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Lifehack App Review: Due for iPhone

Lifehack App Review: Due for iPhone

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    If you are anything like me, then if you don’t write down something to remind yourself of it later, it either won’t happen or will quickly forget about it. For most of all my task management I use the all-powerful OmniFocus, but if I have to remind myself of little things, especially if they are timed actions, then I find myself turning more and more to the reminder and timer app for iPhone, Due.

    Let’s take a look at what Due has to offer.

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    Speed

    Due for iPhone - Setting a reminder
      Setting a reminder

      One of the best parts about Due is how fast you can create a reminder or start a timer. Simply tapping on the reminder tab at the bottom of the app, tapping the add button in the top right, and then entering your requirements for you time reminder is all you have to do. Due includes a nice touch for reminders where you can add a repeat function to the reminder, like every week, or every 6 days.

      There is also a bar on the reminder screen called “Quick Access Timings” where you can set times such as when you wake up, lunch, after work, or before bed. Then with just a tap the time in the create reminder screen will go to that specified time. It’s fast to set one of these quick times and then go from there.

      Once you have reminders created you can swipe them to delete, duplicate, email, message, or even tweet them. There is also a very nice quick access bar on each reminder that speeds up the process of postponing a reminder until tomorrow, or moving it’s due date back an hour.

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      Setting timers is a fast experience too. Go to the timer tab, tap new timer, set your criteria, and you are done. To start a timer just tap the timer toggle and the timer will start.

      Design

      Due for iPhone - Quick settings on a reminder
        Quick settings on a reminder

        Due is all about simplicity. It doesn’t have a ton of features so the interface isn’t all clogged up with buttons, crazy repeat settings, messages, and confusing items. What I like the most about Due’s design is that it gives you access to features right when you need them. For example, after you have set a reminder and when you tap on it you get the quick action bar at the bottom of the reminder to postpone it, turn it into a repeat, etc. This type of “just in time” feature addition allows Due to keep a very streamlined and non-complicated interface. This is something that makes the app highly usuable and one that I find myself going back to more and more for timed tasks.

        Smarts

        There are definitely some smart ideas built into Due like being able to use the Quick Access Timings when setting a reminder and being able to change those times in the settings of the app. Also things like default snoozing of reminders to every minute or every hour.

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        Another smart idea was to allow for your Due’s app badges to be controlled in such away that you can have a badge count for everything or only the things that you care about the most. This is another addition that Due makes sure that it is simple yet powerful.

        Sync

        Due also can use iCloud or Dropbox to sync all your reminders, alarms, and settings as well as keep them in sync with the Due app for Mac. The only thing that I tested was syncing my Due app with Dropbox and then restoring it. It works a treat.

        Negatives

        Due for iPhone - Timers
          Timers

          There is only one real negative that I found with my experience with Due, and that is not being able to set a repeat on a reminder for every few hours and then also setting a “quiet time” for the reminder. For instance, if I want to be reminded to check email during the day, every three hours and then shut it off at 6 PM, I can’t do that. I’m sure that is a rare case, but is something that other apps like Alarmed can do.

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          Other than one small feature I feel is missing (at least for my workflow), Due is by far one of the simplest, cleanest, fastest apps for setting reminders and timers on the iPhone. The app will set you back $4.99 but I can’t recommend it enough.

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          8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

          8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

          Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

          Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

          Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

          Why Typing Fast Matters?

          Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

          Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

          Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

          Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

          8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

          Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

          Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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          For Beginners

          1. Speed Typing Online

            What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

            The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

            2. Typing Trainer

              Typing Trainer

              is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

              Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

              The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

              3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

                There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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                Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

                The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

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                4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

                  Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

                  If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

                  Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

                  If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

                  If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

                  5. The Typing Cat

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                    Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

                    Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

                    The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

                    Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

                    Fun typing games

                    6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                      Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                      Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                      The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                      7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                        Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                        Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                        Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                        8. Daily Quote Typing

                          Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                          Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                          With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                          Bottom Line

                          At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                          By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

                          Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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