At PadGadget we’re big fans of Starbucks Pick of the Week program. Sure, we’d love it even more if they gave away apps every single week, but it is nice to get the musical pick without heading out to the coffee shop.
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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
Whether you like to read the dictionary with the fervor that most people reserve for tackling a Stephen King novel, or you keep your dictionary under glass, reserving it for emergency use, you are sure to enjoy using Wordflex Touch Dictionary.
Wordflex Touch is so easy to use and thorough that it may actually convert an emergency-only dictionary reader to a meaning-obsessed daily user. This iPad-only app offers three modes: search, entry, and shuffle. Not only does search allow a user to look up her favorite ten dollar word, but when she types in a simpler word with a common root, related words fill the screen, simulating what one might see on the page of a real dictionary.
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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 Round Up, we include 10 fantastic apps that will appeal to budding artists, tree huggers, and little monsters. Plus, many of these books and activities are free!
Did we miss anything? Please share the name of your favorite newly released edu-apps and games for kids in the comments.
Accessory design firm PocoMaru is no stranger to Kickstarter thanks to the company’s successful PocoWool Clutch campaign which received funding in early January. For its current campaign the Seattle-based startup has its sights set on giving the iPad an even smarter cover.
It’s a busy time for literary digi-book developer Play Creatividad. The Barcelona-based iOS developer recently won a Publishing Innovation Award for iPoe — The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection. While the Publishing Innovation Awards are still relatively new (the digital hive mind isn’t even referring to them as the PIAs yet) the winners include PadGadget fave Wine Simplified (PadGadget= 5 stars, and the list of past winners includes some of the most innovative and beautiful apps ever created.
Play Creatividad’s Francesc Tovar was kind enough to share a few thoughts on the developer’s recent honor, how iPoe came to be, and why books apps aren’t just kids’ stuff.
Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmen’s petite and plucky heroine, has charmed countless little girls for almost three-quarters of a century, and her popularity has yet to wane. Madeline’s wide appeal makes the iTunes TV show download Madeline’s Valentine a perfect choice for Starbucks Pick of the Week program.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Pick of the Week, every Tuesday Starbucks offers customers a free iOS download or two. The ubiquitous coffee chain prints up little paper cards that include a code for an iOS freebie. Redeem the code to receive a download such as a song from a popular artist, an iOS app, an iBook, or an episode of a TV show to watch in iTunes.
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There is, without question, something a little magical about slow cookers. You put your ingredients in and — boom — dinner. That’s especially true during the cold winter months when soups and stews are tempting.
Arguably the biggest name in the world of slow cookers, CROCK-POT has recently joined the ever-growing number of iPad recipe apps with CROCK-POT™ Recipes—OFFICIAL APP for the CROCK-POT® Slow Cooker.
As we reported last October, home goods retailer Crate and Barrel offers website visitors some great iOS freebies through Get the Download, its digital giveaway program. Though the apps don’t change as often as the Starbucks Pick of the Week, the selections are high quality choices, which include a variety of different kinds of apps. Whether you’re a movie fan, word game enthusiast, or amateur mixologist, this great list has an app or two for you.
Though her life story — ex-punk rocker moves to Portland to make art and music for kids — might sound like fodder for an episode of Portlandia, Julianna Bright (and her musical alter ego Cat Doorman) are for real, as evidenced by her release of Little Red Wagon for iPad. Part interactive app, part old-fashioned song book, Little Red Wagon brings its listeners something old and something new, and something completely adorable.
Not only is Little Red Wagon an interactive edu-book, it is also one piece of a larger media puzzle. Think of Little Red Wagon the lead single from an album, but instead of being a 45″, it’s an iPad app. The song is one of 14 that appear on The Cat Doorman Songbook, which is available with a 20-page booklet from the artist, and will be available through iTunes as a digital download by January 29, 2013.
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All children, from pre-schoolers to high schoolers can use the iPad to learn more about the world around them. Whether you’ve got the kind of child who’d rather study an atlas than play with Hot Wheels or one who thinks Kathmandu is a the name of a trendy clothing designer, there are a wide range of apps to teach world geography, act as references, or turn learning about geography into a game.
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