Saturday, 29 July 2017

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Mini Metro - A Beautiful Subway Strategy Game

Mini Metro is a management game that has a simple and fun interface. You manage a large city, and you need to make railways that connect stations together and transport passengers around to prevent overcrowding. Its available for all major platforms, including iOS, Android and desktops.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Airserver - Mirror Your Phone to Your Computer

AirServer is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you mirror your iPad or iPhone's screen to your PC or Mac. After quickly installing a program on your Windows computer or Mac, you simply need to scan a QR code with your iPhone or iPad, and then you'll start mirroring your devices screen to your computer.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

How to Use Todoist Templates

Todoist is by far the best task manager I have ever used, and it has some very powerful features such as labels, filters and many more. Another feature that Todoist offers is the ability to import and export your projects into a template, allowing you to share that checklist and also easily duplicate it.

You might be wondering what the use of this is - it allows you to import projects again and again, such as a travel checklist, and means that you don't have to make it each time. Another great use is sharing templates with your family, and many, many more. You can even export them as .cvs files and edit them in Excel, or export them as a web link to share to others.

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.

Thanks for reading!

Feel free to comment below!

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.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Trello for Students

Trello is a very well known tool that lets you organise todo lists and projects into visual boards. With flexible features, Trello is a powerful app that allows you to organise many aspects of your life, including personal and education aspects. It also integrates with many other services such as Evernote and GitHub, and has collaborative features that allows you to work with other people on a large group project. I’ll outline how to use Trello for managing schoolwork in this post.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Transmit - Access Your Servers on the go

Transmit is an app for iOS that allows you to upload files and images to FTP servers, Amazon S3, WebDAV and multiple other servers across the internet.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Using Todoist Labels

If you have a lot of items on your todo list, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things you need to do. However, if you use Todoist, you may find a premium feature handy - labels. Labels allow you to assign tasks a specific label, and you can assign tasks with as many as these labels as you want. Labels allow you to see only the tasks that you want to see, and filter out the tasks you don't.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

ProTube - YouTube for Power Users

ProTube is a highly customisable YouTube app for iOS. It puts you in control of the app, and has multiple features that you won’t find in the YouTube app. Some of these are picture in picture viewing, no ads, custom playlists, audio playback whilst working in other apps and more. If you watch a lot of YouTube videos on your iPad and iPhone, you may want to check it out.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

DevonTHINK Go: Your Knowledge at Your Fingertips

DevonTHINK Go is a powerful tool for managing large text databases made up of text files, images, web clippings and PDFs. Think of it as a mix between file manager and research database, allowing you to save your images, web clippings and PDFs in the same place you have written up your essay draft.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Evernote for Students

Evernote is a great tool for note taking, and students are some of the people that take the most notes. I've written a post about how I use Evernote in general, and this post is about how I use Evernote to take notes.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

iCab Mobile - A Powerful Web Browser for iOS

Safari is iOS' default browser, however it's not the best. It doesn't handle downloads very well, as well as missing many features such as plugins, full screen and many more. However, iCab Mobile solves these problems. It has features such as plugins and an advanced download manager that will attract over people using Safari and other iOS browsers.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Evernote | 4 Tips & Tricks for Students - Francesco D'Alessio

Hello Nerdy Student readers!

Organising is something that most college and high schools don’t get, but seeing as you are here, you obviously want to start getting organised for your college experience. Being a student can be tough with lots of coursework, exams and pressure from lecturers. So in this feature, we’re going to help you organise your Evernote content.

My name’s Francesco D’Alessio. I’m a student in the UK covering productivity apps and resources on YouTube. I discovered Evernote in 2013 when I started high-school. I had some fantastic success with it.

In this video we’ll run over some fundamental ways to organising your Evernote account. There are the tips and tips mentioned in the video:

1. Create an overview

2. Capture audio from lectures

Save entire lectures just using audio — perfect for revision.

3. Create a daily journal

Zen out and relax by spending some time in the morning expressing your feelings.

4. Store important documents in Evernote

Save useful documents inside of Evernote for the moments you need them.

Thank you so much for reading and watch my new series: Evernote for Students on YouTube for weekly features on how to expand your Evernote usage at college.

Thank you to Giacomo and the Nerdy Student team for having me here.

Email me any queries:

Francesco :)

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Notes Plus - Take Notes on your iPad

Notes Plus is a handwriting app for iOS that allows you to take handwritten notes using your Apple Pencil or your stylus on your iPad. It offers multiple features such as different ink colors, different paper types and many more.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

New domain!

Hi everyone. You may notice I've moved from to I've got a premium domain, and thanks to all that donated and helped out!

The new domain looks better and more professional, as well as is easier to remember.

Once again, thanks to all those who donated! If you can, please consider doing so. You can check out the donations page here.
Thank you!

Feel free to comment below!

The Nerdy Student is now using Disqus for comments!

I've recently added Disqus to be the commenting method on the blog. I did this for a few reasons:

  • Disqus looks better than the standard Blogger commenting. It runs smoothly, and is much easier to use.
  • Conversations flow easier on Disqus. It's quicker to post, and it's easier to reply to people.
  • Better guest posting.
  • Larger community.
I hope you enjoy the new changes - more will be coming soon!

Thanks for reading!

Feel free to comment below!

TextTool 2 - Transform Your Text

TextTool is an app for iOS that is a powerful text editor with lots of options for text transformations. TextTool is somewhere you write text, edit it and then move it to another app. It’s not somewhere where text lives, but somewhere where text can be manipulated and then moved over to the app you want to save it in.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Bear Notes - Write beautifully on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Bear Notes is an app that uses markdown to give you a clean and beautiful writing experience on your iPad, iPhone and Mac. It uses markdown and allows you to sync your notes between devices, with a beautiful look.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Opera Neon - The Next Generation Browser

Opera Neon is a radical reimagining of a web browser by Opera, a well known tech firm that make the Opera browser. It installs in a small package quickly and cleanly, and looks like running free circular bookmarks on your desktop, with tabs being circles to the side.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Opener: Open Links in Apps

We all know the reality of opening links in iOS - its difficult to open links in the app that you want to open that link in, not the app that iOS wants you to open it in. For example, if you use Tweetbot instead of Twitter, there is no way to set that as the default Twitter app. If you want to open links to Twitter you find across the internet, you can only open it in Twitter. The same happens with opening YouTube links in ProTube, instead of the official app and so on.

Opener fixes this - its a handy app that allows you to open links in the apps that you want, not the apps that iOS wants you to open them in. If you find that you want to view links you find around the web in the apps that you use, Opener is for you.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

My Favourite Apps of 2016

2016 has been a pretty big year - I’ve found that my iPad has been replacing my Windows laptop, and that I’ve discovered that I can do lots of things on my iPad that I thought that I wasn’t able to. It’s become my primary device - I often find myself doing my homework on it, as well as programming and even gaming on it.

As I've been using my iPad more, the apps and workflows that I've used have been refined, and I'd like to say perfected, but I'm always finding new and quicker ways to do things. I find myself only using my computer for blog posts, when I want to do a lot of programming, and for occasional gaming. My iPad has become my primary platform, and it certainly meets up to the role well.

Most of this list is iOS apps, but quite a few of them are Mac and Windows apps too. The web apps at the end work on any platform.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Self Control - Block distracting websites

If you've been looking for a distraction blocker for your iPhone and iPad, look no further. With Self Control, you can add any sites that you want to block to your blacklist. You can block all of those sites if you want, are just a few of them. It's a great way to save time, and stop browsing Reddit when you should be doing coursework.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Donations are now available!

I've finally added donations! You may be wondering what the benefits are. These things will be added over time as the money becomes available.

Premium URL

Something I wanted for a while - it would make The Nerdy Student look more professional, and would improve the site.

Nicer theme

Whilst I'm a fan of the current theme, I'd love to get a custom snazzy theme.

More apps and tech to review

I get gifted a lot of my apps and tech, that is true. However, there are some apps and tech that I would love to review that I can't unless I have the money - Scrivener and Ulysses for example.

And more!

Please consider donating - it would help me a lot!

Thanks for reading!

Feel free to comment below!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

3 Months of Todoist Premium - Giveaway!

I'm excited to announce yet another giveaway - three months of Todoist Premium, free! I'm doing this giveaway because the blog just passed over 60,000 page views. Be sure to enter!

If you don't know what Todoist is, be sure to check out my blog post on it here!

All you need to do is subscribe to The Nerdy Student via email, and sign up with the form.

Enter your email address to subscribe to The Nerdy Student

And then enter the form below!

Win three months of Todoist Premium!

The competition closes on the 30th of January, so be sure to enter before then! To be eligible to win, you must have:

  • Subscribed to the newsletter
  • Filled in the form
  • Extra entries mean you are more likely to win
Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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Linky: Post to Twitter and Facebook with Simplicity

Linky is an awesome share extension app that allows you to quickly and easily share quotes, websites and anything you find on the internet quickly and easily to your Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Chipolo Plus Bluetooth Tracker - Never Lose Your Things Again!

The Chipolo Plus is a coin shaped bluetooth tracker that you attach to anything you don't want to lose. With the companion iPhone, Android or web app, you'll know that you won't lose anything again.