Mobile App Watch - October '13


It's a mobile world, and if you are not living it, you'll be left behind. Catch up on the hottest mobile news in Website Magazine's Mobile World Channel and see what was featured in the most recent print edition below.

: Feedly : There is no better way to get over your breakup with Google Reader than to move on with another news aggregator, and the editors at Website Magazine can't get enough of Feedly. The platform comes jam-packed with organization and personalization features, and enables users to save and share articles with friends. Plus, the Feedly app syncs across devices, making the discovery process a much easier task when on the go.

: DomainHole : Find the perfect domain name with DomainHole, an iOS app that enables users to find brand worthy and valuable domains. The app offers the ability to search for expired domains, check domain availability, combine a keyword with popular word lists, generate random domains and produce alternative ideas based off a keyword.

: IFTTT : The power of automation now resides in your pocket, thanks to the iOS app from IFTTT, which stands for "if this, then that." Users can simplify their lives by combining two channels and creating automated tasks, which the service dubs "recipes," sending triggers from one channel to the other. For example, you could set Twitter to send a "keep dry" message automatically to your followers every time it rains in your local area. The platform has 67 total channels, including Facebook, Gmail, Evernote, Etsy, Google Drive, Feedly, HootSuite, LinkedIn, Yammer, Weather, WordPress and the most recent addition, the New York Times.

: Buffer : Social media management app Buffer has been around for some time now, but the introduction of Custom Scheduling should put it back on your radar. Previously, Buffer automatically scheduled social updates so they posted at the most optimal times throughout the day. With the app's newest functionality, social media managers can now also choose the times when they would like their updates to be posted if desired. The Custom Scheduling feature works with both text and image posts, as well as on desktop and mobile devices.

: Loop Survey Maker : Obtaining valuable customer feedback is just a download away. The free Loop app for iOS devices allows business owners to use survey templates, based on company type, in order to create custom surveys that can be shared by email, Facebook and Twitter. Likewise, businesses can have customers answer surveys directly on an iPad inside brick-and-mortar stores, which allows them to obtain feedback much faster. The app offers Feedback reports, as well as push notifications to alert users when there is new feedback available.

: Audio Memos : Don't worry about jotting down the wrong information, instead, leverage this professional audio recorder to capture your most important conversations. This audio app can be used for interviews, lectures, briefings, voice recording and more. Recordings can be sent via email or Dropbox and can be sorted by date or title. Additionally, users can make in-app purchases to gain access to other helpful features, such as the ability to insert comments, edit recordings and add position markers to memos for easier navigation.

: Elevatr : Take your business idea to the next level with Elevatr. Although this iOS app includes similar features of other note-taking/ brainstorming apps, it also includes elements of traditional business plans to help users flush out their ideas. For example, inspiring entrepreneurs must describe their idea in 140 characters or less, but are then prompted to fill out other business aspects (e.g. market, competition data, product information and execution).