Great Apps for the Back To School Student

So, it seems like the summer for high school students is coming to an end. Some have already started. Others, like me, haven’t. I start this Sunday and am actually really excited. So, with that said, I need to get organized. Not just in packing my backpack, but packing my iPad and iPhone with great apps that will help me survive in my last year of high school. 

1. Any.Do – Free

I first heard about Any.Do this summer, and it is my number 1 day planning app. I use it for planning my day and reminding me when I need to get that paper in. It’s super helpful and syncs seamlessly with the next app on my list.

2. Cal – Free

Cal is made by the same folks who made Any.Do. This is a much better calendar app than the stock one for the iPhone. It syncs with Any.Do, so if you put something in Any.Do, it will appear in Cal moments after. 

3. Desmos – Free

While doing Algebra, you need a calculator. This obviously being a graphing calculator. So, there are obvious choices like WolframAlpha for $3, or you can get Desmos, the free graphing calculator. Desmos lets you plot points on a graph and doing anything from Linear equations to more advanced operations. It’s one of the most useful math applications that gets the job done.

4. Notability – $3

Notability is a great app for signing documents and editing PDFs. At my school, this is the most useful thing because if I’m reading a paper that I or somebody else wrote, I can just write on the mistakes and fix it like that. You can also make notes and use speech to make notes as well. It’s really cool and useful.

5. Google Drive – Free

Google Drive is useful for sharing your documents, spreadsheets and slideshows that you may be making. I use it a lot and the best thing is you get 5 GBs free and it syncs wirelessly over the cloud onto my computer or iPhone. 

All of the above apps are just a small amount of what can be used for school. All schools are different and may not even allow you to use an iPad in class. But, these are the apps that I found useful when I study.

Apple Brings iPhone Trade-In Program to U.S Stores.

ImageEvery year, there’s always a line for the newest Apple products in front of the Apple Stores. Whether it’s the newest iPhone, iPad or Mac. There’s always a line. But, what do people do with their iPhones when they buy a new one? Some sell them, some keep them and use them as an iPod, and some are just thrown out. People don’t realize how much money they can get from their old iPhone, even if it is cracked. The smart ones sell them on Craigslist or eBay. But, a lot of people that they think they can’t get anything from them. Well, Apple is saying otherwise.

Apple is offering a trade in program for your old iPhone, and in return you will get a store credit for your iPhone. Granted, this is smart of Apple, because they probably fix them up and sell them as refurbished, which will in turn give them more money, which is what they want, obviously. 

In case you don’t know, Apple is holding an event for the release of the new iPhone and iOS 7. So, Apple is trying to get more money from this whole iPhone scenario. 

But, there are still plenty of other places that you can sell your iPhone for some great money. Post ads on Craigslist and you can get some pretty good money for your $200 phone you got on a contract. So, I would say think first before you give your iPhone to Apple. 

“Jobs” Review: The Newton of Apple Products

Jobs, as you all may know, is the movie that is pretty much a giant recap of the famous Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs. It starts off in his life in high school, and goes throughout his life until the release of the iPod. It was the history of the computer company and industry, all the way from the 80s, to 2001.

The movie was OK. That’s really all I can say. I’m a big Apple fan, and Steve Jobs fan. But, this movie could’ve been so much better. Before I went into the movie I checked out the IMDb page. The director (Joshua Michael Stern) has directed 3 movies that I’ve never even heard of, and the writer (Matt Whitely) has one movie that he’s written on IMDb. That movie is Jobs. I can just see the conversation of two guys that had the idea of making this film. “Hey, Ashton Kutcher looks like Steve Jobs. Let’s make a movie. My friend is a writer. I mean, he hasn’t actually written anything this big, but this will be his break!”
No, it definitely wasn’t his break.

The movie starts out, with Steve at school and doing the “cool thing” at that time, which was to do drugs and get high. It starts out with his girlfriend and his other friend. They’re on a field and he starts crying about his adoption. The story then goes into something completely different about calligraphy and art. There were multiple scenes where they jump-cut to parts of his life, but with no real backstory or explanation. It was like the director and producer said, “You know, people know enough about Steve Jobs. We can skip this part!”

The worse part that I didn’t like about the movie was how they tried to fit everything in, which resulted in the jump-cut scenes that ended up rushing the movie. It’s like they had to keep it in a 2 hour time limit, which they didn’t need to do. They really rushed one of the most important scenes in the movie, which is when he left Apple and went to NeXT. They didn’t really go into detail about that, which was kind of a very important piece of info that should’ve been extended and really gone more into detail. But, instead, it was a series of jump-cuts, yet again.

The one noticeable quality that I noticed about this movie, was the casting. This movie was casted very well, with the key actors being Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs), Josh Gad (Woz), Dermot Mulroney (Mike Markkula) and Nelson Franklin (Bill Atkinson). The characters were almost spot on, and looked very similar to their actual character. With one exception. Near the end of the movie, they showed Steve Jobs in the 90′s. I’m sorry, there’s no way in hell that’s what he looked like in the 90′s. I’ve seen photos of him, and that wasn’t what he looked like in the 90′s. For the most part, the casting was my favorite part of this movie, because it was very well done.

But, the movie was still just OK. They should’ve had a better director, like David Fincher (The Social Network). I think it portrayed him well, but could’ve been better. Is this the best movie of the summer? Not even close. Is this Ashton Kutcher’s best movie? Again, no. But, was it still worth it? Sure.

Day One Review: An App Made For Your Eyes Only

I took the chance to download Day One when it was free in the App Store on the 5th Anniversary. Ever since then, I’ve been using it like never before. It gives me a chance to write down all of my thoughts on my phone or iPad, and be able to run through them if I have to. People write their thoughts on Social Networks all of the time, such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Well, this kind of takes the “Social” out of the Social Network.

I love writing, which is why I enjoy writing on my blog whenever I get the chance. But, the best thing about writing that I love, is I can think of a message and be able to communicate to someone. Whether it’s in a story, blog post or on Facebook, I will try to make a story out of my life and what goes on in it. Now, I’m not saying that it will be the most interesting story, but people will read it. That’s why I like Day One. I enjoy being able to tell my own story through my own thoughts. That’s what Day One does.

Day One is a very basic app with many features that will give you the best time to organize your thoughts. To start off, it gives you the option to add a new log, or take a photo. Once you’ve done that, You can go to what’s called your timeline. This is what helps you keep track of  all of your logs that you write in Day One. There’s also a handy calendar feature that lets you view your logs in an entirely different way.

In case you haven’t picked up by now, Day One is a journalling app. You could call it your electronic Diary or journal, if you will. So, you probably don’t want the information that your logging to be out in the public. So, there’s a feature that allows you to lock the app, so non of your friends or family will be able to get a hold of all of your secrets.

The App is generally good. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. All of your logs seamlessly sync with each other, so you don’t have to copy and paste all of your logs. It’s been doing very well so far. It’s been the App of the Week, 2012 App of the Year, and was chosen among all of the apps in the App Store to be showcased in the 5 Year Anniversary of the App Store. So, it’s doing well.

I’ve never been into journalling before. But, I figured, the app is free and I might as well try it. I have so many things that I can use this for, that it seems that the possibilities are endless. I use it for movie and song reviews, different stories that I would like to tell, etc… The list can go on and on. This app has got me addicted to journalling, and this is the only app that I will use for it.

App Store having MAJOR sales on the 5th anniversary

It’s been 5 years since the release of the App Store. The place to spend money on apps ranging from silly games to life changing tools. The App Store has hit an all time high for the amount of apps downloaded. The App Store just hit 50 billion apps downloaded not long ago. So, the App Store has huge things going for them right now, so they decided to put a lot of the major apps on sale. And when I say major, I mean MAJOR!

 

1. Traktor DJ – Normal Retail Price: $20

Traktor is a DJ app that gives you a lot of freedom for making music on your iOS device. It’s extremely simple to do, but it comes at a cost. $20 is what you would have to pay to download this awesome app for making your own beats. But, you can get the app for completely FREE!

 

2. Day One – Normal Retail Price: $5

Day One is a journalling app that allows you keep track of your thoughts while keeping it to yourself. Most journalling apps aren’t that good, and I normally drop off after a week. But, this app is the best journalling app I’ve seen yet. So, instead of paying $5, you don’t have to pay anything.

 

3. Badlands

Badlands is one of those games that you don’t really buy for fun, but for the awesome graphics and soundtrack. Sure, it’s one of the funnest games that I’ve played, but I wouldn’t pay $5 for it. So, I bought it for a price of completely free.

 

These are only 3 of the apps that you can get for free. I’ve been meaning to buy some of these apps before, but, might was well get them for free!

Top 5 Cydia Tweaks

I recently have been living with a jailbroken iPhone 5 for some time now, and though I sometimes miss the stock iOS, I love the freedom that jailbreak allows you to have. You can just do so much more with it. But, when I started this, I said that I would keep as close to iOS as possible. Meaning I didn’t want to install any themes or change the view of the lockscreen. So, you won’t find any of those tweaks in here. But, you will find some awesome features that will allow you to use jailbreak to it’s fullest.

1. Stride ($3)

Android users have boasting at us iPhone users for some time about their fancy lock screen. And there are so many Android Lockscreen tweaks out there on Cydia, but this is a completely new idea. You’re just drawing on the screen. The phone is your canvas and you just draw a shape a couple of times and that is now your lockscreen. The promo video is down below.

 

2. Auxo

Auxo redefines multitasking for your iPhone. Instead of just having the app logo, like we’re all used to, it shows what you were previously doing in that application. It looks really cool and adds a bunch of extra features next to the music player. Including toggles for Wi-Fi, bluetooth, flashlight, etc…

3. NCSettings

Have you ever wanted to swipe down your Notification Center, turn your bluetooth or wi-fi off, and then swipe back up and it was off? NCSettings allows you to do just this. It gives a toggle bar for wifi, bluetooth, etc… in your Notification Center, so it’s extremely simple to turn them off.

4. iFile.

iFile is essentially the Finder for your iPhone. It allows you to go deep into the files of your applications, settings and other files. It’s extremely useful and easy to use.

 

5. MyWi 6.0

This IS the reason why I jailbroke my phone. So I could use my iPhone as a wi-fi hotspot. It’s absolutely incredible and I use it so much. Plus, you only have to pay $20 once, and then you get it for free. It’s awesome.

All of these are great Cydia Tweaks that you should definitely get. Other ones are Universal Video Downloader (allowing you to download any video from any app), Barrel, Activator and AssistantLove.

Reasons To Jailbreak your iOS Device

Recently, I’ve decided to jailbreak my iPhone 5 and see how long I can live with it. This was mainly just a test, because I would never in a million years jailbreak my phone, because if something messed up my carrier and I wasn’t able to call or anything like that, then I would be screwed. After realizing that this won’t happen, I decided to take the risk. But, I wanted to keep my iPhone to as close to iOS as possible. This might sound very strange to a lot of you, but it turns out you really can have the best of both worlds between iOS and jailbreak. And so far, I absolutely love it.

If you have the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini running iOS 6.1.2, you can jailbreak using evasi0n 1.4. I decided to jailbreak my iPhone as a test subject, and then jailbreak my iPad later. Well, I decided to finally jailbreak my iPad because I found it so useful on my iPhone. I then thought of multiple reasons why people should jailbreak their devices.

1. Better multitasking

Many people don’t like Apple’s current version of multitasking, because it’s very boring. There are many apps, the best one is Auxo, that enhance your multitasking features and abilities.

2. Wifi Hotspot and tethering

For only $20 as a one time purchase you can download MyWi and have a wifi hotspot on your phone. It’s absolutely great and is amazing. Also, android has had tethering for such a long time now, it’s finally time for the Apple devices to get into it.

3. Many different themes

There are so many different themes that you can have on your device. This is probably the best way to customize your device and make it more unique.

4. Better lock screens

The basic iOS lockscreen is so boring and simple. Maybe you want an Android lockscreen or something completely different. Either way, this is the place to do it. You have a wide variety of options that you can choose from and even put a couple of tweaks together to create one really awesome lock screen.

5. Other options outside of the “iOS box”

There are so many little tweaks that you might’ve always wanted in iOS. Now, you can have them. I’ve always wanted the ease of use to turn wifi off or Bluetooth on without actually going into setting. There are so many different tweaks that provide this service. There are of course other tweaks for different things.

These are only some of the reasons why you should jailbreak. There are so many more tweaks that you can use to make it even better.

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