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Every day, we’re flooded with information. Some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it that we want to save for a rainy day.

Maybe you saw a cool tool on TV and you want to remember it later when you have some extra cash. Or possibly it’s a list of articles to help you build that Mac home theatre system you’ve been working on.

No matter what it is, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to put everything for quick reference at a later date? For that, one option is Caboodle.

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As a student, it’s hard to keep up with all the courses that you are enrolled in and the countless assignments that get thrown your way. Eventually, you forget to get some things done, no matter how responsible you are.

You could use a simple to-do app to keep up with all your due assignments, but why not go further and get a more complete piece of software for keeping your education organised?

Today we are reviewing Schoolhouse, which works as a manager for all your course information, including your grades and your due assignments. Read on to find why we think Schoolhouse could be a great investment for your education.

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Task management applications are becoming just another part of our electronic lives as we find evermore convoluted ways to deal with our increasingly busy existence. One important aspect of managing all of our tasks is getting that occasional poke when something needs to be done. We do forget sometimes!

Notification features built into GTD apps, though probably essential to most, can become a pain to deal with and are often unreliable. Notificant attempts to alleviate this problem somewhat, while also providing some other handy features that aid in not forgetting important things.

It’s an interesting thought, but do you really need another application to manage reminders? Read on to find out.

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You usually have a general idea of what you’ll work on during the day, that’s why GTD apps work: you schedule ahead of time what you want to get done through your day, so that you don’t forget about it. But what about the tasks that come up during the day? You know, suddenly you remember that you told someone you’d give him a call, or that you haven’t washed the car in weeks.

That’s what the app that we are reviewing today, Alarms, is useful for. It’s a simple app that lets you create quick and simple reminders without interrupting what you are doing.

Interested? Read on to find out more.

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A new year always brings the chance to start fresh with a new approach to staying organized, so we’re going to take a look today at PersonalBrain, a sophisticated knowledge management solution I’ve come to think of as a GPS system for my information.

PersonalBrain is unlike any other application I’ve come across for managing information. Superficially it looks somewhat like a mind mapper, and it has the ability to create networks of links among your notes like a personal wiki. But PersonalBrain is more than the sum of those parts. It always indicates what neighborhood of your information you are currently prowling.

Is it the right solution for you? Let’s take a look.

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We’ve all been there. You are relaxing at home at night, when you suddenly remember you forgot to pick up something or pay the credit card. App developers know this too, and that’s why a whole method and app category was created around Getting Things Done (GTD). And while there are plenty of GTD apps that have come out in the recent years, few are like Wunderlist.

While most developers try to find more features to saturate their apps with, Wunderlist does a great job at keeping things simple, pretty and easy. Oh, and free. Are you sold on it yet, or do we have to keep talking?

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CleanHaven from Holy Mackerel Software is a tool focused on one purpose; simplifying the task of cleaning and formatting text.  At first, it might seem that this need is confined to IT and data specialists, such as marketing professionals, working with lists. But there are times where occasional users would benefit from a tool that easily automates, say, formatting names and addresses in a contact list or removing duplicates.

Both the simplicity of use and the fact it is free make CleanHaven an ideal tool for this kind of use. CleanHaven has a powerful set of features available for managing text, and we’ll be taking a look at these in today’s review.

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In the world of to-do lists, the golden standard comes from David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. Inside he details how to manage all of your tasks, sort them out, and accomplish them in a timely fashion. The book is so popular that it’s had multiple printings, and has become the benchmark for other organisation systems.

OmniFocus is designed to take the David Allen GTD system and make it easy to use on your Mac. The software implements the methodology to its core, making it simple to input, prioritise, and review tasks (and much more!) But OmniFocus is more than just a GTD manager—it’s a way to truly organize your life on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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We’re all busy people. Probably busier than we would like. There’s a lot going on, coming at us from all different directions. We have multiple projects and tasks going on at the same time, and sooner or later, there will come a time when you’ll need to find a solid method to keep everything in order.

Luckily for us, there’s an abundance of task management theory and methodology available—and also a lot of associated software software to choose from. Dejumble is one such task manager, and we’ll be taking it for a spin today.

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Let’s be honest, there has been a flurry of activity in the task manager/list space over the last couple years. For better or worse, there seems to be an endless stream of such apps making their way to the market. Some are very complicated and almost do too much, while others are incredibly simple and cover just the basics.

Hub List is a very new piece of software that has just made an entry into this cramped space, falling very much into the latter category of a super-simple task manager. A “super early adopter beta” version has been released recently.

Beta versions—let alone “super early adopter” beta versions—can be pretty buggy, but I’ve been playing around with the software for a few days, so read on to get my first take!

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