Friday, September 14, 2012
The Sesame Street for Military Families iPhone and iPad app helps parents speak to children about deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief and self-expression.
Elmo and his friends are helping military families help their children deal with the stresses of deployment with its free new app available for the iPhone and iPad, the show said in a statement. The Sesame Street for Military Families app helps parents speak to children about deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief and self-expression. Because of the sensitive nature of the content, Sesame Street recommends parents review the app before using it with their children. iTunes: Sesame Street for Military Families Visit Sesame Street for Military Families resources on Facebook and on their home page MilitaryFamiliesNearAndFar.org Related Patch Content: Sesame Street Unveils Social Networking Site for Military Families Sesame Street doing …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Company must satisfy its enterprise customers while competing in a new, mobile world.
Microsoft once again is at the top of technology news, this time with the introduction of its Windows 8 Surface tablets. A glance at a photo of them and one might think they were Apple iPads—a year or two from now. Certainly these tablets, with their innovative designs, beautiful appearance and cutting-edge operating systems, could not be from Microsoft. Certainly not. But they are. Even some of the most jaded in the technology press are using words like awesome, bold, Hail Mary, mysterious, sick, and just plain cool to describe the Surface tablets. Microsoft introduced two versions of the Surface: a svelte, 0.37-inch thick, 1.5-pound tablet with an ARM processor and running Windows RT, the mobile version of Windows 8; and a 0.53-inch-…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
News out of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this year was a bit of a letdown.
OK, Apple can't be expected to be a game changer all the time. We've become a bit spoiled over the years with the iPhone, the iPad, the iPod, the MacBook, iTunes, the Retina Display, Siri and the way it all works together. But to be honest it feels like Apple's WWDC 2012, the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, is a bit of a snoozer. Product news at the conference, which in the past has sometimes stirred great excitement around the keynote, can be boiled down to: a new version of Apple's mobile operating system is coming this fall (presumably with the iPhone 5), the MacBook Pro is being revamped to bring it up to date, and the MacBook Air line is getting spec upgrades and a price cut. The price drop should tell us…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kid friendly apps - a saving grace in the car.
Parents aren't too amazed, but their friends without kids sure are, as they watch a three-year-old pick up an iPhone or iPad and navigate to their favorite apps or games. According to a survey by Common Sense Media, it showed that nearly 40% of children between ages 2 to 4 have used a smartphone or tablet. The numbers go up from there to 52% for kids between the ages of 5 and 8. My kids finally got me to play Angry Birds, and that seemed like months ago. Now they are onto Water a game of strategy that is more difficult. Here are some great apps for little ones. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is great for little ones. It allows for interaction as your child helps monkeys pack their lunches by using counting, spelling and matching skills. Another…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It's Microsoft's smart plan to tie the Xbox to every glass screen in the home: PC, tablet or smartphone.
Just weeks ago I wrote that Microsoft planned to take over the living room by turning your Xbox 360 into a media entertainment center that controls and feeds your television. I was wrong. Microsoft doesn't want to stop at just the television. With the SmartGlass app it just introduced at E3, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, it wants the Xbox to feed your PC, your tablet and your smartphone at home, too. SmartGlass, which is really a collection of apps either added to or embedded in every platform, turns your tablet or smartphone into a second screen for your Xbox, feeding you additional information, allowing you to use it as a remote control, or serving as a portable screen you can take with you. SmartGlass will be …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Apple is holding its annual software developers' conference today in New York. WIll CEO Tim Cook announce a major innovation, or just minor tweaks to existing products like the iPhone and iPad?
Apple's annual software developer conference is today in New York, and as usual, there's buzz about what CEO Tim Cook has up his sleeve. According to the Huffington Post, Cook is expected to unveil new Mac computers and new software for the iPhone. A new software system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has already been confirmed, according to HuffPo. However, the features of the new iOS 6 are a mystery, as is its release date. Much of the industry speculation surrounds Apple's TV ambitions. Apple does sell an "Apple TV," a device that connects to a television and displays iTunes content, many wonder if Apple intends to enter the television market with its own TV set, HuffPo reports.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The splintering of Android into so many different versions on so many different devices, known as fragmentation, is dragging everything down.
Android, with Apple's head start, originally was a primitive competitor for the Apple iOS platform that powers the iPhone and iPad. But finally, with the release of Android 4.0 in October, Google's mobile operating system is in the same league as iOS. It has a polished, feature-rich user interface. It's too bad that today, about six months later, only some 3 percent of Android devices run that version, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS. The whopping majority, including most Android phones and the most popular Android tablets, run on Android 2.3, a considerably less sophisticated version, also known as Gingerbread. In part because of Gingerbread's missing polish, many device manufacturers gussied it up by putting their own user …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold a drawing for an iPad later this month. Kids 5-12 years old are eligible.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
By Brian Hulsey Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau The Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCCVB) is excited to announce its “Win an iPad” contest. To be eligible to win you must be 5-12 years old, complete at least 4 of the missions listed on the contest Visitors Bureau form and turn in your completed form with the “proof” required no later than Thursday, April 19th at 5:00pm to 425 West Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville (corner of Ryon Avenue and Highway 84). The drawing of eligible participants will take place at the Liberty County Earth Day Celebration on April 23rd from 3 to 7 p.m. at the YMCA soccer fields (Mary Lou Fraser Dr. in Hinesville). The drawing will occur at approximately 6 p.m. The winner's parent/guardian …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The new tablet is available for pre-order now and will hit store shelves March 16.
Apple unveiled the new iPad Wednesday, according to a Reuters report. The new tablet features a crisper display, 4G capability and a quad-core graphics processor. The new iPad is available for pre-order now and will hit store shelves March 16. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook introduced the latest iteration of Apple's popular tablet at an official product launch in San Francisco. The latest iPad comes loaded with features -- but it doesn't come with a new name. Instead of referring to the device as the "iPad 3," Cook simply called it "the new iPad." The terminology is echoed on Apple's website. The new iPad isn't exactly a ground-up overhaul of the iPad 2, but it boasts some impressive upgrades. The new 3.1 million-pixel Retina Display will …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
While the concept of replacing outmoded school books is great, a proprietary approach is not.
It seems silly at a time when nearly a third of American households have either an e-reader or a tablet, when 4 million of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets were sold in December alone, that kids still lug around half their weight in dated, frayed textbooks. Apple, champion of the smartphone and tablet markets, has decided it can change all that, becoming a champion of electronic textbooks as well. With a lot of hoopla at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last month, Apple announced a new textbook initiative, cutting deals with textbook companies to sell K-12 e-textbooks for no more than $14.99 in its electronic store, iTunes, that could be used on iPads. It also announced new e-book authoring software, iBooks Author, that could be downloaded …