Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free and Discounted Apps Plus Special Deals!

November is all but over, and that means we're down to our last chance to grab some special deals. Check out he list of 100 Kindle Book for $3.99 or Less before the books change. And we're running out of time on the Cyber Monday Week Deals on Apps and Video Games.

In this post we'll be looking at a few excellent apps that won't cost you very much at all. The first is a great app for people looking to add some more parental controls. You can choose which apps your kids can play, restrict purchases, and turns off web browsing. Very effective and very free.

Name: Kids Place - With Child Lock
Rating: 5.0 stars over 2 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: If you let your children play with your Android device then the Kids Place - With Child Lock app is for you. Childproof any app just by adding the ones kids use on your phone to Kids Place. The custom launcher will display only parent-authorized apps. Use the Child Lock feature to protect your data and the Toddler Lock setting to enforce locking for apps launched from Kids Place. Other settings let you disable wireless signals as well as block or allow incoming calls while the Kids Place app is running.

Get Kids Place - With Child Lock for free!

This next app is one of Amazon's featured discounted apps. The reviews for this one look great, and it should be a lot of fun for a very little price.

Name: Word Game Pro
Rating: 3.8 stars over 42 reviews
Price: $2.89 0.99
Description: Word Game Pro adds some strategic spice to the familiar word game puzzle. The game centers on a mad scramble to construct words from a row of seven random letters, which change each round. Word Game Pro adds to the challenge by also letting you see letters that are about to come into play, offering you the chance to plan ahead--to develop a strategy.
Get Word Game Pro

Lastly, this app will help you keep track of your expenses and expenditures. Staying organized has never been easier, especially when the cost of this little program is almost 50% off. Very highly rated too.

Name: MoneyWise Pro
Rating: 5.0 stars over 6 reviews
Price: $6.98 3.99
Description: Track, sort, and filter your everyday expenses with MoneyWise, a powerful finance application for Android.

This is a professional budget tracker app designed with an approachable, user-friendly interface. View data using graphs to analyze expenses at a glance. Sort data into categories to classify your expenses: Private/Work, Cash/Credit, Projects, and expense accounts. You can even export your data as an HTML file for printing and archiving once you're done.

Kindle Fire Software Update 6.2 and App Maintenance

Noticing a little extra zip in your Kindle Fire today? It's probably the result of an update to software version 6.2 [manual download here], which is reportedly helping out with the general speed of the device as well as page turns and things like that. FYI: The size of the update download is 181MB, so it may take a minute to download and a little bit of juice.

Odds are you may have not even noticed that it downloaded, and if you're not sure you can find out what version you're running by tapping "Quick Setting," then "More," then "Device," which shows "Current Version:"

Checking App Updates
One nice addition we're very pleased to see is the ability to check for app updates. In case you're new to apps, app developers routinely modify, improve, or add to apps even after you've bought them. They can add levels to games, functions to tools, or fix problems that people have been having. Getting the latest version of apps is always a good idea.

How to check for app updates: Select "Apps," then "Store," then "menu" at the bottom. On the left, you'll find "My Apps," which will be highlighted if you have updates available.

Low App Space Warning
Some people are getting messages warning them of low app space when they've only got less than 25 apps. Considering some people have literally hundreds of apps on their Fires (as it should be), it's clear that this message is in error and may prevent you from downloading more apps. We're actually hoping this latest software update took care of this, but in case you do find it, a bit of fiddling with your files may be the answer. Try freeing up some space by clearing off large video files or deleting a few free apps, restarting the device, and then downloading them again. If the problem persists, don't hesitate to contact Amazon customer service.

Here are a couple of FREE apps to help you manage your device!

Badass Battery Monitor                   Gemini App Manager

Jelly Defense: Today's Free App of the Day (11/30)

We're almost through November, and that means we're not that far away from our one-month anniversary with the Kindle Fire. We've learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and gotten to know our devices, but there's a lot left for us to explore and more new users who'll need to get acquainted with it. Thanks to everyone who visited our site in November and found it useful!

If you're still in the shopping swing, there are still great deals to be found on books and toys!

But I am really excited about today's free app! This is easily one of the best-looking games I've seen since I've been doing this, and I have a feeling this one is going to be a hit you'll be hearing about for a while. Don't miss it!

Name: Jelly Defense
Rating: 4.1 stars over 29 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Once upon a time, in a galaxy not so far away, lived a proud and peaceful Jelly nation on the world of Diploglobe. Then one day, everything changed. Kiwi Halvas darkened the sky and an unprecedented invasion began! Join the Jelly forces and lead them to glory in a fierce battle against these alien invaders.
Look at these poor little creatures. They trust you, they believe in you, they rely on you. Can you refuse those big faithful eyes (or eye)? You're their only hope.

Analysis: Can I just say that this game looks amazing? This is a big part of why these free apps are so great. This game has been out for a few months now, and I probably wouldn't have heard of it if it weren't for this, but after today it may well be the game that everyone is playing.
Get your free copy of Jelly Defense!

Just for kicks I'll include another game images.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free, Discounted, and New Apps!

In case you're visiting us for the first time today, don't miss our earlier post about using microphones with the Kindle Fire.

Also, you'll find a new round of exciting Cyber Monday Week Deals on Electronics, Camera Equipment, and Movies & TV!

Here we'll be featuring a few irresistible little apps that will leave your wallet well enough alone. The first is a free Bejeweled-type game.

Name: Jewels
Rating: 3.6 stars over 19 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: In Jewels you must line up three (or, better yet, four or five) identical jewels and eliminate them from the board. The longer you make your string, the higher your score. Each time you complete a matching string, the board is repopulated with jewels. Find another place to line up at least three jewels and do it again. Collect bonuses and rack up enough points to move on to the next level.

Get Jewels for free!

This next app is a *new release* from Disney that is getting some amazing reviews. Geared for younger audiences, this puzzle game looks like a sure winner.

Name: Where's My Water?
Rating: 4.8 stars over 25 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: All poor Swampy the Alligator wants to do is take a refreshing shower in his lair beneath the city. Is that so wrong? Unfortunately, his water supply has been blocked by a variety of pesky obstacles. Your job is to carve a path that will deliver Swampy the precious liquid he needs in the entertaining Disney game Where's My Water?
Get Where's My Water?

Lastly, I've been waiting for a chance to show off this impressive app, and the time has finally come. One of Amazon's discounted apps, Read It Later, allows you to save articles and read them later. Very useful, and for a limited time you can get it for 50% off!

Name: Read It Later Pro
Rating: 3.9 stars over 148 reviews
Price: $2.99 1.49
Description: Browsing through your Twitter feed in the morning, you come across a link to an article about up-and-coming bands in the New Orleans music scene. A major fan, you've got the Revivalists on your iPod and you think they must play this stuff in heaven. You'd love to stop and read more, but it's 7:30 and you have to be on the road. Sadly, you'll be busy and offline for most of the day, and may forget where you saw the article before you have another moment to yourself online. As you put your mobile in your pocket, you wish there were a way to save that page to read offline, in case you happen to catch some down time on the road.

Tips and Tricks: Using a Microphone with the Kindle Fire

There are a few features that separate the Kindle Fire from an iPad: a camera, GPS capability, 3G reception. Up until now, we'd have to add a microphone to that list, but we're starting to hear from users that they're able to add external microphones that function with the Fire, which opens up a whole new world of possible uses. In this post, we'll get into what the most viable options are for both hardware and apps, allowing you to conduct your own experiments.

There are a few things we can be certain of. All we have to work with is the basic headphone plug, meaning the microphone has to use only that to function. The mics seem to function on LP settings, allowing only basic, low-quality communicating or recording. But this may well be enough for phone conversations or some apps that require microphones.

If you have a cheap headset/microphone with a single headphone jack plug, you're welcome to try it, or these will allow you to experiment for the very least amount of money.

These iPhone tailored hedphone/mic combos ($2.79) fit the bill. This Samsung headset should also work and is of a slightly higher quality.

Ok, so now that you've got something plugged in, what can you use it for? We've got a few good leads. People have been able to use sound recording apps like netmemo and Tape-a-Talk, both of which must be side-loaded from Android Market. An app for tuning instruments called Tuner-gString has been found to be functional as well. But where there hasn't been a lot of documented experimentation is with actually making phone calls either through Google Voice with an app like GrooVe IP or Skype. It seems like this would also work well for one of my all-time favorite apps, Soundhound too.

GrooVe IP (+Google Voice account)          Skype
Note: Using Skype, at best, would allow only audio communication. If the Amazon version doesn't run, you might have luck with the GetJar version.

Again, big kudos go to grvthang and others for giving us something to experiment with. If you have any luck getting anything to work, be sure to let us know in the comments so we can expand our use of the Kindle Fire! As I said before, we're sure some use of a microphone is possible, but we don't know what the limitations are. We'll be updating this post to include any breakthroughs or dead ends. Thanks for your help!

Serious Sam: Today's Free App of the Day (11/29)

Phew, we made it to Tuesday, eclipsing a major holiday and some of the biggest shopping days. The reports are saying that the Kindle Fire was an overwhelming success, and I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more Kindle Fire users around come New Year's. Still, we've got a good stretch to get there, and for today that means lots of free apps and actually an exciting revelation about the Fire that I'll be revealing this afternoon!

If you've got a few more people on your list, don't forget there are still lots of great Cyber Monday Week Deals going on for apps, books, and toys!

For now, check out today's free app!

Name: Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!
Rating: 2.5 stars over 27 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Grab some bombs and step into the boots of Serious Sam's worst nightmare, the Headless Kamikaze. Your muscles are gigantic, you are not wearing a shirt, and your head is gone. Now you're ready for your kamikaze mission: Run faster and faster until you find your arch nemesis Serious Sam. He's wearing a shirt. Tackle him like your life totally depends on it. Heck yes!

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is a ridiculously chaotic runner game for your Android device. You'll have to get used to the hectic pace right away. Start dodging hazards and annihilating objects so you can get super pissed off--otherwise you'll never succeed in your quest to find Sam and attack him with the fury of 10,000 grizzly bears.
Get your free copy of Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Free Apps: Stupid Zombies, Crossword Lite, and Speed Anatomy

Looking back on a big weekend, there are reports that Amazon sold 4 times as many Kindles on Black Friday as it did last year, and the Kindle Fire remains the bestselling product on all of Amazon as well as beating the iPad in Target stores. Not bad, huh?

But for those of you who've seen your shopping lists ground to a pulp and are feeling a lot lighter in the wallet region, why not take a break and play some fun games that won't cost you a penny? Just check out the ones listed below!

Name: Stupid Zombies
Rating: 3.2 stars over 231 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Stupid Zombies is the highly addictive game where you are humanity's last hope to keep the band of zombies hordes away from our brains. You're just one man with one gun and you have to stop the shambling army of undead idiots. But watch out: you have limited ammunition, so you have to make each bullet count to survive all 480 levels of this game.

Get Stupid Zombies for free!

Name: Crossword Lite
Rating: 4.3 stars over 58 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: The app Crossword brings you 10 professional crosswords to keep you busy during your coffee break. The crossword grid is displayed in full, but a clue list view is available. The interface is attractive and intuitive, ensuring that any frustration you have is only at not being able to figure out the answer to a clue.

You can do the puzzles in any order, and the app saves your progress, so you can come back to a puzzle later. A zooming grid pops up if your device doesn't have a keyboard. Answer checking is available, which highlights incorrect letters without telling you the correct answer. If you get really stuck, you can reveal answers--a letter at a time, a whole word, or simply the entire puzzle.

Get Crossword Lite for free!

Name: Speed Anatomy
Rating: 4.9 stars over 14 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Think you know a lot about your body? How fast can you point to your liver, gall bladder, or incisor? Do you know the difference between the auricle and the utricle? Speed Anatomy is a fun and addictive game that tests your anatomical knowledge and recall.

During gameplay the name of a body part appears at the top of the screen. You must touch its location on the picture of the body within a set amount of time. Get it correct and you score points; get it wrong and you get nothing. The correct location then lights up to show you the right answer.
Get Speed Anatomy for free!

5 Lesser-Known Reasons to Give a Kindle

It's not hard to reel off a long list of reasons why a Kindle makes a great holiday gift. First, there's the variety. From the Kindle Fire to the Kindle Touch to the basic Kindle, there is plenty to accommodate every preference. There's the low price, the high quality, and the huge selection of literally tens of millions of books, movies, apps, and songs available. Giving someone a Kindle puts a whole world at their fingertips.

But in all actuality, giving someone a Kindle does even more than all that. We're going to give you 5 reasons to give a loved one or friend a Kindle this holiday season that you may not have thought of.

1. Supporting Amazon Could Get You Into Outer Space
If you thought selling a tablet for $199 was kind of crazy, you have no idea what Amazon is really up to. They own a company called Blue Origin that is attempting to develop economically viable space travel. According to Jeff Bezos, "For Blue Origin it’s cost and safety. If you really want to make it so that anybody can go into space, you have to increase the safety and decrease the cost. That’s Blue Origin’s mission. I’m super passionate about it." There you have it. Now I'm not exactly sure how many Kindles it takes to launch a rocket into space, but I'm guessing it's a bunch. I know I wouldn't mind taking a trip into space if I could! And you can watch a video of one of their test launches on Youtube.

2. E-Readers Are Proven to Increase Reading Time
If you want to get someone to read more, the answer is easy: give them an e-reader. 40% of people with an e-reader read more than they did without them and only 2% read less, according to the Marketing Research Resources Inc. Engadget also reports an increase in reading based on sales figures. In particular, teens and children could use some extra reading time. Between 1984 and 1996, the percentage of 12th graders who never read jumped from 9% to 16%. Also appalling is that only 53% of children age 3-5 are read to by a family member every day. Even if the e-reader isn't going directly to the kids, giving parents a new toy could help encourage them to read to their children.

3. Amazon Is Fighting Against Publishers to Make Books More Accessible
The last year has seen huge strides in making Kindle ebooks more like physical books. First there was Kindle book gifting, then there was the ability to get Kindle books from libraries, and now it's possible to get free books from Amazon Prime. That's led to a lot of smiles and happy customers who are able to get more books for less than ever before. But guess who's not happy? The Book Publishers. In case you aren't aware, Amazon has been battling publishers to keep the prices of books low for some time, but it's still not hard to find new Kindle ebooks priced at $15 or $20. The latest move is Penguin pulling their ebooks out of libraries completely, which you can read about here and here. They claim they are doing it to avoid piracy or reevaluate, but we know the truth. More Kindles empowers Amazon to push harder for lower prices and lending capabilities.

4. A Status Symbol For Readers
There's no documentation for this, no articles, but if you think about it for a minute or two you'll know that it's true. Having a Kindle says something about you as a reader. If you're on a plane, in the park, or at a cafe and someone pulls out a Kindle, they are telling you they take their reading seriously enough to want to invest in it and want to have it with them at all times. They are telling you they enjoy reading, and that's their preferred way to spend time when they have a few moments. Not that my ego inflates too much, but there's definitely a feeling I get when I'm in a public space full of people poking at their phones and iPads and I pull out my Kindle and start reading. But, you might ask, isn't this true for all e-readers? Isn't it the same for a Nook as it is for a Kindle? Well, it might be if it weren't for one thing...

5. Recruit for the Amazon Army
As of 2008, has at least 65 million customers per month and over 615 million annual visitors. It operates its website in countless countries, shipping hundreds of millions of packages around the globe. In 2009 it earned over 54 million dollars a day, and that's going to be much larger now.

So why add 1 more to the Amazon Army by giving someone who doesn't have one a Kindle? 

Because of what kind of company they are. If you've ever had a problem and needed to call Customer Service, you know what I'm talking about. Whether it means replacing devices, refunding purchases, or handing over free gift cards as an apology for trouble, examples of incredible customer service abound. Jeff Bezos says, "Our version of a perfect customer experience is one in which our customer doesn’t want to talk to us. Every time a customer contacts us, we see it as a defect. I’ve been saying for many, many years, people should talk to their friends, not their merchants. And so we use all of our customer service information to find the root cause of any customer contact. What went wrong? Why did that person have to call? Why aren’t they spending that time talking to their family instead of talking to us? How do we fix it?"

If you're anything like me, you've had quite enough of companies pushing you around, mistreating its workers (anyone hear about Amazon dropping 2.4 mil to install air conditioners after someone complained?), and trying to save a buck on the backs of its customers. Giving someone a Kindle is a way to make a choice about what kind of companies you want to be dealing with and which ones you want to succeed. There's a good reason why Amazon has grown so much, and that has to do with satisfied customers who keep coming back for more.

These may not be the first reasons you think of when you're considering giving someone a Kindle, but they just might be in the back of your mind somewhere making it easier.

Today's App of the Day Plus Cyber Monday Deals!

Reports are in from over the weekend, and it looks like most people had a good weekend of shopping, but Cyber Monday is here, and there's lots more fun to be had. Later this afternoon, we'll be looking at some reasons to give a Kindle this holiday season, plus some free apps for people who are ready to throw in the towel.

Here's a quick rundown of where to find various deals.
Cyber Monday Deals
Kindle Book Deals
Appstore Deals
Movie & TV Deals
Cellphone & Accessory Deals

For some inexplicable reason, Tiki Golf 2 is still the free app of the day. So instead, we're going to feature a New Release of a very old and beloved game! Even though it's preinstalled on the Fire, it's also worth noting there's a great promotion for the Audible for Android app, where you get a free copy of Tina Fey's Bossypants if you download it.

Edit: Ahh, ok. Looks like today's free app of the day is out there now. It's a "fast-thinking word game."
Dabble HD
$1.99 0.00                 

Name: Tetris
Rating: 3.8 stars over 13 reviews
Price: 2.99
Description: Discover why hundreds of millions of players around the world have made the TETRIS game one of the biggest blockbusters in mobile gaming history.

Analysis: Tetris is something a lot of us grew up with, and looking back on it, Tetris perfectly tapped into what's popular with today's mobile gaming. Simple, achievement based gameplay that someone can play endlessly for hours. This is a good chance to show your kids what games used to be like and watch them enjoy its timeless appeal.
Get your copy of Tetris!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday Deals on Apps, Books, and More!

It looks like Amazon isn't wasting any time cranking out the deals for Cyber Monday. There are a flood of new discounted items that Kindle Fire owners and gift-givers will not want to pass up. Here are the lists you need to save yourself the most $$$.

First of all, there is a huge selection of Kindle books at bargain basement prices in the Cyber Monday: The Big Deal promotion.

Then you can find items discounted for a limited time in this complete list of Cyber Monday Deals on electronics, video games, home items, and more. If you're looking for kid's toys, look here.

Most pertinent to us is the new list of discounted apps, including a few special ones that we're available last week. Here are a few of the special highlights!

Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals      What's for Dinner
$7.99 3.99                                     $2.99 1.49

Juice Defender Ultimate                  Quisr Pro
$4.99 1.99                                     2.99 1.49

Happy shopping! :)

Free App of the Day Plus Top Apps of the Week

Rolling through this post-holiday weekend, maybe you're feeling like you've had so much stuffing you're ready to be cooked, or maybe you've managed to burn off all those calories with some intense shopping, but today's featured apps certainly won't do much to lighten your wallet. Check out the free app of the day, our top apps of the week, and stay tuned for an article about whether you need an anti-virus app on your Kindle Fire for this afternoon!

And don't forget about Amazon's complete list of discounted apps!

Name: Tiki Golf 2
Rating: 3.4 stars over 20 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Get ready to hit the minigolf greens with Tiki Bobby, the larger-than-life Tiki figure with a green eye mask, large toothy grin (or is it a grimace?), and a blazing red headdress. It's obvious that this guy means (golf) business and he's brought some friends along so there are more playable Tikis.

Analysis: A minigolf game that's sure to be good for some easy entertainment, Tiki Golf 2 boast a huge number of levels, quality graphics, and plenty of extreme obstacles. A good one to try out.
Get your free copy of Tiki Golf 2!

Here are the Top 3 Apps of the Week!

Name: Plants Vs. Zombies
Rating: 4.1 stars over 40 reviews
Price: $2.99 1.49
Description: Get ready to soil your plants! The hit PopCap® game comes to Android at last. Forget shotguns, flamethrowers, and cricket bats. A well-tended garden is your best defense against a rampaging horde of undead. Keep the zombies at bay with an array of deadly plants and well-aimed lawnmowers. With Plants vs. Zombies, the fun never dies!

Get your copy of Plants Vs. Zombies!

Name: WiFi File Explorer Pro
Rating: 4.4 stars over 202 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: If you've ever needed to access a file from your phone (a photo, for example, or a song you like) but don't have a cable to connect the phone to a computer, WiFi File Explorer PRO can make it happen. This Android app allows you to browse, download, and stream information--as well as manage your files--from your phone directly to a computer using a Wi-Fi connection and password-protected Web browser.

Analysis: This is one of those apps that makes your jaw drop with what it can do. Put away all the cords and use this handy little app to access files on your computer, phone, or anything with a wifi signal. Once you start using this app, going without it will make you feel like you're in the Stone Age. *Highly Recommended*
Get WiFi File Explorer Pro!

Name: Angry Birds
Rating: 4.1 stars over 40 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: The pigs are hungry and eggs are on the menu; the survival of a flock of friendly, colorful birds is threatened. When the greedy green swine raid the flock's nest, the unexpected happens: a rage is kindled within the birds that only revenge can quench!

Get your copy of Angry Birds!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Free and Discounted Apps: Stitcher Podcast Radio, Monkey Preschool Lunchbox, Tapatalk

I'll be honest, I've never seen a better time to grab so many great apps. Amazon's list of discounted apps contains an enormous volume of extremely useful stuff that is now available for dirt cheap. Here we've got a few of the best ones that'll put a little more punch in your Kindle Fire.

Name: Stitcher Podcast Radio
Rating: 4.4 stars over 20 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Listen to more than 3500 of the best news, talk, sports, and entertainment podcasts, or tune into the live streams of your favorite local talk radio stations with Stitcher Podcast Radio. It's easy - no cables, no synching, and no memory storage. Just pick a topic, start listening, and Stitcher will learn your interests, begin personalizing your stations, and help you discover new shows. Or, create a custom station featuring your favorite podcasts, hand-picked and placed in perfect order, and listen on your morning commute, your run, or just while catching up on your interests.
Get Stitcher Podcast Radio for free!

Name: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
Rating: 4.3 stars over169 reviews
Price: $1.99 0.99
Description: From the encouraging monkey laughing and turning somersaults to the playful music and sound effects, it's easy to get drawn into this game and smile. With a continuous series of mini-games, kids are repeatedly challenged to identify colors, letters, numbers, and shapes in different and exciting ways.

Get Monkey Preschool Lunchbox!

Name: Tapatalk Forum App
Rating: 4.5 stars over 29 reviews
Price: $2.99 1.99
Description: If you have ever tried to visit a forum using an Internet browser on your Android device you know what a nightmare it can be. The multitude of layouts you will encounter can have you scrolling, pinching, zooming, and swiping until your fingers are numb. Enter the Tapatalk Forum App.

Tapatalk houses over 14,000 of the most popular public forums right inside the app. From online games to technology, animals to extreme couponing, there is a forum out there to suit your interests. Browse the 13 categories or search for a particular forum in Tapatalk's easy-to-use interface. You can find anything and everything with this app.
Get the Tapatalk Forum App!

ChannelCaster Pro: Today's Free App of the Day (11/26)

Phew, Black Friday's over. How did you fare? I'll tell you. It's a big advantage of shopping online that you can't be peppersprayed going for an X-Box by a woman. If you check that link there was a long list of violent occurrences...all of them happening around Wal-Marts. I don't know about you, but I think I'll skip the crowds and the store-aisle fistfights and stick to shopping online. It's safer and less stressful.

And in case you've still got shopping left to do, many of Amazon's Black Friday Deals are still going on as we lurch toward Cyber Monday.

But today's free app is really exciting. Make sure you don't miss it!

Name: ChannelCaster Pro
Rating: 3.6 stars over 10 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: ChannelCaster Pro: Social News is an app that lets you access a limitless world of online content with a social twist. Discover and enjoy intriguing news, gossip, celebrity photos, viral videos, and more from thousands of sources with ChannelCaster Pro for Android.

Analysis: This is an app that I've actually never heard of that actually looks really amazing. The ability to clip together video, pictures, music, words, or anything related to a certain topic and share them all easily is another great concept. It looks like this apps only been out for a month or two, and it could really take off and be a big one.

Get your free copy of ChannelCaster Pro

Friday, November 25, 2011

Slice It! Today's Free App Plus Big Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is starting to become a holiday in its own right, and today there's plenty out there to celebrate. Right here we've got today's free app as well as a nice list of top notch apps slashed down to 50% of the price. These are some opportunities you're not going to want to miss out on. Just check them out for yourself!

Plus, don't forget to check out this season's hottest holiday gift, the Kindle Fire!

Then there's the huge list of special Black Friday Deals!

And don't forget to find out what's discounted for Toys and Games and Phones and Accessories!

Name: Slice It!
Rating: 3.7 stars over 19 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Slice shapes into pieces of equal size in Slice It! for Android. Sound easy? It may start that way, but soon you'll be scratching your head over seemingly inscrutable, unsliceable puzzles. Plus, this addictive puzzler will vastly improve your ability to slice real-life birthday cakes into equitable proportions.

Get your free copy of Slice It!

Plus there are some Great Deals on Popular and Amazing Apps! Find the complete list of discounted apps HERE.

Plants Vs. Zombies                         R-Type
$2.99 1.49                                      $2.99 0.99

Sportscaster Pro                            CalenGoo
$4.99 1.99                                      $5.99 2.99

QuickOffice Pro                              Wolfram Alpha
$14.99 7.49                                    $2.99 1.49

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bonsai Blast: Today's Free App of the Day (11/24)

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone is having a wonderful time with their families. Let's cut right to the chase with today's free app of the day.

Name: Bonsai Blast
Rating: 3.4 stars over 21 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Shoot and match colored marbles together in this zen-themed puzzler from Glu Games. Bonsai Blast features intuitive touchscreen controls that make it easy to pick up and begin play. Colorful, tranquil background environments draw you in as you try to clear the board of marbles before they reach the end of the path. With addictive puzzle gameplay in the tradition of such Match-3 games as Zuma and Puzz Loop, Bonsai Blast offers 90 levels of marble-blasting bliss.

Analysis: Using elemental powers, work through zen themed Asian artwork puzzles by matching marbles. This game is full of bonuses, power-ups, and addictive gameplay!
Get your free copy of Bonsai Blast!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Adding Storage Space to the Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire comes with 8GB of memory space, which may not seem like a lot until you consider so much of your music, books, and movies are stored in Amazon's cloud servers. Even though some of that 8GB is taken up by the operating system, that leaves you with enough space for a handful of full-length movies or other material that you then wouldn't need Wi-Fi to stream.

But what if you're taking a trip or something and need some extra space? A microSD card isn't an option. Maybe you're looking longingly at the Nook Tablet's 16GB until you discover that only 6% of that (1GB) is available for free use. But fortunately, there are some solutions if you need more space...and they are...Wi-Fi Portable Storage Drives!

Let's take a look and see how they work.

First of all, there are two major kinds, the Kingston Wi-Drive and the Seagate GoFlex. Here's what they do: stream content over their own Wi-Fi signals to your Kindle Fire, allowing you to store, access, or exchange anything on the two devices. They are both relatively easy to take with you and they both have plenty of extra storage. More details can be found here. Pretty handy, huh? Let's get into a side by side comparison.

                       Kingston Wi-Drive               Seagate GoFlex
Memory:         16 or 32 GB                           500 GB
Weight            8 oz                                        1.2 pounds
Battery Life:    4 hours                                    5 hours
Free App:       Available Here                        Available Here 
                      (remember to allow apps from "Unknown Sources")
Warranty        1 year                                      3 year limited

Muffin Knight: Today's Free App of the Day (11/23)

In case you missed it, yesterday Amazon unveiled their new page for Comics & Graphic Novels on the Kindle Fire. That was one of the key selling points for the device, and we think you'll agree that they look stunning on the Fire's display.

In other news, there was a revelation that Barnes&Noble exaggerated specs for the Nook Tablet. Scandalous! They claim the Nook Tablet can play HD movies when it actually can't. I guess they have a history of misrepresentation too, according to the article.

On tap for today...

Now: Today's Free App of the Day
Afternoon: News/Tips & Tricks

Here's the Free App of the Day. It looks like a good one!

Name: Muffin Knight
Rating: 3.6 stars over 19 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Follow the story of a little boy on his journey to return the old fairy's magical muffins. A strange curse was set on him: With each muffin he touches, he turns into a different creature. The old fairy promises to turn him back into a boy when he gets all the muffins back. Muffin Knight is an action-packed platformer with stunning visuals and myriad fairytale characters, each with their own unique abilities.

Analysis: A cute game with pretty graphics, this app will whisk you back to the medieval period where you'll battle dragons, ghosts, and goblins. Don't miss this one!
Get your free copy of Muffin Knight!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Comics & Graphic Novels Now on Kindle Fire

A bonus post today--you're lucky! But Amazon just opened up its ebook page for Comics & Graphic Novels for the Kindle Fire! Now you can get all your favorites from Batman, to Superman, to Alan Moore Classics like V for Vendetta and Watchmen.

From Amazon:

Huge Selection: Choose from popular comic books and graphic novels never before available on Kindle.
Visually Captivating: Enjoy your books in vivid, full-color layouts with the convenience of the Kindle reading experience.
Special Features: Graphic novels come alive on Kindle Fire with Kindle Panel View. Double-tap on any region to see it magnified. You can also swipe forward or backward to be guided through the panels in the author’s own sequence for an immersive reading experience.

Check out the complete selection here!

About Parental Controls on the Kindle Fire Plus Apps for Kids

Other than doing things like disabling Wi-Fi, there don't seem to be too many ways to restrict content on the Kindle Fire, but we have found one app that should be very useful. Below, Kid Mode will allow you to hand your Fire over to kids without also handing over your peace of mind. Although it's certainly the parent's responsibility to monitor what children are doing, it's also each parent's decision about what to allow their child to do.

We'll be sure to pass along any more information we come across on the parental front, but here you'll find some free and cheap apps that are appropriate for very young kids!

Name: Kid Mode: Play + Learn
Rating: 4.0 stars over 22 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Delight your kids with the Kid Mode Play + Learn app. This app protects your phone by locking the Home button while engaging children ages eight and younger with fun, educational kids games and videos. Also, it's the winner of the Teacher's Choice Award, National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, and an approval by the Better Business Bureau.

Analysis: Described by reviewers as a must for anyone thinking about handing over their tablet to young children, this app works as a safe and easy way to implement parental controls. It allows you to block certain games, lock the home button, and has some games of its own.
Get Kid Mode: Play + Learn!

Name: Happi Reads - A Learn to Read Game
Rating: 5.0 stars over 1 review
Price: 1.00
Description: Happi Reads helps to develop your child's early reading skills in an engaging and rewarding way. The app presents a word and three pictures. Children sound out or read each word and match it to the correct picture. Every correct answer earns a fruit reward to eat in a fun way once the level is complete. Difficulty of words increases with each level. There are currently 3 levels and 80 words. 

A very popular app that helps little ones sound out and pronounce words. The graphics appear to be nice as well.

Get Happi Reads - A Learn to Read Game!

Name: Thomas Game Pack
Rating: 3.5 stars over 20 reviews
Price: 2.99
Description: All aboard! Embark on the newest adventure on the Island of Sodor with three new games featuring Thomas and his friends. Start your little engineer on the right track with matching games, puzzles, and mazes. This app is guaranteed to captivate and entertain your little one for hours.

One of the most recognizable characters for kids, Thomas chugs into the app world with this app, featuring three different games and some beloved characters. Reviewers say that this is a very good app for younger children.

Get the Thomas Game Pack!