The 5 best-selling Dr. Seuss iPad storybook apps are on sale today for just 99 cents. The 5 are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
The 5 titles are all published by Oceanhouse Media. I’ve written about these Dr. Seuss storybook apps for the iPad many times here. They are wonderful, true to the original, renderings of these classics for the iPad. They use original imagery from the books and serve as a great way to keep these titles fresh and popular with the generations of kids who are growing up with both digital and physical books.
The sale is in honor of Dr’’. Seuss;s birthday, which is today. In addition to the 5 titles at 99 cents, Oceanhouse also has all 44 of their Dr. Seuss books on sale at at least $1 off. The sale goes on until Thursday March 6.
You can check out all of these great titles and take advantage of the sale prices right now by just searching for ‘Oceanhouse Media’ in the App Store.
Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Even many of those who develop for other devices and platforms frequently make great efforts to optimize their apps for the iPad in particular.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link at the end of this post and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s picks is Wordsalad – Your Salads, redefined – School Edition. That’s a heck of a long name for a heck of a nice app, which I’m just going to refer to as Wordsalad for the rest of this post.
Wordsalad is touted as ‘Word Clouds Redefined’ – and it makes it easy to create ‘salads’ of words on a particular topic.
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Google’s Hangouts app for iPad and iOS was updated yesterday, to Version 2.0.0. With this update the app is optimized for iOS 7 and also ‘fully optimized’ for the iPad.
That fully optimized for iPad part suggests a major makeover – because this app has been an ugly mess on the iPad. It was comically bad when initially released, so just about anything would be an improvement. I’ve had a quick look at the app on the iPad this morning and it does look much better, though it’s still not going to win any UI awards.
It looks perfectly usable now though – which is a step up in this case. Here’s the full change list for this 2.0.0 update:
– Fully-optimized for the iPad, including picture-in-picture video calling
– Animated stickers that help you share exactly how you’re feeling
– Record and send video messages up to 10 seconds long
– Send a map of your current location
– Optimized for iOS 7
Hopefully Google will continue to improve this app on the iPad.
The NBA Game Time for iPad 2013-2014 app was updated again yesterday, adding a superb looking new section titled ‘Classic Games’.
The new section, as the name suggests, features videos from some classic NBA games from past decades. There are currently around 20 videos in the section, ranging from one from the 1960s (Celtics vs. Lakers) to a couple from the year 2001.
Just looking at some of the players and the moments featured in these is a great walk down NBA Memory Lane. Kareem when he was still Lew Alcindor; Oscar Robertson; an ABA dunk contest; an All-Star game where Magic has over 20 assists, playoff battles; a dominant performance by Charles Barkley, and more.
Unfortunately, access to the new section requires that you have an NBA League Pass. I was hopeful that the ‘Mobile’ level League Pass (priced at $27) might be enough to get the feature – but it turns out that will only get you access on an iPhone or Android phone. For the iPad, Android tablets, or a computer you need a ‘Broadband’ League Pass, starting at $65.
That seems quite a big premium for the step-up from phone to tablet viewing. Too steep for me, much as I love those old games.
Disney Movies Anywhere is a new iPad app that lets you buy and stream movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel on the iPad. It’s a companion app to Disney’s new online service and offers a large catalog of films from the three studios.
Here are some of the app’s notable features:
•Watch your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies everywhere you go!
•Build your digital movie collection with a library of hundreds of videos to choose from… more coming soon!
•Get new movies directly through the app or redeem your Disney digital copies.
•Access exclusive Disney content for free – original programming, never-before-seen videos and much more…
•Watch movies while connected or download movies to your device for offline viewing.
•Earn Disney Movie Rewards points for every digital transaction.
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