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TinyTap Allows Children and Teachers to Create Their Own Personalized Educational Games

Posted by Andrew Stevens on January 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

TinyTap, Make Games & Learn - which recently won first place in the Verison Powerful Answers Award - provides kids and teachers with the opportunity to create their own personalized educational games. The creator must add an image, record questions, and trace the answers before the game is ready for being played. It features reading, question, and sound board activities, with video on the way. It also lets users track a child's progress through the in-game scoring system.

This Week at 148Apps, December 5-9

Posted by Chris Kirby on December 11th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, we opened the floodgates for the 2011 Best App Ever Awards. Site founder Jeff Scott writes, "In its fourth year, the Best App Ever awards is a people’s choice awards for apps. Last year over 500,000 votes were cast in the quest to find the best apps, not just the best selling. This year it’s back bigger and better than ever. In a big change this year, not just iOS but also Android applications and games are up for nomination in the awards competition. Users can nominate their favorite apps and games in any of the multiple categories by heading to the app nomination page and choosing a category."

Read more about the 2011 Best App Ever Awards on 148Apps.

Over at GiggleApps, our site dedicated to reviewing the latest apps for kids, reviewer Amy Solomon took a closer look at the new Charlie Brown Christmas App, saying, "It is lovely that children can decorate their own tree with included ornaments and other decorations, as well as a few that must be earned by finding all the hidden items as accomplishments. This area is found on the first title page of the book and can easily be overlooked as one starts to read. Please look for it. I am also smitten with the last page of this app where the characters are all shown with image and name, and a tap letting readers hear the line they are most noted for in this story, a great section for me to go over with my son as he is new to these characters."

Get into the Christmas spirit and read the full review on GiggleApps.

Finally, AndroidRundown writer Carter Dotson published a commentary regarding the recent CarrierIQ revelations. Dotson says, "Some of the fallout is settling from the explosive Carrier IQ revelations – naturally, most parties involved are denying any kind of wrongdoing, or even that their tools are even installed at all on the phones. Apps to search for the existence of the tools on phones now exist. As well, apparently even Carrier IQ was found on iOS devices, although Apple has pledged to remove them in a future iOS software update. Interestingly, one researcher has found that the software likely isn’t sending vast swaths of user personal information back to carriers and manufacturers, although there are still some questions about the data that is being recorded by Carrier IQ tools. In fact, a lot of this data may be used for benign purposes such as determining where phone calls are being dropped, rather than any kind of purpose of spying on user information."

Read the full CarrierIQ rundown on AndroidRundown.

We're done for this week. But next week brings us that much closer to Christmas, and closer to the new year. Keep informed by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. Jingle on your merry way....and see you next week.

Announcing the Top Nominees of the 2010 Best App Ever Awards

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 23rd, 2010

Nominations for the 2010 Best App Ever awards, the People's Choice of mobile apps, are well under way. We're expecting a record number of nominations this year having already received 21,000 nominations. Nominations are open through the end of the day, 12/31. We'll open up the final voting a few days after the new year. Voting will stay open until January 25th and we will announce the winners of the Best App Ever awards during the 2010 Macworld Expo.

2010 saw the release of the iPad and a whole new class of apps. And this year we've included the iPad apps in the Best App Ever awards with duplicate awards in all categories. Below you will find the current top 5 nominees in each category and division ordered alphabetically.

Most Innovative App

iPhone/iPod TouchiPad
»EpicWin by supermono limited»Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
»Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC»Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
»Momento by d3i Ltd»Notes Plus by Viet Tran
»Twitter by Twitter, Inc.»Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad by Quickoffice, Inc.
»Word Lens by Quest Visual»Twitter by Twitter, Inc.

Best Visual Design

iPhone/iPod TouchiPad
»FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez»FlightTrack Pro by Mobiata by Ben Kazez
»Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC»Flipboard by Flipboard Inc.
»Knorr by CloudSourceIT»Pages by Apple Inc.
»On this day... by Sophiestication Software»Pulse News Reader by Alphonso Labs Inc.
»The Cartographer by A Tasty Pixel»djay by algoriddim

Best Use of iOS Hardware

iPhone/iPod TouchiPad
»360 Panorama by Occipital»Blocktacular by evilBlue Studios
»Flashlight+ by More Blu Sky»Epic Citadel by Epic Games, Inc.
»PocketCPR by Bio-Detek, Inc.»Infinity Blade by Chair Entertainment Group, LLC
»Shop Savvy Barcode Scanner by Big in Japan»Instapaper by Marco Arment
»Star Walk by Vito Technology Inc.»RAGE HD by id Software

Best Navigation App

iPhone/iPod TouchiPad
»MotionX GPS Drive by MotionX»NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG
»NAVIGON MobileNavigator Europe by NAVIGON AG»NAVIGON MobileNavigator North America by NAVIGON AG
»OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux»Navfree USA by Geolife Ltd.
»TomTom U.S.A. by TomTom International BV»OffMaps by Felix Lamouroux
»Waze by Waze Inc.»Waze by Waze Inc.