Great Business Apps for Your iPad/iPod/iPhone : Car Butler, List n Do, Magnifying Glass with Light, WorkSnug

4/9/2012 11:41:53 AM

Description: Great Business Apps for Your iPad/iPod/iPhone

There's no shortage of impressive applications—some of them free—for Apple's popular family of mobile devices, and many of them are perfect for the home office worker or entrepreneur. Here are our favorite business-related mobile apps for the month. (Unless otherwise indicated, see the Apple App Store to purchase these apps.)

Car Butler

iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

Description: Car Butler

Fancy Auto Car Butler is a free app that provides a ton of handy info, based on your location. Use it to mark your car's location when parking far from your destination; check traffic; find nearby gas stations; calculate your commute time; check the weather; and document that fender bender. If you need something while in (but not driving) your car, check Car Butler: It may well have exactly what you need.

List n Do

iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

Description: List n Do

For many people, the paper to-do list has long since given way to a digital one. If you're planning to join the digital to-do list club, check out List n Do ($2.99), which offers several ways to manage your tasks. The app uses your iPhone's built-in alarm to alert you to

Deadlines for time-sensitive tasks and has support for synchronizing with other popular to-do services, including the well-known and Google Tasks. Try the free List n Do Lite app to see if you're ready to take

Magnifying Glass with Light

iPod touch/iPhone

Description: Magnifying Glass With Light

This free app comes in handy when you find yourself in a dimly lit restaurant, squinting at tiny print on your menu. Point your iPhone's camera at the text, move the on-screen slider, and you'll have large, easy-to-read text in no time. The text probably won't fit onto your screen (now that you've magnified it), but you can read easily by moving the iPhone over your menu. The app can also make use of the LED (light-emitting diode) in your iPhone 4 or 4S to illuminate the text. (The iPhone 3G supports the app but doesn't have an LED.)

Yellow Pages

iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

Description: Yellow Pages

With Yellow Pages, finding contact info for local businesses is a snap—well, a tap. Actually, a voice command will do the trick. That's right; Tap the Microphone button and you can speak your keyword. Within seconds, you'll see locations near you (on a map and in a list). From there, you can easily get contact information and (if you have a supported navigation app installed) turn-by-turn directions. The app also offers reservation options for some restaurants and movie show times.


iPad/iPod touch/iPhone

Description: WorkSnug


Noteworthy App of the Month

Augmented reality applications (which overlay live images of your surroundings with helpful information) are just catching on. WorkSnug (free) is a good example of the sorts of uses for augmented reality; Point your phone in front of you, and WorkSnug will provide information about workspaces nearby. They may be co-working locations, or they may be simply good places to sit and get work done. (They may also be businesses helpful to workers, such as printers and shipping services.)

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