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.

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.

Keep it Together with Coosha Calendar

Let’s face it, we all have too much going on. We think we’ve got it all covered when we enter events and dates in our calendar, but all too often, those events get overridden with events from other parts of our lives. Work stuff happens at work, sure. But what if you forgot about the 8:00 conference call when you signed up to chaperone your kid’s field trip?

That’s where COOSHA CALENDAR comes into play. COOSHA is the all in one life organizer that helps you make sense out of madness. It’s not that our lives are maddening, but it can sure seem like it.

COOSHA is a calendar app that offers a level of flexibility and functionality that no other calendar app can match. It opens up collaboration at all levels, allowing you to hide certain items from certain users and more.

This functionality gives you the power to link what’s happening in your personal life to what’s happening in other areas, like work, family and school, so you never overbook and you can let others know your availability.

For instance, let’s say you will be on vacation for a week in July. You will definitely have this listed on your personal calendar, but instead of double dipping and entering it again on your work calendar, you can share this calendar with work colleagues so they are in the know. The privacy controls allow you to share calendars, but also define what others can and cannot see.

Another neat feature is the ability to add events that involve lots of participants and then being able to add who will be doing what, so you save time not having to email or text back and forth. You can make decisions from within COOSHA. It makes real time collaboration easy.

Each screen is well designed and easy to read, which means you can spend more time focusing on the items you need to tackle rather than on figuring out the app.

If you are worried about using a new app and having to start from scratch, fear not! COOSHA lets you import your calendars from a variety of existing app, such as Google, iOS and Windows.

The app is a great download for anyone who needs to schedule and coordinate with others in their lives, from all areas. The only downside is that the only collaboration you can have is with others who also have COOSHA CALENDAR. So, in that way, it has some of a disadvantage.

Barring that, once you get your family on board, you can guarantee that coordination of calendars and events will go much smoother and you will have fewer collisions than before, with less work on your part.

Piczle Lines DX – Strategically Place Segments to Connect the Dots and Solve Puzzles

Puzzle solvers rejoice!! If you love puzzles that stretch and exercise the mind but entertain as well, then you have got to download Piczle Lines. In a nutshell, you are creating a picture by solving a puzzle; hence, pic+zle, or piczle.

The puzzles are not like jigsaw puzzles. No, these are more sudoku-like in nature, forcing you to think about your next step before you make it. Lots of logic is involved, so be ready to flex your brain when you take this on.

The game itself is a very modular, so you can play for a while, and then start up again whenever you have time using the convenient Continue button. You’re not expected to finish anything in one go, but rather, you play a bit, then come back and play some more. Everytime you come back to your game, you will be giving your brain some time to absorb your last moves and see where you want to go next.

To play, you are basically drawing out lines and segments that eventually make a picture. As you make and complete these pictures, the images grow in complexity and challenge. Each line segment shows a number at the start and end points which define the number of segments each line should consist of. Players use this to concisely draw the colored lines.

Segments are created by linking two circles shown on the grid. Each circle has a number in it. The challenge is to draw a line that covers the number of squares represented in the circle. For instance, if you see two circles with a four in them, and there are four squares that connect them, then draw a line to connect them.

If you feel you’ve made a mistake, you can undo a drawn line or segment and start over, because the app keeps track of every line you draw.

The free to download app comes equipped with enough games to get you used to how to play and then learn the ins and outs. When you are ready for a tougher puzzle set, then you can make an in-app purchase to download them.

The only downside to the game is that it centers around one method to make the pictures: connect the dots, so to speak. Maybe adding another dimension to the game will keep things interesting.

Outside of that, this game is great for anyone of any age. There is no pressure and it makes you exercise your ability to lay out lines on a grid, without crossing over, giving it a somewhat strategic air about itself.

If you are looking for a different kind of game, then Piczle Lines DX is the one to get.

Live Football Stats and Scores – Football Fan Utopia

If you watch football, and I mean the football known to all around the world, and what folks in the U.S. know as soccer, then you have got to download Live Football Stats and Scores, with no delay.

Live Football is an app for iOS devices that brings football fans closer to the game, bringing live data and streaming to users around the world, from games that are played almost anywhere. It hooks viewers and followers of various matches into the stats that surround the various leagues that pit teams against each other.

You can choose Favorite teams and from there, you can get Live Scores from games that are In Play, view games that are currently in play and mark the matches that you want to follow.

After marking the matches, you can view details on each.

My favorite page in the app is the page that compares two teams. I can go straight to it and see precisely how one team stacks up against another, one a point-by-point basis. This page is found under “stats”. You can compare BTTS%, Clean Sheet, BTTS+Lose %, BTTS+Win %, Cards per game, Avg. Goals per Game, and more.

The page itself it laid out cleanly so you can get to the data you’re interested in. You can even customize it by viewing the stat comparison for the last five games, last ten games, or to date for the season. You can also choose All or HvA.

SBAT app

I skipped a page, though. When you download the app, you will see six options to view: Timeline, Stats, Lineup, Recent, H2H, and Table.

Timeline takes you through each game and marks key plays in the game, noting the number of minutes into gameplay, the player, and what happened. Items that are tagged include yellow cards, red cards, corners and goals. This is listed for both teams in the match.

Recent displays games recently played for each team in your matchup, but it shows all other teams each team has played. For instance, in a matchup, if you have Chelsea and Swansea, it will list recent matches for both Chelsea and Swansea. If you select Mixed, it shows where Chelsea was Home and Away. If you select Away, it lists only those games in which Chelsea played Away, and if you choose Home, it lists all games where Chelsea played at Home.

These types of stats are great for fans and for betters alike.

Overall, the layout of the app is pretty cool, but i felt that there was too much information on the H2H page. It showed pairings of data for both teams in a match all on one page. I would recommend moving to a different page and displaying those stats for each, one at a time.

Barring that, Live Football Stats and Scores is chock full of information that any football fan should not live without. Easy to use and up to date, it keeps you in the game.

MyPostcard App to Create and Send Cards from Your Device

All special moments deserved to be shared. Sometimes, it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when you have family and friends living all around the world. Fret not, now there is MyPostcard – Postcard App.

MyPostcard allows users to create postcards from their mobile device, customize them, and then send them. The app takes care of the printing and the sending – if you can believe that! 

These postcards are like no other. You get to personalize them with your own photos. Now, you are not at the mercy of what you find at the local drugstore or tourist trap. Your postcards will feature your experience, customized to send exactly the image and matching message to go with.

The real beauty of the app is that you don’t have to do any work to send the postcards. Once you have created the postcard, you simply add the mailing address and hit ‘send’. The app will take care of figuring out the postage required to send the postcard based on where you are sending it from and where it’s going.

That step, in and of itself, is a huge timesaver! Who has time, while on vacation, to look for postcards, find out where to buy postage, purchase the correct amount of postage, and then send it?

MyPostcard app

The app is laid out intuitively. The icons across the bottom of the screen are in the order of the steps you will follow to create, print, and send the cards:

  • Select Style – here you will choose the layout of the postcard image. You can choose from using just one image to a collage of images.
  • Select Photo – from this screen, you choose the photos you want to fill the template with. These photos can come from the images you have saved on your device.
  • Write – put together the message you want to send on the postcard. You will also get to add the mailing address of the person you are sending the card to.
  • View – take a look at the finished product before you hit “send”
  • Send – this is where you ask the app to print the postcard on quality materials using vivid color and print quality, figure out postage, and send it.

If you are like me and you are wondering if the app will know enough to put the correct amount of postage, don’t worry. They take your location and the destination to calculate the postage that will be needed for a postcard, affix the correct stamps and then post it.

While MyPostcard is focused on sending hardcopy cards, it would be great to be able to send out the digital postcards from the app itself. I know there are other app that already do this, but it would be so cool to be able to send out both ways from one app, keeping things simple.

If you are looking for an easy way to create postcards and then let someone else do the hard work of posting the cards, MyPostcard is the app. Download today…don’t delay!

SENTENCE READING MAGIC App Helps Kids Learn to Read the Easy Way

Kids are learning at a pace that’s faster than what we knew as kids. Having the opportunity to leverage so many online tools and techniques has widened experiences for kids today that far surpass teaching tools of yesteryear.

If you are looking for such a tool to help your child learn how to read, without the frustration and angst that so often comes with, then download Sentence Reading Magic today.

This app is based on the widely known and highly effective teaching techniques that serve as the basis of the Montessori School system. The app itself is the bridge that links children from being able to read words to being able to read sentences, thus allowing them to read books.

It does this cleverly through two learning modes: Sentence Building and Reading Mode.

In Sentence Building, children complete activities which allow them to drag and drop words into correct positions, resulting in a well-formed sentence. The app will let the child know when a word is out of place and will allow them to change its placement.

Sentence Reading Magic

In Reading Mode, kids then sound out each word and can confirm correctness by tapping on the hidden images for each word.

Using touch-to-hear technology, kids can tap on a word to hear how it sounds. This spreads the learning to so many planes, allowing kids to see the word, hear it, and speak it simultaneously, reinforcing the learning process.

There are also pictures that provide hints for kids who are struggling with certain words. The app comes packed with 325 different sentences comprised of up to six words. The word set include 50 of the most used sight words needed for first time readers.

To get into more detail about Sentence Building, the screen itself is in landscape mode, so kids can see things clearly and there is ample space properly show the sentence. The words are given at random near the top of the screen and the child must then drag and drop each word into its rightful place near the bottom, which shows empty boxes, just waiting for their words. If have chosen a 4-word sentence, there will be four boxes. If you choose 6-word sentences, there will be six boxes. You get the picture.

When kids build the sentence correctly, they can then tap on the words to hear their sound. Entertaining music then plays once the sentence is successfully built, and the child can then move on to the next sentence.

I think it would be a great plus to have the ability to print out worksheets from the app so kids could write out some of the words, and look forward to such an update when it comes.

Until then, parents and teachers alike will find SENTENCE READING MAGIC to be a great teaching tool and supplement to teaching techniques currently in place. There’s no better way to teach than through an experience.

Loopacks – Digitized Sound Creation for Artists and Music Lovers Alike

Calling all DJs who are looking to up their creative juices with technological tools, there is a new app in town that makes it easy. Technology is not new to music, not by any stretch of the imagination. The key if finding an app that works for you. Loopacks is just that, if you are looking to create quality loops and drum mixes.

What is really neat about Loopacks is that it’s not just for experts. Loopacks makes is easy for all musicians to create beats and remixes through experimentation and discovery, which is what making art is all about. Easy to use, Loopacks brings powerful toolset to your fingertips so you can focus on the music, rather than the movement of pieces.

The look and feel of the app is very similar to equipment you would find in the recording studio. If you are new to sound track creation and editing, this app may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but trust me, once you play around with it for a while, you will get the hang of it. There is nothing to break, but the fear you may be feeling.

I would highly recommend using the app on an iPad, although it is available for download on the iPhone as well. It was just easier to see all the controls, buttons, and graphics displays easily on a larger screen.

You can experiment first by choosing built in beats and loops and adding them to your own compositions. These tracks can be saved and shared using SoundCloud, which is a feature I really liked. Why create something if you can’t share it?

After getting comfortable with the editing aspect, you can start to record your own beats and loop and then start to mix them to create new pieces. Each Loopack is comprised of 32 sounds, including: synth, vocals, a drum machine loop, guitar loop, baselines, percussion loops, and more.

The app comes with four Loopacks, without purchase: Deep House, Power House, Electro Blues, and Atmosphere. If you want more, there are several in-app purchasing options that allow you to add to the basic collection.

I am not a real music aficionado, but I did find this app to be very entertaining. I did not know how technology could help you take existing recordings and turn them into something that sounded so different and interesting, and then serve as a backdrop to a unique composition you can call your own. This app is not just for musicians, it is for anyone who loves music.

If there is anything I would change about the app, it would be the selection of in-app purchases that are available and making them season oriented. How cool would it be to have something nightmarish for Halloween or festive for Christmas?

For a free download, this app is worth far more than that. Loopacks provides artists with high-tech tools needed to compose colossal pieces of music while serving as a neat environment to experiment and play with sound.