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Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad: A Review

In the fall, I reviewed the Logitech Ultrathin Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad. A few weeks ago, Belkin contacted ProfHacker and asked if we would consider reviewing their Ultimate Keyboard Case. I’ve been putting this keyboard through the paces for three weeks now (disclosure: Belkin provided me with a pre-production model for review). Available in May, this bluetooth keyboard case will retail at $99 ($129 for the white version).

Out of the box, set up was very easy.  The iPad snapped  into the p…

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Toshl: Reorganize Your Financial Life (with little Monster Gnomes)

It’s that time of the year when taxes are in the air. You’re probably irritated, wondering: where are my receipts? Why didn’t I document my finances better? If this rings true, it might be time to look into some personal finance software. Heather has blogged some reviews of applications that she has used earlier, and today ProfHacker reviews a fun little application called Toshl.

Toshl is a multi-platform app that allows you to keep track of your spending. When you pay for something, you can enter the expense either on its web-based application, or on your mobile phone. Toshl is multi-platform (iOS, Android, Symbian and the Windows Phone) and syncs smoothly across different devices.

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A One-Line Program as Book: 10PRINT

10print[This is a guest post by Kathi Inman Berens, who curates electronic literature and researches classroom interfaces. This year, she's co-curating e-lit exhibits at MLA and the first-ever e-lit show at the Library of Congress. She teaches at USC, where she's a Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab. Follow her on Twitter at @kathiiberens.--JBJ]

Lifting up the 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 hardcover, one’s first impression is: I’d better use both hands. It’s a heavy art book compressed …

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Attendance2: An Update for the Attendance App for iOS Devices

As we near the end of August, most of us are getting ready to begin a new semester and new year, if you haven’t already done so. One of my back-to-school rituals for the last several years has been loading my classes into the iOS app Attendance. The simplicity and stability of this app is one of the reasons I called it one of the five iPod Touch apps I can’t live without two years ago. And it’s not just me who loves it: Jason wrote a full review of Attendance, and Ryan later wrote about how it…

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End-of-the-semester Review

Review cards

The fall semester is coming to a close. Your students are (hopefully) reviewing their semester’s work to prepare for final exams and papers. And the value of review extends on to faculty. Take some time to reflect on the semester before it’s officially over and your brain moves on.

What worked really well for each course you taught? What didn’t? What ideas did you form that could be applied the next time you teach this course? Did you tuck away any digital or printed materials that you think wo…

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Using DocScanner to Scan on the Go

Pile of paper

[This post is by Lincoln Mullen, a PhD student at Brandeis University and a historian of religion and early America. Lincoln is ProfHacker's newest contributor; follow him on Twitter at @lincolnmullen.--@jbj]

If you’re an academic, a lot of paper goes through your hands: books, journals, notes, committee reports, tests, papers. Previous ProfHacker posts have suggested ways you can reduce the amount of paper documents that you or your students create. Mark told us how he went paperless at a conf…

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Starting Running with the C25K Smartphone App

RunningI should probably preface this review by noting that I am not a runner. It’s probably more accurate to say that, whatever the wheezy opposite of a runner is, I’m it. As a kid, I was asthmatic and chubby big-framed, and while I’ve been without asthma symptoms for at least fifteen years, I’d say those fifteen years haven’t been accompanied by a radical transformation of body type.* I’m not totally unathletic: I played soccer and tennis in high school–or, rather, I practiced on those varsity team…

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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…

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Zotero vs. EndNote

Two roller derby contestants

We here at ProfHacker are big fans of Zotero. Some of our earliest posts covered teaching with Zotero groups and making your WordPress blog Zotero-able (although we can’t control whether it’s “zo terrible” <rimshot>). And of course, there’s Amy’s fantastic two-part series on getting started with Zotero (parts one and two). The folks at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (who make Zotero) are friends of ProfHacker, and we got one of our earliest boosts from their Digital Campus …

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The Chronicle’s iPad App

Screenshot of the Chronicle's iPad appLast week saw the release of the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s iPad app, which we thought rated a quick mention here. The app basically aspires to mimic the reading experience of print, albeit with a few multimedia bells-and-whistles (slideshows, video, audio) added in. If you like the reporting and commentary at the Chronicle, but don’t want inky hands, this makes for a nice experience.

Unfortunately, the biggest weak point in this version of the app is the thing that you see first: The issu…