Tag Archives: iphone


1Keyboard to Rule them All

Cobble stones arranged in such a way that they resemble a keyboardLast fall, I finally got a smartphone. There was a lot to like about suddenly being able to get to my email, contacts, and maps while traveling on the New York subway system. And I could suddenly start making use of all those great ProfHacker tips for using my smartphone.

But there was one thing that I didn’t like as much: the keyboard. Despite being dumb, my previous phone had a full QWERTY keypad with physical buttons, and I had been able to send text messages and tweets faster than anyone rea…


Ye Olde iPhone Backup Server

Toolboth Tavern 04 by Shadowgate, on FlickrDo you have an old smart phone, tablet, or computer in a drawer or a closet somewhere that you never got around to selling or giving away? You might consider setting it up as a development server as Jason describes here. You can also set it up to act as an extra layer in your backup strategy.

This is what I decided to do with an old iPhone 3GS that still worked, except a testy headphone connection, that had a nice 32GB of space on it. I wanted an extra place to backup my mail and dump larger fil…


Learning Mobile Design with TouchDevelop

Nokia Lumia 900 - 114Last week, I was fortunate to attend the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, an industry-academia event looking at the future of computer science. Mark Sample noted many of the cool projects shared throughout the weekend in his Digital Culture Week post, and you can see a lot of the recorded talks online. One highlight of the summit was a DemoFest  featuring a number of tools both futuristic and current, including TouchDevelop, a platform for scripting on and for mobile Windows devices that offer…


Meet Zite: an iOS News Reader

Last summer, Jason introduced us to Flipboard, an iOS app which gathers content from a variety of social media feeds, including Facebook and Twitter (if you choose to link your accounts). Since then, Flipboard has become one of my favorite apps, both on the iPad and iPhone, because it allows me to see what other people in my circles are reading without having to visit all the different individual sites. It’s a kind of social media one-stop media shop.

So when I learned about Zite, a new reader a…


GradeBook Pro, or One Grading App to Rule Them All

Back in 2009, ProfHacker colleague, Billie Hara wrote about grade keeping programs such as GradeKeeper that might help you to track and manage your assessment of student work. Some of you might prefer to go at it old-school with a paper grade book that you manage by hand. Others might devise spread sheets in Excel or Numbers or a GoogleDoc. Still others might use the software provided by your college or university, be it BlackBoard, WebCT, Moodle, or the like. Last semester, partly inspired by…


Jog.fm to Stay on Track

It shouldn’t be news to our regular readers that many of us at ProfHacker are proponents of exercise fitness, and wellness.  Guest author Meagan Timney has encouraged Nurturing the Mind-Body Connection, Kathleen Fitzparick has written about the importance of Prioritizing Exercise, and Brian Croxall has discussed the benefits of Losing Five Pounds. In addition, readers have weighed in on their Favorite Fitness Tracking Tools, and whether or not they Take Advantage of the Campus Gym.

In my most re…


Accessibility Features of iOS 5

Apple users have long known about the company’s commitment to accessibility in most (if not all) of its devices.

In iOS 5–the latest version of the operating system used by the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod Touch–Apple has provided even more accessibility features for their mobile platform. Apple’s attention to built-in accessibility features allows people with disabilities to use these products right out of the box instead of needing to purchase costly accessibility software.

With the current…


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…