25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

I haven’t heard of all these apps, but they sound interesting. So here’s a to-do for my weekend!

TED Blog

Favorite_appsAt our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)

 

For random life stuff…

Dark Sky
A weather app with startling accuracy, its interface tells you things like: “Light rain starting in 22 minutes.” It also shows you beautiful weather maps that let you play local-news weather expert. “It’s like a wizard,” says our CTO, Gavin Hall. “If this app were available in the 1600s, it would have been burned at the stake for witchcraft.”

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#Fail Your Way to #Success

The next time you fail, take a moment to remind yourself of the excellent company you keep:

  • Publishers rejected Stephen King’s first book thirty times. After throwing the book in the trash, King’s wife retrieved it, and gently nudged him to give it just one more go. Hundreds of published books later, he’s now one of the most widely known, best-selling authors of all time.
  • Walt Disney was axed because his editor said he seriously lacked in the imagination and good ideas departments. After starting a string of failed businesses, he eventually uncovered the recipe for mind-blowing success. And of course, today Walt Disney, Inc. still brings in billions of dollars, dozens of years after Walt’s death. Continue reading “#Fail Your Way to #Success”