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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Music Messenger

 

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.