New Year's Resolutions for 2015

It's that time of year where we start to reflect on all that we've accomplished in 2014 and all that we wish we had gotten done. Out of these reflections come our 2015 resolutions. While it's often true we don't follow through on these resolutions too far into the new year, it doesn't mean they're hopeless. We have a few tech-focused ideas that can be implemented easily and another general suggestion for staying on track with major creative goals. What are you waiting for?

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Stay Focued With Holiday Apps

With Thanksgiving just a week away and other December holidays just about a month from starting, you're going to need something to help keep you organized. We're going to be coming out with tech-focused gift guides next week, but for now, we wanted to share some holiday-themed apps that can help you stay on track, no matter what your goals might be. Whether it's keeping track of what you're eating, easily sharing money with friends and family, or navigating the treacherous weather, we've got something for you!

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Get Productive For Springtime

20. February 2014 19:16 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

As the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, it means that spring will soon be here for most of us, both in the US and across the world. Rising temperatures means more time spent outside, and more time to get distracted from important work and other professional goals. But don't fret! We've got a new productivity tips, apps and gadgets to keep you focused in springtime (or any other season when distractions are at a maximum).

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DropTask: An Ultimate Productivity Tool For Business

30. January 2014 13:20 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

While we've focused a lot on individual productivity solutions before, we wanted to shift the focus a little bit to the business world. Why? Because we know how different tools are marketed directly toward small businesses, without many of them being properly vetted. We wanted to spend some time exploring DropTask, which is suited for everyone in the smallest companies to mid-size businesses.

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Give the Gift of Productivity

When it comes to the holiday season, there's nothing quite like giving cool tech gifts for the loved ones in your lives. Sure, you can go out and splurge on a fancy new iPad or photo printer, but when you don't want to drop big bucks on an item, there's another route to take. We've kept no secrets about our love for all things productivity related. Better yet, there are a lot of inexpensive and mid-range gifts and gadgets that'll make anyone in your life just a little more efficient. More...

All-New Photo-Sharing App Takes A Roadtrip

29. April 2013 07:06 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Divvy

Divvy, a dynamic photo-sharing application available for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows that takes its name from the abbreviated form of the verb divide, is ready to hit the road.

Reaching out to new users across the nation

Jeremy Greenfield and Keyvon Olomi, who founded Divvy, have set out on a cross-country road trip to promote and market the app, which enables users to view and save photos from all of their favorite social media outlets, like Facebook and Instagram, and also to share the images with individuals, groups, people nearby, and their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

After leaving Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 1, the two, as of this writing, are touring the Northeast with plans to visit colleges in the greater Boston metropolitan area before heading to Denver in the next three weeks.

A new and easier way to share photos via social media

Olomi, who founded AppTank in late 2010, devised Divvy to alleviate the tedious hassle of moving between Facebook and Instagram to share photos with friends, as well as the inconvenience of Instagram's lack of zoom and save features. In addition, he designed Divvy so that its users could share photos more privately than on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Even better, a user can snap a picture and use the “Around Me” feature to instantly share the image with whomever he or she wants!

Yet another neat thing about Divvy is that a user can take a printout from any printer, be it a conventional inkjet or laser model or the Little Printer, the Circle Printer, and the PocketJet printer, snap a photo with Divvy and share it with all of his or her friends, family and followers.

However, the feature that Greenfield and Olomi are touting as Divvy's main selling point is its photo aggregation capabilities, which entails linking with users' Facebook and Instagram accounts, displaying images from the respective feeds and enabling Divvy users to share photos with nearby Divvy users, individuals, groups and all their followers. 

Although at this time, Facebook and Instagram are the only two social media platforms that link with Divvy, there are immediate plans to support the capability to link with users' Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Dropbox accounts. Nonetheless, the reviews on Divvy's page on iTunes' App Store website are indeed glowing.

Sunshine and Smartphones Meet: Essential Warm Weather Apps

18. April 2013 07:38 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Temperatures are finally rising, at least in most places across the United States, which means you're probably beginning to plan your favorite outdoor activities for the first time in months. Whether hiking, beach volleyball, summer concerts, or sunbathing are your preferred hobbies, there are specific apps you can use to help improve your outdoor experience. From video apps to GPS location devices to plant encyclopedias, there are limitless possibilities to stay connected, even when you're basking in the sunshine.

vine appShare life's precious moments with Vine.

Vine, created by social media website Twitter, allows you to take 6 second video clips with audio. Available only for iPhone or iPad, the app allows for video content to be shared more easily over the internet. How many times have you taken video only to realize it's too long to send through email or attach on a social media website? Vine takes the hassle out of this. Whether you're looking to capture a candid family moment or some incredible vista during a hike, there are limitless options available.

Landscaper's Companion for that green thumb.

If you've got a garden, plan on starting one, or love to identify plants on hikes, Landscaper's Companion is the perfect app for you. Rather than carrying that bulky encyclopedia with you, you can carry a fully searchable database of over 26,000 plants and 21,000 images. Not only can you access data online but you can also make notes on specific plants. Have you noticed they only like a certain amount of sunshine or water? It takes the hassle out of trying to remember little details that are generally easy to forget or confuse. Better yet: it's available on both iOS and Android devices.

zLocation appNever get meeting points confused again with zLocation.

Have you ever gone on a hike with multiple people or tried to find your friends at a specific point on a beach that goes on for miles without avail? zLocation takes the hassle out of planning meeting points. You can create a meeting location point using GPS, provide a name and add specific location details if you're doing something like planning a beach volleyball excursion. Even if your friends don't have the app or an iOS, they'll be able to access the specific event through a mobile optimized browser.

These are just 3 suggestions to help make those outdoor plans easier. When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, you don't want to be too connected to your phone, but you also want to be able to plan the activities you love wihout having to worry about all of the small details. Feel free to share some other outdoor or spring/summer related app below. Otherwise enjoy the sunshine!

Featured App: Canon Mobile Printing

24. January 2013 11:36 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Cannon mobile printing appPrinting from your mobile phone sounds convenient, right? Thankfully Canon, one of the world's largest producers of imaging and optical products, has released the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint App, with versions for Apple's iOS, Android, and Windows. This free easy-to-use mobile app allows you to print photos and PDF files directly from your camera, receive scanned documents directly from your printer, and convert PDFs into JPEG image files.

What we like best: Besides the convenience of being able to capture those on-the-go moments without the hassle of syncing or transferring files, we appreciate being able to receive scanned documents on an iPhone. Imagine having an old photo you've always wanted to share with one of your best friends. Now you can easily get it synced to your phone and have the ooo-ing and awww-ing commence.

Another great feature is the ability to screenshot and print pages. Imagine, for instance, you're looking up some trails for a hike where you won't have internet access on your phone. You can convert the webpage to an image file and remotely print the map to your printer. You even have the ability to easily adjust paper size, color output, and how many copies you need! This helps ensure there will never be a fight in the car over who gets to look at the map.

The downsides: While it makes printing some types of documents easy, other reviewers have reported having trouble with Microsoft Office documents. This might prove tricky if you're importing a business report or using Microsoft Word while on your iPad.

Though you do, of course, have to have a Canon printer, only certain models will work. So be sure to check out Canon's list of compatible models. Also, keep in mind that you either have to know your printer's IP address or be connected to the same WiFi network to have any documents or photos print out.

 

With the help of mobile technology and wireless networks, putting that special moment on the page is literally only a click away!

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