Google Voice (available for iOS and Android)

Google Voice provides mobile people with one phone number that rings on multiple devices as well as text messaging, voice mail, and voice mail transcription. This free app can be incredibly useful for the on-the-go business pro who carries multiple devices and perhaps travels to a number of locations. Available for iOS and Android-based devices, Google Voice supports iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Android devices.

In Figure A, you’ll see Google Voice’s dial pad as it appears on an iPhone. Figure B is Google’s representation of a transcribed voice mail message. Figure C gives you a look at a call in progress as it appears on Android. (These screenshots are from the product pages of Apple and Google.)
Figure A

The Google Voice dial pad

Figure B

A transcribed Google Voice message

Figure C

A call in progress

Read about the ABBYY Business Card Reader app.

ABBYY Business Card Reader (available for iOS, Android, Symbian)

ABBYY Business Card Reader helps people solve the age-old problem of making sure that new business cards are entered into an address book so the details are available later on. You simply snap a picture of the business card, and ABBYY does the rest. The app uses optical character recognition to work its magic.

A free Lite edition is available for Android. The Business edition is $4.99 for iOS and $9.99 for Android. The Symbian Full version is $24.99 (unlimited), $12.99 (1-year), and $3.99 (1-month).

Figure D, Figure E, and Figure F show you the app in action. Figure D is a list of options in the app; Figure E is the part of the app that allows you to take pictures of a card; and Figure E demonstrates the creation of a contact from a business card.
Figure D

The app’s primary options

Figure E

Take a photo of any business card

Figure F

The card details become a contact.

Read about the Read It Later app.

Read It Later (available for iOS and Android)

How often do you find something you’d like to read but don’t have time right then? The Read It Later app (Figure G) solves this problem by downloading the content you’ve marked so you can read it at your leisure. Read It Later even synchronizes your reading list across devices (Figure H). There is a Free Edition of the Read It Later app for iOS and Android, and a $2.99 Pro edition for iOS and Android.
Figure G

The Read It Later home page

Figure H

Read articles on any device

Read about the Priority Matrix – To Do List app.

Priority Matrix – To Do List (available for iOS)

Project and task lists constantly get longer, and it can be tough to decide what to work on next. The Project Matrix – To Do List app can help tame the chaos. Priority Matrix helps you classify projects and tasks based on criticality and immediacy so you can make sure that you’re working on the most urgent needs. The free app is available for iOS.

Figure I

Priority Matrix categories in action

Figure J

Add a new item to the matrix

Read about the iTranslate app.

iTranslate (available for iOS and Android)

One way that you can address a language barrier is to use the iOS– or Android-based iTranslate app. iTranslate supports more than 50 languages and is available for free. iTranslate also includes a conversation view, which allows you to better track your discussions with others.

iTranslate Plus, which is $1.99 for iOS (it is not available for Android), offers a subset of languages and provides voice recognition capabilities that can be used for translations.

In Figure K, you see a basic overview of how iTranslate operates; Figure L shows you the voice recorder; and Figure M demonstrates how conversation view can be useful.
Figure K

iTranslate translates more than 50 languages.

Figure L

The voice recorder reminds me of KITT from Knight Rider.

Figure M

The conversation view helps to keep you organized.

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