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Beesy: a new level of productivity tools for iPad users

Beesy turns your iPad in to a multi-functional productivity hub, claiming that you can regain up to 15 minutes of your day in productivity.

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Reclaiming your productivity levels

Have you ever tried to switch between multiple apps during a meeting? Accessing one app for documents, another for your calendar and contacts, and yet another for networking? All this switching can lead to lost time and frustration.

According to Beesy, the average employee accesses, “thirty one pages of data per day, reads one hundred and ten emails, stores one hundred and fifty gigabytes of data, and takes twenty one minutes daily accessing their calendar.” This leads to information overload and frustration. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all your work-related activities done in one place?

Regain a 15 minute a day gain in productivity

Productivity app, Beesy, turns your iPad in to a task list, meeting planner, call organizer, and note taking app. It gives you the ability to create check lists, assign tasks, and create quick links to contacts, photos, and map data for easy networking information storage.

Beesy works with your contacts and calendar accounts to create a personal profile. It also allows you to sync with Evernote, so you can share via your desktop or iPhone.

Beesy predicts that if you have a single tool to manage all of these aspects, you will gain productivity: “70% of users saw a fifteen minute a day gain in productivity.” simple by using an all-in-one app like Beesy.

How Beesy works

The first tool you will discover is the task editor. This is essentially a “to-do” type list where you can catalog reminders for upcoming tasks pertaining to your meeting topics. You can also create an unlimited amount of tasks for each meeting and edit details such as the deadline and the participants. Next, you will find an event planner to add details, events, and birthdays to your schedule. This is identical to the calendar app found as the in iOS.

There is also the option to take notes during a meeting via the comment and draw tool. This tool is basically a text editor and a whiteboard, allowing you to enter text or draw diagrams as needed during a meeting. You can also use the web browser and maps tool to add even more data to your meeting notes. One of the best things about this app is its ability to organize and catalog projects based on your notes. You can access this by tapping on the “manage” icon at the bottom of the app. This will let you set parameters for using this function.

While this is marketed as a business app, it could also be very useful for students. You could manage your classroom notes, schedules, and assignments all in one place; as well as, potentially having study sessions via the comment and draw tool, sharing notes and other information, simultaneously with other students that have the app.

Difficult to navigate at first

Because Beesy offers so many features, if can be difficult to navigate the first time. But, there is a “help” section that lists all of the features with instructions on how to use each one. This will save you time allow you to fully enjoy the feeling of greater productivity.

Beesy is available in the app store for $4.99.

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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  1. rolandestrada

    July 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    If you want something less intimidating try NoteSuite. It’s a beautiful app both in terms of UI and the way it is coded. NoteSuite has a robust ToDo feature. Also, if you want to ditch the cumbersome code and cheesy UI of Evernote, this app is also for you. If Evernote isn’t looking in the rearview, mirror they should be.

    Actually, if Evernote’s recent update is any indication, they have already taken notice of NoteSuite

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Publishers anticipate price hikes after Facebook’s purge

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm may lead to price hikes for publishers trying to remain relevant.

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Facebook is changing the way News Feed filters content, putting more focus on posts from friends and family. This will effectively reduce the amount of paid content users see from publishers and brands.

Some agencies think this may increase how much advertisers will need to spend on paid ads to keep the same number of views. Just since last quarter, ad rates increased by thirty five percent.

Facebook’s VP of product management, John Hegeman said advertising will be “unaffected,” but agencies aren’t so sure.

Doug Baker, director of strategic services at AnalogFolk, stated this is the “final nail in the existing coffin” for organic reach.

For years, organic reach has been declining since more content is being shared. Smartphones and tablets lowered the threshold for ease of posting, and users can now share content without being tied to a desktop.

News Feeds are super saturated with content, and it has become increasingly difficult for content creators to organically reach users in the midst of posts from family and friends.

Mass-reach media buys end up seeming like borderline spam, and clog up an already extremely populated stream of content in your feed.

In December, Facebook announced plans to deprioritize “engagement bait” posts that urge users to share, like, or vote to artificially gain greater reach.

Using a machine learning model to detect different forms of engagement, Facebook rolled out Page-level demotion to curb frequency of advertisers using engagement bait.

Facebook noted it will still favor content from reputable publishers while reducing clickbait, spam, and misleading stories.

While engagement is only a small part of ad ranking, advertisers may see serious price hikes to keep the same level of performance.

It looks like Facebook is trying to go back to its roots as a social site, like how Snapchat recently announced a plan to keep news and social more separated on their platform.

To reach users with these new changes, advertisers must optimize and more carefully plan media strategies to make content relevant to target markets.

However, brands may find loopholes in the algorithm, continuing practices that drive artificial engagement. CEO of digital agency TMW Unlimited pointed out that brands may “be tempted to be increasingly controversial or polarizing in order to stimulate conversation.”

Even as Facebook insists it’s not a media company and its advertisers are actually “partners,” it’s likely brands will see significant price increases to remain in the News Feed instead of relegated to side ads.

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Facebook’s news feed changes will impact how you reach consumers

(TECH NEWS) Facebook is changing how you see the news feed, but it will also impact how your business reaches consumers.

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Once again, Facebook is making some significant changes to the News Feed (you probably know this because people are freaking out). This time, the changes revolve around improving user experience by cutting down on sponsored content — but what does that mean for advertisers and Facebook businesses?

As it turns out, not a ton – just a higher content standard and the accompanying challenge of creating positive, enjoyable content. Maybe.

Anyone who’s spent any time on Facebook in the past few years knows that it’s as much an advertising business as it is a social network. It’s impossible to make it more than a few posts into your News Feed without seeing a “Suggested Post”-type ad, and unless you use an ad-blocker, your sidebar is full of even more blatant attempts to sell or promote products only loosely related to your likes and interests.

It appears that no one is less happy about this than the man himself. Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to dial back advertising posts in favor of user-created content, conversation-inspiring posts, and other non-public items of interest. The goal is to connect you more consistently with the content that you love rather than the content that you tolerate; as you can probably guess, advertisers aren’t thrilled about this notion — some are even considering it an ad-pocalypse.

That’s a little dramatic.

The road to creating engaging, profitable ads for this new Facebook is relatively simple, if not easy. Facebook will be prioritizing posts that objectively bring happiness and positive experiences to users, meaning that your ads will need to be intrinsically fulfilling for your target demographic. While relying on “traditional” marketing strategies like clickbait titles and high initial engagement numbers won’t get you there, retaining people with your content will.

In fact, this move is fundamentally similar to YouTube’s policy wherein creators are paid more for longer audience view times than if their audiences flake out after a few seconds. One might argue that such a policy was put into place to safeguard against meaningless content with catchy titles, and that’s exactly what Facebook appears to be doing here.

With this return to their roots, Facebook is making steps toward bringing positivity back into social media — something we all could benefit from right about now.

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Walmart may have just solved the biggest snag in online grocery shopping

(TECH NEWS) Walmart submits a patent for technology that could fix the crack in online grocery shopping.

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When online shopping became increasingly popular, it made total sense as it is a huge time saver. However, not being a frequent user of the services, I have questioned how people go about selecting exactly what they want as what will be sent to them, isn’t what’s pictured online.

Apparently, this is a major challenge for services that offer online grocery shopping, as people tend to be particular about their cuts of meats and selection of produce (we’ve all had those moments where we’ve examined each apple in the bunch, admit it).

Walmart, a leading competitor in grocery sales, is looking to eradicate this challenge with a newly submitted patent for their developments. The new system they’re proposing will give online shoppers a look at their actual potential purchase via 3D technology.

The system, dubbed the “Fresh Online Experience” (FOE), will use three-dimensional scanning to show online shoppers images of the products.

First, they will select from a stock image (say they’re looking for an orange). A human worker at the location they’re shopping/delivering from will be notified and will then select an orange and send the shopper a photo.

The image would be sent from a store associate interface and will appear in a communications module where the customer can view it. They are then given the chance to approve or deny, based on the image.

The customer will have a fixed amount of time to approve or deny the item/image. To combat too much back and forth, the customer is only given so many vetoes until they have to choose an orange that’s been previously selected or remove it from the order altogether.

When the orange is approved, it will be stamped with an edible watermark and will be included with the finalized order. While this seems like a lot of work on the associate’s end, Walmart has stated that some of the FOE will include automated aspects, which could save human workers from having to continuously scan fresh items.

This idea comes on the heels of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, making them a giant competitor for Walmart.

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