It’s easy and so very tempting to hand kids an iPad as an educational tool (giving you a much needed break or an opportunity to get something done!), but with over 80,000 “educational” apps out there, it’s hard to determine where the fun ends and learning begins. The four tips below will give parents and teachers some direction on how to choose the best educational apps for little learners.

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According to eMarketer.com, one particular market in app development that is expected to have tremendous growth over the next few years is mobile gaming, all driven by downloads and most notably in-app purchases. If you’re considering integrating in-app purchases in the next mobile app you develop, take a look at these stats:

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Social media powerhouse, Facebook, recently announced its first round of partner apps that will integrate with Facebook Messenger. Here’s the scoop…

Why welcome third party apps to participate? It’s actually a win-win for both Facebook and its partner apps.  It works for Facebook in that partner apps bring something to Messenger in terms of entertainment and fun.  Their intent is to lure more users to Messenger while further engaging current users.   For partner app developers, they have an opportunity to stand out amongst a sea of competing apps with increased visibility from an affiliation with Facebook.

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Are you overloaded with Apple Watch information? Well this article will touch on the basic points you need to know about it without all the frills.

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You’re interested in creating a mobile app for your business with the intent of boosting sales and finding a new way to connect to your consumer. No big deal; it’s just an app, right?  Well, not so fast!  That tiny icon is valuable real estate that must attract attention, become recognizable, and represent your company and brand.  Here are a few tips on how to create an icon that will do just that:

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There’s no doubt about it: the mobile device has changed consumers’ expectations about getting access to information, therefore playing a huge role in how products are purchased.  All things point to the mobile device taking over desktop/laptop activity, so it makes sense that if consumers want to be mobile, businesses need to be with them. This prompts many to ask a simple question, “Does my company need a mobile app?”  While we could go on and on about why the answer is “yes”, we will break it down to the basics. 

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The latest gossip in the app development world came last week with the release of Apple’s new developer betas for OS X and iOS, which most noticeably included a more diverse set of emoji. This comes a few months after UniCode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update to address emoji diversity.  Unfortunately, their good intentions to please all the world’s people does not come without controversy.  Here’s why…

Included in the new emoji options, there are different skin tones and hair combinations.  Most of the reaction has actually been positive regarding the changes, however, some users (particularly in Asian communities) are upset by the default emoji skin color – yellow.

In a document from Unicode, they state the following regarding the new diverse emoji characters….

“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone.  The Unicode emoji characters for people and body parts are meant to be generic, yet following the precedents set by the original Japanese carrier images, they are often shown with a light skin tone instead of a more generic (nonhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette.

Five symbol modifier characters that provide for a range of skin tones for human emoji are planned for Unicode Version 8.0. These characters are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology. The exact shades may vary between implementations.”

At BlueWhale, we applaud UniCode’s efforts in showing diversity in mobile app development.  As they always say, “You can’t please everyone.”  Well, at least they are trying!

To learn more about the emoji controversy and how these new updates work on older devices and platforms, see mashable.com’s article.

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With so many mobile consumers out there today, you may be wondering if your business should invest in developing a mobile app. Here are a few stats that you should take into consideration:

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Our managing director Gregg Weiss was recently interviewed as part of Clutch’s expert interview series on mobile app development. ID-100148286Clutch, the leading resource for mobile app developer reviews, probed topics such as app development cost and mobile platform selection.

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Skip A Beat is theID-100100850 App Store’s newest gaming app that requires the user’s heart beat to control the game.  This was developed by Happitech and its purpose was the make users more aware of their heart beat; learning to control it in a fun manner.  The concept is unique, because this is the first app that does this.

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Hour of Code, by Code.org, is the largest learning event takes place December 8th through 14th that runs globally and is a one-hour showcase of learning the basics of coding.  ID-100174367Anyone can sign up to host this event, or just participate in it themselves.  Many schools and learning institutions are taking advantage of this great opportunity.

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The hype of Football Season 2014 has commenced.  With college football starting this past weekend and the NFL describe the imageofficially starting this week, it’s best we are all prepared.  The football essentials are beer, food, beer, beer, food, oh and an awesome app to keep you updated and informed.

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Blue Whale had the pleasure of working with a Speech-Language Pathologist who developed this       comprehensive adult speech-language evaluation iPad app.  screen480x480The app is targeted towards adults to determine their speech functions.

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Our client, Valley Anesthesia, has their app “MemoryMaster for Nurse Anesthetist” describe the imageavailble in the App Store.  The app is a test prep for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA).  It is available on the iPhone and iPad.  This is a leading National Certifying Exam preparation from Valley Anesthesia to help students study anywhere and everywhere.

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Calling all fantasy sports enthusiasts!screen568x568 Need a few tips about your picks? Help managing your teams?  DraftValet is a superb iPhone app that allows you to connect with notable expert consultants.

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Facebook sent out an email photo 1to its users, yesterday, to inform them that they will be removing the messaging feature from their iOS app. Don’t fret, the messaging feature will still be available to all Facebook users, but they will require them to download their individual Messenger app from the App Store.

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In celebration of thedescribe the image 6th anniversary of Apple’s App Store, I compiled a list of interesting and unique facts about it.  The success of the App Store has been astonishing, and continues to be innovative for its consumers.  Apps are still the center of attention after all these years and hopefully will still continue to thrive for years to come.

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Apps are still thriving in the technology industry.  To date, there is over one million apps in the App Store; many proving monetary success.  Over time, and the more technology advances, the app world has seen some unique app concepts that have opened the doors to other various versions.

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Most of you are probably aware that Oxford Dictionary claimed “selfie” to be the “Word of the Year” in 2013.  Since #selfie is one of the most exhausted trends of our time, we should at least make the best of it.  Aviary Puppy SelfieEven though camera phones come highly qualified these days, people still insist on editing their selfies.

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Whether you’re a scout, coach, or organization, you are able to search the globe for the most talented athletes in an array of sports.  ScoutPeek is scout peek videosan iPhone app that allows athletes to upload videos and allow users to search based on which sport and position.

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