App Friday: Long Live The Underdogs!

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family friendly apps.  A few updates… First, thank you Tore of Operatio Apps spearheading a new Parental Notification Icon to help disclose what features are (or are not) available in an app prior to downloading. I’m already seeing a stream of apps integrate this graphic into their marketing materials. Second, did you see Mongo in the iTunes What’s Hot list? The Dora Challenge is underway – long live the underdogs!

Featured Apps (Click the image to read the descriptions in iTunes. Promotional pricing lasts until 8pm US PST Friday, unless extended by the developer.)

Tillie’s Time Shop by My Turn Mobile, iPhone version FREE, iPad version $.99, this App Friday. Tillie talks about time throughout this interactive app. The “time” theme translates to various games, activities and sound bytes which all distill the concept of time. Single info button on front page has links to feedback and webpage. Nice to meet you, Tillie!

Mike Moves Out, by Auryn Apps, FREE this App Friday (iPhone version is free too!). Adorable illustrations in this book app about a mouse on the move. Auryn’s library is growing so big, it’s tough to keep track of all titles. This particular book is 8th in the series of Miko books, so if you like this, there are plenty more. The “shop” has links to other Auryn apps.

LetterShaker by iLearnKids, $.99 this App Friday. Three difficulty levels that leave out letters so kids can drag them into place to complete the word. Audience sounds indicate whether the letter is correct or incorrect. Available in five different languages (who knew I could spell “seven” in German?). No ads, no IAP, no links – nothing to take you out of the app that I could find.

iLuv Drawing Animals by Learn With Fun Apps, $.99 this App Friday. This is my daughter’s penguin, because it was “penguin” week at school. Great app to complement the variety of penguin activities we did that week, like dressing up in black and white. Lots of animals and colors to choose from. There is even a blank page to create your own. Includes some social media and site links. Overall, a polished, professional app.

Signing Numbers & Colors by Rosemary Sanford (downloadable from the Interactive Touch Books app) $.99 this App Friday. I personally have not used the Interactive Touch Books library, but Andrea from Applicable2U has a review of Rosemary’s app here: “With very few interactive children’s book applications currently in the App Store that apply to understanding or learning about ASL (American Sign Language), this is a great introductory book that could spark conversations and appreciation of differences as a variety of reading and mathematical skills are being reinforced.” In my interactions with Rosemary this week, I was most excited about her plans for an app for the visually impaired, with black and white images, and videos that can be enlarged to full size for easier viewing. Keep us posted Rosemary!

It’s Facebook Time!

Our weekly download party on Facebook starts at 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST Friday February 24th on the My Turn Mobile Facebook Page. Join Tillie from Tillie’s Time Shop as she shares information about the featured apps, and pick up some fun deals along the way.

Weekly Updates

Did you see the Middle Schoolers visiting us on the banner this week? Got tweens? Head over to our banner program to check out the featured developer…

How about catching up with the App Report by Jellybean Tunes? We’re at Volume 18, and counting!

The Link Exchange

Add links to your favorite apps, blog posts, Facebook pages – or any link that covers family-friendly apps. Please include the app name (or page name) in the Link Title, your email, and a URL. Thanks for participating!

4 thoughts on “App Friday: Long Live The Underdogs!”

  1. Thanks for the Parental Notification Icon. I think it’s very important in getting independent developers to take a leadership role on this.

    As a reviewer, we always try to mention social links, in-app purchases, and outside links. However, is there a simple way to tell if user data is being collected if it’s not disclosed?

    Thanks,
    Lesley

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