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There’s a certain risk in taking on the review of a 1.0 todo list. Some of them are incredibly ambitious, but lack too many features to be ready for primetime. Others are simply too novel to really be understood yet, and require a lot of time to get used to and understand. Not to mention the fact that todo list reviews are terribly subjective. My personal favourite todo list on the iPhone, and the only one I’ve been using religiously apart from the built-in Reminders system, is Begin, and app that helps me focus on today’s needs and not tomorrow’s — but I know a lot of people don’t care for it.

That’s why I’m a little nervous about reviewing DashPlus, the latest geeky todo list to hit the App Store market. Based on popular blogger Patrick Rhone’s task management system, the app is something of an enigma right now — it offers a largely new method of organization that requires a little bit of retraining. In other words, there’s a learning curve. I really respect Mr. Rhone’s work and quite like his writing, so I thought I’d give it a shot to see how I’d adapt. Read on for some of my thoughts about DashPlus to find out.

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When the iPhone 4S was released, there was a collective groan from tech pundits everywhere saying, “That’s it?” Everyone wanted something different from Apple, including a new design (something I’m guilty of myself), but what came with the 4S was a feature named Siri that we all thought was pretty neat, but not really a game changer.

Thing is, it really is a reason to buy the iPhone 4S, as me and thousands of others have found over the past few months. But don’t take my word for it — a recent study shows that iPhone 4S owners use twice as much data as previous generation iPhone owners, and the only reason can be Siri. What’s all the hype about? Let’s find out why after the jump.

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I am quite the fan of OmniFocus, the GTD app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac, because it’s helped me sort out all of the crazy things in my life. After all, I’m not just the editor of this very site, I’m also a writer for other places, a father and a husband, so there’s quite a bit of things that need doing throughout the day that if I don’t capture somehow, I’m just going to forget. It has absolutely changed my life for the better.

But when the iPhone 4S came out complete with its own Reminders app with Siri integration, I wondered if I was going to have to work that into my system, and how the heck that was going to happen. Turns out that I didn’t have to think about it for too long, because now OmniFocus and Siri can work together in harmony. I’ve been using the system for a month or so now, and I’ve got to say, it’s super sweet. Let me walk you through the process so you can get an idea of how it works.

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It’s Productivity Week here at iPhone.AppStorm, and all week we’re going to have app reviews and how-tos, all based on getting things done. Plus, we’ll even pull some classic reviews out of the archives. Stay tuned all week!

By far, the standard by which most GTD systems are measured against is the original book, Getting Things Done by David Allen. Not only did Allen outline how exactly to get your life on track, but he also sparked a revolution, and many of the apps mentioned this week follow that very system. OmniFocus for iPhone is one of those apps.

There are varying levels of GTD apps, from the very basic to the hardcore, and OmniFocus for iPhone falls into the latter category. Sure, you could buy another GTD app, but if you want one that really goes above and beyond, you should look at OmniFocus. In fact, why don’t you read more about it after the break.

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It’s Productivity Week here at iPhone.AppStorm, and all week we’re going to have app reviews and how-tos, all based on getting things done. Plus, we’ll even pull some classic reviews out of the archives. Stay tuned all week!

Getting organized isn’t always an easy thing to do, but once you’ve decided to take that plunge, you’ll probably want to find an app that makes your life easier. But do a quick search for “To do” in iTunes, and you’re likely to lose yourself for a few hours in the results. How do you know what to choose for what you need?

Well, there are a few ways to do it, and it might even involve a little bit of experimentation. But if you follow a few basic steps you’ll be able to find one that works for you, and gets you productive in no time.

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I went on a business trip recently, and before I left I packed up my usual stuff in my carry-on bag: iPad, MacBook Pro, chargers, a few magazines and of course, my iPhone. I had seven hours on a plane one way and nine the other, so I figured that between all three Apple devices I could be entertained and get some work done.

As it turns out though, I could’ve saved myself a ton of room if I had just packed my iPhone by itself. That’s right, all the work and everything I needed to do to get things done was all in my pocket the entire time, I just didn’t realize it until I was on my way home. It came down to four simple things that made life easier, which I’ll explain after the jump.

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My search is finally over. After many years of jumping back and forth between various task management tools, I think I’ve finally found the one that I’m going to stick with. I’ve tried many apps. On the desktop, Things led the pack for a long time, though its lack of over-the-air syncing between iPhone and desktop was a real problem for me, and there were aspects of its design that I never really liked. I also used Remember the Milk for a year or two, but eventually decided I wanted a desktop application.

For the past six months or so I’ve come back to OmniFocus, which I first started using in its original beta period. Though it’s got quite a steep learning curve, I’ve found a lot to love about it. The iPhone app is extremely powerful, syncs in several ways, is location-aware, and does a great job all round. And now the Omni Group has finished the set, recently releasing OmniFocus for iPad. Join us after the jump for a walkthrough of this latest addition to the OmniFocus family.

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