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Getting started with iPad note-taking app INKredible

You'd be hard-pressed to find a simpler, more natural-feeling note-taking app for the iPad than INKredible. It feels like a stripped-down version of Paper; you don't get many of the sketching tools and instead receive a small selection of writing instruments that feel like the real thing. The app is free and provides a fountain pen, while three other instruments -- calligraphy pen, wet brush, and ballpoint pen -- are available as in-app purchases for 99 cents each. Developer Viet Tran has a more fully featured paid app, Notes Plus, and created INKredible to show off its vector-graphics … Read more

Take simple notes with simple iPhone note-taking app Noted

I've yet to discover a note-taking app that's lasted me more than a week. Typically, I find they require too many taps to create a note or get in and out of an existing note and I soon return to my trusted method of jotting down notes on an actual pad of paper. The thing is, I often wish I had that pad of paper with me instead of my iPhone, which I carry with me pretty much everywhere I go. Thus, I continue on my search for a simple note-taking app.

Today, I came across Noted by Tack, … Read more

Apple reportedly acquires maps company, note-taking app

Apple acquired two companies in the areas of mapping and note-taking, according to a post 9to5Mac published Monday.

Following a trail of Internet breadcrumbs and citing unnamed sources, the first company mentioned in 9to5Mac's report is BroadMap, which specializes in managing and analyzing mapping data. It's an area that Apple has struggled with in the past -- the tech titan found out the hard way that its mapping feature was not up to snuff. Apple likely acquired Broadmap in the first half of 2013, said 9to5Mac.

The second company is Catch, an Evernote competitor that was acquired by … Read more

Essential free productivity apps for Android tablets

Nobody's referring to tablets as glorified Etch A Sketches anymore. The devices have proven themselves many times over as first-rate productivity enhancers.

If you use your Android tablet for work, you owe it to yourself -- and your boss -- to give these five free apps a try.

Note that some of the programs are also available for Android phones as well as for the iPad, iPhone, and other devices. Several also have paid versions with more features. I tested only the free versions on a second-gen Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Lookout scans for viruses, … Read more

Evernote locks down three new security features

Evernote, the popular note-taking app available on the Web and on mobile devices, has some new security features.

The company announced the new features on its blog on Thursday, saying that it's now offering three security tools that it didn't before. First up is two-step verification, which requires that users input both a password and a security code that can be sent to their mobile device. The company says that the two-step verification will only happen when users install Evernote on a device or access the service from the Web. It's also optional, so it can be … Read more

Google Keep note-taking comes to Chrome

Google Keep wants to be the app that you dump all your little notes and big thoughts into, and Google introduced a Keep Chrome Web app version on Thursday.

To install it, you must use the link above, as it's not yet available by searching the Chrome Web Store.

Like Keep in Google Drive and Keep for Android, it lets you write notes in a stripped-down interface that lacks all but the most basic features. In addition to standard note-taking, you can change the text color or insert an image.

Keep for Chrome launches in its own window, and … Read more

Get started with Google Keep

Google just made an announcement introducing Keep, its new note-taking service. Keep is currently available for devices running Android 4.0.3 and up, or through the Google Drive Web site. Notes will automatically sync between the Web site and the Android app.

After installing the Android app you'll be prompted to select the Google account you want to use with Keep. Once that's done, you can begin keeping notes. There are four different methods you can use to enter a note:

A quick note directly from the text box on the initial screen. Add a checklist by … Read more

Google Keep note-taking app spotted

Google could be working on a note-taking application.

Google+ user 1E100 yesterday revealed that a new note-taking application, known as Google Keep, had been discovered in the many places the search company hides products it's working on. 1E100 described a series of places Keep was discovered, including on Google's Products page, in Google Drive, and as part of the search giant's sandbox, where it tries out new products.

According to 1E100, Google might also be working on an Android app, as evidenced by a special URL that points to the application.

During the search, 1E100 was able … Read more

Getting started with note-taking and outlining app MagicalPad

Just because paper notebooks have things called pages doesn't mean a virtual notebooks need to have them. With MagicalPad, you can take notes and brainstorm on a freeform, page-less layout. The app was just updated this week and is currently on sale for 99 cents.

When you first launch the app, you'll see two default notebooks. This is a similar view to what you get with other note-taking apps such as Outline+, Paper, and Penultimate. Unlike these apps, however, MagicalPad's notebooks are filled with limitless workspaces instead of multiple pages.

From the notebooks home screen, you can … Read more

Getting started with Evernote's iPad handwriting app Penultimate

Penultimate is a 99-cent handwriting app from Evernote for the iPad. It's like Paper without artistic aspiration. You won't find any pencils or watercolor brushes here -- just pen and paper. But like Paper, Penultimate is simple and intuitive.

Penultimate organizes your notes into notebooks. When you first launch the app, you'll see a Welcome notebook that steps you through the app's various features. Tap the New Notebook button in the upper-left corner to create a new notebook. At the bottom of the screen are three buttons to share a notebook (via e-mail or send to … Read more