Manage to-dos with these four Android apps

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Manage to-dos with these four Android apps

Manage to-dos with these four Android apps

Posted: 10 May 2013 05:41 PM PDT

For a long time, Astrid was considered a go-to task management app for Android users. But with its recent acquisition by Yahoo and the news that it will soon be going away, fans of the app will soon be looking for alternatives. With that in mind, I've put together a list of four of my favorite to-do managers for Android. In some ways they may even outdo the popular Astrid, but feel free to tell us how you think they stack up in the comments.

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Wunderlist (free) The beauty of Wunderlist lies in its simplicity. It easily syncs across all major computing platforms, and its interface is made up mostly of Tasks and Lists. Plus, you can share lists with other users. If you're a paying Pro subscriber, you'll also get to assign tasks to others.

Once you've created and named a new list, you can start adding tasks. You can prioritize tasks with a star, create due dates, and add reminders via e-mail or Android notification as necessary. When you open up the details of a task, you can also add notes, and even s... [Read more]


Get Automatic Lifelogging with Saga for Android

Posted: 10 May 2013 04:18 PM PDT

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Meet Saga, the "Automatic Lifelogging" app. This is the app you've never known you needed. Remember what you were doing last Thursday? Saga remembers. OK, I guess that sounds a bit creepy. But really, here's what the app does...

Instead of forcing you to write a journal each day to talk about everything you did, in perhaps an overlong narrative, Saga keeps everything in a neat list for you. Checked in at the grocery store on Foursquare last Monday? Saga recorded it. Tweeted about an upcoming movie you want to see? Yep, Saga got that, too. What's great about this app is that it requires little to no action from you once you link some of your social media accounts to it -- yet the details of the app are only visible to you. Here's how to start your automatic lifelog:

Get a copy of ... [Read more]


Star Apps: Counting Crows

Posted: 10 May 2013 02:19 PM PDT

Apps keep Adam Duritz (center) on track, while on treks with Counting Crows.

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For some audiophiles, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will forever be associated with the mid-1990s--along with Netscape Navigator, Hotmail, and of course, Windows 95. But don't call their joint summer outing a nostalgia trip. Velvet-tongued Counting Crows vocalist Adam Duritz, hot off the heels of The Outlaw Roadshow (alongside a slew of new indie bands), prefers to view his comparatively intimate Wallflowers double bill as a much-needed respite.

Other than sharing a decade, the comradely combos have shared previous tours, a track (Duritz sang on The Wallflowers' "6th Avenue Heartache"), and even a producer (T-Bone Burnett, back in the day)--and their friendship dates back even earlier. So when Duritz was asked to tour again, it was simply an offer he couldn't refuse.

Now, the "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here" singer, who was nominated for an Oscar for "Accidentally in Love" from "Shrek 2" and whose latest album "Underwater Sunshine" recently cracked the top 5 on the Billboard 200, talks to Download.com about, among other thing... [Read more]


Amazon cloud photos app hits iOS, syncs with camera roll

Posted: 10 May 2013 10:51 AM PDT

Amazon's new Cloud Photos app.

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Amazon's got a new app for iOS that gives users of Apple devices a way to view and sync up with photos they have stored on Amazon's Cloud Drive, including photos they've taken on other devices.

Every time the app (iTunes) is opened up, it can tap into a user's camera roll and automatically sync up photos people have taken. Amazon is the latest company, along with Facebook, to offer such software, and the app works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

Other features include the option to share stored photos on Twitter and Facebook, as well as through e-mail -- all functions that users would find if they were viewing photos natively in iOS.

The free app joins Amazon's nearly year-old cloud player and is part of the company's larger efforts to get people to use its various online services. Amazon put out a nearly identical version of the software on Android devices in April.

The software can serve as a companion, or even an alternative to Photo Stream, a built-in feature in Apple's most recent iOS versions, which syncs up the most recent 1,000 photo... [Read more]


Google builds push notifications into Chrome, Chrome OS

Posted: 10 May 2013 09:07 AM PDT

The mechanics of push notifications work in Chrome.

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In a step to help browser-based apps catch up with the abilities of other software, Google has made it possible for programmers to push notifications to Web apps running in Chrome.

On Thursday, Google enabled a service called Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) that brings push notifications to its browser and to Chrome OS, its browser-based operating system. Mark Scott, a Google product manager, announced the service in a blog post.

The technology means that servers can send a message -- a stock price alert or news item, for example -- that triggers an action in the browser. To use the service, developers' own servers send a message to Google's GCM server, which then communicates with Chrome, which then communicates with the developers' Chrome extension or Chrome app, which takes the appropriate action like popping up a notification or opening a particular Web page.

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