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Smart Phones: Not Just For Grown-ups

In the continuing effort to entertain babies and children, parents are now turning to their cell phones.  But not in the way you might think.  Parents have always handed their phones to their children when the need for a quick distraction arises and a number of cell phone toys have been made, as well.  But new applications being made for smart phones are taking children’s interest in the phone beyond the shiny screen and buttons. 

Whether you’re looking to calm a crying baby, play an educational game, or just keep your children entertained for a few minutes, there are apps available to cover it all.   Need to get your baby to sleep in a noisy (or silent) place? Try Apple’s White Noise Lite.  The app makes just enough noise to drown out everything else, allowing your baby (and maybe even you) to sleep in even the least opportune of places.  If you are driving down the road and your baby is screaming because she dropped her rattle, there is no need to worry – just hand her your iPhone.  The Baby Rattle Bab Bab app’s sound and appearance are pleasing to your baby and function just as a rattle does.

Your smart phone can come in handy when you’re dealing with an older child, as
well.  Jenny Reeves of San Antonio tells Fox News that she allows her sons to flip through pictures of themselves and their dogs when she needs a quick way to pass the time and her older son – age 3 1/2 – is learning how to email his grandparents.  And it’s not all fun and games.  Parents are using apps as everything from baby monitors to health trackers.

There are numerous other types of apps for children of all ages including trivia questions, movie clips, and number and letter games.  These are great for long plane and car trips, or sitting in a restaurant, awaiting an order. Alex Bloom, the president and CEO of Handango.com (a website that sells over 140,000 apps for various phones) claims that several hundred of those apps are directed at parents with young children.  

As with anything, there is a debate as to whether or not allowing your child to play with or depend on a cell phone is a good idea.  Some argue that $300 is a lot to pay for rattle while others insist that the idea of allowing your child to play with the phone advances their technological know-how and improves and enhances abilities such as spelling and grammar.

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

A Blog Too Far

Operation Market Garden comes to mind as I ponder the first post in my new Projector Blog. In particular I find myself focused on the bridge at Arnhem, which was of course the farthest point of the allied advance during the largest airborne operation of World War Two. If you are movie buff you will recognize the bridge at Arnhem as the subject of the 1970’s movie “A Bridge Too Far”. Which brings me back to my concern over this new blog: Is this a blog too far?

If we had more time or more troops we might be able to take that bridge… I mean if we had more man hours from a larger staff of writers we might be able to keep this blog active, but as it stands I fear for the worst.

Perhaps if we give it a good try 30 Corp. will break through and relieve us before we are completely overrun. If I only had Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Gene Hackman leading the attack on the blog I might feel better.

But as it stands it’s just Alex Solis, Kyle Thompson, Bill Rogers, and myself. Also for the record, even in the movie, Robert Redford, Ryan O’Neal and Elliot Gould were not enough to save the day… So here it goes anyway.  LOL 

March 20, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , | Leave a comment

AMD Phenom – Harsh User Reviews

Few new products are received without a some criticisms. However after months of waiting it appears that AMD fans have few kind words for their purchase of the new Quad Core AMD Phenom 9500 that hit the shelves earlier this week.

To give you an idea of how poorly this chip has been received below is a snippet from the last ten user reviews I found on-line.

– “Under-performs compared to competitors solutions”
– “slower while still using the AM2 socket”
– “..they don’t have anything that even rivals with intel!”
– “Where is the AMD’s Price/Performance ratio?”
– “These things are not worth the wait”
– “Only 2.2 ghz. No AM2 + boards yet.”
– “Price for one thing…a 5000+ BE or 6000+ is a better value at this point”
– “basically have no reason to got phenom on the desktop”
– “In all seriousness, there is NO REASON to buy a Phenom!”
– “After all this time and waiting, gonna sell this rig for auction and go the better VALUE Intel.”

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Write a Review or just Vote on Middltown Ohio

The Middletown Review website is now live. You can cast your vote on the worth of any Middletown Ohio business or leave a comment letting us all know about your experience. Stop by and try it out anytime and I guarantee it’s the most fun you will ever have on a Review Website for Middletown Ohio. LOL (It’s of course the only review website you will ever find for Middletown)

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Reviews | Leave a comment

VX6700 – Pocket PC Technology That’s Almost Amazing ( Through no fault of its own)

VX6700I just got back from the Verizon store. My company was kind enough to hook me up with a nice new VX6700 Pocket PC Phone. Wanting to put it through a few test runs I brought up its Remote Desktop app and connected remotely to my office desktop computer. I was able to log in, browse my desktop, see all the apps I had left open earlier in the day. I was impressed. So I get the crazy I idea to send my boss a thank you right from my office e-mail using this Remote Desktop connection. So I type up the e-mail and go to hit send when I am unpleasantly reminded how unstable most Microsoft apps tend to be. That’s right Outlook on my local desktop stopped responding and had to be shut down. You know: “Send” or “Don’t Send”. The only thought that ran my mind was “Classic”, followed by the thought that went something like: “Perhaps a Blog Post would be a good way to say thanks”. Well that and of course dozens of more posts done from where ever this cool little device and I end up. So, thanks again John Beagle and our Nationwide Service Organization ,the Tech-Army.org, for the chance to truly have such an enjoyable job.

July 19, 2007 Posted by | Reviews | 1 Comment