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Apps: Productivity

Getting Things Done on the iPhone

         When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.



Taken with Take A Note

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When I first looked at Take A Note ($4.99) I was interested in it as an educa tion tool since it has multiple options for taking notes; typing, using the voice recorder, snapping a photo or even your own doodles and drawings as such is an invaluable tool for any student.  I found the layout to be well thought-out, and logical and I appreciated that visually it resembles a paper notebook, for me the visual queue with the functions was practical.



How to stay on task with OmniFocus

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Juggling school, work, volunteer activities and personal time is not easy. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for a better way to prioritize and manage my time. I recently received a review copy of the OmniFocus iPhone app (Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com) along with the OmniFocus desktop application for Macintosh. After working through the tutorials and using the OmniFocus system for the last three month, I’m delighted to say I’ve found the perfect solution for me!



True Push GMail Arrives on iPhone

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Push GMail notifications have arrived for the iPhone. While not a true Apple application like we might expect by now, a new App Store application named GPush fills the bill for GMail addicts.

For a mere $.99, you can install GPush and receive notifications when new mail arrives to your GMail account. Of course, if Apple does implement true push notifications in the near future, this app will be short lived. However, for those of you who have been waiting and really, really need to know when email arrives as it arrives, GPush is a simple and affordable solution.



Task2Gather for iPhone now supports Push!

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"August 10th 2009, VITO Technology is proud to present new Task2Gather 3.0 for iPhone. The new version supports Push notifications on iPhone and iPod with 3.0 OS. Get live alerts from work or your family to be always on top of everything. Besides this great piece of news we'd like to announce that Task2Gather project turns ONE year old since it was released for the public!"



PandoraBox - free app for finding new apps and those reduced in price

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When I posted about the website 1448Apps.com, fellow blogger Elizabeth Christian commented and pointed me to PandoraBox, a free app that lets you do two things: 1) see all the new apps that have just been added — you don't need to go hunting through all 20 categoriesand 2) see all those apps that have just been reduced in price or made free. This is a great way to track those specials that vendors offer when they reduce the price of their app for one day.



Free MobileMe iDisk app

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The new MobileMe iDisk app is free, but of course it entails having a MobileMe account, which runs $99 per year. I like MobileMe, which automatically keeps my contacts in sync with my contacts on my computer. Add a new contact to my computer, and it's automatically there on my iPhone. I also recently began using MobileMe's iDisk, which lets you store files online, and combined with Apple's free Backup application, lets you automatically back up selected files and folders on your computer. Remote backup is crucial.



Ever been doing calculations & lose your place?

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With Calc Tap, you don't need to worry about losing your place. I use calculators all the time & I'll be right in the big middle of something when someone comes in & starts talking to me. When I go back to the calculator, I can't remember if the bill, etc that I'm holding was entered yet or if I was just about to & end up starting from scratch. Never again thanks to this wonderful app!



The one and only REAL iPhone Instant Messenger roundup

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With the Push support in the iPhone OS 3, the iPhone has become an excellent platform for instant messaging.

Before the Push support, you could only keep them listening using hacks like Backgrounder on jailbroken devices or using clients that forced the entire phone remain “alive”. Neither is an optimal solution. Now, the Push support provides the platform with something that, in some respects, is even better than the current instant messaging support on competing smartphone operating systems (at least Symbian S60, Blackberry and Windows Mobile).



Update on Bento

 After using Bento for a few more weeks, I am really sold on it! It’s the best database I’ve found that works with an iPhone app and I’ve tried them all. The Bento app is simple, but it serves its purpose. The real workhorse is the desktop application.



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