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December 27th, 2011 at 7:48 am

Our Top 10 Tech List for 2011

At this time of reflection on the year that was, one of my favorite activities is checking out all the “Best of” lists that come out. It’s always fun to see what apps, movies, books, music, tech and other pop culture topics make the list. And it gives me a chance to create a list of the ones I’ve missed that I hope to enjoy in the new year.

So I thought I’d take a look back at 2011’s Tuesday Tech Tips blogs and report back on my own personal favorites. Here are the ones that I think are worthy, in no particular order.

  • Best all around app? Evernote is by far the most versatile and useful application that I’ve used this year. I can record anything by typing it in, snapping a photo, or scanning a doc and keep it all organized in an app that syncs between my pc, phone and ipad.
  • Most enjoyable smartphone app? I have to say that the most fun app I’ve used this year is Shazam. I love music and it’s so great to be able to capture the song and artist info for anything I hear.
  • The best non-tech gadget? This is certainly my Grid-It organizer. I love having a place for my things and this device lets me keep my chargers, pens, flash drives and other small items nicely organized in my computer bag.
  • Best tech shopping assistant? Decide.com. How great is it to have an app that helps you find your way through the sea of technology choices and let you compare options and know whether to buy or not? Whether you’re a geek or a neophyte, this product is truly helpful
  • Favorite and most rewarding home-organizing-with-tech project this year? Scanning all the torn out recipes that I’ve been collecting for years and organizing them in Evernote. Being able to search and access them on any device? Priceless.
  • Best way to share a great moment? Digital postcards. We all know that the art of sending anything personal through snail mail is on the endangered list. But when it’s as easy as a few clicks, there might just be hope for that old fashioned art of sending a “wish you were here”.
  • Best way to share and collaborate? Google Docs. Storing documents in the cloud and being able to view and edit from anywhere and on any device is such a convenience. And the Google forms product is a fantastic feature for anything that requires data gathering.
  • Most useful gadget? The New Trent portable charger. This device has saved me from battery death so many times this year. While traveling, during power outages, and any time I forget to plug in my charger over night, I have a backup plan that puts me back in the game.
  • Best electronic greeting? Paperless post. Of course a hand written note is the most refined way to say thank you or share a greeting, but sometimes that’s just not an option. These elegant electronic greetings are a wonderful alternative to a bland email.
  • Best time waster that can be really educational? StumpleUpon.com. This site is really addictive. Create a profile that reflects your interests and use the Stumble button to find related websites and posts that you might never have found on your own. There is some incredible web content out there that can truly capture your imagination, and StumbleUpon can take you there.

I’d love to hear back from you about some of the posts that you’ve enjoyed or hear about what you’d like to share or know more about.

Best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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