The paradox of dictionaries has always been: how do you look up a word if you don't know how to spell it? My students with dyslexia had an especially difficult time with this. And now the solution is at hand — and free. The most powerful voice recognition technology, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, has now been added to the free Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. You can look up a word simply by saying it. Hurray!
The free Google Mobile App was already pretty amazing, with the ability to search the web just by speaking into your phone. And early this month they released a new version that includes Google Goggles: a search function that lets you take a photo and then searches the web based on what's in the photo. You can take a photo of a barcode, landmark, product, text, artwork, book, etc., and the app will return information. The help screens say that the app doesn't work very well for items like animals, apparel, or furniture.
These resources help you gain a better understanding of the Bible
The Bible has always been a best seller, but the popularity of Bible-related apps for iOS devices is growing. Bible apps have been popular ever since the App Store opened its doors, and according to an article in The Atlantic (http://bit.ly/aisznm), BibleReader (reviewed in this article) recently broke into the top 10 highest grossing book apps for the iPad.
There are hundreds of Bible-related apps in the App Store. This article looks at the top five apps for the Christian Bible. All of them are available for the iPhone/iPod touch and the iPad, and all of them have free versions.
Have you ever wondered where you could take to figure out what news is going on in the industrial world? Ever wanted to keep up with the latest industrials news to see how it was going to impact you? Look no further than the ThomasNet.com. Thomasnet.com as an application in the app store that is most worth checking out. The Thomasnet application is completely free from the apple store, and provides up to date news stories and information useful to anyone.
Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.
Reference apps can be highly specific—like a ship captain's medical guide, or broad—like the Encyclopedia Britannica. In this section you'll find political reference manuals, medical and legal materials, compilation of great quotations, joke databases, and much more. Whether you're a professional, a student, or just a curious person, there's an app for just about any reference material you can think of.
Civil War America’s Epic Struggle is for students, casual historians and serious history buffs. It presents an overview, the causes, major battles (alphabetically and chronologically) and timelines, as well as information about railroads, medical care, economics, and other topics related to the Civil War.
Looking for a great back to school primer for the kids, or a would-be college grad? Give them the gift of knowledge on iPhone, or iPod touch with Paragon's Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010. The "concise" part is something they might appreciate, that is until they have to dredge through real books for their term papers. Nothing makes you seem smarter though than really well-remembered cliff notes (except maybe actually knowing the full topic). Read on for my short review of this mini-tome of encyclopedic information.