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Productivity on the Go

Friday, September 7, 2012

In today's ever-connected world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by 24/7 information, especially if you are a mobile device addict. To manage the ensuing day-to-day clutter, put your smartphone or tablet to work for you. Jason Kirshner, a notable mobile application developer, compiled a list of some of the best time-saving apps on the market. Here are highlights of three of these personal and professional productivity tools.

Future-Text allows users to program text messages to be automatically sent at a later time. No longer must you rely on reminders to send specific texts; with Future-Text you can write messages, program the send dates and times, and let the app do the rest. This tool is great for follow-up texts, birthday wishes, and as a means to stay in touch with friends and family from afar.


PDF Maps by Avenza is ideal for those who travel often and cannot afford spotty—or nonexistent—cell service. PDF Maps allows you to download maps from iTunes—just like your favorite song or book. Perhaps the app's most interesting feature is that it can locate points of interest and track your travel, even without Internet bandwidth.

Word Lens by Quest Visual uses a mobile device's camera to translate print words from one language to another. Stop fumbling through translation dictionaries while on international travel—this app translates text in a snap, and a network connection is not required.

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