Rivet News Radio Talks Civic Reform in Chicago

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Chicago, Illinois – A transparent, effective and ethical government is what the Better Government Association (BGA) has fought for since the 1920s in Chicago. Since his joining the BGA in 2009, Andy Shaw has led more than 80 of the organization’s 280 pending investigations.

“I know what good government and bad government looks like…[This job is] a good opportunity to use my skills and to try to recreate a vibrant, effective watchdog organization,” said Shaw, a long-time Chicago journalist, who sat down with Charlie Meyerson for Panorama, one of Rivet News Radio’s signature programs.

Shaw held up the BGA’s “Rescuing Illinois Project” as a shining example of the association’s impact. In 2012, the BGA uncovered $265 million in taxpayer-funded payouts to retired public school employees for unused sick and vacation days.

Panorama is an up-close and personal series featuring the people, places and events shaping the world. An original production of Rivet News Radio, Panorama is hosted by Chicago news veteran and Rivet’s head of news, Charlie Meyerson. Bringing years of journalistic experience Meyerson formerly worked for rock station WXRT-FM; the Chicago Tribune; and WGN-AM, where, as news director, he led his team to awards for Best Newscast and Outstanding News Operation.

About The Better Government Association:
The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog group that works for integrity, transparency and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the public to achieve authentic and responsible reform.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 3.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Rivet News Radio 1.30 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

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HearHere Radio is an angel-stage company backed by founders, friends, and strategic investors, building a news radio experience for today’s mobile consumer. The company’s flagship product, Rivet News Radio, is an app designed to deliver personalized local, national and world news directly to smartphone users. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 HearHere Radio, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

One Direction meets Flappy Bird – Magic Carpet 1D Edition now available

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Imatra, Finland – JH Digital Solutions presents their latest addition, Magic Carpet – 1D edition for One Direction fans around the world.

Game has simply, fun and terrible addicting gameplay. Harry, Liam , Zayn , Louis and Niall got a Magic Carpet. Player needs to help them to fly as long as possible and collect as many hearts as possible. Gameplay mechanics are similar to the hit game Flappy Bird but it is not as frustratingly hard. One Direction fans around the world can also compete against each other with game Game Center Leaderboards integration.

JH Digital Solutions explains , “One Direction fans went totally crazy after launch of our Harry Dive game. They really liked the game and wanted more. One constructive feedback we received was that all the boys needed a game, not just Harry Styles. So we created Magic Carpet 1D Edition! We spend hours to make game play and graphics perfect for the target audience and hopefully we succeeded on that. Google Play ratings are currently 4.7 on scale 1-5 and we are really happy about that!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 4/4S/5, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 10.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Magic Carpet 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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J.H. Digital Solutions, founded in 2008, is the producer of a number of popular mobile apps such as Pop the Monster, Push-Up Workout, Word Champion, Times Tables for Kids, and Christmas Games for Kids. They produce their fun, high quality apps in a number of languages for international use and application. Founder Jari Huomo started the company in his basement and has been launching great gaming and educational apps for a number of years. Copyright (C) 2014 J.H. Digital Solutions. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Baby Owl’s Dress Up – Interactive Fun for kids of All Ages

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St Augustine, Florida – Hare Squared LLC is proud to announce the release of Baby Owl’s Dress Up for the App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store is a fully interactive dress up game for children of all ages. Dress Baby Owl in countless silly outfits. Explore 12 fully interactive scenes loaded with fun surprises. Be a fire fighter, an astronaut, or a king. Visit Paris, go camping, or perform in a circus. Imaginations will run wild.

Feature Highlights:
* Countless outfit combinations
* 12 fully interactive scenes
* Variety of kid themed activities to entertain and delight
* A parent’s menu only accessible by parents

“Baby Owl’s Dress Up is my best app to date. Kids love it. I designed the game with my daughter in mind and built it to her exacting standards,” says Paxton Hare, owner of Hare Squared LLC. “I hope that this game entertains your kids as much as it has mine.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 62.4 MB

Pricing and availability
Baby Owl’s Dress Up 1.0 is free and available worldwide through the App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store. One In-App purchase is available to unlock all of the interactive scenes.

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Hare Squared LLC is Paxton Hare, a one man independent game development studio focusing on games for children. I strive to make games that my daughter enjoys playing with the hopes of entertaining your children as well.

Presentime Synchronized Presentation Timer for iOS 7 Gets a New Buzz

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Amherst, Massachusetts – Gone are the days of holding up fingers or minutes-remaining signs for the presenter to notice or interrupting speakers to tell them that they are out of time. Midnight Oil Enterprises, LLC has announced the release of Presentime 1.3 for iOS, an update to their synchronized countdown timer for speakers and performers. Presentime is an easy-to-use countdown timer with a big difference. In addition to operating as a stand-alone timer, Presentime can be used as a broadcasting Master Timer or synchronized with a Master Timer.

Presentime incorporates iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity for direct device-to-device interaction, so a device at the podium can be adjusted on the fly by a moderator or colleague in the audience. A quick glance at the Presentime app from time to time is all that is needed to adapt to the time remaining.

The latest update adds a “please stop now!” buzzer button that appears on the Master Timer once the allotted time has expired. When pressed by the moderator, the screen on a synchronized device flashes brightly, accompanied by a bell sound and vibration.

“We’ve all attended, or even been in charge of, meetings where some presenters continue well past their allotted time,” says Midnight Oil Enterprises co-founder Dan Corkill. “With Presentime’s new ‘Buzz’ button, the moderator can remind everyone near the podium (repeatedly, if necessary) that it is time to stop. It’s a must-have feature for session chairs who’d rather not have to interrupt an overrunning speaker to tell them they’re done.”

Synchronized, on-the-fly adjustment:
Meeting chairs or directors can pause the Master Timer if the presenter is interrupted and even adjust the time remaining on the fly, if appropriate. Changes made at the Master Timer device are reflected at all synchronized devices. Synchronization uses iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity framework, which enables direct device-to-device discovery and connection via WiFi or bluetooth without a network connection or bluetooth pairing. Direct synchronization is ideal for venues without internet access.

Using Presentime is fast and easy:
To set the presentation time, simply touch the Set button and then slide your finger up and down on the time display, Time-remaining alert settings are adjusted by sliding the yellow, orange, and red alert marks left and right. Then touch the Start button to begin timing.

During the presentation, the allotted time can be adjusted up or down in thirty-second amounts by using the two time-adjustment buttons that appear in context. The time added or removed is indicated on the countdown display. The time-remaining alert marks can also be adjusted during the presentation, if appropriate, and a Pause/Resume button is also available. As the time remaining drops below each alert setting, the display background changes color to alert the presenter. The alert can be augmented with optional sound or, on iPhones, vibration.

If the alloted time has expired, the display flashes every second to catch the presenter’s attention. Sound or vibration when the time has expired is also available. Timing is stopped by touching the End button for one second, and preparing for the next presenter begins again by touching the Set button. Default allotted and alert-time values can be adjusted in the app’s Settings screen, so setting up the next in a series of equal length presentations requires touching only the Set and then the Start buttons.

Synchronizing devices is equally simple. All that is needed is to select “Synched” on the segmented mode control and then enter the four-digit connection ID of the Master Timer.

Major features:
* Direct device-to-device discovery and synchronization via WiFi or bluetooth without a network connection or bluetooth pairing
* Adjustable yellow, orange, and red time-remaining alert settings and flashing time-expired notification with optional sound or vibration
* Quick presentation-time and time-remaining alert setting using gestures
* “Night” mode for darkly lit rooms

Three operating modes:
1) Stand-alone timer
2) Broadcasting Master Timer
3) Synchronized with a Master Timer

New in Presentime version 1.3:
* Master Timer “Please stop now” buzz button that signals synchronized devices to vibrate, play a sound, and flash their screens
* Sounds and vibrations are now silenced automatically in Master Timer mode

Supports all devices running iOS 7 or later. Ad hoc peer-to-peer wireless networking requires:
* iPhone 5 or later
* iPad Air or 4th generation
* iPad mini
* iPod touch 5th generation
* Universal Application
* 1.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Presentime 1.3 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. It is a free upgrade from earlier versions.

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Midnight Oil Enterprises, LLC was founded in 2009 by Susan Lander and Dan Corkill. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, we strive to produce high quality iOS apps that are intuitive and easy to use. Copyright (C) 2014 Midnight Oil Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Presentime is a trademark of Midnight Oil Enterprises, LLC. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Weather Pod for iOS – Elegant and Unique Weather Discovery

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Devon, United Kingdom – App developer Rory Buckley today is proud to announce a major update to Weather Pod, his popular weather discovery app for iOS. Version update 2.0 boasts a complete new look and feel, with many major alterations to the user interface, with the addition of new features and functions.

The update is inspired by Rory Buckley’s original vision for Weather Pod. His ultimate goal for the app has always been for simple, elegant & fast weather discovery and he feels that version 2.0 has accomplished much, if not all of this.

Existing users will see many major visual changes, as Weather Pod no longer uses live motion video backgrounds. Instead, version 2.0 cleverly uses background graphics that reflect what the users live weather conditions are currently doing, so a user can expect to see rain showers & snow flurries if & when it’s literately happening in their location.

The app is completely dependant on touch & swipe gestures to reveal & hide different sections of the users weather. Touching the main rain drop focuses on quick & simple navigation between weather summaries, ranging from live (updated every minute) conditions, plus an hourly, daily & weekly summary. The user can then discover a detailed 7 day forecast, daily astronomy, almanac and not to forget live weather alerts & nearby storms. These features can all be accessed using the appropriate swiping gesture.

Rory Buckley confidently believes that Weather Pod 2.0 has great potential & appeal. The app has experienced impressive worldwide chart positions over the last 12 months & he strongly believes that the best is yet to come.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 27.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Weather Pod 2.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category.

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Rory Buckley understands what it takes to make a great app and is driven by his passion to create quality, unique products. Copyright (C) 2014 Rory Buckley. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Just Released – Avadon 2: The Corruption HD, Fantasy RPG For iPad

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Seattle, Washington – Spiderweb Software’s long awaited sequel to the award-winning Avadon: The Black Fortress is now available for iPads worldwide. Avadon 2: The Corruption HD is the second chapter of the epic Avadon trilogy. Avadon 2 is a fantasy adventure of the old school, full of quests, powerful artifacts, and a fascinating story. Grab a copy on the App Store!

Avadon 2: The Corruption is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous world. Choose from five different types of characters, including the new Tinkermage class, each with dozens of unique spells or skills. Explore a gigantic world filled with secrets, artifacts, and a rich story. Experience multiple different endings and dozens of world-influencing side quests, and ultimately choose between saving your homeland or allowing it to fall and make way for something greater.

For centuries, your homeland was protected by Avadon. The Black Fortress. Home and training ground to the greatest warriors, mages, spies, and assassins the world had ever known. They brought safety, in return for freedom. Then Avadon was shattered in a deadly sneak attack, and the foes of the Pact are ready to invade. You have been conscripted by Avadon, and now, with chaos raging, it will be your destiny to see this maelstrom through. Will you help to restore Avadon to its glory, or will you betray it and help a new empire rise in its place? What happens next is up to you.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 158 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Avadon 2: The Corruption HD 1.0 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Spiderweb Software, Inc., an Indie game company based in Seattle, WA, is fanatically dedicated to creating fun, exciting fantasy role-playing games for Windows, Macintosh, and the iPad. Past titles include the award-winning Exile, Geneforge, Avernum and Avadon series. Copyright (C) 2014 Spiderweb Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

New Trailer | The Monsters of Monster Legacy Revealed

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Twain Harte, California – In the Monster collecting and battling game Monster Legacy, players can fight and capture more than 100 unique Monsters to use in combat throughout the vibrant and expansive world of Arborea. With unique battle capabilities and elemental attributes, each Monster in Monster Legacy offers fun strategies for an engrossing gameplay experience.

Developer and publisher of Monster Legacy, Outplay Entertainment, released a new trailer showcasing eight of the Monsters featured in the upcoming epic adventure. From the vibrant amethyst Ballfrog with inflating abilities to blow out enemies, the super powerful Mosshog, the powerfully magnetic Gorillem, and many more, every gamer will find their Monster in Monster Legacy.

In Monster Legacy, players undertake a journey filled with captivating quests as they tackle tricky puzzles and explore cavernous dungeons throughout the massive world of Arborea. In the game, players train a wide variety of Monsters to take into battle and free the land from the dark influence of the Evil Lord Ardur. Trained and captured Monsters can evolve into new forms and unlock powerful attacks. Gamers collect and earn in-game currency as they play, complete quests, and customize their Monster’s habitat. A free-to-play adventure offering many hours of gameplay, Monster Legacy has unparalleled depth with more than 20 levels and 70 quests. Developed and published by Outplay Entertainment, Monster Legacy is coming this March to the App Store.

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Outplay Entertainment is an exciting and energetic mix of fresh faced new talent and experienced industry veterans focused on social and mobile game development with the goal of delivering innovative, engaging and enjoyable games across a wide range of social and mobile platforms. Copyright (C) 2014 Outplay Entertainment Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Gravity Snipe v1.2 Released

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Winter Park, Florida – Gravity Snipe Version 1.2 has been released globally. Packed with better graphics, new features, and complete awesomeness.

Tired of bad Flappy Bird remakes? Check out these fictitious celebrities have to say about Gravity Snipe

“More than just a Flappy Bird clone, this game takes the base idea of Flappy Bird, and puts it on steroids!” -Abraham Lincoln

“Extreme Mode is sucking out my soul! I cant stop playing it!” -Stan Lee

“Way more addicting than Flappy Bird. The power ups and moving pipes make it extremely difficult, but also easier in a weird kind of way” -George Washington (And remember, he can never tell a lie!)

Gravity Snipe is the adventure of a Flappy Bird trying to avoid a ton of pipes that seem to come from nowhere. It is both fun and challenging. Version 1.2 adds the following features:
* Complete Game Center Integration
* Global Leaderboards
* Achievements
* Power Ups
* Enhanced Graphics

It also adds four new difficulty modes:
* Easy (Reduced gravity, larger opening between pipes)
* Normal (Same as version 1.1)
* Hard (Increased gravity, less room between pipes)
* Extreme (Increased gravity, less room between pipes, pipes move!)

* The names on the reviews have been changed random celebrity names to honor the privacy of our users. Names listed did not actually say these quotes, however those quotes have come directly from users of the game. *

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 14.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Snipe 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Located in Winter Park, Florida, Monkey First Games is founded by Brandon Lassiter. Copyright (C) 2014 Monkey First Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Creaceed Releases Emulsio, a Powerful Video Stabilization App for iOS

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Mons, Belgium – Creaceed announces the immediate availability of Emulsio 2 – Powerful Video Stabilization for iPhone and iPad. Emulsio stabilizes videos recorded with iPhone or iPad, or even GoPro(TM) cameras, automatically removing unpleasant camera shake. Emulsio compensates horizontal, vertical, and rotational camera motion, as well as wobble (rolling shutter) distortion.

Emulsio’s stabilization technology goes beyond iOS’s built-in processing: it gives you additional capabilities to make your videos even more beautiful. You can process any videos with Emulsio, that come either directly from an iOS device or another H.264 camera such as the amazing GoPro(TM).

Emulsio provides precise control and previewing capability right within the app. Its stabilization technology is able to compensate horizontal, vertical, and rotational camera motion, as well as wobble distortion (i.e. rolling shutter artifacts). Time editing is very easy and non-destructive: simply select and trim any part of the video in the timeline.

Emulsio 2 introduces many new features, and the live comparison is definitely among the most useful ones. You can play both original and stabilized videos simultaneously, and even inspect them frame by frame. This helps you fine-tune stabilization settings before final export.

Emulsio’s Main Features:
* Improved video stabilization: Emulsio compensates horizontal, vertical and rotational camera motion
* Wobble distortion: Emulsio corrects rolling shutter distortion
* Black border handling: stabilization strength is automatically decreased to avoir black borders from appearing
* Live comparison: the original video and the stabilized video are played simultaneously to assess stabilization effect
* Frame by frame image inspection
* Non-destructive time editing: crop the video (and revert to the original video if need be)
* Optimized for iOS7, 64-bit devices (2x speed gain over 32-bit devices), and 120-FPS videos…

Pricing and Availability:
Emulsio 2 is a free universal application available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. It is available in 11 languages (English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Czech, Russian, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese).

Emulsio is compatible with the following devices running iOS 7:
* iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S
* iPod touch 5th Generation
* iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air and iPad mini

There’s an in-app purchase to remove the watermark and the 30-second limitation when exporting the stabilized video. The Pro Pack’s regular price is $2.99; introductory pricing of $1.99 until March 6. Customers who purchased version 1 get the Pro Pack for free.

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Creaceed is a Belgian company based in Mons with a passionate team experienced in app development and image processing. Creaceed provides intuitive and easy to use creative applications to Mac users: Hydra, for HDR image creation from regular photos; Morph Age, for morphing and warping images and movies; Elasty, for adding special effects to QuickTime movies with motion-tracking features; and Prizmo, for scanning documents with a digital camera. Creaceed also provides Vocalia, a speech recognition app for iPhone in 6 languages, and a speech recognition SDK to iPhone developers. Copyright 2008-2014 Creaceed. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. GoPro is a trademark of GoPro, Inc.

JABB Interactive to display new iOS game BasketWars at GDC 2014

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Los Angeles, California – JABB Interactive, LLC is to exhibit within GDC Play booth #L121 at this year’s Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center San Francisco from March 19-21. JABB will be exhibiting in the GDC Play area where they will be showcasing their new iOS game BasketWars – World at War, which is likely to launch on the App Store just days prior to the show. BasketWars is an action-packed basketball game based on the famous battles of World War II. With over 60 masterfully designed levels, and 6 insane Bosses, BasketWars is a true test of strength and skill. Play alone or challenge your friends to a battle of epic proportion. Do you have what it takes to win the war? Hoo-rah!

Jeremy Born, founder of JABB, said: “I can’t think of a better place to display our new game. Exhibiting at GDC will help us get in front of the world’s top publishers, press, and fellow game developers”.

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. Inspired by the success of the Independent Games Festival Pavilion at GDC, the new initiative will include space in special Pavilions themed around emerging game markets. GDC Play allows exhibitors to display their games to key distributors, publishers, press and investors visiting the conference. GDC Play Pavilions for social & online, smartphone & tablet, and independent games will all be located within a dedicated room and include a networking lounge with seating areas for more in-depth meetings.

GDC 2014, will include more than 400 speakers, attracting more than 23,000 attendees. For further information contact Brandy Born, Director of Marketing and PR.

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JABB Interactive, LLC is an independent game developer specializing in creating the most fun, innovative, and beautiful apps on the market today. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 JABB Interactive, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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