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5 Best Apps For Business Professionals

13 Mar

In the digital age we live in, there is an app for virtually everything. There are hundreds of thousands of apps out there that can simplify and organize our ever-increasing hectic lives. Although we like to believe we can do it all on our own, sometimes a little technology can be quite helpful.

Check out these 5 apps for business professionals that keep you organized, your team connected, and your business running smoothly.

Dropbox: Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable file storage and filing sharing. With Dropbox you get 2GB free and can be rewarded extra GB’s for referring friends. Upgraded accounts run at a reasonable price of 100GB for $9.99/month or 500GB for $49.99/month. Dropbox allows you to store all your photos, documents, and music in one place. However, the best part about Dropbox is it syncs to all your computers and devices, so no matter where you are, you can open Dropbox and access any file at any time. Dropbox also allows you to share files with other members, so it is a great tool for teams and departments to share important documents, edit, collaborate, and view other people’s changes instantly.

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Due: Do you ever remember to do something, write it down somewhere and then never get around to doing it? Do you find a lost post it note reminder under a pile of paperwork on your desk? Well no more forgetting thanks to the Due app. Due is a simple task reminder and time management app that will keep you on task throughout the day. Just enter the task, set the reminder, and Due automatically reminds you when the timer expires. It’s a very simple app with a seamless interface that ensures you don’t forget the little things that need to get done! You can purchase Due for $2.99 in the app store.

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HelloSign: HelloSign is the easiest way to sign a document right on your iPhone or iPad. As the CEO of HelloSign says, “Everyone has to sign documents, and it’s done in a really poor way right now, which is what we’re trying to fix”. With HelloSign you can take a picture of your document, drag-and-drop, upload it, or choose a file directly from Dropbox or Box. You sign the document using your finger on the screen and can add text boxes or check marks to indicate where someone else needs to sign. One great feature of HelloSign is the “team” feature, which allows you to add up to 50 members, where you can share and collaborate on documents. HelloSign is free in The Apple app store or Appstore for Android.

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Locale:  Ever had your phone ring in a meeting?  With Locale, you never have to worry about your phone ringing in an unwanted place ever again. Locale combines GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular data to keep your phone silent depending on your geographical location. Simply set locations where you want your phone silent, and once you’re at that location, Locale automatically switches your phone to silent. Better yet, if you are worried about missing an important call from a family member or a coworker, you can set VIPs. A VIP will set off the ringer no matter what your location.  The app costs $3.99 and is only available for Android phones.

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Twist: In such a busy world, we are always on the go. So it is inevitable that sometimes you may be running late. You’re running out the door from one meeting to the next, catching a cab, and frantically sending texts that you are on your way. With Twist, your friends and family are automatically alerted that you are en route, and even given a time estimate as to when you will arrive. Using GPS and fancy algorithms, Twist app takes into account traffic, mode of transportation, and your own habits to estimate your time of arrival. Simply set your appointment time, location, and attendees in your phone and twist sends texts letting your friends and colleagues know where you are and when you will be arriving.  You can download Twist free in the App Store.

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With Radicalflow, Now Anyone Can Build an App

4 Aug

I was blown away by the idea of a brand new startup, Radicalflow when I first read about it on Mashable.  It’s one of the most innovative startup ideas I’ve heard in a while. Imagine you have a great idea for an app, but realize you have no way of building it. You don’t know how to code, and you realize you will need developers, product designers, possible Facebook integration, GPS capability, approval from apple… the list goes on and on.

Introducing Radicalflow, the brilliant web based tool that allows you to build iPhone/iPad apps without knowing how to code. No technical skills required. Using a dashboard, users design the interface and the user experience of the entire app. Submit, and RadicalFlow handles all the backend heavy lifting. Radicalflow supports over 75 API’s allowing users to create their own content, host it ,and all of it’s data on Radicalflow’s servers. What’s even better? Once finished, RadicalFlow even has a platform to publish your product without having to obtain an Apple developers account.

The company says, “It is not a template where you make cookie cutter apps.  Think of it like opening Photoshop or Powerpoint with a blank slate ready for your creative input.”

Unfortunately RadicalFlow only raised $20,171 of the pledged $75,000 needed to get their Kickstarter project off the ground. Their Twitter has also been pretty quiet since mid July. I hope these guys decide to raise a round of funding because Radicalflow is what technology is all about… Enabling and empowering people to do things they never dreamed they could do.

I’ll be keeping tabs.