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Speech Cards Updated for 64-bit and iOS 10

It’s been a while since we last updated Speech Cards. Recently you may have received this warning message when starting the app:

iOS Compatibility Alert

The above warning message appears for 32-bit apps. Apple introduced the warning message with iOS 10.1 to push developers to update theirs apps for 64-bit. All of Apple’s iOS devices now use 64-bit chips.

Today, I am happy to announce the release of Speech Cards Version 1.4.0. This important release updates the app for 64-bit architecture and is optimized for iOS 10. You will no longer receive the warning message above.

What’s next for Speech Cards?

Speech Cards was created in 2012 and was one of my first apps. It is programmed in Objective-C, uses a SQLite database, and the user interface is all done 100% programmatically (including auto layout). The iOS world has changed a lot since then and I’ve learned a lot too!

Work has begun to re-write Speech Cards with the goal of making it easier and faster to add new features. The app will be re-written in Swift, a modern programming language, which is a joy to use. Storyboard, the technology to visually implement user interfaces in iOS, has significantly matured and really helps reduce development time. The user interface will be re-implemented in Storyboard. With an easier and faster update process, I hope to implement more of the great ideas sent to us by our users.

Thank you for reading.

Speech Cards Professional
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-professional/id560581911?ls=1&mt=8

Speech Cards Lite
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-lite/id565131348?mt=8

Speech Cards - iPad

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SpeakColors Updated for iOS 8

Version 3.3.0 of SpeakColors and SpeakColorsHD are now available for download! This free update includes the following:

  • iOS 8 Compatible.
  • Import photos with Bing Image Search.
  • Free version includes an option to upgrade to the features of the full SpeakColorsHD version.

Both SpeakColors and SpeakColorsHD are available for download on the App Store:

SpeakColors
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakcolors/id459123512?ls=1&mt=8

SpeakColorsHD
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speakcolorshd/id485394459?ls=1&mt=8

An update to the Spanish version of SpeakColors should be available later this month.

SpeakColors iOS8 Bing Update

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WWDC 2014

WWDC 2014

A lot of exciting news from Apple at the WWDC last week! The next version of iOS was announced with many new features. Probably the biggest news was the new programming language, named Swift. iOS 8 will be available to the public in Fall 2014. Until then, I’ll be getting more familiar with iOS 8 and maybe we can use some of its new features in our apps. For more information on iOS 8, please visit https://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/.

Below are some notes of the upcoming iOS 8.

Family Sharing

  • Up to six people in your family can share purchases from the App Store without sharing accounts.
  • Family purchases can be made with the same credit card.
  • Can approve a child’s spending from a parent’s device.
  • Enable “Ask to Buy” to require your child to get permission before making purchases.

App Bundles

  • A number of new features are coming to the App Store, including the ability for developers to sell bundles of apps at a discount.
  • Maybe we will see a bundle of RWH Technology apps.

HomeKit & HealthKit

  • HomeKit will make it easier for developers to create apps for you to control devices around your house. Devices may include lights, heating, doors, etc.
  • HealthKit is a platform for integrating all your health and fitness data in iOS.
  • Both HomeKit and HealthKit have a lot of potential for helping those with disabilities.

Swift

  • Swift is a new, modern programming language for iOS.
  • Includes features to make code more expressive. This gives the programmer more flexibility in design.
  • Is a safer language, so fewer errors and therefore fewer crashes and bugs.
  • The interactive playground will be great for those learning how to program. Students can type code and immediately see results.

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World Down Syndrome Day – Speech Therapy Apps On Sale

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. This annual event raises awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. RWH Technology develops apps to help people with special needs, including Down Syndrome, improve their speech and language skills. For this event, SpeakColors Español Pro and SpeakColorsHD are on sale, March 21.

Apps on sale March 21, 2014

SpeakColors Español Pro

speak-colors-es-ipad2
Increase vocabulary skills, phrase length, receptive and expressive language, fluency skills, and more! Great for bilingual children.
Available on the App Store
$6.99 $1.99
Try SpeakColors Español Lite for Free!

 

SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD Available on the App Store
English version of SpeakColors.
Available on the App Store
$3.99 $1.99
Try SpeakColors for Free!

 

We hope you enjoy these apps. Please rate us in the App Store. Have a great day everyone!

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Speech Cards 1.3.0 – New Options for Group Sessions

Speech Cards is great for group speech therapy sessions. Speech Cards supports groups of all sizes and keeps scores for each student. Changing from one student to another is quick and easy. On the iPad version, only two taps are required to change students. However, sometimes you forget to change students and accidentally score the wrong student. We have two exciting new features in Speech Cards version 1.3.0 to help you in your group sessions:

  1. Option to automatically advance to the next student in the list. When swiping or changing to a new card, the app will select the next student. This option is disabled by default.
  2. Option to announce the name of the next student. This option serves as an auditory cue for when it is another student’s turn. To hear the name of the student, you will need to use the microphone on the screen for editing the name of the student. This option is enabled by default.

Both of these new options are accesible from the Options screen.

How to access the Options screen on the iPad version

Speech Cards - iPad - Options

How to access the Options screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch version

Speech Cards - iPhone - Options 1

Speech  Cards - iPhone - Options 2

Options Screen

Speech Cards - Student Options

How to record the name of a student

Use the microphone and play button on the screen for editing the student.
Voice recording of student name

Summary of What’s New in Version 1.3.0

  • Option to automatically advance to the next student.
  • Record the name of the student.
  • Option to announce the next student.
  • Fixed issue with voice recording on iPad with AirPlay Mirroring.
  • Removed “(null)” from the PDF of a Detailed Session Report with no notes.
  • Fixed import issue.

Availability

Speech Cards version 1.3.0 is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store:

Conclusion

We think the new options will greatly improve the flow of your group sessions and reduce scoring mistakes. The new options for group sessions were designed with this rule in mind: a new card equals somebody else’s turn. Not everyone uses the same rules. The options can be disabled if they do not suit your needs. Thank you Special Apps, Special Kids for suggesting the option to automatically advance to the next student! We appreciate suggestions from our users. We would love to hear your feedback on this update, particularly on how you use Speech Cards with groups. Reviews on the App Store are greatly appreciated. Please leave a comment or contact us if you have any questions.

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iPad AirPlay Screen Mirroring Tutorial

AirPlay is a really cool feature of iOS that allows you to mirror the screen of your iPad or iPhone onto an AppleTV or Mac. AirPlay Mirroring is very useful in classroom settings. It is great for presenting educational material, demonstrations, and games. In this tutorial, you will learn how to enable AirPlay to mirror the screen of your iPad (or iPhone) onto an AppleTV.

Below are the steps to enable/disable AirPlay Mirroring. Please note that the screenshots are from an iPad with iOS 7. The same steps also apply to the iPhone. If you are on iOS 6, the steps are slightly different.

1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
* Note: On iOS 6, double-press the Home button on the device.

2. The Control Center will appear.
iPad Control Center

3. Press on the AirPlay button.
AirPlay button

4. Press on AppleTV and enable Mirroring to that device. Or press on iPad to disable mirroring.
Enable AirPlay Mirroring

When mirroring is enabled, the screen of your device will appear on the TV. Audio will also play through the TV (or connected speakers).
SpeakColorsHD on TV

 

What is an AppleTV?

The AppleTV is a small, black device, which connects to the HDMI port of your TV (or projector). In addition to AirPlay mirroring, the device also includes a number of apps for video streaming, such as iTunes Movies, NetFlix and YouTube. Music and photos can also be streamed to the device. It is connected to your network by ethernet cable or WiFi. The price of the AppleTV is $99. Overall, it’s a neat little device that is very useful. You can learn more about it on the Apple web site.

 

Thank you for reading and have!

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iCloud Tutorial – Learn How to Free Up Space

iCloud
iCloud is an online data storage service from Apple for storing your photos, music, movies, apps, documents, backups and more. 5 GB of space is included for free for backups. 5 GB may seem like a lot of space, but you will run out if you take a lot of photos or videos. You will receive a warning message that iCloud storage is close to 5 GB and you should delete some backups or purchase extra storage. Additional space starts at $20 per year. Instead of paying for more space, you can easily manage and reduce the amount of space you use. Please continue reading to learn how.

For most people, the largest consumer of space is the Camera Roll. The Camera Roll includes all the photos and videos you take with your iDevice. Disabling the backup of the Camera Roll could save you a significant amount of space. But what about backups of the photos/videos?

Photo Stream, a component of iCloud, automatically saves your photos in an online album for 30 days, and also transfers the photos to your computer. There are no storage space limits with Photo Stream. One caveat is that Photo Stream does not work with videos, so you will need to manually sync your iDevice with iTunes.

The steps below describe how to disable the Camera Roll backup from being stored in iCloud. The screenshots are from an iPhone 5 with iOS 7. However, the steps are applicable to all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches with iOS version 5 and above.

8 Steps to Free Up Space on iCloud

1. Press Settings
iPhone Settings

 

2. Under Settings, press iCloud.
iCloud Settings

 

3. Under iCloud, press Storage & Backup.
iCloud Settings

 

4. Under Storage & Backup, press Manage Storage.
iCloud Storage and Backup

 

5. Under Manage Storage, press on the name of your device.
iCloud Manage Storage

 

6. Under Info, press the switch button next to Camera Roll.
iCloud Settings Info

 

7. Confirm the setting change, by pressing Turn Off & Delete.
iCloud Confirm Settings

 

8. Done. The Camera Roll will no longer backup to iCloud and therefore save you storage space.
iCloud Camera Roll Disabled

 

This tutorial described how to free up space on iCloud by disabling the Camera Roll backup. You can follow the same steps to disable the backup of specific apps. Thank you for for reading.

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Happy Holidays App Sale!

Happy Holidays App Sale

Happy Holidays from the RWH Technology team! All our speech and language apps are on sale December 20 – January 5.

Apps on sale December 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014

SpeakColors Español Pro

speak-colors-es-ipad2
Increase vocabulary skills, phrase length, receptive and expressive language, fluency skills, and more! Great for bilingual children.
Available on the App Store
$6.99 $3.99
Try SpeakColors Español Lite for Free!

 

SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD Available on the App Store
English version of SpeakColors.
Available on the App Store
$3.99 $1.99
Try SpeakColors for Free!

 

Speech Cards Professional

Speech Cards Professional - Available on the App Store
Versatile flashcards app for improving speech and language Skills.
Available on the App Store
$9.99 $6.99
Try Speech Cards Lite for Free!

 

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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