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On-the-go financialsThe Mint app for iPhone and Android lets you view multiple accounts, manage money, and keep an eye on budgets--all from the palm of your hand.
Welcome to Tap that App, I�m Jasmine France and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. I know financial software isn�t exactly the most titillating subject, but with the tax season fast approaching, this week�s show is the perfect opportunity to get you all thinking about money. So we�re going to take a closer look at my favorite app for handling all sorts of financial needs. It�s called Mint, and it�s available for both the iPhone and Android devices. Like many of my favorite apps, Mint offers an online component, which you can access at Mint.com. That means you can take advantage of this service from any mobile device with Web capability--and multi-platform compatibility is always a big plus in my book, especially when it comes to financial software. But let�s talk about what the Mint app can do for you. Of course, the basic premise is that it lets you access your financial info on the go� and I mean ALL of it. So that means if you have a checking account at Bank of America, savings at ING, an auto loan at your local credit union, and a 401K with Smith-Barney, you can get an at-a-glance overview of each and every one just by firing up Mint and logging in. Further, Mint presents your overall cash flow on one nicely laid-out screen by compiling your income, debt, and investments on the back end, so you can easily view your financial health. The app will also break down exactly what types of expenses you�re incurring and then let you set and monitor budgets for each type. Oh, and for those of you who prefer apps with some visual flair, you�ll be happy to note that everything in Mint is color coded, which aside from being nice to look at also makes it easy to quickly grasp items like your budget and the type of transaction on the screen in front of you. Finally, it�s worth mentioning that Mint recently teamed up with TurboTax to simplify deduction recording and maximize your refund. And while attempting to file taxes entirely from a mobile device is far too tedious to consider, we certainly appreciate Mint for helping us get our finances organized ahead of time. That�s it for this weeks show, if you have any suggestions, send them to Tap That App at cnet.com. I�m Jasmine France and we�ll see you next week