Lemon Tree – Storybooks Personalized for Your Little Reader

Learning to read can be fun if what you are reading means something special. For kids, this means drawing them into the story. As adults, we can put ourselves into any situation and fill gaps using our imagination. Kids need more. That’s where Lemon Tree comes to the rescue.

Lemon Tree is an online library of books that your child can download and read. You get a total of eight books when you purchase the app for just $1.99. A small price to pay for a personalized publication!

So, not only do you get a nice set of books, you also get to personalize each one of them so you child’s name appears in each. There are reading books and coloring books, so it offers variety that is sure to keep you little reader entertained.

After downloading, when you open a book it will prompt you to enter a child’s name. You provide this and, when needed, names of friends. The book then fills in the names into the story making your child and the named friends characters in the storybook. What is neat is that the app highlights the personalised information in color, so your child’s eyes detect their names easily.

Lemon Tree featured

Stories include characters like elves in Santa’s village, a grumpy old teddy bear, fun loving dinosaurs, and fairytale fairies. While the stories are written in traditional format, it’s important to remember that if your child is not fully reading on her own, she will need assistance.

A feature that I really liked, that you don’t find in many children’s books are the Fun Facts that appear at the end of each story. Each story is entertaining and educational at the same time. Parents can go over Fun Facts with kids or let the kids ask about them on their own.

Each page of every book is bright with color, the text is crisp and easy to read. Moving between pages involves simple swipes that anyone can handle.

A small but powerful feature would be to add a “read to me” option. If the book was like an audio book, it would be a great enhancement and would allow for non-readers to join in on the fun. I always thought hearing the story was a great way to learn how to read. You can follow along with the word as they are spoken. I would also like to see a QWERTY keyboard for entering names and places.

Other than that, Lemon Tree is a definite download for anyone that’s looking for books that your child will love and ones that you can pop open wherever you are!

Evermusic – Clever Cloud Music App

For those of you who have your treasured music collection stored in the cloud and want a better way to manage it and use it, you have to try out Evermusic. It’s an app that affords you easy access to your music from a myriad of devices. There is a free version of the app and there is a professional version that you can purchase for just $0.99.

Typical locations for music storage include Google Drive, Box, DropBox, MEGA, SMB and OneDrive. Evermusic works with all of those cloud servers, and more. The app connects into your cloud selections and streams from there, so you can listen to your music, anytime, anywhere.

What better way to take your music with you without worrying if you downloaded it to your iPhone or iPad. The files stay in the cloud and “follow” you wherever you go.

Major features include:

  • PLAY – you can play several types of audio formats, including MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIFF and M4R. There are options to REPEAT and SHUFFLE, so you can replay a song you absolutely need to listen to again, or just let the player take control and serve up songs with a random whim. Audio books are also supported by Evermusic. You can also control playback speed – something for those music lovers who love to create other things with their music. If you use it as an audiobook player, you can set several bookmarks and title them, so several users of the same cloud can share in reading a book. What I really liked was the Sleep Timer. I love to play soothing sleepy music at night and set a time for when it will turn off, which is hopefully after I’ve fallen asleep.
  • DOWNLOAD – connect into your cloud provider and then download onto whatever device will handle the files. This allows you to listen to your music without needing an Internet connection, which is sometimes a very essential feature.
  • MANAGE – You can copy, move, rename and transfer files between different cloud storage carriers. Many times you may want to share songs with others in your family. Evermusic makes is ever so easy. You can create playlists and organize the songs in the playlist. Editing ID3 tags allows you to identify your music quickly.
  • SYNC – Evermusic automatically synchronizes your music across all the devices that are connected into your cloud. You don’t ever have to do anything manually.
  • SEARCH – a cleverly designed engine provides quick and easy searches so you can find what you are looking for without frustration. I found this feature extremely easy to use and very valuable.

I was very impressed with the black background, which gave the app and very professional and easy to navigate look. Some apps have way too much going on. This app had everything perfectly placed.

There’s not much I could recommend in terms of improvements. I thought Evermusic was extremely easy to use and provided smooth streaming of my music with top quality. I would like to see less items displayed on the lists, as at times things looked crowded.

Other than that, this app is a treat to have if you are looking to make the most of your cloud collection of music.

33 RPM – Apple Music Management Made Easy

Love your music selection on Apple Music but wish you could get more out of your library? You need to download 33 RPM! It takes your music library to a whole new level, making it a fun place to share music, learn about your preferences and your friends’ likes and dislikes.

33 RPM is an app for just about an iOS device you can think of, with the restriction of needing 11.0. So, you can see it’s pretty new. You also need to have an Apple Music set up, too to get the most out of the app.

The app acts like a cool window into your music library. You can create playlists, add to them, mark certain songs as favorites and more. You can then share and connect with other users and even learn more about the music they love listening to. It makes for a great way to learn about new pieces and expand your auditory repertoire!

Not only is it a window, it also tracks what you listen to, how often you listen to it and categorizes these actions to help list your favorites and to gathering information on your taste in music, so that it can offer up a new selection of music and songs to try out.

As part of the download of the app you will be asked to enter your Apple id so that you can create an account. What really impressed me was the cool backdrop of black. It made everything stand out and easy to find.

33 RPM screenshot

The app is broken up into three areas, plus an area to setup and update your Profile. These areas can be accessed using the icons at the bottom of the screen.

First, there is My Music. This is where you can access your music library, make playlists, update playlists, mark songs and music as favorites, find new music and add it, as well. From here the magic of 33 RPM also comes to life. You get to see the top most listened to songs along with how many times you’ve listened to each Today, This Week and This Month. It also shows you the albums you’ve listened to the most.

This is also where the tracking feature comes into play. 33 RPM keeps track of how often you listen to each song, what type of song it is, have you shared it and how often. All of this information then gets digested by the app to create suggestions for new listening experiences.

Next, there is Timeline. This shows you what you’ve listened to over time. This can be by days or weeks, however which way you want to view your listening habits. It’s kind of cool to see what you’ve been listening to during which days. There tends to be pattern to that. Think more party and fun music on weekend evenings, and more sober calming music in the mornings of weekdays.

Finally, there is the Discover area of the app, which uses information gathered by the tracking machine to find and offer you different pieces of music and songs that it thinks you might like or could like based on your preferences, what you have listened to frequently, and more.

Overall Social Media comes into play because you can share what you like and what you don’t like at a song level or even at an album level. You can even post your likes and dislikes of what friends have offered as their favorites.

MacX Video Converter Pro – Plus Giveaways

MacX Video Converter Pro is your goto media for making video transfers, organizing saved content and sharing a snap. With Thanksgiving around the corner, there are special giveaways and features that warrant a second look at this media management software tool.

To start, we all know how amazing MacX is. It makes conversion of video from all sorts of sources so easy to execute. You even have at your disposal an enormous set of tools to tweak settings and make your copies and transfers go exactly as you want. What the creators of MacX want to share now is the newly updated features that provide an even greater boost to the current features.

Newly Added Features

  1. Convert 4K UHD Videos
  • Convert 4K videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, iPhone 6 and higher, HD Camcorders, GoPros, drones and more. Results run on 4K UHD TVs.
  • Pros to 4K videos: sharper images, popular in use
  • Cons to 4K videos and the MacX solution:
    • Large Video Size – With sophisticated recording devices that capture more data for better quality, users are seeing larger file sizes. MacX compresses files for quicker backups, transfers, streaming and loading.
    • MKV, M2TS, etc not Apple supported – Users want to copy and save content from just about anywhere. MacX converts these 4K file types Apple supported formats.
    • Several video players do not support 4K – MacX converts these 4K file types to MP4, MOV, AVI, or WMV – your choice.
    • Make 1080P video work on 4K devices = MacX converts 1080P to 4K so you can play anywhere 4K is supported.
  1. Fastest Conversion Speeds

Powered by the exclusive Intel QSV and H.264 technologies, MacX now boasts the fastest conversion speed on the market.

To give an idea, an MKC video (H.264+ac-3, 1920×1080, 02:07:22) can be converted to MP4 in just 15 minutes. That’s 6 times faster than HandBrake and 10 times faster in auto copy mode than in normal conversion mode.

  1. Convert Video Codec to H.265/HEVC

Video codecs like H264, DivX, VP9, and more can be converted easily to H.265/HEVC, making videos compatible with iPhones, iPads, Macs on iOS11 and Sierra. MacX compresses files sizes by up to 50% while maintaining the video’s original quality.

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Robust Main Features

  1. Convert SD/HD/2K/4K videos

With over 320 video codecs and 50+ audio codecs, MacX empowers you with tools to convert SD and HD video (M2TS, MTS, AVCHD, MKV) and 2K/4K/8K videos into over 180 formats on the Mac, including MP4 and MOV so you can edit on iMovie, Final Cut Pro. You can even playback on iTunes, Apple TV, iOS devices, Androids, Windows Phones, Kindle and more.

  1. Download YouTube Content and save on Macs

Find and save your favorite YouTube videos. MacX supports converting HD, 4K, 3D, and Blu-ray movies from YouTube and form over 300 other video sharing sites, including Facebook, Yahoo and Dailymotion. Conversions can be saved to MP3, AAC, MP4, WMV formats for easy playback.

  1. Edits – Add Watermarks, Subtitles and create Slideshows

If you love your videos but want to make some enhancements, you can trim, merge, crop as you wish. Find favorite segments to share with friends, remove the black space that often frames videos, and merge clips to create one file. Videos can be personalized with watermarks and subtitles. You can even take stills and clips and create a slideshow with music.

MacX is the tool to use if you are looking to save videos of all kinds. It’s easy to use and creates exactly what you need, so you can view videos wherever you go.

Never Forget With Reminder

You forgot that you were presenting today so you are dumbfounded in front of your colleagues. You do the best that you can under the circumstances but it could have been better if you had only prepared. Or, you could of had Reminder, the last word in reminder apps!

I am sure we have all been in a situation where we have forgotten something. In today’s day and age it is impossible to remember it all on our own. Just on a normal day, we are faced with more than seventy decisions, so there is more than enough on our plates.

If you are wondering how our brain handles it all – well, it cannot. And that is how little pieces of information filter through and get lost in the day. It is unfortunate that those little pieces of information could have been really crucial, like those two birthdays you forgot last year!

Eventually, when you do remember that forgotten anniversary or piece of homework, it is followed by a big apology and plenty of excuses. It can either go two ways from here, an argument or the polite “it’s okay” – but you know it really is not okay.

Avoid these predicaments by giving yourself the gift of Reminder, it is the simple but most effective way to to create reminders and stick to them. Create your reminder by tapping on the plus sign at the bottom right and fill out all the information.

Scroll and search through your reminders, edit and delete them as you wish. You can skip the scrolling by viewing the daily summary reminder, which will show you the reminders for that particular day. Do things sound super well run already?

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One of the wonderful things about the reminder app is its simplicity and user-friendliness, setting reminders can be done in seconds. When it comes to customizing your notifications that could take a few minutes to setup on day one – just because there are so many!

  • Customize your theme – choose between light and dark
  • Choose between standard and compact view
  • Date and time pickers
  • Choose ringtones, vibrations, and popup notifications and tiles for each category
  • Set hourly reminders or snooze
  • Add your own widget to the app

 

As you can see, you can really personalize things to your preference. Below are a few more features one can enjoy using the must-have app:

  • Separate active and completed task lists
  • Categories with different colours and settings
  • Search option
  • Auto backup and manual backup
  • Reminder- Pro is the ad free version

 

With all of these wonderful features getting things in order will be a trouble-free affair. Reminder is perfect for school, work, home, and personal use. Just think about it, you will never have to make another awkward apology again!

 

Seez R – Find Cars, Like Them, Then Buy Them

Car buying is never number one on anyone’s list of fun things to do; yet, when you need to, you have to go through the headache of figuring out what you are willing to spend, what kind of car you want that fits in your budget, and finding the right one, without settling for less.

There are apps out there that catalogue and share cars for sale. Many of them end up being at dealerships. Each of these apps require a lot from you as the user in terms of making decisions and entering criteria that the app will then use to list options for you to consider.

Seez R is different. It’s your personal car buying agent. The app uses the latest in artificial intelligence technologies to help you understand your requirements, define them and then uses them to scour its scope in search of all possible options.

By using image recognition, chatbots and more, you find purchasable possibilities and get connected to sellers instantaneously, so you can ask all the questions you need to find out more about a potential deal.

Right now the app works in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and certain areas of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But rest assured that the app’s scope will grow with time.

Seez R featured

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you know what type of car you want, you can snap a picture of it or enter data about it. Seez R takes that info and performs an exhaustive search to offer you a multitude of option. As you peruse these options, if you find something you like and have questions, simply engage the seller in a chat session and learn more. If you are ready to move on to the next step of negotiations, Seez R takes care of that as well.

If you are not so sure of what you want, you can check out the Hot Deals. This may give you some idea of what’s out there and help steer you in some direction. Maybe you are not even in the market right now, but a screaming deal may just get you the car that you are dreaming of.

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to know every single deal that’s out there. Seez R comes incredibly close to making that happen through the power of technology and social media.

I would have one suggestion to the creators to make the app better. The screens where you see lists of cards seems crowded. There is also a lot of empty space that could be used more efficiently. I would like to see a bigger picture of the car and have the verbiage be stacked over to the right side.

Outside of that, using the app is extremely easy and provides information you would otherwise not find on your own. Seez R makes finding the right car and easy adventure.

Loco for Koko- Vote, Chat & Flirt Your Way into a Hot Date

By now, you have probably had enough of the mainstream dating apps that were once considered hot stuff. You noticed the lack of genuine and real elements, right? All that is left to do now is take a few scrolls and taps into the perfect, playful app, Koko.

Koko claims to be more than your average dating app – and that is true! You are off to a great start because sign up is just how you like it – swift and painless. The same goes for creating a profile – you state who you are, what is your business, and answer a few cute and quirky questions. No mess, no fuss!

No matter who you are or where you come from, Koko understands that some like it hot and others just seek some cool new friends. The funky dating app does not discriminate and encourages anyone and everyone to be their own sweet self!

A little flirting never killed anybody – vote for other users and better your chances of being crushed on. Don’t forget to invest a little time in taking the personality quiz so that you can find the best of what you truly seek.

Koko also assures users that it is one secure space. No funny business will be tolerated and that means no unwelcomed advances, inappropriate pics, catfishing, and talking to heartless bots.

All in all, the refreshing app says, “Hey you! Be you! And have fun while you do it!”

Koko featured

Flirty features:

  • User friendly – effortless to download and get dating!
  • Vibrant and youthful layout that promotes excitement
  • Feeling lost? Admin Adminilla Vanilla is a helpful guide that eggs you on to participate and initiate
  • No disappointment or pressure – find friends, hookup partners, or true romance
  • The fun factor – this dating app puts the “F” in “FUN”, so finding a suitable mate never feels like a burden
  • Search through hashtags to increase your chances of getting those dates
  • Stay safe – RealShot time is a feature that weeds out dodgy users
  • Getting a crush is an uncomplicated thing – simply like and like back. Therefore, communicating is not a tiresome chore.
  • Personality quiz helps to get the ball rolling and find your ideal matches
  • In-app purchases are available if you wish to stand out, send unlimited messages, see who voted for you, and more!
  • Invite friends to join the magic and be rewarded with the Koko currency – diamonds!

 

Making new friends is made easy when you decide to be a part of the Koko Tribe. All you need is some spirit, a smile, and some guts to make that move! Do not stress about the “love stuff” too much, let Koko take you on the crazy ride that it promises, enjoy!

Bearer of Good News! News Tab: Beautiful NewsReader

What we try to be is organised, but due to the hustle and bustle of life it is not always possible. At least with News Tab: Beautiful NewsReader, you are assured organised news from the time you grab your first cup of joe.

Does it not sound attractive? A place where all the news that does not interest you is weeded out and what is left is all that you care for. News Tab is designed to do exactly that, and do it beautifully all at the same time.

The most striking feature has to be an enthralling blue widget that takes the form of news thumbnails and immediately casts a tranquil veil over your news reading time. Scrolling down, start catching up with the latest scoops in your region, provided by Google News feeds.

Choose from all news or the best top twenty stories. Once you get comfortable, it is a breeze to begin bringing together your favorite news sources to one complete and organised space.

Sift through popular and local publishers, and leading topics. After locating or searching for your favorite news sources add them to your library and explore the stories they have to offer. Move from reading about technology to politics with the swipe of a finger. It is all up to you!

Take pleasure in skipping all the unwanted information and surround yourself with only the reports you wish to read. Get used to having all the latest and most interesting stories at your fingertips.

Features:

  • Do without the sign up and enter as a guest
  • Enjoy a unique, user-friendly experience with instant loading articles
  • Stunning, innovative layout and design that can be customized in the settings
  • NewsTab allows you to select from a range of interests, so you are guaranteed news that is always captivating and relevant
  • No longer will you have to check in on five different news sources to have your news fix – garner all the news that means the most to you.
  • Keep it organised in one place- synchronize all your devices and platforms
  • Remain in the
  • social loop by following social feeds and hashtags on Twitter
  • Over 130 regions and languages available
  • Don’t miss out – get the lowdown even if you are offline
  • If you don’t have time to read that juicy scoop, you are able to pin and read stories later, even when offline.
  • NewsTab premium comes with many benefits: subscribe to as many news sources as you wish, remove advertisements, have access to unlimited pins – this allows you to save and catch up on articles later

Who needs to pick up a newspaper, spend time rummaging through the web, or waste time scrolling through social platforms. With News Tab it is possible to keep track of all the news you want to read in a flash. Now that is good news to me! There is also a Chrome extension available for this app.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro – Save Favorite DVDs for Viewing, Anytime!

I’m not sure who buys DVDs anymore, but we all definitely have a bunch lying around the house. In the age of digital, no one wants to carry around or keep track of physical media. That’s just archaic. What you need is a way to save the contents of DVDs and put them on a device from which you can find and view them, whenever you want.

MacX DVD Ripper provided just the ticket.

This app, meant for Macs, allows you to quickly rip DVDs and save them on your Mac. It also provides for a fast and easy way to organize what you’ve ripped so you can get to them in an instant. An incredibly easy to use app, it does all the hard techie stuff for you. There is no need to open up a user’s manual and sift through it. Simply download the app and start using it.

MacX DVD Ribber Pro featured

First off, the app has built in smarts to bypass encryptions and protections on the DVD. You don’t have to figure anything out here, whereas with other apps, you do. If you have a desire to make certain changes to how the app work, you are welcome to do so, the facilities are there at your disposal, but you are not required to. This makes this app perfect for non technical folks as well as super techies.

The functionality does not stop at saving DVDs. You can also use MacX to clip out sections of video and save those for later use or post them on social media.

To get the DVD ripping started, or anything else, you put the DVD into the Mac drive and select the DVD Button on the app. Select the correct profile so that you save the DVD data into a format of your choosing. Examples include files for iPads, files for iPhones, and files for other destination operating systems, including Android devices, Windows phones and tablets.

The actual deciphering and copying of the DVD goes pretty quickly, but if you want superb quality, you can choose settings that more data is captured, which requires copying at a slower speed.

Once the DVD is loaded, you click on Run and the app takes care of the rest. As mentioned earlier, if you know about the intricate details involved in download and decryption and want to make some small changes to codecs to adjust frame rates, bit rates and resolutions, you have the ability to do so in MacX.

If there were anything I could change in the app, it would be to clean up the look and feel and make it less technical looking. It was a bit intimidating at first, but I was able to catch on quickly as it used more frequently.

If you are in the market for a DVD ripper and you own a Mac, I highly recommend purchasing MacX DVD Ripper Pro to ensure your copies are done well. The results are astonishing and the app makes the saves so much easier to find.