Live Colors for Kids is a fun app that takes the mess out of finger painting. The app is geared towards preschool aged kids, but I have found that older children also enjoy it. Like most children's apps the game features an easy to use interface for little fingers plus fun graphics and music.
The app includes 20 animated coloring pages and a blank template for children to use to create their own drawings. A pleasant voice not only walks users through the game but it also names each color as it is used so smaller children can learn to identify them. The game also teaches users how to create new colors using the app's built-in color mixing palette. Other features include an auto save option so you can finish your drawings later, the ability to share your child's creations on social networks and the ability to print finished masterpieces.
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced this morning at a press event in New York City that the company plans to bring its free ad-supported streaming service to mobile devices. Currently non-subscribers can only access free full TV episodes on desktop computers or laptops. Hulu also announced plans to launch "the next generation" of the Hulu Plus iPhone app this summer.
According to a Hulu blog post, Hulu Plus has surpassed 6 million subscribers. The ad-supported subscription service costs $7.99 a month for full access to current and back episodes of popular television shows from ABC, Comedy Central, The CW, FOX, NBC, MTV and Univision.
A&E was one the first television networks to add on-demand programming to its iOS apps, and now the company has added live television streaming. Both the A&E and History mobile apps have been updated with a new "LIVE TV" option for cable subscribers.
The A&E app for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad offers access to full episodes, exclusive clips and deleted scenes from popular shows such as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. The History app from A&E features full episodes and clips from shows like Vikings, Pawn Stars and so on. Each app also allows users to create a customized "Watchlist," and access never before seen footage from their favorite shows.
Comedy Central fans can now access episodes of all their favorite CC shows in one place. The Comedy Central app for iOS devices gives users access to over 10 programs plus original digital shorts. The best part about the app is that users can watch full episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park and @midnight without having to sign-in through a TV provider. However, other shows such as Tosh.0 and Workaholics do require a cable television subscription.
The app offers full episodes of the CC's top television shows the day after they air, and it includes stand-up specials plus archives of older programs like Chappelle's Show and Futurama. It also better than watching clips of Colbert on Flipboard, and users can continue watching right where they left off if they pause or stop an episode.
Stryke is a new app which allows you to turn videos into .gifs and share them via iMessage or on social networking sites such as Facebook. The official App Store description claims Stryke is "an app to troll your friends," but I'm not exactly sure what that means. However, it does seem like a fun app for fans of Vine and Snapchat who are looking for something new to play with.
Stryke works by allowing you to create animated images from videos on your Photo app. You can use already existing videos on your camera roll or create new ones using the app's Vine-like video tool. The app also allows you to add "witty" captions and music to your creations before you share them.
Here's a quick look at some of the 2014 Winter Olympic apps available for iOS devices. You can also find a list of Apple recommended apps and music in the new Sochi 2014 section of the App Store.
2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: Free (Requires iOS 4.3 or later)
The official Team USA companion app features daily updates, and a special “cheer” button to send personal messages to athletes via Facebook and Twitter. You can also access the Team USA shop to buy officially licensed gear.
Apple has named Spark Camera its Free App of the Week. The iPhone photography app will be free to download from the App Store until next Thursday when a new app will take its place. Last week's free app, for example, was Pac-Man.
Spark Camera allows you to create short HD videos by filming short clips or "Sparks" and editing them together. You can then add existing video, photos and music from your library to spruce up your Spark creations. The app also features several filters and the ability to share your videos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, or email.
Fitbit announced today at CES that its MobileTrack feature is now available for iPhone 5s owners. The new addition to the free Fitbit iOS app allows iPhone 5s users to their track basic health and fitness activity.
MobileTrack taps into the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5s and helps owners keep track of their steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, plus more. The app also allows users to take advantage of Fitbit's in-app social and motivational features by allowing them to see their personal achievements with easy to use graphs and charts.
“We know there are many ways consumers like to track their fitness and want to enable as many people as possible to get the benefits of Fitbit activity tracking – and now anyone with an iPhone 5s can also download and use the Fitbit app,” said James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit.
Fox Sports has announced that it will be live-streaming Super Bowl XLVIII and all of the NFC playoff games online, though according to Variety, only the Super Bowl will be available for free. iOS users will be able to stream the game with the FOX Sports GO app.
Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, which is being played at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, will begin at 6:30 PM EST on Sunday February 2nd. The broadcast will include the half time show featuring Bruno Mars, and will be freely available at
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 now features a GIF creation tool for sports fans. Users can create their own animated GIFs or "Yahoo Loops" by adding their own captions, effects and comments to memorable sports moments. The Loops can then be shared with family, friends or other sports fans via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, text and email.
Yahoo Sports version 5.0 also brings a new "clean" iOS 7 redesign, new team / player pages, a new football scores, plus more. Yahoo Sports is free to download for all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later, but the new Loop feature is only available on the iPhone.