VENICE BEACH, Calif. - For this Labor Day edition of Talking Tech, we went out and asked folks about work-related apps. Specifically, what apps they have running during the day while they're supposed to be on the job.
Employers take note - it appears many of your worker bees are doing more than talking on the phone during their breaks. But we'll start off with the folks who actually use their apps for work-related reasons.
Jamie Smith, a real estate agent in Canada uses Realtor.com. all day - "looking for houses for our customers."
Venice Beach street vendor "Ace," who sells CDs of his reggae music, opens up Pandora (free; Apple, Android, Windows, BlackBerry) and YouTube (free; Apple, Android, BlackBerry) on his breaks. He spends eight hours a day out here on Ocean Front Walk. "I treat it like a full-time job."
Roger Eichhorn of Dusseldorf, Germany likes What's App (free; Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows) for inter-office communication. "To connect with everybody - other workers and friends."
Poppy Sparrow, a graphic designer in New Zealand, says she uses the Viber communication app (free; Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Windows), Instagram and Snapchat. "I'm allowed to use apps at work," she says. "It's a trust system. I use them on my break. Or if I need a five minute brain fade."
Jesse James, who works at a Venice-area glass shop, says he has Netflix open during the day, to watch movies, "when it's slow in the shop."
Alissa Miller, also from New Zealand, has the Voxer app open during the day at her marketing company. "It's like a walkie-talkie. It's like a text, but oral."
Then there are the apps folks probably shouldn't be using.
For Manon Manovit of Philadelphia, it's the OK Cupid dating app. "It's something I do not need to be using at work, but I do anyway."
Michael Bekratsky of New York City can't start the day without the Candy Crush saga game. "I'm addicted," he says. "Monday morning, I sit down, play for an hour, and then get to work."
Connie Gray, of Scotland, has Facebook open all day, "just to see what's happening." Is there any app the tech assistant for the oil industry isn't supposed to be using? "Probably Facebook," she says.