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Any.Do takes its productivity to the web

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Any.Do, a productivity application that focuses on completing tasks, is adding a web component. Users have waited very long and the developer finally delivered. The purpose is, of course, to connect the application to a web experience on a computer. Being able to sync between devices provides a seamless experience to make sure tasks are completed.

Two modes make up the web experience. Focus Mode puts everything into one folder so users have a single location for all tasks. Planning Mode breaks tasks down by dates; therefore, you can pick and choose what has priority. As usual with Any.Do services, the web experience is free.

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Android note taking apps: which will work for you?

You have a smartphone for a reason, or more likely several. Gaming, chatting, navigation — there are a ton of reasons to have a mobile device. One of those reasons is taking notes, and keeping track of life. With plenty of options out there, which are the best? Is there any one app that will do it all for you? We take a look at a few of the more popular note taking apps to find out.

Tasks

Wait, what? Google Tasks? Yeah, there is still an app for Google Tasks. It’s still really, really good, too. The app is simple, effective, and built by a team recently snapped up by Google. For a long time, many considered this app to be the default Google Tasks app, even though it technically wasn’t.

If you need a plain, easy to use note taking app, Tasks or Tasks Free is one to look at. There isn’t much to it, but it does that one thing well, which is all we can really ask for. It works with Google Now using the little know “note to self” command, too. There’s a Dashclock widget as well, so you can keep track without unlocking your device. Re-ordering tasks is easy, allowing for prioritization in a snap. As a simple note taker, Tasks is an easy recommendation.

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Keep

When Google decided they needed a more robust note taking app, they went with Keep. Instead of adding functionality to Tasks, Google built Keep, and it’s actually pretty wonderful. Not as full-featured as some others, it’s still got just about everything you may need.

One of the neat functions of Keep is the checklist functionality, where you could create a list and check items off as they are done. That’s something that can be done with Tasks, in that you can create separate lists, but the card layout of Keep makes it a much easier format from the main screen. If anything, the checklist functionality makes us realize how much of a step up Keep is over Tasks.

You can also take a simple note, should you have a single item to remember or longer form stuff. Keep also lets you snap a photo (or add one from Gallery) should you need a visual hint as to what you’re talking about, and it works with voice notes as well. Just click on the mic and speak your note — a surprisingly useful item when you’re out and about.

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Google Now

One of the lesser known features of Now is the note taking functionality. It’s voice centric, of course, but offers a unique twist on note taking and timely reminders. We like Now for simple tasks, but we’re not sure we’d rely on it as our sole app.

You can tell Now to remind you to do something at certain times, or even pick a location where Now will push a notification to you — like not forgetting to pick up more whatever at the store next time you’re there. Scrolling down to the bottom of your cards in Now gives you the finger with string on it where you can manage your notes, too. Great for a simple “hey, do this!”, but not one we’d want to use for anything more than that.

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Evernote

The Evernote suite of apps is one that could (and should) find their way into any productivity discussion. With an array of widgets and apps god for all kinds of fun tasks and boring work stuff, Evernote is always one to look at. For the sake of argument, we’ll take a look at the note taking feature within Evernote — otherwise, we’d be here all day.

Summarizing Evernote’s note taking, it’s like Keep on steroids. You can save web pages to it, make text bold or italicized — even take handwritten notes. Highlight text, create public or private lists, and even make numbered or checked lists. You can even create bullet points for your topics. There is just so much to Evernote!

We like Evernote for a variety of reasons, but it’s pretty cumbersome for day-to-day use. Unless you have a family, and want to spend time creating really detailed lists, Evernote is probably going to be a bit much for the average app user. We really like it for a small business or disorganized professional, but it’s depth and breadth of services is probably just too much for the average use-case.

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Any.Do

The nice thing about Any.Do is that it integrates well with their calendar app, which is one of the nicest available on Android. The to-do/note taking app is just as simple and gorgeous, and is a breeze to use. Simply type your task into the top bar, and it adds them to your “today” list, simple as that.

If you want more, Any.Do can do that, too! You can set alerts, schedule a task for a certain day (again, calendar integration), or add more detailed notes to a task. You can also invite people to the task or reminder, or send it to someone via Android Beam. Of course, both of those require the other party to be using Any.Do.

Simple, easy to use, and effective. We weren’t crazy that the default setting is for the tasks to show up in your notification bar, but if you were really using it heavily, it might be a bonus. Calendar integration is nice, too.

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Conclusion

Which is right for you? Like most other things, it depends on your needs. You simply can’t go wrong with Evernote, but it’s pretty bulky — and may put some people off with the learning curve. Google Now is easy as pie to use, but not good for creating task lists or anything more complex than simple reminders.

We like Any.Do’s simplicity, and we already use their gorgeous calendar app. If you schedule your life in a calendar, Any.Do is likely a good option. It’s a step up from Google Tasks, which we are honestly surprised isn’t dead yet. If you’re looking for the silver bullet, though, it’s Keep.

Google Keep is a great note taking app, and integrates really well with the desktop — especially with the Chrome extension. It does just about anything we need it to, and having it across devices and platforms is nice. The card interface is really clean and simple, and has the benefit of being the best looking app on this list. We also think Google will leverage Keep throughout their other services in the future, so it can only get better with time.

While there are other note taking apps out there, we wanted to take a look at a few whose functionality makes sense for the average user. If you have a suggestion for note taking, feel free to leave a comment below. We’re always fans of sharing information openly!

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Any.do does Google Now, Google Glass support added

If there’s one thing that the Android platform is not lacking, it’s productivity apps such as calendars and to-do lists with an ever-growing number of features that try to help users manage their tasks. Any.do, one such popular app, has just added some features that further integrates your tasks into Google’s ecosystem.

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Any.do’s interface is quite direct. Users are shown a list of notes or tasks with an input field at the top. Type in something, or tap on the microphone icon to start speech recognition, to add a task or a reminder for a certain event. By default, tasks are listed according to a time-based grouping such as Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming, and Someday but can also be displayed according to user-defined folders.

A new update has been made available that brings in bug fixes as well as new features. Most prominent among these is integration with Google Now. Users can now create tasks simply by prefixing the phrase “note to self” or “set a reminder”. Of course, this feature is best used with Google Now’s voice-controlled mode. The update also adds support for posting tasks on Google Glass timeline, a feature that might be useful for Any.do users who own the device.

The new version now also supports the new restricted profiles feature present in Android 4.3 only. The update bumps the app’s version to 2.32 and should be rolling out to users.

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First of a kind app which visualizes your tasks and schedule

Task Defence  
Developer: Seho Kim  
Price: $0.99   Download on the App Store

Today WI3C introduces the first of a kind task/schedule management gamification app. Task Defence visualizes your tasks and schedules in a format of defense game and helps you to identify your tasks and schedules at a glance. Each task and schedule becomes a space object depending on its characteristics.

This is an app you might have never seen before. Yet, users do not need to worry about discarding events/tasks management app he or she already have bought. Task Defence alone works well, but with your other apps, the effect will be greater. Task Defence is a totally different app.

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Tasks update adds lockscreen widget for Android 4.2

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Tasks is a bit of a favorite in these parts. We all rely on Google's services immensely day in, day out, one of which is Google Tasks. In lieu of any kind of official application from Google, Tasks is the next best thing. Simple, excellent looking Holo UI, and of course, syncing up with Google Tasks. Today, the developers have pushed out a little update aimed specifically for users on Android 4.2

We're talking about a lockscreen widget. While the whole notion of widgets on the lockscreen is a point of debate for some, the ability to add something like a tasks list is potentially a great time saver. You get the same great widget as on the main homescreen, without the need to unlock your phone. 

Additionally, theres a bunch of minor bug fixes, and an updated app icon for anyone with a Nexus 10 and other ultra high density screens. Tasks comes in free and paid versions, and the updates apply to both. You'll find a link to the free version at the top of this post. 

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Mushroom Age review – handing kids time-traveling cell phones

Mushroom Age has recently ported its iOS adventure game to Android, offering a younger audience a chance to jump into a world time travel, mystery, and puzzle-solving.

Mushroom Age is ultimately a game of finding hidden objects interspersed with simple puzzles. Tasks can be as simple as finding a single object, but may involve multiple steps, like finding a light bulb so you can see inside of a toolshed to get gas for the lawnmower, so you can cut the grass to find a key. Every stage is a new era with different challenges to complete and more story to unravel.

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Tasker Updated To Add Support For ‘AutoRemote’, An Insanely Powerful Remote Control Utility

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There are few limits to things you can make your phone do with the power of Tasker. Everything from simple automation to some of the most complex things imaginable can be handled by the app, making it one of the most versatile on Android. Now, thanks to a new app called AutoRemote, it just got even more powerful.

With AutoRemote, you can execute commands remotely – from your desktop, laptop, tablet, another phone… basically anything with a web browser. For anyone familiar with the more advanced features of Tasker, setting up AutoRemote shouldn’t be much of a problem. For those unfamiliar with the software, though, it looks a little bit tricky at first.

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Pocket Informant Go! 2.5 for iOS – Economy Personal Information Manager

Pocket Informant Go!  
Developer: Web Information Solutions, Inc.  
Price: $1.99   Download

WebIS today is pleased to introduce Pocket Informant Go! 2.5 for iOS, their new, economy PIM (Personal Information Manager) app, which is a Universal app optimized for display on all iDevices, including the new iPad’s Retina display. A simplified version of their flagship app, Pocket Informant Pro, its clean, colorful, ringed binder design offers an integrated Calendar and Task solution. Pocket Informant accesses iOS Calendar, syncs with Google Calendar and Google Tasks, and offers an optional service called Pocket Informant Online as an in-app purchase, which enables cloud-based between devices.

Feature Highlights:
- Integrated Calendar, Tasks, and Events
- Customizable Settings
- Category Colors and Icons
- Over the air sync
- Journaling
- Push Notifications of Alarms

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Pocket Informant Go! 2.5 for iOS – Economy Personal Information Manager

Pocket Informant Go!  
Developer: Web Information Solutions, Inc.  
Price: $1.99   Download

WebIS today is pleased to introduce Pocket Informant Go! 2.5 for iOS, their new, economy PIM (Personal Information Manager) app, which is a Universal app optimized for display on all iDevices, including the new iPad’s Retina display. A simplified version of their flagship app, Pocket Informant Pro, its clean, colorful, ringed binder design offers an integrated Calendar and Task solution. Pocket Informant accesses iOS Calendar, syncs with Google Calendar and Google Tasks, and offers an optional service called Pocket Informant Online as an in-app purchase, which enables cloud-based between devices.

Feature Highlights:
- Integrated Calendar, Tasks, and Events
- Customizable Settings
- Category Colors and Icons
- Over the air sync
- Journaling
- Push Notifications of Alarms

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Apps of the Week – Boid, Songza, Tasks, and more

Apps of the Week

It's that time again – Android Central's editors are showing off their favorite recently discovered apps. This week we've got some social stuff, we've got some gaming, and a dash of productivity. Let's dig in. 

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Tasker App Factory Beta Now Available, Setting Automated Tasks Just Became Much Easier

 

Many of you are probably already familiar with the Tasker app and use it on a daily basis without having to even think about it. For those of you who don’t know what Tasker is, it’s an app that you can program to complete tasks based on parameters that you set before hand. For example, if you want your Bluetooth to turn on when you get into your car, you can set Tasker to activate Bluetooth when your phone realizes you left your home’s GPS coordinates. And this is only one example of the many cool features Tasker can accomplish.

Back to make things even more interesting, Tasker’s developer Crafty Apps has brought another app to the table that will further aid its users in creating tasks that can be activated by the Tasker app. The new app is called Tasker App Factory and aims to make the creation of setting tasks much easier to build and implement. Instead of requiring the technical skills it takes to build an in-depth Tasker function, Tasker App Factory will create a stand-alone app that will perform tasks based on how you set it up. The process is much more user friendly and creating an app only takes seconds and no programming knowledge is required. Once the app is created, it will do all the work for you and you don’t even need to open the original Tasker app to get things to work. Tasker App Factory takes care of everything for you.

Currently the new app is in beta form so if you want to check it out you can grab the download from the Play Store links below. I haven’t had time to check this out yet but I know how much fun Tasker can be on its own. This new app sounds like it could make task automation something anyone can accomplish, so if you’re new to Tasker you should check out Tasker App Factory and let us know what you think!

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Crafty Apps Launches Tasker App Factory (Beta), Allowing Users To Export (And Distribute) Tasks As Standalone Apps

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Tasker is a versatile app to say the least. In allowing users to create and schedule sophisticated automated tasks, it has made a name for itself as one of the most useful apps available for Android. The developer behind Tasker, Crafty Apps, is now expanding on that functionality, working on Tasker App Factory, an extension of the original app which allows users to export certain actions as individual apps.

The app (which will only work for Tasker beta users) has the capability to create standalone apps which have no reliance on the main Tasker app to run. According to App Factory’s instructional document, app creation takes mere seconds, meaning users can capture Tasker’s awesome functionality in a zippy, (relatively) easy process.

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62 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last Month (5/22/12 – 6/16/12)

new_android_apps_thumb1_thumb_thumb3Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 3 weeks or so.

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Keep Track of Important Lists and Tasks With #todo!

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Developer: Sean Lee
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
User Ratings: 4.5

For someone like myself; in school by day, working hard on projects by night, you can get a bit overwhelmed by the invasion of work of all shapes & sizes that can come at you at all hours, and it can  be hard to remember it all! While there’s always writing that stuff down on a pad of paper, we’re in the computer age people! #todo is here to save the day and give you a way to easily keep of track of the important stuff & more, all from your iOS device! To only make things even more awesome, #todo lets you incorporate powerful tagging & sorting features to easily allow you to manage the lists as they grow and become unruly in themselves

Landasia Soft, developers of this fashionably new app in the Appstore for the age-old task of, well, task management, put a TON of effort into making this an app that is not only feature rich, but innately capable of the most unique of tasking situations. Typically, for the average person, setting up tasks & to-do lists often compose of a few simple items. Buy milk, get a (much needed) pedicure, finish that puzzle, the list goes on! #Todo offers you a very easy way to add on these tasks but with all the possibilities of customization you can imagine.  (more…)

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You can now Any.do on Chrome

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Although I’m not much of a to-do list maker, when I do use one, I use Any.do. The design won me over, and so did the fact that it was Android first. After accumulating a ton of downloads on our beloved OS, it’s now making its way to other platforms: Chrome and iOS.

You can get the extension here. Unfortunately, I’ve found it to be buggy right now. Tasks and folders weren’t being displayed after I had added them, and after logging out and back in, it shows me a blank overlay. The design is beautiful, as with the mobile app, and they’ve added a useful pop-out option, but unless I’m the only one facing these issues, it isn’t quite consumption ready.

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Awesome Calendar 2.0 for iOS Now Includes Sync To Google Tasks Feature

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Developer: YunaSoft Inc.
Price: $2.99
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User Ratings:
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Announcing that Yunasoft Inc., the developer of Awesome Calendar, has just released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Awesome Calendar 2.0 retains its original features, such as auto syncing to Google Calendar, photo embeddable note making, localized current and forecasted weather, todo list management and sharing from within the app. This update, however, includes the long awaited sync with Google Task feature, a map displaying appointment locations and several other new features that take efficiency and productivity to a new level.

Since its original release, Awesome Calendar has found great favor in the App Store. So far, users have complimented the elegant interface, speed, ease of use, and comprehensive all-in-one functionality, as well as the impressive host of features offered. People have also taken note that this developer listens to their clients, and considers their suggestions for future updates. With the newly added features, this update has garnered even more enthusiastic feedback than previous versions.

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40 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/6/12 – 4/19/12)

new_android_apps_thumb1_thumb_thumb3Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon, and you can find the tablet app roundup here.

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Fun With NFC: Automating Simple Tasks With NFC Tags And An NFC Capable Phone

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More and more devices are becoming available with NFC – but what does that actually mean? First and foremost, NFC stands for near field communication. Basically, when you get your device close enough to something equipped with NFC – like a tag or a mobile payment center – it invokes an action on your device. Google Wallet is a perfect example of NFC in mainstream use; simply touch your phone to the payment terminal and the rest is done for you.

There are more practical applications to using NFC than just Wallet, though. Another good example of this is a feature in Android 4.0 called Android Beam.

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Tasks Is A Holo Themed App For Phones And Tablets – Compatible With Android 2.2 Devices On Up

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When it comes to the Google Play Store, there’s definitely no shortage of tasking apps to keep your busy lives in check. But a team of 4 Swiss developers are changing up the game with their newly released app called Tasks which not only looks great, but offers full compatibility with a variety of Android devices. Tasks syncs with your Google Tasks account, making switching between your Android tablet or phone a painless process.

Apparently, somebody forgot to send the developer the memo about Android’s “fragmentation problem,” seeing how Tasks features both an optimized tablet UI for larger displays, as well one suited for phones. Not only that, the app is fully compatible with all Android devices from Froyo (Android 2.2) on up, and Tasks adheres to Google’s Holo design guidelines making the app easy on the eyes. Definitely one of the better, good looking, full featured tasking apps in the Play Store.

You can find Tasks in the Play Store in either the free version (with ads), or the special promo 99 cent paid version (but only for a limited time). If you guys get a chance to check it, let me know what you think.

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[Giveaway] Celebrate Easter With Tasks N Todos And Android Police – By Winning A White GSM Galaxy Nexus!

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We teamed up with Tasks N Todos back in February to hook one lucky winner up with a Galaxy Tab 8.9 and ten more with pro licenses of Tasks N Todos, and now, we’re back again to give one lucky winner a White GSM Galaxy Nexus.

So, what’s so great about Tasks N Todos?

For starters, it syncs with Google Tasks, so if you have access to GMail, you have access to your task list. Furthermore, it stays synced up with your tablet and phone, both of which have their own respective interface. Can you start to feel your …

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Taskbar Task Switcher: A different approach for multi-tasking

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Multi-tasking has been one of Android’s strongest lures. Some believe that the feature needs a bit more polishing, though. Many users don’t take full advantage of said feature. If you need more efficient, simple multi-tasking, Taskbar Task Switcher is bringing a refreshed approach, by using the notification bar and pull-down menu.

The app remembers your most recently used applications and puts them in your pull-down notification menu. One can pick how many tasks are remembered, ranging from 3 to 8. After pulling down the notification list, the most recent tasks are listed as notifications would be.

One can also select which apps should be excluded from the list, text color and whether you want the app to start on boot or not. The settings and functionality are simple and to the point, which is what makes it enticing.

After using the app for some time, it becomes a very intuitive feeling to just bull down the notification menu and switch apps. It is similar to modifications that manufacturer UI overlays utilize. Some just add the most recent apps to the notification window, already. But if you are missing such feature, this might be your best bet.

The app places discrete dots in the notification bar to display the recent tasks. This can become a bit annoying if you prefer keeping your notification bar clear. A good addition to the app would be an option to turn those off, if possible.

I honestly don’t have much use for it. Honeycomb/Ice Cream Sandwich users probably won’t either. The new Window button is very good at getting the multi-tasking job done. But it does feel more intuitive than pressing and holding the Home button, which is what other Android versions turn to.

The app is free and has no ads. It is definitely worth taking a look at if you want to be more efficient while multi-tasking. Just head over to the Gogole Play Store and check it out. Don’t forget to let us know how you like it. What do you guys think is the best way to multi-task on Android.

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Type2Phone Update Features AppleScript Support for Automating iOS Tasks

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Developer: Houdah Software s.a r.l.
Price: $4.99
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User Ratings:
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Houdah Software has announced the immediate availability of Type2Phone 1.4. Type2Phone turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Type2Phone running on the Mac will emulate a Bluetooth keyboard. Pair your iOS device with the Mac while Type2Phone is running. Now every character you type is funneled through to the iOS device.

On the Mac, Type2Phone shows every character it has sent to the iOS device. An animated display of key tiles serves as stylish typing history. Use Type2Phone to:

  • Quickly type SMS text messages, notes, …
  • Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iPhone
  • Communicate with friends over your iPhone: Facebook, Twitter, chat
  • Paste addresses, passwords, … from your Mac to your iPhone

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HTC Sensation Seen Running Around In Custom ROM With Android 4.0 And Sense UI 4.0

 

Own an HTC phone, but can’t get enough of the latest dessert with the smooth topping? Well cheer up kids, we have a follow-up to the custom Endeavor ROM we previously saw on the HTC Sensation . The ambitious Virtuous team managed to snag an early build of the HTC One X software (also known as the HTC Endeavour RUU 0.96.401.2 build) and created an S4X ROM for the HTC Sensation smartphone. While the ROM is unsurprisingly buggy and some features are missing as the ROM is in its early stages, you can see in the video below that Sense 4.0 runs just fine on the Snapdragon S3-based phone. So much for HTC only bringing a diet version of Sense to the older smartphones when they are updated to ICS.

While this is only a ROM, you can see the positive outlook in the direction HTC is taking with its Sense UI. Among the apps that are highlighted are Tasks, Notes, PDF Viewer, Video Editor and the new Car Mode. But Enough of my jabber, why don’t you see the Sense 4.0-based ROM in action by checking out the video below?

 

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App Of The Week: Any.DO

Any.DO: To Do List | Task ListAs busy as we are nowadays, you would think we would have figured out how to manage our time wisely. Still however, we find people being double-booked, forgetting appointments, and sometimes not getting a single thing done that you wanted to throughout the day. We find ourselves constantly pressured by the busy agendas that rule our life, and have since started to turn to mobile calendars and planners to help us through our days. While I still use my calendar all the time, sometimes I just want a simple list of the things I need to get done, accompanied with reminders due dates. Separate categories, yes, but other than that just one list of things that I need to accomplish. And after stumbling upon it in the Market, Any.DO has completely taken over as my task manager of choice.

Any.DO is one of those apps that I install within 5 minutes of every phone that I get. I live by my task manager, and it all integrates with Google Tasks and my Gmail. But as we all know, Google has completely ignored the need for a task managing app built in to Android that syncs with your Google account and Google Tasks. After giving support to many of its other products and even launching new ones, El Goog hasn’t payed the slightest bit of attention to a task manager. However, the developers of Any.DO have.

Any.DO is a simple, beautiful task manager that offers just about every option you could want. At the open of the app you are given a neat little list of the things the app does, and after swiping through all of them you are brought to a point where you can sign into your Gmail account and start syncing your tasks. Once you sync these tasks, you can decide whether you want them to be defined by folder or due date (personally I choose folder because I feel it offers more organization). You can then add and complete tasks very easily, in a beautiful application. Any.DO has an awesome way of notifying you of your task due dates as well. The app pops a notification up on your screen, and in your notification bar. When the notification pops up, you can mark it as done, snooze it, or just ignore it as a whole.  Another great feature of Any.DO is whenever you receive a missed call, it will allow you to automatically add calling that person back as a task with a notification. Also, the little bell that rings (on-screen and audibly) every time a task needs completed is just another example of the devs dedication to making sure users have a great experience with their app. This application is without a doubt one of the most beautiful apps that I have used on an Android device. You can choose between a light and dark theme, and both of them look amazing. There are many fluid animations throughout the app, and the whole experience is much better than any other taks managers that I have used. Not only can you use it natively, but Any.DO also syncs with your Google account both ways, so if you complete a task and scratch it off the list on the app or in the browser, it will sync to the other respectively.

Any.DO is a free and fantastic app that everyone should give a shot. It works seamlessly with your Google account, and I can’t remember a time it has failed to notify me or frozen up when I tried to use it. As I said earlier, I install this app on every device I get, right when I get it, and there are many reasons why. Be sure to check out Any.DO for free in the Android Market and be sure to check back with TheDroidGuy for more awesome Android apps and reviews.

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Tasks N Todos – Track Your Tasks With Style

Ever since I got my first handheld device (hello, Palm Pilot) I’ve been trying out different methods of keeping myself organized. It all boils down to choosing one platform to manage your To Do list, whether it’s Microsoft Outlook, Remember the Milk, or Google Tasks.

Since switching to Android, I’ve wanted to try using Google Tasks but I could never quite commit to making the switch since I couldn’t find an app that I felt comfortable using daily. Until now. Tasks N Todos by Handy Apps, Inc. won me over with simplicity and elegance.

The User Interface

Simple UI’s make for a more enjoyable user experience. One of the great things about Android is that it gives every developer the freedom to build their app however they want, but it also has its cons. This double-edged sword called openness leads to inconsistent user interfaces between different apps. Handy Apps, Inc. took a cue from Cupertino and created an elegant and simple to use app that is a joy to use.

My Task Lists

When opening Tasks N Todos you are presented with your task lists. Each list is like a category of tasks. This is a great way to keep tasks organized into appropriate buckets. You can drag and reorder the lists however you want, and creating a new list is as easy as typing a name in the field at the bottom of the screen and clicking the + sign.

All Tasks

The top list is All Tasks, which always displays all tasks from all lists. Each task is shown with a checkbox to the left, title and description in the middle, and the due date on the right. The checkbox allows you to mark the task complete. By default, the tasks are sorted by due date, but a menu click later brings up a variety of sorting options.

 

Syncing

Tasks N Todos can be used as a standalone todo list manager, but the real power is syncing to the cloud with Google Tasks. This gives you access to your todo lists from any Android device as well as any device with a browser that can access Google Tasks. Sure, Google Tasks isn’t nearly as feature rich as some of its competitors (come on, Google…let’s see some task love) but its ubiquity makes it arguably the most useful, at least for Android users.

Tablet support

I downloaded Tasks N Todos on my Evo 3D (see screenshots above) and decided I liked it enough to install on my Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi tablet. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised.

With full support for Android 3.x (Honeycomb) and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Tasks N Todos instantly becomes the frontrunner for my task management. Since I usually take notes on my Xoom during meetings, it becomes a great tool for adding new tasks and organizing my work at a glance.

The tablet support makes great use of the larger screen and typing notes within a task is much easier on a tablet than on a phone.

Widgets

There are a few different widget sizes to choose from, including Honeycomb/ICS specific resizable widgets. The widgets are scrollable and configurable to show any task list you want.

Features

The description in the Android Market lists the following features:

  • Full synchronization support with Google Tasks using official Google Tasks API
  • Setup task reminder notifications for one-time as well as repeating tasks
  • Tasks can be set to repeat automatically with flexible recurrence schedule
  • Send urgent tasks to the top of the list with one quick action
  • Filter and sort your task and to-do lists in anyway you want
  • Drag and drop your task/to-do lists to reorder them any way you like
  • Calendar-style date picker with quick date pickers for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week.
  • Navigate between task lists easily using swiping gestures.
  • Task management made easy with quick action menus
  • Even faster access with homescreen widgets with quick shortcuts to add or view tasks
  • Backup/restore data to SD card
  • Fully optimized for both Android tablets and smartphones
  • Sync your task lists on your tablet with the following non-tablet optimized todo apps via Google Tasks: Astrid, Any Do, Taskos todo list, Checkmark, Google Tasks Organizer and gTasks.

Versions

The version I am reviewing is the free, ad supported Tasks N Todos – ToDo List Mgr. Handy Apps, Inc. also sells Tasks N Todos Pro for $4.99. The Pro version adds the following features:

  • Backup and restore your tasks to and from your SD card
  • Adjust the ‘Look Ahead’ to choose when a repeating task will be populated
  • Choose a custom ringtone for reminders’ notifications
  • Add Photos to your tasks
  • Add Location to your tasks

Conclusion

For an app to make me switch todo list platforms, it has to be good. Tasks N Todos is simple, easy to use, and elegant in presentation. If you want to stay organized and synced up on all your devices, I highly recommend Tasks N Todos. Download the free version from the market link or QR code below.

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Producteev Hits Android Market, Syncs Up Your Tasks Across Multiple Platforms

Let me introduce you to Producteev, the latest task manager to hit Android with its official release today. This task manager is a bit different from the other ones in that you can find it on almost any device that you own. Got a Windows machine? They have an app. Their app is also in [...]

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App Spotlight: Conqu

Task management is a part of everyone’s life, and it never is something we look forward to. Tasks mean less free time to spend doing what we love to do. Sadly this a part of life, and it is just something that we all have to deal with. A good way to deal with this problem is downloading a task manager from the marketplace to help bear some of the weight. One of those apps is Conqu, and it is one to consider.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

More after the break

Conqu is a task manager that doesn’t mess around. It has multiple filters allowing the user to add context to the project. For example, say the user needs to go get groceries, in fact it is only some milk and eggs. Instead of just putting milk and eggs and leaving it at that Conqu allows the user to state how much time and energy it will take. In this case since it’s such a light task, the user would put “quick” for time  and “low” for energy. Since that they need to be out of the house to do it they can add a context to the task to clarify such as “@out.” They can color code their tasks as well so they know that, such as “green” for home, they need to do this for their home.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

Through Conqu’s calendar, the user can see what will be on his plate in the future and what he should do to prepare for the future task. That way if there is a big party to coming, they know that the grocery list maybe should be amended to include the necessary supplies. After all, no one likes making a mid party grocery run because “someone” forgot to get the dip.

Screenshot by Josh Gough

Life is  hectic, the important thing is to be calm and collected about it. Any obstacle is surmountable, all it takes is a little preparation. So take a deep breath, collect all that which needs to be done and open Conqu. It’ surprising how quickly a mountain of tasks can be conquered with a little fore thought.

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[Deal] Exchange by Touchdown $12.99 (35% off) at the Amazon Appstore

Exchange by Touchdown, the flagship product of NitroDesk, Inc., is currently available at the Amazon App Store for $12.99 – a 35% savings off the regular price of $19.99.

Exchange by Touchdown enables users to synchronize corporate Email, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks with any Android device and carries the following features:

  • Connect to your company’s Exchange Server
  • Access e-mail, contacts, calendars, and more
  • Take advantage of the security offered using 3DES encryption
  • Place Email, Calendar, Tasks, and Universal widgets on your home screen
  • Wipe your device remotely if your phone is lost or stolen

There is a 30 day free trial of the software but of course, the reduced price may not be offered at the end of the trial. Best case would be to download the trial, verify it works for your environment, and then head back to the Amazon App Store to take advantage of the $12.99 deal while it’s still available.  Hit the break to check out some screen shots of the app and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read More…

[Deal] Exchange by Touchdown $12.99 (35% off) at the Amazon Appstore


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Do It (Tomorrow), Android App for Procrastinators

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As the old saying goes, why do today what can be done tomorrow? The Do It (Tomorrow) App for Android  helps you accomplish just that.

  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 1.29MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Productivity
  • Price: Free



Do It (Tomorrow) is the perfect app for the procrastinator. The idea behind this Android app is that planning out your entire week (or longer) can be overwhelming and even discouraging. Instead, write down the items you must get done today with the freedom to push things off until tomorrow.

The difference between the Do It (Tomorrow) app and other task/todo apps (e.g Astrid Android app), is that it limits your calendar to just today and tomorrow. It lets you forget about setting reminders, color-coding tasks, or any of the other management options many of us don’t have time to even use. The clean interface facilitates extremely fast task entry without any of the inhibitory bloat. Just tap the “+ add a new task” and type away. Tap the arrow icon to “officially procrastinate” by moving the task to tomorrow. Once you complete your task, tap it to cross it off.

If you’re interested in being able to access todo’s on multiple devices, setup syncing by entering your email and a password in the settings of the app on each device. This will enable free cloud synchronization and backup. While this is a good start, syncing to Google Tasks is a must considering Android’s integration with Google’s services.

  
  

Pros:

  • Task list minified to just today and tomorrow
  • Sync between multiple devices
  • Simple interface streamlines todo list creation



Areas for improvement:

  • Google Tasks integration and syncing
  • Widget to see todo list on your Android homescreen



Conclusion: An Android task manager focused on simplicity, ease of use, and the power to procrastinate with just a tap.

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Maxton Mobile browser hits v2.2 for Android

It was only last month that I talked about the Maxthon Mobile browser getting an update to support some 3D skins and more. The company has already debuted another new update to the browser that brings it to version 2.2. The new version has a major new feature with add-ons that allow you to do some cool things with the browser. The current add-ons include ones for screen shots, bookmark backup, and task killer utilities.

The bookmark backup and restore feature allows you to import, export, and backup your bookmarks to a SD card installed into the phone. The Screen shots app also allows you to take snapshots of a webpage and save it to the device SD card. Tasks killer will kill processes running in the background to let the phone run faster and the battery last longer.

There is also a version of the new browser for tablet users. Maxthon says that across all platforms it supports it has 130,000,000 users each month. The add-on architecture means that users and developers will be able to add new features to the browser to customize the user experience like many browsers allow.

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