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September 17, 2010

Today’s iPad app for kids: Pocket Zoo with Live Animal Cams

Pocket Zoo iPad app

A perennial favorite iPad app for the younger generation around here is Pocket Zoo. There is a cartoon zoo that you can visit and see photos of the animals and hear the sounds they make. Not surprisingly, it’s a lot of fun to startle your friends and siblings with an elephant’s trumpeting.

However, the real winner is the live animal cams at zoos around the world. You mostly have to visit during daylight, of course, but the kids find it endlessly amusing to try to spot the animals, some of which are much tougher to see than others. The penguins pictured below always seem to put on a great show, but your young ones may need more patience to spot some of the larger animals. On the other hand, when they do catch a glimpse of the tiger, for instance, the reward is even greater.

pocket zoo penguins

Highly recommended.

Posted at 7:45 pm. Filed under Apple, Brands, Children, Companies, iPad, Software

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July 29, 2010

iPad Game of the Day: Dark Nova and Dark Nova HD

Dark Nova

I have always enjoyed turn based strategy games in general and space trading games in particular, so I was glad to find Dark Nova on the iPad. Those familiar with the space trading genre will feel right at home: you start as a struggling space captain with a small ship trying to make a buck carrying cargo from one planet to another despite the depredations of pirates, the scrutiny of the police, shifty fellow traders, and the occasional alien pest. It’s mostly all about profitable buying, selling, and passenger traffic with the occasional flyer into smuggling or piracy if you are feeling adventurous. You are free to proceed at your own pace since it is turn based and not multiplayer, and there is enough of a challenge (and multiple levels) to keep you amused for a considerable period. While I did not try it, I see there is also a Dark Nova HD specifically for the iPad which presumably has larger graphics for the larger screen, although I was quite happy with the regular version in 2x on my iPad.

Posted at 12:25 am. Filed under Apple, Brands, Companies, Games, iPad, Software

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June 21, 2010

End of Life iPod sale at Amazon

Amazon is clearing out their stock of older iPod models:

We’re selling through our remaining inventory of the 2008 iPods, including the fourth-generation iPod nano and the third-generation iPod shuffle. And right now, we have hot deals on these sleek players–find savings of up to 22% off. Don’t miss these fantastic prices. And with the money that you’ll save on your new favorite player, treat yourself to a new accessory, like a case or speaker system.

If you don’t need the latest model iPod and want to save some cash – check it out.

Posted at 9:29 am. Filed under Amazon, Apple, Bargains, Brands, Companies, iPod, MP3 Player, Portable Audio

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