Pressing Dates In Hand With Glass Planner

Pressing Dates In Hand With Glass Planner

Here’s a confession: I don’t use a planner, diary or a calendar. Never have. My reasoning behind this startling stance is simple and long maintained; a calendar doesn’t prioritise. So, if you’ve got a number of things happening on the same day, or if you have one thing that suddenly takes precedence, your calendar isn’t going to work with you to readjust. You alone have to readjust. Electronic calendars are fiddly things, and to add…

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Why Apple Reversed the Ban on Bitcoins

Why Apple Reversed the Ban on Bitcoins

Bitcoin is an online currency, a peer-to-peer payment system introduced in 2008 by the enigmatic Japanese inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, who may or may not be a real person. The cryptocurrency quickly took off. But with any money comes the need for storage. An important part of the Bitcoin ecosystem is a wallet on your mobile device, which stores you balance of virtual cash and allows sending and receiving of Bitcoins, as well as storing your…

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Have A Crack At General Knowledge With The Genius Trivia Crack

Have A Crack At General Knowledge With The Genius Trivia Crack

Picture this Holy Grail of app development; you’re a small independent studio based in a part of the world not exactly renowned for pioneering technological advancements, let’s say Latin America. You release a few apps, first of all a stock market based number, then a couple of word game ones. They do well. Then they do very well. And then, in late 2013, your latest app, a trivia based mano y mano showdown, literally conquers…

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Breezy Leaf: Unbeleafably Addictive

Breezy Leaf: Unbeleafably Addictive

The best simple, yet extremely engaging game I have ever played is Densha De Go! (Go By Train) 3, an extraordinary little number for an obscure platform I can’t quite remember (could’ve been the Sega Saturn). For perhaps obvious reasons, the game (and indeed series) was only released in Japan. The premise involves the player operating a number of different trains around the railways of the metropolis of Tokyo. It’s challenges were nothing more than stopping…

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ArkMC: Come Together. Right Now. In Front Of Me.

ArkMC: Come Together. Right Now. In Front Of Me.

‘Christ, what the hell is UPnP?’, I thought to myself as I read up on this particular app. The conundrum had me scurrying to Wikipedia to find the answer (that most trusted fountain of communal knowledge). UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) is in fact not a courier service, but a set of networking protocols that allows various devices to discover each other’s presence on the same network. Though the explanation sounds like a tagline for…

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There’s No Place I’d Rather ShutterBee

There’s No Place I’d Rather ShutterBee

If you’re anything like me, the well-intentioned photographs you take while travelling will serve two ultimate purposes; firstly, they will momentarily irritate anyone who happens to be scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed at the time who isn’t directly related to you. Secondly, they will clog up harddrive space on your computer. That seems to be the extent of it from my experience. If you’re the same, you might feel like that’s a little…

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Survivors: The Quest Brings Epic Scale RPG To iPad

Survivors: The Quest Brings Epic Scale RPG To iPad

RPGs (Role Playing Games to the uninitiated) are my favourite type of game. They afford a gaming experience like no other, often going on for weeks at a time. They usually have an emotional hook with an epic story, and ways to progress and power up the characters as you move along. This week, prolific developer G5 Games have entered the RPG fray with their mini epic Survivors: The Quest, a tale of three people…

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Hang w/: The Next Big ‘Big Thing’?

Hang w/: The Next Big ‘Big Thing’?

There’s a lot of apps out there, and developers really have their work cut out for them trying to make a mark. Sure, social media is certainly an exceptionally fast growing market, but with everyone looking for the next Instagram or Pinterest, competition is fierce from all sides, and unfortunately, more apps sink than swim. So what’s the recipe for a winner? It seems no one truly knows, but the team at Hang With Inc….

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Mahjong Journey: Modernising The Mystical Allure Of Mahjong

Mahjong Journey: Modernising The Mystical Allure Of Mahjong

Does anyone here know how to play Mahjong? I’d heard of it, but if you asked me the rules of the game, or indeed any of the basic mechanics, I’d be at a loss. It conjures up images of oriental palaces and the like, ancient monks in wide-brimmed straw hats sitting meditatively around a board, while leaves fall delicately in the background. So I was mildly surprised to learn that it is still a wildly…

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3asy Money: Creative Accounting In The Best Possible Sense

3asy Money: Creative Accounting In The Best Possible Sense

Why is it called ‘in the black’? You’ve got two options, black or red, and while red is clearly the danger zone, being the colour of warnings, blood, embarassment and rage, black seems no less positive. There’s a certain pessimistic undercurrent that comes with black, a resignation that it’s all temporary, that The Red awaits underneath you, an endless sea of poverty and debt. Why not green? Any other pairing of bad and good would…

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FastWord: Not Your Daddy’s Scrabble

FastWord: Not Your Daddy’s Scrabble

I’ll freely admit I was a late bloomer when it came to Scrabble. In the pantheon of family Christmas games, classics such as Trivial Pursuit, Cluedo and Sorry! took precedence. When I was finally introduced to its delights, I found it to be engaging and entertaining, yet strangely lacking. Games were consistently over too quickly, there was never enough space on the board, and you were always, ALWAYS one letter shy of that epic, game-ending…

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ALIVE Video Editor: The Smoother Toucher-Upper

ALIVE Video Editor: The Smoother Toucher-Upper

Just so we’re straight, I have the chorus of Pearl Jam’s ’91 hit resounding through my skull as I write this. Hopefully, as you read, now you do too. And why not? It’s a great song (if a little creepy) and I’m sure we could find a link somewhere in the lyrics to this classy little app I’m about to tell you all about. Or maybe not. But anyway, here’s a pertinent question; how often…

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Green Box Heroes: Giving Greens A Fighting Chance

Green Box Heroes: Giving Greens A Fighting Chance

As a rule, kids don’t like eating healthy food. Carrots, asparagus, celery, cabbage; parents all over the world have a hard time getting kids to chow down on the nutritious stuff. As another rule, kids love comic books. Heroes, villains and shows of selfless strength are right up their street. If only there were some way to combine the two, engaging and informing kids through cool comic strip stories… well, if this sounds smart to…

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BigHappyInbox: Kick Start A New Way Of Communicating With Seniors

BigHappyInbox: Kick Start A New Way Of Communicating With Seniors

Going the route of crowdfunding (a recent addition to the Oxford Dictionary that Microsoft Word seemingly has yet to acknowledge) is a tough road to take. Over the last couple of years, the amount of projects across every medium you can think of has blown up. They’re everywhere. As well as the top two American sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, most countries seemingly have their own specific fund raising platforms for their individual currencies. While films…

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Perfect Piano: How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

Perfect Piano: How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

It’s a sad fact of musicians’ lives that pianos are huge. And I’m not just talking about the grand variation. Even if you want to lug a keyboard around with you, it’s still a Herculean task to take it anywhere further than half a mile. Plus, you need a stand, ‘cos you can’t play the thing on the ground. Guitars, no hassle, throw ‘em over your back. Saxophone, no problem, don’t even bother with a…

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The Virtual Future Meets Sweet Nostalgia With iGames

The Virtual Future Meets Sweet Nostalgia With iGames

Who remembers ‘Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon’ for N64? Not many, I’d wager. Playing as a team of ninjas trekking across feudal Japan to do battle with giant robots, this 1997 gem had it all; great graphics, an awesome soundtrack and a developed sense of humour. ‘Goemon’ is, in my humble opinion, one of the most underrated games to ever be released on Nintendo’s glorious console. That really is saying something if you consider the golden…

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Walk Band: A Pocketsized Band At Your Beck And Call

Walk Band: A Pocketsized Band At Your Beck And Call

Composing and recording music used to involve huge amounts of effort. Not mental composing and recording of course, that just takes a thorough, masterful knowledge of music theory and application (is there much to learn?) but the actual physical task of composing and recording used to involve countless wires and huge, cavernous midi boxes full of precious digital storage. In our modern world, as with many other previously painstaking procedures, clever folks are working on…

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Calendate.it Offers A Little Less Facebook With A Lot More Face To Face

Calendate.it Offers A Little Less Facebook With A Lot More Face To Face

Weekly rant time: how frustrating is it when you are in the middle of something – anything – and you get a text from a friend to catch up?! You can’t quite justify downing tools and heading off, or trying to re-organise your day to fit this in. But…you do actually want to see them! I’m not advocating for planning your day to the minute (honestly, who can be bothere – or wants! – to do that)….

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