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What's Next? You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet... [on the evolution of Apple]



With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!

Pettson´s Inventions

Pettson´s Inventions


Pettson’s Inventions – Now Updated!

Thought inventing was too easy? Now developer Filimundus is releasing a free update to the successful app Pettson’s Inventions!  This version includes:

– Two brand new and tricky inventions!

– All 25 inventions updated with fake objects to make them trickier to solve.


About the game

Help Pettson and his cat Findus build their tricky inventions! Drag the pieces to the right place and watch in amazement what happens. For each invention you solve you’ll receive a cogwheel to be used in the final invention - one that will help Findus explore space!



Update release: 2012-07-19

Newest Elfishki iPad storybook develops kids' conscious reading skills

Newest Elfishki iPad storybook develops kids' conscious reading skills

Los Angeles, California - Elfishki and The Performance in the Fountain, a fairy tale storybook for iPad, will help your elementary school child with his or her comprehension and reading skills for the Back-to-School season.

From the creators of Elfishki and The Giant Cake and Elfishki and The Unwelcome Guest comes the next fantastic iPad storybook - Elfishki and The Performance in The Fountain. This one-of-a-kind multilingual interactive app is designed to inspire the love of books while developing your kids' conscious reading skills according to the Common Core State Standards for Elnglish Language Arts.

GradeBook Pro - Teachers will love this!



I can’t begin to list all the features of this app on this review, so please go to the iTunes store to see them all. However, I can tell you what I like about GradeBook Pro. Although it's a full-featured grade book, it’s amazingly simple to use. Within a few minutes from downloading the app, I had created a class, added three “students,” created some assignments, set up weighted grades, and taken attendance. For an app this complicated, I was amazed at how simple it is to use.

Algebra Touch is Genius!


Algebra Touch is the perfect app for visual and kinesthetic learners. Here’s how it works. There are three stages: Explain, Practice and My Problems. In the Explain stage, you can either work your way through the lessons in order or select a lesson at random. Once you have chosen your lesson, you scroll through the instructions at the bottom of the screen and tap out your answers at the top. If you make a mistake, the problem won’t solve. If you’re right, you see the problem solve on the screen.

Looking for an iPad/Mac app for classroom record keeping

Does anyone know of an iPad app that integrates with the Mac to keep classroom records on students: grades, attendance, comments? I'll be teaching five classes this year and want to make the best use of my iPad. Any suggestions are appreciated.


"Killer" apps for campus!


The back-to-school season is upon us once again. Media is full of advertisements for everything a student "needs" for school. And I am just a guilty as the rest. However, I spent 9 years on campus as a student and 19 as a professor and I have nothing to gain by influencing your purchase decisions. Besides, most of these apps are free at the App Store and many are on your iPhone!

That said, here is my list of "killer" apps your student's iPhone. 

Easy Words iPhone App Review


Charlemagne said, "To have another language is to possess a second soul." Now you can have the ability to possess that second soul through an app available in the palm of your hands.  Learning a second language requires constant maintenance and practice.  The best way to learn a second (or third or fourth!) language is through repetition and continual exposure to the language.  That is the idea behind the application called Easy Words. 

The Most Powerful English-Spanish Dictionary Out There!

The Most Powerful English-Spanish Dictionary Out There!

With the recent release of the 2.4.0 version of our Unabridged Dictionary App for iPhone and iPad we’ve crossed yet another landmark in the continued success story in Word Magic Software’s wondrous App History. We’re recognizing the relevance of this newest update with the application of a 50% Discount to the Unabridged Dictionary App’s regular cost, thus making it feasibly attractive as a must-have Back to School App.

About 2.4.0:

Back-to-School Special: Inkling Phones Home


Innovative next-generation textbook publisher Inkling has ported its environment and content to the iPhone. Already available on the iPad, the Mac and the PC via the web, this new version makes study dates even more portable, and more personal.  With the iPhone version of Inkling there will be no excuses for not studying unless you forget to charge your phone. As a college instructor, I can tell you, we aren’t buying that excuse.

As the illustration demonstrates, Inkling has a native look-and-feel for the iPhone. No trying to cram a 10-inch experience into the phone form factor.

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