• September 21, 2014

CoBook: Contacts in chaos? Help is on the way

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:30 am

If your contacts are anything like mine, they’re probably a mess. That’s not your fault, per se. We store our address book information in a lot of places — phone, email, social networks. CoBook aims to be a unified place for you to keep track of all those Facebook, Twitter, iCloud and other contacts that you have floating around in cyberspace.

CoBook makes it easier for you to do that, and offers you options from the contact list to let you call or message someone.

Before you rush out and download CoBook, though, you should know that requires a lot of trust on your part — it culls all your contact information from a variety of sources. The company promises not to share that info with outside parties, but it’s worth keeping in mind the access you’re providing.

CoBook was acquired by another contact management software firm, FullContact, though both companies have promised to continue support for its products. Free, for iOS devices.

Dwellr: Online matchmaking for a place to live

The strains of pomp and circumstance are fading from the air, which means it’s time for lots of folks to figure where, exactly, they’re going to live next. If you’re feeling clueless, you can enlist the help of the biggest experts around: the U.S. Census Bureau.

Dwellr uses data from the American Community Survey to help you find an area that’s right for you, and to research areas that you’re considering. Dwellr matches your age, relationship status, desired occupation and other profile items to find the perfect city for you. You also can look up how well you match particular cities if you need a quick read on your compatibility, or if you just want to find out more about your neighborhood.

You’re probably not going to find the city of your dreams solely from dwellr, but it’s not bad for a first pass. Think of it as online dating for geographic areas. Free, for Android and iOS devices.

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