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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apps and More

I have really gotten attached to my IPAD.  It has some really neat apps and I thought I would share a few before I get back to chatting about Excel.

If you are buying the IPAD as a reader, I have to tell you that in my opinion, ibooks is terrible. The book selection is poor. The good news is that you can download for free the Kindle App. You can buy your books from Amazon and with a click it downloads it to your IPAD. Amazon as I am sure everyone knows has a broad spectrum of EBooks.

If you are looking for news- there is tons of stuff. NPR News, CNBC, CNN, NYTimes, Teh New Yorker and the WSJ  all have apps so you can read their material when you are in a wifi area.

Flipboard is an absoutely cool app as it set up in  a magazine format and you can flip through the news, facebook updates, magazines that it allows you to select from. You can mix your social media, images and news all in one place. And it is FREE.

I am not a huge game player but a couple of the word games have me hooked. These are all free by the way.
My absolute favorite is Iassociate.
iAssociate is a word association game, where the goal of the game is to guess which words, or phrases, are associated to the other words in the game. Every word is associated to at least two other words, and the associations are meant to be things that you come to think of upon hearing the word. The first level is easy and fun and then it just gets harder and more frustrating as the levels go up but I am hooked- I have made it through almost all of the free levels and have actually bought the next level. This is totally addicting!

Fling is an absolutely cool game that my daughter introduced me to awhile back and I used to play on my ipod touch. You fling colored fur balls around the screen. You have to get them off the screen by bouncing them off one another. The first level or two is a yawn and then it gets interesting.  You really have to strategize.

Three more traditional games are:
Whirly World presents you with a a wheel containing 6 letters. It is your job to come up with as many word combinations as possible in a minute. 

Scrambe CE is similar to boggle. You have 16 letters and you have to drag or tap the letters to form words. You can play it solo or online.

Words with Friends is playing scrabble with  a friend. You can play with someone you know or pick someone randomly that is online searching for a partner. This game can be frustrating as you have to wait sometimes for a couple of hours or a day to finish a game depending on how quick your opponent is. This game requires wi-fi to play.

Now you know what I do with my free time!

There are a lot of games and other apps out there so check them out if you have an IPAD or Iphone. They can be particularly handy if you sitting in an airport as they all work offline -except for Words with Friends.
These are just my opinions but since everything is free - it is easy to check them out for yourselves.
Have a great Labor Day and next next week I will get back to blogging about Excel.


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