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Friday app roundup: bacon-stealing aliens, bullies and office workers

If you’re not already off work thanks to a snow day, we’re here to help you pretend to be working this Friday afternoon. Hopefully, you’re inside with your feet up, looking at the snow and sipping a toasty, warm, cup of hot chocolate. If you want even more help passing the time this afternoon, we can help. Most of our picks for this week’s app roundup are mobile games.

So if you want to try some fun new games, check out this week’s app roundup which includes: an app where you battle aliens to protect our bacon; an app that is like Grand Theft Auto for teenagers attending a private school; an app that brings awesome face-altering filters to every selfie not just the ones on Snapchat; and an app that turns office drudgery into a souless, puzzle game where you play as a “human resource programmer,” programming the perfect, empty husk of an office worker.

App: The Abduction of Bacon at Dawn, the Chronicles of a Brave RoosterThe Abduction of Bacon at Dawn, the Chronicles of a Brave Rooster iOS app


What is it? Aliens are coming for your pork products! Sound the alarm! In this game you are a brave rooser trying desperately to fight off robots, aliens and UFOs to defend earth’s favourite salted pork product that can take your lettuce and tomato sandwiches to the next level. After all, a BLT without the B is just a boring LT sandwich. You can also pull out some ingenious human inventions to save these bacon-thieving, dastardly villains. As you advance you can win awesome weapons and armours to better defend your right to have bacon and eggs for breakfast even though you’re a rooster yourself and a rooster eating eggs is kind of disturbing.

Best review quote: Scientists have confirmed that eating bacon is not only vital to human health but all living things as well. That’s why the aliens have descended upon our planet. They intend to steal our entire supply of pigs. The only thing that stands in their way is one brave rooster. You’re able to run, jump, and fire upon your enemies using on-screen controls. Dodge enemy fire while blasting the tentacles off of alien spaceships in order to ensure the safety of every pig. – AppAdvice

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: BullyBully universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? This game has been around for 10 years, which is why this is the “anniversary” edition of Bully. It’s a port of a PC game that is a bit like GTA, but with more childish concerns like taking down divisive cliques, standing up to bully’s, beating jocks at dodgeball, playing pranks, flirting with girls and completing classroom activities like dissecting frogs. Go on rule the one of the worst schools around, Bullworth Academy.

Best review quote: […] as 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins, you’re not really the bully (for the most part), but rather a kid who was discarded by his parents and the system, and is trying to take down cliques and shady folks at his new school. In any case, it’s another gem from the GTA maker, and now you can play it on Android.

Bully: Anniversary Edition ($7) delivers the complete console game experience with higher-resolution textures and other graphics improvements, and you’ll wander the school grounds and surrounding city as you attend classes, get into fistfights, complete missions, and build relationships. – Greenbot

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: MSQRDMSQRD universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? Everyone deserves the ability to add weird and disturbing selfie filters and other effects to all their photos, not just the ones they share on Snapchat. That’s where MSQRD comes in. You get access to way more odd filters like panda-themed filters than Snapchat. So don’t keep sharing boring selfies, kick it up a notch with filters like adding laser beam eyes.

Best review quote: No doubt buoyed by the success of Snapchat’s selfie lenses and face-swapping, MSQRD quickly became a huge hit with its own take on “live filters” and face swapping. The app boasts way more effects than Snapchat so you don’t have to cycle through the same “masks” day after day. – Mashable

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: Human Resource Machine

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? You are the soul-crushing engineer of a diabolical human resource machine where you program a tiny office worker of your Human resource machine universal appown.By programming, we basically mean puzzle-solving to automate a dead-inside office peon. You need to make that tiny human the best possible office worker he/she can be, because robots are coming for your job! So it is vitally important that your little office drudge is the best possible office drudge they can be. Dream big! Dream of having your contract renewed for another year of work!

Best review quote: Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game for nerds. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker. If you succeed, you’ll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations! – Android and Me

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

Sources: AppAdviceGreenbotMashableAndroid and Me

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Friday app roundup: haunted houses, creepy dolls and spooky noises

Halloween is almost upon us, so in honour of that we have rounded up only our spookiest apps that are certain to entertain and disturb you. We tried to cover all the bases from creepy twin dolls to spine-chilling sounds. So forget about the rest of the work day, why not creep yourself out instead with these terrifying apps.

This Friday’s app roundup includes: a game where you haunt houses; a game where you graffiti things around a subway track while being chased by a monster; an app that generates sounds from the spooky to the relaxing; and an app that takes you on a terrifying adventure through a virtual reality ghost story.

App: Haunt the HouseHaunt the House universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? This adorable game casts you in the role of a ghost that must drive out all the townsfolk. You can pull off some poltergeist type moves, moving furniture and flickering the lights.  You need to do whatever it takes to send the villagers running scared. So put your best sheet forward and prepare your most fearsome “Boo!” You need to empty each building so you can have the whole place to yourself.

Best review quote: Maybe it is terrifying being in a haunted house, but did you ever stop to think about how the ghosts feel? They’re probably having the time of their lives. In Haunt the House, you get to be the haunter as you spook all if a house’s inhabitants out of town. – iMore

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: Subway SurfersSubway Surfers universal app

OS: Android, iOS

What is it? The character you play in Subway Surfers doesn’t seem to have any sense of self preservation. You keep pausing to graffiti your surroundings even though you’re being chased by Frankenstein’s monster down haunted subway tracks. You also need to collect items, coins and power ups as you go. You can even unlock Halloween costumes and other treats. So feel free to leap, change lanes and roll to move out of the way of your pursuer.

Best review quote: Subway Surfers is always a reliable pick for seasonal themes, and sure enough, this enduringly fun endless runner has been decked out for Halloween. Now, Jake—the young, graffiti-tagging hooligan you control—is trying to evade a Frankenstein’s monster while sprinting through a Transylvania-themed course. – Greenbot

Get it now: for your Android or for your iPhone/iPad.

App: myNoisemyNoise iOS app


What is it? What is Halloween without the appropriate spooky atmosphere? And what better way to set the mood than with a collection of terrifying sounds. Essentially, this is a digital version of a noise machine, it can set the tone from relaxing to frightening. You can choose from a wide variety of sounds such as white noise, rain, poltergeist, evil charm, dark world, spring walk, temple bells and more. So just set your phone to some dark tones and imagine a dark and stormy night full of spooks. You’ll scarcely be able to believe you’re still at work.

Best review quote: Whether you are trying to meditate with nature sounds, focus on tasks with white noise, or fall asleep with binaural beats, you have dozens and dozens of options. Plus, every sound generator comes with a series of channels that you can control manually. The reason it is on this Halloween list is that it has a couple of sound effect generators that you can use to make your porch a little spookier. – iMore

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: SistersSisters Android app

OS: Android

What is it? Sisters is a mobile virtual reality ghost story that is sure to send a chill down your spine. It’s designed to work with the cheapest VR headset on the market, Google Cardboard. Once you have that you can watch the terror unfold around you in 360 degrees with visuals and creepy audio. Be warned, this horrifying tale involves a pair of unsettling dolls upon the mantle. It’s not overly interactive, but nonetheless it will definitely put scare the bejesus out of you.

Best review quote: It’s already unsettling to disconnect yourself from the real world by peering into a virtual reality headset. That’s especially true when the digital world you enter is designed to totally freak you out. Sisters is one of the best examples to date of VR scares with Google Cardboard, even at a running time of just a few minutes. – Greenbot

Get it now: for your Android.

Sources: iMoreGreenbot

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How to jazz up your tweets by adding photos with Twitter stickers

Recently, Twitter’s decided to raid Snapchat’s arsenal by allowing its users to add stickers to jazz up the pictures they’re tweeting. After all, since images no longer count towards your tweet character limit, why not mix it up and add a jazzy sticker-filled snap to your tweets?Twitter stickers

Keep in mind that this is a feature that is being rolled out slowly, so if you don’t yet see this feature available in your Twitter app, just be patient, it’s on the way, just bookmark this post for later, when you have access to Twitter stickers.

So to make this work on your iPhone or Android, open up your Twitter app and start composing a new tweet. Then tap the camera icon on your tweet. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see two options on the bottom right side, a pencil and a smiley face. The pencil will allow you to add a filter to the image whereas the smiley face is where you go if you want to add sticker(s) to your pic.

You do want to add sticker(s) to your pic, so go ahead and tap that smiley face. Next you’ll need to choose a category to find the sticker(s) of your dreams. Sticker categories include: Flags, Recently used, Featured, Accessories, Animals and Nature, Food & Drink, Smileys & People, Travel & Places, Objects, Activity and Symbols.

Select the first or only sticker you want to add (you can add up to 25 stickers to a photo). Then go ahead and edit, resize and rotate the sticker until it’s just right. Then drag and drop it where you want it, if you don’t like it just drag and drop it into the garbage icon.

Once you have as many or as few stickers as you feel your photo requires, just tweet it. That’s it. You’ll notice the #Stickers hashtag will appear and that hashtag will be searchable so you can see what everyone else is doing with their stickers.

Sources: MobileSyrup

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How to delete multiple contacts on your iPhone at once with an app

Every once and a while it’s a good idea to clean up your contacts list. There’s no use in bogging yourself down with unnecessary contacts and people you’ve lost touch with. Deleting multiple contacts at once is certainly convenient when cleaning up your contacts app, but the default app on your iPhone won’t let you. This is where the Groups app comes in.Groups iOS app

Groups adds extra functionality to your iOS contacts app and among its many features, is the ability to delete multiple contacts at once. Basically, groups is about replacing your traditional Contacts app with something that has the potential to be able to do more for you.

So go ahead and download the free Group app from your iTunes App Store. Once you’ve installed it, you’ll need to enable Grant Groups access. Then select All Contacts from the drop down list in Groups and you’ll be given a nice editable list of your contacts. What you want to do, is select the contacts you want to get rid of by tapping that circle outline next to their names. If you’re not sure if you’ve successfully selected a contact, make sure it has a checkmark next to its name.

Once you’ve selected all the contacts you want to get rid of, tap the Actions button at the top. Then tap Delete Contacts in the popup menu. Next you’ll need to tap Remove from my iPhone in order to confirm your decision.

That’s it, that’s all you need to do. If you want to open up your Contacts app to double check and make sure your contacts were in fact deleted. But trust us, those deleted contacts are gone.

Sources: iMore

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