View Full PowerPoint Presentations on Your iOS Device with SlideShark, Our Business Pick of the Week

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Leverage Your iPhone or iPad to View PowerPoint Presentations

Sure, Apple's Keynote presentation app has enabled folks to create and share presentations with their iPhones and iPads for a while now. But let's face it: a very large portion of business users still use PowerPoint for their presentation needs.

While there are a number of ways for at least viewing the content of PowerPoint presentations on iOS devices, SlideShark goes above and beyond by providing a platform that maintains all of your presentation elements, including animations, links, videos, fonts, etc. It links with cloud storage services like Box and Dropbox to facilitate quick and easy uploading. Plus, it boasts a pretty slick UI, complete with a laser pointer feature, a timer, and great presentation remote features for easily driving an onscreen presentation from your device.

Pricing and Availability

SlideShark is only available on iOS devices. The good news is that the free version of the app likely offers enough functionality to be a no-brainer for most business users. There are, of course, premium versions that offer more features, such as extra storage and administrative capabilities for organizations.

Business Pick of the Week: Use Your Phone to Track Mileage Automatically with TripLog

Track and Report Your Mileage with Your Phone

Businesspeople who have to track mileage for work tend to get tired of keeping track of each trip manually with a pen and paper. As a business whose workforce is constantly driving to client locations, we've been there.

Thankfully, TripLog, an easy-to-use smartphone app, now allows us to track mileage automatically. TrippLog regcords mileage by utilizing the GPS functionality of the user's smartphone. You can either start and stop the tracker manually--or plug the phone in to log trips without even touching a button. Once plugged in, the app will automatically begin tracking mileage when your car begins to go over 5 miles per hour, which is handy--provided that you're in the habit of plugging your phone into a car charger.

TrippLog also includes great reporting capabilities. It will automaticaly figure in a reimbursement rate against the miles you drive on the job, allowing you to submit reports to your company via the app. All of this is why 3n1media engineers use TrippLog to easily and efficiently keep track of and submit their mileage.

Pricing and Availability

TripLog follows the "fremium" pircing model. So the app itself, along with it's core features, is free. Extra features, such as greater reporting capabilities, are available as in-app purchases for nominal fees. TripLog is available on iOS and Android devices.

Business App of the Week: Office Remote

Office Remote: Turn Your Windows Smartphone Into A Presentation Remote

How often do you present information in meetings using a Microsoft Office product? For most business users, the answer is likely "very often," despite the recent proliferation of other viable options. If you have a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's Office Remote app allows you to control presentations of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from your PC. By connecting to your PC via Bluetooth, Office Remote lets you change PowerPoint slides, scroll through Word documents, and jump around in Excel spreadsheets. Our testing showed that the app actually works quite well, with good responsiveness over bluetooth.

Availability and Pricing

The good news is that Office Remote is free. The bad news is that its availability is limited. Not only is it only available on the Windows Phone 8 platform, but it also only works with Microsoft Office 2013--not with Office 2013 RT or earlier versions of Office. Still, if users have both Office 2013 and a Windows smartphone, this free app is probably a no-brainer.

Business App of the Week: Air Display 2

Air Display 2: Use Your iPad or iPhone as a Second Monitor for a Mac or PC

If you're looking for a cheap way to add a second monitor to your workspace, or if you'd like to add touchscreen capabilities to your desktop, Avatron's Air Display 2 app may just do the trick. This app allows you to use your iPhone or iPad as a second monitor for your PC or Mac. It's pretty simple to use -- you download the app from the App Store, download the drivers for your PC or Mac, and get going!

You can use Air Display to create a true secondary monitor that expands your workspace to your phone or tablet, or you can mirror your main display on your device. Either way, Air Display also allows you to leverage your touchscreen to interact with your desktop, which we think is pretty cool. What's more, we've found that, especially over a wireless network, the app is pretty snappy -- there's little if any lag.

Pricing and Availability

Air Display 2 is available for iOS devices only, and it costs $9.99 from the App Store. It works with computers running Mac OS X or Windows 7 or 8, excluding Windows 7 Starter edition.