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Review: Sunrise for Mac offers and reliable open-source Web browsing

Do you prefer a light, easily-customized Web browser? Compact with a highly usable interface, Sunrise for Mac is designed for easy and reliable open-source Web browsing similar to that of Safari and Opera.

Within fewer than five clicks Sunrise for Mac is fully installed and ready for all of your Web browsing needs. The layout of this Web browser is highly user-friendly and very easy to use. Icon, list, and grid bookmark options sit on the top right, along with shortcut buttons at the top of the browser that include a screen snapshot function, bug form reporter, and an agent … Read more

Manage your events in Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise Calendar is a beautiful tool that can simplify tracking and viewing your daily tasks, and integrates multiple calendar applications into a single, easy-to-use interface. Upon installation, you'll be asked to log in to your Facebook account, which mostly just adds birthdays to your calendar. After setup, however, you can log in to your Google account and your LinkedIn account. In fact, it is highly recommended that you add a Google Calendar so you can set up new calendars and add events. Most of the app's functions don't work without an integrated Google Calendar.

Importing your calendar … Read more

Sunrise is a beautiful, free iPhone calendar alternative

Last November I covered a new service called Sunrise. The goal of the service, after connecting it to your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Calendar accounts, was to help you start the day with a personalized agenda in your inbox. It would incorporate details about upcoming meetings, as well as who you're meeting with, from the various services.

While having an organized agenda automatically created for you each morning with important details was intriguing, after using the service for a few weeks the e-mail started to feel more like spam than a helpful digital assistant.

Fast-forward to today: Sunrise has … Read more

Sunrise will e-mail your daily agenda to you each morning

Technology was supposed to make managing a hectic schedule easy. Setting up a Google Calendar was supposed to streamline your calendar, telling you where you needed to be and when you needed to be there. The same can be said about Facebook Events, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and on and on. The point is, in some regards, technology has gotten in the way of making our lives easier and keeping a calendar is one of those areas.

Depending on your friends and family members, you may receive event invites on Facebook, Google Calendar, and iCloud. All of which have unique methods … Read more

A planner and diary in one

At first glance, Smart Diary seems similar to many other planners, with various calendar views and the ability to set tasks. What really sets Smart Diary apart is its diary feature, which is unlike anything we've seen before in this sort of program.

The program's interface is attractive and intuitive, with a surprisingly sleek calendar design. It's easy to do all the basics, like adding events and tasks, scheduling reminders, printing schedules, and so on. Everything is neatly arranged with tabs and drop-down menus, allowing users to quickly find the functions they want. What really impressed us … Read more

Alarm clock blues

It's 6:20 a.m. "Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Slam." Sleep in peace for 9 more minutes, then repeat.

There has to be a more humane way to wake up. My snoozing habits drive my husband crazy, and unexpected power outages have ruined my morning ritual more than once.

I tried waking up to Howard Stern's radio show years ago, figuring that it'd definitely wake me up because the stuff he says would never naturally make its way into my early-morning dreams. When it eventually did, I went back to the traditional jarring beeps. … Read more

Awaken to your inner sunshine

Whenever anyone starts talking about "Circadian rhythms" we get a little nervous, not unlike the way we feel when someone mentions Amway. Yet there are obviously many believers in the biological time clock, and we're in no position to dispute anything that helps people get a good night's sleep (and avoid being cranky with us).

We're just not sure which product claims are more valid than others because there are so many simulated sunrise gadgets on the market. But there's one thing that the "Sunrise Serenade" undeniably has in its favor: It'… Read more

37signals launches Highrise

37signals launched Highrise this morning. It's a customer relationship management (CRM) tool aimed at small groups and medium-size businesses. Highrise is meant to fill the gap between Outlook's contact manager and complicated CRM apps that require an IT department to keep running smoothly. It's also priced below SalesForce.com's Team Edition, with more of an emphasis on contact communication and history, rather than sales and forecasting. It's a Webware solution for people who don't want to install CRM software or manage a huge database, and who need a tool that can be accessed on the go.

Highrise launches with six different plans, five of which are paid services with the benefit of shared group storage, increased contact and collaboration limits, and relation-based information pages called "cases." Each tier of service can be upgraded or downgraded at any time, and there's no contract.

In Highrise, each case file can contain information about multiple companies; contacts; and any important information like notes, shared files, and e-mails. By grouping this information in one place, you can create a detailed history or context for a group or contact. Highrise has some built-in tools for organization as well. You can schedule phone calls, reminders, tasks, or basic to-do lists, and assign or include other Highrise collaborators. It's not nearly as deep a system as you get with 37signals' group collaboration tool Basecamp, but if you see something you want a colleague to follow up on, you can do it without firing up your e-mail client.

For integration with your e-mail, Highrise recommends that you set up your e-mail app to automatically forward everything to a special Highrise address. Highrise will parse your messages, and copy over any attachments along with the original text to the contact's profile page on Highrise. If you haven't already created the contact in Highrise, the app will create it for you. … Read more

Highrise, a new app from 37signals

Yesterday 37signals founder Jason Fried posted about the team's upcoming contact management app called Highrise. The goal of the app is to help you manage contact information in a better way than relying on Post-its or your current software-based customer relationship management (CRM) tool. Think of it like a Rolodex but with collaboration and more space to write things down. Many people can have access to the same records at once, and from the announcement, 37signals thinks they can do better than your current CRM.

In many ways Highrise is a solution for a problem with Web communication technology: … Read more