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5 Tools and Sites to Help You Study and Make the Grade

Written on 11/12/2012 by Andrew | 1 comment

While midterms may be over for most students, final exams for the quarter or semester are coming up. Inevitably, you’ll be sitting in your room or the library trying to study. Here are 5 tools and website that’ll help you make the grade and ace your next test.

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What are the Differences? Kindle E-Readers Explained

Written on 11/10/2012 by Andrew | 1 comment

Whether you spend a lot of time on the plane or bus, you’re sure to get bored. Sure, you could bring along a couple of hard cover books, like the 630-page-epic Steve Jobs, but it’s a couple of pounds that you’re carrying unnecessarily. With some pretty amazing E-Reader offerings from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s almost no reason to carry around another physical book.

Updated November, 2012 to add Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite

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TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition: Is TI Reviving their Old Calculators with Color?

Written on by Andrew | 2 comments

Recently there have been several rumors about a new calculator from Texas Instruments launching next Spring. Interestingly, however, it’s not a TI NSpire– it’s a new model of TI-84 Plus: the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.

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Become the James Bond of Your Class with 8 Cool Gadgets

Written on 11/07/2012 by Andrew | 0 comments

James Bond Skyfall is being released in a matter of days to glowing reviews. Here’s a couple of ways you can be the James Bond of your school with 8 unique gadgets.

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Calculus Studying Tips: The Mistakes I Made in High School

Written on 11/06/2012 by Andrew | 0 comments

It’s nearing the end of the quarter for most college students and high schoolers are coming up on holiday break. That means almost every student, both in high school and college, is stressing over a massive midterm or final exam. Here are a few calculus studying tips that I didn’t necessarily follow myself in high school.

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The New Kindle Fire and Kindle Paperwhite – Great Holiday Gifts and Companions for School

Written on 10/22/2012 by Andrew | 0 comments

Over the years, Amazon has improved their Kindle lineup significantly. Most recently, they’ve added a new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite device– two new gadgets that are sure to make owners of previous Kindles drool.

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The Kindle 2– A Perfect Gift for Mom or Dad

Written on 05/04/2010 by Andrew | 0 comments

Need a great gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Look no further—the Amazon Kindle is the perfect present for mom or dad. This sleek device has been redesigned and is now thinner than a pencil, much faster, and the battery lasts a lot longer. Read More


TI Releases new TI NSpire Graphing Calculator

Written on 04/24/2010 by Andrew | 2 comments

The TI NSpire was a revolutionary calculator. Just recently TI took it to the next level with a new version of the TI NSpire operating system, an upgraded calculator, and a new Touchpad for the TI NSpire. The new and improved Touchpad includes all of the buttons on the old TI NSpire “Clickpad” in addition to a new mouse-like pad that makes scrolling much easier.

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The Electronic Textbook of the Future

Written on 01/01/2010 by Andrew | 0 comments

Paperback books are soooooo 1990’s! If you haven’t had the chance to read about it yet, you’ve got to see the new Amazon Kindle electronic book reader. This ultra small and thin device looks like an oversized PDA, but packs amazing new technology, which will likely render overstuffed, 30 pound book bags entirely obsolete one day.  Can you imagine replacing all your text books with this 10 ounce machine?

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The Livescribe Pulse Pen, a Cool New Student Tool Just in Time for Christmas

Written on 12/01/2009 by Andrew | 0 comments

Is a calculator the only cool tool that you can use in school? Believe it or not, the answer is no! There are a ton of other cool gadgets out there that are both fun to use and they can help you make the grade.

I couldn’t help but drool over a new gadget just hitting the market in time for everybody’s Christmas list. I’m talking about Livescribe’s new Pulse smart pen. Livescribe took last year’s technology from the Leapfrog Fly Pen and turned it into much more than a toy! The Livescribe Pulse smart pen is a palm-sized pen computer which scans your handwritten notes as you write them and records the audio at the same time.

The real magic happens when you take the pen at the end of the day and hook it up to a USB docking station. A few seconds later all your notes are moved to the Livescribe desktop software. Click on a particular section of your notes and you can hear the audio recording that was going on at that exact moment in time–no more confusing lecture notes!

The Livescribe Pulse comes in two flavors. The 2GB memory version retails for approximately $149.00 and stores up to 200 hours of notes and audio before it needs to be downloaded to a computer. The smaller 1GB memory version retails for $95.00 but can only save about 50 hours of audio.

In addition to the Pulse pen you must use special microdot paper. The pen comes with a single notebook and additional notebooks can be purchased in packs of four at $19.95 each. There have been rumors that Pulse will allow people to print their own paper using a laser printer but as of September, this software is not yet available. However, given the average middle school and high school student is not likely to be filling more than four notebooks a year, the $19.95 paper cost does not seem to be a deal breaker.


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