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Booktrack: Music Soundtracks Paired With eBooks

Book lovers and music lovers – have  you ever paired your two loves into one experience? That’s what Booktrack is offering, and according to science, the consumption of literature whilst streaming compatible audio is beneficial to reading comprehension while extending average reading time. The best of both worlds, possibly?
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‘Facebook’ is Leading the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is dominating the Android app marketplace with the social app permanently staking a home at the #1 position as the most popular free app. In the #2 position this week is Facebook Messenger followed by Pandora and then Facebook’s other app, Instagram. New to the List this week: Cut the Rope 2 and Super Bright LED Flashlight.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week and two video demos of Cut the Rope and LED flashlight. 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

Gralbum: An iPad Mashup of Graphic Novels and Music Albums

Musicians who are talented storytellers, check out Gralbum – it’s an iPad app dedicated to narrating your acoustical narratives. The name comes from the term ‘album’ and ‘graphic novel,’ both abundant with visuals and poetry. We think it’s a great way to experience art:

A combination of animated graphic novel, art book, and music album, Gralbums enable musicians to meld their music with artwork and deliver an interactive experience on touch devices. They are a new creative medium for collaboration, multimedia art and immersive storytelling.

 

Google Glass Live-Steam App Helps Doctors Get Instant Advice

remedyGoogle Glass, despite its social awkwardness, is getting a lot of attention in the public service sector – firefighters and doctors alike. With the wearable interface, doctors can use it to quickly access patient information during critical periods, and now, they can also use it to ask for a second opinion.

The technology comes from Remedy, a Google Glass platform that allows doctors to live-stream sessions to other professionals in order to seek advice. Created by Noor Siddiqui and Gina Siddiqi, the sisters bring medical school experience to the health profession via emerging wearable technology. Read more

Artificial Intelligence Being Used to Count Calories in Food Photos

ceresSRI, the makers of Siri, have developed an app named Ceres, that’s capable of counting calories based on image recognition. So, basically, it goes like this: snap a photo, share it to Instagram, review your calorie count, get depressed, eat chocolate.

In the future, the app would be able to cull data from anything like your location in a restaurant to the conversation you’re having at the table – all to determine exactly what is in your meal. If you’ve got food habits, it will remember those as well, unlike your server or boyfriend. Read more

‘The Strange Year of Vanessa M.’ is Today’s Free eBook

jodiToday’s free eBook download, The Strange Year of Vanessa M., by writer Filipa Fonseca Silva. It’s the tale of a wife and mother who finally chooses to find her own happiness:

When Vanessa got into her car that winter’s afternoon, she had no idea she was setting off on a journey with no return. An inner journey that would call into question a whole life spent living up to other people’s expectations.

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Warning: Do Not Use iPad Chargers to Recharge E-Cigarettes

explosionA bartender got a fiery surprise when her co-worker’s e-cigarette exploded in a show of flames. Luckily, no one was severely hurt, but we think this is worth mentioning: iPad chargers should not be used on e-cigarettes.

In fact, we think it’s wise to charge items within view. If possible, charge your devices while you’re awake and can be alerted of dangers if there’s smoke or explosion. Electronics are not fool-proof. Even in your pocket with the right kind of pressure, iPhones and other powered electronics can melt, catch on fire, or explode. Read more

Google Removes Fake ‘Virus Shield’ App

virus shieldOn Sunday, Android Police cracked down on a fake app that rose prominently to the #1 position in the Paid Apps category of Google Play. Virus Shield has since been removed from the Play Store, but not before over 10,000 users paid $3.99 for an app that did essentially nothing.

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Fast Customer – Never Wait on the Phone for Customer Service Again

Here’s a classic app that’s worthy of adding to your arsenal of mobile apps: Fast Customer. It’s a free app that allows you to make calls to most customer service phone numbers without having to wait for a representative. You can put your phone down and wait until there’s a real live person that will talk to you.
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Uber Expanding From Moving Passengers to Moving Parcels in NYC

uberushUber announced an extension to its New York City services today, a courier service that delivers packages for a minimum of $15. The pricing increases based on designated zones – each additional zone traveled gets an additional charge of $5. It’s currently available to all of Manhattan below 110th.

Messengers are not allowed to buy items for users, so don’t expect to ask a courier to pick up your lunch unless it’s already paid. Further, they’re going to be on foot or bikes so oversized packages are not doable. The folks at VentureBeat reports that the messengers are making approximately $20-$30 per hour. If you’re interested in being a messenger, you must go through an interview process that involves a background check.  Read more

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