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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We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
If you wish for something hard enough, it may come true. However, anyone who has heard the story of The Monkey’s Paw will know that you have to be careful what you wish for because it may not turn out exactly the way you want it to. Maybe one Georgia resident wished for a new iPad and it came true, but with a caveat. It flew into her car.
When Microsoft first announced that it would be entering the hardware market with its own brand of tablet, the tech world wondered if it would be the ultimate “iPad killer,” a nomenclature that was proposed, but failed to live up to, many tablets before it. The Surface RT and Surface Pro both launched to minimal fanfare and have since slipped into tablet obscurity as Apple continues to maintain its dominance in the market.
Last month, AppleInsider discovered minor tweaks to Windows 8 software that lead some to believe that Microsoft was planning on building a smaller sized tablet in order to compete with the more-popular 7-inch tablet market. Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the software giant is pushing forward with a new line of Surface tablets, including a 7-inch model.
Apple has been getting into hot water lately with various patent infringement judges. In February, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Apple and Samsung to streamline their claims to 25 total. She called the overwhelming list of claims presented to the court “cruel and unusual punishment.” Now, a Florida court judge is accusing Apple and Google of misusing the court system to sue each other as a business strategy “that appears to have no end.”
According to Bloomberg, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave the parties involved four months to narrow their claims against each other. If they are unable to comply, he said he will put the case on hold.
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty recently met with Apple management and left the meeting with some interesting news that is sure to create a buzz in the tech world. According to Huberty, Apple is planning on launching an Internet service, possible a music or mobile payment service, later this year. Additionally, Apple is expected to announce the new service at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June.
According to AppleInsider, Huberty told investors to expect a big announcement at this year’s WWDC regarding either a new streaming music service, or mobile payment system. She also told investors that Apple Internet Software and Service chief Eddy Cue is spearheading improvement efforts for iCloud and Maps.
Welcome back to Sound Stage. Every week, we look for interesting and unique apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we told you about Amazon’s AutoRip feature for the company’s Cloud Player. Did you check your Amazon account to see what vinyl you purchased over the past 15 years? I was disappointed to discover that I had not bought any vinyl records from the online retailer. In my defense, I spend a whole lot of money at my local record shops on a regular basis.
Today, we are going to talk about Concert Vault for iPad. This music discovery app offers thousands of hours of live concert footage dating back to the late 1950s.
Welcome back to another week of PadGadget Photobooth, my weekly column that features an array of useful photography apps and accessories. Last week, I highlighted an iPad app that I’ve been using for photo taking inspiration – the Photography Assignment Generator. This app offers up hundreds of shot ideas, so if you’re in need of a little photo help, make sure to check it out.
This week I thought I’d share a fun (and free) photo editing app that I was quite impressed with – Repix. With Repix, you can paint filters onto specific parts of your photos, combining effects in hundreds of fun ways. Repix was one of Apple’s App Store Editor’s Choice picks that we highlighted earlier this month, but I wanted to give a more in-depth look at the app, which is a solid photo editing choice.
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.