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Review: Simple Pomodoro by HackPlan Team

Norman Lim7 March 2016

PLATFORM

Smart phone / tablet: Android

PRICE

Free

What I like:

  1. Clean, non-distracting timer
  2. Adjustable timer for Pomodoro duration, break and long break durations
  3. Integrated task list, can be synced with Google Tasks

What I dislike:

  1. Maximum time limit
    • Pomodoro duration: 45 min
    • Break duration: 20 min
    • Long break duration: 40 min
  2. Need to press manually for the timer to proceed to the next stage

SUMMARY

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method to improve mental agility by using frequent breaks. In my opinion, this app does its job as a timer without any distracting designs or features. My revision efficiency could be improved even more if the timer can automatically start when the break is finished instead of the manual control, which would prevent me from procrastinating. It is free, easy to use and effective, I recommend it to anyone who wants to get work done.

More about Pomodoro Technique: http://pomodorotechnique.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

Download Simple Pomodoro in Google Play Store

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Use Slack

Diana K H Y Lee27 January 2016

Slack, and app by Slack Technologies

Rating: 5/5

Where can I get it? https://slack.com/

Is it free? Yes!*

*It’s freemium, but the free plan is absolutely awesome.

When you’re working with a group of people, for example a society committee, or planning a Christmas party, you want to be able to do a range of things to collaborate effectively. Such as sharing documents, to-do lists, and polls, AND have fun while you’re at it so people stay motivated and connected.

After a certain point, Facebook Groups isn’t enough – not to mention how your notifications get drowned out by every other event and news feed notification that floods your attention. It’s time to move on to greener pastures.

A few years ago, Slack answered our prayers, and has, in the last year or so, exploded into mainstream consumption. And if you’re not using it yet, here are 5 reasons why you NEED to be using it now!

  1. It’s really easy to use
  2. Integrations!
  3. It’s very smart
  4. Why would you not use it?
  5. Ultimately, it’s lots of fun!

Review: File Manager (Free version) by Gira Mobile

Norman Lim9 December 2015

PLATFORM

Smart phone / tablet: Android

PRICE

Free (with ads)

Pay to upgrade for more features such as removing the Ads

GOOD

  1. Extensive control over files and folders, functions include:
    • copy, cut and paste.
    • add, rename, delete, sharing, checking info.
    • opening files directly.
    • search.
    • adding shortcuts/bookmarks within the app or to the home screen.
    • sorting according to name, size, last modified or type in ascending/descending order.
    • sorting option can be set to be unique in each folder.
    • selecting multiple items for editing.
    • showing hidden files or folders.
  2. Clean, material design.
  3. User-friendly navigation, e.g. swipe left to return to the last folder.
  4. Access multiple cloud storage in one app.
  5. support 29 languages.

BAD

  1. Full screen Ads.
  2. Only Google Drive and Dropbox available as cloud storage options.
  3. No “available offline” and “link sharing” function for Google Drive.

SUMMARY

It is an app that provides more than enough features for accessing my phone’s internal storage, it is free and easy to use. Although it allows users to merge cloud storage into one app, it is not the most feature packed app for accessing Google Drive. Overall, I am very satisfied with it and it will be my default app choice for managing my files in my smartphone.

Download File Manager from Google Play

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