Mustard- Upcoming App To Find Someone To Do Something Now

August 23, 2014
Smartphones have helped us with many things in our lives. It's now a lot easier to keep in touch with family and friends that lives continents away. You can turn your lights on and off using your smartphone, as well as order pizza in one tap. There are still aspects of our life that haven't been improved by smartphones yet, such as finding someone to hang out with right now. And that's what Mustard is for.

Mustard is an upcoming app that lets you find people to hang out with. No more sending messages in group chats and never reaching a conclusion, and no more texting a lot of people to find out if they're free. Mustard solves all that.

You can check in as free for temporary periods of time such as 2 hours or the weekend, and friends will do the same. This will lead to you having a list of all your free friends at the current time. So if you're bored at home and want to grab some coffee with a friend or if you want to watch a movie in the weekend; you can just open Mustard and see who's free too.

Mustard has a lot of potential. I think it'll kick off really well since I'm sure it'll help most people one way or another. I can already see it helping me in the future when the app is released.

I asked the founder of Mustard, Matt Hurley, why would people use Mustard to connect with their friends rather than traditional texting and calling. His response was:
While there is definitely no shortage of services keeping you "connected" to your friends - showing you what they've been doing, where they've been, or helping you organise events in the future - nothing answers the question: which of my friends is looking for something to do, right now? Traditional texting or calling is certainly an option if you know who to call, but finding someone who is available and keen can prove difficult.

Mustard will provide a simple answer to that question by showing you which of your friends are keen when you are. It could be someone you see regularly, or someone you haven't seen for years.
He absolutely nailed it. Mustard is an app to serve a completely different purpose than texting people when you're bored. Instead, it helps you meet these people in real life and have face to face conversations with them, which is a lot more sociable than online communication.

To keep up with Mustard, make sure you join their mailing list for prototypes and betas: 
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Pako Review- Fun Car Game for iPhone & iPad

August 22, 2014
The App Store isn’t short of games at all. Yet sometimes people struggle in finding the right game to play on their iPhones. I spend a lot of time looking for fun games and I have found a great one: Pako.

Pako is a simple car game. The objective is to drive around and avoid crashing into anything as your car will blow up if you crash. To spice up the game, there are police cars chasing you around the area and you have to dodge them too as well as the traffic, buildings and lamp posts. One of the areas even has tanks which fire at you!
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How to Use Third Party Alarm Apps Properly on iPhone

August 16, 2014
With the release of iOS 8, Apple has shown the world that it's moving towards a more flexible and open system with Extensions. One of the most annoying limitations I face that has not yet been addressed is how alarm apps can not bypass Do Not Disturb. Do Not Disturb is a feature Apple announced with iOS 6 that silents your notifications completely and avoids the screen lighting up or your phone vibrating during the night. I rely on this feature to ensure I get my peaceful goodnight sleep.

However, the alarm in iOS is the only app that can bypass Do Not Disturb (as well as phone but that's off by default). I recently downloaded CARROT Alarm. It makes waking up a lot more fun than regular alarms. However it requires me to keep my phone unlocked and the app running if I want to wake up since it can't bypass Do Not Disturb.

--> Related: CARROT Fit app threatens you into losing weight

I figured out a little trick that avoids this whole problem.
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How to See All Passwords Used in Safari for iPhone

August 14, 2014
Safari on iPhone is fast, sexy and powerful. One of the features that make Safari powerful is it's ability to remember your passwords from sites across the web. Most internet users have grown used to the autofill option in browsers, but how many of you know that all your passwords are accessible from your iPhone to anyone who knows your phone's password?

Let's give it a shot. Follow through my step by step tutorial to view all passwords on your iPhone!
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Pee Run- A Must Have App for Cinema Addicts

August 8, 2014

There are three problems I face when watching a movie in the cinema: arriving late, needing to pee and sharing the armrest with the person sitting next to me. And while Pee Run can't help me take the armrest for myself, it does help solve the first two problems.

Launching Pee Run will show the user a list of the movies available. There is a search bar at the top to help quickly find the movie that you are looking for. When the movie is selected it shows suggested times to take a pee or buy some popcorn. Scenes with little meaning to the story will be suggested, additionally the app will summarize the events that took place during the few minutes you spent in the bathroom.
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Lucky Dragon- a game that makes dragons cute

August 8, 2014

Apple updates the hardware of the iPhone every year to allow it to run games with more intense graphics and gameplay. The iPhone 5S features a powerful 64 bit processor that allows the 4 inch device to run games with almost console-level graphics. Yet, users tend to like simple games with minimal graphics that require a tap or so to play a game (think of flappy bird).

I am one of those users who wants a quick game to play on the go, and if you are too, then I'm sure you'll enjoy Lucky Dragon.
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ProCamera 7 Review for iPhone

July 31, 2014
The iPhone camera is loved for its simplicity. Any beginner will soon become very familiar due to the absence of menus and jargon. However, some iPhone users are after a more advanced experience. They want complete control over their photo taking experience. If you're one of these people then ProCamera 7 may be the app for you.

ProCamera 7 features a lot of customization when taking a photo. It has typical features from the default camera app such as rapid fire (burst), focus & exposure lock, grids and self-timer (iOS 8). It also has features not available in the default camera app such as adjusting white balance, fullscreen mode, anti shake mode and live data.
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Solve Camera makes taking photos in public a lot less embarassing

July 28, 2014
Photography on smartphones has improved a lot over the past few years. We can now take HDR photos with a high resolution and maintaining a good quality. However one big problem with taking photos is when you want to take a photo without other people knowing that you're taking a photo.

Thankfully, iOS developer Ravi has addressed the issue with his latest app Solve. Ravi is the developer of many great iPhone tweaks such as Addial, Torch & Pluck 2. His app Solve Camera is very similar to his tweaks: remarkably simple and very useful.
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Strides app review- track your goals and habits beautifully

July 24, 2014
The problem with setting goals and working towards making an activity a habit is that it's very easy to procrastinate them both. We tend to leave things for "tomorrow" and never actually making a start. If you're able to completely achieve your goals without procrastinating then this app isn't for you, but for the majority of people like me, we need something that works.

I've been using an app called Strides for a week now. The app promises that it'll help me achieve my goals. From the app's website:
Strides is the easiest way to track all your goals and habits in one place, with flexible reminders and beautiful charts to keep you motivated and on track.
 So I gave Strides a go by testing it with two trackers, the first is doing push ups and the second is to minimize my swearing. Strides features four different types of trackers depending on the activity, more on that later.
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Top 5 Alternatives to the Twitter app on iPhone

July 17, 2014
Twitter is the world's most used micro-blogging service. It is accessible by almost all devices with an internet connection using the web version, Twitter's official smart phone app and third party apps. Being a huge Twitter user I decided to spend some time looking for the top alternatives to the Twitter app on iPhone.

The results of my research and experimenting with each app for a few days lead to this blog post. For each app I'll state the pros and cons of the app as well as a paragraph with any more information. I hope this helps.

Keep in mind that the apps are not all necessarily in any order.
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