There’s no denying that social media has changed the way a lot of people conduct business and relationships. Although, organizing all that valuable data is a major pain. Software developer and former Lifehacker Gina Trapani has been working to change that with ThinkUp, a server-based app that assembles, archives, and analyzes your social life. ThinkUp shed its beta label today as it hit 1.0.
In an increasingly complex world we’re expected to think faster, do more, and rest less than ever before. In most occupations, multitasking is a must, making the ability to manage one’s time and tasks effectively arguably the most vital skill any employee can bring into the modern workplace—and that’s just during the work week. After hours and on weekends (if you’re lucky enough to have them), keeping track of family events, time with friends and personal projects can be enough to bring those with even the sharpest of minds to their knees. Fortunately, there’s a ton of technology in place to help you make the transition from being a failed life planning chump to an organizational champ. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite organizational apps. No matter whether they’re web-based, free or bound to your PC, they all have one thing in common: They’ll help you organize that herd of cats you call a life.
Moving, we’re certain you’ll agree, sucks. Packing, organizing the logistics, paying a security deposit on your new digs, cleaning your old pad from top to bottom after you move out and--worst of all--unpacking, has been rated as one of the most stressful gauntlets of experience that life has to offer. For those of us who have moving to a new apartment in their cards, PadMapper, Our Chrome Web App of the Week, does what it can to make the whole process just a little less painful.
The powers that be at China’s leading search engine Baidu are taking a textbook approach to business expansion, turning to Google’s Internet Dominance for Dummies whenever they are short on ideas. Taking a cue from Google, the Chinese web giant has developed a web browser of its own. After months of internal testing, Baidu on Monday began offering a public beta version of its browser.
With the continued expansion of Google Apps, many businesses and individuals use Google Calendar to organize everything. Making a calendar publically visible has always been a great way to let others know when you’re available, but a new feature of Calendar will help people actually set up appointments right from another user's calendar.
Google might be the biggest, but it isn't the only game in town when it comes to mobile search. Microsoft announced today that Bing Mobile has gotten a significant update that includes changes to the core HTML5 functionality. The new site is available on any mobile device that supports the necessary HTML5 standards. So Android and iOS are a go, but hilariously, Windows Phone 7 won't have the necessary support until later this year.
The nest time you need to print from a mobile device, you don't need to curse the heavens for making it so hard. Google is rolling out their Cloud Print service to all mobile devices, according to a posting on the Gmail Blog. Cloud Print allows users to send a Google Doc or Gmail message to any prints the service has been set up on.
Connecting a printer to the Cloud Print service is a little tricky, and is only available on Windows right now. But Mac and Linux support is coming soon. When you're all set up locally, just go to Gmail or Docs on the device of your choice and in the menu drop down, Print should be an option. Some attachments like PDFs and DOCs can also be printed directly.
This feature is not yet available on all devices, but it should have reached everyone in the next few days. Are there times when you've needed to print from a mobile device only to be stopped in your tracks?
Google has thus far neglected to create a mobile application for managing Google Docs. But Google today announced that the mobile Google Docs site will soon allow editing of documents from the mobile browser. When viewing a document online, there will be a link to load editing mode, where users will be able to change the document from within the browser. While an app might provide a better experience, this web-based editing would be more in line with Google's ways.
The new feature will be available on iOS devices running version 3 or later, and on Android phones running 2.2 Froyo. Google also made sure to note that Android users can use voice dictation to edit documents. The 2.2 requirement is a real bummer for users of phones that are still running Android 2.1 or earlier. The Docs editing mode will be rolling out over the next few weeks, so some phones might get an update in the meantime.
It was a short, strange road for Google Wave. Just a little over a year after being announced, the service was scrapped with little warning. While Google plans to use the Wave technologies elsewhere, wave.google.com is only going to be up through the end of the year. Google promised a way to get your existing Waves out, and now they've delivered on that.
Users will be able to export their waves as ZIP files. From within any wave, there will be a new option at the top called Export. Just click it, and choose ZIP, and select include attachments if you want. This will package up all the content in that Wave in one handy package. This works fine for people with only a few important Waves, but power users will find this tedious. Google claims to be working on a method for exporting ore content at once, but no details were given on that.
For most users, this should be enough. Few Wave early adopters used it enough to accumulate a wealth of data there. Are you exporting content from Wave? What sort of Waves are you keeping?
Many of you might be aware that Google plans to give browser-based apps the app store treatment. Announced at the Google I/O developers conference in May, the Chrome Web Store for web apps was expected to be up and running at an unspecified date in October.
With the month all but over, we might just have to wait a bit longer for the store. At least that is what All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka is saying based on input he received from app developers in the know.