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KidCalc - an excellent math review tool for young children

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KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.

The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.

In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.



Can the iPhone reduce OUI's?

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With New Years rapidly approaching, and thoughts about drinking on the holidays, I figured I’d give Timebom LLC's  iAlcohol Lite app (free) a try.  There is also a full ($1.99) version.  Knowing when you’re blood alcohol level is below your state’s limit (in Maine it's .05%) seems like it might help reduce OUI’s.  



Learn Some iPhone Development At Tarrant Community College

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Normally I just write about games, but I thought this was kind of interesting.  If you happen to live in Fort Worth, Texas and have been thinking about continuing your education, now just might be the time.  Tarrant Community College is now offering a class in beginning iPhone development.  You can get some details here, though sadly the link to the course description itself is virtually useless. As of this posting there are still 17 seats available, so head on over and see if this is the right opportunity for you.  I wish they had cool classes like this when I went to college.



Don't go to the Arches without this app!

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 I wish I'd had the Arches National Park Geology Tour app when my husband and I visited Arches National Park a few years ago. Everything you need is here: information about the formation of the park, audio narration and photos of the Park's geological formations, as well as a map showing you where to find each of these formations.

Most important - It all works without Internet access so you can use it in the Park.



Relaxing with Asian Painting

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There are any number of ways one can relax, and tap into their creativity with the iPhone, one of the recent apps I’ve found for this purpose is APPFour’s Asian Painting (.99) which is interesting in that it allows a person without years of Asian calligraphy experience to create the likeness of it. 

 



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: A Quick Two-Fer (Day 7)

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As Christmas day approaches I find that I have a lot of Christmas games to talk about and not much time to discuss them in. Here’s a quick look at a couple of holiday themed games that I’ve really enjoyed palying. You won’t find any ratings at the end of these reviews, but suffice it to say that I recommend both of them.



Warning: Don’t let your relatives see this sitting on your desk!

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I had the Gorilla Mobile sitting on my desk ready to write this review when my cousin, visiting from New Jersey, grabbed it and exclaimed, “I’ve been looking for one of these to give Jim for Christmas!”

The Gorilla Mobile is one of those gifts that's not only well appreciated, but it’s fun, too! The unique device has bendable legs that attach to most anything from bikes to treadmills, even to airplane seats. Once attached, you can clip on your iPhone, iPod or even a small camera. Lock into position and now your hands are free for other tasks!



Shred!

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What do the locations of, Chili, Japan, Alaska and Spain all have in common?  Other than I'm not there. These are places you are going to ride in AMA’s Shaun White Snowboarding Origins  ($4.99)… did I say this game is sick!

Even if you don’t ride, I expect a lot of people will get into this game, and at this price it’s as unstoppable as White!



VITO Releases Star Walk 3.4 with Extra X-Mas Goodies and a Lower Price!

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 "A Sky Live window and a few more surprises to be discovered (watch out, Santa!) are only some of the great features of the new 3.4 version of Star Walk (free update for existing users), now also selected by Apple as one of the best apps for 2009. Also check out our Star Walk Challenge, a new, free, easy-to-use but yet challenging game to augment your adventures in the universe, from the developers of Star Walk." iTunes Links above and full press release and info on the new version follows the break...

Star Walk, my favorite sky viewing app (well almost my fav). The PC version of Celestia is pretty awesome too (and free). I digress...Go grab SW at the links above for just $2.99 until Jan 5, 2010!

 

"Open Star Walk and the new SKY LIVE window will open in front of you with data about sun rise, sunset times, daylight hours and elevation will be shown. More you can see moon phases and read rise, set time and elevation for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter so you will never miss what is happening on the sky. Clicking on the arrows you can collect same information for further or past days. To check the SKY LIVE window simply click on the new upper left hand corner moon shaped button. 

You can become an expert star gazer reading up about more than 9,000 stars, looking at all the planets, constellations and messier objects. The smooth and stunning interface will help you locate them and admire them in all their beauty. You can zoom on them, pan them, click on -i- for collecting information and see where they will be next with the time machine. 

If you have a 3GS enjoy the STAR SPOTTER FUNCTION to activate the digital compass on Star Walk tilt your phone and what you are looking at in the sky will appear on the screen. You can pan the iPhone display and scroll the stars around you. 

 

Star Walk features and how to use them:

 

SKY LIVE Window: open up the new window clicking the top left hand corner moon shaped button and see moon phases, elevation and rising data for the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

 

PICTURE of the DAY: an exclamation marks will appear on the left hand corner click on it and a list of pictures will open in front of you. To know more about the pictures click on -i- for info on the top right hand corner.

 

HELP GUIDE: for any doubt on how to use the Digital Compass, the Time Machine, Location Selection  and to get in contact with us for any suggestions or concerns click on -?- on the top right corner.

 

VIEW from the EARTH: 

Automatic and manual selection of locations on a 3D globe.

 

DIGITAL COMPASS

If you have an iPhone 3GS tilt your phone and the ''Star Spotter'' function will be activated, a live representation of what you see in the sky will appear on your display and the sky will start following your movements right, left, up and down.

 

TIME MACHINE: click on the clock icon and date and time to watch the sky tonight or in a year time.

 

MOON PHASES: select the moon, click on -i - symbol to enlarge the image and start the clock to watch moon phases. 

 

Wikipedia LINKS: select one celestial corpse and click on the - i - icon to activate the magnifier and read main information about it. To know more click on the -w - icon at the bottom of the table ad the wikipedia page will open up..."

 

SETTINGS: with the bottom right icon you are given different options. You can change the screen with night mode, select brightness, put sounds on or off, find and select location and start you list of favorites. Here the -!- will indicate presence of new pictures.

 

 



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Fluttr by indieSpring (Day 6)

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There’s something innately addictive about the type of game where your character is constantly in motion and you have to keep them safe from whatever traps their surroundings hold. These games tend to work pretty well on the iPhone, but like any other genre that trick is to come up with something that’s different than everything else the user has played. Fluttr does a pretty good job of that. Instead of a running creature you must protect a butterfly. More importantly, though, is that instead of directly controlling the character you control the environment.



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