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The Last Door: old school point-and-click adventure with a strong Lovecraftian vibe

  • Three words: Creepy. As. Shit. 
  • There is a sequel (yassssssss!) called “The Last Door Season 2”. They improved on the original’s controls (IMHO) and it’s still (you guessed it!) creepy as shit. 
  • Seriously, it gets crazy. An opium den, suicide, sanitariums, dead bodies galore… etc. 
  • The puzzles can be challenging but they aren’t ridiculous. *cough cough* King’s Quest! *cough cough* Ahem. 
  • Awesome soundtrack and plenty of creeptastic sound effects
  • Great dialogue
  • Episode 1 (out of 4 total) is free to play in both the original and its sequel. To unlock all four episodes you must pay $3.99 in each game. That’s very reasonable, especially in light of how much console games cost. 
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The Quest for the Holy Grail of Email Apps

As always, I’m on the hunt for the perfect email app. I never paid much attention to email until I went back to school and had to communicate just about 24/7 with professors and classmates (group projects – gah). Now it’s post-grad time and I’m job hunting just about 24/7. Email apps I’ve used (favorites are marked):

Spark (💸free on iPhone💸)

The Short ‘n’ Sweet

  • Spark is like Mary Poppins: it’s practically perfect. 
  • It was my all time favorite email app until it started to have a serious lag in receiving email. I compared alongside other email apps. 

Awesome

  • Smart Inbox – the inbox is divided into different sections, such as “new” and “inbox”, and junk and newsletters are filtered out into their own sections (this is all customizable)
  • Clean, sleek UI that uses a compact design so you can see more emails at one time
  • VERY customizable in all ways – 3 themes and it’s own alert sound ( but can set to Apple’s if you prefer)

Not-So-Awesome

  • The font is small (IMO). Adjusting your system font won’t increase (or decrease) Spark’s font (the inbox is kind of crazy-small), and Spark doesn’t have font settings. 
  • In recent months I’ve noticed a delay in receiving emails. 
  • No sender icons show up in the inbox – text only

Airmail ($4.99 on iPhone)

The Short ‘n’ Sweet

  • Gorgeous UI that’s customizable in just about every respect imaginable, except that themes are not an option at this time (July 2016) 
  • So. Many. Options!
  • Only downside to this app is that the inbox doesn’t automatically filter out spam and newsletters

Awesome

  • Everything, lol. Really! But especially the… 
  • Options – 5 inbox filters, customizable icons for your emails accounts, customizable notifications per account, many different inbox view options, send emails to Dropbox, print, add sender to VIP, unsubscribe, send to Google Drive, etc…
  • Receives email more quickly than any app I’ve tried
  • Great conversation thread view with collapsible conversations 



Not-So-Awesome

  • No automatic junk and newsletter filtering (see below) – however, the 5 filter options make up for it (be aware that these filters only appear once you have enough emails in your inbox to scroll)



I’ll add to this list periodically until further notice.

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iOS 10 Beta Testing: an ongoing post

So far…

Likes

New Lockscreen

  • New design
  • Can now reply to text messages from the lockscreen
  • Swipe to the left to open camera app 🤘
  • Swipe to the right to open the new widgets screen
  • Swiping on notifications lets you respond from the lockscreen, open within the app, or close the notification

New Control Center

  • Recent notifications appear, most recent at top
  • Swipe to the right to access widget screen
  • Act on notifications from within the Control Center
  • Apple’s Mail app notifications show the message body (see below)


Redesigned Photo App

  • Larger album pics in album view (not a fan myself because it takes up a lot of valuable space and means more time scrolling)