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AutoRap by Smule

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AutoRap by Smule

AutoRap by Smule

Today I have a little app that some may find silly, but for the young of heart it may be fun. This app is called AutoRap and it does just what the name implies, it converts your words into a rap song.

For those who know me I cannot tune a radio much less create a song, but this app does the work for me. I open the app, choose the beat, and speak into the device microphone and I have an announcement I can email to my best friend or the entire class.

This app is not for everyone, but it is fun to play if you have a sense of humor. It is free, but there is a limited number of records on the free version. If this is your thing you can always upgrade to the full package. Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autorap/id524299475?mt=8 .

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

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TigerText Secure Messenger App

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TigerText

TigerText

TigerText lets you send secure, encrypted text messages. You are in control and know exactly when your message has been read. You can also recall a message at any time. The person you are texting does not need to have TigerText for this to work. Other key features include Message Lifespan, Group Messaging, Message Forwarding, and Do Not Disturb.

Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tigertext-secure-messenger/id355832697?mt=8.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

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How to Play Flash on the iPad

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Flash Enabled iPad Browsers

Flash Enabled iPad Browsers

 

One of the biggest disadvantages to an iPad is its inability to play flash. Although I have not tested all these browser, these may help it the fight for flash. Some of the top rated browsers are Photon, Skyfire, iSwifter, Cloud Browse, and Puffin. For a complete list of browser check out the AppCrawlr at http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-flash-browser.

  1. Photon Flash Player for iPad – Flash Video & Games plus Private Web Browser – $4.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-player-for-ipad/id430200224?mt=8

  2. Skyfire Web Browser for iPad – The Flash Video Browser $4.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyfire-web-browser-for-ipad/id409153623?mt=8

  3. iSwifter Games Browser – play all the hottest flash MMOs & social web games on the iPad, instantly – Free  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iswifter-games-browser-play/id388857173?mt=8

  4. Cloud Browse – Web Browser for Flash & Java – $2.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cloud-browse-web-browser-for/id394418635?mt=8
  5. Puffin Web Browser – Adobe Flash support over cloud – $3.99  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puffin-web-browser/id406239138?mt=8

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Highlight by Cohdoo

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Highlight by Cohdoo

Highlight by Cohdoo

 

Thank you Jeff for this cool find. Highlight is an audio recording tool for your ipad or iphone. It is easy to use, simply open the app and click new recording.

What separates it from other audio recording apps is its ability to mark or highlight points in a presentation. Once you begin a recording, a large green bar appears at the bottom of the screen, a simple touch will mark the spot, making it easy to find the stuff you need later. After the audio is complete, the edit mode will allow you to change titles to both the presentation and the highlights. This makes searching and replaying the highlight reels straightforward.

The app also provides time and date stamps of the event, as well as mapping. The added feature to share via email or save to Dropbox, completes the package. Not bad for a free product. Check it out at the app store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/highlight-by-cohdoo/id422247746?mt=8

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Sensordrone

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Sensordrone

Sensordrone

We live in an age of double talk, therefore it is hard to believe anything you hear.  After 9/11 first responders rushed in to save the victims despite the smoke and dust that hovered over the site. Concerns were raised over the quality of the air, but officials reassured everyone it was safe. Now well over 10 years later, those responders are suffering and dying from all types of respiratory issues.

Recently in WV, over 300,000 residents received toxic water in their home water taps and were put under a state of emergency. Over 30 days later, still in a state of emergency, water quality is still a major concern. Officials tell everyone the water is adequate for drinking, but are careful to not say the word “safe.”

Today’s post may seem a bit off topic, but it hits a very real need. Sensordrone is a piece of hardware that turns a Smartphone into a Carbon Monoxide Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter, Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, and more. In addition, they are adding new features and new detectors all the time.

In all honesty, I have not had an opportunity to play with the Sensordrone or test its accuracy. This may not be the end all solution to keep us informed of our immediate environment, but it is a start. Being aware that produces like this exist and can one day help us stay informed is a step in the right direction. Check it out at http://sensorcon.com/sensordrone/.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

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