from Truth-O-Meter rulings from Georgia Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Ad: Metro Atlantans spend “260 hours a year” commuting

A new ad about the region’s dismal commutes made us worry that the best years of our lives are passing us by as we sit in traffic. “Metro Atlanta, we have a problem,” it says. “One of the longest average commutes in America. Over an hour every day, five hours a week you don’t spend with your family — 260 hours a year.” This made your PolitiFact Georgia team sad. While we’re behind the wheel cursing traffic, we may be missing all of those Hallmark card experiences that are supposed to make the …

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from Popular New Apps, Version Changes and Price Changes for iOS

Laminar 1.1

Device: iOS iPad Only
Category: Photography
Price: $2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)


Laminar offers one of the most stream lined work flow available on iPad to edit images when on the – “Laminar Is Like A Little Lightroom For iPad” “It doesn’t have the magic ‘Photoshop’ name, but it is worthy of your consideration.”’s extremely easy to perform some of the most basic tasks like: ➥Work on Individual channels to get that perfect tonal effect. ➥Work with RAW camera images. (Needs location services to be enabled). ➥One of the easiest and accurate implementation of layers. ➥Create masks using tools like MagicWand, Gradients, and Text. ➥Brushes. Complete customization options including Variance, Jitter, Softness etc. ➥Support of output resolution as high as 3872×3872 (15MP) on iPad2.Reasons to pick Laminar:-➤OVER 60 BUILT-IN FILTERS & FX ➥Polarizer, Retro, Vintage, Holga, Lomo, Cross Process, Bleach Bypass. Cross-Color, Plastic Lens, etc. ➥Black & White effects including Sepia, Dramatic, Silver, Palladium, Dream, Infra-Red etc. ➥Blur, Sharpen, UnSharp Mask, Radial Blur, Zoom Blur, Motion Blur. ➥12 Art Fx including Comic, Water Colors, Paint, Sketch , Poster Edges, Blueprint, Mosaic etc. ➥16 Amazing Vintage Fx. ➥9 high quality textures including Cloud, Cross Hatch, Graphic Pen, Half-Tone etc.➤LAYERS & MASK ➥No hard limit to the number of layers in a document. ➥Dedicated Mask tool to create masks using Brush,Magic Wand tool, Gradient , and Text. ➥Ability to Clone and Transform(Scale,Pan, Rotate) layers. ➥Layers Demo:➤BORDERS & FRAMES ➥7 Frames and 7 Borders included by default.➤ONE TOUCH IMAGE CORRECTION ➥Laminar includes state of an art AutoAdjust filters. ➥Auto WB, Gamma correction, Auto Levels, Artificial Flash, 1980, HDR,and BW. ➥Auto WB is a state of an art algorithm which adjusts auto white balance in the image, corrects the levels, performs gamma corrections, and brings back color even in images with almost no visible information left. ➤BRUSHES ➥Complete implementation of brushes like with control like Variance, Jitter, Size, Softness, Blend. ➥Included tools like Smudge,Clone, Symbols, Text. ➥Check out demo of clone tool at :➤ADJUSTMENTS & RETOUCH ➥Access to individual Red, Green and Blue channels. ➥Complete Histogram Controls. ➥Curves ➥Shadows and Highlight Adjustments. ➥Exposure, Contrast And Gamma. ➥Temperature, Sepia, and Saturation ➥DeNoise. ➥Crop and Horizon correction. ➥Text Tool.➤Custom Textures ➥Laminar includes a dedicated tool to add textures to your images. ➥Ability to add custom textures from photo library.➤SHARING OPTIONS INCLUDE: ➥Email, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, FTP.***********************Checkout the demo video at: sample Images edited with Laminar, check out: facing problems, be sure to check if your iPad is not running low on space. Reinstalling the app also helps in certain situations. Feel free to reach me directly at, or our support at


from Popular New Apps, Version Changes and Price Changes for iOS

Font Tome 1.0

Device: iOS iPad Only
Category: Productivity
Price: $.99 -> Free, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)


★ ON SALE FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME! GRAB IT BEFORE PRICE GOES UP!Font Tome is a must have for designers.It provides an elegant way to preview or present system and custom fonts on your iPad. If you want to select a beautiful font for your creations or you just want to see what various fonts look like on your iPad, Font Tome is the ideal app for you.★ Features:✓ Effortlessly preview and compare what your creative text will look like with different fonts.✓ Install .ttf or .otf font files to the app document with iTunes Sharing.✓ Select from preset text paragraphs or enter your own.✓ Examine character details with glyph table and magnifying glass (hold glyph to show).✓ Fullscreen mode for large font size or long paragraphs of text.★ Instructions on Installing custom fons:1. Connect iPad to iTunes, and select it from DEVICES list.2. In “Apps” tab, select Font Tome in “File Sharing” list.3. “Add…” or drag .ttf / .otf font files to the Documents.4. If it is the first time you install custom fonts to Font Tome, please restart the app.5. Open Font Tome app and you’ll see a tab for your installed fonts.★ Note:As with all 3rd party apps, Font Tome CANNOT install fonts to iOS itself. You won’t be able to install custom fonts to Font Tome and use them in other apps.★ Support:If you have questions or suggestions, or would like to report bugs, please mail us at

Font Tome

from FiveThirtyEight the polls point to Mitt Romney winning the Florida primary, but polls can get it wrong, even when they agree.

from Popular New Apps, Version Changes and Price Changes (Education) for iPad for iOS

Everyday Mathematics® Baseball Multiplication™ 1-12 Facts 1.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Education
Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)


The Baseball Multiplication 1–12 Facts game by McGraw-Hill offers a quick and easy way to practice and reinforce basic multiplication facts (1–12). This facts practice game runs on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.Two players, representing 2 teams, play a 3-inning baseball game as they practice their 1–12 multiplication facts. The players take turns at bat. On most turns, the player at bat is pitched a pair of numbers. The player multiplies the numbers and then enters the product on a keypad. If the answer is correct, the batter hits a single, double, triple, or home run. On some turns, the pitch will result in an out instead of a pair of numbers. After 3 outs, it is the other player’s turn at bat. After 3 innings, the player with the most runs wins!Features of Baseball Multiplication 1–12 Facts:- 1 or 2 players- 3 innings of competitive game play- Practices basic multiplication facts from 1 to 12- Correct and incorrect answer feedback- Guided/Unguided play – Full tutorial- Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod TouchLook for these other Everyday Mathematics® Games Apps: – Addition Top-It™- Subtraction Top-It™- Name That Number™- Beat the Computer™ Multiplication- Equivalent Fractions™- Tric-Trac™- Monster Squeeze™- Baseball Multiplication™ 1–6 Facts- Divisibility Dash™Everyday Mathematics® web site:

Everyday Mathematics® Baseball Multiplication™ 1-12 Facts

from Popular New Apps, Version Changes and Price Changes (Education) for iPad for iOS

Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards 2.1

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Education
Price: $2.99 -> $.99, Version: 2.1 (iTunes)


★ All Pi’ikea Street Apps on sale for 99cents until Dec 13th! ★ BEST IPAD KIDS APP OF THE YEAR 2010 at iLounge Be sure to check out our new app Memory Train!Every letter is a unique, interactive toy! Play the xylophone on the ‘X’ card, make the ‘D’inosaur roar, ‘Z’ip the Zipper, etc! It is a hands-on, memorable learning experience for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!Features:✓ Universal app for iPad/iPhone/iPod: You can use it at home or on the go! Buy it once, take it everywhere.✓ Fun original artwork, animations, music, and sound effects engage and capture your child’s curiosity✓ Memorable and unique interactivity keep your child coming back for more✓ Fun and upbeat Original Music — keeps you dancing, not wincing (parent friendly!)✓ Our very own Alphabet/ABC song included!✓ Baby Mode option (Auto advances cards every 15 seconds)✓ Phonic Sounds✓ Upper and Lower-case lettersThis app keeps kids (and some parents too) entertained long enough that you’ll lose track of time!Join the Pi’ikea Club for free at for treats like coloring pages, ringtones, and wallpapers!Youtube FAN video:*******************************Winner of 2010 Best Kids App for iPad at iLounge!Featured in the App 2010 Rewind in the Tech for Tots Category!Selected as on the of 10 best iPhone apps for pre-readers at!Selected in top 8 apps for kids (2010) by macstories.netFeatured 4-star (highest rating) app on kidseducationalapps.comFeatured as New and Noteworthy by Apple!Featured as a select app in 2010 by Apple!Reviews from the press:“To say that we were impressed by Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards would be an understatement – it is truly one of the very best iPad applications yet developed, and a fantastic value for the price. The colorful art, charming music, wonderful activities, and attention to detail make this a ‘go-to’ title for teaching kids the alphabet, as well as real world uses of letters. That it works with the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod touch is just icing on the cake.” – iLounge”The thing I like about this entire app for toddlers is the way it was so well thought out for kids. It isn’t just a bunch of letters, it’s a full interaction that helps them learn on a few different levels.” –”…a lovely way to experience the alphabet, that kids will want to play it over and over. ” . . “We legitimately couldn’t find anything not to like about this app.” . . “The Bottom Line: A top pick for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.” –”Interactive Alphabet is guaranteed fun time with your young ones.” –——–Note(2.0): A few users have complained that Q and O get ‘stuck’. The navigation buttons clear out of your way when interacting with the Quill and Olives to give you full screen freedom. To get them back just wait 5 seconds without touching the screen.———–Piikea St. LLC is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.Recommended Ages: 1-3, 4-7Categories: Early Learning, Letters, Games, Reading, Phonics

What’s New

2.1Thanks to all our loyal fans! Check out our newly released app ‘Memory Train’ on the app store now!Your positive feedback and 5-star (★★★★★) reviews motivate us to keep improving the app!!We hope you enjoy this update!✓ Improved phonic sounds on several letters (requested by educators)✓ Easier to hear voice over music✓ New surprises on L is for Light and O is for Olives✓ Colored inks on Q is for quill✓ All new info screen that is harder to accidentally fall into (requested by babies) ✓ Bug fixes: O is for Olives, Q is for Quill, and D is for DinosaurPLEASE: Please update your iTunes App Store review of Interactive Alphabet if you enjoy this update. Thanks!NOTE: There are currently a couple of 1-star reviews that claim the app does not make any sound. However, every customer that has contacted us directly has been able to resolve the issue. It typically involves a combination of mute switch, volume, restarting the ipad, and rarely, reinstalling the app. If you are experiencing ‘No sound’ with our app, please let us know via the support link on the info screen, so that we can help you resolve it. We have no way to contact you through an iTunes review, and we take the quality of what we produce very seriously. 2.0HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Pi’ikea Street! Enjoy this update as our present to you!✓ Our very own Alphabet/ABC song included!✓ Baby Mode! (Auto advances cards every 15 seconds)✓ Z is for Zipper surprise ✓ G for Goose is now a Goosestrument!✓ D for Dinosaur, W for Whale, and B for beach improvements✓ More fluid transitions, performance improvements, and bug fixesYour positive feedback and 5-star (★★★★★) reviews really motivate us to keep improving the app!!1.5HUGE update dedicated to our customers! Thank you!✓ Universal version — free iPhone/iPod download for our existing iPad customers!✓ Lowercase letters on cards (requested by Educators)✓ Phonics sounds for every letter✓ The Pi’ikea Club has released _free_ coloring pages, puppets, wallpapers, and ringtones — get details on our info screen!✓ B is for Beach more sounds! (move the sun)✓ C is for Cake more sounds✓ D is for Dinosaur more sounds✓ Infinite E for Eggs✓ I is for Igloo more sounds✓ J is for Jack in the Box new sounds✓ Easier L for Light interaction✓ S for squid more sounds✓ T is for Train easier interaction1.02✓ Infinite A for Apples ✓ Y for Yo-yo physics ✓ Infinite C for Cake ✓ Easier V for Volcano interaction ✓ N for Noodle Improvements ✓ Reversible H for Hat ✓ Q for Quill and O for Olives wording clears out of your way when interacting

Interactive Alphabet – ABC Flash Cards

from Center for American Progress

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was set to grant permission for the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step® to be sold over the counter for anyone of reproductive age. Unfortunately, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius intervened at the last minute to stop that action.

Below are answers to some key questions about this decision.

Q: What is emergency contraception?

A: Emergency contraception is back-up birth control that can be taken after sex to prevent pregnancy. It can be taken up to three days, and sometimes up to five days, after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure and still be effective. But the earlier it is taken, the more effective it is.

Q: Is emergency contraception the same as the abortion pill?

A: No. Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy and works much like the birth control pill. If a woman is already pregnant, it will not work. The “abortion pill” (mifepristone or RU-486), in contrast, terminates an early but already established pregnancy.

Q: What does it mean for a drug to be available “over the counter?”

A: When a drug is available “over the counter,” it means it can be sold without a prescription on the pharmacy shelf, just like aspirin.

Q: Is it safe for emergency contraception to be sold without a prescription?

A: Yes, a panel of experts at the Food and Drug Administration found that it is both safe and effective for use by anyone of reproductive age.

Q: Isn’t emergency contraception already available over the counter?

A: Emergency contraception is in a gray zone known as “dual labeling.” It is available behind the counter for women ages 17 and older, meaning that they do not need a prescription but they have to ask a pharmacist for the drug. Teens 16 and younger need a prescription in order to obtain it. The FDA was set to remove the age restriction, based on the scientific data before it, but Health and Human Services overruled the FDA decision.

Q: What is the effect of the age restriction on emergency contraception?

A: The age restriction creates barriers not just for teens but also for adult women. Women do not always know where to find emergency contraception, are embarrassed to ask for it, are told they need a prescription by pharmacists who do not understand the law, or are turned away by pharmacists who disapprove of it. With emergency contraception, time is of the essence. A woman who fears she might become pregnant needs fast access, not delays at the pharmacy counter.

Q: Should teens be allowed to have unrestricted access to emergency contraception?

A: Whether we like it or not, almost half of teens in high school report having sex. They need to have all options available to them to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy, including routine contraceptive use before sex and emergency contraception as a back-up method if something goes wrong. Experts agree that anyone of reproductive age can safely use emergency contraception without a prescription.

Q: What is the significance of the administration’s decision?

A: Removing the unnecessary age restriction would have allowed anyone of reproductive age to be able to find Plan B One-Step® on the shelf without delay, confusion, or embarrassment. But instead, the needless barriers to preventing pregnancy after sex will remain in place and will only contribute to the United States having one of the highest unintended pregnancy rates in the industrialized world.

Jessica Arons is Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress.