Category: E-Business

These Are a Few of Our Favorite… Apps


smartphone appsAt various meetings, conferences and forums, we’re often asked for (or volunteer) the latest apps we’ve downloaded for our phone or tablet. That got me thinking, what is a good way to share those apps with the masses? I surveyed many of our Boston Financial associates to get a sense of their favorites from a few different angles: productivity, fun/games, and coolness factor. The response was great and I definitely came away with some new apps to check out.

Many of the popular apps that we know and use daily were submitted, including Good, Google Calendar, Facebook, Flipboard, Foursquare, Twitter, Pandora, and NetFlix. But here I’ve tried to highlight some of the new and unique apps that you may want to try. I hope you’ll enjoy our list of favorites!

Apps for Productivity

Cozi Family Calendar and Lists is the ultimate family organizer with a shared calendar, grocery shopping lists, to do lists and a journal the whole family can access on the go. No matter where or how you and your family access Cozi, you’ll always be looking at the same information.

Astrid is the perfect personal to-do list. Use it for groceries, errands and lists. Astrid helps you get your life organized so you will never miss a deadline with fun reminders, subtasks, lists and widgets. Access your tasks anywhere with auto syncing across your phone, tablet and

Save all loyalty cards to your phone using the Key Ring Rewards Cards app. You never have to carry plastic or paper loyalty, membership, library cards or coupons again! Just scan and save all of your loyalty cards in your phone, join new loyalty programs, receive exclusive coupons and digitally save grocery coupons to your loyalty card.

Box provides 5GB of storage in the cloud, accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. It’s wasy to access and edit your files, share content and stay connected from anywhere on any device.

Notability integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes any way you wish. Its convenient and all documents can be e-mailed.

When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet, or computer so you can view it any time, even without an internet connection.

TripIt is the world’s easiest way to organize and share your travel plans. Simply forward all of your hotel, airline, car rental and restaurant reservations to TripIt and they organize your travel plans in one place so you can access them anytime, anywhere. The Pro Version adds flight delays and tracking information that beats many airline websites.

Yodlee Money Center offers you the flexibility of easily managing and tracking all of your financial accounts, balances, transactions and investments in one secure place. All of your accounts and corresponding transactions and balances are available in real-time on your device providing anytime, anywhere access.

ScanBizCards is a business card reader that offers the ability to snap a photo of your business card and have the content added to your address book, exported to multiple CRM platforms, and synched across multiple devices.

Path is the best way to share and stay connected with family and friends. With Path you can remember every iportant moment: photos, places, music, movies, workouts and more. For those of you who want one place to share to all of your favorite networks, you can easily check in, upload photos, blog and tweet directly from Path.

Fun and Games

GolfLogix GPS is the #1 app for golf with precise GPS distances on 30,000+ gold courses, incredible course imagery, 4-player scoring, pro-level stat tracking, membership to the Online Golf Community where all of your rounds, scores and stats are synced, stored and more.

The Room is a physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a 3D world. It’s challenging and different.

 Snapseed makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. It allows you to easily enhance your photos, add effects and then share them on your social networks.

NFL Mobile is your exclusive mobile source for coverage of every preseason, regular season and postseason game with NFL videos, game highlights, breaking news, headlines, NFL blogs and more.

Spotify is a new way to listen to music, giving you instant access to millions of songs on your mobile device. With the Spotify app, you can choose to listen to the radio for free, or subscribe to Spotify Premium.

TuneIn Radio is a free way to listen to music, sports and news from every corner of the earth, with over 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs. It’s the perfect way to catch your local morning show while traveling, even if you’re 1,000 miles away.

 Coolness Factor

You know YELP for its reviews, but check out a cool feature called Monacle. This feature interacts with your phone’s camera to show the street in front of you on the screen while providing an augmented reality view of “flags” that show star ratings, hours, etc. of the street in front of you. Very cool for streets with a lot of restaurants.

Pic Stitch packs a simple design with a powerful editor to give you everything you could possibly want to make your photos amazing. Use Pic Stitch to create a before-and-after sequence, combine photos, or produce a photographic series. Plus you can share your creations on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pingup makes it possible for you to start connecting with businesses the way you do with your friends – via text. Simply search or browse for a business or keyword, select your business of choice, and shoot them a message – no phone number required. Asking questions, making appointments, hailing cabs, and more is now just a text away.

Grocery iQ is an intuitive shopping list that allows you to build new lists quickly by saying the item name, scanning the barcode, or using predictive search. You can even sync/share your shopping list with other Grocery iQ users, so there are never any duplicate household purchases!

UNIQLO WAKE UP is a social alarm app that aims to make waking up every day an enjoyable experience. The alarm music is automatically created based on the weather, time, and day of the week.

Google Voice creates your own new phone number that can forward calls, deny calls and simultaneously ring your mobile, office, home or other phones. You can use it for SMS, voicemail and to make calls. Voicemails are automatically transcribed to text so you can read them like email.

The last password you will ever need. LastPass is fast, easy and simple; it securely syncs your passwords across all your browsers and devices. The built-in browser automatically fills your login information for each or your saved LastPass sites.

Nike+ FueBand measures your everyday activity and turns into NikeFuel. It also tracks each step and calories burned. Your Nike+ FuelBand wirelessly connects to your app, allowing you to see your progress on your mobile device and get the motivation you need to get moving.

SO there you have it, some of the favorites from the halls of Boston Financial. We hope you find some value in these apps. Let me know some of your favorites and unique finds on Twitter @MelterBFDS.

Looking forward, next month as we all make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, hit the gym, etc., we’ll give you a website and digital strategy checklist that you can go through to make sure your company isn’t falling behind in the online world. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous new year.

Brian Melter

Brian Melter

Brian joined Boston Financial in 2012 as the Managing Director for the E-Business Solutions Division. Brian helps to advance web, mobile, social media, and emerging technology-based solutions to foster innovation, cost-effective growth, and enhance client and advisor engagement. Brian has more than 21 years of experience in mutual fund technology, operations, marketing, and strategy. Prior to joining Boston Financial, Brian was with Wells Fargo Funds Management, where he led the Operations, Retail Marketing, and E-Business teams. Before Wells Fargo Funds Management, Brian led E-Commerce strategy, design, development, and online marketing for Strong Financial Corporation.

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