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Hebrew Word of the Day Widget

Our new Hebrew Word of the Day widget now available and looks like this:

This and all of our other Audio Word of the Day widget are available here.  All our of widgets can be embedded in any webpage – just click the “Get this Widget” button for details.

Korean Flashcards – Mac OS X version

The Mac OS X version of Korean Flashcards is now available.  Here is the direct link to the Mac App Store.

◊ Over 6,200 Korean words and phrases – Yes, that is right – 6,200! And each and every one with native speaker audio.

◊ Every word includes a native speaker’s audio recording.

◊ Flashcard Review and Exercises to aid memorization.

◊ Learning-list testing technique ensures word retention.

Sound volume and mute on iOS devices

We have previously posted about setting the sound volume on an iPhone and other iOS devices. This can be cumbersome as the hardware volume “rocker” button on the sides of these devices switch between setting the ringer volume and setting the volume of music and other sounds.  Which volumes is set depends on what sound is currently “active” – if you are playing music then volume changes effect the volume of music, but otherwise the ringer volume is set.

(And not forgetting  that the mute button also has to be turned off.)

It  was for this reason that up to now, to set the volume of the audio pronunciations  in our FlashCards and Word of the Day apps, the volume button needed to be pressed while the audio was actually playing.  This could be unwieldy.

However, in the next versions of these apps, we have included changes that allow the volume to be changed while ever the app is running, regardless of whether a sound is playing or not.

Look for this change in versions 2.0.5 of Audio FlashCards for iPhone/iPod Touch, and Audio FlashCards for iPad. Also in this update we have included code that warns users, when the app is started, if the mute button is on.

Greek Word of the Day Widget

Our new Greek Word of the Day widget now available and looks like this:

This and all of our other Audio Word of the Day widget are available here. All our of widgets can be embedded in any webpage – just click the “Get this Widget” button for details.

Greek Audio FlashCards for iPhone, iPad Mac OS X and Android

We have now released a Greek version of Audio FlashCards. Currently it is available for these platforms (click links for details):

iPhone and iPod Touch (demo version), iPad (demo version), Mac OS X, and Android is coming soon.

Features and Benefits:

◊  Over 4,500 Modern Greek words and phrases – Yes, that is right 4,500! And each and every one with native speaker audio.

◊ Every word includes a native speaker’s audio recording.

◊ Flashcard review and exercises to aid memorization.

◊ Learning-list testing technique ensures word retention.

Audio FlashCards for Mac OS X

Audio FlashCards for Mac OS X is now available in the Mac App Store including versions for learning Brazilian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

See here for all the details and direct links to the Mac App Store.

French FlashsCards for Mac OS X

French FlashsCards for Mac OS X is now available in the Mac OS App Store!

The Italian, Spanish, German and Japanese are next in line and are waiting for review by Apple. Eventually we will have our whole range of languages available including Arabic, Indonesian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Chinese, Chinese (Traditional), and Korean.

iOS SDK Tip #1 – Programatically set the title of UINavigationBar

How do I programatically set the title of a UINavigationBar?

First declare

IBOutlet UINavigationBar *myNavBar;

in the UIViewController header file. And then in Interface Builder make a connection to “myNavBar” and the UINavigationBar object.

Then in “- (void)viewDidLoad”  add this:

myNavBar.topItem.title = @” My NavBar Title”;

Done.

One million iOS downloads

Yesterday we passed a significant company milestone: one million downloads of our iOS applications. It has been almost exactly 2 years since we dipped our toe into the iPhone App Store with our simple Word of the Day apps. Since then we have released Audio FlashCards Apps for 18 different language pairs – most recently Arabic for French speakers.  Each title is now available for both iPhone and iPad.

We look forward to releasing new titles in the new year, including Greek and Hebew versions of FlashCards, as well as starting to roll out iOS versions of our Korean, Japanese, Arabic and Russian ‘ReadWrite’ titles.

Happy holidays to everyone.

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

A fascinating article on recent reappraisals of the work of Benjamin Lee Whorf

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29language-t.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all