Max Fitness Workout Assistant to Control Your Fitness Regime

Have you been trying really hard to lose weight while spending money on expert advice and not been successful? Have you been worried about how to stay on track while losing weight? Have you been looking for a good training plan that will assist you in your weight loss goal without putting much pressure on you? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the questions above, then it is time that you took control of your fitness regime and started working on it flexibly, the way you wanted to do it and in your own free time. To assist you in this process is the very helpful android app, ‘Max fitness workout assistant’ that can keep track of your progress by letting you log all your activities and provide advice on what to do and what not to do.

Max fitness workout assistant provides all the fitness trainers, assistance in their training and helps them put their best effort into achieving their fitness. It lets you key in some personal information and generates advice based on that input, which the user can follow at their own convenience.

Max fitness workout assistant is available free on the google play store. Once installed and on opening the app, it guides you to a screen where you can go through a theory on how to achieve your fitness goals if you are a novice user and, pro users can just dive right in to use the app. The theory should take anything between 10 to 15 minutes to complete where you input your age, gender, height, weight and the amount of exercise you do every week. These values can be entered in the metric system of your choice. Based on your input, it calculates the maintenance level for you in kcals. This calculation will be just a start to maintain your fitness as it is currently.

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The app then takes you to the next screen where you can compare your fitness level with examples, displayed as images, to roughly estimate the amount of fat in your body. If the level is above 27%, the app suggests that you lose some fat before building up muscles and creates a nutrition report that you need to follow based on your input. The app then lets you choose how many days you are available for workout; 3, 4 or 7 days and based on your input designs a workout plan for you to follow. Workouts can be manually added or removed depending on what you wish to personally work on.

Features of the app:

  • Max fitness workout assistant can be used by both novice and pro users and hence does not stop anyone from using the app.
  • There are default plans that users can follow and see amazing results in a few weeks.
  • The app is very personalised and not generic thereby providing every user with their own personal advice, nutrition chart and personal training schedule.
  • The app does not stop with the above but goes further into where you can keep track of the workouts that you perform and your nutrition intake and these can be saved on the app. In return it generates reports to show progress which is the most important factor when it comes to a fitness regime that is, keeping a trainer on track.
  • You can see your detailed workout history and there are options to edit an exercise that has already been created.
  • The user has the flexibility to add multiple workouts per day and add 100 training days in advance if required. You can choose what type of fitness training you wish to perform and on which day of the week so that the app can design work days and off days and also alert you to keep you informed of your progress.
  • You can look at your monthly progress and your all time progress including your training overview.

Overall, Max Fitness is very simple to use with straightforward user interface and guidance on every screen for even novice users. There is no limit to the features available and this will suit anyone with any need as far as their fitness is concerned.

Along with the nutritional charts, it would be beneficial if the app could advise on what food to eat and avoid and the portions of food that one should be taking while following a fitness regime as most people slip at this particular task. This will also help users to save time looking for this information elsewhere on the web.

iSPY Differs from Other Location Based Games

If you are into augmented reality games and location-based games, then iSPY is one that you need to lay your hands on. You use real locations and play against real people. Players living in the city of Los Angeles have a special mission that is code named ‘Back from the Future.’

iSPY is very different compared to other location-based games in the fact that real people and real locations are integrated into the game thereby lifting limitations of staying within the missions of the game. Players can create missions or join missions created by other players / agents. If the player is within the gun sight of an agent, they need to confirm that they have been eliminated. Players also need to leave a clue and answer each location as they find them.

Once you log in with your credentials, you will be taken to a screen where you have the option to quickly read through a handbook that has some useful information and guidance on how to start and play the game, including creating a mission. The ‘show mission’ button reveals the list of missions available in your city giving you the option to choose any mission of your interest. Missions within 50 miles radius of your location are listed and the mission list is shown on a map for you to see how far each mission is from your location.

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The map shows your current location and tracks you with the help of the GPS as you move. iSPY provides the players with enemy alerts if an agent comes within a mile of your location. Enemy locations can be seen on the map by tapping the blue agent location marker and it will display that agent’s information. Tapping the red button will initiate target mode.

Unique features of this game are:

  • Playing against real people in real locations thereby taking location-based games to a completely different level.
  • Creating missions – While creating a mission, it is recommended to keep the mission description short and any mission that you create will be available for players within a 50mile radius along with tagged GPS info. You can enter clues and additional information for the clues. If you wish to be more descriptive, you can add additional intel. This helps other agents who join your mission to understand all about the mission.
  • Weapons are location-based
  • Creating clues – To create clues for each location, you need to travel to each location to create them and once all the locations are done, you tap ‘submit all clues’ to create the mission. You can add an ‘upon completion’ message that gives a message to agents when they complete a mission.
  • Awards and commendations – Once agents complete a mission, special skills and commendations are awarded; for example, an explosives expert, a submarine mechanic, etc.
  • Experience and promotions – Depending on field experience, agents are given promotions.
  • Comparing ranks – You can compare your ranks against other agents in your area and also against national agents in the state.

There are times when there may not be any players available to play with or against. There may be no missions available to play or no agents to join your mission especially in rural and suburban areas thereby not giving everyone who wishes to play this game a chance. To add additional clues, you need to be at that particular location of the answer to the clue.

Hexlock App Lock & Photo Vault Protects Your Privacy

Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives and most people use these as a digital vault where they store everything from photos, videos, games, to sensitive information like online banking, debit/credit card information, etc. There are also dozens of other apps that people use everyday, for example amazon, eBay, that contain sensitive information which will need to be hidden from friends and family. Also, purchases from play store will need to be disabled when kids use devices to play games so that they do not make any in-app purchases or change any settings on the device and all these can be accomplished with one app, that is Hexlock.

Hexlock is the best app locker and safety vault for photos and videos, developed by a top developer Liquidum Limited and is available free for android devices. This app provides parental controls, customized profiles and data protection on the go. It has also hit the editor’s choice list on the play store.

Hexlock can be used to lock selective apps or all apps at once depending on your personal choice. It can even lock basic apps like messaging, chat apps and emails thereby helping you to take control of your privacy. A remarkable feature of this app is letting the user set up and customize profiles depending on which WiFi they are connected to and this app supports finger print recognition, but it is limited to only a few devices at the moment.

Once the user has downloaded and opened the app, it will request for a passcode type to be chosen; PIN or Pattern. The user chooses either one of these options and enters the PIN or pattern to get into the app. The user needs to remember the PIN or Pattern as they need this each time they open Hexlock or any app that is locked using Hexlock.

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There are initially 6 profiles set up by default; work, home, party, parental, school and café. The user has the options to change the names and icons of these profiles by tapping the edit icon on top right of the screen. They can also toggle auto activate on or off by tapping the ‘A’ icon on the top right of the screen. Tapping that icon takes you to a screen where you can choose to activate or deactivate that profile when entering a particular WiFi zone. The list of saved WiFi networks is populated for the user to choose from.

Adding apps to lock for each profile is pretty simple as the app guides the user to do this and also has the option to select certain apps to lock for each profile or select all apps to be locked for that profile. This means you can have different apps to be locked for different profiles. The settings on the app allow the user to reset passcode, change lock screen background, set delay to require passcode when reopening an app (that is immediately, after 10 seconds, after 30 seconds or after 60 seconds), uninstall prevention, notify to lock new apps and remove ads.

Hexlock locks apps in the device without the user not having to worry about friends and family having access to sensitive or private information if at all they borrow the device. The photo vault allows locking private photos and videos and the app lock allows locking any app or all of the apps in the device depending on the user’s choice. You can even lock your games and all the social network apps.

An interesting feature of this app is the auto switch feature (between profiles) in which you can set up profiles, where each app gets locked or unlocked depending on what profile is set to be activated when the device connects to a particular WiFi network. For example, when you are at work and connected to the WiFi at work, all the personal apps can be set to be locked on the work profile thereby letting you have peace of mind even if your friends borrow the mobile. Similarly, you can set the home profile to lock the work related apps and any other apps that you do not want your family to have access to and this can be set to happen automatically when your device connects to the home WiFi. You can create six such profiles, name them and personalize them according to your need.

Another important feature is, unlike many other apps, this app can be set to request for the passcode if anyone tries to uninstall this app and hence the user need not worry about data getting exposed to others accidentally. Since this app can lock any app on the device, you can lock the play store as well and prevent anyone from downloading unwanted apps or paying for any apps using your play store wallet. This app also notifies the user to lock newly installed apps if they had chosen this option in the app settings.

Hexlock is free and very light unlike other heavy apps, fast and does not affect multitasking, has different profiles, locks apps and media, prevents uninstallation and supports fingerprint scanning technology for some devices. The app does not affect the RAM or battery usage. The app also notifies the user as to which profile is active at one point in time and if not required, this can be disabled in the device settings as, Settings – Apps – Hexlock – Uncheck ‘Show Notifications’ check box.

Ads on the lock screen are a negative feature in this app, however, this can be disabled for a very small price. The app does not have the option to auto switch between profiles based on GPS location, which means, it needs an active WiFi connection to switch between profiles. Screenshot option while using locked apps may be temporarily disabled.

Space Wars – A Challenging Retro Arcade Game

Space Wars is a very simple game and anyone who is not familiar or has the least knowledge about the game can begin playing this in no time. The player needs to guide the spaceship around the screen shooting the invading enemies and avoiding bullets while collecting power-ups. There are different power-ups and the player gets to keep the power unless they are hit by a ring that defaults you back to the basic weapon. Losing life before level 25 also degrades all power-ups earned.

Space wars is a fun and addictive game can be played by starting off with the basic weapon. One does not need any guidance or tutorials to play this game. The player guides the spaceship to the left or right of the screen using either left and right arrows on screen or using the accelerometer; that is by tilting the screen. The player can enable auto-fire in the options or can shoot by just tapping the screen so that they have control over when to shoot.

You need to guard the spaceship from the bullets dropped by the enemies. Killing certain type of enemies gives you different types of power-ups that can be picked to increase gun power. You need to stay away from the rings that keep falling down as they will degrade your ship to one with a basic weapon. At times a mother-ship may pass by and shooting it enables the chance for a blue colored bomb. Picking up this bomb will wipe off all the enemies on the screen and the level will thus be completed automatically. Sometimes there are falling spaceships and if collected will give you an extra life. So watch out for the blue bomb and falling spaceships as they enable you to play longer.

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You need to try and be quick in shooting off all the enemies on the screen strategically because as the time increases, the enemies start descending which means you have very little space to move around and to escape the dropping bullets. When there are the last few enemies left on the screen, they can move around at a greater speed while dropping bullets making it a bit difficult for the player to shoot them.

The graphics in the Space Wars game gives it a classic or vintage look and the music gives it a nostalgic feel. It is smooth to play with and the features are not complicated, but very straightforward. It has 50 challenging levels and 6 power-ups which are twin gun when you pick up a green power-up, laser for a red power-up, 8 bullets for a blue power-up, shield for a yellow ring power-up, bomb and additional life.

The game becomes increasingly difficult as you progress each level. There are 8 types of enemies that swarm the arcade. In the first 25 levels, you loose all the weapon upgrades on the spaceship if you lose your life, but after level 25, the weapons do not degrade on death. There are two control modes to guide the spaceship; an accelerometer that works based on motion sensors where you tilt the device to guide the spaceship in the direction of tilt or by using buttons to guide the spaceship left or right.

You can share your score with your friends on Facebook or compare your score with other players on the leaderboard that can lead to taking up game challenges. Players who like to be competitive can take advantage of the feature that Space Wars has included. It has a leaderboard that features your own high scores, worldwide overall high scores, and worldwide daily high scores. It also gives you numbers on how many games you have played and how many games have been played by people around the world.

Ads on the main screen are a disadvantage but are not very distractive. There are also ads that pop up on the screen in between levels. These can be removed for a small price.

Defense of Egypt – Cleopatra mission

Defense of Egypt is a game of the genre Tower Defense, as the setting is of ancient Egypt and the warrior defends the Egyptian land from the Roman troops. The player is the warrior who is appointed by Cleopatra, takes commands and sets up weapons in different units to defend Egypt from the endless waves of enemies, the Roman army. The game takes defense to a whole new level where you build powerful weapons and plan strategies to protect the Egyptian land from the Romans. This game is free to play.

Egypt is ruled by Cleopatra when she hears that the Roman ships are approaching to invade the Egyptian land. She appoints a warrior to fight against the Roman troops whose ships are approaching the shore. Cleopatra wants the warrior to throw them back into the sea and hence teaches the warrior the basics of defense.

The warrior takes commands from Cleopatra and also with the help of the Gods, sets up units and uses different weapons to defend Egypt from the Romans. There are a lot of new inventions and Cleopatra wants the warrior to use them against the Roman troops. To improve defense in the game, you must constantly be increasing the power of weapons which are the most effective at the highest level. You get rewarded for accomplishing the tasks given to you by Cleopatra.

You can complete the pilot level to familiarize yourself with the game and there is also a bonus level that can be played at any point. The player who is the warrior starts from the default ‘complexity’ mode which is ‘Normal’ and then improves their strength further depending on how they play to progress to other modes.

In order to start the fight, click the call button on screen that looks like crossed swords. Icons on the right panel labelled ‘i’ that appear when the Romans enter, give you information about the different types of warriors in the troop; for example, archer, legionnaire, infantrymen, etc. and also about the units and weapons. The warrior builds a defense area where he places various weapons like ballista, catapults on the path of the Roman troops at important spots on the map.

As the troops march into the Egyptian land, these weapons are used to destroy them and to prevent the troops from destroying the city. There are treasure chests that appear at times and if collected will earn you points. Killing the enemies and sometimes cutting down the trees will help you earn coins. Weapons need to be upgraded whenever possible in order for them to be efficient.

Opening the box on the left bottom corner reveals lightning, tribolos, and other instruments that can be used to kill the enemy. The warrior can participate in the battle by throwing tribolos in the path of enemy troops or by calling for help from the Egyptian Gods. You can speed up or slow down the battle by choosing the arrow button on the top right corner of the screen. You can improve gears after each stage.

The game has good graphics and sound with an interesting historical story behind it that makes it an interesting game to play. There are a large number of units in each level that can be loaded with different weapons depending on the strength of the enemies in the field at that time. Each weapon has a different strength and speed. The battle fought is interesting with many strategic actions that can be used to complete each level. The power and coins that you earn at each level can be used to improve the weapons that you use. The warrior makes decisions and responds quickly with the help of the Egyptian Gods to protect Egypt from the Romans.

Defense of Egypt has several levels, that is more than 60 and each level has varying difficulty and accomplishment. There are also 16 types of enemies each with different power and armor.  When it comes to weapons, there are 6 types of weapons that can be upgraded and 5 types of gears for combat vehicles that can also be improved. The player can get involved in the fight by using grenades, tribolos, fire, lightning, and frost that can be found in the box at the bottom left of the screen. Overall this game will be liked by both children and adults. There is support for a few other languages as well other than English.  The game score can be shared on Facebook.

During the gameplay, although a lot of commands and instructions are given by Cleopatra, it would have been better to have a few more onscreen instructions for novice players to understand and catch-up on the game easily and quickly. There could be some free power-ups to improve vitality instead of the in-app purchases.

Singapore Maths – Gaming Adventure to Strengthen Math Skills for Young Scholars

Many kids simply don’t like math. Maybe they don’t have a good background. Maybe they have a hard time understanding the teacher and how the concepts are presented. Whatever may be the case, math is in our day to day lives as adults and having a strong grasp of mathematical concepts puts you head of the game. Singapore Maths from Kids Academy Co delivers just that.

If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 6 and 8 who is struggling with math or just want to further strengthen the skills your child currently possesses, there is an easy to way accomplish that does not involve trips to a math tutor or education center.

Singapore Maths uses a proven three-step process that has been specially formulated for kids, so they stay interested and grasp concepts quickly. The app’s design was developed in Singapore as a tool to help kids learn math easily. In its adoption into this app, the design was enhanced to comply with Common Core standards that are currently in place across the nation.

For parents, there is the most important assurance that the app is free from pop-ups and ads, something kids do not need to see.

So, what does Singapore Math have that makes it so special? It’s presents math through games, videos, interactive worksheets, activities, and adventures. When kids open the app, they will see an adventure map that outlines their starting point, intermediate goals to achieve along the way, and their final destination. 

No more packets with repetitive problems. Math becomes a challenge of explorations and dare, urging kids to take on the mission and forge forward.

Be aware that the app’s content is accessible only through a paid subscription. You can download the app for free, but you must choose a membership in order to play. Fees are $7.99/mo or $49.99/year with a 30-day free trial.

The app aims to teach kids the following math concepts:

  • Count and trace numbers – younger kids learn their numbers and how to write them
  • Foundational numeracy skills – know what the numbers mean
  • Math operations – add, subtract, multiply, and divide
  • Geometric shapes – basic figures and features
  • Patterns and sequencing – understand the relationship between multiple items and identify patterns

You can purchase one subscription and let multiple children in your household use the app. What is really neat about the app, and this is really important for those parents who don’t want their kids on devices all the time, is the ability to print, for free, worksheets that kids can complete, anytime and anywhere.

I don’t think there is anything about this app that I did not like. I would be nice, however, to try out one or two games and print a worksheet as a sample to see if the app would work for the child.

Barring that, Singapore Math is a must download if you have been struggling with your child, trying to help them master math at whatever age they are. Elementary math forms the basis for so much in a child’s later years of education and adult life; it’s important to make sure that the foundation is solid, and Singapore Math can do just that. Get printable worksheets for kindergarten here.

Totem Rush – A Match Game Like No Other

Most match games offer one basic thing, the challenge to linearly assemble items that are the same, whether it be horizontally or vertically. It’s fun for a while, but when you grow past whatever excitement you initially felt, the game tends to pale in the light of others.

If you just can’t let go of playing match games, but want something more than just a grid with icons that you need to clear, download Totem Rush.

Immediately you may wonder what the “rush” means, but as you play and move more into the game, you will discover why.

In Totem Rush, you are the protector of an archipelago of islands. Your ultimate goal is to protect each of these islands from war mongering invaders. OK, well, they aren’t as vicious as that, but they are invaders that want to take over your island.

They do so by trying to capture your ship, make their way to your island, and overtake the settlement.

Totem Rush

You are challenged by the game to protect a series of 19 islands. Each island represents a phase of play. Conquer the challenge presented at each island, and you move on to the next phase, or island.

I have never seen a game so involved as this. It provides a complex blend of simple game play – a match game – with a more involved and strategic test – to defend an island.

Just when you think you will get bored with the matching, you are transported to another part of the app and find yourself building up defenses and keeping invaders at bay.

What I found helpful were the hints and suggestions on what to do.  Every so often, there would be a finger pointing to an object, asking you to move it this way or that.

Totem Rush itself does not have a main menu or screen, so there is no information page or overview. You have to dive in and figure things out on your own.

What puzzled me most in this app was that at one point, I was shown the series of islands and my progress. It looked as if I needed to complete the games on island number two, but I had no idea how to start those games. I tapped on the island, on the cards that sat beside the island, and on various other icons, with no luck. It was confusing and I was not sure how to proceed.

Nonetheless, I did have fun playing the match part of the game. When it transitioned to the building part, I became confused because it did not seem like I was doing much and I really did not know if I had succeeded or failed.

I will continue to play and try different things to unlock the mystery and get to the next island – it is much too tempting to be left alone. Totem Rush is also available on Android.

Audials – Locally Choose Global Sounds

With over 80,000 stations playing more than 120 musical genres, Audials Radio offers lovers of music an endless choice of sources from which to play sounds that you love. These stations are not just in the U.S.; no, they come from all over the world. Audials acts like a musical hub, allowing users to search through their treasure trove to select stations they find interesting. Sure, there are lots of other apps out there that stream live music, but they don’t offer something that Audials does.

With Audials Radio, you can record something you really like and listen to it later. Who lets you do that?

Sometimes the stream may play your favorite song, or just something you stumble across that you can’t listen to entirely. The recording function allows you save it so you can listen to it later. What is really neat is that you are not required to create an account within the app to record music or shows.

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Not only does it have music, but it also offers streaming sources that play videos as well, so you can record shows.

Its strongest point, and something I really liked, is the ability to quickly search for and find what you want. It allows you to hop from station to station within genres or based on artists you love listening to. It beats using any search function, which most of the time, can eat up a lot of data and time.

The next strongest point is the fact that the app is commercial free. Imagine that. I have never seen a free app that does not interrupt the smooth transmission of music with annoying disruptions.

Navigating around the app is just as easy as listening to what it plays. The displays are crisp, clean, and colorful in just the right amounts. I loved the font that is used because it made it so much more easy to read and find the stations you wanted to, without jumbling or cramming things up.

If you are not in the mood for global sounds, there are plenty of local options to choose from. This means within the U.S. or within your metro area. The choice is yours!

The sounds that come from the app rival any that you would get from a quality speaker system. The app is powered to a degree that supports smooth streaming, without buffering – another annoyance I hate.

Another nice feature that I know I will be making great use of is the timer. You can find an amazingly peaceful and mesmerizing station that calms your mind and puts you to sleep. I would definitely set that up on timer to put me into a peaceful sleep – every night.

The only downside is the inability to move the recordings from your phone over to another device so you can listen from there; however, in all fairness, the ability to record is something that overshadows this one small shortcoming.

Download Audials Radio soon, because you don’t want to waste any more time listening to the same old stuff over and over again. Broaden your auditory horizons with Audials and you’ll discover sounds you never knew existed!

Match the Three Stooges – A Brilliant and Fun Game

There are a lot of fun games on the market. Some of them can be very complicated and hard to play while others are a lot simpler and easier. Games have come a long way from simple things like the game of snake or point and click, and while other were playing snake some were watching the three stooges. Games that have become a lot more popular are match three games, a game that combines the old gem of the three stooges and the new game of match three is called Match the Three Stooges.

Match the Three Stooges has a wonderful user interface with a very colorful design. There are 5 worlds that you can play through, the scenes, pictures, and music change every 5 levels in the game so the colors and design are always changing. There is a total of 100 levels which means there are 20 different pictures and songs to look forward to as you play through the game.  There are even boss levels where the music changes and transports you to new levels and new worlds.

Match the Three Stooges

The game has been designed by a former Call of Duty designer known as Brian Douglas, he puts a spin on the classic pictures from the original stooge movies. The classic Three Stooges Volume soundtrack has been changed and renewed by Murv Douglas, who has been in the bands Powerman 5000, Lords of Acid and Diamonds n Scratch. These new twists are shown throughout the game as you match the stooges and earn more points to win the game.

It is very easy to play the game, you start up the game and begin to play on the first level and the first world. The objective of the game is very simple, to match three of the same stooge, once done the match will disappear and more will fall to take the tiles places. Once done you will earn points and when you earn a certain amount of points you will complete the level and move on to the next one!

This game is great to play and provides fun for the whole family while taking up a lot of time. There are a couple of small things that would make the game better if fixed, the game is still of a high caliber but as with all apps there are a few flaws. With this game you have to have an internet connection to play the game, which can be a little difficult if you are on the go and don’t have network coverage. Another thing is that there are only 100 levels, and if you play a lot you may not have any more to play. The developers will respond to any suggestions which means they really care about where their app goes.

Match the Three Stooges is a brilliant and fun game for anyone of all ages to play. It’s simple and combines the classic stooge music (sung by the stooges themselves!) with the modern match three games available on phone and tablets anywhere. This game is a must have for all fans with the option of competing against your friends and bragging about your high score. Now this game is free to download and play with the option of purchasing somethings in app. I recommend this to everyone who like to play games!