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Name: GO SMS Pro

Platform(s): Android

Price: Free

Mission: Make texting fun for Android

To be blunt, the stock SMS app for Android is boring and short on features. It sends your texts and that’s about it. Compared to iMessage, the stock SMS app looks a plain No. 2 pencil.

Android users deserve more.

They deserve a powerful app packed full of extra functionality. They deserve pop-up quick reply boxes and the ability to put a password on their SMS app to keep their nosy friends out of their business! They deserve themes to keep things festive and, perhaps most importantly, EMOJI because they deserve to have some fun too.

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We at the Clog, like most, were ecstatic to leave the disaster that is CalMail behind for bMail. However, now that most Cal students have been moved over to bMail, many are finding that their @berkeley.edu email no longer syncs to their smartphones. If you are one of those students, or want to set up sync for the first time, then we have some steps to get your bMail properly synced to your phone.

1. Migrate to bMail
If you haven’t actually migrated to bMail yet, do it! You’ll be moved over to the gorgeous Gmail environment which is faster, cleaner and easier to use. All your past email will be moved over to your new account, and your CalMail will stop receiving new mail.

2. Create a Google key for your bConnected account
With the new system, you’re going to need to create a Google Key to sync any of your bConnected apps. You will use this as your password instead of your CalNet password when you set up bMail to sync on your phone. To set up your Google Key, you’ll need to go to the “Manage my keys page.” Log in with your CalNet ID and then select “bApps (Google).” Select the “Set Key” button. At this point you will see a randomly generated password. You can accept this password by selecting “Set Key” again, or you can choose the “Define your own tab” and set your own key.

3. Sync bMail with your iPhone or Android (Skip to step four for other third-party clients)
We’re almost there. If you’re using the Gmail app on iPhone or Android then all you have to do is sign in with your full @berkeley.edu email address and enter your Google Key as the password. It’s also just as simple if you want to use the iPhone’s mail app. Go to setting and select mail. Add a new account and choose Gmail, and then log in as if you were using the Gmail app. Gmail should sync, and you now have bMail on your phone!

4. How to log in with a third-party client
All third-party clients are a little different, but here’s the information you’ll need. When asked to log in, be sure to use your Google Key, not your CalNet ID password. When you are asked to chose a retrieval Protocal choose IMAP, not pop3 (IMAP allows you to view your emails on multiple devices much easier than read more »


Name: Pocket
Platform(s): iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox
Price: Free
Mission: Save online articles (and other media) to read later

College students are busy, probably more so than most people. We don’t have much free time between trying not to fall behind in our studies and perhaps working a bit to help relieve our crushing debt. A lot of us like to read but often don’t have the time. But if you happen to find some free time in your day (perhaps on the toliet), Pocket can have the online articles you’ve been meaning to read lined up and ready to go.

What makes Pocket a breeze to use is the browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. The app makes it effortless to save online content to read when ever you have a spare moment. When you see an article you would like to read later, just hit the Pocket button on your browser, and the article will be sent to the Pocket app your phone. It reformats your articles to show only the article itself using a simple black font that is easy on the eyes. And if you prefer reading in this clutter-free environment, you can do it on your computer as well with Pocket’s Web app.

The app also makes it extremely easy to organize your articles. You can make tags of your choosing to put your articles into categories. You can also simply search for certain keywords or websites. And once you’ve read an article, you can mark it “read,” and it will be archived so it’s not causing clutter (but you can pull it up again later if you need it).

This alone is more than enough features. But if you’re the power-user type, Pocket is integrated with more than 323 apps. Some of the big names the app is integrated with include Twitter, Evernote and Flipboard.
Pocket makes catching up on your reading easy and elegant. It’s free and is waiting for you whenever you have a moment.

Image source: NS Newsflash under Creative Commons


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Berkeley’s famous and beautiful Hotel Durant has one of the best things we’ve spied in a while: a Stanford urinal. It’s in the men’s bathroom in the lobby, and for bonus points, the Stanford urinal is the only urinal available, so all male guests have no choice but to relieve themselves on the Cardinal Red and that tree (their poor excuse of a marching band calls a mascot).

It just goes to show how important the university is to the city and local business. The hotel itself is named after Henry Durant, the first president of the University of California, and is host to many of the guests that visit the university every year.

We at the Clog not only applaud this strong show of support of Cal in the famous rivalry we also encourage it to spread. These urinals should be used all over campus and in the bathrooms at Memorial Stadium as well. The rivalry is one of the biggest sources of school spirit on campus and an important part of our sports history. We hope to see more Stanford urinals around Berkeley in the future.

Image source: Daniel Radding, The Daily Californian


A books safe is a more time intensive DIY but it is really easy to personalize and might actually get used. It’s the perfect place to hide extra cash, jewelry, an iPod and other small valuables. This project is a little more read more »


When you’re enjoying free bus rides on AC Transit with your Class Pass you might notice that a lot of locals have a card that they tap against a reader when they board — that’s what makes all those beeping sounds. That card their using is called the Clipper Card, and it has a lot more uses than just AC Transit. Clipper Cards are read more »


This may be one of the more brilliant holiday ideas we’ve come across.

Grab two cups of water, one cup of sugar and six to eight candy canes and you are ready to make some candy cane syrup! The syrup can add some peppermint flavored sweetness to all off your holiday festivities.

The crafting blog ChicaandJo, the creator of this delicious candy cane concoction, detailed out some other great ideas for using their holiday treat. The syrup could be great for sweetening and adding some peppermint flare to your coffee. ChicaandJo recommends using it on ice cream (we think some apple pie would go great with that) or bottling it in some nice mason jars for a gift idea. Just throw on some nice ribbon and you have something to bring to a holiday party or use for part of a DIY gift. If you want to make this delicious peppermint treat you can find full instructions, including pictures, at the ChicaandJo website.

[ChicaandJo via LifeHacker]

Image source: trevor3999 under Creative Commons


If you know some Java or Python, CodingBat is a great website if you have some time to kill, and a laptop. It’s a site full of coding puzzles for people read more »


As the semester winds to a close, many students with meal point plans are finding themselves in one of two situations: either they have an abundance of extra points or no points left at all. Those with extra points face the looming deadline to spend all points over the 100 point rollover limit before the end of the semester. On the other hand, students who are out of points face the dilemma of spending cash to buy every meal until the end of the semester or begging their parents to buy them more meals points.

There are two problems here with one obvious solution. read more »


Savor every last bite of Thanksgiving. Taste the turkey. This is your last meal. Finals are coming, impending doom is near. Sip on your sparkling cider. read more »


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