Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tech Thursday: Cool FREE Apps to enjoy this Summer


I like browsing app stores and am a huge fan of any “Free App of the Day” headline. The following five apps, all free, are ones I like, so I thought I’d share. All are available in both the Andriod and iOS versions.

Always be sure your app comes from a reliable source and read through the overview and agreement carefully, as well as reading through comments by others. For a good overview of how to stay safe: See safety tip below.




 The Pic Collage app lets you create collages by importing images from just about anywhere, and then you add stickers, borders, backgrounds, or play around with the images themselves to make collages to share. To see the collage I made: If you create one and would like to share with other teens via Twitter, send a tweet with “@arlsnoisle”.

Traveling somewhere the summer or just want to practice speaking a foreign language? iTranslate “puts 60+ languages in your pocket” for easy reference. It not only translates spoken or texted words, it also detects the language, can share and copy via email, Twitter, or just save to your phone, keeps a history, provides a dictionary, plus – one of my favorite things on a smartphone – allows you to use swipe gestures for quick copying and pasting.

 Heat making it hard to fall asleep? Relax Melodies offers personalized relaxation and sleep assistance. Select from 94 options to mix your favorite sounds together with different volumes and create your own personal melodies, and then save favorites for easy replay. Relax Melodies also has a complete alarm and timer system. Preview some of the sounds here:
 Want to star in your own manga tale? Otaku Camera app mangatizes your smartphone…take a photo, choose a frame, and then select the area you want in the frame. Otaku does the rest. You do need to plan ahead somewhat to make sure the image fits where you want it to, but other than that it’s easey-peasey. (Well, kind of...I tried to mangatize my cat, because that would be cool, but anytime the camera comes out, phone or real one, she starts walking away, even if she has to wake up to do it.)
 Pocket Penguins, streaming in real-time from the California Academy of Sciences, provides an intimate view into the CAS live African penguin exhibit. The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), an endangered species also known as the "Jackass Penguin" because of its donkey-like braying, is exclusive to the waters off South Africa and Namibia. Watch the birds swim, dive, flirt, nest and relax from any one of three live webcams. Listen in as Academy biologists answer questions from visitors during meal time, daily at 10:30am and 3:00pm PST
What free apps do you like? Please share below!
Phone SafetyYou can protect your handset by researching any new app you consider. Read the overview of the app, as well as the comments left by other users before downloading. During installation, read the agreement page and the permissions page in their entirety. If the permissions seem too much, delete the app from your handset. Read more:

Hint: if it looks like your phone battery is draining faster than normal, that could be a sign of a malicious installation.
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