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MarkO Smart Reminders – finally, a task reminder app which works like it should [Freeware]

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Hands up if you’ve ever returned home from shopping only to realize that you’ve forgotten to get something while you were out. Annoying isn’t it? Or how about those times when you wake up thinking you really ought to get a gift or flowers for someone when you get a moment, only to forget instantly and miss the due date. Embarrassing. Well listen up, because there’s now an Android app made especially for you.

MarkO is a very cool new reminder and task app which goes way further than any other similar app, in that it allows you to set reminders not only based on time, but also on location. So you can set up a reminder to pick up the dry cleaning, and set it to trigger when you walk past your usual cleaners premises. Or set a reminder to buy milk when you travel near to your favorite supermarket.

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There are a whole host of cool things about this app, but number one is the fact that it’s so darn easy to use. The interface is gorgeous, with just the right amount of text entry alongside the location input. You can enter a task in seconds, and it recognizes locations immediately. No laborious look up. We managed to enter in our favorite supermarket and a reminder to get butter the next time we’re there in 15 seconds. Brilliant.

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You can also specify the ‘nag ratio’ of the app, so it won’t hassle you too much when you’re not ready, which is great, and if you don’t need location based stuff, just use the more traditional timer function and set a date/time for the reminder to trigger. You can use it standalone with no sign up, or you can set it to sync across all your devices by signing up to a free account, which is really nice. We like to have choice.

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Those who are terminally forgetful can also drop a widget on a home screen to have the task manager always at hand, but most people will probably be happy to just have the reminders work in the background. We also love the fact that you can set the reminder to trigger at any custom location you like. Just drop the pin on the map anywhere, and you’re set. Super easy to do. Remind yourself to call someone when you reach your hotel for instance or the corner of a street. You name it.

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We set it to trigger at a random spot in our street and it popped up beautifully within a couple of feet of the target, and gave us the option to Complete or show on map instantly. All in all this is one heck of an app, and we’re thinking it could have a bunch of uses we’ve not even thought of. Great stuff. Recommended. [One tip to the developers – get rid of the promo video, it sucks.]

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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