About the only thing that will wake me up today, so that I can go to work and be productive, is an early morning rendition of the B-52s hit, Love Shack. Wake up, slacker, the Eighties are calling. Love Shack, Baby.
GQueues - Manage tasks & to-do lists with your Google Account. It seems as though I have tried every task and list software out there. Today, my Google+ friend Rich Harris introduced me to GQueues, which is the best of them all. The two biggest advantages of GQueues are the things other list software lack. First, the new Android app takes full advantages of the superior voice recognition of modern Android phones. While I am on the go, I can tap the add task button, tap the microphone button, and just tell the software what I want to do. I say "Draft Answer in Widget matter today" and a task reminder is created with today as the deadline. Amazing. Then, second, GQueues is fully integrated with Google Calendar. Once the task is created, it automatically appears in the task list at the top of the day. Now, my biggest problem will be doing all the things I remind myself to do.
BlackBerry 10 Vs. Windows Phone 8 (Video) | Pocketnow. Do either of the new competitors in the mobile phone space have a chance? Yesterday's announcement of BlackBerry 10 is good for consumers, because there is now a fourth player. However, a comparison of BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 looks like a battle between also rans. Is the iOS and Android lead so big that Microsoft and BlackBerry will always be fighting for third place? I suspect that BlackBerry may be a superior device to Windows Phone 8 devices; but, Windows has a huge advantage in the compatibility between most people's desktop and notebook systems. On the other hand, those enterprises that still believe in the one source mobile solution of BlackBerry, for security reasons, might just jump on the 10. And, Canadians really need their own home grown computer company to rally around. At the least, there are now more choices for the consumer.
Hold The Phone, I Want My Dick Tracy Watch | TechCrunch.
The Sony SmartWatch wasn't it; but, it is the closest thing that is real. When the Pebble watch comes next month, or the I'M Watch comes, if it ever does, those of us who grew up dreaming about Dick Tracy will finally have reality on our wrists. The Sony alerts me to phone calls, emails, messages, and other stuff, and it tells time and date. However, the tiny screen doesn't allow me to screen the calls or emails. I still have to pull the phone out to read them. The Pebble has a big screen and show enough info to make a decision. The I'm Watch allows voice calls over the phone. It is the most Dick Tracy like; but, I have been waiting for mine so long that I am beginning to believe the Italian import is as fantasy like as the model in the Super Bowl car ad. You know the one, where the car turns into a super model? Oh well. I can wait a little longer. I just hope I'm not dead before it comes.
Execupundit.com: The Diploma in Buffett's Office. I have written before about Dale Carnegie's book "How To Win Friends And Influence People", and its influence on me when I was young. Now, I read that Warren Buffett took the course, and has a diploma hanging on his wall. I should have taken the course.
HTG Explains: Why You Can%u2019t Get Infected Just By Opening an Email (and When You Can) - How-To Geek.
Modern Email clients make it safe to look at an email containing a virus or malware. In order to get infected, you have to open a link in the email, or an attachment to the email. Since merely viewing the Email is safe, go ahead and look. Just don't click on a link or attachment unless you know the person sending it, and, even then, make sure the person sent it. Spoofing another person you know is a common way hackers get you to open malware. Be careful out there, but be smart.
Apple v. Samsung: Judge Rules Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.
Ever since Apple won a billion dollar jury verdict against Samsung last year, the verdict has been diluted by post-trial rulings. First, the Judge declined injunctive relief, which means that Samsung is free to continue selling its smartphones. Now, the Judge has overturned the "willful infringement" portion of the verdict, which means that the huge damage award will not be trebled. At least, these rulings will stand for a year or so, as the appeals process wears on. Consumers just want the patent trials to end, so they can get on with choosing the phone of their choice. While I prefer Samsung phones to Apple's, I want both companies to stop litigating with each other, find a way to live together, and keep innovating.
Onit Unveils 10 Legal Apps at LegalTech� New York 2013.
My favorite advertiser, Onit, is introducing 10 legal specific apps at Legal Tech. They pay to advertise on my page; but, their software is still unique and best in class. The Matter Management app is a worthy competitor to law practice management apps, and organizes documents, emails, invoices, time spent, deadlines and dockets. Onit is great at collaborative use among employees; but, it is just as useful for solos and small firms. The benefit of the Onit system is that you can plug in just the modules you need and want, and create your own unique office system.
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