Mashable: No one is on Facebook, so how are we inviting friends to parties and shows?

Mashable: No one is on Facebook, so how are we inviting friends to parties and shows?. “A decade ago, when you made a new friend IRL, you’d add them on Facebook. You’d see each others’ posts and, eventually, when you wanted to invite them to a party, you’d create an event page and add them to it. But now, when you meet someone new, maybe you’ll follow them on Instagram or Twitter or no social media at all. And none of those platforms have a solid way to invite someone to an event.”

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings

TechCrunch: Hera is a new calendar app for people with a lot of virtual meetings. “Meet Hera, a new calendar app that wants to turn the calendar into the main work interface. Hera helps you schedule meetings more easily with natural language processing and lets you share availabilities in an email or any messaging app. The startup is also going to build integrations with your other work tools so that you can surface important information before a meeting and extract information after a meeting.”

Mashable: How to create a family calendar on Google

Mashable: How to create a family calendar on Google. “If you’ve only been using it for yourself up to now, you might not know about the world of shared calendars, which you can use to corral appointments for your whole family (however you choose to define ‘family’) and make sure everyone sees events all handily in one place.”

Make Tech Easier: Zoom Reportedly Developing Email and Calendar Services

Make Tech Easier: Zoom Reportedly Developing Email and Calendar Services. “There’s no doubt Zoom achieved extreme popularity this year in the face of the global health pandemic. Workers and students were forced to turn to Zoom to communicate with bosses, teachers, and each other online and fell to various video-conferencing platforms, with Zoom being the undisputed king of them all. Zoom may be realizing that its run may be nearing an end once the pandemic has finally been extinguished as it is reportedly considering expanding to offer email, calendar, and messaging services.”

Make Tech Easier: 4 Great Alternatives to Google Calendar

Make Tech Easier: 4 Great Alternatives to Google Calendar . “Calendars seem like a fairly basic technology on the surface, but if it were that easy to make a good calendar program, there would presumably be more worthy alternatives to Google Calendar. It’s simple, effortlessly cross-platform, shareable, tweakable, and comes with a boatload of random helpful features and integrations, and there’s honestly no perfect clone out there. There are, however, a few that come quite close, so if you’re looking to make the switch with minimal friction, check out the four Google Calendar alternatives below.”

Neowin: ProtonMail launches public beta of its fully encrypted calendar

Neowin: ProtonMail launches public beta of its fully encrypted calendar. “ProtonMail has announced that it has launched the public beta of ProtonCalendar, the firm’s fully encrypted calendar solution. Unlike alternative products, ProtonCalendar encrypts event titles, descriptions, locations, and participants; this makes it ‘impossible’ for others – including ProtonMail – to see your event details.”

Mashable: Google has a ‘new’ way to create calendar events

Mashable: Google has a ‘new’ way to create calendar events . “This time last year Google added a useful shortcut for regular users of the G Suite apps allowing very quick creation of new documents. Using the .new domain, Google added functionality to quickly create new Google documents, spreadsheets, slides, sites, or forms simply by typing doc.new, sheet.new, slide.new, site.new, or form.new directly into the browser address bar. As Engadget reports, that functionality has now expanded to Google Calendar.”

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Calendar Apps for Your iPhone

MakeUseOf: The 8 Best Calendar Apps for Your iPhone . “It’s hard to decide which iPhone calendar app you should use. The App Store is full of possibilities—each has a distinct set of pros and cons, and in some cases, is designed for a different subset of users. That said, some iOS calendars stand out above their competitors. Curious? Keep reading as we look at the best calendar apps for iPhone.”

The Next Web: 25 Google Calendar Hacks to Maximize Productivity

The Next Web: 25 Google Calendar Hacks to Maximize Productivity. “Released to the general public in July 2009, Google Calendar is one of the favored time management and scheduling apps available. And, for a good reason. I know a lot at Google Calendar. Here are 25 Google calendar hacks to maximize productivity that every person needs to know how to use.” usually when there are over 20 tips in a list like this, the annotation sucks. Not this time! Plenty of information here. Writer is the founder of Calendar, which looks its own calendar company, and I don’t even care. Good article.

The Verge: Slack is bridging email to chat, improving calendar integration and search

The Verge: Slack is bridging email to chat, improving calendar integration and search. “Slack arrived more than five years ago with the bold attempt to try to kill email in the workplace. It’s 2019, we’re all still sending emails, and Slack may have even made emails stronger. Thankfully, Slack has realized that our email and calendaring solutions are useful and should work more closely with its chat software. We’ve seen this recently with Office 365 integration, and now the company is going a few steps further by bridging email and calendaring directly into Slack.”

The Best Free Online Calendars: 7 Options Compared (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The Best Free Online Calendars: 7 Options Compared. “You don’t need lots of fancy productivity tools. If deployed correctly, a simple online calendar should suffice for most of your organizational needs. There are lots of free online calendars to choose from. At one end of the scale, there are well-known apps like Google Calendar. At the other end, you’ll find several niche apps that are worth considering.”

ReviewGeek: Best Photo Calendar Services

This is a little more commercial than stuff I usually link to, but I know many of us are thinking about holiday gifts. From ReviewGeek: Best Photo Calendar Services. “There are so many photo services that create personalized calendars for you, but how do you choose the right one? Whether you’re a photographer trying to showcase your artwork, or a busy mom who needs last minute gift ideas, we’ve got the picks for you.”