Make the most out of college with these five, free apps

Let’s face it: We live in a world that is immersed in new, evolving technology. When it comes to tasks like staying in touch with friends, scheduling weekly events and meetings, or even getting a college education, there is a lot that rides on the dependability of the Internet, social media, the cloud, and – especially – apps. Lucky for today’s consumers, apps continue to grow in their efficiency, ease of use, and creativity.

College Apps

Each and every day thousands of new, education-related apps are created for individuals to purchase and download on their smartphones, tablets, and computers. Yet when selecting the app best tailored to you and your educational experience, which apps are worth downloading and which are just a waste of memory space? In making the most out of your educational experience, here are five free apps that stand out amongst the other contenders for their creativity, understandability, and craftsmanship.

1. Flash cards

This app eliminates the hours of finger cramping pupils once had to painfully endure. No need to handwrite 1,000 flashcards for that Civil War exam anymore; this app does all the work for you, except the learning, of course. Flashcards are famous for their ability to help students quickly memorize and recall important facts, key figures, and difficult concepts, so this app is useful in preparing for most any college exam or quiz.

2. TED

Who doesn’t need an inspiration or two during those long study sessions? Will you get through that all-nighter you decided to pull? Probably, but it’s likely going to take some words of encouragement along the way. Behold: TED. TED is a popular website that compiles inspirational, informative speeches and talks from renowned writers, passionate professors, savvy entrepreneurs, famous celebrities – you name it. So, when a phone call to mom and dad just won’t do, let your fingers scroll over to TED.

3. iTalk Recorder

In the midst of vigorously scribbling down class notes, students often miss their professors wrapping up vital concepts and details that have been delayed to the last minute of class. iTalk takes the hassle out of transcribing those long lectures. iTalk records dialogue and allows individuals to name the recording, playback audio, and store it on devices. No more anxiety about remembering what muscle your biology professor told you would certainly be on the exam; with iTalk, lessons can be accessed with the tap of an app.

4. Wikipedia Mobile

Though professors vigorously preach against it, students use Wikipedia. And why shouldn’t they? More often than not, the database is full of detailed, informative, and, yes, factual information. No, you shouldn’t rely on this app as a sole means of studying, but Wiki is useful in wrapping up concepts and theories present in numerous classes, such as history, English, and math that usually help in tying up loose ends.

5. NYtimes

A lot of making it through college entails understanding what’s going on in the day-to-day world. In fact, knowing and understanding current events helps students make the most out of their educational experience. There are a handful of news apps out there, but The New York Times is one of the most respected, informative papers out there, and the newspaper doesn’t skimp on content, especially with its innovative app

The long-cherished college experience has only been improved by the addition of educational apps. Whether it’s keeping track of homework assignments or taking a snapshot of the student fast asleep in front of you, there are a number of apps students can select from. These big five will help you make the most out of your continued education.

About Author: A freelance writer and blogger, Mariana Ashley hopes to help prospective students and parents in making online college comparisons so they can find the schools that work best for them. She welcomes your emails at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.

5 Apps to Learn English

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. It has so many contradictory rules, pronunciations and terms that it is nearly impossible to learn without much, much practice. If you are not a natural English speaker, than the task can seem daunting. However, there is hope. Here are five apps that can help you learn English, even on the go.

5 English learning apps 

  1. EF Mobile English Basic Edition – The world’s largest online English school, EF Englishtown, has now gone mobile. EF Mobile English app gives you access to a wide array of interactive learning tools, including: 5,000 flashcards, audio tools, listening tests, pronunciation practice tools and much more – all on your mobile device.
  1. Busuu.com Mobile Apps – This app has a very wide vocabulary: over 3,000 words and key phrases. It has lessons from beginner to advanced intermediate levels (A1 – B2). It also allows you to practice your skills using over 150 different subjects about everyday situations. The app also comes with complete audio-visual learning material with photos and recordings by native speakers. Units include vocabulary, dialogues and interactive tests. The app works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android; with no stable internet connection required. The free version has 20 complete learning elements. The app also links to your profile on busuu.com, the online community for learning languages with over 3,000,000 users.
  1. LearnEnglish Elementary – The LearnEnglish Elementary app is really a series of English learning podcasts for you to directly download and learn from on your mobile device. Each podcast, with the dynamic twosome of Tess and Ravi, is 20 minutes long and has questions intended for elementary learners of English.
  1. Hello-Hello’s Basic English Conversational Course–This app is a complete language course with 30 conversational trainings and hundreds of flashcards to practice vocabulary words. The course was established in cooperation with The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is the leading association of teachers and administrators of all languages at all levels, helping more than 12,000 educationalists.
  1. Mango Mobile – Mango Mobile Library Edition is a respected language learning platform that delivers fast, easy and practical language learning wherever your journeys take you. This free app contacts the Mango Languages courses accessible through your local library, and operates just like Mango online. Just tap the screen to uncover answers and hear pronunciations by native speakers. You’ll engage with vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture in each model. For the app to work, you must have an account with Mango prepared through your local library’s website, and an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Once the app and programs have been downloaded, you can study at your leisure, with or without an internet connection.

Learning English can be quite a challenge, but these apps should give you some help. Try one out today and see what new vocabulary you can add to your repertoire.

About Author:
Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to internet service providers in my area for presenting the consumers, the information they need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907[at]gmail.com.

Fix GPS Issue iPhone 3GS with Baseband 6.15.00

Problem : No GPS signal, they are almost dead. You won’t find even a single tower connectivity in Navigation applications like Sygic.
Here is a working solution to fix it to great extent.

Solution: You need to install Pushfix 3.1.3 using “Cydia”.
Go to Cydia -> Sources -> Edit –> Add http://fishbone.ge 
Search Pushfix and install it. (P.S. After installing PushFix all wireless network passwords, email passwords are deleted, you just have to update them again.)

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Please Note the wireless(Wi-Fi) needs to be always active, it does not matter whether it is Connected or not. It will not point your accurate position there may be an error up to 10 meters. Also it will not show full signal bars in Navigation Applications. The pointer will move as you go but may not display your speed.
Well this is like heaven instead of having a dead GPS. 🙂

iPhone 6.15.00 BaseBand Downgrade is Possible

UPDATE:

Follow this to fix your GPS issue by applying a small trick.

It is possible to downgrade upgraded iPad’s baseband on iPhones. The upgrade is provided to make it possible to unlock iPhone on any carrier. You mistakenly might have upgraded your iPhone to official firmware without knowing that it will also upgrade your baseband that is not supported by ultrasn0w to unlock. Then you don’t have any choice left but of upgrading your iPhone’s baseband to 6.15.00 or using it as iPod till any solution released. But upgrading to iPad’s baseband can stuck your GPS efficiency.
iNews, iTricks and iTips related to Jailbreaking the iDevice, installing Hackintosh on PC

But soon it is going to be possible to downgrade your upgraded baseband 6.15 to lower and unlockable. On September 17, 2011, MuscleNerd from iphone DEV TEAM had confirmed in response to a Twitter user’s question that soon they will release something  to downgrade the upgraded iPad baseband 6.15 to 5.XX that can be unlockable using ultrasn0w.
6.15 Baseband GPS Issue
Many people have upgraded their iPhone baseband to 6.15 to unlock the device to work with any carrier, but this upgrade have caused the GPS issue. Everyone who have upgraded their device baseband to 6.15 are experiencing the GPS issue and expecting a fix to downgrade this. It’s been almost 4 months and the fix is about to release very soon.
Till then keep fingers crossed!

UPDATE:
You can fix your GPS issue by following a small trick.

[FIXED] iPhone 3GS stucked in DFU after 4.3.3 upgrade

Ok, so you might have restored your iphone 3gs using 4.3.3 ofw(official firmware) or cfw(custom firmware) using sn0wbreeze and also it might went into DFU mode loop. NOT recovery. All there could be a black screen.

I had also faced the problem problem with my 3GS. And I fixed it using redsnow beta 0.9.10b3.
Here is the stepwise description of the fix:

  1. Download Redsnow 0.9.10 beta3
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  2. Download offical 3GS firmware 4.3.3 for 3GS
  3. Run redsnow beta 0.9.10b3 and click on “Extras” command button
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  4. Put your device on Pwned DFU by clicking on  “Pwned DFU” command button
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  5. Create custom firmware preventing baseband update
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    This will create a custom firmware file that will prevent baseband upgrade in the same folder with “NO_BB” prefix in the file name.
  6. Start TSS server using Tiny Umbrella and restore the newly created custom firmware using iTunes.

That’s all! Now Jailbreak the device using the same version of Red Snow.
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Follow the printed instructions. And here you go with your device jailbreaked. 🙂 Now unlock it using ultrasn0w using this guide http://iguidespot.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-unlock-iphone-3gs-firmware-433.html.