Even before the iPad existed, Steve Job expressed loathing for the stylus.
The whole point was to have a simple device that required no accessories to fiddle with or to lose (take that Palm!) Since then, the iPad and other tablets have also proliferated, and they arguably could benefit even more from accessories than hand held devices might. There are also situations and creative use cases for mobile devices that Jobs might not have thought of back in 2007. Anyone who needs to be mobile but also writes long pieces or sketches and diagrams a lot could undoubtedly boost their comfort and productivity with an accessory or two. Continue reading
For a long time, Google Reader served as the hub of my online life. It’s how I kept up with a certain segment of friends from college, a number of colleagues, and the news more generally. Then, in late 2011, Google announced it would be “updating” Reader, and getting rid of all of the social / sharing features. I was pretty upset, and began looking for a replacement, when one of my friends pointed me to NewsBlur. Long story short, I’ve been hooked ever since.
Now that Google Reader will be “powered down” as of July 2013, a whole new wave of web denizens are left to look for a replacement. Here are just a few of reasons why I love, and hope you’ll consider, using NewsBlur.
Have an iPad? Help us evaluate a new research tool that is being considered for possible subscription. The libraries of the University of California are running a trial of a new app called BrowZine. It allows you to browse and monitor many academic journals right from your iPad. To facilitate research, articles discovered through BrowZine can easily be sent to Zotero, Dropbox, iAnnotate or several other services to integrate with your existing workflow. Continue reading
Having experienced some chronic digestive issues, I’ve tried various methods of tracking what I eat and how it makes me feel, including pen and paper, Google spreadsheet, and a web application geared mostly for the desktop.
I figured out some of my food sensitivities, but I’ve been looking for an Android app that would let me track foods more conveniently and might do some analysis to make sense of the still sometimes mysterious and unpredictable Stomach Troubles.
Are you a hardcore Gmail user? The kind with multiple Gmail accounts, who compulsively archives, stars, and labels, and who relies on priority inbox and search to find your important messages? If you use an Android device, then you’re probably content. But if you’re a power Gmail user with an iPhone or iPad, then you might consider switching from Apple’s built-in Mail app to the Gmail app for iOS.
Overview of Gmail 2.0 for iOS
Battery life is something you can never get enough of. Every click, swipe, tweet and song draws life from an ever-diminishing pool of watts in your pocket or bag. Here’s a handful of ways you can extend the usable time of your gadgets. Continue reading