Reflection Journal - August 2012

This is my second time writing a monthly reflection journal. If you missed the one for July 2012, you can read it here. As I did last month, I used Momento to keep a personal daily journal that helped me create these reflections.

Noah's favorite apps

Noah's First Birthday

Last week, my second son, Noah, celebrated his first birthday. For his birthday gift, I put together a list of recommended iPad apps for 1-year-old toddlers like him. If you have a 1-year-old, you should check out the list -- I personally hand-picked the apps that really have impacted my son's life. If you know other apps that should be included in that list, please don't hesitate to contact us -- we would love to hear what your favorites are.

Also, to celebrate Noah's birthday, Camila and I decided to give away 10 promo codes for Akzara, an iPad app that we developed specially for Philip, my 3-year-old son. If you know someone who might appreciate the app, please refer them to the giveaway so that they can benefit from it.

iPad app reviews for Juniors - Puss in Boots - The Great Adventure is an excellent storybook appPuss in Boots - The Great Adventure is an excellent storybook app adapted from a famous French fable

Storybook Apps

Bedtime stories are still not our family's strongest point yet, so I really appreciate the fact that we found four great storybook apps to review in August. Starting with Cocoons and Caterpillars that combines animated cartoons with mini games, then Pixel and Parker that features a choose-your-own adventure storyline, and finishing with Little Blue Jackal and Puss in Boots - The Great Adventure that highlight fairy tales from around the world.

One thing for sure, I will keep an eye for great storybook apps as I'm trying to dedicate more time to read stories with my sons. If you know a great one to add to our collection, please let me know via Twitter.

iPad app reviews for Juniors - Math Marble Junior is great for practicing math conceptsMarble Math Junior is great for practicing math concepts

Math Apps

During the month of August, Camila and I managed to review three Math apps that are suitable for juniors between the ages of 3 and 12. The Marble Math series are great for your juniors as they practice math concepts taught in school. If you're unsure which version to get, I suggest you read my review on Marble Math Junior where I explained and compared the contents of each version.

Love to Count by Pirate Trio is also a great app for toddlers. Other than the basic addition and subtraction mini games, my 3-year-old son, Philip, was able to enjoy most of the other mini games. As a math geek, I'm looking forward to find more great apps like these to review this month.

iPad app reviews for Juniors - Ichi is an elegant and challenging one-touch puzzlerIchi is an elegant and challenging one-touch puzzler

Games We Love to Play

In addition to Gesundheit! which Camila reviewed in July, I managed to write about three more puzzle games in August. Ichi is my favorite, hitting my sweet spots for its elegance in using one finger as its only interface. Burger Cat and Jump Out! HD are great games that Philip was able to enjoy as well. With so many puzzle games we've played over the past year, he has developed a preference to puzzles over other types of games.

Camila also shared her perspectives on other fun games like Monster Ate My Condo and Glowfish HD. Last week, we were thrilled when Tap the Frog 2 released a new update containing five new mini games and retina graphics for the new iPad. As we find new great games, we will share them with you.

iPad app reviews for Juniors - Drafts 2.0 adds cloud sync with SimperiumDrafts 2.0 adds cloud sync with Simperium

Notable Updates

Following are some notable updates from topics I discussed in my reflection journal for July 2012:

  1. Drafts 2.0 was released on Aug 22. It still is my go-to app for jotting notes on the go and drafting posts for apps/services that do not have good usability. The cloud sync via Simperium works smoothly, allowing my wife and I to sync our drafts.
  2. If you missed watching Brave in theaters near you, don't worry. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available on Nov 13 which will include a new short film entitled "The Legend of Mor'du".
  3. Tweetbot for Mac Beta was released last Saturday. Being limited by the new user caps policy from Twitter, Tweetbot developers were cautious in using its user tokens. This led to a decision to limit the Beta build for existing Alpha users and stop the addition of new accounts for existing users.
iPad app reviews for Juniors - AppNet Rhino is the first client for iOSAppNet Rhino is the first client for iOS

Twitter and

Twitter's new policies and upcoming API updates have upset a lot of people. After kicking Instagram from its Friend Finder service, Twitter also did the same to Tumblr.

On the other hand, has been successfully funded. I immediately joined the service after they released an Alpha reference implementation of the web client -- it looked good and promising. I'm glad that we now have AppNet Rhino available on the App Store as the first client for iOS.


A lot of things have happened during the month of August. As a parent, I'm glad that I was able to setup a dedicated page on my iPad for apps that are suitable for Noah -- this saves a lot of my time whenever Noah gets his "iPad time". I'll see if I can do the same for Philip.

Starting this month, I am planning to start posting more stuff about parenting. Hopefully I can share thoughts, articles and resources that I found interesting as I learn to become a better parent.