This week’s five best iPhone apps for business

Nov 13, 2009
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Although the Oracle of Omaha this week declared the end of the financial panic, the rest of us still have to deal with rising unemployment, inflation and a mounting federal deficit. These five newly released iPhone apps will help you stay ahead of the game. Career RescueWith unemployment inching towards 11 percent, who has time […]

Although the Oracle of Omaha this week declared the end of the financial panic, the rest of us still have to deal with rising unemployment, inflation and a mounting federal deficit. These five newly released iPhone apps will help you stay ahead of the game.

Career Rescue
With unemployment inching towards 11 percent, who has time to wait for President Obama’s December Job Summit? Put your career path in your own hands, literally, with Career Rescue. This $1.99 application, billed as “the first aid kit for your career success” offers a healthy mix of resume and interview tutorials. There is also a section on using social media networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to find your next gig.

Investment & Inflation Assistant
As Federal Reserve policy makers debate what impact federal stimulus programs will have on future inflation, it is important to understand how this will impact your portfolio. With new updates released this week, the 99-cent Investment & Inflation Assistant is a simple tool that gauges the effects of inflation on your savings and investments. The tool dynamically calculates interest earned on initial investment amount, annual interest rate, annual inflation rate and number of years required for investments.

Debt Snowball Pro
While the federal government can (for now) get away with a $176 billion deficit for October, it is unlikely you have the same luxury. Thankfully, Debt Snowball Pro just released new features that allow you to identify and prioritize regular debt payment based on interest rate, principal amount and other variables. The $2.99 application also showcases how much money you save with these methods rather than making minimum payments and it a nice tool to have in your back pocket.

UPS Mobile
Currently among the top grossing business apps available at the iTunes App Store, the free UPS Mobile application brings portability to all the great services found at UPS.com. You no longer have to be tied to your computer or wait on hold to track packages, get service and shipping rate quotes and even create packages while on the go. Perfect app in anticipation of the holidays.

Bailout the Game
We all need a little bit of a diversion in these anxious times, and Bailout the Game delivers. The premise for this 99-cent side-scrolling adventure game is pretty simple. Your job is to bailout bonus baby CEOs and guide them towards a padded landing before they drive off into the sunset. While there are no stock options handed out to winners of the worldwide competition, it’s nice to be a master of your universe once in a while.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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