Do More Faster: 10 Best Apps & Tools


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Five-time entrepreneur Frank Addante lists the digital gems that help him be organized and save time.

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1.  Organize your email: Sanebox

Sanebox uses algorithms to organize your email into what’s important and what’s not. I was skeptical and had trouble giving up control of my inbox, but now I’m hooked.

Tips: Trust it. Check @SaneLater twice a day, @SaneBulk whenever you feel like reading newsletters or promotions, and @SaneBlackHole for all the junk you never want to see again.

2.  Keep track of all your notes: Evernote 

Evernote stores your notes in the cloud, so you can access them from any computer or mobile device.

Tips: Use Evernote for both business and personal reasons. I take all of my business meeting notes directly in Evernote and scan or fax documents to Evernote that I want to keep. On the personal side, I take photos of wine that I like and store them in a notebook called Favorite Wines and keep copies of all critical identification (like my driver’s license, passport, and insurance papers) in a notebook called Wallet.

Download App: iPhone | Android

3.  Store your documents in the cloud: Dropbox  >>

Securely file away your digital documents in the cloud, so you can find and work on them from any computer or mobile device later.

Tips: I created two Dropbox folders–~Working Drafts and ~To File–and put them on my Mac in my Finder Favorites and on my Dock. I set the default sort order to be by Date Modified. This way, my most recent documents show up at the top of the list, and I can quickly drag or find documents there. I use ~Working Drafts as if it’s my desktop and never actually store anything on my computer desktop. When I’m finished with a document, I drag it to ~To File, and every once in a while, I go into the folder to organize folders that make more sense long term. Note: I include the tilde (~) in the filenames so that, when sorted alphabetically, these folders always show up at the top.

Download App: iPhone Android

4.  Prioritize your to-do list: Action Method

It’s an online app that helps you organize to-do lists and track and delegate tasks.

Tips: Use Action Method’s three color codes to set your priorities. Use orange for tasks that must be done on the scheduled day, blue for tasks that should be done that day but can push a day if necessary, and grey for tasks that you’d like to get done that day but will push if there are other deadlines. I follow the same color code in my calendar. The website is great, but definitely download–and set to open at login–the desktop, iPad, and mobile apps. Start every “to-do” item with an “action” word. The only negative about the Web application is that it can’t be used offline. I use either the iPad or iPhone app while on a plane and sometimes will print a PDF of my to-dos before I take off and leave it on my desktop.

Download App: iPhone Android

5.  Assemble your travel plans: TripIt

TripIt files all your itineraries in one place. You can even have it automatically send your itineraries to your significant other, kids, or always-worried mom. The Pro version alerts you of flight delays and gate changes.

Tips: Download the mobile app and put it on your home screen. Create a contact for plans@tripit.com and forward all itineraries to that contact.

Download App: iPhone Android

6.  Automatically transcribe your voice-mail messages: YouMail

This voice-mail service transcribes your voice-mail messages and sends them to you by email or text (or both). The mobile app makes it easy to view, listen, read, and forward your voice mails.

Download App: iPhone Android

7.  Consolidate your social network accounts: HootSuite 

This website allows you to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yammer, and others all from one place.

Tips: I tend to have pockets of time when I can read and post on social media. Try HootSuite’s new “auto schedule” feature, so you can spread out your posts and don’t flood your networks with many in a row.

Download App: iPhone Android

8.  Communicate in real time with your whole team: Yammer

Yammer is like a private Twitter stream just for your company.

Tips: Get everyone in your company to sign up, and then use it as your main means of communicating information. This way, everyone will adapt to Yammer, because no one wants to miss out. Allow employees to post things that are “business” material and “fun” material. The fun material makes it more entertaining, and, in turn, the business material is more likely to be read.

Download App: iPhone Android

9.  Stay fit: miCoach

Exercise keeps your mind sharp. The miCoach iPhone app acts like your personal trainer. I lost 20 pounds using it at home and while on the road.

Tips: Set up your workouts in advance. I selected Get Lean for running and Get Fit for gym workouts. Buy the heart-rate monitor and stride sensor; it’s worth it. What gets measured gets done.

Download App: iPhone Android

10.  Sleep better: iSleep

It’s important to get a good night’s rest. If you’re like me, your mind is constantly racing, and the day’s work never ends. The iSleep meditation app helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s particularly helpful when you have jet lag or can’t fall asleep. I use the Deep Sleep playlist at the end of a long, stressful day.

Download App: iPhone Android


Aplicaciones de mensajería instantánea para Mac OS X | Bitelia.com


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Hace algunos días les presentamos una lista con algunas alternativas a los mensajeros instantáneos más populares, Windows Live Messenger y Gtalk –también conocido de forma pedestre como “el chat de Google”-. Pero el Mac tiene su propio universo y también otras alternativas de mensajeros. Además de iChat, el que viene de forma nativa cuando prendemos por primera vez el ordenador apenas salido de su hermoso packaging, tenemos otras opciones para instalar. A continuación, vamos a repasar las mejores alternativas a mensajeros instantáneos para Mac OS X.

Adium

Esta es, al menos en mi opinión, la mejor alternativa que podemos usar en Mac.  Adium es un programa multiplataforma que soporta a múltiples servicios de mensajería instantánea. Por ejemplo, podemos sincronizar en un mismo lugar nuestras cuentas de MSN y Gtalk, por ejemplo. Pero además de esto, tenemos otras opciones de integración con el ecosistema Mac que hace que sea la opción indudable. Este programa Open Source también cuenta con una interfaz de usuario muy agradable e intuitiva, con ventanas de chat en formato de pestañas para estar más organizados y no crear múltiples ventanas que retarden al ordenador.

En cuanto a integración con Mac OS X, se puede sincronizar con la libreta de direcciones y contactos que viene de forma nativa con la computadora. Cuando usamos múltiples cuentas –por ejemplo de diferentes correos electrónicos- podemos hacer una unión de los correos de nuestros contactos en un solo perfil para estar más organizados. Por ejemplo, si tenemos a una persona en MSN y también en GTalk, podemos verlos online y chatear con ellos sin importar desde donde estén conectados. Con Adium también se puedentransferir archivos, algo fundamental, pero lamentablemente no se pueden hacer conversaciones en grupo o en video, pero sí nos da opciones de seguridad –cifrado de conversaciones-. Finalmente, viene en versión portable, si trabajamos en muchos Macs periódicamente es algo que no viene para nada mal.

InstantBird

InstantBird es otro sistema multiplataforma –no solamente podemos usarlo en Mac sino también en Windows y Linux-, con la posibilidad de sincronizar diferentes cuentas de varios servicios. Una de las mejores funcionalidades es que no solamente puede oficiar de mensajero instantáneo, sino que además nos permiteadministrar redes sociales –de la misma forma que Digsby, en el caso de Windows- como Facebook y Twitter. InstantBird está construido sobre Mozilla 16.0.2 lo que permite que haya actualizaciones en base a complementos de terceros que se pueden encontrar en la página de InstantBird. En cuanto a interfaz, se jacta de tener una muy limpia y simple de usar, sin demasiados abalorios para priorizar la experiencia del contacto y nada más.

De la misma forma que Adium, también divide las conversaciones en pestañas en lugar de ventanas, para facilitar la navegación. Dichas pestañas se pueden reorganizar moviéndolas de acuerdo con la prioridad, por ejemplo, pero lo más interesante es que se pueden crear ventanas nuevas arrastrando una de las pestañas fuera de la ventana original, de la misma forma que se abren nuevas ventanas en un navegador. Otra cosa que comparte con Adium es la posibilidad de unir contactos. También cuenta con potentes herramientas de búsqueda de contactos y de conversaciones, fundamental para una herramienta de trabajo. Es ideal para usuarios que estén acostumbrados a usar Firefox en sus ordenadores, porque tiene muchos puntos en común.

Messenger for Mac

Los dispositivos en la Era Post-PC


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En los años ’70 la sociedad conoció por primera vez lo que era un computador y fue a mediados de los ’80 que comenzó la guerra entre Mac y Microsoft, sentando los precedentes del nacimiento de una era digital que no tenía fecha de término a la vista.

40 años han pasado y las variaciones que los computadores han sufrido han sido innumerables. De hecho, cada vez es más común ver menos computadores de escritorio, pero más y más laptops, consolas de videojuegos, tablets, televisores inteligentes, smartphones, etc.

La siguiente infografía muestra cómo los diversos gadgets han ido adquiriendo protagonismo en la era post-PC.

Y tú, ¿aún usas un computador o lo has ido cambiando por una X Box, iPad y iPhone?

Facebook lanza oficialmente su Messenger para Windows

La aplicación fue pre-estrenada a finales del año pasado, aunque la versión de hoy es la oficial, incluyendo posibilidad de chat, que la anterior no incluía.

Ya están trabajando en una versión para Mac, aunque no se han pronunciado sobre la plataforma Linux. En lo que respecta a móviles ya está disponible para iOS, Android, y los dispositivos móviles BlackBerry.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/about/messenger | Via VentureBeat


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Disponible en www.facebook.com/about/messenger, la primera aplicación oficial para Windows de Facebook nos permite chatear y monitorizar la actividad de la red social directamente desde el escritorio. Leer más “Facebook lanza oficialmente su Messenger para Windows”

Apple: 315 million cumulative iOS device sales; more than 85 million iCloud users as of today

Apple today announced its earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2012. Apple’s revenue amounted to $46.33B in Q1. With earnings of $13.87 per share. The company’s net profit in Q1 was $13.06B. These numbers destroyed industry estimates across the board in every area of hardware sales and profitability aside from iPods.
Apple sold 37.04M iPhones, up 128% year over year, and 15.43M iPads this quarter, up 111% year over year. Apple sold 5.2M Macs during the quarter, bringing sales up 26% when compared to the same quarter a year ago. iPod sales were down 21%.


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Apple said during its earning call today that there have been a cumulative total of 315M iOs devices sold, and that over 85M of those are iCloud users. Apple’s iCloud service was introduced last year along with deep integration into its iOS 5 software.

Apple today announced its earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2012. Apple’s revenue amounted to $46.33B in Q1. With earnings of $13.87 per share. The company’s net profit in Q1 was $13.06B. These numbers destroyed industry estimates across the board in every area of hardware sales and profitability aside from iPods.

Apple sold 37.04M iPhones, up 128% year over year, and 15.43M iPads this quarter, up 111% year over year. Apple sold 5.2M Macs during the quarter, bringing sales up 26% when compared to the same quarter a year ago. iPod sales were down 21%.

Battling copywriting rigor mortis

You can’t decide what to write for your next blog post.

So you do a list.

Then you do another list.

Then you do a list of ways to write a good list.

I fall into that trap, all the time. If it’s not lists, it’s sarcastic posts about marketing fads, or cute analogies, or something else that’s cool once, useful twice, and annoying after that. I call it content rigor mortis. Creativity dies, and your writing locks into a contorted rigidity resembling a corpse. It’s contagious, too: Your readers will avoid you lest they get infected, too.


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You can’t decide what to write for your next blog post.

So you do a list.

Then you do another list.

Then you do a list of ways to write a good list.

I fall into that trap, all the time. If it’s not lists, it’s sarcastic posts about marketing fads, or cute analogies, or something else that’s cool once, useful twice, and annoying after that. I call it content rigor mortis. Creativity dies, and your writing locks into a contorted rigidity resembling a corpse. It’s contagious, too: Your readers will avoid you lest they get infected, too.

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20 Excellent Coda Tips

I’ve been using Coda for a while now, and it’s become my web development application of choice. There are quite a few great web development applications out there (read “18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux“) but if you’re a Mac user, Coda is easily one of the best.

Here are 20 excellent Coda tips to increase productivity that I’ve gathered during my use of Coda so far.
1. Set Your Preferences

There are a few things I had to change right away when I first started using Coda. These are all found in Coda’s preferences.

I never use a GUI CSS editor so I set Coda to always open CSS files with the text editor.


I’ve been using Coda for a while now, and it’s become my web development application of choice. There are quite a few great web development applications out there (read “18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux“) but if you’re a Mac user, Coda is easily one of the best.

Here are 20 excellent Coda tips to increase productivity that I’ve gathered during my use of Coda so far.


1. Set Your Preferences

There are a few things I had to change right away when I first started using Coda. These are all found in Coda’s preferences.

I never use a GUI CSS editor so I set Coda to always open CSS files with the text editor.

Coda Preferences General Tab

Under the Editor tab I’ve check-marked “Show line numbers” and “Use tabs” for indenting. You can hide/show line numbers by pushing Command + Option + L as well.

Coda Preferences Editor Tab

Under the Colors tab I’ve check-marked “Highlight Current line” to make it easier to see where the cursor is when switching back and fourth between applications.

Under the files tab I set files to open when double clicked instead of a single click. You may also need to setup your external editors. Coda automatically used Photoshop for the image formats I use.

Coda Preferences Files Tab

This is how Coda’s navigation bar at the top is by default. This is just a waste of space in my opinion although it is pretty.

Coda Nav Bar Big

I’ve changed mine to display only text titles and as small as possible. Since I don’t use the buttons I have that section minimized most of the time anyway. Instead I use the shortcut keys which I’ll cover next.

Coda Nav Bar Small

Aside from these changes, I’ve left everything else at the default settings. I’ve played around with the color schemes a little but I didn’t find anything I was really happy with so I’ve kept the default color scheme.


2. Switching Modes

If you aren’t using shortcut keys to change modes, now is a good time to learn. Pushing Command + 1-6 changes the mode you’re in. You can switch between your sites, editor, preview, etc. modes very quickly this way.


3. Navigating Open Documents

Pushing Command + Shift + Left or Right Bracket will navigate through your open documents.


4. Line Indenting

Coda automatically indents certain markup for you by default but you’ll still find yourself using the Tab button pretty frequently. Instead of jumping to the front of a line to indent it you can push Command + Left or Right Bracket to indent the line the cursor is currently in.


5. Clips and Text Inserts

Pushing Command + Control + C will open up Coda’s clips. Clips is a place to store snippets of code for quickly inserting into documents. You can save snippets for use in all documents or just site specific clips.

Coda Clips General

You can assign tags to quickly insert clips. For example, I’ve set “htmltemp” to insert an HTML 4.01 Template when I start a new document. I would type “htmltemp” into the blank document and push Tab to insert the clip. You can also insert a selection placeholder if the cursor needs to go somewhere specific in the clip after being inserted.

Coda Clips General

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I Wish We Had Google Understand Not Google Instant Search

Earlier this week Google launched the latest iteration of the SERP’s, Google Instant. While I, like everyone else, had fun playing and finding some of the holes in it, it’s really not a product that I think will succeed. To Google’s credit, I can’t ever say that I’ve heard people complain that Google takes too long to serve them results. What I do hear and personally experience is that I wish Google understood what I was looking for …
Google didn’t learn that all this complexity isn’t what people want from the failed Google wave and Sidewiki experiments …

I understand why Google launched a product like Google instant search: they feel that, because they are smart enough at predicting what you are looking for, they can interpret your query after a word or two–or sometimes after just a few letters. They think they know you so well that they can guess what you want without being told. Without getting too involved in what’s going on behind the scenes, Google is using previous search volume to predict the most likely term(s) you are looking for. It’s a sophisticated leap forward in technology to be sure, but it’s not something that solves a problem I hear people complain about. (As a side, this does give a lot more context to the bizarre statement Eric Schmidt made a few weeks ago: “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”)


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Earlier this week Google launched the latest iteration of the SERP’s, Google Instant. While I, like everyone else, had fun playing and finding some of the holes in it, it’s really not a product that I think will succeed. To Google’s credit, I can’t ever say that I’ve heard people complain that Google takes too long to serve them results. What I do hear and personally experience is that I wish Google understood what I was looking for …

Google didn’t learn that all this complexity isn’t what people want from the failed Google wave and Sidewiki experiments …

I understand why Google launched a product like Google instant search: they feel that, because they are smart enough at predicting what you are looking for, they can interpret your query after a word or two–or sometimes after just a few letters. They think they know you so well that they can guess what you want without being told. Without getting too involved in what’s going on behind the scenes, Google is using previous search volume to predict the most likely term(s) you are looking for. It’s a sophisticated leap forward in technology to be sure, but it’s not something that solves a problem I hear people complain about. (As a side, this does give a lot more context to the bizarre statement Eric Schmidt made a few weeks ago: “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”) Leer más “I Wish We Had Google Understand Not Google Instant Search”

El iPad tiene un impacto inmediato en las ganancias de Apple

El iPad ha conseguido un impacto importante en las ganancias que ha hecho Apple hasta la fecha. No hay duda que el iPad vino a estremecer el mercado de los dispositivos electrónicos, y con esta nueva gráfica de ganancias de Apple se ve reflejado.


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El iPad ha conseguido un impacto importante en las ganancias que ha hecho Apple hasta la fecha. No hay duda que el iPad vino a estremecer el mercado de los dispositivos electrónicos, y con esta nueva gráfica de ganancias de Apple se ve reflejado.

Grafica de ganancias de Apple en Billones

Sillicon Alley fue el encargado de desarrollar esta gráfica de las ganancias de Apple generadas a partir de Septiembre de 2007, con diversos de sus productos como el iPhone, Mac, iPod, iTunes, programas y por último el nuevo iPad.

Estas ganancias se calcularon en billones de dólares, así que gracias a esta gráfica pueden comprender las ganancias que a generado Apple desde el 2007, que van en aumento cada que lanzaba un nuevo producto, sistema o servicio, según reportan en businessinsider. Leer más “El iPad tiene un impacto inmediato en las ganancias de Apple”