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App of the Week: Untappd

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As the popularity of craft beer continues to rise in North America, so do the tools to keep track of your drinking experience. Until recently, beer logging (or journaling) was relegated to pen and paper, spreadsheets and note apps. What was missing was the ability to promptly recommend a brew to a friend without having to search through books and/or line items. Thankfully, this week’s App of the Week helps bring craft beers into the 21st century.

Untappd is best viewed as both a social network and a discovery app. On the social side is a timeline that logs both yours, and your friend’s, drinking history. Rather than checking-in at a bar or restaurant, you check-in your exact drink. From there others who follow you can get a sense of the drinks various details (ABV and IBU), community ratings, comments, pictures and more.

Now the discovery comes into play. From a check-in, you can wish-list a drink or search for it around your area. Or, if you’d like to go at it alone, the app will use your location data to look for specific beers, bars or breweries around you.

Untappd caters to both the craft beer enthusiast and newcomer. If fact, the latter will find the app as a great jumping off point. And wouldn’t you know it – the app is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Our review and links are located below.

Find your next perfect phone

With all the different smartphones available today, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one.

If you’ve already decided to pass on iOS and Windows Phone in favour of the Android platform, finding that perfect phone is closer than you think. Whether you’re always on the go, love taking pictures or can’t put down the latest mobile game, there’s an Android device out there with your name on it.

To make things easier, Google has launched a website to help you find the proper fit. Just provide some details about what you do on your phone and how often, and let Google work its magic to match you with some suitable options.

To get the most accurate results, make sure to complete as many sections as you can. When asked how often you use your phone for taking pictures, listening to music, web browsing, etc – try to give a good estimate as this question helps Google determine what battery size you’ll need.

While you can’t initially specify your budget and preferred screen size, you can do this from the results page. The drop-down filters let you sort by carrier, display size, price range and release date. (We recommend you choose “all carriers,” and search for the compatible GSM or CDMA model to use with Ting.)

Keep in mind that not all the suggested devices will work with Ting. If you’re looking to bring a device to our GSM network, here’s everything you need to know about getting your hands on a compatible model. If you’re looking to activate on CDMA, make sure to enter the phone’s MEID number in our compatibility checker to ensure it passes Sprint’s financial obligations before purchasing the device, whether new or used (more info).

Of course, all phones on sale in the Ting shop are ready for use on CDMA or GSM, so that’s always a great option if your preferred model is in stock.

 


Find Google’s phone finder useful? What options did you get?

App of the Week: Snake Rewind

Today’s App of the Week brings us back to the simple days of mobile phones. Back when feature phones were the latest and greatest, and when there was that one game on your phone you played way too much, mostly because it was the only game on your phone.

snakeThat one legendary game, for many people out there, was Snake. Shipped on the old school Nokia 6610 and 3310 brick phones, it was an addictive time waster in which the more you played, the more beating your high score became a matter of life or death.

The creator of the original mobile Snake is back to feed your nostalgia with Snake Rewind: A new and improved version that, fortunately, doesn’t stray too far from its dated predecessor.

Eat fruit, get longer, and avoid running into the wall or yourself – just like back in the day. While there’s new stages, effects and features (like the ability to rewind time if you hit an obstacle), it’s still the same old Snake you know and love.

Snake Rewind is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices and is free to play (outside of some unnecessary in-app purchases). The game is a lot of fun with tons of replay value, so if you find yourself with a few minutes of free time during the day and enjoy simple arcade games, Snake Rewind is worth checking out.

Watch Kyra’s review below to check it out in action!

How to return paid apps on Google Play

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Suffering a little Google Play buyer’s remorse? Get some Google Play buyer’s recourse.

As long as it’s been less than two hours since purchasing and installing the paid app, you can return it for a full refund – no questions asked.

If the two hour limit has passed, there’s still a chance to get your money back. You can contact the app developer directly and ask nicely for a refund.

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App of the Week: Ting

The Ting app gets a makeover.

The Ting app lets you take complete control of your Ting mobile account from the palm of your hand.

Available for Android and iOS, you can check out your usage and monthly bill, make changes to devices on your account and contact support with just a quick tap. You can even read this blog post from inside the Ting app!

Both versions of the app have been recently updated, so what better time to do a little horn tooting?

So whether you’re out and about or just feeling a little too lazy to move from the couch, the Ting app has got your back.

Oh and it’s free. That’s important to note.

App of the Week: WifiMapper

WifiMapper is the Wi-Fi access point search tool you wish was built into your phone. The app lets you search any location for available hotspots, and lists helpful tidbits about each Wi-Fi zone, like if it’s free or password protected.

The app comes from the folks at OpenSignal (who already provide a great tool for cellular area coverage) and boasts the world’s largest Wi-Fi database. Best of all, the information is maintained and updated by the apps community (i.e. you and me). So if a free access point suddenly goes dark, you or someone else using the app can make a change to the listing.

And hey, if that’s not enough, WifiMapper also includes Foursquare comments so you can find out more about the hotspot’s establishment. You may just end up with a decent meal in addition to free internet.

WifiMapper is free and currently available on the Apple App Store. An Android version is incoming – you can sign up for updates on the official page or join the beta now.