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When it comes to iDevice game apps I have a tendency to divide them into three categories – good games, bad games and games that I am obsessed with. The games in the last category do tend to fall in and out of favor. For a while – like everyone else – I was all about Angry Birds. However despite all the new levels that are continually released I have grown tired of birds and pigs.

One game I have yet to even begin to get bored with though is Fruit Ninja and I am far from alone in that. So when I was asked to try Cut the Buttons, a game developed by Open Name Ltd and available for iPhone and iPad, I was intrigued, as some people had said that it has a similar concept to my beloved Fruit Ninja. So, having grabbed both the iPhone and the iPad versions I set out to find out if they were right…

Graphics and Sound 4/5

Right off the bat I loved the graphics, both on the iPhone and on the iPad. The HD rendering on the iPad is of course exceptionally nice but everything still looks sharp and clear on the iPhone too.

The graphics are not at all complicated – some scissors, buttons attached to material scraps flying all over the screen and the button basket to catch snipped buttons in. However the variations in the cloth scraps are wild and colorful and overall the visuals give the game an almost retro look that is just well, cool.

Sound wise you have a nice little background tune and the snipping sound as you separate the buttons from their cloth and a click as you (hopefully) catch them in your button box. In other words, just enough.

Gameplay 5/5

On the face of things Cut the Buttons might sound like it is the most boring game in the world. Take control of a pair of virtual scissors and snip buttons off pieces of cloth as they fly past you. Then again, slice fruit as it flies past – that does not sound like too much fun either.

But just like Fruit Ninja, Cut the Buttons is so much more than it sounds at first. The fabulous physics involved really boost the gameplay to a level I had not expected. To begin with this is a two handed game – making it easier to play on the larger iPad – but still lots of fun on the iPhone.

With two fingers from one hand you must control the snapping scissors. You should be aware that whatever the speed, angle and direction you attempt to cut the buttons in will affect the way they fall. As you need those buttons to fall into the bucket to score this is very important to remember. Miss just three buttons and your game is over (in Classic mode at least)

Your other hand is needed to move the bucket to catch the buttons. This two handed gameplay took a bit of getting used to at first but after I got the hang of it it was not as complex as it sounds. And by the way, if you happen to be a lefty there is a button in the menu screen that lets you change the scissors from right handed to left handed so your southpaw tendencies are not a handicap in Cut the Buttons.

There is another twist. Some of the buttons that will fly past you are “attached” to their cloth with a metal stud instead of thread. You cannot snip them off and attempting to do so decreases your score and wastes precious time if you happen to be in Arcade mode.

In the iPad version of Cut the Buttons there is also a multiplayer mode, although I do have to say that got a bit frenetic and messy when we tried it out. Call me anti-social if you like but I really do prefer to play this game alone.

After just an hour or so playing Cut the Buttons I was hooked and the game is definitely in my obsession category right now. I still ove Fruit Ninja and will continue my high score quest on it but I am also beginning a campaign to master Cut the Buttons. And i do not think that campaign will be ending any time soon.

Value for Money 4.5/5

Both the iPhone and the iPad versions of Cut the Buttons cost $0.99. The game went free for a week recently so it may still do so again but if I were you I wouldn’t wait. This gams is worth every last cent of its price and then some, which is more than you can say about a lot of games that cost much more.

Summary

Cut the Buttons is a wildly addictive, clever little app that I think a lot of people will love. Its not a mindless game though – it takes thought and concentration to master and a lot of both. despite the comparisons I have drawn with Fruit Ninja this is an original game with a very neat concept. In the end though nothing I tell you will compare to having a go yourself, so I suggest you do that as soon as possible.

Sweet tooths, this is the app for you! Bitesize Treats: Macarons, Cake Pops and Cute Things by Hardie Grant Publishing is an app filled with over 50 recipes of little, adorable, and incredibly yummy treats. Complete with a shopping list and even an oven timer, this app is perfect for anybody who loves to bake and eat sweets. This app on iTunes is still waiting to get enough ratings on its newest update, but The Apple Clan gives it a 3.5/5.

Pros

When you love to fill your house with sweet aromas from the kitchen, and when you love to tantalize your taste buds with baked goodies, it’s pretty easy to find lots of pros with Bitesize Treats. And when these baked goodies are all cute and little, it’s just about perfect.

Pretty pictures
It’s definitely a girl’s app, with soft pink accents and a flowered background. Black font contrasts make the recipes easy to read. And the pictures are a feast for the eyes! Each recipe opens up to a picture of the bitesize treat, delicately arranged, making them look even more tantalizing.

Detailed index
Bitesize Treats is very easy to navigate. The app opens to the recipe index, featuring eight categories: macarons; cake pops; cupcakes; bites, bars & tartlets; icy treats; whoopee pies; jellies; and cute things. From the index, each category opens up a series of mouth-watering recipes for you to choose from, with all of them with a mini picture by the recipe title.

Features
Once under the recipe, you have the choice of favoriting the recipe or emailing to friends, finding the ingredients, and reading the method on how to make the recipe. Under ingredients, you can touch the plus next to each ingredient, which automatically adds it to your shopping list.

Which brings me to the shopping list. You can organize your shopping list by aisle or by recipe. As you are shopping, you can check off each ingredient on your list as you pick them up.

Under favourites, you can organize the recipes you really like. Dinner treats and lunch treats are already options, but you can delete these or add more if you like.

And there are even more options, under more! Here you have an oven timer, so as long as you have your iPhone with you, you won’t forget and accidentally burn the treats. In settings you can choose the Imperial or US metric system, depending where you are located.

Cons

When an app’s primary color scheme is pink and its entire purpose is to provide you with absolutely yummy looking recipes, it’s hard to find something really wrong with the app. There are a few drawbacks, though. However, according to the reviews users have written, the developers are working to correct problems users have.

Eggs?
Probably the biggest problem is that when eggs are called for in a recipe, it only lists ‘eggs.’ You are left to guess how many go in the recipe. Considering eggs are a rather important part of baking recipes, this can be an issue.

Quiet timer
The oven timer is really handy to have, especially since you don’t have to be tied to the kitchen to make sure the treats don’t burn. But if you leave the app open, the oven timer doesn’t sound. It just pops up with a notice. If your iPhone goes to sleep while the app is running, the timer does ding once. And, the oven timer only sets in five minute increments.

Cost
Some users complained that there aren’t enough recipes for a $1.99 app. However do note that there are over 50 recipes included, In comparison to physical recipe books, this app does still give you a bang for your buck. If you are looking for hundreds and hundreds of recipes on one app, this isn’t the one. It makes up for itself in other areas, such as a handy dandy shopping list and absolutely awesome pictures.

Summary
Be forewarned, Bitesize Treats: Macarons, Cake Pops and Cute Things will make you start drooling. And start planning your dessert shopping list. Then it’s time for an afternoon of blissful treat baking. I’ll let you get to it.

Its almost looks as there is an arm race in online education. The question is this which MOOC platform can expand more faster? edX’s announced that it will be expanded internationally by adding six new schools which brings its total to 12 and now Coursera is also coming up with new additions in its own.

At present enormous platform of online courses has announced that 29 universities around the world have decided to bring their courses online via courser for free. New members can enroll to 33 institutions that are already on board, which brings Coursera to its grand total 62.

The international growth of both courser and edX’s is the great achievements for international students, who can now approach many courses in multiple languages. It includes French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian. Obviously international growth is also playing an important role in the roadmap for edX’s and Coursera and also to online learning sites like Lynda.com.

Whereas edX’s is the nonprofit organization but Coursera is running commercially for making profit. It makes huge turnover and will need to continue improving and expanding its courses if it hopes to run business over the long term.

As mentioned in the introduction that 29 new courses schools added to this learning platform, Coursera is also increasing its courses by offering many subjects in different languages. By adding 90 new courses now its total becomes 313 courses in all. Coursera is now able to meet the need of more diverse students by giving them more academic options to explore and this become possible. With the addition of new courses, the wide range of languages and academic approaches has been seen.

Andrew Ng co-founder of Coursera said as part of the announcement that Coursera has registered 2.8 million students at the time of its launching and now around 1.4 million students enrolled each month. Recently Coursera has been taking some prominent steps for the better growth of the organization. It is also launching its career service in Dec. The program that matches students with the employers and it also adds the verified certificates in Jan for the students to verify the work that they have completed on courser for free.

In the beginning Coursera was not able to offer credits or degrees. But earlier this month the American Council on Education approved five of its courses for credit equivalency that means the students who have completed these classes are now able to receive college transfer credit at institutions that accept ACE recommendations. In future it is also working with ACE to add credit equivalency for more of its courses. Courser is looks like a real global online university with the addition of more universities, languages and courses. The question that arises is that whether it maintains its standard or quality of growth or not.

Below is the list of the 29 new institutions that join Coursera today.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Curtis Institute of Music

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Case Western Reserve University

cole Polytechnique, France

Leiden University, Netherlands

IE Business School

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat M nchen

Northwestern University

National University of Singapore

National Taiwan University

Penn State University

Sapienza Universit di Roma

Rutgers University

Technical University of Denmark

Technische Universit t M nchen (TUM)

Tecnol gico de Monterrey

The University of Tokyo

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Cruz

Universidad TecVirtual del Sistema Tecnol gico de Monterrey

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Universidad Nacional Aut noma de M xico

Universitat Aut noma de Barcelona

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Geneva, Switzerland

University of Rochester

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iPhone & Android app again explain mobile messaging industry by producing fresh, relevant daily content: empower users to make an endless flow of self-expression.
Lango introduced its new mobile application for iPhone and android users. This app takes pictorial messaging to the next level which mostly endows the users to text with the daily content. Which is built on the latest and paramount news, which include social trends, entertainment and celebrities’ gossip? It can easily collaborate the basic words and slogan with images that represent the emotion, humor and self- expression, both for social media posting and peer to peer texting.
Ii is the first company to review daily happenings and social communication by converting them into appropriate textable images. The lango app also motivate meme like giving users , social sharing the freedom to make social commentary on twitter and Facebook. Its registered Essence engine which day by day proposes modified images to identify each message, excluding the requirement of lengthy search within unsorted collection of imges.to explain the feeling or expression images are used and it is also used to condense the clue of an entire text. With its frictionless user boundary and inventive navigation, lango mostly convert the messages into fun, unique and visual art.

SPARK: it motivate the sharing and sending of banner like images that arrest the soul of the text messaging. When a text is formed with lango, the app takes the attention of the message, spontaneously injecting an image linked with the text. The highlighted words can be changed or twisted through diverse images to see that the words explain the entire situation.

FLAIR: lango bids words meme like images, over picture that are easy to segment on twitter and Facebook. Select background and you can also post your own photo, write a motto and plus some flair to represent what exactly what you really understood.

DR. udi graff, lango’s chairman & CEO said “standard texting is old school and boring” “now days the art to send free messages is standard but lango raise to its next level. It also created fresh daily content that convert what up to the minute right now into unique message able images. It is a antique podium for its user’s self – expression

to have a eye on on its daily content, lango bids special ” premium packs” for purchase in its in app near store. For easiness, users can buy lango coins in the virtual store to make an endless library of images. It also offers a variety of themed premium packs, containing images, representing famed football players as part of the national football league players association pack , gang am style, steampunk, and rich of other event – driven exciting visua;s and packs

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Beesy is a project management app that is designed for people who need help with task management and note taking, like managers, sales people and project managers. It is a very handy tool for anyone who needs to create business notes, projects, tasks, and more.

This app syncs with calendars and contacts so it can incorporate all of your to-dos along with meeting notes, projects you are working on, and projects you need to monitor.

When you open Beesy for the first time, you will have to enter your personal information. The app needs to know who you are, and will request your name, initials, job title, email, and company.

You don’t have to enter all of the information – for example, it let me move on to using the app without adding an email address – but it does work best with all of the fields filled out, especially if you plan to use the app regularly for business purposes.

Beesy may look complicated because it has a lot of menus and sections, but it is a fairly simple to use app. The tutorial breaks it down into four separate concepts: Notes, Actions, People, Goals and Projects.

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Notes are the main reason to use this app. You can create notes from your calendar, which is a good way to keep them organized. For example, if you have a meeting on a particular day, your notes will be added to the calendar for the day. You can also add tasks as to-dos, and there are several different ways to view notes, events, and tasks.

Much like in OmniFocus, you can view what’s due on a particular day, week, or month, and the app will also let you know when projects or tasks are overdue. You can filter notes by date or project, and then add actions.

Actions are designed to help you structure your notes and are a quick way to enter different types of information. For example, tap on the task action and it adds in a quick task. Tap on web, and it’ll open a web browser. Tap contact, and you can automatically enter the information for a new contact. It’s a great time saver.

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In the people section you can view actions that have been assigned to people based on your notes, track their to-do lists, and check out who is working on what with different filters.

Actions are assigned based on goals, which are assigned to projects. You can add several projects to a goal and then assign actions to projects, then assign those projects to people. It sounds a bit complicated, but in reality, it makes sense as you use the app.

Beesy is a handy organizational tool that’s a lot like an all-in-one stop for everything you might need to do when managing people and projects. Check out the video below, which gives a great overview of the app:

What I liked: This is a powerful app with a lot of useful functions. It’s great for business meetings because you can type notes, create projects, assign projects, and monitor people’s work all within the app.

What I didn’t like: This isn’t an app that you can just pick up and use. It isn’t hard to learn to use it, but you are going to need to invest some serious time to learn all the ins and outs of what the app has to offer.

To buy or not to buy: If you want to be more organized in meetings and if you want to improve your task management skills, Beesy will be the best $5.99 you’ve ever spent.

  • App Name: Beesy
  • Version Reviewed: 1.50
  • Category: Productivity
  • Developer: BeesApps
  • Price: $5.99
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