4/29/16 FreeApp Friday

Posted April 28, 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.

 

 

Slots Inca – If you enjoy free slot machine games, then Slots Inca is the free slots game for you! Play this top rated free slot game now! It’s a fun casino slot machine with bonus games! Bottom line, this is the free casino slots game for people who love their slots games.

USA Today – The nation’s news from USA TODAY is accessible 24/7 on your Amazon Kindle Fire or Fire Phone [or other Android device – check device compatability list].

Yummy Gummy – Made with a juicy twist, this match-3 game delivers just the right amount of fun and challenge in every level.

Crazy Kitchen – Deliciously addictive match-3 gameplay! 250+ challenging, yet satisfying levels!

 

 

Mahjong 3 – Large and clear graphics of Mahjong tiles! Best for your eyes! Full undo! Different backgrounds and themes! New super SHUFFLE feature when no more moves are available! Hints: possible moves can be highlighted!

Kids Animal Piano Free – Ever want to hear a cat meow “Black Sheep”? Now you can! Your little one will love this piano. It allows free play of a variety of animal sounds and also comes preloaded with a lot of popular child songs.

Cut The Rope Experiments Free – The little green monster Om Nom is back and hungrier than ever! Team up with the Professor, a mad (but not bad!) scientist determined to study Om Nom’s candy-loving behavior through a series of physics-based, puzzle experiments. Use suction cups and other funny devices to collect shiny gold stars, uncover hidden prizes and unlock new levels!

 

 

TenguGo Japanese Kana (Hiragana & Katakana) – Everything you need to learn how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana. Organized in easy to learn chapters with quizzes and flashcards for review. Progressively learn the kana as well as their history and usage.

Call of Mini Dino Hunter – Dinosaurs emerge from the ancient forest after hiding for decades. As a descendant from a great hunter family, you continuously hone skills towards your desired goal in order to stand up to your father’s expectation. Now it’s time to prove yourself.

GraalOnline Era – Enter Era and find yourself immersed in modern city life. Fight using assault rifles, shotguns, and more! This 2D adventure pits you against the ruthless gangs that run the streets of Graal. Few can survive the challenge: are you up to it? Al-Capone-Era with gangs and guns!

 

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The Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet (10.8-Inch, 128 GB, Intel Atom, Windows 10) is the 3rd generation combination laptop/tablet with touchscreen capability; it’s less expensive and rated higher than the most recent generation in the line (that would be the Surface Pro 4), and right now (as of 4/28/16) it’s available at a discount price: $479.99 instead of the original price of $599. Currently rated 4/5 stars. Also available in a 64GB model, currently priced at $379.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Audible Classics For Kids & Teens

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Spotify’s Been Hacked

Posted April 27, 2016 By Mom
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As of this writing Spotify is denying their site has been hacked, but they offer no explanation for how hundreds of Spotify users’ login credentials and account details were leaked online. From TechCrunch:

A list containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials – including emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details – has popped up on the website Pastebin, in what appears to be a possible security breach. After reaching out to a random sampling of the victims via email, we’ve confirmed that these users’ Spotify accounts were compromised only days ago. However, Spotify says that it “has not been hacked” and its “user records are secure.”

When trying to log back in, these users found that their account email had been changed to a new email address not belonging to them…To resolve the matter, users said they’ve had to work with Spotify customer service to get their account access restored.

 

All Spotify users are advised to change their Spotify passwords ASAP.

 

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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, and right now it’s being offered at 53% off. This item has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 730 reviews, and right now (as of 4/27/16) it’s being offered at a discount price that’s even lower than the model with less memory: regularly priced at $599.99, currently priced at just $283.

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Audible Classics For Kids & Teens

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4/25/16 Music Monday: Metal & Chamber Music

Posted April 24, 2016 By Mom
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Welcome To Music Monday!
Today I’m covering both ends of the musical spectrum with a 99 cent Chamber Music box set and a FREE Heavy Metal compilation album.

First, it’s the beautiful Big Chamber Music Box, Volume 1 (5/5 stars, currently priced at 99 cents, 7+ hours of music).

 

Big Chamber Music Box

 

Over seven hours of lovely chamber music from such composers as Dvorak, Schubert and Brahms.

 

Next, it’s the FREE monthly Heavy Metal compilation album, Here’s the Metal – April 2016 (4.5/5 stars, currently FREE).

 

Here's the Metal April 2016

 

Seven tracks from such artists as North, Fear Factory and Amon Amarth.

 

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The Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, Alpatronix® [AX410: Heavy-Duty & Rugged] Ultra Portable Wireless 12-Watt Stereo Speaker: Shockproof, Dustproof, Splashproof, Water-Resistant is perfect for those spring and summer outings. Currently (as of 4/24/16) rated 4.5/5 stars across over 480 reviews, and currently 65% off – priced at $44.95 instead of its usual price of $129.99.

Alpatronix® Ultra Portable Wireless 12-Watt Stereo Speaker

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Audible Classics For Kids & Teens

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Free App Friday: Game Room Classics Edition!
All of this week’s free apps are based on classic games.

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.

 

 

Cracker Barrel Games – Includes Solitaire, Peg Solitaire, Checkers, Memory Match and Spot the Difference.

Reversi Free – Classic strategy game – 10 levels of difficulty – Move suggestions and game statistics

Amazing Mahjong: Zen – Enjoy the classical Mahjong game with great graphics and nice music.

Solitaire Perfect Match – Entirely new Solitaire Game! Match cards to clear the decks, get valuable rewards, and compete with friends. No hurry, no rush.

 

 

Backgammon Free – User friendly interface – Strong Backgammon AI – Full match play + doubling cube – Hints, 2 player hotseat and stats – supported by unobtrusive ads

Blackjack 21 Free + Slots – Blackjack 21 FREE is the Best Free Blackjack Card Game poker app for Kindle and Android! NEW FEATURES ADDED FOR 2015 INCLUDING SLOT MACHINES!

Gin Rummy Free – Simple and quick to play, and if you are new to the game then Gin Rummy Free provides everything you need to learn it!

 

 

8-Ball Pool – Customize your cue and table! In every competitive 1-vs-1 match you play, there’ll be Pool Coins at stake – win the match and the Coins are yours. You can use these to enter higher ranked matches with bigger stakes, or to buy new items in the Pool Shop.

Chess Free – Human-like playing style with engaging user interface – 12 levels of difficulty and a 2-player option – Customizable game sets with 8 boards and 7 styles of pieces – Optional chess timers, tutor, hint and undo buttons, and handicap feature

Cribbage Pro – Classic cribbage where 2 players race to 121 points with single player or online multiplayer & Contests for real prizes!

 

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The entry level Fire tablet is now available in four color choices, and with your choice of 8 or 16 GB on-board memory. The tablet also accepts memory cards, so even at 8GB capacity there’s no need to worry about running out of space. The 8GB version in your choice of colors is still (as of 4/21/16) priced at $49.99.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Kids on Fire: Choose Your Own Path Picture Books

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Windows Users: Uninstall QuickTime NOW

Posted April 20, 2016 By Mom
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Just a quick, but VERY IMPORTANT advisory today.

Word came from Apple late last week that a potentially catastrophic security hole has been found in the Windows version of their QuickTime video player software/web browser plugin, and APPLE HAS NO PLANS TO RELEASE A PATCH. Apple and Microsoft are BOTH warning Windows users to uninstall QuickTime IMMEDIATELY. From Time.com:

Do you still have QuickTime for Windows on your PC? Get rid of it, pronto. That’s the advice coming from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), following an “urgent call to action” by cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. The version of QuickTime on Apple computers is not affected.

What’s the rush? Trend Micro found two critical flaws in the PC version of Apple’s media-playing software that could let hackers take over victims’ computers.

 

 

How To Uninstall
Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program, then wait for the list of installed software to populate. If you see QuickTime listed there, click to select it then click the Uninstall link at the top of the Uninstall dialog box.

Note that the installed software list is alphabetical, but you should check both for an entry called “QuickTime” and any entries that begin with the word “Apple” and include the name “QuickTime” in the full title.

 

Don’t take any chances: check for QuickTime on your Windows machine and if you find it, uninstall it TODAY.

 

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The Death Star levitating speaker sold out within two days, surprising no one, but this MUSIC ANGEL Levitating Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is almost as cool and costs less than half as much. As of this writing (on 4/20/16) it’s got an average review rating of 4/5 stars and is priced at 51% off, selling for $89.99 instead of its usual price of $199.99.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Kids on Fire: Choose Your Own Path Picture Books

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