iOS: Calendars can help you keep track of your day, but they don’t always have all the relevant information about a specific event. Cue automatically grabs information from your cloud services and intelligently turns them into a timeline of your day, containing all the information you need about each event.
Gmail added a useful little feature to its search feature today, adding details for all your contacts to your search results for quick access.
If you’re wedded to one platform, it’s a good bet you already have a tool that keeps your life synchronised and organised pretty well. For those of us who have to deal with multiple platforms, multiple computers and mobile devices with multiple operating systems, and work with people who use different ones than we do, there’s Fruux, a free service that keeps your to-dos, calendars and contacts in sync on almost any platform. Think of it like iCloud for the rest of us.
Firefox/Chrome: Google Contacts needs some work, while Google+ Circles in Gmail was supposed to give you quick access to the people you interact with most, but isn’t terribly useful. That’s where ToutApp comes in — its new Gmail plugin creates a “Relationships” view where you can see the people you email often, a “Groups” view that automatically creates mini project teams after you feed it a couple of emails, and it can even track the emails you send and let you know when the recipient opens them, no return receipt required.
Keeping up with all your contacts can be tough. People move, change their phone numbers and otherwise outdate your address book all the time. Free service WriteThat.Name keeps your Gmail address book always up-to-date by scanning incoming email signatures for contact information.
It’s increasingly rare that you ever need a friend’s physical address anymore, but there are occasions where you need to send out a physical letter. If you don’t feel like emailing, calling or posting a Facebook update to track down addresses, Postable is a dead simple and secure address book where your friends can enter their own info.
iOS: Buzz Contacts replaces your iPhone’s contacts app with a contacts manager and dialler that’s easy to navigate, offers partial name and number search, lets you quickly SMS or call your contacts, organise your contacts by list and category, and looks good in the process.