Tech Review: Appreciate Mom with these apps

Apps that help users stay connected. Apps that help users stay connected. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

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A traditional Mother’s Day celebration these days wouldn’t be complete without the presence of now omnipresent accessories — your smartphone and tablet. With these apps you can show your appreciation for Mom while keeping the kids and grandkids occupied.

Fashion Story: Mother’s Day

(Android; free)

This game with a Mother’s Day theme transforms kids into owners of a fashion boutique that they stock with designer clothes and accessories. The goal is to attract customers by selling the trendiest Mother’s Day items. But before you turn your phone or tablet over to the little ones, you may want to restrict in-app purchases because several are offered as the game is being played. The game cannot be played offline and must have an active Internet connection to operate.

ScrapPad: Mother’s Day Photo Journal

(iOS; free)

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This Mother’s Day favorite has been updated for this year’s holiday with increased photo-editing capabilities. As in past versions, you create a scrapbook from photos on your device. The new version works especially well with an iPad, where the larger screen makes dragging, placing and editing photos a breeze. You can upload your finished scrapbooks to Facebook or send a copy to friends by email. A 99-cent, in-app purchase removes ads and unlocks 16 additional kits with themes for other holidays and events.

Yelp

(iOS, Android; free)

In families where Mom is also chief cook and bottle washer, this is the day to get her out of the kitchen. This extremely popular and continually updated app can help you find nearby restaurants that have Mother’s Day Sunday brunches or full dinners. Once you decide where you’re going, you can make reservations through the app.

Bakery Shop: Cookies for Mommy

(iOS; free)

While this free “lite” version of Bakery Shop offers a very limited number of cookies and decorations, it should keep younger kids entertained as they cook up something sweet for Mom or Grandma. The full version ($4.99) has a wide range of cookies, decorations and options. Several in-app purchases in the free version add decorations, holiday themes and lettering styles. Best part of these cookies: No mess and no calories.

Tech bytes

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Express to Manhattan

Google’s same-day shopping delivery service is now available in Manhattan. Google Shopping Express allows consumers to order items from stores such as Costco, Staples, Target and Walgreens and have their purchases delivered later in the day. Google says it expects to expand the service to Queens and Brooklyn “in the coming months.” — PETER KING

No nixing XP

Despite dire warnings about hacker attacks and a cutoff of support from Microsoft, Windows XP continues to be the second-most popular operating system worldwide. Research firm Net Applications says XP usage dropped by only 1.4 percentage points in April, the month Microsoft stopped supporting the operating system and told users to switch. XP powers 26 percent of the world’s computers.— PETER KING

Streaming EA games

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After two years of testing, cable provider Comcast and Electronic Arts are close to reaching an agreement to stream video games such as “FIFA” and “Madden” into subscribers’ living rooms. The agreement would mark the boldest step yet by a cable company to muscle into the territory of leading video-game console makers such as PS4 manufacturer Sony and Xbox maker Microsoft.— Reuters

 

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