There’s a new breed of email apps trending these days. These apps are designed to help users get productive with their inboxes and ultimately reach inbox zero. They have several common denominators, including gestures, action-based functionality, scheduling, and integration with other productivity tools like tasks and calendars. They make for a good compliment to project management apps such as Clarizen, Wrike, or JIRA, making your work life that little bit more manageable.

A growing number of these email apps have been released to the public, signalling evident interest in this approach to email. I’ve managed to round up ten (10) email apps that fit into this trend, some of which you may or may not have heard of before. Let’s take a look at these email apps and see what they have to offer users in need of a more effective and flexible solution to email.
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For those of you who are serial diarists or are always toting around a notebook in which to scribble all your genius ideas, memories or musings, why not combine your love of writing with your love for your iPhone?

Here are 50 journal and diary apps, all of them as unique as the people who will inevitably use them. Most of these apps are designed to let you document your innermost thoughts, but we’ve thrown in some scheduling apps for business that help you manage your day-to-day working life as well.

Now whether that’s through text, photos, videos, audio recordings, music or sketches, well, that’s up to you. And up to which app you choose. Hit the jump now to find the perfect one.

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If your business uses JIRA, no doubt you’ve been in a situation where you know a JIRA task exists for a particular task but you can’t quite put your hands on it. Or, maybe you’ve been without your laptop and desperately needed to update or manage an important JIRA task.

Surprisingly, there’s no official JIRA app for mobile, and JIRA Connect is designed to fill this gap. JIRA Connect is a third-party application that puts JIRA tasks at your fingertips no matter where you are. JIRA Connect is ideal for those that can’t or don’t want to use laptops in meetings but want to be able to recall a specific JIRA task at a seconds notice.

Or, if you’re constantly on the move and need to keep an eye on the latest JIRA tasks your team is working on, JIRA Connect provides a convenient way to manage JIRA tasks on your mobile device. JIRA Connect is not simply a web version of JIRA. It uses JIRA’s REST API which plugs straight into JIRA and requires virtually no configuration although it only works with Atlassian JIRA 5.0 and above (earlier versions of JIRA are not supported due to their lack of REST API support).

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Presenting analytical data is an important but sometimes dry task. Roambi Analytics attempts to make the process a whole lot more interesting and dynamic.

More specifically, Roambi understands that business decisions increasingly need to be made on the move and the app aims to deliver crucial figures or results to your mobile device with style in order to seal a deal, ensure the successful running of your business, and uncover new trends in your data.

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SWAG or “Speak With A Geek” is an innovative service that attempts to connect you with technical specialists local to your business. It’s completely free to use and helps you find technical experts that can get you out of a jam or solve a problem.

For those offering services, Speak With A Geek works by matching you with business clients in your area based on your skills and certifications. The great thing is that it offers maximum flexibility – you can work when you want as much as you want and you control availability, client communication, hourly rate and invoicing. There are no commissions taken by SWAG either – the service is free to use so you have nothing to lose by at least listing yourself on there.

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Freshservice is a cloud-based customer service helpdesk for businesses that’s big on third party integration and ease of use. The Freshservice iPhone app features powerful modern ticketing and asset management capabilities but doesn’t require extensive training as it’s very easy to use.

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The best part of the iTunes App Store is that you don’t need to spend a single cent to fill your iPhone with amazing applications. There are tons of developers dishing out quality free applications daily.

So in honor of cheapskates everywhere, this article features 100 free and useful iPhone apps. The apps are organized into ten categories, including business, productivity, and finance.

Some of the business apps require an existing account, and a few of the other apps are free for a limited time only so be sure to act fast!

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Great news folks: AppStorm is back! After more than a year in limbo, the popular app review network has a new owner, a new team of eager writers, and a fresh new outlook.

As you may know, AppStorm closed shop back in January 2014. However, the network has now been taken over by business app discovery network, Nubera. We’ve been long-time admirers of AppStorm and the insightful reviews and useful advice it offers on Mac, Web, Windows, and mobile applications. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue the great work put in by previous owner Envato and its team of talented writers and reviewers.

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I’m currently in the throes of consolidating as much of my information and workflows as possible, all the while, pruning redundant apps and services. In that respect, I’ve found myself using Pinboard increasingly more, not only for archival of my bookmarks but also for content discovery and as a read later service.

Therefore, I’ve been on a quest to find the best Pinboard client for iOS. Having sample a myriad of apps such as Pinner,Pinswift, Pinbrowser, Pinbook and Pincase (to name just a few) I now turn my attention to Pushpin to see how it fairs.

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I’ve long been a proponent of natural language parsing in calendar apps. In 2013, it’s a genuine surprise to me when a modern calendar application doesn’t allow you to type your schedule in naturally. If I’m going to a play on Friday (which I am), I want to be able to type “Tim’s play on Friday from 7:30–9:30” in the event creation field and have the event ready to go. Calendar.app has this all wrong, and Fantastical wiped its clock clean when it debuted with natural language parsing last year.

But now there’s Fantastical 2. More than just a re-skin, it brings some great new features and enhancements to the table. At this point, though, Fantastical isn’t alone. It’s also dealing with contenders like Horizon and Calendars 5 by Readdle, both of which bring their own unique tricks to the table. Despite that, though, Fantastical isn’t just king of the calendar throne, it’s also my most-used app every day. It’s the one that manages everything for me now, and it’s an automatic must for me for anybody I know with an iPhone. Read on to find out what makes this not just a great update, but one of the best iPhone apps available and my pick for the best utility app of the year. (more…)

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