With the release of the iPhone came the App store, a bazaar for cultural and technological creativity that offered a world of opportunity and flexibility for the smartphone. A wealth of apps are out there that can boost your productivity and keep you up-to-date. Check out the ones listed below:
The best thing you ever got for free, Dropbox is the self- titled “magic pocket” of the 21st century. Just like a flash drive, it allows you to hold up to 2 GB of data. Unlike a flash drive, it’s always there. Dropbox uses cloud technology to let you to share information across multiple computers and mobile devices. You can set up a Dropbox desktop folder on your computer and access and send your files – even large ones – from anywhere.
Ever leave work, get on the train or bus, and have the light bulb go off? Most people don’t have an on-the-go notebook for sketching ideas, so Elements provides you with a notebook in your pocket. A product of Dropbox labs, Elements is a sleek text editor you can organize into folders and share across multiple devices. So next time you get a brilliant idea, you can save it!
Ever find a fascinating article from Twitter, but no time to read it? You lose service underground or get pulled into an impromptu meeting and there goes your reading. Instapaper allows you to save and archive online articles for off-line reading. With the added bonus of being able to share links via Twitter and Tumblr, Instapaper helps you keep up to date with news, so you can share it with the world. At $4.99, it’s one of the more pricey items in the App store, but with recent updates letting you store email, change fonts, and save up to 500 articles, it’s definitely a dream come true for a busy lady.
Imagine getting a customized news roll-up every morning. For the bookworm and media addict in us all, there is Pulse. The first product of Alphonso labs, a Silicon Valley-based mobile design firm, Pulse is a news platform that picks stories for you based on your source preferences. With its sleek design and slideshow interface, it’s easy to browse stories on and offline. Added features include Bump™, which allows you to share news sources and stories with other iPhone users by literally “butting heads” with other phones, and a Google reader plug-in to import sources from your Google RSS feed. With Pulse, you’re in the know.
The self-proclaimed memory enhancement service, Evernote, aspires to be the “globalplatformforhumanmemory.” Ambitions aside, Evernote is a useful service for managing everything from life’s marginalia to your daily tasks. The free app allows you to take photos, store pictures, write notes, and record voice memos. Individual notes are stored in notebooks, keeping your random musings or top-secret plans for a corporate merger neatly organized in your account. Thanks to an Evernote-Twitter integration in 2009, you can also Tweet into your Evernote to save jokes, links, and photos for later. Sync with your computer, and you can save an apple pie recipe from your desktop and read it on your phone at the grocery store. With Evernote on your side, you’ll never forget a thing.
6. iP (also known as iPeriod)
Keeping track of your cycle has never been easy. As a teenager, your high school nurse may have told you to label your calendar with stickers to remember the day “little Rosie” comes to town. Unfortunately, that covert identification system is bleak, unhelpful, and unsustainable. For only $1.99, iPeriod helps you manage, record and track your cycle. A password-protected app with a built-in calendar that tracks your fertile days along with your times of the month, iPeriod can help you prepare for potentially unsettling moments. iPeriod has the added bonus of an email notification system to warn you of upcoming or late periods, keeping you on your game. If you want to get super clinical, you can also export your charts and manage fertility and ovulation statistics, which will make your gyno incredibly delighted.
What’s your favorite iPhone app?
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