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.)
After four months, Apple has yet to fix a bad calendar bug in iOS 8.
A weird bug in iOS 8’s Calendar app has been making people pull their hair out for months. When adding events using either a Google or Microsoft Exchange server, the time zone is randomly synced to GMT.
Complaints started surfacing around iOS 8’s initial release last September, and the issue is still persisting.
Don’t overlook this great bit of free software for your photos. Photo: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac
iPhoto is a free download for everyone these days, making it a basic bit of kit for anyone dealing with the deluge of photographic data we seem to collect. Still, it’s often overlooked by the best of us because of its limitations.
That’s unfortunate, because the simple program offers some pretty useful features that can quickly let you get on with enjoying your photos rather than tweaking them.
Here are five simple tips for using Apple’s built-in photo “shoebox,” letting you make your photos better and more organized even more quickly.
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.
Will.i.am cheesin’ with Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts at the Apple Watch unveiling. Photo: Leander Kahney/ Cult of Mac
Angela Ahrendts was arguably Apple’s biggest hire of 2014, and according to the company’s latest SEC filing, luring the Burberry CEO over to Apple wasn’t cheap.
In 2014, Apple’s new SVP of retail and online stores was the highest paid executive at Apple. It’s the first time in Apple history that the highest paid person at the company is a woman, and Apple gave her a transition package that made even Tim Cook’s salary look like pittance pay.
Ahrendts made her move from Burberry to Apple in May of 2014. By the end of the year Apple paid her over $64 million more than CEO Tim Cook. In fact, Cook wasn’t even in the top 4 highest paid employees at Apple last year. Eddie Cue took home the second biggest salary with $24,445,739, while Jeff Williams (aka Tim Cook’s Tim Cook) took home $24,403,235.
Check out the full breakdown of executive compensation below:
As we use our iOS devices for more and more tasks in daily life, a big question facing Apple is exactly how to squeeze more functionality out of limited screen real estate. The iPhone 6 Plus and the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro offer the simplest answer to this conundrum: make the devices bigger.
But a new patent application published today offers another potential way around the problem, without compromising the gorgeous one-button simplicity of Apple’s mobile devices.
Filed in August 2014, the “Configurable Input Device” patent application describes how Apple may consider incorporating sensor regions for user input on the back of iPads, thereby opening up a whole new way of using your favorite apps.
Ever wanted to see the world through Superman’s eyes? Photo: Corridor Digital
Okay, so we live in something of a great time for epic movie storytelling — where a combination of the home video market, multiplex theaters, and multi-part franchises mean that filmmakers are no longer pressured to squeeze giant stories into single 90-minute movies.
But while that’s all well and great in some ways, there are definitely occasions upon which we wish movies were a bit more manageable in length: the kind of thing you can comfortably watch over, say, a lunch break.
With that in mind, here are five superb short films you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t watch. They may be short on running-time, but you’ll be surprised at just how many insane stunts, great plot setups and, err, creepy Russian robots they can manage to whip out during 5 or 10 minutes.
If you write, you need Typed. Photo: Realmac Software
Realmac Software has been schooling developers on how to make great apps since 2002. So when they brought Typed to OS X back in December, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Two months on, I’m convinced it’s the best Markdown editor you can get on the Mac, so I spoke with Realmac founder Dan Counsell to find out how he and his team built it.
And the take-home message is… Buy Microsoft? Photo: Austen Allred
Microsoft showed off a few neat concepts at yesterday’s Windows 10 conference. But while looking at the stage showed a company secure about its place in the tech world, turning around and facing the audience revealed a very different picture: a room full to bursting with MacBook-wielding journos.
Grasswire co-founder Austen Allred tweeted the above image taken at the event, adding the pithy understatement “A couple MacBooks at the Windows 10 Unveiling…”
If one were needed, it’s yet another reminder for longtime tech followers about just who won the PC war in the long run, despite Microsoft’s dominance during the 1990s. We can’t say we’re brokenhearted about it, either.