[prweb] Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of mobile phone and tablet accessories have sourced the Speck iGuy iPad case: the perfect case for child-proofing the iPad.
As more and more educational apps become available on the iPad, the greater of a learning tool it becomes for children. Therefore the iPad needs child-proofing to prevent any accidental damage from bumps and drops, which is where the Speck iGuy case steps in.
Manufactured from a strong foam style material, the iGuy iPad 4 case looks like a character with its arms and legs, making it a great companion for children when using the iPad. It’s huggable too and thanks to the foam design can be dropped, squeezed and knocked over without causing any damage to the precious and expensive iPad.
The arms and legs of the Speck iGuy allow the iPad to be carried easily by children and also mean that it can be stood up, which is great for when videos and media is being streamed through the device. The ability to stand the iPad up which in the iPad 4 cover also means that children don’t need to holding it at all times and can sit more comfortably when media is being streamed.
Ensuring that all the features and ports of the iPad can be fully accessed whilst using the iGuy, the cover includes the cut-outs for charger, camera headphone port, meaning that other iPad 4 accessories can still be used with the iGuy case. The iGuy does come with a cover for the camera lens, just to add that extra layer of protection to the lens and to prevent it from becoming scratched.
Allowing parents to leave children with the iPad without fear of it being broken, the Speck iGuy case is available from Mobile Fun now.
[prMac.com] Warsaw, Poland – RosMedia today is pleased to announce the release of 123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 for Mac. One of the largest kid’s apps available, it features 6 interactive animated games in the following categories: Alphabet, Numbers, Sounds & Words, Shapes, Animals, and Break Balloons. Each of the first 4 categories includes both Learning and Playing modes. Filled with countless hours of fun and educational value.
Really seven games in one, 123 Kids Fun GAMES is a “Best Of” collection taken from RosMedia’s more than 100 App Store and 10 Mac App Store listings. The company’s humorous and engaging illustrations and animations have made it a leader in kid’s games internationally. Interactive, talking characters include cartoon cats, mice, ducks, monkeys, frogs, bears, dogs, and more. All aspects of learning and gameplay take place outdoors in nature, and the process of gaining valuable skills is as effortless and enjoyable as noticing the billowy clouds or fields of sunflowers.
In the Alphabet category, kids see an object, read the text, and hear it aloud, “‘A’ is for Apple.” Touch the “A” and the name of the letter is heard. Touch the word “Apple” and it is pronounced to hear. Touch the big red apple, and a friendly worm appears from inside, as he is heard munching. Through all 26 letters, kids can touch & hear the names of all the letters and sample words that begin with that letter. Alphabet games let kids test their skills by dragging objects onto the appropriate letter or popping the right balloon, so that the lion can catch the correct object in his letter labeled basket.
Just as kids learn the name and sound of letters in the Alphabet category, in the Number category, they practice the name and sound of numerals from 1 to 10. Players repeatedly count groups of identical objects, establishing the relationship between number and quantity. Players can count candles on a cake in any order; each time they touch a candle its number is heard aloud and its flame is blown out. A wonderful toy train animation lets kids fill train cars with the correct number of objects.
A playful tabby with a megaphone announces the picture and matching word, with knowledge of more than 100 examples. Touch the picture and hear the duck quack; move backward or forward through the list by touching an arrow. The Sounds & Words game includes the same objects that have been introduced, allowing young students to practice selecting the “Xylophone” from a group of two other familiar objects.
Perhaps most challenging of all is the Shapes category, where kids are introduced to such terms as Rectangle, Rhombus, Arrow, Clover, Star, and Circle. Shapes only become visible after users play connect-the-dots, which creates the shape outlined. The special effects are eye-catching, and characters display a personality of their own, complete with facial expression and sound. In the Shapes game, players choose the right shape from a group of three different objects that are examples of the shape.
In a lighter vein, the Animals game lets kids scroll through the front, middle, and back of many different animals seen in profile. Match the correct three sections and win. Finally, The Break Balloons game challenges players to break balloons before they float off-screen.
* 6 different games and 4 different learning modules in a single app
* Discover the relationship between sounds/letters, sounds/words, words/objects, numbers/words, and numerals/counting
* Carefree fun with no time limits or penalties
* No ads or in-app purchases
* The joy of play and the joy of learning effectively combined
“123 Kids Fun GAMES is one of the largest apps on the Mac App Store capable of teaching the fundamentals of the English language to the youngest of children,” stated Martin Baldowski of RosMedia. “Learn Alphabet, Numbers, Animals, Sounds and Words. Have fun with awesome Educational Games. Play and enjoy simple colorful activities!”
* OS X 10.8 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 64.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
123 Kids Fun GAMES 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available on request.
Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB
Based in Warsaw, Poland, RosMedia was co-founded by Robert Smalcerz and Martin Baldowski in 2003. During the company’s first 5 years, they were one of the largest distributor of movies for kids in Poland. They participated in Film Festivals and Fairs (e.g., MIPCOM Cannes, WCM Prague, DISCOP Budapest). RosMedia produced CDs and DVDs. Now CD and DVD distribution is a small part of their activity. In 2008, they entered the app development market. They love sports, and have sponsored the Polish National Basketball team, a Polish Speedway Rider, and their own junior basketball team. Their app development team includes 5 graphic designers and 7 Xcode programmers. Most of their apps are for kids, but they also make apps for/with Polish Scientific Publishers PWN/ Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN S.A. They are the major and most renowned Central European publisher of scientific, educational, and professional titles. Copyright (C) 2003-2013 RosMedia. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
[prMac.com] Wilmette, Illinois – MyDigitalFamily has announced ZillyDilly 2.1 for iPad, an update to its web browser for kids, whose use promotes children’s emotional and intellectual growth, while eliminating unhealthy influences and overconsumption of media. The app features flexible Media Plans that kids and parents create together, based on the recommendations and rankings of web sites by media expert and renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Eitan Schwarz. The iPad app helps kids ages 2 to 17 stick to a balanced, healthful, media diet.
* World’s first expert-curated browser for children
* Expert review and ranking of online games and websites for kids
* Media Plans that offer a balanced, healthful, media diet
* Fully customizable by the parent, teacher or other caregiver
* Kids love exploring all the iPad activities available through ZillyDilly
Key to the Media Plans created by ZillyDilly are GOs, Growth Opportunities, afforded by select games and web sites. The cartoon caricature of Dr. S introduces parents and kids to five different smiley-faced friends. These friends represent the five different categories of content in each kid’s personal Media Plan. ZillyDilly provides recommendations regarding the amount of time the child should spend in each of the five categories weekly, tracks their usage, displays time remaining, and disables access when the goal is reached. The app allows users to follow the Media Plan that is automatically generated based on the sex and age of the child, or users can customize their Plan by substituting items from a list of approved web sites and games.
The Five Growth Opportunity Icons: Friends that Help Structure the Media Plan
* Family – these friends have websites to help families stay close
* Talking – these show how to behave with other kids, grownups and strangers
* Citizen – this one shows us about caring, doing good things, being kind to animals, and protecting the environment
* Student – this friend has websites to make your brain strong and body healthy
* Playing – and this one is just for having fun
Dr. Eitan Schwarz, recognized media expert and author of the critically acclaimed book, “Kids, Parents & Technology: A Guide for Young Families,” has created the world’s first expert-curated browser for children. The app provides a portal to more than 70 online video games and hundreds of fully functional, handpicked websites. Dr. Schwarz and his staff have devoted much effort refining their proprietary child- and family-centered rating system at the heart of ZillyDilly.
All websites are rated for safety and efficacy by age group. Sites are scored according to 30 weighted criteria in each of several categories that include safety, Growth Opportunities, esthetics, parent/teacher resources, and other information. For example, scores for sites with distracting ads and other ways to navigate or wander off-task are adjusted for intended age, with heavier penalties assessed sites intended for younger children. On the other hand, awards, favorable reviews, excellence in delivering distraction-free Growth Opportunities, favorable purchaser comments, and bilingual content enhance a site’s total score. All sites are ranked by score, and only listed sites will come up in the browser.
Evidence continues to mount that interactive tablets do not pose the same health risks to toddlers and preschoolers as television does. Unlike television, which can damage psychological development, touchscreen devices – like tablets – have been found to promote learning. Recent research has shown that touchscreens can enhance learning and that calm, creative activities on the touchscreen, such as painting, were similar to their real world counterparts in that they “do not seem to adversely affect children’s behavior or attention in the short term.”
With its unprecedented ability to capture and hold the attention of kids, the iPad is potentially a tool for greatly enhancing learning and development at every stage of growth from age two onwards. Moreover, tablets are an essential part of preparing kids for a lifetime of responsible technology use, as these devices become increasingly a part of everyday life at school and at home.
Unfortunately, the iPad’s immense potential as a positive influence in the lives of children is matched only by the challenge of realizing that potential, given the risk-filled, utterly chaotic universe of the World Wide Web. ZillyDilly is a revolutionary meta-app designed especially to harness the positive potential of the Internet for human growth. It is designed to empower parents with an easy and effective method of providing their child with all of the best the iPad has to offer.
“As a practicing physician specializing in child, family and adolescent psychiatry, I have listened to countless parents express their frustration over the lack of authoritative guidance regarding the many hours their children spend online,” commented Eitan D. Schwarz MD, founder of MyDigitalFamily. “ZillyDilly offers a practical, well-tested solution. It will convince your child that the iPad is much more than a game delivery system and that exhilarating, fulfilling Growth Opportunities await online.”
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 0.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
ZillyDilly for iPad 2.1 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. With free updates, the app allows the user to create a Media Plan for one child. Additional Media Plans can be added through an in-app purchase of $4.99 (USD) per child. Review copies are available on request.
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ZillyDilly for iPad
by MyDigitalFamily, Ltd.
Category: Education, Lifestyle
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: 1.02 MB
MyDigitalFamily, Ltd. in Wilmette, Illinois was founded in 2012 as a bootstrap startup by Eitan D. Schwarz MD, DLFAPA, FAACAP, aligning technology to benefit kids and families and empower and educate parents to teach children good media consumption habits. ZillyDilly is their first product in an area currently in chaos. Dr. S (R) continues in his 42nd year of practicing child, family and adolescent psychiatry. He is double-boarded, an author, a member of the faculty at Northwestern University Medical School, and an expert and researcher in kids’ media consumption. Copyright (C) 2012-2013 MyDigitalFamily, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
London and New York January 14, 2013 Independent publisher Nosy Crow is celebrating Penguin Awareness Day, on January 20th, with a weekend price drop on the App Store for its award-winning life science storybook app Rounds: Parker Penguin. For the weekend of January 18 – January 21 the app will cost $1.99/ £1.49 / €1.59, reduced from its full price of $4.99/ £2.99/ €3.99.
Combining narrative storytelling with lots of educational information and interactive fun, Rounds: Parker Penguin is a perfect way to learn more about the Antarctic species for the global annual Penguin Awareness Day. The app takes the reader through the stages of a penguin’s life from birth to parenthood, allowing a child to help Parker grow up, move around the Antarctic environment on land and in the water, hunt, avoid predators, march to his breeding ground, meet a mate, protect an egg and hatch a chick before starting all over again with Parker’s son.
Rounds: Parker Penguin has:
- Well-researched and accurate educational content
- An age-appropriate story told in accessible and carefully-chosen language
- Stylish but child-friendly graphics – the circular story is told using art made of circles and parts of circles
- Hundreds of interactive elements triggered by tapping, swiping and tipping the screen (tipping the screen helps Parker slide around the Antarctic slopes on his belly and dive into the water, for example)
- Hundreds of lines of dialogue voiced by child actors
- Rich animation (you can watch the penguins do their mating dance, for example)
- Original music by BAFTA award-winning composer, Robin Beanland
- Recipient of an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review
“Rounds: Parker Penguin and Penguin Awareness Day are a perfect match,” said Tom Bonnick, Digital Project and Marketing Manager for Nosy Crow. “This felt like a great occasion to celebrate with a promotion for the app – we hope it means that even more people will have fun learning about penguins with Parker.”
Availability and Pricing
Rounds: Parker Penguin App will be available for $1.99 (£1.49) from January 18 to January 21 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and will return to its full price of $4.99 (£2.99) thereafter.
Compatible with all iPads. For iPhone and iPod touch, requires minimum iPhone 3GS or 3rd generation iPod touch running iOS 3.1.3 or higher.
About Nosy Crow
Nosy Crow is a London-based children’s book and app publisher founded in 2010 by veterans of the children’s publishing industry working who brought on board experienced electronic games developers. It published 23 books/ebooks and three apps in 2011, and will publish 36 books/ebooks and nine apps in 2012. It was named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2012 Independent Publishing Awards. In the U.S. and Canada, the Nosy Crow imprint is published under the umbrella of Candlewick Press. In Australia and New Zealand, Nosy Crow partners with Allen and Unwin. Nosy Crow believes in encouraging children to read for pleasure, whatever reading material and whatever reading experience they choose.
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Rounds: Parker Penguin
by Nosy Crow
Category: Education, Books
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
Size: 176.63 MB