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10 must have apps for Microsoft Surface RT

Although the Microsoft Surface RT comes with dozens of apps to address the daily needs of most users, there are 10 must have apps for the device to add functionality.



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Apps for Microsoft Surface RT

Although the Microsoft Surface RT is often compared to the iPad, it appears to be more of a Google Chromebook competitor to us, which could be the reason that Google won’t play along nicely and has refused to allow its app in the Windows app stores for phones and tablets. Also, it feels strange to think of Microsoft as an underdog, given their history, but in the burgeoning tablet world, it most certainly is. Because of that status, it is likely that more developers will flock to the Microsoft tablet to improve the availability of apps, but for now, the following 25 apps are worth checking out and can all be found in the Windows Store on your device.

While the tablet already comes with full functionality and is easier to set up than its tablet competitors, we’ve become accustomed to app hunting, so here we go:

1. Metro Commander

File management is particularly important for those using their Surface in a professional setting, and while it comes with a file manager, the Metro Commander app makes the experience much more conducive to use without a stylus.

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2. MyTime

This free app is a timer. Seriously, it’s that simple. A full screen countdown timer.


3. Qool

Qool is like a pinboard for all of your digital content – notes, pictures, videos, documents. It offers easy drag and drop features in “structure-free and rich canvases” that sync between all Windows 8 devices.


4. Eyelan Tasks

This is like task management with a double dose of vitamins aimed at boosting your productivity and saving time. Everything stays in context, you can search all tasks by text, arrange them on boards, and change their status instantly.


5. To Do

Task management for lazy people. No, really, it’s void of the trillions of options Eyelan offers which is good for super busy people or those too easily distracted by options. It’s the equivalent to the ol’ pad and paper for your to do list.


6. Last Pass

This password manager remembers your passwords, adds security to your online activities, allows you to log in to all sites with one click, and synchronizes all of your data across platforms and devices. Genius.


7. PDF Touch

Read PDFs, and make notes like you’re writing with pen on paper, then share them. Easy peasy.


8. Pulse (RSS reader)

Pulse is a very popular and quite sexy RSS tool, offering a tile design that lets you scroll and swipe to your heart’s content, but it is limited to 20 feeds, so it’s really only for your favorite subscriptions (like AGBeat, of course).


9. TouchMail

Coming soon, this app will be functional, giving you an alternative mail app that allows sorting, categorization and easy swipe options along with standard compose and reply features.


10. Fotor

Most people agree that Fotor is the best photo editing app available for the Surface RT and it has high quality editing options, a RAW converter, and even a tilt-shift effect.


Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing more apps for Microsoft Surface RT soon.

Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. Fred Glick

    June 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Great, but who has a Surface RT?

    • Noxeor

      July 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Lots of people, dumbass

  2. Scott Simpson

    July 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Great Article….here is our list of top five apps for surface. Looks like Todo made most lists!

  3. attechblog

    January 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Hi,inforamtive article i recently got Surface Rt surely try on it thanks

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Jenzy helps perfectly measure your kids’ feet

(TECH NEWS) Jenzy is a mobile app currently in beta that helps you perfectly measure your kids feet and buy shoes without having to leave your home.




Parents rejoice, there’s now a mobile app that sizes your child’s feet to determine their correct shoe size. No more carpet charts that every kid has put their dirty little socked foot on, or those weird metal sizing instruments.

With Jenzy, you just take a picture of your child’s foot, and the app calculates the measurements. It then generates personalized size and style recommendations, which you can order directly from the app.

Jenzy partners with podiatrist recommended brands designed for active kids, including pediped, Robeez, and Morgan & Milo. However, you don’t have to purchase their suggestions to receive the sizing info.

Incorrectly sized shoes are a literal pain for everyone, but this especially affects children, who don’t have purchasing power.

Additionally, shoes that don’t fit can have long-term effects on children’s growth and development, and lead to foot problems in the future. Properly fitted shoes are necessary for healthy foot development.

Wearing incorrectly sized shoes is just part of the problem. If shoes aren’t suited for every day use, children’s feet and overall growth can also suffer.

Flip flops, ballet pumps, and shoes with raised heels are not recommended by podiatrists for frequent use, as they can cause discomfort, or even musculoskeletal issues.

According to Dr. Stewart Morrison, a University of Brighton podiatrist, “children’s feet are still growing and are more susceptible to damage than adult feet, so it’s really vital to ensure they are wearing shoes which fit them well – in width as well as length – and that are suitable for age, as well as the task they are wearing them for.”

As online shopping has taken over, fewer parents are getting their children’s feet sized by in-store experts. Of course, there’s also a cost-barrier, as many stores that offer shoe-sizing are often more expensive.

Jenzy hopes to bridge that gap, providing parents both proper shoe sizes and affordable products designed to last.

Right now the app is set to launch in December, but if you don’t want to wait, apply to take part in the beta test on Jenzy’s site.

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Time is money and Clockify helps you make the most

(TECH NEWS) Tracking your time worked as a freelancer can easily be lost in the shuffle. A new tool has been designed to make this important aspect easier.




After years of searching for a method that works for me in terms of organization and productivity, the answer seemed to be simple: a calendar I can write on and Post-It notes. This method is a little old school, but seems to get the job done for my organizational needs.

However, there are some things that slip through the cracks with this method, but it’s more user error than it is the actual practice. One thing I struggle with is keeping track of my freelance hours this way.

I have a tendency to guesstimate how much time I worked throughout the day and know that I wind up underdocumenting my hours. I would hate to know how much money I’ve missed out on keeping (sometimes inaccurate) handwritten notes.

But, like many other small scale issues, there is a simple solution. And that is found in the form of time trackers.

One of the newest members to join the online time tracker team is Clockify, who operates under the idea of “your time, your rules.” It is a free time tracking tool designed for agencies and freelancers.

Clockify allows users to manage as many team members, projects, and workspaces that you need in an effort to help your business run smoothly. This allows for a complete overview of team productivity.

The tool offers a way to enter time manually as well as clock time automatically. This way you can keep tabs on what you’re working on and assign and label time logs to the appropriate clients.

With this time tracking, you are able to generate weekly, monthly, and annual reports at any given time. These reports can be saved, exported, and shared with clients to give them more information about your work process.

The real-time tracking helps to improve business efficiency and gives more insight into what each team member is spending their time on. Having this information available can give visual representation of how to improve in the future.

Clockify currently exists in desktop format with iOS and Android apps coming soon.

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Russia vetoed cryptocurrency and came back with CryptoRuble

(TECH NEWS) Russia put a hard pass on other cryptocurrencies in their country so that they could hop in the crypto-game with their own CryptoRuble.



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Just days after The American Genius reported that the Russian Central Bank would attempt to block access to cryptocurrency trading cites, the Coin Telegraph has reported that the Russian government will issue its very own cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble.

The report cited local Russian papers, who quoted the minister of communications, Nikolay Nikiforov.

Earlier this week, head of the Central Bank, Sergei Shvetsov, said that he would work with the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban Russian citizens from accessing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, calling such currencies a “negative phenomena for our markets” and a “pyramid scheme.”

Now it appears that the Kremlin will create its own cryptocurrency – one it can keep an eye on — which, some might argue, defeats the entire purpose of cryptocurrency.

However, like other cryptocurrencies the CryptoRuble will be based on blockchain and will presumably help prevent online fraud.

CryptoRubles will be exchangeable with regular Rubles, although the systems of exchange have not yet been set up. Experts think that Russia is hoping to stimulate e-commerce without the need for foreign money markets, which will allow them to have more independence from the United States.

According to Nikiforov, the Russian government is setting up its own cryptocurrency under the assumption that if they don’t, other European governments will.

Said NIkiforov, “I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after two months our neighbors in the EurAsEC will.”

Traders using CryptoRubles will be asked to provide documentation of retail transactions and services rendered – or pay a 13 percent tax for undocumented transactions, leaving a wide loophole for money laundering.

Critics say that Russia is trying to facilitate, while also profiting from money laundering; that the Kremlin is stealing the market from other cryptocurrencies; and that the CryptoRuble fundamentally defies the spirit of decentralization that inspired other cryptocurrencies.

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