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Top 30 Productive Apps That All Back to School Students Should Have

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The new school year has already started for some and approaching quickly for others. The last weeks of the summer are a crucial time for returning students to prepare for the new school year. Technology has been integrating itself into our culture for many years and it is now more prevalent in our schools more than ever. With summer coming to an end we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the best student applications for the iPad and iPhone.

iPhone Apps 

from, August 2011

Since the introduction of the iPhone the numbers of apps have grown exponentially. Start the new school year off right by trying out some of the following applications. The apps are broken down into several categories ranging from personal organizers to financial assistance however many of the applications perform across multiple categories. Many of selected apps are designed to assist students with note taking, time management, relaxation, and much more

Personal and Class Organizers

IProscrastinate is a simple and intuitive task management application that lets you assign priority levels to your scheduled items.

This app helps you schedule classes, assignments, and important deadlines in a personal planner.

This application keeps your work organized and lets you assign upcoming tasks while monitoring your progress.

Like the other personal organizers this app keeps track of a student’s class schedule, teachers, and assignments.

The Cozi app is a simple list and calendar editor that lets you set alarm and reminders.



“The best-selling handwriting app for over a year. You’ll get the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.” -Cocoa Box Design LLC

“SoundNote is the best way to take notes in meetings, lectures, and interviews. It tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you’ll never worry about missing an important detail. During playback, just tap a word: SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio.”- David Estes

Notability is a note-taking application that supports web clipping and has the ability to draw on or type over images.

Evernote lets you create notes, snap photos, and record voice memos that you can then access at any time from your iPhone, computer, or the web.

Along with the Bamboo stylus for the iPad this app allows users to create notes and sketches that can be shared visually, easily stored and archived for later use. It features different paper types (blank, lined or graph) and several pen thickness selections.

The InClass app lets you take written, audio, video, and photographic notes. You can also create schedules and alarms for due dates or homework assignments.

With this you can record lectures and take snap shot pictures. The snapshots are time stamped to coordinate with the sound recording letting the user navigate quickly through their notes.



This app lets users study with flashcards on their iPhone or iPod Touch. Users can create multiple-choice questions for practice and when the test is over “Cram” grades your test performance so you can track your progress.

This app lets you add text, record audio, and insert images from your photo library. Mental Case is a great memory bank for those things you come across each day that you want to remember. Mental Case also allows you to download flash cards from the World’s largest online repositories of study cards, and Choose from millions of flashcards, on topics ranging from Medicine to GRE and SAT exams.

FlashCards makes it easy to create flashcards on the iPhone. You can use text, pictures, or even audio to make your flash cards.

Flashcard Touch is a simple and intuitive learning tool that helps you memorize vocabularies, foreign languages, or just about anything you can put on an index card.

Study Aid helps users quickly create flashcards. Simply swipe left or right to go forwards or backwards in your list of cards, and swipe down for the answer and down again to go back.


Reference Guides

Everything you love about on the iPhone and the iPad!

This easy to use iPhone application helps you build your vocabulary.

The Science Glossary application contains a glossary of scientific terms and short biographies. All definitions link to related terms and to a free detailed science learning module.

This app provides the standard periodic table of the elements which is helpful for anyone interested in or attending a chemistry course.

This application provides every possible math formula and calculations that a math student could ask for.

This app contains information from fifteen different biological systems. It provides a quick and detailed reference for the human Anatomy. The app contains text and detailed sketches.


Productivity / Utilities

This application serves as a scientific graphing calculator which can plot 2D and 3D graphs. It is similar to Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-84 minus the expensive price tag.

This app uses the GPS function on your iPhone to locate and tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there.

This free app is a perfect complement to the paid CourseSmart service.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it extremely easy to share with others.

The Pandora app lets user create custom playlist completely free. With Pandora you can listen to unlimited music from your iPhone and iPad whenever you want to escape the stress of being a student.



PageOnce organizes and tracks your money and bills. It also lets you see your banks, credit cards, bills and investment accounts in one simple place. You can also control where your money goes and get important real-time alerts and reminders about your accounts.

This Application provides hundreds of in-store coupons right on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This app is a great way for college students to save money on clothing, shoes, restaurants, electronics, travel, jewelry, sporting goods, books and more.


With summer quickly coming to an end, are you ready for school to begin? It’s time for a new school year with new people, new classes, new teachers, new gadgets, and new apps. Whether you’re a high school student, college student or a proud parent these 30 apps are sure to provide you with a ton of helpful insights. These are only a portion of the many helpful apps available on the iTunes store, other considerations for the list included news and weather apps as well as health and fitness apps. Now that you know the apps to get check out the link to see the 23 must have back to school gadgets.

Thanks for Reading have a Great Day and Hope these 30 productive learning apps help!




10 iPad2 Security Tips to Help Protect Your Investment

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Earlier this month Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, during the event Apple unveiled the new features of iOS 5 which is set to arrive later this fall . Although the much anticipated release of the iPad2 had come and gone back in March, the news of the newest iOS  has seemed to spur iPad2 sales. At a price range set from $499-$829, these devices are definitely an investment that is worth protecting. The following are ten tips to help ensure the safety and protection of iPad devices. The list covers both physical and virtual security so that customers can hopefully prolong the life of their device and be able to take full advantage of the upcoming iOS improvements.

ipad Passcode screen

from, June 2011

  • Use a Case:

The iPad Smart Cover isn’t a customer’s only choice however it seems to offer the most protection along with usability. In addition to providing protection, the Smart Cover can also be transformed into an iPad stand with various positions, activate the sleep mode when covered, wake the device when uncovered, grip the iPad using built in magnets, comes in a number of colors and is available in two different materials. Users can also choose to use full shell cases for heavy duty protection or portfolio and envelope cases for the professional environment.

  • Screen Protection:

A case or cover doesn’t necessarily mean the screen is fully protected. Screen or scratch protectors are well worth the purchase and not only do they prevent scratches but they have also been known to prevent the screen from shattering on impact. Prior to the release of the iPad2, Apple had stopped selling all anti-glare and screen protection film as what was thought to be a way to advertise the iPads screen durability. However screen protectors are still available through other companies, the trick is finding one that provides durability and is easily adhered to the iPad without causing damage.

  • Physical Security:

It may seem like common sense but some people still leave their iPad unattended or believe it to be safe in their car. A car is not a safe place to leave expensive devices, leaving your device in sight and unattended will only entice someone to break in and steal it. In addition to passwords, iPad owners can also use security locks and security cables to provide extra protection when not in their possession.

  • Password Protection:

At the very least all users should utilize the password option to protect their information and data. To configure the password settings go to Settings, General, and Passcode Lock. Once the password option is activated the passcode will be required when restarting the device, waking the device, and unlocking the screen. Users can also specify how many times the screen must be locked before activating the password prompt. A typical passcode has four digits however they can be changed to a longer alphanumeric code by disabling the simple passcode option.

  • Auto-Lock, iPad tracking and other Security Preferences:

The iPad2 comes with a find my iPad app that lets the user locate a stolen or lost iPad as long as it’s still operational. Users can also determine how many password attempts are acceptable before disabling the device or remotely erasing the data from the device. Try to avoid using the common passcodes like 1234 or 0000. The auto – lock will activate the lock automatically after the iPad is inactive for the amount of time specified by the user. If someone does happen to acquire your device then these appropriate security settings along with an adequate password will at least protect your information.

  • Safe Browsing:

When surfing the Internet from your mobile device there are several options that provide extra protection. For example turning off the Auto-Fill option in the Safari Browser settings will disable the iPad from remember passwords or other critical information. You should also check to make sure that your pop-up blocker is turned on as well as the fraud warning feature. When it comes to accessing websites and email attachments be sure to practice good judgment. Users can also clear browsing history, cookies, and cache so that no information is stored.

  • Perform Update:

It is extremely important that you perform all available updates not only for the iOS but for your iPad applications as well. Updates are often released to resolve vulnerabilities and to protect users against newly discovered malware like viruses and spyware. Updates for Apps can be performed by accessing the app store and selecting update all under the update menu.

  • Backup Information on iTunes:

Performing routine backups in iTunes can help protect your information and prevent data loss. In the event that your data or device is lost, corrupted, or stolen, users will still have access to it on their PC’s. The upcoming iCloud can also be used to store backup information.

  • Disable Bluetooth when not in use:

While not using Bluetooth it is recommended that you turn off the feature. Allowing Bluetooth channel to remain open can potentially create a vulnerability that is susceptible to intrusion.

  • Extra Apps For Extra Security:

Consider purchasing apps that provide enhanced security. Here’s a list of 50 Security Apps that perform functions like storing passwords, activating alarms, monitoring business transactions, and safe web browsing.

Hope these tips help keep your device safe and your information protected. For more details check out and keep an eye out for Apple  iOS 5 this fall!

These security tips are not limited to only the iPad2, many of them can also be applied to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices.

Thanks for Reading and Have a Great Day!


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Apple Introduces IOS 5 and All the New Features

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

This week major companies have taken to the stage to introduce their new and future products. Having the E3 Expo and the Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for the same week certainly provided a week full of exciting news and entertainment for customers. At E3 companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all provided insight into their latest developments that included PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Wii U. Apple was the first to publicly display their future software products at the Worldwide Developers Conference that took place on June 6, 2011.

Apple iOS5

from, June 2011

There had been a lot of talk leading up to Apple’s announcements, even more so than usual since this year they went so far as to provide an outline of key topics prior to the conference. Among the announcements made by Apple was the new iCloud, OS X Lion, and IOS 5. We have been hearing rumors for some time now about Apple’s new iCloud product which for the most part have all been confirmed. To learn more about iCloud you can visit our “Apple iCloud Rumors to Be Addressed at the 2011 WWDC” blog post and to learn more about OS X Lion check out 9 Things to Know about Apples latest OS. Bringing us back to IOS 5, like OS X Lion this software version introduces a ton of new features. Here is a round-up of some of the key features that IOS 5 will have to offer when it becomes available later this year.

IOS 5 will offer over 200 new features and is expected to be available in fall 2011 for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1, iPad 2, and the iPod touch. The following is some of the most prominent changes of IOS 5 from its previous versions.

  • Over the Air Updates

Users will no longer have to connect to a PC in order to activate and set up their device. Automatic updates will now download directly to the device. When combined with iCloud, file sharing, transfer, backup, and restore will also be expanded upon.

  • Incorporating Twitter

The new Twitter integration enables users to sign in, store their information, capture, and Share instantly from any application on your device. . Once the account information is saved, users will have the ability to Tweet from non-Twitter applications such as Maps, Safari, and YouTube.

  • Notification Center

No more in app disruptions, notifications will now appear quickly at the top of the screen and can be accessed in the new notification center. The notification center collects and categorizes all notifications until the user addresses them.

  • Safari Browsing

IOS 5 now offers tabbed browsing on the iPad and also adds a reading list for both the iPad and iPhone. The reading list saves article for later reading and with the use of iCloud the saved pages can be transferred across devices. The Safari Reader feature gives users the option to unclutter web pages. This option removes the unnecessary portions of the page and provides users with a cleaner reading experience.

  • iMessage

The iMessage feature is built into the messaging app and lets users send free unlimited text, videos, and pictures to other IOS 5 users. This feature also lets users know when someone is typing a response to their message and also enables them to switch devices while continuing the same conversation thread.

  • Location Aware Reminder

Reminders work the same as in previous versions but now they allow users to assign a location which activates the reminder. For example if you schedule a reminder to “pick up dinner on the way home from work” if you forget, when you are passing the restaurants address your phone will alert you.

  • New Mail

The mail app now offers rich text formatting (bold, indentation, underline), message flagging, draggable addresses, and improved security. Like most of the new features, email can also be synced over IOS 5 devices using iCloud.

  • Camera Shortcut

On IOS 5 the camera is also located on the lock screen making taking pictures easier than ever. No more missed photo opportunities because it took too long to type in your password. Camera options also enable users to take the picture using the volume up button, pinch to zoom, and perform simple editing like crop, rotate, redeye reduction, and simple click enhancement.

These are only some of the many new features that IOS 5 has to offer. Other features include split screen keyboard thumb typing for the iPad, a more social game center, newsstand, WiFi sync, multi-tasking hand gestures for the iPad, and Air-Play for the iPad 2. IOS 5 is expected sometime around September, until then you can learn more visit Apple IOS 5 Features.

Thanks for Reading and Have a Great Day!


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AirPrint for iDevices Leads to New Levels of Mobile Productivity

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hello and welcome to Chesapeake Digital Technology´s blog. We’re an information technology firm in Maryland. We provide two primary services, Internet Marketing / SEO and Technical Support for business.

Printing from a digital device is something that users have wanted for years. Lots of devices support this, and the number is growing constantly. Laptops have of course had this ability, but things like PDAs and Smartphones have notably lacked it. Specifically, Apple’s line of iDevices (iPad, iPhone) have been without this ability. Well, coming in iOS 4.2, AirPrint will enable these device to print wirelessly.

Since the iPad and iPhone can already view and edit documents, spreadsheets, etc, printing was a natural step. Why it has taken this long, no one can be sure. However, AirPrint will allow for users to take advantage of their mobile devices like never before. There will be two ways to use this feature. The easiest way will be to use a wireless printer that supports AirPrint. This might take a while, as this is a new feature. However, since I don’t know the intricacies of the Apple code for AirPrint, I could be wrong. In this case, your iDevice would connect directly to the printer to send the data. The other way to make this happen would be to use a utility on your computer to share the printer. In conjunction with AirPrint, your iDevice would not be able to send files the printer.

Both of these methods will be especially helpful in the home or office. If you need to print out an email, simply send it to the printer with your iPhone. Writing a short paper on your iPad and need to print it out? Done. By offering this technology, Apple takes another step closer to replacing netbooks and expanding their market share.




Jailbreaking Your iDevice Might Enhance or Endanger Your Investment

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hey, everyone, Josh from Computer Fitness back with another award-winning article to help you with your computer conundrums.

Okay, anyone who owns an iPhone has heard about jailbreaking. No, you haven’t? Well, let me enlighten you. A term relating specifically to hacking an iDevice, jailbreaking allows users (you!) to run programs and code that has not been sent through the Apple approval process nor submitted to the App Store. In essence, it gives you a lot more freedom when using your device. Now, this sounds good at first. Who doesn’t want to get more for their money? However, jailbreaking is not something to do without thinking first.

If you jailbreak your phone, you are enabling unsigned code to run on your iPhone. Where before you might download apps from the app store without thinking twice about it, now you’re on a case of “do I trust this software publisher”. This is the same situation you are in when you download content to your computer. There could be spyware or a virus in there. Proceed with caution. While you do need to be careful in this brave new world, there are some upsides.

You can get access to content not available on the App Store. This could be anything. People are working all the time to create new and interesting apps. You also get to use custom themes and MMS alerts. I know I’m not the only one who gets sick of the standard message alerts. In short, jailbreaking opens up your device completely…for better or worse.


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Hardware Review: Why You Should Use an iPad at Your Business

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Apple iPad and Apple keyboard

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Hello and welcome to Chesapeake Digital Technology´s blog. We’re an information technology firm in Finksburg, MD. We provide several services, like SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Technical Support to small and medium businesses.

Okay, so Apple’s latest gadget, the iPad, is currently one of the hottest pieces of technology. You may disagree with this statement, but I would argue that if something sells out nationally, there is at least some interest. That being said, I’ve seen many friends’ businesses move towards using the iPad to get some work done around the office. Here are four reasons why you need the iPad at your office.

1) It’s Portable Office

Think about what you do in your office. You surf the Web, create documents/spreadsheets/presentations, etc. All of this can be done on an iPad. While it’s true that it does not support Adobe Flash, there are a lot of sites that are moving towards the HTML5 standard. While the victor in this fight is not yet clear, the standard should win out.

2) It Has Better Battery Life than Your Laptop

The iPad gets about 10 hours of battery life in full use. That means all the stuff I mentioned above should still net you more than a business day of battery life. I’ve seen this thing in action and I can tell you that the battery on the iPad is used very conservatively.

3) Portable Presentation Device

Let’s say you have a slideshow/presentation for a new client at their work or, better yet, a public location. Odds are you can’t bring a thumb drive and just hook it up to a projector. If you have everything you need on your iPad, then you have the whole presentation with you already! Also, with a VGA adapter, you can plug into a monitor/projector/whatever to output the video signal.

4) Amazing Virtualization/Remote Management Tools

As someone who works with virtualization from time to time, one of the things that really impresses me about the iPad is the virtualization/remote desktop software available for it. Big names like Citrix are putting out software that would allow you to remotely control your Windows/Mac computers remotely. The software is a little pricey, but could come in handy if you’re an administrator sick of lugging around a lot of hardware. All your needs could be met on an iPad.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out our blog next week for more small business tips.


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