A team of eighth grade students from Hampstead Academy in NH are winners of a national competition to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem in their school and community. Their ‘Chow Checker’ app concept is one of 10 winning designs. The app will help people with food allergies avoid foods and ingredients they are allergic to – such as milk, eggs, peanuts and shellfish.
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab will continue to work with the Hampstead Academy “Chow Checker” team to refine their project. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help bring their concepts to market. The final products will be made available for download from Google’s Play Store. In addition, Hampstead Academy will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education at their school, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile.
More than 470 student teams from across the country submitted concepts for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The Hampstead Academy Chow Checker team consists of seven students who will be invited to present their app at the National Technology Student AssociationConference in Orlando, Fla., in late June if they build the app by June 7.
For more info on the App Challenge, click here.
Awards season is in full swing and continues in February with the 85th Academy Awards, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is already preparing fans with its Oscar companion app, which keeps film lovers in the know before, during, and after the broadcast. Now with Android support and Facebook integration, users can create an interactive Oscar ballot, then play along with online friends. The free app is now available for iOS, Android. The Academy Awards begin at 7 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 24, on ABC.
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More than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, according to research. Tablets are permeating family life, too; in households that own a device, kids 12 and under get their hands on it more often than adults. Check out the infographic below to see what kids are using them for most
When setting your kids up with their new gadget, don’t forget to research your options for parental controls to ensure safe and appropriate use. To learn more about VZW’s offerings including content filters, family locator and usage controls, click here.
College graduates have one final lesson to learn before entering the real world: managing your finances can be tough. The time between graduation and finding or starting a first job is a crash course in managing time and balancing a budget.
Just like they relied on their smartphones to help with studies, there are dozens of apps available to help ease the adjustment process and get organized. Click through to view a great list of available apps.
Verizon Wireless customers can use their smartphones to share live video broadcasts of life’s special moments with their Facebook friends using Color for Facebook, a free social camera application.
Color for Facebook highlights the power of video on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, giving customers with a wide range of smartphones the ability to broadcast up to 30 seconds of live video and share the important moments in their daily lives at blazing speeds. Verizon Wireless customers will also have access to an exclusive audio feature to add sound to their broadcasts.
Verizon Wireless customers can dial “**COLOR” to download the app, or download it from a number of app stores. The app is free, and other charges will apply according to a customer’s data package. To learn more click through.
Check out Verizon Wireless’ Small Business Advisor, a free, interactive tool that provides quick and easy recommendations for mobile solutions. The new service is designed to help customers find small business solutions that help boost productivity, protect information and use wireless technology to grow their business.
Verizon Wireless’ Small Business Advisor is now available for free at http://smallbizadvisor.verizonwireless.com.