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Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Best Engineering Apps for iPhone in 2017

How to Use Your iPhone on Site to Solve Engineering Problems
 Did you know you can make your iPhone a handy engineering tool by using apps?

Most people think iPhones are only good for making calls, typing texts, browsing social media & the web, casual gaming or maybe as a smart home app.

However, if you're an professional engineer or engineering student then the little gadget you carry in your pocket can be a very useful as work tool.

iPhone engineering apps can make a task simpler by solving mathematical and logical problems plus reducing the time taken to make decisions.

Moreover, unlike running desktop applications on a MacBook for engineers, which are restricted only to indoor use, iPhone apps liberate engineers to work on the site, away from the office.

Currently, the Apple App Store is filled with useful engineering apps, and new ones are being launched every day. Although this translates to more options, it can be challenging to keep track of the latest and most popular apps in specific engineering disciplines.

Nevertheless, there are those apps that stand out from the rest. If you're an aspiring or established engineer looking to make better use of your iPhone, the apps below are perfect for the job.
We’re here to look at the best engineering apps to install on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.
We've hunted around in various app categories for the best app that includes the drawing tools, reference guides and scientific formula calculators for engineers.

#1 - Graphic Calculator

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Graphic Calculator App for iPhone or iPad
Useful for engineers, scientists, and technical students, the Graphic Calculator will turn your iPhone into a high-resolution scientific calculator and function plotter.

The app supports a myriad of mathematical functions, and its calculator is powerful, yet easy to use.

Graphic Calculator enables you to plot and trace multiple equations on the same graph, evaluate your chart at any x value with the calculator screen, find exact (x, y) coordinates for roots and intersections using the trace mode, and make use of conditional statements to restrict the domain and graph piecewise functions.

Features like pinch to zoom, support for portrait and landscape modes, and a custom keyboard promote the app's functionality. And, when you wish to share results with your colleagues, you can email a graph or display it on a TV, external monitor or projector using Apple's VGA adapter.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 0.6 MB MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Cost $1.99 to download on the iTunes store.

#2 - Engineering Professional

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Engineering Professional App for iPhone or iPad 
Combining over 650 formulas in electrical, civil, mechanical, chemical and environmental engineering, Engineering Professional is an excellent reference tool for any student or professional.

Engineers can accurately determine a broad range of measurable parameters, including calculations on shafts and loads on beams. You also get 100 conversion formulas and a section for determining Area formulas.

Perhaps the best thing about the app is that everything can be saved in real time. You can take a break from your computations and resume exactly where you left off after lunch. Recent and favorite formulas are also easily accessible, and you can email results to colleagues or classmates.

With the developers adding new formulas every day, Engineering Professional is expanding and is expected to grow to over 1000 formulas eventually.

This app is in the $10-20 range, but it is money well-spent considering the many useful formulas it brings to your fingertips

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 70.6 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Cost $11.99 to download on the iTunes store.

#3 - Engineering Unit Conversion

Engineering Unit Conversion App for iPhone or iPad 
Engineers, scientists, and students can get work done a little faster with Engineering Unit Conversion. The app offers quick conversion of measurements across all the dimensions you need daily, with all the units you commonly use.

Unlike the many other converters on the App Store, Engineering Unit Conversion supports negative value calculations and exponents.

However, what sets it apart is its intuitive, user-friendly interface. Inputting the value to be converted, and then selecting the unit you wish to convert from will not only display the conversion to the specified unit, but all units within that dimension.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 3.3 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Cost $1.99 to download on the iTunes store.

#4 - AutoCAD DWG Viewer & Editor

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AutoCAD App for iPhone or iPad 
If you've had a go at Autodesk's array of engineering and architectural apps, the layout of AutoCAD WS will likely seem familiar.

While not nearly as feature-packed as the Windows and Mac equivalents, AutoCAD WS lets engineers and students view, edit and share DWG drawings on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - anytime, anywhere.

The app is accurate, fast and offers many functions such as drawing modification and markup, advanced drawing and editing tools, viewing and selecting existing blocks to add to a drawing and GPS for orienting yourself in a drawing.

Features like cloud and email support, offline mode, and PDF conversion make the app a complete package for the engineer on the go. You can also make use of Design Feed to share your plans in the field and add notes and photos to provide feedback to your colleagues.

All users get a 7-day free trial of the premium version, after which students can subscribe to premium for free!

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 478 MB storage space
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Cost:

Free to download on the iTunes store plus there are extra in-app purchase options costing up to $99.99 for the premium annual subscription.

#5 - EE Basics

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EE Basics App for iPhone or iPad
Any student or young professional will appreciate the excellent reference database that is EE Basics.

This app brings an extensive selection of engineering laws, equations, tables, articles and other reference material to the palm of your hand.

Whether you're out in the field or preparing your final college report, you have a lot to gain from the many resources that come with the app. Even better is the fact that all the content is available offline, with the option to search the Web for further information.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 27.8 MB storage space
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Cost:

Cost $6.99 to download on the iTunes store.

With their smartphones in hand, engineers and engineering students can access impressively useful tools that will promote efficiency at school and in the field. None for Apple Watch yet, but watch this space!

What are your thoughts on apps for engineers?
Do you have a engineering app for iPhone that you consider to be the best?
If yes, do tell, we’re all ears. 
Friday, June 09, 2017

5 Best White Noise App for iPhone in 2017

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How to Generate Soothing White Noise via Your iPhone for Your Baby
Are you looking to create white noise to help your baby fall asleep?
The soothing effects of white noise are well known among many parents of young children and it's been studied in science.
Not only are parents using a white noise generator; there’s an army of adults out there who need to use white noises to help them drift off to sleep at night.
In fact we shared the best sleep apps for adults here.
However, there’s a strange phenomenon that’s hard to explain - the calming effect of the sound of vacuum cleaner?
For many people, it does a better job of getting them to sleep than tranquil ocean waves or spring meadows.
Adults aside, it’s even stranger that the gentle undertone sound of a humming vacuum cleaner at work seems to also do the trick for babies.
But, we’re not here today to admire the wonder that is the human brain.
We’re here to look at the best white noise apps to install on your old or new iPhone, iPod or iPad.
We hunted in various app categories for the best white noise app that includes the sound of a vacuum cleaner all the way to the best iPhone white noise apps for productivity and creativity.

#1 White Noise App - Best Overall App

White Noise App for iPhone
The mellow vacuum sound is just one of the many white noise sounds that this iPhone app comes packed with.
It took some serious creativity on the side of the tmsoft (the company making the app), but they finally did it. They ingeniously named it “White Noise.”
Puns aside, this app stands alone as the single best white noise app for iPhone.
It’s the most versatile app out there, including not only white, but pink and brown noise (masks low-frequency sounds). Did you know of these alternative sounds that help sooth us?

How Good is the Vacuum Sound?

With most lower-rated apps, the vacuum sound has a bit of an edge to it, and it sounds too much like a some vacuuming next to your head.
Not the case with White Noise - the vacuum sound is tame, and from the reviews we’ve seen, works miracles on babies & small children too.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 51.9 MB storage space
  • Languages: English, Spanish

Cost:

Free to download on the iTunes store.


#2 Sleep Fan App

Sleep Fan App for Ip
The Sleep Fan app, as the name suggests, is not as versatile as other apps on the list.
What we mean is there are no waterfalls, coffee shops and whatnots, but it’s best at what it’s specifically designed for - the sound of an electric fan.
Whether it’s nostalgia for the times before air conditioners pushed electric fans out of our worlds, or just the nature of the sound, there is something consoling about the sound of an electric fan whizzing round.
It’s not the only app to include a cooling fan sound, but we feel it’s by far the best one to download for iOS users.
The sounds are natural, like the fan is right there in the corner and you can almost feel the cooling breeze whelming you.

Why The App Works Better on iPhones

While Sleep Fan for iPhone allows you to choose from tons of fan types, on Android, you’re limited to four fans.
Also, the iPhone app developed by Ultrasoft allows you to record and play your own sounds while the Android version doesn’t.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 36.6 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Cost $1.99 to download on the iTunes store.

#3 Coffitivity App - Best App for Creativity

Coffitivity App for iPhone
Coffitivity is the best white noise app for the iPhone user with a job that requires creativity. The evidence from studies is ample that controlled sounds and murmurs of a busy day, whether it’s street or coffee shop sounds, boost creativity.
On the other hand, it’s not a good choice if your job requires full focus and attention to detail.
The app can be used in three vibes:
  • Morning Murmur
  • Lunchtime Lounge
  • University Undertones

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 87.7 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Free to download on the iTunes store.

#4 Noisli App - Best App for Productivity

Noisli App for iPhone
There’s something about the sound of rain that makes us more productive.
Chances are good that the explanation behind it is the fear of missing out. This innate fear is so strong that it’s well documented by modern psychology. It’s so common we even have a name for it - FOMO.
Just imagine these two scenarios:
  1. You are sitting at your desk and slaving away on a sunny day. There’s always that intricate feeling of prurience. You’re imagining all the different ways other people might be having fun. The more you think about it, the harder job at hand becomes.
  2. It’s a gloomy rainy day, and you’re at the same desk, only this time you know everybody’s inside, probably bored to death. That eliminates the FOMO and allows you to be much more productive.

Why The Noisli the Best iPhone App for Productivity?


Two reasons

  1. Because the rain shower sounds of the Noisli are more natural than with any other app we looked at
  2. Because it includes a color generator that sets the mood even further.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 266 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Cost $1.99 to download on the iTunes store but also Chrome extension and Google Play Store app available.

#5 myNoise.net App - Best App for Noise Blocking and Meditation

myNoise App for iPhone
myNoise.net is an app designed with a practical approach, it’s used to block noise, in healthcare, sound therapy and meditation.
The categories of sounds to choose from include:
  • Magic Gens,
  • Brainwaves and,
  • Tonal Drones.
Each of these sounds is specifically tagged by purpose, like meditation or noise blocker. If you’re using it online, it even allows you to calibrate the sounds to your preference.

Device Compatibility:

  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Size: 46.4 MB storage space
  • Languages: English

Cost:

Free to download on the iTunes store plus there are extra in-app purchase options costing up to $9.99.

What are your thoughts on our white noise app reviews?
Do you have a white noise app for iPhone that you consider to be the best?
If yes, do tell, we’re all ears.