Ask my wife, I am the WORST at keeping a schedule, remembering when I’ve got an appointment with who or when I need to be somewhere. She’s like my personal scheduler, but only because she has an impecable memory and I don’t. However, I’ve been searching for a more useful tool to help myself out and I think I finally found one. Siri has been a great help for setting appointments, don’t get me wrong, but a new app called TouchBase aims to make staying in touch with those you’re meeting with, and keeping track of where you’re headed even easier. TouchBase automatically works with your iPhone’s built-in calendar, so you don’t have to sign up for a new service or port all your appointments. Like Siri, it’s smart; TouchBase’s intelligence is a very specific kind of smarts, however, one designed to take the busywork out of maintaining a detailed and highly interactive digital appointment book. When you create appointments (either in your Calendar app itself, or in-app through TouchBase), the TouchBase software parses your brief description and comes up with two kinds of crucial information: who’s involved, and where things are taking place. So, for instance, I can type (or dictate using Siri, if I prefer) “Lunch with the boss,” set the time and day, and be completely done with the appointment-making process. From that, TouchBase will automatically find the correct contact information for the person involved (my boss, in this case) and set the location, provided I’ve given it enough info to find a likely match in Google Maps. Then, TouchBase can quickly perform a number of functions: it can text my boss to confirm the appointment, call or even email as well as look up the meeting place via your iPhone’s Google Maps app. For me, this is excellent because when I need to remember something most, is usually when I am driving and can’t text or email or even write down a quick note. So you ask the question, just as I did, is TouchBase more helpful than Siri when it comes to scheduling? Actually, it turns out the two combined are an unstoppable force. I’ll dictate appointments to Siri, who records them in my calendar, which then feeds to TouchBase, where I can use its smart macros to stay in touch with folks I’m meeting and look up venues. Even without direct integration, this is how Siri combined with other apps really does equal magic. A match made in heaven.
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