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Quickly Reboot Your Mac Into Windows With QuickBoot

After making a decision on Windows 7 vs. Windows 8 on one of my Macs, I find myself occasionally using Bootcamp to boot my Macs into Windows. That involves holding down the Option key while booting, and then selecting the Windows partition. If I’m already in Windows, it is easier to reboot into OS X – there is an option in the Windows system tray to reboot into OS X. After a bit of searching, I found a couple of options to similarly boot into Windows from OS X, without having to sit there and hold down the Option key.

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Byword Adds Blog and Evernote Publishing [Mac/iOS]

Byword has long been one of my favorite text editors on the Mac and on iOS. I like it for its simplicity, its effortless sync between Mac and iOS, and its Markdown support. (For a primer on Markdown, check down my earlier post on it. Byword has recently become even more useful, adding support for direct publishing to Evernote, WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and Scriptogram.

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Mailbox – the Friction-free Mail Client to Get You to Inbox Zero [iPhone]

Mailbox is the new Gmail-only iPhone mail app that has been getting mostly rave reviews online for the way it helps users tame their inboxes. Let’s get one thing out of the way first, though – Mailbox isn’t going to change you as a person. If you’re a master procrastinator, it won’t suddenly transform you into a wizard of the do-it-now. If, however, your habits tilt in the direction of almost staying on top of your email, Mailbox might just eliminate enough friction to get you to email hallowed ground. And if you’re already an inbox zero guru, then Mailbox will beckon to you like a desert oasis.

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Mailbox Needs a Monitization Strategy, for My Sake

Mailbox needs a monetizaton strategy. For my sake. And yours, if you use the app.

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Let Us Know Your Favorite iOS Apps, With Applr

Are you like me – a bit of an iOS app addict? I’ve never found Apple’s App Store to be particularly helpful in discovering new apps. A recent tweet by Adam Christianson of the MacCast mentioned something called Applr, which I had never heard of. It turns out that Applr is a web app that helps you find new iOS apps, by following other people and seeing what they’re using. Other users can also follow you, to see your favorite apps.

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Are You in Line For Mailbox? [iPhone]

If you follow tech news, it’s been hard to miss mention of Mailbox. Mailbox, as described insome glowing reviews, looks to be a new way to handle email, with a focus on Gmail. The general concept behind Mailbox is to help you get to inbox zero by letting you perform full and half swipes to the left and right to archive, delete, and defer messages. The current problem with Mailbox? There’s a long line to get it.

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How to Easily Add Your Contact Info to Your iPhone/iPad Lockscreen

Katie Floyd is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, the Mac Power Users, and over on her blog she highlights an app that could help you out if you ever lose your iPhone or iPad. Contact Lockscreen Info is an app that makes it easy to add your contact info to the lock screen of your iOS device.

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Evernote Web Clipping on iOS Made Easy [iOS]

At this risk of sounding like a snob, I can say that user reviews of certain iOS apps seem to miss the mark at times, because of uninformed users. This often seems to occur with subscription-based apps, such as LastPass, where users don’t realize that a subscription is required to get the full features of the app. Other times, this happens when users don’t seem to understand the limitations of iOS, and the workarounds that these limitations require of developers. One example of this is EverWebClipper, an app that makes clipping web pages into Evernote much easier on iOS devices, but somehow has received many low reviews.

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13 Essential Phone and iPad Apps to Help You Stay Sane During Your Move

Moving is a tough and stressful process. You need to coordinate your things, throw items away, hire movers, switch off your utilities, and make sure everything is ready to go in your new home. It’s not easy.

We wanted to put together a list of smart phone and iPad apps that take at least some of the sting away from the stress of moving. After all, these smart phone apps seems to be able to do anything, so it’s about time that they started to help with the moving process.

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Know When It Will Rain, To the Minute, With Dark Sky [iOS]

There are many weather apps on the iOS platform. In the winter, I’m a weather geek, so I have several of them. One of the coolest ones out there is Dark Sky, which can tell you when it is going to rain, down to the minute.

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