Monthly Archives: February 2013

App Review: Clear – A Beautiful & Simple Gesture-Based To-Do List App

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Clear aims to make your experience of completing tasks as pleasurable as possible. With gesture commands it is a breeze to create, edit, and cross off tasks from your to-do list. Pull down to add a new task, swipe to the right to mark it completed, and long-press and drag up or down to move a task around based on priority. Because of how simple it is to use you will find yourself putting everything that comes to mind that you need to get done. I’ve tried many other to-do list apps, both free and paid, and the one thing I just couldn’t get over was the fact that it felt like a task in itself just to create a to-do list. Clear takes that pain away. No due dates to set, no sharing options, or other settings that become distracting. This is simple and straight-forward. Make your list, get your work done, then cross it off. That’s it.

I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have to say it is one of my most used apps. I use it daily for both work and personal life and I definitely get a lot more things done. There are also several color themes to choose from and as you can see from the above screenshot Clear uses the idea of a heat index to show priority.

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MinutePhysics – Educational and Entertaining Science Video Shorts

I stumbled upon a YouTube Channel called MinutePhysics. Under it’s description it describes itself as, “Simply put: Cool physics and other sweet science – all in a minute!” (Although the videos run about 2 to 4 minutes or so but you get the idea.) The videos really break down complex topics such as ‘The Big Bang’ or ‘Does the Universe Have a Purpose?’ As the video is narrarated you can see a hand drawing several simple drawings with markers to help the viewer understand the narration. It’s a great visual aid that really complements the voice over. I am positive many science and math teachers can put these videos to good use in the classroom. I find them not just educational but entertaining as well. I’ve always had a fascination with space and I find myself just scrolling through all the videos and watching ones with interesting titles that really peek my curiosity. There are currently over 80 videos to choose from. Here are just a few for you to check out. Enjoy!

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iOS Tip: How to Hide the Newsstand App into a Folder

Let’s be serious; most people don’t use the Newsstand app. I know I don’t. Yet, iOS does not allow users to hide it in a folder. Therefore, it’s a useless app taking up space on your home screen. Fortunately, there is an extremely simple solution that only takes about thirty seconds!

From your Mac or PC download an app called ‘StifleStand.’ It is a very small file and the download time should only be about one or two seconds.

Once it’s downloaded, open the file and the following screen should appear:

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Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with the USB cable. StifleStand will immediately recognize your device is connected.

Hit the ‘Hide Newsstand’ button and watch your Newsstand app ‘magically’ disappear into a folder. The folder will be named ‘Magic’ but you can just as easily rename it into anything you want and put in any other apps you want to keep in there.

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  Notice the folder named ‘Magic’                       You can rename it & add other apps

It’s as simple as that! No fuss, no jailbreaking. If you actually do use Newsstand then don’t bother with this. The app won’t open when it’s inside a folder. That being said, if you do put Newsstand in a folder and want to eventually use it again all you have to do is drag it out of the folder and it will work just fine. So give it a try; you’ll be glad you did!

Download StifleStand:

Mac Version     PC Version

Source: http://filippobiga.com/stiflestand/

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