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Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday


Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps

For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Three New Dr. Seuss Apps Also Released

Encinitas, Calif. — March 1, 2011 — Oceanhouse Media, Inc. announces the sale of its entire line of Dr. Seuss apps for one week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. Every Dr. Seuss app by the company originally priced at $1.99 – $3.99 will be discounted by 25-50% for an entire week.

Adding to the celebration is the release of the free Dr. Seuss Camera – Happy Birthday Edition iPhone app featuring 11 birthday cards. Using the iPhone’s built-in camera or Photo Library, cards can be personalized with stamps, borders and classic Seussian text, then emailed to friends and family or saved to the Photo Library.

Two new Dr. Seuss omBooksTM (Oceanhouse Media digital books) will also be released on March 2 for both Apple and AndroidTM devices. Happy Birthday to You! will be available at a special introductory price of $0.99. This is Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to individuality, allowing readers to experience firsthand the thrill of celebrating a birthday as it is done in the land of Katroo.

The second new omBook being released is the highly anticipated The Cat in the Hat Comes Back available at $2.99 for one week. In this story, the mischievous cat spreads a big pink spot all over the house. When Little Cats A through Z are invited too, will they be a help or a hindrance?

The NEA’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

“The NEA and Oceanhouse Media are two wonderful partners to help us commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “Both focus on promoting reading and literacy in children. Nothing would have made Dr. Seuss happier.”

Since releasing their first Dr. Seuss app, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, just 15 months ago, Oceanhouse Media has seen seven of its Dr. Seuss omBooks reach the top spot in the Books category on the App Store. Other Dr. Seuss omBooks recently released include the popular Horton Hears A Who!, and the chart-topping Fox in Socks and I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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Todder Sing & Learn–Kiboomu’s newest arrival



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Kiboomu Publishing –  $1.99
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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.

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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.

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Moms With Apps–A Must Have



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Moms with Apps –  FREE
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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 ofmzl.dmivetfd.320x480-75 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.



BOTTOM LINE

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)

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Quibble Kids–A Great Match for You and Your Kids



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Night & Day Studios –  $1.99
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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

qk4Something 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!



BOTTOM LINE

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.

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Managing Children’s Screen time: There’s An App For That!


screen-time-app-for-dads.jpgIn an increasing digital age, our children are becoming digitally dependent.  Something that can easily slip our minds, but shouldn’t be ignored is the amount of time our children spend watching TV or playing computer games.  That’s where “Screen Time” comes in and saves the day!  More

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Its Peekaboo Time Again with Peekaboo Forest



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Peekaboo Forest

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The fine folks at Night & Day Studios have released their third app in their Peekaboo line of apps for toddlers and preschoolers.  This time, their latest, Peekaboo Forest, features the stunning art of Charley Harper, which separates it from previous Peekaboo iterations, and sets it atop its own pedestal.  Peekaboo Forest doesn’t just take the same equation that equaled success for Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, but they evolved it all around.

In the previous apps you had animals hiding behind barn doors or grass, making noise, then appearing once your child touched the screen.  Now you have teases like a leaf moving or a tail wagging, before the animal makes its appearance, the its name being announced, making this interactive app, much more like an actual game of peekaboo.  Not only that, but this version builds upon a foundation wrapped around the seasons, where after every 3-4 animals, you have a littler intermission with music and announcing the next season.  Not only is this a way of teaching the seasons, but it helps break up the repetitive pattern of getting animals appear.  Bug enjoys this part of the game, and dancing with the music just as much as she does seeing the animals, making this addition a great and welcomed one.

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However I do feel inclined to point out, the pace and feel of Peekaboo Forest is much more low key then with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild.  If I was to suggest to a parent, especially one younger then Bug who is at 21 months, I would suggest starting off with Peekaboo Barn or Wild before moving on to Peekaboo Forest.  Bug loved is (as can be seen by the video below) but I can see where this one might not captivate younger kids like Peekaboo Barn did for her last year.


BOTTOM LINE

Peekaboo Forrest is a fun, education and interactive game that you’d expect from Night & Day Studios, and features the stunning vivid art of Charley Harper.  It is a unique take on the peekaboo app concept and is an universally entertaining app fr any preschooler.  If younger then around 2, I’d suggest Peekaboo Barn or Peekaboo Wild prior then trying out Peekaboo Forest, but don’t question the greatness that this app offers!

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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!

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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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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Infants for 2010


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Well, its that time again, to give out the list of the top apps I’ve been fortunate enough to use with Bug.  Consider all these that I list as tried and true apps, that I have used and are approved by Bug and that can save you as a parent when you have a squirming, impatient infant/toddler.  Some are new, some are from previous lists, but I consider this my top list for iPhone apps for infants for 2010.

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Bubbles

Price: $1.99     Developer: Hog Bay Software

Yes, the concept is simple, buy hey, sometimes simple is better!  If you need a quick distraction for your little one, Bubbles is just the ticket for you.  All it is, is a simple app with animated bubbles that you pop by touching them.  An easy distraction for that squirming, impatient little man or lady.
Admittedly, the simplification of the app leaves a lot to be desired, such as different colors, but none the less, it does what you strive for it to do

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Cat in the Hat

Price: $3.99     Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat is a musical, interactive version of the book we loved as children, but is now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Admittedly this might be slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.  The best part is that Oceanhouse Media is offering more and more apps based on children’s books, way too many to list here, so you’re not limited to just The Cat in the Hat

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My Very First App

Price: $.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the first of 3 apps that make this list from Night & Day Studios (and let me say, they are not a sponsor and I’ve paid for these apps, these are simply apps that Bug loves and entertained with).  My Very First App is a fun and interactive educational app based on Eric Carle’s My Very First Books.  The apps comes with 3 levels – Easy (ages 1-3), Medium (ages 2-5), and Hard (ages 3-6) along with offering additional levels and options through in app purchases, giving this app long term value as your little one grows.

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Old MacDonald Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

Kiboomu Publishing also makes more then one appearance on this list as both apps have proven themselves, and just like with their first one, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.

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Peekaboo Barn

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the app that started it all and made me realize how important an entertaining and educational app could be to have! The second appearance on this list by Night & Day Studios offers fun, education and entertainment, an equation they seem to have mastered.   And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”.

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Peekaboo Wild

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

The first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.

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Splish Splash Inn

Price: $.99     Developer: Short Stack

The app, in concept is simple, but in practice outshines all others.  Splish Splash Inn is self paced, as your child can select when and which door he/she wants to click next, only to enter the selected room and watch as they count a set number of a specific sea animal, not only helping with counting skills, but also throwing in a little marine biology in the mix (those sneaky Shortstack folks!)  I sometimes have to help Bug use this one, as its difficult for her to sometimes get back to the door selection screen, but its fun to listen to her trying to count with the narration, and enjoys touching the animals and seeing what noises each of them make.  If you haven’t checked this one out, this is a must have for your infant or toddler.

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Toddler Counting

Price: $.99     Developer: iTot Apps

Designed by parents in coordination with preschool teachers, Toddler Counting helps teach basic counting skills, and even makes it fun for your toddler.  The basis is somewhat a combination of a few apps already on this list.  You are given a random number of animals on a screen, like “3 Bears” and the app counts, as you touch each bear.  A very simple app, that Bug has really started to enjoy as she’s learning to count, and keeps her attention as much as any other.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu

This is another one of those apps that has proven the test of time and that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.

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Velveteen Rabbit

Price: $3.99     Developer: Ruckus Media Group

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful storybook app, Ruckus Media Group is the place to go!  Ruckus Media Group has began to feature some classic children’s books, that are absolutely gorgeous, some of the most beautiful apps I’ve ever seen, and up the aunty even more by having their storybook apps read by notable, actors, and accompanied by well-known musicians.  The app gives you the two typical options, where you can read to your child, or have the app read to them, but also offers a third option, which some parents might enjoy; you’re able to record yourself reading the story, for it to be played back to your child later.

Of course, as always, if you feel that I’ve missed an app, please comment below, as I always love finding new apps and/or have no issue with admitting when I’m wrong

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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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A geek in a small town: Mt. Vernon USA


Okay, so its time for a little rant I suppose.  I live in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.  Most people that come to this blog probably don’t even know where that is, or when they read Kentucky, they develop their own opinions rather quickly.  Well the fact is, its a rather small town, not exactly in the rural parts of Eastern Kentucky, but at the same time, not far out of it.  Now of course, some people might find that thought calming and peaceful, and think it sounds like a nice place to be.  I’m not saying its not!!  I’m not condemning Mt. Vernon, or Rockcastle County, or anything like that, far from it!  Sure, it has its flaws, what place doesn’t?  And obviously If parts of me didn’t enjoy living here, I wouldn’t be, but it does makes things more challenging for me at times.

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Okay, so obviously I’m a geek.  I know, that’s a huge shocker considering the name of the page is Geekasms, so I definitely don’t hide from it or try to dress it up as anything else.  I’m a tech geek, movie geek, comic geek, I hit the high notes of most things in the realm of Geekdom at one point or another, and most that know me wouldn’t argue that point.  Unfortunately, Mt.Vernon doesn’t exactly lend itself to the expansion of certain elements of my geekery.  (I realize I keep making up words using ‘geek’, but hey, I’m entertaining myself!).  There are plenty of examples I can pull from.  One  from a few years back, being Gmail.  I adapted to Gmail as soon as I was able to.  Grabbed an invite from a messaging board, and have never looked back since, and although Google has gradually adapted Gmail with new functions and aspects including chat and others, its been of no use to me because well…..not many people I know have yet to use Gmail, or even consider it, even with me trying to get them to try it.  They have no interest in changing what they already have, and leave me alone in my Gmail Geekground (play on playground….I know, starting to get sad already)

More up to date examples would be things like Twitter, LinkedIn and social iPhone apps.  On Twitter, I have less then 100 followers, even today, and a very small handful of them are actually from Rockcastle County, and even fewer still live anywhere close!  The worst part about that is, I’ve almost reached 1000 tweets!  Those are a whole bunch of lonely tweets, no doubt.  I’m also on LinkedIn.  A website that is obviously picked up in other parts, but no where around me.  I have very few connections on LinkedIn, and nearly all of them come from people I work with, not anyone from home.

Then we have the iPhone.  Yes, many, many adapters to the iPhone, but very little usage in the world of apps I reside in.  No one local uses foursquare at all.  I still play with it, but its more of a self entertainment then anything else.  Even using apps or searches on foursquare or twitter to find users close, its always just me, and people that have traveled  up or down I75.

I live in an area of either very slow adapters, or people that do not adapt at all, while I do my best to be on the front lines and cutting edge of everything going on.  Plus, don’t even get me started on the difficulties of finding graphic design work anywhere close!  (Possible rant for PCS site later on)

So why am I ranting?  I have no idea.  Maybe I hope to get a few sympathetic followers (@Michael_Parsons) or some comments, or I simply have no goal in this but to simply voice my frustration out on the fact that I feel like I’m alone in the world of Geekdom in my general area.  But, it is what it is, and I shall continue to fight the good fight, with my army of 1!!

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