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'Doing Nothing for 2 Minutes' Is Harder Than It Sounds

Share A new site called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes challenges visitors to do exactly what it says -- absolutely nothing. Created by PopJam CEO Alex Tew and developer Ben Dowling, the page features an appropriately ascetic layout. Users are asked to sit in front of a seaside photograph, listen to the sound of waves crashing against the shore, and that's about it. A timer at the top of the page...

Netflix: How to Curate Your Queue and Keep Your Flicks Organized

If you're like us, then your Netflix queue has expanded to the point where its gravitational pull sucks in every film in its vicinity. A strained metaphor, perhaps, but it's easy to find your queue so overstuffed that it becomes utterly unmanageable and daunting. We've got a few essential organizational tips that will make the life of any cinema junkie exponentially easier. The simplest way to...

Switched Weighs In: Gadgets, Apps and Tech That Made Our 2010

2010 has been a pretty packed year for tech. Streaming video came into its own with radically improved content choices and affordable living room hardware devices, Android and Apple's iOS dominated the cell phone market, the mobile app markets show no sign of slowing down and the iPad revealed a huge demand for tablets. We here at Switched have taken a look back over the past 12 months and each...

How to Sync Outlook and iCal With Google Calendar

You've got your calendars organized and spread across multiple devices, but you've still got a few stragglers. The Web-based version of Google Calendar is fine, but it lacks some of the niceties of desktop apps. Today, we'll show you how to sync your Google Calendars with iCal and Outlook. Back in the early '00s, getting your schedule synced across multiple devices was a headache of clunky...

Sync Your Facebook Events With Google Calendar

This week we'll help kick your Google calendars into shape. As with contacts and e-mail, Google provides a way to keep your calendars synced across multiple apps, computers and devices. As a primary source of party invites, meetups and family gatherings, Facebook is an unfortunate common ground for events these days. If you want to keep your Facebooking to a minimum -- or would prefer a single...

Contact Tips: Group Your Peeps Together to Stay Organized

Alright, guys, this is it. You've got your contacts combined, synced, Facebook-free, and cleaned out. You're feeling good, and your address book is looking pretty. Or, so you think. But, Padawan, why stop now? We've already come so far, so why not really whip your contacts into shape, and treat yourself to some serious organization in the form of labels and groups. Practically any...

Do a Fall Cleaning of Your Contact List

This week we've focused on creating a single, giant pool of contacts. First, we combined your Web-mail address book and the random numbers stashed on your cell phone. Then, we freed your friends' photos, e-mail addresses and phone numbers from the evil clutches of Facebook. Now, you've got a comprehensive database of hundreds of contacts. Your mother is in your address book 13 times, your...

Organize Your Black Book: Syncing Google Contacts With Your Phone

With your Facebook contact data freed from the evil clutches of the mighty Zuck, we're halfway done with consolidating your address books. While getting your info from Facebook is the trickiest part, we all know that the disaster of an address book on your cell phone is the worst offender when it comes to disorganization. Today, we're going to combine your Gmail contacts with those on your...

Simplenote Finally Makes Digital Note-Taking Convenient

In our quest to digitize every last bit of our lives, one thing has escaped us: a streamlined system for taking and managing our notes. We've looked at Evernote, which is an impressive service with some top-notch software, but it had one major flaw in that we couldn't get it to stick; it just never worked for jotting down quick notes. Simplenote is the ideological opposite of Evernote. It lacks...

Nudgemail Is a Dead Simple E-Mail Reminder Service

Productivity nerds are constantly striving for what they call "inbox zero," a near constant state of having an empty e-mail inbox. The problem is, sometimes things can't or shouldn't be responded to right away. That, of course, leads to clutter. Nudgemail aims keep your inbox clear, while making sure you don't forget about e-mails that need your attention at a later date. If you get a message...

Use Gmail Filters and Labels to Effortlessly Organize Your E-mail

digg Everyone has their own coping methods and inbox philosophies for e-mail management. Whether you're subscribing to a super-involved "Getting Things Done" method or a minimalist "Inbox Zero" system, a few minutes spent building a smart filter and label routine will let you focus on what's really important. The point here is to make the messages hitting your inbox as relevant and important as...

'Writer' for iPad Review: App Aims to Keep You Focused

Yesterday, the Information Architects (iA) team, which you may know from its Web Trend Map, officially released the 'Wrıter' app for iPad. We've seen many attempts at moving writing interfaces away from the toolbar-overloaded interfaces of apps like Microsoft Word, and iA's new project continues this trend with an emphasis on your writing. We fired up the app to write this review, so read on to...

Boomerang Gmail Plugin Lets You Send and Receive Whenever You Want

We don't know about you guys, but here at Switched, we get a boatload of e-mails and that's not going to change any time soon. We send almost as many as we receive, too. Truth be told, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes, so we're a little intrigued by Boomerang for Gmail, which promises to help tame your inbox deluge by bringing a few welcome tricks to the Gmail toolbox. The problem...

Ask Steve: Jobs the Advice Columnist, 'Pac-Man' in HTML5

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. 'Ask Steve' reimagines everyone's favorite turtlenecked CEO as a Dear Abby daily newspaper columnist. [From: Me & Her] HTML5 experiments that pushthe limits of...

Sidetrack Table Reminds Lazy Bloggers to Occasionally Get Out of Bed

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design students Jennifer Kay, Jacek Barcikowski and Martina Pagura are concerned that people who work from home (such as yours truly) aren't getting enough stimulation throughout the day. In response, the students came up with a prototype for the Sidetrack table, a piece of dynamic furniture that's supposed to encourage breaks between spreadsheets -- or blog...