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Updated September 7, 2014 - After a year-and-a-half on the Windows Phone platform and experiencing problems with devices made by both Nokia and HTC, I can no longer support or recommend the Windows Phone Platform.

When the folks at Microsoft reached out to me asking if The Rock Father would like to be a part of Team Windows Phone, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. After nearly three years as an iPhone user, it was time to ditch the 3G and make a change. My version of iOS was outdated so the new Apps wouldn't run. The hardware was starting to show it's age, and aside from the iPhone, I've never owned another Apple product. In fact, my whole digital world outside the phone has always been powered by Windows. With other choices out there (like Android), I'd been exploring the options, and while Windows Phone is a relative newcomer in the Smartphone realm, it caught my attention.

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Fisher PriceI didn't realize it until after the fact, but our kids received a lot of Fisher-Price toys for Christmas this year. I bought quite a few myself, including some from the "Laugh & Learn" line, which has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ for the past 3+ years. Now, Fisher-Price is bringing some serious tech to their "Laugh & Learn" toys with their expanding line of Apptivity products. 

PBS KIDS continues to expand their library of educational Apps on a regular basis, and to kick off 2013 they've reached out to The Rock Father to highlight a quartet of Apps that are FREE! Check out a selection of new Apps and old favorites below, then hit the App store to grab free downloads of each. Some are also available for Nook, Kindle, or Android Devices, with the full library available for viewing at PBSKIDS.org/mobile.

With Disney-Pixar’s hit animated feature, Monsters, Inc. back in theaters and now in 3D, Disney Publishing has released an all-new iOS App to relive the story in a fully-interactive way. The Monsters, Inc. Storybook Deluxe App is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and even iPad mini.

pbskidsappThe folks over at PBS KIDS have 20+ educational mobile apps available for download. In addition, they recently conducted a study that revealed that fifty-eight percent (58%) of parents of kids 2-10 reported that they will “most likely” or “definitely” be purchasing downloadable gifts such as apps, games, e-books and digital music this holiday season. Are you a tech-savvy family? Is your toddler a gadget wizard? If so, here's some recent Apps from PBS KIDS that would make great gifts...

There was a time when I was always at the forefront of new technology. That was before I was a parent, and these days I'm way behind. We don't have a iPad, Kindle, or any other "tablet" device. My iPhone is an iPhone 3, which means that I can't install iOS 5.1 on it, thus making all the cool new games and Apps completely incompatible with my device. While Apple continues pumping out new versions of the products, I just can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on new tech on a regular basis (there are more important expenses like diapers, formula, etc). I bought my iPhone in 2010, and in 2012 it's beyond "relic" status. It's a little irritating when I have news like this to share... Disney Publishing has just released a new FINDING NEMO App called NUMBERS WITH NEMO.

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