Link Roundup #1

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   We’re testing out having an occasional link roundup blog post that points to useful articles about productivity tools for academics or pkm in general.

(1) Adobe adds cloud access to Reader app for Android

(2) Microsoft Training Staff to Explain Windows 8 vs. RT Crucial difference, as 8 is backwards compatible with older Windows software and RT is NOT.

(3) 50 Apps That Can Make You More Productive – Author Jill Duffy writes a weekly “Get Organized” column for PC Mag. She has an interesting discussion and then definition of productivity tools:

I review a lot of productivity software, and there are days when I’m not even sure what that classification means anymore. It used to refer primarily to office suites, apps like PowerPoint and Outlook, but now can mean anything from a contact management app to a social networking service. If you can find answers to hard questions quickly from the people who know, hey, that counts as having increased your productivity.

At the heart of all great productivity tools is a solution to a specific problem. Some look toward efficiency, aiming to take an existing product, such as email, and make it easier to use so we waste less time futzing with it. Others seek to silence the noise of the net, bolster collaboration, or unite disparate data.

The 50 programs, mobile apps, plugins, and services in this list are among my favorites for helping anyone be more productive.”

The quote above may not look like it belongs in a link roundup article, but the definition of productivity tools is interesting and may be used for starting a conversation in a later blog post.

(4) DotEPUB allows conversion of web pages to EPUB or MOBI format. The toolbar extension is currently available for Chrome and Firefox.

(5) Technology Speed Dating: Internet Librarian Program Program summary from Sarah Houghton, aka Librarian in Black. Introduces a number of apps, etc. that might be of interest to librarians.

(6) And another program summary from Sarah Houghton – 50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries, which covers both iOS and Android apps. All the apps are available from the authors’ site.

(7) TabTimes Windows pageTabTimes covers the tablet world with a focus on business use of tablet computers. Lots of news and reviews, and the Windows page has considerable coverage of upcoming Windows 8/RT tablets.

Ilaro app for iPhones “brings research project management, note taking, timeline management, and subject tracking to mobile computing.”

Papers is Now Officially Part of Springer Science + Business Media. Includes a nice description of Papers’ functionality: “Papers radically improved the way researchers handle their scientific literature by centralising search, downloads and organising references and documents in one tool, functioning as a personal library for research. The literature can be cited in the word processing software of choice, and can be shared with colleagues.” It started as a Mac product, and there are now Windows and iOS versions.

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