Work Smarter Using iPhone Push Notifications

iPhone OS 3.0 brings a lot of new features to the table, but I could've easily gone on living without all of them, copy and paste included, except for push notifications. Push is the killer feature that elevates the iPhone platform to a whole new level of usability, both as a standalone device, and as a piece of companion hardware to your existing workstation setup. The iPhone has taken the place of an entire screen in my current home office configuration, freeing up a whole display for more productive use. Here's a breakdown of the apps that make this possible, and how I use them.…

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Singletasking: The Next Trend in Web Working?

We freelance web workers multitask like it was going out of style. Question is, is it actually going out of style? Some people think so, and they look to singletasking as the next trend in how we work. Singletasking is just what it sounds like: Approaching and tackling one task at a time sequentially instead of trying to do a whole bunch of things at once, as has become de rigeur in our modern multitasking age. If you're like me, the thought is probably at least a little refreshing, and maybe more than a little appealing right off the bat.…

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App Review: Streaks — Rewarding You for Repetitive Behavior

[appreview] title=Streaks image=https://gigaom.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2009/03/picture-111.png price=$2.99 url=http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=298996512&mt=8 rating=silver [/appreview] A calendar specifically designed for tracking your goals, Streaks aims to join the pantheon of…

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Get Things Done with Voice Notes Using Spinvox Memo

I'm quite pleased with my Gmail Tasks GTD solution -- it's working very well and might turn out to be more of a long-term solution than I had originally thought. However, one of the problems with a computer-based GTD system is that when you're away from your computer -- at the gym, say -- you need a way to store ideas, which you then have to remember to transfer into the Inbox on your computer-based system later. There's a simple way to do this using Memo, a service from Spinvox. Memo is a note-taking service you can use with your phone. Call a number, leave your message, and Spinvox converts the speech to text and emails it to a designated account. This is really handy for use with GTD. I'll explain how I'm using it with my Gmail Tasks system, but you could also use it quite easily with any other GTD app.…

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