Dayton, Ohio – Character Counts, LLC today is proud to announce the release of Creating Character “In Tweens,” its second mobile application in a series of apps that are designed to instill good behavior, responsibility, discipline and morals in children and young adults. The first app, which was released in the Fall, entitled Creating Character “in Kids” is for children ages 5-9. The second app, Creating Character “in Tweens” is specifically designed for children ages 10-14.
What is Creating Character “in Tweens”?
“Think of this app as the combination of a chore and behavioral chart delivered on a 21st century mobile platform” said Todd Duplain the company’s founder. This app is the tool parents need to establish clear rules and expectations with their children who are in their middle school or early high school years.
Duplain went on to say “As a society, we spend a significant amount of time and resources educating and measuring our youth in academic, athletic and other worthwhile endeavors. However, rarely do we focus much effort on morals, values, personal accountability and overall character building. The Creating Character apps do just that.”
Why Creating Character “in Tweens”?
As a father of four boys, Duplain says the first app was created out of necessity for his own family. “After several years of the typical family chaos in our home, my wife and I decided we needed to create a more peaceful environment where our children understood our expectations and started to reflect our value system. So after much trial and error we created a tool that would very clearly and concisely define daily responsibilities & behavioral expectations and measure progress toward those goals. This tool became Creating Character “in Kids” which has significantly improved our children, our home and our own lives.”
However, once our older boys were no longer “kids” and wanted to be treated more like teenagers, we created Creating Character “in Tweens” which reflects a whole new set of age appropriate Goals, Rewards and Consequences specifically designed for children in middle school and early high school. The Goals, Rewards and Consequences in the “Tween” app reflect a child’s need to have a more mature tool that aligns increased abilities and responsibilities to increased freedom and privileges.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 17.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Creating Character “In Tweens” 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Future Creating Character apps will be geared toward Toddlers (Ages 2-5) and Teenagers (15-18).
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It might not be the Google smartwatch revelation that some might have been waiting for, but it might be the next best thing. Google SVP Sundar Pichai announced at SxSW that the company will be making available in two weeks a sofware development kit (SDK) based on Android that manufacturers and developers can use for their next hit smart something.
The description of the SDK is pretty generic and pretty vague. All Pichai says about it at this point is that it will help developers to take a couple of sensor data and combine them into something more usable. If that sounds like it could cover a wide range of sensors, applications, and devices, it is precisely because Google isn’t limiting its vision to smart glasses and smartwatches alone.
The wearable device market is still in its infancy and there is still a lot of room for innovation. We have seen some of those at work, like contact lenses that assist diabetics monitor their sugar levels, shirts that help athletes keep track of their heart rates, or even clothing and accessories that alert parents to their baby’s needs. None of these are devices you strap to your wrist or put on your head.
Google will be leaving it up to other parties to think of the use cases the SDK will be applied to. There is, however, still some lingering questions whether Google will be eating its own SDK dogfood for its rummored smartwatch or if it will use a slightly different software based on Google Now, as some rumors put it.
Ever get an iMessage on your iPhone from someone you know that contains smiley or frowny faces, or even pictures of animals or cars, flowers or dancers, space ships or iPhones, and wonder how they did it? In the old days it was emoticons. Now it’s emoji. Every iPhone and iPad has the ability to send and receive them. All you have to do is turn them on!
Bluetooth-enabled tracking tags for finding keys and other household items aren’t anything new, but a particularly robust tag called PebbleBee hit Kickstarter recently that introduces a few new tricks. The main use case here is so that you get a buzz on your iPhone if your child goes outside of a certain range, or if you forget your keys at a coffee shop. There are two models PebbleBee has introduced: the Honey and the Hornet.
The Honey sports an internal speaker and LED to help you find lost items using your iPhone. It includes a keyring loop and an adhesive-friendly back, depending on where you want to affix it, and is sealed for water resistance. A multi-function button is embedded on the side, which can buzz your phone, initiate a call on the paired phone, and a few other tasks. The Hornet includes all of that, plus temperature alerts and detailed motion tracking thanks to a 9-axis gyroscope and compass, with either live or replay data on your iPhone.
Battery life lasts for 3 years with intermittent usage, and unlike Tile, the battery is replaceable. If they meet a stretch goal of 0,000, the PebbleBee guys will even be able to make a wireless charger. On the social front, you can allow other trusted contacts to track your PebbleBee tags, or if you lose something far away, can mark an item as lost, and give the PebbleBee community at large to find the item for you.
On the developer side, an API will be available, though there aren’t any examples of it in action just yet. It would be great to see these tying in with smartwatches and other wearables, so you wouldn’t have to take out your phone to see that a tagged object is out of range. In the case of motion tracking, however, one could see how a Hornet might functionally replace more fitness-oriented wearables.
Though I find XY has a bit more style, it’s hard to beat PebbleBee’s feature set. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the Elgato SmartKey, but PebbleBee is showing that there are many other use cases than just finding your stuff. So far the only other product that really matches PebbleBee in terms of features is Linquet.
Each PebbleBee Honey is going for , and the PebbleBee Hornets are a pop. You can get a little bit of both at the 3 backer tier and be rewarded with three Honeys and three Hornets. They’re even tossing in a free colored bumper for hitting the first stretch goal. The PebbleBee has already blown past its ,000 goal, and currently sits at over ,000 raised and under 20 days left to go. More info on backer tiers and stretch goals can be found on Kickstarter. Any takers?
Dave Hopkinson is the CCO at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and due to that job, he’s a busy fellow with needs for a device with a long lasting battery. In his case, that would be a [#protected_0#]. A new BlackBerry ad featuring him has now landed on the official BlackBerry YouTube page and this time around, it’s featuring the kinda new for a video ad slogan “Powered by BlackBerry”.
If you’re unlucky enough to live in one of the regions — like most of the United States and Canada — where spring means pushing the clocks forward an hour in what’s called Daylight Savings Time but is better thought of as Lose an Hour of Sleep Night, then it’s time once again to do just that. And because the iPhone and iPad have historically had as much trouble handling the change as we humans, you might want to make sure you give yourself a backup alarm backup for the evening and double-check your iOS time against some other source as soon as you wake up.
Once you’re certain you’ll be waking up when you’re supposed to — or sleeping an hour later than normal! — let me know what you think about the idea of Daylight Savings Time in general? Personally I want to kill it with fire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California where he met with Apple’s CEO, [#protected_0#]. The above video of the meeting is from the Israeli Prime Minister’s YouTube account.
If you’re having problems with your Apple TV, if Wi-Fi or connectivity is buggy, if it keeps failing to connect or update, if the channels just don’t work the way they’re supposed to, then restoring it to factory settings can give you a fresh start. Sure, it’s the nuclear option but it will also solve most problems, most of the time. If you’re suffering, a factory restore is one of your last, best hopes for salvation!
How to restore an Apple TV
From the main menu of your Apple TV, click on Settings.
In the next menu choose General.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom and select Reset.
Now choose Restore on the next menu.
Again confirm you’d like to restore your Apple TV by selecting Restore one more time.
That’s all there is to it. Your Apple TV will now restore itself to the latest firmware version. The process may take a little while so be patient. Once it’s done you can set it up just like you normally would.
If your Apple TV is bricked or isn’t responding when you try and perform an on-device restore, you’ll need to restore it in iTunes instead.
This weekend I have something a little different for this series, and I think it is something that developers and non-developers alike will enjoy. The best I can explain it is as a self-reflection of developing for BlackBerry 10 and specifically centering my thoughts on one of my apps, Random Stories+.
First a little background, Random Stories+ (RS) is an ad lib style app/game where it asks you for various words by parts of speech (verb, noun, adjective, etc) and fills those words into a story to make a potentially silly sounding story. Version 1.x of RS was one of the first apps I ever wrote and I did the majority of the development prior to BlackBerry 10 launching. After launch it was never a particularly popular app so it kind of fell by the wayside and I moved on to other projects.
From a development standpoint this is a relatively easy scenario to code. Pretty much have the user start a story (2 length options, quickie with 5 blanks and epic with 10 blanks) and have a function randomly select one of the stories for which the user could then enter their words. After the user presses submit those words would be concatenated into the rest of the story. Hilarity ensues?
At this point, you may be wondering I am telling this story. Well the short answer is simple, self-review and self-improvement. The long answer, however, I think is much more interesting and has screenshots!
I have seen many people write articles about if you look at your old code and you barely understand it means you have advanced as a developer. And in my case, with this code being over a year old, this couldn’t be more true. Let’s first take a look at the workflow of the 3 main releases of the app:
It’s concept time again, this time a slider, but not in the way we’ve seen from BlackBerry before. I strongly suspect we won’t ever see a BlackBerry in this form factor, although it is always nice to check out concepts.