Application: I SPY Arcade Games
Produced by: Scholastic Media
Price: $2.99 each
I spy … new gaming apps from Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc. The global children's publishing, education and media company has announced the launch of I Spy Arcade, a series of four new gaming apps inspired by the company's "I Spy" best-selling books and games.
According to Scholastic's announcement, "The I Spy Arcade game apps feature … I Spy objects in an arcade-style play pattern with increasingly challenging brain-teasers" (65 progressively difficult levels and bonus levels).
The apps, which cost $2.99 each, will be available for the iPhone and iPod Touch on the iTunes App Store, as well as for Android smartphones and tablets on the Android Market (marking Scholastic's first gaming app for Android) and other carrier stores. I Spy Arcade: Match Attack (below) was the first app to hit the market in late December; the remaining three I Spy Arcade apps—Spy Squares, Fine Line and Critter Craze—will be launched monthly through March.
Scholastic Media developed the apps in-house, "ensuring fidelity to the tone, look and feel of beloved Scholastic brands … while guaranteeing that parents can trust the apps to be both educational and entertaining," the company press release reported.
Application: Irwin Law Reader App
Produced by: Irwin Law and Nubook
Legal specialists now can access a digital reading interface dedicated to e-books by Irwin Law, publisher of the "Essentials of Canadian Law" series, via The Irwin Law Reader Application. The app is powered by digital solutions partner Nubook and available for free download in the App Store.
The digital catalog currently includes more than 60 titles—including new editions of the best-selling books "The Law of Evidence" and "Intellectual Property Law"—and will be continually expanded.
The app offers advanced features, such as refined searches and annotations, and a customizable library. Users also can search e-book contents and make annotations in an advanced search tool, as well as add "sticky notes" and highlight or "pen" annotations in the books' contents. The app also is multimedia enabled for listening to audio, viewing video and accessing hyperlinks.
Application: SpringerLink Mobile App
Produced by: Springer
Science savants now can access via their iPhones and iPads free scientific content—including article abstracts, more than 127,000 open-access research articles, and book and journal covers—via the new SpringerLink mobile app. Plus, users with institutional subscriptions to the science platform SpringerLink can access the full text of all its content products. The SpringerLink.com digital platform includes articles and chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, 48,000 e-books and about 200 reference works, and makes available 25,000 searchable online protocols in life sciences and biomedicine.
Users may instantly view materials while connected to a subscriber-based network. Upon login, users are redirected to the full-text PDF of the original content request, and can share and save documents directly from the app. The app features advanced search, personalized notifications and document details with abstracts.
"As more and more research is done away from the desk ... it is our responsibility to make sure our customers are equipped to conveniently access Springer's vast collection of content," said Patricia Cleary, eProduct Management at Springer, in a press release announcing the launch. BB