The Spring 2013 Round-Up Selected by the Expedition PR Team
As technophiles and tech fanatics, we are always looking for new apps and sites that allow us to work better, or simply have more fun. Here is a round-up of our current favorites.
Best Apps and Sites for Work
- Among the most used apps is Skype. We all have Skype accounts. It helps to collaborate across states and countries. Some of our client calls are on Skype, especially with startups. Many of us also use Skype outside of the office, for video calls with friends and family. As video is a great way to discuss projects and brainstorm ideas, we are now moving our team meetings to Google Hangouts.
- Parlez-vous allemand? Some of us do, but we sometimes need help. Our German team members use Űbersetzer by Tensift to choose the right words for the localization of materials. The app translates texts in 45 world languages, so there are lots of opportunities for geographic expansion for us. Watch out for the Chinese edition of this post.
- Staying up-to-date on current events is a ‘must’ when you’re working with the media. One of our team members recently discovered NowThisNews, a video news app that allows users to stream short news videos (3 min or less) to their mobile phone. The videos are fast-paced, to the point, and cover a variety of topics ranging from Lil Wayne and Purple Drink to Cyprus’s economic collapse.
- As news junkies we also love FlipBoard. This app consolidates updates from news sites and social media channels into a personal magazine. Bye-bye Google News Reader, we are not too sad to see you retire. And, don’t forget to add a picture in your next Facebook and Twitter posts. They just pop out more when reading the FlipBoard magazine.
- Last but not least, at the office we heavily rely on DropBox for file sharing. Long live the cloud.
Best Apps & Sites for Play
- We agree with Rihanna. Please don’t stop the music. iTunes is ubiquitous; Spotify is almost ubiquitous. Pandora is a good tool for music discovery, except that is has a limited repertoire for each playlist. Our latest discovery is Songza. This music site and app has a neat ‘music concierge” feature that let you choose play lists based on fun categories, such as your mood (from aggressive to warm), genre, activity, decades and culture. As we are writing this there is an ‘Indie Apartment Party” play list trending and the music concierge has some songs for us to ‘get fired’ up or at least ‘boost our energy’.
- Lately, we became a tiny bit obsessed with cartoons. Ever wish someone developed a comic based on you? Now you can do it yourself. Manga Comics Camera is an app that allows you to turn ordinary iPhone photos into comic type shots. Once the photo is converted, you can text “sound effects” and add speech bubbles. Pow, Pow, Poof.
- New York City has so many great restaurants, but not all of them are around the office or your home. GrubHub is an easy way to order food without leaving the house or the office.
- Let the games begin. Playing strategy games, such as 4 in a Row, Crosswords or Checkers, can be entertaining and improve concentration. We like Kreuzworträtsel Free. For those who don’t have the translator app ready yet, it means crossword puzzle free in German. And if you have kids, don’t forget to check out Morton Subotnick’s Pitch Painter , a musical painting application for the iPad designed for children 3 to 5 years old and the interactive art application Thicket. Both apps are addictive in a good way.
- While game preferences vary, online shopping unifies. Amazon is hard to beat with its large assortment of goods, fast delivery and easy return service. After all, there is nothing better than getting a good Kindle book and reading it on the tablet a minute later.
Do you have a favorite app or site? Let us know. We are always looking to try out new technology.