Hi everyone! For my job, I'm transitioning from Mac to Linux (trying Ubuntu) on my laptop and using an Android phone (CyanogenMod). I'm a little new to all this. For work and for play I read and write just an insane amount of text. I write papers and nonfiction research pieces and novels and thousands of notes. I read epubs and mobis and piles o' PDFs and many many online articles. What are your favorite apps and programs for reading, writing, editing, saving, and searching/storing text on these platforms? [more inside]
I just received my first Win8.1 computer, and I am having some trouble adapting to the new interface. The computer I got has a DVD read-write drive, but I bought the "Signature Edition" of this laptop (Acer E5) from the Microsoft store and that means it doesn't come with the usual pile of bloatware. This is apparently both a good and a bad thing... [more inside]
I have volunteered for the task of whipping my mother's address book--currently held together only by elastic bands and nerve--into shape. It's time to bring it into the digital era, but there are certain requirements. [more inside]
Is there a Blu-ray player with HBO Go and WWE Network? [more inside]
About a year ago, my father was in an accident and suffered significant brain trauma. Since then, he has made great physical progress, but his mental progress seems stagnant. His memories are intact, thank god, but what he has trouble with is focusing/concentrating on things. I’m looking for suggestions on exercises he can do on a computer/iPad or in his regular life that can help with his healing and growth. I would also love to hear anecdotes from people who themselves have suffered significant brain trauma and what they have done to help themselves heal. [more inside]
There's a short list of tasks that I need to do every single day, and some that I only need to do on weekdays, or only on Tuesdays, etc. How do I manage this given some constraints? [more inside]
I have a rotation of about 15 places to eat for lunch. I'd like an app that does the following: Ranks the APPs in any order, length of time (I can create the order). Whenever I eat at one of the places, I check it off and it goes back to the bottom. This exist? I have an iPhone
I'd like to make a list of all the people I know who live close enough to make casual plans with -- like getting a coffee or having dinner or seeing a movie -- and then keep track of how long it's been since I saw each person on that list. I'll set up a spreadsheet if I have to, but is there by any chance an app that will make this simpler for me? [more inside]
Hi, I'm not utterly delighted w. The Economist's general tone and editorial leanings, but they don't strike me as horrid and I like all the free content -- seemingly at least most of the weekly magazine -- via the app. Any recommendations for other good app-based magazines w. lots of free downloadable content? I'm mostly looking for news/current events/entertainment content, but I'm open. Thank you for taking a moment to help me.
Anyone use any phone apps to help them through pregnancy and the postpartum period? Stuff like breastfeeding apps, exercise, etc...? [more inside]
What are your favorite iPad apps for 4 - 7 year olds? [more inside]
Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
Enjoying the "Walk Around the Compound" series of videos by BigCatDerek on YouTube, and I haven't heard back from him on this question so I figured I'd ask here. Which iOS app is he using to record simultaneously on both iPhone cameras? (I know he has an iPhone because he mentioned buying it awhile back).
I want something that will separate podcast tracks into a separate playlist, and then sort that playlist by ‘album’. Does this app exist? I am _not_ looking for a specific podcast app for downloading/subscribing, just something to sort & order existing items. [more inside]
I hate my new android cellphone. Please help me work out how not to hate it so much. I am coming off a multi-year iPhone habit and everything just feels like the biggest pain in the ass. Teach me how to stop worrying and learn to love the 'droid. [more inside]
I've been trying to Google this but coming up short - what's the best to-do list for iOS with offline access? [more inside]
So I have achilles tendinopathy as well as problems with my knees and feet which means (long story short) I need non-weight-bearing exercise. I have a recumbent stationary bike which is great for developing strength in knees, is easy on the poor achilles and is generally a good idea. Problem: I loathe doing it because it bores me senseless. Solution, I hope, is to gamify it. [more inside]
I need a new grocery list app that a) has iPhone, Android, and Web Apps; b) allows for multiple lists; c) allows sharing; and d) other preferences below. [more inside]
I just moved to NYC, successfully thanks to my last ask. I downloaded the basic apps on my iPhone (Seamless, Uber, Yelp). Is there anything else that will make my life easier? [more inside]
Does anyone know of an app (or apps) that block you from looking at a particular Facebook page, or a particular Instagram feed? I've heard of Break-up Apps that recently have come about where you can 'erase' someone's photos, tags, etc. from your Facebook, as if they were never there, and I also know of chrome extensions which block you from a site altogether, but I can't find a good app that blocks only a particular PAGE on the site (i.e. www.facebook.com/ex'susername). I would like to be able to continue being 'Facebook Friends' with an ex, as not doing so will be disruptive. I also need to use Facebook for my job. I've already blocked them from appearing on my newsfeed and in chat, but I can't seem to stop myself from, fairly regularly, checking their Facebook page, or their Instagram feed. Any good solutions you've seen online? If not, I may have to team up with a programmer to create one because I think it'd be a very useful service! I sure could use it ASAP.
I've been working on this little project called CheckIn, which is supposed to be a quick and easy to use Foursquare app that let's you check in quickly and adds interesting features like check in reminders (and instant checkins in iOS 8 - currently working on notification actions in my working build). [more inside]
I’m looking for a game, playable on my iPhone, with probably crazy specific requirements. I fell in love with and completed (twice, once with huts and once without) A Dark Room. If I could erase my memory of playing that game and do it again, that’s basically what I’m after. [more inside]
What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
Looking for some of the most impossibly interesting and creative apps for iPad 1. Top of the line and free. [more inside]
Recently having trouble with my TuneIn Radio app and some streams (ESPN) [more inside]
I'm heading to graduate school soon and I'm trying to develop good habits and a good routine in preparation for that change. I've never been good with physical planners (I lose them or forget to write in them) but I always have my iPad so I'm trying to find an app that meets my needs and could use some input. [more inside]
How can I plot the next steps of my career, given where I am now? [more inside]
There are about a zillion goal-tracking and habit-forming apps out there with a bit of gamification ingrained in them. Which are great? [more inside]
I've recently acquired some new toys that I'm not getting any use out of because of my unusually strong hatred of spyware, adware, and "social networking". Specifically, I've had a new Moto G phone for about two weeks, an iPad mini for a few months and a Macbook Pro for about two years. I'm not getting any enjoyment or use out of these tools because I need help configuring them in such a way that they don't bother me with social networking noise and spyware-related crap. Please help. [more inside]
I have my instagram and twitter handles linked. So if someone tweets their own instagram post with my handle included in the text, then it also translates and correctly tags my twitter handle on twitter. My problem follows... [more inside]
Looking for a good French-English Dictionary Offline app for Android w/ Speech, as well as a program that does the same thing I can install on my laptop [more inside]
I need to get systematic and quit wandering around with my recipes and data. Which sites/apps/software would you recommend? Are the paid options worth paying for? [more inside]
What are some examples of beautiful web apps that feature a really slick dashboard with maybe some basic data visualizations? Something very accessible with a light design touch? [more inside]
As part of a general digital cleanup (thank you, Heartbleed), I want to perform the long overdue task of backing up my Gmail account (with nearly a decade's worth of email) to my mac. I have two questions: 1) Is gmvault the only option? Is there anything more accessible to a user who hasn't used Terminal with any regularity in eight years, and even then wasn't very proficient using the command line? 2) If gmvault is the only option, or the most accessible option, can someone explain very clearly how to run it? I am unable to successfully follow the instructions on the gmvault website--they seem to assume that I'll intuit some necessary steps, when I actually need every step laid out for me.
Is there a good app that lets one play Sudoku against friends? I'm looking for something that is non-crappy and has both IOS and Android versions.
I see lots of writing submissions trackers, such as Duotrope and Assignmint, and job application trackers like Huntsy and StartWire. Is there a web app that helps me track multiple kinds of submissions? [more inside]
I am looking for an app that allows me to add highlights and notes to articles I have saved to 'read later' on my iPad and/or smartphone. [more inside]
Due to limited mobility from a disability, I'm forced to rely strictly on voice commands to control a cell phone. Over the years, trying to find a solution for reliable hands free functionality in this area has been challenging. Anyone familiar with voice recognition in the past knows the capricious, quirky nature of the beast. It can be VERY frustrating and almost comical at times. Anyway, with today's processing speeds and the advent of Siri and Google Now, I can happily say that it's almost there for me. In fact, I give a 90% approval rating for recent experiences with the latest Iphone and Android products. The biggest obstacle now has been the necessity to hit the home button to trigger the lovely Siri. This last hindrance was overcome by none other than Google with their release of the Moto X -- which waits in standby mode listening for your command. I was so excited by all the reviews that I rushed out to buy my own. It turned out fantastically, but (and there's always a butt in these things) it came with another quirky disappointment. And this one is kind of surprising: The damn thing won't answer incoming calls by voice. I've looked thru all the settings and searched high and low for an app but to no avail. The closest I've come is an app that auto answers after one ring, but who wants that? What if I'm trying to dodge the ex-gf. Lol. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Is there some kind of app or website that will send me notices when authors I designate as my favorites publish a new book? [more inside]
Is there an equivalent of Instapaper or Pocket, but more or less optimized for saving and decluttering (long) email threads? (Gmail, specifically?) [more inside]
I have to take medicine within a certain window every day, and while I'm getting used to it, I'd love to have an app for Android (or other great solution) with a notification that doesn't disappear until I acknowledge I've taken my medicine and that will notify me when its time to take it. If anyone knows of any app with this functionality, that'd me amazing - I've looked at alarm clock and checklist apps, but they either don't capture the time-sensitive nature of this or disappear as soon as I look at the notification. Thanks, metafilter!
I want to draw comic storyboards. In the old days I seem to remember Appleworks drawing documents allowed you to add boxes and/or fields that allowed text or drawing. I'm looking for the new equivalent. [more inside]
Why can't I sign up for google apps with the domain I own? Weird troubleshooting loop, I'm probably doing something wrong that is really obvious. [more inside]
Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
What features would you like/expect to see in a mobile app promoting a town or city? How would that list differ if you were a resident or a visitor? How would it differ from a Tourism website? What would make you download it, keep it or delete it?
I got a Fitbit Flex for myself for my birthday and am having a difficult time working out the best way to link it to various sites in order to maximise my motivation. I've set my stride length and increased various targets but how do I successfully link and track my Fitbit using the following: Endomondo, MyFitnessPal, Earndit? [more inside]
I need a printed map and a web or mobile app - is there any existing tools/concepts which involve killing two birds with one stone? [more inside]
So I have joined the 2010s and bought an iPad. Please help me outfit it with apps. [more inside]
How do you get Helium in the Toca Lab app?