Daily Digest

Daily App Digest – June 12, 2012

Latest apps and updates to hit the iTunes app store today…

Sports Scoreboard


JAS Applications has announced the release of Version 1.0 of their new iOS App Sports Scoreboard. Keep score of Football, Rugby, Tennis, Basketball, Badminton, Baseball, NFL and Squash matches all in one App!

Each sport has it’s own page which is customised to it’s scoring system! For example in Rugby, you can score the total score, numbers of tries, number of conversions, number of penalties and number of drop-goals. Teams can be given a customised team/player name and each sport has it’s own clock to show the length of each match.




Think you’re smarter than your friends and family?  Dying to prove your expertise? Then prove it with Quizboard 1.0.2, the social trivia game from Planeto.

Quizboard lets players take turns answering sets of five questions. Players then navigate the game board with those questions trying to gain more points to bump up their scores: the person with the highest score when reaching the goal tile is the winner. Question categories include sports, arts & literature, science, geography, entertainment, and history, and for each question you get right you gain an extra hundred points.

The game lets you invite your friends through Facebook or try your knowledge against a random player. Push notifications help keep you informed of your ongoing games as well.

Martin Walfisz, Quizboard’s creator and founder of Planeto, is no newcomer to the world of games. Before starting Planeto, Martin also founded Massive Entertainment where he led the company to develop AAA titles such as Ground Control and World in Conflict. In 2008 Massive Entertainment was acquired by global publisher Ubisoft Entertainment.




Independent software developer, Piotr Byzia today announces the release of StackReader 1.0 for iPad. Stack Exchange is a network of Q&A sites covering a variety of topics. Think of it as a combination of Wikipedia, Digg, forums and blogs. It’s an online gathering of experts, and they love sharing their knowledge with you. With our app you will never miss any interesting question or answer again, it’s like an RSS reader for Stack Exchange Network.

Each site in the network has its own dedicated community, which aims to provide curated content within area of their expertise. Topics range from programming through photography to cooking (and almost 100 other topics).

Feature highlights:
* Access to all Stack Exchange Network sites (including most popular ones: Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User) on your iPad
* Follow your favorite tags, people or questions matching any search queries
* Browse questions grouped in several categories
* Built-in browser to access all functionality not yet provided by Stack Exchange Inc. (like asking questions, answering, voting, commenting)
* Offline access to questions and answers
* Native iOS app, with its look & feel, sorting, searching, and sharing the most interesting questions by e-mail,
* Retina display ready

School eLockers


Specialist Apps today is pleased to announce Schools eLockers 1.2.1 free for iOS, an update to their education application that makes it easy for schools to share learning resources between teachers and students. Schools across the world are increasingly using mobile technology but many are finding that managing learning content on these devices can be a challenge. This is why Specialist Apps is excited to announce a significant update to the School eLockers app for iOS – enabling sharing and collaboration like never before for schools using iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

School eLockers includes:
* Easy to share all types of files and media
* Unlimited groups and storage let you personalise learning
* Facilitates formative and peer assessment
* Drag and drop web interface
* Suitable for classes and schools of all sizes
* Drop Folders let students securely submit work
* Access anywhere and sync for offline
* iOS app provides one-touch access and sharing
* Leave notes on personal files

Run in New York – The Marathon Experience


Tapook Publishing is pleased to announce that "Run in New York – The marathon Experience" for iPad and iPhone is now available from the iTunes Store. "Run in New York" is the ultimate app for the aspiring runners who want to run the New York City Marathon. A journey through the route of the world’s largest and most exciting marathon.

Mile after mile, by tapping on the interactive map, the reader lives the action of the race : exclusive pictures and videos, curious and historical anecdotes about the protagonists, interviews with those who have run it, and information and useful tips for recreational and professional runners.




TheManagedInventory (TMI) is a Productivity iPad app for creating home inventories and managing multiple properties – easily and beautifully.

You can choose to view the inventory as photos organized into stacks, or in a list with thumbnail, item details and the total value of all your items.

TMI also helps you keep track of insurance policies, create reports (ie: for moving house or printing a list of your items), maintain information on multiple properties, and more.




Anub Apps today is pleased to announce Retwallpaper 1.2 for iOS, an update to their background screen app, which allows users to choose from among 25 different categories of HD-quality, Retina-compatible wallpapers for their home screen and lock/unlock screen. Compatible with most iDevices, Retwallpaper (Retina-Wallpaper) supports the high-resolution Retina displays of the newest iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Owners of the new iPad imparticular will be astonished at the remarkable quality of HD photos displayed at 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch. Also supported are the 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch Retina displays of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch 4th generation.

According to Apple, the Retina display on the New iPad represents a true breakthrough. "Everything you do with iPad, you do through its large, beautiful display. And when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44 percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels – in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. When you can’t see the pixels, you see the whole picture. Or article. Or game. In ways you never could before."


Avalon Wars


iFree Studio is pleased to announce Avalon Wars 1.5 for iOS. iFree Studio is pleased to announce two brand new functions Lottery and Nirvana are introduced to the players. The upcoming features will give players a better chance to gain more resources, honors, rare/unique items, and a different kind of improvement upgrade for heroes over level 20.

Avalon’s new function, Lottery is more like a "Russian roulette" that gives players a chance to gain extra resources or credits up to 5 million, 300,000 of Honor, and even items that incredibly unique like [NDA] items. Basically with 5 Domistals you might be able to get an extra boost if you are low on cash or resources; but it really depends how lucky do you think you are.

As for the Nirvana function, it’s a way to upgrade your hero’s command level, and potential level. But the condition is you have trade your hero’s experience in order to do so, it’s like a re-birth of a hero but with a much higher stats. This function can only be used 7 times for each hero, for the first use your hero has to be at a level of 20. And each use after that, the level of hero has to be 3 levels higher than the previous re-birth.

The producer explained that these 2 new released add-on functions are made for 2 reasons. One is to help players that are low in credits or resources to proceed on higher levels, and an extra way to obtain unique items. Secondly is let high level players to better upgrade their heroes.


Easy ABC 123


Dyess Software today is pleased to introduce Easy ABC 123 (v1.0) for iPad. Students not engaged in learning over the summer months lose valuable skills in math and reading that can hold them back for the coming school year. Additionally, these losses are cumulative year over year. According to a report released by the Rand Corporation in 2011, children lose on average, a month of education in reading and math, every summer. This effect is cumulative. Over their entire high school career, this adds up to an entire year of education. Stimulating your child in reading and math is crucial to prevent a disadvantage in their scholastic careers.

Easy ABC 123 is designed to help prevent this knowledge drain by offering a entertaining, engaging app for the iPad for children at the K-5 (elementary) level. It helps kids learn and retain spelling and math skills through positive reinforcement, gradual progression through material, and an award system for achievements.

The app has 16 different games to play; 8 for spelling and letters (ABC), and 8 for numbers and math (123). Each game is slightly more difficult than the previous game, and the material of each game starts easy and gets progressively harder.

ABC games are based around 3 sets of 26 words starting from A to Z, and each set of words are progressively longer. The variety of vocabulary expands from common to curious with amazing photographs for reinforced recognition.

123 games include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, an introduction to numbers, a calculator and a free play game. 123 games include numbers from zero to twelve.


Wordflex Touch Dictionary


Designed exclusively for the iPad by the London-based company SchematiX, this revolutionary language resource – formerly known as the Twig Touch Dictionary, and now upgraded to version 1.1 – turns entries into expansive "word trees" that users can freely rearrange, manipulate and explore with touch gestures, shrinking and expanding information to maximize the screen’s workspace. With a single tap they can open tree nodes and "badges" containing definitions, origin data, detailed notes and more, or hear audio pronunciations (in both U.S. and U.K. English). Double-tapping enables the selection of any content and allows context-sensitive functions like bookmarking, expanding into a new tree or clipboard copying.

The semantically detailed word trees include synonyms and antonyms, adding a thesaurus function to the dictionary interface. Wordflex users can also create "word posters" of the entries for sharing on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail or hard-copy print-outs.

Users can even introduce an element of chance to their learning with the random function, which simulates "flying through" language; words float on the screen like stars, waiting to be explored.

The Wordflex Touch Dictionary combines a physics-based mind-mapping engine with nearly 1GB of linguistic content from three Oxford University Press titles: The Oxford Dictionary of English (the foremost single-volume authority on the English language, with 355,000 words, phrases and definitions); The New Oxford American Dictionary (Oxford’s flagship dictionary of U.S. English); and The Oxford Thesaurus of English (the gold standard of comprehensive synonym and antonym resources). These titles are powered by Oxford’s extensive language-research program, including the Oxford English Corpus, which contains over 2 billion words of real 21st Century English.


Super Shred Bros.


Announcing that Humanoid Wakeboards, Inc., the developer of Super Shred Bros., has released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch users. Super Shred Bros. 2.0 is an interactive game that lets wakeboarders of any skill level learn new tricks, share and compare videos with other users, and earn rewards and discounts on wakeboarding gear from the developer’s online store. This update includes new tricks in 5 skill levels and step by step instructions to help users learn and execute each trick.  

Super Shred Bros. Wakeboard Skill Levels:  
* Easy Steezy (Novice)
* Jibbin’ & Jivin’ (intermediate)
* Motor Boatin’ (Intermediate)
* Hammer Time (Advanced)
* Kill It All (Advanced)  

The developer calls Super Shred Bros. a game due the competitive aspect, but this is no video game. To play, users must record and upload video of themselves executing actual wakeboarding tricks from each skill level required in the app. Each trick is accompanied by a "How-To" button, offering step by step instructions, complete with photos, to help users perfect the technique and hone their style.

Friends and other Super Shred Bros. users rate submitted videos with a "Shaka" (Like a thumbs-up) or "Fail" vote. The more Shakas a person earns, the more points they get to help them climb the official Super Shred Bros. leader board.


Marble Math


Artgig Apps today is pleased to announce the release of Marble Math, a new math practice app for kids that blends problem solving, strategy, core math concepts, and good plain fun. Featured as New and Noteworthy in the App Store, Marble Math is designed for middle to upper elementary ages 9-12+.

The object of the game is to solve a variety of math problems by collecting numbers as you roll or drag your marble through a series of mazes. Young mathematicians will be excited to earn new marbles as they avoid obstacles and collect bonuses while working through the problems and achieving high scores. There is no time limit – children can work at their own pace, and if they get an answer wrong, they have the opportunity to see the correct solution and then try again.

Marble Math adheres closely to math concepts children are already learning in the classroom. The skills are divided into three levels: easy, medium and hard, so learners can select the level that best suits them. Teachers and parents can further customize problem types within each level to target specific learning areas.




Indie developer Jonny Miller today is pleased to announce Alakazam 2.0 free for iOS, his travel app that allows spontaneous travelers to find budget flights from any location in the world. After entering current location, departure date, and maximum budget, the app displays a map view with darts marking all the destinations available. Touching any dart for prices and flights, the app enables travel adventures, where travelers leave the next day with a one-way ticket to any destination within their budget. Once users resolve to go, the app allows them to email all the flight details to themselves so they can book their flight later. Built-in Facebook connectivity lets world travelers immediately post their itineraries for the benefit of admiring friends and family.

Feature Highlights:
* Search engine for spontaneous air travel on a budget
* Choose a starting country and a budget for a one-way ticket – Alakazam does the rest
* View possible destinations in list, map, or screen flow view
* Shake the iDevice to see the next destination that meets your criteria
* Take advantage of last-minute, bargain airfares

"Have you ever felt like spinning a globe and catching a flight to the first place your finger lands on?" asked Jonny Miller. "Alakazam is the world‚s first flight search app designed for spontaneous, spur of the moment travelers!"


Hasty Words


Honey Games, an independent software house is pleased to announce Hasty Words 1.0 for iOS, their latest game for the iPhone and iPod platforms. Hasty Words is a quick fire word game that supports a huge dictionary of over 250,000 words. The game offers 4 modes of play and boasts addictive gameplay, slick graphics, a catchy soundtrack and a worldwide leader board.

Hasty Words is a unique game in that it uses one of the largest word dictionaries of any word game available today. The game is played by selecting letter chips on screen to create words of 3 letters or more. When a word is completed the letter chips will disappear with a ‘pop’ and new chips will fall down the screen to replace them.

The object of the game is to score as highly as you can in the allotted time. There are two main strategies to building a high score – you can take the ‘speed’ approach and build as many short words as possible, or you can take the ‘length’ approach and build longer words that score more highly. Individual words are scored based on the letters used and including more obscure letters of the alphabet will result in higher word scores. Game Center is used to provide a worldwide leader board of the best scores.


Cut the Buttons


Open Name is pleased to announce Cut the Buttons 1.2 for iOS, free for a limited time. The concept is deceptively simple: using a pair of scissors, users must snip and cut buttons on pieces of fabric, and catch them in a cup. Players get bonus points or extra lives for every hundred buttons that land in the cup. However, as the scraps of cloth carrying the buttons fly across the screen, players also have to make sure they’re not trying to snip off the buttons attached by a bolt. Leaving more than three buttons on a cloth will end the game.

Featuring two different modes of play, Arcade and Classic, the game also boasts a multiplayer option, allowing you and friend to simultaneously cut buttons as they appear on the screen.

Results of previous "Paid to Free" campaign "Cut the Buttons" for iPhone:
* During the campaign has been downloaded 3,157,000 copies of the game
* The average number of downloads per day – 631,000
* The game took first place among the free apps in 48 countries
* Entered the top five in 82 countries

Nibble Jump


Nibble Games has announced the release of Nibble Jump, their new physics-based game for iPhone, and iPod touch. The title represents the adventures of a funny bunny, joyfully hopping through fantastic worlds in search of food. With humor, unique art, responsive tilting controls and uplifting musical score, Nibble Jump is a very accessible game for the whole family.

The game challenges users with the task of feeding the cute jumping rabbit by picking fruits and vegetables scattered here and there. Numerous obstacles and traps like breakable floor or spikes jeopardize the safety of the bunny and make the gameplay really exciting. Players will get a truly addictive experience while completing each of the forty jolly levels, unlocking new achievements and unexplored worlds.


Swipe Bomb


Studder is pleased to announce Swipe Bomb 1.0 for iOS. Two young brothers started with a dream and in the end after a lot of sweat, tears and fights (like normal brothers do) their dream came true. Swipe Bomb was born. In Sweet Lake City (Zoetermeer), The Netherlands. On the 26th of May we were very excited Apple approved our game! A journey we will never forget or regret.

Game lovers will surely expect to get more fun and enjoyment while going to download Swipe Bomb. Using just one single finger movement bombs can be easily placed in the right area which makes it appropriate for all the ages. Yes, you can compete with your friends via Gamecenter and Openfeint and see who can get the highest score. The major features of this game are four different maps, Crazy bonus stage, Bombcombo’s, Gamecenter/Openfeint achievements, in app purchases and iPad retina support.

Download swipe bomb now and become a worthy SwipeBomber! In short, it is the kind of lightweight trinket that still makes up most of what mobile gaming is today. This game is completely focused on one addictive, yet simple and repetitive action tailored in order to make bus rides and board meetings more interesting and pleasurable.


The Jackass Test


Alec Morgana today is pleased to introduce, The Jackass Test 1.0 for iOS. This game features a unique theme unlike any brain teaser test currently on the App Store. The great "jackass" and "donkey" themed artwork is truly eye-catching. The idea of being considered a "jackass" or not is also quite funny and entertaining for those who have played it.

Throughout the game’s thirty questions, the player will face tricky scenarios and must think differently. Being observant is a big part of the game as the player must notice hints and images not highlighted which will benefit them in further questions. We’ve seen lots of smiles and laughter as a player reaches a question and realizes that there’s some information that they didn’t pay attention to earlier.

The game is a free download. To enjoy the game to its full potential in app purchases are available to complete the full set of questions and unlock "Test Cheats" if a player is stuck.


Brush of Truth


Brush of Truth 1.1, a recommended book app for reluctant readers 8-12, is cutting its price to 99 cents on June 15 to promote summer reading. The 50 percent discount will be available in the iTunes store for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. Brush of Truth was released by Story Bayou.

The app has been named a "Recommended iPad Book App for Older and Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12" by Digital Storytime, and one of "6 Interactive Book Apps to Get Kids Excited About Reading" by Tecca. The iGameMom calls Brush of Truth "an effective tool in engaging reluctant readers." Brush of Truth, geared to third- through sixth-graders, is the first book app created by Story Bayou, a mom’s vision to get tweens to read.

"Reading during the summer helps prevent the problem of summer academic loss, also known as ‘summer slide,’" said Julie Landry Laviolette, author of Brush of Truth. "A book app is a great way for kids to read on-the-go, because they can access their reading material on a smartphone or other touchscreen. With a book app, kids and moms can always have reading material with them."

Written in second person, "your" voice, Brush of Truth lets the user choose how the action unfolds at critical points in the plot. Brush of Truth has 125 pages of story and colorful illustrations, with 65 decision points and 20 possible endings.


Total Recall: A Memory Game


Vapssky Technologies, an established mobile application and games developer, announces the launch of Total Recall: A Memory Game in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as Android phones, Total Recall: A Memory Game challenges players to recall sequences of numbers, letters, and even randomly-placed bubbles. Escalating difficulty and varied gameplay styles ensure that all players will be challenged and intrigued. Total Recall: A Memory Game is currently available for free in Google Play and in the Games category of the Apple App Store.

Players must stay cool under pressure and rely on a fast, fluid memory. Like many of the best mobile games, Total Recall: A Memory Game is easy to understand but difficult to master. Players will observe and repeat a lighted sequence on their devices’ touchscreens. The game’s five categories will challenge users to recall increasingly long and fast sequences of numbers, letters, and bubbles. The first set of levels will require players to watch and repeat sequences of numbers on a dial pad. The second set replaces the numbers with letters, and the third set treats players to an even larger touchscreen grid containing the full alphabet. Players who master these trials can move on to the game’s most unique puzzles. The fourth set of levels challenges players to remember sequences involving immobile, unlabeled bubbles scattered randomly across the screen. To beat the fifth and final category, players must memorize patterns of fast-floating bubbles labeled with all of the letters of the alphabet.


Notebooks for iPad


Independent developer Alfons Schmid today is pleased to announce Notebooks 5 for iPhone and iPad, an update to his note creation and organization application. An integrated suite of productivity apps, Notebooks combines a plain text, rich text, and Markdown text processor with document storage space and complex task management. This substantial update features an improved, intuitive interface, WYSIWYG style editing, voice memo recording, PDF conversion, user-defined extra characters keys, and more.

While Notebooks was originally designed to do away with paper notes, it has evolved into a suite of productivity apps and includes a text processor for plain text, rich text, and Markdown text, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and even supports complex task management.

Users can create beautifully formatted documents using WYSIWYG style editing, create formatted HTML using Markdown, or simply type plain text notes, and all while using custom fonts, colors, and patterns.

Notebooks supports unlimited nested structures (books) to organize documents by topics, subjects, projects or any personal preferences. This makes it easy to separate private notes from business documents, client data from journal entries, school subjects from each other and so on.

A book in Notebooks displays its contents either as a list of documents or as a list of tasks, all with due dates and alert times if desired. Just as books can be nested, so can be task lists, and this allows users to break complex projects down into smaller, less intimidating packages that are easier to manage.

Caribbean Zombie


Pictosoft today is pleased to introduce Caribbean Zombie for iOS, their Zombie killing, Caribbean-themed, first-person, slashing battle game. The goal of the game is to kill the attacking Zombies to save the kidnapped fairy. Players use finger swipes on the screen to slash Zombies, obtain points, collect gold coins, and protect the user’s ship from the Zombie advance.

Caribbean Zombie features six Worlds comprised of multiple levels. Each level features a mission that must be accomplished before the player can move to the next level. For example, in level one the player is instructed to achieve a combo attack more than five times. Players do this be slashing multiple zombies, enemies, or bags of coins with one finger slash. Once a player has achieved the mission goal, before being killed by the advancing Zombie horde, they move on to the next level. A player who finishes all tasks rescues the fairy in this challenging, entertaining game that makes use of many iOS features while testing player skill and speed.

Players must employ strategy and skill to win Caribbean Zombie. A player can only slash enemies for a certain amount of time, before draining their slashing ability. Once slashing ability has been drained, players must wait for the ability to be recharged. Players must conserve their slash attack ability and deploy it with speed and skill to have the maximum effect in game play.

Set in pirate-themed locations, such as the high seas and spooky caves, Caribbean Zombie weaves cartoon-styled art, animation, sound effects, and a fun pirate zombie storyline to create a clever game. Players ride along on an animated ship through multiple words battling zombies, level bosses, bugs, octopuses, witches, and more. The boss levels in each world are all unique and take the player on a new adventure in gameplay.

War of Immortals


Tall Fence Studios is proud to announce today that War of Immortals, the roll playing/simulation game that has you playing Zeus, Hades or Poseidon destroying soldiers attacking your temples, has gone from $9.99 to free for a limited time. Part action, part roll playing, part simulation, Tall Fence Studio’s War of Immortals takes you to defending your temple and priests from spearmen, soldiers, chariots and mounted knights with your god like powers. Your objective is to collect as many souls as possible and unleash the fury of the gods!

The boats are landing from far away shores to destroy your temple and priests. Collect their souls and use them for extra gods, power-ups to unleash a fury of lightening, fire balls and tidal waves and additional health restores to your temple. The longer you play the more boats arrive and the faster you’ll need to be to save yourself.

To master War of Immortals, you’ll need to not only be quick with your finger, but you’ll also need to employ strategy as well. You’ll need to throw the soilders into one another and wipe out up to 5 at once, squash them early or hit them early with your powers to take the pressure of 20 soldiers coming at once. With its stunning HD graphics, brilliant music, sounds, effects and dynamic game play, War of Immortals will grab you from the get go and rattle to your core as you desperately try to destroy all and unleash the fury of the gods!


Mini Space Fighters


Firstpixel, a Brazilian independent game studio, today is pleased to announce the launch of Mini Space Fighters, its new iOS racing game. Now live at app store! From the same developer of Soccer Virtual Cup, Formula Nova and Fear Garden, with more than 1 million downloads on Apple app store. Gamers seeking the excitement, thrill and challenge for arcade fighter games can now download free Mini Space Fighters for iPod, iPhone and iPad, featuring retina display for iPhone 4 and also for iPad 3.

Mini Space Fighters is a free iPhone / iPod / iPad unique side view fighter game, including 2 free planets and 3 different customizable ships, as well as a package offered as in-app purchases that can extend the game with 8 planets with different boss and physics, all for just $2.99 (USD), new galaxies packages to be available soon.


The 11C Scientific Calculator


Vicinno Soft, LLC today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of 11C Scientific Calculator 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch, a powerful emulator for the well known HP 11C Scientific Calculator. Identical in every aspect, the app provides a perfect emulation of the layout, functions, algorithms, capabilities, and key sequences of the original.

The HP 11C was one of five calculators in the 10C series that were made from 1981 till 1989. The 11C was the mid-range programmable scientific calculator in the line. Well designed, this out of production scientific calculator is selling on Ebay for over two hundred dollars. To make it accessible to everyone in daily life, Vicinno fully implements not only original HP 11C functions but also more suitable features for iPhone and iPod touch.

Vicinno 11C Scientific Calculator is a professional application, offering users more user friendly features, in addition to full implementations of original HP 11C, like user manual accessible from within the app for reference on the go, optional click sound with each tap providing additional feedback, and so on. These features give customers more choices and better user experience, and are unavailable in other HP 11C emulators.


The Three Little Pigs


HORN Pictures today is pleased to announce The Three Little Pigs 1.1 for iOS, the latest in their StoryBean series of interactive children’s books. The story is illustrated using soft, hand-drawn pastels, whose palette and style have been carefully crafted to appeal to young children. Kids and parents can read together, or they can hear the text narration read aloud in English or Korean. The book emphasizes the empathic rather than the moralistic aspects of the classic fairy tale, allowing kids to enjoy the story’s universal appeal without overt advice about proper behavior.

With its carefully crafted, psychologically positive storytelling, narration, and illustrations, StoryBean gently carries the reader on an imaginative journey. The goal of the artists and writers who contributed to this new version of The Three Little Pigs was to stimulate the child‚s understanding and appreciation by means of identification and empathy. Given the nature of this well-known fable, they strived to go beyond the obvious and sometimes dogmatic moral by giving children an opportunity to interact with and personally experience the tale for themselves. Young children thus become naturally aware of the story‚s evolution and flow, grasping the plot twists through the eyes of the protagonists.




ChallengeLoop released an iPhone app and website today that transforms competitions into epic moments. ChallengeLoop was created out of the belief that every activity is more fun when it’s a competition.

Do you want to achieve big things but need some extra motivation? Maybe it’s losing a few pounds, climbing Mt. Everest or beating your arch nemesis at one on one basketball. Well studies show that you’re more likely to perform at your peak when you share what you’re trying to achieve with others.

With ChallengeLoop, you can achieve amazing things while everyone watches. The best challenges come with a reward, so inspire your friends with an awesome prize or put something on the line. Give the play by play with photos and videos for your fans because the more people who know about your challenge, the more likely you are to achieve something great! The ChallengeLoop platform allows you to tell the story of any type of challenge, whether it be a huge comeback win against a friend, crossing something off your bucket list, or accomplishing a lifelong goal.

Some of ChallengeLoop’s sponsors include TRX(R), Reebok(R), Gatorade(R), SPRI(R) Products, and Casall(R) Performance Fitness Apparel. Often times people want to challenge their friends, but they might not know exactly what to challenge them to. Our sponsors will offer featured challenge ideas that will help with this dilemma.


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]