App Santa is Back!

If you’re an iOS user, you might want to check this out.

App Santa

For a limited time, get discounts on a selection of popular apps, many of which can help with productivity and idea capture. If you have a break over the holidays, it can be a perfect time to explore a new app or two before the hectic pace resumes. Boost your effectiveness in the new year!

Task Management Apps Revisited: Part 3 – Any.do

In this post, I’m following up on my previous reviews of task management apps with another look at Any.do. When I last looked at task management apps, I was committed to using Google Tasks, and I concluded that the GTasks app offered me the best mobile experience (as Google doesn’t offer a mobile app for Tasks). Although I had seen great reviews of Any.do and liked its clean design and gesture-based interface, I didn’t want to order my task list using loose deadlines like This Week and Later. I also noticed that Google Tasks did not always sync reliably with Any.do.

Also, at that time there was no web interface for Any.do, and I wasn’t consistently using Chrome (there was and still is a browser extension for Chrome). Recently, the Any.do web app was finally released. In general, the web interface works well. It looks as nice as the mobile app and just feels like a logical extension of it:

Any.do web app

Since I’ve already been using the Any.do app on my phone, the time seems right to revisit Any.do for Mobilized.

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App Santa is Coming to Town

If you’re an iOS user, you might want to peer into this Santa’s sack. For a limited time, app-santaseveral mobile app creators are offering discounts on a selection of popular apps, many of which can help with productivity and idea capture. If you have a break over the holidays, it can be a perfect time to explore a new app or two before the hectic pace resumes. Boost your effectiveness in 2014!

Google Reader Replacements

Google Reader, a much-loved web-based and mobile-app RSS reader, will be shut down on July 1, 2013. Regardless of what you plan to do, use Google Takeout to export your Google Reader data so you have a copy of your feeds,comments, history, and starred/liked posts. If possible, import your Google Reader feed directly to any of these sites if you try them out; this will make the transition process much easier once you decide on a replacement.

Goodbye, old friend.
Goodbye, old friend.

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Haiku Deck: the most fun you’ll have creating presentation slides

Do you have a presentation coming up and you’re weighing your presentation software options? Does PowerPoint seem too stuffy and Prezi seem too… risky for the easily motion sick? Allow me to introduce a third option: Haiku Deck.

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Haiku Deck, an iPad app, focuses on the concept of visual storytelling and enables you to create easily shareable, aesthetically pleasing slides in a snap. Because the creation of the slides is centered on visual appeal, it helps the user avoid many of the common pitfalls involved in creating presentation slides and giving presentations; namely, loading the slides down with too much text and reading from the slides too much.

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Who Wants a Stylus?

Even before the iPad existed, Steve Job expressed loathing for the stylus.

The whole point was to have a simple device that required no accessories to fiddle with or to lose (take that Palm!) Since then, the iPad and other tablets have also proliferated, and they arguably could benefit even more from accessories than hand held devices might. There are also situations and creative use cases for mobile devices that Jobs might not have thought of back in 2007. Anyone who needs to be mobile but also writes long pieces or sketches and diagrams a lot could undoubtedly boost their comfort and productivity with an accessory or two. Continue reading Who Wants a Stylus?