Business Productivity apps

The next generation of customer support and website communication

One of the great things about bricks and mortar retail is the communication and rapport that can be built up between a store and its customers. A few simple words here and there can be the difference between a one-off shopping experience and a regular customer who comes back again and again. This is one aspect of online shopping that tends to get lost. There are so many alternative sites out there delivering similar products and services that customer loyalty is a tricky one to maintain. So, it's nice to see an app coming out that encourages customer interaction and makes the visitor seem ...  More

Nudgespot Messenger Mar 9th 2016

The only Canadian tax app that pushes you straight to a professional

It's tax time again in Canada. Income tax returns for individuals are due in by April 30th with the self employed needing theirs to be filed by June 15th. Nobody likes paying them but taxes are what makes the world go around. There's no reason, however, not to be sure of getting all your deductions in correctly and minimizing the amount that you pay. Big businesses do it all the time so there's no need to feel guilty about it.  More

TAXplan Feb 27th 2016

Simplify your payroll and chat to your staff

While it should be incredibly simple, there's little that causes disharmony in the workplace more than payroll problems. All your employees’ want is to have their wages safely at their disposal on payday with no glitches, no problems and no stuff ups. Sometimes that’s not quite as easy to achieve as it seems - even more so if your staff are working in remote areas. 'halo pay for business' is South African based and a new style of pay vehicle - backed by Barclays Bank subsidiary ABSA bank - that goes some way to solving those problems.  More

halo pay for business Feb 26th 2016

A complete restaurant POS from ordering to billing for your Android

It's a strange thing we are going through at the moment with new startups entering the Main Street retail arena. Whenever I walk down the street in my local town, the biggest changes I'm seeing are plenty of massage and fitness clubs, nail adornment stores, women's clothing stores and new restaurants. Have a look yourself the next time you are in town. It's reckoned that if you are still in business after a year, you are doing pretty well.  So, if you are a new restaurant, it's more important than ever to be using the right point of sale (POS) system to ensure you are running ...  More

FoodZaps Restaurant POS + Ordering Feb 10th 2016

Stop arguing with your housemates about chores and food shopping.

Given the high price of rental residences in major cities it's hardly surprising that there are more and more share houses these days with several people splitting the cost of the rent and household expenses. In many cases, the first time they meet each other is when they move in - especially when we are talking about student accommodation. It's all good fun at first. Parties every night and new friends to get to know. But then comes the crunch when the place starts to get dirty and one person ends up doing most of the cleaning and another gets lumped with buying the food. That's the point ...  More

Hearth Dec 11th 2015

An intelligent email management tool that automatically cleans up your inbox

Email has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the years. When the email revolution really took hold in the '90s, people initially held it in suspicion. The advent of email spamming over the following years just seemed to compound that fear. To the point that people were reluctant to even hand out their email addresses for fear of being inundated with viruses and unwanted advertising. Thankfully, things have moved on since then and email is now a viable alternative to regular post for getting information out there to individuals or organizations. Now we receive hundreds and sometimes ...  More

SaneBox Sep 17th 2015

Keep your notes, lectures and private thoughts locked away from prying eyes

A few years ago I had a friend who had been laboriously plotting a story that he hoped might be taken up as a tv series. He kept it tucked away on his mobile device and worked on it diligently for over a year. I contacted him again a couple of years later after I'd seen the pilot episode of a new series because the plot line bore a remarkable resemblance to his own. He told me that he'd seen the episode and put two and two together and worked out that, while he'd been at a writers’ workshop, he'd left his device unattended and a fellow writer had been able to access all of his notes. The ...  More

Notes Lock Sep 7th 2015

The simplest way to sync your friends when organizing an event

If you have been the unlucky person who has been put in charge of organizing a large group event online in the past you will probably know how much of a pain in the ass it can be. Just trying to get all the information you need to ascertain who is attending and getting their individual requirements together often involves several attempts to clarify the situation. Most people will use a site like Facebook to get people to commit but the only three options to the question 'are you attending?' are 'yes,' 'no' and 'maybe.' It's hardly the most comprehensive way of gathering everyone's input ...  More

Rozta Sep 4th 2015

Take the hassle out of conference room bookings

You wouldn't think that there would be too many problems in managing physical conference room reservations, would you? One would figure that you just invite people after checking their schedules and then find a room and work out a convenient time for everyone. There are even models in Outlook and Google Calendar that work on that system. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple. What tends to happen is that some rooms get double booked while others remain empty - causing frustration on all sides. After years of testing, a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts has put together a faultless, ...  More

Roomzilla Aug 9th 2015

Keep up with your team's HipChat and Slack progress wherever they are

For quite a few years now, businesses have been using HipChat as a communication method so that their teams can keep in touch with each other wherever they are in the world. It's basically a web service for internal private chat and instant messaging but also features cloud based file storage, video calling, searchable message history and inline image viewing. Of late, there have been several other services that have jumped on board with similar models. The most popular of these newbies has been Slack. Both services are great at keeping teams connected whether they be in Kathmandu, ...  More

Scrumbot Jul 21st 2015