Monthly Archives: November 2010

Looking for suggestions


I’m putting together a new “For infants” app list, along with a “wish list” for iPhone apps. If anyone has any suggestions or favorites for either, please throw me a line and let me know.
If you’re a company with an app you’d like to have highlighted in either list or simply highlighted on the site at some point, please you the contact page, link is at the top of the page.
Thanks to everyone in advance!

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For anyone shopping for me…..


Yes I know this was released months ago, but there are two reasons I’m posting this right now:

1.  I want it!

2. It makes me want to throw a tantrum like a child that the Wii and DS games aren’t being released in the US yet.

So here it is, something that will be on all my Christmas wish lists, and something that no one around me or in my family will understand.  The Sonic Screwdriver Wii Remote!!

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Withings Wi-Fi Scale – Reviewed


Okay, for anyone that hasn’t figured it out by the name of the site, I consider myself a geek, and in that, any new, or unique technical gadget just seems to call my name!  So, when I came across a scale that not only was Wi-Fi enabled, but also had a free iPhone app you could download, I was all of it!  (My desire to lose some weight at the somewhat direct suggestion of my doctor was also a helpful push towards this bad boy!)

Features

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  • Backlit screen
  • Battery powered
  • Body mass sensor

Pros

  • Multiple users with automatic user detection based on weight
  • Attractive/Slim design
  • Quick readings
  • Lots of reporting options

Cons

  • Seemingly low battery life
  • Some might argue about the price; $159

So, you might be asking yourself “why does a scale need Wi-Fi?”  Well, I’m here to tell ya, and rest assured, you’ll not wonder “why” anymore after I’m done with ya!

To start off, yes, the scale has Wi-Fi built in,, but that allows it to transmit your data to you Withings site, to your personal, password protect account.  You are also able to post your progress and the data the scale collects on sites like Google Health, Twitter, and others.  The data mentioned that the scale collects is your weight (obviously) but it also collects your fat percentage and your BMI, all of which is transferred over to your account, viewable on the Withings site, and allowing you to keep continual track of your progress nearly effortlessly.  (Well you still have to get yourself up on the scale, so there is SOME effort).

The scale itself looks rather sexy for a scale.  It has a nice contemporary look, with a shiny glass top, and a nice, bright, easy to read LCD display.  Getting the scale set up to use is really rather simple.  After installing the batteries (4 AA) you connect it to your PC or Mac with the included USB cable.  Point your web browser to http://start.withings.com where you can pair you scale with the site, and you’re ready to roll in about 5 minutes!  Its pretty sweet, and simple, rather more simple then I had expected.

Once you setup your account on the Withings website, you can start weighing yourself and have your data uploaded to the site.  Another cool thing about the scale?  I can recognize up to 8 people!  That should be plenty for a normal household with a couple of extras for random guests.  The site itself has some added functions beyond what some might be used to, basically a spreadsheet of data.  You can have graphs showing your progress over time as you weigh yourself, and you can have separate graphs for weight, fat percentage, and BMI.  You can also set goals that you can mark on these graphs, so you can have a visual of how close you’re getting to your goal.

Remember that iPhone app I mentioned before?  You can go out to the App Store, find the Withings app, download it, and you’ll be able to check your stats and progress anytime you like, while on the go!suiviImageTop

BOTTOM LINE

Overall I have been very impressed with e scale itself.  The only issues I’ve had with it has been how quickly it drains the batteries, or seemed to drain the batteries, short of that, I have nothing buy high praises for this scale and feels its worth a look by everyone.  If you’re looking to drop some pounds and want to keep track of your progress, the Withings Wi-Fi Scale is the definite way to go!  I definitely feel it is worth the price tag for what it offers, and is a “must have” product for this years holiday season.

**For more information, checking out Withings at their website, their blog, on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE

android%20 %20scaleWithings has just announced, you can now get their Wiscale app for your Android Smartphone!  Now even more people can enjoy the brilliance of this scale!

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A Doctor Who Christmas Carol – Promo Pics!!


To continue with the injection of Doctor Who content into the realm of Geekasms!

One of my up and coming favorite blogs, BlogtorWho (@BlogtorWho onTwitter) has some new promo pictures from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special!  Click on the picture below for more promo shots and more Doctor Who goodness!

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Rockabye Baby! – A Parents Answer to “Kids Music”


rockabye_acdc As I write this, I’m going to do my best to avoid the desire to do the whole “Rock and Roll ain’t noise pollution” pun, but am making no promises! I originally heard about Rockabye Baby! while listening to the Bob and Tom radio show one morning, long before Bug was born, and made a mental note to myself that once we had our baby, that I had to get my hands on some of the CDs. Eventually I managed to get my hands on my first CD, which was based off AC/DC, and after having the AC/DC version for awhile, listening to it with Bug, and letting my brother borrow it for my niece Madelynn, I can say that I will be turning around and getting a few more, possible even for me, and definitely for the next parents that come up in the family.

Here is the description of the AC/DC album from Rockabye Baby!:

With the Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of AC/DC – Do you have a problem child? Rock and roll ain´t noise pollution, but unwanted cries are. When you´re up to your neck in dirty diapers, AC/DC´s primordial anthems are just the ticket. Your little live wire will be rocked to sleep by these gentle instrumentals. For those about to nap, we salute you.  Rockabye Baby! transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two. Rockabye Baby! is the perfect way to share the music you love with the littlest rocker in your life.

Rockabye Baby AC/DC Features the following AC/DC Hits:

  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • Highway to Hell
  • Who Made Who
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Back In Black
  • Thunderstruck
  • It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock ‘n’ Roll)
  • Hells Bells
  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
  • Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

The essence behind these great CDs and this great concept are the people at Rockabye Baby! who have taken well known and classic rock songs, including those from the Rolling Stones, Metallica, and The Beatles and replaced the hard rock sounds of drums and guitars with the soothing, relaxing sounds of the glockenspiel, vibraphone, mellotron, and other instruments (like mentioned in the description above) to create soothing lullaby songs for your baby, while keeping the beat and sound of the songs you love. While listening to the CD, I’ve found myself not only rocking Bug to these songs, but also singing them under my breath. It’s really a unique thing to share with my daughter. The songs that used to give me cold chills and get me pumped for high school football games can now sooth my daughter to slumber. Definitely not something that these artists had in mind of course, but regardless, these are great and I consider them a definite can’t miss for parents!

**For more information on Rockabye Baby and their products, check out their website, Facebook, or Twitter pages.

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Angry Birds don’t need no stinking Peace Treaty!!


In an attempt to make my site more reflective of myself and posting things I like to share, I present to you, the failed attempt at a peace treaty between the Evils Pigs and the Angry Birds!!  (I really enjoy the Level 9 line for some reason.

 

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Just in time for Thanksgiving: The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks


The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks - Oceanhouse MediaOceanhouse Media, Inc. announced the release of The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Oceanhouse Media, Inc. has announced the release of The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The holiday favorite is now available on the App Store for only $2.99. This universal app can be used on the iPad and iPhone for no additional charge and includes special high-resolution graphics for Retina displays. This is the tenth Berenstain Bears digital book release by Oceanhouse Media since September 2010.

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks, written by Jan and Mike Berenstain, teaches an important lesson about thankfulness and the love of family. In the story, the Bear cubs act out the first Thanksgiving complete with costumes, props and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear’s pet turkey play the part of dinner? The beloved Bear cubs learn about the pilgrims and are reminded of God’s many blessings!

As with all of Oceanhouse Media’s quality digital books, these interactive apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch are engaging and educational. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with professional narration, background audio and features that entertain and promote reading, this digital book appeals to readers of all ages.

“We are very happy with the success of The Berenstain Bears on the App Store,” said Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz, the Children’s Division of Zondervan. “Oceanhouse Media’s technology not only delivers a beautiful looking product, it also has a rich set of features that promote reading and really engage children.”

Other Berenstain Bears iPhone and iPad apps currently available are:

  • The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule
  • The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to Sunday School
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage
  • The Berenstain Bears and a Job Well Done
  • The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You!
  • The Berenstain Bears Discover God’s Creation
  • The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game
  • The Berenstain Bears Faithful Friends

“With the holidays upon us, we are excited to share the Thanksgiving spirit with children everywhere by bringing The Berenstain Bears to the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “Our goal is to provide fun, interactive experiences that bring both educational value and entertainment to families.”

Oceanhouse Media, creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss and Hay House apps, have recently seen seven of their Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears digital books reach the #1 rank for paid books in the App Store.

For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit the Oceanhouse Media website.

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A Doctor Who Christmas Carol Trailer Released


In honor of my new appreciation and love for Doctor Who, here is the just released trailer to the new Doctor Who Christmas Special!

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol premieres Saturday, December 25, 9:00 pm ET on BBC AMERICA.  If you can’t be at home watching, set your DVR people, because what’s better then some fresh Amy Pond on Christmas night?

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Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer comes to the App Store!


Oceanhouse Media, Inc. has announced the release of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer available for the first time as a digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Encinitas, CA – The holiday classic is now available on the App Store for an introductory price of only $2.99. This universal app can be used on the iPad and iPhone for no additional charge and includes special high-resolution graphics for Retina displays.

Rudolph delivers the message that there are no misfits in life, for everyone has a special quality to share. As the story opens, Rudolph is outcast for his shiny red nose. All the other reindeer make fun of him and won’t let him play in their reindeer games. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to Santa’s rescue. His glowing nose lights the way, enabling Santa to deliver toys to all the little girls and boys!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer digital book includes background music and audio, enlarged artwork for each scene, and even audio clips from the timeless TV special!

To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read. Word associations, professional narration and animated effects—like snow and Rudolph’s glowing nose—keep children engaged in the reading experience. By combining the original text and beautiful artwork with features that entertain and promote reading, this digital book appeals to readers of all ages.

“This timeless story has become an integral part of Christmas tradition,” said Jonathan Flom of Character Arts, LLC. “We are excited to make the Rudolph story available to today’s generation of kids and are thrilled by the quality experience that Oceanhouse Media’s apps provide.”

“With the holiday season quickly approaching we are excited to release this Christmas favorite as a digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “This story is a family favorite and we’re proud that this app provides educational value to children in a fun, interactive way.”

Oceanhouse Media, creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears and Hay House apps, have recently seen seven of their digital books reach the #1 rank for paid books on the App Store.

For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit the Oceanhouse Media website.

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Verizon Wireless to expand 3G coverage


Verizon Wireless has just released a press release announcing their plan to double their 3G capacity in Kentucky:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Verizon Wireless has announced today that it is near completion of a major capacity improvement project for its high-speed 3G network in Kentucky this year that will ensure the company continues to stay ahead of its customers’ growing data usage on their smart phones, wireless modems and handsets.

The project has entailed adding 3G capacity on 94 percent more cell sites in Kentucky compared to 2009, thereby doubling data capacity of the network across the state.  The enhancements will provide further value to Verizon Wireless customers in Kentucky who are looking to rely more and more on their wireless devices for accessing the Internet, social networking, viewing high-quality videos, downloading music, games and ringtones, and exchanging email.

“With so many of our customers relying on their devices for much more than just making phone calls, it’s imperative that we stay ahead of their usage habits,” said John Granby, president, Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan region, Verizon Wireless.  “It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles your smart phone offers if you cannot depend on it to keep you connected wherever you go.  Verizon Wireless is committed to making sure our network has enough capacity to handle the increasing data traffic from our customers’ Internet browsing, tweeting and mobile gaming.”

The company’s ongoing network investment in Kentucky now totals more than $335 million.  Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

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