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Introducing the Approme Store!

December 30th, 2010 | Small Business | No Comments »

Did you know Google Chrome has an app store now? I switched back to Chrome(my uni webpages wouldn’t show up   Opera) And noticed that there was a section for apps. I got a couple of drawing ones and they seem to be ok.  PC World has an article about five good businesses apps.

  1. Rainmaker: I thought this was an app that lets you create your own weather from the name. But no, it seems to be a profiling service. By that I mean it gathers information about contacts in your gmail address book and puts that information into one place….is what I got from the description. In theory, this seems to be a good idea, but I’m not sure how well it’ll work in practice…especially since one of the examples of information it gathers was mugshots. Anyway, it’s a paid service ranging from $9 to about $39 a month. (If you consider using it for a company, you need to contact them to negotiate pricing.)
  2. Springpad: This is described as a supercharged notebook/To-do list.  Apparently you can build your notes around webpages too. The description says that it’s smart enough to realize what you’re doing and will add a field to reflect it. The To-do lists give you the option to set alerts before your due dates arrive. The description does not make it seem any different than Evernote(which also has a Chrome app by the way) except that it is free to use. I think I’ll try this one out, but if it can’t integrate hand/mouse drawn images very well(like Evernote), I probably won’t use it. Free
  3. Simplebooklet: This is an online presentation tool.l PC World’s article says “It fills a blindingly obvious gap in the market: creating presentations that can be viewed within a browser, and accessed via a simple URL that you share with others.” To me this sounds a lot like Slideshare, the only difference being that one can’t make presentations in Slideshare, one has to upload a presentation. Otherwise, I don’t really see the difference between it and Slideshare from the description alone.  Free for up to 20 MB of content.  If any of you readers use/have used/tried out both of these, which one do you like better?
  4. World Time Planner: Ever been afraid of keeping someone up too late? Wanna know what time to call that person in Thailand(I picked a random place) for that telephone conference? This app seems useful. It lets you click and drag a slider to see what time it is in various cities. It also gives you daytime and nighttime symbols that let you know when the working day starts and ends. The only problem I see with this one is, what if you don’t need the time for London, Beijing, Tokyo or any of the other common cities that most world clocks give you? Like if you need to know the time in Vaduz(the capital of Lichtenstein), you’re not going to find it immediately. Free and it even works offline.
  5. Read Later Fast: This lets you save pages to read later. This is a really good app. It lets you archive pages. Which is necessary if you want to find something again. I’ve had problems with disappearing pages and I’m going to install this as soon as I get my laptop back. Free

So, out of all these which ones did you like the best and why? Or if it’s not on the list, what is it and why do you like it?

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