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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends Helps Kids Learn Their First Words

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 25th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIGITAL POP-UP :: Read Review »

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words byStoryToys Entertainment is a visualdictionary for pre-schoolers based on the popular books by Eric Carle.

The app acts like a 3D pop-up book with over80 words to learn in English,French, German, or Spanish. The book also features a quiz at the end to let kids see how well they learned thier new words.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Wordsis available now for$2.99.

Winter Comes to Children's Programming App, CodeQuest

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 2nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LANGUAGE SKILLS :: Read Review »

Codarica Inc has released a new update for their children's learning app, CodeQuest. The app offers a quick and easy way to teach children the basics of coding, HTML, and CSS through games and activities.

The new ‘Baby, it’s “Code” Outside’ update gives CodeQuest a wintery theme. The app also has new interactive stories before certain levels, and holiday characters for the iPad. Codarica has updated the buttons with colors to make coding easier and fixed a few bugs along the way as well.

You can download CodeQuest for $1.99 on the App Store and get your kids coding their first website in no time.

The Counting Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL AND FUN
Learning IS fun when it comes to mathematical based Tower Defense game, The Counting Kingdom.
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Star Walk Kids Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE SPACE INTRO
Star Walk Kids is a fun introduction to the solar system, but many kids will be more satisfied by the full, adult version.
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Vocabulary.com Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL AND FUN
Educational yet fun, Vocabulary.com is an entertaining tool for boosting one's vocabulary.
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Father and Sons Develop MATH 42 App - Designed to Help Students Get Better at Mathematics

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

A father-son-son team is behind mathematics learner MATH 42, which aims to help kids in fifth through twelfth grades engage and get better in the subject.

It takes math problems and creates a path to easy-to-follow solutions by underscoring the steps. It has calculator functionality, integrated textbook, tests, and assignment management. It constructs graphs, and material can be shared.

The app made Apple's 2013 Most Innovative Learning Apps.

MATH 42 costs $0.99 on the App Store, and the developers are quick to note that there are no extra in-app purchases.

Verb Challenge Spanish Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SI SI
Learning how to conjugate verbs is dull, but Verb Challenge Spanish makes it much more interesting.
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Khan Academy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By David Rabinowitz on May 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LEARN ANYTHING
Khan Academy is a popular and free online collection of education videos. The app is a quick and easy way to watch any of its thousands of videos.
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My Robot Friend Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: 01000110 01010101 01001110
Learn math, a little spelling, and some serious problem solving skills (or just have fun) with this programmable pal. Just don't expect a virtual buddy.
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This Week at 148Apps: January 28-February 1

Posted by Chris Kirby on February 2nd, 2013

Lots of fresh new content this week at 148Apps.com, including a three part series tracking the history and development of Firemint's Real Racing series. Rob Rich writes, "The soon to be released Real Racing 3 is on a lot of iOS gamers’ minds these days, especially many of us here at 148Apps. Because of this we thought it would be a good idea to recap the series. In fact, we might have gone a bit beyond that and created a trilogy. First we’ll be taking a look at the series’ history and the history of Firemint, the Melbourne based studio that created the series. After that we’ll be taking a look at the design factors and what when into creating the first two Real Racing titles as well as a little of the third. And in the third part of this series, we’ll take a look at the new Time Shifted Multiplayer found in Real Racing 3."

Read Part One, Part Two and Part Three at 148Apps.

GiggleApps.com traded in the racing wheel for a stethoscope, as Amy Solomon reviewed Doctor Cat: "Doctor Cat is a cute children’s app allowing users to use different medicines to treat animals.

This app is bright and colorful, with a simple and sweet narrative about a cat finding a lost doctor’s bag and using its contents to treat creatures in need."

Find out more about this delightful new app for children by visiting GiggleApps today.

And we close out our weekly tour of sites by checking in on the latest KickStarter spotlight on AndroidRundown.com. Joseph Bertolini writes, "It is amazing how many times I leave my phone in the car or forget to bring my keys out with me. Consolidating these two would be a dream and there are a few solutions available but their effectiveness is very questionable. One of the more complete and involved KickStarter projects that we have spotlit here, Intellacase is a smartphone case that incorportes within it a key fab for any modern car with keyless entry. While this does nothing for most car owners who still reside in the land of metallic gateways, a growing number of affordable cars are adopting the keyless ignition as a viable offering. Certainly for anyone who has a car that utilizes keyless technology this is an incredibly attractive opportunity. Image going out on the town, with the increasing prevalence of NFC payments, and being able to bring just a phone which has access to both wallet and car access."

Read more about Intellacase at AndroidRundown.

Another week down, but oh so much more to report in the coming days and weeks! Keep track of the latest happenings by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. You'll be glad you did. See you next week kiddies!

This Week at 148Apps: January 14-18

Posted by Chris Kirby on January 21st, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, we took a closer look at what may be the future of Disney Interactive Entertainment: Disney Infinity. Site founder Jeff Scott writes, "Disney Infinity will be a multi-property, multi-platform exploration game which will let you can combine various Disney characters and worlds to use your imagination to the fullest. It will be a combination of real world toys and video games, similar to Skylanders, but taken to the extreme. For example, in Disney Infinity you can answer the question: who would win a race between Lightning McQueen from Cars and Dash from The Incredibles?

This is both good and bad news for iOS users. While the mobile part of Disney Infinity will be initially limited to so-called support apps, it will evolve over 2013 to a full Disney Infinity platform, though we are still trying to get details on that."

Want to know more? Read Jeff's full rundown at 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps.com, Amy Solomon reviewed My Beastly ABCs, saying, "I really appreciate not only the colorful look of this app, complete with wonderful illustrations and mild animated moments containing both a vintage sense of style as well as a modern look and feel, but also the pitch-perfect use of suspenseful, jazzy music and perfectly realized narration by celebrated voice-over artist Jim Dale as well."

Read the full review at GiggleApps.

And what week would be complete without a new KickStarter spotlight from AndroidRundown.com? Joseph Bertolini writes, "I just wrote an app review about an app that really helps me keep my life organized called Catch Notes. In that post I talk about the struggles I – like millions of other people – have with remembering events and to-do items. Apps in this space are generally very similar and are just slightly different iterations of the same thing; the idea stays consistent and there is very little motivation to pay attention to them. This is most apparent when trying to work on bad habits or trying to start new good ones. This is not going to be a cheesy New Year’s post, but the best way to change for the better is to work on the small things instead of trying to make large drastic changes. Since the biggest problem with existing apps is that there is a lack of motivation to continue checking them, and the medium that has most mastered this addictive motivation are video games, it was only a matter of time before there was a hybrid love-child of the two. This chimera is one of the more creative KickStarter projects we have done here, and it is called HabitRPG."

Intrigued? Read the rest at AndroidRundown.

And that just about wraps up the week. But have no fear; yet another week is near. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for the latest in new app reviews and more. See you next week!

Duolingo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LINGUISTICALLY EDUCATIONAL
Helping users learn a new language, Duolingo proves to be a great foundation for knowledge.
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Making Shakespeare Fun With Explore Shakespeare

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 6th, 2012

Educators face a common plight, regardless of what they teach: how to inspire their students to be interested in the subject matter. Perhaps it's down to human nature, that anything that must be learnt is immediately dismissed. I'm as guilty as many others, only truly appreciating the works of Shakespeare when it came to having the choice of reading his work. I've got a feeling, though, that if apps such as Explore Shakespeare were around when I was learning, it would have helped.

The Explore Shakespeare series has recently been released by the Cambridge University Press, offering users the chance to read the full play, listen to an audio performance of it (featuring the voices of actors such as Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale) as well as explore and analyze the content.

But how does it actually fare with its core market? Headmistress of St. Mary's school, Cambridge, Charlotte Avery explained to us that the students were immediately enthusiastic during their time with the Romeo & Juliet app, she particularly enjoyed "the ease with which the students can find out the meaning of a word or phrase by simply tapping on it as they read," as well as a "diagram of all the characters involved in a particular scene," reducing any confusion that can come from understanding complex fight scenes in the play. The girls themselves explained that they appreciated the color photographs of professional productions "so that you can imagine what is going on" and that it was "fun to use."

Given the school's policy of "Bring Your Own Devices" into school, the Explore Shakespeare series looks set to be quite the hit there and hopefully elsewhere, too. Charlotte Avery explained it best that "bringing iPads into the classroom is the way to go!", pointing out that it helps to "bridge the 'disillusionment gap' between what young people experience with technology inside and outside of school."

It's an interesting move for education and one that I'd heartily recommend. Anything that brings classic literature to life for a new generation has to be a good thing. The Explore Shakespeare apps are available now. They're usually priced at $13.99, but currently on sale at $8.99 each.

Marlee Signs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on October 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TALK WITH THE HANDS
It's no stand-in for a proper teacher, but Marlee Signs makes for a decent introduction into the world of ASL.
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This Week at 148Apps: July 9-13

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 15th, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, we got into the game with our look at CoachNote. Writer Jennifer Allen says, "CoachNote offers a way of creating sports drills, strategies and tactics, all from an iOS device and it’ll be a real hit for coaches as well as fans. The app makes it easy to create complex plays and strategies with tools for drawing lines in multiple colors to explain what’s going on."

Read more at 148App.com.

Meanwhile, GiggleApps.com took a closer look at Brave: Storybook Deluxe. Reviewer Amy Solomon writes, "As one would expect from this Disney Pixar film, the illustrations, music and narration are quite striking and beautifully crafted – especially the brilliant use of bright and bold colors which was the main detail that caught my eye the first time I saw a trailer for this film."

Read Amy's full review at GiggleApps.

148Apps.biz presented a guest editorial from Matthew Palmer, founder and CEO of Marketing Your App. Palmer says, "After all the hard work of creating a mobile app, there is one decision that can sink even promising apps more than any other: choosing a price. Knowing what to charge for any product is tough, but the peculiar world of the App Store makes it a top question for even savvy developers.

The rewards are great: Apple has already paid out $4 billion to app creators who have combined a smart app with good marketing. But, too often, sticker shock leads customers to ignore otherwise helpful apps. When developers choose the wrong price, more often than not it seems, they aim too high."

Read the rest of 'Why You're Charging Too Much for Your App' at 148Apps.biz.

And that, my friends, is the week that was. Don't miss out on anything in the coming days and weeks. Stay on top of our contests, promos, reviews and news items by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. You'll be glad you did. Until next week, keep wall crawlin'.