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National Geographic has just released a new bundle of educational apps for iOS, aimed at young children.
The bundle, Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1, includes Animal Bounce, Animal Match and Animal Words. Each title encourages children to discover more about the natural world through some great animal sounds and age-appropriate games. Throughout, the kind of photography we’ve all come to expect from National Geographic continues the beguiling theme.
Animal Bounce is focused on learning animal names and sounds, while Animal Match involves matching the animal to its shape. Animal Words teaches name recognition and basic alphabet skills. Each should be great fun for little ones.
The app is optimized for the new iPad but works just as well for iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s all designed to tie in well with the National Geographic learning books series for preschoolers.
Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1 is out now, priced at $2.99. It’s an Universal app.
It’s been 100 years since the Titanic sank (April 1912). That historic passenger liner took thousands of hours by thousands of workers to build. In apparent recognition of that tragic day in history, National Geographic has released an iPad app where users can “travel back in time” to witness the construction of the epic and tragic passenger liner.
Building Titanic allows users to control the playback timeline of the Titanic and explore the construction interactively with over 50 in-depth points of interest. The app boasts that it includes 100 “rare” photos that detail the assembly of the ship. The app includes video of the laborers that built the ship in action. Users will also have access to previews of the upcoming documentaries about the Titanic on the National Geographic Channel from James Cameron and Bob Ballard.
Building Titanic is an iPad-only app and is free on the App Store.
Though you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s still alive from the day the Titanic sank, the public’s fascination with the doomed ocean liner has only grown over the years. The Titanic has been the subject of countless books, movies, TV specials and documentaries, and now you can add a new iOS game to the mix. National Geographic and PlayWay have officially announced Titanic: Unsolved Mystery, which will provide the most interactive experience with the famed ship yet.
The game is divided between present and past as heroine Lillian explores the wreckage of the Titanic, which is now an underwater museum. Lillian’s quest is a bit of a tragic one, as her great-grandmother died when the boat sank and she would like to know more about the woman she never knew. The hidden-object gameplay is set in historically accurate recreations of the ship’s interior just as it appeared 100 years ago.
Titanic: Unsolved Mystery is slated to launch sometime in the second quarter of 2012.
To say that there were tumultuous ups and downs in the world of all things Apple and iOS this week is a colossal understatement. Suffice it to say, then, that the interest, anticipation and enthusiasm generated for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4s was sadly muted by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. While the print and television media have eulogized Steve thoroughly, 148Apps.com founder Jeff Scott posted a succinct and elegant send-off for the icon: “Personally I’d like to thank Steve for all he did and all he inspired. It should be obvious, but without what he created this site that I love and labor over wouldn’t be here. He will leave a void that may never be filled.”
While Steve Jobs has passed, his company and its products continue to live and thrive, and the iPhone 4s is just the latest iteration of that product legacy. Jeff Scott asked the question on the minds of all iPhone owners – should I upgrade now? “Hate to start the rumor mill early, but there will, most certainly be, a next iPhone. And it could come out anytime between 6 months and 18 months from now. It will also likely be a major upgrade and a new form factor. Probably true LTE 4G as well. There, I said it. Rumor mill restarted.
Should you wait? Depends on what kind of user you are. If you are a tech geek, we both know you aren’t going to wait. If you are happy with sticking with a phone for a couple of years maybe you will wait for the next one.
But the iPhone 4S is a great phone. If you have an iPhone 3G or non-iPhone, this is the best time to get one. The jump from an iPhone 3G to an 4S will be huge. You won’t believe what you are missing.”
Read the full discussion on 148Apps.com.
Over at our sister site, GiggleApps, reviewer Amy Solomon took a closer look at a new app for kids from National Geographic, WeirdButTrue. Solomon writes, “Very easy to use, the app is a random fact generator filled with interesting tidbits that kids and adults will enjoy. Each page has its own weird but true information, with bright colors and many vivid photos of related images used to illustrate what is being explained, and I also appreciate the creative use of fonts and design in general to fit the text onto the page in most interesting ways possible. These facts can be about animals, the human body, toys and other topics as the app has a plethora of information and it is great fun how varied sound effects are used per each page that in some way relate to the fact being presented.”
Read the full review on GiggleApps.
Released: 2011-09-01 :: Category: Books