Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kindle tip: Today's Free Android app of the day: White Noise ... Macmillan's Kindle Daily Deal today: 4 Fiction Classics by Flannery O'Connor ... Jetblue airlines to show Prime movies and music to Prime-shipping members

For those of you who could use the 40+ ambient-sounds to help with relaxation or to more easily fall sleep, this $1.99 app may be worth trying.

The White Noise app has received an average 4.4 stars rating as of today, with most quite happy with it.

But some reviewers disliked some app permissions.  Those permission settings were removed from the paid version of the app, which is free today (May 6).

Clarifications seen in Comments area
The app-permissions used to require:

1. your phone number
    The Help description explains that white noise is able to turn off if a phone call comes in. Otherwise, it doesn't access your phone number.

    Version 5.6.3 added a setting,though, to "prevent interruption" and that now "keeps audio playing with phone calls, unplugging headphones, and undocking"

2. your location
    Three months ago, the app maker said that the location-setting permission was being removed.

3. somehow "sharing" the fact that you were going to sleep
The app previously had a setting that unbelievably 'shared' the fact you were going to sleep.
TMSOFT replied that this was "removed from the application."

    Also, a new "setting to "Disable Social" was also added into the app settings."

4. that the app was always running and that you couldn't turn it off - a misunderstanding
    You can press the pause button on the main screen right above the volume control.

5. in the free version, a request that you rate the app was persistent and annoying
    this paid version (for free this Tuesday, May 6) allows you to disable the rating prompt.
    The TMSOFT rep says that when developers update an app to add new features, they developers lose the previous ratings and reviews, which are important to the success of the app.  (I'd think loss of previous ratings and reviews would only be for very heavy changes so that it seems like a new app, but I guess they don't want to take the chance).

6. volume controls affected?
    At the time the comment was written, in January 2015, Amazon installed Kindle Fire updates that seemed to reduce volume on some models, including mine, and I didn't have the sleep app.

A couple of customers advise not to use the alarm feature as it doesn't work reliably.  There was no response to that comment. And some people haven't had problems with it.

What you can do is download, for free, new sounds when they're available

Also, "new sounds from import, create mix, and recording are now added to top of sound list" is on the new features list.

The Kindle Daily Deal today is from Macmillan books:
"Four Fiction Classics by Flannery O'Connor, $2.99 Each

Jetblue's interesting partnership with Amazon
Yahoo News reports that "Passengers with Amazon Prime memberships will be able to watch tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon Original Series at 35,000 feet, at no additional cost to their membership.
'In the latest enhancement to its Fly-Fi and in-flight entertainment products, JetBlue has announced a partnership with Amazon that will let passengers enjoy unlimited, on-demand entertainment through JetBlue’s high-speed Fly-Fi broadband Internet.
. . .
Passengers also get access to more than 1 million songs available from Prime music, and can buy and download songs from the Amazon Music store, eBooks from the Kindle store, and apps and games from the Amazon Appstore.

Some in-flight purchases made on JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi broadband will earn TrueBlue points and the airline will run TrueBlue promotions on the service. '

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