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Everything you need to know about IT and technology

Written by Emily Gam
on May 17, 2016

We take our phones with us everywhere we go, so it's no surprise that there’s a huge library of apps available out there. There are apps that can entertain us, make us healthier, keep us productive and manage our finances. However, there’s more to your app store than just Angry Birds (although that is very important!)

If you're still looking for great apps to download, check out our earlier post '7 Productivity Apps you need in 2016'

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It makes sense that you should be using apps that help you in business. Below are our top 7 business apps to download and get using this year.

1. LinkedIn

Let’s face it, nobody uses a rolodex anymore, and collecting hundreds of business cards just makes a mess of your desk.

LinkedIn is great for adding new connections and keeping up to date with your network. The LinkedIn app means you can add people you meet at a conference or dinner right there and then, before you forget their name.

2. Receipt Bank

If you travel a lot for work it can get very time consuming and annoying trying to organise all your business receipts.  Receipt Bank makes it easy to store all your receipts and intergrates with your accounting software. Simply take a photo of your receipt and Receipt Bank will automatically create the expense, no need for any manual entry.

3. Evernote

Evernote is one of the most popular business apps out there and it’s easy to see why. Evernote allows you to write notes, make checklists, attach files, chat to colleagues, share notes on projects, create meetings track expenses and plan travel.

It’s a powerful app that can be used across all devices. Evernote is free to download and use, but there are also subscription levels that offer more tools.

4. Microsoft Remote Desktop

This app from Microsoft allows you to connect to a remote PC (terminal server) so you can access it from anywhere. You can read more about remote and terminal servers in one of our earlier blog posts.

If your business uses a Cloud Platform you can access all your company files and data from anywhere with an internet connection as everything is stored securely in the Cloud.

This app requires VPN connectivity so speak to your IT provider to help set it up.

5. Last Pass

We mentioned a few times already how important it is to have a good password manager. Last Pass is a great app that allows you to manage all your different passwords, so you’ll never forget how to login to your Twitter account ever again. It also offers Two-Factor Authentication, Local-Only Encryption and a bunch of other security features which keep your accounts as guarded as the Crown Jewels.

6. TripIt

We’ve all stood in line trying to find that confirmation email with the booking number on it, whether it’s at the airport, hotel, or car rental.

The magic of TripIt is that it compiles all the information so it’s right there in front of you, your flight number, booking numbers, tickets etc in one simple itinerary. It also syncs with your calendar and allows you to share your itinerary with others.

7. Wunderlist

Keeping your life in sync has ever been easier with Wunderlist. It’s basically a do-to list, but on productivity steroids. You can set due dates, reminders and assign ‘to-dos’ to other people.

Wunderlist is available in different plans; free, pro and business. It’s a fantastic app to keep you and your team organised, increase productivity and promote collaboration.

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