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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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If you run or are part of a business that entertains clients by appointment only, such as a clinic, salon or consultancy, you know how difficult it is to keep staff and visitors on track — you not only have to schedule appointments, but also avoid clashes, remind clients to show up and stay sane enough to make your sessions worthwhile. A secretary could surely make light work of this, but what’s a professional to do if he/she can’t afford to pay another employee’s full salary?

For starters, you might want to try Ubooq, a new service that lets your clients see when you’re available, book appointments and receive reminders via text message — all from your website or standalone booking page. Meanwhile, you’ll get notified of new bookings and stay on top of things, allowing you to deliver the best possible service your customers have ever experienced. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s see if Ubooq is really up to the task.

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If you need to set up a dinner date with friends or a meeting with colleagues, the most difficult part of the chore has to be finding a day and time when everyone is free. The usual process is that you call one person, find out their schedule, then call another and see if the dates match up, and so on and so forth. It’s tiring, tedious and there has to be an easier way to do this.

Well, there is. Select The Date makes it so easy to set up an event that you’ll end up wondering how you could have ever done without it before.

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In today’s world of multiple devices and cloud computing, keeping all your gadgets in constant sync is just about the most important must. During the past couple of years, we have seen a whole range of services spring up to help you to keep your documents and contacts synced across all your devices. It started with Dropbox and other sync services, and now the larger technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft have caught onto the trend.

With platform developers making sync systems, your choice of sync service depends, naturally, on what devices you have. I am a Mac and iOS user, so I naturally use iCloud, as it integrates with iOS so well and works fairly effortlessly (most of the time, anyway). However, there aren’t many cloud services that have addressed the problem of multiple devices. iCloud will only work on iOS devices (you can run some aspects of iCloud off other devices, however the experience will be severly diminished), and even Google’s web services work best on Android devices (just check Android’s Gmail integration).

This was the idea behind Fruux which we’re going to take a look at now in this review. Think of it as Dropbox for your contacts, calendars and tasks, but one that works on a much wider range of devices. Let’s take a look now.

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Our giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Vaibhav Kanwal for winning a free SetMore subscription!

Do you keep putting off those trivial tasks just because you don’t have any time? Is your salon flooded with customers and you don’t have the bandwidth to handle the crowd? Trying hard to reduce the waiting time of your patients at your clinic? An appointment manager would be an efficient way to solve these problems, but sadly enough, most of the apps floated in the market today are disappointing.

Today, we’re going to look at SetMore, an appointment manager web app that makes it easy to keep your business schedule filled with clients without much effort on your part.

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Time is our most important commodity. None of us are getting any younger, and every passing day it seems like there’s more and more things we’ve got to do. No worries, though: with smartphones and web apps with reminders, surely we won’t forget any of those important days that seem to sneak up on us, right?

Not so quick. It’s easier than ever to remember perfect strangers’ birthdays thanks to Facebook, but it seems like we’re as likely as ever to forget our Mother’s birthday or that meeting at 2PM this afternoon. Why? Because we’ve learned to rely on our digital calendars. If you forget to add something to the calendar, chances are you’ll forget it.

That’s where iCalendar files are supposed to come in. They give you a way to subscribe to public or shared calendars so holidays, meetings, and even perhaps family birthdays will be automatically added to your calendar. They work with Apple’s iCal app, but also with most other calendars including Google Calendars and other popular calendar web apps.

It used to seem like you’d see holiday and event calendars on tons of sites across the ‘net. Today, though, it seems like it’s less common to see iCal files with up-to-date events and holidays. That got us curious: do you use iCal files? Or do you just manually add your own events? Perhaps iCal files, like RSS and other more geeky file formats, are too much trouble to hunt down. Could you survive without shared iCalendars? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting MOREDAYS. The developer describes MOREDAYS as a completely new way of planning and recording life that cross the borders of standard planning and turns paper calendar into an electronic/digital calendar. We have created a system that will be of your interest and you will never experience boredom while planning – your memories will be recorded with fun only. There is no need to know how GTD, 7 Habits and other similar systems work.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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The trick to making a really good web application is to not over-complicate it so that the user doesn’t know what they’re doing. It’s all about simplicity. Creating an app that fulfils a user’s needs without leaving them confused or bombarded with features they’re probably not going to use is key. One app that fits right into this mold is Coolendar.

Coolendar is more than simply yet another calendar app. It doesn’t promise the capability of mapping out each second of your day but what it does do is a lot better than that – it allows you to manage your time and tasks without having to complicate anything. Read on to find out more about this rightly self-proclaimed “cool” app.

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Are you tired of using a half-dozen different apps to manage your business in the cloud? Everyday it seems like there’s a new app released designed to help deal with a small aspect of your business, such as CRM or internal messaging, but with so many disparate apps it’s easy to forget what you’ve saved where. Plus, it can be expensive paying for so many different apps.

rule.fm aims at bringing some order to the confusion and make it easier to manage your business and, most importantly, get back to work. Its founders set out to bring style and simplicity to online project management and designed it to include all the tools you need to efficiently keep track of every part of your business. rule.fm already offers an impressive number of tools, with more planned to be added before its released from beta.

Today we’ll look at what rule.fm has to offer your business and see if it’s got what it takes to beat Basecamp and the thousands of other project management apps out there.

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It’s 2010 and it’s time to get things done! Okay, 2010 or not, many of us are always looking for a better way to manage our tasks, events and goals. The truth of task management is that there’s no single best way to tackle it for everyone. It will depend on your style of management, your interaction preferences and how the solution integrates into your current workflow.

Personally I couldn’t seem to stick with any Get Things Done (GTD) or task management apps, until I remembered I hadn’t really given Google Calendar a fair shake. After getting it setup and familiarizing myself with it, it was a solution that actually worked for me and I’ve stuck with it. It’s free, it’s flexible and it integrates well with my current workflow.

Today I’ll go through using Google Calendar to manage your schedule and get things done.

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