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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Break the Ice!

Today's app of the day is Break the Ice!

In the interests of full disclosure, it is necessary for me to admit that I am married, so my experience with this app (for the purposes of creating this review), is entirely theoretical! That aside, in my brief time using the app, whilst thinking back to my single years, it was easy to see that Break the Ice has lots of potential!

The premise of Break the Ice is to help you find single people close to you (preferably in the same bar, shop, restaurant, etc) using the location capabilities of your smartphone. Once the app is installed and 'close by' people are located, you can anonymously say 'Hi". If the other person is interested in chatting, they can also say 'Hi', at which point the profiles of each person will be fully revealed (and with it, the anonymity). This is known as a 'match' and from there, you can freely chat with your 'matched' friends.

As with any social based apps, the key to success is obviously popularity. As the app is only new, there are not many people out and about, but this will surely increase over time. This is aided by a sleek, modern user interface that makes navigating around the app a a breeze.

All in all, once a few more users get on board, Break the Ice! will have the user base to back up what is already a sleek social networking / dating app, and with both iOS and Android versions availability, it might not be long before singles everywhere are 'Breaking the Ice' in an entirely new manner!


In the words of the developer:

Finally, a FREE social networking app that helps you instantly meet real people at your same location (bar, restaurant, coffee shop, party, grocery store, class, sporting event, etc.). Anonymously say “Hi” - no rejection or awkward introductions. Download BREAK THE ICE, quickly set up your profile & meet new people from your favorite hang-out. Privacy, security & safety are our top priority. It’s fun, exciting & easy to use!
•Meet that special someone, new friends or simply network while hanging out at your favorite spot
•Real life, real world - meet people truly nearby - not States away like other apps
•Anonymously say “Hi” to people you are interested in. They will only know it is you if they are also interested
•“Matches” occur only when both people are interested in each other. Unless a Match occurs, the person never knows it was you who said “Hi”
•Privacy, security & safety are our top priority. Only people you are interested in can send you messages through the app, but your phone number is never disclosed. No inappropriate messages from random people that you have no interest in. Users won’t know your exact location. Block and/or report annoying users
•You are always in complete control. You decide when you are online, who you say "Hi" to and who you match with
•Keep your matches & send them texts, even after they have left the location
•Sleek, modern look & simple to use - no hearts, no gimmicks, no points
•A fun way to “people watch”. The app will show all people around you, not just the ones you can match with based on your preferences
•If your friends don't have smartphones, create a group profile & allow them to also meet singles & groups near you
Check out the upgrades, including the ability to see how many users are at your favorite spots before you go out and have larger groups

•Set-up a simple profile. It only takes a few minutes
•Go to “Check the Scene” to scan through the people in your area. Check out their pics & profiles. The app will show all people nearby, not just the ones you can match with
•Say “Hi” to those you are interested in. They won’t know it is you
•Those users will receive a simple notification that someone nearby is interested
•They likewise go to “Check the Scene”, check out photos & profiles, and anonymously say “Hi” to people they are interested in
•If both people say “Hi” to each other, the app will let them know there is a match and will allow chatting back and forth
•If no match occurs, they won't know it is you that said “Hi”. It is all anonymous
•You can either initiate the first “Hi” or wait for others to say “Hi” to you
•Many more fun features such as group profiles to include your friends, track your stats & check out your favorite spots before you head out
Disgusting & lewd photos or profiles will NOT be tolerated. Please help us maintain a friendly environment by reporting users who abuse the app.
Continuous usage of the GPS will impact battery power.
Price: Free

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