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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

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

Answer Questions – Win Free Book Apps post image

iGameMom has three giveaways this week. It's Tyrannosaurus Rex Triceratops Gets Lost Woolly Mammoth in Trouble All three are part of Smithsonian Book Series by Oceanhouse Media.  Original price is $2.99 each. Leave a comment answering the question: What is your child’s most favorite bed-time book?  Please include the book title and your child’s age in your comment under this post.  Anyone who leaves a comment between May 28 and May 31 gets a chance to win.  Only 4 days… Read More

Go to an earlier post to find out how: Two Apps Giveaway - TeachMe GradeK and TeachMe Grade1… Read More

TeachMeK

iGameMom has TWO giveaways this time: TeachMe Kindergarten and TeachMe Grade1. These are great apps for the summer to keep your kids up to the academics and ready for school in the fall, yet still have fun. Read iGameMom’s review of the app here. 1. If you are not following this blog AT THIS NEW SITE, “Sign Up” at the top of the left panel to follow the blog. Make sure to click the confirmation link in the confirmation email after… Read More

Fun Spanish Learning App – MindSnacks Spanish post image

MindSnacks Spanish is a language learning app.  It does a great job at building the learning into game play, so the learning is fun. When you first start the app, you will have an option to take a Spanish test to find out your level.  You can also skip the test and start at level 1, which is “numbers”.  You will have a list of Spanish vocabulary to study before playing games.  Each word/phrase has a picture and an audio… Read More

App Giveaway Winners – Two, not just one! post image

We’ve got a winner for the “Five Little Monkey Collection #1” – The winner, out of near 100 entries, is Elizabeth Wolf-ODonnell.  Congrats Elizabeth.  Hope you and your kids will enjoy the app.  Elizabeth will be contacted privately on how to get the free copy of the app. In addition to Elizabeth, iGameMom wants to give a copy of Polar Bear Horizon to Tanya Wilkinson.  This is not in the original plan, but after reading her note left on iGameMom’s… Read More

FREE App – Cool to Be Clever post image

This is a book App targeted at kids 6 and up, or kids who are ready to read chapter-books.  It tells the true story of Edson Hendricks: He was bullied at school, but found comfort in an imaginary world where he had machine parts, and no biological organs or emotions.  Later he went to MIT and IBM, and invented "connectionless" network design, which is used in today's Internet.  While reading it, I felt it is almost like a featured documentary.  In… Read More

How to Clean iPad Screen? post image

With children using the iPad, it is unavoidable to have a dirty screen every now and then, and sometimes even got food on it. How to clean the screen safely? What to do before cleaning: 1. Unplug all cables 2. Turn off iPad by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button, and then sliding the onscreen slider. 3. Take the iPad cover off if necessary. 4. Blow away any solid particles on the screen. Otherwise, you may get scratches on the… Read More