This week, I want to start something new. I’m trying to get more into blogging here and I need a few things to keep me going.
I’m participating in the SITS Spring Fling blog challenge this week. I also want to start doing what I call “Hump Day Faves”.
What is Hump Day Faves?
Hump Day Faves is going to be a series that highlights my favorite mobile apps. I’ll be updating the blog every Wednesday with an app for Android or iPhone.
This one was hard since Instagram decided to update their app today1. This week, I chose Cal by Any.do.
Cal is probably the prettiest calendar app that I have ever laid eyes on. I started using it when it was in beta and I fell in love. It syncs beautifully with Google Calendar and Facebook. I love that I can connect it with Any.do to show my tasks as well. They recently added a feature called HeadsUp that is great for managing meetings. It’s designed to keep you on track from preparing for your meeting to wrapping it up!
Cal makes me want to add things to my calendar2! I’m a sucker for a pretty app. I can’t help it! LOL!
Have you tried Cal? If not, what is your go to Calendar app on your mobile device?
I love the new design of the Android version, by the way! [↩]
I’ve used Google Reader for as long as I can remember. Imagine my shock when I saw the news that it is shutting down in July. It has been a while since I’ve used the web interface of Reader, though. I viewed my feed through Pulse. I still love Pulse, but I decided that maybe it was time for a full change.
Enter Feedly. Feedly was recommended to me by Brit. I have to admit that I have zero regrets about installing it. I love that Feedly has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The app looks beautiful on Android and iOS.
I didn’t have my Reader feeds organized, but Feedly makes it easy on both the phone and the web. I was able to set categories easily. If you have categories already [in Reader], they sync over to Feedly. Feedly was originally based solely on Reader[1. Yes I do my research…], but they had a feeling that Google would shut the service down and started working on their own backend solution. With that being said, Feedly should still work perfectly after July 1st.
My other choice[2. I only use it for personal blogs that I comment on.] is Bloglovin’. They have a web version that looks great on Internet Explorer, as well as other browsers. It is also available on Android and iOS. They are not based on Reader at all, but are offering a way to import your feeds.
So there you have it. Two options to check out. What app/site did you decide to use to read your feeds?
7:01pm. I can’t believe that I’m on my third post today. I’m just writing this one to test Blogsy for iPad.
Today I played Connect Four with my husband and toddler. JJ was way more interested in throwing the game pieces around. I decided to pull out the camera and work on my macro technique.
Well, it is back to work tomorrow. We are almost to our thirty day countdown. It’s bittersweet that our banking center is closing, but we all (hopefully) have better opportunities.
In the last post, I focused on Tadaa!, which I’m over as a social network. [1. But I still love it as a photo editor.] This week, my choice is a bit different.
Pocket is not my typical choice of app for staying up to date with blogs. I mostly lean towards official apps for websites, like Mashable or iMore; and readers, like Flipboard and Pulse.
I have to admit that I have fallen in love with Pocket, which was previously known as Read It Later. The app isn’t what I thought it was. Pocket is more than a reader. It also has the ability to save photos and video, as well.
★ What is Pocket?
Pocket is a reader app that allows you to save articles to read later. It is integrated with over 300 apps, which allows for ease of use. It also has Chrome and Firefox extensions, as well as a Safari bookmarklet, which I have found myself using very often.
★ How does it work?
Pocket is as simple as finding an article and clicking “Save to Pocket”. At this point, you can choose to add a tag. Once you open the app, it automatically syncs your content. The articles and images are available for offline viewing, but for videos, you need an internet connection. You can search your posts by tag, title, or URL.
When you open an article, it defaults to a single column view. This view strips away all of the CSS and fits the content to your device. What I love about Pocket, is the fact that it also scales the post images. The second view is a webpage view. It allows you to view the post as you would in a regular browser. You can adjust the font size and the screen brightness for night reading. When you are done reading a post, you can click the “check” to move the article to your archive; or you can click the “star” to save it as a favorite.
Overall, I can see myself using Pocket often. [2. Mostly on my iPad.] I enjoy the convenience of not having to read every single blog post in one sitting. At some points throughout the day, I’ll have close to fifty tabs open. Being able to save an article allows me to cut down on tabs, and makes it easier for me to find a post during those times when my toddler turns off my Mac.
So I’m supposed to be extremely busy doing all of these other important things, and I’m at home playing with my iPhone. [1. Go figure!] Here’s what happened…
I was relaxing in bed, browsing the internet, and somehow I came across tadaa.net. I looked at it and said…hmm this is interesting, let me check it out. I grabbed my phone and downloaded it. I have to say that I am impressed.
I’ve been trying out a lot of different photo apps ever since the “Facebook/Instagram thing”. [2. I don’t do Facebook…at all] I have to say that Tadaa is my absolute favorite, so far. I love the editing tools and the social part… Mainly the photo reply- It’s great for challenges. The PC view isn’t too shabby, either. Right now, there is some lag because of the increase in traffic, but I’m expecting some great things from the app.