CastBox- Your Primary Podcast Player

Podcasts have made their way back, and they are a vital source of information and entertainment in this day and age. CastBox is one of the leading podcast applications- and it’s free!

Creators promise that the app delivers everything you want, and it’s true. After signing in with your preferred method, you immediately begin personalizing your podcast player by selecting what kind of podcasts you would be interested in.

You will then get some recommended channels based on the categories that you chose. And that’s how you get the ball rolling, easy right?

After subscribing to a few channels, you can search for your favorites or browse around for more that match your taste.

When it comes to podcast players, choosing CastBox will make you imaginative- since you have to listen intently. You can discover an unlimited amount of new things with all the categories and subjects the app has to offer. You can forget about staring at your screen while you commute- use CastBox to brighten any boring bus or train ride.

Last but not least, CastBox allows you to gain more. For example, after you are done listening to some podcasts within your usual interests, you will definitely branch out and explore other categories- talk about knowledge at your fingertips!

The sole purpose of CastBox is to intensify your listening experience through one simple app. Besides being informed, you can also create!

Features

  • Clean, smooth interface.
  • Podcasting community- comment on your favorite podcasts and chat with other users.
  • Create your own podcasting channel, and add as many channels as you like.
  • Share channels and episodes with friends.
  • Download your favorite episodes so that you can enjoy offline listening.
  • You can store and keep up with your favorite channels and episodes.
  • Large discovery page- making it quick and easy to find trending channels.
  • Radio channels are easily available.
  • You are spoilt for choice. Brace yourself for endless entertainment with millions of podcasts.
  • ChromeCast and Amazon Echo support.
  • Great for those who are learning a new language- 70 different language options.
  • Offers educational and entertainment podcasts.
  • Customize your own playlists.
  • Listeners have access to a personalized recommendation list.
  • Enjoy all of this free of charge!

Podcasts allow you to listen to different voices from all around the world. Along with this, CastBox makes it possible for you to voice your opinion and connect with other listeners. So, what will it be for you- a Ted Talk, some BBC News, or Comedy Central? This app is perfect for those who want to relax, listen, and learn.

Sensational Swinging with SWINGER

Calling all casual gamers! This is an app that won’t demand any of your precious time, but will fill up your free time with delightful tapping.

Pick up this tap game if you are a fan of simple rules and pure fun. The first thing one would love about this game is the rapid start and restart feature. It begins with reading a three step tutorial and pressing start. After tapping and dying, you restart and repeat. No signing up, no tangled tutorial- just start and restart.

The objective of the game is to garner these blue spheres with a swinger, this will allow you to gain score. Collecting these blue sun-looking spheres is not as easy as it sounds. Your swinger cannot stay dormant, as it does a three-sixty around the blue circle it’s currently on, that circle will eventually turn red and begin to die. To avoid dying with it, you need to tap on green rings which will in turn move your swinger. Tap to jump from green ring to green ring so that you can hunt for blue spheres.

Challenges are met when you tap from a ring that decreases speed and the length of your swinger, to a ring that increases the speed and length of your swinger. But, there are no complex mechanics in this game, so after a few tries it’s plain sailing.

SWINGER screenshot

In the game you do receive the single most important piece of advice- “Only attach to rings that are close to you!” Attaching the swinger to rings that are far away from you only creates panic, as your swinger will extend, the speed will increase, and when this happens it is easier to touch the end of the screen. Touching the edge of the screen will put an end to your swinging.

Features:

The user interface is easily understood and user-friendly. Anyone who downloads the app should be able to get into it immediately. This is what makes SWINGER so enjoyable, it is an instant stress reliever and entertaining distraction. If you are looking to train your reflexes and sharpen your mind, this is a great way to do it. From the menu, you can easily access the one page tutorial, share the game with friends, and control the game sounds. When it comes to the graphics, they are clear and colorful. The “spacey” game sounds encourage you try and try again.

If your friends don’t join you, have fun trying to beat your own score! As developers say, it’s easy to learn and hard to master, but you will definitely have copious amounts of fun along the way.

Castle Breakout – Escape or Be Doomed

What makes “escape the room” games so addictive? Castle Breakout – Escape! is an example of such a game and it holds the answer for us.

The game by Cloudburst Room Escape, is for those who seek a little medieval adventure while they solve their puzzles.
A security master named Rex, is trapped in a castle around the 11th to 14th century. One must enter each room and find their way out by solving puzzles and finding clues. The clues are often right in front of you, hiding on the walls and in the fruit bowls- keep your eyes peeled!

You venture into an old pantry, alchemy room, and the king’s quarters. Each room is charming, elegant and some are a little… dusty.
Just as if you you were trapped in real life, you have to sort of “feel around” the rooms for clues; you do this by tapping on items and obstacles. You will know when you’re on the right track because tapping on suspicious items will automatically zoom you in on them.
Even if items seem dull and pointless, keep on tapping around them and the area they are in- you never know what might be hiding in the corners. The items you collect go in an inventory on the right hand side of your screen.

For example, in the alchemy room there are draw knobs that are missing, maps to be found, and potions to be made. All of this is waiting for you to put together.

Castle Breakout

Once all the clues are found and all the pieces are in place, the door will finally open.
If you fail to interact with the room and puzzles, you must prepare to suffer a lonely fate. There are no shortcuts, only one door reveals the way out, and when you do escape a room, be prepared for the next one! Can you escape the room?

Features

The graphics will take one by surprise, they are absolutely beautiful. In one room, you can tap on a window that will zoom in on the kingdom outside, it’s breathtaking.
The in-game sounds are realistic, they add to the mystique of the rooms.
In the menu, you can control the sounds, share the game, and find a short tutorial.
After getting the hang of moving Rex around, you will be disappointed with only ten rooms- you will definitely want more!
Each room is different and alluring in it’s own way.
Every environmental puzzle is unique- one puzzle could involve mathematics and another could test your memory.
Not all the best things in life are free, so it could be frustrating to see that the last three rooms will cost you three dollars. But, at the end of it all, there is a free dragon ride that awaits you!

These escape games tend to be addictive because they are challenging and make one scratch their heads a bit. You just naturally want to find your way out. After all, who wants to be trapped in a medieval castle forever? This app is available on iOS and Android.

Become the Ultimate Kwitter – Kwit

Are you afraid of not being able to handle the side-effects after you quit smoking? Now, with the health app Kwit, by Kwit SAS, you can track your journey and resist another puff.

Opening the app, you receive little hints and updates. Right off the bat, you know you are able to shake your phone to display a motivational message. On the new dashboard you can view all your statistics on one screen, share anything you wish, and share pictures of your progress. You can monitor your willpower by keeping track of occasional cigarettes that you may smoke and log your success in resisting cravings.

Passing the hints and updates, start by selecting your quitting date and time; and old habits, like: cigarettes per day, price per pack, and cigarettes per pack. After entering this basic information, the menu displays your profile right away. Here, you can keep an eye on your health, wellbeing, time, money, and cigarette bars.

Looking at the menu bar, next to your profile icon is the dashboard one. At the top of your dashboard you can see for how long you have been a “Kwitter”, money saved, and cigarettes not smoked.

Kwit

The next icon is achievements. For example, level one achievement in the health category lets me know that my heart rate has returned to normal.

Using the “willpower” icon you can purchase the premium version to unlock more. The last icon is “settings.”

With this, you have all the tools to begin a smoke-free lifestyle.

Features:

Everyone loves a gaming experience right? Kwit SAS knows this to be true, so they have incorporated gaming structures into the app to, firstly, mentally encourage and motivate you.

Being able to monitor your progress live is a big part of the app. It’s great for an individual to be able to track their progress closely and watch themselves elevate to a healthier level.

The color of the app could remind one of the Nicorette logo, so the less-is-more interface is green and clean.

The user-friendly menu makes it easy to navigate in and out of the app- completely fuss free.

We don’t really realize how our body recovers from smoking, so by unlocking your achievements you know how much your body is flourishing.

You can share your unlocked achievements with friends- this is great for attracting other smokers to join you!

The app wouldn’t have been the same without the motivational cards, for example, one of them reads: “The cravings occur for only a few minutes at a time, but your time perception gets distorted and you believe it lasts longer. Go outside for a walk.”

When you unlock the full version you will unlock more goals, a willpower diary, 120 new motivation cards, and no more advertisements.

The “shake to release a motivational card” feature is not available on Android devices yet.

There are many tips and tricks to quit smoking, and the Kwit app might just be the ticket to clean lungs for you. Become a Kwitter today! This app is also available on Android.

Searching Made Simple – Rapi.Do

If you need some straightforward, to-the-point search results- done in a rapid manner too- you don’t have to look much further than the Rapi.Do app.

They say that if you click the second page of any search engine, you’re doing it wrong. But the thing is, sometimes you genuinely don’t find what you’re looking for, or, you just doubt the textual links seen before. On other occasions, we’re simply too busy to read or open multiple tabs to find the exact thing we’re looking for.

Well, these issues can be solved with the Rapi.Do app, by LinkBigLTD. They have created a “find it fast” solution by giving you the option to search between visual results! Isn’t that refreshing?

There is no need to sign up with Facebook or an email account, you just get on with it. Without difficulty, just type in your search, wait a little for your results to load, and lastly, swipe between your results.

RapiDo app

For example, typed in the search bar was “pubs in Manila”, on the first result page was One Stop Manila Online Tour Guide, the second was TripAdvisor, and that’s as far enough as I needed to go to get a general idea of what I was looking for.

And that’s it! It truly is as simple as that.

Features:

Bright red is the first thing you see, but it’s not very distracting. The app is made for efficiency, so you won’t be staring at the red home screen for a long time. The graphics are clear and the text is all understandable.

The main instruction is simple and clear, so you just treat it like you would any search engine. Here, no tutorial is required whatsoever.

After entering your search and pressing “red for go”, the pages do not take long to load at all. When swiping between pages, it’s the same story- smooth and effortless.

Once you have found what you’re looking for, there is an icon at the top right corner of the screen that will take you to the exact website so you can have a closer look. Speaking of a closer look, you are not able to zoom in on pages whilst on the app.

Found exactly what you’re looking for? Great, you can now share your results using the share icon. The last icon that you will use is one that takes you back to the search bar.

The only snag is a bit of jitteriness here and there- but it isn’t anything serious that could distract you from searching further.

Cut out your textual link reading completely, this app is all about the visuals! It definitely saves you time in all ways possible. Rapi.Do is the no-nonsense app that does.

Jewellust Adventure – Match 3 Game with an Exotic Twist

Love your match games? The way the colors slide across the screen just after you locate and tap out a row of matching items? There are tons of games out there that bring that very thrill, but the creators at Smartpix Games have brought us an even more interesting take on this game.

Set in ancient Egypt, amidst colorful jewels, this game, available on both the Android and iOS platforms, transports you for a quick fix or a long journey, into history. You get your gaming fix with the fun match exercise, while immersing yourself in Egyptian magnificence.

With sharp graphics and smooth animations, the game pulls you in and is easy to play. All you have to do is slide gems to align with other that match. You have to line up a minimum of three for them to dissolve and disappear, giving you points.

To start, the game gives you a brief background of the game and your mission. You need to stack up coins by moving gems together and getting them off the board. Every so often, you will see bonus gems that give you a boost in points. Earn enough points and you will be able to purchase power boosting tools to really smash the gems.

As you win each game, you are transported to another which offers up new challenges, like collecting certain types of gems or collecting within a certain amount of time. Coins and points are collected to give you increased chances to win even more.

What is very important to remember is that each game has its limitations. The biggest one is the number of moves you get to achieve a win. And of course, as you advance in games, the number of moves you make decreases. Plus, you have different modes of destruction to accomplish. At about the fifth game, you have to blast blocks to smithereens by blasting gems around them, and again, you have so many moves to do so. You have to look carefully at the screen and move wisely.

What is really fun and maybe lends to more addiction is even after you’ve accomplished the goal of the current screen, you get all these bonus gems popping up and exploding to expose even more points. It took me a while to get to a point where I got enough points to purchase some have extra gem smashing power.

Round six was the toughest for me to master. It took me about 6 goes to get it right, but once I did, I collected my coins and was on my way to the next temple.

Each game was fun to play in Jewellust Adventure because the layouts were different and you were always aiming to destroy something new.

If there is anything I would change in Jewellust Adventure, it would be to brush up on the English, because it was not grammatically correct at times.

A minor inconvenience for a game that was a lot of fun to play and is perfect for players of any age.

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.

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!