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Happy New Year to all, hopefully you’re sticking to those resolutions you set forth. In the midst of CES and our Android announcement, we took a moment to read your responses when we asked if you’ve been Naughty or Nice over the holiday season. Of the 150+ responses we received, 68% of you claimed to be nice, only 5% owned up to being naughty, and a bit over a quarter of you (27%) opted for a combination of both.
Congratulations to Jaymie Stuart Wolfe for winning a smartpen and our runner up, Tracy Austin, who will get a stylish Moleskine notebook. Speaking of, we had quite a few participants named Tracy – a popular name for great notetakers? Perhaps.
Five more contestants will get more organized with a free copy of Noteshelf. Thank you for tuning in and supporting us.
If you’d like to join in on our other contest, please share your story about “how a Livescribe #smartpen has helped you” On our Facebook wall. Look forward to hearing your stories, and congratulations to our Nice winners, and even the Naughty ones.
Company Unveils Livescribe+ for Android at CES in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV – January 5, 2015 - Leading smartpen manufacturer Livescribe Inc, (www.livescribe.com) today announced that the award-winning Livescribe 3 smartpen will support Android devices this spring. Unveiled at Pepcom’s Digital Experience and previewed during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, the Livescribe+ app, currently available only for iOS devices, was designed from the ground up with Android users in mind. The app will be released this spring for select Android devices with KitKat v4.4 and above, and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) support. The Android version of Livescribe+ will provide full support for the Livescribe 3 smartpen, and will include the key features already in the iOS version of the app.
“Since launch, we’ve been adding new features to Livescribe+ for iOS and also introducing expanded functionality through partnerships with Moleskine, Evernote, Microsoft and Fluid Touch,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “Now we can start to bring those innovations to Android devices this spring and combine the physical world of pen and paper with Android smartphones and tablets.”
The Livescribe+ app will be available for select Android smartphones and tablets running Android KitKat 4.4 or Lollipop 5.0 with support for Bluetooth LE. Livescribe+ will include key features of the iOS version of the app, including the ability to transfer notes from Livescribe 3 smartpens, search handwriting and convert it to digital text. Customers can also create and play back pencasts that synchronize audio recordings with handwritten notes, and easily share their notes in standard PDF format. Any Livescribe 3 smartpen can save notes to both an iOS and Android device so customers have all their notes wherever they need. Additional features will be introduced in later versions of the software.
“Livescribe+ for Android is much more than a port of our iOS app,” said Greg Wong, Director of Product Management. “We’ve approached every aspect of this app, from the color palette to the user interface, to optimize for the Android platform and customer expectations.”
The Livescribe 3 smartpen is the company’s fastest-selling product to date, helping professionals, travelers, students, busy moms and dads, and anyone else who enjoys the feel of writing with real ink on real paper make their notes more useful on a smartphone or tablet.
At CES this week, Livescribe is giving the first previews of the Android app and the Livescribe 3 smartpen on an Android tablet at the Pepcom Digital Experience event and Livescribe’s CES suite at the Venetian hotel.
For more information, please visit www.livescribe.com.
Livescribe brings notes, words and ideas to life. Livescribe smartpens make it easy to connect paper and pen to the digital world and fundamentally change the way people capture, access and share what they write, draw and hear. Livescribe’s family of smartpens includes the Echo smartpen, the Sky wifi smartpen and the Livescribe 3 smartpen.
We’re just a few days from 2015 and if there’s one thing that pops into our collective consciousness after overindulgence in holiday partying and extended time off work….it’s pledges of self improvement for the new year.
According to a recent study from the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who make resolutions actually stick to them and succeed. But there’s one key step that will significantly improve your results, according to the 2007 Dominican Study of Goals by Dr. Gail Matthews.
Adding too many things to think about can overwhelm anyone’s brain. Instead, start mapping out your top priorities now to get a good start on 2015. Having a plan of action can make 2015 the year you really achieve your goals.
Here are a few suggestions to start:
Make it tangible, write it down
The best way to visualize a path to any major goal is to write it down. Mapping out small goals that lead to big goals on paper prevents you from getting overwhelmed, and gives you a reference and reminder. If you use a Livescribe smartpen, you can write your thoughts on paper check your mobile device for a reminder any time, anywhere.
Keep it simple
It’s tempting to look at all of your shortcomings and resolve to make a major change in every area that needs improvement. However, with the day-to-day tasks and priorities that fill up our lives, it can become overwhelming when you focus on too much at one time. You’ll end up spreading yourself thin and not make much leeway, which can be discouraging enough to quit altogether. Instead, prioritize your goals. Tackle one to two major resolutions at a time. Once you’ve succeeded in one area, transfer your efforts to the next milestone.
Instead of generalizing with something along the lines of “I want to lose weight” or “I want to increase sales across my department,” define a specific, realistic set of metrics. For example, map out a plan to lose 10 pounds in six weeks by cutting out sugar, eating fewer carbs, and working out four times a week. Make a specific change to cut out that Friday morning donut is much easier to accomplish than just ‘eat less.’ When you have a clear path of what it takes to accomplish something, you’re much more likely to stick with it until the end.
Use your friends to keep you on track
Joining a group of like-minded people and meeting up in real life is always an effective way to stay energized and motivated when working toward a common goal. If you’re not as social or don’t have the time, post your resolutions online for your peers to see. By putting it out there, you’re subconsciously setting yourself up to remain accountable for your actions. Blogging is another effective method of adding more context to your journey through storytelling and may even inspire others to follow a similar pursuit toward success. Post your challenges and you should get sympathy or other ideas, and post your successes and you’ll feel even better.
What are your New Year’s resolutions and how do you plan on achieving them. Let us know in the comments and have a wonderful, productive 2015 from your friends at Livescribe.
We hope you had a great Xmas, gave your loved ones delightful gifts and unwrapped exciting packages for yourself.
But if you didn’t get the perfect gift for a more organized 2015, we have an offer just for you.
Our award-winning Sky wifi smartpen is on sale now for $70 off. You can purchase the 2GB model for only $99.95, and the double-capacity 4GB version is just $129.95. Grab that gift for yourself from the Livescribe Store, Amazon, Douglas Stewart and Newegg. Get a jump on a more productive year today!