Geek Baby in Training

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Juliana (20 months) is a little obsessed with the Old McDonald’s Farm Preschool Storybook Piano app for the iPad/iPhone. It was created by a company called Kiboomu and, unfortunately, I don’t think it’s even available anymore! There is, however, a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano” app that looks the same (by the same company) as well as an “ABC” song and a couple others!

Kiboomu was officially launched in January 2010. It was founded by two women who share a passion for children, music, education, and fun.  Kiboomu is a Montreal-based development company that specializes in creating award-winning children’s music for iPhone and iPad appssong downloads and kids music videos that promote learning through music and fun!

BabyGrow 2 Now Available on the App Store

Independent developer Andrew Molloy today announced that BabyGrow 2, a significant update to his baby growth tracking app for the iPhone, is now available on the App Store. The new version brings a refreshed user interface and adds several new features, including support for older children.

BabyGrow has always been the easiest way for parents to keep track of the growth of their children from birth to age 3. With BabyGrow 2, parents can continue tracking their older children as well (via in-app purchase). New growth charts can be personalized with custom symbols and colors, and scale dynamically with the child’s age. Charts and data can also be printed to any AirPrint compatible printer.

Features:

  • Track the growth of children from birth to age 3, and older children via in-app purchase.
  • Easy to read customizable growth charts.
  • Print growth charts and data to any AirPrint compatible printer.
  • Quickly calculate percentiles for weight, length and head circumference with Instant Read.
  • Backup your data with Dropbox.

Designed for parents by parents, BabyGrow makes keeping growth records simple, and helps parents understand their child’s growth with easy-to-read growth charts and percentile calculations. BabyGrow uses growth standards from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

BabyGrow 2 is now available worldwide for $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies), exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category.

Please visit http://babygrowapp.com for more BabyGrow information.

Tune In or Turn Off (Kids and Media)

By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 10/25/2011 12:10:00 AM

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Some 39% of 2-4-year-olds use a smart phone or tablet, and more than half (52%) of kids ages 5-8 do so.

According to a just-released national study from Common Sense Media: “parents, pediatricians, and child development experts are concerned about screen media use among children under two, this report indicates that a substantial number of infants and toddlers are watching TV and DVDs on a regular basis,” the study concluded.

It is the first of a series of reports from Common Sense as part of its new Program for the Study of Children and the Media, which is headed by Vicky Rideout, former VP of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “These results make it clear that media plays a large and growing role in children’s lives, even the youngest of children,” said Rideout, president of VJR Consulting. And almost a quarter of kids 5-8 are multitasking at least some of the time.

The goal of the program is to provide free, objective, and reliable data about young people’s media use to those concerned about promoting healthy child development, including policymakers, educators, public health experts, child advocates, and parents.

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iPhone App: Similac Baby Journal

right_toutsHaving a baby can make life a little unpredictable. With the free Similac Baby Journal app, there’s no need to wonder when your baby will want to eat, sleep, or have his or her next diaper change.

The Similac Baby Journal app can help you predict baby’s schedule — and help you plan your own. It’s so much more than an ordinary baby journal. Track, trend, and predict your baby’s feeding (bottle OR breast), sleeping, and diaper-changing schedules. Connect directly to a live Similac Feeding Expert. Email reports to Dad, family, friends, or your pediatrician.

Learn more and download (free)

Tales from the Laptop

Hellooo everyone! I am Pinkylee … Diva Laptop Extraordinaire! I have a few things to say about my owner, so pay attention!

Sometimes, I feel so used by my owner Christine. She uses me the same way most people use big ugly desktops! Every day it’s “email this” and “blog that” – she even uses me for physics homework! Imagine! Me? A delicious pink laptop – being used for physics!

As soon as she got me she was ready to upgrade me! Wasn’t I good enough for her? My “memory” was apparently not fast enough for her – and my hard drive space wasn’t nearly big enough for her. It was a nightmare being taken apart like that! Christine didn’t even have the decency to do it herself either – she let her HUSBAND do it for her! The shame! She still tries to run software on me that I just can’t keep up with. All those graphics and websites she makes with that Adobe Creative Suite she installed! All those Sims she creates! Don’t even get me started on the streaming video and music! Ugh! It’s enough to make any computer scream!

I guess I just got tired of it all. At least … my poor screen did. Now after two years of this ABUSE I can’t hold myself together! My screen fades out to white and Christine tries to bend me to get my picture back! It’s terrible! Now she’s talking about replacing me! I heard her saying just the other day to someone that she’s “never had any trouble with HP laptops” – can you believe it? She also said that the only reason she bought me was because HP didn’t have “pink computers” yet!

I guess now she wants a pretty pink flowery HP computer. I mean, they have coupons and all where she can save $30 off orders of $150 or more at the HP Home Store (valid through 10/31 or while supplies last. Restrictions and exclusions apply). Some of those computers are under $500! How can I ever compare with that? I know I cost more than I was worth … but … I’m so beautiful! What’s a laptop to do? Le sigh!

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Windows 7 Release Candidate

April 7, 2009 (Computerworld) (original article)

Microsoft Corp. today asked people running the Windows 7 beta to return their machines to Vista before upgrading again to the impending release candidate of Windows 7.

The company will, in fact, block upgrades from the beta to the release candidate, and plans to require users who balk at the request to edit an installation file to successfully update Windows 7.

Microsoft urged users who have downloaded and installed the beta of Windows 7 — the offered to the general public — to restore their PCs to Vista.

"We want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing beta," Microsoft said in the blog. " As an extended member of the development team and a participant in the beta program that has helped us so much, we want to ask that you experience real-world setup and provide us real-world telemetry."

The problem with upgrading from one pre-release build to another, Microsoft said, is that the bugs or other problems users report in those scenarios are essentially worthless. "We don’t always track them down and fix them because they take time away from bugs that would only manifest themselves during this one-time pre-release operation," the company admitted.

The Windows 7 Release Candidate is the next major milestone for the operating system, and is expected to hit the street sometime next month.