Unless you’re doing it with friends or a partner, travelling can get very lonely. Even in the company of someone else, moving from country to country, continent to continent can still be a very solitary activity. It’s also stressful, sometimes to such a degree that we forget to savour the moment. Auslogics attempts to address both these well-worn issues with their new app, ShutterBee. Despite sounding like some kind of photographic aid, it’s actually all about travel. Acting as a kind of Lonely Hearts Club for travellers who want to share experiences and connect with each other, ShutterBee is something you won’t want to be without next time you go globe-hopping. It’s free and it’s out now for iOS.
How long could you survive on a desert island? Think about it in reality. I would say, in my case, maybe three weeks before dying a slow death of hunger and/or thirst depending on the amount of rainfall on my particular island. The whole thing sounds kind of exotic in the abstract; palm trees, tropical heat, coconuts and a dishevelled beard. But in reality, it’s a horrific prospect. Yet it’s exactly the prospect the three weary protagonists of Survivors: The Quest must face in the new action-adventurer RPG from the awesome G5 Games, out now for free on iOS.
What’s the age where you begin to feel behind the curve? Speaking of which, is ‘behind the curve’ even a phrase? Am I now so behind I’m actually ahead? Who knows. But no doubt there comes a time in everyone’s life when we feel like William Holden after he falls off his horse in Peckinpah classic The Wild Bunch. That time came for me as I was exploring this app, which is by no means a bad thing. In fact, it’s probably a testament. Social media is everything these days, but you don’t need me to tell you that. It comes at us from all angles, so you really need to do something special to stand out. And that’s exactly what Hang W/ does. It’s a live video broadcasting app that’s hip as all holy hell. It’s also free and out now for iOS and Android.
The Asians are notorious for their gaming skill. That’s not an unfavourable stereotype, merely a fact. They’re damn good at puzzles. Having been repeatedly floored by a Japanese barman at Connect Four, I can personally attest to this. I have a limited amount of experience with Go, the ancient Chinese chess-like game whose name translates intimidatingly to ‘the encircling game’, but was less familiar with its equally popular counterpart, Mahjong. Luckily, revered gaming developer G5 Games were on hand to school me with their latest offering, the mystically enthralling Mahjong Journey, available now free of charge for iPad.
Recent studies show that Americans have around 40 apps on their smartphones, however the average time spent using them is just around 30 minutes per month. Other studies have uncovered that even though we are very eager to try new mobile models, we have yet to take full advantage of the benefits these devices have to offer us. And with Christmas almost here, we will be buying new equipment for sure.
Now that 2014 is almost over, we should make a New Year resolution right now: Learn to get the most out of our apps and be more productive. That is why we want to share a shortlist of the top-rated productivity apps, so you can update your phone and make yourself more productive in 2015. [More…]