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The human brain really isn’t very good at processing masses of abstract data…well, I know mine isn’t, anyway. Brains can usually cope with a few things at one time (“must reply to that email once I get back from picking up the milk”), but when faced with a torrent of information, such as the web bombards us with, most brains start to struggle.

It is for this very reason that virtual dashboards have gained popularity. Developers recognize that even the most basic of web-apps, like a blog, can churn out a mass of data, which can only be seen with clarity if it is delivered in a human-friendly, visual format. Yet the idea of a personal dashboard, possibly the most useful matrix of this kind imaginable, still hasn’t really taken off, despite the traction that services such as iGoogle, My Yahoo and Netvibes gained in their early days.

Perhaps the smartphone has shoved the dashboard into outdatedness and redundancy. Or perhaps the desktop dashboard format just needs some reinvigoration. If the latter scenario is the more accurate, then Dash wants to be that reinvigoration. It is pretty, well connected and dynamic — but is it good enough to be your new homepage?

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There has been 10 years since the first version of Delicious, a social bookmarking app, was released and the world never looked back on how they archived their favorite web sites. Delicious was neglected until not long ago, but, by that moment, newer services seized its throne, such as Pinboard.

Diigo has been around since 2005 and it moved away from similar apps over time by offering tools to highlight and annotate on web pages. The service raised the bar with the inclusion of collaborative and social network and its recent redesign was the icing on the cake to transform Diigo into a standout utility.

Join us to find out the best ways to use Diigo’s resourceful features.

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Most of us take it for granted that our calendar and contacts are synced right along with our email. It usually just works, and there’s nothing to think about — that is, until you need to move to a new email service. If Google just decided to stop allowing Gmail data to sync outside the Gmail apps, or Microsoft decided to shut down Outlook.com, your email wouldn’t be the only thing at stake. If anything, your contacts and calendar are the most vulnerable part of that equation.

We’ve got open standards for contact and calendar syncing, so it shouldn’t be this hard to make it just work, everywhere, and then build from there to make contacts and calendars work the way they should in this interconnected age. That’s exactly what the Fruux team has attempted to accomplish, and this year, there’re far closer to that dream than the last time we looked at their service.

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Bookmarking is far from dead. Sure, we reflexively Google for sites instead of looking through our bookmarks half the time, but when you find something awesome online, you know you’ll have to save it. We all do. That’s why our recent discussion about bookmarking brought in dozens of different apps and tools for bookmarking. It may look like madness, but we’ve all got a method to our madness, and we keep saving links.

But look through the discussion, through the apps people suggested, and you’ll find that most of them take several steps to save your bookmarks. Saving bookmarks directly in your browser doesn’t work so great these days unless you use the same browser on your phone and all of your computers.

That’s why Saved.io blew me away when I tried it out. The last thing I would have thought the web needed was a new bookmarking app, and yet, here was one that was so much simpler than everything else, it’s absolutely worth trying. (more…)

In the last few years, perhaps without realising it, our lives have gotten almost completely digitized. There’s an inbox full of amazing conversations, a cloud storage filled with photos and videos that bring back memories, and social networks that tell you just how important those personal connections in your life are.

And it begs the question: what happens to all of this data if you were to die? It’s a morbid topic and no one likes to face their own mortality, but at some point, we are all going to be moving on. However, our digital data — all those photos and videos and emails and chats — are going to stay right where they are, almost like a ghostly reminder of our life.

You may feel a need to manage what happens to this data. Perhaps keep it somewhere safely so that it doesn’t get deleted because your account is dormant, or to ensure that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. That’s what Perpetu is all about.

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I have a Dropbox account with about 50GB of storage space. There’s also a Box account with the same size. Then there’s Google Drive with 15GB, Flickr with 1TB, and so on and so forth. With so many different cloud storage services, there’s bound to be some confusion.

  • Which account did I save this file on?
  • Man, this document is on both Dropbox and Google Drive, but I can’t remember which one I updated last.
  • I need to edit this file but it’s on my Box. I sure wish it was on my SkyDrive right now!
  • Hmm, half this photo album is on Picasa and the other half on Flickr. How do I get the two together?

There had to be an easy way to take the stuff from one account and dump it into another. And I wanted a way where I could set up an IFTTT-like rule, where new files or changes from one folder are automatically synced to another. Mover.io promised those things, so I took it for a spin. (more…)

Whenever I find a service claiming that it “collects and organizes files”, I wonder “Why?”. This is not only curiosity, but an essential part of what we do here: “What’s the purpose of a new app of this kind in a world with Evernote and Springpad?”. This helps digging into the mind of its creators, allowing us to guess what issue made the developers think of a new solution.

Thus it is, when inquiring why a service such as Iceber.gs is born. Were its developers unaware of its competition or it definitely brings something completely new to the game? Let’s find out together — and then if you like it, we’ve got some exclusive early access codes for you below!

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Not too long ago, Dropbox was the only commonly known name when it came to storing your data on the cloud. The brilliant folder design of the service help (and still helps) people start using it from the get go without any significant difficulties. But there were a few holes in the services – some room for improvement, as there is with everything (at least everything technological). And now, we’ve got dozens of cloud storage services, some old, some new, to fill the gaps left by Dropbox.

The problem now is, you’re often left wondering what cloud storage service you stored your files in, especially if you’ve signed up to many of them to take advantage of all the free storage. If you ever decide to consolidate it all down to just one cloud service, you’ll have quite the frustrating time trying to get everything downloaded and reuploaded.

That’s where CloudHQ comes in. It’s the service you need to keep all of your cloud storage services synced.

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Most people are familiar with spreadsheets as a way to organise their data into a way that is easily read and is simple to use. However, due to their relative simplicity and ubiquitous nature, they are often seen as the do all data storage platform. This leads to over-sized and over-complex, linked spreadsheets that are very fragile and hard to work with.

I’m sure you have all seen it: the spreadsheet abyss that is tucked deep into your office network. You know, where all the spreadsheets are linked and only one person knows which bits you can edit to get the results you need and which bits if changed by one decimal point will ruin all of the sheets and linked calculations.

So, the obvious solution is a database. The way that databases are designed allows for separated data, layered processing above it to calculate anything that you need, and best of all, they are robust (if implemented correctly) and scale well. “But,” I hear you say, “I don’t know how to design or implement a database!” This is where Ragic! comes in. (more…)

A well-liked web clipping application known as “Clipboard” was acquired a couple of weeks back which resulted in the discontinuation of the service on 30th June, 2013. It is a common phenomenon that users start panicking when an online service is bought as they start apprehending the fact that it will be closed by the new possessors. The users start to backup all the stuff and hunt for other worthy alternatives to switch to. It’s because of all the past experiences with the most popular being the Posterous acquisition.

Since the announcement of the demise of Clipboard, a new Hamburg-based startup, Keeeb, has become the center of attraction for all the Clipboard users as they have started working to make the most out of Clipboard’s imminent closure. If you are a former Clipboard user looking for a replacement, Keeeb might be just what you need. (more…)

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