Monthly Archives: February 2011
|Toddler Sing & Learn
Kiboomu Publishing – $1.99
Kiboomu Publishing, the ladies behind the ABC Piano and others have released their latest masterpiece in the line of apps geared towards toddlers, Toddler Sing & Learn.
I just downloaded the app tonight and let Bug play with it on the iPad. The app is already a runaway hit with her. The ladies have stepped out of they comfort zone in terms of apps as this app gives your child 3 types of activities to choose from: Puzzles, Coloring, and Sing. One of my favorite aspects of the app isn’t the choices, but it’s the energy and upbeat feel of the app as a whole with the singing and the narrations. Where sometimes apps will have narration that is just bland, and almost bring the energy of the app down, the energy of this app is just none stop, and I can already see that it translates through Bug in the actual use of the app.
The puzzles have proven to be a little above her level at the moment, at least to do alone, but she already insists on Daddy doing it for her, and she tries and is able to do a few herself. Kiboomu has proven themselves yet again with knowing how to get into the hearts of young children to teach and entertain with their apps. After a little bit of use, I’ll write up a proper review, but for now, go ahead and check out Kiboomu and all their apps, you and your kids will not be disappointed.
|Moms with Apps
Moms with Apps – FREE
If you were told that you could have access to a list of family-friendly iPhone apps that has been put together by over 200 developers, would you even hesitate to look at it? What if I told you that you could search through these apps, cataloged and categorized by their education value and by the appropriate age group? To be honest at this point, you’d probably start wondering what you needed my site for, (please keep coming back!) but seriously, doesn’t that sound like any parents dream come true? Especially when you’re out on the road travelling and all the typical “go to” apps to save your sanity just aren’t cutting it? Well, fortunately this isn’t a “what-if” scenario where I tease you and then leave you hanging. The people behind MomswithApps.com have put together an iPhone app, which does all that I listed above and more, and better yet, its FREE!
The origins of Moms with Apps come from Twitter and four moms who had developed family-friendly apps. The site and concept has grown since then, and they describe themselves as this:
Moms with Apps is a group of individual, independent, family-friendly developers who share best practices on making and marketing mobile apps. Most of our membership is comprised of parents who have launched their own apps on the App Store, have their own access to iTunes Connect, and have the time and inclination to share best practices with other developers at the founder’s level. We are not a traditional app review site.
I realize, that in the scheme of things, I might be taking some attention off of myself and this site by pointing out the Moms with Apps iPhone app, but the truth of the matter is, I originally imagined this site to be for fathers to come to, to either read about my ups and downs of fatherhood or to have some new iPhone app or tech items highlighted where I was able to find a use for it, as a parent. Yes, I have strayed away from that underlying purpose and goal from time to time, but my desire for that is still there, and I would be cheating anyone and everyone that comes to this site if I didn’t point you in the direction of this app.
Moms with Apps has a simple interface where you can search through the list of apps they have put together. Some have been highlighted here in the past; others have been new to me and will no doubt be new to some of you. Bottom line, if you have a child, any age, that enjoys playing with your phone, or you let them play with your phone to save your own sanity, this app is worth your time; not because it’s free, but because it’s priceless in the information it can give you as a parent on the go.
The App has the following features:
- Over 600 apps from the top educational app developers
- Organized educational subjects (e.g. Early Learning, Math, Science, Special Needs)
- Recommended ages for every app and book
- Create and maintain a wish list of your favorite apps
- Discover and share great apps through social networking
Along with the superb features listed, and the general overall greatness of the app, I wanted to also point out how great the pages for the individual apps are. The pages include besides the general information of the app, includes links to take you to the App Store, you can share the app via email, Facebook, and Twitter, along with adding the app to your own personal “Wishlist”.
This should be on every “Top App” list for parents owning an iPhone, flat out. If you think I’m wrong, feel free to call me a liar! 😉
Seriously though, if you weren’t aware of Moms with Apps prior to reading this, check out their app, check out their site, it has a world of information that you are bound to find useful for any and all parents owning an iPhone or iPad.
Moms With Apps is a terrific app for any and all parents. The amount of information it offers is worth money, but amazingly enough this app is free. Free!! The price might be free, but the amount of information you can gain from this app is priceless. (Please forgive me for the corniness of that line)
Night & Day Studios – $1.99
What is Quibble Kids? One way to put it would be, it’s the matching game for the 21st century. Sure, practically anyone has some form of a matching game, either in actual physical board game form, where you’ve already lost half the pieces, or you might already have a matching game on your smart phone. Either way, if you’re a parent, you probably have a matching game somewhere. Problem with these? they don’t tend to hold the attention of this generation’s kids that long, its too repetitive with no real payoff.
Now what Night & Day Studios, the people behind the Peekaboo series of apps, have done is create a new type of matching game. One with rotating cubes, themes, and scoring. Adding a bit of depth and freshness to the concept.
Quibble Kids features:
- 50 puzzle sets with over 200 images for the original picture match game
- Intuitive interface for young kids to easily master
- Fun music for each puzzle
- Score keeping to chart your child’s progress
- Access to additional puzzle packs for kids between the ages 2 and 12
- Each additional puzzle pack is available for only 99 cents
Something I really enjoy with Quibble Kids, beyond the fact that it keeps my son’s attention better then most apps lately, is that it challenges him. Using the 3 dimensional cubes that you rotate, and having him match pictures that fall into a specific theme or category like bugs or houses rather then just matching the same picture helps his thinking and how he makes connections to things. It fits perfectly into what I’ve wanted to find for him lately in terms of entertainment and keeping him challenged.
Right out the door Quibble Kids proved that it was going to be good entertainment for my 4 year old son, and be able to keep his attention. When we first started the app, I had to show him how to play, help get him to realize how he was turning the cubes and how he was matching pictures that belong together rather then matching actual pictures. So it wasn’t like other apps where I could start it and hand it to him, I actually had to play it with him a few times for him to understand, which, being able to do that and then hand it over and let him run with it, was nice and allowed me to have a since of pride in that he was able to take what we did together and do it himself. Plus once he understood the concept and realized he got scored, it was on, and he was all about it!
Quibble Kids is a good for of entertainment and is able to keep kids engaged. Having 50 different puzzle sets, along with options of expanding the game with in app purchases ensures that this is one of those special apps that they won’t get burnt out on quick. Plus its one of those fun apps you can play with your kids! Night & Day Studios has another home run on their hands.
I’m not sure what got me started on this, but once I started, I couldn’t stop until I had them finished. Would love any and all feedback, good or bad!
Acrylic paints on 8”x10” canvases
Available on Etsy
Oh if only I had the cash for this right now, I really think I’d take the plunge and get this. I feel that it’s a gamble on whether or not this will be a home run (especially with the price) but I think if its promoted the proper way and with a little luck, it could be worth it. So if anyone out there reading this wants to help a guy out, feel free! I’ll be happy to cover the monthly fee! Check out the official press release below.
“Best of Show” Winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Delivers the World’s First True Tablet Experience,with Upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being “the most potentially disruptive technology.” The first device to run Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.
A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.
The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web. For additional information about upgrading their XOOM to 4G LTE, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEUpgrade starting Thursday, Feb. 24.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
To learn more about Motorola XOOM, visit www.verizonwireless.com/xoom.
They’re here! The newest collection from designer USB maker Mimobot comes from Gotham city. Batman, Robin, The Joker (got mine ordered), and Catwoman are all represented in this new line. In face there are 5 versions total if you include the Vintage Batman, which I recently reviewed and gushed about over its awesomeness.
So if you’re a Batman diehard or a comic book lover, this are a must grab. I’ll write about what I expect to be quality awesomeness once I get Joker to go up against my Vintage Batman.
More info @Mimobot
- Vintage Batman MIMOBOT – Reviewed (geekasms.com)
I don’t typically do this sort of post (maybe I should though) but I found this so much fun to read over that I thought I would share. Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and all of them Disney based Ducks were some of my favorite characters when I was little, including back in the days of the Duck Tales cartoon.
So anyway, the website Cracked has a list of “5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck” and the first on their list at #5 is that basically, the concept of the movie Inception is “coincidently” a decent rip off of a story from a 2002 Scrooge McDuck comic! I know!
Included in this list is also Indian Jones, actual scientific discoveries, and Astro Boy. Ultimately though, what you should take away from the list is that there is obviously a hidden cover-up to hide the truth, that Donald Duck is the single most important individual in the last century, and that hiding in Mickey Mouse’s shadow is simply his cover. (My opinions, maybe not yours)
To check out the pretty cool list, along with a bunch of other neat lists they’ve put together throughout the site, click here.
**I want to thank my buddy Daniel Morgan for bringing this to my attention