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As of January 11th, this site turned a year old. As such, I wanted to take a moment and thank the one person who is responsible for keeping it going through its first year: My Bug.
I originally started this site to blog about random things, hopefully expand my artistic endeavors, and just give myself a spot to call my own. It quickly turned into writing about things I was learning and experienced with Bug, compared to my other children (as it was a period I hadn’t been able to experience with them), and how its opened my eyes to many things. I began to realize that I could write about more then just being a dad, that I could give some technical insight that I picked up along the way, because as I am technically minded, I want to always try and incorporate technology into entertaining and educating.
So now, a year later, not only is she my inspiration, but my motivation and most of all my main assistant when it comes to most things I write about on here. If I give a reaction or say how she’s done in reaction to an app or product, rest assured she has. I have no desire to mislead anyone. So hopefully in the next year, I can expand the coverage of this site more, bring up more subjects for conversation on here, and see if all my kids can’t give me a few entertaining things to write about too!
So look for some changes in the upcoming weeks and please feel free to leave any comments or reactions, good or bad, or make any requests you might have on things that are covered on here. I want to increase conversation on here, and that is as much up to you as it is me. I truly want to make this site one where parents can come be geeks, and geeks can come and be parents.
For the site’s one year anniversary, and expansion, I’ve decided to start rolling out some design changes. First off, the header/banner image and logo. There are more changes to come, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment, but until then, a poll:
Update 1: I’ve now added a “Grab my button” to make it easy for all my friends to put a link back to my site. Grab it below.
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On this site I sometimes will do a technical heavy post/review and other times I don’t because I don’t feel its an important aspect of what a normal user would want to know. This is not going to be a technically heavy post because well, I don’t want to take away from the absolute greatness that I feel this product offers. So if you’re looking for measurements or how much extra weight the case adds to the phone, or what the battery specs are (rechargeable 1200mAh) you need to move along to another site. If however you’re curious as to how the product preformed for me and my reactions to it, then please, continue!
Juice Pack Air – iPhone 3G & 3GS from Mophie $49.95
- Doubles as a protective case
- Doubles your battery life
- uses micro-USB port
- status LEDs are unreliable for accuracy.
Up front, I’ll admit I was hesitant regarding Mophie’s Juice Pack Air. My iPhone 3G is on its last legs of life. Battery lasts absolutely no time at all anymore (we’re talking 100% down to 20% in a matter of hours) especially with my heaving texting/email/Twitter lifestyle. I’m just fortunate I spend a lot of time traveling and able to keep my phone on charge during those times on the road or I would really being hurting. I can say that after the very first day of using the Juice Pack Air, I was sold! I went from my phone only lasting a few hours with normal use (Email, Twitter, Facebook, Texting, phone calls) to lasting the entire day, and I pushed it hard too. So everything you read is true, the Mophie Juice Pack Air does double your battery life, no matter how bad off your battery is. It nearly tripled my battery life, its like I have a new phone again.
Now just a hint of the technical: The Juice Pack Air has a rechargeable 1200mAh battery, is made from matte plastic that makes it a successful and attractive protective case as well. The case is divided into top and bottom sections that, when enclosed around the phone, forms a seamless and snug hold that can quickly be taken apart if need be.
On the back of the Juice Pack Air, there are four blue LEDs used to indicate the power that’s left in the battery. Although it didn’t always seem to be completely accurate, its still nice to have so you have a general idea. Along with the LEDs you have a on/off switch on the bottom of the case, which gives you the option to use the Juice Pack Air as an extended power supply, or simply as a protective case.
Using the included cable (a micro-USB) you can connect the Juice Pack Air to your computer just like you would your typical iPhone USB cable, through the USB port, letting you charge the case and sync the iPhone simultaneously.
If you’re like me, still sucking the life out of your iPhone 3G or 3GS and want to give the old work horse an extra kick, at $50 you can’t pass up the Juice Pack Air. It does what it promises to do, lives up to the expectations, and you’ll never look back. Give your iPhone some new life!
See how bad AT&T compares to Verizon in Kentucky (and your area); Thanks to the iPhone and Coverage?
Ever been traveling and wondered if you were going to get in or out of 3G coverage? Maybe you’re just curious of the coverage in general where you currently at? Maybe you’ve moved and looking for which company has the best coverage? Whatever spin or usage that you can think of, the people behind Two Steps Beyond have recently had an app released in the App Store that can show you the coverage maps of the 4 major wireless providers. ( AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-mobile)
The funny thing is, this app is for the iPhone, which was still solely under AT&T at the time of the apps initial release, and this app basically can be used to show how poor AT&T’s 3G coverage is compared to Verizon and the other carriers. A quick example: below are the AT&T 3G map and the Verizon 3G map showing what coverage I receive where I travel for work. The blue marker marks my location when pulling up these maps. (home)
So as it is clear, Verizon has a very clear lead over AT&T in terms of 3G coverage in Kentucky (and Tennessee from the looks of it). This is just a funny spin on the usage of the app Coverage? though. In all reality, for anyone that is travelling, this app is an absolute must, especially if you do a lot of work, and that data coverage is an all important aspect for you. A great idea, a great concept, and perfectly executed for the smartphone traveler.
**The app is also always being updated with the latest information regarding the coverage areas. Version 2.0 added 4G coverage and new map overlays.
Oh no! You’ve forgotten to get Aunt Verne a gift card, or cousin Keifer that killer Mr Potato head toy he’s been wanting! Fear not! For in today’s digital world, why not give a digital gift? With the ability to “gift” iPhone apps now, you have an easy last minute way to give someone that extra special little random gift they’ve been clamoring for! (Feel free to read in sarcasm at any point in this post) It might sound insane, but here at 10 iPhone apps to cover all sorts of eccentric members of your family.
FOR: Any photo crazy relative
Its back and better then ever! If you have a family member that is crazy about taking pictures, is expecting a new addition, or anyone else for that matter, Camera+ is the photographing app they need on their phone. And what better way to say “I care” then to give them the best camera app available?
Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time
FOR: A Doctor Who fan
The first actual Doctor Who game for your iPhone or iPad, you can now enter the world of The Doctor in an engaging puzzle adventure game. “The Mazes of Time” is fast, simple, easy to play and highly enjoyable.
Golfscape GPS Rangefinder
FOR: A Golfer
GPS Rangefinders are a fun little toy that some golfers will pack around to try and get a leg up on their friends, but the trouble with most is that they require a monthly subscription for updates and to use the GPS. That isn’t the case with this app, which carries the power of showing you the distances on over 35,000+ courses.
FOR: The Exerciser
The easiest way to look at the 4 apps offered from GymFu.com is that it’s the Wii Fit for your iPhone, letting any exercise buff, or just the family member trying to set and stick to their New Years Resolution, a personal trainer in their pocket. Offering social media integration and challenges, these apps offer motivation and an exercise regimen.
JotNot Scanner Pro
FOR: The Organizer/Mobile Office Geek
If you have someone that wants to get better organized or needs help to get better organized, JotNot could be the answer for them. You just have to snap a steady picture of a document you want to scan, JotNot enhances the image and turns it into a document you can email or save. I’ve found that if you take the picture carefully, JotNot can capture a document as well as a fax machine can!
FOR: Comedy Fan
He does an impersonation of nearly everyone but me, and now, he has what is hard pressed not to be the best celebrity iPhone app available. Developed by Randy Adams, the Kevin Pollak app, offers up a video blog where Kevin records quick videos for the fan’s view pleasure. You have a products tab, which takes you directly to an Amazon listing of all things Kevin Pollak. So you can view it as, the gift that keeps on giving.
FOR: Bengals or Ochocinco Fan
Up front, this game would be great for any mobile gamer, but the fact that it starts the Bengal’s receiver Chad Ochocinco just makes it that much more special for that special group. Terrific graphics, addicting gameplay, its one of the best apps available on the app store right now.
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies
A mouthwatering assortment of Martha’s favorite cookies is now available at your fingertips! Learn from the best with this indispensable baking resource, which combines cutting-edge technology with beautiful design and a generous sprinkling of good, old-fashioned fun. With instructional videos, baking tips, shopping lists, sharing options, and an array of search features, cookie lovers everywhere will wonder how they made it through the holidays without the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App.
FOR: Board game or Highlights for Kids lover
If you love the board game with the same name, you’ll love this app! Coming with multiple ways to play the game, included including Pass n Play, this is the perfect game for on the go play and for all ages.
Spider-man: Total Mayhem
FOR: Spider-man fan
Okay, maybe I’ve included this to this list because I’m such a huge Spidey fan, but the game itself it worth the time. The gameplay is fun, graphics are great, and its challenging enough to keep you playing. For Spidey fans and just fans of a good action game on their phone, this one is for everyone.
Explore beautiful forest scenes looking for signs of life. If you see something moving, tap on it to find out who it is!
This fun, interactive, and educational game includes Charley Harper’s distinctive drawing style and was inspired by his love of nature and symmetry. With this universal version, the famous Peekaboo series comes to the iPad too. Play it in English or Spanish!
Touch the vividly illustrated forest scenes to see charming animations, learn the names of animals, and hear the real sounds these creatures make in the wild. Younger children will love playing peekaboo with animals, as they learn about cause and effect and familiarize themselves with the names and sounds of animals. Older children can try to guess the animals by clues, work on spelling, and can start to learn about the seasons and the interconnected web of life that is a living forest. Adults will love the graphic, mid-century-modern illustrations by Charley Harper.
This is not a videogame or a TV show; it’s an interactive storybook with exceptionally fine art. When you could really use a safe distraction—in airports, restaurants, and waiting rooms—or you’d like to try something new with your budding little genius, Peekaboo Forest is a great alternative to other media options. It’s educational, handheld, ad-free, and inexpensive.
Peekaboo Forest was designed with preschool age children in mind by the award-winning team of educational media developers at Night & Day Studios, creators of My Very First App. It is the third entry in the beloved toddler app series that began with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild. The graphics, sound effects, and narration are all presented at the highest quality. The illustrations were rendered for all iOS 4 devices including the iPad and the iPhone 4’s Retina display.
Well, since today is my birthday, I thought I’d self indulge and make out my own Birthday/Christmas list, there really isn’t any real purpose to this, but here ya go, really in no particular order:
iPad – Most might find this surprising if you just read and know me from this site, but until my iPhone, I had never owned a product from Apple, but I have slowly fell in love with them, and find the positives in them not only in my life but how I can use them in entertaining and educating my kids. I already own an iPhone, so of course I want the next thing up!
MacBook Air – Like I said before, I’ve never own an Apple product before my iPhone, but just the thought of having a MacBook makes my mouth water. I’ve never even played with a Mac in a store, but I still want this, for multiple reasons.
Bug to get potty trained – Okay, this site isn’t totally tech related, I still have to show my Daddy side, and although she’s just 19 months old, she’s starting to tease this and well, its just a nice thought to have, so it’s a definite on my wish list
Google TV – I keep reading good things about the Logitech Revue and Google TV, although its not been embraced across the board yet, I still want it!
AT&T to expand 3G – Okay, I realize this won’t happen, but I still have my iPhone, so I’m putting this in, because well, working in 36 counties and only having 1 that has 3G, well Verizon offers 3G in at least 20 and there’s no reason AT&T shouldn’t. Right?
RC Helicopter – Yep, I’m a big kid, and with all the stress and headaches I deal with, I see nothing wrong with wanting a toy once in a while (ignoring me attempting to slowly rebuild a certain Spider-man collection). Plus my house has high ceilings, so the house itself just screams to have a rc helicopter flying around! Right?
NOOKColor – So I’ve decided that at 30, I should try and read more, and what better way to get me going and entice the tech geek then with something like this? Plus with everyone and their mom owning a Kindle, plus B&N is looking to launch its own Android app store in the coming months, so that just adds interest to it.
Kinect – Yeah I might be 30, and I might be a father of 3, but that doesn’t stop me from WANTING to play games, even though I haven’t really had a chance to sit down and play a game in 5 years (unless I sneak to my bro’s place). So yes, definitely I have this on my list, if only for the stress relief aspects, because no offense to Mario, but he can only go so far sometimes.
Google Nexus S – I’ve been lucky enough to test a few Android powered phones lately, and it has my interest peaked. The problem is, not actually owning the phone limits what I can and cannot do with the models I get to test. The Samsung Nexus S comes with Google’s latest version of the Android OS installed right out the box, delivering a sleeker interface and added functionality like multi-tasking, copy & paste, an improved keyboard, and the ability to turn the Nexus S into a Wi-Fi hotspot. The hardware is beefed up too. Just makes me itch wanting it.
Wrist Watch – Now you might wonder why I’m not specific, well its because I’m not that picky! I tend to be pretty rough on watches, getting the faces scratched pretty quick, and I haven’t had one in a couple of years, and my wrist feels naked and lonely without one. Plus I find myself looking at my Power Balance band to check the time once in a while, and I’m worried people are going to start wondering.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select – WHAT?! Yep, Kentucky born and raise, so I’m definitely a bourbon drinker, and nothing is better then bourbon from just up the road in Versailles. I’m truly a simple man at heart, and Woodford Reserve always makes me happy.
Well, better late to the party then never I suppose. According to a survey of nearly 60,000 people, where more then 30,000 were iPhone users, AT&T was rated the worst wireless service in the US.
In a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, U.S. Cellular was ranked the best wireless provider, while Verizon and Sprint were neck-and-neck in most areas of satisfaction. AT&T was the only wireless provider to show a significant decrease in satisfaction.
Its suggested that one of the reasons, especially when a large portion of the group owns Apple’s iPhones, is that AT&T is behind other networks offering 4G capabilities. 4G?! Most of the area I cover doesn’t even have 3G coverage with AT&T, while Verizon Wireless has zooming 3G and data coverage in most of the areas AT&T does not.
Once using the excuse of having heavy data usage because of the iPhone as reasons behind their problems, its hard to buy into that excuse anymore, especially with the influx of other smartphone platforms taking over the other networks. (Refer to my comparing of a Verizon Wireless Droid X to my years of using the iPhone on AT&T).
If the rumored Verizon iPhone comes up early next year, look for more backlash then expected as more studies and feedback come in showing that AT&T is bad across the board and people realize that its not “then” and that AT&T isn’t trying to make things better.
I didn’t realize what I was missing with the data coverage until I got to play with a phone from Verizon. What about you? How would you rate your current carrier?
I have been an AT&T customer since 2005, and an iPhone user since early 2009. Verizon Wireless provided Geekasms.com a test unit to try for 2 weeks to compare service and the Android OS. All major providers received the same request, with only Verizon responding. No wireless carriers are sponsor or advertisers on Geekasms.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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