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.
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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
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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Since 2005, iHome have been purveyors of portable speakers for digital music. Their latest line of speakers include BlueTooth connectivity and a rubberized finish that looks sleek, but sturdy.
At present the iBT line includes three sizes of speakers: mini cube, mini, and (my favorite) the boom box. Whether you are a child of the ’80s, or just like to borrow from the 20th century’s flashiest decade, this boom box is sure to appeal, particularly in this shocking shade of acid green.
For many iPad owners buying a new app is something we may do (almost) everyday, but it’s not everyday that buying an app helps make the world a better place. That’s what makes Walter’s Flying Bus for iPad so special. Sure, Walter’s Flying Bus is a colorful, original storybook for children. The app tells the story of Walter, a young orphan and burn victim, who dreams of being a bus driver. It is also a window into the lives of a group of Ugandan orphans with special needs whose narratives and art work are woven together to create this interactive digital picture book.
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We at PadGadget are lucky, lucky people because so many wonderful apps cross our digital desktops that we can’t possibly review them all. In this month’s installment of the Kids’ App Roundup, we include 10 can’t miss apps that will appeal to animal lovers, budding wordsmiths, and anyone who loves a good bedtime story.
Did we miss anything? Please share the name of your favorite newly released edu-apps and games for kids.
The Energi Backpack is latest offering from gadget gurus TYLT, who turned to Kickstarter to bring multifunction backpack to market. More than just a way to tote an iPad, the Energi Backpack lets the owner take his iPad everywhere he goes and recharge without an electrical outlet. Under its handsome nylon flaps the backpack includes a lightweight battery pack that will charge an iPad and up to two more devices simultaneously.