Know the best apps for tech de­vices

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with apps that may help you right out of the gate, es­pe­cially if you’re used to work­ing on a com­puter. The Web browser on your de­vice may be fine, but it never hurts to have a sec­ond one in case some­thing you’re try­ing to view on the web doesn’t dis­play prop­erly. The free “Google Chrome” browser is avail­able on most plat­forms, and if you’re on a re­stric­tive data plan, the light­weight browser “Opera” com­presses web pages down to make them load more quickly and ef­fi­ciently. Both are free.

If you do any kind of on­line bank­ing or would like to, check to see if the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion you use has a ded­i­cated app. You may be able to check your ac­counts, de­posit checks us­ing your de­vice’s cam­era and trans­fer funds. Speak­ing of your money, the app “Mint” (free) is great for track­ing fi­nances and see­ing trends on how you spend.

Man­ag­ing files can be a has­sle on mo­bile de­vices. “Drop­box” (free) al­lows you to keep dig­i­tal doc­u­ments of any kind stored on­line, ac­ces­si­ble to you from any com­puter or de­vice.

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Get­ting things done with a mo­bile de­vice may lead you to ex­per­i­ment with to-do list apps. The App Store and Google Play are stuffed with them. I’ve had luck with a free app called “Wun­derlist” (free), but some Ap­ple users pre­fer “Things,” which is rel­a­tively pricey at $10 for each type of de­vice. “Re­mem­ber the Milk” is an­other good and free todo app that’s very pop­u­lar.

“Ever­note” is a mus­town. It al­lows you to cre­ate notes that you can ac­cess from any­where. Ev­ery­thing is search­able, even text con­tained within pho­tos. It’s free. A pre­mium ver­sion costs $5 a month if you need lots of ex­tra stor­age for your notes.

A few friends also swear by “Cal­vetica” ($2.99 for iOS), an alternative to Ap­ple’s cal­en­dar app.

Now that you’re or­ga­nized, have some fun. “An­gry Birds” (price varies, starts at 99 cents) is cute and ad­dic­tive and avail­able in sev­eral dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions, in­clud­ing the re­cent “An­gry Birds Star Wars.”

“Words With Friends” (free) is like on­line Scrab­ble, while “Plants vs. Zom­bies” (starts at 99 cents) is fam­ily friendly

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