Saturday, December 31, 2011

Free App Today - Snapseed   

January 4, 2012 - 6 PM - This app has returned to it's $4.99 price...

iOS Universal
** iPad App of the Year!**
(App Store Rewind 2011)

Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.

Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software.

“Snapseed…first-class photo-editing software.” ~~Roy Furchgott, New York Times

“Snapseed app brings pro-level photo editing to iPad” ~~Charlie Sorrel, Wired

“…hands down the best photo app for the iPad to date.” ~~ Scott Kelby, President, National Assoc. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

• Easily adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun & innovative filters like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Tilt-Shift
• Add Image Borders for a finishing touch
• Share your creations via email, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter

• 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch (3rd & 4th Gen), 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4, 4S (larger images will be automatically down sampled)
• JPEG and TIFF photos
• RAW photos (requires iPad or iPad2) transferred using the Camera Connector Kit (if files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing)
• Language support: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)


• Twitter: @snapseed
• Facebook: snapseed
• Flickr: groups/snapseed
• YouTube: niksnapseed


== Basic Adjustments ==
• Auto Correct - Automatically analyzes your photo and adjusts color and exposure to perfection.

• Selective Adjust - Make precise selections and enhancements to specific areas of your photos in seconds with Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology.

• Tune Image - Use Ambience to create depth and vibrancy that uniquely adapts to colors and textures. Adjust White Balance, Saturation, Contrast, more.

• Straighten & Rotate - Rotate 90° and/or straighten photos with simple gesture controls.

• Crop - Easily crop images to remove distracting parts of your photo, now with standard aspect ratios.

• Take Photos – Open photos from the Camera Roll or take new photos.

== Creative Enhancements ==
• Black & White - Get that classic Black and White look with this darkroom-inspired filter.

• Vintage Films - Make any photo look like a vintage color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s.

• Drama - Add style with a custom effect specifically tailored to your photos, ranging from subtle textures to wildly artistic effects.

• Grunge - Give your photos a totally unique, hip, and dingy look.

• Tilt-Shift - Create a narrow in-focus area designed to simulate depth of field, common in a Miniature Scene look.

• Details - Enhance details with traditional sharpening or the unique Structure control found in the Nik Software professional products.

• Center Focus - Draw attention to the subject of your photo by blurring the surrounding background.

• Organic Frames - Add stylized borders to photos for the perfect finishing touch.

== Sharing ==
• Email - Send images at original resolution.

• Social - Share on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter (using iOS5).

• Print - Print wirelessly using Apple’s AirPrint technology

== Help & Support ==
Get started quickly with help overlays, tutorial guide, and videos. If you ever get stuck, our support team can help.

What's new

Snapseed 1.3.1 contains the following:

+ iPhone 4S optimizations
+ fixed a bug that created pixelated images in some circumstances
+ fixed a bug that caused images to be opened smaller than they actually are
+ fixed a bug related to lost Exif data

Free App Today - SuperNote: notes & recording on the go

Color coded quick notes + audio recordings

FREE until 1.1.2012, happy holidays!
January 4, 2012 - 6 PM - This app has returned to it's 99¢ price...

SuperNote is the most beautiful and useful notes app you've ever seen on an iPhone or iPod. This awesome little app helps you create quick notes very rapidly, and also make quick voice recordings during. The notes are color coded so you can identify them in a split second, and you can swipe through ten to go from one to the other.

SuperNote is awesome for taking notes on any occasion, it can be used to make a recording when you can't type, or to type and record at the same time. Its simply one of the most useful apps you will ever have!

---- TYPED NOTES ----
● The easiest way to take notes or record
● Color coded note templates
● Topic related note templates
● Change note templates on the fly
● Swipe left/right to switch to other notes

---- AUDIO NOTES ----
● Record or Take notes - or both at the same time!
● Pause and continue your recording session
● Playback recordings while typing

● Send notes to yourself via email
● Send recordings to yourself via email
● Share notes in Facebook
● Share note sections in Twitter

♥ Dear customers, we are here for you! Questions? Comments? Support? just drop us a mail to

Free App Today - VoiceJam for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

January 4, 2012 - 6 PM - This app has returned to it's $6.99 price... 

Sing, Loop, Share. What if you could create something musically amazing with just your voice? What if you didn't need musical instruments, sheet music, or complicated recording software? What if you could create an entire song with your voice, simulating bass lines, melodies, rhythms and sound effects, all in one pass, without ever stopping to think about it?

If you answered "that would be freaking amazing", then you need to try VoiceJam.

VoiceJam is your access to performing, creating, and sharing amazing musical compositions.

Watch VoiceJam in action by visiting our youtube channel:

At the heart of VoiceJam is a powerful audio looper. An audio looper works by recording sounds you make while playing them back in a repeating loop. The cool thing is that as the loop repeats, you can keep layering new sound on top of it. You can harmonize yourself, add rhythms with your voice, record the sounds of random objects in your life -- the possibilities are endless.

That's just the beginning. VoiceJam was designed from the ground up to be a live performance tool. You'll be able to perform and record an entire masterpiece from scratch, using only the sounds you can create with your voice or with the objects in your world.

VoiceJam was created by TC-Helicon, the world's #1 professional audio company dedicated 100% to the needs of singers. Visit us online:

Free App Today - PhotoTranslator

January 4, 2012 - 6 PM - This app has returned to it's $2.99 price...  

How many times in your travels you become sad, because you can't understand a text in foreign language! Even if you have a dictionary - it is too hard to search every word in it. But with the PhotoTranslator application you can easily shoot the text and hear translation to any of 30 languages in few seconds!

To get best results you need iPad2, iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. Try to make sharp photos and crop the text you want translate. PhotoTranslator do not support handwriting. Note: Internet connection is required.

Supported languages are: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

Free App Today - German <-> English Talking Dictionary Langenscheidt Standard

Regularly $34.99.   January 4, 2012 - 6 PM - This app has increased to $37.99...

Langenscheidt Standard-W├Ârterbuch Englisch:

• Around 73,000 entries (365,000 headwords, expressions and translations)
• Translates from and into German (German<->English)
• Up-to-date vocabulary from general conversation and numerous specialist areas
• Information on grammar and spelling variants
• Notes on expressions and particular contexts
• For everyday use, business and travel

Application features:

• Morphology module helps to translate words in any grammatical form (available for English, French, Russian and Spanish languages).
• Sound modules let you listen to pronunciations of the words in live speech quality (available for English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish languages).
• No Internet connection required: simply download the dictionary once and use it on you iPhone/iPad/iPod touch without any additional expenses.
• Hyperlinks between articles and directions.
• Search History for the last 100 articles.
• Possibility to clear your search history.
• List of similar words in case of misspelling.
• Wildcard Search in case you are unsure of the exact word spelling. Use “?” and “*” symbols to replace the missing letters.
• Flash Card Quiz enables you to add new words to flash cards and test your knowledge as many times as you wish.
• New! Landscape mode support.

Friday, December 30, 2011

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

$25K and technology tools for outstanding educators

Technology in Education

The Technology in Education grant giveaway program is designed to advance educational opportunities with technology across K-12 schools nationwide, the winning schools, individuals and “Best Teacher in America” will receive more than $150,000 in money and prizes.
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: Worth Ave. Group
  • Contact URL:
  • Eligibility: K-12 schools
  • Grant Deadline: Saturday March 31st, 2012
  • Grant Value: $25,000, an iPad, and more

$50K for student leaders

Jenzabar Student Leadership Awards

These awards recognize student groups that have made a difference in the world through service and philanthropic activities at the local, national, and international levels.
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: The Jenzabar Foundation
  • Contact URL: http://www.thejenzabarfoundati...
  • Eligibility: University and community college students
  • Grant Deadline: Monday February 20th, 2012
  • Grant Value: 10 awards of $5,000 each

Up to $150K for art programs

Our Town

This program makes awards to creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to:
  • Improve their quality of life
  • Encourage creative activity
  • Create community identity and a sense of place
  • Revitalize local economies
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Contact URL:
  • Eligibility: School districts, arts agencies, and nonprofits
  • Grant Deadline: Thursday March 1st, 2012
  • Grant Value: $25,000-$150,000

Fellowships for minority aspiring teachers

Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color 

This award helps to recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the U.S.
Contact Information
  • Grant Organization: Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • Contact URL:
  • Eligibility: Students who are senior year undergraduates
  • Grant Value: Up to $30,000

The ten most popular eSN stories of the year From staff reports

Here are the most popular eSchool News stories of 2011.

Recently, we published our editors’ picks for the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2011. Now, see what our readers think.

These 10 stories were the most popular among our readers in 2011, as judged by the number of page views they received at If you missed any of them before, don’t worry: You can go back and read them now, simply by clicking on each headline.

Ten great sites with free teacher resources

With cuts to school budgets, teachers are often left searching for ways to innovate without breaking the bank. There are numerous sites that can help, but we’ve picked 10 that our among our favorites…

10 of the best apps for education

As iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches become more integrated in classrooms, educators and students are looking for new ways to apply them to the learning process. In this special feature, we’ve assembled a list of education “apps” for Apple devices that we think are noteworthy…

Ten skills every student should learn

Ed-tech stakeholders for years have been touting the need for students to learn so-called “21st century skills” such as problem solving, critical thinking, and media literacy to prepare for the new global, digital economy, while others are calling for students to have strong math and science skills. All of these skills are important—but what do educators and other school stakeholders think are the most important skills for students to learn?

Five characteristics of an effective 21st-century educator

We recently asked readers: “What are the qualities of an effective 21st-century educator?” Here are our readers’ top responses…

Ten common myths about teaching

It seems everyone has an opinion about teachers and their profession these days—and most of them aren’t teachers…

‘Bring your own device’ catching on in schools

Many children and teens now own their own mobile devices, and school leaders are using that to their advantage by incorporating devices that students already own into classroom lessons and projects…

How to use YouTube at school—safely

As most teachers know, there’s a lot of great educational content on YouTube—and there’s a lot of inappropriate material, too. That’s why many schools block access to YouTube on their networks, which can be frustrating for teachers who want to use YouTube at school. Now, a new service from internet security company M86 Security aims to solve this problem…

Five things students say they want from education

With so many education stakeholders debating the needs of today’s schools, student voices aren’t always heard when it comes to what they want from their education…

Math research reveals early-learning needs

Numbers, counting, and low-level arithmetic are three basic competencies that are vital to later success in math, and students should have these key math skills in first grade in order to be successful in math in fifth grade, according to a long-term study released by psychologists at the University of Missouri…

Ten ideas for interactive teaching

Interactive teaching methods are an effective way to connect with a generation of students used to consistent stimulation—and education professor Kevin Yee has some advice for how teachers can make their lessons more interactive…

Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen - TED Talk

Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth - TED Talk

Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them. 

Free Mac App - Spectacle

Mac OS
Spectacle is a simple utility that allows you to easily organize your windows without using a mouse.

Those familiar with similar apps will find Spectacle to be a simple and unobtrusive way to become more productive while using your Mac. Using Spectacle you can view multiple documents side-by-side, move windows to other displays, or even focus your full attention to a single task.

Spectacle allows you to move your windows within a single display to:
- The center of the display
- The entire display
- The left half of the display
- The right half of the display
- The top half of the display
- The bottom half of the display
- The upper left corner of the display
- The lower left corner of the display
- The upper right corner of the display
- The lower right corner of the display

It is also possible to move windows to:
- The left display
- The right display
- The top display
- The bottom display

Free App Today - School A to Z

Do you struggle to understand your child's homework? Does your child need to practise their spelling and times tables? Are you looking for inspiration for projects and assignments?

The School A to Z app is an essential tool for every parent of school-aged children. Produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, the School A to Z app brings together a wealth of resources to help parents to understand and support their child's homework.


Our 'English A to Z' has more than 350 definitions of commonly-used English terms from primary and high school. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with graphic illustrations and help sheets to help you.

With nearly 300 definitions, our 'Maths A to Z' will help you to understand what is happening in your child's classroom. Each word has an easy-to-understand definition based on the current school curriculum, with graphic illustrations, help sheets and 'how to' videos to help you support your child.

Technology is changing at an ever-increasing pace and - as a parent - it is not always easy to keep up with the latest trends and terminology. Our 'Technology A to Z' explains these terms in language that you can understand.

Our 'Spelling Bee game' provides hours of spelling fun for children of all ages – using Australian spelling! There are three levels of difficulty and a leader board to track progress and improvement. Children can even create their own games for their spelling homework.

If your child needs help with their times tables, then the 'Maths Monkey Times Tables' challenge is sure to be a winner. Your child has to get the most number of correct answers before all of the bananas fall. Children can choose which number they want to practise and there is also a random game to keep them guessing.

Does your child have an assignment due tomorrow and you don't know where to start? We have prepared some 'assignment starters' for common classroom topics and themes to point you in the right direction.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use guide to help your child with their homework, then this is the app for you!

What's new

Update to Maths Monkey

Free App Today - Evernote Peek

iOS iPad
Evernote Peek is a learning app designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. No Smart Cover? No problem! The new Virtual Cover lets any iPad get in on the fun. Studying with an iPad has never been more natural. Simply peek under the cover to prepare for a quiz, practice a language or strengthen your memory.

First, choose something to study. Either pick a notebook from your Evernote account or select from the featured publishers.

If you have a Smart Cover, then peek under the cover to see the clue, lift the cover higher to see the answer. Close the cover and repeat.

If you don't have a Smart Cover, then simply enable the Virtual Cover in Settings. Now, you can swipe and peek on any iPad.

Create your own study notebooks:
Adding your own study materials to Peek is easy, just connect Peek to your Evernote account. If you don't have Evernote, get it for free on your iPad, desktop or mobile device.

In Evernote, either choose an existing notebook or make a new one to use with Peek. The note title will become the clue and the note body will become the answer. For best results, keep the clue to one sentence and the answer to around three sentences.

In Evernote Peek, tap the Add button to add your Evernote notebooks.

What's new

- New swipeable Virtual Cover lets you study using any iPad. No Smart Cover required.
- Choose from 10 different colors for the Virtual Cover
- 5 new notebooks of European trivia provided by
- Numerous bug fixes and improvements

Using the Virtual Cover

- To activate, tap Settings and turn on the Virtual Cover
- Select a notebook to study
- Pull down on the tab in the top right corner to close the cover
- Swipe up to peek, swipe more to see answer, swipe down to close

Free App Today - Hello Color Pencil

iOS Universal
*** New IAP Coloring Book : Christmas
*** New IAP Coloring Book : Dinosaur
*** New FREE halloween coloring book.(18pages)

"Hello Color Pencil" is an easy & fun drawing APP for children.

- Realistic look & feel of color pencils and marker pens
- Cool drawing sound
- Intuitive user interface
- Free 8 sketches for coloring

Check out our hello drawing series.
- Hello Crayons
- Hello Color pencils
- Hello Chalk 

Free App Today - My Drawing Book HD

iOS iPad
Let your child explore their artistic side with My Drawing Book HD!

Say no to mess and clutter - no more spilled paints, picking up crayons, dirty clothes and running out of paper!

My Drawing Book HD is the app that's better than the real thing! 

Free App - NASA Visualization Explorer

iOS iPad
NASA SCIENCE: REVEALED! This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iPad. A direct connection to NASA’s extraordinary fleet of research spacecraft, this app presents cutting edge research stories in an engaging and exciting format. See the Earth as you’ve never seen it before; travel to places otherwise unavailable to even the most intrepid explorers! Download it now, tap into the power of NASA’s cutting-edge research today and check for new stories every week!

-- WiFi or 3G network connection required. --

What's new

Attempted fixes for page-cutoff and huge font issues, please contact us on
our support page if the problem persists in this version!

Added setting for disabling app icon badging

Added windowshade for titles in landscape orientation

Other interface tweaks

Free App Today - Motion Math Zoom
iOS Universal
An animal adventure through the world of numbers!
Give your child a chance to play with numbers - they'll have a blast zooming through the number line as they master place value.

Brought to you by the creators of Motion Math, the award-winning educational iPhone and iPad app, featured in the Wall Street Journal, Children’s Technology Review,, TechCrunch and many more.

Motion Math Zoom's zoomable, stretchable number line is missing some numbers - it's up to your child to put the numbers back where they belong. The new game uses concrete objects to represent abstract numbers: from dinosaurs in the thousands down to amoebas in the thousandths. Fun animal animations and sound effects help elementary school children master the number line.

* Free to try 6 levels; upgrade with In-App purchase to get all 24!
* Starts at basic numbers and moves into negatives and decimals
* Helper character - gives hints when you need them
* High scores, stats, and Game Center integration
* Great graphics and animations
* Fakeouts and for advanced learners, a timed challenge featuring...The Needle

Super-engaging? Check. Supported by research? Indeed: the game teaches place value, a fundamental concept that will allow learners to develop flexible mental computation, numerical estimation, and quantitative judgment. Recent research suggests that understanding the number line has a profound impact on a children's future math ability.

"My child absolutely loves this learning app...I would much rather load my iPad with these types of games than the next bubble popping game or Angry Birds." - Rob Rosen, parent

Play with numbers – play with Motion Math Zoom!

Motion Math is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 4-7, 8-10, 11-12
Categories: Games, Math, Counting, Early Learning, Numbers, Special Needs

What's new

Tested for iOS 5.0 compatibility

Free App Today - Toontastic
iOS iPad
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a Creative Learning tool that empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons through imaginative play.

★★★ iTunes - App Store Hall of Fame ★★★
★★★ Parents' Choice - 2011 Silver Honor Award ★★★
★★★ Sesame Workshop - 2010 Cooney Center Mobile Learning Prize Finalist ★★★
★★★ Children's Technology Review - 2011 Editor's Choice ★★★

Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your stories through play! Once you’re done, Toontastic will play back your animation and voice as a cartoon for you to share with friends and family around the world.

Toontastic teaches key storytelling principles that help to promote Creativity at a young age. Its drawing tools bring kids’ wildest ideas to life alongside virtual playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, far away galaxies, and many other characters and settings to spark the imagination. Cartoons can be shared online via ToonTube, Toontastic’s Global Storytelling Network, to help children connect to friends and family and learn about other cultures, customs, and lifestyles through stories created by their peers around the world.

“Kids and parents will agree: Toontastic is fantastic. The app offers a creative and engaging educational experience that builds a critical new bridge between informal and formal learning.”
-Michael Levine, Executive Director: Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Creating a Cartoon with Toontastic is as Easy as…
1. Select a scene on the Story Arc: A Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, or Resolution.
2. Draw your own Setting and Characters, or custom color a Character from our collection of pirates, princesses, swashbucklers, and more.
3. Press the Start Animation button and move your characters around onscreen, telling your story through play. Toontastic will record and play back your animations and your voice as an animated cartoon.
4. Choose the music for your scene by adjusting the scene’s Emotional Energy level and plotting out the perfect Story Arc.
5. Title your cartoon and upload it to ToonTube for friends and family to see all around the world!

Launchpad Toys is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 4-7, 8-10
Categories: Early Learning, Art, Creative Play

What's new

Toontastic v1.4: Attack of the Megazoid Monsters includes three new playsets featuring Sir Stomps A. Lot smashing and grabbing through San Francisco, King Jinx taking a waffle-cone sized bite out of the Chrysler Building, and Mr. Lizard – that slimey scourge of a sea monster– terrorizing Tokyo. Thankfully, the TV8 News Crew is live from the scene!

Free App Today - Alphabet Freeze Tag: 3 in 1

iOS Universal
MASTER THE ALPHABET! FUN and EFFECTIVE. Designed by teachers and child development professionals.

Colorful animation, Fun sound effects, classical music specifically re-mixed for children--Including Beethoven, Schubert, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Rossini!
Captivating visual and audio feedback And much MORE!
Learning the alphabet was never so easy or so fun!

Join the fun with this great new educational game from TinyGrads!

Children all over the world have enjoyed playing tag for centuries. Picking up on this familiar and exciting game, Alphabet Freeze Tag is specifically designed to introduce children to the letters of the alphabet (making available both audio and visual cues for each letter) and then increasing their letter recognition and familiarity with the alphabet sequence as they play.

In the first game of tag (level A), have fun tagging the big, bright, colorful letters in alphabetical order as they run around the screen. You can choose to have a helpful polar bear cub, give you a "helping paw" to show you which letter comes next. A friendly voice of a child telling you the name of the next letter adds to the fun and ease of learning. When you tag the right letter a classic alphabet block of that letter appears below so you can easily keep track of what letter you are on.

When you feel you are ready to advance, you can go on to the next game of tag (level B)! Here the letters are presented out of order, as they rise up and fall down off the screen. Be quick to tag the right letter before it’s too late! Children particularly love this level and it gives them a great opportunity to built instant letter recognition skills.

Finally, in the last tag game (level C), it's "off to the races" as all 26 letters of the alphabet run around the screen trying to avoid being tagged! Race against the clock to tag them all as fast as you can. A timer keeps track of how long it took you to finish the level. Try to beat your own time, or compare your time with your friends! Best of all, when you show your mastery of the English alphabet by completing this last level, you’ll be awarded a TinyGrads Alphabet Diploma (which you can print out for free at to hang on your wall)!

In addition to the bright colors, fun sound effects, and exciting game action, you can select the background music of some of the world's greatest composers, such as Beethoven, Schubert, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Rossini; all re-mixed and presented especially for children.

TinyGrads' Alphabet Freeze Tag:

What's new

Changed levels to game
Minor changes

Free App Today - WordList Pro

iOS iPhone

Preparing for a standardized test such as the GRE or SAT?

WordList Pro is an application that can help you ace the verbal section by allowing you to review and memorize the meanings of most commonly tested words.

Arranged in the form of Flash cards, this application contains 50 word lists with a total of 4000+ words.

WordList Pro is an iPhone / iPod Touch application.

Free App Today - A+ Flashcards Pro      
iOS Universal
Free for limited time (regular price $4.99)!

The most effecient way to create and memorize new words, idioms, terms or any other types of information!

Learn the efficient way! Studying for finals? Prepping for the bar exam? Med student? High school student?

Learning a new language? Just feel like learning something new? We got you covered!

We researched the best study techniques out there to design a flash card platform that is easy to use, no matter what you're learning, and no matter where you are in your learning curve. The platform supports text and images, and has multiple viewing options.

It's designed to meet you where you are, and take you where you need to be.

We make it easy to import existing sets of cards, so if something good is out there already, you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

Easily import sets of existing flashcards from websites like (one of the largest flashcard websites featuring over 3 million free sets).

With A+ FlashCards You can also easily create your own sets of cards and share sets with friends.


• User-friendly interface with a clean design
• Leitner spaced repetition
• Direct download of cards from
• Upload your sets to with API 2.0
• Create your own sets with text, images and audio
• Draw your own images with in-app drawing tool
• Record your own audio with in-app recorder
• Import content easily from websites or photo library
• Use with Microsoft Translation and Online Search to create cards quickly
• Get audio pronunciation of your english words from Wordnik
• Import and export easily to Anki
• Share sets with friends through email
• Edit card size and text size (text can also be scrolled if need be)
• Easily back up sets with iTunes or email
• Import CSV and Anki files with cards from PC/Mac via iTunes
• iOS5 and iCloud support
• Quizlet 2.0 API support

What's new

* improved Quizlet authentication
* support 2 landscape modes
* bug fixes

Monday, December 26, 2011

Free App Today - Remote Dictate for iPhone 4S

Remote Dictate

iOS iPhone
Remote Dictate turns your iPhone 4S into a wireless mic for your computer that will let you enter text on your computer just by speaking!

Just tap the microphone icon on the keyboard and magically see the words you speak into your iPhone's mic show up on your computer with AMAZING accuracy.

Save yourself hundreds of dollars on speech recognition software and a wireless mic.

Works with a Mac or PC with any program.

** Important: You must download the server software from to use the app **

**** REQUIRES iPhone 4S ***** 

Free App Today - Album App

Album App
iOS iPad
Free for the Holidays!

Album App is an iPad app designed to create full featured digital albums. It gives you full control again and takes away the "unconnected" feeling you have creating an album with your PC mouse.

In a matter of minutes you can create a complete album, or work at it for hours. Use your fingers to place, rotate and scale photos on your couch on a rainy night, or while sitting outside just relaxing. Done with the album, show it within seconds in the view mode or put it online on you Facebook wall or Twitter account. ★★★★★
"Scared Of Complicated Photo Book Apps? Fear No More With Album App!" ★★★★
"If you are someone who loves playing around with your photos and creating albums and effects, this is right up your street so go and buy it."

iPadBuzzBlog ★★★★
"Creating custom digital photo albums on your iPad just got a lot easier with the new Album app by Dreamix Studio"

iPadSense ★★★★
"Create beautiful albums with Album App!"


✓ Import from the most used online photo sources
✓ Make albums with unlimited pages
✓ Share pages on Facebook and Twitter
✓ E-mail complete albums
✓ Airprint supported (or e-mail them to yourself and print!)
✓ More than 30 pre-defined layouts
✓ Free form your pages
✓ Preview mode to verify your page
✓ Album App comes with 5 themes and extra content available
✓ RSS Feed with the latest news for a direct connection with the user
✓ Vote for the next themes and features

And much, much more!

Extra Content is now available and there will be lots more in the coming time. New themes, functions and services that make Album App a must have iPad App!

** All about Album App **

Tips and Trick/FAQ/Contact link and more for Album App can be found on the specially made website

Free App Today - PhotoNoter

PhotoNoter makes it easy to write beautiful notes on your photos. You can write directly on the photo with your finger just like sketching or drawing with a pen.

* Write beautiful note

PhotoNoter comes with a sketch pad which you can write big letters on. PhotoNoter will automatically shrink the big letter to a smaller one on the photo at the cursor position. The big stroke and the small one are both drawn in realtime - you can get instant visual feedback and adjust your finger direction and speed accordingly. That instant feedback is essential for great handwriting.

* Write smoothly

The sketch pad will auto advance when there's not enough space for a new letter. You just lift up your finger and start writing from the left - no extra tap or buttons needed. When writing to the end of a line, an enter key will slide in for tapping to the next line.

* Write safely

You can multiple level undo or redo recent changes. Or just grab the eraser to clear unwanted strokes.

* Write colorfully

PhotoNoter provides a color palette which has a wide range of colors to choose from.

* Write anywhere

You can tap anywhere on the photo to position the cursor there and you can start writing right away. For big photos, you can drag the cursor to scroll around.

* Multi touch enabled

You can drag with 2 fingers in the sketch pad to move the cursor. Or drag the photo to scroll it.

* Share with friends

You can save the edited photo to photo album, Email, or share with friends on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

* Settings

You can choose to add a white frame around the photo; show the photo as background of sketch pad; adding date info automatically at the bottom of a photo.

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Free App Today - WIFI USB

** Special price for Christmas & New Year **

Turn your iOS Device into a wireless external hard disk!

You can now share, copy, and backup your files to and from your PC / Mac / Linux / or another phone! Very easy to use.

1. Connect iOS Device to WiFi network.
2. Start the WIFI USB on iOS Device.
3. Use any device browser to go to designated IP address (via a Web Browser).

Free App Today - Mom's Daily Planner: Shopping Lists, To-Do & Calendar For iPad

Have You Been Looking For An Organizer App That Does It All? Stop Switching Between Apps To Organize Your Shopping Lists, To Do Lists And Calendar!

This All-In-One App Has Been Designed To Help Busy Moms Get Completely Organized With One App!

It Includes Unlimited Shopping Lists, Task Lists And A Calendar With Multiple Views. With This App, You Can Stop Switching Between Multiple Apps And Get Organized With One, Easy-To-Use App!

  • - Pop-up Reminders: Set Pop-Up Reminders To Alert You Before Tasks Are Due.
  • - Create Unlimited To Do Lists: The app includes several folders/features to help you stay on top of your tasks (due today, overdue, repeating, notes, color-coded priority)
  • - Unlimited Grocery Lists: The app includes a Master List to store your every time items. You can also create lists for each store or save old lists.
  • - Calendar with day, month and list views: Your to do list items are are also visible on your calendar, so you can see everything on your agenda on one screen.

Optional Upgrade: Easily Upgrade The App To Our Premium Version To Access Your Calendar & Lists Online And Share Them With Your Family.

*Includes Banner Ads

Friday, December 23, 2011

Free App Today - Skitch for iPad

Free App Today - Abs Workout for iPad

Free App Today - Daily Workout Apps

Daily Arm Workout Free

Daily Cardio Workout Free

Daily Leg Workout Free

Free App Today - Wall of Sound

This app lets you explore clips from many commercially available albums.  Some material may not be suitable for children. 

Free App Today - Wall of Video

This app lets you explore previews and clips from many of the commercially available movies and videos.  Some material may not be suitable for children.

Free App Today - PDFPro for iPad

******** FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT *********
Thank you for choosing and supporting PDFPro Application.
Silver Touch has a gift for you this Christmas....
Download PDFPro for Free now (a $9.99 USD value).
The Offer is only open till 25th Dec 2011.

'PDFPro' is a PDF Reader with special features of Annotations, Audio Notes and Text Notes.

'PDFPro' is designed with the simple aim to make the experience of e-reading pleasurable for users and an ideal and a must-have app. PDFPro promises smooth transitions and effects for eye-pleasing viewing, editing or reading of PDF files.

PDFPro's make PDF management easier, with robust features like sharing via email, text notes, audio notes, dynamic search, handy doodle toolbar and much more. Users' everyday hassle of managing PDF files are mitigated and makes life easy. With PDFPro, editing PDFs is simple, quick and fun!

  • - Import Docs: Import PDFs from Dropbox account within a few taps.
  • - Search: Search PDFs from within any category.
  • - Add Category: User can add new categories to store the PDFs.
  • - Delete Category: User can delete categories other than the default categories.
  • - PDF Settings Page:
  • - Priority: Enables user to label files according to their priority(which have preset respective colors) for easy spotting and/or create your own priority label.
  • - Move: Allows user to move the PDF from one category to another.
  • - Add Blank PDF: User can add a blank PDF.

  • - Save As: Duplicate the same PDF with new name in the same category.
  • - Wi-Fi Transfer: Transferring PDF files via Wi-Fi made easy.
  • - Wi-Fi Print: Print an entire file or a single page using Wi-Fi.
  • - Audio Recording: This ultimate feature records your voice which is automatically saved for future playback.
  • - Page History: Keeps a track of the history of previously viewed pages including their page number along with the date and time it was viewed on.
  • - Page orientation: User can rotate the PDF in the steps of 90 degree in clockwise direction.
  • - Signature: Add a personal touch! Personalize PDF by adding a signature to pdf documents.
  • - Add Blank Page: Add a blank page to a blank pdf document.
  • - Cover Page: Set the cover page you want. Select any page from the pdf to make it the Cover page.
  • - Bookmarks: Bookmarking a single page made easy with a single tap on the icon.
  • - Sticky Notes: This impeccable feature of PDFPro, helps to jot down important points per page for future reference.
  • - Search: Every search will be highlighted in the entire PDF and a single tap will take you to its result on leading search engines for more.
  • - Share: PDFPro enables you to share instantly! Share a PDF or PDF page (along with edited changes) via Email.

  • - Undo / Redo: Undo or Redo user’s last action in Drawing mode.
  • - Pencil Tool: Change the size, color, opacity of the pencil as required and start editing.
  • - Highlighting Tool: The highlighting tool enables the user to choose the size, color and opacity for highlighting within the PDF.
  • - Eraser Tool: Select size of the eraser from large, medium or small to omit changes made in the document.
  • - Bookmark Tool: The Bookmark Tool lets the user to easily add or delete bookmarks to PDF files to mark the pages for future reference.
  • - Slider / Scroll bar: The Slider Tool comes with the Inner Jumping Page facility allows the user to jump from one page to another smoothly in a jiffy i.e. User can hide/unhide the slider tool by double tapping on the screen.

  • - Book Content Search: Under the Book Content Search, user gets the remarkable option of keyword search for an entire PDF file. Also, while searching user will get to know the total number of matches on a single PDF page as well.
  • - Highlighted Searched Text: Highlights searched text for easy find.

Free App Today - Magic Zither

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

National Jukebox - Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

The Last Page of the Internet...

Free App Today - Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...

With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photo imports, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.

• Help students with homework by working through an example problem.
• Put your lessons on the web so students can watch them before and after class.
• Tutor someone from afar.
• Showcase your video tutorials on and share your knowledge with the world.
• Add your commentary to famous works of art.
• Diagram football plays, John Madden style.

• Record and replay your voice, handwriting and drawings
• Add photos from the iPad camera, Photo Albums or Dropbox
• Animate images by dragging them around while recording
• Pause and resume recording anytime
• Create multiple whiteboard pages
• Undo and redo your actions
• Choose from 10 different ink colors
• Create a free account on and choose who can view your lessons
• Share your lessons via email, Facebook and Twitter
• Embed your lessons on your blog or website

Free App Today - App Shopper: AppZappPush

The Bargain-Guide for the AppStore - never miss a sale again. AppZapp will instantly inform you about price drops by push or eMail.

"The mother of all iPhone-Apps" -
“The New Standard for app store junkies." - AppStore Review
"I'm a bargain shopper and this App is just that, a Great Bargain!" - AppStore Review

There are hundreds of price drops every day and more than 450.000 Apps on the AppStore. AppZapp will find all changes very fast and show them in well sorted lists to you. So you are always on top of whats going on on the AppStore.

Your AppZapp is an essential tool to help you find the right apps in your AppStore.

Top Features:
* Always up2date with price and seller alerts
* All sales, free apps and whats new easy accessable
* Benefit from our highly perfomant service
* Detailed information of every app and seller
* Become a part of the AppZpp Community
... and much more!

AppZapp is available for iPhone and iPad on the AppStore

Get more information about AppZapp and support on:

Free Apps Today - TOEFL Tests

TOEFL Synonym Test

TOEFL Incorrect Word Test

Free Video Converter for Windows

Why choose Hamster Free Video Converter?

  • It's FREE! The full version is free for everybody!
  • Converts any video to iPod, iPad, iPhone 4S, PS3, PSP, Blackberry, xBox, Zune, Apple TV, iRiver, etc.
    More than 200+ devices
  • Converts to 3GP, MP3, MP4, AVI, MPG, WMV, MPEG, FLV, HD, DVD, M2TS and others! Integrated video player!
  • Easy-to-use! Drag-n-Drop! It does not require special knowledge. There is Wizard for beginners.
  • Changes codec/System type/De-interlaces your video file
  • Converts many video files in batches
  • Adjusts audio video bitrate, frame rate
  • Integrates into Windows! Windows 7/Vista/XP compatible!
  • Supports 40 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Japan, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, etc.)
  • Support Youtube

Legal and Free Computer Books

Computer The site offers high quality computer related books for free download. These computer books are all legally distributed and their authors have granted permissions for the site to distribute their works.

Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

All About Reading: Web Sites for Book Lovers

All About Reading: Web Sites for Book Lovers Blog post by Chris O’Neal

Five Books That Have Influenced My Teaching

Five Books That Have Influenced My Teaching
Blog Post from Mary Beth Hertz

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Free App Today - 200 Great Piano Scores


1. You get 200 piano scores in one download, beautifully arranged, indexed, ready to be played. No hidden cost, no in-app purchases, no pay per view.

2. This is the complete collection of piano sheet music ideal for any pianist, whether amateur or professional. You'll find the right piece for you! Includes all well-known, famous pieces .

3. View the music scores full-screen to maximize the available screen estate. Easy-to-use interface will help you start playing your favorite pieces in no time!

4. Easily organize your collection of sheet music by tapping on the Favorite icon while viewing. You can find your favorite pieces in Recents and Favorites tabs.

Free App Today - Medical Animated Pocket Dictionaries

Animated Pocket Dictionary: Hypertension

Animated Pocket Dictionary of Ophthalmology

Infectious Diseases (Animated Pocket Dictionary series - Focus Medica)

Understanding Disease: Gastroenterology and Urology




Free App Today - Real Piano II HD

Completely new sound and new design in version 2.0 of Real Piano HD Pro!
FREE for limited time

A full 88-KEY keyboard app that brings you not only real piano sound, but also other instruments like guitar, marimba, and music box. Its keyboard is smoothly slidable and zoomable. It also supports customizable key labels, and professional tuning & transposition functionalities.

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- Real grand piano sound and gorgeous look and feel.
- Multiple instruments: Grand Piano, Guitar, Bass, Harp, Marimba, and Music Box.
- Smoothly move and zoom the keyboard by just sliding and pinching.
- Expression control: Touch on position or Tap force.
- Supports customizable key labels in different types: C-D-E, c1-d1-e1, 1-2-3, or do-re-mi.
- Tuning by specifying the standard A frequency (435Hz - 446Hz)
- Transposing by specifying semi-notes or another key.

Free App Today - Fotopedia Wild Friends

•A fantastic collection of more than 2,400 spectacular photos
•Visual stories presenting new adventures, updated every day
•Complete navigation with smart tags, search and interactive maps
•Instant Slideshows and Wallpapers for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
•Shuffle or shake your device to discover new spots and images
•Favorites to create your own photo albums or personalized virtual trips
•Photo sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter
•Open Graph integration with Facebook to easily share your explorations

Free App Today - Punchfork (Top Recipes on the Web)

Endless tasty recipes. Punchfork brings the best new recipes from top food sites directly to your iPhone or iPad. It's the easiest way to discover the latest recipes and dishes that are trending on popular food blogs like Smitten Kitchen, Simply Recipes, 101 Cookbooks, The Pioneer Woman and more.

Free App Today - Tip of My Tongue

Tip of my Tongue is an iPad/iPhone/iPod app that makes it very easy to find words. It contains a list of 125,000 words and you do not need Internet-access for searching through the word list. Internet-access is only required for looking up the meaning of words.

For more information, visit:

Usage & Instructions

Once the app is running, you can enter the search criteria for finding words. The search results are shown immediately on the iPad while on the iPhone/iPod, you have to click on the 'Search' button.

There are four types of criteria that you can use to find words:

1) Word Length:

Specify the shortest and longest acceptable word lengths here. Use these to narrow down the results if you get too many matches.

2) Letters:

Specify which letters must be and cannot be in the word that you are looking for. Very often we can recall that the word we're looking for has an 'i' and maybe a 'k' but does not have an 'x' or a 'z'. Specifying these in the 'Letters' section greatly improves the matches. Of course, if you specify the same letter in both these fields, you will get no matches.

3) Partial Words:

If you know the prefix or suffix (starts with 'ada' or ends with 'nt') then specify that here. If you know the letters 'dama' are present somewhere in the word in that particular order, specify that in the 'Contains' field. If you just want to find words that contain some specific letters in no particular order, then type those letters in the 'Letters' section and not the 'Partial Words' section.

4) Solve Word Games:

To solve a Hangman word-puzzle, type in the known letters and use the '.' (period) symbol for missing letters. The Wild Cards puzzle is similar to Hangman with one difference: In Hangman, if a letter has been typed in manually, then it cannot be used in any of the blanks. There is no such restriction for Wild Cards.

To get a list of all the words that can be made using a particular set of letters (like a word jumble puzzle or 7-8 tiles in Scrabble), type those in the 'Unscramble' field. If you get too many matches, specify the minimum length.

Free App Today - Wyse PocketCloud (Remote Desktop) - RDP / VNC

PocketCloud is a secure and fast way to remotely connect to your Mac or Windows desktop with your iPad or iPhone, no matter where you are. Access your files, pictures, and applications like Outlook, Word, Photoshop, games or any other program. Build your own personal cloud and keep your stuff where it should be. Simple to install with powerful features and RDP/VNC compatibility, make PocketCloud the best choice for remote desktop access.

Free App Today - Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Free App Today - Pro Tuner

Pro Tuner is a well designed Chromatic Tuner on iPhone/iPad especially for Guitar and Bass player. It's highly accurate and has 91 build-in tuning modes. Moreover, you can play REAL guitar reference sounds by tapping the strings. Pro Tuner supports two input methods: build-in microphone and line-in. Pro Tuner supports Guitar Clip Microphone, which especially makes tuning highly accurate.

=== Build-in Tuning Modes ===
1. General Tunings
2. Lower Tunings
3. Higher Tunings
4. Dropped Tunings
5. Double-dropped Tunings
6. Major Open Tunings
7. Minor Open Tunings/Cross-note Tunings
8. Modal Tunings
9. Miscellaneous Tunings
10. 5 String Tunings
11. 7 String Tunings
12. 8 String Tunings
13. Bass Tunings
14. Ukelele

Friday, December 16, 2011

Free App Today - The Wizard of Oz-Interactive Book by iBigToy

This app has returned to its normal price of $2.99

Free App Today - TJs Art Studio

This app has returned to its normal price of $1.99

Free App Today - i Learn With the Mighty Jungle: Animals ! HD - Life sciences educational game for kids in preschool and kindergarten

This app has returned to its normal price of $2.99


iLearnWith the Mighty Jungle: Animals is a fun treasure hunt! Play with the characters from the Disney channel and help them find their friends while learning facts about your favourite animals!

This app is part of the iLearnWith educational program, designed to help prepare your child for school while having fun:
  • - Cross-curricular game-based learning program: math, science, literacy, languages, creativity and much more.
  • - Self adjusting levels of difficulty.
  • - Games based on National Standards for Preschool and Kindergarten.
  • - Designed with the help of educators and child psychologists.
  • - By the developers behind the PBS Kids Play! online learning program.

Description :
Bruce, Rhonda and Wendell from the Mighty Jungle are hiding. Your child has to help Babu the Meerkat seek his friends by matching the clues to the animals they meet on their way!
Level 1 – Find the animal that fits the physical characteristic described.
Level 2 – Find through elimination the animal that fits both physical characteristics and natural environment.
Level 3 – The final level combines three criteria – physical characteristic, natural environment and specific behaviour.


2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest for Grades 9-12

$3,500 in Cash Awards Available

Entries Due: April 16, 2012 

 *** Be part of a new generation of problem solvers that will meet the challenges posed by a changing planet ***

From the movement of Hurricane Irene up the east coast of the United States to images of the receding ice in polar regions, scientists and decision-makers rely upon satellites and other observing instruments to understand the extent and impact of environmental changes. These tools are offered to the public with ever increasing accessibility, turning people into citizen scientists.

The 2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, provides high school students (grades 9-12) with the opportunity to conduct innovative research on our changing planet and win cash prizes for their efforts. Students must demonstrate the best uses of the latest geospatial tools and data to study the Earth.

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. Cash awards will be given to the top three projects -- $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. Winners also will be featured in an Encyclopedia of Earth article.

In addition to the student prizes, teachers of the first-, second- and third-place students or teams will receive a $200 gift card. If participation is part of an after-school club or other activity independent of school, the student or team can identify an adult "coach" who would be eligible for this award (e.g., a parent, club leader, etc.).

Entries must be received by April 16, 2012. IGES plans to announce the winning entries by May 23, 2012.    

Eligible geospatial tools and data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). The main focus of the project must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study a problem related to Earth's environment.

Geospatial tools and data have numerous uses in science research, ranging from climate prediction to archaeology. They can be used to improve our understanding of Earth systems, including interactions within and among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. They also can be used to improve the quality of our lives by supporting weather prediction, natural hazards monitoring, agriculture, land-use planning, coastal management, transportation, public health, emergency response and other fields.

The Thacher Environmental Research Contest (formerly the Thacher Scholars Award) was founded in honor of former IGES board member Peter Thacher, who was a leader in promoting the use of satellite remote sensing. Thacher was former deputy executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, NASA advisor and, at the time of his death, president of the Earth Council Foundation/U.S.

For more information on the 2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, including a list of resources for geospatial data, please visit

Brandi Bernoskie
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
(703) 312-7138 (Phone)
(703) 312-8657 (FAX)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Free App Today - AppFlux (Discover New Apps)

This app has returned to its 99¢ price... 

AppFlux is a new way to discover apps!

Experience the AppStore like never before! With AppFlux a flow of apps will reach your iPhone and iPad every day, highlighting the hottest apps of the AppStore.

No more boring lists of app icons - AppFlux showcases the most important part of the app, the screenshots, in a beautiful and engaging way.

The selection of apps is generated every six hours and is based on a unique algorithm that finds the apps that are most popular right now, but haven't reached the top of the AppStore, yet. With AppFlux you will get the new blockbuster first!