Tag Archives: ios


Open Thread Wednesday: About Those Software Updates


At some point at or after 1pm in their local time zone, iOS users will be able to download and install the latest version of the system software. (Well, most users, anyway.) And while I’m sure ProfHacker will cover the utility of different features in the coming weeks–and while Android users will comment, ‘meh–we’ve had that feature for years’–I wanted to focus on a different question today:

Are you a first-day updater? Why / why not? Do you have different approaches for devices you own persona…


Simple Journaling on Mac or iOS with Day One

An old, hand-written journalHere at ProfHacker, we frequently talk about how to get your writing done. After all, for many of us, writing is an important part of (keeping) our jobs. We’ve frequently discussed writing software like Scrivener or Google Docs; more recently Konrad covered Draft for collaborative writing and Adeline talked about using Gingko, which is a horizontal outline and writing tool. We’ve covered methods for getting your writing done, from Billie’s look at 750words.com and Erin’s personal Rule of 200 (wo…


Get Real-Time, Social Driving Directions with Waze

6371619037_fd8e11ba7f_bWhen I was planning to move to Atlanta for graduate school, one of the first things that I bought was an atlas for the United States. How else, in 2002, was I going to know how to get from one state to another? When I finally got to Atlanta, the very first thing I did was drive to a CVS to buy an umbrella and a big multi-page map of the city. In 2007, when I was attending my second MLA conference in Chicago, I went with a small folder full of printed-off directions from Google Maps to help me ge…


Google Now: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 3

In my first post about switching from iOS to Android, I noted that Google Now was one of the reasons I decided to try Android:

I read over and over again about Google Now’s superiority over Siri. I’m not sure how important this will actually be to my mobile experience. I didn’t have a Siri-capable iPhone before, and I don’t know how often I’ll want to talk with my phone. But its does seem like Google is pulling ahead of Apple in this new area of voice-driven interface, and as a geek I wa…


Tinker, Android, Why: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my choice to switch from iOS to Android. In this post, I want to focus on the final reason for switching that I listed in that post:

I’m a geek and was lured by the customizability of Android. The great benefit of iOS is that it just works, and works pretty well. But Android has become a very attractive and stable platform in its own right, but adds to that the ability to customize nearly every aspect of the experience, down to swapping software keyboards and oth…


Switching from iOS to Android, Part 1

Three years ago, Amy wrote a piece comparing Android and iOS for those considering a new smartphone. Since then, we’ve written much about Android and much about iOS on the blog. I’ve long been an iOS user, as evidenced by my posts on Things, Attendance, Mailbox, and other iOS apps.

Nevertheless, when the time came to upgrade my phone last week, I decided to pick up an Android phone. My reasons for doing so were several:

  1. I’m already hooked into All Things Google. I was syncing Gmail and Google C…

Use Haiku Deck for Simple, Elegant Presentations

I’ve never been one to make use of slide-based presentations when I teach or when I present at conferences or other events. Why? For one thing, Microsoft PowerPoint — perhaps the most commonly-used software for such tasks — just seems too complicated. Of course, I realize that another word for “complicated” is “sophisticated” or “powerful,” and PowerPoint allows a presenter to do all kinds of advanced things.

However, if I want to create a simple slide deck for a presentation, I find the interf…


Methods for Organizing Your Apps

8630623522_16d6a90bf1_mProfHacker has featured several posts about various mobile apps. See for instance the Open Thread Wednesday dedicated to (y)our Favorite Weather Apps, guest author Ian MacInnes’s post on “Finding the Best iOS App for Annotation and Note-Taking,” and my previous post on GradeBook Pro to name just a few.

But once you have all of these apps, what do you do with them? Or how do you organize them so that you can access them quickly and easily? Are you someone who has a dozen different screens that y…


Browzine: Academic Journals on Your Tablet

[This is a guest post by J. Michael Duvall, an associate professor of English at the College of Charleston, where he teaches American Literature. You can find him online at his website and follow him on Twitter @duvalljm]

BrowZine is a free app — by Third Iron — for accessing and reading content from academic journals on the iPad (with versions for other tablets being developed). The app allows users to

  • select academic journals from a “shelf” display (see Figure 1.),
  • browse complete journal is…

6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom

[This is a guest post by Ronald A Yaros, assistant professor of multimedia and mobile journalism in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. You can find out more at his homepage or on LinkedIn. Follow him on Twitter at @ryaros]

YouTube logged one trillion viewers in 2011 or about 140 views for every person on the planet. On average, 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s why it’s no surprise that instructors in many different disciplines ar…