Top 10 Best Office Apps that Make You More Productive

Take pride in working hard and have a humble enough heart and mind to accept that you don’t know it all; and take the time to learn from those who have gone before you.

That’s what brings about success, or at least that’s what we’re told to do to attain that success. But as we bring more innovation and tech tools into the game, we can easily get bogged down by all the little organizational things involved in the day-to-day running of the business; and that prevents us from learning, creating and being successful.

In comes the smartphone right? This will make our lives more efficient, and give us more time to learn and enjoy, right?

True. Smartphones allow us to communicate and perform business activities while on the go, but still there is something missing. Without the right office apps you are not as efficient as you would like to be on your phone. That’s where the right office apps can help. The following are 10 top best office apps to use on any smartphone.


1. Google Drive

Google Drive offers all of the features of Microsoft office in the cloud. Added benefits include collaborative tools, sharing and editing options.

2. Quickoffice

This is a free app that allows you easy access to Microsoft Office documents on any android or iOS phone or tablet.

3. CamScanner

Did you always want to scan documents into your phone? Now you can with this Phone PDF Creator. It is  a little more advanced than the document scanner in Google Docs. Import office documents into android, convert them into PDF format and save or print.

4. Microsoft Office Mobile

Create, edit and save MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on mobiles and tablets. Need of Microsoft email account to get started, but the app is free.

5. OpenOffice

This offers support for open office documents, allowing users to view documents on the android phone. It is effective for reading ODT and ODS files.

6. SwiftKey X

A better alternative for the android keyboard as the app learns from your typing habits. It memorizes the words you most frequently write, so if you begin to type a sentence, SwiftKey will eventually learn to finish your sentences.

7. Chrome Remote Desktop

When you go off and leave important documents on your desktop, the nuclear chrome Remote Desktop can help. It allows you to sync and access documents from your desktop and view them on your smartphone.

8.  ThinkFree

This is one of the biggest office compatible apps for android. In some cases it comes preloaded on the phone. Free versions only offer document reading, while full editing is only available on the paid version.

9.  Cloud Print

With this app you no longer need to own a printer. The Google Cloud Print app lets you send documents to any printer that’s linked to the cloud service.

10. Docs to Go

This app offers some advanced word processing features such as embedding graphics, creating tables and managing footnotes. It also supports hundreds of functions on spreadsheets. Documents can then be stored in the cloud.

The 10 Most Beautifully Designed Apps of 2014

It’s time to think again of what we did right and what we did wrong in 2014. It’s time to scour the web and look at all the apps, compare them and decide which make for beautiful design and which don’t. What’s the point? Well, it helps us determine what the design trends are, and how an app should look. So here’s our list of the 10 most impressively designed APPS – for desktop, mobile and web. Some of these are new, many are not and just new updates but they are still eye candy worth looking at. We’re sure you’ll find something here worth downloading on your smartphone or gadget.


  1. Wire

This is a visual messenger that has just recently launched but has drawn attention for its crisp graphics in the traditional messaging world. What draws the viewers’ attention here is the crisp graphics, bold colors and easy to access controls.

  1. Yahoo News Digest

It’s strange to say that Yahoo is attractive, but this one received the Apple design award and it’s really too good to miss. It is an app that puts the news front and center, allowing readers to access the topics that most interest them.

  1. Monument Valley

Yes. This is a game and not technically an app, but the design colors and styles are beautiful. It is available in the apples App Store. It’s also available on android and Amazon about $3.99.

  1. Acorns

Need to simplify finances? Then use Acorns, an app that is made to simplify investing by allowing you to invest spare change automatically from everyday purchases into a diversified portfolio. It works sort of like the “keep the change” programs except you’re doing it with your own money for your own benefit.

  1. Overcast

This may just be a podcast player, but it sure is pretty.

  1. Airbnb

With a new overhaul, Airbnb has changed the look of its new app. Now it’s beautifully organized, allowing users to immediately see accomodations.

  1. Paper

An app that works with Facebook and beautifully organizes your newsfeed and photos that come in, allowing you to better assimilate the information.

8.        Miranda

A beautiful and free app that lets you look at the different time zones which is especially important if you work with teams that are distributed throughout the world.

9.      Umano

With all of the content on the Internet it can be hard to read these days. Yet we all want to be literate and know what’s going on the world, so this beautiful Umano app lets you pick a topic and have it read to you

  1. Yummly

A gorgeous food app that makes the food look more appetizing. This app puts together beautiful pictures and recipes that are easy to read and navigate.  This app offers enticing food pics, grocery lists, recipe recommendations and more.

These are not the only beautifully designed apps we found for 2014, but they are well designed and functional, giving users exactly what they want either for free or at a very affordable price. These are the apps for 2014 that inspire designers to do more, to work more efficiently and bring more beauty and simplicity into every design

Top 5 Anti-Theft Android Apps

As smartphones become more advanced and expensive, they represent more of a temptation for thieves who would happily dispose you of them. Luckily, nowadays it’s hard to have your phone stolen without being able to find it, thanks to the many Android apps available. They don’t only protect your data, but also use GPS to successfully trace it. Here are some of the best ones available.

Android Device Manager

android device manager

This app actually comes preinstalled on many smartphones. Developed by Google, it covers the basics when it comes to ensuring that you will be able to find your lost phone. It’s free to use and apart from locating the missing device, it lets you lock it, make a siren sound to alert people nearby or even wipe it completely, so that nobody can access your sensitive data. It’s synced with your Google account, which is able to manage multiple devices at once.

Avast! Anti-Theft

avast anti theft

Because Avast! Anti- Theft is available both as a Free and Premium version, you would expect to see the free version stripped of many functions, but fortunately enough, that’s not the case. If you install it as part of the Avast! Mobile Security suit, you’ll have access to an impressive range of tools. It lets you control your phone remotely via SMS, add a friend who would receive your SMS change notifications on his number, lock, locate or wipe it completely. It can also play a loud noise, lock the SIM and even block access to important phone applications, like the settings. The premium version can enable geofencing, as well as take pictures with the phone’s camera, so that you can identify the thief.



Cerberus is an anti-theft app rich in options. You have a week to try it for free, after which you’ll have to pay $2.99 if you want to continue using it. And there are a lot of reasons why you would want to. Apart from the common functions, the app’s icon can be hidden, so that whoever steals your phone won’t uninstall it and you can even turn the microphone on and record what he is saying, in case you will need to use the audio as evidence.



To take full advantage of Lookout’s features, you’ll need to go premium, but if you do, you’ll get a solid app, which has been constantly improving over the years. It manages to take advantage of the two actions most likely to be done by thieves: turning your phone off and change the SIM card. In both cases, you’ll be notified via e-mail. The cherry on top is the ability to take a picture with the front camera, in an attempt to identify the thief.



Prey is another anti-theft app free to use and unlike Lookout, it can be used across many platforms, including PCs. This means that you can use a single account for all your devices which need to be protected. Basic features like locating, wiping and locking are of course available, as well as activating a loud siren or display a message of your choice on the phone’s screen.