Monday, February 25, 2013

Free Music from Google Play

Woman listening to Music
Woman listening to Music (Photo credit: RelaxingMusic)
Did you know that Google Play features a free song every day?  Just visit Google Play Music and look for the Free Song of the Day.  It's a great way to check out new music.  If you've got a Google account, it's really easy to add songs to your Google Play music library with just a couple clicks and then enjoy them wherever you are - from your web browser or mobile device - and share with friends, too.

My only problem is that I forget to check every day, so I'm sure I've missed some good songs.  I do have quite a few songs in my music library, though, so it's not like I don't have anything to listen to.  I have the Google Music Manager set up on my computer so that any time I download a song or album (usually from Amazon) or rip a CD, it automatically gets added to my Google Play library.  The only problem is when I rip an audio book so I can listen to it on my MP3 player - and those tracks get added too.  Then I just have to remember to go online and delete them later, because I don't really need books stored there, and I don't want them counting against the 20,000 songs I can store on Google Play for free.  Even if that is a lot of songs!  (I have a little over 5000 songs right now)

Besides the Free Song of the Day, Google Play usually has several other free songs to choose from.  I just wish there was a way to 'buy' them all at once instead of having to individually click each one.  But they are free...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Google Glass, How it Feels

Have you seen this?  Google has come up with this incredible little device that will let you take pictures and video of anything you see, just by speaking - "ok glass take a picture" or "ok glass record a video."  Share with friends as you're seeing it.

This new video shows what it does and how it feels:

Doesn't that look like fun?  I've always wanted to get video while riding a roller coaster, but I never figured out a good way to do it.

Wanna try it?  Google is looking for a few bold, creative individuals who want to be a part of shaping the future of Glass.  Using Google+ or twitter, simply tell Google, in 50 words or less, what you'd do if you had Glass, including #ifihadglass in your application.  The deadline for applications is February 27.

For more information, visit  I'm sure my life is too boring to qualify, but you might have a chance.

Free Word Widget for Your Blog or Website

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You know I love word games.  I don't even know how many Scrabble, Lexulous, and Words with Friends games I have going right now.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  Lots of people are playing these word games.
Now the word game gurus at Anagrammer™ have created this easy to install and easy to use Word Widget.  It's great for finding and learning new words.  Enter some letters - yes, they could be the actual letters you have in one of those word games, but that would be cheating, wouldn't it?  I think the fun would be in entering my letters and then searching after I've made my move, just to see what else I could have played, because cheating just doesn't seem right.

Anyway, the purpose of this widget is to add a bit of interactivity to your blog or website.  There are so many people playing these word games and giving them a tool to, hopefully not cheat, but to improve their game skills will give people an incentive to visit your site and to spend some time there, too.  According to research done by Anagrammer™ blog visitors spend, on average, an extra 8 minutes on the page when one of these widgets is intalled.  I'm inclined to believe them, because I've been playing with the demo widget for a while now.

Did I mention that the widget is free?  And easy to install and customize?  Simply choose Anagrammer for Scrabble or Anagrammer for Words With Friends and then choose either the Simple Design or Colorful Design (above).  Then copy and paste the code to your site.  Get the Widget Code & Live Demo to see how much this widget can add to your site.  Warning: It may be addictive to you and your site visitors.

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