SpringAhead released for iOS - New App Tells When to Change the Clocks

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[prMac.com] Rockville, Maryland - IDEA has released SpringAhead 1.01 for iOS devices. SpringAhead enables users to discover when and where people observe Daylight Saving Time and Summer Time, and when they should switch their clocks. Using the app, users twirl the globe, zoom in with a pinch, and tap on a country. Or type in a country name. They're transported to that location and learn whether or not that country observes Daylight Saving Time, and if so, what date and time it will start or end during any given year.

iPhone users can easily set calendar alerts for a given country, choosing from among the next time change only, the changes this year, or the next decade of time changes. Best of all, iPhone and iPad users can remind others to spring ahead or fall back thanks to the app's full integration with email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring. Yet, the implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been fraught with controversy since Benjamin Franklin conceived of the idea. Even today, regions and countries routinely change their approaches to Daylight Saving Time. The new app tells users when to change clocks, plus a big dose of history. In addition to must-have information about places, dates, and times, users can explore the rationale behind Daylight Saving Time, its history, and its unintended consequences.

"We're excited about the 3D globe in the app," said product manager Michael Douma, "it's a fun and untuitive way to choose different countries, and illustrates why Daylight Saving tends to be observed in temperate and polar regions, but not in the tropics. It's a miniature museum exhibit in a pint sized app."

The app was produced by IDEA.org, a nonprofit organization based in Maryland. IDEA works to enhance scientific, artistic, and cultural literacy by improving how people find and interact with online information. IDEA is an innovator in identifying, developing, and advocating on behalf of approaches and technologies that assist people in exchanging meaningful information that leads to greater understanding of the world in which we all live. The educational content in the app is adapted from a popular online exhibit in IDEA's WebExhibits online museum about Daylight Saving Time.

Supported Languages:
* US English and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 15.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
SpringAhead 1.01 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category.

IDEA is the place where fresh concepts germinate, grow, and flourish. The Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement works to enhance scientific, artistic, and cultural literacy by improving how people find and interact with online information. IDEA is an innovator in identifying, developing, and advocating on behalf of approaches and technologies that assist people in exchanging meaningful information that leads to greater understanding of the world in which we all live. Copyright (C) 2010 IDEA. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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