Browse through thousands of pieces of art with dA Gallery. We also have an app that allows you to access all of your contacts in a snap, and an app that allows your child to explore the world of everyday objects.

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iPhone:

Busy Train ($0.99 → Free, 49.2 MB): Explore the U.S.A. aboard the Busy Train with this educational app. Your child is able to plan short, medium, and long trips across the country. At each stop they’ll see the state flag, nickname, capital, notable cities, landmarks, monuments, and major crops and industries. After their trip is over, they can participate in three different mini-games to find out how much they have learned. The points accrued from the mini-games can be used to customize their train.

Busy Train is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 17 ratings.

The Grid – Contacts ($1.99 → Free, 1.1 MB): Access all of your contacts in a snap with this productivity app. It creates a huge scrollable grid of all of your contacts, allowing for more on the screen at once. You’re able to adjust how many contacts you want to see by pinching and pulling. Just tap on a contact to bring up all of the ways you can interact with them. You’re also able to group contacts together, and filter them by group or letter.

Birdsoft is having a sale on all of their other apps during the holiday weekend, so make sure to check them out.

The Grid – Contacts is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 7 ratings.

Universal:

The Sims™ FreePlay ($4.99 → Free, 413.7 MB): New Players Only: Start off with 10,000 Simoleon value for your city and, this weekend only, enjoy an outdoor sale where where you get decor for your house for half off.

You don’t need to know a lick of Simlish to enjoy this entry in EA’s hugely popular Sims series. Design and build your own dream home and care for everything under your roof. Meet the neighbors by throwing parties, or just go over for a quiet visit. Try to complete as many goals as possible to earn lifestyle points, which can be used to obtain new hip items. The game also includes achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

The Sims™ FreePlay is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 96474 ratings.

Classes – Timetable ($1.99 → Free, 3.9 MB): Stay on top of your school schedule with this education app. You’re able to add new events that include the subject you’re studying, type of class, instructor, location, and duration. Events can also be color-coded to help keep things tidy. You’re able to add any homework projects you have to complete as well, and receive push notifications when they’re about to be due. Rotate your iDevice into landscape orientation to get a view of your entire schedule. The app also includes icon badging, progress tracking, and the ability to backup your data via email.

Classes – Timetable is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 361 ratings.

dA Gallery ($0.99 → Free, 579.8 KB): Browse through thousands of pieces of art on deviantART.com with this photography app. You’re able to view all of the new artwork that has been added over the past 24 hours all of the way up to the past month. Artwork is presented as thumbnails, which can be tapped on to view in full screen. You’re also able to search for something specific, or break artwork down by category. The app also includes the ability to save and share artwork.

dA Gallery is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 15 ratings.

ABC House ($2.99 → Free, 70.5 MB): An educational app that allows your child to explore the world of everyday objects. The app’s interface makes it remarkably easy for your child to discover and learn. It consists of a large wall of thumbnail icons, one for each included object, which are sorted alphabetically. When your child taps on one, they’ll hear the object’s name pronounced, see a high resolution image of it, and have the option to watch a video and view a fun fact. The app includes more than 60 objects and over 100 videos.

ABC House is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 78 ratings.

Emulsion ($1.99 → Free, 42.2 MB): Create beautiful works of art with this powerful entertainment app. Emulsion utilizes Meritum’s proprietary graphics engine, making each stroke unique to you. You’re able to start off with a blank canvas or use a photo as your background image. Then select one of the eight customizable brushes and get to work. The app also includes 10 colors to choose from, a color randomizer, two mirroring options, and undo and redo support. Additional colors, brushes, and tools are available via in-app purchase.

Emulsion is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 20 ratings.

goodEar Chords – Ear Training ($0.99 → Free, 15.0 MB): Train your ear to identify chords with this music app. It will randomly generate a chord and you must correctly play it back to earn points. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, you can play it again. The app is designed for all musicians, no matter if you’re a beginner or professional, since you can customize the experience to your level.

goodEar Chords – Ear Training is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 18 ratings.

iPad:

HT Recorder for iPad ($6.99 → Free, 10.8 MB): Record and edit business meetings, lectures, and conferences with this handy iPad app. It’s able to record audio in almost any environment without missing even the quietest voice. You can even have it automatically skip silence to keep the recording time down. The app includes bookmarking, cut, copy, trim, and paste, and the ability to share and transfer recordings via email, Wi-Fi, FTP, or iTunes File Sharing.

HT Recorder for iPad is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 87 ratings.

Busy Train for iPad ($0.99 → Free, 49.2 MB): Explore the U.S.A. aboard the Busy Train with this educational app. Your child is able to plan short, medium, and long trips across the country. At each stop they’ll see the state flag, nickname, capital, notable cities, landmarks, monuments, and major crops and industries. After their trip is over, they can participate in three different mini-games to find out how much they have learned. The points accrued from the mini-games can be used to customize their train.

Busy Train for iPad is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 16 ratings.

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