New ‘Goals” feature comes to Google Calendar

New ‘Goals” feature comes to Google Calendar

Apr 13, 2016

Google Calendar is doing its bit to help users reach goals in their lives with its latest rollout.

Just add a personal goal like run 3 times a week and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it.

Goals are easy to set up

To set a goal (like Work out more), simply answer a few questions (like How often? and Best time?), and you’re all set. From there Calendar will look at your schedule and find the best windows to pencil in time for that goal.

Goals adjust to your busy life

Goals aren’t easy especially when the unexpected comes up but Calendar can help you adjust in a number of important ways. For example, Calendar will automatically reschedule if you add another event that’s a direct conflict with a goal.

You can also defer a goal at any time, and Calendar will make time for it later.

Finally, Calendar actually gets better at scheduling the more you use it just defer, edit or complete your goals like normal, and Calendar will choose even better times in the future.

Calendars should help you make the most of your time not just be tools to track events. So as Google Calendar turns 10 today, we’re excited to invest in more updates like Goals, and to help you find time for everything that matters from your daily must-dos, to exercising more, to just a little “me time.”

The new feature is available in Google Calendar now. Check out the video:

[via Official Gmail Blog]

Plekos Review

Plekos Review

Nov 6, 2012

True soccer fans don’t just watch. They play. Thing is, there isn’t always the space to show off skills. Miniature soccer sometimes solves the issue.

And no, I am not talking about Foosball. No. I am talking about the cheap, homemade variant of table-top soccer that creates hometown legends: Coin Soccer. Yes, I have very fond memories of hours burned perfecting my skills. Don’t judge me; back then, the internet was barely a gleam in Al Gore’s eye, and it was hard to watch cable TV without, well, a TV. We all had plenty of time to burn.

So, when I found out TotMob put out Plekos, an Android port of this game, I sensed that it was my time to flex my rep. Yessir.

At the root, Coin Soccer is simple. It usually consists of a small, (usually) wooden board with 22 nails somewhat evenly spaced around. Goals are scored by maneuvering the ball (a coin, button or bottle top) into the goal. Usually, a predetermined number of consecutive plays were allowed (way back when, we had three flicks each), after which the opponent takes his/her turn.

Plekos has great graphics; they were simple but effective. The UI was bright and inviting, and the the board looked fairly authentic without looking cheesy. The physics were realistic; I came away with the feeling that the developer has played the “real” version of this game regularly. Customization opportunities included the ability to change flags, and I could also change the number of touches too.

Gameplay was fluid; on a 7-inch game, it was a lot of fun. Plekos offered me an opportunity to play the game engine, or an opportunity to play up to 8 local players in quick games or tournaments.

I’d like to see a few more unique enhancements, like true multiplayer and/or adjustable layout templates. Plekos is too good of a game to be restricted to gameplay on one device. It is fun enough to have me waiting — and playing — in the mean time, though.

Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro Review

It seems that these days we are living in a health-and-fitness awareness boom. You can get microchips in your sneakers to track your running for goodness sake! But not all of us have the money to throw into robot shoes, especially if we’ve already put the bulk of our money toward a smartphone. So it’s pretty natural then to assume that our phones would be willing to assist us in our fitness tracking, and we are not wrong. Endomondo is the second fitness tracker I’ve tried using, and I can say it’s a pretty tough act to beat.

I had been signed up with and using RunKeeper for a while, and while it’s nice to fall back on the familiar, I was also ready to take a look at the new. Signing up for an account was easy, and the app didn’t take long to download, although for the sake of testing it out I did hesitate for a moment over the $4.18CAD price. But since I’ve started using it I’ve been in love, and have even renounced RunKeeper all together.

The app’s main screen gives you your most basic options: Type of Workout, Music On/Off (with the option of some songs provided by the app, or of playing your own podcasts/music library), and the immediate Start or 10 Seconds Countdown options. GPS, unless disabled, automatically begins plotting out the route you’re taking and uploading it to your profile on the website. Further settings options give you an Audio Coach (giving you your time and distance values at set intervals), and even the option to allow your friends to send you Pep Talks if they see that you are actively exercising. Great for people training for marathons. There is also a secondary screen you can flip over to with a map showing your current location. Helpful to track yourself but also (if you get lost easily like me) to keep yourself on target.

Basic Workout gives you another host of options. You can set a goal to reach, set a goal against that of a friend’s time or a previous time of your own, or enter a route that you want to follow. During warm weather I’m an outdoor runner but during chillier times I resort to a treadmill/elliptical combo at the gym. GPS isn’t a viable tracking option then, so the final option of Manual Entry is essential for me. You can plug in Type of activity, Duration, and Distance Covered and it will all be added into your calendar of completed activities. Sweet and simple and covers all the bases.

It’s hard to praise the app without mentioning its parents site, so let me just say that Endomondo itself is wonderful. It has a very clear and intuitive display for your workout stats, as well as a constantly updating display of all of the other users who are currently out for their own workouts. It’s like Twitter, but for jogging. As well the option of sporting activities that you can chose from when embarking is stunning. Everything from the standard Walking, Running and Cycling, all the way to Pilates and Star Climbing to Yoga and Martial Arts. Plug in the time you spent on the activity and it will generate for you an approximate value for the calories you’ve spent. Those calories are then awesomely added up to give you values for Trips Around The World or To The Moon you’ve virtually completed, or more realistically how many Hamburgers Burned off. These stats are only viewable on the main site, but all of those sporting activities are options within the app itself.

In terms of cons, I feel a little silly reporting that my biggest complaint is that Elliptical (as I know it) is labelled as Cross-Training in the app and on the site. That term means something else to me, and so only the tiny icon of a person on an elliptical clued me in that it was the option I was looking for. otherwise it’s been smooth sailing. Which is, by the way, an activity option!