While going through a container of old devices, I ran into my old love: my Palm Tungsten T5.
This stylus-equipped slab PDA was a beast; it hearkened back to a time I haughtily believed that PDAs and cell phones could never be combined correctly. It was an upgrade to my beloved m500, and rocked a 416 Mhz chip, an impressive 320 x 480 16-bit color screen and — gasp with me here — 256 MB of memory.
I was the man. Seriously. It was around 2004, and when that device hung in its Sena leather case on my belt, you couldn’t touch me.
In early February, Mozilla gave a sneak peek at their new Firefox launcher for Android which is soon to be released, although a date has not been given.
Back in November 2012, Mozilla teamed up with EverythingMe in order to develop open web apps. EverythinMe’s flagship is their “adaptive search” which learns a user’s behaviour and is an eerily accurate fashion anticipates the right results. This video from the EverythingMe team explains the concept better than I ever could:
If you ever struggle to find time to pray for people or can never think about what to pray about when you are praying, then maybe prayer mate is the perfect app for you. Prayer mate is a mobile app created by Andy Geers with the aim of helping you improve your prayer life and it does a great job at that.
Let’s take a closer look:
Purchasing a tablet isn’t that easy.
It doesn’t take long before you realize the price range and options for tablets is a broad range, only adding to the confusion.
The flowchart, below, takes you through a series of questions that will help you determine where you land:
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini
- iPad Mini with REtina
- Galaxy Note
- Nexus 7
- Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9
- Kindle Fire HDX
While I don’t know if I would trust this flowchart blindly, it certainly does help point you in the right direction:
You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates.
That is the theme behind the recently released storybook app Owlegories, available for free on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Owlegories is an interactive digital storybook app that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word. The banner verse for Owlegories is Psalm 19:1-4:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
It was a great Christmas in this household. Not only did the kids get to spend time with one set of grandparents, they technically got two Christmases. While the myth of Santa Claus is probably all but ruined, I think these ruffians don’t mind if it always means an extra set of presents.
My wife and I prayerfully considered (no, really) what to get the kids. We leaned towards clothes and gadgets, but with the fluid nature of tech, getting newfangled pieces is almost never on the radar, as chasing the latest and greatest gadgets is a losing and very expensive battle. I’m familiar with Android and know that you can extend these devices by rooting, and tend to have an eye for decent hardware; and as the kids are already immersed in the ecosystem, it made sense to build on that by regifting technology this year.
There are some great mobile apps for prayer.
While the Prayer Notebook app is my favorite for private personal prayer, Instapray would be ranked first when it comes to community based prayer apps.
Instapray is a delightful mix of social network and prayer.
I was set to kickoff our sermon series on Romans this semester, and we realized we wanted a more interactive method for handling questions & answers that we couldn’t get to Live. Since half the room at our University focused church is using YouVersion’s Bible app on their Android or iOS devices, we figured it was a good chance to kick the tires of YouVersion’s Live Events feature.
It’s been around since 2009 or so, but we hadn’t used it.
Does it work?
Have you ever thought of using game developing skills to fight world diseases like malaria?
I certainly never have, but that’s what the Against Malaria Foundation is doing!
Their free iOS and Android game, Nightmare: Malaria, is not only top-notch as far as gaming goes, but has been a great catalyst to educate people on the toll that malaria is taking on Africa, how to fight malaria, and even raise the practical support that’s needed in fighting malaria.
Check this game out, you’ll want to download it TODAY!
So it is officially after Christmas and you probably received at least a couple of gift cards. If the people in your life know that you are a techie, then you probably received something for Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes. Beyond the necessaries like a tablet cover, music, eBooks, and movies, we have some mobile apps that you might want to consider buying for yourself or your ministry that are all under $5.