Author Archive for Emily

Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

Oenophilia is Easy with Wine Simplified for iOS– A Kickstarter Project

Open Air, publishers of the popular Speakeasy Cocktails have turned their attention from the hard stuff to the fruits of the vine, and they’re looking to Kickstarter to fund Wine Simplified, a universal eBook for iOS.

Marnie Old, sommelier and author of Wine Secrets, wants to demystify wine once and for all. If funded Wine Simplified will use graphics and photos to break down the complex world of wine, even for those without a sensitive palate.

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Dip into Fondue & Raclette for iPad – iPad App Review

With the ubiquity of the Melting Pot franchise and retailers like Crate and Barrel offering the tools, there is no question that fondue is back. Fondue & Raclette for iPad brings this everything-old-is-new-again trend to iOS.

What? What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Raclette? A fancy french term for “scraping melted cheese onto a plate,” in this app the term Raclette refers to an appliance, which is similar to an electric hibachi that chefs use for table side cooking. Raclette is definitely fondue’s eccentric cousin, but in this iPad-only app (and iBook) this lesser known kitchen gadget gets its own chapter.
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Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret: Week Three Round Up

Summer may be ending, but Seven Poets is still churning up serialized drama on the iPad. Catch up and speculate as we learn more about the fates of Jessica, Julian, and company in the four new chapters of the serial iPad drama that developer Edmund Pevensey released this week.
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Kids’ App Round Up: Ten iPad Apps You Won’t Want to Miss


We at PadGadget are lucky, lucky people because so many wonderful apps cross our digital desktops that we can’t possibly fully review them all. This embarrassment of riches lead us to introduce a new feature, the monthly Kids’ App Round Up, that will include new releases and hidden gems parents might otherwise miss.

Did we leave anything out? Please share the name of your favorite sleeper edu-apps and games for kids.
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Make Me Music, like Stomp for Pre-schoolers – iPad App Review

After enjoying Flutterby Butterflies Fee Fi Fo Fun’s first foray into iOS (PadGadget = 4.5 stars), I welcomed the chance to take a look at the artsy collective’s second release, Make Me Music.

Illustrated by Beatles collaborator Alan Aldridge, Make Me Music offers pre-schoolers hands-on tune creation while it gently stretches a three-year-old’s experience of what constitutes an instrument.
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Superheroes + Mental Math = Numbers League – iPad App Review

It isn’t easy to take the drudgery out of memorizing sums and differences, but Numbers League turns this task into a fun game that reinforces mental math skills. Developed by Bent Castle Software, this iPad-only kids edu-app recreates the original Numbers League card game, which was also created by Bent Castle.

Designed for ages 5 and up, Numbers League allows players to create superheroes with a value composed of three numbers. These superheroes can also team up to defeat a villain.
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Improve Communication Skills with These Comprehensive iPad Apps for Special Needs Education


The iPad is a wonderful teaching tool to help both children and adults with special needs. Whether teachers and parents are helping a person with autism, speech difficulties, or verbal learning disorders, developers have created a range of comprehensive communication apps that engage as they educate. While many iPad apps designed for general populations work well in special needs settings, we’ve chosen to focus on five that were designed specifically for individuals with special needs such as autism and speech delays.

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Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret: Week Two Wrap-up

How are the six children and their temporary guardian Michael faring in Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret? Get caught up with a recap of week two of this exciting series.
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DragonBox+ Turns Learning Algebra into a Game — iPad App Review

Shh… don’t spoil the surprise, but if put DragonBox+ in front of your child she will learn algrebra.

Geared for ages 8 and up, DragonBox+’s UI introduces fundamental algebraic concepts by portraying math as a matching, rather than a numbers, game. When a player begins level one, chapter one, the app begins with a brief tutorial, explaining that there are two sides, a box, and some cards then instructing the player to match two cards with a drag gesture.

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Students Stay Organized with Projectbook – iPad App Review

There are two types of app shoppers: those who own all the note taking apps in existence in hopes of finding “the one” and those who still scribble reminders on the back of a receipt with a broken pencil. With its flexible, yet structured UI, Projectbook has the potential to appeal to both groups. Productivity apps are a crowded field — check out our weekly app list for some great apps to stay organized in college — but Projectbook, billed as a one-stop-shop for note taking, drawing, and outlining definitely merits consideration.

I’m usually skeptical of get-things-done apps, particularly after the advent of iCloud sync for Apple’s Calendar and Reminders.  Productivity apps also tend to sacrifice user experience in favor of nearly endless options, but fortunately Projectbook doesn’t fall into this trap.
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