MAYU for iMessaging –  Social Media Animation Made Easy

Looking for a new way to send messages? Tired of boring text that has no impact? If you want to brighten someone’s day with text that says it all, then MAYU Animate is the app for you. MAYU makes it easy to create fun text messages, and sharing them even easier.

When you first download MAYU, you will be taken to a screen that allows you to create messages, add enhancements and send them on their way. The app has just one screen – it’s all you need. It’s simple. It’s handy. It’s straightforward.

You can opt in or out of sharing your device’s camera, but I would highly recommend opting in, so you can send stuff you’ve done in the moment.

Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll see on the main screen:

Top of screen

  • Camera – take pictures and then use them as your background. You can even add a layover pattern in addition to the picture and text.
  • Plus Sign – select this to create a completely new message. Note that if you don’t choose this, you will be working on the same message you last sent or edited.
  • Upload – send your message through your choice of social media apps. Choices include Facebook, iMessage, Twitter and more.

MAYU app

Bottom of screen

  • Create and edit your text. When you create a new message, you will get to type it in first. After that, the options you’ll see here is the ability to change the font and coloring.
  • Add your choice of backdrops.
  • Add animation.
  • Choose colors in and around your message.

MAYU lets you play around with all of the options and then hit Play to see what you’ve created before you send it on its way. If you really want to test out your message, you can even iMessage it to yourself to make sure it’s just the way you want it.

I really liked the option of being able to take a new picture or use one from your photo album and then do some crazy stuff with it. I was impressed with the different font styles and patterned overlays, as well. The color choices are endless and you can even fine tune hues to use colors that are exactly what you have in mind to make your message pop.

If I could request a change, it would be to add the ability to edit an existing message that you just started. I created one and wanted to use the same background and animation, but just change out the text – and was unable to.

Outside of that small hiccup, MAYU is an app that is fun to use and makes the art of messaging more entertaining.

SyncMyDroid Allows Quick and Efficient File Transfer

With the ever growing advancement in Android technology, we have fast become more dependent on our Android devices for a number of day to day tasks. Taking photos, downloading music, files and even reading eBooks are only a few of the benefits of Android devices that most users enjoy daily.

It is not uncommon for one to often find ways to transfer files from your mobile devices to your PC. Unless you have a USB cable handy, where and how quickly you can achieve this can be restricted. Whether you need to make space or simply to ensure the safety of information, copying your files from your Android device to your PC is easy with SyncMyDroid app. Sending photos, music downloads, videos or documents from your Android device to your laptop, or even your desktop is a quick, hassle free process.

Quick Installation and easy to follow instructions have the app downloaded onto your mobile device and computer in minutes. There are no complicated installation or configuration instructions to follow. You can have a number of desktops or laptops connected to your Android in no time.

No configuration to either device necessary. With a quick search, you can find and connect to the device in seconds. The entire process is fast and efficient. Simply download the app to your android and PC, search, connect and you are ready to sync. Using a WiFi connection, you can sync as many files as you need to without requiring the USB cable or data.

SyncMyDroid app

The SyncMyDroid app is also among the more secure options for file transfers. None of your files, photos or information is ever on a cloud server as it syncs directly between your mobile device and PC. The files are transferred directly on your local network, consequently giving you the added benefit of security and privacy. There is no need to upload the files to the internet and then to download them to the computer. It is a direct file transfer using any WiFi connection, therefore securing your data directly to your PC.

Furthermore, with the full version of SyncMyDroid, you can also copy files to your laptop using secure encrypted connection on public WiFi. This works great for any Android user on-the-go. You can use WiFi in places such as hotels, coffee shops and more with confidence that your information is secure.

With the secure encrypted connection, you can securely transfer files between your mobile and laptop anywhere with a public WiFi connection. This is especially efficient for anyone travelling. You can transfer and backup holiday photos, videos and more in minutes. Nothing is left to chance. The full version not only allows you the benefit of the encrypted connection but you can also copy and synchronize multiple folders simultaneously. You can back up pictures folders, multiple downloads and other file folders from your Android phone or tablet directly to your desktop or laptop quickly and efficiently.

SyncMyDroid is a resourceful, efficient way to protect and backup data. Now you can keep information, photos and other files securely stored at home and at no time are you sending it to the cloud. Nothing is sent through the internet. The only downside is that the file transfers are dependent on the speed of the WiFi connection.

Top 4 Apps For Competitive Sports Fans

If you’re looking for an app just to follow sports, you have about a thousand options. It depends to some extent upon which sports you most like to follow of course, but you get the idea: countless apps can present you with the latest scores, headlines, and highlights, and many can even stream live games or matches.

If you’re a competitive sports fan, however, in the sense that you like to get in on the action, you might need to be a little more discerning. There are various ways of competing alongside your favorite teams and athletes, including fantasy sports, picking outcomes and even straight-up betting. Considering all of these possibilities, here are four apps you might want to take a look at.

ESPN Fantasy

The ESPN Fantasy app was newly updated last year, and is now viewed as one of the best fantasy sports platforms available. What was once a pure fantasy football app, it now includes multiple sports, as well as some of the other games that people play in order to follow sports more closely. For instance, this app is where you can now find the company’s “Streak for the Cash” game, in which you pick game outcomes and attempt to build a streak of correct picks. The person with the longest streak and the person with the most total wins earn cash prizes each month (without any kind of fees).

ESPN Fantasy App

BlackType

BlackType by FSB Technology is a little bit different than the other apps on this list in that it’s a straight-up sports betting application. Covering all major sports (as well as popular betting sports like horse racing) with up-to-date odds, it’s a respected and trusted option for this kind of activity. BlackType is also known to be one of several prominent sports betting apps to offer free bets to new users, which can certainly be enticing. Free bets can take several forms, but generally involve matching deposits to give you a little bit of free money to make predictions with. Just don’t get carried away!

DraftKings

Daily fantasy sports, or DFS, has become a very popular activity among sports fans and bettors alike. One of its perks is that it tends to be legal just about everywhere, including where ordinary sports betting is prohibited. And while there are several different sites and apps for DFS (and we’ll get to an alternative in a moment), DraftKings has emerged as the de facto leader. On this platform you can pay entry fees for all kinds of competitions that allow you to draft athletes for a given day of competition. If your team performs well enough to land you in a certain range among the various competitors, you can then earn a payout. It’s difficult to talk about amounts because there’s a huge variety of entry fees and rewards, but this is the general idea.

Draft

Draft is actually another DFS app, but it was one of the first ones to emerge that differentiated itself from competitors. There are a lot of companies and apps that work more or less exactly like DraftKings does, only on a smaller scale. Draft has followed a different journey. It rose to prominence partly after raising $3.5 million in an early fundraising round, and has now established itself as the leader in snake draft DFS. A snake draft is just a style of drafting players, believed to be more fair and balanced than the “auction” style mostly favored at DraftKings. Draft boasts that players simply have better odds of winning money via this format, so it’s easy to see why a lot of sports fans who like to compete while they watch are trying it out.

Omni Remover Keeps Your Mac Humming Smoothly

When your car’s engine collects buildup, it doesn’t pick up like it used to. When scissors get sticky, they don’t cut. When things get overloaded with junk, they don’t work like they are supposed to. The same goes with your Mac. Overload it with too much stuff, and it won’t deliver as it should.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Mac’s are amazing. But, you can only keep so much on a Mac before you start to see deterioration in performance. It can happen to even the top of the line model.

So, how do you keep your Mac clean? You download Omni Remover and let it do its magic.

It’s free. It’s easy to use. It’s fast. It works hand in hand with your Mac to make sure you don’t keep apps and files that you don’t need. There is always lots of junk that gets downloaded when you visit sites, install apps or when you download files to view them. When you decide you don’t need those files or apps, there are other things that were downloaded besides those files that you should get rid of, but you just don’t know about them.

Omni Remover

Omni Remover makes it easy to get rid of stubborn apps. Most apps should get removed from your machine when you select “uninstall” or “delete.” The question is how many files are really being removed from your machine, or has only the icon been deleted?

Omni Remover makes sure everything related to the app is removed, so your machine is free and clear of all remnants, clearing it up for more important things.

If you just need to get a rogue app back to square one because it has started to misbehave, Omni Remover can do that, too. It will investigate what is wrong with the app, will remove the bad stuff, and will get you back up and running.

Omni Remover is also very helpful in keeping your Mac running smoothly by removing widgets and plugins you may not need anymore. These are items that sit in the background and use up valuable processing power. If there are widgets or dashboards that you just don’t look at or use, then Omni Remover can bring attention to them and let you decide whether or not to keep them.

What I really liked was the ability to run a cleaner app regularly. I was able to set how often I wanted it to run and at what time, so I knew that things were getting cleaned up, preventing any backup and buildups.

If there were one thing I would wish for from the app it would be to setup up some automatic reporting so I knew what was being marked for destruction before it was removed from my machine.

Omni Remover is still great nonetheless! It has made my Mac run a little smoother by removing things I don’t need and by helping me get rid of apps that I don’t use.

A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution… Visual Thoughts Wonders Without Words

Have you heard of Richard McLean? He’s an amazing author, artist and creative mind who channels his experiences studying psychology, delving deep into his personal experiences to share epiphanies and enlightenment with others through art.

Richard has taken his collections of art and presented them in an iBook called “A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution…art;

For just $11.99, you can own a digital copy of this book and access it on any of your iOS devices using your iBook account. Easy to download, it works just as any other book would in iBooks. You can jump to particular pages, or just swipe your way through, back and forth. What’s really nice is if you want to bookmark particular pages of interest or pages you really like and wish to share later, you can do that.

The collection that Richard has compiled in this book ranges from urban landscapes to simple stills common in everyday life. Consumers of this book and those who are knowledgeable of Richard McLean will notice how he has organized the sequence of his art to match how he worked through and incorporated evolving ideas for his PhD dissertation.

A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution

This latest version of the iBook has additional pieces added to the book and has improved on the resolution, making the enjoyment and viewing of each page clearer and more engaging. Each piece tells a story and they all come together to create a sense of what it means to be a human. What do we go through. What do we sense and how to we cope with what is around us.

Every page fills one’s mind with questions and ideas that help us make sense of some things and may even help us question others, so that we can improve in areas that may not be 100%. Every reader will get something different when immersing themselves in this book. That is the point of art. Art says different things to different people, and this book is Richard’s way of sharing his thoughts and feelings so we can create our own ideas.

There really is no trick to using this book in iBooks. You can swipe your way through it however which way you wish.

What would be nice is to upload and send a page to a friend to share it. It could be something inspiring. It could be something uplifting. It could be just about anything.

I would highly recommend downloading this iBook if you are big fan of art that is simple, yet speaks loudly.

Grogan the Grateful Monster Teaches How to Read and More

Every so often a book comes along that is meant to educate and help kids, not just on a “learn to read” level, but a deeper level that instills something that stays for life. One such book is “Grogan the Grateful Monster: What Do You Love?”

This book was written from the mindset of a man who is a scholar specializing in child psychology. He knows what’s going on in children’s minds and has dedicated some of his creations to making materials that help kids learn and grow.

Grogan the Grateful is an interactive iBook that helps kids learn how to read, and sends a meaningful message at the same time. Grogan is a baby monster. Once he hatches he starts to wonder and observe and learn. He begins to learn that there are so many wonderful things in the world and that they make this world a wonderful place to be in. He teaches the art of being grateful and happy for what’s around us.

Downloading the book requires use of iOS iBooks. It costs just $0.99 to download, but provides kids with a sense of accomplishment when they gradually learn sounds, words and how they come together to make a sentence.

You navigate through the book by swiping on the page, backward or forward. In various locations on each page, you’ll see a small icon for sound. This allows kids to tap on it and hear the sentence. So, kids can read on their own or just listen. If they are learning to read, they can say the sentence out loud and listen to see if they got it correct.

Another neat feature in this book is the ability to make notes in the book as you read. You can select as much text as you want. You tap on a word and extend the selection area as far as you want. Then you tap on the Note icon.

The book itself it very simple, as it should be. The illustrations are magical and enticing. They make kids want to turn the page and read more. Each character is unique in its own way, which stresses the idea of different is normal. We all are different and we all have our own characteristics, making the world an even better place to be in.

What’s even nicer about the book is that 25% of its proceeds goes towards a children’s hospital. It’s a win- win for so many.

What I would like to have seen in this interactive book is having each word light up as it’s being read by the app. That would really be a great starter for kids just learning to read. It connects the sound of the word with the appearance of the word.

Hopefully, we can see some small updates to the book sometime in the future, but until then, if you are looking for a book that helps children learn to read while offering them a bountiful chest of good feelings, then Grogan the Grateful Monster: What Do You Love? is a must to download.