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App Friday: May 27, 2016

Play detective in Batman Unlimited by StoryToys, land on a mysterious planet with Amos the Astronaut, and connect with the latest in astronomy with Sky's Up. Plus, ecosystem management on your PC, and e-book subscriptions for kids.

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Books

Batman Unlimited - Gotham City's Most Wanted
Batman Unlimited - Gotham City's Most Wanted

by StoryToys

Immerse yourself in a brand new Batman story featuring your favorite DC Super Heroes including The Flash, Green Arrow and Cyborg. As the moon rises over Gotham City, a bizarre crime wave breaks out. Nightwing, Batgirl and even Red Robin are under suspicion. It's your job to clear their name, piece together the clues, and track down the mastermind behind the crimes.

iPhone/iPad/Apple TV: 3.99 -

Books

Amos the Astronaut
Amos the Astronaut

by Van Winkle Studio LLC

Amos is a daring astronaut whose galaxy quests are the stuff of legend! Okay, maybe he’s only a legend in his own mind, but that won't stop him. Amos travels to unknown reaches of the universe to make new friends. He is a bit clumsy with his spaceship though, which results in many unscheduled stops to unknown planets. In this adventure, Amos crash-lands on a lush, mysterious planet full of surprises. Join Amos and explore the planet, make new friends, solve puzzles, and repair his ship to prepare for his next adventure!

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Books

Georgie and the Birthday Girl
Georgie and the Birthday Girl

by bammbosh Ltd

With an original story, beautiful artwork, amazing animation, fun interactivity, voice narration and sound effects, Georgie and the Birthday Girl is an adorable story perfect for kids young and old. This app will take readers on a fun journey with Georgie and his friends as they prepare a special musical gift for their friend, Pebbles the Panda. Not only does this app give children the opportunity to practise their reading skills as they follow along with the narrator, it also teaches children to be resourceful.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): 2.99 -

Parents

LadyPlans  (An App For Parents)
LadyPlans (An App For Parents)

by LadyPlans

LadyPlans is a personal organizer app for women. It helps busy moms to anticipate and plan their priorities from daily tasks to life-changing events. Within the same app, you can prepare and schedule events, as well as track items, for both yourself and your loved ones. Based on customizable ready-made lists, the app enables to type less, anticipate more and save time for a large range of occasions (birthdays, holidays, celebrations over the year...).

Includes In-App Purchases

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free + In-App Purchases -

Science

Sky's Up
Sky's Up

by Joomag, Inc.

Sky's Up is a quarterly publication of the AstronomyOutreach network. Edited by Dr. David H. Levy, this magazine is a great resource for educators, students, parents and anyone interested in learning more about what's happening in the sky. Regular features include STEM content, columns by well-known astronomers and scientists, sky calendars and an astrophotography gallery.

Universal (iPhone/iPad): Free -

Blog Post

Newsworthy
Newsworthy

by App Friday

Environmental Education Comes To Life On Steam

"Tyto Ecology is about building and managing your own ecosystem. As the player, you can choose between desert, rainforest, and grassland habitats. These habitats, or biomes, have certain species like predators, prey, pollinators and decomposers which construct the game dynamics. Can you keep the mix in balance?

Although tablets are becoming more powerful, PCs can still manage much more immersive and detailed simulations, and this one sounds great.

 

Developing Apps for Kids Conference 2016

"This conference is for anyone working in the children’s app space. It is the go-to event for app developers, designers, illustrators, marketers, toy companies, funders, and other professionals who are working in kid tech media."

They have an impressive line-up of speakers this year.

 

Epic Success in Kids' E-Book Subscription

"The subscription model offers “easy access and no friction” (e.g. no advertising or in-app purchases) for kids who want to explore e-books, according to Donahue. He calls Netflix the “most obvious comparison” to Epic!’s type of service...."

E-Book sales have declined somewhat in recent years, in part because print books have certain advantages over digital (no power required, fewer distractions, tactile feel, etc.) and in part because e-books aren't always priced much cheaper than print books. A Netflix style service for books is interesting because it offers a price advantage, and the ability to access a whole library worth of books.


Newsworthy