Loop is Google Play Music on your Desktop

Google Play Music is my favorite music streaming service — but running it in my main browser has some drawbacks. Luckily Loop has emerged as a nice standalone desktop app for Google Play Music. It lets you keep your music player separate from your main browser, improving your overall performance …

Sandstorm.io for Teachers | Presentations

I’ve long been a believer that teachers should explore open source edtech tools as an alternative to all the free, freemium, ad-supported, and privacy-invading web applications that are marketed to us. In addition to all the great open source desktop applications, there are a lot of open alternatives to the …

Review: Typora Markdown Editor for Mac

I have been evaluating Typora, a markdown editor for Mac (currently free while in beta). Its killer feature is a distraction-free interface that allows you to type markdown syntax, but quickly hides it in a readable preview so you get more of a WYSIWYG experience. I have been really enjoying …

When BitTorrent Sync is the Right EdTech Tool

You can think of BitTorrent Sync as “Dropbox without the Cloud”. Not to be confused with the underlying technology of BitTorrent, this is a way of keeping a folder and files sync’d across multiple computers, but unlike Dropbox, your files are never stored on a remote cloud server. Instead, files …

Have You Hugged Your App Dev Today?

Foodies make an obsession out of “knowing your farmer” and “knowing where your food comes from”, but shouldn’t the same thing go for the people behind your most beloved apps? One weird habit I’ve gotten into is to actually emailing quick notes of encouragement and suggestions to the developers of my …