One thing that stands out in our modern digital age is the sheer volume of information that we must process. There is so much information coming at us from our calendars, emails and social feeds that it seems like we have information everywhere -- and never where we want it to be. This information overload is one reason why Cue piqued my interest when it recently launched the latest version of its iPhone app.
Cue is a startup that lets you organize information across many of your online accounts. Originally launched as Greplin, it started off as a way to search through your personal information, but the company realized early on that it could do more than just regurgitate your calendar entries.
Now the service indexes all your incoming information, parses it for important snippets and intelligently ties it together. When you look at a meeting on your calendar in Cue, you can see the contact information for the people attending the meeting, any associated emails about the meeting and the necessary contact information from your address book.
The latest version of the Cue app lets you view all the events from your iPhone calendar and gives you additional control over which calendars show up on your Cue. As someone who uses multiple calendars, this is a welcome improvement. Cue has also been updated to support all versions of iOS, including the upcoming iOS 6.
The Cue: Know What's Next app is free and syncs information from several online services including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, iPhone Calendars, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, iCloud Mail, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Premium account holders who pay $50 a year or $5 monthly for the service can also add in their Evernote, Salesforce, Yammer, Basecamp, Reddit, Pinboard, Delicious, Tumblr and Google Reader accounts. That is a lot of information indexed in one place and available at your finger tips.
If you enjoy being on the cutting edge of technology, then you should check out Cue. I talked with founder Daniel Gross and he said the company has big plans to expand its scope beyond contacts, calendars and files. The company has been building the infrastructure to process a large amount of incoming data and now it is signing third-party agreements that will let you track other information like order statuses and travel reservations from within the iPhone and web app.
Backed by Sequoia Capital and other angel investors, Cue has a shot at making a dent in the fledgling personal assistant market. With services like Cue, Siri and Google Now, this is going to be an area of explosive growth in coming years.