FreeApp Friday for 6/24/16

Posted June 23, 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.

 

 

Word Fever – Word Fever is part crossword, part word search game.

Super Jewels Quest 2 – “Super Jewels Quest 2” will be the BEST-looking jewel matching game for you Android devices.

Mahjong Village – Mahjong Village is not just a tower of tiles. Mahjong Village is a whole new world with your own Tavern, Workshop, Fair, Clock Tower and much more! You’ll discover melodies, colors, fireworks and diamonds in the exciting game of Mahjong Solitaire.

Hidden Object: Time Crimes Case – Find hidden objects in TIME CRIMES, the all new time-traveling hidden object adventure game!

 

 

Fluffy Shuffle – Join the dreamy world of Fluffy Shuffle and accomplish exciting crafty missions: save the sheep lost in the patchwork, unsew buttons and remove sewing threads that block the pieces to move forward in your journey stitch by stitch. Stitch your craft skills together in an amazing match-3 puzzle!

Happy Chef 2 – Cook a variety of dishes from all parts of the world and become an expert chef in this Time Management game.

Absolute Bingo – Enjoy many hours of fun with this top rated version of a classic casino-style game. Absolute Bingo is a no-wait bingo game that you’re sure to love.

 

 

Hobby Farm HD – Harvest exotic fruits, manage free-roaming animals, and operate handmade machines in Hobby Farm!

Medieval Apocalypse – Medieval Apocalypse is an action-packed hack and slash role playing game that takes players to an apocalyptic medieval world.

Four Little Squares – Look at 4 small fragments of a picture and try to guess the word. This sounds easy, but some puzzles can be tricky!

 

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The UE Megaboom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is shockproof and waterproof, with a Bluetooth range of 100 feet. This item currently (as of 6/23/16) has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 600 reviews and is available in Charcoal Black, Lava Red or Plum at $249.99, Electric Blue at $299.

 

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Cici’s & Wendy’s Security Breaches

Posted June 22, 2016 By Mom
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If you’ve used a credit or debit card at Wendy’s or Cici’s since about November of last year, your card data may have been exposed in a data breach.

 

Wendys

 

Wendy’s is now admitting the breach it acknowledged in January of this year affects MANY more than the 300 restaurants it originally claimed were involved.

On 6/16/16, Krebs on Security reported:

When news broke last month that the credit card breach at fast food chain Wendy’s impacted fewer than 300 out of the company’s 5,800 locations, the response from many readers was, “Where’s the Breach?” Today, Wendy’s said the number of stores impacted by the breach is “significantly higher” and that the intrusion may not yet be contained.

…three credit union CEOs…said the fraud they’ve experienced so far from the Wendy’s breach has eclipsed what they were hit with in the wake of the Home Depot and Target breaches.

Wendy’s has been notifying customers via email where possible and in a statement to Krebs on Security said, “Customers may call a toll-free number (888-846-9467) or email PaymentCardUpdate@wendys.com with specific questions.”

Click here for Wendy’s official update on the matter.

 

Cicis

 

The Cici’s breach may actually be worse, because hackers appear to have taken over Cici’s Point-Of-Sale system (the system that handles their electronic purchase transactions) and are continuing to slurp up customers’ card details even as Cici’s fails to publicly address the problem.

On 6/3/16 Krebs on Security reported:

Over the past two months, KrebsOnSecurity has received inquiries from fraud fighters at more than a half-dozen financial institutions in the United States — all asking if I had any information about a possible credit card breach at CiCi’s. Every one of these banking industry sources said the same thing: They’d detected a pattern of fraud on cards that all had all been used in the last few months at various CiCi’s Pizza locations.

In a 6/16/16 update, Krebs reported:

Over the weekend, I heard from a source who said that since November 2015 he’s been tracking a collection of hacked cash registers. This point-of-sale botnet currently includes more than 100 infected systems, and according to the administrative panel for this crime machine at least half of the compromised systems are running a malicious Microsoft Windows process called cicipos.exe.

Since Cici’s hasn’t even acknowledged there’s a problem, it’s up to consumers who may have used a card there during the past eight months (or more) to keep a watchful eye on their accounts and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

 

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The HP OfficeJet 4650 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink Ready is a great multi-function machine for the home office. Features include: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, two-sided duplex printing, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you’ll never run out of ink; Mobile printing: print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet with the free HP ePrint app; print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing. Currently (as of 6/22/16) rated 4.5/5 stars across over 240 reviews and sale-priced at $79.99.

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Music Monday for 6/20/16

Posted June 19, 2016 By Mom
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Welcome To Music Monday!
Today I’ve got an eclectic mix, including traditional Celtic music, sitar ragas performed by Ravi Shankar, and a collection of popular classical from movies.

First, it’s the beautiful and calming Green Hill Music – Celtic Sampler 2013 (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99).

 

Green Hill Music - Celtic Sampler 2013

 

15 tracks of lovely, traditional Celtic music.

 

Next, it’s The Ravi Shankar Collection: Three Ragas (5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99).

 

The Ravi Shankar Collection: Three Ragas

 

This album includes three tracks from sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, totaling just under 55 minutes of music in all.

 

Finally, there’s 100 Must-Have Movie Classics (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99).

 

100 Must-Have Movie Classics

 

100 tracks of classical music made famous by the movies, from Ride of the Valkyries (Apocalypse Now) to Dance of the Hours (Fantasia).

 

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The Xbox One 1TB Console – Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle includes a 1TB hard drive custom Halo designed console, a uniquely designed Spartan themed Steel Book containing a full game digital download of Halo 5: Guardians, matching Spartan Locke wireless controller, Chat Headset, Warzone REQ Pack which includes 14 Premium Requisition packs, FOTUS-class armor, a multiplayer emblem, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, HDMI Cord, and an AC Power Cable. Currently (as of 6/19/16) sale-priced at $354.98, with an average review rating of 4/5 stars.

 

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FreeApp Friday for 6/17/16

Posted June 16, 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.

 

 

Cribbage Classic – Features to help beginners learn the game, and for more experienced players to master it.

Fruit Land: Juicy Match-3 Adventure – Match juicy lines of 3 fruit to solve 500+ challenging levels in this delicious
puzzle adventure.

Word Whizzle – We give you a topic, and your task is to find the hidden words associated with that theme!

Tetris Blitz! – Race against the clock in a two-minute blitz to clear lines and rack up as many points as possible before time runs out!

 

 

Jigsaw Puzzles Epic – Jigsaw Puzzles Epic is a jigsaw game with over 3000 beautiful pictures in a wide variety of categories.

Word Wall – Give your a brain a workout with this fun, addictive, and challenging word association game.

Spot the Number: Fun Bingo Games Twist – You must find numbers on a board as fast as you can. Quite easy to learn and play.

 

 

Solitaire Arena – Play Solitaire against someone else, in real time: same game, same shuffle.

Sudoku Quest – Only Sudoku app with Sudoku in color, 530+ milestones, 9 maps and much more.

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

 

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The latest-generation Amazon Fire TV includes a voice remote and offers 4K Ultra HD support. Currently (as of 6/16/16) rated 4/5 stars and sale-priced at $84.99, instead of its usual $99.99 pricetag.

 

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Users of the Facebook mobile app who’ve enabled photo syncing in the app—and given how many users of the app don’t even know about this feature, it seems to be enabled in the app by default—are now at risk of losing all those auto-synced photos unless they download Facebook’s new “Moments” app.

 

 

From The Verge:

Facebook has decided on quite the way to convince people to download Moments: by threatening to delete thousands of photos if they don’t.

…a photo syncing feature…was recently removed from Facebook’s main mobile app. Starting in 2012, the core Facebook app was able to automatically upload photos from a phone’s local camera roll to a private album on Facebook. They were kept there for storage, but also to make it easier to later share them publicly on Facebook. That syncing tool has now been moved out of the core Facebook app and into the photo app Moments.

Here’s what Facebook says about the change in its Moments help page:

Photos you privately synced from your phone to Facebook will be deleted soon. Earlier this year, they were moved to Moments, a new app from Facebook. The Moments app lets you organize and privately share photos from your phone, and download or delete photos you’ve synced to Facebook. Moments is available for download in the App Store and the Google Play Store.

If you want to keep these photos, download and log into Moments before July 7.

If you don’t want Moments, download these photos directly to your computer from your Facebook profile before July 7. Learn more about downloading or deleting your synced photos on Facebook.

 

If you use the Facebook mobile app, check to see if the auto-sync feature is enabled. If it is, be sure to either install the Moments app or download your synced photos by 7/7/16.

 

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The Amazon Tap is currently (as of 6/15/16) on sale for a limited time at 15% off, priced at $109.99 instead of the usual price of $129.99. Currently listed as in-stock, the Tap is a great way to take Alexa with you to work, the park or on road trips, and it makes a great gift for Dads, grads or newlyweds too.

 

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