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Manilla Android App, Securely Manage Accounts & Pay Bills

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | comment

The Manilla Android app is a service for securely aggregating and managing various accounts and ensuring bills are paid on-time, all from one place.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.29MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free

To begin, Manilla requires that you create an account with some basic information (name, email, password, and security questions). Make sure you remember your security questions as you may have to answer them when logging in from a new device/computer. Next, you’ll need to “link” your accounts by signing into them with the original usernames/passwords you setup for them. There are currently over 1,200 account types to choose from within the app, with more being added all the time. Example service providers I’ve setup include American Express, Fidelity, PayPal, Comcast, DirecTV, PG&E, and State Farm.

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Square Android App, Accept Credit Cards Anywhere

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps, Uncategorized | 4 comments

The Square Android app is ideal for anyone who would like to accept credit card payments on the go.

  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 2.79MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free

If you’re wondering how it works, Square provides you with a pocket-sized credit card reader that plugs into your Android device’s audio jack. It works as a point-of-sale solution which replaces the normal credit card terminal you see being used in most retail locations. The Square service meets all industry standards for security, which means both you and your customers are protected.

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Plendi Expense Tracking, Record Receipts w/ a Photo

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | comment

Plendi Expense Tracking is an Android app which makes recording and saving receipts as easy as taking a photo.

  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 3.92MB (apps2SD enabled)
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free

There are countless benefits to keeping track of your expenses, even down to what may seem like infinitesimal amounts. For example, keeping receipts for medical expenses can ensure that you are fully reimbursed by your insurance, or having a proof of purchase can help you return an item or claim a warranty.

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Top Android App: Currency Converter

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | 2 comments

Currency Converter is a handy reference Android app for up-to-date global exchange rates.

  • Version: 1.1.3
  • Size: 130KB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



This app features current exchange rates for over 190+ currencies and four precious metals (platinum, palladium, silver, gold) which are presented in a very simple, attractive interface. The simplicity of this app makes it perfect for frequent travelers, financial businesspeople, or anyone interested in world economics.

A nice added feature is the ability to choose and apply a commission rate. The commission rate basically deducts a percentage from the exchange, which may be taken as a fee by an ATM, credit card, or exchange kiosk (like those you find in an airport).

As an aside: for U.S. residents, this app may be a little depressing in that $1.00 USD only buys you 0.621 British Pounds or 0.717 Euros.

Pros:

  • Real-time exchange rate updates and conversions
  • 190+ currencies and 4 precious metals
  • Calculate typical commission rates charged by banks, credit cards, and other services



Areas for improvement:

  • Option to save an applied commission rate
  • Expand widget options to display multiple currencies at once



Conclusion: An essential reference tool for anyone who travels internationally or enjoys paying close attention to the world’s financial market.

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Top Android App: BNA Quick Tax Reference

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 in Finance, Top Rated Apps | 3 comments

BNA Quick Tax Reference is perfect for when you’re on the go or just want easy access to up-to-date tax information.

  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 120KB
  • Category: Finance
  • Price: Free



This Android app features tax details on the most important questions you are likely to have while filing your return. For example, you can quickly calculate the deduction for each mile you traveled if you moved in the previous year. For 2011, it would be 19 cents per mile. A few examples of other sections include standard deductions, capital gains, and estate and gift tax rates.

A neat addition to this app is the inclusion of tax information from previous years, as far back as 2007. Whether you need this for some sort of comparison or just to satisfy your general curiosity, it’s a useful feature.

As an aside, if you’re looking for an easy way to file your taxes on your Android phone, check out the TurboTax SnapTax Android app.

Pros:

  • Quality, concise reference tool for income tax filing details
  • Simple, straightforward interface avoids unnecessary confusion
  • Slide-scale calculators for things like individual tax rate schedules



Areas for improvement:

  • General addition of more tax reference material would always be a plus



Conclusion: A handy resource for anyone (U.S. residents) filing income taxes.

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