Apple’s new Kids category for the App Store is live

Apple’s new Kids category for the App Store is live

Big news for parents and children’s app developers alike: Apple has launched its catch-all Kids category on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Well, it has in the US: we’re guessing it’ll be rolling out around the world over the coming hours. If you’re using Apple’s iTunes software on your computer, it’s not super-obvious…

Despicable Me: Minion Rush hits 100m downloads with Minion Beach update

Despicable Me: Minion Rush hits 100m downloads with Minion Beach update

As big numbers go, this one’s big. The Despicable Me: Minion Rush game has now been downloaded 100m times on iPhone, iPad and Android according to its publisher Gameloft. The game is proving hugely popular with children and parents alike, it seems. We’re not sure how many people have seen the actual film it’s based…

Here’s how Apple’s iOS 7 App Store Kids category will work

Here’s how Apple’s iOS 7 App Store Kids category will work

There’s no Kids category on Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad. Instead, children’s apps are spread between Education, Books, Games, and Entertainment. But that’s all set to change this Autumn. As part of its upcoming iOS 7 software, which Apple announced earlier this summer, there’s going to be a new Kids category on the…

Writing Wizard letter-tracing app shapes up nicely on iPad

Writing Wizard letter-tracing app shapes up nicely on iPad

iPad has a growing number of letter-tracing apps to help kids practise their alphabet-writing skills, and while many of them are average, a few stand out from the herd with their character and quality. Writing Wizard is one of them. It’s the work of French developer Pierre Abel, who makes children’s apps under the name…

Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo is a delightful digital-origami treat

Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo is a delightful digital-origami treat

Origami: Marvellous to look at when someone’s done it well, but frustrating if your clumsy thumbs are much better at making screwed-up paper balls than carefully-crafted swans. Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo may help. It’s an absolutely marvellous iPhone and iPad app from Stormcloud Games that gets children to make their own menagerie of (virtual) paper…

Strawberry Shortcake makes Berry Best Friends with iOS and Android

Strawberry Shortcake makes Berry Best Friends with iOS and Android

As a 35 year-old man with two young sons, I am woefully un-up-to-speed on the life and times of Strawberry Shortcake, although I do recognize the name. And I also know that she’s the star of a new app. Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends was released late last week for iPhone, iPad, and Android by…

LeapFrog releases Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil app

LeapFrog releases Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil app

LeapFrog is a well-known brand for parents thanks to its various electronic learning toys. It’s doing more in the apps world too, with Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil its latest release. Available in separate versions for iPhone and iPad, it’s designed to work with the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil stylus accessory. The…