Top 5 Cloud Apps

Cloud apps are a great way to make your data available everywhere all of the time and some like Evernote provide an excellent way to keep track of your busy life. They can also help cut your IT costs as much of the processing and storage remotely, which neatly does away with the need or reason for you to constantly upgrade. Anyway having been a heavy cloud user for about a year or so now here are some useful apps for you to try out.


Quite simply an excellent tool for keeping your life in order and for storing fragments of information from the online world. With it you can keep notes, attach content and with the paid version even scan and search within documents (premium). Also if you add the free Evernote Clipper tool to your browser you will quickly find yourself storing lots of content for reference later, without the usual nightmare of bookmarks. Evernote syncs across all platforms even Linux (if you use the browser version). There is a free version which supports up to 60mb of uploads per month.

Google Drive

It seems they are everywhere but Google Drive provides you not only with storage space but also access to integrated apps such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and more. Of course it also integrates nicely with other Google Services. I find this has almost replaced my need for any other word processor etc. Also the collaborative features means you can edit documents with others online in real  time. This is a far better solution than uploading and downloading files, or emailing them round everyone for editing.

Hello Fax

Every now and again we may find ourselves needing to send a fax. The excellent Hello Fax cloud app lets you send faxes directly from within Google Drive and it also links with Evernote. I have used it many times without any problem. Some free credits are available  at sign up. Check out the Google Chrome apps store for more info.


A simple to use and generally reliable file storage solution. You can also share files with others and it works across all major platforms. There is a free plan available and you get extra free storage for each person that you sign up.


We all need something more than word processors. Spotify lets you stream unlimited music to your computer, tablet or phone. There is a free plan to get you started but for HQ  music or to have multiple devices you have to pay.

As with most cloud apps security remains an issue with Evernote and Google all reporting some security problems.

About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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