Smartphone App Wrap: Movies, Twitter, games, and exercise

Smartphone App Wrap: Movies, Twitter, games, and exercise

Summary: So many apps, so little time! Every week, mobile gadgeteer Matt Miller reports on new and useful apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry 10.


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    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    I am not much of a gamer, but I do enjoy casual games where I can play for 5 to 10 minutes and then move on. I saw a few people talking about Dots: A Game About Connecting on Twitter, so I decided to go check it out.

    It turns out that this was not a very good choice, as I now cannot put down the game and keep playing. The game is fairly simple: You connect dots using straight lines (diagonal lines are not allowed), and try to clear as many as possible in a minute. Stats are collected and presented after the game is over.

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    Weather Flow

    Platform: Windows Phone

    Price: $1.99

    I live about 45 miles from where I work, and in the Puget Sound area, this means weather conditions can be different between these two locations. My buddy Rafe Blandford, from All About Windows Phone, recommended that I test out Weather Flow.

    Weather Flows looks great, and one of my favorite features is the ability to have it appear on the lock screen with the Bing daily image appearing as the background image. Weather seems to be accurate, and the app is very attractive.

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    Hulu Plus

    Platform: Windows Phone

    Price: Free

    Microsoft killed the ability to rent and purchase movies from Xbox Marketplace on Windows Phone 8. There are ways to stream video content, and the latest application to support this launched this week. With the Hulu Plus app, you can view video content on your Windows Phone device.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, iPhone, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • Right up my alley..

    Movies, Games, Exercise, and Twitter. Toss in Facebook and you will have 5 things I don't do.
  • The Gallery page layout ...

    needs improvement. I would like to be able to scroll all the way to the bottom of a picture and its caption (especially since they are both growing "taller" than they were in the beginning) without scrolling all the way BACK UP to the top to go to the next frame.

    Not only are there no "previous | next" links at the bottom, but what APPEARS to be a pair of such links, the arrows at the left and right, are actually to the previous/next GROUP of frames.