4K Video Downloader Mac App Review

My in-flight entertainment usually involves movies or TV shows downloaded from iTunes. But then I thought, why not get more value out of that time and watch some programs with a little more educational value?

YouTube is loaded with videos that I have wanted to watch including TED Talks, speeches, business lectures and how-to demonstrations. But streaming those videos would require an Internet connection and my flight didn’t offer that amenity.

The solution was a program called 4K Video Downloader (https://www.4kdownload.com/). It’s a handy utility that lets you capture and download video clips from online streaming sources on the web. As the name indicates, it will download the super-resolution 4K content that is starting to appear online, but it will also handle video in other formats and resolution levels.

I downloaded the app from the 4K Video Downloader website and installed it on my Mac. When launched, the program puts a small window on your desktop to manage the downloads and it requires no technical knowledge to operate. All you have to know is how to copy the URL of of the video you want to capture from the location window in your browser.

For my first download, I selected a video that I’ve wanted to watch for, oh, maybe 10 years. It’s the commencement address that Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. When I found the video on YouTube, I highlighted the URL, which put the address in my Mac clipboard, then clicked the “Paste Link” button at the top of the 4K Video Downloader window.

The next step is to choose the the format you want for the downloaded version — MP4, M4K, MKV, among others – and the level of resolution. You can stick with the original quality or choose a reduced level if you want to reduce the file size to save space. Other options let you includes subtitles, if they’re available, and designate where you want the file to land. By default, downloads are stored in the same folder where the app resides.

Next, I clicked the “Download” button and the process began. the the copying starts. In this case, a video of 111 megabytes with a 22-minute running time took a little under one minute to download. I launched the new file in QuickTime and, to my eyes, it looked exactly like the streamed version. The new MP4 file can be loaded into iTunes where you can access it from Apple TV or copy it to an iPhone or iPad.

While I only tested the program with a single YouTube video, the 4K Video Downloader website says it will also work with other online video sources such as Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr and Facebook. The app is free but users can purchase an upgrade version that lets you download everything that’s tagged to a playlist or published on a channel.

See our video app review here:

You can download the app at the below website url:

https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

 

Spritzr Dating App Review

If you are or have ever been in the dating game, you’ve probably encountered the big blind date. That’s when someone who thinks they know you well decides to pair you with someone else. The matchmaker might be a friend, someone at work, or even a family member like your sweet Aunt Mable.

Matchmaking is borne or good intentions, but it’s also a forced mashup that can be awkward and possibly even unpleasant for the people involved. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An app called Spritzr (https://spritzr.com/) has found a way to take much of the friction out of the matchmaking process.

Check out our Video App Review of Spritzr where we delve into the features and how it differs from other dating apps:


If you’re a dater, you can browse profiles of other singles and make an overture, just as you would with Tinder, Match, Date or one of the other dating apps. But Spritzer also has a matchmaking component that lets anyone participate, even if they’re already in a relationship or even married.

When you register with Spritzr, you tell the app if you’re available or if you want to be a matchmaker. You can join alone, or, even better, with a group of friends.

If you’re interested in finding dates, you fill out a profile that asks about your age, location and height and interests. It wants to know you eduction level and politics, whether you have any children and if you are open to having children in the future.

Spritzr also wants to know what gets you excited. Are you a fitness freak or a bookworm? A wine lover or craft beed connoisseur? Artist, adventurer or home body?
When you’re finished, the app links to your Facebook profile and drops you into the dating pool.

If you want to be a matchmaker, the app lets you browse through your Facebook friends, find the singles, and point them to someone you think they might enjoy meeting.
You’re like the host of a party who makes a point of introducing two people that you think would like to get to know each other.

Once you’ve made a link between two singles, the rest is up to them. They can review the profiles of a suggested partner and decide if they want to pursue the suggestion or swipe it into oblivion. If there’s no spark, there’s no drama. If there is interest, they can start chatting and perhaps plan date or a casual encounter. It’s all on their terms, with no one looking over their shoulders.

Except that there is. When two people make a positive response, the matchmaker gets informed and earns karma points. Like an online game, Spritzr keeps score and posts a leaderboard.

In addition to helping their friends connect, Matchmakers can also try their skills in the wider Spritzr community by reading profiles and suggesting matches to strangers. That might sounds a little sketchy at first, but it’s like handicapping a horse race or the stock market. A disinterested party who analyzes available data – the dater profiles – could easily strike romantic gold. Even Aunt Mable could give it a shot.

The app is called Spritzer (without an e) and its available in the iTunes App store,  you can download the app by clicking below link:

The app is also available on the Google Play store, you can download it by clicking on the below link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spritzr

MyVegas Slots App Review

I’ve always been a little skittish about playing online casino games using real money. My gambling successes at Las Vegas casinos have been very infrequent, so I wouldn’t expect to do any better in the virtual world.
But playing online slots for free with the chance of winning free stuff at big name Vegas casinos sounds to me like a much safer bet. That’s the idea behind myVEGAS Slots, a collection of digital slot machines that play your way to casino comps.

The virtual slot machines function like the ones found at casinos in Las Vegas and other legal gambling establishments. Players bet a selected amount of credits – virtual chips – and spin the wheels in the hope of matching numbers or characters in different combinations.
But instead of spewing out quarters, the online slots reward winners with points that they can redeem at some of the city’s best-known resorts. The game is linked to the MGM family of casinos, including Aria, The Bellagio, Luxor, Excalibur, the MGM Grand and The Mirage. The freebies include other non-casino items such as Royal Caribbean cruises and even day passes on the Las Vegas Monorail.

Winning tokens on myVEGAS Slots is like many other customer loyalty programs offered by hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The more often you use the myVEGAS Slots app and the more tokens you win, the closer you get to a free dinner or hotel room.

View our video app review here:

The game has been available on Facebook for about four years and now it can also be played on apps for Apple and Android mobile devices. Both the mobile apps and the Facebook game can be linked to a single account so that a player’s loyalty points will be up to date regardless of the platform they use.

I spent about a week spinning the slot wheels on the iOS version of myVEGAS Slots, which is one of the most engaging and responsive entertainment apps that I’ve ever used. Although I seldom play the slots on my annual trips to Vegas or my infrequent visits to a nearby riverboat casino, I was all in with this virtual version.

The game gets you started by awarding a stack of chips when you register, more when you link the mobile app to the Facebook version and an additional daily ration just for launching the game and trying a few spins.

myVEGAS Slots has more than a dozen different games, but new players start out spinning for kings and queens at Excalibur. The other games become available as your point total increases and you move up to higher levels. A pop-up dashboard lets you set your bet limit and select an auto spin option, which is also controlled by your score.

There are a variety of ways to build your chip and token count. For example, you can buy stacks of chips starting at $4.99. And free spins, a roulette wheel and mini games arrive more often than I expected. And if your current game isn’t paying off as often as you’d like, take a break with mySTRIP, a virtual stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard that will drop you into a different game for a special challenge.

 

For me, myVEGAS Slots turned out to be a great way to kill time while pursuing some significant and valuable rewards. But while the swag may be free, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to snag. After several days if intermittent play, my stack of tokens was barely enough to get a gelato at the Bellagio.

 

The myVEGAS Slots app is available as a free download for iOS devices in the iTunes App Store:

A version for Android devices is also available in the Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstudios.myvegas

Our rating(out of 5 stars):

★★★★

Weatherbug Weather App

I don’t remember all of the apps that I put on my first smartphone, but I know a weather app was among them. It may have been pre-installed like the one that comes with new iPhones. It displays the current temperature and offers a snapshot of predicted conditions over the next several hours and days.

But for many people, snapshots aren’t enough. They want to see a radar map and be able to drill deep to find details such as the pollen count, wind speed, humidity ratings, and whether they need to wear sunscreen to protect again ultraviolet sunlight. Those are the people that Weather Bug was designed for.

This is an app that not only tells you the hour that thunderstorm will arrive in your area, it can also tell you how close you are to the nearest lightning strike and help you fine-tune a smart heating and cooling system in this area of the Internet of Things.

Check out our video review of the app going over all the useful features of this weather app:

Like most weather apps, WeatherBug puts the high-value details first. The home screen displays the current temperature and a summary of current conditions in large type that you can read at a glance of you iPhone or an Apple Watch.

Just below the basic report is a pair of widgets (three on an iPad) that can be customized to show different reports. Options include a radar map, a live camera, the current day’s forecast and a wind speed meter.

I like having a radar view close at hand. WeatherBug’s radar starts with a regional view of your current location. You can pinch, zoom, scroll and swipe to smoothly change the view. You can scroll the map all the way to Japan, but the radar only covers the US. And while the radar doesn’t show storms patterns at the same level of detail as some other weather radar apps, it’s sufficient show current storms and their movement.

WeatherBug lets you add build a long list of locations anywhere in the world where you might want to check the weather. The reporting network that WeatherBug lets you choose a specific reporting station – usually a school or government building – to represent a metro area. To get a report from a small town, you might have to accept a station that’s 10 or 15 miles away.

Each location on your list gets a red pin on WeatherBug’s global map. Tap the pin on your phone or tablet screen and you get the current weather conditions from that locations. As I write this it’s 82 degrees and clear in Destin, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. To prove it, I can scroll through 18 different area webcams. For most larger US cities, a collection of highway traffic cams are also available.

WeatherBug also packages its meteorological data into a set of lifestyle tips arranged along the bottom of the home page. The idea here is to suggest days that might be best suited for different activities such as gardening, boating, golfing or mowing the lawn.

Other pages on the WestherBug offer hourly and 10-day forecasts. For the hourly view, you get predictions for the temperature, sky conditions and the potential for rain or snow. And the predictions go well into the future. For example, you could check the app on Monday to see the forecast for an 8 a.m. tee time on Saturday. The 10-day forecast starts with the basics – high and low temps and sky conditions – but presents a more detailed estimate when you tap on a day.

Although WeatherBug lacks the precision to tell you exactly when a rain shower will arrive in or exit your neighborhood, it’s still the best weather app I’ve seen for lots of data and detail. It may be overkill for some people but if you’re not intimidated by deep data, this is the weather app for you.

You can learn more about WeatherBug and the Earth Networks service that supports it at the WeatherBug website: http://weather.weatherbug.com/

The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/weatherbug-weather-forecasts/id281940292

WeatherBug is also available in versions for Android, Mac and Windows desktops and Google’s Chrome browser:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android
The app is free with an option to remove advertising by purchasing an annual subscription.

 

Our rating(out of 5 stars):

★★★★

 

Favado App – Save Money While Shopping Locally

Favado is the new shopping app in the centre of attention among mobile phone users throughout the world. Developed by saving.com and released October 2013, the app has undoubtedly become one of the most downloaded apps on ITunes. Shoppers and users of mobiles with Android or iOS platform accept and appreciate this app, as it enables them discover best deals on their favorite items at grocery stores, compare available and top deals, as well as save money (up to 70%) on daily items.

Nonetheless, there must be a few other facts that would adequately show the grounds for the huge downloads the app has witnessed since its introduction, as we all know that Android and iOS mobile users, in the past would not have gone this far without something beautiful and promising somewhere.

On the standpoint, below are a few points worthy of notice about Favado:

  1. The app is free: the app is free to use and doesn’t require more than a one-time registration of name, e-mail, gender, zip code and password on www.savings.com.
  2. Easy to download: unlike many apps we have seen in the past, Favado size makes it easily downloadable. The registration links to iTunes, giving you no reason to bother yourself.
  3. Great push notification system: with Favado and reliable internet connection, you won’t be missing a deal. You would be notified of a few deals going on around you. This extends to matching coupons. You would be notified of what coupons are available to help you save more.
  4. Easy-to-use features: There is a helpful guide, but I am sure no one would need that. I believe saving.com team understood what shoppers and all mobile users have been searching for—something simple and effective.
  5. Choice of store to shop: This is a big part of the app, as it allows you to shop your favourite stores for available deals and coupons, thereby saving you from overspending.

Apart from all the points mentioned, Favado partnered with more than 60,000 groceries and drug store which the president of the team Loren Bendele said had good relationship with. “We had excellent long-term relationships with the nation’s top grocery bloggers. So, we were confident we could build an app that aggregates all the best sales and coupons across stores, lets shoppers easily build, manage and share lists, and discover further savings to regularly save up to 70 percent on their weekly grocery bill.”, said the team president.

Other various activities that can be performed by Favado are:

  1. easily compare sales and prices across a range of stores
  2. track your favorites items
  3. Discover additional savings of up to 70%
  4. Find top deals for you
  5. Notifications and coupon matching

To download the iphone app visit iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/favado/id703787093
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.savings.android.grocery

Website: http://www.favado.com