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15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

Messages master class: How to set up Continuity in iOS 8 and Yosemite

The new messaging capabilities built into OS X Yosemite make your Mac even more useful for day-to-day communication. With this new set of features (part of Continuity), you can send SMS text messages and make phone calls from your Mac. Than can be super-helpful if you’re forgetful and leave your …

New Interview Offers 'Inside Look' at Potential Origin of ResearchKit

ResearchKit, Apple's new open-source medical framework, was one of the unexpected announcements during the company's Spring Forward media event. Dr. Stephen Friend, one of the key members of the ResearchKit team, talked about the potential genesis of the project in a new interview with <i>Fusion</i> (via</i> …

Online Learning Service Platzi Wants To Teach You Useful Tech Skills

A couple of things about online learning service Platzi immediately set it apart from the other companies in Y Combinator’s latest batch. First, it is from Latin America — Colombia to be precise. Second, it is profitable. That’s right, it’s already making money.<p>Online learning is hardly a new …

Online Learning

Hysterical video shows why phone calls on the Apple Watch are going to be a nightmare

We’re all looking forward to the Apple Watch, but there’s one thing I’m definitely <i>not</i> looking forward to: the ability to answer phone calls on my wrist. And this clever video shows exactly why.<p>The NSFW video below, by New York-based YouTube comedy team Rated WTF, is already pretty hysterical, just …

Silicon Valley has discovered a way to love PowerPoint

Admit it: Just the <i>thought</i> of watching a PowerPoint makes your eyes glaze over.<p>We’ve all endured endlessly boring, unimaginative PowerPoint slides, and that’s why alternatives like Prezi and Haiku have become so popular — particularly with the under-30 set.<p>Microsoft even rolled out its own …

This site lets you DJ with five different drum machines in HTML5

If you don't own any kind of synth, but harbor fantasies of being a DJ (who doesn't?) a new site in HTML5 is about to make your dreams a whole lot easier. HTML5 Drum Machine lets you mess around with a bunch of different drum machines in your browser. Sure, it's just an emulation, but it gives you …

HTML5

Flashgap Hides Photos From Your Night Out Until the Next Day

Are you in fear of waking up a little blurry on the events of your St Patrick’s Day celebrations tomorrow? Flashgap is an app that can help refresh your memory.<p>In essence, it’s a time-delayed photo sharing app that allows you to create a shared album with friends during any event or night out, but …

Uber now lets developers embed its ridesharing service into any app

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Silicon Valley

LinkedIn Extends Self-Service Profile Widget To College And University Sites, No LinkedIn Visit Required

LinkedIn — a social network for the working world with 350 million users — has been taking several steps to build up its profile with educational institutions and specifically students that are making their way from the classroom into the workplace. Today comes the latest chapter in that strategy: …

Higher Education

Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week — after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email.<p>Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in …

Information Systems

Meerkat Now Lets You Easily Follow Users Via The Web

Live video broadcast app Meerkat is edging away from being so reliant on Twitter’s network to power its own: The company announced a new “light follow” feature that works via the web, making it easy for anyone to follow users quickly without following them on Twitter, and to then receive …

Social Media

How The Sync Project Will Use Music as Data-Driven Therapy

Music can have various psychological effects on us: numerous studies conclude that certain genres can enhance our moods, boost concentration, trigger emotional reactions or pump up our energy levels. We also have specific musical tastes and preferences – but why do we like some songs more than …

Front-Facing Camera

Yes, Larry Ellison's Oracle Is Now A Cloud Company

In case there were any lingering doubts, Oracle has truly become a cloud company. Not that it doesn’t still sell on-premises software and hardware, but cloud is the fuel that is making the company’s motor hum.<p>On March 17, Oracle reported Q3 fiscal 2015 revenues of $9.3 billion, up 6% in constant …

Oracle

Launcher, The Banned iOS Widget That Let You Launch Other Apps, Is Back

With iOS 8, Apple introduced a way for mobile applications to add widgets to its Notification Center that offered snapshots of information, like today’s weather, stock quotes, headlines, and more. But one clever app called Launcher took advantage of the new functionality to turn its widget into a …

Apps

The 5 Best iPhone Apps of the Week

It seems like hundreds of new iPhone apps pop up every week, but which ones should you bother trying? We explored the App Store and found some apps …

Apps