As we’ve officially hit the handheld computer era, laptops and notebook computers seem relatively large and cumbersome at times. Gone are the days when men used to carry box-type leather briefcases, loaded with an assortment of printed files, a cornucopia of pens and mini office supplies, and the ever reliable pocket calculator. The 21st century homo sapien has turned to the definitively lighter, sleeker smartphone. These days, PDA doesn’t stand for public display of affection anymore; what’s public though is the massive selection of applications. Here’s our top ten list:
1. Ti Backup Maker: Titanium Track Format: Android Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5) Cost: Free Version and Donate Version (US $6) www. Maxrewriter.com/Android
Titanium Backup, equipped with an extremely fast app listing is a premier back up and data restoration software, allowing you to move applications to and from your SD card at your desired time or through an automated schedule. It comes in free or Pro (Donate) version, with the latter allowing for more versatility, as well as a link to dropbox.com, enabling you to store your files online.
This app is perfect because oftentimes we neglect to secure data (well, guys, especially). The scheduled system is a no-brainer. This seems like such a simple program, but it will prove to be a gift in the event that your child accidentally deletes that proposal, or worse, you lose your PDA.
With running becoming a staple Pinoy activity, what better way to track your training progress than through this app which allows you to effectively store data through GPS, and thus analyze your performance. Endomondo works on all distance-based sports, such as cycling and even kayaking. Its main site features a place to meet friends and follow each other’s sporting activities.
This application is free, but for more hardcore sportsmen, you would need a more portable PDA, or to purchase a shock proof casing, otherwise all the other features are nonpareil.
3. How to Cook Everything Maker: Culinate Inc. Format: Apple/Iphone OS Rating 4.6/5 Cost: US $5 http://itunes.apple.com
Mark Bittman, an award winning American culinary journalist and New York Times columnist, has teamed up with Culinate Inc. to create an application featuring, well, how to cook everything, with 2,000 recipes taken from his popular book of the same name. Surprisingly easy to browse, this app comes with handy timers, grocery lists, and hundreds of “how to” lists.
Perfect for the man who loves the kitchen, or the man who is trying not to burn his house down while attempting to make a Sunday meal which usually ends up in dining out. The only downside is, it costs $5, and it is not yet available in other formats.