TECH KNOW

The Denver Post - - TECH KNOW - By Hay­ley Tsukayama, The Wash­ing­ton Post

There are a lot of e-mail haters in the world. In some ways it can be an out­dated form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly for those who pre­fer rapid-fire threads with a pace more like text mes­sag­ing. Hop aims to bring the best of both worlds to­gether with an e-mail app that looks like a mes­sag­ing app.

Hop’s novel yet in­tu­itive way of man­ag­ing mes­sages takes a lot of what is over­whelm­ing out of the in­box. You can scroll back into the his­tory of your

Econ­ver­sa­tion. Files, pho­tos and GIFs — of course, GIFs — are all em­bed­ded in the feed.

Not ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion is go­ing to be suited to the mes­sag­ing-like for­mat, of course. In those cases, the app will dis­play the mes­sages in a style more like a tra­di­tional in­box — with a tap, you can also switch to that view on any mes­sage. But for quick con­ver­sa­tions, where you’re set­ting up plans or send­ing lit­tle more than a “got it,” the mes­sag­ing for­mat makes a lot of sense.

EHave you ever tried to cul­ti­vate a jour­nal­ing habit and failed? It can hap­pen to ev­ery­one: Some days seem too hum­drum to men­tion, while oth­ers are so busy that you just can’t find the time. But Line a Day tries to re­duce the tyranny of the blank page by lim­it­ing what you can write to 100 char­ac­ters. That’s less than a tweet — cer­tainly you can come up with at least that much on any given day. Users can also post a pic­ture in their en­try. You can re­view your posts at any time and even have the op­tion to read a month’s worth of lines to­gether if you want to rem­i­nisce.

The app is free, but adsup­ported — you will see an ad ev­ery time you save an en­try, for ex­am­ple. It may be worth it for some to pay the $2 to get rid of ads. In ad­di­tion to get­ting an ad-free ex­pe­ri­ence, the pre­mium ver­sion of the app will also let you up­load up to three pic­tures to any given en­try as well as an au­dio clip.

Free, for iOS.

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