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Viki – Wikipedia

March 18, 2016 by macjeff

Viki – Wikipedia ($0.99) by Raureif is a beautiful new way to get your Wikipedia fix on-the-go. If you love learning new things on Wikipedia but want a gorgeous interface to interact with the valuable information, then you should check out Viki. It is similar to other apps on the market such as Curiosity by Tamper (now renamed to Inquire due to legal reasons) and Wikiweb.

Ever since I graduated from college several years ago, I have had a lot of time on my hands when I’m not writing here at AppAdvice. While my usual go-to activity in that case is to play some video games, another hobby of mine is to learn, because you’re never too old to stop learning new things in life. And with my iPhone, I literally have the knowledge of the world at my fingertips. One of my first sources to hit up when I’m bored is Wikipedia, and while the official Wikipedia app does a fine job, I usually prefer something prettier. This is where Viki comes into play.

Visually, Viki is a rather spectacular looking app. The interface is simple and clean, and it gives users only what they need, without the cruft, so it is fairly minimal as well. The off-white background color combined with the classic serif typography means that everything is super easy to read, which is great considering that’s all you do on Wikipedia. I also thought that the entire app is rather fast and responsive, giving you results instantly and there is no lag when it comes to the map view. It is clear that a lot of thought and care went into Viki, and it shows — if you appreciate good design and typography and love Wikipedia, then this does not disappoint in that department.

The first thing that you see upon opening Viki is the Map view, which uses your current location (if permitted) to show you nearby points of interest that have Wikipedia articles attached. It shows your position as the blue circle on the map, and has a surrounding radius to show you those points of interest. What I like about Viki’s presentation, though, is the fact that each marker on the map has a line that directs you to the proper Wikipedia article in a scrollable ribbon along the bottom of the screen. This makes it clear what you are looking at, and the lines move along with you as you scroll, which I found to be useful so you don’t lose track. If you pan around on the map and end up in an area that is farther away from your current proximity, then you can tap on the map to change the search location. This is a definite rabbit hole, though, so be warned — you never know what you may find out about the area you’re in. Personally, I find it fascinating learning about the city I live in, as well as surrounding areas.

If you are in the mood to learn about something in particular, Viki has the traditional search functionality that you’d expect from any Wikipedia app. Just tap on the search bar at the top of the screen and then type in what you want. Viki is powered by Wikipedia’s full-text search and rich article previews, so while the results may take a moment to start showing up as you type, you’re getting a super comprehensive list of results for your inquiry. In fact, while you may find what you were looking for, some other articles may be interesting enough that you may still want to check it out later.

When you find the article you want, just tap on it to view it. The article view in Viki is stunning, as it features a large header photo (if available) at the top, with the topic name placed on top. If you want to get a better view of the image, just pull the screen down and the header image will expand, getting rid of the blue overlay. The article displays introductions, sidebar info, and the full article body, complete with in-line links and footnotes. No matter what you’re reading, it will look good thanks to the Smart Layout, which uses advanced layout optimizations that will analyze and reformat any article for best readability and looks.

To access the table of contents on longer articles, just tap on the button in the bottom right corner when the toolbar is available (pull the screen slightly upwards). Images can be tapped on to be viewed in a full screen mode, complete with a blurred, dark transparent background. If you’d prefer to read the article in a different language, just tap on the button in the top right corner, and choose your language. Overall, combined with the excellent choice of font, Viki’s article views are just beautiful to read, and it’s flexible enough to work for you, not the other way around.

If you do find something that you want to save for later, or just want to have handy, then you can tap on the bookmark button (next to the table of contents button), and a delightful animation indicates that it has been saved. You an also use the Share button to do a myriad of actions with the article, such as sharing or sending a link to other apps. There’s even a button that will take you to editing the Wikipedia page in Safari if you need to make changes.

On top of the fantastic iPhone and iPad interface, Viki is also available on the Apple Watch. If you choose to install the app, you get Nearby Places, Voice Search, Handoff (swipe up on the lock screen to continue reading on your iPhone), and bookmarking. Honestly, I’m not that big of a fan of most Apple Watch apps these days due to slowness, but this seems like a handy feature if you prefer not taking your phone out.

While I’ve only used Viki for about a day now, it has become my favorite way to browse Wikipedia on my iPhone. The app just looks exquisite, especially since the beiges, browns, light oranges, and blues make it easy to read. Viki is also incredibly fast, and I love the smart formatting and rich article previews for search results. The subtle but smooth and fluid animations when bookmarking are a nice touch as well, and the speediness of the Nearby view is great for long “down the rabbit hole” reading sessions. Seriously, I can see myself spending a lot of time with this app for a long time.

I highly recommend giving Viki a try if you’re looking for a gorgeous way to access Wikipedia on your iOS device. You can find Viki – Wikipedia on the App Store for just $0.99, and it is well worth every penny.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/17/2016

March 18, 2016 by macjeff

Wingman - EBAC and Drink Counter , Dreamdays HD - Countdown to the Days that Matter , Tesla Toy and more

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Wingman - EBAC and Drink Counter ( $0.99 → FREE )

Wingman makes it easy to track your estimated blood alcohol content level. Simply enter your gender, age, height, and weight. Wingman will take care of the heavy lifting. Every time you have a beverage, simply tap one of the beverage icons at the bottom of the screen. You can tap and hold to specify the ABV as well. A handy Today widget allows you to quickly see your current EBAC level.

Tesla Toy ( $1.99 → FREE )

Place anywhere from one to all 10 of your fingers on the screen at once and watch what happens. If you want to capture your particles, activate the sticky finger mode. This will keep them flowing in their last position and allow you to grab a screenshot. The app also includes TV-out and AirPlay support.

The Amazing Adventures of Eco Boy, Volume 2 ( $0.99 → FREE )

Plastic bottles are piling up all around the city, and a mean robot villain is growing more powerful from them. Your child is able to tag along with Eco Boy and Bio Girl as they fight to keep the planet earth clean. The app offers a read-it-yourself option along with a listening mode with professional narration.

Sleep - Meditate, Relax & Sleep ( $1.99 → FREE )

Sleep is dead simple. Just choose one of the 17 different sounds, set the timer duration, put on your headphones, and tap start. You’ll be fully relaxed and off to sleep in no time.

Dreamdays HD - Countdown to the Days that Matter ( $0.99 → FREE )

Dreamdays HD puts the events that are most important to you front and center. When creating a new countdown for an event you’re able to title and categorize it, set a date, and create a custom background. The app will then begin its countdown and send out a reminder as the day approaches. You will also see the event appear within Notification Center as the date approaches. You’re able to view all of your countdown cards at once, filter them out, or view them separately. The app also includes passcode protection, iCloud support, and the ability to share events.

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Puzzler Sputnik Eyes goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

March 17, 2016 by macjeff

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Sputnik Eyes. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to pickup the popular puzzler for free for both iPhone and iPad, a solid savings of $2.

For those who aren’t familiar with the game, Sputnik Eyes tasks players with guiding tiny robots through various maze-like planets. There are over 60 handmade levels to explore, and each level is more challenging than the last.

From the App Store Editors’ Notes:

Outer Space might be cold and uninviting, but in Sputnik Eyes it’s kind of adorable. Guiding cartoony robots over its vivid alien worlds delights thanks to cheerfully quirky designs, a catchy soundtrack, and irresistible challenge. Each planet presents a maze of tangled paths to follow, demanding thoughtful planning to match the ‘bots with their color-coded bases. As we racked our brains exploring this kooky cosmos, we were entranced, confounded, and always eager for more.

And here is a video of the game in action:

If you’re interested, you can grab Sputnik Eyes for free in the App Store.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/16/2016

March 16, 2016 by macjeff

Sol Invictus – Sequel to Interactive SciFi Gamebook Heavy Metal Thunder , Sputnik Eyes , Video Crop & Zoom - dynamic crop, zoom, and rotation in your videos and more

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Sol Invictus – Sequel to Interactive SciFi Gamebook Heavy Metal Thunder ( $3.99 → FREE )

Sol Invictus not only delivers an epic sci-fi storyline from acclaimed science fiction writer Kyle B. Stiff, it also features original artwork from renowned illustrator Marc Gonzalez. This new tale picks up where the original left off. You and your teammates will lead a system-wide uprising against humanity’s oppressors. Each decision you make has major consequences, allowing for a rich and branching narrative.

Sputnik Eyes ( $1.99 → FREE )

Sputnik Eyes takes you on a journey across space. Your objective is to slide robots around on paths in order to get them to reach their matching planet. Some of the paths can only be traveled on in one direction while others can only be traveled on by robots of a specific color. No planet can be occupied by two robots at once, so you’ll need to slide them all around in order to achieve your goal. The game includes a total of 60 handmade levels.

Video Crop & Zoom - dynamic crop, zoom, and rotation in your videos ( $1.99 → FREE )

Video Crop and Zoom will help you fix poorly staged videos. If you want to get things over with quickly, simply choose one of the many built-in constraints. If there’s something you want to focus on or cut out of your video, tap on it to bring up the manual editor. The manual editor allows you to freely pinch, pull, and rotate your fingers to crop your video. Finished projects can be saved back to the camera roll or shared via email.

Calculator 2.0 ( $0.99 → FREE )

You're able to see both the numbers you input and their results in real-time. Calculations can be entered in portrait and landscape orientation without compromising functionality. You can assign variables, edit calculations via touch or navigation keys, and access previous calculations via history tape. The app also includes 30 scientific functions, the ability to lock orientation, and autocompletion of closing parentheses.

Shark Puzzles for Kids Jigsaw Wonder Collection ( $1.99 → FREE )

You won’t be able to resist the wonder of this jigsaw puzzle game. Each of the 44 jigsaw puzzles features a breathtaking shark photo to reconstruct. The jigsaw puzzles can be broken up into as few as four pieces and as many as 24. You’re also able to choose whether or not you want a colored background and outline hints. What more could you ask for?

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Best app deals of the day! 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

March 16, 2016 by macjeff

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App Store.

The post Best app deals of the day! 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time appeared first on Digital Trends.

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