Fresh iPhone Apps for Mar. 21: NHK World TV, Finding Nemo Puzzle, NASA Space Weather

Mar 21, 2011
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Keep up with the latest news following the 9.0 earthquake in Japan with NHK World TV Live, today’s top Fresh App. It’ll let you dial in to streaming news videos straight from Japan any time, right on your iPhone and iPad. We’ve also got all the details on Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book, a storybook […]

Keep up with the latest news following the 9.0 earthquake in Japan with NHK World TV Live, today’s top Fresh App. It’ll let you dial in to streaming news videos straight from Japan any time, right on your iPhone and iPad. We’ve also got all the details on Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book, a storybook app to help children learn to read, and an app from NASA for tracking solar activity.

NHK World TV Live (iPhone, iPad) Free

In the wake of the disaster in Japan, the best information came directly from the source: Japan’s NHK news agency, whose coverage of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and following tsunami in the country was available within minutes of the event over the Internet. With the ongoing stories breaking about potential nuclear accidents following the quake, NHK is still providing a lot of news from Japan.

NHK’s app lets you stream shows straight from the network to keep on the latest coming out of Japan. You can get the video using both a 3G or a Wi-Fi connection around the clock, for the latest on what’s happening with Japanese aftershocks and nuclear reactors.

Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Wayward clownfish Nemo of the Disney movie that bears his name, finally has an iOS app. Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book is an interactive book for young children learning to read. The book follows the plot of the film, so it’ll be familar to kids while also giving them a chance to follow along with the story as they learn, with the app doing the reading aloud. Finding Nemo can even record children’s or parents’ voices as they read along.

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Finding Nemo isn’t just a story to read, it’s also a game to keep kids engaged. The app features four jigsaw puzzles and items in the illustrations that can be collected along the way in a scavenger hunt.

NASA Space Weather (iPhone, iPad) Free

Get an idea of what the weather is like between the Earth and the sun with NASA Space Weather, an app designed to monitor bursts of gas and plasma from the sun called Coronal Mass Ejections. CMEs send bursts of energy toward the Earth’s ionosphere, creating some pretty incredible images.

Space Weather lets you see what’s going on with solar events within minutes of eruptions, thanks to satellites and cooperation with the European Space Agency. It comes packed with composite images, maps of ionospheric activity as they relate to the different continents, and all kinds of other data the amateur astronomer or meteorologist will find interesting.

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