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Middle School Confidential graphic novel apps offer novel ways to enhance confidence

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I've written before about this company's (Electric Eggplant) first app, but the latest one, Real Friends and the other kind, builds on the past one and focuses on friendships. It's hard for middle school kids to make friends and deal with the cattiness and prejudices that seem to crop up as kids enter a new school.


Travel Apps for iPad: Never Have a Crummy Vacation Again

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How are you guys loving your new iPads?

Right?

The improvements are just incredible. I’ve been cradling mine in my arms like a proud papa since the day I picked it up, and I’m pretty stoked to use it to help me with my travel plans this summer. I found some really cool iPad apps over at Market Watch, and I picked out a few of my favorites to test out for you guys.



VIP Orbit: Groups, circles and orbits, oh my!

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I wrote about VIP Orbit a while ago, but they've made some enhancements that leverage the real estate of the iPad, and address some of the cosmetic concerns I raised in my initial review. As Hannibal used to say on the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. Well, Mike Muhney, the creator of both VIP Orbit and of the highly popular ACT database program must love how the world has migrated to both circles in the case of Google and the cloud in the case of Apple and others.



Apple's iPad Textbook Initiative Doesn't Go Far Enough

Learning is an act of assembly. The iPad textbook initiative goes some way toward the assembly of content, but it remains artifact-centric. In other words, the world moves from revolving around a next book, to revolving around an e-textbook.

Here are the advantages I see to the current approach:



InFrame Foto: Powerful Functionality, Simple Interface, Instant Art and its Free!

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It takes a great development team to put the power of iOS to work doing something useful in a third party app.  It takes a really great dev team to create something that’s not only useful, but produces superior results.  Apparently, InFrame Foto has a really, really great dev team.

InFrame Foto is a photo editing app that shines most when it comes to creating your own personal photo collages.  Rather than being an overall photo editor, InFrame Foto focuses on being the best of the best at giving you options to create great mash-ups of your pics. 



Like word games? Like quotes? You'll love Quote Unquote!

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Words with Friends may be the gold standard for word games, but Quote Unquote offers a unique alternative. You are presented with a famous (or not so famous quote, but from a famous person) and you have to extract parts of words from the quote to solve crossword style puzzles.



Index Card pays homage to paper index cards, while making them obsolete

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My daughter had to do a school project which required index cards, and I had to scrounge around for some. The reason I didn't have the old school cards is that I've been using the appropriately named Index Card app. It does the work of an entire stack of cards, but you can virtually rearrange and edit them as desired. Plus it looks great on my new iPad with Retina display, thanks to the realistic cork, linen and other backgrounds.



Angry Birds Space Available in App Store

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Angry Birds has been in the top selling position of the App Store since it released. It's no secret that developers will sometimes milk the sequels for all they are worth. I am somewhat of an Angry Birds fan and a frequent player. The new Space setting offers some new gameplay and great graphics. The new Angry Birds Space is available now for $0.99 in the Apple store. If you consider yourself an Angry Birds fan from past versions I think you will find the new Space version challenging. I have included a video demo of gameplay to give you a firsthand look at what it has to offer.



CookieCoo Dancing Star: Education, Entertainment, Blessed Distraction

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CookieCoo Dancing Star from ThinkCube is one of those little blessings parents have come to count on in a digital age. To count on and feel good about.  Because not only have the developers mastered what it takes to keep children occupied for more than fifteen seconds, it’s not just empty entertainment.



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