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7 Tablet Hacks That Will Make You Leave Your Laptop at Home

7 Tablet Hacks That Will Make You Leave Your Laptop at Home

Tablets have come a long way in recent years. Once marketed as entertainment-only devices, technological advances have narrowed the separation between work and play. A tablet may not be as functional as your laptop out of the box, but a few tweaks and accessories can transform it into a work-worthy device. Here are seven tablet hacks that will make you leave your laptop at home:

1. Print Wirelessly from Your Tablet

Printing from your tablet isn’t as intuitive as you’d hope. With a desktop or laptop, you just plug in your cable, install your driver, and you’re good to go. On a tablet, however, you must connect wirelessly to a network printer.

Cloud Print by Google makes this easier by walking you through the steps. Just go to your Chrome settings, select “Advanced Settings,” and click on “Cloud Printing.” Follow the instructions to connect a regular printer or select a cloud-ready wireless printer, and you’ll be able to access your printer from any device that’s running Chrome.

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2. Expand Your Storage into the Cloud

Most tablets come with 32 or 64 GB of storage space. With this capacity, you can store a few documents, photos, and videos, but power users expect more storage for their dollar. Thumb drives and SD cards can expand your options a bit, but cloud storage is necessary for projects and programs that require a lot of space.

Google Drive, Dropbox, and Amazon Cloud all offer free cloud storage options. These companies also have paid services for premium capacity. Google offers 100 GB of space for $5 per month — a bargain for having all your important files accessible on any device connected to Wi-Fi.

3. Manage Your Files Like a Boss

Organizing your files can be a nightmare, but creating order out of chaos is a necessary reality. With tablets, it’s all too easy to forget about organization. The default file management services provided by iOS and Android aren’t much help.

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Solid Explorer Unlocker for Android is a great choice for seamlessly organizing your desktop to intuitively navigate your files. With a little initial time and preparation, you’ll have quick access to your files when you need them.

4. Type Faster with Third-Party Keyboards

Apple’s iOS typing interface has long annoyed tech-heads. The locked QWERTY interface and lack of customization options have been met with worldwide chagrin. Android’s default layout doesn’t fare much better, but did you know you can download different keyboards? There are dozens to choose from in the Google Play store, and swapping them out is a breeze.

Thankfully, USB and wireless keyboards are available for most tablets, too. Roll-out keyboards are a nice option if you have limited storage on the go.

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5. Productivity Is the Key to Success

Microsoft Office is still not available on any tablet outside of Windows’, but that hasn’t stopped a slew of companies from releasing great alternatives.

Google’s free Quickoffice, for example, allows you to create, view, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Adobe released Reader on tablets, and PDF Splicer or PDF Utility allow you to create, edit, merge, and split documents on iOS or Android, respectively.

6. Put it on the Bucket List

To-do lists are necessary for nearly everyone. Notes, schedules, and calendars are great, but they need to be intuitive to actually be useful.

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Evernote is a great way to share notes and other info, and Wunderlist is fantastic for scheduling tasks and sharing them across all devices and with other people. If you’re a project manager or other business professional, you’ll appreciate the ease of use these apps provide.

7. Surf the Net

Regardless of your device, surfing the Internet can be a pain on your default browser. Chrome is a sleek and efficient browser that can be accessed across all devices and systems. It can also save all your passwords, bookmarks, history, and other settings across devices. No matter where you go, Chrome can seamlessly integrate your Internet experience.

Tablets aren’t full-on desktop replacements yet, but they’re much more powerful than netbooks and smartphones. Being productive on the go used to require carrying an Elroy Jetson bag full of gear and gadgets. Now, with just a few adjustments, you can accomplish it all with just one device.

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7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

1. Basecamp

    It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

    It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

    Find out more about Basecamp here.

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    2. Asana

      If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

      In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

      Find out more about Asana here.

      3. Casual

        This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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        This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

        Find out more about Casual here.

        4. Trello

          This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

          Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

          Find out more about Trello here.

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          5. OmniPlan

            This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

            You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

            A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

            Find out more about OmniPlan here.

            6. Podio

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              This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

              There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

              Find out more about Podio here.

              7. Microsoft Project

                This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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