“I go through to-do list programs like they’re shampoo.” It’s no surprise that someone as busy as Christina Xu has yet to find the perfect manager for her insane schedule. As global coordinator for The Awesome Foundation (which gives monthly grants to projects around the world) and core team member at Breadpig (which sells a bunch of cool stuff and donates the profits), it’s a wonder she ever finds time to sleep. We caught up with Christina to find out how she does it all.
PadMapper has long been one of our favourite apartment-hunting tools. Its incredibly useful Google Maps interface, multiple search filters and parking overlays make it one of the best places to start your rental search. When Craigslist revoked PadMapper’s access to its listings last year, creator Eric DeMenthon (in a totally badass move) brought it back using a backdoor API. We caught up with Eric to chat about his greatest challenges, biggest inspirations and more.
Adam “Atomic” Saltsman has wise words for anyone trying to break into game design: “Be your own first critic, all the time. That sounds negative, but it’s not about pessimism at all; it’s about seeing your work clearly through the eyes of others, and being dedicated to making your game what it deserves to be.”
Mailbox is one of the best Gmail apps for iOS we’ve ever seen. Recently acquired by Dropbox, Mailbox’s super clean design and gesture-based interface make it easy to sort through clutter and master your inbox. You can quickly archive emails, “snooze” messages to save for later, and turn emails into to-do lists. We chatted with co-founder and CEO Gentry Underwood to find out how Mailbox came to be.
I enjoy sharing things on Twitter and Facebook, but I’m totally inconsistent. One day I’ll tweet a few times, then nothing for three days, then a mad burst of sharing and retweeting. If you’re like me, Buffer is your new favourite app. It schedules your tweets and Facebook posts for you, creating a consistent social media presence.
Writer, actor, podcaster, husband and parent, stand up comic, personified PC. Is there anything John Hodgman can’t do? We’ve been dying to know how the moustachioed nerd hero manages it all, so we stole a few minutes from his insane schedule to find out. Turns out he’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
There are plenty of to-do list managers out there, but Any.do is one of the best. It’s easy to use, nice to look at, and quickly syncs to-dos across all of your devices. It also offers features like sharing, reminders and folders. Beyond that, Any.do has a bunch of really cool extras, like turning your emails into tasks, sending quick text messages, and reminding you to return missed calls.