Showing posts with label evernote. Show all posts
Showing posts with label evernote. Show all posts

Friday, 19 September 2014

Android Apps Like Vine, Evernote, and Others Arrive on Chrombooks, Google Says

Google has announced the arrival of handful Android apps on Chrombooks and Chrome OS based desktops. These android apps include Vine, Sight Words, Evernote and Duolingo. This is just a start or try by Google and will bring more apps in the future; as it is working with a group of Android developers to bring-in more apps. This move by Google is not only to bring the Android and Chrombooks together, but the aim is to allow the users to operate their Chrombook using their Android device (handset).


Vine is basically a video sharing service founded by Rus Yusupov, Colin Kroll and Dom Hofmann in June 2012. Twitter in October 2012 acquired this company for $30 million. Vine app was officially announced as a free app on 24th January, 2013 for iOS devices and its Android version was released on 2nd June, 2013.

The users can record video clips of 6 seconds long using the in-app camera and share it after editing it on the fly or by creating stop motion effects, if required. The video is recorded only when the screen is being touched by the user. Later in July 2013 the developers added few more features in this app which include ghost and grid image tools for the camera, revine, protected posts and curated channels. Further, the app came up with a new update which shows the number of times that the vine was viewed. This update was named ‘loop count’.


Evernote is a collection of services and software which is designed for archiving and note taking. Stepan Pachikov founded it and its services were made available on June 24, 2008. A ‘note’ can be a web page, a piece of formatted text, a voice memo, a photograph, or ‘ink’ (handwritten) note. These notes can have files attached to it and can be saved in folders, then edited, annotated, tagged, exported and searched as a part of the notebook.

Image capture and voice recording notes are also supported by Evernote. The user can recognize the text written on the captured images using OCR and annotated. Tablet and touch screens with handwriting recognition is also supported by Evernote. Skitch—which allows users to share the image online after adding text and shapes to an image, was acquired on August 18, 2011 by Evernote. This app is made available on Windows 8, iOS, Android and OS X devices for free by Evernote.


Duolingo is a free text translation and language learning platform. French, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Irish and American English courses are offered this app. This app is available on iOS, Web and Android platforms with the above mentioned and other combinations of languages. Its private beta was launched on 30th November 2011 and was made available to public on 19th June 2012 after having more than 300,000 users as waiting list. Duolingo was selected as the iPhone app of the year by Apple in 2013 and also at the 2014 Crunchies it won the Best Educational Startup.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Is it time to burn your post-it notes and notepads? Enter Evernote

Do you carry your Moleskine notebook around with you everywhere you go? Do you have post-it notes dotted around your monitor, hanging off your desk and generally covering your work area? If so, maybe you should try using Evernote to simplify your life.
Evernote is a cloud note-taking service that makes it easy for you to save notes (or small chunks of text) to the cloud. Any notes, web addresses, text or other content that you save is stored on a remote server, and can be accessed by any device which can run a relatively modern web browser or a version of the Evernote app. Evernote is great for saving to-do lists, notes, insightful forum posts or small chunks of text from within ebooks. Anything you save on your desktop, you can access on your smartphone and vice-versa.
Creative Uses for Evernote
While most people use Evernote as a simple note-taking service, you can share notes with other Evernote users, and this is where the service really comes into its own. You can create notes with project related to-do lists or shopping lists, and have your team mates tick of items as they are completed. You can also save useful links and quotations into a global note that everyone in your office can benefit from.
Evernote is perfect for remote or mobile workers because it combines the convenience of on-the-fly note taking (you can install a browser plugin that adds "clip to Evernote" to your right-click menu) with the ability to access your notes from anywhere in the world. Instead of ringing the office and hoping that a colleague will be on hand to read off that number from the post-it on your desk, you can just log in to Evernote on your smartphone and check the number yourself.
Evernote can handle more than just text, too. You can use it to save almost any kind of digital content, from PDFs and text to images. You can even link it up to automated services such as If This Then That, which will filter your email and RSS subscriptions and archive, filter or delete content depending on keywords, context and other conditions. The beauty of evernote lies in its simplicity and its flexibility - no matter what you need it for it can fit your life.
The Downside to Evernote
The main downside to Evernote is that it is a cloud service, and this means that you need Internet access to take full advantage of it. In addition, since the authentication system is just a username and password, there is always some risk of your account being hacked, and the attacker viewing sensitive data or deleting information from your account.
You can mitigate some of that risk by regularly backing up your notes, and by using secure passwords, but no online service will ever be completely secure. If you want to store data that will always be "for your eyes only", then you should buy a notebook and a pen, and then never let that notebook out of your sight.
Crispin Jones has written for a number of business related publications over the years. A fan of all things time management he hopes to retire by the time he is 38 and a half! A recent infographic that Crispin worked on for Name Badges International was featured on Entrepreneur