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Stef Gonzaga

Stef wears many hats during the day. Her favorites include the writer, the freelancer, the Literature major, the app fanatic, the poet and the chocoholic.

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There’s a new breed of email apps trending these days. These apps are designed to help users get productive with their inboxes and ultimately reach inbox zero. They have several common denominators, including gestures, action-based functionality, scheduling, and integration with other productivity tools like tasks and calendars. They make for a good compliment to project management apps such as Clarizen, Wrike, or JIRA, making your work life that little bit more manageable.

A growing number of these email apps have been released to the public, signalling evident interest in this approach to email. I’ve managed to round up ten (10) email apps that fit into this trend, some of which you may or may not have heard of before. Let’s take a look at these email apps and see what they have to offer users in need of a more effective and flexible solution to email.
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Despite my emotional attachment to the smooth touch of paper, I agree that a paperless environment is both appealing and beneficial. Having less clutter and flexibility over my files made me more efficient and productive at managing my time and workflow.

There are plenty of note-taking apps to help you go digital, one of which is Ginger Labs’ Notability. Originally designed for the iPad, the latest update allows users to record, write and draw notes of all kinds on their iPhone while enjoying the design refresh, additional languages, offline access and lots of customisation among other neat features.

There’s plenty to love about Notability 5.0, so let’s dive in and see what its best points are, how it fairs in comparison to Evernote and what’s in store for today’s tech-savvy note-takers. (more…)

Task — what’s the first thing that comes into mind? To-dos, check boxes and lists, right? With so many task management apps available, you tend to expect the same structure, features and UI elements. Well, what I’m about to share with you is an app of the same family, but built with a completely different direction in mind.

Task is a task management app that defies tradition. While its name brings to mind task lists and ticking off to-dos, it’s actually a minimalistic calendar app designed to make adding and scheduling tasks easy on your smartphone. It is gesture-centered with a lot of animation going on, and also slightly resembles Clear, Realmac’s popular to-do app. Even the app icon looks deceptively similar.

While some of Task’s features are creative and interesting, there are those that I didn’t agree with. In any case, those who are used to the typical way of using a to-do list app may either welcome this unique approach or back away from it. It all depends on how you use the app and how it fits into your workflow. (more…)

After my PayPal account got hacked a year ago, I didn’t take any more chances. I changed all of the passwords of my most important accounts, making sure they are impossible to remember and predict. The problem now is finding a safe place for all of my usernames, passwords, account numbers and more, and being able to access the list whenever I need to log in.

It didn’t take long for me to purchase a copy of 1Password for both the Mac and iOS. Recently though, I reviewed the desktop version of oneSafe and believe it to be a terrific alternative to the rather pricey 1Password app. What I didn’t mention was how significantly different it was to its iOS version after being able to test both apps together.

Priced at $5.99 on iTunes, oneSafe is a universal app that boasts of unique security features that keep all of your accounts and web logins safe from intruders. Let’s see what oneSafe for iOS can really do and if it also stands as a worthy alternative to 1Password 4. (more…)