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Apps: Education

Redshift Review -- Astronomy on your iPhone!

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After loading Redshift onto my iPod touch, I was a little miffed! The app has a gigantic amount of cool astronomy stuff under the hood to write about, and I figured it would take me until 2011 to finish doing a proper review. I hunkered down with grim resolve, and found quickly that hours were flying by in fascination and fun. This app has plenty to draw both hard core astronomy buffs and casual star-gazers as well!



Learning your ABC's

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How can you help your child learn the English alphabet?  How do you do that and keep track of their improvement?  Why don't you give Akshara (.99), by Rega Interactive a try?  In the mean time, I was given a copy of the app for evaluation by the developer and will give you a run down of the features.  For the past few weeks I've been using the app on an iPhone 3G running iOS4 and it has been working great, though there are some issues, I'll go over them further on. 



iBooks and Education

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When Apple developed iBooks, the first thing that I thought of was how one app could revolutionize the education market. I imagined all the times I walked a mile across campus carrying 20 lbs. of books and thought what a miracle it could be to students around the world to be able to carry only an iPad.



Star Walk Version 5... Bring the Universe Inside!

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Who doesn't remember the planetarium? I thought it was the best school field-trip that was ever conceived, way back when I was a kid (besides the Smithsonian Institute), but I digress. Star Walk version 5 (which is the point of this post) is a pocket-sized planetarium that brings the cosmos to you, adding a ton of cool stuff to this already great educational app.



How Do You Use Your iDevice?

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I just discovered this in iTunes developed by Apple. It is a continuing series of interviews with corporate execs talking about how they have integrated iPhones and iPads into their businesses. I love this type of thing. By watching and hearing how people from all walks of life are using iPhones and iPads, I get so many ideas for all those people that ask me why they should buy iStuff.



Can you Say it another language?

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Language Learning Anywhere, Anytime

 

In the sea of iPhone applications vying for our attention it’s easy to lose sight. It is also easy to spend countless hours absorbing useless content or information that is getting you nowhere.

I don’t like wasting my time. I am a busy doctor and parent. Hence I am all about combining technology, efficiency, entertainment and education. Recently I have come across a language learning platform called Babbel. Babbel has just released a new iPhone app that includes speech recognition, allowing you to speak words, just learnt, out loud to check if your pronunciation is in sync with a native speaker’s. But let’s start at the beginning.



Star Walk 5.0 Coming with Awesome New Features!

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One of my favorite apps (and amongst my first reviews here at iphonelife) is getting a major update and is 2 years old now. Rumor has it we will be doing a Star Walk code giveaway (once V5 is approved), and for 24 hours, you can grab some great astronomy/educational apps for a reduced price. Go grab Geo Walk here (free), and Solar Walk here (99 cents)... Stay tuned for the giveaway, and read on for a list of new features coming to SW.



The Real Mother Goose - interactive fun for kids!

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I love classic literature and Mother Goose rhymes are one of my favorites. Now, you can read them to your kids in an interactive version! This makes them double the fun.



Podcast Heaven, the place you go when you just have to know more.

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I am a podcast addict. I admit it. There is no 12 step program for me so I indulge and I am better because of it. I listen to podcasts, watch video podcasts, watch instructional videos....I can't get enough.



iPhone: 21st century steam engine

What James Watt and the steam engine did for the industrial revolution, I believe Apple and the iPhone will do for the 21stcentury worker.

Allow me introduce myself. My name is Damon McGill and this is my first blog posting ever. I work as an electrical engineer and as a ICU nurse.

Within both of these diverse fields I find several uses each day to incorporate my iPhone into my work life. As a nurse, having access to medical applications and the Internet in my pocket literally has saved lives.

But corporate America must change the way they view workers using their phones. Granted in the recent past when you saw someone using their phone at work, they usually were just talking on it.



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