The AppsFuel Top 10: Back to School!
So, you’ve spent a few weeks on the beach, in the mountains, on the road or on a relaxing “staycation“… but, what now? It’s time to set the alarm, check your wardrobe, sharpen your pencils and get back into the rhythm of school!
To help make the transition just a little less painful, we’ve assembled some apps that could come in handy for a student… to laugh, learn, research and get things done!
And best of all, remember that these free mobile apps will work on any smartphone or tablet and will never require manual updating! The AppsFuel marketplace specializes in HTML5 mobile apps because they are so much easier to install, use, update and share than those proprietary mobile apps found in the native app stores!
So, without further ado, we hereby present the AppsFuel Top 10: Back to School —
CollegeHumor: Founded by two high school friends, CollegeHumor delivers daily comedic content, including videos, pictures, articles and jokes, created and curated by the CollegeHumor staff. In early 2009, CollegeHumor’s editorial staff wrote and starred in their own TV show, The CollegeHumor Show, on MTV. CollegeHumor is operated by CHMedia, a New York company that also owns Defunker, Sports Pickle, and Jest. Many of its staff also operate the sister website, Dorkly, centering on video games and video game parodies in the vein of College Humor.
Dictionary: This service provides reliable, free online access to millions of English definitions, synonyms, spelling, audio pronunciations, example sentences, and translations from our Web properties at Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com. Dictionary.com’s trusted content comes from 15 authoritative licensed and proprietary reference sources, that have helped define the English dictionary as we know it today. We intend to redefine reference and learning in the context of emerging technology while preserving the painstaking traditions of expertise and integrity that everyone expects from a dictionary.
Kindle Cloud: Amazon has taken another step forward in the e-reader game with the launch of its Kindle Cloud Reader, which lets users read Kindle e-books via their Web browser without the need to download and install an app. In addition to the ability to read offline via the Web browser, the Kindle Cloud Reader also offers a holistic view of the user’s entire Kindle library, instant access to nearly a million books, an embedded Kindle Store, and automatic software updates.
Quora: Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. One way you can think of it is as a cache for the research that people do looking things up on the web and asking other people. Quora aims to be the easiest place to write new content and share content from the web. We organize people and their interests so you can find, collect and share the information most valuable to you. Eventually, when you see a link to a question page on Quora, your feeling should be: “Oh, great! That’s going to have all the information I want about that.”
Digg: Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web, from the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog. Digg surfaces the best stuff (news about technology, politics, entertainment and more) as voted on by the community. It allows people to vote web content up or down, called “digging” and “burying”, respectively. On July 20, 2012, new owners Betaworks announced via Twitter that they were rebuilding Digg from scratch, “turning Digg back into a start-up”. Betaworks gave the project a six-week deadline.
Wolfram|Alpha: Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries. Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people—spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity. Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement.
Fingerpaint: Learn how to sketch, scribble or jot, create great designs and just experiment with the different effects and colors. Even the most uncreative of souls will be able to create something quite unique and artistically satisfying. Once you have mastered the tools then use the app to improve your drawing skills with the ability to save and share your work.
Wikipedia: Wikipedia is a project operated by a non-profit organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, and created and maintained by a strong community of 100,000 international volunteers. Founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia has become a top five global Web property according to comScore, but moreover, it has become an indispensable part of our daily lives. The project is committed to the development of free encyclopedias in all languages of the world and keeping them free and available to everyone, forever. Its sister projects include Wikimedia Commons (a repository of more than 12 million freely usable media files), Wiktionary (a multilingual free content dictionary), and Wikisource (a collection of free source texts). Wikipedia currently offers more than twenty million articles in more than 280 languages. Virtually anyone with Internet access is free to contribute, by providing neutral or cited information.
Dropbox: Founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, two MIT students tired of emailing files to themselves to work from more than one computer; Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs and videos anywhere and share them easily. Anything you save to your folder will automatically save to all your computers, phones, and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, Dropbox has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost. Today, more than 45 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand, share with family and friends, and work on team projects.
H5note: Whether you’re headed back to school this fall or you just want a better way to keep your notes, memos, and other tidbits of information organized, H5note is a quick, easy way to take notes and not forget things in our busy days. Everything will be saved to your system.