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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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Palm is a tiny phone that pairs with your giant smartphone

(TECHNOLOGY) Nokia’s new Palm mini-phone release encourages endless Honey I Shrunk the Phone jokes.

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My current phone is dangerously close to being excluded from regular software updates. However, I have no real intention of purchasing a new one until crucial functions become unusable. There’s so little storage that if I want to install a new app, I have to delete one.

Yet I hold on to my increasingly historical device because I love how tiny it is compared to everything else on the market. Larger screens are no longer a novelty. It’s now the norm to have a five inch screen at a minimum.

But Palm has something different in mind. Yes, Palm as in the same people who brought you the now defunct PalmPilot. Mobility-loving users rejoice, they have risen from the ashes of the technology graveyard to bring you a new miniature innovation.

Palm released a eensy teensy credit card sized “ultra-mobile companion device” creatively called Palm. This cute little pal’s screen measures a mere 3.3 inches and weighs just over two ounces.

It easily fits in your athleisure wear, clutches, wallets, and even bike mounts. Palm is meant to help you out in times when your “big phone” is too gigantic for whatever you’re doing. Hold up, don’t we already have smartwatches for that?

Well, yes. But the tiny device boasts several features absent in smartwatches, including rear and front facing cameras, full keyboard messaging, and an expanded accessory ecosystem. The adorable companion even has facial recognition and customizable notification settings. Plus, if you’re not a watch person, Palm is a non-wearable alternative.

So that’s all neat, but is this all just a gimmick to convince you that your giant smartphone needs a baby smartphone friend? Well, that depends on your lifestyle.

If you’re frequently using your phone on-the-go or simply want a technology detox, this device may be the thing for you. It makes your phone more like a fun toy to check sometimes instead of a huge screen that sucks the life out of your waking hours.

But if you’re constantly on your phone and always prefer the bigger screen, you’ll want to stick with your current device. Or give one to your kids to use as an American Girl Doll accessory.

The device starts at $349 and pairs with your existing phone, but comes with an additional $10 charge since it has its own cellular radio. Palm syncs with Android and iOS and is currently available in the U.S. exclusively through Verizon.

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Remote job search site literally copied & pasted competitor’s entire site

(TECH NEWS) What happens if someone copies and pastes your site into their own site, then charges users for it? Besides rage… ?

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Despite the fact that plagiarism has been a no-no with very serious potential consequences since middle school for most people, some folks didn’t get the memo. One group of individuals even went so far as to copy a competitor’s entire website and publish it as their own, raising the question: just how much idiocy do you have to remain alert for?

This egregious case of copy-and-paste innovation started when a new company by the name of Jobscribe went live on Product Hunt. After spending some time in the spotlight, the company’s apparent plagiarism was brought to light by Product Hunt user Robert Williams in a review left on the Jobscribe announcement page – Jobscribe had duplicated Williams’ site Folyo — right down to the site copy and testimonials — and published the content on their own domain. Then had the gall to announce their launch on Product Hunt.

You can’t make this stuff up.

It’s easy to look at what happened to Folyo as an isolated incident, but this kind of “sharing of ideas” happens to businesses on a much more frequent basis than one might assume. In an era where everything is online and innumerable new sites are published every second, it’s all too easy for a competitor to steal your hard work and publish it as their own service.

Sadly, there isn’t much you can do after the fact; besides reporting the site to their web host for plagiarism and making a visible statement on your site (and social media if applicable), you’ll simply have to wait for the “competitor” to have their version of your content taken down. Steps you can take to mitigate some of the damage before instances like this even happen include patenting your service and brand before going live, but that won’t help you if you’re already a victim of plagiarism.

If you visit the Jobscribe website, it’s gone, and you get a note from GoDaddy that the site is parked. Adios.

Not so fast – if you visit the Jobscribe page on Product Hunt now, you’ll find that the page redirects to something called Worklead, a service which offers a functionality similar — though this time, not identical — to Folyo’s original purpose. Additionally, users have complained that the “free” service costs $5 (not a large sum, but indicative of the continued shady tactics the company employs).

Unfortunately, while the site’s copy has clearly been changed (arguably for the worse), the damage is done with little in the way of recourse for Folyo’s creator, and there’s no reason to believe that Worklead’s services will offer clients anything other than a lighter wallet.

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Facebook Ads Manager unreliability keeps dumpster fire rep alive

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The Facebook Ads Manager isn’t exactly reliable, refunds aren’t offered, and social media practitioners hate the (still) necessary evil.

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If there is one thing upon which we can rely when it comes to Facebook, it’s disappointing us. Sure, it is clear that the platform has done amazing things to connect people from all over the world. It allows the sharing of passions, photos, ideas, lifestyles, and pointlessly hilarious memes. But we have all glimpsed the dark underbelly of the social media giant.

Facebook regularly shows us the ugliest side of ourselves. This is a topic that is covered ALL. THE. TIME. How many of us have expressed our regret that Auntie posted insensitive views with the same pride she shares her great-grandchild’s first touchdown in the junior divisional beauty pageant and peewee football game?

But the content created by users is not Facebook’s latest letdown.

Ad buyers are regularly unable to see the analytics of their campaigns. For example, on October 29th, a number of digital media professionals found the Facebook Ads Manager to be unresponsive for hours. This lapse in availability is devastating to those who purchase ad space. This was aggravated by the fact that many campaigns were time sensitive, as they focused on the midterm elections.

Further, online advertisers rely on instant feedback and data to inform their next decisions. Many have expressed that the October 29th outage is a fairly regular occurrence with Facebook and continues to make their jobs nightmares.

Additionally, refunds were not offered for the time advertisers had purchased and not been able to use.

This recent occurrence appears to be the longest shutdown of FB Ads Manager, contributing to the dumpster fire of a reputation Facebook ads have cultivated.

We continue to ask – how can such a wealthy and dominating platform not get this issue into check? Or is it part of a broader design to lower expectations and soak up money like an adult child living in their parent’s basement, with no end in sight?

Facebook continues to decline commenting on their unreliability. Perhaps they know that all the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers will continue to use, share, swoon, and offend regardless of internal issues, and that advertisers will not (for some time) be able to subsist without reaching these groups.

For now, it seems Facebook is still in the driver’s seat. Whether or not they know how to drive this dumpster on wheels is another matter.

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