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This app lets you text without Wi-Fi or a data plan anywhere in the world — even on a plane

FireChat is the perfect travel app, allowing users to send and receive text messages entirely without data or internet thanks to something called mesh networking.<p>Basically, mesh networking allows you to communicate wirelessly by bouncing your message from one phone equipped with FireChat (within …

Networking

Lrn for iOS is the app that will get you learning to code

There are plenty of apps and initiatives designed to help you to code – Codeacademy, Code.org and Code Institute among them – but the truth is whatever approach you take, there isn’t a magic trick to mastering it.<p>I’ve tried lots of methods in the past and found that the biggest issue is sticking …

Apps

Pinterest on iPhone now has a simple-to-use Pin button

While Android and desktop users have been able to quickly and easily Pin items to their wall in a few taps for a while, iOS users were left out in the cold until now.<p>Announced in a blog post, the new build of Pinterest for iOS devices simply needs the new Pin button enabling, and it will then allow …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

10 TED Talks that re-imagine school

All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine …

14 secret tricks to get more out of Google

There's so much Google can do for you beyond its most popular products like search, Google Maps, and Gmail.<p>There are tons of free, easy-to-use Google tools you could be taking advantage of.<p>We've rounded up the best of what Google has to offer.

Google

How Evernote can Help you Achieve Your Goals in 2015

<i>Figure 2: Create a Goal Detail Note for Each Goal</i><p>* Enter the actual goal as the title of your Evernote note. Include the number.<p>* Sort the Goal …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

Innovative gadgets you’ll want in 2015 [Deals]

The goal at Cult of Mac Deals is to provide the newest and best tech products to you at super low prices. We are continuing to meet that goal in 2015 with a collection of new tech products that will not only make your lives easier, but also safer and genuinely more enjoyable.<p>Read on to take …

Gear & Gadgets

How to bring order to your Mac's digital photo library

Admit it, your digital photo library is a mess. Between your phone and dSLR camera -- or just your phone alone -- you have thousands of photos and are adding more by the day. It's time to organize your photos so that they are safe and able to be easily browsed and shared.<p>First priority: backup<p>More …

How to use iPhoto Events to organize photos

iPhoto '11 presents two ways to view your library: by thumbnails of every photo or by events. A useful organizational tool, an event groups photos taken during a certain time period. Each event is viewed as a thumbnail, and when you mouse over that thumbnail, you can skim through the photos it …

TNW’s Apps Of The Year: ProCamera 8 For iPhone

<i>In our</i> <i>Apps of the Year</i> <i>series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2014.</i><p>Given the sheer volume of photo and video apps I test every year, one of the quickest ways to judge which are best is to observe what actually maintains a ready position on my iPhone.<p>To …

An App To Help You Cook A Waste-Free Holiday Meal

Families in the U.S. throw away 14% to 25% of the food they buy every year, wasting $1,365 to $2,275 in the process. London design firm Seymourpowell noticed similar wastefulness in the U.K., as well, especially around the holidays, and wanted to do something about it.<p>The firm created a conceptual …

Lost-Item Tracker Tile Arrives On Android

When Tile, the square-shaped lost-item tracker that attaches to bags, bikes, key chains and more, announced this fall that it had raised $13 million in funding (a combination of a seed round and Series A investment), the company said it had earmarked some of that money to be put towards hiring more …

The best iPad apps of 2014

Between iOS 8 and a new lineup of tablets from Apple, iPad users got some pretty big updates in 2014.<p>Of course, major hardware and software updates …

Five Amazing Gifts For Smartphone Photographers

With the holiday season now upon us, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite smartphone accessories aimed photography enthusiasts.<p>All of these would make great gifts for the smartphone photographer looking to get a little bit extra out of their photography.<p>Presented in no particular …

Crimson Keyboard: A Clever New Way of Typing on iOS

We’ve seen a number of great keyboards for iOS emerge after Apple finally added support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8.<p>You can get everything from the ever-popular SwiftKey to GIF keyboards or even an auto correcting emoji keyboard. Crimson, however, brings a unique way of typing to the iPhone …

Use your phone's camera to solve equations with PhotoMath

The developer calls it the world's first camera calculator. I call it a valuable tool for a parent helping with his kid's math homework and attempting to remember grade-school arithmetic or middle-school algebra. With PhotoMath, you can simply snap a picture of a math equation and it instantly …

Motivate your kids to do their chores with free app Choremonster

The battle to get your kids to do their chores can be exhausting! Thankfully, I’ve found a great free app called “Choremonster” that will actually …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Mirage's Disappearing Messages and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Wikipedia and More<p>Mirage<p>StumbleUpon<p>Timeful<p>Wikipedia<p>Wunderlist<p>Between Instagram giving some users the an early peek at its new …

Todoist: Simply the Best To-do App

<b>Todoist</b> is a fantastic and gorgeous to-do list or task management app for the iPad and iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows, and web browsers. Its iPad app just came out a little over a week ago and I installed it that same day. Within 24 hours of starting with it, I had signed up for a premium …

The Winston Show: An Interactive TV Show and App Created Exclusively for the iPad

The New York Times’ Molly Wood has a great article up on an iPad exclusive app called <b>The Winston Show</b> – which she describes as <i>the interactive future of tablet-based television</i>.<p>The Winston Show is an example of the innovative new content types that are possible when a TV is also a hand-held …

iPad App of the Week: MyScript Calculator–Handwriting Calculator

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to …

Stick Around for iPad: Powerful App for Educators

When teaching, one of the great practical ways to inspire discussion, debate and higher order thinking skills is by categorisation/card sort exercises, ideally where a student can decide to put things in a certain order, and change their mind by moving their idea about depending on the discussion. …

White Chicken Lasagna

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.<p>Boil the lasagna noodles according to package directions. When done, drain and set aside.<p>In a medium sauce pan over …

Master Lock + Your Data = Secure

Everyone knows that they need to improve the security of their computers, passwords, and data store in the cloud. In this video I show you three …

PDF Expert 5 – Brand New Version of Leading Document Handling App for iPad

<b>PDF Expert 5</b> is the shiny new version of one of the best PDF and document handling apps for iPad. Just released this week, it is updated for iOS 7 with a fresh, flat design and, as always, a wealth of powerful features for working with PDFs.<p>As you can see in the screencap above the app also boasts …

iPad App of the Week: Amount

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all our picks via the link …

Broccoli Cheese Soup (with bacon!)

In a large soup pot over medium heat, cook the bacon pieces until brown and crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.<p>Add the olive oil and diced onion and allow …

Nut-Free School Lunch Roundup

These days so many schools have nut-free tables or classrooms, or are even entirely nut-free! I know when I was first required to pack nut-free …