Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek. Find her also at lnct.org.
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Skype is one of the programs I use most in my life. When I got the iPad I was excited to use it there as well. But then I discovered that there was no Skype for iPad. Disappointed, I downloaded Skype for iPhone and did the best I could with it, but using it was far from exciting. But then came the iPad version. Was it any better?
Watching videos is fun. OK, let’s face it, it’s addictive. But unfortunately, there are some other things we have to do. We can’t always watch videos – or can we? What if you could watch videos and work? What if there was some unobtrusive way for you to have videos somewhere on your screen, where they are watchable but still do whatever it is you’re doing?
Some people investigate every nook and cranny the minute they lay hands on their new iPad. But many people, like me, never had an iPhone, and enjoy the iPad very much without thinking about those simple tricks that are easily discoverable for those who look for them. If you belong to the second group, here are a few more cool and simple (yes, they are simple!) iPad tips that I was happy to come across.
When I first got my iPad, I knew I wanted to use it for drawing and sketching. Not that I’m an artist by any means, I can barely draw a stick figure, but when you own an iPad it seems almost impossible not to get drawing apps. The device calls for it. It wants it. Not having many requirements in the area, I focused my energy on finding free drawing apps.
Ever since iOS 4.2 came around, iOS device users have had the option to use AirPlay to stream media from their device to other machines over shared wi-fi. There are several AirPlay clients around for Mac, but being a Windows user I’ve been searching for a solution that will stream media from my iPad to my Windows PC. Finally I found Air Stream Media Player.
StumbleUpon is a service that creates a customized surfing experience, which is tailored to your exact liking by narrowing down on subjects and specific websites you like. With time, as many other services, it also became a social experience. Recently, StumbleUpon have released a new version of their iPad app. It is now more social and also looks much better. Have you taken it for a spin?
I love travelling to new places. But how do you find those really good places to eat or stay, or those really fun things to do, in a place you don’t know at all? Sometimes I wish I could find the places the locals go to, the places that are really good, not just really expensive. That’s why I was so glad to find WorldNomads’ Ask A Nomad.
Who doesn’t like stop-motion movies? Seriously. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to make one of those really cool stop-motion films with little guys made out of play dough. Luckily, these days it’s not so hard anymore thanks to tools like JellyCam, a small, simple and free application that runs on Adobe Air.
Life with multiple browsers, numerous applications and a constant use of IM and file sharing programs leaves our computers cluttered with temporary files, histories etc. There are many tools out there that solve this problem.The small and simple Browser Cleaner (Windows) is yet another one of these tools.
We all know travel websites like Expedia, Kayak and Orbitz, and sometimes these big websites are more than enough. But from all those other smaller websites out there, how do we know which are good and which are less convenient? Which ones offer low fares and which ones are a waste of time?
One of Zotero’s biggest cons is that it works only within Firefox. This means you have to be running Firefox and use it to save the articles you find. As long as I was using Firefox, this was not a big issue, but when I switched to Chrome for a while, it became quite cumbersome. This is why I was delighted to find out that Zotero have come up with Standalone Zotero Alpha.
If you have babies or cats overtly interested in your computer, then these three applications should be of interest to you. These are programs that can lock the keyboard and mouse while still allowing you to use the computer and its display. The selection is not huge by any means, but could be the solution to your problem.
The new player in the field may be addictive, but even before it came along there was no lack of websites that are way more beckoning than work. Be it Facebook, email, Google Reader, or just your favorite blog, the Internet today is distraction galore, with an incredible amount of willpower required to stop.
There are numerous ways to manage files in Dropbox. Maybe, need to get something into my Dropbox and just don’t have access to it right now. For these scenarios, some nice people invented services we can use to send files directly to our Dropbox, without using Dropbox. Look into some of them.
How come Facebook doesn’t have an official iPad app? Rumor has it they will launch one soon, but if you’re tired of using the iPhone version of the Facebook app, or if you’re just tired of Facebook’s new chat interface, check out these 3 free Facebook apps that provide the Facebook experience in an interface that is native for the iPad.