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| DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!|
Wed, May 24th 2017 5
| The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 3
| JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 4
| ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions|
Fri, May 19th 2017 6
| JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button|
Wed, May 17th 2017 5
| ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption|
Wed, May 17th 2017 5
| 12 steps to success with IBM Connections|
Fri, May 5th 2017 4
| Speaking at MWLUG 2016: The Anatomy of the Perfect Use Case|
Tue, Aug 16th 2016 11
| How to get motivated – a guide for defeating procrastination|
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| Facebook at Work launches on October 10. How will it do?|
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 10
| A new book from Michael Sampson: Re-Imagining Productive Work with Office 365|
Wed, May 25th 2016 9
| Just 11 days to go! Social Connections 10 lands in Toronto|
Thu, May 26th 2016 8
| Giving the wrong impression|
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 8
| Kodak announces Ektra smartphone featuring 21 megapixel f/2.0 lens|
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 8
| ‘Transformer in chief’: The new chief digital officer|
Mon, Nov 7th 2016 8
| This week’s Awesome Apps: Bear and Infuse Pro (and a bonus, Duet Display)|
Tue, Jan 3rd 2017 8
| Dropbox Paper: Grow bigger, brighter ideas|
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 8
||This week’s Awesome Apps: 2Do and Overcast
Business App of the Week: 2Do
There a good number of really excellent task management/GTD applications on the App Store these days. From the simple to-do list apps like Wunderlist and Things, through to the comprehensive GTD-derived toolkits like Omnifocus and Todoist, I’ve probably tried them all!
Over many years of use, and numerous attempts at refining my work practices and task management approach, the app that I’ve come to feel most at home with is 2Do.
Available on iOS, Android and the Mac, 2Do sets out to offer the perfect blend between a rich feature-set and ease of use. It is super quick to add new tasks, there is the option to run with a GTD Native Inbox (my preference) and the options for triaging and managing tasks in the flow are really powerful. I really find that 2Do works in the way that I need it to in order to suit my mix of business and personal tasks, rather than forcing me to adopt an inflexible methodology that the app vendor has decided upon.
A few more things:
- there is a fully-functional desktop-class app for iPad, supporting the iPad Pro resolution
- the Apple Watch is also supported, allowing access to the most important lists from your wrist, manage upcoming tasks or add new ones using voice dictation
- the iOS and macOS extensions are powerful and all-pervasive. It is easy to add a new task from just about any other app, email or web page
- 2Do is fully supported by my email app of choice, Airmail, on both the Mac and iOS. This allows a one click share of the email contents direct into a new task, with a link automatically added back to the source email, which works even when the email has been archived
2Do is probably the single most effective productivity enabler I have on my iPhone and iPad homescreens – it is such an intrinsic element of my workflow these days. I really couldn’t imagine executing my projects without it!
2Do is free to download on iOS, with an £14.99/$19.99 in-app purchase to ‘Go Pro’ (enabling sync between devices, and customisable alerts) – the Pro features are enabled for 21 days with the free download. It costs £39.99/$49.99 on the Mac.
Leisure App of the Week: Overcast
Just like task management apps, there’s no shortage of very high-quality podcast apps for iOS. There’s a handful that I would recommend ahead of the built-in Apple-developed Podcasts app every single time – Castro, Pocket Casts and Downcast all do a great job.
However, I have a clear favourite app in this category, Overcast. Developed by Marco Arment (of Tumblr, Instapaper and ATP fame), Overcast’s USP is the ability to save you time listening to podcasts whilst also delivering great audio quality. It does this using two technologies that Marco invented for the product:
Many other audio apps offer the ability to speed up the playback of recordings, but what you often find is that the audio becomes more difficult to follow, or that the tone of the voices changes. What Overcast’s Smart Speed offers is the ability to dynamically shorten the silences between phrases. This has the effect of reducing the length of time it takes to listen to a podcast by approximately 10-15%, with no noticeable impact on the audio quality. In addition, you can then speed the audio up in the traditional way as well, thus saving a total of 25-30% of the duration.
This might seem strange, after all the point of listening to a show is to enjoy it, right? However, I find that one attuned to Smart Speed, it is really difficult to go back. In fact, if I ever catch one of my favourite podcasts live-streamed, it sounds as though the hosts are pausing unnecessarily long between sentences, struggling for the correct phrasing, or simply can’t get their thoughts in order. If you’ve ever seen Over The Hedge, that bit where Hammy consumes the energy drink, and the world appears to slow down? That’s what podcasts are like once you’ve heard the benefit of Smart Speed!
As someone that struggles with his hearing, I love the more subtle but very noticeable benefit of Voice Boost too. It enhances the volume and clarity of voices, and is of use particularly when listening through an amplified speaker or with background noise, such as via Bluetooth audio in the car.
Lastly, Overcast does the basics brilliantly well – a well-populated directory to make it really easy to add new shows, push notifications when new episodes are released, downloads that are blisteringly fast over wifi or LTE, support for MP3 chapters, numerous options for fine-tuning storage per podcast and in aggregate, and the ability to create dynamic playlists to control the order and priority of episode playback.
Overcast has been through a few pricing models now, but is currently a free download supported by ads. There is an Overcast Premium in-app-purchase costing $9.99 per year, for ad-free use, file uploads, and some future features. I personally had no hesitation buying the Premium version (Qand thus supporting Marco’s continued development of the app), knowing how many hours I spend listening to podcasts in Overcast every single month!
Overcast supports the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and CarPlay. There is also a web version for listening direct from your desktop or set-top device. I could not recommend it more highly.
Jan 17, 2017
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DJI Spark launches. Seize the moment!|
Wed, May 24th 2017 5:49p Stuart McIntyre
This looks amazing. The new DJI Spark. Smaller than your average smartphone:
Meet Spark, DJI’s first ever mini drone. Signature technologies, new gesture control, and unbelievable portability make your aerials more fun and intuitive than ever before. With five different colors, there’s a Spark for everyone.
Casey Neistat and Marques Brownlee have already taken a look:
The Spark costs just $499 and is available for order today in the US for shipping on 15th June.
Whilst other DJI drones ma
The 2017 State of Community Management Report has been released|
Tue, May 23rd 2017 4:11p Stuart McIntyre
If you’re in a role that encompasses elements of community management or program strategy, there is no doubt that one of the year’s highlights is the Community Roundtable’s publication of their ‘State of Community Management’ annual report.
The Community Roundtable group’s expertise and experience is unrivalled – anyone that’s heard Rachel Happe speak will vouch for that. However, the SOCM report is not just their take on the ‘state of the union’ of the community management d
JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Deploying, Securing, Customizing and Extending the IBM Connections Mobile App|
Mon, May 22nd 2017 11:03a Stuart McIntyre
Last week I posted about an upcoming JUMP (Join, Understand, Master and Participate) session on IBM Connections Next which takes place on June 21.
The good news is that there is an earlier JUMP webcast scheduled for this Wednesday, 24th May 2017:
The IBM Connections applications for iOS and Android provide your users access to Connections from their mobile devices. The apps are highly extensible, provide a customizable user experience and can be securely administered. In this session we will e
ESN champion? You’ll want to review these JiveWorld17 sessions|
Fri, May 19th 2017 4:20p Stuart McIntyre
The Value of Conference Content
For many years I’ve written and podcasted about IBM’s major worldwide collaboration event each year, formerly called Lotusphere and renamed in recent years as IBM Connect. I’ve even been the member of organised teams that have live-blogged keynotes and other key sessions.
Why have I spent so much time and energy sharing content from these events?
I realise the value of the insight shared in these sessions, and how powerful it is for all customers and p
JUMP (OpenMic) Session: Let’s talk about IBM Connections Next Deployment – The Easy Button|
Wed, May 17th 2017 9:55p Stuart McIntyre
IBM OpenMic webcasts have always been worth attending – the chance to ask questions of product experts that you’d normally only get the chance to meet at major global events is never one to be passed over!
These OpenMic sessions have just been renamed JUMP (an acronym for Join, Understand, Master and Participate), but the format appears to remain the same.
The good news is that the next scheduled webinar features IBM Connections Next (a.k.a. Pink), with a tagline of ‘The Easy Button’…
ICS Community Meeting – Connections Adoption|
Wed, May 17th 2017 4:11p Stuart McIntyre
An interesting topic has been selected for this week’s ICS Community meeting, hosted by Amanda Bauman:
This is the regular 3rd Thursday ICS Community meeting where IBMer and Community members present topics of interest to the community.
On May 18th, join us and hear Kerry Godbold from Canal Barge Company talk about how they overcame the obstacles of user adoption for IBM Connections. You will take away some ideas for how you can improve user adoption at your own company, or how you can help yo
12 steps to success with IBM Connections|
Fri, May 5th 2017 2:47p Stuart McIntyre
This graphic has been around for a while (it was first published by IBM back in November last year), but it is still very useful in terms of giving guidance to end users on how to best use IBM Connections to good effect:
It is also available as a PDF to download.
Here are the 12 steps in text form:
Build your network – Add or follow someone
Advertise your skills on your profile
Update your status every day – Work out loud
Bookmark in Connections – Help yourself and others
IBM Connections 6.0 at a Glance|
Fri, May 5th 2017 1:08p Stuart McIntyre
IBM business partner Maarga Systems has created a quick one-minute video overview of the new features and enhancements available in IBM Connections 6.0:
New Features of IBM Connections 6:
– Orient Me
– Modern Communities
– Enhanced Onboarding
– Better than ever Files
I’ve been working with Maarga for a number of years and can vouch for their technical skills. If you need assistance with Connections customisation or application development, give them a try.
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Docusign announced enhanced partnership with IBM, including new eSignature integrations|
Fri, May 5th 2017 10:44a Stuart McIntyre
At their Momentum 2017 event this week, Docusign announced a number of new alliances with industry-leading vendors, including an enhanced partnership with IBM:
DocuSign today announced a deeper, strategic partnership with IBM to bring to market new capabilities to three solutions to help organizations of every size and industry advance their digital transformations.
DocuSign’s platform and eSignature service will be available within IBM Watson Workspace, IBM Connections and IBM Enterprise
FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay|
Thu, May 4th 2017 6:56a Stuart McIntyre
A gob-smackingly beautiful timelapse:
Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a longhaul pilot. Late evening departures lead to far distant destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paolo or J’burg. Depending on the direction of the flight the crew and the passengers either have a short night up ahead if flying eastbound or almost eternal darkness if headed westwards.
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