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Parenting made easier – why apps are better than a babysitter
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Once upon a time… a short history of mobile applications

Parenting made easier – why apps are better than a babysitter

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If you are like most of the parents, you probably wish you were more organized, you had more time to spend with your kids and that this time could actually be called quality time. Luckily, by using some apps you will be able to make things a little bit easier. In today’s post you are going to find out how apps can help you with your parenting in many, different aspects.

As there are hundreds of applications labeled as ”parenting apps”,  we’ve collected the list of the most useful/interesting ideas offered by mobile applications that could be a blessing in a busy life of a parent.

 

Emergency situations

Let’s face it – in case of emergency situations like choking the majority of us panics, especially when the emergency situation concerns a child. Fortunately, there are apps that help you deal with them – they describe the most common problems, often solutions, remedies etc.

 

Calendars

Apps in a form of personalized calendars  let you note all activities connected with your baby – meals they eat and the time of eating, duration of their sleep and other important events. This information can be extremely useful when you visit a doctor as you can easily find it on your smartphone/iPhone.

 

Monitoring your child’s activities

Sleep is one of the things that parents really crave for. You can get apps that allow you to have an extra few minutes of sleep as they  turn your phone into a baby monitor – you will be notified on the other phone when your child wakes up.

 

Fun time with your child

Obviously, there are dozens of apps that can keep your child entertained while you are in a restaurant/cafe. However, app developers went even further – some apps show you places where you can spend quality time with your child – they show you places on maps that are kids-friendly.

 

Household

We know very well that mums are good at multitasking, but why not make your life a little bit easier? Apps can also give you a digital helping hand in managing your household. By using them, you can plan meals, create list of recipes, manage your budget. Alternatively, you can also include your child in some chores. How? There are apps that give a star for doing some easy tasks at home – this method turns out to be extremely motivating for children. If this hasn’t convinced you yet, take a look at what a mum has to say about one app with lists of tasks:

”I also have a list of “small projects” that need done around the house and instead of giving my husband a marathon list of to do items on a Sunday afternoon, he enjoys checking off a small task here and there when he has some time. ”

 

Parenting magazines

Whenever you are having a break, you can use a few minutes to turn on an app with collection of magazines about parenting and read articles, search for tips or catch up with the latest trends.

 

 

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Magdalena| Appetite For Education

P.S. If you are interested in more information on applications or you are looking for one for your child, subscribe to our newsletter to read more interesting articles in the future!

 

Once upon a time… a short history of mobile applications

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With app markets having an outstanding number of applications and the apps developing by leaps and bounds, we may wonder sometimes – how did apps become so popular in our lives? Even though apps have gained their popularity only in the last decade, their history dates back to 1983 and Steve Jobs’s prediction of a software-distribution center that would allow systems to be purchased via phone lines. In today’s post we will track the fascinating history of mobile applications.

When it comes to discussing the development of apps, it is important to define what mobile application actually is. Techopedia.com provides the following definition:

”A mobile application, most commonly referred to as an app, is a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Mobile applications frequently serve to provide users with similar services to those accessed on PCs. Apps are generally small, individual software units with limited function. (…)”

 

The very beginning

The first apps launched in 1998 on the Psion Epoc Computer, which used Symbian operating system. At first apps were designed to be used for general productivity and information retrieval: you could use them to manage your emails, calendar or access weather information. Due to high demand developers started creating apps in other categories – social media apps, mobile games, educational apps and many more appeared. 

The first stores with applications

In July 2008 the Apple App Store launched, one year after the release of the first iPhone. At the beginning it had only 500 apps, of which 25% were for free. Despite the limited choice, the popularity of the store was phenomenal and the store was stormed by people: in the first weekend ten million applications were downloaded. After a few months, in October, the Android Market went live with as many as 50 apps. In the meantime the App Store expanded rapidly: in November 10,000 apps were available. The Android Market did not rest on their laurels either – in March its users could choose from 2,300 applications. On April 2009 Blackberry App World went live and in May Ovi store of Nokia launched. The Windows Phone Marketplace launched relatively late, comparing to other stores – in October 2010 becoming the fifth major distributor of mobile applications. In July 2011 the Android Market had more than 250,000 thousands apps, Blackberry more than 37,100,  28,000 apps were avaiable at Marketplace and Ovi Store offered over 83.000 apps.

 

the history of apps

7 things you probably didn’t know about apps

  • The average iPhone user spends $80 on apps
  • The most popular app of all time is Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
  • In 2010 the word ”app” was listed as ”Word of the Year” byt the American Dialect Society.
  • 23% children used kids apps on advanced mobile gadgets regularly, but more than half of them could not even tie their own shoelace
  • 98 % of apps in Apple App Store are primarily in English or have English translation
  • The store with the lowest number of kids apps is Ukraine with 77,286 apps

 

 

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Magdalena| Appetite For Education

P.S. If you are interested in more information on applications or you are looking for one for your child, subscribe to our newsletter to read more interesting articles in the future!

 

 

 

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