Get out of the house: A more meaningful commute
For those days when you don’t work from home, a commute can feel like a big waste of time. If you ride the bus or train, you can make the most of your commute with the right tools. Laptops are inconvenient for bumpy rides and cramped spaces, so tablet computers are the obvious commuting choice.
iPad owners have several great options for productive commutes. iThoughts is a free brainstorming app that maps your ideas in organized ways. The tool even lets you drag and drop pictures to illustrate your brainstorming sessions. Another great idea-saving iPad app is Evernote ($4.99), which lets you quickly jot down notes and share them with coworkers.
When the Kindle Fire is released in November, it may prove an excellent alternative to tablets for commuters. The color e-reader will support web browsing, email, and document viewing—all essentials for a productive ride to work.