This morning I was demonstrating a test prep app for a coworker when a fellow co worker took note of my new iPhone 5s. He did so with such exuberance that at once there was a cadre of iPhone 5s admirers gathered around my phone inquiring as to specs and software. I know at this point I am supposed to say something remotely coherent, even intelligent about Apple and IOS technology, but instead I find myself looking with envy at my co workers clamshell phone. Mr PQ just wilted slightly, dismayed I’m certain that his tactic of showing me the new slider that gives easy access to a flashlight has barely moved the needle with me regarding IOS euphoria. I learned some time ago that while my Apple products won’t help me cultivate my garden, they do allow me to consolidate my tasks so that I have more time to cultivate my garden and that is indeed fruitful.
Tag Archives: iOS
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom”
In spite of it being 95 degrees and humid here in the north, with cicadas buzzing in the trees and the sun lingering in the sky for a full 14 hours, it feels more like the holidays then the tail end of summer. In our household, by the time December 22nd rolls around, every present under the tree has been shaken, measured and categorized with prolific guessing as to what will be found Christmas morning. Every so often I’ll find a package with a corner that has been peeled back to reveal a small peak of what’s inside. Sometimes we will go to great lengths to wrap packages inside of packages to deter this espionage, but at other times its more fun to allow some insight so the suspense grows.
by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
It hasn't been that long since I was in college, but the dinosaur of a computer that I used to type up research papers in my dorm room would be a laughingstock on today's college campus. iPhones and iPads were still just a twinkle in Apple's eye. Today, though, most college students can't imagine living without an iPhone or iPad—and for good reason! They help you stay organized, keep in touch with friends and family, share photos, and communicate. They can also help you stay sane during your college years. Here's a roundup of 5 of our favorite iOS apps that we think every college student needs. Know of one we didn't list? Share it in the comments!
1. Amazon Student (free)
After signing your life away on student loans and tuition checks, there are still textbooks left to buy. Save money with Amazon Student, an app that allows you to scan barcodes of the textbooks you need in the campus store and compare prices online at Amazon.com. You can also use the app to trade in used textbooks. Need another reason to download Amazon Student? Free two-day shipping for college students. 'Nuff said.
2. iHomework ($1.99)
Forget lugging around a planner. Let your iPhone or iPad do the work with iHomework for $1.99. It's an app that lets you coordinate your homework assignments, schedule your workflow, and keep track of deadlines. You can also log your grades so that you keep track of what your report card might look like at the end of the semester. Plus, you'll never miss class again, unless it's on purpose, with the built-in alerts for when class is about to begin.
3. Dictionary & Thesaurus (free)
No need to add a dictionary and thesaurus to your list of textbooks. Just download the Dictionary.com app for instant access to definitions and synonyms. Look up words while you're reading for class or listening to a lecture.
4. Mint.com (free)
Managing your finances is part of becoming an adult. But without some help, it can make your life more stressful. Mint.com is here to help you stick to your budget, avoid overdraft fees, and pay your bills on time. You can manage multiple financial accounts (including your checking, savings, and credit card accounts) all in one place.
5. AroundMe (free)
Unless you go to college in the town where you grew up, you'll need some help learning your way around a new city. AroundMe shows you where the nearest banks, hospitals, restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, and grocery stores are so that you can find your way around with as few U-turns and scenic routes as possible.
Step onto campus in style this fall with an iPhone case from Pad & Quill. Our iPhone cases and iPad cases protect your device, disguise it to prevent theft, and make it easy to access all ports and buttons on the outside of your device. Get free shipping when you purchase any other case or accessory!
by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
The new iOS 7 is almost here, and there's been plenty of talk from those who love it and those who don't. If you were hoping for a major overhaul to the functionality of Apple's iOS system, prepare to be disappointed. If you were hoping for a fresh design, new functionality, and an intuitive platform, get ready to party.
Although the new iOS 7 looks significantly different from Apple's older operating systems, how it operates is largely the same. With the new iOS, you'll feel like you have a brand new phone, yet at the same time, it should feel intuitively familiar—like meeting a stranger who reminds you of a long-lost friend.
Probably the first thing you'll notice about iOS 7 is the flat design. Unlike the skeumorphic design Apple held on to for so long, the new iOS 7 is sleek, modern, and flat. The translucent layering of apps and the parallax effect are the most noticeable upgrades in the design department.
What's New? What's Not?
The familiar apps on the home screen, folders, and dock with shortcuts are still there, although now you can swipe anywhere on the screen to unlock the device. One of the new features you'll notice on the home screen is the Control Center. Swipe from the bottom of the screen, and you'll get options for Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, volume control, AirDrop, and other shortcuts. Although you can't customize the Control Center for now, at least it's easily accessible and includes most of the shortcuts you need.
While some features simply got a new redesign (like Messages and Mail), with others you'll notice improvements that go further. The revamped Photos app makes it easier to edit, organize, and share photos. Photo filters are now available, along with multiple ways to organize photos and built-in sharing functionality with AirDrop.
iTunes Radio is new for the iOS 7 music player. It's Apple's new streaming music service that makes it easy to buy songs you love in iTunes with one click. If you're using iTunes Match, you can listen without any ad interruptions. Otherwise, expect a quick ad commercial every 7 to 10 songs.
iOS in the Car
One more thing to look forward to? Starting in 2014, iOS in the car will be available for select vehicles. That means you'll be able to connect your iPhone to the car display so that you can view and navigate your iPhone right from the car controls. Siri will integrate with your car's audio system, along with navigation, text messaging, phone calls, music, iTunes radio, and more.
The Missing Elements
So what's not to love? The lack of an open file system, for one. And if you're a social networking addict, the limited 3rd party social media integration is a bummer. But for the most part, we'd say the iOS 7 is a big step in the right direction, with the opportunity for even more revolution in future iOS versions.
Case for iPhone and iPad
Need a case for your iPhone, iPad, or iOS device? Pad & Quill's iPhone cases and iPad cases keep your device looking and working like new, with access to all ports and functions. Style, function, and theft protection all in one case! Get free shipping when you purchase any other case or accessory.
Photo Credit: www.GSMArena.com
Rumors about a brand new operating system for Apple devices were confirmed yesterday when Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new software upgrade will make older Apple devices seem like new and put Apple back in the running with its competitors. Apple fans have long complained that the iOS needed a refresh in order to keep up with the rapid advance in technology and design.
iOS 7 Design Upgrade
As Tim Cook announced it, "The iOS 7 is the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone." The new iOS 7 interface is simple and clean, with an elegant design and flat icons, rather than the skeumorphic design that Apple is known for currently.
The iPhone 4 and newer models, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Mini, and 5th generation iPod Touch will all be available with the new iOS 7 starting in the fall of 2013. A beta version is available for developers to experiment with and work on developing new apps for the software.
iOS 7 Features
New features on the iOS 7 include a notification center, Safari updates, upgrades to Siri, and the introduction of iTunes Radio. Similar to streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio will allow listeners to stream music on-demand for free across all Apple products. For a small fee, users can opt out of ads. iTunes Radio will guide users to purchase their favorite songs on iTunes, with highly personalized recommendations for new songs and artists based on the user's listening preferences on iTunes Radio.
Airdrop is another new feature for iOS 7, which will allow users to swap files between Apple devices.
With more efficient multitasking for apps, longer battery life, and a control center that allows you to easily adjust the screen brightness or switch to Airplane mode, the new iOS 7 is expected to reignite the passion for Apple products and keep up with new software releases for Android, Windows, and other competitors.
Keep your iPhone protected with an iPhone case from Pad & Quill. Access to all features and ports, plus theft protection with an unassuming notebook-like appearance. Get free shipping when you order any other case or accessory!
Image Credit: Video screenshot courtesy of ABCNews.com
Items 1 to 5 of 7 total