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Pick for the Week of 21 January 2019

I am bringing back my picks of the week with a bit of caffeine bliss! I have been an ardent support of the AeroPress, and I am still am, yet I just rediscovered the coffee bliss that is the French press (I know that drip is supposed to be the best way to prep coffee, yet I am a bit impatient when I need my coffee). 

So, without further ado, my pick of the week is the Bodum Chambord French Press! I originally picked up the 1 cup Brazil version for the home and it turned out I drank more coffee than I could quickly make with this version and it is currently being used at work. The larger Bodum Chambord French Press allowed me to make coffee for both Shiori and myself and have a bit extra left over to top off our cups. Flavor-wise, we both preferred the fuller flavor that the French press produced compared to our AeroPress…again, your mileage may vary. The press is easy to disassemble and clean and comes with the press itself and a measuring spoon. So far, unless time is of the essence, French press it is and this product sold me on it!

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Pick for May 18th, 2015 – Drafts iOS App

Pick for May 18th, 2015 – Drafts

Back in the dark ages of iOS, I used to utilize the Notes app for all of my note-taking needs for meetings, jotting down important tasks, etc. The application became a repository for much vital information yet it was lacking so much functionality. Enter Drafts, a supercharged version of the Notes application. Not only does Drafts allow the user to sync their documents via CloudKit, it also allows you to quickly jot down notes and then use actions to send the documents to different applications on your iOS device. For example, I took some notes during a meeting and now I need to send them out via email. I would click on the action menu, choose the Email option, and Drafts opens up the Mail application on my iOS device and populates the body with the notes I have taken. Drafts has a plethora of different ways of reaching out to other applications and even syncs the notes between different iOS devices utilizing the Simperium service.

Not only is the app a very helpful utility, the developer is very responsive and continues to improve upon the application as new iterations if iOS are released and new feature requests are submitted. The bottom line is that is app rocks and has had a spot on my dock ever since the application was released. Keep up the good work Agile Tortoise!

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March 23, 2015 Pick – WordPress App

Pick for March 23, 2015 – WordPress App

As more and more users flock to content management systems like WordPress (I personally utilize this CMS for my art business’s storefront), more and more business professionals need to update their blogs on the go. You might have an important event that needs to be publicized as soon as possible or you want to take advantage of some down time to update the information on your site. At first, the WordPress mobile application wasn’t that great due to a lack of features and stability so I only used it for. It has come a long way, though, and now I don’t know how I was updating my blog without the application. The universal WordPress mobile application runs great on both your iPad and iPhone and allows you to manage multiple sites’ comments and blog posts, check on a site’s statistics via JetPack, and easily access the admin module if required to make changes that are not available in the application itself. For users of 1Password, the WordPress mobile application integrates 1Password for easy vault access. Best of all, this application is free download making it a great bargain. Happy posting!

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Pick for October 6, 2014 – iWerkz Bluetooth Keyboard

Pick for October 6, 2014

iWerkz Bluetooth Keyboard

I have been searching for a great, portable bluetooth keyboard for a while now and ended up purchasing the iWerkz Bluetooth Keyboard due to its portability, price, and ability to connect wirelessly to my iPad. The keyboard folds in half and fits into a small case that doubles as a stand for either an iPad or iPhone as needed. Due to its minuscule size, it doesn’t take up as much space as my Logitech K760, with its photovoltaic panel, in my bag. The iWerkz keyboard charges via a microUSB cable that is included with the device. All in all, I love this keyboard and it has made my iPad and iPhone even more powerful when I need to type fast!

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September 29, 2014 Pick – Deliveries by Junecloud

Pick for September 29, 2014

Deliveries by Junecloud

I have a need to track a lot of deliveries that are incoming and outbound and needed an applicatio to consolidate tracking information for all of the different services that are utilized by my business and by the likes of Amazon, Apple, etc. My go-to app to keep track of all the deliveries is the aptly named Deliveries by Junecloud. I am able to enter my tracking numbers and it automatically detects the service via the number I entered. There is also a widget(http://junecloud.com/software/mac/delivery-status.html) available for free where you use Junecloud’s free sync service to sync the information between devices.

All in all, Deliveries is a well designed app that does one thing very well: track my deliveries!