The Calculator

7 08 2018

The built-in iOS calculator on the iPhone is well-designed but you should know some hidden features which make the experience smoother.

Swipe to delete digits

Just swipe left or right to backspace and delete the most recent entry instead of clearing the entire value.

Copy / paste

You can quickly copy and paste results or any number by using long press.

Scientific calculator

If you rotate your iPhone to landscape mode you’ll get a basic scientific calculator.

Only the scientific calculator offers the memory features mc (memory clear), m+/m- (add to/subtract from temporary storage) and mr (memory recall). This is what I sorely miss in portrait mode.

Several of Apple’s stock iOS apps that are available on iPhone don’t have their iPad counterparts. These include Weather, Stocks, Voice Memo, Compass, and the Calculator App. A calculator would also be a nice feature on the Apple Watch. I know that there are 3rd-party apps (and I nearly used them all) but if I pay a lot of bucks for an Apple device I’d like to see some useful apps included without downloading payed apps, apps showing more ad than results, or free apps which most often aren’t updated with a new version of iOS.

Note
The worst and most featureless calculator app is the one pre-installed on devices running pure Android like my Nokia 6.1. The best calculator is still running on my Windows 10 powered low-cost Lumia 550. With it you get a clean, perfect UI and you’re also able to convert into lots of different units like Celsius to Fahrenheit. Sadly it isn’t updated any longer because Joe Belfiore made it official: Windows 10 Mobile is dead.Really? Well, statements are still cloudy.

More about Apple vs Microsoft calculator

Two calculators

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Discount Spreadsheet

3 08 2018

You find lots of sophisticated and powerful apps in Apple’s App Store. Some of them are shining examples for simplicity and plain design and follow the KISS principle (Keep it simple, stupid).

One of them is

Discount Spreadsheet by Luminant Software, Inc.

It got an updated UI
and a long awaited new keyboard in July 2018.

The app is simple to use, restricted to the basic needs of a spreadsheet application and lets users focus on relevant tasks. No bells and whistles.

These kind of apps can be effectively used to teach and discuss simple things with young people. It’s a first step to improve knowledge and knowledge is the basis of creativity. Transferring knowledge and initiate further discrete thinking seems to be easier than ever because mobile devices initiated a shift in paradigm of teaching and learning. It’s because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook could ever be. What we do is mostly what we do with our hands. It’s our first approach to new things.

Lots of developers implement more and more features into their apps but only apps like Discount Spreadsheet are perfect for explaining and learning the basics of creating spreadsheets.

Learning targets could be …

learn the common actions cut, copy, paste, undo and redo which are provided by all operating systems

build a sum with cells in a column or row

enter a simple expression where the arguments are cells

insert or delete rows/columns and see that a spreadsheet app automatically adjusts the cell coordinates in a formula to new appropriate rows/columns

create a graph

access the iOS app specific folder via a browser by using a http address

etc.

Try it out and you’ll think twice before you use the turbocharged apps Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel.

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Microsoft Edge for iOS

9 02 2018

Another highlight from Redmond

Microsoft’s browser EDGE made for Windows 10 is now available for iOS. And it’s fast, easy to use, and gives a continuous browsing experience from your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC (which in my opinion is still better than a Mac).

“Your stuff syncs in the background, allowing you to browse across devices, without skipping a beat.”

After opening a website on my iPhone I can easily open Edge on my Surface and display the site. That works pretty smooth. Using Google+ is also much better than with Chrome. It’s way faster and lets you return exactly to the point where you left the post stream.

If you ask me personally I would say it‘s way better than Google Chrome for iOS.

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Microsoft Edge for Mobile

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