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Smartphone Apps to Soothe the Savage Time Beast

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By David Sobel

We’re all busy, pulled in many directions during our typical day-to-day routine, and more and more our days blur between work-life and home-life. Following are a few good smartphone applications that can help you save time while increasing your productivity:

Check It!
Professionals like you get the job done because you are organized, and one way to stay organized is with lists. Check it! is simple, easy-to-use and will keep you organized. Buy it for just $0.99 cents at the App Store (open iTunes) where you will find all of the apps mentioned in this column.

DocumentsToGo
With this app you can edit, create and view Word, Excel files, PowerPoint, PDF, iWork and other files. It is even capable of sending and receiving attachments. While this app is $9.99, it is highly functional for professionals who are constantly on-the-go.

HomeBase
Are you big into social media? This app allows you to send your announcements with pictures and links to all of your social media outlets. It blasts the announcement for you. And now you can add multiple accounts for all of your social networks. HomeBase costs $1.99 and takes your communications to infinity and beyond.

HootSuite
This is a great social media tool for Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. This app lets you send and schedule Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare updates from anywhere, and also offers monitoring. HootSuite is free.

Instapaper
How many times have you wished you could save Web pages for later reading? With this app, priced at just $4.99, you can do just that.

LiveProfile
This app is a fast, cross-platform (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android) messenger that allows you to communicate, send photos and videos, post status updates, customize your profile and a lot more. LiveProfile is free.

Mashable
Mashable is the largest independent news source dedicated to covering the digital culture, social media and technology. This app is free.

There are hundreds of thousands of smartphone applications. These are just a few innovative, time-saving suggestions. Remember, whatever you may be trying to accomplish, there’s probably an app for that!

*While these apps are for iPhone/iPod/iPad, similar apps are sold by Android, Nokia, BlackBerry and Palm. The author has no financial interest in any of these applications.

David Sobel is vice president of sales and marketing for Home Warranty of America.

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