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Captain Mal Apps, Headed by Fifth-Grader, Launches Second App
Fifth grader is proud to announce the release of his second app, "tAPPy holidays", featuring eye-catching, easy-to-tap icons that play sounds to the delight of wee ones. CMA's apps are always kid-safe and mom-approved.
By: Captain Mal Apps
Years after first begging to write an app, Malcolm finally got his chance at a local app writing camp. When his mom, Alicia Gordon, picked him up from camp each day that week she noticed that, “He positively beamed in the back seat of the minivan. He is usually a pretty pensive kid, but not that week - he glowed.” Malcolm ended up creating tAPPy baby that week, inspired by his little sister Annie Grace.
In both tAPPy baby and his latest release, tAPPy holidays, adults and older kids can choose six of twelve available sounds at a time for a little one to tap and enjoy. The new app features icons revolving around traditional holidays with the addition of surprise sounds, such as the occasional “yuck” (provided by Malcolm) or “ewww” (provided by his little brother Archie) when the mistletoe is tapped. There are six Christmas-themed choices so the main page can be entirely Christmas-y, with snow falling and the Countdown to Christmas, or the user can choose any combination of holidays and even turn the snow off.
“I wanted to use cute, bright graphics that little kids would like and fun sounds they wouldn’t think are scary,” added Malcolm. Asked why he wants to write apps, Malcolm replied, “because it’s cool…and to make money!”
Since the apps were made with his little sister in mind, and with the approval of his mom, there are absolutely no advertisements, links to social media, need for the Internet, or in-app purchases. The apps are simple, but they are meant for little ones to be entertained without needing an adult’s help. They have already proven useful to babysitters, grandmothers, and photographers.
Malcolm’s parents are hoping that if the apps do well enough, Malcolm will change how he sees himself - from a shy and anxious kid to the engineering wonder he really can be. “Having Asperger's is tough in this world where being an extrovert is so prized,” added Alicia. “Malcolm really enjoys reading the positive reviews and learning how people are using the apps.” The Gordons hope to sell enough apps to pay for more app and engineering camps and maybe even a trip to Walt Disney World.
Malcolm’s plans for the future include releasing more apps and growing up to become a robotics engineer.
tAPPy baby and tAPPy holidays are now available for both iOS and Android devices from Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.
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