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Social networking sites aren’t so much the wave of the future as the way of the now. I actually rebelled against a certain one for awhile because – well – I didn’t see it as offering anything different from what, say, Tumblr already offered.…Read More »
I’ve always been fascinated by time-exposure photography. Anyone who’s ever seen one of those gorgeous pictures of a big city, but the streets are nothing but a sea of white and red lights – or one of those images that perfectly captures lightning mid-strike knows what time-exposure photography is – the camera snaps many pictures over a period of seconds, and then blends that into one image – blurring anything that’s moving, and rendering in sharp focus anything that’s still.…Read More »
I already have a two monitor system. I’d probably have more if my video card could handle it. However, when my fiancee told me about an app for the iPad that allows you to use the iPad as another monitor for your desktop, I had to check it out.…Read More »
So thanks to you lovely people, I have had my eyes opened to the wonderful world of all the bookmark managing systems that Firefox actually has to offer. So today, I bring you Foxtab.
I really, really like Foxtabs’ interface. The settings are easy to understand, and offer you quite a few customization options – from the way your Foxtabs are laid out, to background images, right down to how the website snapshot displays on the Foxtab.…Read More »
When you’re in college you find yourself reading quite a few academic papers. And every now and then, even for people with huge vocabularies, you may encounter a word that makes you go “Huh?” Google Dictionary is an extension for Chrome that will make sure you don’t have to go digging through your backpack for a dictionary and waste time that you should be studying.…Read More »
An instance of Notepad open on my computer is pretty much a constant thing. I take notes – regularly. I note add-ons and apps I want to review, I organize lists, I keep track of blog posts and the like across multiple different sites, and Notepad has been my best friend since I was sixteen.…Read More »
If there is an iPad app that I wish I’d had when I was in school regularly, Notability is it. It performs the function of an all-in-one note-taking binder and, of course, the iPad weighs much less than your average five subject notebook.…Read More »
I love dragons. It probably says something that to this day, many years after it came out, the Sean Connery/Dennis Quaid movie Dragonheart is still my favorite movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Don’t let the old-fashioned beginning-of-CGI-era graphics fool you – it’s a fantastic movie.…Read More »
I recently learned that my best friend’s aunt is considering getting an iPad to use it as what amounts to a recipe book. My eyes got huge – I can’t imagine buying what amounts to a thousand dollar piece of equipment just to use it as a recipe book.…Read More »
I love bringing you all reviews of wonderful browser add-ons that will make your life easier. Any time I hear about something that consolidates services into one convenient place, I know I have to review it for you wonderful people. I like sharing things that work…and I like warning people off of things that don’t.…Read More »
I read a lot of macro sites in my RSS feeder. I admit this. I Can Haz Cheezburger, Cute Overload, I Has A Hot Dog, Demotivational, all of those and more. And when I find something that’s either too adorable or to hilarious not to share, I copy the URL and send it to each of my friends via IMs, or sometimes I just post it to Facebook if it’s really good.…Read More »
I do a lot of multi-tab browsing in all of my browsers. Sometimes I hold onto a tab until the end of the day so I can really absorb what it has to say, and relax while doing it. But occasionally, I make mistakes.…Read More »
About a week ago, I walked in on my fiancee sitting in our room. She had her iPad in her lap, and strange, musical noises were coming from it. Confused, I came closer only to find that she had what appeared to be a white, big-mouthed bigfoot in the middle of an island on her screen, happily singing it’s little heart out.…Read More »
I love to read. If you see me out and about, there’s either a book in my bag, or (more often) my Nook in my bag. But I like to be able to read on any device I carry around. For the iPad, I use Bluefire Reader.…Read More »
My fiancee is a professional ghostwriter. One of the things she does is sign contracts on her iPad. She uses a different app for this functionality – a paid for one that I will probably be reviewing in the future. For today I discovered DocuSign Ink, and realized that (at least for me) this app does most of the same things as my financee’s paid app – and does it for free.…Read More »
I’m a gamer geek but an admittedly latecomer to the game, so to speak. When I first started playing World of Warcraft, I’d never heard of an achievement system. So the first time I got one, it startled me. But after that, I was hooked.…Read More »
FastestChrome is a productivity extension designed to make your browsing and searches quicker. It features the ability to autoload the next page so that you have uninterrupted scrolling when doing Google searches or reading vertical comic archives or image searches. It also turns any text link into a clickable link, and adds a “related articles” section to Wikipedia.…Read More »
I live in California. My parents live in Texas. I have friends in Montana, Oregon, and Ireland, among other places. I also enjoy knowing what the weather is like, both where I am and where my friends and family are. Weather+ has an incredibly simple interface for doing just that.…Read More »
In my family, recipes are like holy grails that everyone hopes to one day possess. Handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter across generations (and okay, sometimes grandmother to granddaughter), sometimes these recipes are written on old, yellowed, frail recipe cards with the careful hand of a person long since passed from this world.…Read More »
I’ve always been interested in nature and the outdoors. When I see an animal or a bird, I’d like to know what it is in case I see it again, or in case I want to tell someone what I saw.…Read More »
If you’re tired of YouTube ads blocking the bottom of your videos while watching through your playlists, then YouTube AdsFree is for you.
As the name indicates, YouTube AdsFree blocks ads on YouTube videos. As you can see from the screenshot to the right, no ad!…Read More »
I love personalization. When I sign up for a new service or a new site I waste no time filling out the profile and making it my own. Back when I used Firefox regularly, I was always on the lookout for themes that made my browser say “me!” in neon letters.…Read More »
“Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean that there’s no one out to get me.” Who hasn’t heard that line before, or some variation on it? With the information age came the fact that more people and companies are collecting data on individual people and their habits more than ever.…Read More »
I was homeschooled – I want that to be very clear – so my perceptions of what’s normal for kids to carry to school might be a bit out of whack, seeing as my experience of “real” school was was shaped solely by mid 90s TV… shows like Full House and Step By Step.…Read More »
I don’t mind apps having “free” and “pro” versions. I really don’t. I’ve reviewed many nice apps that were ad-supported and yet still had almost all of the functionality of the paid versions, as long as you were willing to deal with the ads.…Read More »
I have a special affinity for the night sky. I don’t really know what causes it, but astronomy has always fascinated me. So ever since I discovered star map applications, I’ve had to have one on any device I have. For the iPad, that app is Sky-map.…Read More »
Chrome Frame is an add-on for Internet Explorer that brings advanced browsing functionality and support for open web standards to Internet Explorer. More specifically, Chrome Frame allows Internet Explorer to render HTML5 just like it would on Google Chrome.
Chrome Frame is possibly the most unobtrusive add-on I’ve ever seen.…Read More »
When I’m want to write about a specific topic, sometimes I do the research a long time in advance so I’ll have things ready to pull up when I need to reference them for whatever paper or blog I’m writing. I used to do this by creating a bookmarks folder specifically for whatever I was working on and saving the relevant pages there as I found them.…Read More »
I love YouTube. I spend a lot of time on it in my off hours, watching videos, listening to music to help me decide if I want to buy the album, laughing at funny animals, etc. But when I’m offline, I can’t watch my favorite videos anymore, and it is kind of frustrating.…Read More »
All over the internet, there are animated GIFs, little short snippets of videos and life that are sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, but always short and to the point. With 5SecondsApp, you can make them yourself using your iPad’s video camera.
In an incredibly easy to use interface, 5SecondsApp has a video camera icon in the upper left that kindly says “Tap the video camera to get started!”.…Read More »
Flipboard is more than just another social media manager – Flipboard is a news consolidator that will make sure you have everything you want to read and look at on your iPad in one place. It makes Twitter and Facebook look like glossy spreads in a magazine, and offers the ability to connect to Tumblr, YouTube, and even your Google Reader.…Read More »
Who hasn’t occasionally opened the same website several times thanks to a misplaced click or two? When I’m browsing around, hunting for add-ons to review for you wonderful people, I do it all the time. I suddenly realize I’ve opened at least three tabs of the exact same add-on page, because I either forget I’d already clicked it or clicked a link I thought would take me somewhere else only to have me be taken right back to the same page.…Read More »
I’m a fan of Opera’s Speed Dial. Until today, I hadn’t found similar functionality for Firefox — then I found Viewmarks.
In simple terms, Viewmarks adds Speed Dial-like functionality to Firefox. Viewmarks puts a little “Open book with bookmark” icon in the upper left of your browser, just past the search bar.…Read More »