As a person whose job it is to develop digital products, I'm online nearly every moment I'm awake (whether I'm looking at my phone, my iPad or a laptop), and I'm often asked for recommendations. Frankly, every year it gets tougher to be in-the-know. Just like there's more and more content published on the Web every year, there are new technologies, sites, apps and devices rolling out at a breathless pace. But you don't need me to tell you this; it's a problem we all face on some level.
Given that, I tend to gravitate toward things that are either curatorial in nature -- offering me new ways to skip past the chaff (of whatever variety) and get straight to the wheat -- or that make it easier for me to do things I've always done. So while this is by no means a definitive list, what follows are the five things that elbowed their way out of the crowd and onto my pinned tabs or my home screen in the past year.