TaoMix 2 Customizes the Calm that Surrounds You

Are you stressed? Do you need an escape? We all could use some time away from the fuss and frantic; but, let’s face it, it’s not always practical or feasible to just get away.

Imagine, if you will, being able to pop in your earbuds and be transported to a different place. You could be sitting in front of your computer at work or at home, but feeling like your perched in a treehouse in the middle of a cool green forest. You could be sitting by a babbling brook. Or you could be meandering along an open mesa as the winds blow by over the open plain below you.

I already feel calm just thinking about it. Download TaoMix 2 and experience it. TaoMix 2 is the younger sibling of TaoMix, and it’s got some great features:

  • Three types of sounds: Wind, Water and Birds
  • Automatic Mixing – the app allows you to customize the mixing of sounds, I’ll explain more later
  • Timer: you can play your unique mix, and set a timer so that it shuts off automatically after a specified amount of time
  • Sharing: you can create and save different mixes, and then share them using a variety of sharing media

Download the app and instantly immerse yourself in an aura of your choice. Do you like listening to crackling creeks, the app has that. Do you like listening to flowing winds? It’s there, too. Here’s how to work the app.

You’ll see three colored circles on the main screen along with a white ring. The white ring acts sort of like a conductor. The blue circle produces sounds of water, the pink circle is for chirping birds, and the green circle is for wind.

TaoMix 2 screenshot

Now, move the white ring around. Notice how the sounds of water increase and grow louder than the other two sounds. Move towards the pink circle, and the sounds of birds chirping become more prevalent. The same holds true as you move towards the green.

Using the Automatic Mixing setting at the bottom of the screen allows you to automatically move the ring around the screen at varying speeds. This brings the mix factor into the sounds.

If you really like what you have created, then you can save your mix and recall it whenever. You can create mixes for waking up, for going to bed, for your yoga sessions, and more. Whatever kind of moment you can think of, this app allows you to customize the sound and save it. Even better, you can share it!

TaoMix 2 is an amazing addition to the other apps that I use to help calm me down and relax. I use one for meditation sessions, I have one to do yoga with, and of course, I have a very special one to put me to sleep. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

Toon Clash Chess Depicts an Amazing Fantasy 3D World

It’s an Android-based Chess game with attractive 3D animated characters in the amiable fantasy world of Playville. It depicts an amazing fantasy 3D world. There are three different environments to play in the game; these include Forest, the Playville Town, and the Magic Tree.  The game features unique action 3D characters and hundreds of fun arcade style animations modeling actual chess pieces. The game lets you enjoy playing chess like never before.

The game offers different chess modes that let you chose your favorite team (black or white) to play against the AI. When you upgrade to the full version of the game, you’ll be able to access the two-player hot seat mode where you can play with family and friends on a single device whenever and wherever you are.  The game comes with an intelligent AI with different difficulty levels that challenge you as a real worthy opponent to play with when you’re alone. As you advance to higher levels, the AI adjusts to your level of complexity.

After downloading and installing the game on your device, the game prompts you to select your favorite team and the difficulty level that matches your experience. The three difficulty levels are easy, medium, and hard. The easy level is specially designed AI for beginners while the medium and hard levels are more complex challenges to beat designed for experienced players and masters respectively. After selecting the opponent you wish to play with, a Playville Quest chess board with both opponents team appears which follows the rule of Chess for every move you make. On every win, you earn more rewards and improve your player rating.

Toon Clash Chess features an auto-save feature that automatically saves the progress of your last game and lets you continue playing at some other time. Whenever you make a foul play, you can undo previous moves. The full version offers an unlimited ability to undo moves as many times as you like and hints the most viable next move. The game has different views to choose such as the Side-Perspective view, Top and Free camera view modes you only have to touch and rotate your camera to your preferred viewing angle.

Toon Clash Chess

Toon Clash chess is a Playville Quest certified game with appealing graphics that suites all ages. Its animated cartoon chess game would be a perfect choice for kids to learn, enjoy, and become lifetime chess fans. It allows its users to adjust the difficulty levels, select their favorite team, and enjoy an attractive and fun Chess experience.

Spend your leisure time in style by challenging your chess proficiency against one of the world’s finest puzzle board game. Build your gaming ability by completing the most achievements you can and share the fun with family and friends.

Make My Family Turns Friends and Family into Toons

Looking for some fun times with friends and family? Then you have to download Make My Family! It’s an amusing app that takes any kind of picture and morphs it into a cartoon. Many of us have always wondered what we would look like if we were a cartoon, and now is your chance to find out.

Imagine the laughs you’ll get when you upload a pic of your cousin, to see what the app will do. Prominent features become the focal point of the toon version of his face.

The app is a free download, and works on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, provided you have iOS 8.1 of later running. It’s a large app, over 1MB, so be sure to have WiFi when you start the download process.

Once you download, you will find the interface to be fairly easy to use. To turn a picture into an amusing depiction of someone, you can choose a photo from the photos on your device, upload from a location, or take one right then and there.

Once the app has its hands on an image, it will immediately go to work capturing every small detail and transforming it into something that is funny and will have everyone rolling on the floor.

The app not only provides entertainment value, but can be used as a safety tool, as well. How can that be, you ask? Well, think of all the apps on which you have uploaded a profile picture. It’s fun to show people who you are, but sometimes you don’t want to share too much.

Now you can create a toon of yourself and use that!

Make My Family

Ok, now back to the app. The app will automatically transform a real image and turn it into a cartoon; but, you can work your artistic magic, too. You can select from a myriad of options to customize your creation:

  • Choose from a wide selection of body types – if you want to get really funny, choose one that’s not true to life
  • Pick a hairstyle – it may be just like the one the person has, or you can see what they’ll look like in a different do
  • Clothes: pick your pieces and create the outfit to add to the effect. If you are going for the funny look, you know what to do.
  • Accessories – this is where your cartoon gets character. Choose from jewelry, hair adornments, hobby-related equipment, sports they love, and more. Do they wear glasses; the app has those, too.

Cartoons you create don’t have to stay on your device. You can also print images and use them on postcards and posters. Imagine the fun you’ll have creating a poster for a friend. They can make great gifts.

The only downside I saw to the app was its size. It is an extremely large app for what it does, and there are others out there that don’t take up as much space. I would also like to see some direct compatibility with social media, so connectivity is seamless and automatic – you can use what you’ve created immediately.

On a lighter note, once you successfully download, you will get hours of fun out of this Make My Family. Kids especially will love it!

Thai Alphabet Game F – A Worthy Way to Spend Your Leisure

With a comprehensive platform and simple Thai language tutorials, this app avails the core Thai alphabets, letters, and numbers. The app’s discreteness provides for simple interactivity to enhance the alphabet’s writing, pronunciation, definition, and usage. Regardless of the beginners’ age and nationality, the app’s transforms you Thai learning to an impressive gaming encounter. The more you play it, the more you boost your Thai communication and expression fluency.

The best way to start learning a language is by grasping the language’s basics. Similarly, the app guides you through the recognition, writing, definition, and pronunciation of most common Thai letters.  No matter how less your knowledge in The Thai language is, you will find it easy to learn and master the 44 consonants and ten numbers while identifying standard letters by listening to their pronunciations. When you are fluent enough with Thai scripts, you’ll find a perfect editor to practice your eloquence through writing. Depending on your commitment, you’ll take time to master the language thoroughly and enjoy free flowing Thai fluency.

The game starts by providing a list of essential Thai alphabets to simplify the process of learning, practicing and writing of its scripts. The App avails five mini games platform specially made to train you through identifying, learning, and writing each Thai alphabet. Every successful letter you create comes with its audio pronunciation and a picture for depicting its meaning. As you advance to higher levels in the game, you will build your Thai speaking ability by select letters and numbers perfectly. To become a pro in this game, you must be able to maintain a standard Thai conversation.

This game comes with a comprehensive alphabet list for quick reference. The list’s learnability affords an easy way to read and understand each alphabet in the list. The game only requires a learner to master the consonants and ten numbers. An acutely sensitive app outline enable you to learn how to write Thai scripts by tracing your finger along it. The tracing hint guides you towards writing complete and correct letters. After filling out a letter, the app provides a voice pronunciation, an English explanation, and a picture meaning definition. The five mini-games images feature pairs a message to its image meaning and enhances a long-term familiarity. The game also allows users to learn the driving skills and claim trophies on each success.

Thai Alphabet Game F app

The game does not fully exploit all the idioms available in the Thai language rather selects the necessary letters, consonants, and numbers. It also demands a lot of time to learn how to read and write a script; therefore, it’ll take to speak and write fluently in Thai. The game requires its user to have a smartphone before downloading and installing it.

Thai Alphabet Game F offers a worthy way to spend your leisure. It’s a perfect guide to The Thai language that lets you gain fluency by playing with alphabets and listening to their pronunciations. You’ll also have a picture to depict the meaning of the same.

Interactive and Engaging App – Little Monster At School

Teachers are constantly on the lookout for new and unique ways to present classroom materials in a way that is inventive, engaging, and effective. Pair that challenge with the technology explosion that doesn’t seem to cease, and you have a recipe for success like no other.

Educational apps have flooded the online market, available in all sorts of formats and accessible via a myriad of media. If you have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a PC, you will find an app that does exactly what you need.

For teachers looking to easily introduce and foster strong reading skills, while teaching real world problem solving, look no further than the amazing set of Wanderful Interactive Story Books. Specifically, if you are a fan of the Little Monster book series, you will love Wanderful’s playful adaption of “Little Monster at School” by Mercer Mayer.

Wanderful has taken this timeless story and turned it into an interactive reading experience, leveraging cutting edge digital technology and creative genius.

When you first download the app, Little Monster will greet you and explain how to use the app. Your choices are: “Read to Me” or “Let Me Play.”

In “Read to Me” youngsters let Little Monster tell his story, while his mom, dad and sister chime in when it’s their turn. Each page features animation brought to life with vivid color and sharp graphics. It’s as if you are watching the cartoon version of the story book.

In Little Monster At School, it’s Little Monster’s first day at school. He goes to school excited, but quickly comes across the typical issues that kids face, like being left out or feeling out of place. It teaches about friendship, being a friend and encouragement. It also helps teach kids that everyone has a strength, and it is so important to focus on each person’s strengths and how they help everyone.

In “Let Me Play,” kids can tap on just about anything on each page to see something happen: curtains open, doors close, words are spoken, so kids that learn how to sound them out and learn to read. Kids can read the storyline text on their own, or tap on each word to hear Little Monster speak it. Either way, kids will easily learn to read.

When you are ready to move on, you can tap on the right arrow to move to the next page, or the left arrow to go to the previous page. Arrows are located at the bottom corners of the screen.

All 18 pages of this interactive app is chock full of fun. The app also offers story within the main story, encouraging kids to delve deep into the storyline and look past what they see before them.

From the Home screen, teachers and parents alike can peruse the various other storybooks Wanderful has masterfully morphed into apps. There are also options to: select a different language, review and use teacher resources, settings, and parental tips.

There is not much that can be said that the app needs to improve upon. It was a pleasure to use, providing hours of fun for my kids. I suppose if I had to suggest an improvement, maybe making the screen a bit wider and making the corner icons a bit larger would be helpful to parents, who may need to take out the magnifying glass to find them.

Other that than, I absolutely loved Little Monster At School. It brought a wonderful book to life in a way that I could not think was possible and made sharing this classic a labor of love.

ArkMC Pro – A Wireless Media Streaming Server

Subscribing to cable is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, because we can stream video on smartphones and tablets, “watching TV” doesn’t have to involve a TV anymore. You can watch just about anything from any device, as long as you a solid WiFi connection or you’ve got plenty of data to use.

But, what if you there’s something you stream on your devices, but now want to watch on TV? Well, that’s where ArkMC Pro wireless media streaming server and video player comes into action.

ArkMC Pro is the only DLNA/UPnP application that is able to stream media from iPhones and iPad to HDTVs, Macs, PCs, Xbox360, PS3, and AllShare TV. It can even stream to dummy screens, as well.

When you open the app, the first thing that will hit you is how easy it is use. You can search through all kinds of content you keep: movies, videos, photos, and music. The controls are simple and straightforward, which makes using this app very intuitive.

What is really neat is the ability to stream multiple media files to different screens. Imagine being able to stream a video from YouTube that you want to watch on your iPad, while you’ve have Nick Jr. streaming on the TV. Your kids will be happy, and so will you!

If you know you will be out of town or out of the range of WiFi, and you want to catch up on your show that you have on your iPhone or iPad, simply download them to the app’s Document folder, and voila, you can watch them offline!

ArkMC‘s powerful media player supports the more popular media formats: 3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, ASF, MKV, MPG/MPEG, TS, M2TS, VOB, FLV, MOV, and M4V, so you know you are covered. With an in app purchase, the officially licensed Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound (AC3 Decoder) is available, making the sound superb.

ArkMC Pro

What is especially nice about ArkMC, is that you can turn on subtitles. It supports multiple languages, as well, so you can view a variety of international videos and get the benefit of translation. It’s also a blessing if you have a show that’s in English, and you want to show it in another language.

On the more technical side, the app’s media player has been skillfully designed to consume minimal power, which means you can watch a movie without worries.

Because it is works without wires, you can use it anywhere. You can be sitting at a friend’s house and you’ll be able to stream the photos from your last vacation on their TV. You could be in a hotel room thousands of miles away from home, and watch your favorite episode of Downton Abbey, that you just purchased. The sky is the limit with this app.

Built into the app is a unique YouTube integration that lets you stream music and videos continuously; something you cannot do on any Smart TV. Simply create your own channel and populate it with your favorites. Then, when you want, you can select your channel, sit back, and relax.

The only small snafu with the app is that the controls sometime take a while to kick in. While I was streaming some photos to my TV, I wanted to stop the slideshow and show the previous photo. As I selected STOP, it took almost a minute for the streaming to stop.

Other than that, ArkMC Pro is absolutely amazing. I love that I can send and then control multiple streaming media to various destinations throughout my house, so that everyone is happy, and I remain in control.

AtHome Camera – A Trusted Home Security

One of the world’s best and most trusted home security and video surveillance App, AtHome Camera transforms about 10 million devices to work as a video monitoring system. It may be customized to work as baby monitor, nanny cameras, pet camera, elderly care among other functions. The App supports all platforms, including Windows PC, Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android Phones, Android Tablets and Smart TV. Integrated and configured with AtHome Video Streamer, it enables you to keep track of your home when you are out by receiving realtime alerts whenever incidents occur.

The App is built to support several professional functions; these include alarm recording, schedule recording, remote capture, email & push notification, two-way talk, video capture, video preview, split-screen viewing, cloud storage of alarm video among many others. The app allows for secure video streaming enabled by powerful encryption and P2P transfer technology. Built with a sophisticated and advanced technology, AtHome proofs to be the best choice to install as your home video surveillance.

You start by preparing two devices that is a computer and a smartphone. Then download the AtHome Video Streamer App from Google play or Apple App Store and install it on your device. After successful installation, your device is assigned to a unique Connection ID (CID) to mark the first time launch of the AtHome Video Streamer. Proceed with downloading and installing the AtHome Camera app onto the other device you intend to use as the viewer, then open the app , create an account and log in. Finally, add a camera by selecting either “Add by CID” or “By QR Code”, your live streaming set up is complete and ready for realtime footage.

The apps setup start by installing the PC side software that coordinates all phones, cameras and other smart devices. Then install the app on your phone and configure it to the pc side. Then add other camera devices to communicate to the pc side through a wireless connection where your pc sends notifications to your phone wherever you are.

The App affords realtime remote monitoring where the user can watch a live streaming via 3G/4G or Wi-Fi network whenever or wherever they are. It also features a motion detection capability that sends emails or push notifications instantly whenever motion is triggered. It comes with a secure and private, two-way talk communication, where you may directly communicate to pets and people. You may also remotely adjust your IP camera to capture the entire room or schedule an automatic video recording that starts in background mode. The App is portable on most Windows and Apple platforms and enables you to add multiple streamers on a split-screen viewing without losing any recordings since cloud storage acts as a backup storage.

The app requires a fast and stable internet connection which is expensive to install and maintain. It also requires smart camera devices that are also expensive to buy and install. A user requires some technical knowledge to successfully set up AtHome Camera surveillance.  The user must have a strong device with a high resolution camera for the app to work effectively.

This is an advanced way to keep your home secure or keep track of all activities taking place in your absence. AtHome Camera also provides an effective way to communicate to people and pets in your home whenever and wherever you are. With this app you are fully in control of your house!

SmartSex – How to be Smarter and Respect Sex

Often a taboo topic, sex is the topic of concern for parents, the topic of interest for adults, and a topic of controversy when not fully understood. People tend to hide any interest in it when it’s not considered mainstream; yet, it is a part of being human.

If you are one of those folks who want to learn more about sex, the biology behind it, and how to make it more enjoyable, then you should seriously consider downloading SmartSex.

Created Pando Health Resources, LLC, SmartSex offers immediate access to activities, knowledge, and news about sex. This is not only helpful to those who want to improve their sexual experiences, but helps adults who have children that may or may not be active, in teaching them what sex is all about, the possible dangers and the positives.

Sex is not a bad thing, and it should be respected and understood.

Call it the technological cousin of the Kama Sutra, SmartSex brings sexual enlightenment into the new age by making it easily accessible when you need it.

It even has three different quizzes you can take to see just how knowledgeable you are on the topic. Many think they already know everything there is to know. Big surprises may await them!

SmartSex also offers up a plethora of myths. Many of us have been brought up with old wives’ tales and only know what we’ve been told. Well, this app may just dispel much of what you thought was true, helping you become free of what may be holding you back.

Under News, you will learn about current topics that revolve around sex and about research that is underway, all providing links to the original sources.

There’s a list of links that transport you to websites specializing in specific sex topics for added depth over and beyond the news links.

You can even check out the weekly sex poll. A new polling question is posted every week putting out interesting questions to the SmartSex app community. Know that your answers will be confidential, so answer to your heart’s content; and then, compare your answer to all the results. The fun then begins!

If you are like those who like to share everything they are up to, SmartSex allows you to e-mail or use Facebook to share info from the app. This includes posting comments on what you’ve just read or discovered.

While advertised as almost a personal adviser, SmartSex falls a bit short in what it has to offer. More interactive and engaging content that can be shared both ways would be a great improvement, over just being able to send out what you’ve just looked at.

If you are looking for an easy way to learn more about sex, not just for fun, but also to understand it better, SmartSex will fulfill your wishes.

Let Your Kids Race like the Tortoise & the Hare

Remember the familiar tale of the Tortoise & Hare told by Aesop that entertained while teaching important life lessons? While the art of storytelling has evolved over the years, thanks to technology, we can still share these valuable stories in a medium that attracts kids in today’s world.

Wanderlust has taken Aesop’s famous tale and turned it into an experience for kids of all ages. For those who don’t know how to read or are just learning to read, there is the narration option. This option allows kids to have the story read to them. They can also tap on words to hear them individually sounded out. This helps them learn to read.

For those kids who already know how to read, they can flip through the pages at their own pace.

In addition to the reading aspect, this app brings both Tortoise and Hare to life, along with all the things that surround them.

If you choose to be read to, the app starts off with a Alistair Cooke-like host, sitting in an armchair by a warm fire, with book open and eye wide. He introduces himself and gets ready to take you on your adventure.

If you choose the Play option, you can tap on trees, rocks and doors to see character come out, do dances, birds fly, and more.

What’s really neat about the app is that you can turn on other languages. Available options include UK English and French. If you are looking to teach your kids French, what better way than to immerse them in stories written and told in the language? If you make an in-app purchase, you can get the app in German, as well.

Additional Features include:

  • Each language offers over 500 interactive words
  • Word play spread across 12 completely interactive pages
  • Actionable items across every page
  • Hidden surprises powered by animation
  • Move through the book in two way, swipe to the next or previous page, or scroll
  • Tips for parents and teachers, helping them present the activities to kids in the most productive way
  • Classroom Activities and a free preview of the Tortoise and the Hare Classroom Activities guide

There were a few pages where only a few animated sequences were found. I would also like to see more interactive items even when the child is using the “Read to Me” option. Maybe those interactions can be enabled after the narration on the page completes.

For a small price, Tortoise and the Hare brings a world of value and entertainment all wrapped up into one. Your kids will be mesmerized and educated at the same time, without even knowing it. Any app that you can find that does that is well worth the price; and this app is just $4.99.

Wanderfuls has succeeded in marrying technology with tradition, bringing famous fables to kids, so we can share important lessons and help our kids grow up to be responsible members of society.