Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

‘Funny Kids Poems’ is Our Recommended Children’s App This Week

funnykidspoemsFunny Kids Poems is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

This $1.99 iOS app features interactive illustrations of kids poems. Kids can tap a character in the app to bring them to life. Here is more about the app from its description:

“Funny Kids Poems” is an interactive book for children up to 6 years old. There are twelve illustrated and animated pages with short rhymes by Marina Lindholm.

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‘Facebook’ Leads the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

FacebookFacebook for Android leads the top free Android apps list this week, according to research from Google Play. The popular social networking app is offering early access to the next version of Facebook for Android allowing users to become beta testers.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards’ Tops Nielsen’s Twitter TV Rankings This Week, Again

sagThe Screen Actor’s Guild Awards has topped Nielsen’s SocialGuide this week again. The guide is a weekly list that highlights the top television shows that are being tweeted about week-to-week.

The Twitter TV analytics tool measures activity across 239 TV channels. SocialGuide releases a weekly Top-5 list of the television shows that are garnering the most social attention. Here is more about Nielsen’s process:

SocialGuide captures relevant Tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode’s initial broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events.

We’ve listed the top 10 shows from last week after the jump.  Read more

‘Flappy Bird’ Leads The Top Free iPhone Apps List This Week

flappybirdFlappy Bird has leads the top free iPhone app this week at No. 1, according to data from App Data. The video game app from Gears Studio challenges players to keep their birds in flight without crashing into a pipe.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Storehouse App Lets You Tell Stories Visually

storehouseLooking for a new way to create slideshows? Storehouse is a free new iOS app that lets you create stories using all of the media that you might have on your phone or iPad.

You can grab photos and videos from your phone to build a layout for a story, then add text. The app lets you choose your fonts and size your images. It doesn’t let you pull images from Facebook or Instagram which would be a nice feature, however you can always save those images to your phone or iPad and pull them in this way.

Once you create a visual story, you can share these creations with the Storehouse community as well as through your own social networks on Facebook and Twitter.

‘Bo’s School Day’ is Our Recommended Children’s App of the Week

bosschhoolBo’s School Day is our Recommended Children’s App of the Week.

This $2.99 app, which is available for iOS, Android and Amazon devices, teaches kids about school. Kids can pack a lunch, hang up their jackets, sing songs, play with toys and clean up the classroom. Here is more about the app from its description:

Bo’s School Day offers kids a fun and educational story-game that shows them in 10 scenes how a day at kindergarten or school could look like. In the start screen, kids can also choose the separate puzzle option and just make jigsaw puzzles!

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‘Farm Heroes Saga’ Joins Top Free Android Apps List This Week

farmheroesFarm Heroes Saga has joined the top free Android apps list this week to No. 3, according to research from Google Play. The new video game app from King.com challenges players to gather cropsies and stop a raccoon from eating them all.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘The Bachelor’ Tops Nielsen’s Social Guide This Week

thebachelorThe Bachelor has topped Nielsen’s SocialGuide this week. The guide is a weekly list that highlights the top television shows that are being tweeted about week-to-week.

The Twitter TV analytics tool measures activity across 239 TV channels. SocialGuide releases a weekly Top-5 list of the television shows that are garnering the most social attention. Here is more about Nielsen’s process:

SocialGuide captures relevant Tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episode’s initial broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events.

We’ve listed the top 5 shows from last week after the jump.  Read more

PAC-MAN Leads Top Free iPhone Apps List This Week

pacmanPAC-MAN has joined the top free iPhone app this week at No. 1, according to data from App Data. The video game app from NAMCO BANDAI Games America brings the classic arcade game to the phone. The LTE version comes with 8 free mazes.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Mozilla, Reddit & BoingBoing Are Part of Online Surveillance Day Protest

thedaywefoughtbackMedia properties Mozilla, Reddit, BoingBoing have  joined Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and ThoughtWorks to participate in protest against NSA spying.

The event will take place on February 11th and is being called, The Day We Fight Back. Here is more about how Internet users can participate from the event’s site:

  1. Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
  2. Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
  3. Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
  4. Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
  5. Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate — and encourage others to do the same.

The protest is being held in honor of technology activist Aaron Swartz.