Paddington Bear Application Launched on iTunes

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

I used to love cute little Paddington Bear when I was a child and seeing the Paddington Bear Application being launched brought it all back to me.

Who is Paddington Bear?

Paddington Bear is a classic story of a young bear from Darkest Peru, who ended up at Paddington Station, London, England.  Mr and Mrs Brown found him there and took him home to live with them in a semi detached house in Nottinghill London.

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Written by OBE Michael Bond, now 85, the first book entitled  “A Bear Called Paddington” was published in 1958 by HarpersCollins then known as William Collins and sons and the illustrator then was, Peggy Fortnum.  However picture books for younger children were published in 1975 and were illustrated by Fred Banbery.

The Paddington books have sold more than thirty-five million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages.

Paddington made the big screen, well, Television in 1975, Please Look After This Bear designed and directed by Ivor Wood and made in the UK by FilmFair Ltd.  Pretty good stuff for 1975! 🙂

And now we’ve moved on a little farther –  you can get Paddington from the Apple App store for £3.99 or $5.99 – The new application has been digitally adapted for the iTouch, iPad and iPhone by HCB and Bold Creative, to ensure that the story still flows correctly with interactivity.

Paddington Bear app

Paddington Bear app

Just a book? No, this is what you can do with this app

  • Record your own video reading of the Paddington story! The app’s ability to remember several versions means a child can choose his or her digital bedtime storyteller for the evening.
  • Take framed photos of you and your child with Paddington to send to family and friends, in association with the National Portrait Gallery. Share on Facebook and Twitter!
  • Classic R. W. Alley illustrations now animated!
  • Children can read alone, or along to the narration of Paul Vaughan, sharing a cosy reading experience with parents and grandparents.
  • Background animation and sound means that curious readers can truly submerge themselves in the world of Paddington Bear.
  • A classic Paddington experience with a sprinkling of digital magic
Paddington Bear app

See a trailer about the application – Paddington Bear App for iPad and iPhone

I hope that,  if you haven’t done so already,  that you introduce your child to Paddington Bear soon, this would be a great way of doing so.

Go to itunes.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later  

 

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Viber now has Free text messaging

Viber is a great iPhone application (Android and Blackberry soon)  that you can use to make free phone calls. Even on the iTouch too!   Very valuable  for the kids, if yours are like mine and use up credit on phones like bats out of hell.

What’s more, its completely free, there are no adds, there is no registration and no need to add contacts.  What Viber does is use your existing contacts and numbers and puts an icon on the name if they have downloaded Viber.  If they haven’t yet downloaded Viber you can send a free text message to tell them.  You can also use Viber from anywhere in the world!   From what I see, there is no reason not to try it.

It get better … Viber now has an update; Version 2.0.1 has added free text messaging. This needs no explaining as its as easy to use a a standard phone.  In this  update Viber has made a few more changes and ironed out some bugs. (messy)

We’ve used Viber a few times now and it seems to be fully functional.

Viber Video – Free calls from your iPhone

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
Available on itunes here Viber Rated 4+

Hope this helps