Penguin Ahoy ! FREE App

I thought I would share this new fun Penguin game with you.

This is a FREE app (the kind I like the best) available through the Apple App store.

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The game is very simple a little Penguin has sneaked on-board a  Royal Caribbean ship, the aim is to get as far as you can without getting caught.

The user is encouraged to avoid sprinklers, dodge basketballs, and slide under inflatables to keep the penguin running for as long as possible without being caught by the crew.

Easy to play with simple touch and swipe controls, users can also invite and compete with their friends to see who can collect the most coins, cupcakes, special powers and gain extra lives. How far can you run? Are you the best?

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Here is a promotional trailer for the game.

 

This App is from Royal Caribbean International, in partnership with Hi Mum! Said Dad a mobile marketing agency based in London.

 

 

If you love Puzzles you will love the free app “Can You Escape”

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If you love Puzzles you will love the free app “Can You Escape”

It’s available for Iphone, Ipad and Android users which will keep everyone happy.  This is currently a free app with constantly updating rooms.

The purpose of the game is to break out of the room you are in.  This is done by solving the puzzles and finding the hidden objects which are used in the room to help you leave and advance to the next floor.

For instance in the first room you have to solve a picture puzzle which opens a cupboard to give you a handle for the draw, in the draw is a screwdriver to open the vent, behind the vent is a safe, solve the combination open the safe and there is a key to unlock the door to access the next level.

You get the idea, look around the room and click on objects to enlarge them and look for clues.

There are 10 levels at the moment with another 5 promised soon

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Positives

  • Free to install and play
  • Fun and challenging game that will sharpen your powers of observation.
  • Increasing difficulty with each level.

Negatives

  • Not enough levels only 10 at the moment which is very quick to finish although more promised soon
  • Like most apps they are funded by adverts which I suppose if you can live with them lets you play the game for free (a payment of will remove the adverts) but it does give you the chance to try before you commit.
  • Adding more levels will also incur a cost but if you like the game this shouldn’t be too bad.

Overall an excellent and addictive app but they need more levels as it is completed quickly and once you have lost your players it’s hard to get them back. Candy Crush have the right idea keep the interest by having many levels although probably too many.

As its free give it a go if you like solving puzzles you will love “Can You Escape”

Simple Paypal Android App Concept

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Personally, I think that the Paypal application for Android is currently one of the best designs available on the platform, however that doesn’t mean it can’t be changed. The current design is clearly designed with iOS in mind, using old-fashioned textures and brown shades to look classy. Moe Slah has created this concept, which uses simple colours to make an extremely simple and easy-to-use looking application.

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iOS: StatNut, Beautifully Track Your Social Stats

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StatNut is a brilliantly designed application for iPhone which allows you to track the stats of your social network accounts in a colourful and easy to read user interface. StatNut currently supports Dribbble, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter and Facebook, so you can keep of how many followers, views and friends you have on the appropriate platforms.

StatNut is available on iTunes for just 69p, or $0.99 in the US.

Android: News Reader Showdown

There are loads, and I mean loads of apps for Android which compile different news sources into one package, but only a few do it right. Below i’ll discuss the good and bad features of each app in an attempt to find what, in my opinion is the best news reader available for Android.

FLUD

 

FLUD is definitely the best looking Android news reader. The user interface is the most simple out of the four I’m discussing, however it still manages to cram a lot of headlines onto one page so that you can easily select what you want to read. Stories are organised by their sources, meaning that you swipe left or right to change which source you want to read from and then scroll downwards to read the articles from that website.

Part of what I love about the FLUD application is that it is almost exactly the same on both tablets and phones. Most applications are a lot more useful on tablet as you can fit a lot more onto the screen, however somehow FLUD has managed to cram an almost identical design onto the phone.

The brilliant user interface is made only better by the fact that FLUD has an equally good-looking web application. This post is Android based, however the ability to visit your computer and quickly visit the articles you have recently viewed and added to read later is a feature which makes FLUD stand out amongst its competitors.

 

Flipboard

Flipboard is one of the reasons I opted for getting an iPad. I had seen a ton of videos of the application which brings you a digital magazine dedicated to the things you want to read. Obviously, the thing that has and always will make Flipboard unique is the page turning navigation which looks like a digital re-imagining of a magazine, but that doesn’t mean that it makes a good reader.

With my news readers, I want an easy to navigate application which can display a lot of information at once. When Flipboard was released on mobile I was very glad to see that it maintained it’s use of page turning, however was disappointed at how the resulting application felt to use. I was always aware that a full port of the sideways turning used on tablets was never going to work on mobiles, however the page turning feels completely unnecessary on mobiles as it fails to display more than one or two articles on a single page.

What’s more is that while Flipboard has worked hard to make sure their featured sources look good, the rest of the sources don’t look very good at all. This means that whereas on most Android news readers you can simply type in a URL and more often than not get a result, Flipboard struggles to load the images and content of random sources. Unknown sources simply open as a small excerpt followed by the entire web page, which in my opinion defies the entire reason behind using a news reading application.

Pulse

Pulse is the first Android news reader I ever used, and in my eyes it remains one of the best. The application separates it’s news sources by rows, fitting about 5 or 6 on a single screen. The user simply swipes to the right to see more content from that source, and can continue scrolling to the next source directly without having to press a back button. This means that you don’t have to wait for each article to load before you can see what it’s about. On tablets the story even opens in a sidebar, so you can quickly swipe it away if you’re not interested in the article.

One of the reasons why Pulse is really good is how it loads the articles. Each and every article loaded when you open the app so that you don’t have to open each article and wait for it to download. This caught me off guard, as I opened the application before I went out and was pleasantly surprised when I found that each application opened when I wasn’t connected to the internet.

Pulse isn’t the prettiest. It lacks the polish held by FLUD, and the unique design on Flipboard. But that doesn’t really detract from the fact that at heart, Pulse is an incredibly good news reader.

Google Currents

Google Currents is one of the recent additions to the Android news reader market. It was initially released for Android in America before gradually moving to the UK and even becoming available on iOS. My initial usage of Currents hasn’t been very impressive overall. I used it a couple of times but didn’t like the user interface and didn’t like how it loaded each article. However this has changed since I have been able to use it on an Android tablet, as well as the UI having a small change. Much like Flipboard, Google Currents struggles with URLs which aren’t already featured. It’s not quite as bad as Flipboard for this, but will often find it tough to position the articles and content in the correct order. That said, the featured sources look really good. The articles are laid out in large boxes which can be scrolled through, and in the case of some websites it even arranges the homepage into the categories that you would get if you actually visited the website itself. Personally, I’m not Google Current’s biggest fan. It has potential but in my eyes, it’s still behind the rest of the competition.

 

News Reader Showdown: Which is best?

1.FLUD

In my eyes, FLUD is definitely the best news reader available for Android, and before you ask, this has nothing to do with the fact that we are a featured source on the application :). The design of the application is the best looking and easiest to use compared to the others, and the inclusion of a web app means that you can continue reading your articles when you’re done on your phone.

2. Pulse

While it lacks the attractive UI of the rest of the competition, Pulse is a very solid experience and deserves to be a more popular app.

3. Flipboard

Looks good and works well for the most part. However it’s let down by the fact that it simply loads web pages rather than storing the text.

4. Google Currents

Looks quite good, but is severely lacking the amount of featured sources it takes to make a good news reader.

What do you think?

So there are my opinions. Let me know about yours!

 

 

Track Employees With Google Coordinate

Google Coordinate is a new add-on to Google Maps which can track employees, designed to help businesses work as a team even when they are in different parts of the world.

The example the trailer shows is an energy company which has several wind turbines set up in multiple locations. One of the heads of the operations gets to the office one day to find that a wind turbine somewhere has had a fault and needs to be fixed. He then uses Google Coordinate to set which employee he wants to fix the problem. He can then track that employee as he accepts the task and travels towards the troubled wind turbine.

It’s a very interesting feature which comes in the form of a web app and an application for Android and iOS. Presumably, there is a way of limiting which hours of the day the employees can be tracked, otherwise this could be seen as a pretty major invasion of privacy.

Google Play, Explained With Fruit

It’s been a number of months since Google introduced the Google Play Store to replace the Android Market, which to this day I think was a much better name. Nevertheless, new (ish) store as a unique way of doing things, using the cloud to transfer films, apps and books. It does so much that, according to Google, it can be quite difficult to understand, and so needs to be explained in a way us, the simple minded compared to the geniuses at Google, can understand.

So, below is Google’s attempt to explain the Google Play Store so that we can understand, using fruit. Google have always had a unique way of combining humour and information in their internet adverts, this is no exception.

 

Gyro For Android: Simple, Addictive and Darn Right Fun!

On a day where I planned to get a lot of stuff done, I have instead found myself sucked into an amazingly addictive gameplay experience in the form of Gyro for Android.

To explain Gyro would only take a few seconds. You control a colourful wheel in the centre of your screen, made up of Cyan, Orange and Purple segments. You control direction the wheel spins by using a slider at the bottom of the screen, or by manual rotating it. As you do this, coloured dots gradually float towards the wheel, gradually increasing in speed and numbers. Your objective is to rotate the wheel so that by the time a dot hits it, the colours are matching each other.

It’s an extremely simple concept, however has been designed extremely well with a very minimal yet high quality looking user interface.

Gyro for Android is FREE on the Google Play Store.

 

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