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Apple Posts Best of 2013 Lists: Duolingo Named iPhone App of the Year

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Monday Apple posted their Best of 2013 lists, including Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Books, and Podcasts. The free Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free, was named iPhone App of the Year. And it's well deserved. Not only can you use it to learn Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, and English, but the app makes it fun. It uses gaming techniques to help you learn. And, interestingly, the app also has a crowdsourcing function, such that in the process of learning and doing translations, you are helping translate the Web into other languages. 



Everyone's a music-maker with Music4Kids! A new iOS app that makes learning fun

Everyone's a music-maker with Music4Kids! A new iOS app that makes learning fun

App Store link : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/music4kids-learn-create-compose/id731852...

With Music4Kids (ages 4 and up), write and play music at the same time!
Just touch the screen to create and play notes, then move them around to make up your own tunes… it’s intuitive!
Play our musical recognition games, with 140 challenges created by a composer
As you play, learn the basics of music, develop your creativity and improve your ear for music
With Music4Kids, music is child’s play!

Composing
- Play with an attractive, easy-to-use interface
- Create notes, move them, delete them
- Choose the length of your notes
- Record and modify your tunes

Playing
- Try our musical challenges!
- Create your own challenges, for fun with your family!

Personalizing


Learning and Animating on the iPad with “iPad Animation” and iStopMotion for iPad

Learning and Animating on the iPad with “iPad Animation” and iStopMotion for iPad

Integrate iMovie, GarageBand and djay into your iStopMotion for iPad animation workflow with Craig Lauridsen’s new media-packed iBook, now available on the iBookstore

Puchheim, Germany – December 11, 2013 – Craig Lauridsen’s eBook “iPad Animation” is more than a “how to” book; it’s the most comprehensive guide to making stop motion movies on the iPad available. Featuring Boinx Software’s iStopMotion for iPad, “iPad Animation” teaches hopeful animators how to weave together story, pictures and sound to create amazing stop motion animations right from the iPad. Readers will learn how to use iMovie, GarageBand and djay in conjunction with iStopMotion for iPad. “iPad Animation” is available now through Apple’s iBookstore.


Spread Holiday Cheer With Updated FotoMagico 4.4

Spread Holiday Cheer With Updated FotoMagico 4.4

The most significant update to version 4 yet, Boinx Software gives slideshow program major under-the-hood enhancements; vastly improves end-user experience


3 Apps to Prepare You for Your Final Exams

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For many college students across the country, finals are approaching and creating a lot of extra stress. The sources of this stress can stem from getting all of your study materials made and organized, forming study groups, and/or figuring out the lowest grade you can squeak out on the final to keep your current grade. I have found three apps helpful going into my third round of college final examinations and hopefully they will be beneficial to you as well.  



JumpStart's Madagascar Math Ops Makes Math Magical

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I have a special place in my heart for JumpStart learning programs. My kids grew up on the Toddler series and popped those CDs in our old PC like they were pop tarts in a toaster. But this is a post-PC era, and touch screens and apps are all the rage.

Fortunately, JumpStart has changed with the times and they offer a plethora of iOS apps that leverage the touch screen as well as relationships with Dreamworks and their Madagascar characters. Jumpstart offers apps that teach ABC's, math and more.



Rube Goldberg App Is an Elegantly Complex Invention!

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I've been a fan of Rube Goldberg's drawings of overly complicated inventions since I first saw one. Now, through the magic of the iPad and Rube Works ($2.99), you can recreate some of his inventions, using an elegant, sophisticated interface.

If you're not familiar with Rube Goldberg, you owe it to yourself to do a Google search. Basically, he takes simple tasks, like an alarm to wake you up, and combines a plethora of obscure devices and even animals to accomplish the task! Rube Goldberg machines are far more complex than they need to be, and that's the point.



(How to) Pronounce major update - get learning content

(How to) Pronounce major update - get learning content

A popular pronunciation-learning app, which allows users to check the pronunciation of words and phrases in English, German, Spanish and French, has received an update incorporating a brand new feature - learning content.

Now you can use the app to learn 75 common English words which are often mispronounced by learners. All of the words were hand-picked by an experienced pronunciation teacher.

The words can be simply browsed or you can use the learning mode which allows you to listen to the model, record your own pronunciation and compare both. You can also decide if you have learnt the word or it should appear in future lessons.


iPhone Life Bloggers' Choice Awards: Best Apps of 2013

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We know you've come to rely on the bloggers at iPhoneLife.com for helpful reviews of all the best offerings in the App Store. With over 1 million apps for your iPhone and over 475,000 apps for your iPad, deciding which apps to download can be overwhelming. That's why we asked all of our bloggers to vote for their favorite apps released or updated in 2013. Here are their top three in seven categories!



‘Tis the Season to Create – Stock Up on Creative Software From Aquafadas With Black Friday-Style Discounts

Aquafadas, innovative developer of digital publishing solutions and creative software for video, photo and animation, is kicking off Black Friday early with major discounts on all of its desktop software programs. From November 25th through December 2nd, Aquafadas products will all be available for over 50% off the original price. Families can use slideshow tools like PulpMotion and KidsMotion to easily create digital scrapbooks featuring every special moment this holiday season. For those with hours of unorganized footage from past holiday celebrations, iDive is the perfect tool to manage massive video collections. Want to get creative with your annual greeting card?


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