App of the Week: Microsoft Office 365

Check out this week’s find in the iTune App Store in App of the Week!

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Summer is sadly coming to an end and most of us are starting to pull out our school supplies to head back to college, but with the apps that I found you might save yourself a little money on notebooks and pens. Don’t fret you’ll still be able to get those lecture notes organized, write flawless papers, put together spectacular spreadsheets and seamless PowerPoints.

Microsoft Office has brought the computer programs we know and love into app form for iPad users. A lot of us have converted to iPads because of their versatility, convenience and ability to use apps so why not use them to help out with your school work? What you might not know as that a lot of universities have already purchased subscriptions for these apps for their students.

How it works: You can search “Microsoft” in the app store and find Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, One Note, Outlook and Remote Desktop and download the app of your choosing. The app is compatible with iPads, iPhones and iPhone touches. (Disclaimer: I am not an android user so I cannot say if the apps are compatible with android devices) From there the app will prompt you to create an account using your schools’ “edu” email address and from there you are ready to ace your classes. All of your documents will be saved to your school’s drive and you can even set them up to be backed up on your storage cloud.

Create spreadsheets in “Excel”, organize your notes by subject in “One Note”, write papers using “Word” and put together brilliant presentations using “PowerPoint.” Since I have downloaded these apps I have been able to stay better organized and notebooks and pens are a thing of the past. I can honestly say I love these apps and will continue to use them for as long as I am in school.

To check if your school has purchased a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 you check on the link here: Students – Check Microsoft Office Elgibility

Check out these apps and tell us what you think of Microsoft Office 365 in the comments below or using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper

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App of the Week: Sworkit

Check out GP’s new find in this week’s App of the week!

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We are in the middle of summer and things are finally starting to heat up which means it’s not to late to work on your summer beach body. Gym memberships can be costly and getting to the gym can be a hassle when you have a million of other things to do. With the fitness app “Sworkit” you will be able to have an effective and efficient at-home workout with no equipment necessary.

How it works: This app can be downloaded in the iTunes app store and is compatible with iOS7 or later operating systems on iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus and iPads. There are several different versions of the app, depending on what your fitness goals are. There is everything from abs and core, butt, hips, thighs and legs, upper-body and more to help you lift and tone your muscles. The basic app “Sworkit Lite – Personal Workout” is free and includes yoga, stretching, cardio and strength training. Within each category are sub-categories to train specific muscle groups or different types of training. There is no equipment involved and you can choose the training time from five minutes to one hour. With the “Costume Workout” button you can make a compilation of your favorite workouts from each muscle group to weed out the exercises you don’t like as much. Also, there is a “Fit in 5 Minutes” button that will through together random exercises for you to have a total body workout in just five minutes.

 

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Not only is the app easy to use, there is an audible voice that will explain each exercise and will time you with a ding to notify you when to switch exercises or when to rest. In addition, there are fitness models that will demonstrate the exercises for people that are visual learners. If the exercises are too challenging, you can click the minus button to lessen the time on it and if you want to kick it up a notch you can click the plus button to add time.

I would give this app four stars out of five because it is the all in one workout app. Whether you are low on cash or short on time, this app will save you the headache and still get you in great shape. The only downside of this app is that it doesn’t connect with other fitness apps that track activity, sleep or food consumption. Since these things are on the rise in the fitness community, I’m sure with the next upgrade they will jump on board. Whether you are a beginner or know your way around your body, this app will help you take your fitness to the next level. Check out the “Sworkit” app and let us know what you think using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper or the comments below.

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App of the Week: Buzzfeed news

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If you’re anything like myself you are always trying to stay in the inner loop of things, but after trying out several different apps I have finally found an app that does the job. Whether you’re interested in world news, U.S. news, sports, major breaking news, entertainment, etc. the “Buzzfeed News” app has it all.

I’ve gone through countless news apps in the iTunes app store and none of them fit all of the necessities. If I could take pieces of each app and create a super-news app I would, but in the meantime this app will do the trick.

How it works: The app can be downloaded in the iTunes app store for free and is compatible with iOS8 opperating systems on iPhone 5, 6, 6 plus and iPads. When searching the app on iPad select the search option “iPhone Only” to see the app. The app has an easy to use interface that is pretty self explanatory to navigate through. The bottom has two different tabs; one to catch up on news and the second to filter push notifications. On the “catch up” tab there is a brief recap of a few stories on the top of the page and below are a list of articles that can be scrolled through with a touch of a finger. On the “my alerts” tab you can select what types of news stories you would like to be notified about and there is even a “do not disturb” option to choose when you don’t want to receive news update notifications.

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This app is different from the regular “Buzzfeed” app that has tons of pointless articles about cats and endless lists of why or why not to like something. Although those articles are funny and easy reads they get annoying after a while and we can all agree on that. This app has something for everyone if you’re looking for straight news. I use the app on my iPad and have not encountered any problems with it yet compared to previous apps I’ve tried.

I would rate this app four stars overall which is pretty consistent with the iTunes reviews. The app has a great interface, social media sharing options, choice of filtered news based on your interest and the “do not disturb” option is perfect for stopping notifications when you’re in a meeting or winding down for bed. The only thing I would suggest to improve this app is to create more filtering tabs and create a discussion option on each article for users to be more interactive. Check out the app in the iTunes app store and tell us what you think using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper or in the comments below.

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App of the Week

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Everyone who is anyone has a Facebook nowadays. I’ve even seen pets with their own Facebook. No joke, look them up! Whether you want to connect, share, promote, engage or just creep, Facebook is practically your main course for it all.

Unfortunately with all of the updates for the Facebook app it has become extremely annoying to navigate through. It seems like every other day there is a new “update” which alters the interface, adds one more way to pry into your personal information and give you ads and other suggestions you don’t want.

No worries though, since Facebook is going no where anytime soon I found the perfect app that will help you dislike Facebook a little bit less. One of my friends put me on to the “Paper” app and it completely simplifies Facebook and in my opinion makes it 10 times better.

How it works: The app is compatible with iPhone 5, 6, 6 plus and iPads with iOS7 or better operating systems. If you are using an iPad you will need to search for “Paper” and choose the iPhone only option for your app search. Once the app downloads you can sign into Facebook with your login information and the app will walk you through a brief step-by-step tutorial on how to use the different features.

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The app comes with a simplified interface that allows you to swipe from “stories” (posts) with your finger tips and will display items your friends liked or were tagged in as a backdrop. Tired of Facebook? This app will allow you to add sections of pop life, trending, pride, etc. to your “paper” to browse through other topics like an organized, filtered newspaper.

Overall I would give this app five stars because it completely simplifies Facebook, takes out the ads and ads filtered categories to your paper when Facebook becomes too much. Try out this app and tell us what you think of “Paper” app using the hashtag #GlamorousPaper

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