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App Wrap: "MyScript Calculator," "Poems By Heart"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cellphone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.

MyScript Calculator

A calculator hardly seems like the most cutting-edge way to take advantage of a smartphone or tablet, but the "MyScript Calculator" may change people's minds. Users can write an equation with their figure on the screen and the app translates what is written and offers up the answer.

The app not only works with simple numbers and arithmetic, but also recognizes square roots, powers, exponentials, percentages, trigonometry, logarithms, constants and pretty much anything most people have learned in math class.

"MyScript Calculator" is a free app for iOS and Android devices.

Poems By Heart

Speaking of old school learning, back before people could Google anything from anywhere, students had to remember things. Nowadays, if reciting poetry is on someone's to-do list, "Poems By Heart" from Penguin Classics helps users do that in a fun, intuitive way.

The user chooses a well-known poem in the library by the likes of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and such. The poem is recited aloud by the computer and then the user takes a "fill in the blank" quiz to see how well he or she retained the poem.

The app corrects the quiz and gives a score and some encouragement. Once the user has remembered the poem, the app can record the user reciting the poem.

"Poems By Heart" is a a free app for iOS devices that comes with two free poems. Users can then, through app purchases, buy packs of additional poems that are based on love, adventures, gothic tales, early inventors, romantic, Elizabethan and odes. Each pack costs 99 cents.

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