There’s a fine line between a bad movie and a movie so bad, it becomes something great. There are the films whose complete lack of quality, from acting to set decoration to story lines, elevate them far above average, middling movies. The best thing about this category of film-making is that it’s all debatable, whether or not you think Nicolas Cage’s movies are the greatest or the worst of all time is irrelevant. These movies are so entertainingly bad, they’re made for such arguments…and drinking games.
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Did you know there’s a Wikipedia page about how to take a selfie?
I didn’t, at least not until I typed, for the first time ever actually, the word selfie into the Google Machine. There’s actually some fairly interesting background regarding the art of the self-portrait, with the first recorded “selfie” being taken way back in 1939!
But that’s enough boring talk! You don’t care about history! You only care about taking selfies, selfies, and nothing but the selfies. Well, buckle up all you Facebookers, Tweeters and Instagramers; We’re going to look at how to take the most perfect selfie!
It’s all about size
Contrary to what every male on the planet says, size does matter, and when it comes to the subtle art of selfie taking, the smaller the better. We’re talking smartphones here, gutter-minds!
Yeah so okay, the kids today might be all about the iPhone 6 Plus and those weird looking “phablets” (big arsed phones that look like an iPad), but seriously, you’re going to want a smaller smartphone (because let’s face it, who’s actually using a camera to take selfies these days? Nerds.) in order to take better selfies. Because here’s the lowdown; The smaller the phone you’re using, the easier it is to one-hand snap those pics while striking your best pose.
Have you tried taking a happy snap of yourself and your friends with an iPhone 6 Plus? Pass! Something around the 5” or less size is just perfect, meaning iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, or even a Windows Lumia 930 (if you’re into Windows Phone…) should be your weapon of choice depending on your OS preference.
Always face the front
If you take one thing away from this blog, it should be this; Always use your smartphone’s front camera when taking a selfie. Under no circumstances are you to use the back, and far superior by a whole lot, camera. Ever! Y’all can complain all you want – waaaaah, the back camera has higher megapixels, and it makes me look better!!! – just no. No! Never!
When taking selfies you always run the risk of catching (see what I did there?) that particular angle that makes you look like the Elephant Man, and no one wants to see that. Using the front camera on your phone allows you to “preview” your selfie before you capture it (read: create a saved record of your horribly disfigured face). So use it. Simples.
To recap; Always use the front-facing camera when using selfies. Always!
Find your best angle (and work it, baby!)
So far we’ve covered that you should be using a smartphone no more than 5” in size (a teeny bit over is fine), and you should always be using your phone’s front camera. Next up is the subtle art of angles, and how important it is you locate your best possible angle, and work that puppy to the bone.
Apparently there’s this whole science surrounding the fact people prefer to snap a selfie of the left side of their face, or what have you; but that’s just silly talk. You use whichever side of your lovely face that doesn’t make you look like a rejected cast member of American Horror Story: Freak Show, be it your left side, right side, or the back of your head.
Buy a Selfie Stick
Oh yes, we’re going there. No doubt you’ve heard about the selfie stick, the phenomenon currently “catching” on in Australia (see what we did there?!). We sell ‘em here on Catch from time to time, and even I own one (after my grandparents bought one for my dad, for some reason, who in turn gave it to me). When it comes to the art of selfies, there is no tool better, other than your phone, than the selfie stick.
I could talk about the benefits of owning a selfie stick, and why such an invention is simply a gift from on high when it comes to taking group-selfies, or when you want to capture some stunning scenery in the background, but what I’m going to do is let Catch’s own selfie stick ad speak for the product itself;
“Picture this: You’re out on the weekend with your friends grabbing some dranks, and you suddenly realise y’all look amazing. You want to take an epic group selfie, but what’s that, your arm isn’t long enough? Oh no! Enter the Selfie Stick, the best way to take the “perfect selfie” each and every time!”
Silly faces are allowed, but duck face ain’t
This is pretty simple, but don’t use that gosh-darn duck face. It’s been overplayed to the point where even the ducks are laughing at you, at everyone. That said, however, feel free to use silly faces. The more obscure the better. After all, what’s the point of a selfie unless it’s silly and fun? Golly gee.
Got a better suggestion? Sound off below and let us know. In the meantime, I’ll be taking selfies in and around the Catch HQ.
After the stinker that was 2014, 2015 is looking to be a huge year in gaming! The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are beginning to hit their stride, and Nintendo’s Wii U (the one with the iPad-like controller) is primed for some massive releases. Oh, and let’s not forget about the always mighty #PCMasterRace.
With so many games coming out between now and the end of the year, what are we most looking forward to at Catch HQ? Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at some of our most anticipated games of 2015!
Due out March 2015, exclusive for PlayStation 4
From the mind of Hidetaka Miyazaki, creator of Demon’s Souls and the hard-as-nails Dark Souls, comes Bloodborne, an action-role playing game that’s dark, gothic and very, very gory.
Much like From Software’s other games, Bloodborne tasks players with cutting their way through hordes of enemies, often in the most brutal way possible. This incredibly dark game tickles us where we like it, and looks to offer up satisfying hack and slash gameplay with solid production values; and looks like it’ll give us a challenge to boot, something seriously lacking in most modern games.
Check out this incredible trailer below!
Mortal Kombat X
Due out April 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
FINISH HIM! This infamously gory side-scrolling fighting series is set for a comeback this year with the release of Mortal Kombat X! We’re already cracking our fingers in anticipation of re-learning those fatalities!
I managed to play a bit of Mortal Kombat X last year, and it looked incredible, even in a pre-release demo. Chances are the final build (that’s, the version that goes out to consumers) will look even better, especially for those playing on current-gen consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and PC.
Watch the Reptile reveal trailer below!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Due out May 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
When it comes to engrossing role-playing games (RPGs) in 2015, there’s no game we’re more exciting for than The Witcher 3.
The third game in The Witcher series, which is based on a series of Polish fantasy books, once again puts players in the role of Geralt of Rivia, who’s story will conclude in Wild Hunt. The game boasts an expansive open-world which players can explore, and has been described as being 20% bigger than the popular 2011 RPG, Skyrim.
There’s so many reasons why The Witcher 3 is a must-play for lovers of not just RPGs, but fantasy-related movies and TV shows like Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones as well, we simply can’t list ‘em all here. So watch this impressive trailer and prepare to drool.
Due out May 2015, exclusive for Wii U
One criticism that’s always laid at Nintendo is that the company rarely invests in new things, and instead relies on the likes of Mario, Zelda and Pokémon to sell games. Well! Splatoon is Nintendo’s giant middle finger to anyone who’s said these past few years; a fresh and innovative spin on the arena-based shooter, exclusive for Wii U!
Designed to be a team-based shooter, players take on the role of Inklings, squids who can transform into humans, and participate in four-on-four online matches with the aim of spreading the most amount of ink as possible. The game’s being developed by the younger members of Nintendo’s development teams, who have been encouraged to explore new gameplay ideas. Suffice to say, I think they have a potential winner on their hands with Splatoon.
Watch the game in-action below!
Want a blast from the past? Check out our flashback to Nintendo 64 recapping the best games of the classic console!
Batman: Arkham Knight
Due out June 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Originally scheduled for release last October, the release of the latest Batman game from illustrious developer Rocksteady, Arkham Knight, is fast approaching!
Batman will face his greatest challenge yet, with Gotham City in lockdown as Scarecrow threatens the city with his infamous fear toxin, while Bats’ rogues gallery band together to take the Dark Knight down once and for all. Making matters worse, newcomer Arkham Knight, who runs around in a militarised version of Batman’s costume, is gunning for Batsy as well. Oh no!
Oh, and you get to drive the batmobile (finally!). Watch the game in action below!
Halo 5: Guardians
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for Xbox One
The Halo franchise essentially put Microsoft’s Xbox brand on the gaming map, so it’s no surprise the company is gearing up to release an all-new entry for its current-gen console, the Xbox One.
Announced last year, there’s very little we know about Halo 5 at the moment, save for some plot details. We know a new character, Agent Locke, will be pivotal in the search for Master Chief, who is considered “missing” amidst a hostile alien attack on human colonies. No doubt we’ll see more of the game shown off at this year’s E3 (Entertainment Electronic Expo) this June in Los Angeles.
For now you can check out this teaser trailer.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Due out sometime in 2015 (we hope), exclusive for Wii U
When Nintendo makes a new Zelda title, the entire gaming world takes notice. And The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (final name is yet to be announced) is no different, with the game taking in the number one spot on GameTrailer’s most anticipated games of 2015 list.
Since the game’s initial announcement early 2013, series director and producer, Eiji Aonuma, has gone on record to say he and his team are looking at challenging what Zelda fans have come to expect from the long-running series. This includes approaching dungeons and puzzle-solving, two major staples of the series, in an entirely new way, as well as crafted a seamless overworld to explore, similar to what was seen in the 1986 NES original.
Be sure to watch the amazing gameplay demo video below, featuring Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Due out sometime in 2015, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
Snake? Snaaaaaaaaaaakeee?! 2015 sees the release of the next major entry in Hideo Kojima’s legendary Metal Gear Solid series, The Phantom Pain.
From the multitudes of pre-release videos already put out, including last year’s glorified tech demo, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, we’re under the impression The Phantom Pain looks to continue the series’ penchant for overly complicated, difficult-to-follow plots; and that’s entirely okay. Because quite frankly, the game looks stunning, and the gameplay appears to be solid, so even though we might have a hard time following along, we’ll still have a great time.
Watch the game in action in the below trailer!
No Man’s Sky
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for PS4 (and PC)
All you need to know about No Man’s Sky is this; open universe. If the ambitions of the game’s developer, Hello Games, come to a head, No Man’s Sky will successfully offer its player an entire universe to explore, from complete galaxies, to a limitless number of alien worlds.
But what makes No Man’s Sky really special is that each player will experience a different universe, with no single one being exactly identical. This is made possible by the game’s underlying procedurally generated architecture, meaning it will create stuff as random from a huge pool of existing code.
Okay that’s getting a bit technical, so let’s just sit back and watch this mind-blowing trailer below instead.
Due out sometimes in 2015, exclusive for PS4 and PS3
Most of you probably haven’t heard of the Persona series, a popular Japanese role-playing series that stars a group of high school students who are usually tasked with defeating an evil force. While still considered niche, the Person games still enjoy a passionate fanbase outside of Japan, and the next game in the series, Persona 5, is scheduled for release sometime this year.
Not a lot is known about Persona 5, thanks mostly to the lack of English-speaking promotion, but what we do know is (maybe) players will assume the role of a high school student who lives a double life as a thief. Together with a group of fellow thieves, the player will carry out heists, while battling supernatural forces with Personas, beings that are the physical representations of a persona’s personality.
Yeah, it all sounds very ‘what the?’, but take a few minutes to watch this incredible trailer (it’s in Japanese, BTW) and let us know what you think in the comments!
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for Xbox One (and Xbox 360)
Video game icon Lara Croft returns in this direct sequel to the ridiculously amazing 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider, which is aptly titled Rise of the Tomb Raider. And exclusive for Xbox One (with a lesser port coming out for Xbox 360), no less! Oh the fanboy butt hurt!
This time around Lara’s traded-in the remote setting of a random island off the coast of Japan for the icy mountains of Siberia, where Miss Croft will be challenged by humans and animals, while having to contend with the harsh weather. Look forward to more details on this game being shared throughout the year, especially at E3 in June.
For now, be sure to check out the game’s awesome reveal trailer!
Star Wars: Battlefront
Due out sometimes in 2015, for Xbox One, PS4 and PC
What do you get when you mesh the creative minds behind the award-winning Battlefield series of games and the Star Wars universe; something truly epic.
The Star Wars: Battlefront franchise was immensely popular back in the early 2000s. They allowed gamers to participate in sprawling battles that took place during George Lucas’ original trilogy (as well as those pesky prequels). And while rumours of a third game have come and gone in the last decade, but it wasn’t until last year during E3 where games publisher EA announced an all-new game for current-gen consoles (and PC). It’s expected this new Battlefront game will take place either before, or during, the events of the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Check out the goosebump-inducing teaser below!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Due out sometime in 2015, exclusive for PS4
Typically referred to as gaming’s (male) answer to Indiana Jones, the Uncharted series of games stars the hunky Nathan Drake, an intrepid treasure hunter who has a knack for one-liners and danger.
Uncharted made huge waves on the PlayStation 3, and excitement is stirring for the series’ debut on PlayStation 4 this year with A Thief’s End. Developer Naughty Dog are tirelessly working on producing the very best game they possibly can, and it’s expected we’ll see gameplay footage of this highly anticipated exclusive shown at E3 in July.
Until then, we’ll just need to drool over Drake’s hunkiness in the below trailer!
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Due out sometimes in 2015, exclusive for Wii U
Huge game world to explore? Check. Giant robots? Check. Typical Japanese role-playing? Check, check. Xenoblade Chronicles X has been teased for two years, in which time some WIi U owners have questioned whether the game was ever going to come out. Turns out, the team at Monolith Soft were just busy making this mammoth of a game!
Due out in Japan late April, we expect the game to jump across the ocean to us later on in 2015. Which is good, because we totally want to explore an alien world while riding around inside giant Japanese-style mechs!
Prepare to be shocked and awed with the below trailer!
Whew, what a list! Of course we couldn’t list all the games we’re excited to play, if we did we’d be here all day! But that’s enough about us; Tell us what games you’re excited to play in 2015!
1. Crossfit Fail!
3. The Ice Bucket Challenge Bandwagon
4. Convict Crush
5. The Year of the Beard
6. My Anaconda Don’t…
7. Rise of the Selfie
8. The Evolution of the Selfie Stick!
9. To Twerk or not to Twerk?
10. It’s a hipster’s world
’nuff said. Hipsters are here to stay, in 2014 and beyond.
What was your favourite meme of 2014? Post in the comments below!
Launching in Australia back in 1997 (1996 in the US and Japan), the Nintendo 64 is a memorable and beloved console for gamers of the 90s all over the world!
The Release of the Ninetendo 64
Ninetendo 64 faced an uphill battle as it went up against Sony’s first home console; the PlayStation. With its hip and trendy marketing campaign catered specifically towards teens and young adults, Sony’s PlayStation was ‘the’ gaming system to own in the late 90s. And that spelled trouble for the more conservative Nintendo, who in the face of this latest challenge was looking increasingly childish in comparison.
But the Japanese giant had a secret weapon; Games. Since the early 1980s Nintendo believed it was software that drives success in video games, not the console you’re asking people to pay hundreds of dollars for. So the company put all its efforts into ensuring they had the best, the most innovative, and memorable games available on the market.