and picture vault to help shield you from threats, and protect your privacy and online identity.

The AVG app can also defend your phone, before it has to kill the viruses that harmful apps can put on your phone. You can scan your apps, games and all files with the dual-engine antivirus that will remove all malicious content.

AVG

This phone is also good for protecting your privacy. If you have a work phone or a private phone, you can prevent others from snooping on it.

This app is also very adaptable. It is available in 33 languages and is very user friendly. The graphics are engaging and simple, so you will not be wondering what means what. The download is very simple, and also free!

Along with the privacy settings, you can protect your calls and messages from spammers, scammers, and hackers. You will be warned about receiving any suspicious text messages before they can harm your phone. You can also have your calls and messages filtered.

In this app, you can delete and clear your call history, browsing history and clipboard content instead of doing it separately in your browsing window. If you are planning to restore your device, or give it away, you can wipe everything from your phone including contacts, photos, texts, browsing history, calendar, and then you can format the SD card to restore the device to factory settings.

The possibilities of this app seem to be endless. You can also identify unsecure device settings and it will advise you on how to fix them. The app will also check all media files for malicious software and any security threats that may try to thwart your phone.

If your phone has sensitive apps installed in it, AVG AntiVirus will lock it so that it does not affect the functions of your phone. When you are connecting to Wi-Fi networks that are open, the software will scan the networks for encryption issues, weak passwords that do not keep it properly secured, and other threats.

Fly Like an Eagle, Explore, and Experience Flight through Eaglivion VR

Virtual reality is the buzzword of the moment. Last year’s Christmas gift frenzy highlighted VR headsets that allowed just about anyone to experience something that was contained to devices found in museums or tech centers. Now, VR devices fit in the palm of your hand and fit like a glove over your eyes, transforming smartphones into experiences like no other.

Eaglivion VR is one of many apps that take full advantage of VR and make it easy for anyone to feel like they are soaring like an eagle across the skies and over mountaintops, looking for various items, allowing users to collect points.

The download is free and works well on both iPhone and iPad. The app itself works with the following types of VR devices:

  • Cardboard
  • Gear VR
  • VR Headset
  • VR Box

The developers highly recommend using Cardboard as your VR device for maximum enjoyment, but all devices listed are fully functional with Eaglivion VR.

Eaglivion VR is an adventure. As soon as you connect your device to the VR equipment, you will instantaneously transform your world into a place that is open, clean, and clear. You will feel like you are in the Colorado Rockies or atop a mountain range almost anywhere in the world, anywhere that is far away from people, noise, and pollution.

You become an eagle, and you fly around looking for items as the app requests them. These requests float amid the screen almost like a mist, easy to read, but blending well into the setting. These requests range from collecting a certain number of feathers or rocks, leaves or flowers.

The app also comes loaded with various types of actions and events, at random times:

  • Air Battles – engage in battle with other eagles to defend your space and gain access to areas for further exploration and collection
  • Races – fly as fast as you can to test your speed and agility against other eagles
  • Fish Hunting – as you fly over streams and rivers, see how many fish you can catch
  • Knock Downs – every so often, there will be items hanging from cliff sides or trees that you will be tasked with hitting and knocking down
  • Explorations – there are different worlds to discover within the app. Point your device over the different worlds and when the white dots lines over your destination, tap and go
  • Using Tools – pick up various implements and use them in various ways to collect points and create a more rich experience from your game

Everything about this app is very real and impressive. VR is fairly new to me and I love that the creator of Eaglivion VR has chosen a natural setting for his VR gaming app. What I would love to see in future updates is more exotic destinations so I can explore the world without leaving my living room.

Until then, my family members will have to work hard to pry the VR from my hands, because I plan on spending many hours in Eaglivion VR.

Challenge Your Balancing Skills with A Balance the Ball

Not all games are created equal. Most games are very dynamic and involved – saving the planet, defeating incoming foe and defending your village, or just solving a puzzle. Sometimes, all you need is a simple game that helps you forget your day or just keeps you busy while you are waiting. Those types of games don’t appeal to most games, but if you are looking for something simple and fun, A Balance the Ball is your answer.

When you first download this game, your first impression may be: “This is going to be so easy!”

Think again. At first, you will easily be able to keep the ball on the platform just fine. But as you play more, the app will throw a few bumps and roadblocks your way to keep things lively. You will see a line on the beam that the ball cannot cross, otherwise you lose that round. When you play a round, you get three waves that comes and shift your beam back and forth, rolling the ball left to right or right to left. You counter that movement by moving your device to keep the ball steady and prevent it from falling off the beam and from rolling past any lines.

A Balance the Ball app

That is basically how you play the game. The only changes that pop up are the challenge levels, and what types of waves come your way, how fast they occur and how strong. What makes the game enjoyable and something you want to go back to is the background music. It is upbeat and it keeps you tuned into your challenge. Remember, the waves may come fast and you have to move even faster to anticipate where you need to move the ball.

As you make your balancing adjustments and keep the ball on the beam with each passing wave, you add fuel to the rocket icon that sits at the bottom of the screen. When the fuel tank fills up, you get blasted up to the next challenge level. Most of the scenes and backgrounds tend to reflect something about outer space, but it would be nice to see something different.

The game tries to change things up by making the beam size different at times, and of course the music in the background changes out every so often. I was not sure about what the blue blocks were all about, but apparently they are somewhat of a powerup giving you more time and assistance.

The nature of the game itself is so simple, I can see it becoming a bore after you’ve completed a few levels of difficulty. It would be neat to see the music and sounds reflect different scenarios, like being on a mountaintop and skiing down – the beam could represent the skis and the ball is the person.

For now, A Balance the Ball packs enough of a punch to keep you focused and challenged, which fits the bill when you are trying to pass the time.

Effortless Planning and Organizing with Informant 5

Staying organized in this day and age is no easy feat. We all have so much going on at work and in our personal lives that it can get really hairy managing it all just to stay sane. You have meetings to attend, parties to host, and events to plan. You have people to pick up, things to buy, and tasks to complete. This list grows and grows. Unless you are super organized in your head, you need an organizer that helps you manage it all and allow you to focus on making more critical decisions, rather than worry about what your next task of the day will be.

The key to great time management is letting tools do the work for you. That’s what they are for. If you are spending too much time on a tool, then that tool is not doing its job.

Informant 5 is a tool that lives up to its name. It keeps you informed and organized; and, it does its job.

Free to download, and filled with numerous subscription options that offer an extended array of app features, Informant 5 is an organizer app that you have to try, even if you love the app you currently have.

I personally have been an avid user of Errands.  But, after downloading Informant, I now know what I was missing.

The free version of Informant 5 gives you calendaring. You can enter events and such, along with reminders. What you really need is the upgraded version of Informant, because that is where the workhorse lives.

Informant 5

With a subscription purchase, you get access to your Informant app from both iPhones and iPads – this is essential because you want that accessibility to keep in sync and be able to plan and make changes from whatever device you have handy.

The app itself is like no other. Its coloring is quite simple, and some could say bland, but what you need with an organizer app is not the bells and whistles of graphics and such, but an easy to read display that renders your tasks, events and calendar items in such a way that makes it super easy for you to find what you are looking for and to quickly see what’s on tap for the day and prioritize if needed.

The calendar is white. The background is black. The items you place in the organizer will be on the black background in white letters, but what is most important is the color coding scheme the app offers so that can categorize tasks, notes and events in a way that works best for you. You can categorize by work, personal, entertainment. You could categorize by priority. It’s all up to you. But the point I wanted to make is that the color on black makes it so easy to get a quick status on how your day is stacking up so that you can reprioritize or pick your game.

What I would like to see in the app is the ability to outright purchase it instead of getting a subscription. I love it that much. Future updates should be included, with significant improvements to functionality then added as in-app purchases.

If you seek some stability in your day and need a tool to help get you there, download Informant 5 today. You will wonder how you functioned without it.

Seize Your Day with FileCalendar

Keeping organized and having information ready when you need it key to productivity. Oftentimes, we think we’ll remember where to find what we need, in the instant we need it; but, all too often, we blank out and wish we’d printed out that list or agenda.

I’ve been there too many times and now know how to manage those situations. FileCalendar makes using your calendar far more powerful. FileCalendar is an iOS app that builds off your iCalendar but adds features that support the ability to add files to events. It doesn’t stop there. Once you have uploaded files into FileCalendar, you can search for them after the fact, in case you cannot remember where you uploaded them.

The app is fully functional and so easy to use. Many folks may find the concept of uploading files into a calendar somewhat daunting, but believe me, you will not know how you survived up until now once you start using FileCalendar.

FileCalendar app

FileCalendar has uses on multiple levels:

  1. Work – create meeting and attach agendas. Once meeting complete, attach meeting notes and send out notifications to meeting attendees so they know to read the newly attached meeting notes
  2. Play – enter parties and social gatherings. Entice and excite invitees by attaching fun video clips and photos of the fun to come. Once the party is done, you can even upload thank you’s and photos of the event.
  3. Personal – put in all of your appointments: doctors, dentists, hair, nails, and kids. Then, upload all of those crazy forms you know you will have to fill out in the office. Now, you can set a reminder to fill them out a day or two in advance and be at the ready when you show up. No more digging for those forms!
  4. Shopping – never forget a shopping list ever again. Upload the file and you are good to go. If your event is recurring, then you can simply add to or delete items each week, as needed.

Upload are simple as is event creation. Events are entered just as you would iCalendar. The fields are all the same. You can also import events you have already entered in iCalendar into FileCalendar and start using it immediately.

File types that you can upload include basic Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, mp4 videos, and more. What I would like to see in the future is more cloud based connectivity, so I can upload files from any source, allowing me to create those documents at any time and then upload them to my FileCalendar when I have my iOS device at hand.

While simple by nature, FileCalendar is as powerful as you can make it. You can transform the app be what you need it to be, helping you take control of your day.

Solitaire Fun with Daily Challenges and Winnings

If you are looking for a game that does not require target practice or require you to be an outright genius, look no further. Spider Solitaire brings the classic card game that many of us used to play and placed it in the palms of our hands.

I remember playing solitaire during summer breaks when there was nothing else to do, and eventually, this transitioned over to playing on the computer when they introduced desktop versions. Mobile gaming versions have been available for many years, now. But, Spider Solitaire has a little something different that makes it fun to play and lures you back in to play more.

I really liked that it has many themes to choose from. You can set an underwater theme, with fun fish floating around. You can choose one of their newer themes, like Spring or Rainy Day. All of them are fun and change up the game just enough that you feel like you’ve got something new.

The creators of Spider Solitaire, MobilityWare, take care to keep things fresh by adding new themes and daily challenges. Yes, Daily Challenges are another feature of this app that take playing Solitaire to new levels. Each day, there is a new challenge. Meet the challenge and score a crown. All of your earned crowns can be seen on the handy dandy calendar that the app offers. Earn enough crowns and could be looking at a monumental trophy!

The game play is just as expected. In Spider Solitaire, they don’t throw you into the fire right away. You start off small, making a stack of just one suit. Once you master that, you move on to stacking two suits, and then three and finally four. There is no pressure, just fun. And this game is for players of all ages, nothing to hide or be worried about, for those protective parents out there.

Being a free game, you get an occasional ad or two, but hey, free is never really free.

What you do get that is really neat is sharp graphics and colorful displays. This keeps it upbeat and amusing. Here is what is really cool about the app – lefties rejoice – it has left hand and right hand play. It accommodates all players. In this day and age, not many apps or things do that.

For those who don’t want too much challenge and like a helping hand every so often, the app offers highlighting of cards, so you know what card to pick and move if you are not sure.

For those who have a creative side and really want to make the app there own, outside of a chosen theme, you can customize card backings.

There is not much lacking in this app except I did not easily find a way to shout out to my friends and say, “hey, look at the number of crowns I’ve got!” No matter, I am sure there will be connectivity to social media soon.

Download and enjoy this app today. You will fall for it, hook, line and sinker.

Banana Stand – A Fun Easy Game

You may have thought the days of playing games on your phone were over. We all remember trying to beat each other’s high scores, unlocking new levels and reaching the end of that game we played day after day. It may be safe to say that those days are back.

Banana stand is a fun easy game safe to take your mind off of your daily tasks you are likely to procrastinate from. It really has no age limit! I know some are embarrassed to still be playing phone games, but what would you rather do, read?

The goal of the game is to help Rick the banana man build his dream business! Once you download this game, you will be experiencing the best banana company idle incremental clicker stimulation game—this just means the main way to play the game is by clicking the right thing.

With this game, you can research all new banana products and build your own business infrastructure. The center of the game is a magical banana tree; this is where your bananas will be harvested from.

Throughout the game, you can earn lots of different gems as ‘payment’ for your great work! This game is also very user friendly and not complicated at all!

Banana Stand app

The game is easy to play because the controls are very simplistic and straight forward. This game will give you hours of gun and definitely distract you from whatever you are avoiding to play this game!

It is safe to say that this is one of the most fun tap games of its class. Remember Angry Birds? Here is a fun and new replacement.

This games also has new features. An added helicopter and dragon skin make this game even more exciting. This game has great graphics and an easy screen so you will not get confused by a bunch of buttons while you are playing.

All the important stuff is labeled and in big letters as well—it really is for all ages. You can also keep track of your daily progress and see how far you are from the next reward. The rewards of this game include coins earned, diamonds earned, total taps, total crate drops, total products and recipes, total prestige count, total prestige bonus bananas, total prestige coins, time since your last prestige, total play time and total customer taps—everything is tracked!

What I liked most about this app was its usability. It didn’t require so much effort and it was a nice, fun thing to play between the day. Best part of this app in my opinion is that it is compatible with all my devices so I can play on my phone, and then use my kindle and still keep my score!

Eighty-five people have also reviewed this game and can testify that it is a fun and loveable clicker game that can be slightly addicting. As an incremental clicker game, it could be easy to get bored but not this one—it has no pause button so the fun can go on for hours!

Banana Stand doesn’t use cheap little characters that get annoying to look at either, the banana mascot is very entertaining and in no way boring. Hammy is a great gamemaker and has done it again!

Two Numbers – Merge Tiles and Earn Points Before Time Runs Out

Tiled puzzle games are a memory from the past. Remember those plastic ones you used to get in those party bags at the end of a birthday party? I don’t know about you, but I always would force on out and fix tiles in such a way that I could easily get to the finish line fast.

Nowadays, with the digital versions of tiled puzzle games, you are on your own, with your brain, of course. There is no cheating. The games have also taken on new challenges. You are not tasked with putting tiles in numeric order or building an image. You are now tasked with merging tiles and getting to the highest power of 2 before you run out of tiles to merge.

Download the app and you will see exactly what I’m talking about. The app opens up conveniently with a tutorial and explains the different ways in which tiles can be merged, how to merge them, and it even shows you what happens after the merge.

After the merge, the existing tiles shift to fill the empty slots, and you get new tiles.

Swipe correctly, and you will move closer and closer to a higher number. Swipe incorrectly, and you may just create islands of tiles that cannot merge and grow in value, leaving you stuck to forfeit and either try again or start a new game.

Two Numbers Puzzle screenshot

Within the app, which is a free download, you can adjust settings – turn the music, sound and vibrations ON or OFF. You can also rate the game, which of course helps out the creators. You can even elect to make an in-app purchase to stop the ads from polluting your gaming experience.

I personally did not find the ads to be a nuisance, but everyone has their tolerance for such things.

Back to the game – I really liked the fact that in this game, merges did not have to fall exactly in a line. You could merge a tile that was adjacent to another tile, and that other tile was adjacent to a third tile, forming a “corner.” In this case, all three tiles would merge and end up in your final swipe spot. This was something I had not seen before.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you have only so many minutes to complete a game. After the time is up, and I have not figured out what that is, your game ends and you get your score.

I have not figured out another thing which seems to be an option, but I have yet to confirm it; the ability to join in a game with someone else or to even post your scores and see if you make it to the leaderboard.

What is nice is the ability to get support from within Two Numbers. From the Main menu, tap on Support, and it allows you to send an email to the customer support team for Doros. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Mevo – Lose Weight the Fun Way

Let’s face it…we’ve all been at that place where we just don’t like what we see, and I’m not talking about a bad movie. You’ve been binging on wings and gulping down pop like there’s no tomorrow, because you look and feel great and have an exercise routine in place that got you there.

Well, reality hits hard. Sometimes, that same old exercise routine has to grow with you, and that’s when you can use a helping hand. Sure, there are lots of apps out there that let you type in your goal weight, date and more, but Mevo – Weight Loss and Fitness app is different. Mevo is with you every step of the way, in different ways. It’s a trainer, coach, media outlet and more, so you get what you need on all fronts to stay on the path to healthy.

First off, Mevo connects you at several levels. It connects you with others who are in the same boat as you, so you gain the support you need to forge ahead and not stray. Thinking of heading over to the local yogurt place tonight? Not. Your friends on Mevo won’t let you make that mistake.

The second connect is to information. Recipes, nutritional educations, and more. In general, we all know what healthy looks like, but it can be daunting. Mevo offers up options that fit your lifestyle and palate.

The third connect is to your stats. Walk, run, bike, yoga, pilates – whatever you do, you log it. Every movement counts. Mevo makes it so easy to log each activity you engage in. Walks and runs count automatically, so you get bang for your buck.

Calories and intake you will have to enter, of course, but the app makes it so easy with a barcode scanner, so you can get an instant quote on the value of what you are about to eat.

Again, this all gets logged into your database and becomes a part of the information that Mevo will use to help guide you towards your goal.

The app is so easy to use. The download is free and the interface is intuitive. There are tons of recipes to choose from based on what you like, how much time you have, and dietary restrictions. This area of the app is extremely easy to navigate and updates every so often, so there is no chance of getting bored with the selections. You can even tag favorites so you can get to them fast. What I really liked about this app is that it made meal planning so easy, this became one less dreaded chore, and more of a fun activity.

Workouts and exercise routines are abundant and fit your schedule. You simply type in your goals and expectations, and the app becomes your personal coach, helping you determine when to workout, which workout to use and you are on your way.

The fun part is the area of the app that offers quizzes and games. This keeps things lighthearted and engaging, instead of once more goal you need to achieve.

I would like to see more connectivity to a variety of devices such as Jawbone Up. This will widen the scope of accessibility to many more users, making the community larger and connectivity stronger.

I have found myself sticking to a better exercise regimen and eating a little better after using Mevo. I hope that you find the same success, as well.