How a New App Streamlines Care for Vulnerable Families in Romania

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Together with her team, Adela has visited 1,871 families since September, when the Community Services for Children programme started in Moinești. The programme is financed by UNICEF and operates in 38 communities in the county of Bacău in Romania.

When her team met Loredana and Ioan, they immediately saw that their home was not a healthy environment to raise children. She spoke to them and took notes into a tablet app called Aurora. The app helps social workers keep all the information on one family in one place, saving all data in a system that can be accessed by the entire team. Social workers previously took notes on paper and would need extra time to type everything into their computers when they returned to the office. Now they can save time by updating files on the go.

The app also comes with a thorough questionnaire, and alerts users when conclusions can be drawn. It was Aurora that pointed out that Loredana and Ioan are eligible for social housing and that the girls needed vaccines.

Super Mario Run Is Coming: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Oh yeah, Mario time!


Nintendo surprised many back in September 2016 when it announced that it was bringing its most famous character, Mario, to the iPhone and iPad with Super Mario Run. The company’s take on runner games will see Mario run, jump, and bounce across colorful worlds, collecting coins and jumping on Goombas.Here’s everything you need to know before Super Mario Run hits the App Store.

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The NES Classic Is Preserving History

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Even with it not being the ‘real thing’, it’s the next best thing. The fairly low cost allows the potential customer base to be fairly wide. Nintendo’s curious adventure down this path does more than line their pockets. In a modern market where Nintendo is seen as gimmicky by some, the NES Classic acts as a history lesson.

Graphics, features and gimmicks are relevant, gameplay can be timeless. Castlevania’s level design and platforming is just as thrilling as ever. Dr. Mario’s mounting challenging remains engaging. Classic games, classic gameplay, timeless. For many, the Nes Classic will be their first taste of such joys, their very own history lesson.

A Parent’s Guide to Playing Pokémon Go With Your Kids

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While Pokémon Go is geared toward adults and teens, a lot of parents are playing it with their children too. I helped my kindergartener install it yesterday, and we spent an afternoon at a park looking for Pikachu. There are some safety concerns, but lots of potential for exercise and learning, too.

If you’re still not sure what this game is all about, read our explainer. It’s a free game where you walk to places in the real world to collect in-game supplies and characters. You can catch the pokémon characters almost anywhere, but if you want them to battle, you have to go to real-world locations called gyms. Supply stops and gyms are usually places like libraries, churches, and parks.

Best Mac Games for Kids

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The Mac is a great productivity tool for the kiddos (or anyone), but it also has a decent selection of kid-friendly games. iMore recommends a few. Check ’em out.


Gamers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages now. You no longer have to wait until you are old enough to hold a controller before mom and dad sink money into a console. Kids can game as soon as they can swipe their fingers on a screen. Mac games may be slightly more complex, but there is still lots of kid-friendly content that even the youngest gamers can enjoy. Here’s our list of favorites.

Free Mobile Device Management with Meraki

By now, you might have experimented with Apple Configurator and found it to be sufficient for your family’s administrative needs. However, if you are the go-to tech person for your friends and family, and are responsible for offering support to non-iOS devices, you may find Configurator, at least by itself, to be inadequate. Continue reading Free Mobile Device Management with Meraki