TooFar Media – Experience Words in a Whole New Way

Books baffle the mind and force us to think outside the box. They take us to new places. They allow us to see new things. Even though all we are looking at are words on a page.

Imagine if the book provided all of the elements your imagination conjures up when you read. The sounds that play in your head, and the pictures you paint in your mind would now leap off the pages of the book.

These things I describe are all too real in Rich Shapero’s TooFar Media: Immersive Story Experiences.

Download this app because you are not going to believe what you see. This app comes with a preloaded story and three others you can download, so be sure to have the bandwidth and the time.

Story selections include:

Too Far: An exhilarating and heart-breaking story of an end to innocence that follows two six-year olds as they take refuge from their turbulent homes by exploring the mysterious wooldland beyond.

Arms from the Sea: A young sculptor from the State of Salt swallows a poison pill that transports him to a watery heaven, whose monstrous, seductive creator reveals to him what it might mean to redeem a desolate world.

TooFar Media app

The Hope We Seek: Zachary Knox, “the Bull’s-Eye Telepath,” heads north in search of gold, arriving at a mining camp where arduous labor, sustained by belief in the cult of Hope, promises an unearthly reward.

Wild Animus: The quest for a “bliss beyond fear” drives a young idealist to the Alaskan wilderness where, alone with his dangerous ideas, he transforms himself into a wild creature, prey to a strangely familiar pack of wolves.

So, what makes this app different than other reading apps? This app contains stories that are more than just your typical printed word. Each story comes elaborately enhanced with artistic embellishments. By this, I mean an amazing collaboration of sights and sounds that pull you into the story and erase the world around you.

First off, you have songs that were carefully crafted to match each moment in the story, almost as if you were watching a movie. Next, there is art on each page that puts meaning into each word and helps you create the setting and emotion.

When you enter the app and after you download the books you are interested in, you can swipe left and right to get to each story. From there to enter the story and move further into it, you do a double swipe from the middle outward. To me, it was as if I was opening the door to the next room.

I have to say that the overall layout of the app and maneuverability within is easy to master, but initially, I was a bit lost, and later found it was easy to jump to chapters within each book, which made it extremely easy to get to where I wanted when I left off.

I have just finished one book and look forward to diving into the next. I have never seen such an experience before and I highly recommend TooFar Media to anyone who loves literature, music and visual art.

Battery Charger Alarm Saves Your Battery

Most apps today claim to have new features, settings and applications within the app. The battery charger alarm does not do this. Many apps have claimed to save your battery and notify you when your battery is low but they never quite do it correctly. I like this app because it is easy to use and worth the download—plus, it is free!

This app contains many unique features. Its main purpose is no notify you when your battery is too low so that you can charge it, and if you are not near a charger, it also has a battery saving setting to hold you over until you do get near a charger. It will also tell you when your phone has finished charging and you can unplug it. If you didn’t know, over charging your phone’s battery can kill the battery too soon, so with the alarm notification on this app, you will know when it is fully charged and then can unplug your phone. Instead of checking constantly whether or not your phone has fully charged, the alarm will tell you and then you can act accordingly.

This app has great settings too that are quite helpful. The app has many features as well. Just like you can choose a ring tone on your phone, you can change the alarm settings too. It has an alarm ringing frequency setting so that you can choose how often it rings, you can control the vibration settings as well. You can also change or control the silent mode settings if you want the alarm to be silent. This comes in handy if you are at work or in a quiet place. You can also control the night mode settings for when charging your phone while you are asleep. It also has a great do not disturb setting if you do not want to the alarm to go off for whatever reason.

Battery Charger Alarm

A common question with the app is how the night mode works. If you turn the night mode on to activate it, then the alert will not go off or ring between 11 PM and 8 AM. You can use the night mode to stop alarm and battery charging notifications so that your phone does not feel too crowded.

The downside I found with this app is the compatibility with all my devices. It is only available for Androids but when I tried putting it one of my older Android devices, it did not work as well. That should not be too big a problem because people these days have the newest devices available.

This app is also available in many languages including Malay, Dutch, Slovak, Bulgarian, Ukranian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Nepali, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish and Czech. So, this app is available for many and has little restrictions.

Many reviews left for this app say that it is highly efficient, good and helpful. I have fallen victim before to my phone glitching early because the battery died early. Battery Charger Alarm will definitely come in handy with me because I have a very busy day and when I plug my phone in, I do not plan to check on it so this alarm can help me. I am sure many busy working people feel the same way.

Live Football Stats and Scores – Football Fan Utopia

If you watch football, and I mean the football known to all around the world, and what folks in the U.S. know as soccer, then you have got to download Live Football Stats and Scores, with no delay.

Live Football is an app for iOS devices that brings football fans closer to the game, bringing live data and streaming to users around the world, from games that are played almost anywhere. It hooks viewers and followers of various matches into the stats that surround the various leagues that pit teams against each other.

You can choose Favorite teams and from there, you can get Live Scores from games that are In Play, view games that are currently in play and mark the matches that you want to follow.

After marking the matches, you can view details on each.

My favorite page in the app is the page that compares two teams. I can go straight to it and see precisely how one team stacks up against another, one a point-by-point basis. This page is found under “stats”. You can compare BTTS%, Clean Sheet, BTTS+Lose %, BTTS+Win %, Cards per game, Avg. Goals per Game, and more.

The page itself it laid out cleanly so you can get to the data you’re interested in. You can even customize it by viewing the stat comparison for the last five games, last ten games, or to date for the season. You can also choose All or HvA.

SBAT app

I skipped a page, though. When you download the app, you will see six options to view: Timeline, Stats, Lineup, Recent, H2H, and Table.

Timeline takes you through each game and marks key plays in the game, noting the number of minutes into gameplay, the player, and what happened. Items that are tagged include yellow cards, red cards, corners and goals. This is listed for both teams in the match.

Recent displays games recently played for each team in your matchup, but it shows all other teams each team has played. For instance, in a matchup, if you have Chelsea and Swansea, it will list recent matches for both Chelsea and Swansea. If you select Mixed, it shows where Chelsea was Home and Away. If you select Away, it lists only those games in which Chelsea played Away, and if you choose Home, it lists all games where Chelsea played at Home.

These types of stats are great for fans and for betters alike.

Overall, the layout of the app is pretty cool, but i felt that there was too much information on the H2H page. It showed pairings of data for both teams in a match all on one page. I would recommend moving to a different page and displaying those stats for each, one at a time.

Barring that, Live Football Stats and Scores is chock full of information that any football fan should not live without. Easy to use and up to date, it keeps you in the game.

ABC Spelling Magic Enhanced for Faster Learning

Kids are a lot smarter than we think, and when we give them the tools to learn, they will. Not only are they eager to learn, they are ready. If you have a tot who loves to sing the alphabet and know the sounds of some of the character and is ready to take the next step toward building words, then waste no time downloading ABC Spelling Magic!

Created by Preschool University, this app presents letters in a fun and colorful way, with well designed exercises that immerse kids into the world of phonetics. After all, this is the building block of words.

The app itself is divided into two parts.

The first part focuses on recognizing a limited set of the alphabet, the sounds that each letter in this set makes, and provides games for the kids to use these letter to form words.

The second part expands on the first by providing the entire alphabet, including the different types of sounds each letter makes based on its pairing with other letters. Again, kids use these letter to mix and match and make words.

Before you get antsy about how complicated this will get, take a breath. This app focuses on words that employ just three phonetic sounds connected by short vowel sounds. So, the complications are limited – to avoid overstimulation which could lead to frustration.

ABC Spelling Magic app

The main screen gives parents lots of option on how to navigate. The Parents section of course is the first place parents go to make sure the app is setup correctly for their kids, including sound settings and such.

There is also an Instructions page which provides guidance on how the app works and how you can make it work for your child. To start, I highly recommend the Movable Alphabet area first, so kids can learn the alphabet and their sounds.

Next you would move on to the Word Building area, where kids can then use what they know about the sounds of each letter and actually start to build words.

The word building exercises are organized by type of word. Examples include words with the short a sound, short 3 sound, short i sound, short o sound, and short u sound. There is also a section for double consonant words. After the child is comfortable with these focused exercise groups, you can mix it up by going into Shuffle mode.

When kids build words, they are shown an array of letter to choose from, a picture, and empty slots into which they slide the letters. If they are correct, you get affirmation and move on to the next word. If not, you continue on the same word.

As valuable as this app is, I would love to see an expansion come soon that allows for larger words, so kids can continue using this effective tool to learn and build words.

I see lots of potential for ABC Spelling Magic and look forward to seeing where the creators take it.

Hero Legends Keeps You Glued on Your Seats

If you like comic characters and want something very similar to lay your hands on when it comes to playing games, here is one offered by Fire-point interactive Inc. that will blow your mind away with its 2D characters and beautiful storyline as you progress through the game. It is the “Hero Legends” which is a role play game that will have players glued on to their seats for hours with its exciting stories and the accomplishments one needs to achieve in order to complete a story.

Hero Legends is game with smooth interesting graphics and the story lies along the lines of battle between the good and the bad. There are these two armies by the name “Order” and “Chaos” and they fight against each other for a totally different purpose. You sign in with your play store id and start playing the game instantly with no formal set up required.

Talking about the armies, the “Order” team is one that strives to restore order or peace in the world by attacking the evil doers, which is the “Chaos” team. The order team are descendants of the angels in contrast to the chaos team that are descendants of the devil.

During your first login and initial setups, you will be given the choice to choose either one of these two teams. You also get to choose a name that you wish to have for yourself as the hero or to choose one at random from the game’s database. You then move on to the expedition where you fight your battle against the opponent.

Hero Legends games app

There are a total of 8 stories with a particular number of levels for each story. When you gain victory over each level, you will be given the option depending on your mission, to either restore peace or increase chaos. You can also build your army by recruiting new warriors and can unlock important landmarks and buildings, for example, the observatory can be unlocked by completing level 13 and the council hall can be unlocked by completing level 10.

Spinning your floating city can also take you to other areas where you see what is around, meet new people, look for what to conquer, and collect food, gold coins, etc.

  • On completion of each level, you can look at stats of friends and enemies.
  • The requirement to complete certain number of levels in order to unlock something keeps the player hooked on and engaged, looking forward to the excitements in store.
  • Treasure chests appear while fighting the battle which are an added bonus that lead to various collections.
  • Completing each level also lets the player to build their army.
  • The quests are short thereby not putting the player through stressful difficult tasks that may require multiple attempts before completion.
  • Each story has hidden levels that can be unlocked by collecting or unlocking the stars.
  • There is a chat option that lets the player get in touch with world players on the main channel or have a private one to one chat through the “Whisper” channel.
  • The game has neat 2D graphics with beautiful comic characters.
  • The “Auto battle” option lets the battle take place automatically without any player input. However, I find it somewhat funny, as playing a game is all about the player using strategies to fight their enemies and not letting it happen automatically.

 

It would be nice to have more choices for the player to choose who to recruit and what training should be given depending on the wealth a player has gathered through the battle. More control on using the power and introduction of temporary or upgraded weapons with each level could be an added advantage for Hero Legends.

Track Your Income and Expenditure with Actfi

Who doesn’t like using simple, less complicated apps in these crazy days where finding time to have a relaxing cup of tea has become something eventful to wait for? Gone are those days when people wrote long lists of their incomes and expenditure or even kept typing up those figures on long excel spreadsheets with those formulae and other calculations to handle! And yeah, what about the reminder part? You need to get that in your head somehow?

No, here is a solution to all the frustrations that you have been going through all these days and Actfi, the simple and powerful app will take care of all these for you.

It has a very simple interface that even a novice can get their hands on immediately without any complication. Yes, it is very straightforward in the fact that you just answer a few questions that the app asks you and voila, you have it all set up and running. Actfi then takes care of everything after your initial input is complete! It is that simple.

Actfi as two major tabs that you will be looking into at all times: the income tab and the expenses tab.

First time users will be guided through a page where you are given a set of questions to enter your income details like, type of payment, for example your salary or employer name or job title or if it is retirement money, (name it whatever way suits you). You then input how often you receive this payment (one time, daily, weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, yearly because this can vary with individuals), then choose if the above amount fluctuates as this varies for hourly paid individuals, last time you were paid (input date), input the amount you got paid and choose whether to have notifications on / off and hit “Go.”

Actfi

This income now gets added to your Actfi profile. The next part is to add the expenses, as this is what needs to be kept under control and monitored right?

Ok, in order to do that, on the expenses page, describe the expense, input how often it is due, amount due, last time it was due, choose to turn notifications on / off and hit “Go.” That is it, you are good to start using this app. Your financial assistant is all set up and ready to be used.

You can add as many number of income and expenses from these individual pages by tapping the “Add” button on top and Actfi puts the next due date for you based on the last time it was due. You can choose to show past occurrences or not. Also this information can be edited anytime if ever anything changes.

An interesting fact about Actfi is, it not only shows you the income and expenses due, but when you tap on each type of income, it creates a graph in the form of a pie chart that clearly tells you graphically what your expenses and income are along with a little description of the data. This helps you compare side by side where your money goes and how it can be controlled. There is also a suggestion of how much or what percentage of your income can be saved and how.

Personally speaking, a total of the income and expenditure along with net savings could be calculated and shown with net figures carried over to a savings tab, thereby helping users know what is available.

myVEGAS Slots – Play like you’re in Vegas – and then Go!

If you are a Vegas junkie and just can’t get enough, then download MyVEGAS Slots now! It’s a free download that provides hours of fun for those times when you can’t make a trip; and if you can make the trip, it brings trip planning ease to your fingertips.

myVEGAS is a slot machine game that works on both iPhones and iPads. Built to mimic the menagerie of Vegas and its multitude of games, it offers something that many other slot gaming apps do not – real life prizes that you can use, not just in-app winnings.

While the real prizes do not include money, they do include free trips to Vegas, complete with stays, dining and more, depending on what you have won.

As easy to use as most other gaming apps, myVEGAS makes the fun real by offering these prize trips, making the stakes worth winning and keeping you engrossed and excited. Winning in-app coins can get meaningless after some time, which is why MyVegas is a cut above the rest.

Partners in Vegas include The Bellagio, MGM Grand, Royal Caribbean, New York New York, Mirage, and more. You can win trips to get there, nights to stay for free, meals, and even tickets to see shows on the strip. You could not ask for more.

On the gaming side, some of the more popular slots include Frontier Fortune, Pirate Cove, Luxor, and many others. Newer games feature basketball star Shaquille O’Neal in Caddy Shaq and ShaqJack – I found this amusing.

There are enough slots to keep you playing for hours on end. While how you play is nothing unique, the winnings are, because the more in-app credits you get, the closer to move towards real prizes. Slot play is just as it would be in any other slot machine game; you put up credits and press the button. The reels move and slowly come to a stop to reveal a pattern that may or may not reap you rewards.

myVEGAS Slots is for newbies and seasoned players alike. Anyone can extract a ton of fun from the many games that are offered; but of course, no kids allowed.

Games with higher payouts become available as you move up in credit count, but believe me when I say it won’t take long to get there. I would like for the game to make it a bit easier to get to that point without having to pay for credits, but I guess nothing comes for free.

Until then, I am going to enjoy my slot games and keep hoping for that big win because I could sure use a trip to Vegas right now! This game is also available on Android.

Spare My hair Provides Accessibility to Hair Loss Prevention and Products

Hair loss is no fun; and it seems these days you see more people at younger ages exhibiting signs of thinning hair. Scalps are more visible, the hair is sparse. It is a mystery as to why this is happening at such an alarming rate. Thankfully, there are lots of solutions out there to help. You just have to find the right one.

If you are looking for a smart solution, then you need to download Spare My Hair. Spare My Hair is an app that gives you access to a doctor who has formulated her own line of hair loss prevention products along with giving you access to the products, too.

After you download the app, you will have an opportunity to make an appointment with Dr. Soliman. Now, keep in mind that her office is in the greater Los Angeles area. Fear not, you will not have to make a trip to see her. The app sets you up with a video conference so your initial consultation with her is live. She asks questions about diet, exercise, family history, lifestyle and more, to understand better the environment you are a part of, which helps determine possible causes for the hair loss.

Once she determines what you need, she advises on a program for you to follow. This will involve items from the Spare My Hair product line, to be used on the hair and scalp and some to be taking internally – just as supplements and vitamins.

Spare My Hair app

Here is where the strength of the app shines. You can then order everything that you need through the app. You don’t have to go searching for a site that sells the items. The app has it all. And everything you use is genuine. Dr. Soliman has formulated all of the items in the Spare My Hair line, so you know you are getting quality products.

I especially liked the chat rooms where I could share my specific issue with others having the same problems. Everyone’s hair and scalp makeup is different, so being able to talk to someone with a similar problem to discuss how they best use the products helps enormously.

Along with the chat rooms, you get periodic check in appointments so the doctor can make sure that your program is working, and make any adjustments that may be needed.

I would like to see better notifications coming from the app when a fellow hair loss sufferer has something to share. I would also like to see the ability to put certain products on auto refill, just like my prescriptions, so I know I will never run out.

Those are both things I can wait for. For now, Spare My Hair has made me feel better about a new approach I just embarked upon to help my head keep its shiny locks in place.

Play What you Want with Elmedia Player

Macs can be extremely powerful when used correctly. Many use them for projects heavy in graphics and videography. Others use them as a powerful desktop publishing machine that supports a wide variety of industries. However, Macs are not just good for work – you can take advantage of the power they wield when the work day is done – by watching a good movie or video.

Macs come equipped with QuickTime. It’s free, but it will only work with file types dictated by Apple. Let’s say your friend sent you a link to the latest episode of a series you’ve been trying to keep up with. Well, if it’s an AVI or WMV file, you are out of luck.

Not if you have Elmedia.

Elmedia is player that runs on Macs, but surpasses the boundaries that hold QuickTime back. There are two versions to choose from. The free version supports almost every media format that’s out there. If you upgrade internally from the app, you get the added bonus of being able to play YouTube content, manage playback settings, and snag stills from videos so you can save them as images.

Let’s delve deeper into what you can do with the free version of Elmedia. You can natively play all sorts of files, including SWF, XAP, DIVX, FLV, and DAT. Without leaving the app, you can surf the internet. As you collect more media, you can organize them through playlists. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, and noise. You can even change the image layout and use custom and pre-defined presets to adjust the audio to your liking, powered by a 10-band graphic equalizer.

The app cleverly executes software in a way that leverages the maximum speed of the hardware, to support playbacks that are quick and clean – devoid of skips.

As mentioned above, Elmedia allows users to browse the internet from within the app, by opening a separate window. You get a bit more out of this feature if you go with the Pro version. You can also download content with just one click. You can Download All or select just the ones you want from the page.

Extracting and saving frames is a snap. You can do this from either the Movie menu or by using a keyboard shortcut (Control-Command-S). Frames can be saved as TIFFs, PNGs, or GIFs.

For playback tweaks, the Pro version allows you to choose a default output and setup a number channels for quicker access to what you want to see.

From a newbie standpoint, I really couldn’t find anything horribly wrong with the app. It did take a while for me to find where to go to update settings and get videos to show the way I wanted them to. After a little digging around, I was able to figure things out.

Elmedia Player has now become our family’s go-to app to watch videos on our Mac. There are no more worries about whether or not the file will play, and we can all find what we want once we have saved them. The Pro version is definitely worth the purchase if you frequently download content and want to organize it.

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