Dr.Seuss inspires children to read every single day. I remember reading Dr. Seuss books to my own children and even though that was many (many many) years ago, I can still recite lots of Seuss-lines by heart. (One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish... Big A little A, what begins with A? I could keep going. Once you start reciting the lyrical lines, it’s hard to stop!).
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday this coming week, the entire Dr. Seuss digital book app library (more than 60 apps) will be going on sale for up to 80% OFF. The sale will run from Friday, February 28th through Thursday, March 6th.
This is also the first year that each of the 44 classic Dr. Seuss books are available on the App Store as a digital book app. This means that your favorite book is now an app.
5 of the best selling titles will be 99 cents (regular prices $3.99-$4.99) -The Cat in the Hat , Green Eggs and Ham , One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish , Dr. Seuss’s ABC , Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
(All other titles are $1 OFF, including classic Dr. Seuss & The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Collections- -Beginner Book Collection #1- $8.99 (regular price $14.99) -Beginner Book Collection #2- $8.99 (regular price $14.99) -Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection- $5.99 (regular price $9.99))
In addition, Oceanhouse Media will launch a contest on both their Facebook page and Instagram on February 28th to give fans the chance to win a 10-pack of apps. They will also be dropping promo codes every hour on the hour (12pm-5pm PST) on Monday, February 3rd to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Posted by sharechair on February 27, 2014
Did you read the title of this post? A boy uses a 3-D printer to make a HAND for his friend. Crazy, right?
I have to admit here that I’m feeling my age. I try to “keep up” as best as I can with new tech advances, but the 3D printer is something that I simply can’t seem to get my brain wrapped around. I’ve read of so many marvelous things that 3D printers can do, but I keep thinking of them in the future, but .. no no … 3D things are happening now.
Not only are they happening, but they are becoming common. And not as a novelty. To my constant surprise, 3D printers are already being used in schools and are even available in many libraries for public use.
And it appears as though the uses of the 3D printer are only limited by imagination.
Now get out your tissues to read this story:
9 year old Matthew was born without fingers. His Mom had looked into buying him a prosthetic hand, but prices ran as high as $18,000 and this was more than she could afford.
Enter family friend, Mason Wilde, a 16 year old boy with a passion for “figuring out how things work.”
Mason went to his local library, and used their 3D printer to make a working hand for Matthew!
Read the whole story, here.
Posted by sharechair on February 20, 2014
Here’s something to think about:
Every MINUTE, approximately 100 hours of Videos are uploaded to YouTube.
That’s a lot.
With so many videos, it’s quite a job to sort through and find those that would interest you. Now you won’t have to.
Dreamworks Animation and YouTube have teamed up to do the searching for you, and starting Tuesday, they will be producing a regular series with samples of the most interesting, most popular and must-see videos.
Called YouTube Nation, a new episode of this program/sampler will be posted each day at 9 PM Eastern Time.
Plans are to eventually make these samplers even more specific, resulting in several YouTube Nation programs such as YouTube Nation Sports and/or YouTube Nation News. The goal is to produce more than a dozen specialized guides.
You’ll find this new program at this address (remember, content changes each night at 9 pm Eastern time): http://www.youtube.com/youtubenation
With all this talk about YouTube, I can’t resist inserting a random interesting YouTube video.
Has anyone ever tried this?
What’s on YouTube? ‘YouTube Nation’ Lets You Know
Jeffrey Katzenberg talks up YouTube Nation
‘YouTube Nation’ To Give Users Daily Highlight Reel Of Curated Content
Posted by sharechair on January 13, 2014
If you have been considering getting a Kindle Fire, you just might want to get serious right now.
Today and tomorrow only (that’s January 10 and January 11), Amazon is offering $30 off of any of their Kindle Fire tablets. There are four models, so consider carefully. I personally own the cheapest one (the one that you can get today for $109) and I will say it is a fine product. It’s not an iPad (my favorite tablet), BUT … how can you beat the price? If you are looking to try a tablet, this is a great opportunity to jump in.
I’d love to experience that MAYDAY button that lives on the more expensive Fires.
(Note to self: Time to consider an upgrade????)
To purchase a Kindle Fire today or tomorrow with the $30 discount, you will need to add a promo code at checkout, so follow the instructions carefully. Just head on over to Amazon to learn more.
Posted by sharechair on January 10, 2014
England’s Bristol Central Library is celebrating 400 years of service.
(wow … 400 years! That’s 1613-2013 Congratulations!)
And so, for the next few months, visitors to the library will be greeted with an amazing animatronic display of books.
It’s called “Book Hive” and it is interactive. There are motion sensors so that a person standing (and moving) in front of the display will cause the books to open and close …. beckoning to be read. (quite clever, I think)
if you have trouble viewing the video here in this blog, you can click this link to see it directly from the artist’s website: Book Hive
Posted by sharechair on January 9, 2014
My goodness ….. it has been COLD around here, today. I live in the eastern US, and the term “polar vortex” has been on everyone’s (frozen) lips.
When I glanced at my iPhone during the night, one of my apps had thoughtfully left a chilly notification on the screen “temperature has gone below 0.”
Schools were closed and reporters were on the streets, tweeting pictures of bank-temperature signs announcing numbers like -7 and -3.
Made me wonder: Can iPhones work in that kind of cold?
Turns out that the answer is: Nope. Your iPhone will fail in sub-zero temps.
Apparently the screen display and the battery can not handle these extreme temperatures. Apple tells us that the iPhone battery functions best between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. (-2 is a long way from 32!). When the phone starts getting sluggish, it’s your signal to warm it up. Put it in your pocket or tuck it in somewhere against your body for warmth.
In 2012, the Mikro PC (PC World Finland) put some phones to the temperature test. They started in a room of 32 degrees and started lowering it in steps of 9 degrees until eventually all phones stopped working.
The iPhone 4s that they tested started acting odd at 23 degrees and and at 9 degrees it stopped working altogether. Some other phones kept functioning as the temps continued to drop. Non smartphones made it all the way to -40, but that was the limit for any phone. You can read all about this test by clicking here.
I heard one newsperson announce that compared to being outside, you would be warmer if you climbed into your freezer. Yep, it’s pretty cold.
When you venture out, remember to bundle up … good advice for both you AND your iPhone.
Posted by sharechair on January 7, 2014
Two blog posts ago I included a short video of Amazon’s new drone that is scheduled to start delivering packages sometime in the not-too-distant-future.
Thoughts about these drones range from delighted to terrified.
Enter Colbert, weighing in on the Amazon Drone.
If you enjoy witty satire, you will love this.
Colbert cleverly moves our advancing technology backwards.
Colbert talks about the Drones and offers a NEW and innovative idea for Mr. Bezos
Posted by sharechair on December 4, 2013
Holy Cow! This looks like Science Fiction….. but it’s not.
Really, truly, Amazon plans to deliver goods BY FLYING DRONES in the not-too-distant-future. (perhaps 2015!?)
It’s Technology on steroids.
Watch this short video to see how they plan to fly your purchase right to your door.
Posted by sharechair on December 2, 2013
What is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (WOTY)?
The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word, or expression, that we can see has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Every year, candidates for Word of the Year are debated and one is eventually chosen that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year and to have lasting potential as a word of cultural significance.
And so, this year’s Word of the Year was recently announced, and the winner is …….. drum roll, please ……. “selfie.”
Yes, that’s it. The International Word of the Year.
What is it? Here is the Oxford definition:
(also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
The word Selfie can be traced back to an Australian online forum wayyy back in 2002.
Do you use this word? (I haven’t)
Do you take selfies? (I have, a few times when traveling, and quickly deleted the result. Clearly selfies are not a friendly form of photography for folks-of-a-certain-age :shock:)
Posted by sharechair on November 20, 2013
Every once in a while an idea comes along and you say …. yay!
This is that kind of idea.
If you have done even a fair amount of flying in your life, you have probably experienced the dreaded “lost luggage.” You can recall that awful feeling you get when you stand at the luggage carousel and watch the bags go round and round. But not yours. And gradually the crowd around you thins out until you are the only one standing and waiting for your luggage to appear. And it doesn’t. No luggage for you. (Been there, done that).
But next year, this experience might be a thing of the past.
Beginning in 2014, airlines are going to introduce electronic tags for your luggage. With your Smartphone you will be able to track the exact location of your bags at any point during your travels.
If your bag misses your connection, you’ll know it, and you can let the airline know immediately where to send it. (and you won’t waste time standing at the dreaded carousel.)
I really like this idea. No more “surprises” at the airport!
Lost Luggage? Airlines Have Got A Brand New (Electronic) Tag
Posted by sharechair on November 14, 2013