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Toy Story: Story Theater leads iOS Apps of the Week

by Dan Kricke

An educational app headlines this week’s list. With Toy Story: Story Theater kids can let their imagination run wild as they create their own short movies using characters from the Toy Story movie universe. Our other selections include an update to a decision-focused app, a new app similar to Twitter’s Vine, a DIY cooking app and a local gift delivery app.

Toy Story: Story Theater ($2.99)

Toy Story: Story Theater puts the power of play right into your child’s hands, as they create stories from scratch using familiar characters and props from Pixar’s Toy Story along with their own recorded voice samples. Kids can use Buzz, Woody and Jessie throughout a number of backgrounds to create mini-movies all their own. The app promotes early literacy skills through guided play and there are offline opportunities within the app to extend learning opportunities. If you’d like to find out more about creative apps like this, be sure to check out AppoLearning.com, a new website that focuses on educational apps.


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Seesaw for iPhone update (Free)

Seesaw, the app for iPhone that lets a user put up two items and have their friends vote on which they prefer, updated with several nice features that make the app worth checking out if you haven’t already. Essentially, Seesaw for iPhone is the ideal app for folks who have an awful hard time making decisions. Users can now sign in with their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts, and votes can be changed once they’ve been made, particularly helpful if you’ve accidentally rushed to judgment on a selection. Finally, voting results are now displayed in handy pie-charts.

Moovee (Free)

As original ideas go, Moovee is not exactly reinventing the wheel. Take a short video, share it on your social network of choice, then browse other ‘channels’ where users are posting their short videos – sounds a lot like Vine from Twitter. Except, you know, the name is different. But competition is never a bad thing. And although Moovee’s features have yet to distinguish themselves from the competition, aside from its swipe-gestures for playback,  it’s great that users have another app for uploading their video clips.

DIY Simplify Meals App (Free)

Is cooking getting too complex? DIY Simplify Meals App makes time spent in the kitchen easier than ever before. With hundreds of recipes that can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes, Simplify Meals is the place to go for quick and easy ideas. The app sorts recipes by category, or users can shake the app to grab a random recipe. DIY also includes food prep videos and grocery list creation tools as well as an option to save recipes for later use.

H.Bloom Gifts (Free)

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, check out H.Bloom Gifts. The app sells local gifts like flowers, plants, cupcakes, candles and more from other stores and then hand delivers them as early as the next day. Currently H.Bloom is supported in Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Vendors like Sprinkles Cupcakes, L.A. Burdick Chocolates and Niven Morgan are involved along with many other retailers. Who wouldn’t appreciate a surprise donut delivery from time to time?


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