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Kid’s know best

How often do you think of something you’d love to do, or a goal you’d be proud to achieve, but you are blocked because you don’t know how? You put it in the too hard basket, because you don’t know where to find the information, training or resources you need.

This little guy, Thomas Suarez, was an inspiration to our team this morning, as we watched this video of his TED talk. He talks about how he approached his goal, to make an iPhone app. Suarez has uploaded two apps to the app store (including the very cool “Bustin Jieber” – a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole) and he’s onto his third!

Very inspiring! If he can do it, so can we!

Yours in learning-from-kids,


Get Organised Online… Evernote

Do you have a scrap book filled with clippings, loose pieces of paper and not really have any idea of where anything is? Or know that you kept ‘that’ clipping for some reason but have no idea where you put it, but it’s in a ‘safe place’.

You’re not alone!

But I recently started using on online system called Evernote. It has an iPad & iPhone app as well so you can take and make notes wherever you are.

So what can it do? On the front page of the Evernote website it describes what it can do as:

1. Capture Everything: Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.
2. Access Anywhere: Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.
3. Find Things Fast: Search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.

Out of those three things, the one that appeals to me most is the third—Find things fast! Evernote allows you to ‘tag’ your notes so you can not only categorise all of your items but you can do keyword searches on everything.

I love that you can add in things like, audio notes, website links, photos, videos, files (in the premium version!) and text notes.

And it’s not only for your personal items, it can be a great tool for business too. I would use it when doing a research for strategies and keep a library of ‘tagged’ items that I can refer to at a later stage. The possibilities are very broad, think a bit laterally and maybe use it to store recipes, website bookmarks, Christmas present ideas and on!

All of the basic functions are available in the free sign-up version. Why not give it a go? Let us know if you have any other useful utilities you use to help organise your life.

Visit evernote.com

Yours in online apps,


Handy apps to complete your “Rest of the Year” resolutions


Who made a New Year’s resolutions list on the 1st January 2011 and totally forgot about most of them by the 4th January 2011? Well it’s not too late to put those great intentions back into practice. As Rodney Chester states in his Radar story in today’s Courier Mail, “Today is the 186th day of the year and since the weekend, we have been closer to the end of the year than we were to the beginning”. Well that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. You are either halfway through completing your resolutions or running out of time to put them off.

Radar is introducing a new tradition – the mid-year resolutions, otherwise know as the new year resolutions that you forgot about, but they are also offering some assistance to help you complete the year with ease. Yes, they have offered information on 10 handy apps on almost every topic to help you get your life back on track. It even includes a Bucket List app.

The list below is courtesy of the Radar section in the Brisbane Courier Mail.

1. MyFitnessPal (www.myfitnesspal.com)
The idea behind this is simple. Record everything you eat, and all the exercise you can do and see if your input outweighs your output. What probably makes the system so popular is that it has free apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phone, so wherever you are you can log your food and drink intake as you go.

2. SmartCoach Mobile
The popular running magazine Runner’s World has launched an app (Android, iPhone) to help you set out a training schedule that could have you making the distance in your first fun run.

3. Livestrong Myquit Coach
Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong anti-cancer group is behind this physician-approved way of decreasing your cigarettes. This app (iPhone, iPad) has lots of positive reviews from people who say it has helped them kick the habit.

4. iXpenslt
It’s not only the start of the second half of the year, it’s also a new financial year. If keeping track of your spending is a problem, this (iPhone, iPad) app could help. Just tap it in every time you spend something, indicate what category, and come tax time it will generate a report.

5. 52 Organising Missions
Sometimes the simple act of tidying your desk can help you focus on the job at hand. So how focused could you be if you tidied your life? This iPad-only app takes you through various tidying challenges (like how to declutter 50 items from your home, five steps to detoxing your car) which could transform you.

6. My Christmas Gift List
Remember last Christmas when you got to the week before and it was a hectic rush, you vowed never to do again? This app (iPhone, iPad) will help you count down to Christmas by letting you list what gifts you want for those special people in your life. All you’ve got to do is buy them and tick them off.

7. Bucket List
This app (iPhone, iPad) gives you a template for your “Things to do before I kick the bucket” list. The examples are “buy a house” and “climb Everest”.

8. Mr Positive
Sometimes you can have trouble recognising your good points. This app (iPhone, iPad) presents you with one of 20 positive phrases to get you through the day. Of course the irony is if an app is the only thing telling you positive things, then you really need this app. Cost:

9. Communication skills to improve your relationship
This app (iPhone, iPad) is just a very simple list of tips, from “tone of voice is key” to “respond properly”. Seems like common sense but maybe not to everyone.

10. Conversation Starters – iTopics2:

Well it seems they have covered EVERYTHING. I am now armed with everything I need to revisit the hopes, dreams and wishes I set in motion at the beginning of the year and make some sweeping lifestyle changes just in time for 2012.

Yours in Rest of the Year Resolutions

Angie Rapisarda.


App your Mac!

Apps are no longer just for iPhones and iPads – you can now get them on your Mac. Yes, that’s right, you can now download apps for your Apple desktop or laptop through Apple’s iTunes store!

Not only can you get the desktop version of apps that you may already use on iPhone or iPad – I hear the Mac Twitter App is fantastic and puts the online version to shame – the Mac App store now has the ability to let you download and install programs on your computer, which means no more boxes, no more disks and no more time-consuming installation. All you have to do to install new versions of iPhoto, Garage Band and a number of other new Apple software onto your Mac is just click download and the app does the rest.

With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more disks, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac. The Mac App Store is now available as a software update for any Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Yours in Mac Apps,


Apps for the uber rich

German luxury yacht maker Lurssen has designed an app that allows passengers to control onboard technology with an iPad.

Charter a yacht made by Lurssen, and when you embark you will receive an iPad, with which you can control many onboard systems. The iPad lets you select the temperature from the heating and cooling systems, and control the music and video. You can also raise or lower the blinds, and your iPad will summon a waiter to top up the drinks.

At over $600,000 a week to charter the entire yacht, plus expenses, the yacht also offers guests an aromatherapy shower and a gym, which converts into a discotheque, and incase it all gets too much, on board is a stewardess who is also a nurse whose specialty is heart problems.

Keep on with the apps, and who knows where we can go.

Here’s to a great 2011!

Yours in apps technology,