Posts tagged with ‘mobile phones’

26 jun

Up and Coming IOS Game Apps

RobertCordrayIf you are looking for some time to kill with some wickedly fun games, look no further than the iTunes App Store. Here is a glance into the top 10 games in the app store and what makes them so much fun.

Smash Hit

Smash Hit offers beautiful graphics and addicting gameplay where the idea behind the game is to break through glass objects with a ball. Equally as enjoyable as the music is the music, which synchs along with each level that you are at in the game. On top of it all, Smash Hit is free, making it worth your time.

Go Dance

Go dance is a creative use of interactive media. One part dancing game and one part exercise app, it is completely fun. This app uses the songs that you have in your playlist and allows you to take photos of yourself while dancing along. You can also directly buy songs from the app, for the days that you need something new to groove to. Go Dance is surely one of the top up and coming iOS game apps you should check out.

Block Legend

Block Legend proves that there is plenty of room for nostalgic graphics, even with today’s Retina iPhone displays. This game is a puzzle role playing game, and it’s great for players of all ages. There are tons of characters and monsters that you’ll come across, all with their own blocky graphics.

Frontline Commando 2

From one end of the graphics scale with Block Legend to the other with Frontline Commando 2, this game is absolutely beautiful and maximizes the iPhone capabilities. This shooting game allows you to build a tactical squad of troops as you go on varying levels to taking down terrorists and other radical criminals.

The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

The Walking Dead: The Game Season 1 earned plenty of critical acclaim and awards that the developers decided to come back with a second version. In this game you’ll solve puzzles and meet other stranded people, all while trying to avoid being eaten and turned into a brain-thirsty zombie.

Tanglers Blitz

If you love puzzle gams and all of the old apps on your phone are getting boring, check out Tanglers Blitz. This is a strategic game that requires you line up different aliens in order to clear rounds. Once they are matched up, new rows will be added and the challenge gets harder. You’ll download Tanglers Blitz because it looks great, but you’ll keep playing because it’s highly addictive.

Block Fortress: War

Playing off the blocky character graphics that have taken the iTunes Store by storm, Block Fortress: War is another installment into the genre. In this game you’ll take control of a variety of heroes os you go on campaign battles to take down your enemies. However, don’t get too caught up in your offensive efforts and forget about your own base, which will be under attack. You can even play with and against your friends online, making the game more entertaining.

Mines Of Mars

Mines of Mars is a 2D game where you will fight your way through a variety of different landscapes on Mars. Not only will you continually be surprised by the characters you come across, but you’ll do so while seeing beautiful graphics and listening to a wonderful soundtrack. This game was tagged as one of the most exciting games of the year for 2014 by Pocket Gamer, and it’s lived up to the hype.

8 Dice Skate

Some of the games in the app store aren’t just about what you can do on the screen, but how they make games more fun in the real world. 8 Dice skate allows you to pick up your skateboard and compete in a variety of tricks with your best friends, all while keeping score with the in-game counter. Once you knock off your buddies, you can brag about it on social media for the whole world to see.

Heads Up

if you haven’t played Heads Up yet, you’re missing out on a wildly good time with your friends. Like 8 Dice Skate, Heads Up isn’t as much about what’s on the screen, as it is the fun that will ensue with those you’re with. Heads Up offers a variety of different categories and cards, which you’ll press against your head as your friends give you clues that you’ll have to guess. There is also the opportunity to make your own cards, in case you want to add your own inside jokes to a deck.

Check out these games for non-stop fun from your iPhone and iOS device.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on June 26th, 2014 in Technology, Things We Love | No comments Read related posts in , , , , , , ,

04 feb

5 Tips to Safely Shop on a Mobile Device

RobertCordrayWhen you need to make a purchase, how do you usually go about doing it? Do you open a catalogue? Do you drive to the mall? Or do you, like an increasing number of consumers, whip out the old mobile smart device and take care of business all from the palm of your hand?

Studies show that in 2012, people spent $25 billion on purchases made from phones and tablets, which is an increase of 81 percent from the year before. Unfortunately, many people are making the switch to mobile shopping without taking the time to figure out exactly how it works. Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your journey into m-commerce.

1. Do your research

There are hundreds of thousands (or more) sites online from which you can make purchases. However, not all of them are created equal. Some sites may offer deceptively low-quality products. Others might have terrible service or unfair return policies. And then there are others which might simply be nothing more than online scams designed for no other purpose than to steal your money.

Before you make any purchases, be sure to research the site in question. Look online for reviews from customers who have used the site, and see what kind of experience they may have had. Additionally, check for the name of the website along with the search term “scam.” If you find anything that might indicate that the site doesn’t offer everything it’s supposed to, then you’re better off shopping elsewhere.

2. Avoid using a debit card

Most m-commerce sites allow you to enter a card number for payment. Thus, when getting ready to finalize a purchase, many shoppers choose to pay with a debit card. After all, it’s way easier to keep track of your finances and avoid going into debt if you pay directly from your account.

However, when it comes to online shopping, this can be dangerous. Should the site in question become compromised, criminals could easily do serious (and possibly even irreparable) damage to your finances. This is because debit cards act as a direct link to your account, allowing whomever has them unrestricted access to your bank info. Credit cards, on the other hand, simply act as an extension to your personal credit. This means that although a criminal may make charges to the card itself, they will not be able to actually remove any of your funds from your account.

Additionally, the Fair Credit Billing Act protects credit card users by making them liable only for $50 in the event of credit card fraud. Credit companies also offer additional protection, and may contact you in the event that any suspicious charges are being made.

3. Be protective of your personal information

Many online sites require that you give them a substantial amount of your personal information before you can make a purchase. However, other than your card number and perhaps your billing address, none of that data is necessary to the purchase.

Although many sites will request telephone numbers, email addresses, social media credentials and any number of other personal details, know that once you give this data out, it is no longer secure. Many companies will sell personal data to marketing and advertising agencies, thus resulting in inboxes full of spam and constant telemarketer calls. If a site is demanding more information than you are willing to give, either contact the business directly and see if you can make the purchase without giving out additional details, or leave the site and shop elsewhere.

Be especially sure never to give out your social security number no matter what the circumstances.

4. Be secure

As with in any internet activity, you need to make sure that you’re protected while using your device to shop online. This means, first and foremost, activating your device’s built-in security measures. Locking and password-protecting your device is the best way to keep thieves from being able to access stored account information.

For added protection, there are apps that can be downloaded that will allow a user to remotely erase a device’s entire hard drive in the event that it becomes lost or stolen. Also, only make purchases from secure sites. These are sites that have an “S” after the “HTTP” in the address bar, which indicates added security to keep your information safe. Other safety measures such as a secure web gateway are also recommended.

5. Keep up-to-date on the paperwork

Whenever you make online purchases, you should remember to keep an eye on your statements. Be sure that the amount you’re being charged is the same as the amount you agreed to pay. If it’s not, or if other charges begin to appear, then you should contact your bank immediately. Also, be sure to keep a digital copy of your receipt, in case you end up having a problem with the order; it will be a lot simpler to correct the issue if you have all of your information on hand.

Shopping from a mobile device is a convenient way to avoid the crowds and headaches of going out, but you need to be careful with how you go about doing it. Take these tips to heart, and enjoy the freedom of m-commerce.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on February 4th, 2014 in Technology | No comments Read related posts in , ,