Dear Kickstarter, Please Fix Your App


Your app sucks. There’s no other way to say it. I have an iPhone and I’ve used your iOS app for quite some time now, but this latest version that appeared earlier this year? Just horrible. I’m sure there are some folks out there who like it–probably the same group that maintains the Jar Jar Binks Fan Club. Anyway… I digress. Continue reading

Hasbro Unveils Fan Built Combiner Poll

combiner wars

Yesterday Hasbro announced the theme for the 2015 Transformers Generations line, Combiner Wars, as well as a new related crowdsourced project. The official Transformers app–available for both Android and iOS–has been updated with the Fan Built Combiner Poll. Continue reading

Your Young Scientist Will Love Playing in This Sandbox (App)!

Opening Screen

If you’ve got a young and budding scientist like I do, you may find yourself having to hit the internet for all kinds of questions — Why is the sky blue? How does a battery work? Can we make a volcano? (Yes, that last one came as a surprise.) My problem is that while I often enjoy sitting down and investigating hows and whys with my 7-year-old, I often wish he’d do a little self-study and digging. That isn’t always easy, however, when I limit his Internet access or if we lack the book on the subject-of-the day. My son likes to discover things by himself, and while I’ve done my best to put small kits and experiments in his reach, often times I just can’t sit with him 24/7 and monitor both his safety and his progress. But a new app is helping me with this problem… Continue reading

New Apps for New Mathematicians

Children playing Gracie & Friends apps

An unusual set of apps just started rolling out at iTunes. At first blush, Gracie and Friends may look like many other math apps for little guys. But a look under the hood reveals a unique and multi-year endeavor to create a breakthrough in evidence-based, educationally rich digital games for preschoolers. I asked my colleague Christine Zanchi to walk me behind the scenes. Continue reading

Pixel Press on Kickstarter: Great App for Young Game Designers

Pencil skecth of a game level compared to the finished Pixel Press video game.

My kids love to draw and love to play video games (like many of yours, no doubt). So they’re pretty excited about Pixel Press, a new app from Robin Rath, founder of St. Louis-based software creation company Roundthird, that’s currently available for funding through Kickstarter. Continue reading

Curiosity – Less Than 50 Layers to Go Before We Find Out #WhatsInsideTheCube

Curiosity - only 50 layers to go!

Peter Molyneux’s app/social experiment, Curiosity, has started its countdown to the big reveal of #whatsInsideTheCube, with only 50 layers and about a week left until the last cubelet is destroyed. Continue reading