Monday, January 2, 2012

Free and Bargain Apps for 1/2

Remember how before the holidays there were some naysayers grumbling about how the Kindle Fire would be a flop? Well, they are eating their words now. According to a new report from eWeek, over half of the Fire's 8,500 reviews were 5-stars, and a full 69% were 4-stars and over. That high degree of satisfaction is the reason why we're standing behind the device. We'll be announcing our own Fire giveaway tomorrow, so be sure to come back and enter!

Another important announcement is the unveiling of Amazon's New Year, New You in 2012 page, featuring everything you need to live up to the worthy goals of getting in shape, spending more time with family, and trying something new! Do yourself a favor and take a look.

Also, you may notice a new addition to the Kindle Fire Department. We now have a Best Fire Accessories page, recapping our favorite Fire covers, cases, skins, headphones, cables, and more! If you'd like our recommendation on great Fire accessories, visit there.

Now on to some cheap and free apps! If you're trying to keep away from the sweets for the new year, will a game about designing digital cookies help or hurt? I don't know the answer, but playing with over 50 toppings and whipping them up in the oven sounds fun!

Name: Cookies & Milk
Rating: 4.5 stars over 8 reviews
Price: 0.99
Description: Cookies and Milk is a delicious game of cookie baking and decorating. Grab your apron and utensils, and start gathering your ingredients. Once you're done making the cookie dough, scoop your cookies onto the pan, and bake. Next, select from over 50 toppings, and start decorating your creation. Choose from a wide variety of tasty, and delicious frosting, candy, fruit, nuts, and more. When you're finished, devour your cookies, decorate another, or grab an ice cold glass of milk.

Get your copy of Cookies & Milk!

Treat yourself to a salon makeover at Sally's in this great little game app that's currently 50% off. Find out if you've not only got the good taste but the skills to run your own Salon!

Name: Sally's Salon Luxury Edition
Rating: 3.6 stars over 11 reviews
Price: 1.99 0.99
Description: 
Help Sally progress from her humble shopping mall beginnings to become a superstar Hollywood stylist in Sally's Salon Luxury Edition (Kindle Fire Edition). Join Sally in her fabulous quest to beautify little old ladies, punk rockers, and impatient celebrities with the hairstyles they want. You'll help her wash, dye, cut, and style. Use your earnings to hire helpful employees, purchase salon upgrades, and keep clients happy with soothing accessories.

The addictive gameplay involves maintaining an increasingly hectic pace at busy beauty salon. As the customers come into the salon, you must direct them to either a washing station or styling chair. Choose which hairstyle they like most to get the biggest tip. There is a heart meter beside each customer that tracks their patience. Each customer has a different patience and tipping level. Once a customer runs out of hearts, they'll leave in a huff, and you've just lost some business.

Get your copy of Sally's Salon Luxury Edition!

Another great app I first heard about from Year-End Countdown voters, Springpad is a great way to stay organized, write notes and recipes, and access them on the go. Give this great free app a look!

Name: Springpad
Rating: 4.1 stars over 48 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: 
Springpad makes it quick and easy to take notes and save anything you want to remember in one place, from tasks and lists to products, places, movies, and recipes. It automatically organizes and enhances your things with useful links and relevant offers to save you time and money. Everything you keep in Springpad is synchronized and accessible on your Android phone or tablet (even when offline) and on the Springpad website.

Thought of something you want to get while grocery shopping? "Spring it" by creating a grocery list or adding a note to a preexisting list on your Springpad. You can add more details and more items to your list as you go via your phone or the Web, and your recent additions will be viewable in both locations.

Get your free copy of Springpad!

Of course, even if you are getting in the mindset to be healthier this year, you've still got to eat, right? Find great recipes with this free app from BigOven.

Name: 170,000+ Recipes BigOven
Rating: 3.9 stars over 24 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: View thousands of recipes while you're at the grocery store, in your kitchen, on vacation, or anywhere you take your Android device. If you don't want to deal with awkward cookbooks, splattered recipe cards, or lost printouts, this convenient app lets you find almost any recipe you want with a touch of your screen. Thousands of recipes, plenty of interactive features, and tips for making use of leftovers make this a handy tool for any cook.


The "What's For Dinner" function is another cool way to discover meal ideas. Touch this prompt (you'll find it after pushing your device's "Menu" button) and see what other BigOven members are having for dinner tonight. If one of their meals looks tempting, you can read the recipe and prepare it for your hungry crew as well. And if they love it, recommend it to your friends via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter--straight from your Android device.

Get your free copy of 170,000+ Recipes BigOven

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