Fact: Being a reporter ain't easy.
Hopefully these apps and accessories will make your life a little easier.
1. Google Voice is an easy way to record incoming calls.
One downside of Google Voice is that it can't record calls you initiate. Many phone recording apps that can record outgoing calls charge per minute of recording, which can get pricey.TapeACall for iPhone and Call Recorder for Android are two apps with a one-time $10 fee. They're both rich in features — and if you're not sure about splurging on these apps, you can try the free version here for iOS or here for Android.
Nothing will ever replace Google Reader in our hearts (RIP), but the Digg app *can* replace the RSS reader on your phone. The app is fast, and the interface is clean. You can add publishers, authors, and blogs easily to your feed, save stories to read later, and share articles on social media with one tap.
5. If you cover tech, Skimfeed.com and Techmeme.com are a great way to skim the latest headlines from publications you visit every day.
7. BriefMe (Free, iOS and Android coming soon) keeps you on top of trending news stories.
This interesting, new-ish app offers a good snapshot of what people are sharing/actually care about. When you open BriefMe, articles are ranked based on their virality, which is determined by Facebook likes and shares, Twitter retweets, and timeliness of publication. You can read articles straight from the app and filter stories based on topic or view a stream of recently published stories.
8. The BuzzFeed News app (Free, iOS; Android coming soon) has a team of human editors handpicking the most interesting stories around the web.
9. AudioNote ($5, Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android) is a simple app that allows you to take notes while you record audio.
Don't let the app's silly binder paper interface fool you! AudioNote is a fantastic recorder. You can take notes or draw, while recording audio with the app. You can also attach photos and create visual graphics. I like that it shows you the recording volume as you're typing, so you know that the interview will sound clear during playback.
10. Rev Voice Recorder (Free, iOS and Android) captures clear audio and provides a $1 per minute transcription service.
Pro-tip: Use your earbuds' microphone as audio input for better audio quality.
11. Cogi (Free, iOS and Android) saves you time by only capturing the important parts of the interview.
Outlook used to be the most hated application in corporate communications, but it's reinvented itself as the best email app around.
As far as email goes, deleting, archiving and scheduling messages to resurface later are just a swipe away. But Outlook's killer feature isn't the way it handles email — it's actually the quick access to your calendar, files from the Cloud, and contacts. These shortcuts make it really easy to book appointments and add attachments without ever leaving the app.