The Addictive Social Word Game iOS App – Can’t Say That!

If you like “Words with Friends” or other social word games for iPhone or iPad then you are going to love this iOS application “Can’t Say That!” developed by Fugazo –  I love Turn- taking, arcade type games like this and I’m already addicted to this one after a few days, its great fun.

Getting Started with Can’t Say That!

Fugazo have realised their error of only allowing you to play via Facebook and are currently working on allowing you to create an account via email, which I would much prefer. I do hate it when you are forced to sign in with your Facebook account.

However right now, when you first sign in to – Can’t Say That –  you are requested to sign in using Facebook, you do not need to have to post to Facebook at all, just change that option – and nothing goes through as far as I have seen.

You can chose to play with one of your friends or just someone random, random people pop up right away and so far they have been quick to play the game and no one messing around…yet !

How to play Can’t Say That!

You have to describe the given word of which you have three choices, – Easy, Medium, Hard – Actually, its technical set up is very similar to Draw Free or Drawsomething

When you have chosen your word  you are next sent to a page where you type your clues – here you are told the words you cannot use when you are describing the word.

For instance I had the word – Locomotive but I could not use the words Train, Engineer, Rail, Coal or Track in my description of 24 charactors.  Its a great twist as you do not know what the words are that you can’t say until you have chosen the word that you want to describe, just know that it will be the words that you were going to use! Hehe!

Guessing a word

You read your opponents description realising that the most obvious words they could not use. So think, what are they not saying. Then use the tiles to guess the word.

You can use a hint, ask what Category and ? which places a letter in the correct place for you.  If you really can’t get it, you can forfeit.

You can also buy new word packs with your winnings.

I have played this on both iPad and iPhone and both were smooth running with a great design.   There is a free and a paid version which I assume doesn’t have ads.

I’m glad I found this turn taking game, and I know that you will enjoy it too.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

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SoundHound can name that tune, just sing or hum.

What song is this – What’s that track – Tra la la.

Is that a familiar question?

All day you have had that annoying song going around in your head, you have no idea what the artist or the title of the track is, and you only know a few words, which doesn’t come up in a Google search. (Yes this is me!)

SoundHound could let you keep your sanity!

SoundHound is a music recognition application by SoundHound Inc. which can recognise tracks from your singing – well most of the time, and that’s with my bad singing!  It is said to have the worlds fastest music recognition, exclusive singing search, voice search and lyrics.

This application has been around in one form or another for some time – once known as Midomi – It has had many updates and changes to it!  It is also listed as a New York Times top ten app for iPhone and Android.

When I first saw Shazam I thought that was amazing, but this has the extras that I wanted Shazam to have, lyrics and singing search, brilliant!.  Although I do still love Shazam, it rarely lets me down, but I shall use SoundHound for naming that tune.

SoundHounds Major Features

Music recognition…

  • From a played track
  • This will give you lyrics, tour dates, similar artists, map, artist bios album art and videos.
  • Title or Artist
  • Will find the track and play it for you, with all of the above options.
  • Singing or Humming
  • Soundhound will give you a list of tracks it thinks is correct – or just play it.
  • You get a chance to bookmark or buy the track when it is found.
  • Full iPod integration
  • If any of these tracks are in your iPod or Music Library SoundHound will instantly play them.
  • Underplayed Chart – A list of tracks that are found in SoundHound that are not played much on the radio.
  • Social networking Sharing – Share the information with Twitter, Facebook, email or text

On twitter @SoundHound give you interesting bits information and updates recent tweets being.

The #1 Most ID’ed Song on SoundHound in 2011 is: Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People.

Which they tweeted to @forterthepeople too,  great stuff.

The #2 Most ID’ed Song on SoundHound in 2011 is: Someone Like You by Adele.

You can get SoundHound here…

SoundHound at Android Market 

SoundHound at iTunes App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later

I love this application, its one of my most used iPhone apps – my best music application of 2011 even.

Hope this helps

 

Pictures from http://www.soundhound.com/  –  I have no affiliation with SoundHound.

Paddington Bear Application Launched on iTunes

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

I used to love cute little Paddington Bear when I was a child and seeing the Paddington Bear Application being launched brought it all back to me.

Who is Paddington Bear?

Paddington Bear is a classic story of a young bear from Darkest Peru, who ended up at Paddington Station, London, England.  Mr and Mrs Brown found him there and took him home to live with them in a semi detached house in Nottinghill London.

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Written by OBE Michael Bond, now 85, the first book entitled  “A Bear Called Paddington” was published in 1958 by HarpersCollins then known as William Collins and sons and the illustrator then was, Peggy Fortnum.  However picture books for younger children were published in 1975 and were illustrated by Fred Banbery.

The Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages.

Paddington made the big screen, well, Television in 1975, Please Look After This Bear designed and directed by Ivor Wood and made in the UK by FilmFair Ltd.  Pretty good stuff for 1975! 🙂

And now we’ve moved on a little farther –  you can get Paddington from the Apple App store for £3.99 or $5.99 – The new application has been digitally adapted for the iTouch, iPad and iPhone by HCB and Bold Creative, to ensure that the story still flows correctly with interactivity.

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

Just a book? No, this is what you can do with this app

  • Record your own video reading of the Paddington story! The app’s ability to remember several versions means a child can choose his or her digital bedtime storyteller for the evening.
  • Take framed photos of you and your child with Paddington to send to family and friends, in association with the National Portrait Gallery. Share on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Classic R. W. Alley illustrations now animated!
  • Children can read alone, or along to the narration of Paul Vaughan, sharing a cosy reading experience with parents and grandparents.
  • Background animation and sound means that curious readers can truly submerge themselves in the world of Paddington Bear.
  • A classic Paddington experience with a sprinkling of digital magic
Paddington Bear app

See a trailer about the application – Paddington Bear App for iPad and iPhone

I hope that,  if you haven’t done so already,  that you introduce your child to Paddington Bear soon, this would be a great way of doing so.

Go to itunes.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later  

 

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need an honest opinion? Ask Opinionaided.

Do you need an honest opinion on something? Opinionaided is a mobile social networking application designed for asking opinions and advice to a large community in real-time.   Similar to Quora (which came after)  but from what I’ve seen it seems that this one is more used by the younger generation for questions such as –  Do you like my new hairstyle?  or Am I good-looking  –  whereas Quora is more for business type questions I find.  However, you can filter these questions out and just go to a specific topic.

Opinionaided was launched in 2010 by founder Dan Kurani and co-founders Mike Melli and Matt Holloway and already has many users.

Originally for iPhone, ipod, and iPad, but is now available on Android and Online.

The interesting thing about Opinionaided is the phenomenal response rate – the first time I used it I asked a pretty lame question and within seconds I had 10 answers!  What networking site can you say that about?

Its very easy to use there are five buttons at the bottom of the screen which are

  • Home – Where you get two options – Ask for Opinions / Give your opinion
  • Ask – Where you ask you question
  • Vote – Where you can give your opinion and vote for questions.
  • Results – Here you can see the answers to your questions and who you helped with your answers.
  • Me – This is your profile page.

Need an honest opinion – how to ask

Type in your question, add a photo, and select a category, you can choose who to send it too, including any of your friends. You can also choose who not to include using the vote stream filter –  then press Get Opinions!

At the top of this page you have 3 choices – Public – Friends – Contacts – or post to facebook or twitter.

You can check your responses on your question by going to results – here you can give people stars for the best answers or reply directly to them, which would then be in private.

To give an opinion

You can just go right ahead and start voting in Random or you can go to the top right button and select a category.  You press thumbs up or thumbs down and type your opinion.  To pass you can press Neutral.  If you give a good answer you will get stars for your answer.

There are many chances to find friends, on the friends button – it pops up all over the place.  You can find Facebook friends, Twitter friends, scan contacts or Search Opinionaided.

The last button at the bottom is ME.

Here you can see your profile – and see how many votes you’ve given and how many good advice stars you have received, people seem to be very generous giving stars.

You can also do this online, you can sign in using your application account details.

You have to be over 13 to use this application but it is easy to get around this. My son says that there are many kids younger than this on there, asking inappropriate questions or answering them. Although it seems to be monitored, and users can get banned or warned. Also if you put links or anything commercial it will get removed – not sure if that is only if it is flagged.  There is a flag icon at the top of the question page and on user profiles to file reports.

Advice for asking questions given by Opinionaided

  • Ask clean questions seeking honest opinions and advice.
  • Use appropriate pictures that relate to your question.
  • Make sure your question can be answered with a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
  • Be real, truthful and honest. Nobody likes a fake.
  • Give other people helpful, polite advice. We’re all in this together!

My son, who is 17 has been using this application for months and must be one of the top users, I think that he is trying to get to be a Top Adviser. However –  I really didn’t like the sound of it, but because of his enthusiasm and because I love to test out applications I had to try it, and I really can see how it can be very addictive, and useful.

 

Need an honest opinion? Check it out

Hope this helps

 

Viber now has Free text messaging

Viber is a great iPhone application (Android and Blackberry soon)  that you can use to make free phone calls. Even on the iTouch too!   Very valuable  for the kids, if yours are like mine and use up credit on phones like bats out of hell.

What’s more, its completely free, there are no adds, there is no registration and no need to add contacts.  What Viber does is use your existing contacts and numbers and puts an icon on the name if they have downloaded Viber.  If they haven’t yet downloaded Viber you can send a free text message to tell them.  You can also use Viber from anywhere in the world!   From what I see, there is no reason not to try it.

It get better … Viber now has an update; Version 2.0.1 has added free text messaging. This needs no explaining as its as easy to use a a standard phone.  In this  update Viber has made a few more changes and ironed out some bugs. (messy)

We’ve used Viber a few times now and it seems to be fully functional.

Viber Video – Free calls from your iPhone

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
Available on itunes here Viber Rated 4+

Hope this helps