Great Health & Fitness Apps for 2013

While technology makes certain aspects of life easier, certain activities, such as exercise, need to be done the old-fashioned way in order to be effective. That isn’t to say modern technology can’t facilitate health and fitness; indeed, many modern mobile apps do just that. And it seems that there are hot new health and fitness [...]

Great Health & Fitness Apps for 2013

fitness appsWhile technology makes certain aspects of life easier, certain activities, such as exercise, need to be done the old-fashioned way in order to be effective. That isn’t to say modern technology can’t facilitate health and fitness; indeed, many modern mobile apps do just that. And it seems that there are hot new health and fitness mobile applications being released every month.
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The ONLY Pregnancy App for Dads–”Mr. Dad on Pregnancy”

mrdad on pregnancy -- the ONLY app for expectant fathers

mrdad on pregnancy -- the ONLY app for expectant fathersWell, after a few delays and tech hiccups, my new app, “Mr. Dad on Pregnancy” (based on my bestselling book, The Expectant Father), is out. It’s engaging, informative, and a lot of fun. Plus, it’s the only app out there specifically aimed at dads (and those who love them).

I’d love to get feedback from all you dads and moms. Your reviews and recommendations would mean a lot too.

You can download Mr. Dad on Pregnancy here. goo.gl/bBR6v   If you’re interested in reviewing the advanced versions, I’ll be delighted to reimburse the full purchase price.

Finally, we’d like to do a Spanish language version of the app. If you know of a good translator, please let me know.

Parental responsibility? Apparently there isn’t an app for that either.

I guess it had to happen sooner or later. A group of parents who can’t seem to take responsibility for their own behavior is suing Apple, alleging that iPhone and iPad apps are too addictive. According to court documents, Apples games are: “Highly addictive, designed deliberately to be so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more.”

Excuse me? Highly addictive? Compel children to purchase? Who owns the iPhone or iPad? Actually, a better question is who’s paying the bill? I hate to sound harsh, but if you authorize your child to make charges to your iTunes account–which is the way the vast majority of apps and their associated charges get billed–you’re on your own. What ever happened to just saying, “No”?

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Privacy? Sorry, there’s no app for that

Think about all the apps you have on your phone, iPad, and anything else. And have you ever looked at—I mean really looked at—the privacy policy for those apps? Well, if you did, you’re certainly in the minority. I don’t think I’ve ever read the fine print (or any of the print at all) on most privacy policies. I just check the box and move on. After all, what harm could come of it?  [Read more...]

Ever try to take an iPhone or iPad away from a child?

My 8-year old, like most of her peers, has been channeling the ghost of Steve Jobs and somehow instinctively knows how to do amazing things with my iPhone. But when I sheepishly ask to get my phone back–say, to make a call or something silly like that–it’s like trying to pry a half-eaten gazelle from a pack of hyenas.

If any of this sounds familiar (and if it doesn’t, it will soon), you’ll enjoy this article from Gizmodo.