After a devastating earthquake killed 186 and injured nearly 12,000 people in the Sichuan province of China on Saturday morning, Apple took a stand on the home page of its Chinese website offering a message of condolence and a promise to donate 50 million yuan (about $8 million) and devices and the services of its employees to those in need.
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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
In many homes, including my own, the kitchen is the household control center. Even if you don’t want to mount an iPad permanently in a kitchen cabinet, which we covered yesterday, there are a number of ways to use an iPad in the kitchen to reduce paper clutter.
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Neo-Plug, an iOS-compatible charging accessory, harnesses the power of the chemical element neodymium. Neodymium isn’t a household name like say oxygen or carbon, but Neo-Plug creator Jake Brozek believes it’s just the thing to make to end fumbling when it’s time to charge your iPad, and he’s turned to Kickstarter to bring his idea to market.
On the heels of news that a 5-year-old boy spent $2,500 on in-app purchases in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Spongebob, while a 13-year-old spent more than double that amount on his gaming needs, the UK Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation to find out if iOS games with in-app purchases pressure kids into spending their parents’ cash for the virtual wampum (coins, gems, donuts) they need to progress through a particular game.
Even though math is an essential part of everyday life, many children still resist its charms. When I was growing up “math fun” meant making words with a calculator. Thanks to the iPad, the gamification of math, and some really creative developers, kids today can choose from a number of well-designed apps that dull the pain of learning arithmetic.
Have you ever purposefully taken a child to a construction site to watch the trucks? Do you already own (and love) Trucks HD as much as we did? Do your kids always want more of everything they love? Duck Duck Moose is happy to give them what they want. They’ve recently released More Trucks HD, the aptly name sequel to their popular preschoolers’ gaming app Trucks HD.
As a kids’ edu-app developer Duck Duck Moose is synonymous with well-designed, kid-friendly apps that keep kids busy without driving parents crazy, and More Trucks HD is no exception. It offers four different games that will keep your busy kid occupied just long enough to empty the dishwasher or fold some laundry.
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It’s common to find new, cool iPad accessories on Kickstarter, but few have offered accessories for the iPad mini. Given the enthusiastic reception it has received on Kickstarter, the iOgrapher Support Case for iPad mini is likely to be the first of many such endeavors.
Project creator Dave Basulto fell in love with the iPad mini at first sight (“like a high school boy meeting his first girl”), and he’s turned to Kickstarter to bring his filmmaking accessory to market. Basulto, a teacher and video tutorial hobbyist, saw room to improve on the quality of iPad videos with a few simple additions, so he designed a case system that allows its user to add lenses, handles, audio equipment, lights and even mount the whole apparatus on a tripod.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff is a celebrity favorite. Now the high-end designer has partnered with Stellé Audio Couture to released a must-have accessory for the iPad-loving fashionista: a limited edition speaker clutch.
That’s right, you heard me. It’s a purse, with Bluetooth-enabled speakers. And the woman who has everything now has a clutch-sized hole in her closet waiting to be filled.
Children’s book app developer Oceanhouse Media is well-known to iPad owners for their cutting edge digital — yet still faithful-to-print — versions of the Berenstain Bears, Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series, and, of course, Dr. Seuss for iOS. If a reader wants to own Green Eggs and Ham, or any of Dr. Seuss’ other classic titles on her iPad, she’s only going to find it as an omBook.
Company President Michel Kripalani shared his thoughts on how his company partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, how to know when an apps has enough bells and whistles, and where the iPad will be in 5 years.
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