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Whether you travel frequently or trade multiple currencies on a daily basis, a currency converter will always come handy. There’s a handful of them on the App Store, but I’ve realized many aren’t intuitive enough when you need them the most. Indeed, when you’re trying to bargain a price in a local flea market and have to fight with your handheld device to get the conversion rate, you’re not at an advantage. The same applies when converting large amounts you’re trading, especially when you need to do it fast. Thankfully, Smart Coin solves the problem as it’s a gorgeous and intuitive app that takes a one-screen approach, so you get all the information you need at a glance.

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Whether you run a small business or are self-employed, being able to take credit card as a form of payment is usually a necessity as any of us rarely carry cash anymore and prefer the level of security that using plastic brings.

iZettle is a mobile payment service that combines an iOS app and credit card reader into a complete Point of Sale system. Using iZettle, anyone can set up an iPad to take payments for any goods and services quickly and easily. Whilst this sounds like an almost perfect solution, can you really replace your checkout counter with an iPad?

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I have expenses. A lot of them. I need to keep track of them in a way that makes sense. I’ve tried the wallet full of receipts, but that hasn’t worked out for me. I need more than good intentions and lots of tiny slips of paper to stay on a budget.

Income.io has a place I can stick all those receipts and finally get on track. With profiles for everyone in my family and categories for just about anything, it seems to have everything I need to track expenses and watch where my money goes. (more…)

Haven’t you ever wanted to issue client invoices and check the status of outstanding payments directly from your iPad? No matter if you’re a small business, an accountant or an associate, doing these from your iPad can make your life easier. Thanks to Xero, you can easily do all of this and even check your company’s expenses and bank account balances from your iPad.

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Note-taking apps for the iPad come at a dime a dozen. From the more popular offerings such as Evernote and Simplenote to fairly obscure ones, there’s something out there on the App Store for almost every kind of iPad user. And now, with Beesy, from French developers BeesApps the business user is also covered as well. It’s received rave reviews from publications such as MacWorld and was recently featured as an Evernote Pick — a pretty astounding achievement, especially from such a massive and well-established company.

Beesy helps to make note-taking in the workplace a simple and painless task. At $5.99, it’s certainly priced towards the business end of the market so let’s find out whether or not Beesy is the note-taking app for professional use.

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Do endless amounts of marketing data piled on your desk loom over you? Do you fear the danger of a world in which your marketing efforts get lost in the shadows? Are you a CMO who lies awake at night stricken by the threat of the competition? Well then, have no fear, Captain Dash is here!

Captain Dash collects all your online marketing data in the form of dashboards and widgets to give you quick insights into the effectiveness of your strategies. It also provides a way to compare yourself with and keep a leg up on the competition. So, will it help provide a boost to your marketing strategy? Read on to find out.

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Almost 2 years ago, Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey founded a company called Square, and released an eponymous service and iPad application that promised to revolutionize the way that people pay and get paid.

Signing up for the free service netted you a free card reader that plugged into the headphone jack and allowed you to take credit card payments on your iOS device. A while later, Square released Card Case, an iPhone app that let you start a tab and pay using your name at any business that utilized the Square system. I’ve been absolutely fascinated by both of these apps, and all of the things that Square has been doing since. So much so, in fact, that I’ve often wished that I had a small business of my own, just so I could use this more often.

We’ve talked about Square before, so I won’t go into the specifics of how the service itself works. Instead, I want to talk about a new addition to the service. Last week, Square added a third iOS app to their lineup: Square Register. Register takes the register-like features of the original Square app, and fleshes out functionality to provide a more POS-like experience. Interested to see what Square Register does for you that the original Square app might not? Read onward!

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Tax season is upon us again and most people are already dreading getting everything together and filing their taxes this year. In years past I have used Turbo Tax Online to file my taxes but decided to try Turbo Tax 2011 Tax Preparation for the iPad to see if I could completely file my taxes using just an iPad.

Turbo Tax 2011 Tax Preparation allows a user to enter all of their W-2 along with other pertinent tax data and Efile your tax return. The app is optimized for the iPad and can even pre-load your prior year data if you have a Turbo Tax account. The app can import financial data from several financial institutions for interest received, and since it is from Turbo Tax the app will guide you every step of the way.

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One of the most efficient uses for the iPad is in the business world. There are plenty of apps out there for business and productivity that have been covered here on iPad.Appstorm, but what about apps for helping you find and get a job?

Back in December I wrote a round up of 15 Apps to Land Your Next Job. One of the big keys to getting the career you want is in the first impression, which is why I wanted to compare in more depth the three apps listed in that article for creating and sharing your resume.

All three include the ability to input your career information, create multiple resumes, and choose from a variety of templates. However, there are some significant differences between the apps. So, let’s determine which one is best for your job seeking needs!

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Accepting payments used to be a pain. If you weren’t an authorized business with a way of actually charging a credit or debit card, you were forced to only accept cash. As we continue to grow more reliant on online payments and swiping our plastic cards, this excludes a large number of people – like myself – that would gladly give you some money, if you would let me.

Enter Square. Square is an easy way to get paid, with a full, end-to-end system that will allow you to start accepting payments right away. Is Square worth your time, or is it another ‘easy’ payment system (ahem, PayPal) that promises the sky but fails to deliver? That’s what I’d like to discuss today.

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