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January 09 2014

The Best iPhone Calendar App Just Came to iPad
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The golden age of iPhone calendar apps kicked off a little more than a year ago

In the span of a few months in late 2012 and early 2013, Fantastical, Tempo and Sunrise all launched smart calendar tools that rethought the traditional design and functionality of calendar apps. Apple later appeared to borrow some of this design with the iOS 7 update to the default calendar app. Now, what is arguably the best of these calendar apps is coming to the iPad

Sunrise, an app developed by two former Foursquare designers, launched for iPad on Thursday with all the perks of the iPhone version and some new options. You can scroll through a list of the day's scheduled events, as you would with the iPhone version, or take advantage of a new weekly and monthly viewing mode, which offers a clearer picture of how much free time you have. The iPhone version has also been updated to offer a three-day work week view. Read more...

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June 07 2011

Google Calendar Gets Appointment Slots

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Google has just added a nifty new feature to its online calendar: appointment slots.

Now, in addition to regular events, you can reserve a certain amount of time in your calendar for appointments. To do that, click anywhere on the calendar and switch from Events to Appointment Slots at the top of the new event bubble.

The trick with appointment slots is that they get their own URL, which you can embed on a website or send directly to someone. The URL is available at the set-up page that opens when you click on an appointment slot in your calendar. A visitor to that URL can easily set up an appointment with you and a new shared event on both yours and that person’s calendar will be created.

The option is being gradually rolled out and should be available to everyone within the next few days.

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June 08 2010

8 Ways to Follow Internet Week New York Online

Internet Week New York, the annual festival celebrating New York City’s web industry and community, kicked off yesterday and will continue through June 14. The week-long festival will feature more than 150 events, including panels, demos and conferences happening all over the city. Mashable’s own Media Summit event is going on right now (watch the livestream here).

Want to keep tabs on all the events this week? Check out the following ways to follow the conference online:


1. Livestream


Many of the events happening during the week will be broadcast live on the web on the conference website which means even if you aren’t in NYC you can still follow what’s going on in the city this week. You can also grab the official widget and embed live and previously recorded events on your own site or blog.


2. Twitter


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You can find out the latest news from Internet Week by following the official hashtag: #iwny. Twitter users are already buzzing about the various events and discussing the hot spots around the city. You can also follow the official Internet Week Twitter feed at @internetweek.


3. PepsiCo Zeitgeist


If you like something a little more visual, you can track the latest tweets, Flickr photos, and Foursquare checkins in one place using PepsiCo Zeitgeist. The cool interactive visualization is a great way to see what’s popular at the festival and what people are talking about. It also includes a Google Map that displays the latest Foursquare activity and an animated bubble chart that displays the most popular keywords used by festival goers on Twitter.

Disclosure: Pepsi has been a sponsor of Mashable.


4. Flickr


Internet Week attendees are snapping photos all over New York City and many of those photos can be found on Flickr. You can find the latest photos from the festival by searching for photos tagged Internet Week 2010 or IWNY or by following the specific Flickr users such as Laughing Squid and Kelly Samardak who are already uploading photos from events in NYC to the site.


5. Official Calendar


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The Internet Week New York website includes a schedule of events and an interactive calendar you can connect to your Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn profiles to track the various events. You can also use the calendar to connect with your friends and colleagues to find out which events they are attending.


6. iPhone


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The Internet Week iPhone app includes a calendar, live Twitter updates, and the latest headlines. You can also use the app to check into Foursquare or upload photos to be included in the festival’s official Mosaic Wall.


7. Pegshot


Pegshot, the mobile application that allows users to share photos of videos directly from their smartphone, has already been buzzing during Internet Week, with users uploading content from around the city. You can also follow your fellow Internet Week attendees and be notified when they upload new photos or video.


8. Mashable’s Internet Week Channel


You find all the latest updates from Internet Week, including coverage of the events and demos, right here on Mashable. Click here to visit the Mashable Internet Week page, which will include updates and content from events throughout Internet Week.



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More social media resources from Mashable:


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- 6 Ways Law Enforcement Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Tags: calendar, flickr, Internet Week, internet week ny, iphone, iwny, Live Stream, pegshot, Pepsi, twitter


May 14 2010

Plan Your Social Calender with The Hotlist

This post is part of Mashable’s Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.

Name: The Hotlist

Quick Pitch: The Hotlist is the first geo-social aggregator that shows people what’s happening today, tomorrow and beyond among their personal networks.

Genius Idea: The Hotlist is a Facebook-integrated web app that shows you a visual map of upcoming events in your area and across your social network. It highlights what events your friends are attending and what events have the most buzz.

We like how seamlessly The Hotlist integrates with Facebook. It culls your friends and group data and compares it to all of the publicly listed events happening across the network. You can see what’s going on in your area or add other cities that you want to check out.

We did run into one small bug — The Hotlist had my location listed as New York, even though that’s not what my Facebook profile says. I imagine this happened in part because the app was developed at NYU. Still, it was easy enough to add our city to the list and browse from there.

You can filter listings by groups of friends and event types, which is an easy way to get an overview of what’s going on. By default it lists the events that are either the most popular or that are being attended by your friends.

A nice touch is that once you select an event, you can not only see who is attending from your Friends or Friend of Friends list, but you can read a detailed description of the event and then access Twitter and Yelp reviews about the venue.

It also breaks down attendees by gender, which is cool if you want to avoid a sausage fest (or if you want to seek one out).

Right now the service is only usable if you have a Facebook account — but we actually think building off of the Facebook events calendar is a smart move. I would love it if the iPhone app for the Hotlist (which is in development) could connect to both Foursquare and Facebook — because that would be a killer match for mobile.

How do you find out about what events are happening near you? Let us know!


Sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark


BizSpark is a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

Entrepreneurs can take advantage of the Azure Services platform for their website hosting and storage needs. Microsoft recently announced the “new CloudApp()” contest – use the Azure Services Platform for hosting your .NET or PHP app, and you could be the lucky winner of a USD 5000* (please see website for official rules and guidelines).”

Tags: calendar, Events, facebook, foursquare, geolocation, the hotlist


May 07 2010

SkedgeMe Gives Small Biz Simple, Social Scheduling App

This post is part of Mashable’s Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.

Name: SkedgeMe

Quick Pitch: SkedgeMe lets other people see your calendar and schedule appointments with you online.

Genius Idea: Small businesses, consultants, freelancers, busy parents, public figures, harried journalists — everyone could use a good scheduling application. A slew of personal calendar apps exist, but when it comes to simply and quickly letting other people automate scheduling meetings with you, it can be difficult to find a truly user-friendly application.

Here’s a demo video showing how to use the app:

SkedgeMe has a colorful, simple interface that’s intuitive enough for even novice Internet users. The company has also set up tiered pricing for businesses of any size, from personal use to enterprise. Businesses can select plans with any number of calendars, and most plans can be previewed in a free 30-day trial. Education and nonprofit groups can get special discounts, too.

We test drove the personal system, and we were impressed with the app. SkedgeMe can sync Google and Outlook calendars with the SkedgeMe calendar. It also provides certain kinds of intelligence, such as team members’ hours or a business’s most popular services.

An option to connect the calendar to Facebook is coming within the week, we’ve been told by the app’s creators. In the era of social media marketing, small businesses are doing more and more outreach and customer loyalty initiatives on Facebook; connecting the app to Facebook friends, fans and events is a smart idea.

Another cool coming-soon feature is the ability to embed the SkedgeMe calendar directly onto your website; at that point, customers of your business will not have to individually and independently sign up for SkedgeMe to use the calendar to set appointments with you.

We can see this app working very well for doctors’ offices, small consultancies, beauty salons or spas, distributed teams and many other kinds of small businesses, especially once the new features roll out and the contact import system becomes easier to use; we look forward to seeing the features SkedgeMe will release later this month.

What do you think of this app so far? If you’re a small business owner, would you use it to help manage your schedule?


Sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark


BizSpark is a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

Entrepreneurs can take advantage of the Azure Services platform for their website hosting and storage needs. Microsoft recently announced the “new CloudApp()” contest – use the Azure Services Platform for hosting your .NET or PHP app, and you could be the lucky winner of a USD 5000* (please see website for official rules and guidelines).”



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Tags: calendar, scheduling, small business


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