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The first (5) apps to download after buying an iPhone

 

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When you’re setting up your new iPhone of the first time, you probably already have in mind at least a few apps you might want/need right away.  This is especially true for users who have owned previous iPhone versions.  However, maybe this year you’re buying your first iPhone and you’re not exactly sure where to start.  Or, perhaps you are switching from another mobile platform, and you might be unaware of some stellar apps that are only available on iOS.  This is where we can provide some guidance, and suggestions based on years of experience and trial and error from our own interaction with the App Store.

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Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 2

 

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This is Part 2 of my rundown on Coding with Your Kids on an iPad. Part 1 highlighted iPad apps that teach younger children the concepts behind programming. The following apps take these concepts further and introduce different elements to learning how to code. These apps are suitable for children aged 10-18 (or beyond!).

Hakitzu

Free + in-app purchases

Hakitzu is a fiendishly addictive app which teaches the essentials of Javascript. The premise of the game is you have to use Javascript commands to move robots around an arena to do battle, Robot Wars style. It’s a turn based game in which you are given a series of challenges like, ‘eliminate all enemies in one turn’. You then have to use your knowledge of Javascript to do this. You are also rewarded by coding efficiently, using less code to accomplish a task gets you more points. This is a nice nod to the ‘real world’ of programming where programmers want to avoid bloated code wherever possible.

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As you progress through Hakitzu, you can gain points which you can use to upgrade your robots with different weaponry and costumes.

I’ve used this app in the classroom and set up small teams to enable the students to have a ‘code off’ against each other. The nature of the app certainly brings out the competitive element in the students. The knowledge and programming that takes place in the game can also be directly related to Javascript coding and if your child is interested in this, Hakitzu compliments it nicely.

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iPad 2: Thoughts on the Keynote

The day after an Apple Keynote is one for quiet reflection on and consolidation of the giddy announcements of the previous eve. The excitement of the moment, when you know that you are one of many many people focused inside the Reality Distortion Field, has gone. The energy pumping through your body while you process and relish new features, has faded. Left are the cold specs, pics on Apple’s webpages, the Keynote as podcast to enjoy, leisurely this time and lots to collectively digest in the blogosphere.

While watching the Keynote for a second time with my hubby tonight, I couldn’t help but admire Apple’s not so subtle message this time around. Last year, they took a bold mighty risk in launching the iPad, to much derision of the rest of the tech world (remember the sanitary napkins jokes anyone?) 15 million iPads sold later (and no, not just sell-in) the rest of the gang have launched, or are about to start shipping, their candidates, hoping to get a slice of the now potentially gigantic Tablet Economy pie. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – iPhone 4×4 (Use Case 23)

Yes, you're once, twice, four times an iPhone... and I love you!
Yes, you're once, twice, four times an iPhone... and I love you!

A great many iPhone apps would benefit from the larger screen real estate provided by the iPad. However, there are quite a few apps that are fine in their current format. In one of my many day dreams… I see Apple providing a framework that allows 4 normal-sized iPhone apps to run simultaneously. Not only does this allow us to mashup our favorite apps, but we can cut-and-paste text, images, video and audio in-between apps. Whoa hang on, since it is my day dream… we can drag-and-drop text, images, video and audio in-between apps… there that’s better.

iPad – the ultimate iPhone masher-upper.

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