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Archives: November 2013

FIFA Preps for World Cup with New App

FIFA APPFIFA released an app for iOS and Android just ahead of next week’s the final drawing that will determine who plays who in the 2014 World Cup.

The app features live scores and standings, news, photos and video highlights. It also promises to let fans follow the final draw action live from the app. Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

‘Savvy Girl: A Guide to Wine’ is Today’s Free eBook

savvyToday’s download is a perfect Black Friday read, especially if you are in the mood for more drinks and not more food. It’s a title from Brittany Deal, a savvy wine drinker’s first how-to book that’s full of fun and friendly advice on wine.

It’s hard to imagine a world without wine; I mean, what else would we use to help us decipher the meaning of life, cope with dating mishaps, or get through an episode of The Bachelor?

But do you know what makes great wine better than good wine? Or why one Chardonnay can taste totally different from another Chardonnay? How about why restaurants put us through the whole wine-pouring ritual?  Read more

Black Friday? Thanksgiving Day Online Sales Up 20%

Credit CardOnline shopping on Thanksgiving increased by almost 20 percent over last year with mobile driving about a quarter of those sales, according to an IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report.

Mobile was up across all categories. It accounted for about 43% of all Thanksgiving online traffic, a 32 percent increase over last year; and mobile drove 26 percent of sales, up by nearly 50 percent. Read more

Tamagotchi Returns From the 90′s as Free, Colorful App Game

tamagotchiRemember those pocket-sized Tamagotchi from high school? Admittedly, I never got one of those digital keychain pets, but ever since online games like Smurfvillage and Farmville started appearing, we’ve been waiting for the resurgence of Tamagotchis as a phone app.

The app allows you to choose between Toy or App mode. Toy looks just like the old school version with a Tamagotchi device, while app is a full screen colored pet. Once you get your Tamagotchi, you can feed it and clean its poop. There’s also a mini-game that you can play with your pet to increase its happiness.

The app is available for iPhone and Android (already over 600,000 downloads in just one month). The apps are ad-supported, but you can pay $0.99 for an ad-free version.

Someone Paid $461,000 for Gold Earbuds Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive

gold earbudsApple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newsome along with Bono managed to raise nearly $13 million in curated and designed goods at the 2013 Red Auction – a benefit event for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Among the items sold was this nearly tawdry Rose Gold Earbud earphones that sold for $461K - way over its estimated value of $20K-$50K. The highest priced item was a special desk made of anodised aluminum which sold for $1,685,000 and a Red Mac Pro for $977,000. Read more

Happy Thanksgivukkah: A Video Roundup

We want to take a special moment to say thanks to our wonderful readers on this day of harvest. We hope you are having a wonderful time with your friends and family, and if you happen to be online, we’ve gathered a list of You Tube videos dedicated to Thanksgivukkah, which won’t happen again for thousands and thousands of year. So… here’s to turkey latkes!

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4 Apps for the Thanksgiving Chef

BonAppetit2Home chefs across the country are prepping their carving knives, picking up their reserved birds and setting the table for guests. But pulling off the perfect meal where every dish comes out hot at the same time, is seasoned just right and everyone goes away with leftovers and a slightly warm buzz isn’t easy. It’s a high-pressure day for the home chef! (Can you tell I speak from experience?)

So here are four apps to help your turkey day go well–even fantastic.

Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual: This 2013 newcomer for iOS from the editors of that foodie magazine Bon Appetit delivers 100 gorgeous recipes and how-to tips and videos that will be sure to allow you to stun guests–and it’s free. It even comes with a handy calendar function that lets you time out each Thanksgiving meal task (peel the potatoes! defrost the bird! chop your bread crumbs!) and sync it to your iCal for reminders. Read more

StoriesAlive Delivers Kid Friendly Books

Stories AliveDigital publisher Auryn has taken the wraps off its new kid-focused reading app, StoriesAlive.

The app is free and arrives with six free trial stories. After those freebies, users will need to pay a $7.99 monthly subscription fee to access more books. The reading app includes about 135 titles right now, including authors Suse MacDonald and Don Freeman to name a couple. It’s tailored toward kids ages 3 to 8, and is available for both the iPad and Android tablets. Read more

Clean Master Returns to the Top Android Apps List

cleanmasterClean Master has returned to the top free Android apps list this week at No. 5, according to research from Google Play. The maintenance tool from KS Mobile lets users clear their personal information from their devices, as well as track and remove apps so that their devices can move more smoothly.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Word Lens Brings Real-Time Translation App to Google Glass

Word Lens is a remarkable app, worthy of sharing during the holidays when you are stuck indoor with a bunch of relatives on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The phone app gives real time translation using phone cameras – you don’t even need a network connection. Just hold the camera up to a foreign phrase and it will magically transform it into something recognizable.

Naturally, we love the app’s ability to help us during travels, but it’s also a great candidate for Google Glass. Now, the app and Google glass can help you do real-time translation without hold up a phone. It’s as simple as looking. Watch this video demonstration for yourself.

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