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Office Lens: Convert Images To Word Docs and Read Whiteboard Images

April 17, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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If you’re a student or an employee who has to write down a lot of lengthy notes in limited time then Office Lens by Microsoft Corporation is an app for you. It’s a free app that lets users take pictures of documents, content written on boards, etc. and convert them to editable MS Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files. It’s a very useful app that will make you feel that you have a tiny scanner instead of an actual iPhone in your pocket.

I’ve always have to be prepared with a notebook and pen in hand when it comes to taking notes in class or a meeting. I have tried taking pictures of notes directly from a black or whiteboard but they don’t come out very clean, and I still have to type or write down the content later on from the image I’ve captured. Office Lens has been created to cater to all the requirements needed in order to properly take pictures from boards, documents, even business cards, and then converting all the text into Word, PDF files, or PowerPoint presentations.

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Unboxing and first impression: BOHM SoundBlock Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

April 10, 2015 — by Xin Chan0

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I have been using a SCOTT Bluetooth Portable Speaker BT700 for about 1.5 year and I am quite satisfied with its performance, sound quality and the base output. It costed me around $30 at that time and I felt that was quite a good deal.

Recently, before the Easter holiday, I found a real good deal on Amazon for BÖHM SoundBlock Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for around $50 only (original price $140). The customer reviews are good and it has quite a good rating. I personally really like the outlook of this speaker. The size is also optimal for my desk. Simply say this speaker is something that I have been looking for.

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Filters App: Over 800 Ways To Transform Your Images

April 3, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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While we have covered several apps that let you apply filters to images in the past, today’s release is a little bit different.

Courtesy of Mike Rundle, you can now use Filters for iPhone, an app that’s basically a visual effects photo editor.

What’s intriguing about this offering is that none of the filters are locked behind a paywall of in-app purchases. It’s a sleek filter editor that brings over 800 ways to transform your photos.

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Choosic: The Music App That Works Like Tinder

April 3, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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I like listening to music. Most of the stuff I hear is already immensely popular but once in the while I get to hear a song from an indie artist that catches my attention.

Due to my hectic schedule discovering new music isn’t easy for me but then a friend of mine introduced me to Choosic. And I am thankful that he did.

Here’s why: It is the ideal app to broaden your music horizons.

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Enlight Photo App: Filters, Effects, Artistic Tools, Memes and Many More

April 2, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum1

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You may already be familiar with Facetune, the photo editing app that lets you portraits appear a lot better by letting you use tools to fix up hairstyle, apply makeup, improve skin texture, blur out the background, and do more.

The developers of the same app have lately released Enlight. This is a new app offering that builds on the image processing technology that was introduced in Facetune.

The app offers features that are hard to resist; from basic to complex, there’s possibility of using creative options such as curves, layers, masks, and even noise reduction.

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Layout App: Create Amazing Collages To Share On Instagram

April 1, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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We can all agree that Instagram is amazing especially if you know the right filters to use to make your images stand out from the rest of the crowd.

While Instagram does have benefits there are things that the app can’t do such as adding a frame to images, adding some text, or making a collage to share with the world. However, all of that is going to change because Instagram has released an all-new app named Layout.

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Review: Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook

March 27, 2015 — by Xin Chan0

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I have seldom been so crazy to purchase a gadget right on the launch day, especially accessories for my Apple Products. I usually wait and see and check out numbers of reviews before I cash in. But I really love this product at first sight and I wanted it for my MacBook Pro for long. It is BaseLift for MacBook presented by Twelve South, launched last Wednesday.

It is a super-thin, microfiber-layered integrated stand and lap pad for MacBooks, which fits all current MacBook Pro and Air models, with the following features in summary:

– Super thin and light (3.7 mm, 119 g)
– Tilts MacBook to a comfortable typing angle (10 degrees, elevates by 32 mm)
– Improves air circulation
– Protects your thighs from the heat emitted
– Attaches to MacBook to go everywhere you go
– Protects and adds comforts to the bottom of your MacBook
– Easy to remove anytime, leaving no residue behind
– Easily fits into most bags and MacBook cases

BaseLift features a two-piece design. You can find inside the package the primary BaseLift Pad and an optional secondary Fit Strip for 13 and 15-inch models. Don’t panic when you open the box as there is a very comprehensive installation guide with graphical illustrations to help you out in getting the product set up and works well. Notably speaking, don’t just look at the pictures but also the words, you need to be careful with the alignment of the pad in order to have the best balance and experience when you flip your MacBook upside down again.

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PDFpen Scan+: Touch Free Scanning Comes To iOS

March 25, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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PDFScan+ has a lot of useful features, but you now have one more reason to download this app on your iPhone. The latest version of the application brings touch-free scanning to all iDevices.

That means the app can now snap shots as soon as the selected document is in the focus and the edges are detectible. If you’re hearing about PDFpen Scan+ for the first time, below is a detailed guide about how it works.

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Week Weather: Get a Detailed Heat Map Of The Weekly Forecast

March 24, 2015 — by Adeel Qayum0

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We can all agree that there are a lot of weather apps out there. But there’s something about Week Weather by Wolfgang Augustin that stood out for me and made me want to install it on my iPhone, and I couldn’t be anymore happier. As the name implies, the apps gives you all the weather information you need for a week in a very useful manner to help you plan your activities accordingly.

One of the worst things that can happen when planning an outdoor party for friends or family, or even deciding to go out for a stroll on your own is bad weather. I remember when my whole plan of going for a hike was put to rest when it suddenly started to rain outside.