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Business Apps for Android & Windows Phone 7 : Handyscan, Outdoor Navigation, Pageonce Money& Bills, Glympse, Cool Tools

4/9/2012 11:39:41 AM

Some powerful business tools are floating in the sea of smartphone apps. Each month, we'll highlight some of the best ones for Windows 7 and Android platform users. (Unless otherwise noted, Windows Phone 7 apps are available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and you'll find Android apps in the Android Market).

 

Handyscan

Windows Phone 7

Description: Handyscan

Handyscan ($2.99) is a mobile document scanner that uses your phone's camera to save images of text. Handyscan is capable of making digital records of all types of documents, including receipts, contracts, comics, class lessons, magazine and newspaper articles, photos, notes, business cards, brochures, signatures, invoices, and more. This version also lets you export any document to PDF (Portable Document Format). Once you've saved a document, you can send it as an email, store it in the cloud using SkyDrive or Dropbox, add your own text to fill out forms, crop a scanned image, and shift perspective for offset images.

 

Outdoor Navigation

Android, Windows Phone 7

Description: Outdoor Navigation

Having GPS in your car is great for getting directions and recovering your bearings, but when you're out of your vehicle. Outdoor Navigation ($4.99) steps in and shows you the way. Utilizing your phone's GPS radio and digital compass (Mango devices for WP7), this app displays online streets, satellite imagery, and topographic maps, and you can also use this application to record routes, share your tracks and points of interest, plan routes, and enjoy 40 selectable trip computer tools with multiple layout options to make your journey fun and easy.

 

Pageonce Money& Bills

Android, Windows Phone 7

Description: Pageonce Money& Bills

With Pageonce Money & Bills (free), you can quickly and securely track your accounts and submit payments using your smartphone. You can also get real-time alerts and notifications to keep you on schedule to avoid penalties and late fees. Other features include the ability to view and track detailed bill and account statements, your investment portfolio, frequent flyer miles and rewards, remaining cellular plan minutes and data usage, and more. Even if you already manage your accounts on your phone, this app brings them all together for your financing convenience.

 

Glympse

Description: Glympse

Android, Windows Phone 7 Location-based services can be controversial, especially with privacy advocates. But with Glympse (free), you can share your current location and allow only those you trust to keep track of your movements for specified amount of time. For instance, prior to driving home from work under the threat of inclement weather, just send your spouse a Glympse via email, SMS (Short Message Service), Facebook, or Twitter, and then he or she will be able to track your progress in real time until the time limit expires. The Glympse recipient just needs Web access to view the sender's GPS-based position on a map.

 

WorldMate

Android

Description: WorldMate

Smartphones are handy tools for travelers, but WorldMate (free) transforms them into utterly invaluable road companions. This mobile travel app lets users plan, book, and manage trips by providing access to various booking resources. For instance, you can get hotel rooms, car rentals, flights, tickets to events, and more. You can also use WorldMate to manage your itinerary, view five-day weather forecasts, and look up flight information. With built-in Google Maps integration, you'll always know where you need to be, and the Travel Widget lets you put your itinerary highlights right on your Home screen.

 

Cool Tools

Windows Phone 7

Description: Cool Tools

Your smartphone is really useful, but we'd be fibbing if we said that it lacks nothing. Cool Tools (free), from MDR Applications, is a collection of handy utilities that add functionality to your WP7 device. There's a stopwatch that lets you record independent lap times, a countdown timer with alarm, steady or strobing flashlight, full-screen ruler, accelerometer, and a sound check utility to test and adjust the volume levels of ringtones, music, and movies. There's also a conversion utility that lets you determine a person's age by inputting a birthdate, as well as convert lengths, liquids, speeds, temperatures, and weights.

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