Posts Tagged ‘apps’

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Five of Tech’s Best Time Management Tools

A poll accompanying a recent article from the Guardian, entitled “Time management woes: is digital technology the answer,” reported that only 45.3% of people felt digital technology could offer a “feasible time-saving solution.” We disagree. Certainly, sometimes it can be easy to get consumed by your email inbox, but it’s still more efficient than writing every correspondence by hand!

Five of Tech’s Best Time Management Tools

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We often lose sight of the primary goal of both technology and time management: to make life’s pain points, i.e. the necessary evils, easier and quicker so we can get on to the fun stuff. Here we’re taking a look at the best time management tools today’s technology has to offer.

  1. The Things app for iPhone functions a lot like a simple to-do list, but has certain intuitive organizational features that set it apart. You can organize your to-do tasks by project or by priority. You can easily move tasks from today to tomorrow and you can have an aspirational “someday” task list. Things manages deadlines and gives you the satisfaction of crossing tasks off your to-do list.
  2. Another great app for iPhone is YadaHome. Billed as a “Family Organizer,” YadaHome lets you share grocery lists and a calendar with family members. Instead of last-minute items on the grocery list being called in, committed to memory, and inevitably forgotten, family members can simply add them to the list in real time.
  3. Toggl is a time tracking software tool that can be used on any device, from Mac to PC to Android and back to iPhone. It can be used by individuals or entire companies and helps keep track of time spent on different tasks and projects. You can either analyze this information to streamline your priorities or to easily bill clients for time—or both!
  4. Evernote is a popular software tool that promise to help you “Remember everything.” You can capture and store anything: images, notes, lists, audio, video, instructions, etc. You can then access and share those notes from any device anywhere.
  5. The ZOMM Personal Concierge service combines the human and tech elements. If you need help with anything, anywhere in the world, you can either call or email you Personal Concierge to help you out. From arranging your next business trip to locating the style of sunglasses a random celebrity wore in a certain movie five years ago, the ZOMM Personal Concierge can save you time completing the “necessary evils,” then help you make the “fun stuff” happen.

What technology helps you manage your time? 

 

 

 

Friday, May 11th, 2012

5 Apps for the Hearing Impaired in Honor of “Better Hearing & Speech Month”

Impaired hearing affects 14.9% of children, according to the Center for Hearing and Speech, and can dramatically impair language development. Only so much can be done medically for those who suffer, but there are ways to treat and cope. And now, there are smartphone apps to help.

In honor of May’s designation as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” we’ve compiled a list of great mobile apps, primarily for iPhone and iPad, to help diagnose and treat the hearing and speech impaired.

 

A list of five great apps for the hearing and speech-impaired.

Photo courtesy of freedomscope.com

 

  • Siemens Hearing Test—Do you suspect you may be hearing impaired? This free app tests your ability to recognize words from background noise and compares your accuracy to the average score of normal listeners. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to treating it. This test can tell you whether or not you should seek further medical attention.
  • Hearing Loss Simulator—Living with someone who is hearing impaired can be a trying experience at times. This app costs $1.99 and can help family and friends better understand that loved one. The app even adjusts the simulation to the degree of their hearing impairment.
  • Speech Trainer 3D—This $7.99 app animates how the tongue, lips and mouth properly move during speech. The 3D demonstration helps the speech impaired practice certain sounds, consonants, and vowels in the English language. A recent update allows you to use iPad and iPhone cameras to film yourself speaking and do a side-by-side comparison to the animation.
  • Eye Contact – Toybox—Previously featured on “60 Minutes” This $2.99 app rewards children for focusing on the human faces displayed on the screen. Maintaining eye contact can be a difficult skill for children to learn and is especially important for hearing impaired individuals.
  • EarTrumpet—Best when used with a headset, the EarTrumpet offers hearing enhancement tools. The $3.99 app was developed by a medical student and applies scientific inquiry and analysis to help the hearing-impaired better understand the world around them. 

These apps demonstrate how modern technology is addressing real human problems. Likewise, the ZOMM Wireless Leash and the myZOMM app could be a great service to a hearing and speech-impaired individual in a moment of panic. The center button can be programmed to call either 911 or a number of the ZOMM owner’s choice when it’s held for a period of time.

How are you observing “Better Hearing & Speech Month”? 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

5 Productivity-Inducing iPhone Apps

Life is hectic. Sometimes, in all the chaos, it’s hard to actually get anything done. However, like all things in the world, there’s even an app (or several) for the productivity-challenged. Today we rounded up five iPhone apps that are sure to get you back on the productivity train.

A list of our top 5 iPhone apps for increasing productivity.
Photo Cred: BusinessInsider.com
1. Clear
Keep yourself organized (and therefore more productive) with this list-keeping app. The simple, intuitive interface makes it easy to put things on a list…and check them off when you’re finished.

2. eWallet
These days, life involves a lot of passwords. Nothing slows you down (and frustrates you) more than not being able to login to your accounts because you can’t remember the password. eWallet uses 256-bit AES encryption to securely store your passwords, account information and card numbers.

3. Bump Pay
After a dinner with friends, who wants to take the time to count out (or actually has) the cash to split the bill? With Bump Pay you can easily transfer money from your PayPal account to a friend’s—with a fist pound.

4. Quick Office
Ever wish you could edit documents during the train ride to work? Maybe you need to have access to Word or Excel documents while away from your desk. That’s what Quick Office allows—create, view and edit Microsoft Office files from your iPhone.

5. myZOMM for iPhone
It’s hard to be productive if you can’t find your keys or don’t remember where you parked your car. Pair your iPhone with a ZOMM Wireless Leash Plus and the myZOMM app to get instant alerts if you walk away from your keys. Tag items, such as a parking spot or business, and get instant directions to that location when you’re ready to return.

 The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.The ZOMM wireless leash app for iPhone.

Feeling more productive yet?

What’s your favorite productivity app?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

March Madness and Technology

March Madness is here—the NCAA tournament kicks off this week with 64 teams battling it out to be crowned the best college team in the country. While they fight it out on the court, thousands of people in homes, offices and school across the country will fight it out with their brackets.

 

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As with sporting events like the Super Bowl, there are lots of ways technology helps make March Madness that much more enjoyable. Here are just a few of them:

Bet it all on a Brilliantly-Built Bracket

No longer will you need to handwrite a bracket or draw names out of a hat—check out RunYourPool.com to make the office contest a breeze.  There are also lots of option on sites like ESPN, NCAA and Yahoo!, to make your bracketology a breeze.

Don’t Miss a Play

Last year, IMRE Sports revealed that 1 in 4 Americans would be using social media to follow the tournament. Of those, 27% said they would be using a mobile app to view games and 31% said they’d be watching via YouTube.

Other stats IMRE discovered were that 62% of people using social media would be doing it just to check the scores, while 44% of them would be watching the games.

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So, if you’re looking for the perfect app to keep up with all the games, try one of these: ESPN Scorecenter (free), March Madness Mania ($0.99) and Office Pool Picker 2012 ($0.99).

How do you use mobile and/or social media to stay up-to-date with March Madness?

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Hot Winter-Related Smartphone Apps

Now that you know how to care for your phone during the cold winter months, you need it to ensure it stays “hot” with the latest weather apps! With the help of Verizon Wireless and Time Techland, we’ve put together a list of some of some of the best weather-related apps for your phone. We all know the winter can be unpredictable, so stay a step ahead of Mother Nature with one (or more) of these apps:

  • Winter Weather Outlooks ($1.99) Worried about inclement weather headed you way? Learn about what patterns are likely in your area with the National Weather Service Winter Weather Outlooks.
  • How Cold Is It? (Free) Rather, how neat is this? This app features a wallpaper function that changes color depending on the outside temperature. If you see deep red it’s going to be h-o-t! Spot an icy white hue on your screen? You know what that means… better bundle up!
  • ShoppeHUB (Free) This handy little app allows you to make secure purchases on cold weather gear, including winter clothing.
  • Winter Wake Up (Free) Genius! Wake you up according to the extra time you will need to defrost your car in the event of overnight snow. Why didn’t we think of that?
  • Powder Alert/WakeMeSki ($2.99) You can tell this app you want to be woken up when a certain ski resort has gotten the perfect amount of fresh powder.
  • Road Trip Weather ($0.99) On the go? Plot the route to your destination while keeping informed on what the weather is going to be like on your trip along the way.
  • Winter Survival Kit (Free) Stuck in a winter storm? This app will be your new best friend! Store important emergency numbers, track where the closest gas station is located and be stocked with survival tips at the press of a button.

Just another reason to love your phone—it can help keep you warm at night.

What are some of your favorite seasonal apps? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Top iPhone Apps of 2011

iPhone apps give us something to do while waiting in line, help us prepare the perfect meal, keep us connected during an emergency and, in general, make our lives a little easier. iPhone users have an average of 48 apps on their phone—but it begs the question: Which ones are the best?

Time compiled a list of what they believe to be the top 50 iPhone apps of 2011. You can see the full list from Time – which includes many of the same top apps from 2010. Here are our favorites in each category:

top apps 2011
Games

The games category features some of the most addicting games we’ve ever seen. Some of them almost seem to do more harm than good by distracting you from… well, life. However, our favorite on Time’s list has to be Fruit Ninja. The easy-to-play game is perfect for a long commute or slow line and chopping fruit is actually pretty fun.

On The Go

The whole point of apps is to have easy access to information while on-the-go, and these apps do just that. Choosing a favorite wasn’t easy, but OpenTable gets our nod. Simply open the app to find restaurants near you, and then make a reservation. Easy as pie!

Lifestyle

This broad category features apps that assist you with day-to-day things like list-making and cooking. Our favorite in this category, however, is Mint—a budgeting app that keeps you on your toes about spending. The app will even send you alerts if you go over your budget. It’s like mom in your pocket.

Music and Photography

The iPhone 4S has revolutionized the way we take pictures with our mobile phones. The quality is so good that many people are ditching digital cameras altogether and using only their smartphone. The winner, for us, in this one is easily Instagram. The ingenious smartphone-only social network for your photos offers multiple filters to make even the newest newbie a photo pro.

Entertainment

Movies, magazine and news – what entertains you? The Netflix app is our favorite—allowing streaming of your favorite movies and TV shows right to your phone. An episode of Modern Family makes running 30 minutes on the treadmill much, much more enjoyable.

Social

Like most of you, we love our social networks. Choosing a favorite is no easy task. However, based solely on the iPhone app version, we’re going with Twitter. The new integrations with iOS 5 make photo sharing super simple and notifications keep us up-to-date with everyone’s latest ramblings.

Of course, we do have an honorable mention we’d like to add to the list—the myZOMM iPhone app. When used in conjunction with our brand new Wireless Leash Plus, you’ll never lose your phone, keys or parked car again.

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The myZOMM App for Android — Free on Your Android-Powered Phone! [VIDEO]

Want a companion for your Wireless Leash? Well now you can have one! We’ve released our first myZOMM mobile app, available for Android-powered phones. Watch the video below to see all the cool features of the app:

Like what you see? Get the app for free in the Android Marketplace!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Back-to-School Cool: The Biggest Back-to-School Trends and Deals!

Remember when back-to-school shopping was fun? Back when your kids were younger and excited for school to start – or maybe when you were young and mom and dad footed the bill? Well, we want to make this seasonal pastime fun again! Here are some of our favorite back-to-school trends and deals!

Flash Drives

This year’s must-have school supplies item? The flash drive. With more and more computer-focused work, the flash drive is becoming almost as mainstream as mechanical pencils. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean any old flash drive will do. This back-to-school season kids are asking for flash drives resembling everything from animals to their favorite comic book characters.

Looking for a great deal on basic flash drives for the whole family? At Walmart you can pickup 4GB USB Drives for only $7.99 a piece!

Calculators

When it comes to calculators, it’s not all about addition and subtraction any more! If your students are like many, they’ll be going back to school with graphing calculators instead of just rulers and protractors. If one of these tech-savvy adding devices is on your back-to-school list, consider picking it up at Office Max where you can save as much as $10 on the purchase of a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus SE Graphing Calculator.

Back to Basics

How about all those must-have items for elementary-aged students like glue sticks, scissors and folders? Office Depot has all these back to school essentials on sale – some for as little as 50 cents!

Laptops

If you’re looking for a laptop for back-to-school, the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9 are popular picks.  Both are lightweight and boot up quickly – good features for students moving from class to class. The Samsung Series 9 also offers a 160-degree viewing screen, great for group work!

If you have a college student, you can even get a special deal when purchasing a Mac this season – $100 to spend on the Mac App Store.

Back-to-School Apps

For high school and college bound students, the most exciting back-to-school tools might come in the form of smartphone apps. If your student is headed back to school with an iPhone, consider encouraging them to download Stanza. This free app gives students access to more than 30,000 classic books, the kind of books that typically appear on classroom reading lists.

If your student is toting a smartphone with an Android operating system, consider encouraging them to download Evernote, an easy-to-use note taking application. They might also want to consider downloading the new myZOMM app for Android, because no one wants to lose their phone – especially not one with notes saved on it!

How do you and your family prepare for back-to-school? What are your kids’ must-haves for the upcoming school year?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Play Before Work: Games Most Popular Mobile App Category in US

With games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Words with Friends it doesn’t come to a surprise that games continue to be the most popular app category on smartphones. Odds are if you own a smartphone, you’ve most likely installed one of these games.

iphone-app

The Nielsen Company  released a report at the beginning of July with statistics on the most downloaded apps, who downloads them and how much time those people spend using those apps. Here is what The Nielsen Report Company said about smartphone users:

  • 93% of app downloaders, who’ve downloaded in the past 30 days, are willing to pay for the games they play
  • Only 76% of downloaders are willing to pay for news apps
  • Smartphone users who’ve played mobile games in the past 30 days, carry phones like the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and Android phones.
  • Blackberry phone holders are more likely to play pre-loaded games, rather than download apps.

So how much time do you think these mobile gamers spend on their phones playing Angry Birds? Nielsen said:

“The average mobile gamer plays about 7.8 hours a month.”

What about the different phones? Do iPhone carriers play more than Android or Blackberry users? Shockingly they do. People with iPhones play around 14.7 hours a month while Android users only play about 9.3 hours a month.

Do your gaming habits fit the report? We are curious to find out if our followers are iPhone users or Android users and how much time they spend playing mobile games.

Here’s our poll: What kind of phone do you carry and do you download games? If you do, how long do you play mobile games on your phone a day? Leave your answers in the comment area below.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

ZOMM’s Top Tech Tweeps

Do you tweet? Chances are if you’re interested in all things tech (as we know many of you are), you’ve visited this micro-blogging site at least a few times. Maybe you even have a Twitter app or two downloaded on your smartphone.

Twitter isn’t just a fun way to keep track of friends and foursquare updates; it’s also a great way to get up-to-date information on new tech trends such as Spotify and the latest iPhone rumors.

Want to stay updated on everything going on the tech world? Here’s a list of top tech tweeps we recommend following:

@CaliLewis

Cali Lewis is one tech-savvy lady! Not only does she host her own show GeekBeat.TV, but she’s also a tech correspondent for CNN, FOX and Sirius 101’s GeekTime. All that and she still finds time to tweet! Kudos to you Miss Cali!

@Scobleizer

Robert Scoble might be one of the most popular people to follow on Google+, but this technology evangelist and former Fast Company blogger is also a great tweep to follow on Twitter. Robert doesn’t just talk about tech; he brings a critical eye to many of the latest tech trends.

@Kabster728

Katie Boehret’s technology column is published weekly in the Wall Street Journal, but that doesn’t mean she reserves her tech updates for Wednesdays. This tech-savvy writer also blogs on the WJS.com blog “All Things D.” Her twitter stream is filled with updates about these posts as well as her musing on technology and small insights into life at the WSJ.

@Mashable

Mashable.com is a great source for the latest technology news and their CEO and founder, Pete Cashmore’s Twitter account covers everything from the latest gadget news to how technology is influencing global events. If you choose to follow this Twitter account you’ll be in good company; @Mashable has over 2,402,230 followers!
@theZOMM

Our very own Twitter account isn’t just a great way to stay updated about what’s going on at ZOMM, it’s also a great way to find out about technology trends and get updates about mobile tech! But you knew that already, right?  (And we have to give a big shoutout to all our followers – we just passed the 10,000 follower mark!)

Not on Twitter? You can still get great updates about ZOMM on Facebook. “Like” us to find out more!

Who’s your favorite tech tweep? Leave a comment below or give us a give us a shout out on Twitter and let us know!

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