Thursday, January 24, 2013

Amazon Appstore's free app of the day for Jan. 24, 2013: White Noise has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is White Noise.

White Noise is priced at $1.99 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $1.99 at the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

Matchblocks is described as follows:
Recommended by Dr. Oz as a miracle for better sleep! Features ambient sounds of the environment like ocean waves, rain storms, flowing streams, and more. Includes 40+ perfectly looped ambient sounds, audio background service so you can use other apps, and an advanced alarm and timer system that wakes you up refreshed. Featured in Health Magazine, The Washington Post, New York Times, PC Magazine, and raved about by thousands of satisfied customers. Find out why the world is sleeping better with White Noise.

Includes the following great features:
- 40+ perfectly looped sounds for relaxing or sleeping.
- Import new sounds for free from the White Noise Market at
- Background audio support so you can use other apps
- Designed to work on all Android-based phones and tablets
- Create multiple alarms that slowly fade in waking you up feeling refreshed
- Sleep digital LED clock perfect for any nightstand. Drag up and down to adjust brightness. Swipe left and right to adjust color.
- Sound timers turn off audio to save battery life and fade audio out so won't suddenly awake
- Star your favorite sounds in the catalog for quick access in the favorites category view
- On-screen media and volume controls and gesture support allows swiping left or right to navigate sound collection
- Tons of custom settings: Device volume, sound volume, balance, buffer size, auto play, background audio, headset unplugged, auto sleep clock, prevent clock burn-in, allow screen lock, auto share on sleep, prevent device interruptions, alarm snooze time, changelog, help tips, rate app, restore defaults, and send feedback
- No Ads

"Revolutionary Sound App!" --Dr. Oz

AMAZING ANDROID APPS - Book by Daniel A. Begun
"White Noise can instantly transform a chaotic environment into a calm oasis."

THE WASHINGTON POST: Smartphone Puts Newborn to Sleep
"For the next four months, the infant slept with his father's phone in his crib and White Noise tuned to 'air conditioner.' The monotonous buzz kept the baby sleeping soundly and his parents happy."

"Help you turn off your brain, fall asleep faster, and get the rest you desperately need."

Includes the following unique sounds:

Air Conditioner, Airplane, Amazon, Beach Waves, Boat, Cars, Cat Purring, Chimes, City Streets, Clock, Clothes Dryer, Crickets, Crowd, Drip, Fan, Fire, Frogs, Hair Dryer, Heartbeat, Blue Noise, Brown Noise, Pink Noise, Violet Noise, White Noise, Ocean Waves, Car Rain, Light Rain, Heavy Rain, Extreme Rain, Rain Storm, Shower, Sprinkler, Stream, Tibetan Bowl, Thunder, Train, Vacuum, Washer, Water, Wind


"This app has helped me fall asleep on several occasions and relax on a regular basis. Have insomnia, light sleeper or can’t quiet your mind before or during sleep? Then you need to try this app, you won’t be disappointed"

"I use it with Bose Headphone while traveling on long flights around the country. It helps me forget I’m in coach, catch a few hours sleep and arrive feeling better than one could expect"

"The sounds on this app rival those of expensive white noise generators you would find at Brookstone or Sharper Image"

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WAKE_LOCK: Wakes the device when the alarm is activated.
DISABLE_KEYGUARD: Unlocks the device when the alarm is activated and re-lock the device when the alarm is deactivated
INTERNET: The "Web Info" browser view for news
READ_PHONE_STATE: Silences White Noise when phone activity is detected
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Imported audio data and images are stored here
READ_NETWORK_STATE: Determines if retrieving news is possible
White Noise has a 4.6-star rating in Google Play -- and with over 3,000 votes -- and a 4.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.

We'd say buy this while it is free.

There is a version in the iOS App Store, with a 4-star rating overall and a 5-star rating for the current version, also priced at $1.99.

We continue to be disappointed with the FAOTD program. It began promisingly enough, with Angry Birds Rio, but we've gotten tired of the endless games or niche apps, and especially apps which have no uptake in Google Play, and seem to be FAOTD as a desperation move by the developer.

We'd like to see free versions of say, Office-compatible software or useful utilities such as CalenGoo instead of niche apps or endless games (we just assume every day that it's going to be a game; it's gotten that bad). opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

Apple has already lost a portion of that lawsuit, which said had participated in "false advertising."

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