There’s really an app for that?

There’s really an app for that?

JAEL GARDINER

Contributor

With the hundreds of thousands there are to choose from in the Android Market and the Apple App Store, finding cool apps isn’t as easy as it should be. But we can help. There are apps that can do everything from using a GPS locator to find the best restaurants around to the Barcode Scanner App. Here are some great apps for students on the go to consider: ACCESS HOME COMPUTER ON THE GO (ANDROID) On the Android Market from Google comes the free application called Gmote. This allows users to use their Android smart phone to access their computer remotely from their phones. Android users download the app from the Android Market and download the program at http://gmote.org on the computer that they would like to access. Then, the application can open movies, music and pictures stored on that computer. Students who want to save the storage on their phones for apps can have access to all of their files using only the amount of space that one app takes. Source: gmote.org. CREATE PROFESSIONAL MOVIES ON THE GO (IPAD 2) One of the newest apps for the iPad 2 is the iMovie App, which features professional editing software. This app costs $5 and allows iPad 2 users to pan through photos, narrate their movies, change the length with the touch screen and includes other features that make a movie look professional. It will also stream the movie wirelessly to a Wi-Fi-capable HDTV. Any student who loves posting videos to YouTube can use this app to make professional movies on the go. Source: apple.com/iphone. TRACK WORKOUTS (ANDROID) At no cost from the Android Market is a fitness app called Cardio Trainer. For those who enjoy walking or running, it will track the GPS location of the smart phone and track the route taken. It gives spoken updates in real time that give the distance traveled, the number of calories burned and the number of steps taken. Students who want to get fit can keep track of how far they walk over time and it can even sync with a heart rate monitor. It can be linked to a Facebook account to share progress with friends. Source: worksmartlabs.com. ORGANIZE DOCUMENTS (IPHONE) Students who want to get organized can download Evernote from the Apple App Store for free. This is an innovative app that will take pictures taken on the camera of the phone and will save it as a text file. Users can add pictures to text files and create folders that contain text, video, voice memos and more all in one group. This is a great way to stay organized and keep work for individual classes together. These files can be accessed at any time from the phone or from a computer. Source: evernote.com. TURN A SMART PHONE INTO AN EBOOK READER (ANDROID AND IPHONE) For those who like to read eBooks, there is no longer any need to buy an eBook reader. From the Apple App Store, there is the free Kindle app, and from the Android Market and the App Store, there is the Nook app. Both allow users to look through thousands of eBooks and download them on the go. The Nook app offers thousands of free NookBooks, and the Kindle allows users to purchase eBooks from Amazon.com. The Nook has a feature that allows users to lend eBooks to others who have the Nook app. The Kindle App comes preloaded with three free books. Sources: itunes.apple.com, amazon.com.

Textbook publishers coming soon to iPad

Textbook publishers coming soon to iPad

Rick Gonzalez

Contributor

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Textbook giants Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kaplan Publishing, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson have all signed deals to bring textbooks to Apple’s new iPad before next fall. WCC student John King, of Monroe, would welcome trading in his current textbooks for digital versions. But King knows most people still opt for ink over electrons. “I’ve read books on PDF before,” he said, “so I’m probably not your average person.” But a recently announced agreement means that might all change. Rik Kranenburg, with McGraw-Hill, told the Wall Street Journal: “People have been talking about the impact of technology on education for 25 years. It feels like it is really going to happen in 2010.” The new digital textbooks promise to deliver a wide range of multimedia interaction. The built-in microphone and speaker on the iPad means that students can record audio notes and listen to audio clips. In addition, the textbooks will be capable of video clips and interactive quizzes. The textbooks will also offer the ability to mark text in six different colors for easy visual reference. Along with a better student experience, publishers are betting the iPad can maximize profits. In the iTunes store, publishers don’t have to pay for printing, and Apple’s Digital Right Management (DRM) means they don’t have to worry about the used-book resale market that eats into their profits. This would give publishers incentive to price their iTunes versions far cheaper than a printed copy. While prices for the textbooks have yet to be announced, Apple’s price of $499 for the entry level iPad is lower than most expected. It’s even cheaper than the $599 price tag the first iPhones carried the first three months they were available. While the textbooks prices remain to be seen, the iPad certainly wins when it comes to space. The iPad is slightly smaller in dimension than a piece of paper, and it’s thinner than a Bic lighter at only a half-an-inch. It also weighs in at roughly a pound and a half, lighter than all but the lightest net-books. And Apple reports that its battery lasts an impressive 10 hours, enough for most class schedules. Political science major Jason Jung, of Ann Arbor, is exactly the type of student that Apple is aiming for. He loves new technology, and he has a first-generation iPhone to prove it. “I’m probably gonna get one when it comes out,” Jung said. iPhone Apps for the college student: http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/29/iphone-apps-for-the-college-student/