January 03, 2014, 11:20 AM — If one of your New Year's resolution is to be more productive, I've got help for you: Five great productivity-boosting iOS apps, every one of them free.
This great productivity suite has been built from the ground up to work with cloud-based storage, and can do things that Office hasn't yet dreamed about. It works with your files on multiple cloud-storage services, and you don't even need to remember where they are. Just open the file and HopTo finds where you've stored it. You can even do Google searches for images from right within the program and embed them directly into your documents.
If you need to keep track of tasks and to-dos, you need this program. It makes it exceptionally easy to create and track them, including syncing with multiple devices and the cloud. You can share your lists with others as well. It's exceptionally customizable. And you can even speak to it, and it turns your spoken words into tasks.
How much time have you wasted trying to remember that article or Web site you came across last week? Most likely plenty. Pocket (previously called Read It Later) solves the problem. Save articles, videos, or anything else you find on the Web, and then find it quickly. It syncs with other devices, so you'll be able to use it on iOS devices as well as your Mac. You can also share what you've found with others. There are extensions for all the major browsers, so it's easy to capture what you want.
Tap, tap, tap...writing anything on an iOS device takes plenty of time -- too much time. Instead, dictate your notes, memos, and documents with Dragon Dictation. It transcribes your words to text. You can also share what you've created via email, Twitter, and Facebook.
Here's another great free office productivity suite that works with cloud-based services, including Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive. You can create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, and do it with style. For example, you can add themes and colors, format text, and much more.