Star Walk Kids – Astronomy for Children is a brand new iPad app from the makers of the popular and award-winning Star Walk app. As the name suggests, Star Walk Kids is built with a focus on younger kids and making the content more accessible and engaging for them.
Just as its parent app does,Star Walk Kids lets you point the iPad at the sky and uses the iPad’s gyroscope to make the star map on the screen match the sky where you are. Of course in this version there is a cartoon-style interface and a kid-friendly narration style.
Here are some of the app’s key features, including some things that are not included in the app that may be pleasing to parents:
- Fun short animated films explain the most important cosmic phenomena in simple terms
- Amazing hand-picked space facts voiced by professional actors
- Engaging cartoon-style setting and simple controls
You will see where the ISS is at the moment, learn how to find North from where you are, why the Sun is so important, and more.
- Does not contain 3rd party ads.
- Does not contain in-app purchases.
- Does not contain integration with social networks.
- Uses restricted 3rd party analytics compliant with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, does not collect any personal information.
- Uses your location locally in the app to match the map to the sky above you.
Here’s an App Store link for Star Walk Kids; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.
GoodReader has been one of the most powerful and popular PDF / document handling apps for iOS for many years now. Today it’s got a brand new universal version for iPad and iPhone – GoodReader 4.
If you’ve used GoodReader you already know that it’s an excellent PDF reader app that offers a wealth of annotation capabilities and a comprehensive range of storage options – from FTP to Dropbox, Google Drive and numerous others.
GoodReader 4 brings an impressive set of new features to add to this already powerful app. These include:
- Insert blank pages for notes and drawings, solving the problem of not having enough space to annotate or draw images on a document
- Rearrange pages in a document
- Rotate individual pages – or even all of them
- Delete any pages from a document
- Extract individual pages as separate files, and split PDF files into halves – enabling a sub-set of pages to be shared as its own file
- Email individual pages rather than the entire document
- Append pages from other PDF files
- PDF Page Slider now shows page previews
- icon view for file browser, with larger previews
- collapsible tool area on the main screen
- “New PDF” button to create an empty file for your important notes and drawings
GoodReader 4 is a paid upgrade, though the developers have got it on sale initially at $2.99 to offer existing users a chance to upgrade at a discount (which is the best developers can do within Apple’s App Store rules). There’s also a Migration Assistant tool that helps users move all their files and settings from the old version of GoodReader.
Here’s an App Store link for GoodReader 4.
Fox’s hit animated comedy show ‘Family Guy’ has a brand new iPad game in the App Store – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.
Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the game:
After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite FG characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure from the writers of Family Guy. Or don’t, and regret it forever!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE: Play the “Fool’s Gold” quest line to help Peter realize his dream of becoming filthy rich! ONLY available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices!
If the game is 10% s funny as the show then it would still make for a hilarious bit of entertainment on the iPad. I installed it this morning just to take a quick peek – and I have to say the imagery and animations are pretty impressive.
Here’s what’s not so impressive to me right off the bat – the game is free but offers (or more like nearly demands) In-App purchases that range from $1.99 all the way up to $99.99. I’m a Family Guy fan and the game looks fun after just a few minutes with it, but I just can’t stand games that are almost immediately nagging you to pay up to move through them quicker – especially when there are In-App purchases at the huge numbers that are in this game.
Here’s an App Store link for Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. I’m sure we have plenty of Family Guy fans here – what do you think of this game, and any iPad game with iPad In-App purchases at the $50 and 100 levels?
Fantastical is my favourite iPhone calendar app by a long shot, so it’s with great pleasure that I share the release of the Fantastical for iPad.
All of the things I love about the Fantastical suite of apps are present here:
- the horizontal scrolling DayTicker
- the tidy list of upcoming events
- full Reminders support
- natural language parsing for events and tasks
The whole experience has been reimagined for the iPad as a dynamic dashboard. Fantastical for iPad looks similar enough to the iPhone and Mac versions to be familiar, but its design seems to have taken account that we use tablets differently than other devices.
The real standout feature for me here is the way you can pull the DayTicker down and turn it into a week view. I live and die by week views at my current position, and having one appear so dynamically is simply genius.
I still have to get my hands on the app, but I plan to write it up in a week or two. In the mean time, you can get your hands on Fantastical for iPad for $10 on the App Store.
BBC Sport app now has an iPad version. The app has been available on iOS for over a year, but as of last week it’s a universal app with a full version for the iPad.
This is great news if you’re a fan of great sports coverage, and especially of coverage that goes beyond just major US sports. Here’s a little of the App Store description of the app:
The official BBC Sport app is the sports fan’s guide to live sport news, stats, fixtures and results, curated by the BBC’s team of sport journalists. Users can also read articles and analysis, follow live scores and even customise and set quick links to favourite sports and football teams.
The app’s layout is fairly similar to the look of the BBC online Sports section. There’s a home page with top sports stories from around the world and a large number of dedicated sections for individual sports.
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