Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dictanote

nFNw7IJ.pngWhen it comes to note taking, typing is always better than writing because, it is faster and you don't have to feel the pain of a pencil between your fingers. But, have you ever wondered if there’s something even better and faster than typing? That’s where Dictanote comes handy. It is a full featured text editor with a multi-language speech recognizer. It supports over 25 languages and allows you to create a document faster than you could ever do by typing. It recognizes your speech and converts it into a text with a font style of your choice.

This app is fully cloud based which saves all your stuff on their servers so you don’t have to worry about losing them. You can create your own ‘Classroom’ on it and add notes according to the classrooms or other different categories. You can also save screenshots within the notes. If you’re confused as to where you last left off, you can just hit play and listen to all your notes if you don’t feel like reading them.

It also checks and fixes any writing mistakes. It is a great app to take notes and it’s completely free. So, next time you don’t have to carry a bunch of paper notes and spend a lot of time finding them. Just open the app on your Chromebook or smartphone and you’re good to go.

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Sohaib Hakim

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Diigo Web Collector


Have you ever found yourself printing webpages out just to highlight important information? Diigo Web Collector solves this problem by allowing you to highlight right in the browser. You can add sticky notes and reminders to a page as if you were writing straight into a book. You can even share your annotations with others to create a study group over the internet. As long as you have the extension you can access your annotations on any device. This could be used for adding notes and reminders to research pages. You could completely cut out the process of printing out tens of pages for a research project and instead keep it all saved on your account.

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Tom McDonagh

Turn Off the Lights


Have you ever watched a video late at night on your computer, but it’s too bright even at the lowest brightness? The extension Turn Off the Lights might help with that. Whenever you watch a video on YouTube, Vimeo, or most other video streaming websites, you can click on the extension’s icon and it will dim the rest of the website so that it’s easier to focus on watching the video.

There are also other settings with the extension that lets you customize your watching experience, such as automatically dimming the page and un-dimming when the video is over, changing the darkness level, and adding a dynamic color screen behind the video.

Sure, you can just watch the video in fullscreen, but if you don’t always want to, this extension also focuses the video and helps you ignore the rest of the page for the best viewing experience.



Franklin Moy

Codeanywhere


Programming on a Chromebook can be a difficult task as stock Chromebooks are not able to install anything other than extensions. Codeanywhere allows you to connect to Github, Dropbox, or any FTP/SFTP server to program away from your main computer. Codeanywhere allows for quick easy changes to code that you can keep in the cloud to save you on space. Saving in the cloud also enables you to make changes from multiple devices without having to worry about making sure that the version of your code is up to date. It even features autocomplete for languages like HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and PHP.

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Tom McDonagh

DDR5 RAM


RAM stands for Random Access Memory.  RAM is a way of temporarily keeping data somewhere that the computer can go back to and read very quickly.  For example, RAM is needed when you launch an application on your computer because your HDD or Hard Disk Drive is too slow to be able to keep up with supplying your computer with the data it needs, RAM fills in this gap in performance. It is, what is called volatile memory so any data on it would just be deleted once you power off your computer.  So don’t get any ideas if you were thinking, ‘why don’t we just  use it to store data instead of Hard Drives?’.  


JEDEC, the organization that defines and standardizes the computer memory standards, has announced that the next generation of RAM, DDR5 will have double the speed of current DDR4 RAM. This will allow better overclocking on newer CPUs and expand the maximum amount of RAM that a system can have. DDR4 was finalized in 2012 but was not released and available in the market until 2015. Although they stated it will be finalized in 2018, as it was with DDR4, it is planned to be available a little later in 2020. It is estimated that DDR5 will continue to be the fastest RAM available until 2025.  All of this is important because the faster your RAM is the faster your computer will feel.

Tom McDonagh



Monday, April 17, 2017

iScanner: Turn your pictures into PDFs


Have you ever been absent and need to turn in a really important assignment? Well now there is the iScanner app, available for free on all current Apple and Android phones. With this app you can turn any picture into an PDF! It is free to download and makes sending work faster. Once you open the app and click on the +, the camera will open. With this app you have the option to set the picture to auto or manual. When the camera setting is on auto, it detects the borders and takes the picture, leaving you with the option to edit. On the manual setting, once the picture is taken it gives you the right to choose your borders and crop the image as much as you need to.

Once the picture of the document is set, it gives you the option of making it a PDF or JPEG file. After you have decided on that, you can send it out to: fax, email, email yourself, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Yandex.Disk, Box, and OneDrive. Besides sharing it out to those locations, you can save it in your camera roll, open it with another app, and print it out on spot. iScanner does offer the pro edition which allows you to save unlimited PDFs, unlike the free version which only lets you save three at a time.

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Zunair Muhammad
Senior Tech Leader

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Codecademy

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As we live in a busy world we want to do something but we can’t simply do it because we’re too busy for it, we often wish there was an easier way to get what we want. If you’re a computer geek and want to learn about computer programming but you’re too caught up on other things such as school and homework, then we have a solution for you.

Codecademy, a cloud-based computer programming school where you can learn any kind of computer programmings such as Web Development, App Development, and Ubuntu. It contains a big variety of programming languages to learn such as HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, and even Python.

Their friendly interface helps you learn to program in a very fun way. It has a console where you type your code and instructions on the left, and if you’re stuck, it gives you the hints. Also, you don’t have to worry about losing your data if you’re in a hurry and have to go without closing your console properly, it saves all your work on its cloud technology as you type. You can also download their app on your iPhone or Android so you can continue typing your code from where you left off on your PC.

By Sohaib Hakim

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stay Focusd



If you are one of those people who wants to study but can’t focus because as soon as you pickup your books, your mind starts to think about all kind of weird things it can ever think about. Such as, do aliens really exist? Is there water on mars? Why are there two windows in my room, then you start looking for things on the internet with some music in the background, and somewhere in the middle of your research you see an interesting thumbnail of an upcoming movie so you decide to go on YouTube and watch the trailer. Suddenly, you realize that you forgot to study and it’s too late now. Well, if that’s the case then we have a surprise for you; you can block everything that comes between you and your studies.

Introducing the new app StayFocusd, which helps you block all the distracting websites at a certain time. You can set a time when you want all the sites to be blocked other than educational sites. For example: you’re researching on your science project, you don't have to worry about movie trailers popping up because they’ll be blocked by this app and if you want to listen to the music while doing your homework but you know it’ll distract you, then you can block that too.

So the next time you’re going to study, you don’t have to worry about those weird thoughts on aliens and other time wasting websites and you’ll be able to fully focus on your studies during your adjusted study time, get good grades in schools and put a smile on your teacher’s face.

By Sohaib Hakim


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grammarly for Chrome


No one’s grammar is perfect, especially when writing an essay the night before it’s due. That’s where Grammarly can help. Grammarly is a Google Chrome extension that checks your grammar as you type. After you download it and create an account, you can use their service to check your grammar and spelling, as well as find some synonyms that may better fit your writing. Although the extension doesn’t support Google Drive at the moment, you can copy and paste it into their website checker, which works just fine. It currently supports Microsoft Word, Gmail, and plenty of other websites, just look for the green G on the bottom-right of where you would type. As you type, the extension will search for any errors or inconsistencies and suggest possible edits, which it underlines in orange or red to let you know. When you click on the underline, it will tell you what it thinks is wrong, and what you could change it to. Though some advanced issues are behind a subscription payment, it will help you with the more basic issues for free.



By Franklin Moy


Friday, March 10, 2017

Google Dictionary



Many people have come across a time when they’re reading an article online and come upon a word that they don’t know the meaning. Enter the Google Dictionary extension for Chrome. This extension tells you a word’s definition in just a couple seconds. All you have to do is double-click or highlight a word on the website and then click on the Google Dictionary icon in the top right. In order for the extension to work after installing it, though, you have to close and re-open your browser. Then after that, you’re all set! It’s pretty simple!



By Franklin Moy 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Ninite

A Ninite Installer

Installing software isn’t always the easiest or fastest process, especially if you’ve got a large list of program that you need on your computer. However, a solution does exist. Ninite, a package manager, is an easy-to-use program that lets you automatically install all of your favorite applications. As soon as you download Ninite, you get to select what you need from a large list of the most popular apps for Windows computers. Web browsers, messaging programs, media players - whatever you need, Ninite has.
After selecting what you want, Ninite will automatically begin the process of installing your programs, and it’ll even run in the background. You won’t have to bother with any of the nuances of installing software manually, because Ninite won’t ask you to make any choices, won’t install any toolbars or junkware, and won’t reboot your system after each software install.
Whether you need to install a ton of software after a fresh install of your operating system, only need a handful of programs, or even need to update already installed programs, Ninite will do it all for you. Save yourself some time and effort. Check out Ninite at https://ninite.com/.

Alec Bader

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Moleskine Smart Writing Set

Some Studies proved that students who write their notes by hands tend to learn faster than digital copies. The problem is that nobody likes to carry bunch of hard copy notes with them all the time. Now, with Moleskine Smart Writing Set students can write notes with their hands and have the convenience of having their notes in digital form. Students write with a smartpen on the notepad provided, real ink appears on the page while it all appears in digital form on their connected device. Anything they write or draw can be digitized as it is, or their words can be transcribed into digital text. It is a very useful technology for every student who takes copious notes.
Hamza Sohail

Scholly


Many high school seniors with good grades look for scholarships and there’re many scholarships out there but it’s really hard to find them since they are not organized. Scholly is an app for $0.99 on appstore and playstore that organizes the available scholarships. Students are required to fill out eight parameters, and then Scholly’s comprehensive database delivers a verified and personalized list of scholarships.Their platform also gives students access to management tools and scholarship essay resources to help them manage deadlines, track progress and win the money they deserve. It is a very useful app for students looking for scholarships. 


Hamza Sohail



EasyBib

Have you ever need to cite your sources for a research paper? Needed to do it quick? With the Easybib chrome extension you can cite your sources without having to type anything. This extension is free to download in the chrome store and comes in handy during class and at home.
It looks like this in your extensions.
 


To cite your source first you click on the extension and this menu will pop up.

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You then click Cite on Easybib and it takes you to this menu.

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Once this menu shows up wait a couple of seconds and it will fill in all the information for you. Then scroll down and click Create Citation.


That's it! You have now cited your source in seconds! No need to look for the information about the website. The extension does everything for you making your job easier.


Zunair Muhammad


Symbolab














For any student who has ever needed a tool to help you in math, you are in luck! Symbolab is just the tool for you. Created to assist you in virtually any situation, Symbolab is easy to use and efficient. Just type in the problem and click search. It’s just that simple. Not only will the answer be given, but a step-by-step explanation is provided as well. This is great for homework problems, quiz/test review, or just studying. This website is great because unlike many competitors who offer the same tool for a price, this is completely free. Don’t forget to click the star at the top right of your browser to save it for later as a bookmark! Visit Symbolab here.

Darius Alasu

Have you ever gotten annoying ads on a webpage that you are browsing? Fear not Adblocker is here

AdBlock is a content filtering and ad blocking extension for Web Browsers. This allows users to prevent page elements, such as advertisements, from being displayed. It can block a wide variety of ads, ranging from web page ads to youtube ads. It can block them all.

To install the app on Chrome:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en-US

To install the app on Safari:
https://getadblock.com/

To install the app on Firefox:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

To install the app on Edge:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/adblock/9nblggh4rfhk

Charles Co



Realtime Board: Digital Whiteboard For Collaboration



A group school project can be fun sometimes but it gets hard if one of your group members can’t make it to the meeting. You have to handle everything without them and do their part as well. But, this problem can be solved by a new program known as ‘Realtimeboard’. A digital whiteboard which connects all your group members through internet so you can get into a meeting, use this whiteboard to explain, draw, and discuss your project. Their cloud storage technology saves all your work on their servers so you don’t lose any data when you go offline.


You can not only use the whiteboard for the project, but you can also use their audio/video call feature to make your conversation with all your group members more efficient.

Realtimeboard isn’t only available for Windows but also on Mac OS, Chromebook, Android, and iPhone. You can start working from your computer and continue from your smartphone right where you left off. All you have to do is to download the Realtimeboard extension and start projecting.

Sohaib Hakim

Android Life hack


Have you ever wondered how you can play youtube video’s or music while your Android based phone is on standby? Well I have a little life hack for you so you don’t have to pay for the Youtube Red subscription. There are still ads involved but you will be saving money and saving battery! All you need to do is go to the Play Store and look up Firefox



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Click on the “Firefox browser for android” and download it.

After downloading just use firefox and go to youtube.com and search for your favorite song title, play it and try putting it on standby! It is as easy as that!

Justin Trinh

Desmos Calculator App



Calculator is something you should always have with you in your math class. If you’re in your math class with no graphing calculator, you’ll feel like things are going over your head but no worries, Desmos is always your friend. A beautiful and powerful graphing calculator which lets you explore math in a fun way.

It’s totally free and comes with exciting features that most of the regular graphing calculators don’t have. For example, you can graph and solve long equations in every graphing calculator but you can not have a tutor’s help on those other calculators if you’re stuck on a problem. With Desmos, you can request help on any math-based problem and experts will help you solve the it in a professional way.

You don’t need a special computer for this program, you can use it on your ChromeBook.  Just download the Desmos Graphing Calculator extension and enjoy solving your math problems.

By Sohaib Hakim

Speed up your Chromebook

As our chromebook ages it seems to get slower, and you may think you need all the tabs on your chrome browser right? Well if you wanted to see how much RAM is used by websites and tabs just by pressing SHIFT and esc at the same time it shows how much your tabs may be eating up of the RAM, you can click on the tab in the pop up window and “end process”. This will help speed up the chromebook a little bit more. You can tell how much RAM is used by looking at the memory column.



















Another way to speed up your chromebook is to disable your extensions by going to [chrome://extensions/]. From there you can disable or enable the extensions you may not use or you want to use. These tips can significantly speed up your chromebook, and even a restart every now and then can refresh your computer. Hope this helps and speeds up your chromebook!

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By Justin Trinh