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CardDroid Math 2.6 is here and it’s HOT!

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CardDroid Math 2.6 brings new rewards for perfect scores

It’s here now and it’s HOT!  Right now, it’s the #1 educational app and the #83 paid app in the Amazon Appstore and #49 in the NOOK Apps Shop.

Top 100 and #1 Educational AppBalloon Reward Screen

Make a perfect score and get a new reward!  Some color schemes have poppable balloons as a reward and others have tappable fireworks.  (There’s even a secret, hidden “micro game” in the balloon screen. Shhh!)  You get spinning stars too.

Still 99 cents and the upgrade is free to current customers:

Button to get the app on Google PlayButton to get the app on the Amazon AppstoreButton to get the app at the NOOK Apps Store

Balloon Reward ScreenFirewards reward screen

Battle of the Tablets (Nexus 7, NOOK HD, Kindle Fire HD) – Part 1

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Tablet
NOOK HD+ (9″)

As an app maker, I need to have a variety of hardware for testing. This is especially true of Android where each phone and tablet is a little different. That’s how I came to have a Google Nexus 7, an Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and a NOOK HD+. I mixed it up and got the 7″ Kindle Fire HD and the 9″ NOOK HD+ so it’s not 100% apples to apples – and no Apples. 🙂

The Contenders

  • Google Nexus 7 – 7″ 1280×800 HD display, $199 for a 16GB model.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD – 7″ 1280×800 HD display, $199 for a 16GB ad-supported model ($15 more to remove lock screen ads) – no power supply included.
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ – 9″ 1920×1280 HD display, $269 for a 16GB model (the NOOK HD is a more comparable model at $199 for an 8GB model or with a higher density 1440 x 900 7″ display)
    NOTE: The NOOK HD and HD+ allow you to add up to 64GB via a microSD slot.

The comparison begins after the break.

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New App on the Way

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Red chile on  wooden cutting boardWhitneyApps will release an exciting new app very soon (in the next week or two depending on App Store approval processes).

There’s nothing like this app out there!. Check here or “like” us on Facebook to be the first to know. The chile on the right is one of the “characters” from the new app.  It’s interactive, it’s lots of fun, and it’s even useful. And, of course, it’s in HD. (It looks great on Kindle Fire HD, NOOK HD/HD+, Nexus 7, Galaxy Note, and – on the emulator – Nexus 10.)

Edit (November 29, 2012): It was later than we planned, but “Veggie Clock” is in Google Play now and should be in Amazon Appstore and NOOK Apps Shop in early December (be notified by email when it’s in your preferred app store).

CardDroid Math app icon

Prevent “Math Phobia”

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An article in today’s Wall Street Journal , “A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents” warns of the danger of “Math Phobia” but also proposes solutions.  I recommend reading it if you have a school-age child.  Here’s one big surprise from the article:

Ongoing research is shedding new light on the importance of math to children’s success. Math skill at kindergarten entry is an even stronger predictor of later school achievement than reading skills or the ability to pay attention, according to a 2007 study in the journal Developmental Psychology.

 

CardDroid Math app iconOne way to build math confidence early is to get your child a copy of CardDroid Math.  My 4-year-old daughter is using it for addition problems from 1-5 (all answers can be counted on fingers if necessary, but she isn’t doing that anymore). Precshoolers and kindergarteners need a bit of help, but they can do it!  My daughter just got 100% on a 30-problem quiz.  “I want the rainbow!”

Here’s what my kids are doing on CardDroid Math to build confidence this school year:

  • Pre-K daughter: 1-5 plus 1-5
  • Second-grade son: 2-9 plus 2-9 (about to add subtraction) – he’s solid on 0, 1 and 10 so we’re focusing on 2-9
  • Fourth-grade son: 2-12 times 2-12 (soon to add division once his speed is solid) – again 0 and 1 are easy so we don’t do those.

One son likes the timer, one doesn’t like the pressure.  Fortunately, it’s configurable!

You can get CardDroid Math today.  My kids check off their 15 minutes a few days a week before they get free time.

CardDroid Math is available now in the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, and Barnes & Noble Nook Shop for 99 cents:
Google Play Apps: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.whitneyapps.carddroidmath
Amazon Appstore: http://www.amazon.com/WhitneyApps-CardDroid-Math/dp/B004V4WJWS/
Barnes & Noble NOOK Shop: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/CardDroid-Math/WhitneyApps/e/2940043352972

If you get it now, you also get the fall 2012 upgrade for free when its released.

Best wishes for wiping out any math-phobia in your home!

What are your tips for building confidence in kids?  Let us know in the comments section below!

Take care,

Steve @ WhitneyApps

Visit the stars with Space Journey Moving Wallpaper

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Available now for the NOOK Color™ by Barnes and Noble (and for other Android-powered devices later this fall), Space Journey Moving Wallpaper makes your home screen into a portal to stars, nebulae, and even galaxies using breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope.  Space Journey Moving Wallpaper slowly moves your point of view from one part of the image to another, letting the details unfold.  After a few journeys, it fades to a new image and a new exploration begins.

Learn more and see more on the Space Journey Moving Wallpaper product page.

Available for 99 cents in the NOOK App Shop.

Android tablets are great for fighting email overload

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I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to do app development, and I found a delightful surprise that I want to share with you.

If you get a lot of email like I do, you may find it piling up on you.  Well, it turns out that the best tool out there for combatting inbox expansion is the Android Honeycomb Gmail app. It’s really easy to read and archive whole batches of messages.  Tap the messages you want to archive and tap the file cabinet icon.  or label a batch of messages.  Or delete then.  And I actually enjoy it – there’s something about tapping and swiping on the screen that just feels better than using a mouse.

My goal is David Allen’s Getting Things Done target of “Inbox 0,” and I’m not there yet, but the Tab is really helping me conquer Mt. Inbox.

Enjoy!

Steve @ WhitneyApps

CardDroid Math Flash Cards Summer Sale

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CardDroid Math Flash Cards is on sale for summer! Get it for just 99 cents and help kids catch up or get ready for the next grade level.  Get it now in the Android Market and the NOOK Store.

Android Market: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.whitneyapps.carddroidmath
Barnes and Noble Nook Color Shop: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/CardDroid-Math/WhitneyApps/e/2940043352972

Just Released Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotion app for Android!

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Faith's Checkbook Mobile Devotion iconWhitneyApps is proud to present, Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotion (or in the 30 characters allowed by the Android Market, “Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devo” :-))

Screenshot from Faith's Checkbook Mobile Devotion screenshotNow available free in the Android Market (for the glory of God!)

Christians will find encouragement and inspiration in 366 daily devotional messages  written by Charles Spurgeon, known as “The Prince of Preachers” over 100 years ago.

Read today’s devotion, check out devotions from other days, or share the devotion to bless someone else!

Read more at the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotion page.

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