Timebound mobile app chronicles historical events with gorgeous timelines

March 23, 2017 by RSS Feed

american's knowledge of history is exceedingly poor, but timebound could change that.

history is fascinating, but not everyone is inclined to seek it out. uncovering what earth shattering-events happened decades ago requires effort that most folks aren’t willing to undertake — a problem that timebound, a self-coined “time machine for ios and android” aims to solve.

timebound, which launched on kickstarter this week, offers minute-by-minute chronicles of crucial events in history. you can watch titanic’s sinking unfold, witness the first moon landing, see the battle of gettysburg, attend the woodstock festival, and more in the app’s ever-expanding collection of media-rich digests.

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each timebound “story” looks a little like a timeline. but unlike the text-heavy accounts that pervade most of the web, the app features graphics like images, maps, audio, and other media. push notifications keep you updated on unfolding events in real-time — you might receive a link to the “jfk assassination” feed, or a countdown timer for “man on the moon.” and each story is written by an editorial team with a collective 37 years in publishing, and vetted by an “academic historian” for accuracy.

even better: timebound is ever-expanding. when the app launches in may, it will gain a new story each week. you’ll be able to start following them right away, or wait for a specific date and “live through the event in full calendar sync.” a limited number will be free to follow, but access to the timebound archive will require an annual subscription ($10 for kickstarter backers).

“we think of timebound as an entry point to history,” the timebound team said. “the app isn’t just beautiful and entertaining — each event is carefully researched from different points of view, [and] only facts from reliable sources make it into timebound […] history will become a part of your daily life.”

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that’s an increasingly urgent mission. according to a recent united states department of education’s national assessment of educational progress, only 20 percent of fourth-grade students, 17 percent of eighth graders, and 12 percent of high school seniors scored at or above “proficient” on standardized u.s. history tests. and in survey of college students at america’s top 55 colleges and universities, only 23 correctly identified james madison as the constitution’s principle author — at the same time, 99 percent correctly identified beavis and butthead.

“the problem is ignorance, not stupidity,” yale political scientist jacob hacker told newsweek. “nobody is competent to understand it all. we suffer from a lack of information rather than a lack of ability.”

with a little luck and a successful crowdfunding campaign, perhaps timebound can turn the trend around.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/23/2017

March 23, 2017 by RSS Feed

Budgets - Expense Tracker , Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple , Videomator and more


Budgets - Expense Tracker ( $2.99 → Free ) MoneyBudgie Budgets helps ensure that you live within your means. Start off by creating your budget within the “Set Up” menu. You’re able to add categories like gas, groceries, clothes, and rent along with how much you’re allowed to spend on them. Then every time you make a purchase or payment, log it by entering an amount, categorizing it, attaching a description, and adding a date paid. Budgets' main screen allows you to easily check how much you have left to spend via a coin tube graphic. The app also allows you to carry over unused budget amounts, view purchase history, create reports, and passcode protect your data.

Videomator ( $0.99 → Free ) Katerina Alieksieienko Videomator couldn’t possibly be any easier to use. All of its filters and color option categories run across the bottom of the screen. Tap on a category to bring up a secondary menu that will allow you to choose a specific filter or color option. Everything is done in real-time, so just point your camera at your subject and start recording. Videomator includes a total of 317 different presets to choose from.


Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple ( $2.99 → Free ) DeskConnect, Inc. Workflow is only limited by your imagination. It allows you to make quick work of everyday tasks like making animated GIFs, getting directions, uploading images, generating PDFs, and so much more. To create a new workflow, start off by choosing the type or types: Normal, Widget, Apple Watch, or Action Extension. Then browse through suggested actions or search for something specific, and drag and drop the ones you want into your workflow. That’s all there is to it! The next time you want to start your workflow, it can be done with a single tap.

AP U.S. History 5 Steps to a 5 ( $9.99 → Free ) Higher Learning Technologies 5 Steps to a 5 will help you ace the Ap U.S. History exam. The app features 500 flashcard-style questions that align to the current AP U.S. History exam as closely as possible. Each question is accompanied by an explanation, helping your really grasp the content. The questions are organized according to 18 major time periods, allowing you to focus on weak areas. The app also includes a 125 question diagnostic test, tips designed to help make your test day a successful one, and results tracking.

Teeter – Endless Arcade Balancer ( $1.99 → Free ) The Frosty Pop Corps Inc. Teeter puts you in control of a bar with a ball safely resting on top of it. You’re able to lift each side of the bar by tapping on the sides of the screen. The objective is to get the ball safely into the correct hole. It may sound easy, but as you progress through the game new dangerous holes are added along with objects that will impede the bar. The game includes 120 levels, multiple themes, and 3D Touch enhanced controls.

Wake Alarm Clock ( $1.99 → Free ) Tiny Hearts Limited Its simple gesture-based UI allows you to quickly set and interact with your alarms. All you have to do is spin the dial to set and swipe down to customize. You're able to personalize your alarms with 12 exclusive sounds, and set recurring alarms for any day of the week. When it's time to get up, you can have the app require you to slap or shake to snooze, flip to disable, or swipe to snooze or disable. The app also includes progressive alarm sounds that gradually get louder, the ability to set your alarm with your voice, landscape orientation support, and three levels of shake difficulty.

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‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada

March 22, 2017 by RSS Feed

‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada

Death Road to Canada ($7.99) by Rocketcat LLC and Madgarden is a road trip action RPG that’s filled with humor, zombies, and plenty of randomized goodness. Think of it as “The Oregon Trail” meets “The Walking Dead.”

When I was a kid in elementary school, I remember playing “The Oregon Trail” on the school computers whenever we went to the lab in the library. While it was supposed to be an educational experience, I remember being addicted to that game every time I played. It was just fun to see how far I could get each time, and how many times my party would die from dysentery before I’d ever reach Oregon. So when I first heard about Death Road to Canada, I was definitely intrigued and couldn’t wait for it to come out on iOS, because hey, it’s a zombie apocalypse version of “The Oregon Trail,” what’s not to love? Plus, it’s from Rocketcat, which are the developers behind awesome games like Wayward Souls and Mage Guantlet, so I knew I had to have it. Now that it’s out, it doesn’t disappoint, though there could definitely be some improvements made.

‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada

Death Road to Canada, like the other Rocketcat games, features a cool retro pixelated art style that serves as a great homage to classic games. Even with such an old-school graphics, the developers have managed to pack in plenty of detail in DRtC, from the various characters that you’ll come across along the journey, to the myriad of walking undead, to the different types of vehicles and buildings you’ll find, to the dynamic lighting effects that affect the overall tone and mood of the game. You’d think that the zombies and humans would only have several different appearances, but there is a character editor for customizing your own humans, and all zombies have their own unique look. Needless to say, a lot of thought has been put into what the potential undead and living would look like in DRtC. Animations are smooth and fluid during the game, so I had no lag on my iPhone 7. Since the game is reminiscent of “The Oregon Trail,” there is a bit of heavy reading when it comes to various scenarios, but the vintage pixel text is easy-to-read and the buttons for choices are large and friendly for everyone. There are also vintage effects like scratches, grain, and glitch on the screen to give it that old-school aesthetic, but they can be turned off in the settings if you want. DRtC also has an awesome chiptune soundtrack that is sure to delight fans of the genre and the sound effects are fun. In terms of visual and audio design, Rocketcat and Madgarden have another hit on their hands.

With DRtC, players will find a procedurally generated adventure each time they play, which means completely randomized characters, locations, weapons, and events. While this may not be a preference for everyone, it does mean that the game is never the same thing twice, which is refreshing. There are three game save slots available in case you have multiple trips going at the same time, and there is a full character customization editor in case you don’t want to have a random set of crew members during the zombie apocalypse. On your first launch of the game, there will be a tutorial that shows you the ropes, and it’s recommended to go through it, though it’s completely optional. One thing that players will be able to notice from the get-go is the fact that DRtC is not a serious game, and it is rather humorous, as you can tell from the sometimes over-the-top characters and text that describes characters and scenarios. While the game does take a bit to get used to (plus it’s pretty difficult), you just can’t stop coming back to it.

Unfortunately, the controls in the game are somewhat tainting my experience with DRtC. A lot of the game is done through text screens that describe scenarios and you just tap on a button with the choice you want to make, but the parts where you have to explore and battle can be a bit annoying with the current control scheme. To move, just drag your thumb around in the bottom left corner area of the screen. You can interact with objects (such as pick them up) with the action button (indicated by the hand icon) that is located in the bottom right area of the screen. Another button adjacent to the action button lets you switch to your ranged weapon, if the leader character you are currently controlling has one. To attack with melee weapons, just tap anywhere in the right half of the screen.

‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada‘The Oregon Trail’ Meets ‘The Walking Dead’ in Death Road to Canada

My problem with the controls is the fact that since there isn’t a virtual joystick that’s visible, I often found my thumb drifting towards the center of the screen, which would get in the way of seeing what’s around me. I also noticed that my character would be facing one direction while attacking, but it would be hard to make them turn around quickly enough to attack something coming up behind them. This led to my death a lot, and it’s a bit frustrating, to say the least. There are customization options for the controls, though it’s just for adjusting the drag and dead zone for movement, and swapping sides with the attack button. I hope that the controls are better optimized in the future so that they’re more responsive and make your character react quicker, because it’s annoying when you try to attack something behind you and fail miserably while it’s chowing down on you. It would also be nice to have MFi controller support in DRtC, because this is the type of game where those controllers would shine.

Before you and your crew go off the road to explore and look for supplies and weapons, you’re able to equip gear on them for the situation. Each character can hold up to three weapons, and it’s best to have different options that best suit the conditions. After you are done scavenging around for supplies in a location, you’ll always want to make your way back to the exit to reach your vehicle (or travel by foot if you’re out of gas). While you’re on the road, you’ll see events pop up, and this is how you check on how your crew is doing by means of how much food or gas is used, their morale status, and other little events like increasing their stats. You always start out with two characters in your team, but you’ll have the option of recruiting people along the way, but watch out — not everyone can be trusted.

Aside from the clunky controls, Death Road to Canada is an enjoyable title that offers plenty of replay value. The retro pixel art graphics bring a smile to your face, the music and sound effects are awesome, and the gameplay is rather challenging. Believe me — you will be dying a lot in this game, but it doesn’t get tiring because each attempt brings a fresh new set of characters and events to encounter, and hey, who doesn’t like to bash in zombie hordes? The character customization is also fun, because you can create characters that represent your family, friends, and even frenemies, and have them be an awesome team member or eaten by zombies, your choice. I just hope to see better touch controls in a future update, as well as support for MFi controllers, which is supposedly coming in the next update, so sooner rather than later. Still, DRtC is a fun action RPG that is worth a look, especially if you were a fan of “The Oregon Trail” and “The Walking Dead.”

You can find Death Road to Canada on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $7.99. The developers are planning to raise the price with each update release (it will be $8.99 in two weeks), so now is the best time to buy. Death Road to Canada is also available on Steam for $10 until March 27 (normally $14.99).

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/22/2017

March 22, 2017 by RSS Feed

"On Demand" Personal Sales Goal Tracker , Onion Force , PrintCentral and more


PrintCentral ( $4.99 → Free ) EuroSmartz Ltd If you have a wireless printer, you don't need to install any additional software. If you have a printer connected to your computer, you must first install the free companion software offered by the developer. After you're all set up you can view, store, and print documents, emails, photos, contact information, items from your clipboard, and entire web pages right from any iPad. PrintCentral also supports all of your favorite cloud services, and it doubles as a file manager.


"On Demand" Personal Sales Goal Tracker ( $4.99 → Free ) Calls On Fire LLC It’s important to have goals, and it’s even more important to have them when you’re in the sales business. Sales Goal Tracker helps push you to add new clients by helping you track your activity. You’re able to add sales, appointment, or call goals. You can then pull up the dashboard and start recording your activities and sales completed. Then watch as the meters all begin to fill up and inch closer towards the goals you had in mind. The app even includes motivational quotes in case your day isn’t going all that well.

Onion Force ( $1.99 → Free ) Queen Bee Games Onion Force combines the best elements of the tower defense and action genres to provide you with a rather unique experience. Before each battle you’re able to pick between three playable heroes, each with their own unique abilities. As your enemies descend upon the battlefield, tap to attack. The coins you collect can be used to erect one of eight different tower types to help defend your king. The game includes stylish cartoon graphics, 30 levels, and three difficulty settings.

Decibel Meter - sound level db measurement tool ( $1.99 → Free ) Vlad Polyanskiy With dB Meter you can find out if the environment you’re in has eardrum rupturing sound or is quiet as a whisper. The app has been calibrated with a professional decibel meter, so you can be sure the results are accurate. It includes the ability to save location data for measurements, the ability to export measurements, and Apple Watch support,.

Farm Games Animal Games for Kids Puzzles for Kids ( $3.99 → Free ) Eggroll Games LLC You’re able to choose from nine farm-themed puzzles. Each puzzle can be broken up into as few as four pieces and as many as 24. Puzzles can include a background, and you’re able to overlay outlines in order to make fitting in the pieces a little easier. Completed puzzles can be interacted with, creating a fun environment to play in. An option is available to completely skip putting together the puzzles and jump straight to the interactive scenes.

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Cord Cutters Rejoice! NewsON is Here

March 22, 2017 by RSS Feed

NewsON – Watch Local News Anytime, Anywhere Price: Free Rating: iPhone App Review by

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Reviewed by MC

NewsON is a very cool news app that provides users with quick, easy access to local televised news stations, all from the convenience of one app.

Free to use, this app makes it simple to keep up to date on the news in your US hometown, regardless of wherever you are in the world.


NewsON, by NewsON Media LLC, is not only a great news app for your favorite iOS device, but unlike more world-focused news sources, NewsON is unique in that it is specifically designed to provide users with newscasts from local stations.

Enabling the “location services” function to work on the app allows you to quickly find local news stations nearby wherever you are in the United States, and the app also allows you to save your favorite stations as well.

This way, you can easily keep up to date on the news from multiple “hometowns” all at once.

In addition to streaming news broadcasts of current news, NewsON also enables you to easily view past broadcasts for most stations as well (generally if aired within two days of the current date).

Sending clips of news to friends and family through social media is also an option. Using NewsON is incredibly easy to do, and I found most clips to stream smoothly without any noticeable lag.

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NewsON iPhone App Review

“Functional” would probably be a good way to describe NewsON.

The layout for this app works fine; it’s created to be simple enough to easily navigate, even if you’re unfamiliar with all of the features of the app. The general appearance of the app, however, isn’t particularly impressive.

While there’s nothing “wrong” with the graphics of NewsON, they still don’t stand out as a reason in and of themselves to give the app a try.

Still, the purpose of this app is for providing news clips to users, and the “just average” graphic design of the app does not in any way detract from the overall usability of NewsON.


As mentioned previously, NewsON is a free app. This definitely gives it an advantage over pay-for-use television station subscriptions, and for users who travel often but want to stay up to date on local home town happenings.

NewsON really is a great option.

An impressive selection of local news stations are featured in the app, and the ability to watch previously aired broadcasts really adds to the value of this app as well.

For users looking for news outside of the United States, however, NewsON isn’t really the app for them.

download (16)NewsON iPhone app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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