Some Of The Many Things We Are Interested In:

Halloween Costumes, Stories and Pranks

Boo! Did I scare you? Well Halloween is around the corner and the app stores are busting out some fantastic apps to enhance the spooky season. From costume games to spooky sounds, fun stories and even an app to find those ghosts lurking around the corner. With so many apps for the Halloween season I have narrowed it down to a few must haves on you’re smart phones for any age to enjoy. If your a fan of Halloween then you will love this review.

Halloween Costumes is a really cute app to get you in the mood for the season. This app has a selection of tops, bottoms, masks, among many other choices. You can create a number of combinations of costumes from Stormtroopers with fairy wings to a spooky vampire. A great way to brainstorm about your costume for this year. This app also has some fun animated features that makes it super cute.

Costumes are important to Halloween but it’s the spooky stories that are great to tell. Creepy Tails has a nice selection of Halloween stories that would be great to tell to share or to just read on your own. With 100 stories and 7 categories you can read one a night or save it for a Halloween party.

Now that the costumes and entertainment are taken care of all you need is a good Halloween prank, and Ghost Radar Classic has all the bells and whistles to scare your Halloween guests. It claims to read energy levels and can detect any ghost coming your way. For those that really take ghost to heart this could provide hours of fun and calling out those ghost might make your friends to spooked to play. But isn’t that what Halloween is all about?

App Review By Amanda O’Brien

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Food Themed Apps for Kids

Food themed kid apps are becoming really popular with not only kids but adults as well. Pretending is one of the ways we can connect with our children and using great apps like Ice Cream Parlour or Cookie Doodle is on the rise. No mess to clean up, no food to buy, no sugar to feed your child, all of the reasons why these types of apps are becoming so popular. Whether in the car, at a restaurant or just on the go, with smart phone apps making it easier to have fun without the hassle of breaking out a mess, it’s no wonder why more and more of these types of games are showing up on the market. A few apps that have really been making that pretend time fun and easy is Cookie Doodle, Ice Cream Parlour and Candy Swipe and I would like to review them for you here.

Cookie Doodle is a cute app that allows you to pretend to make cookies by rolling out the dough with a sweet selection of cookie cutters you can use to cut out your cookie shapes. Then you get to decorate your cookies! All the fun with no burnt cookies, a perfect batch every time.

Ice Cream Parlour is super cute app with an easy interface for any age. This app provides a great selection of ice cream and, toppings with all the fun of making the cold treat with none of the melting mess. Just slide your scoop on over to the cone of your choice, choose your toppings, endless fun. There is a great little demo of this app.

Candy Swipe takes a different twist on playing with your food. A lot like a crossword puzzle meets the connect four game. Most age levels will understand how to play. But again it’s about having a fun activity for you and your child to enjoy together and this app delivers a lot of fun.


Kids’ App Review: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox for iPhone, iPad, & Android

It’s hard to compete with “Monkey Preschool Lunch Box”  when it comes to iPhone, iPad, and Android apps for children.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox by THUP Games

This adorable, animated app includes seven games that teach preschoolers about colors, letters counting, letters, and shapes.  Priced at $1.99 on Android ($0.99 on iPhone), it’s a bit expensive but the kids love it, so the parents love it.

An animated monkey helps you count bananas, identify colors, identify shapes, and pick fruits based on the starting letter.  The colors, sounds,  and required motor skills seem to appeal most strongly to the 2 to 4 year old set.  Slightly older kids may require a game with additional challenges but may still enjoy this delightful app.

Visible Contact is an Android and iPhone/iPad app developer and reviewer based in Austin, Texas.  Download our top apps:

Apps For Kids

Evil Sushi Squish (for iPhone & Android)

Ice Cream Parlour (for Android)

Halloween Costumes (for Android)

Utilities

Countdown (for Android)


Small Business Social Media

As a small business owner, I understand the value of eyeballs.  As many eyeballs that we can get to focus on our ads and content, the better.  Obviously, we all want targeted eyes.  As I once heard an announcer aptly point out during the World Cup several years ago, if a penalty shot is not on-goal, then it  can’t go in.

However, as we at Visible Contact increase our social media presence, I’ve noticed what many others have pointed out before me: many businesses are basically spamming on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.  They seem to have hired an SEO outfit to promote them shamelessly and soullessly or they’ve done their homework enough to do some SEO in-house but it’s done with an obvious “scam the system” spirit.  It’s clear to me that this makes for a lot of unpleasant noise in social media.

So, we want to take a thoughtful approach to social media that hopefully will get us some attention from people who would be interested in our products and services without shamelessly trying to gain eyeballs to pump full of our message.

According to Peter Thomas, an award-winning business intelligence expert, “providing content that is of interest… and being clear about who you are and what you do… trumps any more mechanistic approach to SEO [Search Engine Optimization].”

We are aligned with Peter’s thoughts on this subject and as our primary social media effort, we continue to refine our goals, sense of purpose, mission, style, skills, products, and services.  We aim to take these ambitions to our social media efforts.  I say “social media efforts” instead of  “social media campaign”, because I think “campaign” refers more to the kind of urgent badgering that can result in low-grade, passionless social media spamming and we are trying to steer away from that.

Visible Contact is an Android and iPhone app production company that focuses on children’s education, mHealth (mobile health), and global sustainability (social, economic, and ecological.)  We are based in Austin, Texas and our top app title is Evil Sushi Squish for Android & iPhone.

http://VisibleContact.com


Children’s iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps

Kids are spending more and more time with smart phones.  Many parents are cautious about letting their children spend too much time watching television.  Smart phones are an alternative that is at least interactive and can be challenging for kids in very positive ways.  Of course, parents need to supervise the content their children are consuming on smart phones because they can stumble upon apps and mobile sites that have adult content.  That being said, it is comforting to know that your child is playing an engaging game that is occupying their attention for a while and may even be teaching them something.

Visible Contact currently has two children’s apps available on the Android Market, the Amazon Appstore, and on the iTunes Appstore.

Evil Sushi Squish – A frenetic tap game with fun characters, 50 different levels, and a ninja scoring system where you advance from a white-belt ninja all the way up to a black-belt ninja.  Go to the companion kids’ game website for more fun and activities.  [Download for Android] |  [Download for iPhone]

Amazon’s Appstore says Evil Sushi Squish has:

  • Fun, engaging gameplay
  • Humorous characters and graphics
  • Intuitive graphical interface for young and older players

Ice Cream Parlour – A casual game where you build an ice cream cone from a vast store of ingredients.  It’s cheerful, colorful, silly, and fun to play.  [Download for Android]

Halloween Costumes – A simple, fun game where you drag costume hats, shirts, pants, capes, and more onto your character.  Kids enjoy the mixing and matching of different costume pieces. [Download for Android]

A review site that can be a good resource for finding the right apps for your children is Best Kids Apps.