Timbuktu iPad app
The day your child picks up a magazine and reads it themselves is here. The Timbuktu iPad app is “the first iPad magazine for children” and in the inaugural Ice Issue, kids go on an information journey from the streets of India, to the Letters of Auntie Rita, to conversations with odd animals who live in icy places. The app is so easy to navigate, well, a child could do it. The designs are beautiful and are accentuated with rich colours, typography and playful style. Best of all, it fits the family budget nicely – it’s a free download in the iTunes Store.
Ok, sure, Amelia already owns six pairs of shoes, but the team at Spanish retailer Zara have released their Spring syles, which invariably include page after page of sometimes over the top, sometimes a bit drab, sometimes perfectly quaint mini soles for all our little girls out there. The shoes are just the tip of the iceburg. The man’s and woman’s Lookbooks are equally full of brilliant styles for Spring, balancing laid back sands and khaki with shout-out-loud bold primary greens and reds. But it’s the tykes shoes that always catch my interest. Like the baby Sailor Ballerinas or the Fantasy Basketball Shoe. All great for running in the tall grass or along the beach boardwalk.
Sony point and shoot camera
Our Canon PowerShot is a great camera for every day use. But it’s on its last legs. The new point-and-shoots from Sony are looking mighty attractive with features I didn’t think I’d see in standard point-and-shoots for at least a couple of years. The 16.2 Mega Pixel Cyber-Shot HX7v for instance packs a mean feature-rich punch with 10x optical zoom, 10 fps high speed shooting, 3D stills, Background defocus for that DSLR finish, 3D Sweep Panorama, and, perfect for us photo frenzy fathers who struggle to get the perfect smile, Smile Shutter technology. All this for, wait for it, $299.