iOS – Neato

Screen-Shot-2014-11-04-at-9.59.37-PM-640x556I came across the app Neato today and gave it a try. This app installs into Notification Center as a notepad. This is the first widget I have added to my iPhone since updating to iOS 8.1. I have played with this app a little now and I think it will be useful. I often go for walks and listen to podcasts. This little app will let me jot down anything that I hear and want to remember – no longer will I have to remember pen and paper. It is also useful to make notes at anytime regardless of what else you are doing on your iPhone.

A further advantage is that Neato integrates with Evernote and Dropbox (both of which I consider essential applications to iOS and OS X devices), allowing notes to be sent to either of those for later use. You can also send tweets, emails or text messages from the App. The app is currently free on the App Store and I highly recommend it.

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Book Review of “Dream Warriors”

“Dream Warriors” was published in 2014 and was written by D. Robert Pease ( Mr. Pease has published 8 novels, and this is the second novel of his that I have read.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this Young Adult Fantasy novel as ‘PG’, as there is some Violence. The novel is written in the first person from the stand point of 15 year old Joseph “Joey” Colafranceschis.

Joey is brilliant, just about to graduate High School at 15, and has already been accepted to MIT. He is next the the youngest of several children, and is constantly being tormented by his older twin brothers. Sixteen year old “Alex” is nearly as smart as Joey, and his best friend. She will be graduating with him.

He is suddenly thrust into a dream world every time he sleeps. He finds that he is to be a Dream Warrior, and that the Pharaoh, leader of the Dream World, has plans against the real world. Joey quickly learns to become a warrior in the Dream world, and catches the eye of the Pharaoh’s daughter, Cleo. Joey is attracted to her, but finds he has more than simple friendship feelings for Alex as well. Joey is torn between Cleo and Alex. He is also immersed in a battle with the Pharaoh for control.

The plot is pretty simple, but I liked the dream world alternate reality. The characters are pretty predictable, but have dimension to them. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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