Sunday, May 6, 2012
Apps We Love: “Gube” and “TeleTweet” by Shacked Apps
Every once in a while a product comes along that’s a game changer. I can’t imagine life without my cellphone, the gps for my car, my laptop, or my iPad. And now, I can’t imagine life without Gube.
Shacked Apps that acts as a safe YouTube portal for kids. It’s smack-my-forehead simple and extremely well thought out. Shacked advertises this as “Kid Safe YouTube” and that’s what it delivers. In a nutshell, when you download the app, you can easily scroll through a selection of YouTube videos, access them with a quick tap, and you’re up and playing. But what you’re looking at is a catalogue of over 3,000 (and counting) parent-screened videos that can be further filtered according to age range, from infant, toddler, pre-school, to school-age. If your kids can navigate an iPhone or iPad, they’ll be up and surfing.
Here’s another thing I love about Gube: they’ve left off the “comments” portion of the videos, that potential minefield of profanity and sub-links to which our kids should not have access. Gube offers a safe yet exhilarating version of YouTube where kids can explore and enjoy all the glory and nuttiness of YouTube: from the awe-inspiring to the giggles; the meanderings; the silliness; and the intellectual scenic route. At last, kids can experience this. And we don’t have to freak.
Gube allows users to create their own list of favorites; or browse videos hand selected by their staff. You can see a history of all videos your kids played. And feel free to suggest videos for their ever-growing list. The Internet really is a wonderful window on the world; or at least it CAN be. Gube allows our kids to experience a piece of that on their own terms. The exploration is fun; and the discoveries can be amazing. And in honor of Mother’s Day, Shacked is offering Gube for $0.99 instead of the usual $3.99. The offer runs from Friday May 11 through Sunday May 13. I’d jump on it.
Age Level: 4+
Updated: February 17, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Price: $3.99 but on sale for $0.99 from May 11th through May 13th.
Bottom Line: It will quickly become a necessity in your kid’s life.
Age Level: 4+
Updated: April 12, 2012
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Bottom Line: Not a necessity; but a tool from the past that many may find fun and handy.