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How to Set Up App Store Account without Credit Card

In my post How to manage in-app purchase I suggested not link your App Store account with your credit card.  Instead, link it with a gift card.  But how can you do it?  Putting in credit card information is part of account setting up process, and it seems there is no way to get around it.  While, if you set up the account in a typical way, you do have to put in credit card information.  Here I am going to share… Read More

How to gift apps?

If you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPAD with iOS 5 and earlier, you can gift an app from your iDevice.  However, with iOS 6, the app gifting function is not available on the device at this time.  If you want to gift an app, you must use the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC.  I will explain how to gift an app in both ways. 1. In iTunes, click iTunes Store in the Source list on the left… Read More

Text To Speak Function on iPhone iPAD

iPhone and iPAD both have a build-in “text to speak” function.  It is originally designed for visually impaired people, but I found it very helpful for kids when they are reading a book or anything on iPAD or iPhone.  What does the function do?  When the function is triggered, the iPAD/iPhone will read the text you highlighted aloud to you.  The highlighted part could be a single word, a sentence, or a paragraph.  When kids run into an unfamiliar word… Read More

Find My Friend

I had the App “Find my friend” on my phone for a long time, but I did not use it until recently.  All incidences were quite interesting.   I thought I should share with everyone. First incidence: found family members at a busy outdoor event It was a busy event.  My husband and I went to different directions.  He called me on my cell, of course.  However, it was hard to tell where each of us was, relative to each other. … Read More

FotopediaNationalParksApp

Summer is a good time to visit some parks.  I found an amazing app about US National Parks – Fotopedia National Parks.  In the app, there are over 3000 stunning photos of the 58 National Parks in the USA accompanied with park information.  What is more amazing, it is FREE.  The only catch: It requires an Internet connection (either Wifi or cellular - edge or 3G) to operate properly. Introduction from the App store: Discover first the diversity of the… Read More

FeelElectricApp

Feel Electric! is another app that teaches kids emotions and language skills. An earlier post introduced “ABA Flash Card and Games - Emotion”, which is designed for babies and toddlers.  Feel Electric is design for kids 6 and older, or kids who have some basic reading and spelling skills. The app's characters are from the cast of the PBS show The Electric Company.  Through fun games and activities, it teaches kids to express their emotions in words.  It helps kids… Read More

MonsterPhysicsApp

Since I reviewed Stack the States and Stack the Countries, I became a big fan of Dan Russell-Pinson, the developer of the two wonderful educational apps.  Once I found out he just released another app Monster Physics, I knew I have to get one!  Monster Physics is a unique building app that lets kids play with physics! Kids can build and operate their own machines, moving devices with wheels, joins, ropes, propellers.  After they invent and build their own machine, they… Read More

FacesiMakeApp

Faces iMake is a creative art app and more.  It lets kids create arts with objects they see every day, such as brush, banana, plates, and buttons.  Kids can re-size, rotate, flip the objects they choose, and then put the pieces together to make a masterpiece.  There is no limit to the imagination. The app was developed with renowned artist, children’s book author and educator Hanoch Piven and is based on the creative workshops he conducted all around the world.  According to Piven, the… Read More

ABA Flash Card & Games – Emotions post image

This is an app that helps babies and toddlers understand people all have different feelings and emotions.  By showing various pictures of people (mostly kids) with different emotions, it teaches kids to recognize different emotions. It has a play mode – the flash cards will be randomly shown and read to the kids.  You can also choose the game mode – the kids can play some matching games.  As parents, you can decide which card to be shown.  You can also… Read More

How to Manage In-App Purchase? post image

While looking at the App store Top Grossing list, I was quite surprised to see Dragon Vale was at the top as #1.  I was surprised because Dragon Vale is a free app.  In fact the top 5 grossing apps are all free apps.  How can they make money?  Obviously, these free apps get money through In-App Purchase.  This sends a strong message to all app buyers, especially all the parents: free apps are NOT free, be aware of the In-App… Read More

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