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There’s just so much to do and so little time! Thankfully, there are productivity apps to help you get through the day (photo credit: gailjadehamilton, flickr).

Top 5 productivity apps

What do urbanites have in common? For one thing, time seems to fly by too quickly while the work keeps piling up! Here are five apps to help you improve your productivity throughout the day.

From left: Alliance Bank Malaysia’s executive vice president and head of group human resource Chew Siew Suan, Forrester’s senior analyst Clement Teo and PwC Malaysia’s partner and financial services leader Soo Hoo Khoon Yean.

Gearing up for the Gen-Y era

Recruiting and retaining Generation Y in the workforce requires companies to be flexible and creative in fashioning a collaborative and conducive work environment that allows their talents to shine.

Ordinary Internet users – 3 million and counting – have signed up in a crowdsourced search organised by DigitalGlobe, a US-based company specialising in satellite imagery. The search is conducted via Tomnod, a crowdsourcing platform for satellite imagery.

When everyone pitches in

Crowdsourcing is allowing everyone with an Internet connection to play a part in the search for Flight MH370. How does it work and what else can it be used for?

Adela (left) and Farah in Kedai Bikin which offers locally-designed furniture, fittings and furnishings, and also a showcase for other Malaysian designers.

Chairs and tables, the Malaysian way

Malaysia is a major furniture manufacturer but can Malaysians design furniture, too? They sure can, as Kedai Bikin has shown with its range of chic contemporary furniture, furnishings and fittings.

Oculus Rift’s Kickstart campaign sought a modest US$250,000 and achieved its goal within 24 hours. In total, it raised an impressive US$2.4 million, and funders who gave at least US$300 got a developer kit as a token of appreciation.

Oculus Rift could usher in era of equity crowdfunding

The last time I wrote about crowdfunding, I talked about how the creators of the Veronica Mars TV series used Kickstarter to fund a movie based on that character. The campaign was wildly successful, raising nearly three times its original goal. Helping artists raise money to do projects is the kind of thing Kickstarter is famous for. But it’s also used for raising seed capital for tech projects.