Here are 10 free mobile apps that I simply can't do without. I'd recommend them to anyone. 1. Chrome. Simply a superior browser, Google Chrome synchronizes settings between your mobile device and your desktop computer. Save a site password in Chrome on your computer and, presto! - that password is securely synchronized to your mobile device. Benefit: saves time, repetitive motion, ease of use.
2. Evernote. Imagine folders and files of notes. Now imagine those notes available to you on any device - your PC, tablet, or phone. You make a change on your tablet and it's immediately synchronized to your PC; make a change there and it sync's to your phone. Now imagine all of that stuff searchable, organized, and sharable with a touch of a button. And Evernote can save content from websites, music, and audio clips, too. Right on. Benefits: saves time, improves productivity, shareable content.
3. Flipboard. You remember newspapers? Well, what if you could aggregate all of your feeds (Twitter, Facebook, news, entertainment, websites and RSS feeds, whatever) into a column format like, yeah, a newspaper? It actually makes reading Facebook and Twitter an easier experience, and everything is in just one app (which, um, works a lot better than the Facebook app). If you setup a free account, your settings are synchronized between mobile devices and updates are immediately downloaded. Benefits: aggregation, social, ease of use.
4. Dropbox. If you own a Dropbox account and save files to it, you need to install Dropbox on your mobile devices. Your files everywhere, readable and shareable. Benefits: improves productivity, shareable content.
5. Mint. Aggregate all of your financial data into one application with built-in reports and alerts. If you're not using Mint, you should be. It's a financial dashboard. Benefits: improves productivity, aggregation, ease of use.
6. Google Maps. I like to think of maps as a superior product to Apple's mapping program on the iPhone - in the least, it provides a second opinion. Great tools for people who use public transit, biking, and walking. Benefits: ease of use, travel accuracy.
7. Google Earth. An incredible tool to visit anywhere on the planet from your mobile device. I'll use it to scope out an area that I'm traveling to but have never been to before to get a lay of the land. Benefits: ease of use, productivity, travel accuracy.
8. Square Register. I wouldn't understand why anybody would want to enter into a merchant services account these days. Payment processors like Square are redefining the micro-payment landscape with apps like Square Register. Accept credit cards anywhere and everywhere. No terms, cheap rates. Plus the reporting on the web is quite choice. You can download all of your transactions and the data behind them making reconciliations a breeze. Benefits: ease of use, increased productivity.
9. Downcast. Subscribe to podcasts and download them to your mobile device. Listen or watch the content; tons of options for controlling downloading frequency. Benefits: aggregation, ease of use.
10. Google Voice. With a Google Voice number, you can control a telephone number that is always yours. You can forward that number to an active cell phone or place it on permanent do-not-disturb. Your cell phone's voicemail can be linked to Google Voice. And when somebody leaves you a message, it's transcribed into text and emailed to you. Using the app, you can listen to voicemail but also make free calls across Google Voice in wifi spaces, just like Skype. A powerful tool: it centralizes voicemail for multiple phones into just one box. Benefits: aggregation, ease of use, increased productivity.