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Archives: November 2013

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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‘Supernatural Hero’ is Today’s Free eBook Download

supernatural heroToday’s free eBook download is a story for young readers, Supernatural Hero, from writer Eran Gadot. Perfect for those ages 9-14, the story is about a nerdy young boy who uses his new paranormal powers to overcome his role as class outcast.

“I’m the class nerd, the only kid who doesn’t get invited to birthday parties… Maybe it would be better if everyone gave me the silent treatment. At least they would be paying attention to me…”  Read more

Alcohol Brands on Twitter Now Have Age Verification

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twitter age verificationAge screening is coming to Twitter – at least for alcohol brands like Budweiser and Heineken. The new changes were announced yesterday evening on Twitter’s blog:

One of the biggest challenges for alcohol brands is how they connect with an age-appropriate audience. To address this on Twitter, we’re rolling out an improvement to the age-screening experience on Twitter.com, iOS, and Android devices. Starting today, alcohol brands can safely grow their of-age network of Twitter followers in a way that’s simpler than before. Read more

Smartphones and Computer Use Are Hurting Our Sleep

tech seepA recent study from the National Sleep Foundation found that 95% of those surveyed reported using electronic devices right before sleep – despite its unhealthy side affects.

According to Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep.” Read more

Barnes & Noble’s Nook See 32% Staggering Decline in Business

nookIt seems like Barnes & Noble’s Nook is performing as poorly as expected. The book retailer announced its second quarter financial results which showed major declines from last year’s sales – $109 million compared to last year’s $160 million in the quarter ending in October.

The NOOK segment, which consists of the company’s digital business (including digital content, devices and accessories), reported revenues of $109 million for the quarter, decreasing 32.2% from a year ago.  Digital content sales were $57 million for the quarter, a decline of 21.2% compared to a year ago, due to lower average selling prices and lower device unit sales.  Device and accessories sales were $51 million for the quarter, a decrease of 41.3% from a year ago, due to lower unit selling volume and lower average selling prices.

The struggling bookseller also saw declines in overall revenues – Barnes & Noble lost 8% of revenue, including sales in its brick and mortar stores. To see the retailer’s full financial report, go here.