Back to School: Android and iPhone Apps for Students

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School season is just back and so are your duties. Before everything hooks up, you should better go shopping and get ready for the new school year. If you are making a back to school supply list you should consider adding mobile apps that will help your school days become less stressful and at the same time more efficient. From reminders to homework apps, books or teachers search apps, document management, to science apps, let’s see what you need to have on your phone to be ready for school:

 

Back to school productivity apps

Wunderlist: available for Android and iOS

When the school starts you need to activate your brain again and keep track of every assignment, homework or task for school. That’s when note-taking apps become handy, because you don’t need to bring pen and paper with you every time you want to write something down or to set up reminders. Wunderlist is a must have back to school app that makes to-do lists and helps you stay organized.

Bear: available for iOS only

Another app that takes notes for you but it’s also good for creating sketches. This back to school app stores the notes in plain simple text, and the notes are organized with hashtags so you can easily find them later. You can even grab links and images from the web and bookmark them with the Bear, it works something like a web clipper.

Forest: available for Android and iOS

Forest apps serves for growing virtual forest. The app is actually keeping you away from the phone and the more you are focused on school and less on the phone, the bigger the tree will grow. There is no more original way to stay productive!

 

For school papers: Word Processing and Document Management Apps

 

Scrivener: available for iOS only

It is better to use this app on an iPad than on iPhone, but if you don’t have an iPad, iPhone is still acceptable choice. Scrivener is perfect for writing, you can write a book and not to mention a research paper. This app covers all the features you need for efficient writing. In addition, you can use its outline feature to go back and forth through the pages, which is convenient when you are working with manuscripts.

PDF to Word Converter: available for Android and iOS

This PDF app converts PDF files to Word, which can be pretty useful when you need to make edits to your assignments, research papers or use old papers. It works with scanned files as well, thanks to advanced OCR technology. You can upload files that are saved on Box, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive, OneDrive or iCloud and rename them after conversion.

PDF to PowerPoint: available for Android and iOS

If you use PowerPoint to make presentations for school or college, you will sometimes need to reuse old slides saved in PDF. PDF to PPT Converter turns PDF documents to .ppt format where you can later on make changes to your slide.

 

General help with school and homework

 

My Study Life: available on Android and iOS

My Study Life navigates you through your school life by organizing your study time, sports time, tracking tasks, managing your classes and due dates. This app takes care of all your needs regarding school and you will need it when you are back to school.

Chegg: only for iOS

Next time you need a textbook, you don’t need to spend money on buying it. Chegg saves you money by allowing you to find the right textbook at the cheapest price or to even rent it. You can also buy textbooks or download them on eTextbooks. In the same way, you can sell the textbook when you don’t need it any more, and earn some money back. The app has a massive library of 2.5 million textbooks so it’s almost impossible not to find the book you need.

Brainscape: iOS and Android

If you are searching for new techniques of studying, try flashcards. By making sets of flashcards from one or more lessons, you will consume that lesson and learn in the process. Brainscape is a flashcard app that serves as a replacement for paper flashcards. If you want to study on multiple devices, for instance on iPhone and iPad, you can easily sync the data from the app. Also, if you want to help your classmates, you can share your flashcards with them.

Libby: iOS and Android

Libby is a replacement for your school bag. You don’t need to carry your textbooks with you, Libby will give you all the textbooks on the phone. In addition to textbooks, you can also download audio books when your eyes get tired. This app actually provides you with the access to local libraries, just search the nearest library and borrow the book you need, electronically. You can even keep track of your reading history and organize your time accordingly.

iHomework: iOS only

Every student, whether a high school or a college student has homework. Doing homework is important because it will help you practice what you’ve learned at college or school. What’s more, homework is obligatory sometimes. These are some of the reasons why you need iHomework. It will help you organize your assignments, sorting them by due date or subject. The app also has a scheduling feature that will make sure you don’t miss a lab or a course so you need to add it to your back to school checklist.

 

Science apps

HiPer Calc: Android

 

Assuming you have math or any other science subject at school, you will need a calculator. If you don’t want to bring the real calculator with you, this app will be of help. You can perform different calculations such as basic arithmetic operations, advanced number operations, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions and much more.

Calc Smart: iOS

This app is similar to HiPer Calc app but it works in iPhone instead of Android. It is also an app for currency conversions and not just math operations. It easily solves even advanced math operations and makes sure your parentheses are correct.

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How to Convert MPEG to MP3

MPEG file extension stands for Moving Picture Experts Group. MPEG file is a video file that can distribute videos online easier than other video file formats. Users can stream and download MPEG files quicker than other types of video files. MPEG files are of small size due to the compression technology and at the same time these files keep the same sound quality. In other words, you can have smaller video and audio files with good sound quality.

 

What is the difference between MPEG and MP3?

 

MPEG files can be used for both video and audio media, whereas MP3 files can only be used for audio. MP3 file format is actually the first version of MPEG but it is more known as MP3.

 

MP3 files are usually related to MP3 players that used to be very popular in the past. With the rise of smartphones, people got rid of mp3 players and started using their mobile phones to play music. Even though MP3 players are not to popular any more, MP3 files are still widely used because of their compression ability and small size.

How to Convert MPEG to MP3 on iPhone or iPad?

 

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If you need to convert MPEG to MP3 file format, you can do that on your iPhone or iPad by following these steps:

 

  1. Download MP3 Converter for free on iTunes.
  2. In the section “Convert File from” choose the location where your file is stored. You can select files from your phone, Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box.
  3. You will see the MP3 file in “Converted files”

 

Note: You need to wait for one hour in order to receive the converted file. If you don’t want to wait you can purchase fast conversions. The price is $6.99 for the lifetime usage. No matter what version you use, the conversion quality is the same. Also, you need to have internet connection all the time during conversion.

 

How to Convert MPEG to MP3 on Android?

 

If you are an Android user, you can download the same app on Google Play store here. Android version is also free with the one-hour waiting time but if you are in a hurry you can purchase fast conversions at $1.99 for the lifetime conversion.

 

Here is how the app works on Android:

 

  1. Tap on + button to add a file to convert.
  2. Select a file from your phone or copy paste a direct link of the file if it is available somewhere online.
  3. Choose an appropriate conversion type and wait for your file to be converted.

 

For both Android and iOS, there are no limits on the file size and files are deleted from the servers once conversion is completed.

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5 Apps to Send Your Pictures as Postcards

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There are many mobile apps that are widely used only during summer and once summer is over their usage ceases. Summer is often related to travelling because people tend to travel more when weather conditions are in favor. Back in the past, when people were still using snail mail to send letters, they used to send postcards every time they would travel somewhere.

When people stopped sending letters and turned to emails, they also stopped sending postcards. Like everything else, now sending postcards have become available on mobile. There are mobile apps that enable you to send your pictures as postcards and let your friends and family know that you think about them when you are away.

Touch Note is a well-known app that turns photos into postcards and greetings cards for every occasion. With this postcard maker you can create personalized postcards and send them to your friends. You can send gifts with the cards and fancy envelopes or just postcards.

Postsnap is a postcard creator app with the ability to print and ship the postcard to the chosen address. You can create and send postcards from your travel destination, or make announcement or gift cards. What is more, this app doesn’t require registration.

Photocard app is a bit different because it has a gallery of beautiful photos which you can use to make a postcard. You can add your image, stamps, signature or dictate a message on the back to personalize the postcard even more.

Postagram is perfect for vacations, holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. With this app you can use your Facebook, Instagram and iPhone photos to turn them into postcards and print them on thick, glossy paper.  

My Postcard is another app for creating, printing and sending postcards to your beloved ones. Once you select a postcard style, upload a photo from your camera or social media app (Instagram). Then select a frame and type greeting text.

Most of these apps are free to create postcards from your photos but you need to pay small fee in order to send the postcard. If you don’t want to pay, you can send the postcard electronically for free. So next time you travel abroad, don’t forget to send a postcard!

 

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Best Learning Apps for Summer

Have you ever wondered what are the best learning apps you could have on your phone? Well, even if you haven’t, we have the top selection of educational apps right here. Check it out!

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Summer officially began yesterday. Although many of you are looking forward to your holidays and spending days far away from school, college or work, there is still room for some learning. Whether you are a student on a break, a parent who wants to make sure his kids will keep learning even during summer, or you may be an adult who is eager to improve his skills in a certain area, you will find at least one app here that will make this summer more productive and engaging. So lets dive in together into the exciting world of apps and find out what are the best learning apps for this summer!

Best Learning apps for children

 

In summer, there is a plenty of time for children to learn the new things or to keep practicing what they learned so far at school or kindergarten. As a parent, you need to keep track of your child’s progress not only during school days, but during summer as well. For instance, you can show your child how to have fun and learn math at the same time, how to practice writing or how to tell a story.

 

Science and math apps

 

Marble Math Junior is a math learning app perfect for kids between 5 and 8 years. With this app, kids can practice equations, addition, subtraction, multiplication etc. Marble Math encourages kids to think more and use their brain in order to practice math skills.

 

Sum Dog has 15 games for learning math. In addition to that, you can learn writing and reading. Its Progress hub engine analyze every user and shows your progress bar. In that way, parents can track the progress of their children and see what areas of learning need more time and effort.

 

Practice apps

 

Fight Write is an app that helps children improve their writing skills. A kid has to save the kingdom, by taking part in a battle and fighting against monsters with his own words. The more words a kid produce, the better chances he will have to win the battle.

 

Tommy the Turtle will only be interesting to parents who want their children learn to code. This interactive game helps kids acquire the basic knowledge of programming. Tommy the Turtle actually make moves according to the input his users give to him.

 

Storytelling apps

 

TeleStory gives kids the opportunity to create their own TV show. They can direct and star in their own TV show. It can be a reality show, music video, a movie etc. Kids can dress up in 50 different costumes and pick up from 30 different animations. There is no other way they practice storytelling.

 

FriendStrip Kids is another way of storytelling, that gives kids the opportunity to create a personalized comic strip. They would have fun and at the same time, they would practice storytelling and creativity in general.

Learning apps for students

 

After exams and finals are over, students tend to have fun and do nothing. However, having fun often requires money so students need to find summer jobs or other ways of earning. Fortunately, there are apps for that as well. Those apps help students learn new skills and earn money at the same time. Other students might need to work on their research papers during breaks and they will need all the help they can get. 

 

Learn to earn money

 

Trigger of the Day Stock Game is a finance app for students interested in the stock market. It gives different challenges to respond to, and every correct answer earns 50 points, whereas you can lose 30 points for incorrect responses. This app will help you monitor stocks and decide what stocks you will sell and what stocks you will buy.

 

Campus Books is a place you can use to sell the books you don’t need any more. There is always a younger student who needs that books, and why to store them on a dusty shelf when you can sell them and earn extra money. The app works like that it offers you the highest prices for your books.

 

Apps for research and writing

 

Merriam Webster dictionary is a popular dictionary especially its hardcopy version, but now you can have it on your mobile phone or tablet. It can be convenient when you want to do some writing for your research paper, and you can use in a park, on the beach, wherever you like to spend summer.

 

EasyBib is a citation and bibliography app, and it can easily speed up your work. When you want to include citations in your work or to write bibliography, this app will automatically create citations for you.

 

Extra Learning

 

 

Khan Academy is a learning academy app built for your phone. It is perfect for summer learning, when you are somewhere in the nature, and you have extra time and will to learn something new and sharpen your skills.

 

This app is only for students who have chemistry classes or those who want to have more knowledge. It is called Periodic Table and its name explains everything if you are familiar with chemistry at all. With this app you can learn how elements change when temperature increases, and to see how elements are applied in real life.

 

Learning apps for adults

If you are a grown-up you are often overwhelmed with work and you should use your vacation to relax and learn new things. Learning new things can help in your private life and career, and summer is the best time to  learn, when you are fresh and rested. So, next time you are on the way to your vacation destination, while waiting for a plane or bus to catch, use some of these apps and prove that you can still learn and improve upon yourself.

 

Word Brain is for exercising your brain and vocabulary. Learning new words and expanding your vocabulary is a very strong asset to your career and personal life. You can use it every day when you have 5 minutes of spare time or just need to chill out, and learn a couple new words.

 

Duolingo is a well-known app for learning a new language and it can come in handy when you go to your holiday destination. You can practice the new language while you are on the beach and at least learn how to order coffee and food.

 

Udacity is a lifelong learning academy available in your pocket. If you choose to have this app on your phone, you will see how easy it is to learn new skills and fully use your personalized experience. When knowledge is within your reach and available all the time, you will have no excuses to skip the learning.

 

Programming Hub is a special app for those adults who got interested in programming. We know how well paid is that job and it is never too late to change your career and start coding. Maybe this app will be your start.

 

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Top Music Genres for Better Productivity

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Listening to music while working, studying, driving or fulfilling any kind of a task, has proven to increase productivity. The thing is, our brain has two attention systems and they are both turned on all the time. While one system is focused on the task you are carrying out, other subconscious system is still turned on and threatening to harm your productivity. For instance, you are reading a book and someone is coughing in the same room or talking on the phone. Your brain cannot ignore such things, and as a matter of fact, it can disturb your primary attention system. In other words, you can easily lose focus and be less productive.

That’s why music helps you focus. It neutralizes that second attention system that can easily be distracted by the noise made nearby. The sound of music makes you relax and gives you a pleasurable feeling. However, not all types of music can help your brain stay focused. And the music choice at the same time depends on an individual. Whereas some prefer liquid or soft sounds, other would rather listen to industrial or hard sounds.

So, the music you like will actually suit you best. Since there are music genres that are more popular than others, and songs that are more listened than others, it is possible to create a top list of songs for better productivity.

 

Classical music

Classical music is believed to be one of those that increase productivity more than other due to its harmonic sounds and relaxing and thought provoking themes. Many studies have shown that people who listened to Mozart or other classical music artists such as Beethoven, Bach and others, are usually more productive. Some studies show that music without lyrics is less likely to distract you from work. So next time you have a work to do, try listening to Vivaldi’s Four seasons or Mozart’s symphony no 40.

Video games soundtracks – Chiptune

Whether you like video games or not, it is widely known that music from the video games is highly recommended for this occasion. Music from the video games is stimulative and strategic and helps your brain concentrate better. One of the most known are Blade runner soundtrack and Zelda’s Lullaby.

Reggae music

This Afro-Jamaican music was influenced by jazz and swing and its beat helps you feel relaxed and mellow. You should listen to it when you feel nervous or your day is stressful. Its offbeat rhythm makes you ignore your coworkers laughing and totally shut down. You can start off with Rude boy Jamaican by Eek a Mouse or Roots Reggae music by Rebelution.

Liquid DnB

Whether you like drum n bass or not, you should give a chance to this liquid subgenre. It helps you relax but at the same time it gives you an uplifting sensation and makes you awake. Next time you feel sleepy, maybe this will help. The quality of the sound is good and it simply has a positive vibe, but not distracting.

Deep house

A combination of jazz-funk and soul music, with just a bit of vocals, is a perfect mix for your working environment. If you are not so fond of reggae, blues and you like house music in general, deep house may be your top choice for your next working day. It’s deep bassline and slow rhythm are great for when you need a relaxing sound to take you away.  Examples: Faded- ZHU, Ferreck Dawn and Redondo- Love too deep.

Instrumental blues

Blues without lyrics is another good choice if you are having troubles concentrating on your work. The sound of saxophone and electric guitar can be pleasing to the ear. Blues music has a very recognizable sound which is very easy to fall in love with, and it definitely differentiates from other music genres mentioned above.

Old skool jungle

Some research shows that sound of nature can also be listed as a productive music. Listening to different sounds from the nature, such as birds singing or roaring of the sea. Old skool jungle is actually another subgenre of drum and bass music with sampled jungle sounds thrown in the mix, along with an MC often covering the track.

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You can find music from all these genres on YouTube and find out what genre suits you best. Maybe one genre will be a better choice when you have to do a repetitive task and you are sleepy, for instance liquid dnb or jungle music. In other situations, let’s say when you are under a lot of stress, reggae music will make you feel relaxed and more eager to concentrate on your tasks.

If you want to download music on your mobile phone, and you are having troubles with audio file formats, download one or our audio apps and convert your music to mp3, mp4 or other music file formats.

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