Jun 6th 2015

Tetris is celebrating its 31th birthday!

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Hey guys,

Today is June 6th and the 80′s popular video game is celebrating 31 years since it was first released.
Designed and programmed by artificial intelligence researcher, Alexey Pajitnov, ‘Tetris’ is a combination of the words “tetra (Greek word meaning “four”) and “tennis (which was actually Pajitnov’s favorite sport).

The game requires that players arrange, rotate, move and drop, puzzle pieces in real time while they fall from the top of the playing field into the rectangular Matrix at increasing speeds. The game features 7 distinctive geometric pieces, each made up of four squares (‘tetra’).

The game quickly became a global sensation, and was played on more than 50 gaming platforms in over 185 countries. So many of us grew up playing this timeless game in arcades, Game Boys and smartphones the world over.

Did you know that Tetris has been included in more than 30 scientific studies over the years? Studies found that playing the game helped the brain to operate more efficiently. In 2009, a formal study found that by playing the game for just 30 minutes a day, the subjects actually thickened their gray matter. This finding lead to the conclusion that the game is responsible for physical-cognitive development that could also improve things like memory capacity. Furthermore, a different study suggested that the game can help treat patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as the game had a “protective effect” on the patients.

Another brain effect of playing the game, is the Tetris effect (or ‘Tetris Syndrome); people who play the game for a prolonged amount of time, begin to pattern their thoughts, mental images and dreams in relation to the game. They actually think about ways different shapes can fit together in the real world, such as buildings, boxes on shelves and may even experience hallucinations of falling pieces.

Although Tetris is not available on Ginger Keyboard for Android, you can find many other old school timeless games to maximize time while messaging.
Go here for our latest version.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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Jun 1st 2015

Solitaire is celebrating 25 years of procrastination and wasting time at work

SolitaireHey guys,
Most of us have spent hours upon hours playing this popular game. And now, it’s celebrating its Quadranscentennial (or ‘Silver Jubilee’).

Microsoft (the company that gave us games such as Minesweeper, Hearts and of course Solitaire) is celebrating this special occasion by hosting two tournaments:

The first one, is an internal competition, which will find Microsoft’s best Solitaire player within its own employees.
The second, is a worldwide tournament, meant for the public. This tournament will begin on June 5th, and it’ll host the event inside the Windows app.

Microsoft Solitaire was developed in 1989, by then intern Wes Cherry, and was first introduced in Windows 3.0, as both for entertainment and to help new users to get familiarized with the new interface.

You can play your favorite old-school games (Snake, Copter, Squash and 2048) in your very own Ginger Keyboard‘s ‘Games Center’.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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May 27th 2015

Ginger is proud to announce: “We’re partnering with Any.do to boost productivity while messaging”

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Hey guys,

As of today, Ginger’s Android Keyboard users will be able to write and dictate tasks, notes & lists to Any.do directly from our Smart Bar.

Here at Ginger, we try to find different ways to enhance the usefulness and capabilities of our keyboard, while still providing our users with real value.
By accessing Any.do’s interface directly from our keyboard, we’re streamlining the process of taking notes and setting reminders while messaging, allowing our users to stay productive without ever leaving their messaging platform.

We are very excited by the benefits this partnering will provide our loyal users, as now they’ll be able to capture tasks and notes without having to switch back and forth between the two apps.

To see our press release, go here.
“Let the tasking and easy organizing begin!!”

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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May 20th 2015

The ‘Android Community’ praises Ginger Keyboard

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Hey guys,

In this rapidly evolving world, Ginger tries to stay in the heart of the Keyboards evolution. We’re proud to have been recently featured and reviewed by ‘Android Community‘.

Android Community, composed of mobile and tech enthusiast and professionals, is a site that tries to stay ahead of the news curve and provide the best source of open-platform mobile devices, news and Web analysis.

We are very excited to have been recognized by the Android Community for our efforts and achievements in the Android Keyboard area.
Here is a taste of what they had to say about Ginger:
“Ginger Keyboard app is probably the only one in the market that can not just correct your spelling, but even your grammar. It will be your best friend, especially if you’re the type who’s very conscious about these things…. If you’re bored or waiting for a message but have nothing to do, you can even play games on the Ginger Keyboard…”
To read the full review, please click on this link.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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May 14th 2015

5 reasons you’re NOT using your Keyboard properly

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Hey guys,

Most of us no longer see our mobile phone as just a method for making phone calls or sending texts.
For most of us, our Cell is our everything, and we can’t imagine how we ever lived without it.
From sending emails, watching movies, reading the latest news and planning our entire itinerary.

In an average week, people pick up their phone more than 1,500 times to complete various tasks, and are on average on their phone for 3 hours and 16 minutes a day (that’s all most an ENTIRE day each week!!).

Therefore, we decided to list the 5 ways you aren’t using your Keyboard properly, and how you can improve your writing, time and functionality:

  1. Emoji/Stickers/GIFs – Have fun, save time, and carry out entire conversations by using an emoji, sticker or GIF to convey your emotions and feelings.
  2. Stream - Why even bother to lift your finger off the keyboard. By using Stream (our swipe-like feature), simply slide your finger across the keyboard, and Ginger will guess your intended words.
  3. Accessibility and functionality Shortcuts - Improve your experience by using our Smart Bar. Save time by quickly accessing other apps without having to close your Keyboard.
  4. Proofreading – Stop worrying about misspelling or making grammar mistakes. Ginger keyboard identifies and covers a vast range of errors, from typos through severe misspellings to grammar mistakes and wrong usage of words. Correcting all of your mistakes with a single click.
  5. Word Prediction - You don’t even have to tap the entire sentence, as Ginger’s adaptive word prediction creates a personal database from your frequently used words, and predicts your next one.

You haven’t downloaded Ginger Keyboard yet?? What are you waiting for?!
Go here for our latest version.

Cheers,
Liron and the Ginger Team.

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