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Tech Tip: A few must-have smartphone apps

Salley Thornton

Salley Thornton

More than once I’ve said aloud, “Gosh, could I really use a personal assistant!” We teach our kids it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter. Nothing fits the bill better than smartphone apps that streamline, remind, organize and entertain. Most folks have daily go-to apps. Here are some favs from the women in Toshiba’s Rochester office:

Evernote: Essentially the digital bulletin board for visual people. Loved because it’s a to do list, calendar, receipt holder, place to set reminders and more in ONE location. Input typed notes or scan handwritten ones, add photos, images or web pages. Syncs across devices. Free. In app purchases. Rated 4.1

e-Bridge Print & Capture: Allows you to print and scan from a Toshiba copier using your device. Convert scanned images or photo docs into editable file formats. Free. Not rated

Paper Scan: Scan invoices, business cards, tickets, recipes, etc. and upload and share with others. Automatically crops and straightens the image and creates a pdf. Free. Rated 4.8

OverDrive: Log into the local library and check out audio and e-books, magazines and more. Place holds, create wish lists and return titles easily. No more late fees. Free app but you need a library card. Rated 4.6

Untappd: Social app perfect for the microbrew crowd. It tracks the beers you’ve sampled and allows you to rate them, post comments or read what others have to say. A great way to discover new brews and venues. Earn badges. Free. Rated 4.8

Plows & Mowz (for homeowners): Quotes for all your outdoor work like plowing and mowing, obviously, but also yard cleanup, power washing, mulching, haul away, etc. Developed in Syracuse. Includes chat feature. Free. Rated 4.1

Two of my all-time favorites are InstaCart with grocery order and same-day delivery (Free. Rated 4.8) and Wegmans app for meal ideas, nutritional facts, digital coupons and grocery list by aisle. Free. Rated 3.2

Salley Thornton is National Director, Field Marketing, Toshiba Business Solutions.

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