Technology of the week: Pocket

Technology of the week: Pocket

Today’s Technology of the week: Pocket. Here are all the details…

What is Pocket?

Pocket is a website, extension and an app that lets you save stuff online in one place for you to view at a later date. You can save the information for a later date from anywhere, including articles and videos you see on social media and over email.

Technology of the week: Pocket

What does it do?

According to the Pocket website the software is there to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline. Everything is saved to your individual Pocket page on the Pocket website.

Why does it benefit Assistants?

Technology of the week: Pocket

There is a lot of information out there for PAs and it goes without saying that time is precious to us. So, it is handy to have a piece of technology that saves the stuff you see online (easily) for you to view later.

Why is it Practically Perfect PA’s tech of the week?

Anything that helps me cope with baby brain, sleep deprivation and general lack of memory is a total must at the moment. Pocket really helps you remember those random requests and stuff you find on the internet that might be helpful later down the road.

Technology of the week: Join.me

Technology of the week: Join.me

Today’s Technology of the week: Join.me. Here are all the details…

What is Join.me

Join.me is an online platform and app that allows for easy video or audio conferencing. You don’t need to download any software as everything is available on the website for use. The Price is based on a freemium model so and you can access the 14 day free trial to test all of the features.

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Technology of the week: Slack

Technology of the week: Slack

Technology of the week: Slack

What is Slack?

Slack is the fastest growing office application in history. Only in its second year it has over half a million users and is currently doubling its numbers every 3 months. That is a lot of users! Slack is an instant messenger service that allows teams to communicate with each other over a number of platforms (website, phone, tablet etc.)

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Technology of the week: Any.do

What is Any.do?

Any.do is a productivity app that helps organise every aspect of your life. It is available for free on most platforms, including Apple and Android, web and desktop.

What does it do?

Like most ‘life management’ apps Any.do helps users organise their tasks, set reminders and make to-do lists. It also has a calendar function that synchronises with your lists. You can send tasks to other people, it synchronises with other calendars (iCal, Google Calendar etc.) and you can capture tasks with voice recognition. Here are a few more details from the Any.do folks…

Any.do is available anytime, anywhere, on any device. It’s always ready to take your notes or remind you what you need to be doing.

  • Keep all events, tasks, lists and reminders in one place
  • Lightning fast sync across Android, iOS, web and desktop
  • Share lists and assign tasks to get more done, faster
  • Smart widgets keep it all at your fingertips

Technology of the week: Any.do

Why does it benefit assistants?

There are loads of productivity / life management tools on the market and each assistant should pick one that works for them. Overall, they do benefit assistants enormously and I like Any.do because it is pretty simple to use, it looks clean and modern and it is available on a number of platforms. I like the voice recognition element. This might come in handy during meetings with your boss, or when taking minutes, or when someone randomly stops you in the middle of a corridor to ask for something.

Why is it Practically Perfect PA’s tech of the week?

Assistants have to remember a lot of stuff… Stuff for us, stuff for other people, important stuff! Unless we have some kind of superhuman power (which we do, but that’s another blog) we need tools to help us remember all the stuff.