App Store pays better, Angry Birds, Microsoft Solitaire, health Watches, IBM and Canada, iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV


iBooks StoryTime reads stories and entertains your kids for you
iBooks StoryTime reads stories and entertains your kids for you

Apple’s App Store continues to pay developers more than Google Play, thanks to Chinese iOS users — The App Store remains more profitable for iOS developers than the Google Play store is for Android apps, new estimates reveal, with App Store revenues in China also continuing to climb at a fast pace.

Angry Birds Blast isn’t explosively fun, but it’s not bad either —
Rovio’s latest entry continues the trend of adequate, uninspiring spinoffs.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection: My new iOS app addiction — The Microsoft Solitaire Collection (free with in-app purchase) carries five solitaire games: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid and TriPeaks. Klondike is the old, traditional game that’s been around forever, while Pyramid and TriPeaks are relatively new to the Microsoft Solitaire world. Each has a different set of rules and method of play; while you might be an expert in one game, it really takes some effort to win consistently at all five.

Stanford program offers 1000 Apple Watches, funding for healthcare research proposals — Stanford University is offering to hand out up to 1000 Apple Watches and up to $10,000 in funding to instructors and members of the faculty, as part of a new program to find innovative ways to use the Apple Watch in healthcare. [You’d need very long arms …]

IBM and Bell partner to bring MobileFirst for iOS apps to Canada — IBM has announced a new MobileFirst for iOS partnership with Bell Canada that promises to deliver enterprise apps for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch to the Great White North.

iBooks StoryTime is a fine Apple TV app for those who have children or grandchildren — You can have the Apple TV handle the storytelling job thanks to iBooks StoryTime. It’s a free app aimed at the preschooler who is just starting to learn to read. iBooks StoryTime lets you open a virtual book on any HDTV that’s connected to an Apple TV, and here’s how to use it.

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