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How to make a game app of your own

So, you’ve got an awesome idea for a game but you don’t know how to code. No sweat. We’re going to walk you through two fantastic programs that let you make a game app with simple, 2D graphics.

Popular mobile games are built around strong, basic ideas, have unique artwork and are relatively easy to play.

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There’s a lot of coding opportunities for full 3D gameplay out there but we’re going to cover two options for beginners.

Both programs we’ll recommend allow you to make a game app of your own and publish your game for people to download and play.

GameSalad and Stencyl help you master important game-making skills like logic, organization, design, story-building, problem solving and more.

 

A Pokémon Go retrospective: how an augmented reality game changed everything

We’re coming up the one year anniversary of the launch of Pokémon Go. To say it was an international phenomenon feels trite, but here goes: Pokémon Go was everywhere last summer. You couldn’t leave your house without crossing paths with a ton of trainers of all ages playing the augmented reality game. Whether it was a group of kids on their scooters or a mom casually catching Drowzees while walking the dog, everybody was trying to catch them all.

augmented reality For those of you who weren’t hopelessly addicted to Pokémon Go last summer, let’s review. Pokémon Go is a location-based, augmented reality mobile game. Go lets users create trainer profiles and go out into the world to find and catch Pokémon that appear onscreen as if they are exactly where you are.

VisibleHand uses smarter mobile for business

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Ting business VisibleHand provides nursing home staff with digital tools to help them care for their long term patients. VisibleHand knows that choosing smarter mobile for business means they have more time to work on what they do best. We got to chat with Jay Treuhaft, the Chief Customer Officer at VisibleHand, and learn all about Foresight, a mobile behavioral healthcare and tracking tool that is changing the way health care professionals log behavior and plan treatment.

 

Share your high score story with Ting for a chance to win

your high scoreThis June, we want to hear all about your proudest gaming moment. Have you unlocked every park on Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic? Are you way too deep into Candy Crush? Do all the rarest cats visit your yard in Neko Atsume? Maybe you’re a purist or a classic game connoisseur. We want to know.

Share an image of your gaming achievement and upload it to the form below. Then, tell us a bit about this moment. What made it great? How long were you working on it? Were all your friends impressed by your gaming dedication?

Whether you’re caught up in the chaos of Clash Royale or totally obsessed with 2048, we want to hear Your High Score story.

Best apps for making music for iPhone or Android

Unlock your inner rock star and start composing your own tunes. All you need is a smartphone and one of our favorite apps for making music. You can take your music with you on the go and work on your beats whenever inspiration strikes.

These apps let you build entire songs, sample instruments and drum kits, import files and use professional filters. We’ve included three apps for making music on iPhone as well as Android.

 


GarageBand for iOS

apps for making musicGarageBand is classic recording software for Mac enthusiasts. The GarageBand app does a good job of imitating the desktop version while stripping away details that on-the-go musicians rarely use. Some of the most important features packed into the app include:

  • Nine acoustic and electronic drum sounds
  • Live Loops for creating EDM templates
  • Virtual keyboards, synths, guitars and other instruments
  • Amp settings and effects
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    With a little patience, you can orchestrate detailed songs in GarageBand. You can also have the app record live playing to capture loose ideas that you want to revisit when you have more time.

     

    The best karaoke apps for connecting with friends

    We’ve rounded up three of the best karaoke apps around. Take your favorite power ballads on the go, sing duets and group tracks and connect with other karoke lovers around the world.

    The best karaoke apps have free and paid versions, so try a few out and see what interface and experience you prefer. Work on perfecting your pitch, gain followers and unlock coveted songs with Yokee, StarMaker and Smule.


    best karaoke appsKaraoke Sing & Record by Yokee

    Yokee’s app integrates with YouTube, scouring the massive streaming catalog for the best and hottest karaoke around.

    To get started with Yokee, just grab the free app in Apple App Store or Google Play, log in and select the type of music you like to sing. Yokee builds your songbook according to your preferences and matches you to your first song right away. You can add audio effects like echo and record, re-record yourself and listen to your friends’ performances.

    Browse the songbook by genre or search for a specific track. As Yokee integrates with YouTube, it gives users the most in terms of free music access. You can share or save your performance on Yokee and navigate through a feed of other performers. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Rising Stars stream showcases popular users doing impressive renditions of karaoke classics and top 40 hits.

    With the VIP version you get unlimited access to VIP songs, unlimited saves, shares and listens to your performances. It’s totally ad-free and you can access your Yokee account from multiple devices.

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