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Jul 16 2014

I Downloaded Israel’s “Red Alert” App & This is What Happened

By at 3:04 pm

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For the past week and a half, my phone has been emitting siren sounds thanks to an app called Red Alert [also called Color Red in Hebrew]. While it is meant to alert Israelis to the very real danger of incoming missiles, many in the diaspora, like me, have downloaded the app as a way to obsess stay informed.

And I have chosen to keep on the audio.

Now, I know that having my phone bleep isn’t the same when my life does not depend on my ability to locate and get to a miklat (shelter) with my kids within seconds. Or, if we were at home, get to our mamad (protected room). Hearing the sound doesn’t strike fear in our hearts or give us nightmares. Read the rest of this entry →

May 12 2014

Don’t Know What to Name Your Baby? There’s a Kveller App for That

By at 12:30 pm

Kveller Jewish Baby Name App

Becoming a parent comes with many challenges, one of the first ones being choosing the perfect name that will honor tradition, sound unique but not too unique, and help form this child’s identity for the rest of her life.

No biggie, right?

We’re here to make this grueling but important process a bit easier with the launch of our very first app, Kveller Jewish Baby Names. Now you can search through our extensive Jewish baby name bank on the go, from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad.

The app lets you scroll through both English, Hebrew, and Yiddish names, learn the names’ origins, keep track of your favorites, and read through fun name lists. And for those feeling extra brave, the “Name My Baby For Me” button does not disappoint.

The best part? The app is FREE! So head on over to the iTunes store today, download, and enjoy!

DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP HERE.

This app was produced with the generous help of G-dcast. Check out some of their other fun apps for kids here.

Mar 31 2014

Free Stuff Alert: The Bronfman Haggadah App & iPad Mini

By at 1:57 pm

Win The Bronfman Haggadah App & an iPad Mini

This is not your Bubbe’s haggadah.

This Passover (April 14), technology is your friend. The Bronfman Haggadah is now available as a truly unique app, allowing users to interact with this book through sound, animation, and video, all on a mobile device.  Watch behind the scenes videos, hear the words of the haggadah read aloud, and see the artwork come to life.

Some features of the The Bronfman Haggadah app:

1. Users have the option of hearing the text of the haggadah read aloud with page-synced narration, or to turn off the sound for a do-it-yourself Passover seder. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 25 2013

Free Stuff Alert: Matisyahu’s Happy Hanukkah Jam-Along App

By at 12:45 pm

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Happy almost Hanukkah to you and your family! We are giving away a free interactive Hanukkah music app to three lucky people, designed for kids by Jewish reggae/hip-hop all star, Matisyahu, along with musical app company, Mibbilio.

This musical storybook entitled “Matisyahu’s ‘Happy Hanukkah’ Jam-Along” allows you and your kids to play music together while reading along with fun holiday text. You can preview the app here.

To enter, fill out the form below by midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26th. Enter now, good luck, and happy Hanukkah!

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Oct 28 2013

Are Smart Phones Really Poisoning My Baby’s Brain?

By at 2:25 pm

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I am a card carrying member of Generation Y. Having grown up on the internet, rocked to tunes on my iPod, and texted all through high school, I am more than amply tech-savvy and embrace all things digital. I never shuddered at the thought of snuggling up in bed with an e-reader, and am perfectly comfortable depositing my checks via my smart phone. Now that I think of it, most of the transactions I make are via the World Wide Web; heck I just did my Menorah shopping online (who knew, right?).

As such, I am an app person. I’ve got an app for everything from breastfeeding to business and beyond. So, when my little guy began grabbing and biting my phone, I downloaded some baby apps for him, too.

I do not delude myself into thinking these apps are educational. They are, however, entertaining. Very entertaining. And God knows, every mom needs an entertaining trick up her sleeve if she is to survive seeing her children into adulthood.

That brings me to this Sunday. Aforementioned little guy was under the weather long enough to warrant a visit to the pediatrician. While I love my doctor, the waiting time in his office is notoriously long and offers very little in the way of distraction. So it was armed with a diaper bag full of goodies that I lugged my cranky babes down to the office. Read the rest of this entry →

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