Duolingo – Learn on the go!

Do you love learning different languages? Or are you learning a new language? If the answer is yes, then Duolingo is tailored made for you. This application is completely free. This means no locked content or no paid content. Everything is absolutely free so you can learn your favorite language on the go. With the high quality free content, a user friendly and attractive user interface, this is definitely an application to have. Though the amount of available languages may not be enough but every day new high quality content is added.

Duolingo appIn all honesty, this application is a complete package. It offers reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises. In short, this application makes sure that you don’t learn language but master the language. This is something that very few applications offer and most of those applications are paid. But with Duolingo, quality is free of cost!

For English speaking people this application has some popular languages to learn like Danish, Dutch, French, Esperanto, German, Italian Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Swedish and Ukrainian. Well, the list is not too long but still there are good enough languages to learn with quality content available for all these languages.

Just like other language learning applications, Duolingo has a series of lessons and exercises. These short lessons and exercises combine together to form larger units of your lecture. The good thing about the application is that it keeps track of all your activities. All those lectures or lessons which you have completed are turned golden automatically. The ones which are still in progress or the ones which you have not completed yet are shown in a different color with a progress bar below. So, this keeps you aware with what you have covered and what you have to cover.

The good part is that your progress on the web and iPhone is synchronized. So, whatever you do wither on the web app or the iPhone app it is automatically synchronized. A new interesting feature in this application is that it allows users to skips some part of the language only if they are able to pass the test. Let’s say you have a strong hold over Italian verbs and you want to skip this part of language. Then all you have to do is pass the test and skip the section.

Quality free content, user friendly interface, automatic synchronization with web app and on the go access to content makes this application perfect!

Meerkat – Livestream on iPhone

Meerkat is a livestream application for iPhone. Getting started with the application is quite simple. Download, launch and allow Meerkat to log in using your Twitter account which you already have on your iPhone. It is that simple to setup this application.

What Meerkat Can Do?

Meerkat AppSo, after setting up application it gives you the option to either start a live stream now or schedule it. If you wish to schedule your livestream, then it will ask you to add some brief about the running and application will automatically tweet it. The stream link will then show a ticking counter. And if you start a showing right away then it will tweet the live stream link along with the brief you added and anyone with that link can view the streaming.

The interesting part is that it shows the people who are viewing your livestream on top of the screen. However, the list of viewers on top of the screen includes both are currently viewing and the ones who have already left it. This was quite disappointing for us. We felt that it should keep track of current viewers and the ones who have already left the stream separately. Two different lists would have been a perfect idea!

On the bottom of the screen there are different toggles. One of them can help you in switching between the primary and secondary camera, the second one will stop the livestream for you and the last one is to turn on the flash and we feel this will come in handy for using at nights.

One downside of this application is that NOT everyone can view your stream. It is specifically available to Twitter users only. If you are logged into your Twitter account or if you don’t have one, then you cannot view the stream. This is quite disappointing and we found it quite strange!

Now another interesting part is that all your Twitter followers using Meerkat will show up in app automatically as Meerkat followers. So, as soon as you start a livestream your Meerkat followers will get a push notification and they can view the streaming from app directly.

The idea of the app is pretty good but it comes with lots of restrictions. The major one is that only Twitter users can view stream. We hope with future updates these issues are sorted out!

Adobe Slate – Use it on the GO

Adobe Slate much like the Adobe Voice serves the purpose of assembling photos or graphic slideshows with voice overs which can then be saved as movies. Unfortunately the Adobe Voice didn’t get off to a good start since plenty of complaints were received from consumers. However, fortunately, the issues were rectified by Adobe.

In case you have photos that you wish to share, complete with a narrative then the Adobe Slate is the ideal software to do so. Not only is it easy to use but it is also fun and fast to use.

AdomeSlateBesides their similarity in use, the Adobe Slate is also free just like the Adobe Voice. In other words, it is not a creative Cloud App. The only thing you need to do is to register an Adobe ID and endure the “Get Slate”,   “Made with Slate” as well as the Adobe hosting which are all in keeping with Adobe’s desire to draw in users such as nonprofits, education as well as demographics that are unable to afford software from the company or those that don’t wish to endure the complexity that comes with the company’s Creative Cloud ecosystem.

How does it work?

When you tap the “Create a New Story” text, you will be taken to the cover page where you are prompted to add a title, a subtitle as well as a photo. There are 11 theme choices to choose from with each theme coming with six text-styling options.

The photos to be included in the software can come from a number of sources such as the camera, iPad, Lightroom, Creative Cloud, or Dropbox. In addition, you can include images that come from Creative Commons-licensed images from across the Web.

There are few choices on offer for photo display within the software and these include the full width, full screen inline and windowed. By scrolling vertically, you are able to move from viewport to viewport which are technically not real pages rather another asset.

When you are done with adding the photos and the different options then you can share your story. The story can be shared in a number of ways. It can be shared to the public or directly shared in an email, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook or message with a link and image. You can also embed code or copy a link to the clipboard. In case you are emailing then you need to utilize the native iOS Mail. This means that unfortunately, you can’t use Gmail for this purpose.