Top 5 iPhone and Android Games: From the Apple Store and Google Play

Stuck on deciding what iPhone or Android games to download?

We have all your favourites covered from racing, puzzle, sports and shooters! Be prepared to get squashed, smashed, lost and saved in our top five list of app games! All of these can be downloaded through the Apple Store and Google Play.

5. Asphalt 8 (free)

Forget dull and boring racing games, it’s time to up the ante with some crazy speed, drifting, stunts and crashes. Asphalt 8 is an amazing game for those who love to get their adrenaline racing while on the move. Gameloft got the right balance between realism and fiction with this racing game and because of that it’s definitely one of our favourites.

4. Crossy Road (free)

Did you ever play Frogger when you were younger? Crossy Road puts a brand new spin on this classic game. Be prepared to encounter dangerous roads, train tracks and rivers – and be ready to be squished. Collect coins as you progress and unlock new characters in the process for ultimate bragging rights and glory.

3. Neon Shadow ($0.99)

Neon Shadow is a great responsive and consistent FPS shooting game for mobile devices. The controls work great and moving, shooting, running is a sinch. The action is really noteworthy with pace that suits those on a touch screen. The overall story line is fun, but nothing too over the top which we liked – Neon Shadow gets the fundamentals right and is a total blast.

2. Super Stickman Golf 2 (free)

Super Stickman Golf 2 is an amazing mini golf experience. You play on a different variety of maps; like caves, castles and candy lands. Go online against friends or other opponents in real time as you watch them swing at the ball and get around obstacles. Be wary of sand traps and use the sticky candy to your advantage in this fun new spin on golf!

1. Walking Dead (free)

Zombie fans rejoice – download the Walking Dead game for real life zombie epidemic experience! Make choices and decide your own destiny in this epic story intensive based game. We love the fact that the decisions you make will impact your future success or failure so be sure to make wise choices to keep your brains intact.

Were any of these games in your top 5? Let us know which of these games you really want to play and suggest your personal favourite game in the comments below for a review. Have fun!

Which Headphones Suit Your Needs? The Ultimate Guide!

Choosing the right headphones can be a tough task whether it’s for yourself or a gift for others. There are so many options out there, with many different functions so it’s important to understand the differences – from water-proof, gaming, wireless headphones and more. Luckily we have done all the hard work for you and collated the ultimate guide.

Hate cords? Go for wireless headphones!

Are you the type of person who hates cords and clutter but still want to have an amazing audio experience? Look no further and pick up a pair of wireless bluetooth headphones – just keep in mind they will require charging or battery replacement every couple of months or so.

Sony Wireless Headset
Sony Wireless Headset
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Sennheiser Wireless Headphone System

 

Water and sweat proof – for exercise lovers

Do you like to listen to music cycling, at the gym or going for a run? Then fitness headphones are a must buy! These fellas will be sure to work even under the sweatiest of conditions, and they will be sure to stay in your ears with an ergonomic design specially crafted for stability during exercise.

BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds Bluetooth Headphones - Green
BlueAnt Pump HD Sportbuds Bluetooth Headphones – Green
Philips Sports ActionFit Neckband Headset - Orange/Grey
Philips Sports ActionFit Neckband Headset – Orange/Grey

 

Awesome aesthetics – for the fashion conscious

So you care about looking cool and getting a good quality of audio at the same time. You’ll love some premium designer headphones. These headphones will be sure to impress your friends and family as well as keep you looking fresh while on the train, on a plane or in the city. These are the ultimate modern fashion accessory.

Monster Diamond Tears On-Ear Headphones - Black
Monster Diamond Tears On-Ear Headphones – Black
Ferrari by Logic3 T350 Cavallino Over-Ear Headphones
Ferrari by Logic3 T350 Cavallino Over-Ear Headphones

 

For the ultimate gaming experience

If you play any video games it’s a must that you have a pair of gaming headphones. These guys give a 360-degree sound stage with unmatched accuracy so you can get total game immersion and are an absolute requirement for anyone serious about FPS games like Battlefield or Call of Duty.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset - Black
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset – Black
Turtle Beach Elite 800 Noise-Cancelling Gaming Headset
Turtle Beach Elite 800 Noise-Cancelling Gaming Headset

 

 

For travellers who enjoy versatility – without losing quality

Do you want to have a high quality sound experience with all the bulk of a regular sized headphone? Premium earphones are your solution, these little fellas are perfect travel accessories for short and long trips, they also provide more sound isolation – and block out more ambient noise because they fit snuggly with your inner ear.

Denon Urban Raver In-Ear Headphones
Denon Urban Raver In-Ear Headphones
Sennheiser MM 80i Travel Headset - Black
Sennheiser MM 80i Travel Headset – Black

 

 

Ultimate quality and sound –  for those who just want the best

For the person who wants the ultimate sound experience, go for the top of the range premium headphones. These headphones are the pinnacle in high sound quality, comfort and quality. Be sure to have high quality audio files to get the most out of these headphones!

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones - Blue
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones – Blue
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Yamaha HPH-Pro 500 Series Headphones – Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should by now have a really good idea of what type of headphones will work for your needs – and of course as a perfect gift for family and friends.

All of these headphones are currently available on Catch of the Day – but for a limited time only so be quick if you want to score them at a bargain price!

Top 6 Music Streaming Apps: How to Pick From The Tidal of Options

Choosing a music streaming service on your iPhone or Android sometimes isn’t as straight forward and there isn’t a jack of all trades option.

Considering most music streaming apps require subscription payments, it can mean choosing the right one for you an extremely stressful task if you haven’t done your research. What service you decide to choose depends on a number of factors including what your music tastes are, whether you prefer an on-demand streaming option or a radio style  or even whether you would like exclusive content and celebrity playlists.

We can’t tell you which one is the perfect one for you – but we can help you decide which will best fit your needs.

Spotify

Pick Spotify for special content, good free options and stability.
Spotify is the most commonly used app on the music streaming market, and for good reason. Spotify has an extremely wide range of music and offers over 30 million songs, offline playback and radio options which can predict what songs that will match the mood you’re in. It has been around for a relatively long time and is well established. Spotify also lets you create your own playlists, unlike most others. Spotify premium subscriptions currently run $9.99 per month – which enables an ad-free experience and usability on your smartphone.

Spotify. Image Source
Spotify. Image Source

Beats Music

For outstanding playlist aggregation
Beats has the best playlist aggregation – meaning, it knows which songs to recommend for you. It also has a feature called The Sentence, a continuous succession of songs customized based on the provided location, activity, people, and genre that you have chosen. There is no free tier and paid subscriptions start at $10 a month or $100 a year. There’s a lot to love about Beats, mostly when it comes to music discovery.

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Beats the sentence. Image via  iTunes

Google Play Music

A synergy of your existing songs and streaming capabilities.
Google Play music offers millions of songs at our fingertips through streaming, and in addition allows you to add up to 50,000 extra songs that already exist on your device to help you keep better management of your music and playlists. If most of your music was purchased in a place other than iTunes – this is the platform for you. The full cost is $9.99 per month, however is comes with a month free trail, give it a go and see if it suits you.

Google Play Image via iTunes
Google Play Image via iTunes

SoundCloud

For a more grassroots music discovery experience and a strong community.
SoundCloud is totally free for listeners. The platform contains amazing remixes by independent artists, DJs, as well as big artists who release a huge amount of unheard material that will never be released mainstream or radio. The great thing about SoundCloud is the community, people are encouraged to share, like and comment on their favourite tracks – you can even comment within specific time frames of a song to comment on your favourite breakdown lyrics or chorus. Soundcloud is great for all music lovers, chiefly though for those into electronic, hip-hop and instrumentals.

SoundCloud. Image Source
SoundCloud. Image Source

Rdio

For a great interface and superb user experience.
Rdio has an amazingly streamline and simple user interface. If you’re after simplicity and style, look no further than this streaming service. It has offline playback, lots of ways to discover new music and a great station editing feature. Rdio trades off exclusive content which something like Spotify has for an overall better user experience. So if you don’t care about that, this is for you. Rdio is free as a radio service, the premium version starts at $9.99 a month which has unlimited listening and is ad free.

Rdio. Image via iTunes
Rdio. Image via iTunes

Tidal

For amazingly high quality lossless audio, exclusive songs and videos.Tidal is the hottest, most recent addition to music streaming world – it is owned by Jay Z and supported by various other artists including Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris and Chris Martin. The focus of Tidal is on extremely high lossless sound quality (which will also use more internet data). This higher sound quality however will only be fully utilised if you listen on studio quality devices. Tidal also promises exclusive songs and videos from artists. Tidal doesn’t offer a free version beyond a 30-day free trial. The platform instead propositions two payment plans: a $9.99-per-month tier for standard-quality sound or 19.99-per-month for high-definition audio. If you’re an audiophile this is the streaming service for you!

Tidal. Image Source
Tidal. Image Source

You may be aware that these are only a handful of the best streaming apps out there, and undoubtedly there will be many more amazing ones to come.

Let us know in the comments which streaming services you already use or if you will consider trying others? Happy streaming!

5 Apple Store and Google Play Productivity Apps That Will Change Your Life

In our increasingly busy lifestyles we do our best to save time,  so we should be optimising that precious spare amount left over. There are plenty of ways to save time and increase our productivity that are simple and easy. Most of us use iPhone or Android smartphones, but may not use them to their full potential as they also function as fantastic productivity devices. So to help you save time and increase your productivity, we have compiled a list of 5 Apple Store and Google Play productivity apps that will change your life!

Evernote

(Android, iOS)

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Evernote is a game changer in the world of note-taking. Source

Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps on the market. With it you can increase and optimise your productive output tenfold. Evernote allows you to upload picture notes, write text notes, and even audio and video notes which can then be saved and accessed across your entire range of devices. You can also set alarm reminders for notes so you don’t forget to take out the bins or make that meeting! This app will change the way you take notes forever, no longer will you have all of your notes in different places. Forgetting things will become a thing of the past.

SwiftKey

(Android, iOS)

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Swipe instead of type with SwiftKey. Source

Sick of typing emails and texts all day? You’ll love this amazing app. SwiftKey is one of the best time-saving Apple Store apps on the market. It enables you to swipe the keyboard to write anything you want. SwiftKey does this using a special technology which can predict which words you want to write as you move your finger over the individual letters. Additionally, SwiftKey Cloud allows you to sync your personal typing habits and dictionary quirks between iOS and Android. So next time you have a big text or document to write remember SwiftKey!

Duolingo

(Android, iOS)

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Learn a new language in no time with DuoLingo. Source

Have you ever wanted to be really productive and entertained at the same moment in your spare time? Well we have good news for you, especially for those who are on the bus, train, plane or just waiting around.The solution is language games! It’s always helpful but hard to learn another language, but DuoLingo can help you do that by making it easy. DuoLingo breaks learning down into small bite-size pieces and unique games to make learning a new language fun, and best of all it’s free!

Sleepbot

(Android, iOS)

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Sleepbot will help you to monitor your sleeping habits. Source

Are you waking up tired and unproductive every morning? I know I used to, until I stumbled across Sleepbot. This app works by capturing your sleep quality information, such as how long you slept, movement during the night (by placing it on your bed) and any sound detected (through your microphone) during that time; which indicates how well you slept for the night. Sleepbot also has a secondary alarm clock function, it works by monitoring your movement, which will wake you up during your lightest state of sleep instead of when you’re in a deep sleep. This way, you don’t feel as tired when you wake up.

MyFitnessPal

(Android, iOS)

My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal helps you track calories and activity during your day to keep your fitness on track.

The world has become a place of temptation; fast food, convenience and stress. These factors can impact your health severely in diet and general wellbeing, which will affect your general productivity. This will cause you to make impulse decisions when it comes to eating. But there is a solution. MyFitnessPal is a free mobile app that provides you with a wealth of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity. To use the app you can log what you eat, and activities such as runs, swims, and bike rides. Throughout the week, the app displays your information as a bar graph of how many calories you expended each day, and whether you surpassed, hit, or came up short on your consumption goal.

Now that you know about some of the best Apple Store and Google Play productivity apps out there and what they can do for you, give some a go! Time is a valuable asset so make sure you spend it wisely, and you will see your health and your knowledge flourish.

Let us know in the comments which productivity apps have helped you, or if any have worked for you in the past. Good luck!