Tag Archives: iphone


A Quick Introduction to iOS 5: Why You Might Update Your iDevice

Smartphone EvolutionThis week, Apple has released the fifth major version of the operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPhone Touch. Since these updates are free, and since they always provide significant upgrades in functionality, many people download and install the updates right away.

But there are many others–we’ll call them “normal people”–who don’t follow the Apple or gadget press closely, and who don’t plug their iOS device into their computer regularly, and so may not really be aware of the new softwar…


A Home for Your Smartphone

This is the latest entry in my irregular series of blog posts about simple little things that make life easier. I’ve advised you on how to keep track of your keys, explained why rubber bands make great additions to dry erase markers, given a nod to my favorite multi-purpose tool, and–most recently–confessed my love for the humble velcro tie.

Earlier this summer I bought a smartphone holster that attaches to the shoulder strap on my backpack, allowing me to avoid having a somewhat bulky phone in …


Amazon’s Cloud Reader

As promised earlier this week, today I’ll introduce you to Amazon’s (other) new service, the Amazon Cloud Reader.  The Cloud Reader was unveiled on August 10, and unlike Kindle.Amazon.com, this service is one that actually has gotten some stage time on the Amazon homepage.  But stage time is about all it has gotten. By this, I mean that while Amazon features the Cloud Reader prominently on its homepage, you actually ge surprisingly little information about it until after you’ve installed it.  A…


Wikipedia in Your Pocket – All Of Wiki and Wikihood

Cyclopaedia of Universal HistoryThere are a number of apps out there now which allow you to download a mostly complete copy of one or more languages of Wikipedia. I use an app called All of Wiki for my iPhone which costs about nine dollars. I’ve also tried another one simply called Encyclopedia. They are both troublesome to get up and running and I ultimately only settled on the former when I concluded that, in its current update, it sucked less. Downloads of full dumps of Wikipedia in a particular language sometimes fail and …


Turn Your Phone Into a Flashlight

Have you ever heard the unmistakeable clunk of something (possibly keys? or was it just some loose change?) falling out of your jacket pocket while you’re getting up to leave in a darkened movie theater? You can either wait until the house lights come totally up — which may still not be light enough to really see under the seats — (and you know you don’t want to just swipe your hand under there amidst the sticky soda residue, stale popcorn, and who-knows-what-else) — or you can pull out a flash…


Pinterest: A Social Catalog

A few weeks ago, a friend posted something to Facebook from a site I wasn’t familiar with: Pinterest. The post in question was a wonderful photograph of a wall of bookshelves filled to the rafters with various texts.  Like many academics, I love books; I love libraries, and I love photographs of both books and libraries, so I had to see where this photograph came from.

Enter Pinterest.  Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board that allows users to pin images from around the web onto one commun…


The iWork Suite on Your iPhone and iPod Touch


Last week, in advance of the WWDC keynote, Apple announced that its suite of mobile iWork products (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), which had been available on the iPad since launch, would now be universal apps that work on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well. (To be precise: on the most recent two versions of each of those devices, when they are running iOS 4.2.8 or later.)

After the keynote, it’s now clear that these apps are designed to show off the way iC…


Communicating While Apart

Family in the Backyard As anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook is probably aware, I bought an iPod Touch a couple of weeks ago, and I have been playing with a lot of the apps that ProfHacker has written about over the years.  I bought it because I am going to be on sabbatical next year and living away from my husband for three months while I am on a research fellowship.  When I was working on my PhD, cell phones were still charging by the minute, and we racked up $300 phone bills each month as I went…


Taking Notes with the Moleskine App

photograph of a red Moleskine notebook

Here at ProfHacker, we’re not afraid to embrace the latest technologies. But we’re also not afraid to resort to an analog tool if it’s what will help us get our work done faster. But if you can combine something new and shiny that looks old and retro, well, then you’ve definitely got (some of) us hooked. So a few weeks ago when I read that notebook maker Moleskine had released an app for iOS devices, I quickly staked my territory:

Tweet announcing that I would review the Moleskine app

I’ve used Moleskine notebooks for a number of years while takin…


Comic Life for the iPad

A few months ago, I wrote a ProfHacker post about Comic Life, a graphic illustrator program by Plasq.  Comic Life creates graphic illustrations using photographs that you can upload from your computer.  The program offers many templates, fonts, colors, sizes, and styles that can create any number of comic illustrations.  This Mac and PC program is very easy to use, inexpensive, and is an interesting addition to course work.  When I wrote the post in March, Plasq announced that they would hav…