Developer Interview with Nehama Appel of Pinpoint Design



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Today’s interview is with Nehama Appel of Pinpoint Design.  Please visit their website.

 

Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a self-employed working mother, specializing in graphic and web design. I have two active boys, ages 3.5 and 1.5, and it was my younger son who was the inspiration for my app, Babysitting Pro, which helps parents and babysitters, nannies, or au pairs communicate.

How did the idea for your app come about?

I used to be frustrated with my younger son’s babysitter. She was a loving caregiver, but not good at reporting details. I’d want to know when he woke up, so I’d know when he was getting tired, and she couldn’t remember, or she couldn’t remember how much he’d eaten, etc. This scenario repeated itself with multiple caregivers–I really liked them, but communication needed to be improved.

And how long was the process from the original idea to the release of the app?

It took about 8 months–much longer than anticipated. The most exciting part of any project is the beginning, exploring possibilities, mapping out functionality, and getting the vision right. Then comes the tedious, detailed work, of getting everything just so.

Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?

I outsourced the development, as I myself am not a developer and I wanted people who were experts in their field.

What has been the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in the development process?

Bug-testing, no question! Testing across multiple devices and scenarios, and making sure that every single feature was operating smoothly. I am not naturally a detail-oriented person, so it took a lot of effort to do it well.

Have you had much support during the development process (from family, peers, Apple Inc.)?

My sisters-in-law, both working moms themselves, were among my biggest testers and cheerleaders. In general, everyone I discussed it with was highly supportive of the concept.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?

I do have a lot of great features planned for the future updates of Babysitting Pro, as well as further app ideas for the general public, not necessarily kid-related.
While this app was an uphill learning curve, I’ve come to really understand the process and am excited to start it again.

What sort of feedback has your app been receiving so far?

Very positive! Parents are much more at ease when they know that their kids’ nanny is keeping track of their day, and babysitters/au pairs etc seem to like the organizational aspect.

And finally, what advice would you give to anyone considering creating their own app?

Your final product will only be as good as your developer and your communication with him/her. Make sure to choose someone good that you can communicate comfortably.

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!


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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

News: Griffin Showcases Newest Additions to Popular Youth, Power and Fashion Collections at CES 2014

Griffin Showcases Newest Additions to Popular Youth, Power and Fashion Collections at CES 2014

Las Vegas – January 5, 2014 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, is rolling out new accessories that protect, enhance and add style to your mobile devices. From gadgets that entertain, to space-efficient power solutions, to fashion-forward and youth-focused mobile accessories, Griffin continues to be a driving force across a variety of consumer categories.

On display at CES 2014 is Griffin’s newest AppPowered toy – MOTO TC Rally, which debuted this holiday season. Griffin’s booth will feature a large, 14’ x 9’ elevated racetrack with banked corners that will encourage CES attendees to take MOTO TC Rally for a spin around the track. The new remote-controlled race car connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE v4.0) and features super quick maneuvering capabilities via proportional steering; impact sensors that detect bumps and crashes changing the way the car handles; a fully independent, shock-absorbing suspension; power rear-wheel drive; and ground effect lighting.

Drivers can race one of two ways: ‘Race the Clock’ either solo or with friends to beat their best time using the included Lap Counter; or ‘Bump ‘n Run,’ allowing drivers to dish out virtual damage and earn points for attacks on their opponent’s car. Attacks include reducing an opponent’s speed (‘Snare’), tampering with a friend’s controls (‘Randomize’), and flipping their steering wheel (‘Flip’). The more damage a car incurs, the harder it is to drive. The app also includes bonuses to repair damage, add protective armor, and much more.

MOTO TC Rally and HELO TC Chopper both require iOS 6.0 or later and are compatible with iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd & 4th generations), iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina Display.

In addition to AppPowered toys, Griffin is expanding its soft and squishy KaZoo line, themed after lovable animals. New to launch at CES are KaZoo chargers, KaZoo iPad mini cases and a KaZoo stylus collection. Leading the lineup is the KaZoo Elephant Wall Charger for Lightning devices. This cute wall charger works in any AC outlet from 100 to 240 volts and is optimized to deliver fast, safe charging levels at 10 watts to all iPhone, iPad, and iPod models with Apple’s Lightning connector. KaZoo Elephant Wall Charger will be available this March for $29.99.

With the KaZoo for iPad mini, kids can now take their favorite zoo animal with them wherever they go. Made of durable, soft silicone, the KaZoo iPad mini cases stand upright on sturdy feet, positioning the device optimally for watching videos. The cases’s hollowed-out feet double as a convenient storage space for one of the new KaZoo styluses. KaZoo for iPad mini will come in three different animal friends, giraffe, panda and fox, and are available now for $39.99 each.

Write, sketch, tap and play with your iPad, iPhone, iPod or any other touchscreen using Griffin’s new KaZoo Stylus. The high-sensitivity stylus collection prevents scratches and smudges on touchscreens and is styled after a variety of fun animal friends including a monkey, turtle, penguin and elephant. The monkey and turtle KaZoo Styluses, $19.99 each, are available now, with additional animals slated to hit retail in March.

As a leader in the mobile power and connectivity space, Griffin’s booth will have a dedicated charging station featuring MultiDock, their premium business solution for charging, syncing, and docking multiple devices. Ideal for deployment in schools, businesses, and enterprise settings, MultiDock is available in two configurations: a single 10 bay unit and a stacked 30 bay cart complete with smooth rolling wheels, a handle and a lockable laptop tray. Six MultiDock units, capable of charging up to 60 devices at once, will be featured at Griffin’s CES booth, offering attendees a much-needed opportunity to charge their iOS, Android and other mobile devices on the showfloor.

Rounding out the new products on display is Griffin’s Spring 2014 fashion collection, comprising cases, styluses and screen care kits inspired by the latest motifs, patterns and color trends from around the globe. Mix-and-match accessories for Apple and Android devices come in a variety of bold prints and colors to accent any style, while providing the same level of protection and functionality many have come to expect from Griffin. Among the new case lineup is the Identity case collection, Journal folios, In the Jungle cases with playful animal prints, rhinestone-bedazzled Karats cases, Midtown Wallet cases, and fresh new zebra and polka dot Survivor designs, among others.

About Griffin Technology

Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Rom and the whale of dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

Beautiful illustrations and story about a boy named Rom and a whale that he sees in his dreams and seeks to find him.  We loved the interactivity of the book and the illustrations which sprang to life at the touch of a finger

What we’d love to see…

the ability to have both translations read at the same time as well as having the translation a bit easier to read instead of tucked at the bottom of the page

Summary

Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Our Rating

Rom and the whale of dreamsRom and the Whale of Dreams by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd is a interactive storybook app designed for iPad featuring the story of Rom and a dream that he has about a whale night after night.  Rom told his parents about his dreams which kept coming back night after night – which was remarkable since no one in the kingdom had had a dream for over 1,000 years.  Rom begins a search for the magical whale and borrowed his father’s horse.  The app features translation from English, Spanish and Chinese and highlights specific words from the text to feature them as part of the translation.  Belmontis was founded by a husband and wife dream to help their daughter learn about the global culture.

This story featuring Rom has beautiful illustrations and narration as well as a variety of touchable animations that help bring the story to life for the readers. The text for the story is a bit different from the standard as it moves around the story rather than being the standard lines of text you would expect in a standard storybook.  We loved reading about all the kites and journeys as well as their imagination when the whale first appeared in Rom’s story.  My favorite part was touching the illustrations and seeing them come to life, as well as allowing my imagination to come to life during the story.   We read the story first in English and then in Spanish so that we could hear both translations.

iPad Screenshot 3In terms of enhancements, I would like to see an option to have both the text read in the regular language as well as in the translation.  Currently the translation is on the bottom of the page and can be a bit hard to read as it is in white text on a grey box that it is quite small. I also found that several times the page arrows covered up the text making it hard for the reader to follow along with the text.   Another enhancement I would like to see is the ability to have the text re-read after the page is read – there were a few times that I touched on the animation only to find that it flipped the page.  After a sneeze from Rom, the whale has been freed from dreams and the people of Malba are again able to sleep. It would be fun if the storybook had a “sneeze” sound to go along with the text.

The app features no external links or in-app purchases and is aimed toward elementary school aged children and older.  It is a great way to expose children to a second language via  storybook.  The English narration as well as the Spanish narration were well done and the language spoken.  Beautifully illustrated storybook app featuring the story of a boy and how he brought dreams back to his town.  Illustrations are spectacular and it is a great way to expose children to multiple languages as well.

Rom and the whale of dreams
Rom and the whale of dreams
by BelMontis Publishers Pte. Ltd.

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 206.81 MB

$2.99USD

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Pregnancy & Baby | What to Expect By Everyday Health, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

Provides great information week by week on your pregnancy that is reliable and informative

What we’d love to see…

How to explain pregnancy to kids, a searchable listing of foods and medications during pregnancy

Summary

Thoughtful app that incorporates many of the things that you wish to know in pregnancy all in one spot

Our Rating

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From the makers of What to Expect When you are Expecting, comes “Pregnancy & Baby What to Expect”. This app designed for iOS features a week by week look at pregnancy which you can calculate using your due date and includes helpful tips, videos, foods that you can eat as well as a journal and access to online communities. This one size fits all app, provides a wealth of information all in your smartphone or tablet for you to view and review at your leisure including specific facts about your pregnancy that week, a video of what is going on during the week, common signs and symptoms an expecting mom can expect as well as access to online chat board communities.

The app provides information on a weekly basis that either compares your pregnancy to a fruit or vegetable. In addition, with the new update it includes a short video snippet of what to expect in the upcoming week as well as common symptoms and recommendations on articles to read as well as access to a journal where you can save pictures of your belly to do a slide show over time as well as access to a variety of online communities to talk with other pregnant mothers about a variety of topics. I also think it’s wonderful that the authors took a digital book and made it into an app so that you can have it in your pocket and at a glace learn the latest information about your pregnancy and how the baby is growing.

I would love to see a for kids section, as explaining pregnancy and growth to children is something they have many questions about.  In addition, a listing of safe foods or foods to avoid during pregnancy as well as medications would be a helpful supplement as well.

This app is definitely for parents and it contains external links (to articles), advertising as well as internet links to communities. There are no in-app purchases which lead to the iTunes library that I have found.

Pregnancy & Baby Tracker Pregnancy & Baby Tracker by Everyday Health, Inc.
Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 115.06 MB

$FREE

Note: This app is not designed to replace your doctor – please be sure to discuss any concerns and questions about your pregnancy with your healthcare provider.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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