The Wonder of Tech is all about tech to make your life easier and more fun. This blog was created to help people discover tech to help them in their daily lives. Today I’m speaking to a local organization about my tech tips to make your everyday life easier which means I had to pick the most useful tech that I recommend.
Here are my top 10 choices for essential tech:
Evernote is my favorite note service. You can sync your notes across your computer, tablet and phone to have them available wherever you are. No need to worry about losing your notes or not having them with you when you need them.
You can add photos, screen shots, links and audio to your notes to make sure you have the information you need for your notes. Whether my daughter and I are touring colleges, I’m prepping for an interview of a tech executive or I’m researching an upcoming article, I use Evernote. I even used Evernote to prepare for today’s presentation.
My full review of Evernote can be found here: Evernote: A Powerful Organizational Tool!
Dropbox not only gives you access to your files from any computer, tablet or phone, the service also serves as a backup for your documents, photos, videos and other files. You can use the service to share files with others for collaboration.
Dropbox gives you 2 GB of free space but you can earn more easily. Be sure to check out 8 Easy Ways to Get Free Dropbox Space.
Whether you’re searching for information or looking to spread the word, hashtags are a useful tool. Use hashtags on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest to hone your search to relevant results.
You can also use hashtags to help your voice be heard. Use hashtags in your tweets and other social media posts so others can find your message. Check out services such as RiteTag and hashtagify.me to learn how to use hashtags more effectively.
See, Tag! You’re It! All About #Hashtags for more information about hashtags.
Pinterest started as a social media site mostly used by brides planning weddings. Since then, Pinterest has blossomed into a powerful site to help you discover, get organized, become inspired and learn.
You can use Pinterest to get party ideas, plan renovations, research recipes, and organize projects. Create private pin boards for projects you want to keep to yourself. You can also join group boards to share broadly or see a variety of pins from a wide audience.
For more information on Pinterest see, Pinsanity! Why You’ll Go Crazy over Pinterest
For directions, street view and traffic information, Google Maps can be your best resource. Google Maps was updated earlier this year to give you even more information, including predicted traffic congestion based on the time and day of the week.
See, Meet the New Google Maps! for more information.
I write a lot about Kindle books because they are such a convenient way of reading books. I realize ebooks aren’t for everyone, many people prefer the feel and smell of a print book in their hands. But for many people, the convenience of being able to download a book within 60 seconds and having their library available wherever they go can outweigh the sensory pleasure of a print book.
You don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book. You can read a Kindle book on any computer, phone or tablet as well as a Kindle ereader.
Amazon also offers many Kindle books for free or deeply discounted. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can borrow a Kindle book for free every month.
Learn more about ways to save on Kindle books from Kindle Countdown and Kindle First: Ebook Deals You Won’t Want to Miss!
When people ask me for a recommendation for a tech gift for someone, I suggest the Pebble watch. I’ve been wearing mine since March and hate to be without it.
My Pebble watch can help notify me of incoming calls and texts, so I can see who is calling and read the text message without digging my phone out of my purse. My Pebble also alerts me to important calls I might miss when I can’t hear my phone ring.
Also recently introduced is the Galaxy Gear watch which syncs to Samsung Galaxy phones. You can add apps to the Gear, including Evernote. That’s right, you can see your Evernote notes on your Gear smartwatch. Very cool. Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for an upcoming review of the Galaxy Gear.
Apps can give you the convenience of making reservations and appointments any time of day or night. OpenTable for restaurant reservations and ZocDoc for physician appointments allow you to see availability and find a time slot that works for you without ever having to make a phone call.
OpenTable allows you to search for restaurants by location, type of cuisine, price and ratings. You can also search by who has a table available when you need it. Read reviews and earn points for free meals.
ZocDoc allows you to search for a new physician or make appointments with your existing physician. You can see when the next available appointment is for a doctor or pick a date and time in the future. Search for doctors according to location, insurance accepted and area of specialty. You can read reviews from patients who have rated both the physician and the office.
Whether you want to learn something new or just be entertained, podcasts are a convenient, free resource. Like blogs, podcasts exist on just about every topic. You can learn a new language, be updated on the news or listen to podcasters dish about the latest episode of your favorite TV show.
I mostly listen to tech podcasts to learn about tech news, discover new tech and learn others’ opinions on developments in the tech world. Some of my favorite tech podcasts are:
- Pop Tech Jam – a weekly podcast about tech and pop culture
- Today in iOS – a podcast about iDevices
- Android Central – a weekly podcast all about Android
- The Cell Phone Junkie – a weekly podcast about mobile devices
- iMore – a weekly podcast about Apple news
- The Kindle Chronicles – a weekly podcast about Kindle devices and ebooks
- MacOS Ken – a daily podcast about Apple news
I’m also a big fan of Rob Cesternino’s Rob Has a Podcast about popular TV shows.
See, Passionate About Podcasts! for more information about podcasts.
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Here’s a Slide Share view of my presentation today:
Which tech would you recommend to help people in their daily lives? Which tech is your “must have” to get you through your day? Share your recommendations in the Comments section below!
* Podcast image courtesy of Colleen AF Venable
** Hashtag image courtesy of misspixels