‘Software’ Posts

HackCollege Interviews: A Software Consultant

HackCollege Interviews: A Software Consultant

A great way to find out if a job or industry is right for you is to talk to people you know that are familiar with it. This week I’ve done some of the work for you by meeting with Chris Rogers, an experienced software consultant, to ask him about the good and bad days ...

Why You Should: Use LectureNotes

Why You Should: Use LectureNotes

Using the stock note-taking apps that come with your Android smartphone or tablet is fine for jotting down quick notes. But they were not designed with student needs in mind. The focus on catering to students is what separates LectureNotes from the rest of the class. LectureNotes is much like using an electronic pad and ...

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

SoftMaker has a free lineup of office suite modules containing a word processor, slide presentation program and spreadsheet program that rival the Microsoft Office suite. Called FreeOffice 2016, this product line includes near identical performance for Windows and Linux operating systems as well as Android mobile devices. SoftMaker is based in Germany and also offers ...

Why You Should: Use the Brave Browser

Why You Should: Use the Brave Browser

If you spend a lot of time on your mobile device researching school assignments, you should switch to the new, free Brave browser. Brave Software aims to stop online ads from invading your privacy and slowing down the Web. This mission is not the same as trying to blocking all ads. The growing use of ...

How To: Get Homework Done on Your Android

How To: Get Homework Done on Your Android

Laptop computers are great tools both in and out of the classroom. But they are bulky to carry around morning, noon and night. Leave your laptop behind and still get heavy writing and note-taking done on your Android phone or tablet. All you need to convert your tablet or smartphone into a top-grade learning tool ...

Why You Should: Update Your Android

Why You Should: Update Your Android

Android phones and tablets wear out — just not like the tires on your car or the soles of your shoes. Older Android phones simply use obsolete operating systems that your phone-carrier or tablet-maker no longer supports. If your Android no longer receives updates, it doesn’t have the latest security patches to protect it from ...

Free Alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite

Free Alternatives to the Microsoft Office Suite

Juggling your finances can be tricky while you’re in college and if you’re like most students, you’re constantly looking to save money. One way to avoid an unnecessary expense is to download free open source software in lieu of Microsoft Office Suite. More prevalent with each passing year, open source tools are free and just ...

How to Make Your Android Devices More Productive

How to Make Your Android Devices More Productive

Are you getting all the productivity out of your Android smartphone or tablet? As a student, you rely on your Android devices to track your assignments, schedules and grades. Your mobile devices are essential to your success and safety. Use the following android productivity tips to keep your device from getting sluggish or having poor ...

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

Students often have hectic schedules and an overwhelming amount of tasks to complete. So, it’s no wonder that worrying about the safety and security of highly vulnerable smartphones and tablets rarely number among their concerns. But the damage a breach of these devices causes far outweighs the inconvenience of staying mindful of their safety. These ...

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 2

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 2

College students stand to benefit greatly from using the Linux operating system. Linux is secure, easy to use and well-tested; there’s no need to worry about viruses or malware. No one company owns Linux, and it’s not just one operating system. Since it’s an open source software, many communities are able to develop and support ...

Why You Should Be Using: The Vivaldi Browser

Why You Should Be Using: The Vivaldi Browser

A new approach to web browsers gives students better productivity tools, and the Vivaldi browser in particular could change how you interact with the internet. Two programmers hatched the idea for Vivaldi in 1994. Co-founders Jon von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita envisioned a fast web browser that ran with minimal hardware requirements and included customization ...

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 1

Picking Your Ideal Linux Distro: Part 1

College students can enhance their computing productivity with the Linux operating system. Linux offers better speed, tighter security and several other advantages over Microsoft Windows and Apple OS-X. Plus, it comes at an unbeatable price: it’s completely free. No single company owns or sells the Linux OS, which is open source software. Several dozen open ...

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