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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

Behind the App: Nosy Crow’s Kid-controlled Tale Reimagines Little Red Riding Hood for iOS


Renown for its artful, creative approach to iOS storybook apps for children, British publisher and developer Nosy Crow is preparing to release an interactive, choose-you-own-adventure-style take on Little Red Riding Hood. The forthcoming iOS app will recast the timeless tale, sans linear narrative, for a digital generation of young readers.

Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow’s Digital Product and Marketing Manager, shared his insights about Nosy Crow’s newest venture, how fairy tales are like Shakespeare, and why Grandma doesn’t die in their version of the story (psst: it’s interactive; nobody wants wee readers participating in killing Grandma, digital or otherwise).
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Thermodo: Tiny iOS Temperature Sensor, Runaway Kickstarter Success

thermodoDanish app developer Robocat is definitely on to something.  Its recent Kickstarter project, Thermodo, a tiny electrical thermometer that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, is a huge success already. Thanks to enthusiastic Kickstarter backers, Thermodo has blown out its inital $35K goal, and is closing in fast on its second stretch goal.

Thermodo’s success likely stems from two factors. First, iPad owners like weather apps as a rule, and tend to retain using them longer than other app categories, but there’s one problem with weather apps: they don’t tell you the temperature where you are, only the temperature near to where you are. Thermodo solves this problem. Secondly, Thermodo’s tiny form factor is pretty adorable.
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Welcome Spring With These Top Birding Apps for iPad

The iPad is a transformative device for birders. Along with the iPhone, the iPad is as indispensable to many bird watchers as binoculars or a life list, but, more importantly, iOS devices help make birdwatching more accessible by simplifying how we track and share birding information.

As spring migration approaches, there is no better time to download an iPad birding app and learn to pay attention to the world around you. Whether an iPad owner enjoys casually watching birds in her yard or takes to the field to track down short term visitors, there are a range of well-designed apps that make the process simpler and enjoyable.

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Behind the App: iExit Interstate Exit Guide Simplifies Your Next Road Trip

iExitSpring break is nearly here, so families and college kids from across the country will hit the road. Don’t leave on your next trip without downloading the iExit Interstate Exit Guide. This helpful universal app reveals everything a traveler needs to know about the points of interest that are available off the interstate in real time, which makes planning rest stops, meals, and even lodging, so much easier.

The creator of iExit, Evan Metrock, shares his thoughts about iExit’s new update, the clever “test mode” he invented while creating the app, and how he hopes someday that iExit will be built into new cars.

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Rumor of the Day: iPad Mini 2 Set for June 2013 Release

Today’s rumor is good news for anyone who is holding out for an iPad mini with retina display. The second generation iPad mini may be released in June 2013, before the popular product is even a year old. According to the latest reports the updated mini tablet might come with an updated screen and a reduced price tag, though at present no pricing numbers were available.

Reports claim that the second gen iPad mini will have a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is comparable to the iPad 4.

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Dress Up Your iPad with a Vintage Apple Print Ad — A Kickstarter Project

apple1caseMeet James Walsh, long time Apple fan, first time iPad accessory developer. Walsh’s Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise a modest £3,000 to bring his bamboo iPad case, which sports one of Apple’s earliest print ads to life.

The bamboo case snaps on to the back of the iPad, and is engraved with a recreation of the Apple Computer Company’s original 1976 print advertisement for its first device, the Apple-1. The wood of Walsh’s case mimics the wood design of the Apple-1, but has the advantage of being lightweight, flexible, and sustainable.

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Twitter Buys We Are Hunted, Will Release Music App for iOS


According to CNET, Twitter purchased the Australian music discovery site We are Hunted sometime at the end of 2012, though an official announcement of the acquisition has yet to be made. Twitter will release its own, branded music discovery app for iOS, called Twitter Music, which is not to be confused with the popular Twitter account @TwitterMusic.

The new app is said to feature a silver play button sporting Twitter’s blue bird logo, and could be available to users as soon as the end of the month.

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Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday with These iPad Apps

einsteinfeatAlbert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. Today marks what would have been his 134th birthday. Sure there are a lot of different ways to celebrate Einstein’s legacy, but we hope you will take a moment to remember this remarkable scientist by checking out an Einstein-themed iPad app or two.

This Einstein-themed list will teach readers of all ages a little more about the scientist who is almost as well known for his big hair as he is for his big ideas.

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Behind the App: StudyPad Extends Splash Math Series to Kindergarteners

Parents and teachers are always on the lookout for kids edu-apps that help students stay on top of their schoolwork. StudyPad’s Splash Math series is popular with grown-ups and kids alike, plus each app in the series is aligned to the Common Core curriculum, and covers an entire school year’s worth of material.

StudyPad’s Mithun Jhawar shared his thoughts about Splash Math Kindergarten, children’s learning preferences, and the popularity of Splash Math apps in schools and homes.

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Mary Engelbreit’s Doll Dress-Up: “Breitville” Brings Paper Dolls to Life — iPad App Review

breitvilleappIllustrator Mary Engelbreit has built a business empire on her vibrant and whimsical illustrations of tea cups, flowers, and rosy-cheeked children. For her newest venture, she partnered with iOS app developer Auryn to release Breitville, an iPad-only digital paper doll play space.

Breitville builds on the idea of traditional paper dolls, but with added interactive features. The user can bring dolls to life, name and dress them, take them to the beach or the park, and even decorate rooms in several different virtual doll houses for the dolls to play in.
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