Another day, another lawsuit against Apple -- only this time, it's not over patents or even the devices it makes, but rather Chinese animation content being sold in iTunes without a license from the company who owns it.
Like all parents in the digital age, we have a couple of folders on our iPhones and iPads dedicated to our young children, filled with apps designed specifically for their growing minds. At first blush, Petting Zoo – an interactive picture book created by New Yorker cartoonist Christoph Niemann – seemed like one more cutesy app for our collection. But once we started playing with it, we realized that we were enjoying it almost as much as our little ones.
Developed by Angry Birds creator Rovio, The Croods is a village-building game inspired by DreamWorks’ latest CG animated film. With these two studios behind it, you might expect the game to be a sure thing, both as a promotional tool and as a fun iOS game for all ages. Instead, this freemium title isn’t the least bit charming, and all it seems to want is your money. Your objective is to create resources for the prehistoric Croods family by trapping, taming, and caring for wild animals, but the game downplays its characters in favor of a hollow gameplay approach.
Few things in life are as magical as watching inanimate objects come to life--something about it brings out the kid in everyone. iStopMotion 3 for Mac is likely to rekindle that interest in a big way, particularly for those old enough to remember classics like the original King Kong in constant rotation on TV.
The JibJab brand may be synonymous with pasting your face onto a dancing elf at Christimas time, but the company also makes a line of children's e-books under the same name as well -- but that will be changing next month.
Making a stop-motion animation video with your kids' dolls or action figures is a lot easier than you might think, especially with iStopMotion for iPad ($9.99). It's a great project for parents and kids -- with these tips, you'll be animating anything in next to no time.
Keynote makes creating presentations fun and the presentations themselves more interesting and engaging. Sometimes, however, the content of your slideshow tests even Apple’s powerful presentation tool when it comes to an aesthetically pleasing product. For example, if your slideshow doesn’t include many images (or none at all) and needs to display a lot of facts and figures, the Keynote templates, attractive as they are, will be hard pressed to keep your slides monotony-free.
Ever wonder what happens to your email after you hit the “Send” button? If so, you’ll be fascinated by Google Green’s latest entry, which promises to “take a journey through Google’s data centers by following an email along its path.”
iStopMotion for iPad is a brilliantly-done app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, greeting new users with a clever Claymation welcome video that demonstrates what the app is capable of. Videos can be shot with front or rear cameras, or even remotely from another camera-equipped iOS device using a free companion app. And thanks to a recent update, the app now supports 1080p HD recording with the rear camera of a new iPad.