Author: Jill Feigelman

Turn Your iPad Into a Retro Arcade

The unveiled the iCade, which can turn an iPad into a retro, arcade-style cabinet complete with a full-sized joystick and eight buttons. The cradle is specially designed so that the iPad securely fits and apps can be easily manipulated by the cabinet’s controls. With the compatible iCade app, users can access Atari’s extensive gaming library as well as other apps. The iCade app comes with a free game, Missile Defense, and the Atari gaming library includes an additional 100 games available for purchase. The games are sold in a set of four for $1 or in a 99-games set for $14.99. The iCade retails for...

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Animal Planet Unveils Swimmers, Shaped Balloons that “Swim” Through the Air

Animal Planet announced Swimmers, the first animal-shaped metallic balloons that are controlled by a remote control. The balloons are intended for indoor use and come in both a shark and clown fish design. Spanning more than four feet long, the balloon “swims” as it floats through the air. It can be easily collapsed for storage when not in use. Swimmers, intended for ages 8 and up, retails for $49.99 at Toys “R”...

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The Toy Book Takes A Look at PlayStation Vita

Today, The Toy Book had a chance to preview PlayStation’s holiday products, including the PlayStation Vita. The new handheld gaming hardware has a five-inch OLED touch screen, dual analog sticks (for console-like control), front and rear cameras, and Wi-FI connectivity. Some of the most innovative features include the rear touch pad that allows for an updated gaming experience and the six motion sensors that enable the players to really emerge themselves in the game. ModNation Racers was the game The Toy Book got to check out on the Vita. With the front and rear touch pads players can build their own tracks easily, just using their fingers. Players can also download, at any time, any PS3 user-generated creation, including more than two million Mods, Karts, and Tracks using the Wi-Fi available on the...

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New Angelina Ballerina PSA Featuring Larry King

Apparently, Larry King has some moves. Check out this PSA of King, Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol), and kids’ character Angelina Ballerina promoting the health benefits of dance. Produced by Hit Entertainment and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, the PSA is part of the Dance 4 Your Life national health campaign launched by the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, aiming to get people dancing their way to a healthier...

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Griffin Technology and Crayola Announce Crayola ColorStudio HD For iPad

Griffin Technology and Crayola have released the Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad, an accessory and app combo that combines classic coloring fun and modern mobile technology. Crayola ColorStudio HD features the iMarker, a marker-shaped digital stylus that is used to create masterpieces. The iMarker is a marker, crayon, pen, and paintbrush all in one and allows children to interact with animated coloring book pages, which move and react while being colored. Kids can produce custom-made pictures, animations, sound effects, music, and other special effects with each touch on the Multi-Touch display. This new app can also tell the difference between a child’s own finger inputs and inputs from the iMarker. There are more than 30 animated coloring pages, pictures, sound effects, and music included with the app. Children can also create their own coloring pages by using the built-in library of backgrounds, music, sound effects, and other elements. Children can show off their completed masterpieces by emailing their artwork, uploading it to Facebook, or directly printing it to any Air Print-enabled...

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