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Steve P. Young is the host of the Mobile App Chat podcast where he interviews the top mobile app entrepreneurs. Past guests include Shazam, Yahoo! Weather, Facebook Messenger and many more!

Word Hack: Unleash Your Vocabulary Prowess

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Need to kill some time while waiting for a friend, sizzle up some competition within the gang, or just giddy to sharpen your rustic mind? Word Hack is a new iPhone word game that could easily fill your boredom and get your intellectual juices flowing with its simple yet challenging game mechanics.

Word Hack, with its clever spin on your childhood games Hangman and Wheel of Fortune, will test you in terms of speed and accuracy as you need to build the mystery words within a specified time.

Upon opening the app, you will be greeted by a puzzle board with cool colors. The puzzle is pre-filled with a few letters for you to solve, along with the category.



Recognized Gives Rewards for Users Who Share Employee Reviews

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Your waitress retained her radiant smile the whole 30 minutes you spent making up your mind, never showing any hints of impatience after you changed your order for the umpteenth time and was absolutely helpful with your two-year old in the high chair.



Revel Builds Upon Tinder to Gamify Dating

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With the proliferation of mobile apps, there seems to be two growing trends—mobile dating and photo or video sharing.

In fact, a recent report by Pew Research Center shows that 7% of cell phone apps users (representing 3% of all adults) say that they have used a dating app on their cell phone. Two-thirds (66%) of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and nearly a quarter (23%) of online daters say they have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.



Create Hilarious Versions of Friends and Loved-Ones with the New Animate Me! App

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Animate Me! allows users to select any photo from their galleries or Facebook accounts—or take a shot if you don’t have one handy—and animate the subject’s head by letting you move its head and its mouth to the tune or sound that you chose it to go along with.

Furthermore, the user can accessorize the photos chosen with items such as hats, mustaches, tattoos, eye patches, and even pacifiers.  You can animate more "heads" (for group pictures for example), accessorize further, and add more sounds either through purchases or points.



Foodies Rejoice as App Translates Over 5000 Italian Menus to English

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I love authentic Italian food, and as a foodie, I want to try just about everything that I can get my hands on. Most of the time though, I end up with a totally different dish than I thought I was ordering. It can be a nice surprise, but I wouldn't want that to happen all the time!

That's where the Translate A Menu – Italy Food Dictionary (free with in-app purchases) helps to save the day. The app tells you exactly what you are ordering, including the ingredients and how it is cooked.



New Kick The Ball App Makes Kids Exclaim "Goal!"

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Kick the Ball 

3.5 out of 5 stars

Become a soccer star in this new soccer simulation and compete with players around the globe! In Kick the Ball, it’s all about flicking the ball with your fingers to the right targets as quickly and as precisely as possible in beautiful 3D graphics. 



Explory: Is the Mobile Storytelling App the Anti-Vine?

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Explory (free)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Nowadays, we have a wide range of options to choose from when we want to share moments and memories, but newly launched app Explory pops out of the bunch. Created for iPhones and iPads, Explory will take you beyond the limitations of sharing that you are used to.



Watch Your Neck App Helps You Avoid Text Neck

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With over 2.19 trillion text messages sent annually, there’s a little known condition that is plaguing smartphone users known as "text neck." The injury involves stiffness in your neck and shoulders and typically is caused by excessive smartphone usage.

A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics found that 53 percent of mobile phone users suffer numbness or neck aches. Another study led by Erik Peper of San Francisco State University showed that 84 percent of subjects reported some hand and neck pain during texting. Moreover subjects also displayed other signs of tension, like holding their breath and increased heart rates.



Interview With the Developers of Slync, the New App That Tracks Shopping Trends

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Are you curious about what your trendy neighbors are buying and where they're buying it? I recently interviewed Peter Babiy and Surge Stefoglo, two of the founders of a new app called Slync. The app allows you to discover what others around you are purchasing. Users post a picture, the price, and the location of the item purchased. Whether it's your daily coffee, a new pair of sneakers, or a new iPad, Slync helps you find it near you. 

In this interview we discuss:



Splash Math - Grades 1-5 - Learn Math in a Fun Way on the iPad and Web

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UPDATE: The Splash Math app dropped its price! The paid version is now a one-time fee of $9.99 for one grade level or $29.99 for all five grade levels. Also, you can access Splash Math's content on the iPad without an internet connection (unlike its competition).

According to a recent report by Common Sense Media, studies show that 72 percent of children age 8 and under have used a mobile device for some type of media activity such as playing games, watching videos, or using apps. 



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