Friday, December 13, 2013

#FAtech: Utilities Apps

More mobile apps financial aid administrators use.  Today's category includes "utilities" apps, for lack of a better term! Apps for calendars, weather, contacts, passwords, etc.

1. Calendar (native): Free

Sync your calendar(s) so you can access your meetings, calendar notes, and to-do list from your device. A calendar app or widget should be native to your device.

2. Yahoo! Weather: Free

See the weather like never before - only Yahoo Weather combines stunning photos with the most accurate forecasts. Winner of an Apple Design Award 2013! Download at iTunes or Google Play.

3. CardMunch (iTunes): Free
The app that turns your business cards into contacts, now with LinkedIn integration. Easily see LinkedIn profile information for your new contacts -- and connect with them in a single click.
4. CamCard (Android): Free

CamCard reads business cards and save instantly to phone Contacts. It syncs all your cards across smartphones, tablets, computers and the web app.

5. Pad Info (iTunes): Free

See your iOS statistics for remaing Battery playback time, memory, disk, IP-address and device values.

6. Scan (iTunes)/QR Code Reader (Android): $1.99

Scan (iTunes) or QR Code Reader (Android) is the fastest and most user-friendly QR reader and barcode scanner available.

7. DataVault: $9.99

The Leading Password Manager. DataVault stores confidential information related to credit cards, bank accounts, logins, memberships, etc. using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), widely recognized as the most powerful technology to secure data. Download at iTunes or Google Play.

8. KeyRing: Free

Never carry plastic or paper loyalty, membership, library cards or coupons again! Download at iTunes or Google Play.

9. Logmein (iTunes): Free

From your couch, on the train or in the air – get anytime, anywhere access to your PC or Mac. Remotely control your PCs and Macs over WiFi/3G with the free LogMeIn app on your iPad or iPhone. It works with computers that are running LogMeIn Pro or LogMeIn Free*. You can remotely access your files, run your applications and control your desktops from anywhere. With everything at your fingertips, you’re finally free to go.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#FAtech: Cloud Apps!

Last week, we conducted our first Twitter chat collaboration with folks from #SAchat using a new #FAtech hashtag.  During the conversation, a question was posed regarding technology tools.  We've done some informal surveys of mobile apps financial aid administrators use, so we thought we'd share.  Today's post is the mobile apps in what can be considered the "cloud" category.

1. Dropbox: Free

Bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.  Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Download Dropbox on iTunes or Google Play for FREE

2. Google Drive: Free

Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device. Get going with up to 15GB of storage.

Download Google Drive on iTunes or Google Play for FREE.

3. Skydrive: Free

SkyDrive is the place to store your files so you can always have them with you. When you upload photos or videos from your device to SkyDrive, you can get to them whether you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. With SkyDrive, you can easily access, manage, and share files on the go.

Download Skydrive on iTunes or Google Play for FREE.

4. CloudOn: Free

Unleash your productivity. CloudOn makes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) files more accessible and useful on your device letting you edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations from anywhere with all the functionality you need.

Download CloudOn on iTunes or Google Play for FREE.

5. Rackspace: Free

Just because you’re not in the office, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have control over your infrastructure. You can manage your cloud infrastructure on the go. With Rackspace, you can  view and create first and next generation Rackspace Cloud Servers; view the details and status of each specific server; and manage each server individually. You also have direct links that enable you to call Rackspace’s award-winning Fanatical Support by phone straight from the app.

Download Rackspace on iTunes or Google Play for FREE.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Talk Tech: #FAtech

The #FAchat community will be chatting with the #SAtech community for December's #FAchat.  We'll be discussing the use of technology in financial aid and student affairs. A collaborative discussion on a topic that has become ubiquitous in our work environment.

What's your favorite thing about technology? What are some of the tech skills you have developed in your role as a financial aid administrator or student affairs official? What kinds of technology do you use most often? In what ways can we harness technology to improve college affordability? In what ways can technology help us to collaborate and become more efficient?

All of this and more at today's #FAChat. Join us between 12-1 pm CST.  Note that today's chat will be hosted and moderated using a new hashtag: #FAtech!