Apps

This app shows what you can make with a random pile of LEGO bricks

NEWS – When you need some inspiration for something to build with your LEGO bricks, there’s an app for that! The app is Brickit and uses the camera on your iPhone to scan a pile of bricks and then gives you a selection of models that you can build along with step-by-step instructions like the …

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Space:  A sharable flashcard system featuring spaced repetition

NEWS – As a teacher, I periodically spend an afternoon looking for new apps that I think might help me do my job or my students learn stuff, and I today I found one called Space. Space is a spaced repetition flashcard system.  If you’re not familiar with spaced repetition, it’s basically a system where …

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App Watch: WhatsOnFlix organizes what’s coming and going on Netflix

NEWS – I don’t know about you, but keeping up with what has just launched on Netflix, not to mention shows and movies that are set to be removed, is an absolute bear. WhatsOnFlix, an app created by independent developer Sven Ziegler, could make discovering your next favorite show a lot easier. WhatsOnFlix focuses on …

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Marco Polo is my most used app while sheltering-in-place

ARTICLE – This is week 6 of working from home for my day job at Cummins, Inc. and I’ve told several people that social distancing and sheltering in place hasn’t really been an issue for me because as an introvert, I’ve been training for this for years 😉 Seriously though, even though I don’t mind …

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Apple’s reworked TV Remote app is still as minimalistic as the real thing

NEWS – Anyone familiar with Apple’s products knows that they value form over function.  Their interfaces tend to be no-nonsense and minimalist, sometimes too much so.  The remote for the Apple TV is a perfect example of this design philosophy.   It has a trackpad-like area, a few buttons, and nothing else.  Despite its simplicity, it …

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7 Gamification apps for every situation

ARTICLE – Gamification apps allow you to combine routine life situations with role-playing games (RPGs) that will keep you engaged while you work to accomplish your goals. If you struggle with self-discipline and motivation, then gamification apps are for you. These apps give you the opportunity to earn points, badges and other incentives by challenging …

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6 Awesome travel apps to use for your Spring Break trip

ARTICLE – The information age has opened new avenues when it comes to travel. You can choose to stay in someone’s home in a foreign country to fully immerse yourself in the culture, or book an inclusive resort vacation, with a few keystrokes from your smartphone or laptop. There are so many travel apps out …

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Audio Cardio is a workout app for your ears

NEWS – We can go to the gym to strengthen our muscles and improve our overall fitness, but is there anything we can do to improve our hearing? Turns out there might be, and there’s an app for that. Audio Cardio is an iOS app (there’s an Android version coming soon) which uses a patented …

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Go figure – ClassPad.net is a web based graphing calculator.

NEWS – Back in 2003, Casio released a stylus-based graphing calculator that featured a computer algebra system. It was a hybrid of the typical number pad calculator of the time and a PDA. The most recent version, the Casio fx-CG500, was introduced in 2017.  Casio has also made a web version on the website Classpad.net. This …

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Nebo by MyScript makes my iPad feel like my long-lost Newton

I’ve written quite a few articles for various publications in the last 30 years or so. All of them were typed on some sort of keyboard, until this one. I am writing this on my iPad Pro 12.9″ with an Apple Pencil using a software app called Nebo from a company called MyScript. Twenty years …

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Exist app knows if tweets, emails or working out makes you happier

Is there an app that can figure out what makes you happy, productive, and active? Hello Code’s Exist for iOS and Android thinks it can. This app gathers data from your Twitter account, email account, local weather, Google Fit, Withings, Fitbit, Instagram, Facebook, and other accounts to draw conclusions about your moods and behaviors. The app …

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Everyone has a fun new part-time job with HQ Trivia

HQ Trivia is a new app available for iPhones and Androids that has the population going berserk. It’s a live game show, where the winners of the 12 question trivia match split actual money! Currently, the usual amount up for division is $2,500, but it has been as high as $18,000! Depending on the difficulty …

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