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Urki, Beyond the Forest is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.
The video game book app from Monica Coca is a beautiful interactive story. The app takes kids through a story of a little troll who navigates the world with intelligence and kindness. Here is more about it from iTunes:
“Urki beyond the forest” is the first in a series of adventure books exclusively designed for iPad. In this first book you’ll meet URKI, a little troll who must use all his wit and courage to find his family on a JOURNEY TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN. On this journey he’ll find talking animals, fearsome beasts from another time, unique creatures, ruthless armies, winged princes…
Overeating, or stress-binging, might seem like a common problem, but who would have thought to solve the problem by stalling activity sensors, EKG readers, accelerometers, and gyroscopes into bras? If you are a lover of food and bra wearer, you’re probably just as confused as I am, but it’s not a parody.
According to Mary Czerwinski, cognitive psychologist and senior researcher at Microsoft, bras are perfect wearables for detecting stress – because you know, it’s close to the heart. With the right technology implanted into the stress-busters, they can send data to a smartphone app to help you understand your moods and potentially aid in preventing stress eating. Read more
Applebee’s latest tech-savvy plan is the installation of a tablet at every table in all 1,860 restaurants, which means, you can share an Instagram photo of your food right before it arrives!
Just kidding. The restaurant is planning to purchase about 100,000 tablets to increase impulse buys and speed up the ordering of food and payments. This move is similar to Chili’s Bar and Grill whose 1,266 restaurants have been getting tablets for tables earlier this year. Having more tablets appear to decrease staffing needs, but Applebee’s said it is planning to keep staffing at the same level.
Restaurants are also looking to add games and other content to their table tablets, perhaps to keep diners happy and occupied while waiting. One important note: iPads will not be installed at Applebees because they tend to break. The restaurant has signed a contract with Presto for tablets, and they don’t look anywhere as sleek as an iPad, more like a mobile POS similar to ones used by servers.
The New York Times has a solution for newspaper purists. The media company released a web-based app optimized for tablet and desktop browsing that will display its daily paper exactly how it is printed–including story placement and photos, section by section–online.
The Times said the responsive app was built on HTML 5 for “readers who value the regular schedule, structured composition and totality of the daily print edition.”
It’s been months since we’ve heard from the developers of Yotaphone – a dual screen smartphone concept with LCD and eInk display in the rear. Finally, the world’s first dual screen phone is hitting the mobile phone market in Russia for 500 Euros.
Today’s free eBook, The WishKeeper, is the first from writer Maximilian Timm. A fantasy novel for young adults or fairy lovers of all ages, the story centers around Shea Evenstar, a determined pixie whose impossible mission to become a WishMaker will warm even the coldest fairy toes.
When a broken-winged, rebellious teenage fairy discovers that her family’s WishMakers made an all-important True Love Wish, she secretly ventures to the human world in order to grant it despite the impossibility and to prove that she can be a WishKeeper. An adventure to prove her worth turns into a battle against dark forces determined to harness the wish’s power, as well as the insecurities that arise within the little fairy herself. Read more
It’s a good year for Pinterest and retailers. According to social analytics firm, Piquora, Pinterest was able to more than triple the revenue for online retailers on Cyber Monday. This is not surprising since products pinned on the social network has been consistently profitable for retailers.
Piquora’s CEO Shara Verma told Techcrunch that Pinterest users ” are pinning to buy and they are going to Pinterest to look for products to buy. They thought of Pinterest as a destination for their holiday shopping circuit. That never happened with F-commerce or Twitter, else we would have known it by now.” Read more
Apple is offering a free, eight-song holiday playlist through its Apple Store app. The “Holiday Cheer” free playlist offer expires just before the new year on Dec. 31, though Apple warns it is “subject to availability.”
If you haven’t already downloaded the Apple Store app, do that first. Then scroll down the list until you see “Holiday” with a red icon. After you choose to download it, Apple sends you a redemption code to get the eight songs for free. Then click on the redemption code and your downloads should start. It’s a slightly convoluted process for Apple. Read more
Alternative luxury cab service, Uber and DIY superstore, Home Depot really wants you to get into the mood for evergreens. The two are making Christmas Tree shopping super easy by offering Uber deliveries this Thursday. To get your own tree, just download the app and select the “UberTREE” option between the hours of 11 am – 8pm.
Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree from the not-so-near farm or slushy street corner, kick back, pour yourself an extra glass of eggnog and watch your app as Uber takes care of the heavy lifting. With the help of The Home Depot and a bit of holiday magic, Uber will deliver a live tree to your doorstep with the touch of a button. Read more
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