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New and New-to-Us in 2019

Weinberg College IT staff are trying out some new apps, games, and gear in 2019. Read on to see some of the new and new-to-us items our staff picked out.

I love to knit, but stitch counters and other knitting necessities are like catnip for my three year old son. If I lay down a counter or pattern for a few days, I can’t be sure that my counts are accurate or if they’ve been “toddler-enhanced.” So, I’m downloading Knitamus, an app that manages counters and pattern notes – from behind the safety of my lock screen. – Rachel

I just downloaded Sibelius First, which came out like in Spring/Summer 2018.  Sibelius is a great music notation and collaboration software and now they have a useful free version. It’s pretty cool and I’ve already gotten started with it. - Caryn

I am looking forward to start testing Ghidra (pronounced Gee-druh). Ghidra is a reverse engineering framework tool developed by the National Security Agency (NSA). The tool helps dig up the source code of a proprietary program which further gives you the ability to detect virus threats or potential bugs. - Alex

Have you seen the new Outlook client for iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Android? It allows for easy and secure access to Northwestern email, calendar, and contacts. It also features a “focused inbox” which allows me to quickly see and respond to what’s important. Overall this app has worked much better for me than the built-in mail and calendar functions on my phone, and I’d recommend you give it a try. - Mike

I’m looking forward to gallium nitride (GaN) chargers like the Anker Atom PD 1 and Atom PD 4 . They’re more efficient and smaller than traditional chargers while providing more power. I carry a lot of devices with me when traveling so having one charger that can charge all of them without compromise saves me precious space and weight in my bag. - Tyler

I got a VR (virtual reality) headset that goes with my PlayStation. I play Beat Saber, aka Fruit Ninja DDR. Using the VR headset makes it genuinely a different way to experience video games. And it doesn’t make me motion sick (which is a common side effect of VR).  - Agata

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