app. /'ap/ noun
An app is an application, especially downloaded to be used on a mobile device.
applet. /'aplit/ noun
A miniature app that performs one or two simple functions.
....that will change your life!
In a world where technology is at our fingertips, it's not surprising that we have become reliant on Apps to keep our lives running smoothly. I'm guilty of it and have to confess that by the time I make it to the office at 9am I've already used at least 6 or 7 apps...
Let's see, there is:
⏰my morning alarm #1,
📅checking my calendar for meetings #2,
📱hootsuite to send my clients' social posts #3,
🚂citymapper to locate todays TOG office #4,
🎧 podcasts for the journey #5,
📷instagram for extra entertainment #6,
👋whatsapp to check in with the team #7
... the list goes on.
Let's face it, without these Apps my morning alone would be a disaster: these clever programmes have become essential. With the recent discovery of Applets we are upping our App-game!
Applets are micro-apps allow your current Apps to talk to each other. They use common programming logic to allow certain events triggered by one software to cause a planned action in another software.
We've put together our favourites Applets, that will make you very 'appy. Prepare to have your minds APPsolutely blown... (sorry, couldn't resist!)
💼The best for business
Record when and where I got this business card: If you are frequently meeting a lot of people at work, use this Recipe to take a picture of their business card as soon as you get it. It will go into Google Calendar, where you'll have an easy and searchable way to know who you met, when, and where.
Automatically post it on LinkedIn when you take an Instagram at work: Just centre the map on your workplace — when you take an Instagram within the defined area, it'll be automatically shared to LinkedIn.
Remind the team about a meeting starting soon: Post a reminder to your Slack team whenever a meeting is about to start.
📱The best for social media
Tweet your Instagrams as native photos on Twitter: Instagram photos will show up in your Twitter feed as a full image rather than a link.
Archive every Tweet you post to a spreadsheet: Create an archive of your Tweets in a Google Drive spreadsheet for simple tracking and to see all of your content at-a-glance.
Save your Instagrams to Dropbox: Automatically save your photos to a folder.
🌟The best for a bit of fun
Get a notification when the International Space Station passes over your house: It's a bird? It's a plane? No — it's the ISS!
Always be prepared for the weather: Never get caught without a winter coat or umbrella! This Applet will send you a mobile notification, email, and create a calendar event when rain is in the forecast.
Save money when you hit your daily Fitbit step goal: Reward yourself for healthy habits!