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Animals Memory Game For Kids review

With Animals Memory Game For Kids on your Android tablet or phone, youngsters stay busy sharpening their memory skills -- only they think it's fun. Softdiv's free but ad-supported game challenges kids to flip and match animal cards by memory. Gameplay involves tapping squares, so even small children can manage it on a tablet or smartphone.

Pros

Easy in concept, challenging in play: The game's concept is easy to grasp: kids tap squares to briefly uncover cards bearing pictures of different animals, and then tap the matching card to create a pair that then disappears. The further … Read more

Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler review

Softdiv's Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler keeps little ones busy and entertained while they learn fine motor skills and visual cognition. As the name suggests, this free app is more or less an Android rendition of the classic wooden picture puzzle for very young children. Youngsters drag shapes into outlines, aided by sound effects.

Pros

Easy to play: With no more than three or four shapes per animal, and many in single pieces, Animal Puzzle Game for Toddler is suitable for any child old enough to swipe a finger on a touchscreen.

Sound effects: Audible feedback lets players know … Read more

Animal Sounds: Moo Box! review

Animal Sounds: Moo Box! is an app for kids that plays recordings of different types of animals while also showing a photo of each animal. This can help kids learn the sounds that different animals make, as well as what the animals look like and where they live.

The first time you open Animal Sounds, small help windows pop up to explain the various components of the interface. While the interface is fairly straightforward, it's also kind of clunky and definitely not easy to use for kids. Ads do pop up fairly frequently while you're in the middle … Read more

Watch a wild crow tackle a complex eight-step puzzle

We love crows. Crows are amazingly smart, smarter than all other birds and even most other animals. If you think that's an exaggeration, it's not. Crows use tools, and even save good ones for future use. They know how to use their environments, such as human car traffic, to help get food. They recognize human faces across generations, remembering humans who have done them either harm or good and reacting accordingly. And they are the only bird to have passed the mirror recognition test.

Apparently, they're also really clever at solving complex problems.… Read more

Animated Desktop Wallpaper Starfield review

Animated Desktop Wallpaper Starfield creates the feeling that you're flying through space with its stars streaking past on a colorful background. From black to purple to blue to white, all of the colors you associate with space are visible in the backdrop to this wallpaper, which is attractive by itself. But the addition of the tiny, white moving stars makes the illusion that you are in space even more intense.

When you open this program, it's accessible from the taskbar in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Right-clicking on the app's icon there will allow you … Read more

Dream-Rain Animated Desktop Wallpaper review

Dream-Rain Animated Desktop Wallpaper transforms your desktop background into a dreamscape populated with gently-moving raindrops. When you want something a little different as a background to your work, this app provides it through a fantasy of gently falling rain.

When you install Dream-Rain, it immediately transforms your desktop into a landscape featuring a grassy field that stretches into the distance. Above this field is a blue sky spotted with white clouds, and moving toward you smoothly and steadily are realistically-sized raindrops. This produces an interesting illusion, since the rain is actually moving sideways rather than falling from the sky to … Read more

Star Apps: Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson is best known for playing Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 cult comedy "Animal House," and VP John Hoynes on TV series "The West Wing." But the esteemed actor and sometime director has a 40-year career with many highlights. He provided the voice for "Jonny Quest" and has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including "Yours, Mine and Ours," "Magnum Force," "Fletch," "The Virginian," "Bonanza," and "CSI." He currently plays Dr. Brick Breeland on the CW'… Read more

'Iron Man' on steroids: Step into a working 'Appleseed' Mecha

Last year, Japan's Sagawa Electronics released a powered exoskeleton, the Powered Jacket MK3, with the potential to bring lots of our science fiction and anime fantasies to life. But somehow, being able to see the tiny and frail human at the center of the outsized metal skeleton just doesn't seem imposing enough.

Fortunately, another Japanese company -- Dai-Nihon Giken, manufacturer of lots of anime merchandise -- has stepped in to fill that intimidation gap with armor designed to fit on the MK3 modeled on the Landmate power suits from Shirow Masamune's 22nd century manga saga "Appleseed."… Read more

Scientist: Cats think you are just a big, stupid cat

It had quite slipped my notice, but I'm actually a cat.

It's true that I struggle with the running-up-and-down-drainpipes thing. I'm also not very adept at catching mice, without considerable chemical help.

On the other hand, I'm good at eating cheese and I can drink milk very quietly. Perhaps that's why my friend Ed's cat Bob thinks I'm also a cat.

Bob hasn't told me himself, but a British anthrozoologist named John Bradshaw has. In a book called Cat Sense, which the New York Times kindly reviewed last week, Bradshaw insists that … Read more

Review: Let your child learn more about animals from other parts of the world in Safari Animals for Kids.

Safari Animals for Kids is a neat way to expose your children to animals from other parts of the world. While it might be a little loud and some of its "facts" are off base, kids will really enjoy this app. It has just enough animals and quiz questions to keep your children entertained for quite some time.

This app tells children all sorts of fun facts about monkeys, lions, giraffes, and any other animals they might find on a safari. The app then has them match facts to the animal. Each animal has a name and distinctive … Read more