Last week I posted about Google’s decision to kill off Reader : Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives. I am currently testing out Feedly – we will see how it goes….
Here are some alternatives that you might want to consider as you look to transition – details from Lifehacker:
We’re all seriously bummed about Google Reader shutting down, but it’s not the end of the world, and there are a number of great news reading apps and services out there stepping up to replace it with syncing features and easy import tools to keep you organized. This week we’re going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
Earlier in the week, we asked you which service you thought was the best replacement for Google Reader, taking into account that the service you nominated needed to be as close to Google Reader’s feature set (syncing, multi-platform, web-accessible) as possible. You weighed in with tons of nominations—far more great alternatives than we could possibly feature here. Still, some stood out above the others and picked up more nominations. Let’s take a look.
The Old Reader may be in beta, but it was built to be a suitable replacement for Google Reader. And not just Google Reader as we know it now, the old Google Reader, that still had plenty of tools for sharing and organization. You can log in via Google or Facebook, and import your feeds from Google Reader or any other service via OPML. If the interface looks familiar, it should: it looks a lot like Google Reader, complete with folders down the left side, your list of stories in the main pane (click any to read), and one-click subscription to new feeds. You get many of the same keyboard shortcuts, and even get the same ability to follow other Old Reader users and share interesting stories with them—the way you used to be able to with Google Reader. The Old Reader is fast, free, and super simple to use. There are no mobile apps yet, but the web site works well on mobile devices, and the developers behind it note they’re working on it. There are, however, Chrome and Safari extensions for it.
NewsBlur was one of the first services people suggested when the Google Reader announcement came down. NewsBlur has a really well built interface that’s also similar to Google Reader, but with some useful bells and whistles that make reading a bit more fun or easy on the eyes. For example, you can toggle the original view and display articles the way they show up on their respective sites, or read them the way they’re presented in their RSS feeds, or view them text-only to get rid of the images and the page fluff. You can share stories with friends, save them for future reading, star them, start your own “blurblog” of featured stories you want to share, and more. If you like to keep up with news on the go, NewsBlur’s iPhone, iPad, and Android apps will bring you the latest stories anywhere you are. Free accounts are capped at 64 blogs, 10 stories at a time, and public sharing options. Premium users ($24/yr) can subscribe to as many sites as they want, get all the latest stories at one time, get faster site refreshes, can share publicly or privately, and of course support the service. Sadly, if you don’t already have a free account, you can’t get one right now—due to high demand, they’ve temporarily stopped free users from signing up. Keep an eye out though, I’m sure they’ll drop this restriction once demand dies down.
Feedly was one of your top choices in the Call for Contenders thread, and many of you used Feedly long before Google announced it was shuttering Reader. Feedly has long been one of your favorite RSS news readers and news aggregators. We’ve mentioned them several times as the service has grown and updated. In addition to having a rich news suggestion algorithm that makes it easy to surface articles that you’ll find interesting, it’s a rich social tool that lets you share stories with your friends and post them to your favorite social networks. Saving stories for future reading is easy, and Feedly offers layout choices that let you read the news in the manner you choose—whether it’s straight headlines from top to bottom, full articles, neatly arranged tiles, or pretty images all laid out on a page. Best of all, Feedly has said that while right now they connect to Google Reader and sync with it, they’re building a new syncing engine so Feedly users can seamlessly continue using the service long after Google Reader turns off the lights. Stay tuned for that. Feedly is less webapp as it is browser extension and mobile app: there are add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Netvibes is actually a social aggregation and dashboarding service, but that doesn’t stop it from being a robust RSS news reader. Basic accounts at Netvibes are free (note that Premium and Pro accounts are available but expensive—you don’t need any of the services they offer just to read RSS feeds), and that’s all you really need to keep track of your feeds. You can take the suggested feeds they start you off with, or you can import your own via OPML or subscribe to specific blogs by pasting in their URL. Signing up is quick and easy, and once you’re set up, you can even use Netvibes as a bit of a dashboard/homepage replacement. Add widgets for weather, finance, and top news stories to your dashboard and you get a pretty useful homepage that also shows you the new stories from your favorite sites. Don’t look for mobile apps in this case though—Netvibes doesn’t have any. They do have a mobile site designed for smart and dumb phones alike (it auto-detects which one you’re using and sends you to the right place.) It’ll let you read the news, but it won’t let you edit anything.
Pulse is only partially a syncing RSS reader—it relies heavily on its own news filtering algorithms to help you find the stories that they think you’ll enjoy. You can use it as a way to just keep up on all the latest stories from the blogs you like to read, but when you nominated it as one of your favorite news aggregators, it was because it was great at lifting the interesting stories to the top. It departs from the traditional news reader UI for a more visual, tiled approach (similar to one of the views you can see in Feedly.) That said, Pulse does let you import your Google Reader feeds (via mobile-you can’t do it on the web), and since they operate their own service, they’ll handle the syncing and management for you—no external service required. Pulse offers a webapp and mobile apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets. You can easily save stories for later, share with friends, or just browse some of the more popular and trending stories, filter by category, and pick up where you left off on a new device without losing your place.
Honorable mentions this week go out toTinyTinyRSS, a self-hosted RSS reading app that allows you to grab your feeds on any system, as long as you have a web host and you’re comfortable installing and setting it up. The process actually isn’t that difficult, and full disclosure, I’m thinking about doing this myself. Since there’s a Tiny Tiny RSS Android client to go with it, it’s worth a look. Plus, it’s free and open source, and at the end of the day you own your feeds and your data, and it won’t shut down on you.
We should also make full mention of the fact that Google Reader isn’t going anywhere just yet! There are more petitions floating around to keep it alive than we can count, and (even if you believe in the efficacy of online petitions) it’s worth keeping in mind that the RSS reader market is going to change a lot between now and July 1st, when Google Reader finally sunsets. Most popular apps will roll their own syncing agent and try to stay alive. Stay tuned, and watch to see if your favorite is planning something big. Reeder, our favorite news reader for Mac andiPhone/iPad, has already said they’re working on something. Sadly, FeedDemon, our favorite for Windows, says the end of Google Reader is the end for them too.
Hmmmm – and I was just getting into Google Reader! Dang!
I will post some other alternatives – and we all have until July 1, 2013 to phase out of Google Reader and into something else. Details from Lifehacker:
Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives
Step One: Find a New RSS Reader
RSS is the mechanism by which Google Reader subscribes to web sites, and lets you know which articles you’ve read. Luckily, it’s far from the only RSS reader out there, so chances are you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one you like. In general, they fall into two categories. Here are your options.
Option One: Cloud-Based News Readers
If you read your RSS feeds in more than one place (that is, if you want to read them at home, at work, or on different devices), you’ll want to try a web-based RSS reader, similar to what Google Reader is now. NetVibes (pictured above) is one of the most popular web reader, offering a Google Reader-like interface as well as a snazzy iGoogle-like homepage.NewsBlur is also a great option, with an interface that’s very similar to Google Reader (and arguably a little more polished). You create an account with them, subscribe to your favorite sites, and can read them on any computer. They even have Android and iOS apps that’ll sync your feeds, too.
Feedly is popular, but definitely different than Google Reader. Its interface is less traditional and a bit more “newspaper-like,” but it’s very pretty. You need to download a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox to use it, but you’ll be able to sync your feeds between browsers and even to Feedly’s mobile apps. Update: Feedly has also said that they’ll have a “seamless” transition method in place when Reader goes down.
Option Two: Desktop-Based News Readers
Your other option is to go with a desktop app. Desktop readers often offer many more features than their web-based counterparts, but with one big downside: all desktop apps currently sync with Google Reader. That means, unless the developers get it syncing with a different service, you’ll only be able to read your feeds on the machine you used to subscribe to them. Of course, Google Reader doesn’t shut down until July, so there’s enough time that we could actually see that happen.For Windows, we really like FeedDemon (pictured above) for its high level of customizability. Check out our App Directory entry to read more about it and get some alternatives. Mac users should check out the beautiful, feature-packed Reeder and its alternatives. If you do most of your reading on your phone or tablet, you might try some of theAndroid- or iOS-based feed readers as well.
Step Two: Import Your Google Reader Feeds
Once you’ve found a new RSS reader, you should import your Google Reader feeds so you don’t have to re-subscribe to everything. Luckily, migrating your feeds from Google Reader is very simple. Here’s what you need to do:
- Head to Google Takeout’s Reader page and click the Create Archive button. It’ll start building a file with all your feeds, the people you follow, starred items, and more (though most of these won’t be importable to other sites).
- Once it’s finished building, click the Download button that appears to get your subscriptions.
- Open up the ZIP file you just downloaded and go through the folders inside. Inside the
Readerfolder, you should see a file called
subscriptions.xml. Extract that to your desktop.
- Open up your new feed reader of choice, head into its settings, and find the Import option. Select it, and choose the
subscriptions.xmlfile you just extracted. All of your feeds should appear in your new reader.
This won’t import your starred items or know which articles you’ve already read on Google Reader, but at least you’ll still have all your subscriptions. Alternatively, you can download a desktop reader that syncs with Reader—our favorite ones for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS all do—let it sync, and then turn off Google Reader syncing once it’s done. That way, you should at least be able to pick up where you left off.
You’ve still got until July to figure out which RSS reader you want to move to, so try a few different services out and see what you like. Hopefully, by the time July rolls around, some of the desktop apps might even have other options for syncing to the cloud. In the meantime, join us in the discussions below and share your favorite non-Google RSS reader.
I use many of these ideas from Lifehacker and I think you should too!
Hack Your Life in One Day: A Beginner’s Guide to Enhanced Productivity
So you’re sold on the idea of “life hacks,” but every time you go to change your passwords, budget your money, or make a to-do list, you become overwhelmed. If you want to avoid dooming yourself to a non-productive life forever, this simple guide will get you started with the most essential life hacking tools in just one day.
If you’ve been reading Lifehacker for a long time, you already know LastPass, Dropbox, CrashPlan, and other tools backwards and forwards. This guide is for absolute beginners—the people who are ready to take the dive into better productivity, but don’t know where to start. Check it out for yourself (you never know what you might have missed) and pass it on to your friends and family during your next annual tech support session!
Back Up Your Computer Automatically with CrashPlan
Time Required: 30 Minutes
Tools You’ll Need: CrashPlan
How It Works: You’ve probably heard people say it a million times before, but you should really back up your computer—and not just to an external hard drive, either. A good, cloud-based backup ensures that you never, ever lose any of your important files—a pain that many of you already know—no matter what happens. The process only takes a little bit of time, and is dead simple to set up. Here’s how:
- Download and install CrashPlan, and set up a CrashPlan+ account if you want to back up to CrashPlan’s service (which wehighly, highly recommend).
- Start up CrashPlan. It will scan your system and suggest the folders that you should back up. Its suggestions should be fine for almost everyone.
- Choose a backup destination at the top of the window. If you’re backing up to an external drive, pick “Folders” and choose that drive from the list, and if you’re backing up to the internet, pick CrashPlan Central.
- Click the Start button to begin your first backup. It’ll take awhile, so don’t turn your computer off while it runs—it can even take up to a few days if you’re backing up to CrashPlan Central. Once it’s done, though, CrashPlan will back up only the files you’ve changed, every 15 minutes or so.
You can change a lot of other options in CrashPlan, as well as back up to different locations like another computer. This simple setup yields great results for most people. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll rarely—if ever—need to open CrashPlan again.
Create Better Passwords and Store Them in a Password Manager
Time Required: 2 Hours
Tools You’ll Need: LastPass
How It Works: Do you use the same password for nearly every site? Is it something easy to remember, like
b00klover1? If so, then it’s time to audit your passwords and change them to something more secure. Not only are your accounts notoriously easy to hack (something that’s become a real issue lately), but if you use the same password on every site, you make it easier for one hacker to access allyour online accounts. A password manager like LastPass will fix both of these problems.
First we’ll install LastPass, and then we’ll use its password generator to change all of your insecure passwords to something better. Here’s how to set it up:
- Download the LastPass extension for your browser and install it. Restart your browser if necessary.
- Set up a LastPass account and give it a strong password that you’ll remember. This generatorcan help you create one.
- Go to a site you use (say, Facebook), and head to the change password prompt, usually buried somewhere in the settings.
- Type your current password in the first box, then click on the box for your new password. Instead of making something up, click on the LastPass button in your browser toolbar and go to Tools > Generate Secure Password. It should generate a random string of characters for you—a truly secure password.
- Click Accept and LastPass will copy your new password into the “New” box on your account page. Confirm your password change. LastPass will save your new password so the next time you log in, it’ll autofill the password box before you and log you in.
- Repeat this process for the other sites you visit on a regular basis. You should use a different generated password for every site—that way, if one gets hacked, the hackers don’t have access to all your other web accounts too. You can change all your passwords now, or do it over time as you visit these other sites (email, Twitter, your online banking page, and so on).
It seems difficult, and you won’t be able to remember these passwords off the top of your head, but you’ll be much more secure (after all, the most secure password is one you can’t remember). When you need to type in passwords on your smartphone, you can either view your passwords in your LastPass vault on your computer (by clicking the LastPass button), from the LastPass mobile site, or by using the LastPass mobile app that requires a cheap subscription to use.
Further Reading: Our Beginner’s Guide to LastPass, Our Intermediate Guide to Mastering Passwords with LastPass, Why Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough, and Why You Should Turn On Two-Factor Authentication Right Now
Alternative Tools: 1Password, KeePass, and others
Keep All Your Notes in One Place with a Cross-Platform Note Taker
Time Required: 30 Minutes (more if you’re importing notes)
Tools You’ll Need: Evernote
How It Works: If you’re the kind of person that has Post-It notes all over your monitor, crumpled up pieces of paper in all your pockets, and endless reminders in a hundred different apps, it’s time to consolidate everything into one, cross-platform note-taker. Evernote is the most popular, and with pretty good reason: it can store anything you imagine in one central place, digitize your physical notes, manage to-do lists, and you can search for nearly anything with just a few taps. Nearly every person we interview about productivity names it as the number one app they couldn’t live without. And luckily, it’s very easy to get started with it.
- Download Evernote and install it on your computer and smartphone. If you don’t have an account, create one now.
- Start up Evernote, and start copying any notes you have in other programs into Evernote. You can create a new note by pressing the big “New Note” button at the top.
- Create a few notebooks—like Personal and Work—and add your notes to them from the “Notebooks” dropdown at the top. You can also create a few tags—like Projects, Articles, Lists, or whatever else—and assign them at the top of your note.
- To scan in any physical notes you have (like Post-It notes sitting around), just go to File > New Camera Note and take a picture of your paper note. Once you sync, Evernote will translate any text in the image so you can search for it as if it was a text note. Alternatively, you can just manually type in the note yourself.
- Install the Evernote Web Clipper extension for your browser, which will help you grab nearly anything from the web and send it on over to Evernote—articles you want to read, information you want to add to one of your notes, or even favorite tweets.
This is just a very basic setup. Unlike some of the other tools in this article, Evernote is more about using it than setting it up and forgetting it. Once you’ve got a few notes in there, though, you can use it to house just about anything. Jot down text notes, save pictures and diagrams, or even save audio notes straight from your phone. The more you use it to store and organize your stuff, the more it’ll help in your daily productivity. Learning how to use the search feature will be a big boon, too, especially if your notebooks and tags are well organized. Check out some of the other clever Evernote uses in our Further Reading below for more ideas.
Further Reading: What’s All the Fuss About Evernote?, Expand Your Brain with Evernote,Clever Uses for Evernote, and The Complete Guide to Going Paperless
Alternative Tools: Simplenote, Springpad, and others
Access Your Important Files Everywhere with Cloud Storage
Time Required: 30 Minutes
Tools You’ll Need: Dropbox
How It Works: If you’re tired of emailing yourself files, you need to start using a cloud storage service. Cloud storage fixes the problem of multiple computers, which most of us deal with these days. Maybe you have a desktop and a laptop, or a computer at home and at at work. If you’re tired of emailing yourself files, it’s time to start using a cloud storage service like Dropbox. Once you set it up, you’ll forget it’s even there and all your important files will appear on all of your computers. You’ll even be able to grab them from the web if you’re on a computer that isn’t yours! Here’s how to set it up.
- Download Dropbox for your computers and install it on each one. When you first start it up, it’ll ask you to create an account, so do that now. By default, you’ll start with 2GB of space, but you can buy more (or get some for free—we’ll talk about that later).
- When you start Dropbox for the first time, it’ll ask you where you want to store your Dropbox folder. The default location is fine. Go through the wizard to finish up installation.
- Drag any important documents, folders, or other files into your Dropbox folder. You’ll see a blue sync badge appear on the icons while those files sync to the internet, and a green checkmark when they’re finished. Within minutes your files will appear in the Dropbox folder on all your other computers and everything will stay in sync.
It’s really that simple to use. Just start using your Dropbox folder as your main documents archive and everything will be synced to your other machines. You can do a ton more with it, too, like see old versions of your documents and share files with your friends. Just right-click on a file in your Dropbox and go to the Dropbox menu for those options. If you start running out of space in your Dropbox, check out our guide to getting more free space on Dropbox to add more.
Further Reading: Our Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox, The Cheapskate’s Guide to Getting Free Dropbox Space, Get 8GB+ of Extra Dropbox Space for Free with Google AdWords, andSupercharge Your Dropbox with Wappwolf
Alternative Tools: Box, SkyDrive, and more
Automate Your Budget With Mint
Time Required: 1.5 Hours
Tools You’ll Need: Mint
How It Works: We all have our financial vices, but no matter how committed you are to budgeting your money, it’s just so darn hard to keep track of. Mint is a free tool that makes it easy: it automatically tracks what you spend, categorizes it, and keeps you constantly up-to-date on how well you’re sticking to your budget for those categories. Once you’ve set it up, you won’t have to do anything; Mint tracks it all for you. Here’s what you need to do:
- Head to Mint.com and create an account. It’ll take you through a short wizard where you’ll be asked to provide information about your bank accounts, so it can see your recent transactions.
- Once all your bank accounts have been imported, head to the Spending History page. You should see a list of transactions much like the one you’d see on your bank’s web site, except that each transaction will have a category like Groceries, Music, Food, and others. Mint does this automatically, but if it gets something wrong, you can always change the category yourself by clicking on the item and clicking the arrow next to the category name.
- Once you’ve cleaned up your categories a little bit (if necessary), you go to the Budgets tab. Mint will start you off with a few common ones, but you can edit them to reflect how much money you’d like to budget for food, gas, clothing, and other items every month.
- Once you’ve imported your accounts and set up your budgets, the only thing you’ll need to do is check in regularly and make sure everything’s properly sorted. Change any categories that don’t seem right, add any cash transactions you’ve made with the “Add a Transaction” button, or go to Edit Details > Split to split a transaction (like an ATM withdrawal) into multiple ones.
With just a bit of regular upkeep, you’ll be able to get an accurate picture of your budget at any time from Mint’s web site or their mobile app for iPhone or Android. It still requires you take an active role in managing your budgets, but it’s much much easier than doing it all by hand, since Mint already tracks and categorizes everything you spend.
Further Reading: How to Create (and Stick to) a Realistic Budget with Mint, Why I Stopped Being Paranoid and Started Using Mint, and Mint’s New Bill Reminders Help You Stay on Top of Upcoming Expenses
Alternative Tools: You Need a Budget, Quicken, and others
Save Yourself Hours of Typing with Text Expansion
How It Works: We all have a few things that we type over and over again every day. Maybe it’s your address, a reply you send to a common email, a template for a document, or even a complicated character that doesn’t have a shortcut on your keyboard. Text expansion saves you time by letting you type these large blocks of text with just three or four keystrokes.
For example, say I have to type out my address a few times a day. Instead of trudging through it every time, I could set up a “snippet” that types my entire address when I type
,home. Immediately after I type those four characters, my entire address shows up preformatted, so I can move on to more important things. Add in all the other repetitive typing you do, and you can save yourself quite a bit of time and frustration over the day. Here’s how to set it up:
- Download and install a text expander like PhraseExpress (for Windows) or TypeIt4Me (for OS X). Start it up to see your current list of snippets—it’ll usually come with a few to start you off, but you can delete them if you like (in fact, if you’re using PhraseExpres, you should delete them-they’ll cause more problems than they solve, and the “Websites” folder is particularly annoying).
- To create one, click the New button and type the full snippet—that is, the text you want to finish with (like your full address)—in the big content box. Give the snippet a label (like “Address”) and an abbreviation (the short text you’ll type to insert your snippet, like
,home. Save your snippet to finish.
- Open up a text editor and try your snippet out. If it works, you’ve done it correctly, and you can repeat this process with other snippets you want to add. You may only be able to think of a few now, but as you go about your work, you’ll find tons of other text blocks that you type throughout the day that you can then go put into your text expander.
It sounds a little silly at first, but it really will save you time once you start using it. You can add your address, email signature, phone number, email address, or other salutations to your text expander and use them all day long. You can even tell your snippet to put your cursor in a certain location after you expand it, or tell it to paste the contents of the clipboard at a certain spot in your snippet (like someone’s name for salutations in a letter). It’s only limited to what you can think up. Check out the further reading section for ideas on how to use this genius tool.
Further Reading: How to Use Text Expansion to Save Yourself Hours of Typing Every Week,Set Up These Text Expansion Shortcuts Now, and Use Text Expansion to Make Quick Work of Assholes
Alternative Tools: Breevy, TextExpander, and more for Windows and Mac
Access Your Home Computer From Just About Anywhere
Time Required: 30 Minutes
Tools You’ll Need: TeamViewer
How It Works: Dropbox can help keep your files in sync between computers, but what if you need to check on something on your home computer while you’re out and about with your laptop or phone? This is where remote access comes in. With a program like TeamViewer, you can immediately log into your home computer and use it as if it were sitting right in front of you, which can be a lifesaver. Setting it up is very easy:
- Download and install TeamViewer on all your computers. Start it up and create an account by going to Connection > Set Up Unattended Access. This will make all your computers accessible with just a quick username and password combo.
- Log Into your account on your home computer. You should see that computer’s name in TeamViewer’s list of computers on the right-hand side. Leave TeamViewer and this computer running when you leave the house.
- When you want to use that computer from afar, start up TeamViewer on your second computer and log into your account. You should immediately see your first computer in the list. Double-click on it to log into it and use it remotely. You can perform tasks, grab files you’ve forgotten, or do just about anything else as if you were using it directly.
Simple, huh? You can even download their mobile app and use your computer from your smartphone or tablet, which is really amazing.
Further Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to Remote Controlling Your PC
Alternative Tools: Windows’ Built-In Remote Desktop, OS X’s Built-In Screen Sharing, and more as described here
Have your heard of Google’s Project Glass? How about wearable technology? It is the next big thing IMHO. Take a look at this video by Google of
What It Will Look Like When You Wear Project Glass
Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.
Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.
All video footage captured through Glass.
Welcome to a world through Glass. See more athttp://www.google.com/glass/start
“New Lipstick” by The Kissaway Trail on Google Play -http://goo.gl/v4dUf
This is actually a pretty cool, simple, painless and quick way to get a handle on your inbox! I gave it a try and liked what I saw. I try to get as close to a zero-inbox as possible – I do know many people that have almost given up on that dream though. Mailstrom can help – even you to
Clear Out Thousands of Messages from Your Inbox in About an Hour
Details from Lifehacker:
Inbox zero is a holy grail that seems unattainable for most, but a wonderful webapp called Mailstrom makes that dream a reality in hardly any time. Through clever sorting methods, it’ll show you your mailboxes in a different light and make it easy to clear out the crap in no time.
While I’m fairly good at looking at messages, I’m not good at clearing most of them out of my inbox and responding to the important ones. Wanting to improve my skills, I decided to give a few tools a try assuming that I wouldn’t get there on the first try. Mailstrom worked so well, however, that I’m now seven messages away from inbox zero after an hour of clearing out and responding to a pile of nearly 1,000 messages.
How does this work? Mailstrom provides unconventional views of your mailbox so you can take a quick look at what’s there and decide what’s important and what’s not. You can find shopping notifications, sort by time, sort by sender, find emails that take up a lot of space, and much more. As straightforward and simple as this may sound, it really makes a difference when clearing things out. I was able to find unimportant senders and random notifications with a few clicks. When I cleared out one view, I tried another, and then another, until my mailbox was virtually empty. If you’re looking to get yours under control, give Mailstrom a try. It’s free to try indefinitely, works with pretty much any kind of email account, and you can use it as much or as little as you need.
And these details from Mailstrom:
Welcome! We created Mailstrom with one goal: to put you back in charge of your email. Mailstrom works with your favorite email tools to help you pay attention to what’s important — and get rid of the noise.
Get started now. Here are some tips to help you take control of your email workflow.
Use Mailstrom Every Morning
The best time to use Mailstrom is first thing in the morning. You’ll find big, delectable chunks of email waiting for you.
- Facebook and Twitter updates? Use the Social tab and give them a quick scan. Then delete them.
- Promotions from Groupon or Amazon? Use the Shopping tab and give them a quick scan, then delete.
- The Sender and Subject tabs let you quickly act on batches of related email. Already resolved a question? Archive those messages.
- Find big messages using the Size tab. No need to have them taking up space (potentially on multiple devices) and slowing down searches.
- Find and archive old messages using the Time tab. Don’t need messages from last year, or last month? Get them out of the way!
- On too many mailing lists? Use the Lists tab to quickly remove mail from mailing lists — and automatically unsubscribe. This alone can quickly reduce the amount of mail you receive.
- Manage multiple accounts and act across all of your accounts simultaneously. Go to Mail Accounts > Add Accounts and add multiple Gmail or IMAP accounts. Mailstrom gives you a unified view!
Archive, Delete, or Move?
One of the great innovations introduced by Gmail is its Archive feature — but many people don’t understand how it works. Basically, it allows you to get a message out of your inbox, but still keep it forever. This is incredibly useful: it’s like having a huge memory to back-up your brain in the cloud.
So in a nutshell…
- Some messages you don’t want to keep forever: for those you useDelete. When you Delete, Gmail removes the messages from your inbox and adds a special “Trash” label, which will be emptied after 30 days.
- The Delete and Archive features in Mailstrom work the same as in Gmail.
- Sometimes it’s helpful to Archive and Label something at the same time. In Mailstrom, this is called Move. Select the messages you want to move and click the Move button, then select a label (some mail environments call this a folder.) The messages will be removed from your Inbox and moved to the folder, but they’ll still be stored (and searchable.)
- Relax: Mailstrom never does anything immediately destructive with your mail. Even if you delete mail, you can still find it in your Trash folder (until your provider permanently deletes it.) See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how we work our magic.
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Do you Bump? If so – check out this new feature (if not you should!):
(details from Gizmodo)
Bump Is the Newest, Easiest Way to Send Your Digital Goodies From Your Phone to Your Computer
As great as your smartphone is, there are plenty of things you just don’t want to look at on there; you’d rather have them on that big ol’ computer screen of yours. Now Bump, which previously let you throw data from phone to phone, is here to help by making it ludicrously easy to get pictures, links, or whathaveyou from your phone to your computer.
The applications are limitless. Bump boasts the ability to not only work with every computer and data-type out there, but also to be dumb easy. All you have to do is load up Bump on your Android or iPhone, pull up the Bump website on your computer, hit the space bar and—wham—your photos, videos, contacts, files, or whatever else you want to move is transferred seamlessly to your ‘puter.
Bump’s website isn’t quite ready yet, but it should be going live later this afternoon, so get ready to backup your phone with the greatest of ease. Or don’t get ready at all; it’ll only take a second.
This is actually VERY cool and practical! No need to print, sign and scan! I am using it and you might want to consider it as well. Take a look at the details from Lifehacker:
Chrome: Technology has somehow made signing paperwork more annoying than it used to be. Now you have to print something out, sign it, and scan it back in if you want to email it. HelloSign adds digital signatures to Gmail, so you can sign a document without even leaving your inbox.
HelloSign is one of the simplest digital signing apps we’ve seen yet, mostly because it’s integrated right into Gmail. Now, if you receive an email with a PDF attached, you’ll see a new option below it to sign it digitally. Once you connect Gmail to HelloSign, you can upload a signature from an image or draw it right into the app and use that for all your future documents. Just paste in the signature, add any other necessary info, and send it right back. Check out the video above for more info, or check out the extension at the link below.
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