Sometimes life can be made easier by just solving a simple problem. Not every life hack has to be an earth-shattering revelation. Instead, a simple solution to keeping all your passwords in one location can feel life-altering. These apps may not change the way the world works, but they might make your daily routine easier.
Yeah, yeah, we know we should be creating a unique password for everything online that looks like Xqy7850Kc#% and not just use “password” as the password for everything, but who has time to remember all those numbers and characters? 1Password creates a different password for each account you attach, and keeps track of them in the app. You can log in with just one tap of the mobile device. This can make it more difficult for someone to steal your identity or hack into your online accounts.
Waze is a real-time, community-driven traffic and navigation app that crowdsources traffic information from its users. Waze users can report a traffic jam, construction or speed traps to notify other users to take a different route. This can be extremely useful for avoiding traffic or at least figuring out how long you’ll be stuck in it.
Have you ever seen an article online that you didn’t have time to read, but wanted to peruse later? How often have you forgotten to go back and check it out? Pocket solves this problem by allowing you to save and organize articles, videos and other stuff for later viewing. What makes it even better is that you can view saved items on a phone, tablet or computer, and you don’t even need an internet connection to look at saved material.
Waiting on a package can be a pain, especially if you’re a serial online shopper. Slice keeps track of all your incoming deliveries, as well as when and where you bought an item. That way you don’t have to keep going back to your email to figure out where your package is. As an added bonus, Slice will also send you alerts and help get your money back whenever when the price of something you’ve purchased drops the next day.
How many miles is 10 kilometers? How many fluid ounces are in a cup? Amount is a measurement converter that can make any conversion as simple as a few touches of the screen. Amount has more than 700 units across 30 categories, meaning you can finally figure out how many calories you have to consume to produce one joule of energy. It goes beyond simple distance and food, though. Amount can also has conversions for currency, clothing, data and several other categories.
It’s not always possible to make through an entire movie without heeding the call of nature, especially after you’ve downed a 44 oz. soda before the previews have even finished. For the bladder-challenged, there’s RunPee. This app shows you the best time to take a bathroom break during a movie so that you can relieve yourself without missing anything important.
MUBI is a Netflix-type subscription service specializing in cult, classic, independent, critically acclaimed and award-winning films, which lets you watch movies on your computer or mobile device. For $4.99 a month, or $34.99 a year, you can gain access to MUBI’s extensive list of acclaimed and classic films. If you prefer to spend your summer watching an independent movie at the art-house cinema instead of a blockbuster at the 24-screen movieplex, then MUBI might be for you.
Have you ever wanted to watch a movie or TV show, but just not known what you actually want to watch? Jinni can help with that by providing film recommendations. The app gives suggestions based on mood, style, actors, plot and other factors. Do you want to watch a critically-acclaimed war movie? Or do you want to watch something fun and uplifting? Plug those preferences into Jinni, and the app will deliver films which suit those criteria.
Who was that guy in that one movie who had the funny accent? If you ever find yourself asking those questions, then IMDB can put your mind at ease. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is one of the most popular movie websites, providing a treasure trove of information about all sorts of movies, TV shows and video games, from who played the lead role to who the art director was. There are few other resources that provide as much information about movies as IMDB.
Its summer, meaning people are going to be hitting the road and making their way to the beaches, mountains and other vacation spots. As you put rubber to pavement this summer, these apps can make your journey easier and reduce the stress from travel.
If you want to find some cheap lodging, and want to have a less-than-ordinary travel experience, Airbnb is the way to go. Airbnb is an app which pairs an extended network of individuals who have an extra place to sleep with those seeking lodging. Couch surfing has gone mobile! Airbnb is in more than 34,000 cities and is great for those who look at travel as an adventure.
There is no shortage of hotel and flight search apps on the market that offer roughly the same features. Hipmunk has all the standard fare of those apps, but it separates itself from the others with some nifty aspects. For instance, you can search prices not only on hotels, but also on hostel, Airbnb and HomeAway rentals. It also gives an “agony” score for flights that combines factors such as cost, flight duration and layovers.
If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you can take your DVR with you using DirecTV’s GenieGo app. This app allows you to watch shows and movies saved on your DVR using your mobile device. This is great for staying entertained on the road or giving you a chance to catch up on your shows while you’re relaxing. If you’re not a DirecTV subscriber, you can sign up for DirecTV at any Cellular Sales location across the country.
Unless you are a jet-setting traveler, most airports are probably little more than large mazes. GateGuru can help you discover the best and most interesting parts of airports the next time you have a layover (and there will be layovers). GateGuru can show you what restaurants, stores and other amenities are near your departure or arrival terminal, and it also shows reviews so you can find hidden gems. You’ll be able to find the best shops and eateries as though you were a pro.
As the world has gotten more mobile, it has gotten more connected. One of the downsides of this is that the office can follow you anywhere, including when you’re on vacation. AwayFind is an app that helps you unplug. AwayFind lets you apply filters on your email and sends notifications when an email fitting your criteria comes through. This way you can not worry about what is going on in your inbox while you’re on vacation. AwayFind will let you know when something important comes in, allowing you to focus on things like sunsets and sandy beaches.
(Must be 17 years old to download.) A publishing platform built to connect readers with the stories and authors that matter to them. With Medium, they have created the cleanest, simplest way to access the stories and ideas shared on Medium.com. Every day, hundreds of new voices publish their unique experiences, views, and reflections, helping create the largest, most diverse collection of writing on the internet.
To help the Grad find that perfect job, find jobs using Indeed, the most comprehensive search engine for jobs. In a single search, Indeed offers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. From search to apply, Indeed’s Job Search app helps you through the entire process of finding a new job.
Build an impressive resume with the help of Resume Builder Pro. Use Resume Builder Pro to help manage the important details of your resume. This is the last resume builder you’ll ever need! Never worry about starting from scratch to make a resume. Whether you’re on a phone or tablet, Resume Builder Pro makes it easy to update your resume to reflect your most current information.
Sworkit is the app for working out anywhere. Sworkit takes you through 5-60 minute circuit training workouts requiring no equipment. Simply choose what part of your body to focus on and how long you have. Sworkit will create a custom circuit training workout using just your bodyweight.
theScore is your home for the NBA, NHL, MLB and all major sports! theScore is the ultimate, personalized mobile sports experience with comprehensive and completely customizable scores, stats, news, alerts & much more for mobile devices.
For geeky Dads! The premier Super Nintendo emulator! Developed from the ground up to deliver the fastest experience possible. Easily locate and play your favorite titles by scanning your phone, viewing your list of installed ROMs complete with cover art. Save your progress at any time and return instantly to where you left off, thanks to a quick save state system. A huge database of Game Genie™ and Pro Action Replay™ codes rounds off the package to deliver the ultimate SNES emulation experience.
Voted “Best Of the Web” by InStyle Magazine featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, MSNBC, CBS Early Show, and more. Email, text, tweet, post to Facebook and Instagram, and mail personalized paper photo card, notes, invitations + announcements right from your smartphone or tablet.
There’s nothing stationary about your life, so why depend on a family calendar that hangs on a fridge or wall? Manage your jam-packed life and keep the whole family in the loop with Cozi, Appy Award Winner for Best Family App and named a “must-have” app for a better life by The Today Show.
ShopStyle makes online shopping quick, easy, and fun, giving you access to millions of products and brands from top retailers on your phone or tablet. Browse the latest trends, shop the hottest sales, and dress for every occasion with the ShopStyle app.
Cuteness is waiting for you. Your on-the-go source for all things adorable. Our featured brands change every day, so you never know what you’ll find. With boutique brands at up to 90% off retail prices, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.
Got a random assortment of ingredients and no idea what to make with them? Try Gojee. An improved food and drink recommendation engine finds the recipe that is just right for you based on what you have at home, what you dislike, what you are craving. Gojee is the “Home of Great Taste”. They have hand-selected recipes from some of the best food and drink writers in the world. Let Gojee help you plan your next meal!
Carrying cash has become increasingly rare as people ditch paper for plastic, but are credit and debit cards going the way of the greenback? In the near future, mobile wallets may make paying with cards a thing of the past.
There are already apps like Venmo, which allow you to make person-to-person transactions using mobile devices, but mobile wallets take smartphone payments a step further. Instead of just transferring money between people, using Venmo or other similar apps, a mobile wallet allows you to make transactions with businesses.
How does it work? First you need to have a device equipped with near field communication capability. Then you’ll need to download an app like ISIS Mobile Wallet. Once you’ve done that, you can merely waving your phone in front of a properly equipped point-of-sale payment station (typically the same machine you would use to swipe your card when paying at a register) to complete a transaction at a store.
Currently, more than 200,000 merchants can accept payments with ISIS, and you can add American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo credit cards to your mobile wallet. The number of merchants accepting ISIS and compatible bank cards is only going to increase as mobile payments become more common.
As mobile devices have taken on a larger number of functionalities, they have become essential parts of some people’s lives. Mobile wallets are just another way in which smartphones and tablets are taking on larger roles in our lives. Before you know it, you might find yourself paying for your groceries with a simple wave of your smartphone.
We’ve finally emerged from the cold embrace of winter and entered the warm meadow that is spring. Soon flowers will bloom, closets will be cleaned and umbrellas will be deployed. Here are three of the top apps to get you ready for those April showers.
To help you along with your spring cleaning, Good Housekeeping @Home offers assistance to those looking to declutter and clean up their living space. There’s a stain buster feature that supplies tips on how to remove different kinds of stains and a do-it-all cleaning guide that provides surface-by-surface cleaning tips. There are also various other tips to be found in this app, brought to you by the famous magazine, to help keep your house in order.
For those with a green thumb, or those aspiring to one day earn that distinction, Garden Time Planner can help you get that garden going this spring. This app gives advice on when the best time to plant your herbs and plants is, as well as when they should be good to harvest. There are also how-to videos and reminders for when the next harvest or transplant needs to take place.
As the frost begins to wear off, you’ll want to venture outdoors. If you enjoy hiking, EveryTrail can be a great companion. With more than 400,000 user-submitted trail maps, you’re bound to find a path near you. It also plots points of interest, photos, travel logs and audio guides on the trails. If you don’t live in hiking country, Everytrail also has bike, ski and sail maps as well.
Life hack—a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.
The advent of smartphones have given us new tools to complete tasks in new ways. And also spend hours playing Candy Crush Saga. The apps provide some life hacks to help you tackle your daily routine in new ways.
Aside from elevator music aficionados, nobody likes being on hold. FastCustomer is your way to call a company and not be subject to the dulcet tones of smooth jazz for 30 minutes. The app places a call to the company, moves through the menu options, and calls you when there’s another person on the line.
Sleep Cycle power nap (iOS)
Who doesn’t love a good nap? The problem is that you want to rest your eyes for 20 minutes, and two hours later you’ve wondered where the time went. Sleep Cycle power nap uses the accelerometer in your phone to monitor your sleep cycles and determine both when you’ve gotten a solid nap in and when would be the best time to wake up.
Walk Me Up! Alarm Clock (Android)
Let’s face it—some of us suck at waking up in the mornings. For the habitual snooze-button presser, Walk Me Up! Alarm Clock forces you to break your habit of always wanting an extra 10 minutes of sleep. It functions like a normal alarm clock—loud noises and the like—except that instead of just pressing a button to turn it off, you have to get up and walk. The app prevents you from turning the alarm off until you’ve taken a predetermined number of steps, ensuring that you’re up and at ‘em in the morning.
While mobile devices can be used to boost productivity, they are also incredibly powerful procrastination tools. Between social media, games and other time-wasters, it’s easy to let time slip away. Finish is an anti-procrastination app that lets you create to-do lists, encourages you to complete tasks and then offers the satisfaction of crossing that item off your list.
Similar to PayPal, Venmo is a payment service that allows you to transfer money with other users of the app. This can be useful for settling debts with friends when you’re without cash. There are a lot of situations where Venmo can make confusing financial situations easy. For instance, three friends take a cab, and only one person has cash. That person can pay for the cab, and the other two riders can transfer their share of the fare using Venmo.
A lot of times we set bold, difficult goals for ourselves: lose weight, make a budget, stop smoking. Luckily, with today’s technology there’s more help available at your fingertips than ever before. Here are some apps that can help you stay on top of your new year’s resolutions.
Quit It Lite (iOS)
Quitting smoking is a popular goal for people on January 1st. The Quit It app is a stop smoking aid which helps create a positive feedback loop for those in the process of quitting. This app keeps track of your progress by showing the positive effects of quitting. You can see how many cigarettes you would have smoked, the money you would have spent and the amount of tar which would have entered your lungs had you continued smoking.
Another common resolution is for people to get their financial house in order. In order to do that, you need to start from the ground up, which means, You Need a Budget. YNAB is a well-reviewed subscription service which helps you sort your spending into categories, figure out how much money is coming in versus going out, and even save for both short and long-term goals.
Keeping with the theme of popular new year’s resolutions, many people ring in the new year with promises of better diet and exercise. Endomondo uses GPS tracking to monitor your outdoor activities. You can keep track of how long you travel during runs or bike rides, and there’s even a timekeeper so you can see if your time improves. Endomondo also has social sharing and message board features, allowing you to share your workouts on Facebook and also to leave messages for friends within the app.
In the modern and very busy world we live in, our phones can often be the center of our lives. Not because we are obsessed with the phones themselves, but because we depend on them to keep us on schedule with what’s most important to us. Gone are the days of carrying around planners and calendars. These have all been replaced by smartphones, tablets, and the various applications that serve to keep our world in order. Fantastical 2 is a shining example of a product that fits such a need.
Flexibits is the mastermind behind the Fantastical line of apps. I purchased the original Fantastical about 8 months ago and was completely obsessed with putting everything important on my calendar. It helped immensely when trying to manage my time and making sure things got done. For me, using calendars has always been a bit of a task. A chore I never wanted to do, because it was just too much of a hassle to set up. All that changed when I started using Fantastical. Thanks to the natural language parser, you can create an event by simply typing it out naturally. For example, you could type: “Meeting with John Marshall on Wednesday at 5″, and Fantastical would set up an event for exactly that. All of the details can be changed and managed on a more micro-level, but I personally never needed those things. Fantastical made things simple, and that’s what pulled me in. Not having to click on a date, type out the event name, and edit every last detail, is well worth the small price tag of the app itself.
Now, within the last week or so, Flexibits has released the sequel to this amazing calendar app: Fantastical 2. With this release came a visual overhaul to match the updated design in iOS 7. Not only that, Fantastical 2 can now sync in with your reminders. A lot of people have found it hard to buy something they already paid for originally, just for a an updated version. Do yourself a favor and support the developers that work for months on end to update their apps for the latest look and feel. They put a lot of effort in and give us an amazingly polished product! Anyways, the app offers all of the things I would ever ask for in a calendar application and more. As always, it may not be perfect for everyone. Do let us know in the comments if you have a favorite of your own!
To a lot of people, podcasting has replaced the radio. Some might even say it has done to radio what on-demand and streaming services did to TV. There is a wealth of different podcasts covering every imaginable topic. So what are some of the best podcast apps?
ESPN is sometimes referred to in the sports community as “the mothership” due to its far-reaching sports media empire. The ESPN Radio app lets you listen to hundreds of different programs on demand produced with the backing of the mothership. The topics cover a broad range of subjects, and some are even devoted entirely to non-sports material (such as the Grantland Pop Culture channel). Also, if you have a favorite ESPN TV show that you can never seem to catch, you can stream the audio through the ESPN Radio app.
Public Radio & Podcast (Android)
National Public Radio sometimes gets the reputation for being a hard news source, which it definitely is, but there is also a veritable treasure trove of non-news-related content produced on Public Radio. Some Public Radio podcasts, such as This American Life, are some of the most-listened-to podcasts in North America. Since the content base is far and wide, public radio has a podcast for all sorts of tastes from those who love good storytelling (This American Life) to interesting science facts (Radiolab) to the way economics influences even the most mundane, day-to-day activities (Freakonomics Radio).
TED Talks have taken the world by storm over the past few years. For those who don’t know, TED Talks are just lectures given by thought leaders on a variety of topics. They cover just about every imaginable subject, from science to music to politics to self-motivation (such as how to stop procrastinating). One neat feature of the TED app is the option to input the amount of time you have, and then receive a TED Talk recommendation based on that amount of time. If you only have 20 minutes, the app will show a selection of podcasts that are around 20 minutes in length. These insightful and entertaining talks are great to listen to or watch during a train ride or when sitting in a waiting room.
Podcast Addict (Android)
Whereas ESPN Radio and Public Radio & Podcast only let you listen to podcasts produced by ESPN and public radio, respectively, Podcast Addict is an aggregator that lets you listen to podcasts from all sorts of different publishers and have them all right at your fingertips. You can subscribe to podcasts from a variety of sources and see them on your podcast dashboard so that you never miss out on your favorites.
While the majority of podcast apps are going to be found exclusively for iOS and/or Android, there is still a good option for those who use Windows phones. Podcatcher is a great app for Windows podcast listeners. It works in a similar fashion to Podcast Addict in that it lets you search and subscribe to podcasts from several different publishers. It also gives you the option of streaming those podcasts or downloading them for later use or when you’re away from WiFi.
Never will a day go by with a lack of third-party Twitter apps. After all, without developer support and constantly evolving apps, who knows where Twitter would be today. That being said, we as Twitter users, have come to expect a certain level of quality and features in these apps. Thankfully, Twitterrific excels in these two areas.
The app itself has been around for years. Several months back, the release of Twitterrific (version 5) marked a renewed emphasis on content rather than menus and bars. With gesture driven interactions, there was much less need for menus and buttons, leaving more room for the content itself. Some of you may recall, this is exactly where Apple was headed when they designed iOS 7. So, in multiple ways, Twitterrific beat Apple to the punch.
Back to the app itself. Twitterrific shows off most, if not all, of the features most people are looking for. Push notifications work perfectly for mentions, DMs, retweets, favorites and even new followers. The gestures I spoke of before are super easy to get used to. Swiping on a tweet from left to right will trigger a reply. Similarly, swiping from right to left will bring up replies to that tweet, in a conversation-like thread. Also included in Twitterrific is the ability to keep up with your Twitter Lists. I actually use Twitter for my tech news, so it’s perfect for me, being just a tap or two away. The app even has an automated theme, switching from light colors to dark as the evening progresses.
Last but not least, the app includes a “Today” section, eerily similar to the one found in iOS 7′s new notification shade. This section will keep track of people who have interacted with your tweets that day. Since the release of iOS 7 last month, Twitterrific has been updated to support the new keyboard, along with a design that even more closely matches Apple’s latest software. Just a week or so ago, they released yet another update to allow extensive profile editing from within the app. So, to say the least, these developers are hard at work to make this the best experience around.
Priced at $2.99, Twitterrific is not only the best quality Twitter client available for iOS, it’s also the best value. Either way, give it a look through and let us know what you think. If you know of an app that may be better, give them a shout out in the the comments below!
Every so often, you go browsing through the App Store on your phone and stumble across a fantastic new game. From the moment you open it up, you’re greeted with great visual design and simple gameplay that ends up leaving you addicted for weeks to come. This week, we want to introduce you to one of the best we have come across, Dots.
Dots is a simple, yet addictive game. It starts with a premise similar to Candy Crush Saga, or even Tetris. You have a grid of colored dots. They fall into place randomly at the start of the game. From there, you find colored dots in a row, and use your finger to connect those dots. The more dots you put together, the more matching dots fall from above to replace them. You get more bonuses by making squares and rectangles out of matching dots.
To mix things up, there are three power-ups in the game. The first is a time-stop power-up, which stops the clock for 5 seconds while you strike through as many dots as your fingers can handle. The second power-up allows you to remove any single dot from the board one time. Lastly, you have a color removing power-up that lets you remove all of one color dot from the board at once. These power-ups help make an already awesome experience even more fun and addictive.
Now, there are three game modes in the app (although one is a paid upgrade). The first is a timed mode, in which you have 60 seconds to match as many dots as you can. The second mode gives you 30 moves, and allows you to clear as many dots as you can with only those moves. The third is an unlimited mode, in which you have unlimited time and power-ups (see below) to mess around with. This mode is the paid mode, but a $1.99 worth spending if you really love the game. Let’s not forget, there are some fun achievements to get within the game. Some are for playing the game so many times, while others are more dot-specific. On Android, these are just in-game activities to have fun with, while on iOS they are integrated with Game Center.
Dots is a really fun game that you will enjoy every time you have 60 seconds free. The game is currently available for free on iOS and Android, and I can’t say enough how much of a gem this game really is. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!
The quintessential professional social network, LinkedIn is a great place to look for jobs. Many companies post job openings on through LinkedIn, but LinkedIn also provides networking capabilities. And we all know that networking is a big part of looking for a job. LinkedIn is a bit of a one-stop shop for those looking to connect with professionals in their field and for finding job openings.
Indeed is like the Google of job search sites. Companies post available positions on Indeed, but Indeed also acts as a search engine. You can search using a number of criteria (keywords, city, state, ZIP code, company, etc.), and Indeed will bring up results not only from the openings posted on Indeed.com, but also on other job sites.
Maybe you’re able to be a bit picky in the job search (lucky you!), and you’re looking for a job that’s a little closer to home. Job Compass is a way to search for available jobs based on location. You can put in your address, and Job Compass will show you openings located within a five-mile radius. This is a good tool for those who are looking to work a little closer to home.
In today’s tough job market, sometimes taking contract work can be a good bridge to keep working while looking for a more permanent solution or to possibly use as a way to get your foot in the door. GigWalk is all about contract work. It allows employers and job seekers to connect using mobile devices for temporary or contract work. Who knows, getting a good review from a job on GigWalk could catch the eye of an employer looking to hire you full time.
Nobody said running a small business was easy. Many times you’re the CEO, entry-level employee, accountant, secretary and janitor at the same time. These smartphone and tablet accessories may not allow you to kick up your feet and manage your business from a beach in Hawaii, but they can be useful to a small-business owner.
You might have heard about this one before. Square is an app and accessory that turns your smartphone or tablet into a credit/debit card reader. A lot of consumer-facing small businesses are eschewing the traditional cash register in place of a tablet. And why not? A tablet can be a versatile tool for small businesses, so if you can cut expenses by purchasing a tablet and Square, rather than a cash register and computer, you can save yourself some money. Square charges 2.75 percent per card swipe or $275 per month (your choice); takes Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover; and works on Android and iOS devices.
It has become a popular theme among small businesses these days to turn away from traditional laptops and desktops in favor of tablets. However, not all of us are very proficient at touchscreen typing. The ZAGGkeys FLEX Portable Keyboard and Stand connects to your tablet using Bluetooth. The stand allows you to set your tablet down so that it’s more like a laptop, and the keyboard is like a traditional computer keyboard, offering you a lot of functionality that can increase your typing speed. The stand also doubles as a case for the keyboard component. The keyboard’s battery lasts for several weeks between charges, and it works on both Android and iOS devices.
Smartphones can occupy multiple roles within a small business, from serving as the main telephone to being the platform for your accounting software. While 16 gigabytes seems like a lot apps, documents and pictures on your phone’s hard drive start to chip away at that number, and it’s very easy to find yourself needing more storage. SanDisk microSD cards can add storage to your Android devices. Think about them in the same vein as USB hard drives (better known as thumb drives or jump drives). With up to a 64 GB storage capacity, you can easily quadruple your phone’s hard drive space with just one of these.
If you use a smartphone or tablet within your business for something other than playing Angry Birds, this can be a crucial accessory. A common complaint for smartphone users is that they don’t have sufficient battery life. If you’re using your mobile device to do something other than update Facebook, your battery may get sapped quickly. When this happens, leaving it on the charger for a couple of hours might not be an acceptable solution. The Satechi Portable Energy Station (which works for many devices: including iPads, iPhones, Samsung Galaxies, Kindle Fires, HTC Ones and Blackberry Playbooks) attaches to your device and charges it without restricting movement to within 18 inches of the closest power outlet. This allows you to continue business as usual while simultaneously charging your device.
Smartphones are incredible machines, packing a computing power that might have seemed incredulous to techies in the 90s into a device that can fit inside a pocket. One drawback to these smaller computers is that they are easy to misplace. Cobra Tag alleviates this issue. It is an app and keychain device which lets you press a button that will cause your phone to ring, helping you find your lost phone. It also works the other way; if you lose your phone, there’s an app that will cause the keychain to make a noise should you lose your keys. Just hope you don’t leave your keys and phone in the same place.