Daily Archives: January 21, 2011

Verizon Wireless Adds 3 New Cell Sites in Kentucky


imagesVerizon Wireless has activated a total of five new cell cites, with 3 being in Kentucky and 2 in southern Indiana.  The new cites are located in Jefferson and Oldham County.  No doubt benefitting potential new and returning customers in Kentucky and Indiana with the iPhone 4 looming on the horizon. Below is a portion of the press release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Verizon Wireless has activated five new cell sites in Kentucky and southern Indiana that improve voice and data coverage in three counties in the greater Louisville area.

Three new cell sites in Kentucky, including an in-building site within the KFC Yum! Center, improve coverage in the west central and south central portions of Jefferson County and in southern Indiana.

Another new cell site in Kentucky in Oldham County improves coverage in Goshen.

A new cell site in Floyd County in Indiana improves coverage in the southern portion of the county.

The new cell sites enable more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless devices for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps and music, exchanging email and text, picture and video messages, watching high-quality videos and making calls.

The company’s ongoing network investment in Kentucky now totals more than $307 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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Oh No! Spider-man’s costume?! And the Mask?!


MTV’s Splash Page has released a clear shot of the new Spider-man suit from the reboot.  I’m sorry, buy my first reaction to this is that the mask makes me think of the old Japanese Spider-man show where he had a Power Rangers like robot.  I love the fact that he has web-shooters (yes I’m sticking to that belief until told otherwise).  I’m hoping small things like the red lenses and what looks like tennis shoes are just elements for the stunt suit and not actual elements of the actual suit that we’ll see, but at this point, with all the liberties they’ve taken with the suit already, who knows.

I had been optimistic with all the blurry shots up to this point, keeping faith that the look of the mask would win me over.  For me, its failed.  I’m a huge Spidey fan, and to me, this isn’t Spider-man.

Check out Splash Page with a few close ups of the mask and web-shooters, and below for the opening to the aforementioned Japanese Spider-man show.

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Some More Great Reviews on Some Great Apps for Toddlers


Underwear is Funny! My Underwear App For Toddlers And Preschoolers!

my-underwear-app-icon.jpgBoth my 20 month old toddler and 4 year old have been fighting over this app, My Underwear, since I got it the other day.  That’s how good it is!

The colorful and whimsical artwork of Todd Parr, a children’s book author and illustrator,  is featured throughout the (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) app. It brings happiness and laughter to my children, and joy to my ears and pocketbook. MORE…



Teach Children To Read With Bob Books #1–Reading Magic App!

bob-books-1-reading-magic-2Discover the wonderful world of reading with Bob Books!

Every parent’s goal is to help their child learn in an enjoyable and entertaining way that not only benefits their child, but them as well. And, Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic does just that!  MORE……

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Matching for Toddlers – PhotoMatchTots



982043_150727 PhotoMatchTots 

Weily Apps –  $.99

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The concept is universal, it might be known as matching, or concentration, memory, regardless of what its call, it’s the same.  Encouraging kids to pay attention and remember images on cards, flipping them, and seeing if they can match them up.  Its gotten to the point that this is even a part of Nick Jr around commercial breaks.  Matching is a game I’ve played with both my older kids, including getting my son Toy Story 3 matching game for Christmas.

What the people at Weily Apps has done, has taken this concept (because it would be pretty hard to play this in a doctor’s office, grocery story, or in the car) and applied a little out of box thinking to take advantage of being on the iPhone.  You have the option to play the typical game using cards predetermined by the app, or you have the option to make cards using photos you have on your phone.  Matching is typically geared towards preschoolers, maybe slightly younger, but PhotoMatchTots is geared towards even younger kids, and allowing the option to select your own photos is something that I think benefits the younger kids, as it can be a photo that they already can associate with and remember.  Look at it as training wheels for your toddler and they work on their cognitive ability.

Features in My PhotoMatchTots 1.1 are
– 2 levels of play: 6 or 12 cards
– Fun sounds
– Continually mix it up by changing your game with your personal photos
– Large card size to accommodate young hands

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BOTTOM LINE

“PhotoMatchTots- children’s memory puzzle game” doesn’t win any awards for flashy design, but its not meant to.  Its flashy in its simplicity, not only of style but of execution, of a common game for young kids.  The ability to customize the cards I feel will help broaden the appeal to slightly younger kids then most memory games, as you can add that level of familiarity.  At the price tag it carries (.99) its worth grabbing for that extra little bit of entertainment you might need in those trouble times!

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Verizon’s iPhone 4 Commercial


Check out Verizon’s first iPhone commercial!

 

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Sing your ABCs – ABC Song Piano



original ABC Song Piano  

Kiboomu Publishing –  $.99

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What’s one of the first songs people enjoy teaching their toddlers?  What’s one of the first songs that people will show up that their child knows, to other people?  At least for me and my boy, it was the ABCs.  Now, Bug is getting to the age where the fun and excitement can be repeated, and the ladies at Kiboomu have helped capture the joy and fun in their latest app in their Song Piano series: ABC Song Piano.

Just like with their previous apps “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Piano” and “Old MacDonald Piano” you go and press the piano button, and your little one can sit and enjoy the music and animation, but also have the option of interacting and pressing the piano keys themselves.

With ABC Song Piano, children can do the following:
♫ learn the alphabet
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

Just like their previous iterations, Kiboomu has show that they know how to develop apps that not only educate but entertain toddlers and preschoolers.  So if you’re looking for a new app to help keep you kids quiet and entertained, or if you’re child is starting to learn their ABCs and getting excited about it, then this app is for you!  As always with Kiboomu, I highly recommend this app.

Below is a video of Bug watching and listening to the app the very first time I played it for her.  If that’s not a 20 month old captivated, I don’t know what is!

 


BOTTOM LINE

“ABC Song Piano” is an exceptional colorful and creative musical, educational, and entertaining app that will bring out your child’s excitement about learning the alphabet along with bringing out your children’s interests and talents of music.

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