5/13/16 FreeApp Friday

Posted May 12, 2016 By Mom
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Free App Friday!
Here ten 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.

 

 

Maleficent Free Fall – A match-3 from Disney Digital set in the world of Maleficent, with gorgeous, 3D backgrounds.

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Slash! Hero – Slaaaaaaash!! Here comes the hero with the red scarf again! Tap to slash the targets.

Mind Games – This is a great collection of games based in part on principles of cognitive psychology to help you practice different mental skills.

 

 

Lost Bubble – Get ready for the most exciting Bubble Shooter of all time! Everything you love and much more!

FlipPix Art: Model Planes – An old Japanese logic puzzle takes on a new look with FlipPix Art! Touch tiles to paint them or break them to form colorful components of paintings. The goal is to use logic to determine which tiles should be filled to reveal a hidden picture. Sudoku fans will find good use for their logic skills and feel right at home with FlipPix puzzles.

QuiltCalc – You’ll be able to quickly calculate how much fabric is needed for backing, batting and borders, and how many rectangular pieces can be cut from a larger piece. There are even calculators for square in a square, set-in and corner triangles. All calculators work with both U.S. and metric measurements.

 

 

Laugh & LearnTM Shapes & Colors Music Show for Baby – Babies are encouraged to learn about shapes and colors through interactions with engaging animations, sounds and sing along songs! Baby can tap or tilt the screen to set a learning world in motion! Designed for babies 6 months & up.

Dungeon Quest – Embark on a journey to find the best loot and become the most powerful Hero in this free-to-play Action RPG. Featuring random loot, random dungeons, and 4 Acts each with their own legendary Boss guarding it. Journey through 200 floors of increasingly difficult enemies while collecting the best weapons possible and compete with your friends on our in-game Leaderboards.

Monster Pet Shop – Run your own Monster Pet Shop that grows, exhibits, and sells fantastic magical creatures. Play with, care and feed your creatures to maximize happiness.

 

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The Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens is a great choice when you’re ready to step up from the camera on your smart phone. This camera has an average review rating of 5/5 stars across 800 reviews, and it’s currently on sale: priced (as of 5/12/16) at just $396.95 instead of its usual price of $649.95. With both still photo and video shooting capability in HD, this camera makes a perfect companion for your upcoming summer adventures and would be a cherished gift for Dads, grads or newlyweds.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Get Ready For The Interview With The Vampire Reboot With Vampire Chronicles Box Sets

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Seems hardly a day goes by without news of some horrifying new data breach, and consumers generally feel powerless to do anything but change their passwords. But now, thanks to Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt, there’s a free site you can use to search the giant collections of compromised accounts to see if yours is among them.

 

Been Pwnd

 

On the Have I Been Pwned? site, you can enter an email address or username to see if it’s included in any recent data breaches that have been loaded into the HIBP site. Click here to see all the breaches currently covered.

There’s also a free Notify Me service available, where you can sign up to be notified anytime your email or username shows up in a future data breach.

Note that breaches involving highly personal or sensitive data (e.g., the Ashley Madison leak) are not publicly searchable on the HIBP site, only the verified owner of a given email address or username will be allowed to search sensitive data breaches for appearances of their own email address or username.

Any HIBP site visitor who wants the sensitive data breaches to be searched will need to sign up for the Notification service in order to verify their email address/username, and once their email is verified any appearances of their account in sensitive data breaches will be emailed directly to them.

 

Finally, a way consumers can be proactive about keeping their data safe!

 

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The HYDRA SmartBottle – BPA-FREE Water Bottle, Bluetooth Speaker with Speakerphone, 4000 mAh Power Bank Charger, Multicolor LED Light really has it all for the listener on the go! Features include: 20oz BPA-FREE water bottle – Premium 5W Bluetooth Speaker – The microphone turns your HYDRA into a hands-free speakerphone! – BRIGHT, FLASHING RED LED EMERGENCY light, WHITE lantern, RGB Color Cycle! – 4000 mAh ultra-safe polymer Power bank (with 2.1a USB output). Currently (as of 5/11/16) rated 4.5/5 stars across over 130 reviews and sale-priced at $59.99. Available in black, red, blue or gray.

 

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Get Ready For The Interview With The Vampire Reboot With Vampire Chronicles Box Sets

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If You Missed Coachella…
don’t sweat it! Armed with these three FREE indie music sampler albums, you can have a little music festival of your own without the heat, porta-johns or $8 bottles of water!

 

Sub Pop 2013: First Place Losers (4/5 stars)
Sub Pop is a very well-known and respected label when it comes to breaking new acts that go on to great success. For example, among the 15 tracks on this album you’ll find a remastered version of Such Great Heights by The Postal Service, I Like It Small from Mudhoney and Low’s Just Make It Stop.

 

New West And Normaltown Records Spring 2014 Music Sampler (4.5/5 stars)
This album offers an eclectic mix of 16 alterna-country tracks. A little honkytonk, a little pop, and even a little bluegrass.

 

Cantora Sampler (4/5 stars)
If you prefer your alternative rock with a singer-songwriter, folk, or Lilith Fair type of feel, this is the album for you. 7 tracks.

 

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The Anker 2nd Gen Astro Mini 3350mAh Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank with PowerIQ Technology is handy to have on hand for those times when your cell phone or tablet battery’s about to die and there isn’t an outlet in sight. It comes bundled with both a micro USB charging cable and an Apple MFi Certified Lightning Cable, it has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 390 reviews and normally sells for $55.99, but right now it’s available for just $21.99.

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Fire Tablet Tip of the Week: Get Ready For The Interview With The Vampire Reboot With Vampire Chronicles Box Sets

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5/6/16 FreeApp Friday

Posted May 6, 2016 By Mom
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Free App Friday!
Here are 10 of the most downloaded AND highest-rated FREE 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.

 

 

Paperama – Introducing a new and unique puzzle adventure: Enter a beautiful Origami world and bring it to life!

Mage & Minions – Fight spectacular real-time battles against hordes of skeletons, robots, beasts, demons, aliens, dragons and many other minions.

Just Jumble – Play America’s favorite daily puzzle in a marvelous new app!

Blackjack: MyVegas – myVEGAS Blackjack is the only free-to-play blackjack app that offers players a chance to earn real world rewards from an exclusive collection of travel, leisure, and entertainment brands including BELLAGIO, ARIA, MGM GRAND, WOLFGANG PUCK, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL, and HOUSE OF BLUES.

 

 

Call Of Mini: Double Shot – The small town of Lakeside is suffering from something even scarier than economic crisis: Zombies. You are an unwitting truck driver stranded in the middle of it all, forced to kill for your survival.

Checkers Free – Checkers has been around for centuries, but it has never looked this good in a package this small. Take a great-looking game of checkers with you wherever you go with Checkers Free.

Trials Frontier – Explore a vast world on your motorcycle. Compete against your friends on Global Leaderboards. Master physics-based tracks to challenge the world’s top riders for the best times.

 

 

Jedi Lightsaber Simulator – Lightsaber Multiplayer Duel. Fight against friends or strangers with your lightsaber (best for use on a smartphone)

ICE – Quick and addicting real-time strategy. Beautiful, not-so-simple, just awesome. Control your army of ant-like ships. Capture connected enemy bases (remember that you can’t simply capture a non-connected base – this would be too easy!) You win when you control everything, you lose when you lose everything. Good luck!

Guess The Song – How well do you know music? Guess The Song – 4 Pics 1 Song will put your music trivia knowledge to the test! This new app combines the best of both words – picture trivia and music trivia!

 

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Grab your favorite Star Wars character(s) from the Mimobot Star Wars USB Drive collection, like the Darth Vader Unmasked one pictured below. With prices starting below $8 (as of 5/6/16), it’s a fun and inexpensive way to store and move your files.

 

 

      
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People who use those automatic toll road payment gizmos: today’s post is for you.

 

 

An exposé carried out by the news team at WIVB4 in New York revealed that when consumers mail their E-Z Passes back for a replacement, update or for any other reason, the E-Z Pass continues to log toll roads and gates on its return trip during shipment. From the article:

John Smith got a shock when he swapped out his old E-ZPass tag for a new one…Smith—–not his real name to protect his account information–—learned the transponders are always on until E-ZPass manually turns them off. When Smith received his new tag, it was in a foil pouch, with a self-addressed, prepaid envelope enclosed to return the old transponder, “which was not foil-lined, like the one that arrived with the new tag. A few days later, I received a statement via my email which indicated that I had been charged $15.58.”

After John sent his old transponder back via the US Postal Service, E-ZPass told him the…charge was rung up by the transponder sitting in the back of a mail truck, and as the truck passed through toll barriers between Buffalo and Staten Island, it was read and registered to John’s account.

 

To avoid similar charges on your own E-Z Pass transponder, be sure to wrap it in aluminum foil before returning it.

 

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Why not pick up a Mimobot Star Wars USB Drive, like the Darth Vader Unmasked one pictured below, in honor of Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you)? With prices starting below $8 (as of 5/4/16), it’s a fun and inexpensive way to store and move your files.

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