What is iOS?

On February 13, 2013, in Apps, Main, by admin
What is IOS?
An “Operating System” is the system that all other programs “Operate in”.   An iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is really a portable computer.  An “App” is really a computer program.
The operating system on a PC is “Windows”.  The operating system on a Mac is “Mac OS X”.  The operating system is what you see after you turn on a computer for the first time, but before you install any programs.
The OS in iOS stands for Operating System.  Thus iOS is the base software that allows all other apps to run on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Some operating systems include games or utilities.  For example Windows comes with Solitaire and iOS devices come with programs to play music and videos.



Smart Flash Cards Online

On February 13, 2013, in Apps, Main, by admin


Smart Flash Cards Online

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If your child is struggling with basic math tables, please try Smart Flash Cards Online.  You can download the app for free and review the “Read First” tab.  There are thirteen short pages on the tab.  It’s very important that a student know all this information before they begin to study.  I suggest you download the app, study that tab, then subscribe when the student is ready to study.

I wrote www.SmartFlashCardsOnline.com after I completed the stand alone iOS app below.  I wanted students who did not have an iOS device to be able to study too.  Since the data for the website is in the cloud, I was able to provide enhanced reports including which problems are the most difficult for each student.

The iOS app Smart Flash Cards Online, can do everything the web site can do.  Here are the advantages of the Smart Flash Cards Online.

  • The web site stores data in the same place the app does.  Schools are using the web site, so a student may complete 50 problems at school and finish the deck at home on their iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone or computer.
  • You only pay for what you need.  You can buy one user for one week for 99 cents.  If you like it you could buy more users for the whole family or extent the time frame to thee months, six months or a year.  More users are less expensive and longer subscriptions are less expensive than short ones.  For example, one user for one week is $99 cents while one user for three months is $2.99 and five users for three months is $4.99.
    1.  It’s very inexpensive to try.
    2. The more you buy, the less it costs per student.
  • It supports multiple levels while the stand alone app only supports a family.  Smart Flash Cards Online works for a family, school, district, city or state.  For example, you could start with a superintendent with the elementary school principal under them, then teachers under the principle and finally students under the teacher.
  • Since the data is in the cloud, students can work on their iPod and parents can look at reports on their PC / iPhone.
  • If your school uses the web site, you can download the app for free and study with the same login you use at school.
  • You can only see reports for the user that is logged in and users built under that user.  In the example above the Superintendent can see everything.  The principle can see their school.  Teachers can only see their students and a student can only see themselves.

The bottom line is that Smart Flash Cards Online is the best tool to help parents teachers and students memorize basic math tables.  Please give it a try.





Smart Flash Cards App

On July 27, 2011, in Apps, by admin

I wrote Smart Flash Cards for my little boy.  We sent him to a well known tutor the summer between third and fourth grade.  We spent about four thousand dollars in four months.  So it was a shock that November when we received a note from his math teacher.  She was concerned that he may fail math.

So I wrote the app “Smart Flash Cards”.  It builds a virtual deck of math flash cards in memory.  It present a card to the student and times how long it takes to answer.  If it takes too long, the student has to repeat that problem.  The student keeps going until they answer all 144 questions quickly and correctly.

He brought home an F (50%) on Friday.  Then he completed one deck of Smart Flash Cards every day for a week.  The next Friday he got 100% and was the first student in his class to complete the test.

The app is free.  I also have a free web based version called Free Math Flash Cards and a paid web based version of Smart Flash Cards for students who have a lot of trouble.  The paid version is also great for schools and youth groups.


Sure Thing App

On July 27, 2011, in Apps, by admin

Sure Thing is an app that helps you make sense of Horse Racing Handicapping.  Most people just bet on speed.  Speed is important, but there is more to it than that.  Others bet based on the odds.  That just means you are betting the same way most other people are betting.  That’s ok too, but if the horse has less than 1-1 odds, you will not win much.

Horses are handicapped by three things, Speed, Pace and Class.  Speed is self explanatory.  Pace is how well a horse runs over distance.  Class is based on the horses’ parents.  If mom and dad were expensive and won a lot of races, then the horse has a lot of class.

There is also the gate to consider.  Sometimes it seems that a certain gate will win more often than others.  “Sure Thing” also keeps track of the winning gates.

The trouble with handicapping is that all the numbers run together.  Speed, Pace, Class and prior winners.  Sure thing takes all those numbers and predicts who will win a race

It’s not perfect, because the handicapping is not perfect.  If we knew who would win every race it would be no fun.  However, “Sure Thing” helps you keep track of all the information.  That will hopefully help you make better choices.

If there are any other sports apps that you like, please post a link below.


Advertisements in Apps

On July 27, 2011, in Main, by admin

I just wanted to take a minute to share some thoughts about advertisements in apps.  I think it should be like TV.  If you are watching a local channel for free then advertisements are how the TV station pays the bills.  I am fine with that.  However, I am watching a Pay Per View movie then I don’t want to see any advertisements.

Advertisements in apps are how developers can provide free or low cost apps.  Low cost apps are a grey area.  For example, if I planned to charge 4.99 for an app I could charge 2.99 and put advertisements in the app.  The idea might be that I would sell more and advertisement revenue would make up the difference.  You might think of advertisements in paid apps like movie previews.  Even though you paid to watch the movie, you still see advertisements before it starts.

I think it’s a win win.  The customer gets the app free or cheaper than normal and the developer still makes money.  You also might see an advertisement for something really cool that you would not have know about otherwise.

What do you think?


Universal App Information

On July 26, 2011, in Main, by admin

You can group IOS apps into three categories, iPhone and iPod Touch, iPad and Universal.  Universal apps run on all three devices.

Some people think developers make two versions just to try to sell you the same app twice.  I don’t think that’s accurate.

Here are some reasons they might make two versions of the same app.

  1. Universal apps are more difficult.  You create different views for the iPad than you do for iPhone because the screens are not the same size.  The developer has to put several “if” statements in the code for universal apps.  If they have an iPad load this view, “else” load the other.  It can get very complicated in a large app.
  2. Price.  Since it is sometimes easier to create two apps, the developer may choose to charge less for each.  Let’s say I plan to charge 1.99 for an app.  I could make two versions and charge .99 each.
  3. If you have a large company, you might want two apps.  Say you have 20 developers.  You could assign 10 to the iPhone app and 10 to the iPad version.

I like Universal apps and buy them when I can.  However, I don’t assume discrete apps are just a way for the developer to get more money.


iOS History

On July 26, 2011, in Main, by admin

When I joined the Apple Developer Program they were on iPhone OS 2.  They used the same Operating system for the iPod Touch.  That seemed ok because the iPod Touch is the iPhone without the phone.

When the iPad first came out it had a different Operating System.  That made sense because it’s such a different device.  Back then I heard people say “The iPad is just a big iPod Touch”.  To me that’s like saying a Mac truck is just a big Toyota Tacoma.  They are both trucks, but the Mac truck can haul a lot more.

When Apple released version 4.3 the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone all used exactly the same operating system.  That’s when they changed the name from iPhone OS to iOS.