Category: Fun Apps

Zen Sand app: Particle physics gets relaxing. And addicting.

What is the sound of one hand clapping? I don’t know, and I probably never will. Not because I don’t wish to reach enlightenment, but because I’m too busy using both hands to play this iOS app. It’s pretty amazing that an app can simultenously help you relax, keep your mind working, and utterly enthrall everyone who watches.  Zen Sand for iOS does all three, beautifully. In fact, it’s currently the biggest hit in our house. The object of the game is to manipulate a stream of falling particles through a variety of obstacles and into the appropriate waiting...

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Your life…turned into a comic book

Ready for one crazy addictive app for you iPhoneographers and world travelers?   Halftone lets you iOS users turn your pictures into pages straight out of a comic book. The colors are bright and vibrant, the fonts are straight out of an old Batman episode, and the options are so varied and fun. I can’t think of a cooler use of family vacation pictures than turning it into the raddest photo journal in town. The process is super easy: You download your pic or pull it from your Facebook photos, and then get to work choosing the layout, but...

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Angry Birds Star Wars. Don’t download it. I’m warning you.

I tried to resist. Really I did. And then, one text from a friend saying “I’m totally addicted to Angry Birds Star Wars” and I was at the app store in negative 10 seconds, hitting download and jonesing to see just what that little bird with the foppish Luke Skywalker haircut had in store for me. Yes, Angry Birds Star Wars (also for Android) officially sanctioned by the gods at Lucasfilms, is the kind of fun gaming crack you’d expect and more. Aside from the total adorableness of birds as Wookees, Droids, lightsaber-wielding Jedis, and those pigs recast as...

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Go Sum – Like Scrabble, if it were numbers

I am all about tools that transform math problems into games that keep you engaged and thinking. So I am digging this new math app, Go Sum, because it is just perfect for kids that may be a bit math-phobic, while still keeping it interesting for the children that really love math. In my household, I have both, so we are the absolute perfect testers. The best way to describe the Go Sum game is that it’s like a mathematical Scrabble board. Using a combination of virtual tiles, each player has to lay them out so that they make...

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Doodling goes digital with Doodle.ly

Who would’ve guessed that drawing would become a social media sensation? We’ve talked about popular apps like Draw Something and What Should I Draw. And now I’m having fun exploring a new– and free–app on the market that can hopefully take my doodling talent beyond little flowers, 3D cubes and stick-figure animals. (Yes, that is the extent to which I can doodle). A cute website called Doodle.ly can appease my doodling urges and keep my pages clean. Dubbed a “social sketchpad,” Doodle.ly combines doodling with a social aspect. You create a doodle using the various virtual writing implements offered and sketch to...

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TV Anytime app is a parent’s road trip savior

Picture this – you’re into hour two of your long road trip to the inlaws, only to discover that you left your DVD player with Cars 2 on the kitchen counter. All those painful whines could have been averted if you had the TV Anytime app. TV Anytime is a mobile app that lets you download any media content from your PC wirelessly to your mobile device. You can upload your entire DVD library to your iPad or mobile device (if you have the memory, of course) without having to re-purchase it on iTunes, Netflix or whatever streaming media...

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Word W.E.L.D.E.R. and Scramble With Friends. Word game addicts, beware

All last year I read about the addictive awesomeness that is the Word W.E.L.D.E.R. app. And I resisted. Oh, did I resist. I am someone enamored of word game apps like Words with Friends and Scrabble, so I knew I’d love it. But it wasn’t until Zynga went and killed the fast-paced action of their Boggle-esque Facebook game Scramble (still annoyed with that), that I started to look for new options for vaguely educational time-killing that didn’t rely on competitors. Behold! For have finally succumbed to W.E.L.D.E.R and my initial instincts were right–it is pure game-playing crack Now I...

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So smart! Brain, Child magazine goes digital

Those of us who love smart-parenting magazine Brain, Child, The Magazine for Thinking Mothers know that we’re in for a treat whenever another funny, tender, intelligent and quirky quarterly issue shows up in our mailbox. However, I don’t leave home without my iPad, so I’m pretty happy to hear that Brain, Child has figured out how to come along with me digitally too. The new ereader version of Brain, Child for the Kindle, Nook and iPad puts the print magazine literally at my fingertips. With the same smart content as its paper cousin, the digital version also lets me...

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You oughta be in pictures

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your name in the rolling credits of movies, well, this app doesn’t quite do that. But it does let you customize movie clips with your own messages and that in itself is pretty cool. The app is called PercyFX, Percy being short for personalize. Download it for iPhone, and you can insert a custom message into real Hollywood movie clips. Like displaying COOL MOM TECH RULES! in the lightning-struck power lines by the clock tower in Back to the Future, all ready to share on YouTube or Facebook. Right now, there’s a short list...

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Got ten minutes in the carpool line? How about catching up on 30 Rock.

There are many instances when I find myself in the car waiting for something — for a practice to end, for a napping kid to wake up — and have idle time. It’s in these moments that I forgo checking email on my iPhone and opt instead for a game. But I just found out about an app that will let me add TV watching to my options. Orb Live is a new service that lets you instantly stream TV shows, sports, movies to your iOS or Android device. First, you have to download the free Orb Caster software to your...

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