The Real Pinocchio Comes Home With Interactive iPad Storybook [Sponsored Post]

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This post is brought to you by Alex&Rovich, publisher of the RealPinocchio app.

Although everyone knows Pinocchio, to most people in the English-speaking world at least, he is the doe-eyed cartoon puppet who’s “got no strings” in the animated Disney movie made in 1940. Since then, there has not been a faithful rendition of Carlo Collodi‘s world-famous wooden creation, who first appeared in an Italian newspaper serial in 1881 and then a children’s novel two years later. This is something of a travesty for Pinocchio, who in his original appearances was a free-spirited and willful marionette, a “truant and a vagabond.”

RealPinocchio is a new app that restores the original story of the genuine Pinocchio. And the famous book is now finally interactive.

How iPads Can Transform Learning in Boyle Heights [Sponsored Post]

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This post is brought to you by Chase — a strong supporter of TRANS4M Boyle Heights, a program that provides multiple social services that address Boyle Heights’ particular needs. Learn more here.

Summer school has never been this cool: kids in a Los Angeles neighborhood will spend four weeks using iPads and MacBook Airs in a digital storytelling class.

The class is part of a three-subject curriculum — they’ll be boning up on English and math skills, too — to boost the chances of 65 ninth graders to get into college.

It’s the first offering of the Trans4m Boyle Heights Initiative, backed by a $7 million, three-year commitment from Chase and lead by will.i.am, who grew up in the neighborhood. His charity,  i.am angel foundation, and College Track, co-founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, are teaming up for the project.

Who’s Really Winning The Device Wars: Android Or iOS? [Sponsored Post]

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May is Mobile Management Month at Cult of Mac, where we will be profiling a different mobile management company every weekday. You can find all previous entries here  and read our Mobile Management manifesto here.

This post is brought to you by SolarWinds, an IT software management company with more than 93,000 customers worldwide – from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Click here to download a free 30-Day Trial of Mobile Admin from SolarWinds. Author: Denny LeCompte Coauthor: Stephanie Mitchell.

Which smartphone or tablet are you bringing to work?

With the constant stream of news emerging in the Apple versus Android battle, we think it’s time to look at which devices the IT pros are choosing, and how recent trends are affecting what devices are brought into work.

How will.i.am, Laurene Jobs and Chase Are Helping Find the Next Edison [Sponsored Post]

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This post is brought to you by Chase — a strong supporter of TRANS4M Boyle Heights, a program that provides multiple social services that address Boyle Heights’ particular needs. Learn more here.

Singer will.i.am describes the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights where he grew up as a “wasteland.” He hopes that thanks to science education and tech it can become a place that fosters the next wave of entrepreneurs with the TRANS4M Boyle Heights Initiative.

Backed by $7 million, three-year commitment from Chase, the initiative will help build a center where local teens can learn employable skills in the arts and digital media and explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

And Now For A Useful And Dependable English Translator App For iPhone / iPad [Sponsored Post]

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This post is brought to you by FakhrApps, publisher of the My English Translator app.

Language translation software can easily make you appear to be saying something downright preposterous. It can also get you a slap in the face when smiles and hand gestures would have done a better job of getting your intentions properly understood by your non-English-speaking foreign acquaintance.

But here comes a dependable mobile translator: the just-released $0.99 My English Translator, which aims to put an end to English incomprehension everywhere you go with a new app for iPhone / iPad.

The app can translate any text or idiomatic expression in fifty-nine different languages including Arabic, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Hindi, Russian, Yiddish, Norwegian… even Latin. My English Translator works in real-time as you type for instant translations, and its voice feature speaks the results in the correct pronunciation.

Here’s Your Last Chance To Get A Free Copy Of MacX DVD Ripper Pro Streamer Edition [Sponsored Giveaway]

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Thanks to the good folks at Digiarty, we’ve been able to bring you some great video software that will rip your DVDs and stream video anywhere. Both the MacX DVD Ripper Pro Streamer Edition and the MacX Video Converter Pro have been free to all Cult of Mac readers over the last 7 days, but the window to grab these awesome freebie is closing tomorrow, May 2nd.

By using the MacX DVD Ripper Pro Streamer Edition package that includes Air Playit, and MacX Video Converter Pro, we’ve shown you how to rip your entire DVD collection to your Mac, stream video files to your iPhone or iPad, and convert any video file to play on your iOS devices. Unfortunately, after May 2nd the MacX DVD Ripper Pro Streamer Edition will go back to its full price. If you want some truly phenomenal and easy-to-use software that will change the way you use video on your iPad or iPhone you better hurry and get your free copy now before it’s too late.

Here’s how to get your copy right now:

Convert Any Video File To Play On Your iPad or iPhone With MacX Video Converter Pro [Sponsored Giveaway]

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Last week we brought you some amazing software tools to change the way you watch video on your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Digiarty’s MacX DVD Ripper Pro Streamer Edition software is being given away free to all Cult of Mac readers until May 2nd. Not only can this easy-to-use software package rip your DVD collection and put the movies on your Mac, but it can also stream the files to your iPad or iPhone.

But wait, it gets better. Digiarty has also decided to throw in their MacX Video Converter Pro software as well,  so you can convert any video file into something that will play on your iPad or iPhone. MacX Video Converter Pro will convert MKC, M2TS, AVCHD, AVI, WMV, and YouTube FLV videos files into to MP4 & h264 files that are friendly with the iPad and iPhone.

Another sweet feature of MacX Video Converter Pro is that it can download website video from YouTube, Vimeo, MySpace, Metacafe, etc. Now your favorite viral Internet videos can be saved on your computer for you to use whenever you want. Remix your favorite cat videos. Create new Rebecca Black and Madonna GIFs. Or just do something crazy amazing like mashing up the Lion King with The Dark Knight Rises. What you do is up to you, but you have to enter the giveaway to get your free copy.

Here’s how to get your copy:

Mine’s Faster Than Yours [Sponsored Post]

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This Post is Brought to you by our advertiser, CLEAR(R).


Feel like you’re always playing catch up with your techie pals when it comes to sporting the latest Apple mobile devices? Now it’s your turn to take the lead by initiating warp speed. Enter the CLEAR iSpot(TM),  a 4G speed personal hotspot, that takes your mobile experience into hyperdrive.

Exclusively for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users, the iSpot can connect up to eight WiFi-enabled Apple mobile devices in any Clear(R) coverage area. Password protection keeps pesky outside users out of your hotspot so you’re ensured a secure connection.

Because style is important to you – you’re part of the Cult, after all – the small, sleek, all-white look syncs well with Apple designs. As for practicality, it fits in your pocket, so you’re always guaranteed a connection, and a super fast one at that. Plus, the battery life and rechargability guarantees you hours of continuous use. Think of the iSpot(R) as bringing balance to the force of iPhone’s notorious low battery issues (sorry, Steve, but it’s true).

And how’s this for on-the-go awesomeness — you can even connect from the car! Just don’t surf and drive! Streaming Pandora(R) music or live sports radio, though, now that’s totally acceptable. Other cool uses include streaming unlimited video and staying connected with work and social media contacts.

The iSpot is available nationwide from https://www.clear.com, and available in CLEAR(R) retail stores and authorized dealers.