Generally speaking, I’m not much of a game player. I do play the occasional game of Solitaire, or Words With Friends, not so much to win but more as a challenging exercise to see what words will go where and what letters can be made into words that function within the WWF framework.
I recently came across a simple yet addictive Android-based graphics riding game called Lane Splitter. The game displays a three lane freeway full of cars and trucks that periodically change lanes. These vehicles always use their turn signals signalling their intent. You the motorcyclist are racing down the freeway with the object of avoiding either crashing into the walls or other vehicles. As the game progresses, your motorcycle speeds up, progressively going faster and faster in ever more dense traffic. You steer the motorcycle by tilting your phone or tablet a bit left right from the level position.
Best of all, Lane Splitter is free and the Google Play Store. There are occasional ads in between games, but the ads are non-intrusive and never interrupt the game play itself.
I recently installed a VOIP phone app on my iPod called “Whistle.” Whistle is gives you a free incoming phone number that can be called from other phones, along with free domestic phone calls within the U.S.
Since my Sprint “Simply Everything” phone plan gives me unlimited voice calls within the U.S., I don’t really need the free voice calling feature. However, I installed it because it’s nice to have alternatives available, just in case. Whistle is free. It works, but the call quality is poor.
Nonetheless, a few days ago I found myself unable to use my cell phone, but still needing to make a call. Since I had WiFi available, I remembered I had the Whistle app available and was able to make my call via Whistle without any trouble.
Whistle has poor call quality on my iPod Touch. However, it is a free app and you can make free calls if you are willing to listen to short audio ads just before your call is placed. I like having extra options which can sometimes come in handy, and Whistle worked for me when I needed it to.
Whistle also offers very cheap rates on international calls.
Whistle doesn’t offer the voice quality of Skype, but Skype costs money to place calls to telephones as well as to have an incoming phone number. Whistle offers both of those features for free.
If you have a blog and are always looking for photos to spice up your posts then there’s anew site that you will want to check out. It’s called Wylio. It searches millions of creative commons photos to find what you are looking for. Just use common sense about what you find, as their website states:
“be pragmatic when you decide what photo to use. If it’s painfully obvious that “flickr_user_1234″ isn’t the copyright owner for that Coca-Cola logo they uploaded… don’t use it.”
It’s free to use and sing-up is required. To get started simply visit the website and enter your search term and see what you find.
Adding a photo is not quite as easy as right-clicking and choosing “copy image”, though. Instead, once you have selected your photo, you click the “get the code” button and then paste the code into your blog’s HTML. It will add links back to the photographer.
This is one of the easier ways to find pictures, but it is NOT the easiest way to add them to a blog. In fact, it’s downright difficult to get their code to work, at least in WordPress, which is what we use. It’s a good resource and if you have time to play around then you’ll love it. If you’re a casual blogger or not particularly tech-savvy then you may want to look elsewhere.