Khan Academy’s new iPad app offers over 150,000 interactive lessons along with special features like handwriting recognition.
If you’re unfamiliar with Khan Academy, it’s a nonprofit that creates really good educational content for completely free.
"Launching our iPad app is an important step toward meeting learners where they're at on the platforms they're using most,” said Khan Academy Product Manager Matt Wahl. “We took lots of time to consider crafting the best possible experience on the iPad, including highly interactive content, expansive handwriting recognition, and a design that puts our best content at finger's reach. After working with many learners to understand and hone the experience, we're excited about the role this can play in learning for students around the world."
This entry is brought to you by WonderApps, maker of ATracker.
If you've ever wanted to make better use of your time, you should try ATracker, a simple and minimalist time-tracking app from WonderApps. ATracker lets you start and stop tracking your work and leisure activities with a single tap. It produces eye-catching bar charts or pie charts showing how your time is spent, and your complete data log can be exported in CSV format.
It takes only seconds to define your activities, since a name and/or an icon is all you need, and the app also provides many rich features like color coding, UI customization, timer, etc. The latest release of ATracker also supports a Notification Center widget in iOS 8.
Available on: iPhone/iPad
Price: Free — offers in-app purchase to upgrade to PRO version
If you want a much cheaper solution than 1Password for managing your logins and private info on the Mac, LastPass is worth checking out.
You get password syncing across devices, account autofill, profiles for autofilling more complex web forms, secure notes, folder organization for free. A LastPass Premium subscription removes ads, unlocks support for corporate verification tools like Yubikey, adds shared family folders, and unlimited access to the mobile app.
This week Spotify introduced some cool new features for previewing and saving music.
Touch Preview allows you to tap and hold on any track to immediately start a 30-second preview. From there, just swipe to save it to your collection or queue it up. Lifting your finger stops the playback, and you can scroll through a playlist to preview multiple tracks with one tap.
Pretty slick, and Spotify is somehow managing to add it without pushing an official App Store update. Stay on the look for it showing up; it’s rolling out now.
How about the weather with some sass? Thanks to Funny Or Die, there’s an app for that.
The app can show you 5-day forecasts, barometric pressure, wind speed, humidity, UV Index, moon phases, and tides, but let’s be honest: you could use any old weather app for that stuff. You want the jokes, and this app delivers.
(Powered by Weather Underground, in case you were wondering.)
From Abstract Sunday, an Instagram feed by illustrator Christoph Niemann. Illustration: Christoph Niemann
Artists don’t always explain themselves well.
Even acclaimed illustrator Christoph Niemann, who can articulate the mysteries of creativity better than many, doesn’t always understand the moment when the head, heart and eyes merge with skills and gifts to produce a brilliant piece. It’s like trying to put into words the act of breathing.
But every Sunday, we can behold the headwaters of his creative flow.
Microsoft just unveiled the future of Windows 10 today in Redmond. Along with some crazy holographic goggles that take on Google Glass and Oculus, company executives revealed the ambitious plan to make the next generation of Windows the first truly universal platform for desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones and more.
The 2.5 hour keynote was packed with new features coming to Windows 10 devices and the Xbox, but eagle-eyed Apple fanboys have already noticed a few ways Microsoft was influenced by some of Apple’s best features.
Here are 5 plays Microsoft stole from Apple’s playbook:
The closer we get to Apple Watch, the more advanced it looks in comparison to its competition. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac
Ever since Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch last September, it’s been one disappointment after another as far as I’m concerned. Apple’s first wearable won’t come in the minimalist form factor of the fitness bracelets I love. Worse yet, the launch version of the fashion-forward device will lack GPS, suffer from underwhelming battery life and fail to offer truly native third-party apps.
For the first time, I realized I would not be buying an Apple product when it first hit the market. “It’s not worth lining up for,” I told my dad when he asked what I thought after the Apple Watch’s big reveal.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Apple Watch’s launch day, which is coming sometime this spring. And I’m not talking about the previously unthinkable — an Apple fan calling the Microsoft Band the best smartwatch on the planet. No, I’m talking about wading through an ungodly sea of really bad smartwatches at International CES earlier this month and seeing indisputable proof of just how innovative and disruptive Apple Watch actually will be.
Soon this wall of antiquated remotes will be a thing of the past. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The year is 2018. After a long day at work, you pull into your driveway, whip out your iPhone 10 Plus and say, “Siri, I’m home.”
Your garage door opens silently, beckoning you to enter the ultra-connected smart home of the future.
As you walk in, your lights turn on. The wife used to get on you about leaving the lights on, but her nagging feels like a distant memory now. Your thermostat cools everything down to a comfortable 69 degrees. Knowing that you pulled into the driveway two minutes ago, your oven has started preheating itself. You usually fix dinner for yourself on Thursdays, so it’s time for frozen pizza.
Anything goes at International CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
LAS VEGAS — Walk the halls of the massive International CES trade show and you’ll be bombarded by an outrageous number of pitches for products with radical new features.
You can glimpse the shiny happy future of consumer electronics at the show, although some of the innovations on display are clearly destined for the dustbin of gadget history.
At the biggest booths, reps for big companies like Sony and Samsung — but, sadly, not Apple — talk up the latest additions to their product lines. At smaller booths, inventors show off prototypes for products that may not ever roll off an assembly line. There’s a nonstop blitz of “world’s first” products.
It’s impossible to see everything, but it’s a blast trying. Here are Cult of Mac’s picks for the best of CES 2015, from Lightning-enabled headphones and massive TVs to drones and self-adjusting belts.
The Activité Pop is a smartwatch for people who don’t like smartwatches. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
LAS VEGAS — The problem with the state of smartwatches, beyond the sucky software, is that they’re all ugly. The Apple Watch might very well be the first wearable that not only works, but looks good too, although we won’t know for sure until the finished product is on our wrists this spring.
There were dozens and dozens of smartwatches displayed on the sprawling show floor at International CES last week, but the only one that looked good enough to adorn my wrist was the new Withings Activité Pop.
It doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of fancier watches like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it’s not your average dumb watch either. And for now, just a smidgen smarter is smart enough.
This login screen for a Quanta Computer database led to sensitive documents containing details on upcoming Apple products. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Incredibly sloppy security at one of Apple’s key suppliers exposed some of Cupertino’s most closely guarded secrets to anybody who could conduct a simple Google search.
For months, one of Quanta Computer‘s internal databases could be accessed using usernames and a default password published in a PowerPoint presentation easily found on the Web.
Quanta, based in Taiwan, is the world’s largest notebook manufacturer. In addition to Apple, Quanta assembles laptops and ultrabooks for dozens of companies, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Sharp and Sony. The company is also supposedly assembling the upcoming Apple Watch and the long-rumored iPad Pro, though no official announcements have been made.
Plastc is a simple device that organizes credit and debit cards. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
LAS VEGAS — Apple Pay is cool, but what if you don’t have the latest iPhone 6? The Plastc Card might be for you.
Plastc is a chameleon-like electronic card that stores up to 20 cards — debit, credit, gift and even security cards.
It’s the same size and shape as a regular card, but has a sharp and striking e-ink display. You simply swipe through the e-ink screen to choose the card you want, and swipe the mag stripe through the reader.
Instead of carrying 20 cards in your wallet, you carry just one.