apps en-US You CAN Learn a New Language — Just Use One of These 3 Apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-learn-a-new-language-just-use-one-of-these-3-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="languages" title="languages" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Learning a new language used to mean taking years of classes in high school. When you graduated, you knew enough Spanish, French, or German to buy a sandwich, find a bathroom, or ask if anyone speaks English &mdash; should you travel to another country. Learning a new language outside of school meant buying expensive CD sets that you listen to while you were driving or sitting around your home. You could go at your own pace but didn't have anyone to converse with or practice your new skills. (See also: <a href="">5 Ways to Learn a Language</a>)</p> <p>Thanks to the growth in technology and the development of language learning apps, you can acquire new language skills in a short amount of time and from the comfort of anywhere. Great apps can range from free to a small monthly fee to the purchase of a $25 app. The best apps offer a range of features for various learning preferences. Here are three great ones to consider.</p> <h2>Duolingo</h2> <p><a href="">Duolingo</a> is a free app available for IOS and Android devices. It is an easy-to-use program that will leave you feeling successful after the first lesson and has been highly regarded as one of the best language learning models available. One independent research study found that Duolingo works as well as one semester of college level language classes in just 34 hours of time on the app. Imagine spending one hour a day for one month working on learning a language and acquiring the same skills you would have had you paid thousands of dollars and many weeks attending a university course! (See also: <a href="">Learning Without the High Cost of Higher Ed</a>)</p> <p>Duolingo works by asking its language learners to translate real sentences that have been uploaded to their software. Users can vote on whether translations are correct. Once a document is fully translated, the one who uploaded it pays Duolingo. This keeps it free for the language learner.</p> <p>Lessons are broken up into small chunks which offer repeated practice of the same five or six words in isolation, in phrases, and in complete sentences. It pairs audio and text to teach you the phrases and then uses your microphone to verify your pronunciation. There are a number of languages available to learn but not as many as other apps. (Available at this time are Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.) The app has a simple layout and is easy to navigate. (A friend's child was learning Spanish within seconds of loading the app onto a phone, making it worth a download by everyone.)</p> <h2>Memrise</h2> <p>Another free app that is available on both IOS and Android devices is <a href="">Memrise</a>. This app allows users to learn all of the languages that Duolingo does plus Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and many more. (There is a premium feature in the works that may change what is free and what is not in the future.)</p> <p>Memrise provides a combination of text, audio, and pictures to help you learn words and phrases. It offers the learner repeated exposure with the same phrase, which may or may not feel repetitive to a user. There is an option to listen to a phrase as many times as you need to hear and practice pronouncing it.</p> <p>One unique feature of Memrise is that it doesn't focus solely on language learning. You can use the lessons to learn about classical works of art, geography, science, or entertainment. Using the science behind how the brain learns, Memrise offers short, easy-to-complete lessons, repeated practice, and regular review to ensure that you have learned the information for good. It should definitely be used if you are looking to acquire a new language or learn something new about the world. (See also: <a href="">Learn Something New Every Day</a>)</p> <h2>Anki</h2> <p><a href="">Anki</a> is a free desktop program that you can download to your computer. It uses a flashcard model to help you remember languages and other information. Anki has developed software that incorporates active recall testing (asking you questions just after you learned the information rather than waiting a period of time to ask) and spaced repetition (spreading out review of the information over time). The combination of the two means you are answering questions about the information you just learned and then answering questions on that same answer over time. For example, you may be reviewing the same information every day for three days. If you get it right every time, then you will start reviewing it every week. As you continue to answer correctly, the review questions are spaced out further and further apart.</p> <p>Anki takes time to master. You are not going to be diving into lessons immediately upon download. However, there is a large community that is developing and sharing flashcards for you to use. If you are trying to learn a common language, you may be able to use a &quot;deck&quot; (what Anki calls a set of flashcards) that someone else has already developed. If you are trying to learn something rare, you may have to create your own deck, which can take a lot of time. (See also: <a href="">10 Great Self-Improvement Apps</a>)</p> <p>Anki is available for use with Android devices for free, but the IOS app is $24.99. Many users find this a small price to pay for mastering a language.</p> <h2>Other Options</h2> <p>If these three apps do not meet your needs, check out <a href="">LingQ</a> and <a href="">Busuu</a>. Both apps have free lessons available but require a purchase (or monthly fee) to progress beyond that. They are worth checking out if you are serious about learning a new language and don't mind investing money in the process.</p> <p>Whether you are hoping to brush up on what you learned in high school, looking to travel in the future, or need to master a new language, any of the apps mentioned here will bring you closer to your goal.</p> <p><em>Have you tried a master a new language? What worked for you?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="You CAN Learn a New Language — Just Use One of These 3 Apps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> General Tips Personal Development apps language learn a language learning smartphone apps Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:48:24 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1136592 at These 5 Apps Will Save You Money on Your Next Vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-5-apps-will-save-you-money-on-your-next-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="travelers with smartphone" title="travelers with smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few modern pieces of technology that are considered as much of an everyday necessity as the smartphone. Indeed, most people are practically tethered to their mobile devices, so suggesting they leave them at home before embarking on a business trip or vacation is a laughable proposition at best. Also, smartphones often come in very handy in this department, whether it's planning the logistics of a trip or saving cash during the actual trip. (See also: <a href="">4 Powerful Smartphones at a Reasonable Price</a>)</p> <p>These are some of the best tools and apps that can help those intrepid and frequent travelers pocket some much-needed extra dough.</p> <h2>Currency</h2> <p>Before leaving for that trip abroad, it's vital to download a quality currency converter. Having precise exchange rates at the ready can save a traveler quite a bit. Yes, there are plenty of private exchange houses in nearly every country. However, as a rule, they offer crummy rates. And those folks who change money on the street? Don't even think about it. It's best to simply download a solid option like <a href="">Currency</a>, which covers over 100 countries. Of course, you can't actually exchange currency with Currency, but at least you'll know what the going rates are (or should be) when you visit a bank to change your money. Currency is available for Android, iOS, and even webOS. (See also: <a href="">37 Hidden Travel Fees</a>)</p> <h2>Kayak</h2> <p><a href="">Kayak</a> is quickly becoming the first name in travel savings. This has to do with its mass user approval (those why try it once seem to get hooked on all the deals). On the surface, the app offers prime savings across the three standard platforms: flights, hotels, and car savings. Users can even set their own price alerts and watch as the costs of tickets and reservations go up and down on a daily basis. But where the app really shines is in the smaller details. For example, Kayak provides contact info for all major air carriers as well as airport maps. It also breaks down the hidden fees many airlines like to charge for such incidentals as baggage check and snacks. Even better? It manages and tracks all of your itinerary details. It is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Kindle. (See also: <a href="">Things You Overpay When You Travel</a>)</p> <h2>Desti</h2> <p>This iPhone app acts as a kind-of superpowered Yelp for frequent travelers. <a href="">Desti</a> touts its use of artificial intelligence to help folks narrow down their search results from thousands of places. That means users can enter just a few keywords to help them find ideal listings on amenities, rooms, and vehicle rentals. Looking for a hotel with free breakfast or discounted rooms for the night? This app can do that. (See also: <a href="">25 Secrets from Frugal Frequent Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>Hotwire</h2> <p>Hotwire's business model is to fill hotel rooms before they go unsold for the night. All that's required of the app user is to input his or her city or town and a list of discounted hotel rooms will appear by price. The drawback is that it doesn't provide the names of said hotels in the list. Having said that, there is basic hotel info, like star ratings, next to the listed price per night. The <a href="">app</a> is available for iOS and Android.</p> <h2>CarRentals</h2> <p>While it isn't exactly difficult to access car rental services online, <a href="">CarRentals</a> excels at consolidating all agencies into one place. Users can search options by company, price, and type of car. Probably the best part about CarRentals is that users can make their reservation right from the app, which is available for iPhone.</p> <p>By downloading one or all of these options, travelers should be able to save quite a bit of money on everything from flights and hotels to car rentals and Internet usage. And the best part is that all of the above app options are free.</p> <p><em>What apps do you rely upon when you travel? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="These 5 Apps Will Save You Money on Your Next Vacation" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Chris McMurphy</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Travel apps smartphone apps travel apps Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:48:18 +0000 Chris McMurphy 1136433 at The Only 3 Budgeting Apps You Need to Know About <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-only-3-budgeting-apps-you-need-to-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="smartphone" title="smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gone are the days when balancing a budget required pages of spreadsheets, a pencil, a calculator (and a large eraser), and a great deal of patience. Thanks to technology, budgets can be managed easily on your tablet or phone with minimal work. (See also: <a href="">Build a Better Budget in 5 Minutes</a>)</p> <p>There are lots of budget apps available to try. Many cost nothing, most cost just a few dollars, and some can cost $50 or more. Below are three of the best budgeting apps available for both Android and iOs devices.</p> <h2>Mint</h2> <p>If you are looking for an app that has been around for awhile and has had time to get all the kinks out, then <a href="">Mint</a> is the one for you. It has been available since 2007 and is now owned by Intuit. It's totally free. (See also: <a href="">8 Cool Mint Tools</a>)</p> <p>Mint is initially set up on a computer through their website. You will connect your bank, credit, and investment accounts there. Mint will then give you a three-month comprehensive view of your spending. It will sort spending into categories and suggest a budget for you. You will have the ability to make changes to the budget for places that you want to decrease spending and increase saving. Mint also offers advice on where you can save or improve your budget. (Here is where you will find ads that help pay for the service.)</p> <p>The mobile app, which have been voted Best Finance App in the 1st Annual App Awards and TIME Magazine's 50 Best iPhone Apps of 2011, allows you to view your finances in real-time, make changes to information, and monitor your spending from your smartphone. The app is password protected, so if your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can feel comfortable that no one can access your financial information.</p> <h2>You Need A Budget</h2> <p>Another product that has been around for a while is <a href="">You Need A Budget (YNAB)</a>. It costs you $60, unless you're a college student, in which case it's free. This cost will give you the desktop version of YNAB, the mobile app, and all updates for the current version of the software. Unfortunately, if the app goes into a new version (for example, YNAB 5.0), you will need to pay the $60 again. YNAB does offer a 34-day trial period to try out their software.</p> <p>YNAB has proven to be very user-friendly and helpful with managing budgets. It also educates users on four basic but essential principles. These principles are the foundation to how YNAB works. Users are taught to assign a place for every dollar, save for unexpected expenses, deal with mistakes without stress, and live on last month's income. With these principles, a budget is easy to create and allows you to know exactly how much money you have to spend. (See also: <a href="">Money Management Beyond the Budget</a>)</p> <p>The mobile app lets you to sync to your desktop software through the cloud, giving you easy access to your budget. You can enter transactions while you are on-the-go as well to keep your budget current.</p> <p>Note that YNAB does not automatically sync with your bank, credit, and investment accounts. Users have to enter transactions manually or import from their accounts. YNAB's developers insist that <a href="">manual transaction entry encourages</a> users to have a closer understanding of where their money goes. It's also a good option if you're concerned about sharing your account sign-ins and passwords with an app.</p> <h2>Level Money</h2> <p>Want to know how much money you have to spend each month after all your bills are paid for so you can plan for extras? <a href="">Level Money</a> will do that for you. This free app connects to your accounts, and based off the previous month's income and spending, will tell you how much money you have to spend on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. When a transaction is updated into the system, Level Money will adjust your available amount accordingly.</p> <p>Level is great for anyone who finds themselves short on money at the end of the month due to unnecessary spending. It's easy-to-use, offers many different ways to view your money through graphs, pie charts, and graphics, and has a great, sleek look. (See also: <a href="">Sites and Apps That Help Track Your Spending</a>)</p> <h2>Also Worth Mentioning...</h2> <p>There is one more app that looks promising but is too new and, as of yet, does not have many reviews. <a href="">Budget Ease</a> is one app that appears to be easy-to-use and effective at maintaining a budget on your mobile device. It is based on the envelope system, which categorizes all your money into envelopes.</p> <p>One great aspect of Budget Ease is the ability to send a text to their system every time you spend money. You simply type in the name of the envelope, the amount you spent, and the store, and Budget Ease will text you back with your current balance. For example, if you spent $35 for gas at Shell, you would text &quot;Gas $35 Shell.&quot; A moment later you will receive a reply telling you how much you have left in that envelope. This is a great way to keep track of your spending when you don't have access to Wi-Fi to use the app.</p> <p>Budget Ease does have a monthly fee which ranges from about $5.50 a month to $7.</p> <p>Whether you are struggling to pay off debt, trying to save for the future, or just want to know where your money goes each month, a budget is essential. These apps will help you keep your budget in place and allow you to improve your financial situation.</p> <p><em>Do you use a budgeting app? Has it helped you stay on budget?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The Only 3 Budgeting Apps You Need to Know About" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Budgeting General Tips apps budget tools budgeting financial apps Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:36:39 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1135030 at 16 Time and Money Saving Apps for Freelancers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-time-and-money-saving-apps-for-freelancers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="tablet" title="tablet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is becoming increasingly easier and more popular for people to leave their 9-to-5 jobs and take on a freelancing career. Whether you are a writer, an editor, a social media manager, or a photographer, there are online and mobile apps that you can use to be more productive, make more money, and work more efficiently. (See also: <a href="">Guide to Freelancing</a>)</p> <h2>Apps for Task Management</h2> <p>The ability to juggle multiple tasks and clients at one time is a freelancer's lifeline. These apps will help you do that for the short-term, the long run, and when you are on-the-go.</p> <h3>1. Dropbox</h3> <p><a href="">Dropbox</a> provides the user with the ability to save their files in the cloud, so files can be accessed anywhere there's an Internet connection. Whether you are at a client meeting, in your home office, or on the go, you can access all your client files easily with the mobile app or online product.</p> <h3>2. NowDoThis</h3> <p><a href="">NowDoThis</a> takes your to-do list and places it on your web browser. If you struggle with focusing on one task at a time, check out this simple interface. Just type in your list of things to do for the day, create your list, and click &quot;Done&quot; each time you finish a task. (See also: <a href="">10 Best Productivity Apps</a>)</p> <h3>3. TeuxDeux</h3> <p><a href="">TeuxDeux</a> (pronounced &quot;to do&quot;) helps you manage your list of things to do on a grand scale. Prioritize each activity that you need to do each day of the week. There's a mobile app available for on-the-go productivity and any tasks not finished one day will be automatically transferred to the next day. TeuxDeux also gives you the ability to organize lists for things like grocery trips, packing, and children's chores.</p> <h3>4. Google Calendar</h3> <p>The <a href="">Google Calendar</a> app works great on the web, your phone, or your tablet. It is available in virtually all platforms and is perfect for managing multiple deadlines, clients, and jobs. Create a different calendar for each client and assign each a different color so you are able to see at a quick glance which one has an approaching deadline. Use Google Calendar as a to-do list, for scheduling client meetings, conference calls, and much more.</p> <h2>Time Management</h2> <p>If you bill by the hour, it is important that you are able to keep track of your time. These apps will help you do just that. (See also: <a href="">4 Tips for Doing More With Your Time</a>)</p> <h3>5. Cluckodo</h3> <p>Manage your time-on-task easily with <a href="">Cluckdoo</a>. This tool has both a web-based and a smartphone app for when you are working away from your computer. Cluckdoo will track your time and categorize it by client. It can be used with employees if you need to and will provide you a report to see which clients are requiring more of your time. It will also generate timesheets so your clients can see which part of the job required the most time and money.</p> <h3>6. OfficeTime</h3> <p><a href="">OfficeTime</a> is easy-to-use, available for the iPad or iPhone, and comes with a 100% money back guarantee. It offers easy access for when you change client jobs and the ability to recognize when you have stepped away from the job. OfficeTime will pause your time when need be and pick it back up when you have returned to work. It also provides reports to share with clients that export to Excel as well as the ability to invoice directly from the app.</p> <h2>Invoicing</h2> <p>Easy-to-use invoicing is an essential tool for the freelancer, especially those just starting out. These invoicing apps will help you look and feel professional while providing a user-friendly experience.</p> <h3>7. PayPal</h3> <p>If you are receiving client payments through <a href="">PayPal</a>, why not invoice them with it? It provides your client a quick and easy way to pay you. PayPal allows you to import a logo so your invoice looks professional. You can keep track of which client has been invoiced and how much they have paid you quarterly and yearly. PayPal invoicing allows you to create a report that helps out at tax time as well.</p> <h3>8. Dwolla</h3> <p><a href="">Dwolla</a> offers similar features as PayPal with much smaller fees. You can receive funds for only 25 cents per transaction with Dwolla. It has an online and mobile app to make sending and receiving money easier when you are away from home.</p> <h3>9. Freshbooks</h3> <p><a href="">Freshbooks</a> offers an easy-to-use, intuitive accounting product that will allow you to track time for client work, invoice them, and create reports to determine which products are cost-effective. You can also keep track of expenses within the app. It has mobile apps for most operating systems, automatic updating to the cloud, and fabulous customer support. Bonus? If you process your PayPal payments through Freshbooks, you can sign up for PayPal Business, which caps PayPal fees at 50 cents per transaction. (See also: <a href="">Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a>)</p> <h2>More Apps to Check Out</h2> <p>There are many great apps out there that can make the life of a freelancer easier, more productive, and calmer.</p> <h3>10. BunkerApp</h3> <p><a href="">BunkerApp</a> is an all-in-one time management, invoicing, and expense-tracking tool, with various pricing plans for your needs. A unique inclusion is a simple tool for creating RFP's and pitching projects to potential clients.</p> <h3>11. PayMo</h3> <p><a href="">PayMo</a> is probably best used as a time-tracking tool, with an assortment of ways to use it, including a cloud-based interface and browser add-ons that make working from any device a painless process.</p> <h3>12. CurdBee</h3> <p><a href="">CurdBee</a> is a budget-friendly invoicing and expensing tool, with a free-for-life plan for its basic features (which include customized invoices with your own logo!)</p> <h3>13. Evernote</h3> <p><a href="">Evernote</a> is a high-tech replacement for all of those sticky notes and napkin doodles. Collect the bits and pieces of your next project in an easy-to-retrieve organizational tool you can use virtually from anywhere.</p> <h3>14. ShoeBoxed</h3> <p><a href="">ShoeBoxed</a> gives you a hassle-free way to scan and store documents with their prepaid mailing envelopes. Send your paper clutter off to be saved to the cloud and never lose a receipt or article again.</p> <h3>15. SignEasy</h3> <p><a href="">SignEasy</a> takes the convenience of electronic document signing and delivers it to your mobile device. Just &quot;sign&quot; your important paperwork with your touchscreen and say goodbye to the old &quot;scan and email&quot; method.</p> <h3>16. Harvest</h3> <p><a href="">Harvest</a> wins the award for &quot;plays well with others&quot; giving you a time management and tracking tool that can share info with 80+ other popular apps, including Basecamp, Fresh Desk, Salesforce, and more!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite freelancer apps? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="16 Time and Money Saving Apps for Freelancers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building apps business tools freelancing productivity Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:36:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1125966 at Find Lost Keys Fast With a Teeny Tiny Tile <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/find-lost-keys-fast-with-a-teeny-tiny-tile" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Reveal Labs Tile" title="Reveal Labs Tile" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The innovators at tech company Reveal Labs have developed a tiny, <a href=";utm_source=share&amp;utm_campaign=">low power GPS locator with a range of 150 feet</a>. How tiny? Tiny enough to put on your key chain or slip into your wallet. When activated from an iPhone app (iOS only at launch) the device, called a &quot;Tile,&quot; sends a signal back to the iPhone, showing the user where it is on a map.</p> <p>What if the lost Tile is outside of the 150 foot range?</p> <blockquote><p>If the missing item falls outside that 150-foot zone or is stolen, users can mark it as lost, putting all other Tile apps on the lookout for the missing device. If any other Tile app comes near the lost Tile, it sends the location of the Tile to the original user without the other user knowing. You can download the app even if you don't have a Tile.</p> </blockquote> <p>The Tile will be available &quot;sometime this winter&quot; for $25 each (<a href="">$19 for pre-orders</a>). The app is free, whether you own a Tile or not.</p> <p><img src="" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Find Lost Keys Fast With a Teeny Tiny Tile" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Lars Peterson</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Technology apps gadgets lost and found Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:45:49 +0000 Lars Peterson 981313 at The 8 Best Cooking Apps to Make Mealtimes Manageable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-best-cooking-apps-to-make-mealtimes-manageable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of serving up the same ol' grub week after week? Then spice up mealtimes with these comprehensive cooking apps that'll help you turn ordinary food into a delicious feast with just a few flicks of your fingers. (See also: <a href="">Top Meal Planning Apps and Websites</a>)</p> <h2>52 School Lunches</h2> <p>For many busy parents, packing school lunches on a daily basis is the bane of their existence, and often kids are sent to school with a few bucks in their pocket to buy the junk food that's being passed off as a proper lunch in the school cafeteria.</p> <p>The <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">52 School Lunches</a> app, <a href="">based on the book from Familius Publishing</a>, aims to change that with its full-color-photography and directory of delicious, nutritious, fast and fun recipes to keep kids happy and healthy. The app &mdash; available on most mobile devices for $1.99 to $2.99 &mdash; comes complete with ingredient lists, tips (like how to turn leftovers into lunch), tricks (how to make salad stacks), and edible ideas (how to swap boring sandwiches for wraps and rolls) that make sending the kids off to school with a decent meal motivating again. There are even a few jokes along the way to keep you smiling as you learn to love making lunch again. (See also: <a href="">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>Relish Daily Dish</h2> <p>Not as comfortable in the kitchen as you'd like to be? There's no shame in seeking out a little digital assistance, which you'll get from <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Relish Daily Dish</a>, a free app from Relish magazine and Zumobi.</p> <p>This interactive cookbook guides you through the entire meal-planning process, providing thousands of customizable recipes (so you can accommodate those picky eaters); a wealth of photos, videos, and user-generated content; and integrated social sharing that allows you to post directly to Facebook and Twitter. A search feature also lets you enter a specific ingredient that you may have on hand in order to build a meal around that, along with a shopping list to ensure that you get everything you need at the supermarket so you can make a magnificent meal.</p> <h2>Craft Cocktail</h2> <p>As Food Network's Sandra Lee would say, &quot;It's cocktail time!&quot; &mdash; and with <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Craft Cocktail</a> you can play master mixologist with access to loads of original, modern, and exciting cocktail recipes that will wow your guests. This app, available for $1.99 on iPad and iPhone, combines the best of all worlds by providing a thirsty encyclopedia of adult beverages designed by professional bartenders, adapted from classic recipes, and alcohol-infused refreshments easy enough for casual entertainers. Craft Cocktail also includes stunning photography along with offbeat commentary to make your shaken-and-stirred crafting experience even richer. (See also: <a href="">20 Tasty Two-Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>Substitutions</h2> <p>Anybody who's ever been in the middle of preparing a meal only to realize that they're missing an important ingredient will bow down to the <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Substitutions app</a>, available for $0.99 on iPhone and iPad.</p> <p>Out of Apple Pie Spice? Whip up a quick mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice thanks to this handy-dandy app. Don't have buttermilk on hand? Sub in equal parts plain yogurt and milk as detailed by Substitutions. There's a broad database of substituted ingredients that you can search (more than 400 in total), or you can narrow down your search by categories that include Gluten-Free, Seafood &amp; Meat, Vegan, Baking &amp; Cooking, and more. Other features include the ability to add your own substitution to a category; duplicate an included substitution and edit; share a substitution via mail, message, Twitter, and Facebook; and measurements in U.S. and metric.</p> <h2>KitchMe</h2> <p>If you're looking to shop and cook more efficiently, try <a href="">KitchMe</a>, a new web-based platform from that compiles the best recipes from top sources and combines them with shopping list creation and coupons into a single application.</p> <p>Key features include Drag-and-Drop Meal Planning, which allows you to choose recipes and drag them to a calendar so you can create weekly plans, entrée pairings, sides, and access savings that coordinate with your selections. Curated Recipes focus solely on recipes with ratings of 4.5 stars or higher and that can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. The app also includes social-media sharing capabilities. The Integrated Savings feature is an intuitive tool that shows you which ingredients are on sale at your favorite supermarkets. KitchMe also recently introduced a Google Glass app, which allows Google Glass users to access the platform in a hands-free setting, so you can keep your hands on your meal and off your computer while cooking.</p> <h2>Cooking Planit</h2> <p>Anybody who has ever made a large meal &mdash; say, Thanksgiving dinner &mdash; knows how tough it is to time it perfectly so everything is on the table at the same time, hot and fresh.</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Cooking Planit</a> makes that feat a little less stressful with its web component and a mobile app that helps organize the meal-planning process with step-by-step instructions to achieve maximum efficiency. Touted as a &quot;GPS for the kitchen,&quot; Cooking Planit lets you filter by main ingredient, occasion, dietary restriction, and type of dish, with each recipe displaying a complete list of ingredients and necessary utensils to reduce chaos in the kitchen. Cooking Planit is free on the web and priced at $0.99 and $2.99 for iPhone and iPad, respectively.</p> <h2>Matt's Pantry</h2> <p>There are many reasons why people avoid the kitchen, two of which <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Matt's Pantry</a> iPad app &mdash; created by NYC-based chef Matthew Shields &mdash; aims to eliminate.</p> <p>First, Matt's Pantry allows you to create weekly menus with a shopping list that will compile everything you need to pick up in one fell swoop, meaning no more multiple runs to the market. With those ingredients, you'll be able to make at least five delicious meals with little waste (how many times have your fresh herbs rotted before you could use them all?). Matt's Pantry also includes nutritional facts for each recipe, so you can manage your waistline along with your wallet, and the available recipes run the gamut from appetizers to vegetarian dishes to desserts, which also come with suggested wine and beer pairings. The iPad app is $3.99, and a <a href="">short video</a> is available to view before purchasing. (See also: <a href="">Teach Yourself to Cook</a>)</p> <h2>Paprika</h2> <p>One of the best features of <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Paprika</a>, available in desktop, iOS, and <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008XGLR14&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20">Android</a> versions, is the ability to sync content between devices via its free cloud service. This innovation itself is music to the ears of every home cook whose phone has died right before they're about to start making dinner; just switch to another charged device and get cookin'.</p> <p>Other ingenious features of Paprika include clipboard tools that allow you to copy and paste recipes from any website, recipe scaling so you can cook the same delicious meal for one or six, the ability to add personalized notes to each recipe (like &quot;This could use a pinch more salt next time&quot;), customizable categories (great for holiday meal planning), and offline access so you don't have to starve yourself when your Wi-Fi gets wonky.</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite cooking app that's not listed here? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 8 Best Cooking Apps to Make Mealtimes Manageable" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink apps cooking apps grocery shopping meal planning Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:57:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 981118 at The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-best-productivity-apps-for-really-busy-people-like-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="post-it notes" title="post-it notes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="178" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have three kids, a business, and a few blogs, and I just signed up to become a Girl Scout leader. When people ask me, &quot;How do you do it all?&quot; my usual reply is, &quot;I give up, how?&quot; (See also: <a href="">What Is Your Best Productivity Advice?</a>)</p> <p>Turns out, &quot;How do you do it all?&quot; is not a joke, or if it is, I'm still waiting to hear the punch line. In reality, I'm supposed to figure out how to get it all done in a day, on my own. Well, not completely on my own. I have a smartphone, and therefore I have a choice of to-do list apps to help me.</p> <p>Here are the 10 apps that most experts consider to be the best at helping people like me get it all done.</p> <h2>1. Todoist</h2> <p>Works on: <a href="">Android</a>, <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a>, Windows, Mac, Web</p> <p>Cost: Free or $29/year for Premium</p> <p>A recent <a href="">Mashable post</a> commended <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">this uncluttered app</a> because it &quot;has enough power to take on a nearly infinite task list, meaning that there's no data ceiling to hit.&quot; You can create any number of projects with deadlines for each, break each one down into the steps you must take to accomplish it, and color code everything to keep it straight.</p> <p>If your to-do list isn't only for you, try their free online collaboration product, <a href="">Wedoist</a>.</p> <h2>2. Awesome Note</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a> or Galaxy Note</p> <p>Cost: $3.99</p> <p><a href="">'s iPhone/iPod expert gave this app 5 out of 5 stars</a> because you can easily sync your to-do list with Evernote or Google Docs.</p> <p>&quot;I also love the monthly calendar view for getting an overview of your tasks for the coming weeks,&quot; wrote iPhone expert Tanya Menoni.</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Awesome Note</a> isn't just a to-do list, either &mdash; it's a full-function note-taking and organizational app. That means it has a bit of a learning curve, but the time invested is reportedly worth it.</p> <h2>3. Wunderlist 2</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a>, <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004TMPJP6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20">Android</a>, Mac, Windows</p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>Simple and good-looking,&nbsp;<a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Wunderlist 2</a> was flagged as one of the best by <a href="">TechRadar, which raved about its ease of use and flexibility</a>. You can view your to-do items as a simple list, or you can have alerts or emails pop up to remind you when things come due.</p> <p>Your lists are stored in the cloud, and you can share them, turning this into a group productivity app.</p> <h2>4. Remember the Milk</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a>, <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00657XVYY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20">Android</a>, Blackberry, Web</p> <p>Cost: Free or $25/year for Pro</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Remember the Milk</a> plays well with others, interacting with Siri on iPhone, or <a href="">with Gmail</a> and Google Tasks. The Pro version syncs with Outlook. <a href="">LifeHacker raves about the recent iOS and Android overhauls</a> that make the app &quot;even easier to use.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Do It (Tomorrow) HD</h2> <p>Works on: <a href="">Android</a>, <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a></p> <p>Cost: Free for phones, $4.99 for iPad</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">Do It (Tomorrow) HD</a> tops <a href="">Fast Company's list of &quot;alternative&quot; to-do apps</a> because it helps users &quot;efficiently procrastinate&quot; by moving items from today's list to tomorrow's with one little swipe. I like this idea, because there's nothing more disheartening than looking at a to-do list full of unchecked tasks at the end of the day. I'm not sure if this app would actually help me get things done, but it could help me sleep better at night.</p> <h2>6.</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006HUC29E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20">Android</a>, <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a></p> <p>Cost: Free</p> <p>The San Francisco Chronicle recently named <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;"></a> the <a href="">App of the Week</a> because it doesn't wait for you to tell it what you need to do &mdash; the app tells you. It integrates with Gmail and other email, and it guesses based on your messages what you need to do to follow up. If it guesses right, you don't have to type the to-do item, just accept it.</p> <h2>7. Conqu</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a></p> <p>Cost: $4.99</p> <p>There's nothing more maddening than driving right past the library without remembering that you've got a trunk full of overdue books to return. So I love the idea of <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;""" fs-bin="">Conqu </a>in its <a href="">best apps list</a> because it doesn't merely let you list tasks, but helps you prioritize them. &quot;You can set up the app to organize tasks automatically by context, energy level, time required, and so on,&quot; the magazine enthuses. And look at all the devices it works on!</p> <h2>9. Toodledo</h2> <p>Works on: <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;">iOS</a>, Web</p> <p>Cost: $2.99 for iOS, free for Web</p> <p>You <a href="">may already be familiar</a> with <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;"></a>, the popular online task manager. The app takes your Toodledo to-do items on the road, and <a href="">MacWorld praises its powerful sorting and filtering functions</a>.</p> <h2>10. Yahoo To-Do?</h2> <p>Works on: ?</p> <p>Cost: ?</p> <p><a href="">Astrid</a> deserved a spot on this list, but it was acquired by Yahoo, which shut the <a href="">service down</a>. Keep an eye out for new improved to-do functionality from Yahoo.</p> <p>As if this isn't choice enough, <a href="">stand-alone to-do lists aren't your only option</a>. You could turn to overall productivity apps such as EverNote or OneNote, or just use the Google Tasks built into the Gmail you probably already use.</p> <p>Me? I chose Remember the Milk because I've been meaning to increase my use of Google Calendar, with which it interacts, and also because I liked the cute line drawing of a cow's face that represented the app in the Android store. I would have chosen Checkmark if I had an iPhone.</p> <p>So far, I've found Remember the Milk easy to use for setting up and checking off to-do items. Setting up reminders and figuring out how to get it to play with Google Calendar have proved more challenging. But I like having a handy way to keep myself focused without having to search my purse for that dog-eared list that I probably forgot at home anyway.</p> <p><em>What's your favortie to-do app or tool?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Carrie Kirby</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Organization Productivity apps getting things done lists to do Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:24:31 +0000 Carrie Kirby 980651 at 10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="meditating" title="meditating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is an old adage that says &quot;if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.&quot;</p> <p>In other words, change is good.</p> <p>Of course, implementing real change in our lives isn't always easy. We are a culture of habit &mdash; equating the familiar with the warm and fuzzy concepts of safety and security, even if the &quot;familiar&quot; isn't necessarily good for us. As a result, we resist change as long as we can, all the while talking about it, wishing for it, and promising to do it tomorrow. (See also: <a href="" target="_blank">25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>The solution is to find a way to introduce change gently, to incorporate it into our daily lives in a way that makes it as minimally invasive as possible, so that by the time we realize we've made a major change, it's already become a comfortable habit that we've learned to embrace instead of dread.</p> <p>And as with so much else in life these days, there's an app for that. Several in fact, and I've listed some of my favorites here. Use them to introduce some small changes into your day and let the momentum carry you on to bigger and better things.</p> <h2>1. Simply Being</h2> <p>If mindset is truly the key to success, <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">then this little app</a> will help you open that door. Choose how long you want to meditate &mdash; 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes &mdash; and then start your day with a guided meditation. You can also choose to add nature sounds and/or music to your meditation, as well as listen to just the music without the voiceover. Available for <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">iPhone, iPad</a>, Blackberry, Windows, and <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004VSIEL4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20" target="_blank">Android devices</a>.</p> <h2>2. Duolingo</h2> <p>I've mentioned this app before, but I'm mentioning it again because <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">it's definitely one you should have</a> in your arsenal of mobile tools. Duolingo is a free app that gives you <a href="" target="_blank">language lessons</a> and in exchange, you help to translate the World Wide Web (when you're ready of course). Currently they offer French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Italian. I'm learning the first three simultaneously (which is a challenge) and absolutely love this app. Each lesson takes 8 to 10 minutes tops, making it easy to work into your schedule. The unique interactive interface almost guarantees that you remember what you've learned. The app is available for <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Android</a> devices, or you can use the web-based interface if you prefer to expand your horizons from your PC.</p> <h2>3. Workout Trainer</h2> <p>Okay, how many of you had &quot;work out&quot; or &quot;get in shape&quot; on your list of resolutions this year? And now, how many years has that resolution been on your list?</p> <p>The problem with working out is that it's addictive...but you have to actually do it before the addiction kicks in, and getting over that starting hump isn't always easy.</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Enter the Workout Trainer</a>. This is by far the best workout app I've found to date. There is a pro version, but the free version offers more than enough to get you up and moving on a regular basis. Choose from a variety of workouts, add your favorite music, and you're ready to go. No equipment is needed, detailed instructional videos for each move are included, and you can connect with their workout community or share your progress via email and social media platforms. Available for <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">iPhone, iPad</a> and <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007QV1H7G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20" target="_blank">Android devices</a>.</p> <h2>4. Nike+</h2> <p>The <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Nike+ app</a> uses the GPS on your phone (no extra devices or plugins required) to track your workout and show your progress. I've started walking in the morning, taking my dog along with me as part of his leash training. It's a simple app, but effective, and I get excited when I hear the computerized voice tell me that I've reached my goal or when I see that I've knocked two minutes off my time. (Of course, that's probably because my 90-lb dog is pulling me faster than he did the day before.) You can &quot;friend&quot; other Nike+ users and see how you measure up, which is good for those of us who have a competitive nature. And did I mention it's free? <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Click for iOS</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Android here</a>.</p> <h2>5. YOGAmazing</h2> <p>It's not always easy to make it to the yoga studio on a regular basis or, as in my case, to even find a yoga studio that's nearby. <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">YOGAmazing is the solution</a> to that problem, and you won't need a player or a studio to make it happen. The app includes 50 yoga sessions designed to increase your flexibility and bring a little body-mind-spirit balance. Each session is 25 minutes long, and you can favorite the ones you like best for easy recall. Available for <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">iPhone, iPad</a> and <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0062AC5C8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=best-apps-20" target="_blank">Android</a>.</p> <h2>6. Office Yoga</h2> <p>Can't get away for a full yoga session? Then use this app to do some <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">beneficial poses at the office</a>. The app includes 75 sessions, organized both by time of day as well as situation, so you'll find stretches you can do while on the phone as well as more invigorating exercises designed for your walk to lunch. Available for iPhone and iPad.</p> <h2>7. Lumosity</h2> <p>I'm sure you've seen commercials for this app by now, but I'm going to list it anyway, just in case.</p> <p><a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Lumosity is a wonderful collection</a> of brain games designed to test your mental acuity and give your gray matter a serious workout. There is a more comprehensive web-based version, but the app offers a free trial that includes five sessions of three games each and a pro version of the app for $9.99 per year. Even though the app version isn't as robust as the web-based version, it's still well worth the 10 bucks.</p> <p>Use it daily to improve your memory, increase your observation skills, and just generally make yourself smarter.</p> <h2>8. Lifetick</h2> <p>Want to get more in touch with the &quot;real you?&quot; <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetick offers a goal setting app</a> that doesn't just track your progress, it also helps you <a href="" target="_blank">establish your core values</a>, i.e., what's really important to you. The result is that your goals become more personalized, and by using the SMART goal-setting method, you can track your way to success. There's also a journal feature and status widgets to help keep you inspired and on track. There's a free version available, and it's $20 a year for the pro version. You can also create a bucket list for your long-term future and you can share your goals with other members for extra motivation. Available for iPhone and Android devices.</p> <h2>9. Lift</h2> <p>If <a href="" target="_blank">you want to start small</a>, this is the app for you. <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Lift allows you to choose simple habits</a> you'd like to implement &mdash; from flossing your teeth to going to bed before midnight &mdash; and then you can &quot;check in&quot; every time you perform that task.</p> <p>The app tracks your progress and other users can give you kudos for your follow through to add to your feeling of satisfaction. <a href=";offerid=146261&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0&amp;tmpid=1826&amp;" target="_blank">Available for iPhone</a> right now, but the website promises a web version is on the way &mdash; you can sign up for future updates to know when new versions are released.</p> <h2>10. Instinct</h2> <p>This <a href="" target="_blank">last one is currently web-based only</a>, but the creators say they're working on a mobile version, and it's just so darn cool, I felt like this list wouldn't be complete without it. Instinct is the new (and fun) way to learn guitar. It uses the built-in microphone on your computer to listen to the notes you play and correct you as you go. It can teach you both songs and riffs, and it also has a tuner to help you find that perfect pitch for each string. It's free and offers a range of lessons to suit both beginners and advanced players.</p> <p>Incidentally, I regularly tweet about my adventure with change and love to cheer others for doing the same, so follow me on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> if you'd like to expand your support network, and we'll evolve together.</p> <p><em>So, there's my you have a favorite app or resource that helps you be all that you can be?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier " rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Kate Luther</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Personal Development Productivity apps goal setting motivation online tools self-improvement Fri, 24 May 2013 10:24:32 +0000 Kate Luther 974240 at Ask the Readers: Do You Buy Apps? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-buy-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Do You Buy Apps?" title="Do You Buy Apps?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href=""><em>Guest</em></a><em>, <a href="">Christina Martin</a></em><em>, and </em><a href=""><em>Happy Love</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One of the joys of having a smartphone is the ability to download apps! From games to productivity tools, apps enhance the usefulness of any phone. While some people are willing to pay for an awesome new app, others try to only download them for free.</p> <p><b>Do you buy apps?</b><span style="font-weight:normal"> Why or why not? If no, do you opt to download free apps? What is your favorite app to use?</span></p> <p>Tell us if you buy apps and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, March 12th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 12th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Buy Apps?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you buy apps and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways apps Ask the Readers Tue, 06 Mar 2012 11:36:14 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 909723 at Top Meal Planning Apps and Websites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/top-meal-planning-apps-and-websites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Cooking dinner" title="Cooking dinner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few months ago, I finally joined the rest of the world and got an iPhone. At first, I wasn't sure if I really wanted or needed such a fancy gadget, but the ease and convenience of having the Internet at my fingertips quickly erased any doubts I might have had.</p> <p>I mean, who <em>doesn't</em> need instant access to Facebook 24 hours a day?</p> <p>Facebook jokes aside, new apps and websites are created daily to help us manage almost every aspect of our lives. For example, one of the most stressful parts of my day comes when someone asks the inevitable question &quot;What's for dinner?&quot; They're three little words, but they have the power to strike fear in the hearts of mothers (and meal-preparing fathers) everywhere. For me, it isn't so much the cooking itself that I don't like, but rather the task of meal planning that makes me want to throw in the towel and dial up delivery.</p> <p>Fortunately, to borrow the trendy new phrase, there's an app for that. I've been visiting recipe websites for a while, but only recently did I discover that there are many other <a href="">meal planning apps and websites</a> that offer so much more.</p> <h3>Supercook</h3> <p><a href="">Supercook</a> is a website devoted to helping you answer the &quot;what's for dinner&quot; question. After creating a free account, you can type in the ingredients you have in your pantry, and the Supercook recipe search engine will find recipes that you can make with only those ingredients.</p> <p>The website is a great resource for those nights when you've got a package of chicken thighs in the freezer but no idea what to do with them, or when you need to make do with the ingredients you have on hand becase you don't have time to stop by the grocery store.</p> <h3>Once a Month Mom</h3> <p>At <a href="">Once a Month Mom</a>, you'll find a program designed to help you plan and freeze <em>an entire month</em> of meals for your family. You can choose from several menu options, including Traditional, Vegetarian, Whole Foods, Diet, Gluten/Dairy Free, and even Baby Food.</p> <p>One day a month, you will spend 8-12 hours cooking and prepping meals for the month ahead. I personally think this sounds like a daunting task, but I do like the idea of having my menu plan handed to me. I also like the idea of not having to scramble to put together a meal at the last minute.</p> <h3>Menu Planner</h3> <p>The <a href="">Menu Planner app</a> for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad allows you to store your favorite recipes, create shopping lists and meal plans, and keep track of what's on your pantry shelves. All your meal planning information is kept in one place and is aways easily accessible.</p> <p>If you choose to use Menu Planner, you'll love that you can find <a href="">tutorials and FAQs</a> to help you figure out what the heck you're doing (especially if you're like me and you're still trying to understand all this new-fangled technology in the first place). But keep in mind that Menu Planner is <em>not</em> a free app, and from what I can tell, is not available for Android either.</p> <h3>Ziplist</h3> <p><a href="">Ziplist</a> makes grocery shopping easier than ever before. At Ziplist, you can create a free, customizable, online shopping list. This list can be easily updated by email, instant message, text message, or on the web, whenever you remember items that need to be added. And if you need help with meal planning, you can search Ziplist's extensive meal planning database. Once you've found a recipe you like, you simply click, and all the necessary ingredients will be automatically added to your shopping list.</p> <p>Ziplist also offers free apps for both iPhone and Android users, which will fully sync with your online account. With so many great features, this is one I definitely plan to use.</p> <h3>Relish</h3> <p><a href="">Relish</a> is a meal planning website that operates on a subscription basis. For $7 a month ($5 if you purchase a year-long subscription), you'll receive weekly emails that offer a variety of recipe choices. Once you choose your meals, a shopping list will be generated for you.</p> <p>At Relish, you get to choose five meals a week, and can expect to spend about $90 purchasing the ingredients. Personally, because there are so many other free meal-planning options available, I don't know if Relish is worth the money. But I found many enthusiastic, positive reviews of the website, so you may find that it's worth every penny.</p> <p><em>Do you have other meal planning apps or websites that you prefer, or personal experience using the ones listed above? Please share! </em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quickly crafting delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners is easy when you have these meal-planning tools on your side. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This post is by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, Parenting Squad. Visit <a href="">Parenting Squad</a> for more parenting tips and news:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Capture And Share Family Memories With Google Products</a></li> <li><a href="">Moving With Kids: 23 Can't-Miss Tips To Help You Cope</a></li> <li><a href="">Whole Food Replacements For Junk Food Sweets</a></li> <li><a href="">9 Household Items To Use As Toys</a></li> <li><a href="">From The Playroom To The Boardroom: 5 Steps For Returning To Work</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Parenting Squad</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Food and Drink Technology apps bulk cooking meal planning Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:48:10 +0000 Parenting Squad 622060 at Ask the Readers: What's Your Favorite App Idea? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-app-idea" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="What&#039;s Your Favorite App Idea" title="What&#039;s Your Favorite App Idea" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Due to Facebook changing their promotions guideline rules, we had to select two winners from the comments and one from Twitter. Congratulations to </em><a href=""><em>Chris</em></a><em>, <a href="">NJJ</a>, and&nbsp;</em><a href="!/1bets1"><em>1bets1</em></a><em>&nbsp;for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>For iPhone's alone, there are over 350,000 apps available for download. These days it really does seem like there is an app for everything! But have you ever come up with an idea for an app that wasn't already available for download?</p> <p><strong>Do you have a good idea for a mobile app? </strong>Have you ever wanted to do something&nbsp;with your phone or iPad but you couldn't find an app for it? Do you have an app on your phone to help you with your finances but wish that it had more features? If so, what other features would you like to see?</p> <p>Feel free to share any app ideas you have. But of course, this being Wise Bread, we'd especially love to hear about apps that will help people save time and money!</p> <p>Tell us about your favorite mobile app idea we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Enter 1 of 3 Ways:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below, or</li> <li>Go to our <a href="">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, then &quot;Like&quot; the update mentioning this giveaway (you can comment, as well &mdash; but you don't have to for entry), or</li> <li><a href="">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 22nd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 22nd on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite App Idea?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your favorite mobile app idea we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Giveaways articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways apps Ask the Readers cell phone ipad mobile Tue, 17 May 2011 10:36:20 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 542876 at 7 Essential Small Business Tools to Save Money, Time, and Space <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/7-essential-small-business-tools-to-save-money-time-and-space" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Essential Small Business Tools to Save Money, Time, and Space" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><p>It's time to clear out the clunky machines and aisles of file cabinets. Businesses nowadays can function without a ton of storage space for supplies and paper records. Use these seven essential tools to save money, time, and space for your small business.</p> <p><strong>EchoSign</strong></p> <p>Contracts take up a lot of space and resources. Multiple pages and copies need to be printed and copied, then mailed, and finally stored away. Enter <a href="">EchoSign</a> to save the day. Contracts can be filled in and signed, verified and secured, and a PDF copy distributed to everyone in no time at all.</p> <p><strong>CutePDF</strong></p> <p><a href="">Cute PDF</a> allows you to save any webpage or document as a PDF. Instead of printing something out on a piece of paper that you need to file away, save it as a PDF and keep it as an electronic copy that you can access easily on your computer. CutePDF is installed as a printer. To use it, go to &quot;print&quot; and choose CutePDF as your &quot;printer.&quot;</p> <p><strong>eFax</strong></p> <p>Donate your fax machine. You don't need it anymore. Use <a href="">eFax</a> to send and receive faxes from anywhere. When you receive a fax, you'll get an email notification with the scanned document. You won't have a machine taking up space or need a stash of paper to feed it.</p> <p><strong>YouSendIt</strong></p> <p>Do you have large audio, video, or image files that need to get sent to clients or vendors? Are you still burning them on a DVD and mailing them because the files are too large to send via email? Use <a href="">YouSendIt</a> instead for files up to 2GB.</p> <p><strong>Mozy</strong></p> <p>There are various services available that helps businesses back up their data in case of a computer crash. I use <a href="">Mozy</a> and love it -- it's affordable and no fuss. Once it's set up it works quietly and efficiently in the background with no further action required from me. There's no need to manually transfer your data to an external hard drive or burn hard copies of the data periodically.</p> <p><strong>Dropbox</strong></p> <p>Do you still carry a bunch of flashdrives to carry your important e-files with you from work computer to home computer? Do you need to email documents to yourself when you're traveling? <a href="">Dropbox</a> will make your life easier. Put documents you need to access in Dropbox and retrieve it from any computer. There are also sharing features that allow others to access those documents, too</p> <p><strong>FreshBooks </strong></p> <p>There's no need to continue to print out and mail invoices. Just use <a href="">FreshBooks</a> to create simple invoices and have it delivered to their inbox. Clients and vendors can view and save a copy fo their records. It doesn't get any easier than that.</p> <p>Keeping up with the latest technologies and features is not just something that will help streamline your own processes and cut expenses, but will help the relationship with clients, customers, and vendors alike. They may be used to using these new apps and if you aren't up to date, it can affect the ability for others to interact with your business. While you don't want to jump on every new thing that comes out -- that would be inefficient if it turns out to be a dud and you have to go back to an old system -- you want to always be aware of what many businesses have started to adopt so that you can decide whether it's a good option for you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Lynn Truong</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Small Business Resource Center apps small business Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:46:54 +0000 Lynn Truong 499913 at 5 Free Tools That Automate Your Business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-free-tools-that-automate-your-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Businessman on computer" title="Businessman on computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Free Tools That Automate Your Business" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><p>The challenging economic climate has taught business owners that it&rsquo;s absolutely imperative they embrace solutions that will help them work smarter and focus on generating revenue. Of course, limited budgets make business automation solutions that much more difficult to evaluate and implement. If your number one goal for 2011 is to bolster lead generation, customer acquisition, or customer retention, you must ask yourself this question: How am I going to create operational efficiencies that will free up my time, give me leverage, and allow me to grow my business? Use these free tools:</p> <h2>ZohoCRM</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re focused on increasing revenue, it makes sense to consider implementing a <a href="">CRM</a> (customer relationship management) solution. Qualified visitors to your website are like gold, and you want to create multiple touch points to extend the conversation/interaction and convert them into customers. <a href="">ZohoCRM</a> is one of the most robust free offerings available to small business owners and allows you to formalize your sales process and manage the pipeline.</p> <p>Included in the free version of ZohoCRM are the following:</p> <ul> <li>Accounts for up to three users</li> <li>Sales force automation: leads, contacts, accounts, and opportunities</li> <li>Marketing: campaigns, email templates, and email opt-out</li> <li>Customer support: cases and solutions</li> <li>Common features: tasks, log calls, calendaring, reports, dashboards, and product customization</li> </ul> <p>ZohoCRM offers various a la carte options, like Outlook integration that is reasonably priced at $3/user/month. If you find you need more advanced features like security administration, workflow management, group chat, or case escalation rules, you have the option of upgrading to the <a href="">Professional</a> or <a href="">Enterprise</a> plan.</p> <p>ZohoCRM offers a 15-day free trial of its pay plans, which range from $12/month to $25/month.</p> <h2>Zopim</h2> <p>Another way to make sure you&rsquo;re nurturing incoming leads is to give visitors the option to interact with a representative via Instant Messaging with a service like <a href="">Zopim</a>. Many times, visitors don&rsquo;t want to pick up the phone to ask a question nor do they wish to wait for a response to an email or form submission. This solution is also another way for you to interact with existing customers and maintain a history that can be shared with the rest of your team.</p> <p>The highlights of this solution include:</p> <ul> <li>Integration with your existing IM client (AIM, Google Talk, MSN, or Yahoo)</li> <li>Integration with your CRM system, such as ZohoCRM, to maintain history of customer conversations (in beta and available to all users)</li> <li>Multiple-language support</li> <li>Automatic integration with Google Analytics</li> <li>Offline form</li> </ul> <p>If you find you need more agents or want advanced features, you can upgrade to one of the <a href="">pay plans</a> that range from $9&ndash;$99/month. Zopim offers a 14-day free trial of these plans that doesn&rsquo;t require a credit card.</p> <h2>HootSuite</h2> <p>You hear a lot of talk about social media being &ldquo;free,&rdquo; but it still requires a great deal of time and effort to make sure you&rsquo;re presenting a consistent message across all relevant channels. One of the best solutions for consolidating and streamlining your &ldquo;social marketing&rdquo; is <a href="">HootSuite</a>. It allows you to maintain a central view of your social presence, schedule messages in advance, and track the results of your efforts. The most powerful feature is called Hootlet, which is a plug-in for Firefox and/or Chrome that is essentially a bookmarklet that allows you to share links right from the page you&rsquo;re viewing.</p> <p>The HootSuite free plan lets you:</p> <ul> <li>Monitor up to five social profiles (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)</li> <li>Monitor up to two RSS feeds</li> <li>Use iPhone, Droid, and Blackberry apps</li> <li>Schedule tweets</li> <li>View threaded conversations</li> <li>Integrate with</li> </ul> <p>An upgrade to the $5.99/month <a href="">Pro plan</a> adds the following:</p> <ul> <li>Integration with Google Analytics and Facebook Insights</li> <li>Influence scores</li> <li>URL parameters for identifying and tracking campaigns</li> <li>No ads</li> </ul> <p>You can also add and manage additional team members for $15/user/month.&nbsp;HootSuite offers a free 30-day trial for the Pro plan.</p> <h2>FreshBooks</h2> <p>Most successful companies eventually make the transition from Microsoft Excel for managing invoices to a more robust solution. If you do some research, you&rsquo;ll find a very large number of small businesses using <a href="">FreshBooks</a> to simplify this time-intensive process. FreshBooks has done a great job of listening to their customers when it comes 3<sup>rd</sup> party integrations, so you can share data across various tools. You can view an <a href="">exhaustive list</a> on their site, but some of the more notable partners are Basecamp, Outright, Shoeboxed, Highrise, Wufoo, MailChimp, and Zendesk.</p> <p>The free version allows you to:</p> <ul> <li>Manage up to three clients</li> <li>Enter unlimited invoices and contractors</li> <li>Accept online payments</li> <li>Create timesheets, document sharing, support ticketing</li> <li>Add custom logos your invoices</li> <li>Perform data imports/exports</li> <li>Automatically schedule invoice creation</li> </ul> <p>FreshBooks offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all pay plans, which range from $19.95&ndash;$39.95/month.</p> <h2>Spiceworks</h2> <p>If your business can&rsquo;t operate with free or low-cost SaaS applications alone, you&rsquo;ll have to allocate resources to evaluate and deploy some kind of network management solution for your internally hosted hardware and software. <a href="">Spiceworks</a> is a unique solution in that you get access to all features and functionality of their Spiceworks IT Management solution absolutely free. The tradeoff is simply that you will be presented with advertising from companies like Microsoft, HP, and Google while using their product.</p> <p>Rather than purchase several different network management tools from multiple vendors, you can deploy Spiceworks and:</p> <ul> <li>Inventory everything on your network</li> <li>Run an IT helpdesk</li> <li>Monitor your network for trouble</li> <li>View an automatically generated visual map of your network elements and how they interrelate</li> <li>Generate and publish custom reports</li> <li>Troubleshoot network issues</li> <li>Manage your IT purchasing</li> <li>Manage your users</li> <li>Track network configuration changes</li> <li>Connect with more than 1.3 million Spiceworks users and share expertise and best practices</li> </ul> <p>This includes a &ldquo;buyers club&rdquo; offering discounts on various 3<sup>rd</sup> party products and services. Spiceworks does offer an ad-free deployment for $30/month.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">John Joyce</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Small Business Resource Center articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entrepreneurship Small Business Resource Center Technology accounting apps free web applications small business social media Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:15:12 +0000 John Joyce 489467 at 5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-apps-for-business-owners-on-the-go" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="businessman with phone" title="businessman with phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="164" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a business owner, chances are you have a smartphone. Whether it is a Droid, iPhone, or BlackBerry, these high-tech handheld gadgets are essentially on-the-go computers, able to perform numerous advanced automated tasks. There are hundreds and hundreds of apps out there, many of which help businesses move more efficiently. Here's a list of five great smartphone apps for business owners on the go.</p> <h2>WorldCard Mobile</h2> <p>Business cards almost seem obsolete in today's expansive online environment, despite the fact that they are still a staple for most working professionals. But where does one store all those business cards? When you're not near your desktop drawer, but you need to find a business contact, this app allows you to conveniently store your contacts on your phone &mdash; where most of your business takes place, anyway. By snapping a photo of a business card on your iPhone, WorldCard's scanning technology reads the text and inputs the information to the proper fields on your phone. You can edit the information if need be and even add a photo of the person, which is then automatically stored in your phone's address book. <a href="">WorldCard is available for $5.99</a>.</p> <h2>ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader</h2> <p>Tracking business expenses can be a tiresome chore. Filing away receipts and invoices can be time consuming and amounts to unnecessary clutter. But with the ProOnGo app, it no longer needs to be. Customizable charts and graphs nicely organize your different expenses all from your phone. You can simply snap a photo of your receipt from your iPhone camera and the information is automatically imported into your expense sheet. From here, you can also easily export your expense chart as an Excel spreadsheet or upload it to Quickbooks. <a href="">ProOnGo is available for free</a>.</p> <h2>Evernote</h2> <p>The versatility and simplicity of Evernote means you can easily store and retrieve important bits of personal data. Any entrepreneur knows good business ideas can come at any time, and having a place to write these down is important when you're busy multitasking on the go. Write a quick note, snap a photo and write a caption, or leave a voice note to be retrieved for later. Whether text, audio, image, or any other file type, Evernote gives you the possibility of making your smartphone wholly unique to you. Evernote easily synchs back to your laptop and other web devices for access and convenient compatibility. <a href="">Evernote is available for free</a> and also with paid options.</p> <h2>XE Currency</h2> <p>It truly is a global economy today. With the speed and reach of the Internet, the pace of business continues to accelerate. As more business deals and partnerships are established across borders, the need for international business travel is high. If you happen to be a frequent international business traveler, this app's for you. Most countries use their own form of currency, and with this app, you get real-time updates and conversions with international markets. You can easily switch your base currency and monitor up to 10 currencies at any one time. This app will also appeal to anyone working in international trade, finance, and futures. <a href="">XE&nbsp;Currency is available for free</a>.</p> <h2>Battery Go!</h2> <p>Battery life, or lack thereof, is a regular complaint with many smartphone users. As a business owner, it's crucial that your phone doesn't die while you're on an important call or project. Battery life depends largely on what phone capabilities are being utilized. For instance, watching video and Wi-Fi web surfing are going to eat up more battery life in shorter time spans than listening to music and talking to business associates. This app breaks down your iPhone's specific energy usage lifespan so that you'll have a much better idea of what activities you can actually do on your remaining charge. While the app suggests, &quot;the times should be used only as rough estimates and not as exact fact,&quot; it's clear that it's much more useful than the standard default battery meter. <a href="">Battery Go! is available for $0.99</a>.</p> <p><em>What smartphone apps do you use for your business on the go?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Michael Dykstra. Michael is an expert writer on <a href="">phone systems</a> based in San Diego, California. He writes extensively for an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs such as <a thref="">VoIP service</a> at <a href="">Resource Nation</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Michael Dykstra</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Entrepreneurship articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entrepreneurship Technology apps business owners smartphones Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:00:06 +0000 Michael Dykstra 238803 at 10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="iphone" title="iphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The summer is coming to an end and it's back-to-school time. If you have ever been a student, you'll know that student life is not easy or cheap. With rising tuition costs, high unemployment, and busy schedules, finding ways to manage your time and budget seems impossible. No need to panic! Last week, we showcased <a href="">back-to-school savings tips</a>. This week, we have 10 iPhone applications that can help you manage your student life. (See also: <a href="" title="16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone">16 Best Mobile Shopping Apps For Your Phone</a>)</p> <h2>Rate My Professor</h2> <p>Ever had a lecture where the monotonous professor puts you to sleep? <a href="">Rate My Professor</a> was one of my favorite sites while at university. Now it's an iPhone application. The app allows you to view other students' comment and rating of professors and write your own review about them. The great thing with the app is that you can tweet it or post it on your Facebook &mdash; just be careful what you say!</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Evernote</h2> <p>Taking notes in class is not always easy, but <a href=";mt=8">Evernote</a> can help. This app takes text and voice notes, which can be synchronized to an online account so that it's accessible everywhere. Although typing on your iPhone all day long may not be the most convenient way to take notes, the voice recording can be very versatile.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Pageonce Personal Finance</h2> <p>Classes, assignments, exams, papers to write... Students have enough to remember. Worrying about when bills are due and managing accounts does not have to be hard. With <a href="">Pageonce Personal Finance</a>, you can manage all your online accounts anywhere, anytime.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>myHomework</h2> <p>Keeping track of assignments can get complicated; <a href="">myHomework</a> can help you keep your head above water. You can keep track of assignments in different classes and when they are due. You can see all your homework laid out in a calendar view and send homework reminders to friends. It's a free application and with very practical uses for the busy student.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Blackboard Mobile Learn</h2> <p><a href="">Blackboard</a> seems to be a very poplar platform used by many schools to communicate with their students. Assignments and grades are often posted on Blackboard, and professors point students to Blackboard for lecture notes and assignments. If your school utilizes Blackboard, then you can have instant access to all the information posted by your school, professors, and classmates.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>iStudiez Pro</h2> <p><a href="">iStudiez Pro</a> is not a free application ($2.99), but it can be very useful. It helps you keep track of your classes and assignments. It can color-code each assignment with the corresponding class and notify you of their due dates. It may just be the best $2.99 you spend in college.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>New Oxford American Dictionary</h2> <p>By the time I graduated I probably went through four dictionaries. (They kept disappearing, somehow.) The <a href="">New Oxford American Dictionary</a> has over 250,000 entries stored on your phone, which means no internet connection needed. It also includes over 60,000 audio pronunciations.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Chegg</h2> <p>Textbooks are expensive &mdash; really expensive. Finding used textbooks is not always easy and even then it may be an outdated edition. <a href="">Chegg</a> is a textbook rental company with millions of books you can choose from. No need to stand in line for hours at the campus bookstore: All you need is the free Chegg app, the book's title, author or ISBN, or you can simply scan the bar code. The app also has a reminder to return the book so you won't incur any late fees.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Formulus Free</h2> <p><a href="">Formulus Free</a> can come in handy whether you love or hate math. The free app helps you find formulas, so no more searching pages of your textbook to find the right one &mdash;: they're all at your fingertips.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Free Books</h2> <p><a href="">Free Books</a> costs $1.99, but all the books are free. Although you may not find the newest books in the application, it contains over 23,000 books, including most classic books you'll probably study in school. You are probably thinking, &quot;Who can read the whole book on their iPhone?&quot; Well, fear not. This application lets you email the book to yourself. You can download and read it on your computer or notebook.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Going back to school can be an exciting and stressful time; hopefully, some of these applications can help you get through another year of school. If you are looking for more great phone applications, check out this list of <a href="">75 phone applications that will save you money</a></p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite applications you'd like to share?</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ray Jamali</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="">Education &amp; Training articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Education & Training Productivity Technology apps back-to-school iPhone students Fri, 03 Sep 2010 13:00:04 +0000 Ray Jamali 224648 at