Power Up Your Family Storytime. June 3, 2013 | by Jen Singer Imagine if your child’s favorite stories could talk, “listen,” encourage your kids’ creativity, help them learn to read — and share with you whether you’re home or not.
FamLoop is on the forefront of reinventing Family Storytime using new technology that makes stories interactive, educational, and entertaining. They’re not just ebooks; they’re interactive appBooks that connect the family in both traditional and new ways. FamLoop’s interactive storybook apps feature animation, interactive and educational activities such as puzzles and drawing, and a non-linear storytelling experience that allows your children to explore the parts of the story that most interest them. Some FamLoop interactive storybook apps allow family members to ask questions as characters, such as a Munchkin in Oz, while others include characters that point out interesting things in the story. Winky Google Glass App Takes Pictures When You Blink. Google’s highly anticipated Glass eyewear has been in the hands of some lucky developers for only a little while, but we’re already … err seeing … some clever uses for the device starting to hit the Web.
The newest Glass app to make its debut is Winky, a piece of software that captures photos using Glass’ camera whenever a wearer winks. Developer Mike DiGiovanni said he created the app to make snapping photos using Glass feel more natural and to prevent wearers from being taken out of the moment by having to issue the, “Okay Glass, Take a Picture,” command. To help ensure Glass wearers aren’t firing off photos every time they blink, Winky requires that you make an effort in your wink. Leave it to Disney to make the history of 44 Presidents (dare I say?) fun at Cool Mom Tech. Today’s Inauguration gives us a great opportunity to talk to the kids about the role of our President and some of the more interesting and colorful figures to have graced the Oval Office.
But, if you slept through history class as much as I did, you may also find it hard to remember the details and dates of all 44 presidencies. Which is where an incredibly smart app for the iPad will come in very handy. And, unlike my old history classes, there is no way the kids will sleep through this. Here’s The iPhone App A High School Student Built As His Application To Stanford. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there!
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The app supplements Bravo programming and lets people — who use Samsung smart TVs, Samsung Blu-ray players, Yahoo Widgets or Google TVs — personalize their viewing experiences. "The app provides Bravo fans with a video-rich destination, where they can explore more content and catch up on their favorite shows and Bravolebrities," Lisa Hsia, executive vice president of Bravo Digital Media, tells Mashable. Users also can see show schedules, read episode descriptions, view photos, play games, vote in polls, dive into Bravo personalities' bios, share content, manage an inbox of arriving content and build video playlists based on their favorite shows or topics that interest them. "For example, if you're a fan of NeNe from Real Housewives of Atlanta you can create a customized playlist with all her popular scenes from recent episodes," Hsia adds.
Apple Event On for Oct 23: “Little More to Show” Us Likely iPad mini. The worst kept secret in the tech world is finally about to become real.
Apple just sent out invitations to a special event taking place Oct. 23rd, and we fully expect the iPad mini to be officially unveiled, along with perhaps the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. We’ll be there live to bring you all the details and our first hands-on impressions of Apple’s latest gear. For those who haven’t been following the rumors, the iPad mini is said to feature a 7.8-inch display, a very thin design that’s reminiscent of the iPod touch and, of course, access to more than 250,000 apps. We also expect to see the same Lightning connector that’s found on the iPhone 5 for charging and attaching accessories. There’s still debate as to whether Apple will offer the mini with 4G LTE , but in order to keep costs down we expect the device will be Wi-Fi only–at least to start.
App Gets You Ready for Voting Day. You can't miss the fact that an election is coming.
But are you sure your voting registration is up to date? And do you know if your polling place is the same as it was last time? Are you even in the same congressional district? (That may have changed based on the last census, in 2010.) "Millions of voters are being asked to cast their ballot in a different location this year," said Tiana Epps-Johnson of the New Organizing Institute Education Fund. Hands-on with theBlu: Ocean Education App Helps You Explore the Deep. When we first heard about theBlu, we were confused as to exactly what it was.
And after reading a bit about it, not much was cleared up. So we went hands-on to explore this socially-connected, global interactive app that aims to support oceanic conservation. The downloadable app for Mac and PC, which will soon be available on mobile, tablets and smart TVs, lets you experience the ocean in 3D and interact with friends via Facebook to go “diving” together. Created to educate others about the oceans and support oceanic conservation, theBlue lets you do your part by purchasing aquatic species and habitat art work.
Getting Started. Microsoft Office Spotted on the iPad, Expected to Drop into the App Store Soon. There are already other ways to get Microsoft Office on your iPad, but who can argue with an official version?
Today, a report from The Daily claims that an iPad version of the Microsoft Office suite exists–and a staffer’s brief hands-on time with the product showed that it is a polished and capable app. It comes as no surprise that Microsoft has developed the app; after all, the company has already shown willingness to develop for Apple’s slate, which is becoming a staple productivity tool among students and businessmen. Toymakers gear up for year of the AppCessory. iTunes 10 Makeover: What Do YOU Think Of The New Logo? (PICTURES) In addition to redesigned iPods, the next generation of Apple TV, the new iOS 4.1 and the forthcoming iOS 4.2, Apple CEO Steve Jobs also announced an iTunes upgrade at the September 1 press event in San Francisco Wednesday.
The latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10, includes a new layout and new organization options, Ping (Apple's social network for music), and a fresh logo. Steve Jobs explained the new look during the press conference. "We thought it was appropriate that since we're about to surpass CD sales...it may be time to ditch the CD," he said, according to Engadget. Apple Announcement LIVE VIDEO: Streaming From September 2010 Apple Press Conference Available. Didn't get an invite to Apple's September 1st music-themed event? You can still follow live! Apple has announced that it will be offering a live video stream of its press conference, which begins at 10AM PT. You'll be able to access the live video at Apple.com--but here's the catch: only users on Apple devices will be able to watch the live stream.
Apple said in a press release, "Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. " iOS 4.1 Features Unveiled: See What's New. Apple unveiled the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 4.1, at a press conference Wednesday. Apple CEO Steve Jobs highlighted four key features of iOS 4.1 First, the latest operating system for Apple's iOS devices has fixed several bugs that were present in iOS 4, such as issues with the proximity sensor, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance. iOS 4.1 will also introduce a new feature, "High Dynamic Range" photos, that allows people to use their iPhone to take richer, more detail photos. The HDR feature will use take three photos in rapid succession--one at a normal exposure, one slightly underexposed, and one that is overexposed. The iOS device will then combine the three photos to produce an "HDR photo" that has more color and detail than a normal image (See an example below, via Engadget).
New Apple TV Features Unveiled: See What's Different. SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. is refining its plans to annex the living room into its entertainment empire. On Wednesday, Apple unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of Apple TV, which connects to a high-definition television and can show rented movies and TV shows from Apple's own service, plus content from Netflix, photos on Flickr, YouTube clips and more. The new $99 gadget marks a slight improvement over Apple's first television set-top box, which went on sale in 2007. The original Apple TV had to sync with a computer, a concept most consumers weren't ready for, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said at a media event Wednesday. Ping, Apple's New Social Network, Unveiled: What You Need To Know. Apple's latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10, will include not only a new logo and new layout, but also Apple's own social network for music, "Ping.
" "It's like Twitter and Facebook meet iTunes," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said during the press conference. Mashable explains Ping's features: Users REACT To Apple News Announced At September Event. Apple TV Faces Obstacles to Conquer Living Room. Apple demoes iOS 4.2, features AirPlay media streaming. Apple is also talking up iOS 4.2 today, which will be everything iOS 4.1 is bringing, plus some extra goodies, and will finally bring iOS 4 (hello multitasking!) To the iPad. The most exciting of the new features is AirPlay, which is Apple's redub for AirTunes, with the important addition of being able to stream music and video to your i-device over WiFi (with an iPad even acting as host for the new Apple TV). Also over WiFi is a new wireless printing feature, complete with a little Print Center applet that sits in the dock and lets you manage your print jobs.
The new Apple TV for $99. Apple announces iOS 4.1. Apple announces iTunes 10 with Ping social network. Apple TV (2010) first look / hands-on! Apple claims 50 percent of portable gaming market, iPod touch 'outsells Nintendo and Sony combined' iPod nano (2010) first hands-on! (update: video!) iPod nano vs touch vs shuffle... fight! Apple TV - Apple TV 2 introduced. iPod touch - iPod touch enters fourth generation with a bang. Apple Unveils New iPod nano Powered By iOS-like UI. Apple Is Live Streaming Sept. 1 Event To Test New Server Farm [Exclusive] (Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac) Jobs: Hey Google, We're Activating 230,000 NEW iOS Devices A Day (MG Siegler/TechCrunch) iOS 4.2 for iPad coming in November, adds wireless printing and Air Play (AppleInsider)
Apple Announces The New iPod Touch: Dual Cameras, Retina Screen (Devin Coldewey/CrunchGear) iTunes Downloads: 100M Movies, 450M TV Episodes, 35M Books, 11.7B Songs (Leena Rao/TechCrunch) iTunes 10 Is All About Ping, Apple's Social Network for Music (Matt Buchanan/Gizmodo) The new Apple TV for $99 — Steve Jobs just pulled … (Paul Miller/Engadget)