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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for College Students

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the first in what will be a series of app lists exclusively for select groups of people called Appsessed. If you want me to generate a list based on one of your interests, hobbies or careers, contact me and I’ll see what I can do.

Yes that’s a toga party above, the epitome of the college scene.

I, being a college student myself, as well as a self proclaimed app connoisseur, searched and searched for a list of apps that would help me in my position. Unfortunately Google could not help me in the search for such a list and so I decided to help everyone after me who has once inquired the same. So after many unnecessary dollars spent and an hour or two of free time consumed, I have put together a list of the top 10 iPhone apps for college students (and lucky for you, half of it is free!):

1. Wolfram Alpha $1.99 – This little godsend has helped me on many math assignments. It’s simple user interface could be navigated by my 11 year-old sister, but the application is powerful enough to show me step-by-step how to solve my Calculus problems.

2. Facebook Free Social networking is everything these days and college is no different. Take a break from using Wolfram Alpha for a bit and find out where the [safe and perfectly legal] party is at.

3. iLoader $1.99 – Many exciting things happen in college and with the 5 megapixel camera on the back of the iPhone 4, its easy to capture those moments (not to mention its HD video recording capabilities). With iLoader, you can easily upload multiple photos and videos to your Facebook profile in minutes.

4. StudyBlue Free The StudyBlue app is integrated with the “cloud”-like, online, user-generated study materials uploaded to http://www.studyblue.com. The StudyBlue app does require you to have an account on their website, but its free. Now you can study on the toilet, in the locker room and any other ridiculous places that you can think of.

5. Flashcards Deluxe $3.99 – Sometimes they are things that have to be studied using flashcards instead of note sheets and for this there is Flashcards Deluxe. You can create your own deck of cards on the device, via notepad on your computer or simply download a deck created by someone else in the same class. The $4 was worth the A I got in my entomology identification class due to using this program religiously.

6. Around Me Free When your stomach is grumbling at 2 AM after whatever mischief you’ve been up to around campus, open up this free app and find something that sounds good. The best part? You can input how far you are willing to go for late night cuisine. Or how about if you are on the road to see your buddy at his school in the next state over, but need gas and don’t see a gas station anywhere around? Around Me can help you with that as well.

7. Pandora Free Music soothes the soul, and around finals week your soul will need lots of soothing. So while you are laying on the couch in the lobby or reading up on Scandinavian war ships in the 1700s in the library, open up Pandora and allow the program to create the perfect playlist for your mood. All you have to do is pick what band or song you want to begin with and Pandora will do the rest for you.

8. Dictionary.com FreeWhile reading up on those Scandinavian war ships, you come across a handful of words that you have never heard before. Instead of skipping over them and risk losing grip on complicated concepts, get a leg up on your crazy topic. Know what you’re reading. I use dictionary.com when writing in particular to make sure I don’t just fabricate words.

9. Checkbooks $1.99 – This handy application helps you keep track of your money. As a student in college, we are all about being frugal and if you aren’t, you should be! But with this program you keep track of all transactions, checks, withdrawals and deposits on multiple bank accounts from within the same interface so that you can keep track of those late night food runs.

10. W&Y Pages FreeAlthough the Maps application that comes preloaded on the phone allows you to access the address and phone number of certain businesses that you inquire about, this gives a simpler interface for finding that information. In addition to commercial phone numbers, the W&Y app includes residential listings.

Thus concludes my list of essential apps for college students. Keep in mind that these apps are not iPhone exclusive, and can also be accessed on both the iPod Touch and the iPad (mind you, that to include these as well would have made the title a bit cluttered). Enjoy!

The iPad 2 speculation and rumor guide

December 29, 2010 1 comment

iPad2 mockup from Pinoytutorial... looks a lot like the Notion Ink Adam but you never know!

The iPad was one of its kind. It broke down the barriers between smart phone, netbook and laptop and made room for tablet. It was elegant, it was sleek, it was powerful and it was innovative. So in other words, it was another brain child of Steve Jobs.  The rumor mill has been smelling of Apple lately, and this article is here to gather all of the latest, most reasonable reports from around the web. This is the iPad2 speculation and rumor guide.

  1. The Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara spread word that the iPad2 will have a flatter backside and smaller bezel around the edge as well as a larger “wide-ranged speaker” located behind the mesh speaker grille.
  2. Digitimes has cited a report from Chinese news portal Economy Daily News that states Apple’s next-gen iPad will ship with a front-facing camera for video calling, USB ports, a carbon fiber body and thinner glass, Apple’s Retina Display, and new 3-axis gyroscopes for major tablet physics gaming targeted at a younger crowd.
  3. A rear-facing camera and a slot on the lower left that could potentially be an SD card slot (*gasp*) is predicted by many sources based on the string of third-part cases that have already been produced for the next Apple tablet.
  4. A columnist from InfoWorld predicts a faster A4 chip on board which improves speed and fluidity of navigation, as well as a 128 GB model. (Seems simple enough, his justification is that Apple always ups the ante with each new generation of device and the last iPad maxes out at 64 GB of storage.)
  5. Cult of Mac reports that investment firm Detweiler Fenton states that a 5 MP camera on the back is likely.
  6. A Reuters report cites four anonymous sources that claim to have insider info on five of Apple’s suppliers:
  • Touchscreen chip designer Wintek
  • Battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd
  • AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products
  • Camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd

Lastly, it is all over the net that the iPad2 will be unveiled sometime around the aniversary of the first iPad… this April.

UPDATE 1/5 Another iPad 2 case showed up at CES 2011, this one sporting the same features as the others: a spot for both of the cameras and a slot along the bottom for a bigger speaker. Seems like these features are almost solid, otherwise the Chinese manufacturers are chasing a very large fantasy.

Samsung Galaxy Player at CES 2011

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Samsung has confirmed that their iPod Touch competitor will be coming stateside next week at the CES 2011. Samsung says that the new dumbphone takes inspiration from their wildly successful Galaxy S series of smartphones spanning all US carriers. Samsung Hub informs us that the multi-media device will come sporting a 4-inch Super Clear LCD supporting up to a WVGA (800×480) resolution, a 1GHz CPU, a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video calls and HD video playback while running on Froyo (Android 2.2) overlaid by Samsung’s TouchWiz. This will give users access to both the Android Marketplace as well as all Samsung Apps. There’s also word that Samsung will be revealing 2 other Android players.

[Sources: Samsung Hub]