Recently Google introduced 'Google Keep'. Which is a note taking app, that can create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. And everything you add is instantly available on all your devices – desktop and mobile. Video demo and screen shot below.
Just recently launched from urban hello at CES 2013 is a new design for the landline. Coined The Home Phone that's specially designed for the household. But right now they only have a prototype and recently started a Kickstarter to fund this project.