Marlo Welshons: November 2010 Archives

Presenters: John Barneson, Ryan Bean, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Rod Rasmussen, Marlo Welshons

Resources

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

www.lib.umn.edu/mobile

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.
Instapaper

www.instapaper.com

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

wapedia.mobi

Crazy fast wiki encyclopedia; works well in 2g

WorldCat

www.worldcat.org/m

Uses the geo-location feature to identify which libraries in your vicinity hold the materials you're searching for.

Apps
AccessMyLibraryCollege

www.gale.cengage.com/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 | iPad

Barcode Scanner

code.google.com/p/zxing

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 Android

Chrome to Phone

code.google.com/p/chrometophone/

A chrome extension that allows you to send webpages and google maps to your phone from your browser.

Free; compatible with Android

Documents to Go

www.dataviz.com/products/documentstogo/android/

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 Android

Evernote

www.evernote.com

Capture, organize, find.

Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPad

Fotopedia

www.fotopedia.com

Collaborative photo encyclopedia.

Free; compatible with iPhone | iPad

Google Apps

www.google.com/mobile/

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 | iPhone

GoodReader

www.goodreader.net/goodreader.html

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 | iPad

iBooks

itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8

Easy to use, easy to download books, etc., and it now reads pdf files (better on the iPad).

Free; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPad

iCardSort

www.e-string.com/icardsort

Brainstorming tool that helps you to visually organize ideas quickly and easily.

Free; compatible with iPad

iNet Pro

itunes.apple.com/us/app/inet-pro-network-scanner/id305242949?mt=8

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 | iTouch

Instapaper

www.instapaper.com

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 | iPad

Kindle Reading Apps

Amazon's Kindle Store

Read Kindle books on any mobile device, not just a Kindle!

Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iTouch | iPad

NewsRob

newsrob.blogspot.com

An RSS viewer linked to your google account, pulls your RSS feeds and syncs them with the cloud.

Free; compatible with Android

Notes Plus

notesplusapp.com

Allows mixing handwriting and typed text easily for note taking.

$4.99; compatible with iPad

RedLaser

redlaser.com

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 | iTouch

RDP (Remote Desktop)

www.mochasoft.dk/iphone_rdp.htm (Apple devices)
www.mochasoft.dk/rd.htm (Windows Mobile version)
ww.mochasoft.dk/rdp.htm (Palm)

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 | Palm

Scany

itunes.apple.com/us/app/scany-networks-ports-scanner/id328077901?mt=8

Another network utility used for gathering information about the network, troubleshooting connectivity, etc.

$3.99; compatible with iPhone | iTouch | iPad

Stanza

www.lexcycle.com

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 | iTouch

WolframAlpha

products.wolframalpha.com/android/ (Android version)
products.wolframalpha.com/iphone/ (iPhone version)
products.wolframalpha.com/ipad/ (iPad version)

A computational knowledge engine.

Free; compatible with Android | iPhone | iPad

VNC

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 Mobile

WorldCat Mobile

www.worldcat.org/mobile

An app version of WorldCat, powered by Boopsie.

Free; compatible with all web-enabled phones.

YPMobile

www.yellowpages.com/products/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 .