An Optimal and Fun Way to Stay Fit – Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner

Exercise is essential to keeping well, but sometimes we can get bored with the workouts we do. It’s so important to change up your exercise regimen to thwart the onset of boredom and eventual abandonment of exercise altogether.

If you are in search of a new and fun exercise routine, then I highly recommend giving Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner a try. It’s an app that you can download on your iOS device and use wherever and whenever works best for you.

That is the number one asset to the app, that you can take your workout with you. You don’t have to attend a class or try to fit a class into you already hectic schedule.

The app is intrinsically designed to be easy to use, and it most certainly is. Its focus is to be of value to all people, of any age. So, your whole family can use it, even grandma! The instructions are well laid out and take you step by step through each routine. The videos are also presented in such a way as to give you a sense of being in the same room with the instructor, so you can see the moves from different angles and be able to mimic them.

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Once you download, you can go straight to the videos, but I would recommend reading up on the app to learn how to work your way through the videos. This app is meant for beginners and newcomers to Thai kickboxing, so following in the intended order of lessons will help you get the most out of this app without becoming annoyed.

The videos have been created by Edge Brown in his own world renowned studio in San Francisco, Gym 445. Each video lesion has been captured from different angles and the app shows two at the same time, so you can easily see what Edge is doing and how he does it, so you can follow.

Lessons include the basics in Thai kick boxing mixed with other exercises such as effective jump roping techniques, routines in plyometrics, and shadow boxing.

The entire layout of the app and ease of use makes it even more fun to use. Some apps tend to have too much going on, which detracts from the main goal of the app, to help you get fit.

I especially liked the introduction to the app and how he eases you into the exercise routines. There is great guidance on how to pace yourself, so you don’t overdo it and become entirely turned off to this revolutionary fitness experience.

If I could change anything in the app it would be to add the ability to set some goals and track them from within the app, and maybe get reminders to keep me on track.

If you are looking for a new workout that is highly effective, fun, and something you can get the entire family involved in, Thai Kickboxing Workout: Beginner is the app to download and share!

Music Messenger Makes it Easy to Share YouTube Songs

We all have loads of songs that are our favorites and videos we love to watch on YouTube, but when you come across one that you absolutely have to share with your best friend, you are stopped short in your tracks, because it’s just not a straightforward task to perform in YouTube.

Now, take Music Messenger. It’s been out for some time, but took a break for a while. In its initial run, most people loved what it had to offer. It makes sense of YouTube by providing a superb search engine from which to explore and find songs you know and love, and to make new discoveries.

It’s a music player of sorts, but feeds off of what is already in YouTube, so in a nutshell, it allows you to dig around in YouTube and then pull out what you like, save it, and store it in a way that makes sense to you, so you can find it again and so you can share it.

The sharing is the big game changer with Music Messenger. While YouTube does not make it easy to share, Music Messenger does.

When you download and set up your Music Messenger account, it will ask for permission to access your contacts list. You will have to say yes if you want the app to be able to send to friends. On your end, you will need to provide a phone number. While the app does not specifically say which phone number, I would assume it to be your cell phone number, otherwise, anything else would not make sense.

The one feature that sets Music Messenger apart from just using YouTube is that you can customize messages that you send to friends. These customizations include screen shots and verbiage. It adds some zing to a message that would otherwise just be a link to song. Creating these messages is as easy as using the entire app. It’s all right there at your fingertips.

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To start using the app, you most likely are going to use the Search and Explore function. From here you can type in keywords to look for song based on words in the title or artist or genre. If you would prefer narrowing down your choices, you can go into either the Trending list or Charts list. From here your searches are just taps into areas that are defined.

After finding songs you like, you can add them to existing or newly created playlists. These playlists are something that will coincide with your YouTube playlists, as well.

Once you’ve built up songs and playlists, both can be shared. You can send individual song or full playlists to people on your contacts list, and package them up nicely with a customized messaging format. I thought this was really neat and all of my friends really like it as well.

What I would like to figure out is how to make sure that all of my iOS devices have the same set of playlists and songs as I have setup on my iPhone. I have been doing everything from the iPhone, but I’m not even sure if I will see the same things on my iPad.

I am sure that is a supported feature, and I’ll have to tinker around with the Music Messenger to figure it out. Until them, I am going to take full advantage of the app to make using YouTube an easier experience for me. I am also looking forward to making more customized messages to send out soon!

Feline Finder Finds the Right Feline for You

If you are in the market for a pet and you know you want a cat or a kitten, but don’t know what steps to take to get there, consider downloading Feline Finder. It’s an app that allows you to search for cats and kittens that have been rescued and need a loving home. The beauty of the app is that it allows you to enter data about yourself and what you are looking for in a cat, so when you make your final choice, you are getting a pet that works well with you.

Oftentimes, people are oblivious to the characters of animals, but believe me, they have them. If your character does not work well with your pet’s character, only bad things will happen. You will have difficulty training that animal and it will not end pretty.

Using Feline Finder, you can be assured that you will be making an educated decision. The app has a survey that allows you to answer a bunch of questions. This helps the app narrow down the list of possibilities for you. It will also only list possible candidates based on your location, unless you state otherwise.

If you’d rather go straight into searching for a cat, you can skip the survey. Some folks already know what kind of cat they are looking for, and know what type of temperament will coexist with theirs.

The app does a great job of listing details about each breed. When you find a cat, you can view its details. Things like: General Information and Breed. For General Information, it gives you type of cat, the size, the age, sex and whether or not it’s been spayed or neutered. The details include information about its breed, as this has great bearing on its temperament. On the General Information page for a cat, you will also find easy access to the phone number of the rescuer, so you can set up a meeting if you want. You can also share this information with others, so you can get input and help when deciding.

I wanted to go back to the survey, because I thought that was key to using this app, even if you think you already know what you are looking for. Take the survey was extremely easy, and made me really think hard about what kind of cat would really work for me, based on the questions I was answering. If it were not for these questions, I may have based my decision solely on looks!

I’m not really certain there’s much you can do to improve the app, except to make it easier to chat or interact with the rescue center directly from within the app.

For now, Feline Finder is a really app to use if you are looking for a cat to adopt and want to be sure you are making the right choice. Not only will you find a friend, you may even get to know yourself better.

NeoDefense – Space Age Strategic Defense Game

A new mission-based battle game has been unleashed. neoDefense is a game that tests your strategic savvy and quick reflexes. It’s based in a world where new life has emerged and it’s your job to protect and defend it from creatures that invade in waves.

With a small initial cost to download, you get a lot of bang for your buck. As soon as you download the game, I would highly advise on selecting the Settings icon, looks like a gear, to set the music and sound effects volumes to your liking.

Next, if you are not as adventurous as other gamers, then the Help icon will be your next stop; look for the icon with the question mark on it. This takes you to YouTube where you can view a tutorial on basics behind the game.

Once you have finished this, you can start gaming. At first, you will only have one game available to you, called “The Entry.” Once you have mastered this game the app opens up more games and challenges that you can participate in.

The app has about three sets of 15 games, Alpha, Beta and Gamma. After these sets, there are about 8 more sets that are yet to be developed and launched.

When you start a game, you will see your little sprout of life placed somewhere on the playing grid. From there, you will see the invaders start to come. The initial game shows them as little red arrows. The bottom of the screen shows the defense mechanisms you have at your disposal. Simply drag and drop your defense mechanism to the location on the grid you feel will best defend your sprout of life in the best possible way. The initial game shows only a single path on which the invaders will travel, so your defense strategy will not have to be so complicated.

As you move forward in game challenge, you will see more complex grids and invasion techniques that will test your wit and quick reflexes. You have only so much time before the invaders gain access to or approach the sprout within firing range, and you need to place your cannons, towers and more in the right locations to prevent them from winning.

Every win provides you with more sophisticated defense armaments, so your techniques can grow with each increase in difficulty. This paired with sharp graphics and a pumped up soundtrack keep you going.

I would say that the only aspect of the game I did not like is that it was not very clear on how to play. I had to watch the tutorial video several times before I got an idea on how to play and even then, I failed several times. I found it difficult to figure out how to fire my cannon and take out the enemy.

After several tries, I did succeed and then started to enjoy the game, looking forward to the next set of invasions. NeoDefense is a game that players of all ages will like.

Fennex – Amplify and Intensify all Audio Experiences

We work and play almost everywhere; but, sometimes that can get to be a nuisance when you are trying to tune into a conference call while driving or while sitting in a café. Meetings can’t be missed, but you don’t want a miss a thing being said, either.

Unless you have those clunky Bose headphones on, you are not going to be able to hear what you need to hear to make sense of it all. That’s when you need to enlist some tech help from an app that helps filter out what you don’t want to hear and helps amplify what you should be hearing.

Fennex is the name of the app and augmented hearing is what it provides, using special techniques in volume customization, balancing, compression identification and more, to make what you want to hear exactly what you hear, and nothing else.

I should impress upon you that this is not intended to be a replacement for a hearing device nor does it take the place of any medical device that would be needed for those who have hearing issues.

To start, download the app on your device, be it your mobile or iPad. Then you can adjust settings for other audio outlets, such as your car or your particular brand of ear pods, so that the sound is customized for that media and for the setting in which you are in (e.g., your car, walking outside, your home office, in a public eatery, etc). These adjustments can be found on the Settings area of the app.

To use the app, you open it up when you are ready to engage in a meeting or phone call. Once you hear sound, you tap on the central button to make adjustments. This is the Hearing Test portion of the app, and it calibrates the app to work its best every time you use it. Based on what’s going on around you and the amount of sound you want to filter out, you continue to tap and make adjustments to suit your needs.

It is that simple to use.

If you have created certain setting for particular types of environments, you can save them and select them for use elsewhere.

You are essentially identifying and defining how you want to hear the sounds around you, based on the current time and place. The controls are simple and intuitive, which makes this a great app for anyone.

While the app works with all types of hearing devices, the app creators do recommend using Apple hearing devices to best results. What makes the app work very well is its ability to allow you to focus in on which microphone you want to stress: iPhone bottom, iPhone front, ones that are built into your earphones, or externals.

I think it would be nice to have the app work well with all types of hearing devices, as not all iOS device users have or use Apple Pods.

After using it at work, I can truly say that Fennex has been a true blessing, helping me focus on my work and not get drawn into conversations taking place all around me. I look forward to using it more often so I can keep working from wherever.

Phonics the Right Way – LETTER FREE PHONICS

If the English language was purely phonetic, then teaching it through the use of phonics would make all the sense in the world. However, it is not phonetic. There are so many rules and exceptions to them, that it’s easy to see why kids get confused when learning how to read. You literally are memorizing how to say the words merely my recognizing it a symbol rather than by sounding out each letter.

To learn phonetics the right way, you need a system that works on sounds, not just the letters. Because we all know that certain letters have certain sounds in some words and a different sound in others. That’s where LETTER FREE PHONICS becomes your best friend.

It starts kids off by learning the beginning sounds of words, so they create a strong connection between the letter and its sound. By doing this in a gaming format, the work being done is not considered work, and the child retains so much more as several more neural paths are engaged as each new word appears.

There are four different types of games included in the app, which add to the variety and keeps kids interested. Each games helps children master the primary sound of each letter, so they are able to use that when reading text.

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Games one and two introduce letter sounds in the format of solving various types of puzzles. As the user moves puzzle pieces from one location to another to complete an image, the sound of the first letter of the name of the image will sound out. For instance, if the final puzzle will show the image of a dog, then every time a puzzle piece is moved the app will sound about the “d” sound.

Game number three offers up a sound and the player must then choose from a set of images the one that starts with the featured sound. This adds a twist and a new direction to processing the sound and recognizing how it’s used.

The last game is a little quicker and ups the challenge a bit more. This game will display several images and sounds. The player must drag and drop a token over the image/sound pair.

Careful consideration was taken to ensure the images that are used are ones that youngster would recognize and easily discern. Otherwise, the games would have no meaning.

A very nice feature of LETTER FREE PHONICS is the configurability. You can choose the voice sound to be male, female, or a child’s voice. You can also enable/disable the repeat sound function, which will repeat the sounds, or not. There are other options related to puzzle completion settings and clues that you can set based on what level of challenge your child can handle. The key is to learn the sounds and not be hampered by completing a puzzle.

I would say the only thing different I would like to see soon is an addition of images and puzzles so kids can continue to be challenged. Once completing a puzzle a few times, it’s easy for them to just “know” what the result is going to be and they will lose the ability to learn.

Outside of that, this game is a real lifesaver in terms of tools that help kids learn their sounds and set them on a course for success in reading!

Mighty Maru – A New Experience in Adventure Gaming

Gaming apps and online gaming in general have grown exponentially over the years and what was first understood as the “gaming experience” has evolved into something with a deeper and richer experience.

Mighty Maru is a game about fighting and surviving the evil foe of a rich elitist government that seeks to protect its rule and crush any and all insurgencies. When peaceful protesting students gather to question the system, they are put down hard by the brutal Constabulary, who has been given the authority to do so. The characters are vivid and bright, placed in scenes that are enchanting and surreal at the same time.

Our main characters are a couple in love, who are students caught up in the protest. One gets out safely when the Constabulary shows up. The other is not so lucky. As a player, you choose which character you want to be and then face the challenge of rescuing the one that has been taken into captivity.

The captive is taken to a known prison called Gorge, which exists under the radar – no one knows where it is. You are tasked with avoiding all of the Constabulary’s henchmen and find the location of Gorge, all before sunrise. You will have many puzzles to solve and spells to craft to work your way out of many situations.

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This is where another vital piece will be required. Your Nex Band. This band interacts with the game using mods you purchase. The app will tell you what you’ll need ahead of time, so you can make the correct purchases and have everything in place. These mods fit onto the band, so you use what you need, when you need it. Five mods are recognizable at a time. These mods are basically charms you put on the band. As you use them to play the game, the data and your choices are saved in the Cloud. So the next time you slip on the charm, it will remember what you did last.

The overall concept of the Nex Band is mind numbing. I simply could not get over how rich it made the game experience. I felt like I was more into the game because of it. The other neat thing was that other players with a Nex Band and the correct charms can show up in your gaming experience when they are physically close enough to you.

The downside to the game is that you have to have the Nex Band. There is not much to it if you don’t have one. Not sure how much they cost, but I will say that once you make the purchase, it will be with you for the long haul and of great use beyond just gaming.

If you like a game with a good story line and are looking for an experience like no other, then get yourself a Nex Band and download Mighty Maru today!

Talking Tank Wars in Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk

Gather your strength and decide the outcome of the war in this remarkable role-playing game. Get to know the notorious tanks of World War 2 and use them to defeat those who wish to defeat you first. Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk, by PopPace is bound to be your first-choice action game.

Tanks Mobile can be described as a tank-lovers dream! Begin with tanks like the M36 Jackson, Ram 3,  M4A3E2 Jumbo, and Somua SAu 40 – all of which can be collected on your first day!

A simple tutorial gets you ready for serious battle. Have fun watching your tanks go – boom-bang! – opening fire on vile enemies.

Once you know your way around the user-friendly home page, you can begin engaging in the chapters of Poland. Battles start off in an “easy-peasy” fashion, but of course, as you progress you are going to need to get those battle skills up! Collect essential resources after each battle.

Don’t let the extensive home page overwhelm you, along the way there are useful tips and hints available. Upgrade your tanks; enhance your shells, armor, and guns using your silver; and uncover what the other centers have to offer.

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The demanding battles require master plans and designs to win wars. To ensure that you acquire these skills, unlock formation slots so that you are able to deploy your iron beasts. Once you witness the exact performance of each tank you can decide where to place them- it is all about strategy here!

Features

  • With 50 tanks to collect, you are spoilt for choice. Get to know your tanks and use them to your advantage, and take down the other side! To keep track of the tanks you own and their stats, have a look at the handy manual.
  • Battle to gain experience, knowledge, and strategic skills!
  • An enormous online gaming community awaits! Take on dungeons for key equipment and energy, and defeat War Bosses with your friends in terrific battles. Share your battles with your Facebook friends too!
  • Unlock and explore the war room where you can gain vital resources.  
  • Smooth gameplay and controls – there are no long waits before or during battles. The graphics are superb! The detail on the tanks are both convincing and life-like. The game sounds bring about a serious war atmosphere.
  • Fascinating tank facts to read.
  • Experience different and fresh battles each time.
  • Collect nifty daily rewards.
  • Completely free to play, but in-app purchases are offered.
  • No advertisements.

Begin your World War 2 adventure with Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk, and collect your iron machines of war. You are promised to be entertained and satisfied as you attempt to flatten the enemy. All the best, soldier!

Kukun – Renovate and Remodel with the Right ROI

Folks are staying in their homes longer, and when that happens you know there will be things to fix and upgrade. The dilemma that strikes is in deciding whether or not the cost is worth it. If it only matters to you because you want it and don’t care about return on investment, then the issue is moot. If you are deciding on a remodeling project that is more want than need, then it’s always nice to know if the investment will bring you value down the road in terms of selling price.

You could hire someone to help you make that decision, but what if there was an app for that. Download Kukun: Home Remodel Costs & ROI and find out how informative and fun the app can be.

You can use it to prioritize and makes decisions on which projects to pursue and which to put aside. You can find professionals to help you execute on the projects, and make the right decisions that fit your budget, style and more.

The download is easy and free. You simply have to register using an email address. From there you can set up your property information. At first, you’d wonder why this app would not pertain to just your home, but imagine if you are real estate agent or if you own several rental properties. You can set up several property profiles and gain insights into each separately.

When entering data for a property, you add information about number bedrooms, number of bathrooms, living floor space, the number of levels, property size, whether or not there’s a pool or jacuzzi. This information gives you a rough estimate of the value of the property. This will be used later, of course, once you start entering data on the potential renovations and remodeling projects you have in mind.

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From there you can add details on each room, such as dimensions, ceiling height and number of windows. Once you have details of your property in place, Kukun has everything it needs to give you estimates on any project you throw its way.

Basic functions of the app include:

  • Estimate – get an idea of what a project could cost based on zip code
  • Find A Pro – research professionals and contractors in specific areas
  • My Projects – what you want to have done, with details on the changes you desire
  • Request a Quote – soon to come!

 

To start, let’s say you want to remodel a bathroom. You have what is currently there. Now you go in and select that you will be starting a remodel project. Kukun will present a list of tasks that could be a possibility. You simply walk through the list and pick and choose what you will be doing. Details on flooring and such can also be entered. You also rate, “good, better, or best” the level of upgrade that you want on each item. After entering a zip code, Kukun will go out and estimate the bids you may receive based on rates in your area.

The app itself asks many of the questions that contractors would ask when providing a quote. So, you know that you are getting a pretty close estimate from Kukun, which allows you to make smarter decisions on projects you want to pursue.

I found most of the app to be extremely easy to use and helpful. What I would love to see is the option to add specific changes that I’d like to make on projects, rather than have them be a built in list of options you select/deselect.

Until then, I plan on entering lots of potential projects and look forward to the Request a Quote feature so I can get my home back on track.