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Get Your Groove

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Wave To Get To Inbox Zero
If you tend to collect a nice mess in your Inbox, you need help! Else, you'll constantly find yourself drawing a blank when someone asks why you didn't answer mail or keep wondering where that important email went. Mailbox comes to the rescue. A veteran on the iOS, it's finally on the Google Play Store, for free. The app — with its convenient interface — lets you organise your mail with gestures. A simple swipe allows you to archive, delete, add to a list, snooze for later, etc. This gets more specific over time. Make a habit of it, and soon your Inbox will get to that coveted size zero that is so prized in the corporate world. Simply, Mailbox turns your Inbox into a task manager. This one is for those who have a lot of stuff on their Android phones or for anyone who gets frustrated looking for things that just can't be found in a hurry.

The Google For Your Phone
Our smartphones are like the humungous bags we used to carry, in which one would spend several minutes trying to fish out that one thing. Fear not, SRCH2 is a free app that very quickly looks for anything on your device. Ideally, it could have done with an interesting widget, but you can also just park it at the bottom row of apps on the home screen for quick access. One tap will open a browser-like interface. Search for a contact, app, music, photos, messages, documents or something on the Web. The results are instant and some are actionable such as calling or messaging a contact. When you search for a contact, you get a little bit of the recent history of interactions because messages etc., also show up. If I have a crib against this app, it's just that I think it could have been much more elegant.

Need For Speed? Get Swift About It

On an Android device, you can use Swiftkey, Swype or any other gazillion apps to type at top speed. Even the default Android keyboard has its speed tricks. It's Apple that has lagged in the text input department because Apple tightly controls the system to ensure a constant-safe experience. Finally, an Android favourite, Swiftkey, turned up on the App Store and though it can't be a part of the overall iOS system, you can use it separately and even sync it with the popular Evernote. You get the high-speed predictive text without losing the look and feel of Apple's environment. Turn an iPad to landscape and use both hands to type much faster and more accurately, or go one-handed on an iPhone and text away without mistakes. Some note-taking apps do include predictive text, but Swiftkey is a proven productivity enhancer.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 19-05-2014)