The Power of Google Keep

I wrote some time ago (April) about why I don’t use Evernote and how I had moved to Google Keep – though I wasn’t entirely happy with the product.

The logo for Google Keep.
The logo for Google Keep.

I’m still not entirely happy with Google Keep – but I am also still using it all these months later – so that says something.

Google Keep provides an easy way to keep notes. You can take them on the web, via a Chrome App, or on your Android phone using the Keep app. Recently they had the beautiful feature of geolocation reminders – in other words you can tell Keep, “When I am within x of x location, reminder me that I need to do x.” So, I might say, “Remind me next time I am within 500 ft. of the post office that I need to buy some more postage.” It is pretty nifty functionality and I’ve successfully used it to remind myself to do things that usually go undone b/c I continually forget to do them when I’m nearby (e.g. pick up some x from the grocery store).

The killer feature of Keep for me over Evernote is its Google Drive driven versioning which allows one to go back in a documents history as necessary – something which is extremely limited in Evernote (at least last time I used it).

So, what keeps Google Keep from being perfect?

  1. The pace of development has been horrifically slow. Come on guys, if you even devote a few folks to full-time development this application could be amazing.

  2. The clunkiness of the desktop app (actually a Chrome App) is frustrating (you can’t reorder tasks, it doesn’t minimize to the tray).

  3. Google has burnt me and others too many times by shutting down services. While I don’t think Keep will be one of them (it is too much of a data mine for Google to abandon, imho), it still makes me hesitant (though I feel a little more comfortable knowing that my notes are essentially Google Docs, so they’ll still be available even if Keep goes away).

This might be seem strange – but I use this application in tangent with Asana, rather than as a replacement for or alternative to. Asana manages all of my responsibilities, Keep is my “loosey-goosey” form of data collection until it is input into Asana and also a quick reference for tasks I need to do asap.

You can see the web app here. The Android app is available here. The Chrome (desktop) app is here.

Next-Gen Gaming Comparisons: Wii U, Xbox One or PS4?

Guest Post: This post was authority by Sharon Martin, a tech maven who spends half the year in Japan working on mobile technology. When she is not changing the tech world, she spends her time freelancing.

Introduction

As major players in the gaming industry release next-generation systems, avid gamers may find themselves struggling with where their loyalty lies. Nintendo has already released the Wii U, while the PS4 and Xbox One are both on the horizon. Innovative features continue to define each console as better than the other. And the concern over accessing and sharing games because of next-gen console restrictions has gamers possibly shifting their brand and console loyalty. How do Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 measure up against one another?

Photo: commons.wikimedia.org.
Photo: commons.wikimedia.org.

Wii U

The Wii U was released in November 2012 and it’s backwards compatible with its predecessor, Nintendo Wii. The system offers two ways to access games — from the Wii Virtual Console or using traditional Wii disks. Wii U is synonymous for timeless, popular Nintendo-exclusive games, such as “Mario,” “Animal Crossing” and “Legend of Zelda.” Many dedicated gamers are concerned that fewer games for more mature audiences will be released for this system.

Xbox One

Xbox one follows in the footsteps of Xbox 360 by Microsoft. The highly anticipated and most expensive gaming system for Microsoft is scheduled for release in November 2013, just in time for the holidays. While there is excitement about the console, game accessibility is a major concern for customers. Initial reports show that games would be saved to a single console, essentially killing the market for game rentals and game sharing. The company has announced that many popular titles will be available, including “Skylanders,” “Final Fantasy XV,” and “Call of Duty: Ghosts” — the next entry in the popular Call of Duty franchise by Bobby Kotick, founder of the non-profit organization The Call of Duty Endowment.

PS4

Sony has always prided its’ Playstation game systems for superior graphics and an extensive, exclusive lineup of games. The Playstation 4 is expected to be a worthy successor to the popular Playstation 3 system. Titles rumored to be available include “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Lego Marvel Super Heroes,” “Just Dance 2014,” and “DC Heroes Online.”

Tech News Summary – June 21st, 2013.

So, I’ve been writing these news summaries, but I really want to move them off daveenjoys and onto a dedicated site – similar to the one I used to run (Informed Networker). There are several viable software applications available for this task – Hotarucms, Pligg, and Reddit (its underlying source code is open source). There is also the possibility of custom creating an application.

I’d like to make it open to the public by “invitation only” for story submission…This would keep the spammers out and would let the network grow slowly yet efficiently with more and more qualified members.

In the meantime, I’m still posting here, but if others have thoughts on this topic – I’m eager to hear them.