I have tried out many alternatives (because for some reasons I have an obsession with apps) and here are the ones that I actually recommend / I am using right now:

anonymous asked:

Really close to being terminated from my job for breaching the tardy limit. Always like 1 minute late. But! I just downloaded this app a few days ago called "Swiftime", you set 1 alarm for when you wake up (you can choose the ringtone, snooze, etc.) and then a -2nd- alarm for when you have to get -out the door-. AND you can set it to announce how many minutes you have left to get ready, at as many increments as you want. Been early to work 4 days in a row! I thought this might help some people.

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Hey guys! I found this app called Pacifica and it’s great! It’s free on the App Store, I’m not sure about the Google Playstore, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. It’s great for keep track of your moods and having an overall idea of if your mood is improving or not. It helps you make and keep goals to take good care of yourself (I.e., eating 3 meals, drinking enough water, getting outside, and so many other things you can customize). It provides you with ways to relax when you’re feeling anxious and stressed out.

It’s definitely worth a try! I think it’s great. It’s easy to use and it’s free, so may as well :)

College Freshman: App Essentials

My freshman year started off awful, but ended pretty well, once I got my self back on track. You’ve got to find a balance between school and friends and sleep, and maybe even a job. It can be overwhelming.

But here are some apps to help with that:

Plant Nanny: Helps you drink more water (which makes you feel better, and revs up your immune system and metabolism, and can help keep your skin clear too.) Basically you get this cute lil plant dude and if you don’t water it, it shrivels up and dies. But then you can always start over with a new plant. You can grow it into a huge adult and put it in your garden, as long as you drink enough water every day. You will pee so much but your plant will be so pretty!!

GroupMe: Or some other similar chat app. Group messaging usually sucks in your regular texting format and most people use an app like this for coordinating clubs or even outings with a couple friends. We also just sometimes send memes.

A decent alarm: If you need blaring sirens to wake you up, there are dozens of apps that will do that for you.

SAM: Self-help Anxiety Management. It helps you track your stress levels and record your triggers. Monitoring your mental health is a really good way to make sure it stays, well, healthy. Personally, I find the app pretty helpful.

An ambience app: Everyone likes different sounds while they work, so I won’t suggest a specific app. But there are a lot, and also a lot of websites. Sometimes having noise in the background makes writing papers easier. Also, videogame music is designed to help you focus, especially in puzzle based games like Zelda, and you can find whole soundtracks for most games on YouTube.

But yeah. You guys will be fine, and if you’re not, my ask is always open!! And, as school is starting up again, my studyblr (socademia) is gonna get active again. Feel free to follow me there, and that ask is always open as well!

Track your time and defeat procrastination with ATracker

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ATracker by WonderApps. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am recently in love with the app ATracker by WonderApps and have been using it a lot lately. Tracking your time is a great way to understand how you have actually spent your time so that you can estimate your time more accurately and be aware of your major source of procrastination. I used to do activity logs using pens and papers, but now that I have discovered an app to replace that, I just decided to make the switch.

This app basically allows you to see how much time you have put in each task. When you start doing a task, let’s say studying, just tap the task and it will start timing. 

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After a few entries, you will be able to view them in History (which can let you see how your day has past):

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You can also edit your task manually in case you forgot tracking them.

On the other hand, you can also see your entries in the form of a pie chart (this is where you can see whether you have spent most of your time being productive, or you have been procrastinating instead):

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What makes the app even better is that you can see how much time you have used for one particular task over the week. This is especially useful if you want to track the amount of time you have spent on studying, and to see whether you have met your goal that week.

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I also really love the fact that it has a widget in the notification centre so that I don’t have to click into the app whenever I start doing a task.

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Overall, this is an app that really increases my productivity and helps me understand more about my working efficiency and where my time actually goes. If you are interested, you may also take a look at ATracker’s video here:

You may also visit their website here: ATracker by WonderApps

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Twitter clutters up the timeline with recommendations on followers

Twitter clutters up the timeline with recommendations on followers

Twitter’s cluttering up your timeline with more nonsense that users don’t want to see. Twitter will now recommend more users to follow based on interactions, tweets, and who you currently follow right on your main timeline. It’s now front and center to always remind you that you should follow more accounts, and share more content within their walled gardens. I do occasionally drift over to check…

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Forget clothing labels, musicians all want to move into apps 

According to Nielsen, both total album sales and sales of new songs dropped in 2014. Album sales are down by 84%, data blog Seatsmart reports, and digital music sales aren’t doing well either. While streaming services are on the rise, musicians rake in small fractions of royalties for thousands of song plays — and they’re sick of it.

Among those trends, however, is one bright spot that has the potential to help musicians make up that lost revenue: mobile apps.

Presented in collaboration with qualcomm

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Guys this app is so useful! It’s called Genius Scan. It lets you take pictures of your textbooks or whatever and turns them into clear-easy to read pages that resemble PDF documents. It even lets you make files so you can save all of a reading together and have it clearly labeled. Really useful if you wanna do readings between classes but don’t wanna lug around a textbook for just 13 pages.

I originally wrote this piece for the FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS print fanzine that’s yet to come out (though as I’m sure you know, they’re very much alive otherwise). The editors there gave it a snazzy French title, which I liked. This “data” has a bit of a shelf life - apps and music consumption being a bit of a moving target - so I thought I’d post the piece here.


Au Courant in the Car

Or, modern man’s musical sublimation to the machine

by Jay Hinman

It says more about me than I’d like it to – but I’ll come clean and admit that I’ve fully succumbed to a nearly 100% digital lifestyle when it comes to the consumption of music (the occasional 45 or LP purchase notwithstanding – as these are purchased for ultimate digitization purposes). This really doesn’t even involve compact discs any longer. Everything I listen to, it’s on my phone. Yeah, my telephone. Who among us would have imagined such an abomination, even a couple of years ago? I listen to upwards of an hour or two of music every day, and most often more. Much of this is done in the car, as I’m one of the unfortunate cogs in the great, grinding corporate deathburger who commutes a great distance to work. I’ve outfitted my chariot with an auxiliary hook-up that lets me plop the HTC One smartphone or my iPod Touch into a cradle, and then run whatever comes out of it through my car’s speakers. Perhaps you’ve seen, or have yourself experienced, such a get-up. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it has been culturally life-changing, and totally has opened me up to entirely new ways of getting clued in about radical new sounds.

I thought I’d pull together the music apps that I whole- or at least halfheartedly recommend for you. You’ll probably heard of most of ‘em. Granted, this is mostly an Android conversation, so I apologize in advance to any lingering iPhone users out there who haven’t jumped ship like I did a couple years ago – though I’m pretty sure most of these are available for you holdouts, too. If you’re still rocking a StarTac or a Razr, I’m sorry, but I do admire your stance on many levels.


SPOTIFY – Perhaps no application or service has so upended the way music is consumed and delivered as Spotify has. Some might say for ill perhaps musicians themselves, say – and I’m certainly sympathetic to the argument. That said, wearing my pure consumer hat, I happily pay them ten bucks a month to listen to the app, ad-free, on mobile – in fact, I have never actually experienced Spotify as a “free” customer, since I rarely use a PC to listen to music. The catalogs they pull from run incredibly deep, and often include brand-new independent and deeply underground 45s and LPs the week they’re released. Not everyone’s on there, of course, but seems like 9 out of 10 things I hear about and want to try are easily found within the app, especially the weirdly experimental music often written about in publications like The Wire. The mobile app lets you subscribers store stuff for offline listening, kinda like you “own” it – which makes it easy to listen to in poor coverage, or when you’re off the wireless grid entirely. And despite aforementioned grumblings from a few artists about meager paychecks, I’m chastened to know that every song I stream deposits at least a couple hundredths of cents in the musicians’ bank accounts. Totally essential app for the modern music doofus, and I have to say it’s getting better every update.


FLICKTUNES (now called CARTUNES) – This iTunes alternative could better be classified as a “public safety” app, as it’s probably kept me from plowing my vehicle into those in front of and on the sides of me on far too many occasions. You know how when you’re playing a song or even a downloaded podcast or radio show in iTunes, you’re only able to “scroll” though a song – but not advance it 30 seconds forward or backward? I know – horrifically lame, right? (they call that bar the “scrubber”, by the way. Thought you’d like to know that). That doesn’t work when you’re driving, even when your iPhone or iPod is mounted right in front of you there on the air vents. FlickTunes lets me use a “two-finger swipe” to easily advance 30 seconds in any song, which works especially well when I’m listening to a radio show and I don’t wanna hear a particular song or songs. There are other cool features as well, but that one in particular is a lifeline both for me and the people who drive near me.


8TRACKS – I’ve been singing the praises of this app for years in my various online blather forums, and my enthusiasm hasn’t diminished in the slightest. 8Tracks is user-programmed and -curated mix tapes, effectively. It has attracted some incredibly knowledgeable experts across all sorts of sub-genres: 60s french pop; KBD-style punk; pre-WWII Latin music; C86 pop; female-created electronic music of the 60s; and loads of indie bands of every stripe. Wind it up and let it go. It’s the next evolution of radio, if you think about it, and about the only downside is the inability to skip more than 5 songs in a row – which has nothing to do with 8Tracks, and everything to do with keeping things kosher with the labels and publishing houses. Some curators I recommend over there are Isitanart, SpaceBunnySounds, the13thTrack, fuckinrecordreviews himself, ohanaorsomething, urbankill, Wub-Fur Internet Radio and hey, me. I’m at DynamiteHemorrhage, and I have a page full of mixes for the streaming-minded. The whole thing works just as well, if not better, on your laptop, and there’s a cheapo premium version if you don’t want to see ads, which I don’t.


SOUNDCLOUD – At first it seemed like this site was all about people uploading field recordings of bird sounds & such, but music fiends being music fiends, it morphed into a hosting site for mp3 files, and now it’s become one of premier locales for underground music from the independent and/or totally unaffiliated. The difference between mp3 blogs of 2015 and those of, say, 2008, is that the latter truly gave away mp3s as downloads – hey, I did it myself. Today, almost everyone posts them on Soundcloud, which makes artists happy, and makes it more difficult for you to “acquire” a track without paying for it. (Yes, I certainly know about the workarounds, god love ‘em). It also means that, if you still follow what few music blogs exist, you need to click the little heart icon on the song that’s been put onto Soundcloud, which then saves that song for you to listen to later. I’m always creating these playlists of songs I read about, then listening later on SoundCloud. The app still needs to evolve a bit, but it’s very useful & seems to be the place where mp3 uploads of all kinds have settled the past couple of years.


BANDCAMP – This one comes with some major caveats. Bandcamp became the platform of choice for independent artists to store their recorded music over the past 24-36 months, displacing MySpace entirely. It’s 1,000 times better than MySpace ever was, which obviously isn’t saying a goddamn thing. There used to be something cool called Bandcamper, an app that applied a “presentation layer” over the broader Bandcamp universe, but it had some gaping holes (like maddening search functionality) – and it seems to have been hounded out of the app stores entirely. Along came Bandcamp’s own app a little over year ago, and it’s beautiful. If you’ve bought something on Bandcamp – and who hasn’t – it’s available in full for streaming from the app with a touch of a button. It’s cloud-based storage for everything you’ve ever purchased there, like, ever. That said, if you downloaded something for free from Bandcamp, or even if you willingly gave a few sawbucks to a “name your price” album or 45, it won’t show up here. Why not? Hell if I know. There are also discovery features where you can find out what other people are buying, and then stream 1 meager song from each of their albums (that’s all that’s allowed) – but I do miss Bandcamper’s smorgasbord of music compiled from the entire Bandcamp universe. (Note: it looks like they may have sorta addressed this in a recent update, so stream away…!)

MIXCLOUD – A total up & comer that started really delivering just the past few months. Initially it was much like 8Tracks: a place to upload your curated modern mix tape, just not nearly as good. Recently it’s found a new niche as the place where “disk jockeys” from the world’s terrestrial and internet radio stations and from laptop-based phony radio shows upload their recently-finished programs. This is a profoundly important development if you’re not already a leading expert on every known corner of the underground music universe, and lean heavily on clued-in curators the way I do. Given the newfound ubiquitous matching of cool radio sets and Mixcloud, I’m able to subscribe to sublimely righteous radio shows emanating from Belgium to Bellingham, and these shows simply pop up in my feed every week. It beats setting an alert to listen to the thing in real-time (old school!) by well more than a mile.


iCRATES – This really isn’t a car app and is therefore a bit of an outlier to the broader article, but it’s a terrific iPod/iPhone app. iCrates is for those of us/you who still buy records and CDs, and who would like an aggregated peek into where you can find a particular piece on vinyl or a given disc. It looks into the Discogs, eBay and Amazon databases and presents you with who’s selling what, where. Far be it for me to do anything to hurt traditional record stores, which I love, but this is their worst nightmare unless they’re hot on the draw and are presciently selling their wares in these forums. Used vinyl prices in stores can be easily undercut with a quick search on iCrates for that same vinyl at a far better price. Capitalist porker? Guilty as charged. Besides that, it’s totally fun to mess around with, as it has the amazing Discogs.com database, with photos and sleeve scans, right there at your proverbial fingertips.


WFMU, WMUA, KFJC, RADIO VALENCIA, HOLLOW EARTH RADIO etc. - Finally, there are the many college/pirate radio station apps. I recognize that there are aggregators like Tune-In out there that work really well, but I personally prefer an easy-to-see icon on my device that I can punch whilst driving, rather than the extra three clicks it takes to find what I want there. That could be the different between a mellow drive home and Hamburger Highway.

The best radio station apps start playing immediately upon launch, and provide song identification in big letters on the screen. WFMU’s app goes those one better, and not only streams all of their podcasts and show archives, but even lets you “favorite” individual songs so you can check up on them later (or buy them on iTunes if they’re available there right now). Absolutely the best radio station app, from a station that’s always one step ahead of everyone else. I personally also enjoy the quasi-legit pirate stations Hollow Earth Radio, BFF.FM and Radio Valencia, along with college stations KFJCWMUA, KUSF IN EXILEKEXP and KDVS. This is where time and patience finally meet the limits of my commute – we’ve arrived at home, and seriously, there are no other radio stations I’ve even got the time to investigate on this drive – so we’ll stick with these old favorites.

Now some folks have informed me that people even “listen” to music on “YouTube”. YouTube! As if. What’s wrong with you kids? Keep your eyes on the goddamn road, and stop watching music videos - I’m futzing with my smartphone over here.

anonymous asked:

I have really messy writing when it comes to writing notes for lectures and a really slow typer but I record my lectures on my phone but its low quality. is there an app or any other resources that can help me? also what electronics would you recommend a tablet or laptop to bring with me to lectures. thanks

For iPhone, I used Audio Class Notes. But right now I am switching to the recording function in OneNote (so I am recording using laptop) and that quality is alright as well. I would also turn up the volume by using Audacity (because for most of the time if you are sitting at the back of the lecture hall it’s very difficult to have a clear recording).

I bring a laptop to lectures if I know that the professor is going to cover a lot (for me, it’s usually law courses). But I will bring a tablet to lectures if I don’t have to take a lot of notes for that class (or if I have the lecture slides beforehand). I will then take notes using my stylus instead of typing.

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