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Cool Websites and Tools [December 12th]

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 07:31 PM PST

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. All listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. You can make use of them without spending a dime. If you want to have similar cool websites round-ups delivered to your email daily email subscribe here.

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SVG Edit – Are you a designer looking for a competent tool to create and edit SVG images? If yes then you might be considering a number of paid applications that deal with SVG files. But before you go for paid software, remember to pay a visit to SVG Edit, a free to use online web tool that lets you create and edit SVG images. Read more: SVG Edit: Create & Edit SVG Images Online


eBay Instant Sale – launched via eBay's green channel, aims to facilitate easy and hassle-free sale of old gadgets and electronic items that someone has no use for anymore. The user interface is simple and easy to use. You can search for the gadget you are planning to get rid of, and then select it from the results. Next, you have to tell eBay about the condition of the tool. Based on that they'll offer you a price. Read more: eBay Instant Sale: Exchange Old Phones & Gadgets For Cash



VPlayer – While the default video player for Android phones can play some video formats, it won't be sufficient if you intend to play a lot of videos on your phone. You will need a better multi format video player for android, and only a third party app like VPlayer can handle that. This app can play a huge number of video formats. Read more: VPlayer: A Multi-Format Video Player For Android



PDF Unlock! – PDF is one of the most popular formats for documents but they can be a pain if you accidentally lock your PDF or if you receive a locked pdf file from somebody. The locking can prevent you from editing, merging and even printing the document. PDFUnlock! is a simple tool that unlocks any PDF for you. Read more: PDFUnlock!: Unlock Password Locked PDF Files Online



Facebook Disconnect – Not too long ago, there was a time when websites were not cluttered with Facebook ‘Like’ buttons and everything you did or said was not shared on Facebook. If you miss that time, you'll love this Google Chrome extension. FacebookDisconnect eliminates all evidence of Facebook from your browsing experience. Read more: FacebookDisconnect: Eliminate Facebook Buttons From Sites You Visit [Chrome]


These are just half of the websites that we discovered in the last couple of days. If you want us to send you daily round-ups of all cool websites we come across, leave your email here. Or follow us via RSS feed.

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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 04:08 PM PST


Check out the top picks from MakeUseOf Geeky Fun during the last week.

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  4. What will happen if you name a ship MS Explorer & sail to Antarctica? (Pic)
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Thank You To MakeUseOf Friends!

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 03:31 PM PST

It's time to say thanks to our friends who, once in a while, tip us great articles, help out on projects and in some cases offer their services at discounted prices. Thank you, guys!

    [1] ShrinkTheWeb – Website Screenshot Thumbnail Service

    Ever wanted to add website screenshots to your website? In my professional opinion ShrinkTheWeb is one of the best services for that, both in terms of performance and pricing. The free account gets you a whopping 250,000 impressions with nearly no delay. See it in action in our daily Cool Websites and Tools series.


    [2] LapDawg – Hands-free Laptop Stands

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    The dream gadget designed for Laptop & Book owners. LapDawg X4 Hands free laptop stand. Holds your laptop or books in any position you want with it’s unique 360 degree rotating joints. Perfect for holding them in bed while lying down or adjust for your living room couch at eye level. Made from anodized aluminum with a beautiful black matte finish.

    [3] Walyou – Cool Gadgets for Geeks

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    Walyou is a fun blog covering all sorts of new cool gadgets and other stuff every geek is likely to find entertaining. Everything from world’s largest Gunny Bears to E-hookah gadgets. Make sure to check them out.


    [4] rade | eccles – iPhone Application Development

    The perfect iPhone development team, rade | eccles managed to put our iPhone app together in record time yet exude professionalism and dedication every step of the way. Our collaboration wasn’t happenstance. We would make the same decision all over again. Our only recommendation for an iPhone developer – rade | eccles.


    [5] TrueKolor – Affordable Quality Logo and Banner Design

    If you’re looking for a cheap, original and quality logo or banner, check out TrueKolor. We often contact these guys when we need a logo or a banner made, some of the stuff they did for us listed on their portfolio page. Highly recommended.


    [6] Mobify – Making the Web a mobile place

    More and more users access websites and read blogs using their mobile phone. Mobify lets you mobilize your blog or website by creating lightweight version of it, which loads much faster and looks great on a mobile screen. MakeUseOf’s mobile site was created by Mobify, and we’re proud of it!


    [7] Sendible – The easiest way to market your brand online

    We’re strong believers of the service Sendible provides — we use it on a daily basis and it has never failed us! Sendible is an online marketing service to promote, grow and track brands through the use of social media, email and SMS messaging. It has the ability to post to multiple services at once, schedule social network updates and analyse their success. We love it!


    [8] Sourcebits – Android Developement

    Sourcebits did a bang up job of helping us put together our long-awaited Android app. For that, we are eternally grateful!


Thank you, guys!

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Which Is The Best Site For Stock Photos? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 02:30 PM PST

Last week, the MakeUseOf poll wanted to know where you purchased your digital music.

We tallied a total of 348 votes, with the results as follows: 49% readers buy digital music from Amazon; 30% purchase music from iTunes; eMusic held 6% of the vote; CDBaby was 4%; Walmart is used by 3% of readers; another 3% voters buy music at Zune; and 2% votes went to Spotify. All other services gained less than 2% of votes.

Full results and this week's poll after the jump.

As expected, iTunes and Amazon were the giants of the digital music world, leading the results by a strong margin.

This week's poll question is: Which Is The Best Site For Stock Photos?

We know there are many good reasons for choosing a certain stock provider over another, including photo quality, ability to search easily, upfront cost, subscription cost, variety of photos and numerous other concerns. Which of these is most important to you? Which stock photo provider offered the best service for that concern? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Easy Troubleshooting Tips For When You Have Problems Sending Email

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 01:30 PM PST

troubleshooting email problemsAs a part of my job, I deal with a lot of email issues – problems sending and receiving email. Over the years, I have noticed that many people experiencing email problems can have them easily fixed and actually fall under just a few categories. Occasionally, email problems will be caused by a problem that only a system administrator can fix but for the majority of problems, they can be fixed by the end user (you) with minimal effort.

Read on to find some quick tips to help you when sending emails become an issue.

1. Check The Spelling Of The Email Address

I would say this is the most common error that I come across. One of the first things I do when walking someone through an email problem is confirming that the email address they are trying to send to is the real email address of the person they are attempting to reach.

The problem is further broken down into 2 types of typos – the first is the “username” part (the part of the email address before the @) and the second is the email domain (the part after the @).

If the username part does not exist on the remote email system, one of two things will happen – the first is that you will simply hear nothing back. The second is that you will get a message back that says something to the effect of “the user ‘username’ does not exist on this system.”

If the domain does not exist you will typically get a message back, from your own mail server, which states something like “DNS Error: Domain name not found“.

Read The Error Message

Usually when an email is rejected for some reason, there is a detailed error message passed back with the technical details of why it failed. Most of this message is for technical system administrators who can trace back a message if there is a further problem, but I’ve found that usually the error message that is within this email explains what the problem is. If you read through the message, look for the “core” problem.

Usually it is one of the following:

2. The Mailbox Is Full

This happens when the person whom you are sending the email to has no more disk space left on their email server. The most typical message returned is “mailbox is full” or “quota has been exceeded“. There is nothing you can do on your end about this and the best thing to do is to call or contact the person using another method and let them know about their problem so that they can talk to their email provider.

3. Your IP is on a blocklist

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This is an anti-spam measure and if you aren’t sending spam then either your computer has been compromised in some form, or you are an innocent bystander in the “war on spam.” The error messages are usually technical in nature and can be hard to decode. Here is a sample message I recently received after sending a mail from Gmail:

554 554 5.7.1 Service unavailable; Client host [] blocked using; Currently Sending Spam See: (state 14).

The name for these lists vary but are typically called blacklists, RBL (realtime block/black list), black hole or blocklists. I’m personally not a fan of them because many times they do affect “innocent bystanders” – but using them does help to cut down on spam considerably. In this case, the actual blocked IP address is owned by Gmail and there is nothing you can do about getting off this list if you do not own the email server.

In this particular case, I just re-sent the email and it uses another IP address going out and was delivered fine.

What To Do If Your IP is on a Blocklist

You can check to see if your local computer’s IP address is on a blacklist by visiting a website such as this one on AboutMyIP or via the Check My IP link at Email servers do not necessarily use every RBL, but most usually use some. If you are on a consumer internet provider connection, chances are you will be listed in some and it will usually note that. This is because generally speaking, email does not actually go out on email servers hosted on a consumer internet connection – they provider their own servers for sending email.

You can also check the IP of your outgoing email server if you know it, otherwise your email server system administrator would need to check it at the links above.

On your end, make sure you have antivirus on any computer on your network because if you have been “hacked” and a bot is running on your computer this is a common reason why you might be on a blocklist.

4. When There Is No Error Message At All

If there is no error message, and you have confirmed the email address is correct; it is very possible some anti-spam provisions implemented by the mail server administrator is filtering your email. This can be based on the IP (as above) or based on some content in your email such as an image, phone number, or other text. Unfortunately these can be hard to trace – since there is no error message you need to contact your mail service provider to see what the problem might be.

5. I’ve Checked Everything – What Next?

If you have checked everything and you still can’t send email to someone – it is time to take it to the next level. If you are on a consumer internet connection and you are trying to send email from your provided email address, contact customer service to see what the problem might be. They will probably ask for a sample of the email you are trying to send along with any error messages or codes that you’ve received. Make sure to give them whatever they need to help solve your email mystery as they are your best bet at getting your email working again.

Have you ever had problems sending emails? What did you have to do to get it fixed? Let us know below so that your experience can benefit others!

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Hot Tech Deals [Dec 12th]

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 12:15 PM PST

If you’re in the market for a new computer, laptop, mobile phone, games and other accessories; don’t waste your time searching online. We’ve taken the liberty of locating the best tech deals and unifying them into a single post for your convenience.

For more fresh hot deals, visit our Hot Tech Deals page, which is constantly updated.

Keep reading to find out today’s Hot Tech Deals.

  1. EXPIRING Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz Quad-Core LGA1156 Desktop Processor (RETAIL) $179.99 Free Shipping via code HOLIDAYCHEER

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10 Free MP3 Albums To Download [Sound Sunday]

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 11:30 AM PST

Sound Sunday is a gift.

If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas present for the person that already has everything, why not compile a playlist for them? Browse previous editions of Sound Sunday for music genres you know they like and create a mixtape. Transfer your selection to a shiny new USB thumb drive or burn it to a DVD and create a nice label and wrap it up nicely. It’s a handmade and personal gift that doesn’t require a lot of skill, but tons of thought.

Do use the comments to share your thoughts on this week’s edition or suggest genres and artists. You can also drop me an eMail [tina at makeuseof dot com] anytime. Now enjoy this week’s eclectic mix.

Rise of the Masters – 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces

Genre: classical

free mp3 downloadThe album 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces provides a compact overview over some of the greatest classical compositions ever made. The album includes recordings from the London Philharmoic Orchestra and David Parry, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and Eduardo Marturet, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Ericsson. A great album to get a taste of the classics from Bach (Ave Maria) via Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), Händel (Hallelujah Chorus), Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake Suite), and Chopin (Minute Waltz), to Beethofen (Moonlight I. Adagio Sostenuto).

Get the compilation album 24 Supreme Classical Masterpieces from the homepage. And keep an eye on their website for future releases of individual composers.

Rise of the Masters Homepage and Facebook.

Twelve – Twelve:03

Genre: alternative, indie, cosmic, electronica, instrumental, rock

Twelve is an instrumental project of Chris Olley, the singer of Six.By Seven, whose 2004 album six.byseven:04 was featured in a previous edition of Sound Sunday. The present album is an instrumental that Olley released in 2007. Each song represents a painting by Escher, hence the German names.

Download the album free from Bandcamp.

Chris Olley Blog. Six By Seven MySpace.

French Horn Rebellion – The Infinite Music

Genre: alternative, electro, indie

sound sundayThe Infinite Music is a three piece album sampler that provides an overview of the works of this US-based band. The band was founded in 2007, when French Horn player Robert, frustrated by trying to master this challenging instrument, asked his elder brother David to start a rebellion with him. The electrifying sound of French Horn Rebellion was born. It’s hot! You must give their MySpace a spin!

You can download the album from the Left side of their Homepage. To be honest, I couldn’t quite figure out the right side.

French Horn Rebellion MySpace and Homepage.

Wisdom+Logic – Broken English Vol. Under Surveillance

Genre: hip hop

Wisdom & Logic is the band project of Austin Eugene Brown (BlackLogic) and Just Wise. The language on this mixtape is not broken at all. The 18 tracks album features classic hip hop rhymes on a base of pushing beats and mellow melodies.

Broken English Vol. Under Surveillance is a mixtape

BlackLogic MySpace. Just Wise MySpace.

Slow Burn Records – Label Compilation 2010

Genre: metal, mixed

free musicSlow Burn Records is a Russian post metal label. In November they released a free label sampler featuring 11 of their finest artists from 2010, including upcoming releases for 2011.

Download the album for free from the Slow Burn Records Homepage. Discovered via Free Metal Albums.

Slow Burn Records MySpace and Homepage.

Slow Loris – Extra Colors

Genre: rock, pop

Wes Doyle, the man behind Slow Loris, records all his tunes in a bedroom in Madison, Wisconsin. The voice has this distant echo, that gives the songs a heavy sound of melancholy, lightened up here and there by a guitar solo.

Get the album from Bandcamp.

Slow Loris Homepage.

Drunken C – Dreamville

Genre: indie, minimalist, rock

music downloadsDrunken C is the one woman project or French artist Cecile Raynaud. From Facebook: “Take minimalism, post punk, post rock all mixed together with a very personal approach and you’ll get the “home” of Drunken C. She invites you to its sonic world of noise and words and no doubt that you will be seduced.

The album download is provided by Zorch Factory Records.

Drunken C MySpace and Homepage.

Paul Baribeau – Unbearable

Genre: acoustic, folk rock, punk, pop

The brief profile on his homepage reads: “My name is Paul Baribeau. I write songs.” I guess that says it all.

Unbearable is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Paul Baribeau MySpace and Homepage.

New Beats Media – Inspiration Ispiratio

Genre: mixed

cool free musicInspiration Ispiratio is a compilation of New Beats Media, a hub for professionals and consumers in the music industry. NBM provides a platform for everyone to unite and interact better, faster, and cooler. The goal is to reshape the Entertainment industry. Their E-CD contains songs from ten different artists and a beautiful PDF booklet.

Download the album from New Beats Media.

New Beats Media Homepage and Facebook.

Juj – Slack

Genre: jazzy, lounge, lo-fi, electronica, hip hop

Juj is part of the Wedidit Collective and can also be found on the Huh What & Where (HW&W) roster. This album is a beat tape like no other. If you don’t like mainstream Hip Hop, but do appreciate creative, lounge-type music with beats and a twist, then give this album a spin. It’s wild!

Slack can be downloaded from Bandcamp.

Juj MySpace. HW&W Homepage. Wedidit Collective Blog.

Here is a little bonus late submission. The following album will be free from December 15 and 22. Preview now and mark it on your calendar for the free download mid-week in case you like it: Life Is My Soundtrack – A Silver Cloud (ambient, experimental, soundscapes)

Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here. Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material or suggestions and feedback you don't want to post in the comments below.

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11 Free iPad Board Games You Shouldn’t Miss

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 09:30 AM PST

ipad board gamesAs you might already already know if you read my introduction, I’m passionate about my iPad and I regularly cover paid iPhone and iPad board games on my own site – but it’s with pleasure today that I present to you 11 totally free board games optimized for your iPad.

If you haven’t got around to buying an iPad yet – don’t worry, I know you will eventually – but until then Nancy has you covered with 8 iPhone games you won’t believe are free. Tim wrote about free board game alternatives that you can play online in your browser, and Mark showed you the top 5 games for the Android users among you.

Let’s see what I found.

Game Room

Game Room is actually 8 classic board games in one handy little app, and it takes an absolutely no nonsense approach to games. What’s included?

  • Checkers
  • Reversi
  • Halma
  • Go
  • Mancala
  • Tafl
  • Atari Go
  • Cups

I’ve linked a couple of the more obscure ones to Wikipedia, but the app also helpfully includes a complete set of rules for every game.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s the option to create a custom iPad board game type too, in which you can choose the board size, as well as customize visual aspects of the board (checkered, leather, wood, stone, etc). In this mode, the app doesn’t restrict where you play pieces, but does give you a handy little shortcut of double-tapping a piece in order to flip the color.

ipad board games

The Game Room app is strictly for 1-device-for-2-player gaming though – there is no single player vs AI or internet play options. Still, as a straight abstract board game replacement app, you really couldn’t ask for more.

Download GameRoom – Metaversal Studios [iTunes link]

Words with Friends Free (Scrabble clone)

Words With Friends adds one incredible feature that takes it above and beyond the officially licensed version – the ability to play not just one but multiple online games simultaneously. Switching between games is incredibly easy thanks to the quick-change menu that’s always one tap away, showing all your games and which require your attention.

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Unfortunately, though this version is free, it’s also riddled with ads. If you’re fundamentally against in-game advertising and thought pop-ups were evil, you probably ought to move right along. After every few turns, a 2-second advertisement pops up and fills the screen demanding your attention. If you can handle that though, and you’re a fan of Scrabble and word games in general, the ability to play in multiple games is a feature for the hardcore Scrabbler not to be missed.

Download Words With Friends HD Free – Newtoy Inc. [iTunes link]


Not exactly a difficult game, Ludo’s attraction has always been that it can be played by anyone, regardless of age or ability. While I normally wouldn’t advocate these kind of games, I did give it a few test runs with my wife and found myself genuinely having a lot of fun. I certainly don’t remember Ludo being so absolutely vicious though…

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The game is 100% free, but does include in-app purchases for different board designs (the one pictured above is the default) and 3D dice. The multiplayer options are limited to local play only, but there are AI players to fill in if you wish.

Download LUDO board game – SIS software [iTunes link]

Blood and Honour Lite (Risk clone)

This game is deceptively addictive – or maybe I just have latent desires for world domination. The only limitation of the ‘lite’ edition is allowing up to 3 total players (as opposed to 6), either human or AI. You can join online games too, but the game host will need a full version. The game adds the element of special cards you can play to give a little more strategic decision making and depth – bonus defense or attack die this turn, or nuclear bombs, for instance – and I have to say this adds a lot of value compared to the original. I was never a big Risk fan, but I’m certainly going to keep this on my iPad for a while yet.

Download Blood & Honor Lite – Sandstorm Interactive [iTunes link]

ipad board games

Of course, I’m not suggesting the iPad can fully replace all those board games you have – the size constraint is perhaps the most limiting factor, making table-top play possible for a maximum of 2 players. I own a number of euro-games that simply have far too many physical bits to ever be replicable on the tiny iPad screen – an iPad per player, maybe. I am happy to say that “travel versions” of board games can now officially be killed off though – and anyone who has tried to play with weak magnetic pieces in a bouncy car with fat fingers should be as delighted as I am.

What do you think about the iPad as a board gaming device? Do you see sales of chess and checkers sets declining, or do you prefer the feel of real pieces? Got any other free iPad-optimized board games you think I missed? Tell us in the comments!

Note: I tested all of these free apps with iOS 4.2, but if you’re a fan of jailbreaking your iPad I urge you not to upgrade yet as the only jailbreak currently available is tethered at the time of writing, meaning you have to re-jailbreak when the battery dies or on a hard reset. Stay tuned and I promise a full tutorial when a better solution is out.

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10 Free Christmas iPhone/iPad Apps to Get You in a Festive Mood

Posted: 12 Dec 2010 08:30 AM PST

christmas iphone appsIt’s hard to believe that it’s already December. But if the iTunes App Store is anything to go by, all the Christmas-themed apps can mean only one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. From games and stories for the little ones, to recipe and planning apps for the grown ups, there’s something for everyone, to ensure that this Christmas season is a tasty and fun-filled holiday.

To get you in a festive mood, here’s a list of 10 Christmas themed iPhone and iPad apps and games, available for download for free from the iTunes App Store.


Christmas!! [iTunes link] is an iPhone-specific app with all sorts of goodies packed into one little app. With a Christmas countdown, an Advent Calendar filled with surprises that you can unlock each day, including iPhone wallpapers, jokes and a gift list. The app is the perfect companion to get you into the Christmas spirit as you count down the days to Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Tale

An interactive Christmas story for kids of all ages, Christmas Tale is available in both iPad [iTunes link] and iPhone versions [iTunes link]- although it really comes to life on the iPad screen. Have the story read to your kids, or have them read it themselves, while also discovering little gems hidden in the gorgeous pictures on each page of the story from a Christmas wish list to helping Santa get the presents under the tree.

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Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition

It may not be entirely Christmasy but the developers behind Amateur Surgeon (the $2.99 iPhone game) have, strangely enough, put together a free Christmas edition [iTunes link] of their popular game. Rather than pull out shards of glass and nails from your patients (starting with an elf), how about Christmas lights, candy canes and crackers instead? You might never have imagined a Christmas take on the grizzly game, but they’ve somehow managed it, and are sharing the cheer for free.

christmas ipad

Christmas Sound Shelf Free

Want to get some Christmas sound effects going? The Christmas sound shelf [iTunes link] has a variety of sound effects that you can play against the background of either Jingle Bells or Silent night. From sleigh bells, to a crackling fire, kids will have fun creating all the sounds that come with Christmas. Unfortunately, recording or continuous playback are features that are sorely missing from the free app.

christmas ipad

Christmas Tree Maker

Decorating the Christmas tree is probably one of the main events for kids in any family. Why not let them practice with the iPhone/iPad app, Christmas Tree Maker [iTunes link] which lets them choose the tree, lights, and decorations. When they’re done, they can share the tree with their friends via email.

christmas iphone

Christmas Snow

ChristmasSnow [iTunes link] is another kid-friendly iPhone/iPad app perfect for holidays. Throw snowballs across the screen to uncover where the presents are hidden. The game is simple, and so is suitable for the much younger children in the family.

christmas iphone

Waitrose Christmas

From the UK supermarket chain comes an app, suitable for mum and dad – Waitrose Christmas [iTunes link]. Jampacked with Christmas recipes, tools, planners and gift guides, the app has left no stone unturned. Avoid any disasters in the kitchen this Christmas with their Turkey Timer and Canape Calculator.

christmas iphone

Fuzzle Christmas

Another developer to release a free version of their paid game, Candy Cane are offering Fuzzle Christmas [iTunes link] for free. The free version does have its limitations – not all levels are available – but if you want to keep your kids busy for a bit with the ornament themed game – it will do the trick. Align five ornaments next to each other to make them disappear, while making sure the board doesn’t fill up.

Yummy Christmas

If you want to get your kids involved in Christmas cooking, try some of the easy, child-friendly recipes in the free iPad app, Yummy Christmas [iTunes link]. From pineapple christmas trees to ice cream santas, the recipes are easy and will be lots of fun for the children. A word of warning, you may want to mute the music after a while, as the one song playing over and over could easily grate on your nerves.

Removem Christmas

Removem is yet another iPhone game offering a free Christmas edition [iTunes link], packed with Christmas music and pictures, from snowmen to Christmas tree to ornaments. Play the traditional removem game, removing balls from the screen of the same colour that are side by side. The aim of the game is to clear the screen, or at least get the highest score possible.

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