If I have to be really honest with this post title, then I should write about Skype, Gmail, Facebook, Google Maps and Google Drive/Dropbox apps. Without these apps I seriously cannot live (not just virtually!) my life. But I am darn sure you are using all five of them (or at least three?) anyway, so there is no point in stating the obvious. Below are the five apps that I think can help you to live a healthy virtual life!
1. Grammarly – Google Chrome extension for word suggestion/correction:
As I average 40/50 business emails on a working day, time-wise it WAS quite difficult for me to maintain decent spelling and grammar for all those emails (+ I am not a native English speaker). Then I met Grammarly Chrome Extension! Chrome has its built-in spell-checker but it doesn’t have word-suggestion and synonyms features and thats where Grammarly steps in! In fact I found Grammarly word-suggestion and synonyms features even better than our old friend Microsoft Word! If you misspell a word, it gets underlined in red and if you just hover your cursor over that word a pop-up shows you a list of word corrections/suggestions. If you want to have synonym of a word just double click on that and a pop-up will appear.
Just install the extension on your Chrome browser and it will work on any website you visit.
2. Pocket – App and Chrome extension for webpage bookmarking:
Like everyone else on the web, everyday I come across a sheer number interesting web resources and I want some of them to store somewhere for later-reading or just archive them because they are important to me. Perhaps the easiest way to address this issue just to bookmark them on your browser. But these days most of us use multiple web devices (I mean smartphone, tablet etc) and we want to have all our bookmarks in one place. Meet Pocket. On my Chrome browser I have Pocket extension and on my tablet and smartphone I have Pocket apps. So whenever I “Pocket” any webpage from any of my devices they get archived in www.getpocket.com website. I can re-visit these stored weblinks later by going to Pocket app or website. Of course there are plenty of alternatives out there but I think Pocket’s got a very intuitive and user-friendly interface.
3: Google translate app: You know what it is
If you are an expat like me in a country like Japan, there is a good chance that you are already heavily relied on Google translate. If you also happen to use Google translate app (I am not talking about the website) then have you updated your app recently? If have not, then do it, NOW! It has got a new great feature just last week. You can now take an image of a text (lets say a Japanese sentence) and you get the translation in your preferred language! No need of type input! Awesome!
4. AirDroid – An app from file transferring between mobile devices and desktop/laptop (Gives virtual access to your mobile device from desktop browser)
AirDroid website says “One less cable” and that’s exactly what it is! Using AirDroid I can wirelessly transfer files from my tablet/smartphone to my PC. You must be thinking, don’t we already have Dropbox or Google Drive for that? Well, AirDroid is actually much more than just that. You log into AirDroid website from a desktop browser and then your browser actually sort of turns into your smartphone/tablet (well, of course the App has to be installed in your smartphone/tablet)! Means, you can virtually control your smartphone/tablet from your browser. For instance, you can even send an SMS message from your PC as you will have access and control of your smartphone Inbox/Outbox from the AirDriod website!
5. Google Goggles – Use your images for Google Search the web
In short, you just take a picture of an object or something with Google Googles app and it gives you “Google search” results relevant to that image. Lets say I am in front of a landmark and I want to know its name. So, I can just take a picture of that landmark with Google Goggles, it will do a Google search of that landmark and return me relevant information and weblinks of that landmark.
6. And an extra one – Sky Map: Explore the night sky
If you are an Astronomy lover like me have you ever tried Sky Map? If not then just do it now! You will love it!.