The AppAdvice iPad App Of The Week: Toca Hair Salon ($1.99 & universal), released June 7

Toca Hair Salon Developer’s Best Offering Yet?

The folks behind the popular app, Toca Doctor, have released what could be their most impressive children’s app to date. The universal Toca Hair Salon is now available in the App Store.

Created by Swedish-based Toca Boca, the app lets youngsters run their own Hair Salon by allowing them to cut, color, comb, shave, and blow-dry lifelike hair on four different characters.

Features include:

  • Cut and trim hair with the scissors and electric hair trimmer
  • Use the hair dryer to style the final hair cut
  • 12 hair colors to choose from!
  • Use the magic potion G.R.O. to make the hair grow back again!
  • Four cute characters that make fun faces and sounds while you cut their hair!
  • No rules or stress – play any way your kids want to!

 

New Releases

Olivia Acts Out ($4.99), released June 6

Nickelodeon’s “Olivia” Star Of New iPad App

Polin8 Media has announced the release of Olivia Acts Out, an interactive book for the iPad. Based on the Nickelodeon character “Olivia,” the app was recently featured in the App Store’s “New and Noteworthy” section.

Created for preschoolers and children of every age, Olivia Acts Out features narration and interactive elements that immerse its reader into the world of its star. Plus, on every page, kids can touch a character to watch an animation or hear a unique sound.

Whole Living Smoothies ($1.99), released June 6

Summer And Smoothies, What’s Not To Love About New iPad App!

How does a Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie sound? How about one made with Avocado and Pear. These and other recipes have come to the iPad courtesy the new Whole Living Smoothies app.

Created by Callaway Digital Arts, the app is the third iOS food app from Martha Stewart and the first without her name in the title. The other two are Martha Stewart Makes Cookies andMartha Stewart Cocktails.

Whole Living Smoothies includes 36 recipes organized into three categories. These are Essential, Meal-in-a-Glass, and Allergen Free Smoothies.

Joining Hands ($2.99 & universal), released June 7

You’ll Find It A Challenge To Join Everyone’s Hands Together In 10tons Latest Puzzler

From the creators of the hit platformer Grim Joggers comes a lovable puzzler of hand-holding triumph. Joining Hands is the adventure of some adorable creatures who look to avoid danger while searching for lost family, and you must help them succeed.

The Peablins wish to find their cousins, but the Peablins must travel through the Whispering Woods to have any hope of locating their relatives. As the legend goes, holding hands is the only surefire way to protect oneself from the lurking Bogeyman. You mustn’t leave any hand unjoined or someone could be vulnerable to the evils of the dark. It is up to you to keep the Peablins safe.

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Newsy for iPad – Video from Multiple Source (free), updated June 7

Newsy For iPad Gets An Update

Do you enjoy watching videos of news content on the go? If so, you may want to check out Newsy for iPad. Watching video based news on the iPad has just gotten easier with the latest 3.0 update of this app.

Newsy for iPad has been designed exclusively for the tablet. It is a multi-source, video app with short segments about current world events and happenings. Here is the list of features the app offers (taken from the app description):

  • Real-time access to the most recent videos on Newsy.com
  • Innovative playlist builder
  • Videos can be downloaded and saved to the iPad for later viewing off network
  • Interact with the Newsy community by posting comments and rating videos
  • Share videos via Twitter, Facebook and email
  • View video transcripts that contain links to news sources
  • ‘Sources’ button connects you to the story-level pages of the sources analyzed
  • Slideshow feature enables quick browsing through videos
  • Easily filter videos by category
  • Access higher quality videos when connected through WiFi

 

Fanhattan (free), updated June 8

Fanhattan: The Only Entertainment App You’ll Need (Most Of The Time)

Just fourteen months after its introduction, the iPad has become a one-stop shop to purchase and view movies and TV shows. However, it wasn’t until the release of Fanhattan that iPad owners needed only one app to access all of that entertainment.

Created by a Silicon Valley firm by the same name, Fanhattan bills itself as the “starting point for entertainment discovery.” For the most part, this is correct.

 

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The Best iPad Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week, is published separately.