Prune review: yard work has never been so beautiful

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There truly is an art form in pruning. Trees of all shapes and sizes act differently based on the way you manipulate their growth. The art of the Bonsai is the perfect example of how a perfectly trimmed tree can become whatever you want it to be.

Prune is a game about trees. In it, players trim branches to grow their foliage until they reach the sun. We’ve got a hands-on game review of Prune for you today.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apps of the week: Tap Delay, Gallery Doctor, Domino Drop, and more

Apps of the week

On some weekends, there is nowhere I’d rather be than sitting in a chair, drinking a cold one around a campfire with my friends. On other weekends, all I want to do is drop out of reality and sink into a good game. This weekend, if you are of the latter group, we have a list of apps and games that might give you something to get into.... Read the rest of this post here


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Skyscanner Flights – A real world test

Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

What with the delightful weather we are having here in the UK, you may not have noticed that it is, in fact… summer. Do you feel that you need to get a bit of sun on your bones, or you fancy whisking your loved one away on a romantic break away from the kids?

Well, if either of these are on your agenda then here is an app that will help you get your wish.

The app we’re looking at is Skyscanner Flights, and it is brilliant. I have been using Skyscanner for a few years now and I can see how it has evolved over that time, from a very basic app to one that now becomes a quick and easy way to get to where you are going. It is available across all the main platforms and also exists as web version in case you are using a device that doesn’t support apps. Here, I’m going to look at the Android version on a tablet.

Let’s look at a real world example then. IFA is coming up at the beginning of Sept and I have been looking into the possibility of going, chiefly to allow me to cover all the goodies that are going to be announced. Now, I am going to need some flights as it is in Berlin. I could go onto Trivago or any of the other search sites, but that will involve me sifting through loads of rubbish and a raft of not-particularly-useful info before I get what I’m looking for.

So as you can see, I fired up the Skyscanner flights app and punched in what I need.
Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

As I have been using the app for some preliminary flight research it has remembered this as I have logged in.
Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

I’m using the app on a tablet, so the search reveals a nicely laid out screen with my preferences on the side and all the flight info in the main section. A similar search on phone rather than tablet looks slightly different (see below), but generally the same idea.

Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

Let’s keep on going on the tablet for now though. I want a direct flight and it’s pretty easy to just select the option on the filter list off to the side.
Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

And there we have a flight direct from Glasgow to Berlin, it is really that easy to find them. From here I click on the selected flight and the app will take me to the relevant airline’s site to book, for free and without any commission charged to me, the traveller. The whole process takes minutes and is easy to do with minimal usage of data to gain the information.

Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

The above is the basic functionality of the app. It does however have some other very clever features. So I don’t really want to book the flight right now but I do want to know if there are any changes to the price. The app allows me to ‘watch’ this flight and it’ll then notify me of any changes on either my phone or my tablet.

Skyscanner Flights   A real world test

It will also allow me to see all the prices across different days, so if cost is a factor I can assess the cheapest times to fly. As cost is a factor for me booking this trip this is very useful and I can see that from me changing my days slightly I can save £25. Unfortunately I can’t get the time out of the office and the wife will want me to return asap after the event ends, but oh well. Moving on!

So there we have it, the Skyscanner flights app in all its glory. I personally find this app really useful and when I do finalise my plans for IFA I will most certainly be using it for my bookings. Next up I need to find somewhere to stay for a week!

 

I wonder who can help me with that….

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  • SwiftKey previews upcoming ‘Your Signature Emoji’ feature in iPhone app

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    Have you ever wondered which emoji symbols you use the most as your unique writing style? Well, the popular smartphone keyboard, SwiftKey, is previewing a new feature called ‘Your Signature Emoji’ which was designed to help you find out precisely which emoji characters you use more than other people.

    Available as a beta for SwiftKey’s iPhone users, and coming soon for everyone, this feature takes advantage of SwiftKey’s knowledge base which gets continually updated as you’re typing away.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Create colorful keyboards that match your mood in an instant with Photokeys

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    Photokeys by Tebepaket Inc. was released in the App Store last evening. This quite interesting application makes it easy and fun to create your own colorful keyboards in seconds, from any photo in your library.

    Just take or import a picture, adjust color themes as you like and your keyboard is ready for use in any application.

    If you’re unhappy with the results, refine your custom designs with manual controls to mix and match your own colors and achieve the keyboard nirvana. But wait, there’s much more to Photokeys, a 99-cent download from the App Store, than meets the eye.... Read the rest of this post here


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    OneDrive for iOS brings back file downloading, adds VoiceOver and Single Sign-On improvements

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    Microsoft’s excellent mobile client for its cloud-storage service, OneDrive for iOS, was updated with three new features today, among them the ability to download photos and videos to your Camera roll after a brief hiatus following the app’s recent redesign. Available free of charge in the App Store, OneDrive 5.5 for iOS also contains VoiceOver improvements for hearing-impaired users and support for Single Sign-On.... Read the rest of this post here


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    The saga continues as Angry Birds 2 hits the App Store as a free-to-play download

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    As promised, Finnish mobile games maker Rovio today released Angry Birds 2, the official sequel to its original bird-flinging franchise. Available on a free-to-play basis, Angry Birds 2 for iPhone and iPad isn’t a radical departure from the proven formula which made the original games such a rage.

    In Angry Birds 2, your favorite feathered heroes embark on a brand new adventure as they storm Piggy Island to rescue their poor stolen eggs, all over again.

    The sequel introduces some fun new elements to the gameplay experience such as all-new bird characters to choose from, spells, multi-stage levels, scheming boss piggies and much more.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is so engaging you might forget to eat in real life

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    Sometimes, there are games that are so engrossing that you don’t even realize that time has passed. They can sometimes get you into trouble, especially if you suddenly find yourself still at home in your slippers when you should have been at work 10 minutes ago.

    Don’t Starve is an action survival game for the iPad that might cause you to forget to eat dinner while trying to keep your character well fed and safe from things that go bump in the night. We’ve got a full game review of Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition for you today.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Yahoo unveils LiveText, its new Snapchat-esque messaging app with text and silent video

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    As vaguely hinted yesterday, Yahoo held a press conference in New York City this morning to announce its brand new mobile product: a messaging app called LiveText.

    The app recently soft-launched in HongKong, Taiwan and Ireland and is scheduled to roll out in more markets tomorrow, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as it hits the US App Store.

    LiveText promises to transform simple conversations into rich, fun and memorable experiences with text and live video, but without sound. It’s very Snapchat-esque and you might be willing to give it a try.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Fantastical for iPhone gains drafts feature [bonus: promo codes giveaway]

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    Developer FlexiBits has issued an update to Fantastical’s iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps this morning. This premium calendar and reminder replacement software for iOS, watchOS and OS X now includes complete support for Japanese users across its iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch editions.

    More importantly, Fantastical 2.4 for iPhone now includes drafts, a handy new feature addition that makes it possible to multitask while adding new items quickly and easily. The update is rolling out as we speak and should be available in the App Store shortly.

    As a nice bonus, the fine folk at Flexibits have kindly provided more than a dozen promo codes for you, our readers, to redeem so read on to potentially grab your free copy of Fantastical.... Read the rest of this post here


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