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Welcome To Music Monday!
I shared these nature sounds albums a couple months back and they were very popular, and since all four are still (as of 5/29/16) FREE, I’m bringing them back for anyone who missed out last time.

All of these feature sounds of water, birds and nature, and each is just over one hour in length. Since you can’t get a sense of the entire album from the brief sample clips provided on Amazon, my advice is to “buy” all four, give ’em a listen and keep those you like best.

 

Ocean Waves: Maldives

Ocean Waves: Maldives

 

Flowing Water: Creek

Flowing Water: Creek

 

Ocean Waves: Caribbean

Ocean Waves: Caribbean

 

Rain

Rain

 

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With its natural bamboo aesthetic, the Sonancer Bluetooth Speaker – Portable, Wireless, Rechargeable Speaker – Bamboo Wood is great match for these nature sounds albums. This speaker currently (as of 5/29/16) has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars and is currently priced at $44.95.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Amazon Video Spotlight: Shows For Armchair Scientists

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5/27/16 FreeApp Friday

Posted May 26, 2016 By Mom
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Free App Friday!
Here are some of the most downloaded AND highest-rated apps (4/5 stars or better) from Amazon’s Android App Store as of this writing.

Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.

 

 

Jam Flow Fever – Jam Flow Fever is a collection of games designed to test your skills and reflexes.

3 Circles: Word Game – Find words using photos, remove the lock and find the last piece of the puzzle!

Ultimate Robot Fighting – Embark on the ultimate action journey of Robot fighting as you build an epic roster of powerful, battle hungry and larger than life robots!

Star Wars™: Commander – Squad Wars – Join the fight, build your base, recruit and train your army, strategically plan your defenses, and lead your troops to victory on war-torn worlds throughout the galaxy!

 

 

Star Trek™ Trexels – Build your ship, choose your crew, learn the fate of the Valiant, and explore the Expanse in the name of the Federation.

Coin Party: Carnival Pusher – Coin Party puts hours of fun in your hands with an amazing dozer 3D experience.

Head Soccer – Move to the side, hard-to-control soccer! A soccer game with easy controls that everyone can learn in 1 second.

 

 

SAMURAI vs ZOMBIES DEFENSE – Play as the heroic Samurai and defend your village against hordes of attacking zombies!

Ninja Fishing – Sharpen your swords and swing your rods – it’s time to fish…the NINJA way!

Bingo – With high quality graphics and themes never before seen on mobile, you’ll have a lot of fun while playing Bingo.

 

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The Apple iPad Air (16GB, Wi-FI, Black with Space Gray) is currently (as of 5/26/16) on sale at Amazon, available at a discount price of $279—that’s a 44% savings off the usual price of $499.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: A Rare Disney Digital Video BargainAlert

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Consumers hate robocalls and junk phone from telemarketers, and during election season the problem only gets worse.

 

Robocalls

 

Nomorobo: Winner Of The FTC Robocall Challenge
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put out a call for solutions to the robocall/telemarketer problem, and Nomorobo answered the challenge with a FREE service for consumers that’s supported by most U.S.-based landline and cell carriers.

I signed up for Nomorobo myself this week, since I’ll never personally recommend any tech solution I haven’t tried myself, and so far it seems to be getting the job done. Where last week I was getting 3-4 robocalls a day, despite having registered my phone on the national Do Not Call registry, since signing up for Nomorobo I’ve only received one robocall that made it past the first ring.

Since telemarketers will always find a loophole if there is one, Nomorobo advises users that occasional robocalls may still get through and if they do, Nomorobo provides an online form where you can report any robocalls you’re still receiving. The one call that got through in my case is a call I’ve been receiving every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, for weeks. I haven’t gotten that call again since reporting it to Nomorobo.

 

How Does Nomorobo Work?
From the Nomorobo site’s FAQ:

Nomorobo uses a feature known as “Simultaneous Ring”. When simultaneous ring is enabled, your phone will ring on more than one number at the same time. The first device to pick it up gets the call and the other phones stop ringing.

So, when the Nomorobo number is enabled as a simultaneous ring number it is the first number to screen the call. If it’s a legitimate call, the call goes through to your number. If the call is an illegal robocaller, Nomorobo intercepts the call and hangs up for you. Your phone will ring once letting you know that the robocall has been answered and stopped.

Nomorobo utilizes a MASSIVE database of known, illegal robocallers, that we’ve compiled with the help of the FTC, user reports, and our own honey traps. If a call gets a match in our database, we grab the call. If there’s no match, we let the call go through.

 

What’s The Catch?
There isn’t really any catch, though the Nomorobo setup and registration process involves several steps. There are very clear, step-by-step instructions with screen shots to help guide you, but expect to spend ten minutes or so on this.

You have to set up a free Nomorobo account, then you have to register the phone number(s) for which you want the service turned on. The registration step requires logging into your phone service provider’s website and adjusting the Simultaneous Ring setting, then accepting a test call and confirming it was received on the Nomorobo site.

 

Nomorobo: finally, a solution to unwanted robocalls!

 

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The Acer C720P 11.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Chromebook (4 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 32 GB SSD, Dual-core 2955U Processor, Bluetooth, Intel HD Graphics) in Moonstone White is a great way to step up to a touchscreen Chromebook. This item has an average review rating of 4/5 stars and right now (as of 5/25/16) it’s being offered at just $274. Only 8 in stock as of this writing, so move fast if you want one!

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: A Rare Disney Digital Video BargainAlert

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5/23/16 Music Monday

Posted May 22, 2016 By Mom
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Welcome To Music Monday!
Today I’ve got two 99-cent box sets plus an instrumental freebie.

Today’s freebie is Archie of Outlandish – Original Book Soundtrack (no reviews yet, currently available for pre-order, set for release 6/1/16).

 

Archie of Outlandish Original Book Soundtrack

 

This album includes 18 tracks of lovely instrumental music to set a contemplative mood.

 

Now it’s on to the 99-cent box sets!

Mozart for Mornings (5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents).

 

Mozart for Mornings

 

100 tracks of Mozart, from energizing string concertos to contemplative piano sonatas.

 

Big English Music Box (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents).

 

Big English Music Box

 

Over six hours of English music, including such celebrated works as Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, and the traditionals of Peter Warlock’s Lilygay cycle.

 

 

The Nest Cam Security Camera is currently (as of 5/23/16) the #1 best selling device in Remote Home Monitoring Systems on Amazon. Using the free Nest Cam app, you can remotely control your Nest camera(s) and monitor your home or office. Great for security: keeping a watchful eye on your home, kids and caregivers, or vehicles and tools stored in your garage. Currently rated 4/5 stars across over 2,900 reviews, and priced at $199. Also available in a 3-pack, currently priced at $497.

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: A Rare Disney Digital Video BargainAlert

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5/20/16 FreeApp Friday

Posted May 19, 2016 By Mom
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Free App Friday!
Here are some of the top 100 most downloaded AND highest-rated apps (4/5 stars or better) from Amazon’s Android App Store as of this writing.

Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.

 

 

Cross-stitch World – Enjoy doing Cross-Stitch patterns on your Tablet or Mobile device without threading a needle or risking a pricked finger!

Guess the Saying? 1 Pic 1 Phrase – Kindle Tablet Edition – Just look at the PICTURE and guess the very popular SAYING/ PHRASE /REBUS.

22 Clues Word Game – Restore scrambled words using photos, text or famous quotes as clues!

Puzzlebits – Place the colorful pieces in the right spots to complete a puzzle. If you succeed, the puzzle will explode into tiny bits, which then recombine into a new challenging shape!

 

 

Two Dots – Join two brave dots as they traverse the arctic tundra, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths in the #1 hit game in over 100 countries.

Jigsaw World – 300 Jigsaw Puzzles in the palm of your hand! Playing Jigsaw puzzles has never been easier with no mess and no missing pieces. It’s fun for the whole family!

Mahjong Venice Mystery Puzzle – Pair up and match colorful tiles to clear over 400 Mahjong levels and solve an ancient mystery. Gather special power-ups that will help you on your travel through the city of Venice, one of Italy’s most interesting cities.

 

 

One Clue Crossword – Examine the picture closely to find the answers. Every word in the puzzle can be deduced from the picture.

Word Imposter – Look at 4 photos or 4 words and find the one that doesn’t belong in the group. But wait, your job is not done yet! Now you need to guess the word that describes what these 3 clues have in common.

OceanuX – Underwater Match 3 – Collect treasures to destroy matching groups of three or more objects. Acquire power-ups like Bomb and Lightning to improve your score.

 

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The Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax is not a bad deal at all at its usual price of $199.99, but right now (as of 5/19/16) you can get this 4/5 star -rated gem for more than HALF OFF: $89. The Canon PIXMA 850 I owned was reliable and printed cleanly for over four years. The ink tanks are individual, so you only have to buy replacements for each color as each runs out. Whether for printing kids’ homework assignments or high quality photos, this machine won’t let you down.

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Astronauts Speak: What’s It Like In Space, & Being Back On Earth

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