The interface of WolframAlpha app is to me what the science looks like. It’s like being taken out right from an advanced academic book.
WolframAlpha is an answer engine, using complex algorithms to aggregate answers in a range of topics, including science, nutrition, people, history, geography, engineering, mathematics, linguistics, or books.
Where Google gives a list of thousands of results, WolframAlpha provides one detailed answer (or we should rather say “report”) based on external sources – curated, structured, processed, and visualized.
The iOS WolframAlpha app can be helpful if you are looking for data-rich information from several areas, including mathematics, statistics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, socioeconomic, or web & computer systems.
You can also find answers to less advanced topics such as currency rates, date and time, or weather analysis. Are you looking for a structured information about people, fictional characters, books, TV programs, or historical events? WolframAlpha has it, too.
A lesser-known fact is that several parts of WolframAlpha computed answer engine are used by Apple’s voice assistant Siri.
This app is amazingly good for STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, math). It is not a search engine like Google as some of the other reviewers seem to believe. If you want to know what it’s like, the website by the same name is almost identical.
– App Store review
Benefits: Single answers to most complex questions, aggregated detailed reports on topics from numerous fields. Compatibility: iPhone, iPad. Price: $2.99, three in-app upgrades: Image as Input ($0.99), Pro Monthly subscription ($6.99), Pro Yearly subscription ($65.99).
Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.
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Innovative pillow stand – great for hands-free use
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a digital pen or small accessories. The stand is two-sided, with three angles on each side. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.
A high-capacity and lightweight power bank with intelligent LED display and three built-in charging cables: micro USB, USB-C, and Lightning. A hand strap doubles as one of the charging cables. No more cable mess!
Portfolio tablet case with accessories compartment
This customer favorited case bag from Tomtoc is compatible with all tablets up to 11 inches. It has passed the Military Standard Drop Test, and comes with an internal mesh pocket for accessories. Available in over ten colors.
Let positive energy into your life with this vintage “Joy Forever” design using the 1960s font face and bright colors. Available on t-shirts, sweatshirts, long sleeves, tote bags, throw pillows, and iPhone cases among others.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
by 99U & Jocelyn K. Glei
The world we work in today is not the world of Michelangelo, of Marie Curie, of Ernest Hemingway, or even of Paul Rand. It is a new world, empowered and entranced by the rapid-fire introduction of new technologies—a world where our metaphysical front door is always open, where anyone can whisper in our ear, where a “room of one’s own” no longer means you’re all alone.
Creative minds are exceedingly sensitive to the buzz and whir of the world around them, and we now have to contend with a constant stream of chirps, pings, and alerts at all hours of the day. As these urgent demands tug us this way and that, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a centered space for creativity.
Taking stock of this challenging new landscape, 99U’s Manage Your Day-to-Day assembles insights around four key skill sets you must master to succeed: building a rock-solid daily routine, taming your tools (before they tame you), finding focus in a distracted world, and sharpening your creative mind.
Dedicating a chapter to each of these focus areas, we invited a group of seasoned thought leaders and creatives—Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Linda Stone, Steven Pressfield, and others—to share their expertise. Our goal was to come at the problems and struggles of this new world of work from as many angles as possible.
Because we each have a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, and sensitivities, it is impossible to prescribe a single approach that will work for everyone. The right solution for you will always be personal—an idiosyncratic combination of strategies based on your own work demands, habits, and preferences.
The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.
– Northrop Frye –
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.