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App of the Week: Pocket

Why we love Pocket:

There’s way too much information on the Internet. As such, we’re working hard to have it shut down entirely. Until we succeed in this noble goal though, it’s adapt or die.

Pocket makes it much easier to filter through the seditious lies valuable information, interesting stories and otherwise super awesome stuff the Internet holds.

Check it out.

See?

Pocket

Free
Download from Google Play

Pocket is the read it later app formerly known as, appropriately enough, Read It Later.

Previously, it was the number 1 paid app in Google Play. It lost that honor not because it got caught sleeping… but because it’s now free.

It’s one of those apps that should be considered a must-have. Especially at that price.

Pocket lets you save stories from your favorite news, sports, gossip, financial or just about any other site you can imagine to read later. You can save an article from just about any app using the sharing options built into Android. More, you can install the browser extension to mark stories for later reading on your phone or tablet.

If you store stories on your phone using your Wi-Fi network, you can read them later without using mobile data.

App of the Week: Any.DO

Why we love Any.DO:

To-do lists suck. They’re always bossing us around. More though, they remind us that, while everyone else seems to manage just fine, we can never seem to stay on task and actually accomplish something.

What? That can’t just be me…

Whatever the case, Any.DO makes it easy, dare we say enjoyable, to prepare your to-do list for the day. Check out the video:

Any.DO

Free
Download from Google Play

Task and to-do lists abound on Google Play. After trying most of them out at one time or another, Any.DO stands out as the best.

Any.DO take a different approach to the typical to-do list. It has a unique feature where the app will pop up every morning at a set time and invite you to “plan your day.” You decide when each of the tasks that are on your list should be completed: Today (with a few time options) or Later (likewise with options). You can also mark items as done or delete them from the list.

You can sync with your Google Tasks and there’s even Chrome extension that lets you add a task on your computer and have it show up on your phone immediately.

Perhaps our favorite feature of Any.DO is the simple, clean and minimal design. It has just the right amount of graphical flair without seeming overbearing or like it’s trying too hard.

If you’ve been looking for the best task manager for your Android phone (there’s also an iPhone version available), you need look no further.

Got an app we should consider for App of the Week? Let us know in the comments below!

Ting Video Start Up Guides:
A Video Guided Tour of Ting Phones

Early this morning, the video Start Up Guides for the Motorola Photon 4G and the Samsung Conquer 4G went live on Ting. With that, the latest phones to join the Ting roll got their time to shine and we hit a milestone; every feature phone and smartphone Ting currently offers now has an associated video Start Up Guide.

The purpose of these five-part video Start Up Guides (aside from keeping yours truly gainfully employed, of course) is twofold.

First, they show prospective owners exactly what they can expect if they decide to buy; they go much more in-depth than an image slide show, sell sheet or marketing bullet points can. They afford the chance to take a close look at the phone, to see its capabilities and its limitations in order to make an informed buying decision.

Second, for new owners, these video series offer a guided tour of the phone that tells them everything they need to know to get going. Starting with the unboxing, charging and first power-up plus setting up accounts through things like copy and paste, using apps and widgets, using the camera, advanced browser tips, power saving tips and much more, each series is about 15 minutes, broken up into five videos.

Find the video series for each Ting phone on its respective page under “Using Your Device” at help.ting.com

Android Smartphones:

 

Feature Phones: