To call today's event, "the iPad mini event" is, in a sense, grossly inaccurate, since after all, we were introduced to a wide and varied line of truly impressive and noteworthy products. And yet, I suspect today's event is destined to go down in history first and foremost, as the day the world was introduced to the iPad mini.
Today, Apple introduced to us, the new iPad mini, the revamped 4th Generation iPad, the Mac mini, the new iMac and the new 13” Retina display MacBook. And that’s just talking about the hardware! Apple also unveiled an amazing update to iBooks as well as the iBook Author app. Quite the bountiful event!
What great icing on the cake after the iPhone and iPod event of last month. First Apple introduced their latest iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone which has gone on to sell in record numbers, breaking sales records set by its predecessor. Now, Apple has entreated us to an equally impressive and expansive line up of new and equally innovative and revolutionary products. Apple gave a great show today with a plethora of stunning new devices, while also demostrating their great flair for the theatrical and suspenseful that we have all come to love and perhaps, expect.
Where are you going to find 8 great Sci-Fi reads for $12.50...or potentially even less? Not iTunes, I assure you. What if you wanted 6 of these great reads for just $1 (yes, for all 6 of them), because maybe you are a little short on cash this month, and gotta have your SF fix (who doesn't)? That will work too. The Humble eBook Bundle is letting you set your price for the next 10 days on 6 magnificent ebook reads (available in multiple reader formats including iOS-capable ePub). That's not all, you can even adjust who gets what percentage of your contribution (Author, Charity, or Tip). Works include titles from Cory Doctorow (one of my favs), Mercedes Lackey, and John Scalzi among other SF masters. The project has garnered 40K+ purchases, with an average purchase price of $12.50, for which you can currently snag the full 8-book bundle. If you want to take a bigger discount, you get to select 6--Old Man's War from Scalzi, and Signal to Noise are bonus selections for meeting the average. Enough confusing babble from me... Go grab them there eBooks or learn more about this amazing deal at the link provided above before it expires!
Joy tales is aimed for readers aged 2 to 6 years old and tries to both improve their reading skills throughout these years as well as help them through separate stages in their lives. The tales are even available in different languages, so there is also the potential to learn the foundations of another language. However you choose to best utilise Joy Tales, the app contains 12 bed time stories for both you and your child to enjoy together; with interactive features and fun illustrations, both you and your child are sure to enjoy Joy Tales.
Welcome to the latest in my review series. This time I’m taking on the new IncaseCompact Backpack, putting it through my rugged testing and reporting back to you on my findings.
I really like the company Incase, I've reviewed their products in the past and have felt like they always make quality merchandise. So I was looking forward to trying out the latest Incase iDevice carrier, simply called the Compact Backpack.
This backpack definitely leans more towards the urban adventurer than the wilderness explorer (I'll also be reviewing some of the better rugged, heavier duty iDevice carrier bags too in the coming weeks so stay tuned.) but for the price and for the quality of craftsmanship for the student, business person or teacher to whom it's targeted, this pack is hard to beat!
Hansel and Gretel has been brought to the app store with a great, interactive twist. Read this fun tale with your kids and see them play around with the animated environment. The interactive story features fantastic voice acting and a unique music score that combines together to create an experience like no other. This is not simply an e-book of the classic fairy tale, but an all round experience that your children will enjoy every second of.
Children’s stories have changed quite a bit since the invention of mobile devices. This unique book, called Broadway Barks, is no exception. The app brings children much more than just a story to read before bedtime. It can bring those interactive activities, colorful illustrations, assisted reading, and more importantly, an educational experience. Your children will never get bored with this story or the app that it is part of. The story itself is based off of real issues in today’s society, and by reading it children will be brought up to speed on some of the important things that they never learn about in school.
The Lion And The Mouse By Kid is a great application for children looking for an entertaining game. The application features graphics targeted towards the children demographic and is a very informative application. The Lion And The Mouse features 33 beautiful animated scenes that are drawn in a very cartoony atmosphere.
I’ll be perfectly up front about this – while I had some interest in this application, I mainly downloaded it so I could fill in a quick survey and get a $10 iTunes card. As it turns out, even if I didn’t get my survey submitted in time to get the gift card, I’m glad I made the purchase. I don’t know how close the story is to the original book, but it’s certainly more interesting than the classic MGM film starring Judy Garland (no offense to the film, which I do enjoy). Additionally, the interactivity with the images on screen – and occasionally the words – is actually quite fun. Now I just need to let my kids look through it…
I feel like I should begin this review with a rhyme, but alas I have nothing so some other time. Anyway, I typically don’t stray far from games when it comes to writing reviews, because that’s what I have the most experience with. However, when I was presented with the opportunity to review this particular omBook from Oceanhouse Media I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I’m glad I did. The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Tales is not only an entertaining read (or listen, depending on tastes), but it’s actually given me a reason to sit down and spend “iPad time” with my son, whereas usually my endeavors into the iOS world are a solo effort.
The best iPad books are always the ones that capture our imagination and induce emotions. Whether you love to read up onGaming on iOS Devices, teaching your kids how to read or just want to buy the best iPad books; we can help you to see what is out there. There are innumerable books for iPad and apps that have stated to take over the digital world, so how do you choose the ones that are right for you?
If you are a parent who loves to read to your kids or simply want your child to fall in love with reading, there are incredible apps developed for this. Based on the high demand for virtual books;My Grandma Reads Me Books Appisdefinitely fitting the profile as one of the top featured. The choices and options can keep a child busy all day with an additional effect on learning the love for reading. The main page gives all of the choices including a virtual reading of the book named after the app. However, other options include a virtual coloring book, mazes, and even a recording technique to record your voice narrating the same book.
Other books for iPad that may also entice your kids areMisty Island RescueandCozmo's Day Off. The developers of Misty Island Rescue did a superb job of turning this Thomas & Friends story into an iPad app. Unlike other apps where developers have cut out pieces of the original artwork and then applied some very cheesy animations to them, this app was done right. The illustrations are beautiful and true to the original story. The animations are unique, smooth, and very natural looking. No cut, paste and animate here. On every page, there's something new to entertain the reader: eyes blinking, smoke puffing, and a helicopter flying across the screen. When the reader touches an object, he or she hears realistic sound effects such as a flock of geese honking, rocks crashing, or a foghorn blasting out a warning to the ships.
Cozmo's Day Off demonstrates that Ayars Animation knows what kids like. It features awesome graphics, interesting sound effects and fun interactions, making it enjoyable for both children and parents.