Free App Friday For 4/24/15

Posted April 24, 2015 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. Note that where a given app has already been included in a Free App Friday post, a different one (still with a minimum 4/5 star rating) will be subbed in. 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.

My Magic Adventure – Can You Escape 50 Levels In One Hour? – a point and click room escape game.

Eternal Journey – Through stunning production values and cunningly designed puzzles, Eternal Journey: New Atlantis will draw you into an experience unlike any other hidden object adventure.

Slots Maya – It’s a fun casino slot machine with bonus games!

PICS QUIZ – Guess the words for all pics! – The smartest multiplayer pic & word game on mobile! Enjoy this fast brain challenge and guess all the pictures before your friends!

Home: Boov Pop! – A puzzle game that defies the laws of physics! Based on the DreamWorks Animation film, HOME: Boov Pop! offers a new twist to the puzzle genre, by adding a unique gravity-based physics mechanism and out of this world 3D graphics!

Unriddle Riddle – Every level consists of riddle – and we challenge you to unriddle it!

Witchy World – Match magical ingredients to solve over 100 levels in this enchanting and addictive match puzzle adventure!

Bingo Rush 2 – The World’s #1 BINGO franchise introduces the fast, addicting twist on the classic game with BINGO Rush 2!

Village Life: Love, Marriage and Babies – Guide your villagers through life from babies to adulthood helping them fall in love, date, get married and grow old with families of their own.

Real Steel Champions – BUILD YOUR CHAMPION – UNLEASH HEROIC MOVES – PLAY WITH REAL STEEL LEGENDS!

 

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I was inspired to create Where Did I Put It? last Christmas, when yet again, I couldn’t find all the gifts I’d stashed to keep away from the kids’ prying eyes. I thought, “There oughta be an app for this!” So I wrote one. It can be used for keeping track of hidden gifts, items you’ve lent or temporarily put into storage, or items you’re stockpiling for an upcoming move or trip. With the usual summer gift-giving occasions coming up (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings) and vacation season just a couple months away, this 5/5 star rated, $1.99 app can be a handy way to keep track of everything you’re buying and storing. And like ALL DMM apps, it has no ads, in-app purchasing, data gathering, internet connection, or fishy permissions.

Click here for Where Did I Put It? on Amazon. – Click here for Where Did I Put It? on Google Play.

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52 Free Kindle Textbooks – Really!

Posted April 23, 2015 By Mom
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Whether you’re a homeschooler, a student or teacher looking for supplemental study/teaching materials, or a perpetual student who’s always looking to learn, I’ve got a real bonanza for you today!

The CK-12 Foundation has made 52 of its textbooks in math, science, engineering and medical subjects for ages ranging from middle school through college available in Kindle format at NO CHARGE! Yup, you read that right: in a matter of minutes, you can have a very large and thorough scholastic library of ebooks FOR FREE! Here are just a few of the titles included in the catalog:

CK-12 Earth Science Honors For Middle School

CK-12 Basic Physics – Second Edition

CK-12 Biology Teacher’s Edition

And you don’t even need a Kindle or Fire device to read them: Amazon provides a FREE Kindle reading app for use in a computer browser or on various mobile devices (both Android and Apple devices included). Click here to grab the FREE Reader app.

Click here to browse the selection of FREE textbooks offered by CK-12 Foundation. Note that they are free as of this writing (4/23/15) and have always been free up to this date, but prices are subject to change at any time in the future.

 

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How To Kill Clickbait Once And For All

Posted April 22, 2015 By Mom
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Clickbait: The Internet Version of Bait & Switch

Clickbait: you know it, you hate it, you wish it would go away. Every day well-meaning friends and family members share links with headlines like those shown below:

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And you think, “My friend or family member wouldn’t have shared this if it weren’t “one of the most brilliant things I’ve seen,” going to “destroy” me, give me “chills”, leave me “speechless” or amaze me with whatever the girl has to say or with whatever happens when the bird starts to hatch.” Let me spare you the time and disappointment.

The guys in the plane fly shelter dogs to new homes. Grandma gets to see YouTube clips of herself performing as an entertainer in her youth. The baby bird hatches. The girl with facial deformities wrote a letter saying she felt hopeless, and help and support came pouring in from across social media. The house is supposedly haunted. At 4:05 the talent show competitor—a magician—does a magic trick. None of which is stunning, gave me chills, rendered me speechless, destroyed me nor even resulted in mild surprise of the, “Huh. So that happened,” variety.

But if you, like thousands to hundreds of thousands of others, actually clicked through on any of these stories yourself, all you’d get is a heaping helping of disappointment and feeling like you’ve been tricked and cheated. Because you HAVE been tricked and cheated, and the reason is that these sites make their money on ads. The more site traffic they can show to advertisers (whether it’s legitimate traffic from people who actually like the site, or bait and switch traffic from people who were tricked into visiting), the more they can charge for their ads, the more ad networks they’re invited to join, and the more ads they can show to site visitors.

By sharing these clickbait links, your friends and family members are helping to perpetuate the scam. Anyone who clicks those links is doing the same.

 

Be The Kid Who Tells Everyone The Emperor Has No Clothes: Spoil The Bait, And The Scammers Lose

Every so often, one of these stories actually IS useful, amusing, surprising or interesting, and worth sharing. But when you DO choose to share a click-baity story, be sure to tell your friends, family and followers what the big reveal is right up front, so they can decide for themselves whether or not it’s worth their time and trouble to click through.

Consider the cheap/haunted house story. Maybe some of your friends and followers are truly interested in stories about haunted houses and will still want to click through, but everyone among them who doesn’t believe in ghosts and is actually just looking for real estate purchasing tips will be very glad you didn’t waste their time.

Clickbait only works so long as people are tricked into clicking through on deceptive headlines. By assuring the reader that he will be “shocked”, “amazed”, “destroyed”, “in tears”, “enraged” or have some other, equally exaggerated response, the clickbait headline writer instills a fear in the reader that if he DOESN’T click through, he’s missing out on some essential information. About 95 times out of 100, it’s a total lie.

If people knew it was a lie up front, they wouldn’t click through. If people stopped clicking through, clickbait sites would stop cranking out clickbait headlines and find a more honest way to draw site visitors—with genuinely useful, amusing, surprising or interesting content.

Clickbait sites make it much harder for legitimately helpful and informational sites like Digital Media Mom to attract site visitors, because the scammers’ high traffic makes them rank higher in search results and their daily flood of deceptive shares and posts pushes legitimate site shares and posts to the bottom of everyone’s news feed, home page, Twitter feed or whatever, where they’re not as likely to be seen in the first place.

 

Don’t be a party to the scam. Share clickbait stories sparingly, and when you do, spoil the bait in your post.

 

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Okay kiddoes, you’ve come on a good day! As my brief bio on the site says, I shop at the Jedi level: I rarely pay retail for anything, and I know how to find stuff that’s both high quality and being offered at ridiculously low prices. Today I am going to share one of my biggest shopping secrets.

 

Amazon: Finding The Deep Discounts

On any given day there are some amazing bargains to be had on Amazon, and not all of them are being promoted as Gold Box deals or whatever. I’ve bought a genuine leather Kindle Fire case for ONE PENNY, and since it was Prime-shipping eligible I didn’t even have to pay for shipping. I’ve gotten top-shelf digital movies for $4.99. I’ve bought entire collections of classical music, over 500 tracks in the ‘box set’, for a buck. And all of these things were rated 4/5 stars or better on Amazon. Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it, too.

 

Begin Your Search On Amazon’s Home Page

Go to Amazon’s home page. If you’re not already logged in, do so. Enter your search phrase, but put plus signs between the words instead of spaces: this will return only the results that have ALL of your search terms in them. In this example, I’ll be searching for Kindle Fire cases (click or tap on images to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window):

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This first result set shows results from every department on the Amazon site. Note however that the left-hand column lists those departments in order by how many “hits” your search returned in each department (indicated by a red arrow in screen shot below). Whatever department is at the top of the list is where you’ll find the most results.  Now you can select that department from the drop-down box at the right (blue arrow) to limit your results to that one department.

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Notice how the drop-down department list is also sorted in order of most “hits” to least. Just select the top department in the list to get the highest number of “hits”:

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Refine Your Results

Here’s where most consumers go wrong. They limit their search results to a specific department, then set the sort option to “Price: low to high” (green arrow in screen shot below), and spend the next twenty minutes or so wading through all the stuff priced at .01 that’s either from an offshore supplier who makes up the price difference in shipping charges, or all the stuff that’s sorta kinda related to their search, but isn’t really the thing they’re looking for (e.g., styluses for Kindle Fire when what you were looking for was Kindle Fire cases) because they didn’t put plus signs in their search phrase instead of spaces. The orange arrow below points to some of these kinda-sorta-related items that were caught in the search net.

But you won’t make that mistake ever again. From now on you’ll be using the plus signs in your search phrase, and when you get to this point you’ll use those “Refine By” options in the left-hand column (purple arrow) . Begin by specifying Prime Shipping eligibility, if applicable. To do this just click to select the “Prime eligible” box that’s visible to the left of the purple arrow in the screen shot below.

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Next, limit your search to only the highest rated items, in your desired price range. And don’t be afraid to set your upper price limit very low; you’d be surprised how many amazing prices you can often find, regardless of the department or item.

In the screen shot below, I’ve highlighted the two key areas you will be using: the Avg. Customer Review rating block (click on the ‘4 stars and above’ option here to limit your results to matching items rated 4/5 stars or higher) and the Price block, where you can enter whatever price range you like. You have to scroll down a little bit to find these options, which may be the reason why so few people seem to know about them.

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Here’s the result set I got when I set the price range to “.01 – $10″.

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Click here to see the 142 results I got when I lowered the upper price limit to $6.

 

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Free Music Monday for 4/20/15

Posted April 20, 2015 By Mom
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Welcome To Free Music Monday!

Fans of Celtic, World and traditional devotional music, I’ve got a great pick for you today: Delphian Label Sampler (5/5 stars, currently FREE).

This album has just 8 tracks, but they’re all lovely.

Featured artists include the Choir of Merton College – Oxford, David Wilde, John Kitchen and Ludus Baroque.

If you’re interested in hearing music that spans the centuries and introduces you to new instruments and genres, this is the album for you!

 

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