Cloud-Compatible Pen-and-Paper Notebook Can be Reused After Microwaving

Have you ever had to compromise between traditional pen-and-paper work and digital organisation? Do you find yourself having to scan documents in order to store them alongside computer records, or just have an ever-increasing stack of notepads? Thankfully, a new cloud-compatible pen-and-paper notebook is aiming to bridge the gap between traditional paperwork and digital storage.

The Rocketbook Wave looks like a normal notebook, with the only unusual addition being a series of symbols at the bottom of each page. Once you’ve filled in a page – writing, drawing, or doodling – using a Pilot FriXion pen, you can use the Rocketbook phone app (available for Android and iOS) to scan and upload the page through the built-in camera to your desired cloud storage service, which includes Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Google Docs, and e-mail.

The symbols at the base of each page can be assigned to different services, so all you need to do is put a cross over the symbol that represents the service you’d like to use; for example, if you’ve assigned the diamond symbol to upload to your Evernote account, then a cross over the diamond will upload your document direct to Evernote.

The Rocketbook app uses your smartphone’s camera to detect, crop, and enhance every image that is scanned before it is uploaded, so there is no need to post-processing of scanned images.

But what happens once you’ve filled your Rocketbook Wave? Well, thanks to the thermochromic ink used by Pilot FriXion pens, the whole book can be erased by exposure to microwaves. Simply pop your Rocketbook Wave in the microwave until the logo on the front turns white, and the book is fresh for use again.

The Rocketbook Wave Kickstarter has already demolished its $20,000 goal, raising $144,436 in pledges with 52 days remaining.

Apple Opens Up iWork Web Apps To People Without Apple Devices for Free

Apple has just made it possible for anyone, even those who don’t own an Apple product, to access iCloud web apps. Previously, only those who owned an iOS device or Mac could use the online versions of Apple’s productivity apps including Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

From today, anyone can go to iCloud.com and access Apple’s apps in a similar fashion to Google Docs or Microsoft Office. The big difference though, is that Apple does not directly monetise the service. There are no ads or subscriptions and the apps can be used in Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox for free. However, free users only get 1GB of storage, while users of a Mac or iOS device get 5 GB of storage. Owners of Apple devices can pay for more.

The move is seen as significant, with Apple deciding to put themselves directly in competition with such services from Google and Microsoft. Whether they will pose any threat to those services remains to be seen.

Source: MacRumors

Apple Just Isn’t Cool Anymore, It’s time for Google to shine.

Several years ago I would have said that Apple Inc was one of the coolest, if not the coolest companies out there. Unfortunately in the past few years it seems that Apple has stopped thinking outside of the box, they have stopped bringing us new and innovative tools and technology. I am sure others are thinking the same as well.

Google appears to be becoming the new Apple, getting bigger each and every day, and continually bringing us new and innovative products and tools. Making huge strides from starting off as a fantastic search engine to becoming one of the largest technology providers to the world.

Here are 10 products that Google has released, or is getting ready to release in the near future, I hope you enjoy.

Google Glass, though we have not seen in detail how Google Glass is going to work, we have been given small teasers showing some of its functions. Google has kicked off a large testing phase, for this hot new product but there not even the slightest assumption as to when it might be ready for release to the public. Though we may see it as early as the beginning of 2014.

Google Nexus 10, Google’s newest tablet, not only does it have a larger display, it is just as powerful as an iPad and you get it all for less money. Plus the Nexus 10 uses the Android OS providing a user friendly interface, and Android is Open Source!

Google Fiber, Google has been considering entering the ISP market for a short time now, wanting to offer customers the fastest possible internet speeds possible, with Sony working with Japanese ISPs to bring out fiber-optic internet other ISPs will need to start thinking about this too! Fiber-Optic is great for television as well!

Google Search, being able to sit at your computer, or using your mobile device you are able to browse the web, and what better way to do this than to use Google Search, being able to search for websites, images and more all from the same site, with easy to use features, where could you go wrong?

Google Play Store, hundreds of thousands of apps to search from, tons of them for free, and you don’t have Apple standing on the sidelines saying no, you can’t have that one, and if you’re a developer, you don’t need to worry about Google not allowing you to share your app with the world.

Android, the fastest growing operating system out there, open source and it is FREE! There are its flaws as everything has some flaws, but it is user friendly, easy to work with, and there are so many features. Did I mention, its FREE?

AdMob, for the mobile advertising market, advertisements are what pave the way for good companies to become great, allowing that extra bit of funding to come in to allow them to continue moving forward. AdMob allows you to promote your apps with ads, to allow you to earn some revenue from your app.

Google Maps, have you ever been lost in a large city, not knowing where you’re going? I have, and not wanting to ask for directions because you are unsure of your surroundings, and in what appears to be in a bad part of town. Google Maps is nearly always reliable and won’t likely have you turning into the side of a building or driving through the middle of a lake.

Google Docs, one of my personal favorites, I have been promoting Google Docs to friends and family alike for several years now. Being able to store your important documents in a safe place, with the ability to edit them on the go and not needing to keep that pesky flash drive available at all times.

Chrome, last but not least. I have made the switch to chrome entirely recently, moving over from Mozilla. It was difficult for me to make the move, but I have adapted quite well, and I doubt that I could ever go back to Mozilla, or move to another browser. Chrome has so many features, and I think I use about all of them.

Now really, Apple can’t top that!

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