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Today's Best Apps: Sierra Mist Must Haves And The Reading Train

Today's Best Apps: Sierra Mist Must Haves And The Reading Train

November 27, 2013
The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


SIERRA MIST MUST HAVES by PepsiCo, Inc. (Free, 38.3 MB): From pick-up and play arcade games to real cocktail recipes, this soda-themed variety pack app offers handfuls of help and fun for the holidays. Tackle the time by avoiding the speed slowing obstacles and slide over the soda containers to reach the bottom the quickest in Downhill Sledding or flick those rings of cheer over the cans and bottles riding the wonderful wavy countryside in Wreath Toss. Need to wet your whistle? Decide upon a cocktail or non-alcoholic "mocktail," then just give your iPhone a few jostles to get a beautiful beverage mix from the Holiday Shaker. Now that the fun is in gear, it's time to elevate the cheer. Add stickers to photos using the festive portrait booth and make a move with the mistletoe, um, you know what to do. Once comfy and cozy, there's still one more pastime, creating one of those magical folding paper snowflake designs. Snip out the sides using six different shapes, apply a coat color, and call it a day. The app also includes sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Messages, and AirDrop for most items.


The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor for Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Science, Animals, Math, Music, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. by The Learning Station (Free, 147.9 MB): Send your toddler to the virtual train station and let the railway-themed reading adventure begin. The excitement begins as every train pulls into view. First is the personal profile package puller, where children input their name and pick an avatar so there's a place to save progress. Next up, the library lugging locomotives, which tow cars filled with categorized crates of award winning books. Each simple story can be listened to, read, or recorded. For a reward after reading, kids are sent to the Train Game where they will pick out numbers, colors, and so on, assemble words, and construct short sentences to earn a present. These prizes contain a word crate, song book currency coin, and key to unlock the next book. The app features hand-drawn 2-D and 3-D graphics, upbeat soundtrack, professional narration, forgiving assistance and positive reinforcement, more than 100 informative as well as 11 song books, no ads, and a shaped-based passcode system to unlock the adult area. Access to the entire library requires a subscription, available via in-app purchase from $4.99 per month to $29.99 annually.

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