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  • Hello is a free add-on and is available for iOS and Android devices at http://evernote.com/hello/
    Hello is a free add-on and is available for iOS and Android devices at http://evernote.com/hello/
  • Hello is a free add-on and is available for iOS and Android devices at http://evernote.com/hello/
    Hello is a free add-on and is available for iOS and Android devices at http://evernote.com/hello/

Forget typing. A contact management app from Evernote called Hello combines an excellent text recognition engine with your smartphone or tablet camera and GPS system to make entering a new contact as simple as snapping a picture of their business card, truck sign—even handwriting on a scrap of paper.

Hello creates a note, logs the location, date, and time of your initial meeting, and builds the contact’s background record by scouring Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter for more details (with your permission, of course). A feature called Hello Connect uses audio tones to automatically detect the devices of other Hello users nearby, providing an easy way to document meeting attendance for example, or to sync additional contact information.

Joe Stoddard consults with contractors about technology.jstoddard@mountainconsulting.com,twitter.com/moucon