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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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Earbuds that are noise cancelling hit the market just in time for the holidays

(TECH NEWS) There are no shortage of earbuds on the market, however, Nuheara’s noise cancelling, bluetooth earbuds are sure to top everyone’s wish list.

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Noise cancelling earbuds are efficient for blocking out the world around you – when all you want to hear is your music and nothing else. However, for those who want a smaller, sleeker alternative, Nuheara is the perfect fit.

Nuheara are wireless audio earbuds that are customizable to your hearing needs. Even though they have the same power as noise cancelling headphones, they can be adjusted to amplify or minimize sound based on each situation.

You can choose to blend the sounds of the streets and your new favorite album in order to be aware of the world around you. The earbuds are ideal for any situation.

The noise cancelling earbuds use SINC (Superior Intelligent Noise Control) technology, which lets every user create their custom hearing experience.

There are numerous times when it’s hard to hear because of the noise around us. This may be in crowded restaurants, concerts or even when you’re at home trying to avoid the noisy neighbor in the apartment above you.

The SINC technology applies a frequency filter to sounds you choose to hear or want to avoid. Additionally, the left and right earbuds have their own settings, so that they can be customized individually. Everything is customized through the app, so it’s up to each user to decide!

Prior to founding Nuheara, Justin Miller and David Cannington worked in the oil and gas companies creating industrial strength hearing headsets.

The feedback they received during these experiences paved the way for inventing Nuheara. People wanted a sleek headset that they could wear in everyday life, not just at their job.

The earbuds will set you back a few hundred bucks, but they come with accessories like a battery charger, carrying case and 8 different silicone tips. The battery charger provides three full charges. Nuheara earbuds are also sweat and water resistant, but they are not yet waterproof.

As wireless headphones, Nuheara are also compatible with most Bluetooth connected devices. The earbuds also use tap-touch control to make hands-free phone calls, control music and adjust settings.

There is no need to connect Nuheara to external devices to use their noise cancelling capabilities.

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Turn your FAQ page into a chatbot without knowing how to code

(TECH NEWS) An easy way to add a chatbot to your site and automate some of your work is through this new simple tool that doesn’t require any tech know-how.

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Reduce your workload and personalize customer service engagement with Faqbot, the tool that turns your online FAQ into a customized chatbot.

Co-founded by Denny Wong and CEO Mathis André, Faqbot uses machine learning to streamline frequently asked questions into a handy chatbot pal.

Based on your existing FAQ content, Faqbot builds a database that learns from every conversation to improve responses. Faqbot can also be used to automate sales and lead generation.

You get to design the conversation flow, mapping out a custom path to guide users to a desired outcome. Set predefined choices or free text, customize the bot’s responses, and determine what leading questions the bot should ask.

For example, on the Faqbot site, I was given two pre-set choices to click after each response from the bot. Clicking “Thanks for helping” gets the polite response “You are welcome! ;-)” complete with an old-school emoji featuring a nose.

If you select “not my question,” Faqbot uses its general response to any unanswerable question: “Sorry, I’m a chatbot. I am constantly learning and have answers to frequently asked questions. Thank you for leaving your email and we will get back to you shortly.”

Choose your own responses based on already defined FAQ or come up with new messaging to better engage and inform your customers as needed. The free text option is also available if customers wish to continue asking questions.

Of course, I had to try out some less than frequently asked questions. When I asked Faqbot “are we friends?” it kindly replied, “Absolutely. You don’t have to ask.” So I’m smitten.

However, when I tried to take it to the next level by asking “Do you love me?,” which seems to be the internet’s favorite way to harass a bot, I got the “Sorry, I’m a chatbot” response.

That’s okay. I’ll recover. Faqbot isn’t here to love, it’s here to answer questions.

You can easily install the chatbot by either copy/pasting the snippet of codes directly into your webpage, or connect Faqbot to your company’s Facebook page. No coding skills required.

Pricing is based on number of users per month, but all levels include the same service offerings of FAQ database management, messaging interface, a ticketing system, and DIY guided conversation flow. You can try out Faqbot free for 14 days by signing up on their site.

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This note-taking app is perfect for the creative mind

(TECH NEWS) The newest app for note-taking could be a tremendous asset for a very specific type of creative that tools like trello and evernote fall short on… not all apps work for all people.

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If you’re like me, you’ve had many phases in your idea-having, note-taking life. There was the AP History period, where I decided the quality of my notes would be judged based on the tininess of my handwriting and the number of innovative abbreviations coined. There was the “song collection” period, in which I wrote down song and band names with reckless abandon, on any scrap of paper or non-paper within reach, and promptly scattered the scraps everywhere. There was the post-it era, in which every single idea was carefully documented on a “Sticky Note” that tiled over my Windows desktop and was impossible to find thereafter.

And then, there was Evernote, and Trello, and I thought my evolution was complete. I had neatly organized “Notebooks” and “Cards” and I felt very structured and efficient and spiritually done with my note-taking journey.

But a whisper of rebellion called out to me. It sounded musical, colorful, whimsical. It asked me whether I wouldn’t like to liberate myself from those neat lists and stacks, let my ideas flow, visualize my thoughts?

It introduced me to Milanote – the note-taking app truly made FOR images, not just tolerant of them.

Milanote markets itself toward creatives: “For the research, thinking and planning behind your next great piece of work.”

But the strengths of this app could benefit anyone who could use a more freeform space to collect their thoughts. A blank page resembles a peg board, and users can add images, notes, links, and more in any configuration their hearts desire. You can also link any elements together with a web of lines, or leave them on their own.

This could be a great app for early-stage brainstorming and planning, when you need to play around and be flexible.

Milanote can be collaborative, like Trello, or individual and personal, like my always-evolving grocery list in Evernote. Milanote currently works in any web browser, and iOs and Android apps are coming soon.

For up to 100 notes, Milanote can be yours free of charge. More than that, though, and you’ll have to pay $9.99 for the pro version.

Something tells me infinity should cost much more, but the organic, customizable concept is something to hold on to.

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