As a busy parent, we love our accessories for our devices. Below we have highlighted a few of our favorites for our Dad’s, Grads and anyone else special in your life. All of the accessories work with a variety of tablets and smartphones including Apple, Android and more.
BlueBuds X from JayBird As a busy Mom, I like knowing that I can get my workout in – without having to worry about being tethered to my iPhone while listening to my favorite music on Pandora. BlueBuds X from Jaybird are Bluetooth enabled earbuds that allow you to stash your iPhone or device safely in a pocket while listening to your music and doing your workout at the same time. I love the long battery life (8 hours so you can go all week without needing a charge!), secure fit (plus the ability to take an occasional call during my walks) as well as the fact that I don’t have to worry about tangling my headphones during exercise. They have a great case to store in as well when you are not using them. We tested these with a wide variety of music and loved them! Available fromJayBird,Amazon and other retailers. RRP: $169
Seagate Wireless Plus from Seagate Great device for storing movies, documents, videos on the go and a fantastic alternative to bringing a portable DVD player on trips. This device will work for many including families, travellers or anyone with an overflowing smartphone or tablet. Portable easy to use wireless solution for storing movies, videos, pictures all without having to take up space on your device. Also loved it streamed to three devices at once and the ability to only have to connect once Available from Seagate, Amazon and many retailers. RRP: US$199.99. Read our full review here
Room Rocker from ION Audio As a family we love music. I was really excited to try out the Room Rocker from iON over the past month and our family is in love with it! This speaker, which now resides in our living room has essentially replaced our music system downstairs. We have our music collection on CD as well as iTunes and listening to it with our devices was great, but it didn’t really carry throughout the house. The Room Rocker allows you to stream music from your bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop or there is a port where you can plug in a separate device like an MP3 player or cellphone and play it through the speaker. We used it to play music from our iTunes collection as well as streaming Pandora and it sounded fantastic! The sound in the speaker is much better than we had originally anticipated and it fills the room with great sound! Available fromION Audio, Amazon and many other retailers RRP $149.99. Read our full review here
Kensington Contour™ Overnight Backpack It is a very well designed overnight laptop bag, comfortable to carry, ruggedly made, with lots of cargo space. It is very well organized and well designed for simplifying airport security. The rear compartment contains the laptop compartment, which fits a laptop up to 15.6″; and the liquids pouch. It has a double zipper that allows the bag to lie flat with the laptop compartment and liquids pouch separate making it easy to put through the x-ray machine at airport security. The middle compartment has room for clothes and all his overnight essentials. The front two pockets organize his smart phone, keys, pens, credit cards, charging cables, backup batteries and other essentials. I love this backpack and highly recommend it. Perfect for the business traveller on an overnight trip. Available from many retailers including Amazon.com Kensington Contour Backpack and Laptop Case for Laptops up to 15.6 Inches (K62594AM) RRP: $89. Read our full review here
FrameShift Pro The FrameShift Pro by Insanely Great Products is designed for business use, using the iPad in the home office, using at a trade show, cooking in the kitchen and more. The FrameShift Pro allows you to mount the iPad 2/3/4 in the stand to a table or countertop (with no tools!) and even allows you to route a charging cable in through the back of the frame, allowing your iPad to be topped with energy all day to stream video, watch video’s, mirror your iPad onto a monitor for a demonstration and more. Available from: Insanely Great ProductsRRP $150.00 Read our full review here
Timbuk2 Slide Backpack for MacBook Pro and iPad The Timbuk2 Slide Backpack by Timbuk2 is a stylish, easy to carry backpack for busy parents and families on the go. It easily carries your idevices and accessories all in a compact lightweight bag that is waterproof and ready for all of the elements. 15″ Slide Backpack for Macbook Pro and iPad is a perfect fit for busy moms and dad’s on the go! The slim backpack has two pockets inside one for a laptop up to 15 inches and a second padded pocket which will hold an iPad. Timbuk2 based in San Francisco, California was started in 1989 by a bike messenger named Rob Honeycutt after he had trouble finding a bag to suit his needs as a messenger. Bags from Timbuk2 offer a lifetime warranty on the backpack and many are able to be customized, other products include luggage, messenger bags and laptop bags.RRP: US$79.95 Read our full review here
Breffo Spiderpodium If you are looking for a smart phone holder you can take anywhere, the British-made Spiderpodium by Breffo is a great choice. It is very lightweight and portable, made of soft-touch rubber coated steel but what makes it unique is its eight really flexible legs. They easily bend to any shape you need, and fold flat for storage. They can snugly hold your device, be straight, curved or curled around.The legs allow you to use it as a desk stand, connect it to a bike handlebar, a windsurfer, the air vents on your car dashboard or where ever you want to attach your phone. As well as holding just about any smart phone you can also use it with a GPS device and with the optional camera mount kit you can even use it as a tripod or mount for your camera too. There is also a bigger version available for iPads and other tablets- the Spiderpodium Tablet. It is available in a variety of colors and is a great solution for the active man on the go to take his smart phone, GPS or camera anywhere. Available fromBreffo.com RRP: US $19.99, $30 with the camera mount .(Tablet version is $34.99). Read our full review here
Cygnett Workmate iPhone case The Cygnett WorkMate case for combines a heavy duty shell and impact resistant inner to defend your iPhone at work or play. Made tough for harsh environments, the WorkMate offers excellent protection from inevitable drops and knocks. The slim fit, dual material case is pocket-friendly and sure to be a favourite of the tradies. There’s access to all buttons and functions and a screen protector included. Available from Cygnett, Amazon and other retailersRRP: US$25.00 Read our full review here
Stone 3 Universal 7800mAh Extended Battery
The Stone 3 is one of a range of back up batteries available from Powerocks. The Stone 3 capable of recharging two devices at a time and is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. It measures approximately 3″ x 3″ x 1″ and weighs approximately 250gm (about 1/2lb), making it lightweight and portable enough to easily slip in a briefcase or bag. It comes with a charging cable for charging from a USB port, and a drawstring carrying bag that has a separate section for cables. We love that it is compatible with a range of devices, can charge an iPad and iPhone at the same time, is capable of charging an iPad to 80% charge and comes with carrying bag. A great solution for charging on the go. Available from Powerocksusa.com , Amazon: Powerocks Stone 3 Universal 7800mAh Extended Batteryor other retailers Cost $47-99. Read our full review here.
ApoTop DW09 Wi-ReaderThe DW09 Wi-Reader is an incredibly useful gadget in a very portable package, it weights only 2 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. It allows easy wireless transfer of photos, videos, music and documents to and from tablets and smart phones. You can easily share these files with friends using the free Wi-reader app. It is compatible with SD cards and USB drives. You can store your photos, videos and music on a USB drive, freeing up space on your iPad or iPhone then wirelessly stream it from the DW09 to up to 3 devices at once. It also makes it easy to download or upload photos from a SD card to and from your iPad or iPhone and converts wired internet into wireless. Available online from New Egg for US$79.99. Read our full review here
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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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“To This Day” is based on a powerful anti-bullying themed spoken word poem, written and performed by Shane Koyczan, and animated by dozens of different animators. Every viewing and experience of the poem in the app is unique thanks to randomly selected animated clip variations for most of the poem’s stanzas. Record your own version of the poem, share your favorite stanzas with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and Email and more. It’s getting lots of good feedback and its storming the charts. Help spread this powerfully presented & timely message.
Says Shane: “My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. I wrote To This Day, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point…. A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.”
Watch and share this inspiring talk by Shane with your older kids and youth that you work with. You won’t regret it.
To This Day
by Moving Tales inc
Category: Education, 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: 246.76 MB
Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.
easy to use app which provides you with the ability to take photos and make reports with them and submit them for publication via the app
What we’d love to see…
more instructions on what types of pictures to take
If you enjoy taking photos – and have many trapped on your device, you should consider trying out Clashot and uploading them for others to see and possibly buy.
Do you enjoy taking photographs using your iPhone? Do you wish you could make a little bit of money selling them as stock photography? A new app, Clashot by Depositphotos is a mobile app that allows you to take or use photos that you have taken and then you can upload them to a database of stock photography enabling them to be sold to publications or to the general public. The app does require registration and acceptance of the terms and conditions which states that the photographs you upload are your own and not taken from someone else. The app features three options – “wizard” which helps you compile your photos together into a “report” where you can upload several photos of an event or item and then title it, describe it and then categorize it. You can do this with photos of specific events, nature or any types of photos. Other options include “feed” where you can see the photos other have taken, “camera” where you can just take photos using the app, “profile” to see information about yourself and photos you have uploaded.
The app was easy and straightforward to use. I took a few photos using my olloclip lens of nature and tried out the various options in the app. The app asked for permission to view your camera roll – which you can turn on and off as you wish. I also liked that you could have a setting that would allow you to upload photos over wi-fi only which is great for saving your data plan. I also liked seeing the photos that others uploaded and reports that they provided.
Of note, I did have a few issues with the app crashing, but once I installed the update it seemed to work fine. You can also upload photos via the internet as well if you are having trouble with the app. I would also like to see a “tips” section of the app which provides information about the types of pictures that might sell or be best to include in your uploads.
If you enjoy taking photos – and have many trapped on your device, you should consider trying out Clashot and uploading them for others to see and possibly buy.
it’s versatility ,it can be used for so many things, great choice of stickers, backgrounds, art tools, sound effects, music and you can record your own narration and share books.
What we’d love to see…
Child proofing of “more apps” button, a “how to” or FAQ page for when you get stuck, picture scene backgrounds
an incredible tool for creating story books and I would highly recommend downloading it today.
Storybook Maker is an iPad only app from Merge Mobile. It is designed to make it simple for adults and children to create their own storybooks and to share them with others. As well as creating your own stories you can also use the app to access and download books created by others that are in the community library. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases or social media links but does have a “more apps” button which leads to iTunes and a feedback button, I would like to see these child proofed.
Creating a book is very simple – click “new book”, give it a working title and start creating! First create a Title Page, then you can choose from a variety of templates – blank, photo, multiple photos or various combinations of photo and text. The pages are always in portrait orientation,
Each page can have a white background or you can select from a wide choice of patterned, colored backgrounds (and choose how pale or strong the background is). There are also lots of different borders to choose from which can go around an image or a page. When selecting an image to go in a photo box on the page, you can choose an image from your photo album, take a photo with your device camera or choose from the huge sticker library. Images can be re-sized, rotated, duplicated and given background colors or borders. Merge Mobile are the developers of the “Clicky Sticky” line of sticker book apps, and a huge library of their stickers can be found in this app. As well as regular stickers it contains “physics stickers” which are balls, trucks etc. that really move once you have completed the page; it can be fun to incorporate one or two of these in the book to add an extra element of fun to it.
As well as adding photos and stickers you can also use the included art tools to draw your own pictures and even combine them with photos or stickers.
There are also lots of options for the text- there are a variety of font styles, sizes and colors to choose from and the text box can be resized, rotated, borders and background colors added and the text justification changed.
Each page can also have it’s own background music or sound effects (such as applause, ocean, jungle or night sounds) and the story maker can record their own narration.
To create a new page just click the + button and the current page is saved and you can create the next page. Your completed book is saved in your app library, but you can also share it with others. It can be sent as a PDF (with no sound or animations), sent as a book app to someone else who owns this app or added to the Storybook maker public library. Books are screened before being added to the public library and certain criteria must be met e.g. no pictures of people, private information or inappropriate content.
This app has no instructions you just dive in and start creating, most of how is use it is very intuitive, but sometimes there are things that I wish there were instructions for – for instance in drawing mode is there a way to hide the paint toolbar so you can color to the edge of the page? It also took me a while to figure out how to get a sticker to appear on a drawn background (it automatically goes behind the drawing and you have to click the settings cog and put it in front to be able to see it). Because of this I would like to see a page with a how to guide, for times when you get stuck. I do also find at times that it can be tricky to work on things close to the edge of the pages as the toolbars can get in the way, it would be nice to be able to hide these when needed. I’d also love to have some generic picture backgrounds added to the background options e.g. an underwater scene, a snowy landscape, a beach, a grassy meadow.
Overall, I am really impressed with this storybook maker. I love all the different options it has; it gives children (and adults) lots of room to express their creativity. With this one app you can make photo albums, embellished with text and stickers; make a travel journal; create photo collages; create storybooks with your own narration and background music; and create social stories to prepare your child for upcoming events. My nine-year old son quickly created his own storybooks from it, and I used it with my daughter to create a social story for her recent orthodontist appointment and to create fun stories too.
Although I have some suggestions for improvements I would like to see in future updates, it is already an incredible tool for creating story books and I would highly recommend downloading it today.
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
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