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.

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coffee

Diving into a caffeine-driven, sleep-deprived information vortex for the next week is the recommended way to get those Berkeley grades. Sleep is your worst enemy, as well as any sense of moderation or pacing.

To facilitate this, Late Night at Crossroads —UC Berkeley’s largest dining common — is giving out free coffee and tea. Now you have no excuse to fall asleep before 6 a.m. and a very flimsy excuse to fall asleep at all. How else are you supposed to learn all of that new material your professors dumped on you for RRR week? Not by consolidating your memories in your sleep, that’s for sure.

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“Science rules” (name that reference!), and for a day, it’s free at the California Academy of Sciences!

The local science center, located just a quick Bart or bus ride away in Golden Gate Park, is offering free admission on Sunday, December 9th (normally $29.95 for adults) as as a part of a quarterly effort to appeal to a wider demographic of people looking for some free science-y fun but couldn’t attend their previous Wednesday free days.

The center is an expansive bed of science and imagination perfect for anyone with at least a spark of science interest, housing an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, live animals, and so much more. Plus … it’s all under a living roof!  What to know what that could possibly be? You’ll have to visit to find out Wink-wink.

Here is a sampling of some of the cool sites CAS has to offer:
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Bubble Tea
UCafe, the fairly new coffee/tea/Asian bakery locale located on the corner of Bancroft and Bowditch, is having an unbelievably deal-packed week. They call it: Drink Week!

Here’s the sitch:

All this week until Saturday, they are offering a new “drink of the day,” which is 20% off from 9:30 till 4:30, and then the drink becomes FREE. 4:30 is really when the party starts, as they offer cute pastries to those who hang out inside to claim their free beverages. Check out pictures from Day 1 of the happening — the line was out the door!

But that’s not all! From 9:30 till 2, all espresso drinks and tea lattes are 20% off. And to add to all this greatness, all coffee is fair-trade certified. How can it get any better than this? A smart marketing plan on their parts, if we do say so ourselves.

The scheduled “drinks of the day”:

11/6: Peach Strawberry Smoothie

11/7: Honey Lemon Aloe Green Tea

11/8: Rose Black Tea Latte

11/9: Genmaicha Green Tea Late

11/10: U Cafe Au Lait

Do yourself a favor this midterm season and tea party it up! And don’t forget to like UCafe’s Facebook page to keep up to date on any future deals.

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If you have even a passing interest in contemporary literary geniuses, this free talk about David Foster Wallace should catch your interest. It’ll be at North Gate Hall in the Berkeley Graduate School for Journalism Library on Nov. 7, from 12:00-1:00 pm.DFW2

The talk will be given by D.T. Max, who recently published a biography of Wallace’s life titled Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. Known most for his novel ‘Infinite Jest’, Wallace was troubled by addiction and severe depression, which ultimately lead to his suicide in 2008. Max – who spoke with Wallace’s family and friends and had access to Wallace’s unpublished letters read more »


Don't Forget About AndroidWe all love our overpriced “i” products, but let’s make sure Apple’s little brother Android isn’t left out. When you’re not trying to simulate the droid sound with your voice and trying to rule the world with your phone like they do in the commercials, you might recall that it’s a phone. With apps. A rather smart cookie, your Droid has plenty to offer you besides a completely customizable home screen interface – take that, iPhone – but that’s off topic. Presenting the best and least expensive stuff in the Play Store for Cal students:

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268149161_b370a426ed_oIt’s time to ‘fess up, guys. No one actually checks their Facebook invites anymore, do they? We see the notification, get a little bit giddy, and then frown just a little bit when we realize it’s not a “like” on that latest photo we posted of our breakfast cereal a la almond milk and banana slices.

However, sometimes it could just do some good to check the event invites more closely, even if we have to wade through the multiple club meetings and sponsorship spams. In fact, there may be hidden gems such as the Willard Park Clothing Swap buried deep beneath all those frat parties and grilled cheese sales.

Hosted by Ruby Lee and friends TODAY from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. at Willard Park (snuggled in between Regent Avenue, Hillegass Avenue, and Dana Street), the clothing swap is meant to channel the free piles at the co-ops.

Essentially, you just bring a bunch of clothes that you don’t want, have been trying to donate, planned on burning anyway, etc. and let people take what they feel like. The trade-off is that you get to browse other people’s free piles and grab what you want, too! For goods that are more expensive, one-on-one trades are allowed and even encouraged. read more »


DOE LIBRARY

Nothing is more representative of the college experience than eight-hour study sessions in main stacks. Fortunately, while the library may currently inspire more ire than affection with the final rush of midterms before spring break, Doe Library will be having an open house on Wednesday, March 21 in celebration of its centennial (1912-2012) that will actually make the library experience fun. read more »


pepper
Don’t try to deny it. Cal’s a great the best university, but it still has its drawbacks. As some of you may or may not know, the “hobos” around Berkeley are, for the most part, friendly and even interesting to talk to. However, there are a few shady people that most of us wouldn’t want to come across, especially after a satisfying late night at Foothill or Crossroads. Worst comes to worst, a delirious drunk dude comes at you, demanding money and unicorn blood! What can you do? Spray him down.

Don’t have a can of pepper spray handy? Fret not read more »


musicIf you’re looking for another way to stave off that summer boredom or are looking to treat your more sophisticated half that’s been repressed due to lack of funds, then listen up.

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. the San Francisco Symphony will play a free concert in the Sigmund Stern Grove. The venue, an outdoor amphitheater, seems like a lovely place to while away the afternoon.

Sponsored by International House, the concert will feature two works by Beethoven, plus Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The venue is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco, and did we mention that the concert is free? Yes, we did. But it could definitely be said again.

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Summer at the SF Symphony: FREE Concert at Stern Grove, San Francisco [UC Berkeley Events]


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