16 Apps Ev­ery Busi­ness Trav­eler Should Have

TRAV­ELER SHOULD HAVE From book­ing cabs to man­ag­ing fi­nances, to book­ing tick­ets, these nifty apps are a must-have for any busi­ness trav­eler

PCQuest - - CONTENTS - – Raj Ku­mar Mau­rya

True­caller

Abusi­ness ex­ec­u­tive’s life is al­ways con­sid­ered one that in­cludes good man­age­ment and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills. Be­ing a part of the in­ter­net gen­er­a­tion, these busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als have mas­tered the art of op­ti­miz­ing time. But it takes a lot to be or­ga­nized in day-to-day busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. And in re­cent times this has mostly be­come pos­si­ble through mo­bile tech­nol­ogy. Get­ting their hands on some of the best mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions has helped them au­to­mate tasks that can­not be men­tioned on their pri­or­ity lists or they tend to over­look or that can­not be com­pleted on the go ow­ing to time con­straints. True­caller’s caller ID and spam pro­tec­tion fea­tures can help busi­ness trav­el­ers iden­tify un­wanted spam calls/ mes­sages and pri­or­i­tize im­por­tant calls over oth­ers. The new Flash messaging fea­ture in True­caller 8.0 can help peo­ple in­stantly share their lo­ca­tion, mak­ing it eas­ier to co­or­di­nate and stay in touch. Busi­ness trav­el­ers can ben­e­fit from True­callers lat­est pay­ments fea­ture in part­ner­ship with ICICI Bank, True­caller Pay, al­low­ing them to send or re­ceive money se­curely over their mo­bile phone us­ing the UPI plat­form. Also, they can use True­caller’s “Avail­abil­ity” fea­ture to check whether the per­son they are about to call is busy or not.

Ex­pe­dia

From plan­ning to book­ing and be­yond, the Ex­pe­dia App is de­signed to en­hance your jour­ney. Save with last minute mo­bile-ex­clu­sive deals on your iPhone or An­droid

phone. The app also sup­ports Ap­ple Watch so stay one step ahead with flight, ho­tel, and car alerts.

XE Cur­rency

XE is one stop app for cur­rency con­ver­sions. It even in­cludes rates for pre­cious met­als and his­toric cur­rency charts, but for the trav­eler, it is most use­ful for the sim­ple fact that it’s able to con­vert ev­ery world cur­rency. The app also func­tions offline by stor­ing the last up­dated rates, which comes in handy if you’re in a place with lim­ited con­nec­tiv­ity or try­ing to save on data.

Google Trans­late

Go­ing abroad? Trans­late makes it easy to con­vert text from one lan­guage to another in ways that ac­tu­ally make sense. Sure, you can type in a phrase in your na­tive tongue and have Trans­late move it into another lan­guage. But you can also take a snap­shot of a sign, menu, or doc­u­ment with your phone and have Trans­late con­vert it to the text. You can speak into your phone in one lan­guage and have Trans­late speak back in another. And you can do it all offline, pro­vided you down­load the nec­es­sary lan­guage packs in ad­vance.

App in the air

It is one of the smartest, straight­for­ward, flight track­ing app that has the best cov­er­age of air­lines and air­ports. With “Time­line” you are al­ways pre­pared and you’ll never miss your flight. Text mes­sages no­ti­fi­ca­tions will reach you even if you are abroad and don’t have an In­ter­net con­nec­tion. It even helps you to best man­age your time at the air­port by break­ing each flight into four stages: Check-in, Board­ing, Take-off and Land­ing and no­tify you on any flight-re­lated change.

Word, Ex­cel & Pow­erpoint

Mi­crosoft’s Of­fice suite of pro­grams has long been a de­facto stan­dard for desk­top pro­duc­tiv­ity, and the mo­bile ver­sions of Word, Ex­cel and Pow­erpoint con­tinue that tra­di­tion. De­signed to pro­vide max­i­mum file com­pat­i­bil­ity and adopt­ing to touch screen in­ter­face de­vices, each of the three apps al­lows users to view and edit doc­u­ments, spread­sheets, and pre­sen­ta­tions re­spec­tively. Cloud sup­port for ser­vices such as OneDrive, Drive, and Drop­box make for easy shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion. To get the most out of the apps, use an Of­fice 365 sub­scrip­tion which now comes bun­dles with many smart phones and tablets.

Practo

Practo is a health­care app which en­ables you to find the

best doc­tors, and book in­stant ap­point­ments and do on­line con­sul­ta­tions with them. You can read de­tails about the doc­tor such as qual­i­fi­ca­tions, con­sul­ta­tion fees, see feed­back from other pa­tients and in­stantly book ap­point­ments right from your smart­phone.

Ex­pen­sify

Keep­ing track of ex­penses can be a pain while you are more on the move. Ex­pen­sify can ease the bur­den. The app pro­vides an easy-to-fol­low in­ter­face for track­ing time, miles, re­ceipts, and in­voices on the go, then gen­er­at­ing on-de­mand re­ports as needed. Ex­pen­sify lets you scan re­ceipts as you get them, af­ter which it au­to­mat­i­cally pulls out the rel­e­vant info from the images and puts it into your records. It can tap into your phone’s GPS to log miles as you drive, and it of­fers offline func­tion­al­ity for the times when you can’t get a sig­nal.

Duolingo

It is a free and well-de­signed lan­guage learn­ing app. This should not be con­sid­ered as a re­place­ment for proper lan­guage classes or cour­ses, but the app lets you keep up­dated on vo­cab­u­lary, be­fore a trip abroad. The in­ter­face is de­signed just like a com­puter game of puz­zles is played, and it steers you through lev­els that you need to com­plete be­fore ad­vanc­ing, and you gain ex­pe­ri­ence points along the way.

Live Trekker

Be the sto­ry­teller when you travel to Shang­hai or Paris, trek in the South-African wild, or sit in si­lence and en­dure the beauty of Grand Canyon. The app lets you cre­ates a dig­i­tal jour­nal of your trav­els so you can look back on your trips on an in­ter­ac­tive map. You can track your path and pin pho­tos, videos, au­dio or text en­tries to the map as you go. Every­thing gets vi­su­al­ized ac­cu­rately on gor­geous maps.

Ever­note

Ever­note is one of the pop­u­lar cross-plat­form note­tak­ing ser­vices, al­low­ing users to take and up­load notes, pic­tures, au­dio and video snip­pets and or­ga­nize them into cloud note­books that can be synced across dif­fer­ent de­vices. Loaded with a pow­er­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion, for­mat­ting and shar­ing op­tions, Ever­note is still king even with com­peti­tors such as OneNote and Google Keep. The free ver­sion lets users up­load 60MB of con­tent monthly, with paid ac­counts al­low­ing more op­tions.

Google Drive

Google’s cloud stor­age ser­vice, Google Drive, serves as a great pro­duc­tiv­ity aid due to its tight in­te­gra­tion with the Google ecosys­tem. Users can eas­ily up­load and down­load any file, plus the file shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­tures let you eas­ily work on shared projects ef­fec­tively. Easy con­fig­u­ra­tion of shar­ing set­tings, folder struc­ture, quick

ac­cess to re­cent files and de­tails, and built-in view­ing of doc­u­ments, PDFs, pho­tos, and videos make for a ver­sa­tile cloud stor­age tool what­ever mo­bile OS you use. Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google on­line stor­age, so you can keep pho­tos, stories, de­signs, draw­ings, record­ings, videos – any­thing.

Hap­tik

It is your Per­sonal As­sis­tant that has a pla­toon of real in­di­vid­u­als to solve your prob­lems and al­lows you to fo­cus on things that mat­ter to you most. Whether it’s find­ing the best mo­bile plan, file a com­plaint or ser­vice re­quest, web Check-in, make a restau­rant reservation, check PNR or Train Sta­tus, find­ing Flight Sched­ules & Prices, or find­ing Car or Bike Price, Hap­tik is your go-to guy. Just type it, and con­sider the job done.

Tripit

Tripit ex­tracts travel in­for­ma­tion from your con­fir­ma­tion emails for flights, ho­tels, rental cars, events book­ings and con­verts it into a sin­gle itin­er­ary. What you need to do is for­ward your emails to the app and it will take care of the rest.

Splittr

It pro­vides a sim­ple plat­form to share costs be­tween friends. Just en­ter ex­penses as you travel along, in­clud­ing who paid what and the app will do the rest. A nice touch for longer, multi-des­ti­na­tion trips is that all cur­ren­cies are sup­ported and you can mix cur­ren­cies with­out hav­ing to do the con­ver­sion your­self.

Pocket

This nifty app lets you pre­serve al­most any web page or con­tent in an or­ga­nized way and makes for a fa­vor­able view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Pre­vi­ously known as Read It Later, Pocket App is used for man­ag­ing a read­ing list of ar­ti­cles and web con­tent from the In­ter­net. It gets in­te­grated with your web browser so you can save con­tent or a web page by sim­ply tap­ping the icon near the top of the screen. It is a great offline read­ing tool that al­lows you to se­lect and save ar­ti­cles, pic­tures, and videos for later view­ing.

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