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Archives: October 2013

Thank You to the AppNewser Community

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After five years, I am leaving Mediabistro and AppNewser. I am moving on to the True Pictures film company.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of readers. I am also grateful for the support Dianna Dilworth and Phi Tran.

You can always pitch them at the AppNewser email address.

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Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Celebrate Halloween with This Charlie Brown Classic for iPad

Halloween is not the same without this television classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which aired every year when pumpkins are spooky and candy is a plenty. For iPad and eBook lovers, the comic can be a fun, interactive experience in the form of an eBook with pumpkin carving and costuming. I heard about this eBook around this time last year, and like the televised show, I think it’s worth a replay every year.
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Kindles & iPads Now Allowed During Takeoff & Landing

Screen-Shot-2013-10-01-at-10.22.24-AMYou no longer have to put down your eBook when your plane is taxing to take off. After months of consideration, the FAA announced today that airplane passengers can now use their personal electronics “during all phases of flight,” though cellphone use is still banned.

The government agency based the decision on input from a panel of experts that had included a diverse bunch of voices from airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.

While you can use these devices during takeoff and landing, there are still some rules about how you use these devices. Read more

This Thermal Wristband is the Perfect Halloween Accessory for Cold Costumes

wristifyHalloween costumes can be a tricky affair for cold-bloods like me. Unless I am dressing up as a polar bear, a Yeti, or Jabba the Hutt, I always have to cover my great costumes with a jacket and plenty of scarves, indoors or out. I wished I had this Wristify accessory to help me out. It’s an electronic device that can keep me feeling thermally comfortable, no matter how hot or cold I am.

The thermoelectic bracelet was invented by engineering students at MIT – most likely after being too hot or too cold in their Halloween costume. The bracelet sends thermal pulses to the wrist to help maintain personal comfort for your body. It’s also useful when you’re not in costumes. Read more

American International Medical University on Empathy

While everyone wants a doctor who is highly skilled in his area of medicine, most patients also need and appreciate a physician with a human touch, according to American International Medical University, or AIMU.  Compassion and empathy are values that parents try to instill in their children, and they are just as critical to people working in the medical profession. The university supports this goal and has woven these values into their coursework for future physicians and nurses in their desire to offer a comprehensive medical education.

Modern medical advancements are astonishing. Technology has made it possible to do surgery in utero, and robots have made remote procedures possible. According to the American Medical Association, nothing can replace the importance of the communication between doctor and patient, and a warm and concerned bedside manner.

Most students enter medical school with a sincere desire to help their fellow human beings. The rigorous demands and competitive nature of medical school, along with specific pressures unique to each individual, often take a toll on the student over time. One study revealed a decline in the level of empathy by the third year of their education. That’s one reason it is critical to incorporate into every medical program ongoing coaching and mentoring along with coursework that teaches and fosters patient empathy. Read more

‘The App Store Economy’: INFOGRAPHIC

appeconomyGigaOM has created an infographic called, “The App Store Economy,” which explores the economy within Apple’s App Store.

According to the graphic, The App Store has 133,979 apps available for download made by more than 28,000 different developers. The graphic also revealed that developers wait an average of 4.78 days to have their app approved by Apple.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Public Wi-Fi Could Present Risks to Some iOS Apps

skycureIt’s pretty well established that using public Wi-Fi introduces security risks, but now it has come to light that apps accessed over public Wi-Fi could be at risk as well.

Mobile security researchers from Skycure will demonstrate an attack that will show the vulnerability in the code within iOS apps, on Tuesday. Here is more from the Skycure blog:

While the problem is generic and can occur in any application that interacts with a server, the implications of HRH for news and stock-exchange apps are particularly interesting. It is commonplace for people to read the news through their smartphones and tablets, and trust what they read. If a victim’s app is successfully attacked, she is no longer reading the news from a genuine news provider, but instead phoney news supplied by the attacker’s server. Upon testing a variety of high profile apps, we found many of them vulnerable.

(Via The New York Times).

Amazon is Now Offering Flash Sales on Select Kindle Books

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 11.16.50 AMAmazon has introduced a new flash sale program for Kindle exclusive books. The company will offer limited time deals on select eBooks. The eBooks will be on sale for one day with big discounts of 50 percent off or more.

Today’s deal includes bestsellers like Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond for $.99 down from $1.99, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath for $.99 down from $3.99 and The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley for $.99 down from $1.99. Any publisher that offers a book exclusive to Kindle can sign up for the program.

“We’re always looking to build features that customers love, and to help publishers and authors get their books discovered—Kindle Countdown Deals achieves both,” stated Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “And with more than 400,000 books available only in the Kindle Store, there are lots of opportunities to use this feature.”

Make an eBook on Your iPhone Using Pages

pagesAre you looking for a word processing app to make an eBook with? Check out Pages, Apple’s word processing app, it’s a pretty great writing app that lets you do word processing and then add layout and design. It’s great for making your own eBook.

The app lets you build beautiful documents using Apple’s templates. You can edit text within the app and choose from lots of fonts and colors when it comes to layouts. You can add images and even create interactive charts and include links to social networks within the documents. The files are saved to iCloud and you can collaborate with others through the cloud the same way you would with a Google Doc. The documents are even PC compatible, so you can share documents between friends on PCs and Macs.

You can use the platform as an iPhone or iPad app, as well as as a web app. The mobile app costs $9.99 and the web app is $19.99, cheaper than Microsoft’s cheapest Office Suite which costs $5 a month subscription fee and with more design options than Google Docs.

‘Alphabet Animals’ is Today’s Recommended Children’s App

alphabetanimalsAlphabet Animals is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

The $1.99 iOS app from brings together two things that kids love, letters and animals. The app is designed for kids aged 4 and up. Here is more about it from iTunes:

In this app, animals – from an Alligator to a Zebra – take the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet. Each animal represents a different letter – but what could it be? To find the answer, children can tap on the Animal to hear its name, tap to Pull the card and hear the Alphabet. This app is simple enough for children to learn their ABC’s and expand their vocabulary while giving parents the visual treat of Suse MacDonald’s unique artwork.

What children’s apps do you recommend? Please add it to our Recommended Apps for Kids directory. To share an app, fill out our simple form below. Once you complete it, your app suggestion will be stored in our growing database of great apps for kids. We will use this directory to plan features and share new digital tools with our readers.

You can also download an Excel version of the directory to sort the results for yourself. Read more

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