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Let’s face it: there’s a lot of content out there, but so little time to read it. In response, popular services such as Instapaper and Pocket have emerged and make keeping track of these articles a much easier process. But along with not forgetting what you want to read, ReadQuick is hoping to help you actually consume that content more rapidly by flashing it across your iPhone’s screen one word at a time.

Can this seemingly simple method shrink your reading list and increase the speed at which you read? Find out more after the jump. (more…)

Text on an iPhone can be a real pain. I don’t mean writing — the keyboard is very nice, and in some ways, nicer than ever on iOS 7 — but I mean text management. Copying and pasting feels like a tedious chore involving lots of app switching and long tapping. By the time you’re done, it takes forever.

And iOS 7 sadly removes some of my favourite ways to quickly send out a tweet or a Facebook post from Notification Centre. As such, I thought I’d check out Drafts, an app that’s simply way more powerful than I need in the best way possible. Read on to find out what makes this app, which recently migrated to become an iOS 7 exclusive with its latest update, so special.

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It feels like just yesterday when Evernote got a big 6.0 update. At the time, it was a pretty big hoopla. It was universally well-received. From top to bottom, 6.0 was to Evernote what iOS 7 is to the iPhone: A complete and total rethinking of how it works and how it looks. And, to be completely frank, I hated it. I thought it was slow and I thought it slowed down my process with unnecessary and ugly menus.

With the release of iOS 7, Evernote is once again getting another huge visual update. This time, Evernote’s release is version 7. Not only has it been redesigned, but the very basics of how people use the app has been rethought on both the iPhone and the iPad. And, to my surprise, I love it. Read on to find out why I plan on making Evernote a steady part of my workflow again.

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I’m a huge notetaker on my iPhone. I find I often have too many notes that I’m taking, and I can’t always remember where one is stored. Between the stock Notes app, Simplenote, Evernote or even Dropbox, I’m often a little lost. And I don’t think I’m alone.

So I’m a little interested in apps that can compile all these document sources and make it easy for me to find what I’m looking for. This is exactly what Notella claims to do. Notella is a clever little app that manages your Evernote, Dropbox and Simplenote accounts from one little location, allowing you to search through them and edit or compose more notes. Read on for my thoughts on the app.
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I was just 12 years old when I created my first website, and remember spending hours upon hours teaching myself how to code. Since then, I must have built close to a hundred and therefore, naturally, one question I am frequently asked is how to build a website from scratch. Um, where do I begin?

Luckily for me, I now have a suitable answer to this question: Jimdo.

Jimdo is a cross-platform website builder in which you can create and maintain your own website for free, without the need to know how to code. Interested? Hit the jump to find out more! (more…)

How do you keep your life balanced? You might use an app to track self-improvement items or maybe even by writing these items in your journal. The items I am referring to are typically not found on a GTD (Getting Things Done) list, but rather these are items which build yourself up daily. While I do not manage to complete all of the items on my list daily, I enjoy reflecting on this list and changing it as my desires and life goals change.

Many people reflect on self-improvement items at the turn of the New Year. The ongoing change forces reflection on the past and the future but the ability to re-focus and reflect might get lost in the daily hustle. Daily items can include something as simple as exercise, but if we really become honest with ourselves, there might special and private goals which might bring happiness everyday as we work toward them. I think becoming a better person is innate inside each one of us but the desire might get pushed under the daily stress. This is where Balanced proves its’ usefulness, because it offers gentle reminders to work on yourself throughout the day. (more…)

I’ve been really big on finding unconventional ways to motivate myself recently. I’ve tried a myriad of things, but as clichéd and silly as it sounds from one of those “modern writer” types, I find the best solutions are often digital. That’s why I was really excited when I started using iDoneThis, a service I reviewed on Web.AppStorm recently.

IDoneThis is a fantastic little service that helps you keep track of what you do on a daily basis by sending you a reminder asking what you accomplished with your day. Not too long ago, I discovered that iDoneThis also has an iPhone app, and I decided I’d give it a go and compare it to the site’s email service. Read on for some of my thoughts. (more…)

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…)

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of Squarespace. In fact, my personal blog runs on the service and I’ve somewhat brazenly said that the folks at Squarespace and I share the same taste for good design. That’s one of the many reasons I was interested in the Squarespace Note app.

My history with note taking on the iPhone is all over the place. I don’t use the stock Notes app anymore because I hate yellow notepad paper, but iOS 7 could change that. I love Simplenote right now, which sits on my homescreen and is used almost every day. Evernote is okay, but I feel like it’s gotten slower and more laborious to use with time. I use Day One for journalling and Byword for Web articles, but I’ve been all over the place. Squarespace Note is supposed to make my life a little easier by hopefully filling in a few of these blanks at once.

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When you’ve got a system in place, when you have order, you’re not going to upset the applecart unless something pretty spectacular comes along. That’s exactly how I felt, and then I saw Silo. I was in a getting-things-done rut, and I needed something new to get me back on track. Silo has the goods and looks pretty fantastic, too.

Let’s take a look and see what makes this little app so great. (more…)

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