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.

KidsChat – Safe Chat Community for Kids

Kids are going to get online, no matter how many control parents put in place. We have them on devices so we can communicate with them while we are not around them, and in turn, they communicate with others, whether they be friends or acquaintances. The friends we accept, for the most part. The acquaintances and strangers are a different story.

That’s where you want to move your child from the run of the mill social media platform and into one that is meant for kids. KidsChat, created by Alberto Montes de Oca, is exactly that. It’s a messaging app made especially for kids with parental controls to boot – so parents can define the space the kids can explore and keep track of their conversations, so there are no surprises.

The app is a free download and comes ready to use. The interface has a clean design, making it extremely easy for parents to quickly get in and set up the controls they know they want and find out more about others they may not have even thought of.

One requirement is that you must create an account. The app will also ask for access to your contacts as possible connections through KidsChat. I opted out. I figured I could add the ones I wanted to without bothering my entire contact list.

KidsChat screenshot

When you initially download the app, it will have you scroll through a few helpful pages that describe basic, but important features. These were clearly laid out with a brief but informative description.

Manage Juniors is the place to add and monitor the kids. You can view and manage their contact, conversations, and approve or deny any videos or pictures they may want to send.

Profiles allow you to upload a picture of yourself and add information that helps fellow KidsChat users find you and create a connection. Information that you can provide includes your status, your country, and a contact email.

Once you have a list of people and their phone numbers, you can also add Juniors that you want to monitor. Monitoring includes the following:

  • Review and approval of images and videos that the kids send and receive
  • Ability to view conversations, but you cannot add to them. This is important, because you only need to see what conversations your kids are having, not interject and alienate.
  • Encryption – all conversations are encrypted before leaving your child’s device. Hacker will have a very hard time knowing that your kids are sending messages, what they are sending and to whom they are sending – which means your kids are free from these predators.

What was a bit difficult to understand was how to add contacts to my contact list. It seemed like the app was forcing me to allow connectivity to my device’s contact list, which was something I would rather not do, as I don’t need everyone on their knowing about KidsChat – many of those people don’t have kids.

Nonetheless, KidsChat makes it so much easier to let your kids engage in instant messaging without you worrying about who they are communicating with. It all goes through you first.

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!

Camera Guard Blocker Protects Your Privacy

We are all aware of the creepy, yet believable rumors of our phone, laptop and PC cameras being used to spy on us by the government. Even not that extreme, thousands of personal cameras are hacked by those trying to spy on our private lives. If you aren’t aware of this, you are now. If you aren’t afraid of it happening to you, maybe you should be.

Do not worry though, there is a way to make sure you and your cameras are safe from these tricks. A new app has been created to do just that—protect you and your cameras.

The camera guard blocker app for Android is a new and innovative smart camera blocker. It features highly secure camera protection to make sure that no hacker, malware or spyware can observe you when you are unaware. Not only does it prevent spying, but it detects even attacks in the past. This app is one of many preferred by over one million users in over one hundred countries.

As said before, the Camera Guard from ProtectStar ensures that no spy or malware can watch you. With only one click of the camera, your smartphone can be under total protection from applications like surveillance and spyware.

Camera Guard Blocker

However, this app is more than just a new and improved safety product. It is uncompromising and unparalled as a solution to secure every Android device it is put on, while offering full camera protection.

This app does a lot of complicated things but it is very user friendly. With just one click, the protection is activated and blocks and observes all processes and programs that may try to use the webcam of your smartphone. Also, every breach that is attempted will be reported with a signal. And to further prevent these hacks, the individual settings of the app can be made with a pin specified by you, and secured by hacker safe protection. The intelligent Depp Detective software the app uses also detects previous attacks.

This app created a versatile and intelligent detective that can observe all accesses to your Android device. Just like an alarm system, an intrusion or a firewall detection system is included.

The Deep Detective software of this app can control which app or process attempts to access the camera. Basically, every possible way you can be spied on is restricted from spies, Trojans, and hackers.

If you are worried about overcrowding your device, do not be. The Camera Guard with activated Deep Detective can be used along with existing security solutions like firewalls or anti-virus scanners.

The features of this app include camera protection, camera blocker, Deep Detective, logfile protocol, password protection and widget. The camera can also be added to a whitelist and contains a list of apps with approved camera access.It is extremely user friendly and makes me feel a lot safer. The design of the app is also very simple and easy to follow.

Camera Guard Blocker is very user friendly and does not complicate things for you at all. You can easily access the apps in your phone through the app that you wish the camera to be used for, so that you don’t have to do it individually.

Overall, this is a great new app.

Battery Charger Alarm Saves Your Battery

Most apps today claim to have new features, settings and applications within the app. The battery charger alarm does not do this. Many apps have claimed to save your battery and notify you when your battery is low but they never quite do it correctly. I like this app because it is easy to use and worth the download—plus, it is free!

This app contains many unique features. Its main purpose is no notify you when your battery is too low so that you can charge it, and if you are not near a charger, it also has a battery saving setting to hold you over until you do get near a charger. It will also tell you when your phone has finished charging and you can unplug it. If you didn’t know, over charging your phone’s battery can kill the battery too soon, so with the alarm notification on this app, you will know when it is fully charged and then can unplug your phone. Instead of checking constantly whether or not your phone has fully charged, the alarm will tell you and then you can act accordingly.

This app has great settings too that are quite helpful. The app has many features as well. Just like you can choose a ring tone on your phone, you can change the alarm settings too. It has an alarm ringing frequency setting so that you can choose how often it rings, you can control the vibration settings as well. You can also change or control the silent mode settings if you want the alarm to be silent. This comes in handy if you are at work or in a quiet place. You can also control the night mode settings for when charging your phone while you are asleep. It also has a great do not disturb setting if you do not want to the alarm to go off for whatever reason.

Battery Charger Alarm

A common question with the app is how the night mode works. If you turn the night mode on to activate it, then the alert will not go off or ring between 11 PM and 8 AM. You can use the night mode to stop alarm and battery charging notifications so that your phone does not feel too crowded.

The downside I found with this app is the compatibility with all my devices. It is only available for Androids but when I tried putting it one of my older Android devices, it did not work as well. That should not be too big a problem because people these days have the newest devices available.

This app is also available in many languages including Malay, Dutch, Slovak, Bulgarian, Ukranian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Nepali, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish and Czech. So, this app is available for many and has little restrictions.

Many reviews left for this app say that it is highly efficient, good and helpful. I have fallen victim before to my phone glitching early because the battery died early. Battery Charger Alarm will definitely come in handy with me because I have a very busy day and when I plug my phone in, I do not plan to check on it so this alarm can help me. I am sure many busy working people feel the same way.

Hero Legends Keeps You Glued on Your Seats

If you like comic characters and want something very similar to lay your hands on when it comes to playing games, here is one offered by Fire-point interactive Inc. that will blow your mind away with its 2D characters and beautiful storyline as you progress through the game. It is the “Hero Legends” which is a role play game that will have players glued on to their seats for hours with its exciting stories and the accomplishments one needs to achieve in order to complete a story.

Hero Legends is game with smooth interesting graphics and the story lies along the lines of battle between the good and the bad. There are these two armies by the name “Order” and “Chaos” and they fight against each other for a totally different purpose. You sign in with your play store id and start playing the game instantly with no formal set up required.

Talking about the armies, the “Order” team is one that strives to restore order or peace in the world by attacking the evil doers, which is the “Chaos” team. The order team are descendants of the angels in contrast to the chaos team that are descendants of the devil.

During your first login and initial setups, you will be given the choice to choose either one of these two teams. You also get to choose a name that you wish to have for yourself as the hero or to choose one at random from the game’s database. You then move on to the expedition where you fight your battle against the opponent.

Hero Legends games app

There are a total of 8 stories with a particular number of levels for each story. When you gain victory over each level, you will be given the option depending on your mission, to either restore peace or increase chaos. You can also build your army by recruiting new warriors and can unlock important landmarks and buildings, for example, the observatory can be unlocked by completing level 13 and the council hall can be unlocked by completing level 10.

Spinning your floating city can also take you to other areas where you see what is around, meet new people, look for what to conquer, and collect food, gold coins, etc.

  • On completion of each level, you can look at stats of friends and enemies.
  • The requirement to complete certain number of levels in order to unlock something keeps the player hooked on and engaged, looking forward to the excitements in store.
  • Treasure chests appear while fighting the battle which are an added bonus that lead to various collections.
  • Completing each level also lets the player to build their army.
  • The quests are short thereby not putting the player through stressful difficult tasks that may require multiple attempts before completion.
  • Each story has hidden levels that can be unlocked by collecting or unlocking the stars.
  • There is a chat option that lets the player get in touch with world players on the main channel or have a private one to one chat through the “Whisper” channel.
  • The game has neat 2D graphics with beautiful comic characters.
  • The “Auto battle” option lets the battle take place automatically without any player input. However, I find it somewhat funny, as playing a game is all about the player using strategies to fight their enemies and not letting it happen automatically.

 

It would be nice to have more choices for the player to choose who to recruit and what training should be given depending on the wealth a player has gathered through the battle. More control on using the power and introduction of temporary or upgraded weapons with each level could be an added advantage for Hero Legends.