Staff Picks: Apps to Use, News to Read on the Commute

Credit: tjba.comOnce a week I snoop around the office, bothering my coworkers with questions on what they’re reading, listening to, consuming, or any other random inquiries I’d like to subject them to. Sometimes they even respond.

The questions:
 1. What did you read this week?
2. What is the latest app you are all excited about?
The answers:

David, CEO of Riparian Data

1. Reality is Broken

2. We’ve used GroupMe pretty extensively this week at SXSW and it has worked out well. GroupMe is a free group messaging app for your mobile device.

Christina, User Experience Designer

1. Would you buy Gucci off your Smartphone?

2. Little Inferno has been fun over the weekend. It takes about 15min of play before getting into the story line though.

Ozgur, Software Engineer
1. I read this article on Mysterious Bacterium Found in Antarctic Lake. Although, I just saw this blog post that disputed it, saying there was not actually a new bacteria. So now I don’t know what to believe.
2. Although it is not an “app,” I have been looking into the functional programming language F#.

Kristen, Sales Rep

  1. Florida Anglers Liven up Spring Break by Reeling Sharks onto the Beach
  2. Poshmark. It’s like ebay for clothes, but much easier.

Annie, Executive Account Manager

1. What Most School’s Don’t Teach by

2. Seconds – interval timer/training


Nick, IT Admin

  1. Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Quite possibly one of the best sounding recipes I’ve come across lately.
  2. To be honest, Since Google apps closed up shop, I have been looking at hosting my own email, but allows custom domain email for free, with up to 50 users. I never would’ve expected it with how terrible Hotmail was over the years, but this is a webmail client that I’ll actually use.

Jim, IT Admin

  1. Ruby on Rails tutorial
  2. A plugin to run Ruby tests within Sublime Text 2

Elise, Social Media and Content Manager

1. Any and all articles, tweets, posts, and status updates on SXSW. Mashable and BostonInnovation have been my go-to’s.

2. Hug the Sloth! Started by ex-Boston Zynga employees, this app is exactly what the name says. Puts a smile on my face during a rainy day and when I feel like I’m missing out on SXSW awesomeness.

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