Services such as Yahoo’s Upcoming and Meetup and Facebook’s Events have led to an explosion of event invitations in our various inboxes. That first generation of tools is looking a little creaky to today’s event planners, so here’s a roundup of the current generation of “eventware.”
It’s been said that the apps that break out at Austin’s South by Southwest festival are those that help festival-goers navigate and orient themselves within the sprawl of parties, panel sessions and gigs.
The 2007 edition of SXSW was Twitter’s big moment, the tipping point for the now iconic service. The following year, many thought that SCHED*, a web-based event calendar and agenda builder, would be the breakout service of 2008 — the “new Twitter.”
Though such expectations were inflated by the media, SCHED* provided useful personalized schedules that have endured through two editions of the festival. The latest edition of the app now includes mobile support, iPhone compatibility, and the ability to integrate with iCal and Google Calendar. Read More about SCHED*: Simple Social Scheduling
It has been no secret that companies are moving forward with Android (s GOOG) device development at a rapid pace. Phones are being announced all over the place, and speculation has been rampant that netbooks running Android are just a matter of time. The folks at ARCHOS, makers of high-end portable media players, are throwing a press event on June 11 that has some thinking we may see the first Android Mobile Internet Device (MID), possibly with telephony.
ARCHOS has been known to be working on an Internet tablet since TI (s TI) spilled the beans awhile back. This latest press event that ARCHOS is hosting smacks of Android, and rumor has it that this Internet tablet will be an Android MID. The spilled specs are the same we heard back in February: a 5-inch screen, TV recording, Flash support, HD playback and 500 GB of storage. This could be a sweet little Android if it pans out.
Author and productivity expert David Allen, the man behind the Getting Things Done movement, says knowledge workers are stressed because they try keep track of all they have to do, even when it’s not what they’re focusing on. The key to productivity, he says, is “making sure that everything you need is collected somewhere other than in your head.”
Researchers have been trying to collect everything you need and put it somewhere other than in your head — first in bulky backpacks and now documenting them online — for years. The collection and storage of one’s life was taken to an entirely new level with “lifelogging.”
MIT media lab alumnus Sunil Vemuri logged his own life for two years as part of a PhD thesis. His company, Reqall, has spent the year since its DEMO07 launch learning what its users want. Today it unveiled an updated offering to the service that handles delegation, keyword-based tagging, intermittent reminders to strengthen recall, and an iPhone interface designed in conjunction with folks close to Apple. With the release, the firm hopes to tackle two of the biggest challenges in memory enhancement.