The Facebook revolution continues to inspire a networking generation

Given the success of social networks, it comes as no surprise that there’s a new threat to the Facebook/Twitter throne on a near daily basis. Pinterest may have a legitimate claim, however. Based on the simple concept of allowing its users to interact with a personal pinboard, you can share anything in your life by ‘pinning’ all sorts of media to a virtual wall. The real addiction comes in looking at what others are currently uploading. If you have an interest in food, for example, you can view recipes for specific dishes by scrolling through the ideas constructed by real individuals. It’s a more personal experience than Facebook, where comments and ‘likes’ are thrown about with no real thought, but you can still ‘repin’ and comment on things that have taken your interest, spreading your own attractions further afield.

The real benefit, though, is how you can continue to add to these threads. Should you be searching the web and find something that would suit your living room down to a tee, it’s possible to return to a previous board and add in whatever it was you just saw. As the app itself advertises, it wants to link the world through that which certain people find interesting, and Pinterest does this almost effortlessly. Whether or not it will reach the lofty levels of some of its rivals is anyone’s guess, but as an aside, it’s certainly intriguing.

Rated 5 out of 5

Oddly addictive, Pinterest is a refreshing twist on social media and interaction.


  • TITLE=DragonBox – The Coolest Algebra App Ever for Kids (Seriously!);RATING=5;If you have a child who loves playing mobile games, let me introduce you to Dragonbox. Dragonbox is a revolutionary new game that will help your child to learn algebra while progressing at their own pace. I´ve seen some great iPad apps before, mainly on this website, but this cool game deserves a special post. The people behind Dragonbox have created a game that enables children experience algebra concepts as a real game that is actually geart fun! After only one hour of playing, they´ll be able to solve mathematical equations and have fun doing it too – you could say a “win-win” situation. Move the picture boxes around the screen using the game rules (the rules of algebra) and try to isolate the dragon box. The DragonBox game has been tested in schools in Norway, where the results showed significant increased understanding of basic mathematics and the improved ability to solve complex equations. My own 11 and 14 year olds enjoyed competing to complete the DragonBox+ version (with 100 extra levels), my daughter even replaying levels to get to the full 3 reward stars available to collect in each level. I also caught my wife moving the colourful boxes around the screen and muttering how addictive it was. I´ve read that children as young as 5 years old have learned the ideas behind solving algebraic equations using this very clever game. It really is a great game for parents to play along with their kids – and freshen up their own maths skills. Starting with removing starbursts, and moving on to adding negative dragons to both sides, DragonBox introduces deviding and multiplying terms in the same step-by-step, easy to understand way. The game is great for young kids who have never heard of algebra as well as older kids who don´t completely understand the usual ´we move this one over here and devide this one´ type explanations. Read the reviews on iTunes and Google Play to see how much kids (plus parents and teachers) are loving this game. DragonBox+ contains an additional 100 standard equations featuring good old fashioned letters, to help your child become a master of algebra, even finding the most difficult looking equations easy to solve. DragonBox and DragonBox+ are universal apps. Buy once and play on your iPad (like my kids) or on your iPhone (like me and my wife). The games are reasonably priced – DragonBox costs £1.99 and DragonBox+ that comes with an extra 100 games costs £3.99. DragonBox has definitely got me smiling this summer –