Saturday, 17 June 2017

Overcast - A Simple Podcast Player with Powerful Features

Many people listen to podcasts that cover a wide variety of subjects, from technology to comedy and everything in-between. Overcast is a podcast app for iOS that allows you to listen to your favourite podcasts offline or online on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Manage Your Subscriptions with Outflow

Many apps work on a subscription basis now, many of which are some of the largest and most popular apps and programs. However, one of the problems with app subscriptions is that it is quite difficult to track when subscriptions on various apps run out. I pay £0.79 a month for iCloud, which is a very low price, and I often forget about buying it. However, when I add my Evernote and Todoist Premium subscriptions, domain names and more, the price really adds up. It's difficult to track when all of these things expire, as they are all based across different platforms, with different expiration dates, and different prices. It's a struggle to get on top of all of these different subscriptions.

Outflow is a great solution to this problem - you can easily add apps, and then see how long until you need to pay for that subscription again. Outflow allows you to get notified based around your subscriptions renewal date, so you won't forget to pay it again. Outflow has many more features, and is a great choice if you want an app to track your expenses.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Evernote Adds a New Feature That Automates Taking Meeting Notes

Evernote has just released a new public beta feature for Evernote Web, which allows you to quickly and easily take meeting notes that are pulled from your Google Calendar, and these notes are automatically filled in with location, time, description and participant information from your calendar.


Connect Evernote to your Google Calendar, and it'll find your next events. You'll be able to click on an event that is coming up soon, and that will make an automatic meeting note using the Evernote Meeting note template.


The new note will have the event title, and below that a link to the Google Calendar event. Evernote automatically detects the location of the event, as well as the description and participants. I think this is really cool, as it saves you writing it all down. You then have the notes section, where you take the meeting notes, and next steps where you can plan what you are going to add next.

If you don't have a calendar event up soon, you can just click on 'Blank meeting note' to get the blank template.

This is an awesome new Evernote feature, and I hope it makes it out of beta. It allows easy meeting notes to be taken, and I think lots of people would like it a lot.

You can sign up to Evernote here.

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A Look at iOS 11 on iPad

Yesterday, the Apple Keynote at WWDC took place, and iOS 11 was announced. iOS 11 comes packed full of great new features for the iPad, including drag and drop, a dock, and many more improvements and changes.

I will be concentrating on the major iPad updates in this post, as that's where the most change is, and it's most likely what will interest people the most.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Steelseries Nimbus - The Best Controller for iPad, iPhone and Apple TV

Gaming is one of the most popular things, and mobile devices are a great way to play games. The Steelseries Nimbus is a Mfi controller for all Apple devices - from the iPhone to the Apple TV, the Steelseries Nimbus allows you to control your favourite games with a Xbox or PS4 like controller.

I've been using the Steelseries Nimbus to control all of my favourite games since I received it, and I've found that games are really enhanced by using a controller. If you play a lot of games on your iPad, iPhone and Apple TV, you want to check out the Steelseries Nimbus.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Managing Tasks Using Pipelines

Pipelines are a way of planning and organising your work - a visual todo list, ordered by what is due at the closest date. They are a great way to quickly see what you need to do in a glance.

With pipelines, you can see all your tasks ordered by the deadline with a quick glance. It's easy and quick to set up pipelines, so make sure to keep reading!

My pipeline for The Nerdy Student

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Win Forest for iOS - Stop Getting Distracted!

Forest is a great app for iPhone, Android and Chrome that allows you to stop getting distracted. Be one of five people to win a code for Forest!



This giveaway is only for the iOS app.

If you find yourself always getting distracted by your phone or websites, Forest can help you out. Start growing a tree, and if you leave the app, your tree gets killed. It's a great way to stay on task and focus!

You can enter via the form below, and get higher chances by completing more things such as commenting, retweeting and so on.

The winners will be contacted on the 4th of June, 2017 by the email address they added. You must reply within 24 hours of the email being sent to you, or the code will be given to someone else.

Good luck!

Forest iOS giveaway

Newton Mail - Supercharged Email

Email's are a large part of people's lives, and there are so many choices for an email app out there. I manage three email accounts on a regular basis, two of which have many emails incoming at all hours of the day. Newton Mail is an iOS, Android, Mac and Windows email application that aims to help you tackle your email, with some powerful features that are under a simple interface, such as read receipts and app integrations.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

PDF Expert 6 - Edit PDFs Like Word Documents, New Design & Much More!

I reviewed PDF Expert 5 around a year ago, and I was really impressed with it. The Readdle team have released a new major update for it, PDF Expert 6, which boasts a new design, better search, and the ability to edit PDF text, images and links as if they were a Word document - something that I haven't found on any other program, whether that is on desktop or mobile.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Track Planets & Stars in Real Time with Cosmic Watch

Cosmic Watch is a great looking real time world-clock, which shows you positions of planets in the solar system, star charts and so much more. It shows these above the beautifully rendered earth, and allows you to select and view times in various places in the world.

If you are a fan of astronomy and stars, Cosmic Watch may be of interest to you.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Getting the Most out of Todoist Filters

Todoist has many powerful features, and filters are one of them. Filters allow you to create custom filters that filter down tasks according to what you set. You can set filters to only show tasks with labels, or to show tasks with a certain date. You could think of them as saved searches - if you use a certain search over and over again, you could save it as a filter.

I’ll give an introduction on filters, then go into some examples and how I use them in this post.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Evernote for Students: Sharing Notes for Revision

All my notes are taken in Evernote, and many of my friends also take their notes in Evernote. Evernote is great - you can share notes, and discuss them in work chat. A great way for students to use Evernote is to share revision notes in a shared notebook, which you share with your other classmates and allow them to view and edit your revision notes.

In this post, I'll go through how I share revision notes, and how I make it easy to navigate and for others to find and use them.

The Nerdy Student is now on Apple News!

You can now subscribe to The Nerdy Student on Apple News!


Simply head over to this link, and make sure to have Apple News installed on your iOS device.

Posts are updated via the feed, so you'll always receive the post on Apple News as soon as the post is up. You'll be able to easily read posts on your iPhone and iPad.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you like it!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A few minor changes to The Nerdy Student

I've been making a few minor changes to The Nerdy Student here and there, and wanted to share with you what these are.

Read on to find out what has changed!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

LiquidText: Powerful PDF Annotation

PDFs are one of the most used file types, and they often come with limitations. They are difficult to annotate, to change and to highlight, and generally to work on. However, LiquidText solves those problems.

LiquidText is an iOS app that allows you to annotate and work on a PDF alongside a 'workspace', a dedicated area where you can drag in excerpts, comment on them, and much more. You can also comment directly on the PDF itself, highlight it, link between pages and many more features.

If you find yourself working with PDFs a lot, LiquidText may be the app for you.