We all know how hard it is to hand over your brand new tablet to your wide-eyed kid or younger sibling, but when we do, why not make sure there are age-appropriate applications on the device? Instead of having them stare mindlessly into a game of Angry Birds, why not have them play something educational?
Fortunately there are plenty of great apps for kids available on the Play Store, and many are even free. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable experience learning to read or an exciting game to teach your kids math, these apps open up a new world of learning through technology.
To help you weed out the apps that won’t entertain and enrich kids, we’ve created a list of my top five educational apps and games that kids are sure to enjoy. Be sure to let us know about what apps your kids enjoy in the comments!
Last year we covered some of the best apps available on the Play Store for playing your locally stored tunes, and even though a ton of music listening has gone in the streaming direction, many people still prefer keeping music on their phone or tablet. If you’re dealing with low monthly data caps or you’re going somewhere without an internet connection, solid music players are still fantastic to have. We figured now would be a good time to update our previous guide with some newer apps along with updated info on the apps that made it over to this year’s list. Hit the break to get started. Read more
Sonos has released a major update to their Sonos Controller for Android app that they say will make it even easier for users to enjoy music via their Sonos speakers and equipment. The updated app includes six features that Sonos suggests users may want to try out: Read more
All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.
All the way back in October of 2013, we heard that YouTube was working on a subscription music service. At that time, it was believed that it was just a few months away from launching. But just two months after that report, it was delayed due to some disappointment with the overall product. That pushed the launch to early 2014. It is now April and there has been no chatter from YouTube on whether or not this service exists. Now it looks like YouTube has pushed its subscription music “debut to the second quarter or beyond,” according to Billboard. Read more
Last November, Turntable.fm made an announcement on its blog that its shutting down to focus more on the ‘Live experience’ and develop its new Turntable Live service. “For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.”
Now, a few months later, the company is shutting down that service as well. As for the future plans, the company’s CEO, Billy Chasen, is going to start small. A month ago, he released a social app, Ketchup, designed to allow users to keep their friends and families updated on their status without having to spread it on their wider social network. Read more
The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.
Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. Read more
Owners of newer Samsung devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4, have enjoyed a feature made available by Samsung called Group Play. This app gives users the ability to share a song to multiple devices and have them all synced and playing together. The obvious downside is that everyone has to have a relatively new Samsung device that supports the Group Play app. XDA developer rahuliyer95 wanted to help all the people with older Samsung devices or non-Samsung Android units enjoy similar functionality, which led to the creation of Chorus. Read more
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links. Read more
As part of the ongoing holiday celebration by Google, the Play Store has a ton of free and discounted content today for its Christmas special. Highlighting the list are a number of awesome free games, books, movies, and music. To see the full list, hit the break below.