IT Innovation

Scan, Produce, and Travel

Explore gadgets and mobile apps, and test your tech knowledge.

September/October 2015

Apps: Business Travel
Make the most of business travel with apps that help you stay connected, track tasks, and get work done even when you’re in flight or in a meeting.

Onavo Extend
Do more on your phone without spending more on your bill. Onavo Extend runs continuously in the background to find ways to save, directing all data downloaded over 3G, EDGE, and LTE through Onavo’s servers and compression technology. Free (Android, iOS).

Conquer on-the-go e-mail overload. Mailbox lets Gmail, Google Apps, and iCloud users quickly swipe messages to archive or trash, scan entire conversations at once with chatlike organization, mute e-mails, and put e-mails on snooze to return to their inboxes automatically later. Free (Android, iOS).

Your company’s social media updates can’t always wait for your flight to land. Enter Buffer, an app that enables you to schedule posts sent through the application to your social media accounts. Schedule posts automatically, and get analytics such as clicks, retweets, Likes, shares, mentions, and others for each update. Free (Android, iOS).
Don’t miss important meetings and dates. In one place, capture and organize all of your to-dos and sync them across devices. Add notes to tasks, break big projects into subtasks, and set date and time reminders. The app includes voice entry, autosuggest, and real-time list collaboration so you can share to-dos with colleagues. Free (Android, iOS).

Scan on the Run

When you’re on the road, you have enough to carry without worrying about losing important papers. Go paperless with the 1.1 pound Epson WorkForce DS-40 wireless portable document scanner. Scan receipts, business cards, and other documents (up to 8.5 x 36 inches) and store them on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or in the cloud. Text enhancement, skew correction, and color enhancement tools make it easy to scan documents into editable text and searchable PDFs. Battery-powered and USB-compatible. US$179.99.


Mobile-Friendly Memory

Feeling frustrated trying to transfer files from your phone to your computer? Leef Bridge 3.0 enables you to move files between your Android phone, tablet, Mac, and Windows PC without the need for cables, cloud services, Wi-Fi, or data connectivity. Available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities. Starting at US$29.99; for iPhone users, the Leef iBRIDGE model starts at US$60.


Where Do You Feel Most Productive For employees surveyed in Kensington’s recent
Productivity Trends 2015 report, time spent in the office wins for productivity, with more than 60 percent stating that they feel most productive when they are working in the office. Kensington surveyed 3,426 respondents in the US, England, and Australia and asked multiple questions related to working hours, place of work, e-mail, devices used, comfort and hygiene, bring your own device, and security.


Photography byLuke Ellis-Craven,Unsplash