• 0 Quit Smoking App Ignores Doctors Nicotine Knowledge

    • Apps
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/28/2020

    What do doctors know about cigarettes, nicotine, and the toxic substances in cigarette smoke? Apparently, not enough to correctly identify the causes of cancer. A national study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, surveying more than 1,000 doctors from six specialties between September 2018 and February 2019 about their knowledge of tobacco use, found that 80 percent of those surveyed believe it is the nicotine that directly causes cancer. This Rutgers University (my alma mater) led survey asked physicians about their understanding of tobacco treatment practices, harm reduction beliefs and tobacco and e-cigarette use. A summary of the study in the publication Rutgers Today articulates the following: ----- Less than one-third of the doctors surveyed correctly agreed that nicotine directly contributed to birth defects, while 30 percent did not answer the question, indicating they did not know the answer. Younger and female doctors were more likely than males to perceive correct nicotine risks causing birth defects, while OB/GYNs surprisingly misidentified them more than other specialties. Family doctors were more likely than oncologists to misunderstand nicotine as a cancer-causing substance. ----- 34 million people smoke cigarettes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It's a frightening statistic, which is why we developed and released the Android app Quit Smoking Audiobook in April, 2017 quickly followed by an iOS version. The app doesn't dive into medical debates. What it does do is offer tips to stop smoking together with alternative behaviors you can embrace during the withdrawal period. The dangers of nicotine, second-hand smoke, and the impact on heart health are all covered in the audiobook app. You'll discover an abundance of stark reminders if you aren’t already convinced or aware of the damaging effects of cigarette usage.

  • 0 Black History People Game App Guru

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/24/2020

    Who wants to be the Black History People Game App Guru? With just a little skill, you could rise to the top! All it takes is some mastery of a touch on your mobile keyboard. iPad, iPhone, Android - it doesn't matter. Black History People Game app builds skill with your mobile keyboard. Black History People Game app builds knowledge about important women and men. Crush all 30 levels if you can. Each level offers 10 names at random. Enter the name in the time limit, or you lose a life while losing the round. Check me out playing Black History People Game app in this six minute video. At the end I reveal how the game supplies an index of every person we include as well as what they are famous for. Want even more of a game challenge? Try Black History People Name Game app!  

  • 0 Black History Expert App Expertise

    Would you easily enjoy scanning through the details about several hundred Black history figures, as a large number of your brothers and sisters have already done? If the app was ad free, would your experience be even better? You'll be the Black History Expert after diving into our hidden figures achievers app. It's a who's who warehouse of wisdom. Black History Expert app keeps the spotlight on personal triumph by using brief written narratives. Our other knowledge based titles: Black History People, Black History Express, and Black History Quotes Express include visual or game elements to liven things up. You get right to the point using Black History Expert. It's twenty-eight chapters organized by stories into a simple to use reference. Bookmark the people you are most interested in. If you want, copy the biographies from within the app. Share the bios too. Easily find folks with search. This app is ad free. Watch me use Black History Expert in this short 3 minute 24 second video. After the video, learn when I created the old and the new Black History Expert App from scratch. Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quikthinkingsoftware1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/quikthinking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuikthinkingSoftware

  • 0 Kodak Zi8 Video Camera Audio Hack

    • video
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/17/2020

    We've recorded over 100 videos featuring our apps. This summary is not about apps, but about a technique we frequently use to improve the spoken word audio in the videos. Although I have moved on from the Kodak Zi8 camera searching for better video quality (it is acceptable enough, a solid grade of B), the device had one brilliant light bulb benefit, an A+ feature. You can plug a real microphone into the camera to capture sound correctly! Less than $150 video cameras usually never did or don't have this feature. How can you use a Kodak Zi8 camera to capture great sound when using another camera or mobile phone to record the video and audio? You’ll see in the video how we use a simple setup to accomplish this goal. Often if you are providing some spoken dialogue describing scenes you may have your primary camera too far away from human voices to get clean sound. This reduces the quality of the audio especially when lots of background noise is present. A hand-held microphone plugged into the Zi8 might be the answer. Below the Zi8 is plugged into a PC using it's built-in USB plug. I demonstrate our technique in the video showing how the Kodak Zi8 is used for recording the audio portion of a video shoot. If you produce an in-the-field podcast, this technique is a good way to have back-up audio. We still use the Zi8 for some video, but primarily now for audio capture. The better your microphone, the better your sound results will be.  Kodak introduced the Zi8 in 2009. It's two year run ended in 2011 when it was discontinued. You might still be able to find one on Amazon or ebay. Our Zi8, which we bought new, is still in excellent condition. If you have one, don't totally abandon it! Yes, there are other modern digital recorder solutions with microphone inputs. The point of this hack in the video is don't reinvent the wheel if you don't have to. Is your old Zi8 collecting dust? Use it for audio recordings. We still at times use a Sony DAT (digital audio tape) recorder primarily because we mastered a lot of music on it (before transferring tunes to CD, DVD, or thumb drive). Some older technology still works! Our Zi8 is my 3rd favorite video camera in our bag of tricks in front of the 4th place logi HD 1080p webcam and 5th place Motorola Droid 2. What's #1 and #2? A Samsung Galaxy S8 is our hands down favorite right now for video. Second place goes to our iPhone 7. Very good, but not as good as the Galaxy S8. Now, check out the video and watch me work this magic!

  • 0 Match 3 Games Rock!

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/15/2020

    Match 3 games are extremely popular. You'll see why in this video. These games attract millions of loyal players. Match 3 games are fun! Score by lining up two, three, or more of the same images next to each other. That's the simple gameplay. It's that easy. I demonstrate five match 3 game apps offered by Quikthinking Software. These 5 free games don't have in-app purchases or full screen ads so you get a full enjoyable experience with your free download. We use two different styles in our games. Swipe to score (iOS versions), or touch to score (Android). Match 3 games don’t just have to use candy, jewels or fruit. You’ll see what we mean as our games drop backpacks, pizza, burgers, Thanksgiving, spaceships, and political caricatures. Enjoy! Download the games from the app stores. Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quikthinkingsoftware1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/quikthinking Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuikthinkingSoftware

  • 0 Always Quikthinking

    • Shop
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/03/2020

    Time for your back to your routine merch. We are Always Quikthinking! Check out our shop and grab some gear. You'll love it! We waited awhile before offering our fans some logo collectibles. Five years ago, we created and ran a very successful Zazzle shop for a large company. Before that, we created a Cafe Press shop with luke water results for the same company. Now, it's our own turn with Spreadshirt. Hopefully the 3rd time will be a charm as this time it's for us, and you! You'll love that you can customize the size of the logo (in black or white) to your liking. Get a hold of the Always Quikthinking swag you will need: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/quikthinking-swag I am the male model below this lovely lady... It's Always Quikthinking swag

  • 0 How To Use AAeMojis App On Social Media Video

    Already seen? Deja vu? Not quite. You've seen some of it, but not all of it. Here's another chapter in our attempt to help you use AAeMojis on social media. What are AAeMojis? Take a look at just a few of the emojis...    They are 139 different proud expressions for iOS and Android to brighten up all occasions. There are no ads and no in-app purchases in the apps. We've done several short videos, (blog, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc.) about the app explaining how to use these AAeMojis on social media. There's even an app video in the Android version, and two app videos in the iOS version. Based on your continuing questions, you've asked for more clarity. 99.9% of the questions we receive are for the Android version. We mean all of the questions! So finally, we've put together a 3-1/2 minute in-depth video showing you how to use these stickers for text messaging, and how to use them on Facebook. Most questions should be answered in this video, especially about the Android version. The video is in four segments showing you how to use the emojis: Texting on iPhone - iPad Facebook comments iPhone - iPad Texting on Android Facebook comments Android I breathe in some fresh air with a noisy plane flying over me outdoors for just a few short seconds in the video introduction before we jump inside where it is quiet. All is revealed for the first time in one video explaining how to use these 139 characters. See how we use the emojis with our phones in the video below, then discover more details reading the AAeMojis app description where there are links to the app stores.

  • 0 How Buttons And Memorabilia Can Inspire Mobile Apps

    • video
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/24/2020

    We've been collecting all kinds of wearable buttons for as long as I can remember. They represent a variety of interests. Ours is a collection of buttons about people, technology, music, charities, radio, and especially politics. In this video from our YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/QuikthinkingSoftware, you'll watch me explain how some of these buttons inspired a "both sides of the aisle" update to our match-3 Android game app Donald Crushed!   I had a long and colorful career in electronic media engineering, radio, and broadcast management. These were great jobs providing memorable experiences...experiences driving many bright light concepts to hopefully implement in a 2nd career. The 2nd career as you may have guessed is professional mobile app development. We've had our hand in general app development for 20 years plus. See some of the music memorabilia and sources that influenced our apps RnB Music Quiz Soul for iOS and RnB Music Quiz Soul for Android. Watch the story and please subscribe to our YouTube channel.    

  • 0 Digital Footprint Kick In The Butt

    • Books
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/17/2020

    My final job before full-time app development was in the corporate world as a broadcast executive, engineer, and announcer for a major national radio network. One day, the top person in my division asked me about my online presence. "Yes I have blogs, and yes I have several websites" I said. "Please give me all of your social media handles" was his response. I handed them over. Knowing that I always take the high road on social media put me completely at ease. I was not going to be fired thanks to any indiscretion. Stephanie Humphrey details the social media high road along with the trappings of missteps in "Don't Let Your Digital Footprint Kick You In the Butt!" She summarizes her new book (2020) with the subtitle "A lesson in what NOT to do on the internet to build your personal brand online."  Techlifesteph, her digital sobriquet, is the nickname of her brand. Humphrey repeatedly drives home (to our way of thinking too) that using social media is like posting a flyer on a public bulletin board at the post office or supermarket. Everyone can take a look. Her message is be careful. Although "Don't Let Your Digital Footprint Kick You In The Butt!" targets younger readers, it is completely appropriate for adults. I read the book in one three-hour sitting and did all of her engaging activity exercises. The exercises are great for reinforcing each message throughout content sections: How Does Your Digital Footprint Lead To Your Personal Brand What Happens When Your Digital Footprint Takes a Wrong Turn? How to Make Sure Your Digital Footprint Is on the Right Path If you don't believe that your digital footprint can live forever, Stephanie includes the 'Go to the Wayback Machine - w w w.archive.org/web' exercise. We did it! We've been archived (Quikthinking.com) 199 times as of this writing including but not limited to our online launch year: 1996, 2006, and 2016 up to the present. Yup, it's 24 years and counting! Despite our experience with all things tech, we discovered quite a few new tricks by reading this book. You'll appreciate the plain language with straight-forward advice. There is a marketing perspective Humphrey shares as contemporary branding is suggested as a smart strategy. She walks you through the tactical steps of how to do this correctly. Branding however doesn't overshadow her central theme: think before you electronically leap. Several brief case studies capture how individuals have paid the price for wading into what they may have thought were peaceful internet waters. In section three I loved the amount of space dedicated to LinkedIn. Techlifesteph recommends a LinkedIn account for high school students and older. She shows you how to go through the steps to setup your account. For parents and their bubbling under online age 15 plus kids, the whole family will benefit from this book that will serve as an introduction for some, and a review for others. If you've never taken how you use social media seriously, now is the time to catch up. You'll find a wealth of information in "Don't Let Your Digital Footprint Kick You In the Butt!" Stephanie Humphrey I also recommend these four books from our library to help you navigate the brave new online or offline world. For branding: Known by Mark W. Schaefer. It is excellent. For surviving online with your head on straight: The Computer Privacy Handbook by Andre Bacard NetLaw: Your Rights in the Online World by Lance Rose Unsubscribe: How to Kill email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, And Get Real Work Done by Jocelyn K. Glei    

  • 0 Video Victories Getting Good Vibrations

    • video
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/10/2020

    YouTube tells us that Quikthinking Software has posted 120 videos since early 2014. That's a lot of material from movie cameras and cell phones. Many moons ago before online movies, we learned how to edit 16 mm (millimeter) film in college. 16 mm is an old-school movie medium made from an acetate plastic which displays an image by using a movie projector. We stuffed this skill into our bag of tricks, not to reference it again until the dawn of digital video production. Scanning through our YouTube videos, we see a diversity of popularity among the top 5 viewed. Two are for games, two are for education, and one is for productivity - entertainment. How did we gauge our top 5 videos of all-time? Each candidate had to have a minimum of 1,000 views. Here they are from bottom to top. #5 (video released in 2015): Fast food seems to stay in style. So does Pizza Burger Match-3 app that was originally released in 2015 (Google Play) as a semi-joke "tongue and cheek" production. Here is #4 (video released in 2017): Black History People was originally a "mobile website" that we sunset and turned into an app in 2011. It is now in it's 3rd generation as a concept and 2nd generation as an app. Here is #3 (video released in 2016): You are encouraged to read the Black History Audiobook Back-Story and watch a different video within the story page.  Here is #2 (video released in 2017): Pizza is as popular as ever. After watching this one, check out the revealing video How Much Pizza Does $1 get you Around the World in our blog. For this 2nd version of our Pizza Burger Match-3 app, we commissioned an artist to hand-paint all of the food images using water colors. Here is our #1 (video released in 2018) Because this is a how-to video we are not surprise that it is #1. "How to Use African American Emojis For Android Text Messaging Update" explains how to enjoy our stickers using any Android phone. The iOS version has always been much easier to use. With coaching from this how-to video, we hope we helped many of you who needed a simplified approach to use these emojis across thousands of different Android devices. Please subscribe to the Quikthinking Software YouTube Channel.

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