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360iDev with the Campfire Apps team!

 

Our 360iDev Pals – Ray & Vicki Wenderlich and Brandon Trebitowski

On Sepetember 8th, the Campfire Apps team jumped on a plane and headed to Denver! We were there from the 8th through the 13th for the 360iDev conference. This conference is a place where iOS developers from all over the United States (& World) can come together for one week to learn new things, meet new people, and have a great time. We did a lot throughout the week, we even took a trip to the top of  the mountain, Pikes Peak, which is over 14,000 feet high.

 

Steph, Shawn, & Courtney – The Campfire Apps Team – at the top of Pike’s Peak

On Tuesday night, we participated in the 360iDev Game Jam. This was an awesome event hosted by some of the attendees of the conference. During the day on Tuesday we received a theme for the Game Jam – “Growth” – and after dinner settled in for an evening of programming, design, and all around fun. The Game Jam started around 7:00 pm and participants had until 9:00 am Wednesday to create at least a prototype of a game to share with the group Wednesday afternoon.

 

Our Game Jam table: Brandon, Shawn, & Courtney

Our game was (tentatively) called “Present Drop” and the goal of the game is to ‘grow’ a tower of gifts as tall as possible without knocking it over or losing too many gifts along the way. As you might have guessed, our game is also holiday-themed, which was a lot of fun. Here is a peek at what the title screen looks like for our game:

This was our first time participating in the Game Jam, and we will definitely be participating again next year! We had so much fun working quickly to get our game ready. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a short period of time when you just sit down and focus on it.

360iDev is an awesome opportunity for iOS developers to get together, talk shop and experience this amazing community. We have really been impressed the last two years that we have attended and have made a lot of new friends through this conference. We left the conference with so much inspiration, and so many new ideas! The Campfire Apps team has been brainstorming, so be on the look out for new goodies soon!

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Live from the 360iDev Game Jam!

The Campfire Apps team has been working diligently for the past 5 hours on an app for the Game Jam at the 360iDev conference in Denver. Our game for the game jam is “Present Drop” and it’s Christmas themed! Shawn has been working on the coding, while Stephanie has been designing the artwork for the game. Our goal is to finish the game tonight; or at least get it to be functional. Keep an eye out for more updates about the game, because it’s one that we hope to be releasing this winter.

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Apps for High School Students: Seniors

Senior year is a very important year, however it can be very stressful for students. Here are a few apps that might help to make a students senior year a little easier.

 

MyMajors

MyMajors is an app that’s available for iPhone and iPad for free. This app allows you to search through various college majors to help you choose which one is the best fit for you. After you’ve chosen a major, the app generates a list of schools that offer that major and fit any criteria that you’ve set. This app is perfect for students who aren’t sure what they want to study, or where they want to go to school.

 

 

ACT College Search

This free app is perfect for students who are looking for a college to attend. With this app you can narrow down your school choices based on state, major, size, and more. When you find a school that stands out to you or a school that you like, you can add it to your “favorites” so that you can remember to research more about that school. This app is sure to help you find a college that’s a good fit for you!

 

 

College FAFSA Finder

This iPad app is available for free in the iTunes store, and it’s sure to be a big help to a lot of students! FAFSA is the way that students are able to get financial aid for college, this app helps you to not only search for colleges, but also FAFSA opportunities. This is definitely something that will help all high school seniors!

 

 

Do you have any other apps that you think would be good for high school seniors? Let us know!

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Apps for High School Students: Studying

FlashCards++

This app is perfect for studying, for all ages! It’s available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for just $3.99. With this app you’re able to create cards on your device by using text and images from various files and websites. There are a lot of cool features within the app, one of them being Text-to-speech, which allows you to listen to vocabulary and learn correct pronunciation. This app is sure to come in handy for students throughout the school year.

 

Evernote Peek

This app is available for free for the iPad.  This app was designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. And no worries, if you don’t have a Smart Cover, there are virtual covers available within the app. In order to study, you choose a note from your Evernote pad, and the app tests you based on the information within that note. To see the clue, you peek under the Smart Cover, and then you lift the entire cover to view the whole answer. This app is perfect for studying, no matter what age! Be sure to check this one out!

 

Study Tracker

Having trouble getting your kids to study? This is sure to help solve your problem! With Study Tracker, your student is able to track the amount of time that they study for each subject, and they’re able to compete with other kids to see who studies the most and gets the best grades. And as their study habits improve, there are badges they can unlock. This app is a fun and interesting way to keep track of studying, and I’m sure your kids will love it!

 

 

Do you or your kids have any apps that you use to study? Let us know!

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Summer Henry Launch Party!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is ready for release, just in time for the end of summer!

This is the fourth app in our Henry series, and we’re very excited to finally be able to share it with you!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is the perfect app for your kids during the summer months, it features all summer themed artwork and prizes. Your kids are sure to enjoy this app to help pass the time during long road trips, plane rides, and those rainy summer days.

To celebrate the release of our fourth Henry app, we’re hosting a Virtual Launch Party! The event will take place on our Facebook page this Saturday, August 4th. All you have to do to participate is become a fan of our Facebook page (just visit our page and click the LIKE button!) and then visit the page throughout the day on Saturday for all of the fun! We will be sharing some very exciting news, lots of great artwork from the game, videos, contests, and giveaways. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our other Henry’s Headlamp apps that are already available in the app store.

And don’t worry, if you’re more of a Twitter person. We will also be sharing all of the fun on our Twitter. Again, if you’re not already following us on Twitter, you might want to do that before Saturday so that you won’t miss a minute of the fun!

We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

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Family Tracker

Family Tracker is a great app for all types of families! This app allows you to track your husband, wife, and children. With this app you can find out where they are at any time, as long as their device is with them. It can locate the person, even if their device is turned off. This app is very simple and easy to use, and it’s only $3.99.

This app is a product from LogSat Software LLC. Roberto Franceschetti from LogSat Software said, “We’ve always hoped that this could be useful in case something bad happens.”  And for one Florida family, this app was very useful.

At the end of May, a child in Florida went missing for several days. After LogSat Software shared their app with the police, they were able to find the missing child that same night. You can learn more about this story here.

It has always been important to stay in contact with your family, but with today’s new technology, it’s easier to do so. If you have any other apps or stories like this one, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

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Fun Family iPad Apps

Here’s a few suggestions of iPad apps that are great for families!

Scorekeeper XL

Forget using a piece of paper and a pen, this scorekeeper app is perfect for a family game night! It’s simple, easy to use, and appealing. It’s great to use while playing board games or party games with family and friends. This app not only keeps score for you, but it also shows which player is in first place. This app is available for free, but only for a limited time. So make sure you go to the App Store to check it out!

 

 

THE GAME OF LIFE™ for iPad

The old-fashioned board game, The Game Of Life, is now available for play on the iPad! This classic game has always been a family favorite, and with this revamped version, it’s sure to stay that way! It’s even more fun to play the game with it’s new, clear HD graphics. This game is available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store.

 

 

Pictureka! for iPad

Pictureka for iPad is great game for all ages! For just $4.99, you and your family are provided with hours of fun. You could play alone, or work together as a team to find the hidden objects mixed in with the crazy cartoons. This game is great for all ages and it’s fun for the whole family. You won’t regret downloading this app!

 

 

Shot & Found

Shot & Found is very similar to the popular game Draw Something. However, instead of drawing a picture for your opponent to guess, you take the photo yourself. This game is great for all ages, and it’s perfect for families. This is a game you and your family could play at home, or on the go.

 

 

Do you and your family have any iPad apps that you love? Let us know in the comments!

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Fun Family Table Top Games

Although we’re a technology company, we strongly encourage you to take some time away from your devices and enjoy an old-fashioned table top game with the family from time to time. Here are some of our personal favorites, and some games that we think you and your family might enjoy.

 

Apples to Apples Junior
Apples to Apples Junior is “The Game of Hilarious Comparisons!” This is the family friendly version of the original Apples to Apples. It includes cards that your child is more likely to know and understand. Even if it’s the junior edition, this game is enjoyable for every member of the family!

 

 

 

Jungle Speed
Jungle Speed is the lightening fast game of quick thinking and quick reflexes. Stay concentrated and you’re sure to win, if you can stop laughing long enough. Whether you’re playing with a room full of adults, or trying to occupy a room full of kids, Jungle Speed is sure to keep everyone laughing and having a blast, game after game.

 

 

 

Skip-Bo
Skip-Bo is a timeless game, that’s great for families! This is one of our personal favorite card games, and we can’t get enough of it. The object of the game is fairly simple, you just have play all of your cards in numerical sequence to win, but watch out for your opponents who are trying to block you. This game is sure to provide endless hours of fun for you and your family.

 

 

Mexican Train Domino Game
The Mexican Train Domino Game is another one of our favorites! This game is like a tradition in our family. This is a easy to learn game, that’s great for families. This game can be played with at least 3 players, and up to 8 at the most. This is a great game for larger groups, but beware, it can get very competitive!

 

 

 

Rack-O
Rack-O is a classic family game, for 2-4 players.  Players randomly put 10 cards on their rack. The race then begins to draw and discard until one player positions 10 cards into numerical sequence. It’s quite simple, but you’ll need skillful play, concentration, and a little luck to win. This game is sure to provide you and your family with hours of  fun!

 

 

Let us know some of your favorite board games! We’d love to check them out!

 

ETA: We are not receiving compensation from any of these companies to share their games, these are just a few of the games our family enjoys playing together! 

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Summer Apps for Families: Camping

If you and your family have a camping trip planned this summer, these apps might be very helpful to you!

Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot

With this app you’re able to search for over 12,000 campgrounds and RV parks across America. It provides you with reviews of the sites, provides info of services and recreation at the parks, and over 1,000 popular attractions are pinpointed on the map for you. This app is ideal for anyone who is looking into planning a camping trip at any point this summer.

 

 

Campfire Songs

It’s not a real camping trip unless you’re singing songs around a campfire! With the help of this free app, you’ll spend hours singing around the fire. This app provides you with the lyrics to 175 different campfire songs that you can sing along to. You can search through the app by tune, song type, and alphabetical order to find a specific song you’re looking for. Your family is sure to have a great trip with this app by your side!

 

Camp Recipes!

Ever wonder what you’re going to cook on your camping trip? This app will solve that problem! With over 700 recipes, this app is sure to help! There are many types of recipes that you can choose from such as quick recipes, veggie recipes, backpack recipes, and survival recipes. This easy to use app has a huge supply of recipes that is sure to keep you from eating the same meal twice.

 

Geocaching

Looking for an adventure during your trip? This app will be perfect for you! Geocaching is a global treasure hunt that allows you to hide and seek physical containers outdoors and share your adventures online. With this app you’re able to locate geocaches, look up specific items, and share photos for the geocaches. This would be a great way to spend an afternoon, or even a whole day. It’s fun for the whole family!

 

Does your family have any apps that you use when you’re camping? Leave them in the comments so we can check them out!

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Summer Apps for Families: Summer Themed games/apps for Kids

Here’s a few summer themed games/apps that would be great for your kids this summer!

 

Ice Cream Matching Game Lite

This free game is great for kids of all ages to play all summer long! This basic matching game includes three difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard), and it also allows you to challenge other players using Game Center. The Lite version is just a basic sample of the game, for more fun you can buy the full version for .99 cents in the App Store.

 

Tie Dye Doodle

This  game is available for .99 cents in the App Store and is fun for all! It gives you the chance to make your own tie dye shirt, complete with many different designs, shirts, colors, and decorations. The reviews for this game are great, and it seems to get a lot of attention. Check this out for some summer fun for you and your kids!

 

 

Color Me !!! Summer

This free app is available for both iPhone and iPad, and it’s great for kids! It supplies endless hours of fun with multiple pictures that kids can choose from. They can color it however they want, and then shake the device to erase it when they’re finished. This app would be great to help pass time while spending a hot day in the house with your kids.

 

Are there anymore apps or games that your kids like to play in the summer months? Let us know in the comments!

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