Category: Productivity Apps

Is Unroll.me safe to use?

In a recent New York Times article, one of our favorite organizational apps Unroll.me was mentioned as selling user data (specifically emails with Lyft receipts) to Uber, and not surprisingly people are worried, including us. We’ve been using this app for years now, and have been recommending it since we first discovered it, so you can imagine we were surprised to hear the accusations. So, we decided to take a closer look at the Unroll.me Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, as well as speak to someone on their team to get clarification about what exactly is happening and...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Stridepost: A free chores and calendar app for the whole family. Yep, even the kids.

I’m always a little more motivated to get to my chores when there’s a little reward involved, like watching a guilty pleasure TV show while I fold laundry. It’s the same for my kids, and the Stridepost app (iOS and Android) helps them see how doing their share around the house will earn them both an allowance and fun rewards for pitching in. Plus, it keeps track of events on our family calendar alongside the kids’ chores and responsibilities, which makes it easier to manage it all in one handy place. Here’s how it works. Related: A helpful guide to kids’ chores by ages. The parents’ app Parents can...

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Put screen time management in your kids’ hands with the free unGlue app.

My kids are master negotiators when it comes to screen time, which is why we’ve never been successful with cookie-cutter methods to manage it. Sorry, Marble Jar. So that’s why I’m excited about the free unGlue app (iOS and Android), which actually empowers kids manage their bank of time according to their own priorities. Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time and not lose their minds Related: 6 screen time management solutions that work, from been-there-done-that parents Here’s how the unGlue app works First, you need to download the unGlue app to your own phone, add your kid or kids, and then...

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Golden’s volunteer app: Our cool free app of the week.

So many families are looking for ways to give back over the holidays — and so many charities and schools are looking for helpers — which is why we love resources like Golden’s volunteer app (iOS and Android). Golden lets you scroll through volunteer opportunities that are near you, read a description of what’s needed (many with a cheeky sense of humor to them), and then tap Down to Volunteer if you, indeed, are. It’s just about the simplest way to find ways to give back that we can think of. And during the busy holiday season, that makes a big difference. Related: Help kids...

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14 of the best organizational apps for parents to help keep you sane | Cool Mom Tech Back to School Tech Guide 2016

We love finding the best organizational apps for parents each year because honestly? We need them ourselves! If you’re anything like me, all household organization seems to disappear over the summer as we fully embrace our laid-back, casual schedule while we can. But now that school is in session, I’m all about getting focused. I  our new routine again, and these apps have been a lifesaver for me. From calendars to homework helpers, team communication apps to smart ways to organize all that artwork that’s going to come home with my kindergartener, these are what I think are some of the...

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Screen Time Manager: Our cool free app of the week

It’s hard enough to juggle the after-school routine of dinner, signing homework folders, and making sure the laundry is done for tomorrow, not to mention screen time management. But lately I’ve been using the free Screen Time Manager app (for iOS or Android), and it’s been a big help. When you connect your kids’ devices to the app manager, you can create schedules that automatically shut down their devices at certain times: say, at 7:00 am when it’s time to start getting ready for the bus to arrive, or at 6:30 pm when you’re planning to have dinner on the table. In desperation,...

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The FILLD app brings gas to your car, so you never have to stop for gas again

When I saw my friend’s Facebook update that she just had gas delivered to her car, you can bet I clicked right over. And to my surprise, FILLD is totally a real thing that is the smartest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. You simply download the FILLD app, then select your location on their map. Then choose a delivery window and pop open your gas cap. They do the rest. So brilliant, right? Pricing is based on the 3 gas stations closest to you, plus their fee, which is about $3. And yes, you still get...

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KonMari App: Our cool free app of the week

With three kids, one dog, and enough stuff to fill a suburban house, I quickly became a convert to the KonMari method of organization, or “tidying” as founder Marie Kondo puts it. Her simple and direct way of weeding through all the stuff we have accumulated over the years has revolutionized the way I, and many others, keep our homes in order. And now that the long awaited KonMari app has arrived, I had to see if it is as amazing as her first book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing was for me. Related: The...

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Digitize your notes and sketches with new Moleskine Smart Writing Set. No photos or scans required.

I never leave home without my Moleskine notebook, but I tend to snap a photo or type from it into my email or a document to transfer things over. Well, not anymore thanks to their new Smart Writing Set that lets you digitize all your notes and drawings with a very special tablet and pen. The new Moleskine Smart Writing Set is actually a 3-part system that includes their The Paper Tablet, the Pen+, and the free Moleskine Notes iOS app, all of which allow you to turn anything you write, scribble, or sketch into digital files. No photos or scans...

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