Understanding that a natural disaster can be particularly devastating for children, TouchyBooks collaborates with UNICEF’s office in Spain to create “Momotaro,” an interactive story that emphasizes helping those less fortunate and overcoming daunting challenges. With a majority of the eBook’s proceeds going to UNICEF’s work in Japan, “Momotaro” also allows a child to contribute in his or her own way to the relief effort.

Sevilla, Spain – Popular kids’ bookstore app TouchyBooks has combined its efforts with the UNICEF office in Spain to create “Momotaro,” the first UNICEF interactive children’s book app for the iPhone and iPad in order to teach kids about the importance of helping those in need and of being resolute in the face of challenges – all while raising money and awareness for UNICEF’s work in Japan. All of TouchyBook’s profits from the sale of the eBook will be donated to fund UNICEF’s disaster relief efforts for children in Japan.

As a child-focused book publisher, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, the TouchyBooks team knew that younger children often feel helpless and cannot understand the situation as it evolves around them. “Stories have been used since the beginning of time to help children understand the world around them. “Momotaro” is a great story for parents whose child has seen or heard information about the tragedy in Japan, but might be too small to comprehend the enormity of disasters or their role,” said Raul Soriano, author of Momotaro.

Momotaro tells the story of the title character, a young Japanese boy who is found floating down a large river, sleeping inside a giant peach. Momotaro grows up to become the strongest and bravest boy in Japan, and when an evil demon comes to his village and steals all the food and belongings of the townspeople, it is up to Momotaro to find the monster and reclaim their possessions.

“We are incredibly happy to be able to present with UNICEF such a historic and beautifully designed story for the Japan relief. This project has been lots of fun and having the opportunity to help the children of Japan means a lot to us,” says Jose Miguel Lopez Catalan, CEO of TouchyBooks.

This colorful and interactive story teaches children ages 3 and up the importance of friendship and courage when times get tough. It’s engaging and interactive, giving young readers the opportunity to participate in the story, all while teaching a valuable lesson about helping those in need.

Will Momotaro find the demon that raided his village? What friends will he meet on his travels? Find out as you join Momotaro on this colorful and exciting 20-page journey, all in the name of UNICEF disaster relief.

App Features
* Authentic Japanese Music, Sound Effects and Typography
* “Read by myself” and “Read to me” options for different reading skill levels
* Colorful and child-friendly interactive artwork
* Great bedtime story with meaningful message
* 60% of profit goes directly to relief efforts
* Touchscreen allows children to interact with story’s pages

Pricing and Availability
“Momotaro” is $1.99 for the iPhone and iPad and available worldwide from the iTunes App Store in the Education section. $1.21 of the funds will go to UNICEF’s relief efforts in Japan. Users may also purchase and download the eBook from within the TouchyBooks app, which is free and available for download in the App Store in the Books section.

Penpower Inc, creators of the award winning and top selling business card scanning application “Worldcard Mobile” are excited to announce the release of “Worldictionary” for the iPhone, allowing users to quickly translate any word they see to and from nine different languages just by looking at it with their iPhone camera.

Fremont, CA – Penpower Technology has released their latest mobile application in the App Store, Worldictionary, a translating tool that uses the iPhone’s native camera to recognize text and translate on screen.  Using Google translating services, Worldictionary has the ability to recognize thousands of words on any surface from street signs, books, restaurant menus to recipes and translate from nine different languages to over 50 other languages in a matter of seconds – it is literally an interpreter on-the-go.

Worldictionary is not just for real-time translations, it also works as a dictionary and thesaurus.  To know more about the usage of a particular word, simply snap a photo of the text, select & highlight the word of you choice. The app will show you etymology, phonetics, synonyms and other valuable information.

Optionally, users have the ability to load an image from a photo album to get an instant translation or manually type in any word. The application features a bookmark function, which saves favorite words in a virtual dictionary allowing the user to access the information, regardless of network connection.

Worldictionary translates words from nine different languages including English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Korean. These nine languages can be translated into over fifty other languages – all from within Worldictionary!

Try it for yourself! This sentence is in French: “Cette app est le meilleur!”

The application is available for a one time download of $4.99 in the App Store and is compatible with iPhone 3Gs and later models.

About Penpower Technology

Penpower Technology is a world leader and pioneer in providing integrated solutions for Intelligent Human Computer Interface Technologies. The company is now developing integrated human machine interface solutions based on “TTS, OCR, Speech, Handwriting and Biometrics.” Founded in 1991, Penpower has focused on developing business productivity software, Asian language-based software, and mobile electronics. Through a human-centric philosophy and continued innovations in multi-processor, multi-platform and multi-language recognition systems, Penpower is the leading provider of information technology, innovations, solutions and professional service dedicated to realizing perfect communications between man and technology.

Wordfeud, the leading multiplayer word puzzle game on Android, boasting over 2.6 million users, has released into the Apple App Store for iOS devices. Word games will never be the same…

Tired of Words with Friends? Stale on Scrabble™? You know what they say – it’s the same board every time, only the player changes… until now! Mobile game developer Bertheussen is ecstatic to announce the release of their popular game Wordfeud for the iOS platform. The game, which already boasts over 2.6 million downloads from the Android Market, released into the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Yes… you get tiles with letters on them that when placed together form words. Yes… you can play against those 2.6 million people on the 15 by 15 tile board and gain points for words created and placed. Yes… players can obtain higher points by placing words on the double letter, double word, triple letter and triple word tiles and yes… users have a choice to play against their friends or matched up against random opponents.

So how is Wordfeud different?

In Wordfeud, when you get tired of the same old board each and every time, players can chose to use the ‘random board’ option where the traditional special tiles such as DL-double letter, TL- triple letter, etc are flung around the board at random, creating a new gaming experience every time! Players can participate in 30 simultaneous games and have the ability to chat with their opponents tying in custom avatars.

The Cool Features at a Glance:

  • Random board option to shift the DL, DW, TL and TW tiles.
  • Participate in 30 separate games simultaneously
  • English, Dutch and Scandinavian dictionaries
  • Chat capability with opponents

Wordfeud, developed by Bertheussen IT, is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and requires iOS 4.0 or later. For more information on Wordfeud, visit online at www.wordfeud.com.

About Bertheussen IT

Bertheussen IT was established in 2002 as a  consulting firm assisting on various software development projects. In 2010, due to increasing growth, the company shifted gears and opened a mobile app development department to focus on the Android and iOS platforms.  Online at worfeud.com.

ChatTime redefines low-cost international calling with a unique combination of ease of use, carrier-grade call quality, fanatical customer support and savings. Using ChatTime is just as easy and reliable as making regular phone calls on your iPhone but at a fraction of the cost.

ChatTime is an international calling app for the iPhone that can be used anytime and anywhere, globally, without requiring a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection, and it lets you call any phone in the world… not just other users with ChatTime installed. Calls placed with ChatTime sound crystal clear — no echo, no dropped calls, no false starts, no distortion and no delay.

Making international calls can be a frustrating experience with too many limitations. Calling cards are low cost, but complicated, inconvenient to use and too often deliver fewer minutes than a user paid for. VoIP apps, like Skype, relay their calls over Wi-Fi, forcing users to find and stay within the confines of a Wi-Fi hotspot while talking. Inconsistent call quality is a significant source of irritation as calls sent over Wi-Fi and especially those sent over 3G data typically result in echo, delay and dropped calls — forcing users to think twice before dialing.

ChatTime is free from all of these limitations. Armed with a cellular signal, users can dial anyone, anytime — it’s that simple! For users in countries where incoming calls are free, ChatTime’s callback feature converts the outbound call into a free inbound call – which avoids using carrier minutes.

“The high-cost of international calling has always been a concern” says Dan Currie, co-founder: “Before ChatTime, I would find myself using multiple solutions — Wi-Fi if available, or my carrier for important calls or when Wi-Fi wasn’t available. With ChatTime, users can rely on a single solution, they have the freedom to make high quality calls wherever they are, whenever they want, at rates similar to what they would pay using a Wi-Fi Voip solution like Skype.”

When asked about the user experience of ChatTime, Doug Simpson, co-founder, stated “We took a fundamentally different approach from our competitors, choosing to focus on making the experience just as easy and reliable as making regular phone calls on your iPhone while still delivering the savings of Wi-Fi calling. In the past, Wi-Fi calling became popular as a way to avoid using local minutes but it comes with too many compromises and today the cost of local minutes is an insignificant portion of the cost of international calling. While unlimited data plans are becoming extinct, it is increasingly cost effective to get an unlimited plan for local calls or add our local access number to AT&T’s ‘A-list’ or Verizon’s ‘Friends & Family’ program, rendering Wi-Fi calling pointless.”

ChatTime’s unique features make it stand out from competitors. Don’t know the time in the country you are calling? ChatTime displays the time to help avoid users calling at the wrong hour. Not sure of the correct format for international calling? ChatTime will automatically format the number to international standards. No credit card handy? ChatTime lets you easily and quickly charge credit purchases to your iTunes account.

With over 4 million minutes of phone calls already sent over ChatTime’s network, it is clear that there is huge demand for low-cost international calls that are just as easy and reliable as regular phone calls on the iPhone. ChatTime is being used by customers in more than 160 countries and has been featured by Apple in over 24 countries, has been the #1 Highest Grossing app in over 5 countries (in it’s category) and is currently in the Top 25 of the highly competitive Social Networking category in the USA.

ChatTime is the answer for those that refuse to be limited to a Wi-Fi hotspot while making calls, refuse to sacrifice call quality or maybe never tried a low-cost calling solution because until now the options were just too much hassle. ChatTime is available for download in the Apple App Store. For more information, visit ChatTime online, Twitter or Facebook.

System Requirements:

  • iPhone iOS 3.1.2 or later

About SmartRoam Pte Ltd.

SmartRoam was founded in 2008 with offices in 5 countries, SmartRoam’s flagship product ChatTime is the leading low-cost international calling service for the iPhone. SmartRoam customers benefit from solutions that are easy to use, deliver carrier grade call quality and savings of up to 97% on international calling without the limitations of Wi-Fi or 3G data.