Amid claims it’s in a ‘death spiral,’ report says Evernote has laid off 15% of its workforce | 9to5Mac:
Earlier this month, a report suggested that Evernote was in a “death spiral” as it cycled through several of its most senior executives. Now, TechCrunch reports that Evernote has cut roughly 15 percent of its workforce, a move that was announced to employees today at an all-hands meeting.
According to the report, Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill told employees that the company had “no choice” but to lay off 54 employees – which equates to roughly 15 percent of its workforce.
Time to move away from Evernote if you are still using the app for anything important.
Microsoft OneNote for Mac — is it an Evernote contender? | iMore –
Unlike Evernote, OneNote doesn’t have any easy way of embedding web pages into your notes, which makes it a less-than-ideal tool for collecting info off the web for later collation and digestion. You can embed PDFs after a fashion, as “printouts” that can then be annotated. Files can be attached as well. Late last year, Microsoft added the ability to open notebooks stored on SharePoint Servers, as well. You can share notes with users outside your workflow by embedding the note in an email or by sending links; Microsoft offers the option of a read-only link or an editable link as well.
I don’t have any experience with the Windows version of OneNote, but I’ve read numerous complaints from users of both versions that suggest the Mac version comes up a bit short, especially in areas like saving text formatting options, document and file importing and attachment and more. As in all things, your mileage may vary in this regard.
It’s weird to think of Microsoft as underdog, but they really are when it comes to this kind of app. The 800 pound gorilla of the note taking app market is Evernote. To that end, Evernote has a better fleshed-out ecosystem of apps, accessories and tools to help you get the most out of it.
Interesting comparison between the 2 premier note talking apps – I personally will stick with Evernote as my workflow is too heavily invested in it but if I was on the look out for a decent note taking app, then I might be tempted to try OneNote.
Plaid Systems Eve Ecosystem Preview – CNET –
Hop over to Kickstarter this morning and you’ll see the smart gardening platform the Eve Ecosystem launched its crowd-funding campaign. Built specifically to work with the SmartThings home automation hub, Eve is designed as an irrigation controller that automatically adapts to the conditions of your yard. It can manage up to 16 different watering zones of your home’s existing sprinkler system. You can control each zone individually from your smart phone or tablet, or let Eve do the scheduling for you. It’ll process data from its moisture sensor — called Adam — placed in your yard, and take into account any weather info gathered by the SmartThings hub, to give your lawn the exact amount of water it needs.
Love the integration with SmartThings and quite a similar product to Edyn but this has the integration that Edyn currently does not so I will certainly keep an eye out for this.
Enable 2-Step verification on popular web services
Between losing an iPhone, never-ending security issues, and the NSA, having an account accessed by an outsider is more likely than ever. While having a good password is critical, enabling 2-Step Verification is a great way to ensure data you’ve stashed in an online service like Gmail or Dropbox is limited to your eyes only.
In a nutshell, 2-Step systems work like normal log in systems, but after entering your user name and password, the system in question will send your phone an SMS with a unique PIN. Only after entering the PIN are you allowed in:
A great reminder to take the time to enable this for your online services that support it. It seems every week there is a popular service that gets compromised and asks users to reset their passwords – Comixology is the latest one to suffer. So take the time to do it, protect yourself and sign up for any services that support this in the future.
Here are the links for more information for the most popular services;