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We all know how popular apps are and the majority of people use them every day on their phones or other mobile devices or online. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s an app for it, guaranteed.  This infographic depicts just how much we love apps when it comes to the money we spend on them, how we use them and the time we spend with our apps. As you can see, for this group of people, there’s more usage of social networking apps and much less usage of utility and productivity based apps.
We Love Apps
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No matter how much technology improves we still end up with paper and business cards being part of the paper pile.  If you end up with cards from networking events and the like, and you treat them as you should, you’re somehow entering them into your contact management system.  If not, then you probably have quite a stack and it’s safe to say that some of the cards in your stack are outdated.

Business cards have always posed a problem and technology produced results to help, but for some, the work just doesn’t get done.  CardMunch is an app that allows users to convert business cards to address book contacts, and then add those contacts as connections on LinkedIn.  With just a quick photo of a business card you can upload it to the service, and the information will be automatically added to your phone. There’s no need to hang on to the paper business card after that. That automatically eliminates the pile of business cards.  Every business card you submit is transcribed, edited and reviewed by multiple workers to guarantee accuracy. They even crop the company logos from business cards.  This eliminates one of the challenges that some of the technological tools produced to help with this can’t do.

With a simple flip of your phone you can experience a view of all your business cards and flip through them and access your contacts’ information.  Your contacts are fully searchable by name, address, or even by notes and CardMunch indexes all your contacts’ information.  The app also does auto image capture.  All you have to do is hover your phone over a business card and the app automatically detects when the card is in range and takes the picture.  You ca use the Multishot mode to submit a stack of cards at once. As you capture information you choose whether to store the info in CardMunch or into your iPhone, so you can avoid a cluttered address book.  You won’t lose your information either since CardMunch backs up and syncs all your contacts to your web account and your phone. You can log in to any phone and recover all your contacts.

This seems like  a great way to solve the business card stack problem and save yourself the time of entering or scanning the cards that you get at every function or just during the course of day-to-day business.  To get the full picture of CardMunch,  visit the website.

 

 


We all know that there are a ton of apps out there coming at us just like everything else in the world of technology and more are being created every day, which makes it hard to choose or find one that works for you.  It’s important to take a good look at what an app offers you before you add it to your phone or other technology.

One app that seems to have gotten rave reviews is 2 Do. 2Do is a feature rich to-do app that runs on both iPhone and iPad.  It had a great graphical interface and allows you to setup tasks in a simple yet powerful layout.  This app tends to stand out from the crowd with its fancy graphical user interface, and most find it esthetically pleasing.  This app has been called the most functional, which some say is especially true on the iPad in landscape mode.

2Do has plenty of features and can be as simple or as complex as you want.   You do not have use all the functionality, but it is there for power users.  You get to decide.

Here are a few of  the app’s key features:

  • Powerful “tabs” feature
  • Easily set up multiple lists or categories if you choose
  • “Today” and “Starred” tabs let you quickly see a unified list of what is most important
  • Quick entry mode, ability to “star” tasks quickly
  • Syncs to multiple devices

As with any application, be sure to review the features to see how they can serve you and if they’re a fit for your needs.


Is Technology Wasting Your Time?

I know that one of the biggest time wasters for people is technology.  As much as things are created to help us, technology is a big hindrance for many people and can lead to a great amount of your time being wasted.  Using technology in a way that supports you can increase your productivity.  The day-to-day things that end up on your list can get out of control, so it’s important to keep it lean.  Long story short, items make it to your to-do list as a result of the larger items on your master task list.  You want to be sure that you carefully place things on your to-do list.  If your time management personality is a fit for a digital tool, there are a few top pick electronic tools that you might want to consider to help you increase your productivity.

It seems that every five minutes or so there’s some new digital tool or app that comes out, so there are plenty of them out there which makes it hard to choose or find one that works for you.  Here are a few that seem to get rave reviews:

Wunderlist

  • Wunderlist is produced by a Berlin based company and passed over a million downloads in March 2011, and is now available on almost every platform—windows, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac.
  • Separated from the pack with its design, simplicity, and effectiveness.  Simple enough to use without trying, quickly enter your tasks and powerful enough to support you.  It’s not complicated to use, captures what you need to do right away and keeps important things front and center.
  • There’s a balance between its functionality and its features.  It gives you the ability to sort tasks into multiple lists, set due dates and “Star” particular tasks

2Do for iPhone & iPad
2Do is a feature rich to-do app that runs on both iPhone and iPad.  Great graphical interface, can setup my tasks in a simple yet powerful layout.

  • This tool stands out from the crowd with its fancy graphical user interface.  Esthetically pleasing so it does a great job presenting a pleasing and useful experience.  Other apps have “dayplanner” interfaces, this has been called the most functional, especially true on the iPad in landscape mode.
  • 2Do has plenty of features and can be as simple or as complex as you want.  You do not have use all the functionality, but it is there for power users.
  • Some key features:  The “tabs” feature of 2Do is very powerful.  You can easily set up multiple lists or categories if you choose.  The “Today” and “Starred” tabs let you quickly see a unified list of what is most important.  Quick entry mode, ability to “star” tasks quickly and it syncs to multiple devices

Tooledo

  • This tool pretty much does what a SmartPhone would already do, but it’s good for sharing information if the usual computer sync isn’t right for your situation.  It can be used with BlackBerry, Mac OS, or Android
  • Organize Your Tasks. Use folders, tags, contexts, subtasks and more to organize, search and sort through your tasks.
  • Improve Your Productivity. Toodledo’s hotlist, customizable alarms, and sortable online to-do list will help you remember to complete tasks on-time.
  • Go Anywhere. Get Toodledo on your mobile phone, in your email, on your calendar, integrated directly into your web browser, and more.  It also allows you to collaborate to work with others easily.  You also have the ability to customize and define how you want to view tasks.

Sanebox
“Restores your email sanity” and “Unfiltered email goes in, prioritized email comes out”, are the things that the creators say about this tool.

  • Sanebox works with GMail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, GoDaddy, Rackspace, Mobile Me and many more
  • Uses sophisticated algorithms to prioritize the email you receive. The important stuff goes straight to your inbox and everything else gets stored in other folders for later.  The calculation of importance is done by the algorithmic engine.  Only the engine looks at the headers of your emails and your social network connections, not people.  Their engineers work on the algorithmic engine not the email.  Your email isn’t viewed/seen by the technology or a human being
  • Safe & Secure.  The program doesn’t look at your emails and uses encryption to protect your data
  • It works within your inbox, so there’s no need for plug-ins or downloads and it allows you to train your inbox, in a sense

Social Media Apps to Manage Posts
I wouldn’t recommend that you automate all of your posts, but take advantage of streamlining your posting with the use of these tools.

Hoot Suite

  • Pretty popular and is great to use to post to your Facebook profile or to Twitter.  You can post right from Hoot Suite without having to sign into Facebook or Twitter.
  • Schedule updates, monitor your mentions, build SM analytic reports, use with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, use it for team collaboration, manage multiple contributions ad share data access w/o sharing passwords, assign tasks

Post Planner

  • Post to FB profiles, Fan Pages, and groups
  • Get notifications when your posts publish
  • Publish you photo and videos posts, notes
  • Installs and uninstalls quickly

 

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