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"Productivity" means slightly different things to different people. For you, maybe it's the ability to work on spreadsheets on the subway or to digest all of your favorite news sources in one interface. Or perhaps, it's tracking your actual physical movements away from the ball-and-chain of your desk. If any of those ring a bell, here are a few apps you might like:iWork/iLife
Lucky for you, Apple decided to release its suite of word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation apps for free with all its new devices. (You'll need to head to the App Store to find them, but they're there gratis
, along with the iLife suite of iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band, too.) The great thing about Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is that they are all fully compatible with their Microsoft Office counterparts in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. That means someone can send you a native Office document and you can work on it in iWork and then re-save it as an Office doc — no more little incompatibility notifications.Free for new iOS devices hereFeedly
Google euthanized its Reader service earlier this year to the chagrin of many people who still read the Web through RSS (We'll admit we shed a tear or two, as well). Feedly stepped up to the plate with a pretty solid replacement for the desktop, which gave your feeds a little bit more of a visual layout for better story browsing. The app, however, might be even better: Each article becomes a standalone "card" that gives you the feeling that you're reading a personalized magazine with a simple and uncluttered interface.Free hereiA Writer
Pages and Word are great for when you need to put together a thoroughly formatted document with bolding, italics, differently sized fonts, and the like. But iA Writer gets rid of all that and offers a simple text editor without distracting bells and whistles. You can work on a document offline and it will automatically sync with your desktop when it gets back on a network — no emailing yourself or Dropbox-ing documents required. And, should you really want italic text, iA Writer does allow you to use Markdown formatting, which requires you to type instead of select a button. A little nerdy, but we could never go without it.$4.99 hereMoves
This is the one fitness app that absolutely everyone should download because it barely requires you to do anything at all (And, hey, if you're thinking
about fitness, that's more than enough energy spent, right?). Moves is cheap, simple, and beautifully designed. Not much more than a very pretty pedometer, it quietly tracks your physical activity throughout the day — and it even knows when you're running or biking. The best part is that this all happens in the background. You don't need to open Moves to get it counting, and yet it still manages not to drain your battery. At the end of the day, you'll know if you got your recommended 10,000 steps in for the day. It will even show you where you went — or if you only moved 30 feet between lunch and dinner.$2.99 here