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ARTHUR’S BIG APP

“Arthur’s Big App” is based on the PBS kids TV show and has four games, such as a music game for pounding out a tune, create-your-own smoothie, library book shelving and freeze tag. It’s $3 for the iPhone/iPad.

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OUT OF THE POOL AND INTO THE MONEY

Creating smart phone apps for your business can save big bucks. We just found out about a pool maintenance company that saved $35,000 a year.

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STORY BUG

Story Bug  lets you share an ebook with a child from afar, while video chatting together on an iPad or iPhone. It’s free for the first two books, then $5 a month. Of course you could do this in Skype for free, but it’s kind of neat to be able to look down at a story page and in a corner of the screen there’s a small video chat window.  The books are aimed at babies and on up to age 6. Nice illustrations.

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YOUR RING IS LISTENING

You’d have to be living on Mars to be unaware of all the smart watches coming out this year. But did you know you could also get a smart ring?

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WEIRD BUT TRUE!

“Weird but True!” from the National Geographic. It’s a free kids app for iPhone/iPad/iPod that lets you in on some of Nature’s strangest secrets. Like: Cheetahs can change direction in mid air while chasing prey. Or so they say.

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APP HAPPY

Google the phrase “Chrome Web Store” to find lots of apps that will run right on your desktop. Here are a few nice freebies:

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YOUR PHONE IN BRIGHT SUNLIGHT

We’ve always loved the original Kindle’s “e-ink” screen. It’s easy to read in bright sunlight. Now there’s an InkCase Plus” that does the same thing for your smart phone.

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KARAOKE APP

“The Singing Machine Mobile” is an iPhone/iPad app for karaoke singing. There are 14 free songs to sing along with, with the lyrics showing up on your screen. We tried “America the Beautiful” and a few Beach Boys hits. For Android users, there’s the “Sing! Karaoke” app by Smule.

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SKIT!

“Skit!” is a fun app for kids who are enchanted with The Lego Movie. Use Lego characters like “WyldStyle” and “Good Cop” to make a brief cartoon. We didn’t like the results we got, but we may not be the right age.

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