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Turning Your iPhone’s Camera into an Assistive Device: Seeing AI

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released a fascinating app for iOS devices, called Seeing AI. Seeing AI is an app that lets users take pictures of the world around them, and then it uses the iPhone’s on-phone intelligence to describe what’s in the picture. It’s designed as an app for people with low vision, but even if that description doesn’t apply to you at the minute, using it makes for a provocative way of thinking about the way these devices will be mediating the world around us, especially i…


Replacing Stock Smartphone Apps

Nexus 4With smartphone ownership becoming increasingly common (according to a study released earlier this summer, 56% of all adults in the U.S. own a smartphone; among mobile phone owners, that figure climbs to 61%), it’s no great surprise that many of us are now regularly using a smartphone as part of our workflow.

Each smartphone platform has a dizzying array of applications available, but has stock applications for the functions most people use most frequently (email, calendar, camera). If the stock…


Found Knows Where Your Files Are

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ProfHacker readers are unusually bright and well-organized people, obviously, so this probably only happens to me: You’re *certain* you saved a file, or at least saw it . . . but where? Did you save it to a local folder? Dropbox? Evernote? Maybe it was an attachment to a message in Gmail? Oh, wait–it was a Google Doc! Right?

As with Joey Tribbiani trying to open milk, there’s gotta be a better way!

Found is a free app for Macs that searches both local and cloud services to find your files. In …


The Humanist CFP Browser for iOS Devices

calendarThe path from “hey, that conference announcement looks interesting” to “woot! abstract submitted!” can be a difficult one. It can drive a a person to distraction, or at least to setting up complex task-management systems.

To address this problem, Adrian Zandberg has written Humanist, a simple, handy iPhone app for tracking CFPs from the various H-Net mailing lists.

Zandberg calls Humanist a CFP browser, and it’s true that when you open the app you are presented with a list of recent CFPs. But it…


Attendance2: An Update for the Attendance App for iOS Devices

As we near the end of August, most of us are getting ready to begin a new semester and new year, if you haven’t already done so. One of my back-to-school rituals for the last several years has been loading my classes into the iOS app Attendance. The simplicity and stability of this app is one of the reasons I called it one of the five iPod Touch apps I can’t live without two years ago. And it’s not just me who loves it: Jason wrote a full review of Attendance, and Ryan later wrote about how it…


Grading with Voice on an iPad


[This is a guest post by Doug Ward, an associate professor of journalism and the Budig Professor of Writing at the University of Kansas. You can find him online at www.kuediting.com and www.journalismtech.com, and follow him on Twitter @kuediting. Doug's previous posts have looked at finding iOS apps, what to do if your Twitter account is hacked, using iPads in the classroom (one, two) and engaging students with music.--@jbj]

One of the frustrating things I found in teaching online last semeste…


Track Changes on an iPad with Office2

For many academics, the ability to track changes and otherwise make comments on a shared document is an essential part of one’s work. Many people use this word processing tool to collaborate on writing projects, and probably at least as many use it to comment on or grade student writing. For these folks, the fact that no iPad-based word processor supported track changes dramatically limited the device’s utility.

No more: Office² HD, an app that, as its name suggests, lets you edit Office documents, now supports track changes. You can review others’ comments and edits, or make your own.

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Managing Your Mac Clipboard with iClip

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Our family switched from PC to Mac almost four years ago. On the whole, there haven’t been a lot of things that I missed about being a PC user. But one that immediately stood out to me was the lack of a good clipboard manager on the Mac. I’m constantly copying and pasting different things in my work, and it’s not uncommon for me to try to paste something only to discover that I’d already copied over it. So I would have to go back to the original thing, copy it, and then paste it again. That or—the horror!—I’d have to type it again.

I’d experimented with a few different pieces of software over the years to help me manage a clipboard, but none of them stuck until I discovered iClip a few months ago. Once installed and running in the background, iClip quietly records everything that I copy on its (predictably titled) “Recorder.” Continue reading


Getting Unstuck with your iPad

magic 8 ballThe idea that our devices could somehow intuit what it is we really want or should be doing, and help us do them is a popular one, and has been for a long time.

Unstuck is a clever iPad app that, as the name suggests, tries to help you find ways around, over, or through the obstacles that crop up in a day, either at work or at home. The app asks you a series of questions, then offers you an explanation for your behavior (“It sounds like you also installed Kingdom Rush on this iPad”) and offers y…