Tag: iPad apps

Stack app: The mesmerizing, beautiful free app game we can’t put down

I like to keep at least one totally mindless, just-for-fun app on my iPad for some winding-down entertainment at the end of the day. Of course, Candy Crush and 1010 have dominated recently, but I’ve just discovered the Stack app (iOS and Android). And now I’m hooked. Related: The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free. Yay! Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games to add some zen to your apps Stack is both beautiful and so simple (although, I do turn the volume off — ugh). As you play the game, squares glide across...

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The free Lab4U apps are like having a science lab right in your smart phone

For those of you with budding scientists at home, the Lab4U app collection lets kids conduct real science experiments with just their phone. No WIFI required! The collection currently features two apps, Lab4Physics app and Lab4Chemistry, both of which use the sensors on your phone (in the camera, speakers, and other hardware) to measure variables like speed, velocity, sound waves, gravity or even to calculate the concentrations of chemical solutions. To be clear, these apps aren’t educational games. They actually transform your smartphone into the scientific instruments needed to perform real experiments, with step-by-step instructions on how to complete them. Once you record your data and the results...

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8fit: The free fitness app that’s really making us sore lately

I’ve figured out that I’m the type of person who needs a quick but effective workout that I can do from my home, without expensive equipment (that takes up space I don’t have). So, my new obsession has been the free 8fit app (iOS and Android). It’s a collection of 10-minute full-body exercises that require no equipment. Related: Here’s what happened when we tried the Whole30 diet Related: 3 fitness apps for the not-so-fit. No judgment here. Once you’re in the app, you’ll customize your fitness goals — anything from “gain muscle mass” to “lose fat” — as well as setting your...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Stridepost: A free chores and calendar app for the whole family. Yep, even the kids.

I’m always a little more motivated to get to my chores when there’s a little reward involved, like watching a guilty pleasure TV show while I fold laundry. It’s the same for my kids, and the Stridepost app (iOS and Android) helps them see how doing their share around the house will earn them both an allowance and fun rewards for pitching in. Plus, it keeps track of events on our family calendar alongside the kids’ chores and responsibilities, which makes it easier to manage it all in one handy place. Here’s how it works. Related: A helpful guide to kids’ chores by ages. The parents’ app Parents can...

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We found 3 of the best political apps that make it easy to have your voice heard

It’s amazing to see just how quickly some fantastic app developers have created political apps to help more people get involved in the political process, connect to your elected representatives, and make a difference, one voter at a time. The truth is, signing petitions or form letters may make you feel good (especially when you share the info on Facebook), but they’re about the lowest impact action you can take. Some petitions are actually little more than fundraising efforts for organizations or even politicians. The most effective thing you can do to register concerns is to show up in person at meetings or town...

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Put screen time management in your kids’ hands with the free unGlue app.

My kids are master negotiators when it comes to screen time, which is why we’ve never been successful with cookie-cutter methods to manage it. Sorry, Marble Jar. So that’s why I’m excited about the free unGlue app (iOS and Android), which actually empowers kids manage their bank of time according to their own priorities. Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds Related: 6 screen time management solutions that work, from been-there-done-that parents Here’s how the unGlue app works First, you need to download the unGlue app to your own phone, add your kid or kids, and then...

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The new SciMoji women of science emoji: Because the past is female, too.

If you caught that awesome GE commercial that ran during the Oscars, asking, what if female scientists were treated like rock stars? then no surprise that they’re extending the campaign in a very 2017 way: With a SciMoji women of science emoji sticker pack. Install the app from the App Store, and you can respond to WHERE R U with a photo of astronaut Joan Higgenbotham suiting up. Having a good day? Text a sticker that reads I’m as positive as a proton!  Or kick off a hot sexting session with your geeky sweetheart, using the sticker of carbon scientist Millie Dresselhaus that declares, we have...

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The Path to Luma: A beautiful new puzzle game app that’s free

Anyone else burning out on Candy Crush and 1010 lately? Me too, so I just downloaded The Path to Luma (free on iOS and Android) and I have to say that it’s turned out to be better and more interesting than I expected. In fact, my kids also keep sneaking and advancing me through the levels, which means I’m not the only one who’s hooked on it in my house. Related: The Monument Valley app is a stunner. And a stumper. Related: 9 of the most stunningly beautiful mobile games add some zen to your apps Created by the sustainable energy company NRG, players are...

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What parents need to know about the Roblox app, a Minecraft alternative that makes it easy for kids to chat with strangers. Eep.

You might have heard about the app Roblox, a multi-player Minecraft alternative that’s making the news because kids are unknowingly chatting with adult strangers. And getting propositioned. Just read what sort of chats this dad discovered his son was getting. Gross. Related: What parents need to know about Whisper app What’s the deal with the Roblox app? Turns out, it’s a pretty widely-known app that’s popular with Minecraft-loving kids because it’s so similar to the original game, allowing kids to create worlds and interact with other kids (or so they think). But, when I asked my 12-year old daughter about it,...

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