pickWEB for Android – Information on Your Hand

Are you tired of browsing through umpteen websites before you find the exact information you are looking for? Is your quest for correct information taking ages and resulting in losses? After all, in today’s fast paced world, time often means money and timely information can sometimes make all the difference. However, the search engines often return results in the form of thousands of websites offering the information with no way of knowing which one to trust and this ends up confusing you even more with the information overload. This is where pickWEB can come to your rescue. This app does the trick by finding the required information quicker and more accurately. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

The application creates a directory that collects the most interesting and trustworthy websites from the internet and presents them to you in a format that is easy to understand and use even for someone new to the application. All you need is a computer or a smart phone and you are ready to go! pickWEB lets you select the required categories and then displays websites that have the most number of hits in that category. There are over 18 major categories with multiple subcategories that help you in narrowing down your search further.

To use this application, you only need to have an android device and a need to search the internet. You won’t need any special training. It comes with plenty of features to enhance productivity so you can almost rest assured of getting the last laugh.

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Features:

  • Simple visual outlay of links, sections and sub-sections in the directory allowing quick sorting of information.
  • Manual link selection as opposed to an automated one. This adds the human touch that’s so missing in your regular search engines.
  • Regular updating of the website directory to accommodate new information, websites and related links.
  • Domain specific sorting of links to further save time for you.
  • Links directory sorted by country for user convenience.
  • Multilingual interface for the application user.

Unique Functionalities

The application has functionalities that enhance the overall user experience:

  • Favorites Folder – Once you register with the app using your e-mail ID, it allows you to add or remove links to required websites locally. This saves you the time lost in looking for the website link again when you come back to the application after having used it once.
  • Most Viewed Folder – As the name suggests, it shows the websites from the directory that are visited most often by the user and saves you the hassle of finding the site every time you access the app. 

 

Pros

  • Accurate and reliable information available in seconds, saving precious time.
  • Website browsing organized in alphabetical order or by number of hits.
  • Fast access to popular links and sections.
  • Allows country specific browsing for a more focused search.
  • Easily manageable personal account controls for saving links, changing language and country.
  • Allows user to add their favorite links to pickWEB. 

 

Cons

  • The user interface, though easy to use, is a little outdated and could be improved upon. 

In short, pickWEB for Android is a useful application for the frustrated web user struggling to find the right source of information in a limited period of time.

Teach How to Read with Little Lost Note

Learning how to read can be a daunting task for any child. Pressure to read early is mounting to the point that if kids entering kindergarten are not reading above grade level, they are already behind. Well, at least it seems that way.

If you are looking for unique ways to teach your kids how to read that can supplement traditional methods, Box of Frogs Media has created the ultimate in interactive reading with a story that captivates kids and keeps parents happy at the same time. The story is about a musical note called Little Lost Note. She has lost her instrument and cannot make a sound. Each page is adorned with hand-drawn illustrations of Little Lost Note, calming scenery and a few friends she meets along the way. On each page, kids, who will always be kids, are welcome to tap and swipe away to reveal hidden animations. These include clouds dancing across the sky, frogs croaking and birds chirping. These sounds tie into the quest for sound that Little Note so desperately needs to find.

The app is fittingly designed to allow for narration to be turned ON or OFF. You can let the pleasant voice of the narrator guide you through the story, as each word lights up when spoken. You also have the option to let your little one soothe to sleep resting on the vibrations of your comforting voice. If you are reading during the day, then there is a brighter screen setting. Want to read at night? Turn on the Night Light, set by tapping the Zzz’s on the top left corner, and watch as it dims to serenity.

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The only issue I had, and this may just be me being a clumsy adult, was swiping from page to page, either forward or backward. I would have a hard time finding that right spot along either the left or right side of the screen to touch and swipe. It took some time before I figured out just where to touch. The page would actually lift up a bit to signal the right spot was engaged. A minor issue, but one that got my attention. I would expect kids to pick this up very quickly, as they always do when it comes to technology!

Besides this small issue, Little Lost Note was extremely engaging and well thought out. The idea that kids can hear and see words as they follow a story, made all the sense in the world. It is an amazing way to learn how to read. Involving several senses at once brings success faster, science has shown. What is learned stays with you longer because of the several connections that are made simultaneously. I would highly recommend this app to any and all parents whose kids are learning to read and need that extra help to supplement traditional methods. It’s also a great app for those with tiny toddlers who fight the sandman at night. I found myself lulled into complete calmness by the time I reached the last page.

A Game of Survival – Bomb Survivor

Looking for a simple game that echoes gameplay of yesteryear? Bomb Survivor is one of those games that has you running across the field, always in one direction, looking for rescue at the chopper that is waiting. The scene: a battlefield covered with minefields underfoot and a swarm of bombers overhead, looking to target and destroy. Your mission: survival. Your plan: dodge the bombs and jump over mines. Sound simple, but it grows more complex as you master the levels and collect coins.

This app is very primitive indeed when you first download it. Upon initial play you’ll wonder what you got into. The age group is really for kids, but if you like this type of game, where you tap to move, it can be a real pleaser. There are several levels to play, and according to the creator, there are more to come. As you pass levels, you attain more points, and this can add to the challenge and complexity. The game is inherently very simple throughout, but who doesn’t need a little simplicity now and again. Sometimes, it’s just fun to win, and this game can provide that instant gratification.

This game initially starts with a screen that shows a simple battlefield, a soldier and four arrows. The soldier is shown running towards the left of the screen, towards the chopper that can fly him to safety. As he runs he must move forward and back to avoid bombs that fall from the sky from planes flying overhead. Use the two bottom arrows to move the soldier and avoid bombs. You can get hit a few times before you are completely out of the game. Once you are out, you can go back in and continue play at the same level until you succeed, at which point you collect a sum of coins and move on to the next level.

Challenges are minimal, and increase as you move through levels. You can change out the type of player via uniform selection. You can either earn this selection or purchase it in-app through coins or money. As you survive more levels, you bank more health as well, which allows you to sustain more “hits” from bombs, and helps you get through the tougher levels. Surprise levels that include a rain of coins are the fun ones and mean bonus points galore. Rack up your stores and move on with more options and strength.

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The only thing about this game that I was not very excited about was the pace at which the soldier ran in the initial level. It was very fast and it was not apparent to me that the arrows at the bottom of the screen were how you moved him to avoid the bombs. For about three to four trials, I sat tapping the screen in random spots hoping my guys would move, but to no avail. He stood still and was pummeled with explosives! I finally took note of the arrows and realized that those were my controllers. Some better Help would be nice.

However, overall, this game can be entertaining once you understand how it works, practice it a bit and get a feel for how it plays out. Bomb Survivor really is a very simple game to play and keep one busy for a bit, when needed.

Easy Organization and Access – Files App

With our lives so closely linked to devices and connectivity through computers, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to access any type of information, data, files or media from various locations, make them all available to others and support sharability to support a collusion of input. Most of us process our emails on the go with ease using iPhones and whatever Mail we have set up. Most have no need to be on a laptop or desktop, setting aside a specific time to check and respond to messages. Now, we see the ability to do the same for documents; and this applies to all sorts of documents. They can be text files, spreadsheets, videos or graphics. The key is to find an application that allows you to manage it all in the palm of your hand.

The solution? Files from Savy Soda. This app, made for iPhone and iPad users alike, puts the power of connectivity to the Cloud in your hands. Don’t have much in the Cloud? No issues. You can even create and share different type of documents from the app itself and send them out via eMail, WiFi or USB. Now, you ask, how can it be done via USB, those two devices have no port. Well, it all gets done virtually, and you will have to refer to the in-app instructions on how to do so. The instructions are not so great, so a few pings to savysoda.com may be necessary.

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The power of this app lies in its ability to create a single portal to places where you share documents. This can be Google, SkyDrive or Dropbox. Once you download the app, you simply link it up to the accounts you already have in place, or create new ones. Then you can create new docs from within the app, upload them to their cloud residence and share. You also have the benefit of downloading from these repositories, working on the docs, and then updating them. You can be riding the train from or to work, and making quick fixes to a presentation you’ll be making once you arrive. Or you might want to share a quick video clip you recently viewed and saved. The possibilities grow as your imagination does, because when apps are made, even the creators are not really sure of their potential. Most evolve through user involvement.

Overall, the app has a very clean and simple look and feel and is fairly easy to use.As mentioned before, some of the features are not quite as straightforward to execute, and the in-app help screen share little to enlighten the new user.More details in-app or on the website is highly suggested and may help promote usage.

Files is definitely worth a try if you want a single place from which to access documents that stem from various locales. This removes the hassle of connecting to different cloud entities and makes your work go faster, having quick access in one spot.