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There are dozens of to-do-list apps out there, but Any.do (free for Android and iOS) stands out for hitting the delicate balance between clean and robust so that it’s easy to set up lists organized the way you want without too much clutter.
The app lets you set up lists for “today,” “tomorrow,” “upcoming” and “someday” that you can see at a glance and collapse or expand as you wish. You can also view your tasks by category — personal, work, etc. Any.do syncs signed-in users’ lists with an online account in the Chrome browser, or it can connect to a Facebook account.
Quirky comes up with two handy gizmos
The Upwrite Stylus and Kickstand ($28, www.quirky.com) from Quirky combines what the name implies: a rubber stylus on one end and a key-chain lock on the other end, doubling as a kickstand for a smartphone or tablet. It’s only 3¼ inches long with a polished-zinc finish to make it look as cool as it works.
The Quirky Core Dock and Display ($50) takes your charging cables and turns them into a desktop charging station. Just plug your cable into one of the two USB ports on the bottom and wrap your cord around the Core’s cable management grooves to form artwork. The 3-inch cubed device lets you plug a second cord into the other port for charging.
All Quirky devices work because they are designed by users. Pretty simple and pretty great products.
McClatchy News Service