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Review: Gidget has a Glitch- Storybook iPad App

Another interactive storybook app for iPad was released a few days ago called Gidget has a Glitch. When a little boy named Erik goes looking for a new friend, he decides to create a robot friend that he labels Gidget. Working together as a dynamic duo, the boy and his robot fight crime, explore the jungle and fly around the moon… until Erik the robot has a glitch and becomes sick. What a wonderful and clever title and fun story as Gidget eventually repairs his robotic friend in this childrens story about friendship. (screenshots and video after break) Continue reading

New iPad 2 Ad from Not Apple but Verizon

 
Verizon Wireless has released a cool iPad 2 ad. Isn’t that Apple’s role? The iPad 2 TV advertisement demonstrates the iPad 2′s ability to connect over the Verizon 3G networks. This is smart ad that features a woman making a decision to buy an iPad 2 tablet. With the eReader market exploding this is a strategic play for Verizon and Apple ahead of any new tablet release that Amazon has up it’s sleeve. (Verizon ad below the break) Continue reading

Brain Training is Fun with Mirror Read App

Get ready to expand your brain with this unique brain training app for iPadMirror Read is the name of this iPad app but also the name of this fascinating science. The developer is Dr. Shelagh Robinson who is a Psychologist and researcher that specializes in visual perception.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the word “ambulance” printed in reverse on emergency vehicles for viewing from your rearview mirror. But I had never heard of mirror reading as a science so let me give you some background before talking about the Mirror Read iPad app. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci wrote most of his personal notes in a mirror so the text was reversed and would appear normal when read in a mirror? Now studies have revealed there are benefits to reading reversed text for the right hemisphere of the human brain. In fact, reading mirror-reversed text is used as a measure to gauge spatial transformation skills, and as a test of procedural memory in Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s patients.

Mirror Read is a game app that stimulates regions of the brain not associated with regular reading, leading to measurable grey matter growth in the right hemisphere. The implications are intriguing: Right brain skills are linked to all sorts of aptitudes including mental rotation, spatial transformation, creative problem-solving, and procedural memory. (screenshots below the break)  Continue reading

Great iPad App for Food Lovers

CulinartMedia, Inc. has released an app for iPad that makes seafood lovers swoon. The iPad 2 app is called Great Maine Food. It is a coastal guide of Down East magazine’s great Maine food. Whether you’re a Maine local or you’re simply planning a trip to the State, this is an iPad app you’ll want to have.

Great Maine Food features exotic Maine dishes and provides information about the tastiest restaurants across the coastal areas of Maine. This app guide is unique in that it also has guides for culinary events, wineries and breweries, inns with dining and cooking schools, and even specialty stores. Continue reading