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Quikthinking Software Blog
  • 0 I Short Circuited Short Videos Before Short Videos Were Cool

    I joined YouTube in March of 2014. Six of the first ten videos created for YouTube's @QuikthinkingSoftware channel that year were only 16 seconds long. Over time, video trends gravitated toward longer videos. Some YouTube creators now think that 10 minutes is the sweet spot for run time. As you know, many YT videos are much longer. Eventually, even Facebook encouraged video posts of at least three minutes. FB claimed that three minute videos would be shown to more people. That brings us to Instagram reels revelations (see the Instagram article I wrote in 2020). Instagram and Facebook are owned by the Meta company. When Tik Tok (all short videos) came on the scene and exploded, all of their competitors panicked. So it's no surprise that in March of 2021 YouTube rolled out "Shorts" across the USA. As of this writing @QuikthinkingSoftware has 180+ videos on YouTube. Six are private. Some public ones have been featured in this blog. Many of our videos are exclusively posted here and not on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Why, because we won't have to worry about censorship, or the video length, or the content that we produce. For our current involvement with YouTube, it's "back to the past" as we've recently added a "Shorts" section with the focus on our app niche. Note that our expanded length videos share similar app subject themes with the "Shorts." Don't worry. We'll continue to create longer videos but we won't be pressured by artificial rules encouraging us to waste your time padding out the length of videos. Some people do this to game the YouTube algorithm so their statistics are juiced.  You've seen those videos where the presenter takes two minutes or more before getting to the point! "Ramble On." Here is the featured image of @QuikthinkingSoftware on our YouTube channel in early December, 2022: After creating 180+ YouTube videos (just for this channel) you become a better producer. I also have two other YouTube channels not related to games or apps. Join us. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and enjoy what you'll gain from watching the content! Hit the bell (after subscribing) to get alerted about new videos. https://youtube.com/@QuikthinkingSoftware.

  • 0 The Complete Beginner's Guide to Blackjack 21 AA

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 11/30/2022

    Blackjack 21 is a fun game to play on mobile. Unlike video poker, roulette, baccarat and other card variants Blackjack 21 is a breeze to learn. Blackjack 21 AA is our version of Blackjack developed by yours truly and the Quikthinking Software team. Count any ace as 1 or 11, any face card (Jack, Queen, King) as 10, and the other cards below 10 at face value. Each participant receives two cards to start play. You (the player) and the dealer attempt to get a count of 21, or as near to 21 as possible, without going over twenty-one. We left out insurance, doubling down, and more advanced Blackjack techniques so you can focus on playing and learning the basic game. Watch my 8 minute video showing you what it takes to score while boosting your win tally. Blackjack 21 AA uses simulated money. No real money is used in this mobile game for Android or iPhone - iPad. For entertainment only for you to enjoy!

  • 0 Holiday Sweatshirt Celebration

    • Shop
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 11/28/2022

    The characters of our Santa Jump Game hop to a Sweet Unisex Crewneck Holiday Sweatshirt. It's Holiday Cheer Red Capped! November 28, 2022 through December 4, 2022 Free Shipping plus an additional 15% off! One is waiting for you in our Shop: Holiday Sweatshirt Red Capped plus more colors. Available for a limited time only. This year, December 14 is the last day you'll be able to get one!

  • 0 Santa Jump Game Pole Hopping High Jinks!

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 11/25/2022

    How is your hand - eye coordination when tapping and touching your mobile screen? Do you describe it as diligent dexterity, positive proficiency, complete competence or "blind as a bat" blinking? Maybe it's not so good? Want to take it from zero to hero? Santa Jump Game puts your dancing digits in full gear for a fun-filled finger flexing fling.  Developed for Android and iOS, this is a holiday mobile game that's way to simple to play but is as difficult to master as 'the force' is in Star Wars. Your Santa is the life of the holiday party hopping from pole to pole. Unfortunately sliding down the next pole is another occupant taking up space. This is target practice leaping into the jump zone so don't despair. Four Santas, two owls, unlimited poles, and no time limits combine for a challenge you'll want to jump on. Watch as I play Santa Jump Game with a special surprise somewhere in the two minute plus video! Check out the Santa Jump Game Holiday Sweatshirt.

  • 0 Thanksgiving Story: No Game for Native Americans And Pilgrims

    Thanksgiving 2022. Another year to be thankful for what we've got. Watch the almost 4 minute video below that I produced awhile back exposing the true Thanksgiving story. Some of Bama the Village Poet's thoughts (who is featured in the video) don't necessarily reflect our own. Watch, then grab one of our two Thanksgiving Match 3 Games to work off any of those big meals using screen touching exercises!

  • 0 AA eMojis for iPhone iPad Video

    Wake up guy! You too can enjoy the AAeMojis experience on your iPhone or iPad. We recently updated the mobile app for iOS complete with a new emoji expression by request. These Black emojis get the job done expressing you when you text. Learn more about African American Emojis for iOS and Android. iPhone or iPad installation is a breeze as I show you in the video below. Just remember to do these important steps in order for iOS: Install the app then open it Download the emojis within the app to save on your device Grant access  Go to Settings> General > Keyboard > Keyboards > AAeMojis Grant keyboard permissions "Allow Full Access 

  • 0 Thanksgiving Match 3 and Thanksgiving Retro Games Video

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 11/09/2022

    It's Always Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving Match 3 Game for iOS and Android and Thanksgiving Retro Match 3 for Android! Watch the video below as I play both versions of the game. From feedback you've given me most of you seem to like the Retro version better between the two Android versions. The screen shots you see above are for Android iPad and iPhone use a different design We wanted to use the "Always Thanksgiving" design (above left) for all versions (iOS and Android) but the Apple App Store did not want us to use that layout as they said it was too close to another one of our games (Backpack Bounce). App developers have to spin on a dime and constantly adapt to the requested  changes! Here's a screen shot of one level of the iPhone - iPad Thanksgiving Match 3 Game as played on an iPad The Thanksgiving Match 3 game video is 2 minutes, 44 seconds long. Enjoy these free games at home, on a road trip, commuting, or during a break at work. Enjoy the holiday season!  

  • 0 AA eMojis Installation Fix for Android 11+ Video

    In April of 2022 I addressed installation issues with our AAeMojis app for Android. Since iOS is so different everything remains fine for that version in the Apple App Store. For some background see my story about the AA Emojis Installation disaster. Despite my early explanations, here's what really happened. As of Android 11 released in September, 2020, the process for apps to manage storage on phones and tablets of certain app file types was changed by Google to improve security on your device. Android is Google's operating system. Now, you the user must grant  permissions in apps that store images and other files to your device. This 3 minute AAeMojis video explains the new process for installing the app on devices with Android 11, 12, 13 etc. I also do an example for Android 6 - 10. Two different mobile phones were used in the video. One with Android 11, and the other with Android 8 installed. Go to "Settings" then "About Phone" to find your Android device version. Thank you to Lloyd M. and others with the app who contacted me detailing this issue with their phones. AAeMojis version 2.0 is live in Google Play as of October 29, 2022. Our great artist just drew a new expression. There are now 160 emojis in the collection (Android). iOS update is coming soon. Watch the whole video for the bonus tips.

  • 0 A Halloween Tale For Today Video

    A Halloween Tale that will never die. Thank you Steve Gordon for reading the story. Both of us produced a series of these scary audio stories a very long time ago while students at NYU. Enjoy this October 2022, 90 second video production!

  • 0 Playing Video Poker Jacks Or Better Card Game Video

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 10/26/2022

    Video poker jacks or better strategy is easy to learn. With just 5 cards per hand to handle most people start with the jacks or better variant when learning video poker. You will pick up some of the easy video poker jacks or better rules by watching me play our latest iOS and Android game, Video Poker Jacks Or Better VP. The VP is part of the app name in The Apple App Store. Check out the 3 minute 30 second video as I play Video Poker Jacks Or Better non-stop with comments about game strategy. This is simulated fun with no real money involved but the video poker is very real and may help you learn how to play!  

  • 0 Playing Blackjack 21 AA Card Game Video

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 10/19/2022

    It's a true story I tell in the video. I thought every adult knew how to play blackjack. I discovered the exception to the rule in my own extended family. My mother taught me how to play. We played often when I was young. When we played, no money was involved (even as I got older). What kind of mom would try to fleece her own kid? Not mine! I thoroughly enjoyed the process of developing Blackjack 21 AA. Building the mobile game was not in vain. Everyone doesn't know how to play so another Blackjack mobile experience is not overkill. Our version for iPhone, iPad and Android keeps things simple. Blackjack 21 AA features simulated gambling. No real money is wagered. We don't include extended elements found in more sophisticated versions that use doubling down or insurance. We just capture the fun element of the game! Read this update for the Blackjack 21 AA backstory. Here I go. Watch the 2 minute video. Next time I'll show you four minutes of more card action in another new game we've recently released.

  • 0 Personal Computer System Information

    • How To
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 10/12/2022

    Your laptop or computer is having problems. To troubleshoot, you need to find out your system information. How do you do it? On Windows 7, 10, or 11 as of this writing grabbing the info is a breeze. Forget about trying to use or find the old Windows "Control Panel" resource. On a Mac, no problem! Watch the video as I bounce through several of our devices. This how-to is just under 2 minutes with audio. Remember for Windows there are multiple ways to complete the same task. 

  • 0 Mobile Keyboard Game Play

    How good are you at tapping on your mobile keyboard? Sometimes it's frustrating because the keys are tiny. Our Black History People Game app is a mobile keyboard based challenge for both iOS and Android. For any keyboard size, the game is easy. History is an element of the game that introduces lots of famous people from the past. Current personalities are in there too. Watch this 53 second video as I play the game and explain more. Our Black History People Game webpage has the connection to grab this gem from all of the major app stores. 

  • 0 How We Make Those Mobile App Changes - Video

    • How To
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/28/2022

    Keeping up with all of the changes across Android and iOS is a challenge. What actually has to happen? Watch this 3 minute 39 second video as I update the operating system required to make Black History Audio book compatible with, as of this date Android 12 (and some of the previous versions going back several years).

  • 0 Black History Picture Puzzle App Grows

    Watch this 46 second video as I update a part of the Black History Picture Puzzle mobile App. You'll discover a quick Photoshop Elements trick I use to make text titles look good. Overall, we've added new pictures, improved the photo captions, dropped in a new icon, and upgraded the version of Android.  

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