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Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

When the iPhone first launched with the iOS platform almost a decade ago, there was hardly any fanfare. Keyboard-enabled PDAs and gadgets ruled the business scene, and iOS-based devices struggled to catch up with those relatively cheaper business devices at the time.

A few years later, however, Apple’s tweaks and improvements turned the iOS platform into one of the most popular areas of interest for app developers. As a result, over 1.5 million iOS applications have been developed for the App Store so far, with some of these providing businesses with the best features for staying productive and organized on-the-go.

This curated list provides an in-depth look at some of the iOS apps that will allow businesses to stay in charge of their affairs – both remotely and behind the desk.

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1. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is one of the oldest and most popular applications for handling documents, and for good reason. The Office suite incorporates a number of different applications commonly found on desktop versions, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your presentations. Office also comes with OneNote, which is great for playing around with your business documents from the comfort of your iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft Office allows you to create and edit documents and also integrates cloud functionality to help you share your documents with other users on different platforms, including Mac and Windows PCs.

2. Genius Scan

Genius Scan is a free iOS app that will allow you to create good-looking PDF files from images taken with your iPhone or iPad camera. Genius Scan comes with different features and settings that let you adjust lighting, zoom, and other camera settings to create the best quality images for creating professional PDF files. The PDFs you create can then be shared via email, text, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based apps.

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3. Newton Mail

Newton Mail is a useful app developed by CloudMagic that removes the hassle of email management for your business emails. This subscription-based service comes with handy features such as push notifications for most types of emails, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook/Hotmail, Office 365, iCloud, and any other email accounts configured via IMAP.

Newton also allows you to pull back sent emails before they are read (preventing that huge email blunder before it’s seen), get “read” status for each email, “snooze” incoming emails, and schedule emails to be sent later.

4. Adobe Reader

Another old-schooler, Adobe Reader is an essential PDF tool that most of us can’t really do without. In fact, many device manufacturers and vendors are shipping smartphones with at least the free version of Adobe Reader, which is a testament to its importance. The free version will let you view PDF files, add notes and annotations, and share your PDF files with other users via the cloud. For advanced features, such as PDF conversion and encryption, you will have to upgrade to the annual subscription plan.

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5. Slack

Businesses that work with multiple teams will benefit greatly from Slack. With over 3 million active daily users, Slack enables teams to communicate more effectively via real-time chats, set goals, and manage tasks remotely. Getting Slack on your iPhone and tablet enables you and your team to stay even more productive remotely, and it may well replace your email provider.

6. MailChimp

If you regularly run email campaigns for your business, you might already be aware of the desktop version of MailChimp and its many wonderful abilities. Users around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters to over 10 billion recipients every month. The iOS version of the app allows users to do the same thing on their smartphones and tablets.

Users can create, edit, and email newsletters, plus use email analytics to check whether emails were received and opened.

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7. Pocket

Pocket is a nifty little app that enables you to save articles for later reading. It can be useful for the average businessperson who wants to catch up on news articles while on the move, especially in areas without Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can also save videos and unlock additional features with a monthly subscription, including searching and tagging text within articles.

Conclusion

Having a couple of these apps installed on your iPhone or iPad will go a long way in helping you stay productive and organized in and out of the office. However, with hundreds of thousands of apps listed on the App Store, ensure you only install what you need to reduce distractions and possible bursts of unproductive behavior in the office.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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