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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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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…)

I was never much of a mind mapping person — that is until I stumbled into it a couple of years ago. Since then, its become an essential part of my thought process. I often turn to mind maps to help me flesh out ideas and having an app on my iOS device that allows me to do so, is game changing.

Mention mind mapping on iOS and immediately two names rise to the top: iThoughts and MindNode. When time came to choose one, I opted for MindNode — Despite iThoughts being heralded as the best. It’s minimal, almost playful aesthetics drew me in and it was powerful and versatile enough for my needs while being a joy to use.

It did have it’s shortcomings however, but this update addresses many of them, adds a few new features and a new coat of paint too.

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I’m not addicted to television or anything like that, but I like to keep up with what’s on TV. I go through binges a fair bit, sometimes on Netflix, but I also like to keep up with a couple sitcoms. I loathe myself for it, but I have a little bit of a soft spot for Big Bang Theory. I love HBO too. I’m also checking out apps to see if there are any good ones to help me schedule my week a little bit.

One that’s been making the rounds recently is Televised, an app that helps you keep track of what’s coming up on television. Read on to find out how it compares to the competition and whether or not it’s worth trying for all you TV diehards.

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Tap here, tap there. Sometimes an app is just too many taps away and no home screen fits every app we use. If that’s a common scenario, you need something to save you taps and swipes, turning the whole iPhone experience quicker and appealing. What you’re looking for is Launch Center Pro.

Launch Center Pro lets you create actions to interact with other applications and skip taps on basic functions of your iPhone, such as calling, messaging or opening sites. The application recently delivered its second version with plenty of new features for the automation rookie and the power user.

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I’ve got something of an addiction to stargazing apps. While some app addicts have a folder for Twitter apps or Pinboard apps, I’ve got a folder simply labeled “Stars.” The thing is, I’m not an astronomer. I know as much about the stars as I do about neuroscience — almost nothing. I can point out the Big Dipper. My closest friend is a serious stargazer, and she’s always pointing things out to me, but the Big Dipper is embarrassingly about as far as I can get on my own.

These apps, then, have really helped me out on my journey to learn more about the night sky. They’re equally informative and always brilliantly designed. The ones that have an iPad interface are always stellar there as well, but I mostly fiddle on my iPhone, which is like staring into a portal in our own universe. It blows me away. But the problem is, living in the city, I rarely know when I can go check out stars. There’s no “forecast app for stargazers.” Or at least, there never used to be. Recently, I’ve been using Sky Live, a beautiful app that helps me know when I should leave my house. Read on to find out why this is a must-try for night owls.

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