Category: Productivity Apps

Time to step up the job search? Switch app is like a Tinder for job hunters

Just last week, I sat next to a young woman on an airplane. She was on a mad scroll on her iPhone, just thumbs moving across the slick screen super fast. She was on Tinder, and I was low-key amazed at her swiping skills. It was something to see, a person’s mind moving so quickly through Interested and Nope. So it’s no surprise apps for other industries (besides the hook-up industry? Is that an industry) like the Switch app, are taking that same Like-or-Pass, Tinder mentality, here, applying to the job search. Or actually, they call it job discovery. Its aim is...

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RosterBot: A sports team management app that does everything but laundry and carpool. Sold!

With all my kids very actively involved in sports (hello fellow swim moms!), I’m so glad to find a sports team management app like the RosterBot app and website, which I think is a great resource for coaches, managers, and team parents, like me. And even better, it’s totally free. Set up your team in RosterBot by entering names and contact info, then create events for the season: practices, games and tournaments (or meets or matches, depending on your sport), parent meetings, team pictures, awards banquet, and any other team gatherings. Then team members can opt in or out for each...

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Artkive Concierge: Like a personal assistant for storing your kid’s artwork digitally.

The Artkive app has been one of my back-to-school lifesavers ever since it launched a couple of years ago. And even if you don’t have four kids like I do, you’re probably swimming in artwork that is oh so painful to toss. The ability to store it digitally through an iOS or Android app, and then turn it into a cool printed book is pretty amazing. But if you’re short on time (uh, who isn’t?), the new Artkive Concierge service is pure magic. If you’re falling behind on your intent to Artkive your kids’ art with the app itself–something I’ve been through for...

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15 IFTTT recipes for parents to make life easier. A lot easier.

There are three things you need to know about the productivity app IFTTT: 1)  It’s an acronym that stands for If This, Then That. 2) It’s pronounced like the ‘ift’ in the word gift.  3)  It’s out here saving lives. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic; but big social media users and digital dependants like me rely on this clever, web-based tool as the app that makes the other apps (or channels, as they call it) in your life work better by creating ways that they can work in concert. Think of it like a command central for automating lots of time-saving digital...

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Communicating with your child’s teacher and class without mass email chains? Thank you, Remind app.

With back to school officially here, I cannot tell you how much I love the benefits of organization and communication apps for parents and teachers. They really do make life so much easier. Well, I’ve just discovered another tech tool that’s going to make communicating with your child’s teacher so simple and hassle-free —Remin app’s text messaging service. Why? Because you’ll never have to get another group text to your entire kid’s class again. Whoo!   Your child’s teacher will register set up a group at Remind (formerly Remind101 by the way), and then students and parents can easily connect to the class’s list when the teacher shares a website link or QR code...

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Ecojot Connect app: Write notes the old-fashioned way, and save them the modern way.

Even with all the great lifestyle and organizational apps available to us today, there are times that nothing really replaces writing with pen and paper, whether I’m writing down funny things my kids have said or just making my grocery list. But having digital records of your ideas, dreams, and to-do lists are amazing too. That’s where the Ecojot Connect app (iOS and Android) comes in, from the makers of some of our favorite socially conscious, eco-friendly stationery. It’s the perfect marriage of traditional journaling with a high-tech twist. Just write your notes in an Ecojot Connect app-ready journal, snap a photo of it...

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How to export data from Springpad before it shuts down

It’s not uncommon to see tech resources, apps and services come and go, but when it’s something we use ourselves, it’s definitely a bummer to say goodbye. Unfortunately, the latest tech casualty is Springpad, an awesome online and mobile tool that helped lots of us organize, save and categorize data. Our editors were big fans for building Springpad Notebooks of cool stuff gathered from around the web. Springpad is officially shutting down on June 25, according to their recent announcement, so users have a little less than a month to gather and export all your saved data, and at least Springpad is making it pretty easy. 1....

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Office 365 Personal lets you start a doc on your PC, then pick up where you left off on your mobile phone.

We have covered cloud-based storage in the past like standbys Dropbox and Google Drive, which are today’s easiest way to access important documents and photos from your mobile devices. But Microsoft software users (um, everyone?) can now benefit from Office 365 Personal, a new service that lets you share those same documents, photos and files directly from your PC to your mobile device (Android, iOS, Windows) without having to use a third-party service. This is a subscription-based service costing $6.99 a month, and if you’re tied to your computer and mobile device like I am, it may be worth paying the monthly fee to have insta-access to important files and data and...

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Dads Dig This: VenMo app

As part of our Dads Dig This series, we ask cool dads for their own favorite tech picks.   I like writing checks as much as the next person born during the Eisenhower administration but I think my 20-something babysitter is onto something with the Venmo app available for both iOS and Android users. Venmo thinks of itself as a wallet but I prefer to think of it as the Facebook of transactions – not the kind between long-lost and/or recently-divorced high school sweethearts — but rather actual cash-on-the-barrelhead transactions and it is so perfect for parents who… um… spend money....

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Need help forming new habits? The Habit List app to the rescue! (And it’s way more fun than it might sound.)

With more tasks on my plate than I’ve got time in the day to complete them, and a little trouble prioritizing and juggling, I’m thinking I might need help forming new habits so I don’t feel so overwhelmed all the time. If that sounds familiar, you need the Habit List app, which has really helped me get on track. Habit List is more than a to-do list, and more than a daily reminder — though you can use it in both of those ways. Create a list of tasks, touch and drag them in order of priority, and set how often...

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