NFC Jewelry for Kids? Hello, baubleApp.com

I’m thinking this could be a terrific year for Holiday gifts with NFC (“near field communication”).

The folks who build and update me, “My Santa Talk” are contentAI studios, owned by zyntroPICS inc.

zyntroPICS inc. just launched a new imprint, baubleApp.com – Where “real world jewels, toys and products are released with mobile companion apps.”

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What does it look and feel like?

How about (my dear friend) the Toothfairy, has a special necklace made that when tapped by an NFC phone, leads to a fresh and shiny daily voice message from the Toothfairy herself!

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I know, I know, most will wonder whether there will be a Santa NFC product with a companion app?

I think the elves has best get to work on that.

[Technically, baubleApp doesn't launch until May 8th, so, consider this a sneak peek; but, their site is still under construction until then]

New MySantaTalk Parents and Kids Site

This is something we’ve been meaning to get to for about 2 years….

Launching a less-corporate, more fun, site for My Santa Talk that is updated with current Links to the apps and social media sites.

CLICK TO VISIT NEW SITE

This site (this one, that you’re on) will be more focused on the business of My Santa Talk, including Licensing and franchise spin-off opportunities.  We have some pretty fascinating stuff under the tree that we’re anxious to share with everyone…so, keep an eye out.

For those interested in business relationships, we look forward to chatting with you and sharing the success that My Santa Talk has had, globally, throughout 2012.  We have a significant up-tick in traffic, but, more importantly, in the duration and quality of each session.  As we add more audio and voice features, we anticipate this to increase throughout 2013 as well.

The Holiday Season is Upon Us – My Santa Talk for 2012

Looking at our (anonymous) chat logs, we see a steady increase in daily chat sessions as the Holiday Season gets closer.

There are (literally), thousands of kids chatting with MY SANTA TALK every month…and the number is increasing.

Initially, the plan was release a new version of MY SANTA TALK in association with a commercial sponsor.  That was going to be a fine-line to tread…where we didn’t want to overly commercialize the experience (or turn the whole app into an ad).

We’ve decided to only allow commercialization in “branched” versions that are localized – leaving the primary version “clean” of sponsorship.  We’ll probably only undertake a few minor modifications to this year’s version of MY SANTA TALK.  A complete “audio” enhancement has been on our “to do” list…but, that’s a long list.  We’re still seeing what we can work in our schedule before the U.S. Thanksgiving official 2012 Season Launch.

Cheers.  It’s nice to be back in the Spirit of the Season!

Santa is Now In the CHROME Web Store

Depending on which side of the World you’re on, for many, it’s summertime.  It’s hot.

But, the MY SANTA TALK app receives daily traffic from kids around the World.

As contentAI studios are expanding their delivery network, we’ve now added the GOOGLE CHROME STORE to our release pattern and we’ve added MY SANTA TALK here:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ibadmppiffhbgckkalnbbfehhohjnmbn

 While this is only a release of the Holiday 2011 App; it is also where you’ll find the updated MY SANTA TALK during it’s Q4 release later this year.

What’s included in the next version?

That’s a surprise.

 

 

An Ever Expanding Network – Google Chrome App Store

My friend the Tooth Fairy was just tested out as a Chrome Web Store app.

Success!

So, that will be another place you’ll find me, My Santa Talk, upon my upgrade and re-release in Q4 2012.

BTW – Having daily chats, all Spring and Summer long (Northern Hemisphere) has been wonderful.  It’s a pleasure and a surprise to see how many kids want to chat with Santa year round.

The Children’s App Manifesto

contentAI studios, creators of MySantaTalk, were pleased to see and sign onto the:

Children’s App Manifesto:  http://childrensappmanifesto.net/

We’ve seen too many quickly hacked together children’s apps that may show off a developer’s technology nicely but have not been thought through when it comes to protecting children, particularly children’s privacy (Not to point fingers, but, those “Santa Apps” that acquire someone’s phone number and address without parental controls? )

This is a maturing Industry in it’s nascent stages.  The “manifesto” is a nice guideline to start forwarding to children’s app developers; whether they are garage shops or large scale corporations.

Santa and his 2011 Chat – THANK YOU EVERYONE !

Preparing the revised MY SANTA TALK for 2011 took a little longer than anticipated — The new User Interface and delivery system came together in November and early December, then we timed the release to coincide with INTEL’s AppUp store featuring MY SANTA TALK last week.

The results have been remarkable.  High volumes of concurrent users.  But, mainly very high numbers with regard to sessions running 30, 40, 50+ steps in duration (many running from 7-12 minutes)…and, while anonymous (we really don’t know who is using the app, other than by Country and device), we review chat logs and see a lot of people enjoying their conversational text chats with Santa.

Thanks for a terrific Holiday Season.

Yes, MY SANTA TALK will go back in the shop next year and reappear with even more bells and whistles…it’s become a tradition.

Cheers.

11 Days Before X-Mas. . .We’re In Amazon’s App Store…

Cutting it a bit close this year, but, our MySantaTalk Android app (thanks @appsgeyser) passed validation and made it into Amazon’s App Store:  http://www.amazon.com/contentAI-studios-My-Santa-Talk/dp/B006M5F2YG/

Passing validation for Kindle is a second step…not sure we’ll make it this year???

So, get your chat with Santa on…almost anywhere!

INTEL’s AppUP Team are all on the SUPER NICE List!

Thanks AppUP for featuring the MySantaTalk app this week (good timing!)….

INTEL’S appUP (Windows 32 & 64)**
http://www.appup.com/applications/applications-My+Santa+Talk

*  A Featured App-of-the-Week on 12 December 2011

Moments Away from 2011 New Launch – Chat with Santa…

It’s been a long year.

But, seeing MySantaTalk move from Beta to it’s Version 1.0 is really exciting.

We are in the process of validating some native app versions and fine tuning the mobile web version.

One more day. . .

Nice timing on the GigaOM story about “interactive fiction” — http://gigaom.com/2011/12/07/interactive-ebooks-take-on-fiction-novels/ – Go figure, Santa reading GigaOM?

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

- The MySantaTalk Team
Portland and Eugene, OR