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Here is a list (incomplete and under development) of recommended mobile sites and cool apps that University of Minnesota Libraries staff can explore for personal or professional use.Mobile Sites
Use the browser on any mobile device to access these sites.University of Minnesota Libraries
The Libraries' own mobile site lets on-the-go users:
- Search for books, videos, maps, and music, and more using the library catalog.
- Find magazine and journal articles using library databases.
- E-mail citations of the resources you find.
- Browse for article databases that have mobile interfaces.
- Check library building and collection hours.
- Contact librarians by e-mail or phone.
- Look up when your checked out items are due.
Install a button on your web browser and with one click you can save any web page or online article you want to read later. Then using the mobile-friendly Instapaper web site, you can easily access all the pages you've saved via your mobile device. You can also transfer files to read on Kindle and ebook readers that support the ePub format. Instapaper is also available as an iPhone app (see below).Wapedia
Crazy fast wiki encyclopedia; works well in 2gWorldCat
Uses the geo-location feature to identify which libraries in your vicinity hold the materials you're searching for.Apps
Using your college e-mail address, AccessMyLibraryCollege gives you unlimited, 24/7 access to your college library's Gale online resources.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadBarcode Scanner
Similar to RedLaser (see below) but also tied to Google Books so you can purchase the book, find it in a library, or search the contents of the book.
Free; compatible with AndroidChrome to Phone
A chrome extension that allows you to send webpages and google maps to your phone from your browser.
Free; compatible with AndroidDocuments to Go
Allows you to view (free) and edit (paid) office and google docs. Also can be linked to a google account so that all of your google docs are assessable via the cloud.
Free/$14.99; compatible with AndroidEvernote
Capture, organize, find.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadFotopedia
Collaborative photo encyclopedia.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iPadGoogle Apps
Overview of apps for both iPhone and Android phones. More Google Mobile applications are available for phones that run the Android operating system; many Android-powered phones come with Google applications pre-installed.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhoneGoodReader
PDF reader with advanced reading, annotating, markup and highlighting capabilities, excellent file manager, TXT file reader and editor, audio/video player, Safari-like viewer for MS Office and iWorks files.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadiBooks
Easy to use, easy to download books, etc., and it now reads pdf files (better on the iPad).
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadiCardSort
Brainstorming tool that helps you to visually organize ideas quickly and easily.
Free; compatible with iPadiNet Pro
Network utility that provides information about the network you are connected to. Used primarily for troubleshooting network connectivity issues.
$4.99; compatible with iPhone | iPad | iTouchInstapaper
Install a button on your web browser and with one click you can save any web page or online article you want to read later. Then using the app on your phone, you can easily access all the pages you've saved. You can also transfer files to read on Kindle and ebook readers that support the ePub format. (See also above under mobile web sites)
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadKindle Reading Apps
Read Kindle books on any mobile device, not just a Kindle!
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPadNewsRob
An RSS viewer linked to your google account, pulls your RSS feeds and syncs them with the cloud.
Free; compatible with AndroidNotes Plus
Allows mixing handwriting and typed text easily for note taking.
$4.99; compatible with iPadRedLaser
This app uses your iPhone's camera to scan a barcode or QR code and give you results from Google, theFind, eBay, and also local libraries via WorldCat. You can use it to comparison shop or find a book in your local library. You can also scan barcodes on food and get allergen information.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouchRDP (Remote Desktop)
RDP's remote desktop connection allows users to log in their Windows computer or server and control it as though they are sitting there. Works best on the iPad, as smart phone screens are a bit small to be useful.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPad | Windows Mobile | PalmScany
Another network utility used for gathering information about the network, troubleshooting connectivity, etc.
$3.99; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPadStanza
Another good reading app. The "night view" option is a nice feature that allows users to easily dim the screen, make reading in the dark easier on the eyes.
Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouchWolframAlpha
A computational knowledge engine.
Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iPadVNC
www.mochasoft.dk/products.htm(See various links to info on this app based on device type)
Similar to RDP above, but a different kind of connection in that allows connecting to a computer that is in use without disconnecting the current user. You can see what they're doing and take control to help them as needed. Works best on the iPad, as smart phone screens are a bit small to be useful.
Free; compatible with Android | Blackberry | iPhone | iTouch | iPad | Palm | Windows MobileWorldCat Mobile
An app version of WorldCat, powered by Boopsie.
Free; compatible with all web-enabled phones.YPMobile
Cool app for finding restaurants, stores, etc., that are near you. Also shows events that are going on in the vicinity.
Free; App versions for Android | Blackberry | iPhone | iPad | iTouch | Palm;
compatible with all web-enabled phones via m.yp.com .