The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices

It’s predicted that this year tablets will outsell PCs for the first time, a clear sign that Internet usage is moving towards a more portable and accessible format. Smartphones are showing a similar upswing, with a recent Pew Research Center study showing that 56% of Americans are currently using a smartphone. Both tablets and smartphones are small devices with a big job: display all of the information on the Internet in a usable manner on a small screen: you could be viewing content on a screen anywhere from 3.5″ to 10″. Compared to a laptop’s 15″ screen or a PC’s 23″ monitor, that’s not a lot of room. All of that information needs to be converted into a format that works well with a small display, and there are specialized tools to do that. Continue reading “The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices”

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Stay On Schedule: Google Calendar Changes In Progress

Since I can’t afford a personal assistant to follow me around and spout off what I’m supposed to be doing every minute of the day, I’ve come to rely on Google Calendar for that task (Google Calendar being built into all TOAST.net email and Google Apps accounts). It’s a reliable companion that never lets me down. My schedule follows me with email notifications, synchronizes itself to my phone, displays on my website, and I can even send it a text message if I feel lonely. Google is now implementing a few improvements to Calendar, making the interface better looking and easier to navigate. This is part of an ongoing effort by Google to overhaul and modernize their various platforms over the next few months. Continue reading “Stay On Schedule: Google Calendar Changes In Progress”

Gmail Labs: The 6 Best Add-Ons

As I’ve said before, Google loves to innovate. They have a staff of brainiacs that does nothing but think of new ideas and how they can be implemented. In fact, they create so many ideas that it gets difficult to implement them all. In order to regulate the flow of the think tank, Google has created a Labs section for Gmail. On your mail screen, click on the Settings icon and select Mail Settings, then you’ll see an option for Labs. This area contains some of the better ideas that have came through the pipeline. Features in the Labs section can enhance email functionality and save a lot of time.  Here’s my 6 favorite: Continue reading “Gmail Labs: The 6 Best Add-Ons”

Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps. It’s ON!

Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 365Microsoft recently put the Open for Business sign on it’s Office 365 product, and it seems to be targeted directly at Google Apps. Office is still Microsoft’s bread and butter, so it didn’t take kindly to Google muscling in on its document domination. I had a chance to try out the new Office 365 service this week, and while it appears it and Google Apps do much of the same thing, there are several key differences (and price tags). Let’s examine both products to see how they compare. Continue reading “Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps. It’s ON!”

New Gmail Sorting Features On The Way

The Gmail design team is in overdrive this month. New interfaces, new integration, and new features are Google’s fashion statement for July! In the next few weeks, you’ll notice some new Inbox sorting features that make it easier to organize your messages. Once activated, you’ll see sorting tabs at the top of your Gmail and Google Apps Inboxes.

Here’s a quick overview of the upcoming choices for sorting: Continue reading “New Gmail Sorting Features On The Way”