Sunday, December 29, 2013

Undiscovered App #53: DataMan Next - Track Cell Data Usage

DataMan NextIf you happen to be one of those lucky few who have unlimited data plans, you can skip this post. But for those who are trying to be mindful of their cell phone expenses, today's Undiscovered App could be a big money saver when it comes to making sure you don't go over your data limits.

DataMan Next does one thing: its tracks how much data you use so you can stay within your data caps. The cool thing about it is it tracks both your cellular and Wi-Fi usage, something that AT&T (which is what I use) doesn't do. Knowing your Wi-Fi usage in addition to cellular usage gives you a better overall picture of your data consumption, so you can be more careful and roughly approximate how much you could potentially eat up when you're browsing or viewing videos on your phone while away from home.

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I found it very easy to use. I set up the monthly data limit, plus gave it a start date, and that was it. From then on, it gives out a percentage figure for how close you are to your limit, and the display changes color if you get into dangerous territory.

DataMan Next has an average rating of 4.5 stars from over 1,000 reviews. This should be on everyone's Must-Have list if you are trying to save money by using a lower limit data plan. AT&T tells me they hit you with a $20 fee if you go over your limit. T-Mobile doesn't hit you with a fee, but they will throttle you down to maybe dial-up modem speeds until your next billing cycle. In either case, it's not a good situation to be in. DataMan Next is available to download for $1.99. It could possibly be one of the best apps you'll wish you had in 2014.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Undiscovered App #52: Worm Run - Swipe Like Crazy

Worm Run
If you're into the endless runner theme, today's Undiscovered App will be right up your alley, or in this case, tunnel. Worm Run, by Golden Ruby Games, starts you off in a mine digging for golden rubies and coins, when all of a sudden, this giant worm comes from the depths and starts going after you.

That's where the fun begins, as you you find yourself speeding through tunnels, up, down, left, and right, swiping madly to avoid obstacles and speed your way through to keep as much distance as you can from the giant worm. Along the way, there are little power ups that let you slow down the worm's progress or give you an extra spring in your jumps.

The ultimate objective is to see how far you can go, and there's Game Center to let you see how you stack up against the competition (the number 1 spot is literally almost 50 times farther than the number 10 spot. How do these guys do it?). It has a Jetpack Joyride look to it, though some may find the frustration factor building up as the terrain gets increasingly jagged so your swipes need to become either more precise or more manic in order to navigate quickly and escape.

Check out the trailer; it might trigger a bit of an adrenaline rush:

Worm Run is currently available to download for $0.99. It has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 102 ratings. We had a lot of fun with it, and if you're up for a quick game every now and then, this is worth a good look.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Undiscovered App #51: Mencal - Tips and Tricks for Mathletes

MencalI like Math, but I like it even better when I learn quick shortcuts for how to calculate big or complex numbers. Enter today's Undiscovered App, called Mencal, which does just that.

Mencal focuses on the type of mathematical situations that you'd see on a more regular basis, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and squaring, so it's very practical.

Check out the list of things you could do once you master its quick lessons:

• Two-digit number like ab+ba
• Three-digit number like abc+cba
• Two fractions like 1/a+1/b
• Two fractions like (a-1)/a + (b-1)/b
• Sum of first n odd numbers
• Sum of first n even numbers

• Two-digit number like ab-ba
• Three-digit number like abc-cba
• m-n if m+n=100,1000,10000...
• Two fractions like 1/a-1/b
• Two fractions like c/a-c/b
• Two fractions like (a-1)/a-(b-1)/b

• Same ten's digit, 1's sum is 10
• Same ten's digit, 1's sum isn`t 10
• Same 1's digit, ten's digits sum is 10
• Same 1's digit, ten's digits sum isn`t 10
• two-digit number ab×cc (a+b=10)
• ab×ccc.....c (a+b=10)
• Multiply by 11
• 2-digit number if 1's digit is 1
• 2-digit number if tens place digit is 1
• 2-digit number ×2-digit number(universal)

• Divide any number by 5
• Divide any number by 25
• Divide any number by 125
• Divide any 3-figure number by 9

• Square numbers made up of 1's
• Square numbers made up of 3's
• Square numbers in the 90's
• Square numbers ten`s digit is 0
• Square a number ending in 25
• Square numbers made up of 6's
• Square numbers made up of 9's
• Square a number ending in 1
• Square a number ending in 5
• Square a number ending in 9
• Square numbers in the 10's
• Square numbers in the 40's
• Square numbers in the 50's

Once you learn the lesson, you're able to practice the concept with live examples until you've got it down cold. This is the kind of stuff that can make you look like a mathematical genius in class, so long as you don't spill the beans about how you did it.

Mencal has an average rating of 4 stars out of 24 reviews, and it costs $1.99 to download. Granted, you could probably Google all these methods if you want to go the free route, but there's definitely something nice about having everything you need all in one app, plus having the live questions to test your skills immediately afterward is a bonus that you won't easily be able to replicate.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Undiscovered App #50: Never Bored

Never BoredToday's Undiscovered App tries to address one of the core reasons we even have apps: we sometimes get bored and need something to distract us. Well, with Never Bored, you have a good chance of accomplishing that.

It's a neat concept that tries to hit you from different angles: if you like to read, there are 20+ short stories you can choose from, or if you like to watch videos, you can choose from a similarly random set of 20+ videos. And there are the very, very basic games like Tic Tac Toe you can also play with.

But the best part is probably the Languages section, where you can learn simple phrases and hear the pronunciations in many languages. It won't get you very far though if you ever wanted to have a real conversation; it's just enough to maybe get the attention of your foreign friend to let them know that you're making an effort to speak to them in their language.

Overall, it wasn't bad; I think there's a lot of potential for this if they had a better database of short stories that they could choose from, or at least something that continually evolved so once you read them all you could find more to choose from. The games could have benefited from having something like a Minesweeper clone, or Solitaire, or putting together a little bundle of additional games like a racing game, or even a coloring/sketch pad. The videos section, while containing some of the most popular videos (like Evolution of Dance) could similarly be improved by adding more random links, or at least one that sends you to a different song or music genre since almost every human being probably enjoys some kind of music.

Never Bored is available to download for $0.99. It truly is undiscovered, since as of this writing, it has no reviews yet on iTunes.

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