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Friday’s the day I’d usually be running a Tech Frustration Friday meme here, but I am all about giving my readers what they want and frankly, response to the TFF memes has been pretty lukewarm. So I’m going to kick off a new weekly feature here in its place: Free App Friday, where I’ll share the top ten most downloaded FREE apps from Amazon’s App Store that are also the highest rated (4/5 stars or higher) as of the day I post the list. But I also noticed that readers responded very positively to the quickie tech tip I included with the final TFF meme last week, so I’ll be continuing with that feature on the Free App Friday posts as well.
Quickie Tech Tip: Were You Affected By The Michael’s Craft Store Data Breach?
I shop at Michael’s a lot, so I was just as freaked out to hear about this data breach as anyone else. I read article after article that quoted Michael’s spokesperson as saying the breach was limited to 7 – 17% of their customers during the breach period, but all I wanted to know was how to tell if *I* was one of those customers. Finally, after digging around online, I found a pdf document Michael’s has released that lists ALL affected stores, as well as the time window when each store was affected by the breach.
Look at the list to find your local store and the breach window, but bear in mind: many financial institutions issued their customers new credit and debit cards following the Target breach, so if the time window shown for your local Michael’s occurred BEFORE you got new cards on account of the Target breach, you’re in good shape and don’t need to ask to have them re-issued again. However, you still may want to review your financial records for the months following the window of exposure for your local store, just to verify no suspicious charges were made to your accounts.
Free App Friday!
Here are the top ten most downloaded AND highest-rated apps 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.
Slots – Age of the Pharoahs (5/5 stars) •12+ unique slot machines with various features •Tens of unique mini games you can’t find in any other slots machine
My Dolphin Show (5/5 stars) It’s time to become a real dolphin and make a splash! Let the show begin! The hoops are in place, the audience is waiting: jump in—the water is warm. Become a Sea World star…without even getting wet! Follow the trainer’s directions to flip and frolic your way into the people’s hearts. Start training to learn jumps and tricks, then impress the crowd in the big show.
Word Chums (5/5 stars) If you like Words with Friends or Scrabble you will LOVE Word Chums. Find out why people are saying “Once you play it, you can’t go back to your old word game.” “This game takes it to another level with fun graphics and sounds, a built in dictionary, team mode, 3-4 player mode…”
Calculator Plus Free (4.5/5 stars) I’m Calculator Plus – the perfect calculator for Kindle Fire. I’m easy to use and beautifully designed to do things better than your handheld calculator ever did. I love saving you time and effort. I remember everything you calculate, and let you review it anytime, making me perfect for adding up receipts, balancing checkbooks, or even calculating taxes. And if you quit the calculator and go do something else, it’s all still here when you come back. You’ll never need to type the same calculation twice again.
What Food? (5/5 stars) What is the [name of the] food you need to find? Look at the picture, find out what they are and write them. If you need help, reveal letters or remove letters. Find them all and win!
Laudate (5/5 stars) •Get Catholic prayers on your Android device anytime. •Listen to the Rosary and Stations podcast •Read the Bible offline •Bookmark prayers, or create your own
LDS Tools (5/5 stars) LDS Tools is an official app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that allows you to download directory information and the events calendar for your ward, branch, stake, or district. Bishoprics, branch presidencies, and stake and district presidencies, as well as clerks and executive secretaries, can also download additional membership data and reports for their units.
JW Library (5/5 stars) JW LIBRARY is an official app produced by Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is a specialized reference and study tool optimized for research on mobile devices. It has navigational features that are specially designed to look up Bible verses quickly and to compare verses from multiple versions of the Bible.
Houzz Interior Design (4.5/5 stars) Called the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design” by CNN, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 1,500,000 high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual ideabook — it’s the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook — making ideas easier to search, save, and share.
Ultimate Jewel (4.5/5 stars) Simple rules to play – match 3 or more same colour jewels vertically or horizontally to clear all the tiles to get the golden key and bring it to the bottom.
Wattpad – Free Books and Stories (4.5/5 stars) Pick from over 10 million FREE books & stories: the best of sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, romance, fan fiction, thrillers, and so much more!
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