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March 24, 2015

Android is Not Just for Adults Anymore

Over the years I have put age appropriate apps on my Android tablet for my grandkids to play.  Now, while I am a pretty good grandpa, I do not like letting a small child run around the house swinging the devices around their heads and throwing them to each other.  So at a young age they learned that if you are using grandpa’s stuff, sit down and relax.  They have not had a problem doing that…well, ok, they did at first.

They all like to watch fun videos online.  You know, usually it has to do with a cat or a dog doing something cute.  Sometimes another youngster singing a funny song and on-and-on.  I would go with them to YouTube.com and have to preview almost each video.  I do not know if you noticed YouTube videos or not but they sometimes have videos of some things that you may not want young ones to view.  Also, if your kids are at the age where they can read a little the language sometimes supplied by other viewers is reprehensible to say the least.

YouTube for Kids imageYouTube came out with a new app for Android properly named "YouTube Kids."  You may search for it by name at the Google Play Store or use this link, "bit.ly/1H2lAuF" and caps count in the link.

YouTube Kids provides kid friendly videos including Sesame Street, Super Simple Songs, Thomas and Friends and many other kid videos.  They have also removed all of the comments so they will not see, read or hear anything that many may consider inappropriate.  IT is a slick little app and this grandpa recommends it.

Pitfall! imageAnother that my eight year old loves is "Pitfall!"  It is a remake of the old Atari game I used to play where Pitfall Harry runs and jumps over collapsing bridges, across waterfalls and under and over outcroppings to get to the end.  That being said the graphics are far, far superior to that of the original which makes it an entirely new game.  I will say that I play this one on occasion too.

There are drawing/painting apps, letter games, piano keyboards, "paper dolls," animal pictures and games and even the talking apps like "Talking Ben the Dog" (do not get that one; it becomes tiring to old people but kids love it).  Most of these apps you can find for free and some are for a small fee.

Kids Math imageFor actual learning and not just games look for "Kids Math." It is just like it sounds; it has some simple "games" for youngsters.  Simple addition, subtraction, sequencing and higher/lower number arranging, with lots of graphics are there.  So they may actually learn something along the way. 

Last but not least, lots of children’s books are also available.

January 7, 2014

2013 Sites in Review, Part 1

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year since we last talked.  I wanted to say, "Thanks!" to all of you readers who support the "Double Click" column by reading and writing over the past 12 years.  It is very much appreciated.  Please keep it up.  I always enjoy hearing from you.

It is the time of year when I review all of the sites mentioned during the previous year.  As always, have fun remembering, discovering, or rediscovering all the info! 

If the site addresses are too long to type I have shortened them using "bit.ly" for print, so the links may not look quite right.  Without further ado…here they are in their order of appearance with short descriptions of each.

  • Online music streaming sites;  "Slacker Radio" (slacker.com), "Spotify" (spotify.com), "Maestro" (maestro.fm), Last.fm and the one I like best…Pandora (pandora.com).   These are accounts for listening to most any type of music imaginable. 
  • Google Musicmusic.google.com.   Google’s music site is similar to above; however, you can also upload up to 20,000 of your own songs and listen to them online from any device.
  • Daily News-RecordDNROnline.com.  My flagship newspaper, read it often! 
  • Double Clicksdoubleclicks.info.  This column’s site, read it often, too!
  • Portable Appsportableapps.com.  A site where you can get apps that are… well, that’s obvious.  
  • Microsoft Officebit.ly/1kJ3oK4.  You know this one, "The" most popular office suite of programs.
  • Libre Officelibreoffice.org.  One of the two most popular free office suites.
  • Solutosoluto.com.  One of many ways to speed up your computer and keep all of your applications up to date, not just the Microsoft ones. 
  • Lynda.com. A paid online training site for many different applications used today.
  • Microsoft Office Trainingbit.ly/1cBOoM9.  Good free office training.
  • YouTube.com – among millions of other videos you can find excellent Office training videos created by people like you and me.
  • Google.com – the most popular search engine.
  • Gmailgmail.com.  Google’s branded email.
  • A Toy Train in Spacebit.ly/1bHdbc3.  A dad uses a Raspberry Pi computer to take his son’s toy train into space and return with some great video of the ride.
  • Newsblur.com, Feedly.com, TheOldReader.com, Pulse.me and Flipboard.com.  Several of the many popular RSS feed readers to replace the dead and gone Google Reader.  They vary for mobile platforms and web viewing.

Well that takes us through the middle of 2013.  Check out part two of the year in review next week.

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