Tech Tuesday: Smart ideas for your smartphone

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - You probably already use your smartphone for things like texting and email but do you know everything else it can do?

New apps can make your smartphone a pocket-sized office and let you leave your briefcase and laptop at home.

For this week's installment of Tech Tuesday, we heard about apps that could help you manage your information on the go:

• Microsoft's Office Mobile is smartphone-ready so your desk is in the palm of your hand. Download apps such as Think Free Mobile (Android, $9.99) or Quick Office (iPhone, $9.99) an office suite for users that lets you view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and even PowerPoint documents, and manage them in one linked online file.

• Looking to crunch some numbers on the fly? HandyCalc (Android, free), Graphing Calculator (iPhone, $1.99) and Graphing Calculator cFunction (Blackberry, $0.99) are calculator apps that are as powerful as that mammoth graphing calculator everyone lugged around in accounting class.

• Afraid about running low on juice? GeekYouUp's Battery Widget (Android, free) or QuiteeSimple's Menu Battery (Blackbery, $0.99) can keep you in the know about exactly how much power you have left.

• Are you one of those people who has a stack of business cards taking up space on your desk and in your wallet? Consider Dymo's CardScan Mobile app that photographs a business card and automatically inserts all information from it into your phone's contact list.

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