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Apps to Help Slow the Summer Slide

The summertime is a great time for your kids to rest their minds, but if they rest too much it makes it harder to get back into the swing of things next school year. Here are four apps your kids will enjoy that will also keep their mind in great shape to slow down the summer slide.

River City Live – Apps to Help Slow the Summer Slide

Help your kids keep their mind (and yours!) active over summer vacation. Here are four apps to help slow down the summer slide and keep them ready for next school year.

Posted by Ray's Review Show on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Khan Academy Kids

If you have little ones, they’re going to love this one. Khan Academy Kids did an amazing job of making a game that’s fun and educational. My boys love this one.

Khan Academy did a fantastic job of incorporating a complete lesson plan full of math, logic, spelling and reading into a narrative game. So instead of just flipping back and forth between lessons, you go from one level of the game to the next. 

The Human Body

Teaches kids biology and anatomy, but instead of being gross and forcing you to dissect a frog or look at nasty pictures of organs, it shows the body in cartoon form. Accurate, but much more gentle.

It’s really interactive too. So you can wave flowers under their nose and you’ll see how the nervous system carries the “smell” message from the nose to the brain. Or you can feed him and watch the food go through the digestive system and see how each organ works.


Sometimes the best way to keep the brain working is by learning something new, like a new language. With DuoLingo you can learn a lot of languages for free. You can even learn Klingon and High Valerian!

It starts pretty easily and gradually gets harder as you progress. So even if your kid has already passed Spanish II or you’re just taking a trip to Paris this summer, this app is super useful and it’s fun. You can compete against each other too.

Math BingoiOS

This one is great, even for adults. Especially if you’re like me and your arithmetic is a little rusty because maybe you pull out your calculator on your cell phone a little too often.

With Math Bingo, it turns math practice into a game. Instead of calling out bingo numbers, the game gives you a quick math problem to solve. The faster you can solve five problems in a row, the faster you get to BINGO!

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Spring Cleaning Your Computer

Apply the principles of the KonMari method, from the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

Go through your computer and get rid of documents & files you don’t need and/or don’t bring you joy.

Give everything a home.

First, back it up!

You remember how the last time you did Spring Cleaning you accidently threw out something you didn’t mean to? You can buy a new wafflemaker, but you can never get those baby photos back.

Make sure you have everything backed up in at least two separate locations before you begin.

Time Machine – Mac
Backup & Restore – Windows

Use the snowball technique to stay motivated.

Start with the easy things and work your way up to the harder stuff.

Start with your Favorites. Go through your bookmarks and clear the ones you don’t need any more. Then depending on which has less files in it, start organizing the Desktop or your My Document folder.

Don’t go crazy, but start to make some sense out of the chaos. Put your financial records in one folder. Put all of your pictures together. Put all of your kids homework assignments in another folder.

Make a folder to put everything you can’t decide if you need it anymore. Revisit it in a few weeks and see if you have opened any of them. If not, let them go.

Uninstall programs you don’t need anymore.

Revo Uninstaller is a great app for deep scrubbing the gunk from your computer and making sure the entire program is removed.

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Give Your Kid’s Tech a Back-to-School Tune Up

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While you’re out shopping for pens, pencils, and paper, don’t forget to get your kids’ laptops, tablets and smartphones ready for back to school too! Taking a little bit of time now can save you lots of headaches later.

Nothing could be worse than finding out that not only did Johnny forget that he has a research paper due this Friday, but also his computer crashed because he has a ransomware virus and all of his research is encrypted on the hard drive!

Here are a few tips to get your child’s technology ready for a fantastic school year.

Clean it up!

Get rid of the games, movies and music (at least some of them), and make room for school work.

Over the summer, your son or daughter has probably downloaded tons of games, movies and music on their laptop, tablet and smart phone.

Back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to go through it and help them decide which ones they absolutely must keep and which ones are good to uninstall.

On an iPhone or iPad just tap and hold until the app icons start wiggling and then tap the “X” button on the left to delete it.

On Android, tap and hold the app icon until a trashcan appears on the screen. Drag the app there to delete it.

On a Mac, follow these instructions to uninstall an app. On a Windows laptop or desktop use the built-in uninstaller or use a good program uninstaller like Revo Uninstaller to make sure it’s completely removed.

Update it!

Make sure their devices are running the latest operating system updates and the latest virus definitions.

You probably already know that technology is changing every day. New viruses, malware, ransomware and other vulnerabilities are always in the news.

The best way to help reduce your risk of becoming a victim of the latest attack is to make sure your operating system is up to date and you have the latest virus definitions.

The operating system is the basic software that allows you to work with the computer or mobile device. The company that creates the operating system releases new versions and patches to fix vulnerabilities and to secure the devices from attacks when problems are discovered.

Antivirus software keeps up to date on the latest viruses and malware by getting new “definitions” from the company that makes the software. You can think of them like vaccine booster shots. These definitions help the software detect new viruses and eliminate them.

Each antivirus software has its own way to update its definitions, but you can usually find out how to update it in the help section or just by googling “how to update _____ antivirus definitions.” Many antivirus software programs can be set up to download new definitions automatically.

Download apps!

Now that you’ve cleaned everything up, turn your kids’ devices into learning machines.

There are great apps for mobile phones and tablets that can make school easier. Here are some examples:

Need help?

Is this all over your head? We can help.

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Tom Braun contributed to the article.

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HP Open-Sources webOS

Here is my first radio news piece in case you missed it, or if you just want to hear it again.

HP Open-Sources webOS

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RAY HOLLISTER: Recently HP announced that they are open-sourcing the operating system that runs their phones and tablets called webOS. In a nutshell, open-sourcing means that Hewlett Packard will be sharing the source code of webOS, the human readable code that the operating system is programmed with. Now this is quite different compared to companies like Apple who jealously guards the code that their iOS operating system runs on.

This puts HP’s webOS at a crossroad. This could revitalize the operating system to where you could see webOS devices everywhere, or they could just be putting it out to pasture.

To give you some background story, webOS itself was wildly praised by many critics and users when it was announced by Palm at the Consumers Electronic Show in January of 2009, but the phones and tablets that it ran on were all disappointing sellers.

JEFF BAKALAR: The phone is great, they just have absolutely no quality control.

RAY HOLLISTER: That was Jeff Bakalar, Associate Editor and Co-Host of CNET’s “The 404” on the episode just after he had received his 9th Palm Pre. All of his previous eight Palm Pre’s had to be taken back to Sprint because they were defective. Sales of Palm’s phones were so dismal that the company was rumored to be on the edge of bankruptcy when HP announced that they were purchasing Palm for 1.2 billion dollars in late April of 2010.

After HP purchased Palm, they excited fans by holding an event on February 9th of 2011 announcing two new phones and a tablet device with what can only be compared with the excitement of an Apple keynote event.

(“Daft Punk Is Playing at My House” by LCD Soundsystem begins playing. A crowd applauding and cheering can be heard.)

TODD BRADLEY: Well good morning! Welcome to San Francisco.

However, that excitement wore off quickly as HP did not announce prices or when the devices were expected to launch. The HP Veer, a diminutive phone with a face only slightly larger than a credit card finally came out over three months later, and the HP Touchpad was finally released on July 1st. Both sold so poorly that only 48 days after the Touchpad was released HP canceled all webOS devices. In the same announcement they stated that they would “explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.”

Four months later, HP’s newly appointed CEO Meg Whitman finally announced that they would be open-sourcing webOS.

So, unless you’re already familiar with how open-source software works, you are probably asking, “OK, what does that mean?” Well, it means that HP is letting everyone take a look under the hood, and take out the parts they want, or they can take the entire system and install it on their own devices. This is the same way that Android, which is primarily made by Google, works. In fact, webOS could potentially become a serious competitor to Android, which has taken over the market share from Apple’s iPhone.

The question is, will webOS be successful as an open source platform? The main factor that has separated the successes from the failures has been the level of manufacturer support. If only modders, hackers and tinkerers put webOS on their phones and tablets, and hardware manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, Samsung and Sony do not adopt it, then webOS may not find success in the open-source after life.

DEREK KESSLER: If that is to be the future of webOS, that’s a death sentence.

RAY HOLLISTER: That was Derek Kessler, Editor-in-Chief of, a news site dedicated to webOS news and discussion. Derek has been following the news around Palm and subsequently webOS and HP since 2000, and despite his concern that HP still has not announced any partners in manufacturing, he still remains optimistic.

DEREK KESSLER: I’m very hopeful that HP and other companies latch on to this open-source webOS and actually do something with it, and they do something amazing, and make hardware and software that is actually worth putting out, and worth buying, and good for the users, and good for the companies that make it.

From 89.9 WJCT, I’m Ray Hollister