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Planning ahead is key to enhanced productivity. There are thousands of apps to help you stay productive and get things done; Trust me, if you start using a GTD app and keep using it to manage your tasks without any disruptions, you will see a productivity boost soon enough. Almost all of these sort of apps have a single goal — help improve your productivity levels.

But what about those who are already getting a lot of stuff done over the course of the day? Thanks to a fast paced world, many of us juggle a lot of roles in life, each one with a set of tasks unique of its own. Daily Routine is an app that makes your already packed schedule manageable. Want to know how? Read on. (more…)

Say goodbye to check marks or the pile of pebbles you normally use to count your accomplishments. Now there’s an app for that.

Trakr is a sleek and simple app in which you can keep track of, well, just about anything that you can count — books you’ve read, cakes you’ve baked, pages you’ve written, workout minutes you’ve logged, and so on. Plus, you can set numeric goals for yourself (maybe you want to run 100 miles), visualize your history and progress, sync with iCloud and even export your data via email.

Come on, click “more” and I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

When Sparrow first appeared last year it almost immediately became a runaway success. Email is such a vital part of many people’s life and its no secret that many people, including yours truly, are getting fed up with the rather archaic nature of the system. What Sparrow for Mac did was create a clean and simple way to work with emails with great functionality. This made emails, dare I say it, more fun. No longer was it such a laborious task.

I’m not suggesting that Sparrow have single handedly “cured” emails, but it certainly eases the pain. Naturally, there was swiftly a cry for the wonders of Sparrow to be brought to the iPhone, and now it’s here. Head on past the break to learn more. (more…)

One of my favorite hobbies (if you can call it that) is to frequently check the App Store on my iPhone for app updates. I must admit, I do this a minimum of twice of day — it’s really a serious problem. The reason I do so is because I’m obsessed with the evolution of apps. Whenever a major update is released to a favorite of mine, I anxiously wait while it downloads, clamoring to see what changes and additions have been made.

In August of last year I reviewed ListBook, which I referred to as “a simple and elegant app that delivers most of the features you need for managing multiple lists, without being too complex.” Recently, noidentity made some major changes to ListBook. But do these changes help or hinder an already great app? Find out after the jump. (more…)

I, like many of you I’m sure, am a very busy person. For example, today I’ve scheduled the next two hours to work on AppStorm projects, then I have lunch, I clean my office between 1 – 1:30 pm, I’ve got an appointment to talk about a book I’m working on at 2 pm, then a meeting with a PR rep at 4:15. Oh, and I’ve got to be home by 5:30 to meet my son who is getting dropped off by his grandparents.

Organizing a day like this can be an exercise in futility, particularly when you rely on the built-in Calendar app in iOS. So when it came for me to try to find a new calendar with better options, I went with the popular Calvetica Calendar. We reviewed the Classic version of the app back in January 2011, but what makes the higher end version so much better? Let’s find out. (more…)

Do you know how many people there are in New York? Can you define what makes a SaaS-Service interesting to potential customers? What about the history of The Church of Our Lady in Germany — do you know it? If you don’t know the answer to one or all of those questions, there’s no reason to despair. In our world of continuous information overload and ever-changing facts, it’s hard to stuff everything into one’s head and then recall it.

For most of today’s relevant information, there’s this nifty website called Wikipedia and I bet all of you have profited from it at some point in the past. Unfortunately, the web interface doesn’t really rock on the iPhone screen. To remedy this and provide you with a thoroughly enjoyable reading and research experience, meet Wikibot, an awesome Wikipedia App for the iPhone. (more…)

I get a lot of usage out of my iPhone because I use it for both work and home. One of the things that I rely on the most is the voicemail aspect of the phone, especially for work. I get lots of important phone calls and messages that I would love to make sure I save and store for later.

One of the things that I have wanted to do for such a long time is somehow customize my iPhone so that it can properly function as a work phone and a personal one as well. I don’t ever think I will truly get there, but I have been using ON Voicefeed for a little while and it is about the closest thing to help me with this conundrum. (more…)

Crowded space. A comment on other task management systems. Something about Getting Things Done, or Pomodoro or Zen or discipline. You know how these sorts of reviews generally go: we want to get more things done, you want to get more things done, and developers want to make some money. While I enjoy reviewing productivity apps, a part of me has grown a bit bored with keeping a task list.

Luckily, that’s not all Wunderkit does. The new product from 6Wunderkinder, the evil masterminds that have released and updated the task-keeping Wunderlist for some time now, Wunderkit is collaborative working redefined. (more…)

Smartphones have become an invaluable part of life for many, and, thanks to many productivity apps, we’ve been able to invest our entire life onto our iPhone, Android handset or Windows Phone. I’ve personally owed a lot of my organisation to Wunderlist thanks to it’s cross platform syncing, but a new to-do list app caught my eye as it become much hyped on Twitter.

For the past few days, i’ve seen a lot of people talking about Realmac Software’s app Clear, a to-do app that’s already spawned an imitation days before it’s own official release. Clear is all about simplicity, with a simple list of tasks organised visually by priority that are manipulated by some fun gestures. Let’s get into the details after the break.  (more…)

If you’ve read any of my previous articles here at AppStorm, you might have noticed that I review a lot of task management apps, and this one’s no exception! Later is one of those apps that combine simplicity with function and a beautiful interface. It let’s you manage your tasks with ease, and set reminders quickly. It boasts quite a beautiful interface and includes achievements to make the experience more fun and game-like.

They advertise the app as a task management utility for busy and lazy people, so join me to take a look at this app and see if what they claim holds true.

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