Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cheap and Free Apps for 1/10

Lots of great apps out there for the Kindle Fire, more than we could ever show off, but here are some nice ones that are definitely worth taking a look at!

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I've wanted to feature Star Chart for a while because apps like that that supply instant information about the world around you are so amazing, but I've help off because the Fire doesn't have any GPS capabilities. Fortunately, there are two ways around this. For starters, you can always enter your latitude and longitude (a quick google search will cover you). Also, a new update gives you the ability to input your location. Both options make this well worth it for Fire users.

Name: Star Chart
Rating: 4.0 stars over 214 reviews
Price: 2.99
Description: Now you can have a virtual star chart in your pocket. Look through the eyes of your Android onto the whole visible universe. All you have to do is point your device at the sky, and Star Chart tells you exactly what you're looking at.

Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates--in real time--the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are. Even in broad daylight.

Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device at it--you might just find out it's a planet. Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Just point your device down. Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart tells you all this and more.

Get your copy of Star Chart!

A very nice little word game, Word Rainbow will will test you or your child's vocabulary with hidden words within a jumble of letters. Very cheap and looks like a lot of fun!

Name: Word Rainbow
Rating: 4.3 stars over 3 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: 
Test your ability to find the hidden words among the jumble of letters in Word Rainbow. Given short clues and definitions, it is your goal to assemble the answer to the clue among the groups of letters. A great vocabulary builder, Word Rainbow can be played in different levels to provide a challenge to new readers, those learning English, and advanced, even snooty, linguists. The rainbow-hued design makes even the most daunting clue a little less scary. Truly a challenging word game, Word Rainbow will have you mastering every word of the day calendar you come across for the rest of your life.

Get your copy of Word Rainbow!

Trip Advisor is an incredibly useful tool if you're travelling to an entirely new country or just looking for something new around the corner. This app is highly rated, free, and can put all of that at your fingertips on your Fire.

Name: Trip Advisor
Rating: 5.0 stars over 3 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Looking to plan the perfect trip? Or are you a local trying to find something new to do in your home city? TripAdvisor is your answer. The popular website is now available to you through your smartphone. Search by city, and TripAdvisor gives you a listing of dozens of hotels, with ratings, reviews, rates, and locations. Find restaurants and activities, everything from spas and landmarks to gambling and shopping. Check up on airfares to your destination, or read the TripAdvisor forums about particular regions by topic. If you have a location detector, you can click the "Near Me Now" button to find hotels, restaurants, and activities near your current location.

Whatever it is you want to do, if it's travel or entertainment-related, TripAdvisor has you covered!

Get your free copy of Trip Advisor!

This one is a very nice little puzzle game. Become a codebreaker and mark the code by guessing the color combinations. I love games like these!

Name: Crack the Code
Rating: 4.5 stars over 136 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Think you've got what it takes to crack any code? Crack the Code Free lets you find out how smart you really are with this simple puzzle game. The evil computer mastermind has selected a secret code. Your objective is to crack the code before you run out of guesses. Match wits against your Android device with this modern take on the classic game of Mastermind. Upgrade to Crack the Code to remove the in-game advertisements.

Your objective is to guess the computer's randomly-chosen combination of colors in the correct sequence. Simply tap on an empty slot and pick the color you want to place down the peg. If you want to change your mind mid-selection, just tap on the ball with an "x" inside. The colors in this game are: yellow, blue, green, red, pink, orange, purple, and white.

Get your free copy of Crack the Code!

This last app is neither cheap nor free, but I'm tossing it in as a bonus because it could definitely be a valuable one for art lovers out there. As anyone who has bought an art textbook could tell you, those things are expensive because there are a lot of costs involved in licensing images for use. But I'll add my own 2 cents and say that art is valuable for our understanding of the world and ourselves.

Name: Art Authority
Rating: 4.0 stars over 7 reviews
Price: 9.99
Description: Art Authority transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum filled with works by over 1,000 of the western world's greatest artists, from ancient times to today. 50,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms, each room a gateway to a whole museum's worth of art. Choose an artist by movement or name, and become instantly immersed in an exhibition devoted just to that artist. Search for and compare different artists' works by title, subject or location, or just wander at random and get lost in the art.

Art Authority's works are beautifully framed and hung on textured walls, accompanied by title, date and other details. Works are displayed chronologically, with previews of related items providing added context. You can learn about an artist's life and works, or travel beyond the bounds of a traditional museum and view and compare works in a full-screen slideshow or scrolling thumbnail display.

There are also period overviews, timelines and histories. From the earliest creative pieces to the latest modern and contemporary works, Art Authority provides a stunningly displayed, carefully selected, well organized view of the western art world. It's part world-class art museum, part academic reference library and part digital coffee-table book. It's also part magic. An art museum like no other!

Get your copy of Art Authority!

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