Archive for December, 2010

Top 5 Android Games

December 30, 2010

I’ve already shared my Top 5 Must Have Android apps, now it’s time for my favorite Android games!
Yes, I know you really are not always checking your email on your phone, especially at the doctor’s office.. It’s okay, your secret is safe with me!

1. Angry Birds
If you don’t know about Angry Birds, you don’t know jack. Just kidding.

Seriously, this game has been lighting app download centers on fire! It started out as a hot game for iPhone and came to the Android market earlier this year. The object of this game is to kill pigs, with birds. Using a slingshot, you aim the different birds at the pigs’ structure and knock out all of the pigs in order to move on to the next level. It has a Super Mario for the original Nintendo sort of addiction. I’ve seen people playing it at doctor’s offices, in airports, in grocery lines.. everywhere. I bet if you here, “Ugh!” and someone has a smart phone in hand, they are playing this game. They even have a Facebook Fan Page!

Just in case you have become immensely frustrated with the regular Angry Birds, they also offer a holiday edition with Santa hats, turkeys, and pumpkins.

Fun factor: 4 1/2 stars (It would be 5 if it weren’t so frustrating sometimes!)

PS – Can someone please tell me how to kill the pigs with helmets?

2. Lettered
I’m addicted to word games. When I have 3-5 minutes to kill, I’ll play a round of a word game, usually this one.
There are two modes: Trickle and Timechase.

In Trickle mode, connect the letters to make words. As letters are used, they disappear and new letters keep falling down. Rotating the phone shifts the letters on the board, allowing for more words and/or longer words.

In Timechase mode, the goal is to form as many words via a 4×4 through 6×6 grid of letters in 3 minutes.

Fun factor: 5 stars

3. Word Mix Lite

Told you I love word games… Word Mix comes in a paid-for and free version (lite). I only use free apps, for now at least.
In this game, you have 2 minutes to make as many words from the given 6 letters. Like other word mix games, you can shuffle the letters, obtain hints, and use the “last” button to quickly display the last guessed word.
Word Mix also integrates with Feint, which allows you to submit an awesome score to the worldwide score board.

Fun factor: 4 1/2 stars
I wish you could shake the phone to shuffle the letters. That’s all.

4. Big Sport Fishing Lite
Okay, so you are probably not too surprised that this app made my top 5 list. I love fishing, but I can’t get out on the boat every day. This is a great alternative, and I don’t have to clean any fish or change dirty bait! (Okay, I don’t do that anyways..)
In this game, you are on a boat with a picturesque view of the water, a lighthouse, and a grassy marsh. Using the internal compass, you can move around in the water, toss the rod to the left or right, and more. Basically, you choose your bait, then toss the reel using your phone as if you were really throwing out the line, rell in the line so it’s taught, and wait to snag a fish. The phone vibrates when a fish is near the hook, and it vibrates even harder once the fish has been hooked. You move your finger up and down over the reel on the screen to reel in the fish, and you can adjust the tightness of line by pulling back on the phone. Just like real fishing.

Once you are done fishing, you can sell the fish at the market and buy more bait. The new bait allows you to catch bigger fish, which you can turn in at the market for more bait and higher points.

The boys in my life, from 4-44 years of age, all love this game.

Fun factor: 5 stars

It will drain your batter quickly, so be prepared for a recharge if you decide to whip this game out at a party.

5. What the Doodle?!
Not only do I love word games, but I love Pictionary. What the Doodle?! is an online version of Pictionary where you can play in a public room with 4 others, or set up your own private room to challenge your friends.
Each person receives a word in which they must draw. You can change the color and size of the marker, as well as draw with shapes. Everyone else tries to guess what you are drawing. You earn points as people correctly guess the word that you draw, and as you guess the correct word of others’ works of art.

It’s a good dose of mindless fun and plenty of giggles.

Fun Factor: 5 stars

There it is.. you now know what I do in my spare time, waiting in line at the grocery store, while pumping gas, or chillin on my couch.

Up next…. Top 5 Android Kids Games!

What are your favorite Android Games?

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5 Must-have Android Apps

December 30, 2010

So there’s no surprise that I’m a huge Android fan. I love my DroidX. So much so that I cradle it as I lay sleeping at night. No kidding.

I keep receiving requests for favorite Android apps, so here it goes!

1. TweetCaster by Handmark
I love this Twitter app! I have tried to use TweetDeck, but it constantly crashes or hangs. And it’s sloooow. I just haven’t been able to get used to HootSuite. I’ve tried since it first came out for the desktop and we just don’t jive. UberTwitter is great for the Blackberry, but you don’t have lists. Well, not easily. But TweetCaster… TweetCaster is awesome. Plus I love the cute little birdie sitting on top of the microphone when it launches!
Seriously, here’s why I love TweetCaster:
– Integrated Twitter Lists
– Facebook Integration
– Multi-account management
– RT with comments as an option
– Awesome graphical interface that makes it easy to tweet, read @replies and DMs, view lists, and quickly review favorites.
– Easy to view tweeter profiles
– Ability to share a tweet with other networks. (!!!)

2. Advanced Task Killer
The debate is out whether you need a task killer or not for Android.. My experience is yes, download a task killer to save your battery from some unnecessary stress. This app allows you to quickly disable specific applications running at any given time, or better yet, disable all apps directly from the Home screen.
Why I love this app:
– Easy to use
– I can choose the apps and services to stop
– I can turn off all apps with one tap of the Android dude on the Home screen
– The ignore list let’s me choose which apps to never turn off
– Ability to choose the auto kill level
– Security controls

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Android: Full Steam Ahead

December 29, 2010

Today, released unofficial numbers around Android apps. According to the article, the Android app market has now surpassed 200,000 apps. This is astounding, given that it took 2 years to get to 100,000 apps, and a mere 2 months to reach the 200,000 mark.

This is interesting, especially since Apple’s app store has over 300,000 apps. It’s also an interesting stat given the tight requirements the Android market has. An app can only appear in the Android market after it has reached a specific download quantity and satisfaction rating. This is not necessarily the case with all apps in the Apple app store.

This has everyone asking, “How did Android get here so fast?”

Well, I have a few opinions…

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How to Track Santa Claus

December 24, 2010

You can track Santa on your mobile device this year!

How to Track Santa Claus on Mobile Phone:

  • Go to Google Maps
  • Search for “Santa”
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    BOOM! Mobile Marketing Just Blew Up

    December 20, 2010

    Six months ago, if you had said that mobile marketing would be exploding by the end of the year, I probably would have raised an eyebrow, gone into some sort of debate, and ultimately said, “You are crazy. It needs another 12 months..”

    (Yes, I admitted I was wrong. It doesn’t happen often, so take it while I am offering it..)

    Over the past few years, mobile marketing has been limited to the iTunes app market for iphone users. Blackberry dabbled in this space fairly well in 2009 & 2010, and I thought for sure Blackberry was going to be the force to contend with iphones, especially when they came out with the touch screen devices. Last Christmas my mom bought a Droid and I saw that it had potential, but no where near the realized potential it has landed in the past 6 months alone.

    Yes, I had Droid envy. When I lost my job, and thus my blackberry, I went through withdrawal.

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    The Gift of Giving

    December 17, 2010

    Do you end up running store to store trying to figure out what to get your colleagues for the holiday?

    Well, I used to be one of those frantic people until I realized that people don’t need more things. They need cookies!
    Just kidding..

    While many of my colleagues and friends are getting a box full of my famous cookies, there are many other “free” gifts that mean so much more than material things.

    Last year, Joe Mechlinkski of EntreQuest challenged the EQ readers to think of new ways to give to the people you spend many of your waking hours with. The one idea that I’m thinking of doesn’t require a single penny. It doesn’t require a whole lot of time. You don’t even have to leave your comfy office chair or couch to make happen.

    I happen to think that this is a marvelous idea.

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    Christmas Cookies to the Rescue!

    December 16, 2010

    One of my favorite childhood memories is filled with love, laughter, and FOOD! Cookies, to be specific…

    I would be my mothers helper as she whipped up batch after batch of sugary goodness. She would set the dozens of different types of cookies out in the living room on old family silver tiers, trays, bowls, and more. It was hypnotizing to walk into the room and see all of the different cookies, colors, and smells. I never knew which one to feast my eyes (and fingers!) on. The decision was tough.

    Once I moved out, we attempted to bake cookies together once again, but it seems like father time always got in the way. This year, I’m feeling a little nostalgic in the spirit of the holidays, so I’ve been on a baking spree this week. Many people have asked for the recipes, so here they are! All 26 of them!

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    Marketing 2011: Predictions from the Field

    December 15, 2010

    So we just read about my takes on 2010…. onto 2011.

    No doubt that 2011 will be a game changing year, again. It will be interesting to see how the trends in marketing evolve, how the new technologies still to come will play the game, and how businesses will respond to the constant change in the industry.

    Here’s what I predict:

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    Marketing Monday: What’s in the cards for 2011?

    December 15, 2010

    2010 was an exciting year for marketing professionals. The acceleration of technology has paved the way for many marketing professionals to stretch and become more aligned with customers. Think about how far social media has come this year.
    Mobile marketing is moving into many marketing plans.
    Leveraging brand ambassadors has never been easier.
    Listening to our customers is more than focus groups and market research.
    Wow. I can’t believe how much the profession has evolved in one single year!

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    Times… They are a Changin’

    December 8, 2010

    As most of you know, I have been faced with a number of personal challenges over the past few months. A week after getting laid off in September, I was in a pretty nasty car accident. My whole life was put on hold while I worked to pull all of the pieces together and get back in the game.

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