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app talk: LastPass

I’ll be honest, it’s my turn to write an AppTalk blog post and I had another app that I was going to highlight. I tried to log into the admin site for the blog and it was not accepting my username and password. I use several different password combinations between my personal accounts and my work-related accounts so it’s not an unusual occurrence for me. I went through all the different combinations that I use for my work-related accounts and I was unable to log in. I clicked on the ‘forgot password’ link and I was greeted by a blank page that said only ‘Disabled.’ Uh oh. As I wait for TechSupport to (hopefully) save me from this situation I realized that I need something to help me keep organized. Then I found:

LastPass

 

LastPass keeps tracks of ALL your passwords and lets you access them from any device. While your days of remembering 13 different login/password combinations are over you’ll still have to remember your master password. Here is a list of the key features the manufacturer shares on the iTunes page:

• Sync all of your passwords and logins across all of your computers and devices
• Save and autofill usernames and passwords for all of your online accounts
• Use form fill profiles to streamline online shopping
• Create secure notes to store your memberships, credit cards, & other sensitive data
• Search for usernames and sites from your vault
• Organize sites by folders
• Enable multifactor authentication to lock down your LastPass account
• Share logins with friends and family
• Offline access to your data via the browser extensions

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You can download the app and be started in just minutes! There are many features but the most intriguing feature is the random password generator.

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Most passwords are ‘hacked’ because the user created a password with an identifying characteristic such as a birthday, family name, favorite sports team, etc. Now with LastPass the app can create a random password that will make it more difficult to ‘steal.’

While the app download is free it only comes with a 2 week trial period, you will need to subscribe to their premium service if you decide you like the product. To be fair the price seems to be minimal for the service it provides. Overall it appears to be a very useful application but ultimately its usefulness is only as strong as your master password to the program. So as difficult as it may sound, you’ll have to get rid of SanJac4Ever as your password.

LastPass is available for both Android and iOS devices.

by: mathew.baker

app talk: Remind

Here’s another app that comes highly ranked as one of my favorites.  Remind (formally known as Remind 101) is an app made especially for teachers.  Educators who needs to reach their students or their student’s parents, in a K-12 environment, can do so by sending out one message that goes to an entire class and/or their parents with a few simple clicks.  It’s never been easier to send reminders about upcoming exams, school activities or any other classroom related event. Remind

This app is an effective way to disseminate information without ever having to text from a personal cell phone or without having to input cell phone numbers.  The team at Remind even has a safety component built in, whereas there cannot be any one-to-one messaging.  The system is set up to require messaging of no less than 3 subscribers.  Not only is Remind good for a K-12 classroom, but also on a college level for advisors/instructors overseeing student organizations or someone heading up a community organization.

At first glance, Reminder appears to support one-way communications only.  When messages are sent out, there is no way of responding back, as you would with a traditional text message.  However, with some thought and creativity, Remind can be used for such things as RSVP’ing, voting and answering questions.  One component within the Remind app (not available through email or SMS) is called Stamps.  Located in the lower right hand corner of any “received” message you will see a circled star.  Touch the star and it opens up to a colorful bar of 4 symbols: a star, a check, an X and a question mark.  This is how it works; a teacher can send a text to the whole class that simply says, “Have you completed your projects?” then respond with a “check” for yes and an “X” for no.  Each student that has the app can respond by simply choosing the correct symbol.  The teacher can then view the results of each response gotten for each response as they come in.

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It’s your choice, but this app allows you to receive messages one of three ways, recipients can receive messages either through SMS messages, emails or Push Notifications via the Remind app.  Messages can also be sent out and viewed via their website www.remind.com. The app is totally free and is available on both the IOS and Android devices.

app talk: Word Lens

With school letting out and the summer travel season upon us, many people will be traveling abroad.  Why not put your phone to use for more than just social media.  What you didn’t learn this year in that Spanish or French language class, you can rely on your phone to help you with.  If you’re out of the country and need to use the public transit system, but you don’t understand the signs, here’s the app to help.  Word Lens can translate in real time between English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Word Lens works by using the camera on your smart phone to analysis a word and then instantly translates it before your very eyes.  First pick your language, for example French to English, align your word within the designated area and watch it magically go to work.  Word Lens works best on fairly large, clearly printed texts, such as that on street signs or possibly menus.  It won’t work well with handwritten or fancy scripted text.  I love this app and when you’re in a bind and need a quick translation, it’s worth a try.  I must say, it isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s better than nothing.  There may be words it can’t translate or it may give you more than one option as a possible translation, but either way it’s a cool app.

Word Lens also provides you the ability to look up words by typing them in and it will search for various meanings. It also allows you to turn on your camera light/flash when extra light is needed and the ability to zoom in when your image isn’t close enough to read.  I highly recommend giving it a try, it’s available in both the Android and IOS markets.

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