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Get more from your smartphone with these mobile apps

Our monthly contribution from Andrew Leon Walker of Rame Marketing

For many of us the smartphone has become a central tool for our business and it’s never far from our reach, 24 hours a day. It’s no longer just about making telephone calls; we use our smartphone as our alarm clock, to access our emails and our social media channels, it acts as our calendar and To Do list, and our music player.

But there is a danger that we can become a slave to our smartphone so I thought I’d let you know of a few of the mobile apps that at least make my life a little easier in return, and give me back some control. Here we go:

Dark Sky
A hyperlocal weather information app with down-to-the-minute forecasts. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So before you leave for the office, make sure you’re wearing the right stuff.

We live in a content driven world. Flipboard is a content aggregator that allows you to pull all types of information of interest into one platform. Browse your content for work and play over coffee and be prepared for the day.

As you browse the internet you’ll come across content that you’d like to read but you don’t have the time right now. Saving it to Pocket means you can return to it later, on any device.

IF This Then That (IFTTT) allows you to automate your web services and smart devices. Want to automatically tweet your latest blog post? IFTTT has a ready made “recipe’ to help.

Are you a note taker? Jot down a reminder, create a To Do list or snap a picture of a sketch. Save them to Evernote and you’ll always be able to find them, on any device.

Heading out to a meeting? Track your mileage, record your starting location and destination and send the information straight into a spreadsheet.

One I intend to start using. If you’re fed up transferring paper notes to your Mac or PC, the Livescribe platform records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded. It uses a smartpen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder and you need to use it with Anoto digital paper (or a specific Moleskin notepad).

Keep a track of your time, create and send invoices, accept online payments, snap photos of your receipts and keep your projects on track and on budget.

I hope one or two of these prove interesting!