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A travel pro takes you to the best apps which will make your journeys easier and more enjoyable.
By Stephanie Rosenbloom
Recently I deleted dozens of travel apps from my iPhone. Many are great. They allowed me to research unfamiliar places, listen to audio tours and turn my photos into postcards. But travel is about tapping the world, not a screen, so I’m ending the year with an app purge. I’ve kept only what I use often. An app didn’t have to be new (most weren’t) to make the cut, but it had to make travel easier or significantly more enjoyable. Below are a dozen that have earned a spot on my smartphone heading into 2016.
The streaming app to rule them all. With Yahoo Video Guide you can quickly find and stream all your favorite TV shows and movies in one beautiful app. If you…
Weather apps are among the most used programs and here is a good guide that shines a light on the best. Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground,…
You’ve likely heard about those smarties at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). I’ve enjoyed their fine podcasts for years and now their staff has come up with the 25 best apps to help make your everyday life easier.
I’ve been using a few of the selections here and have indeed found them quite useful. The app selections cover four categories: For random life stuff, For getting around, For staying organized, For computer and email ease.
Apps to make your everyday life easier – by TED staff
At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too.
Waze GPS, Traffic Navigation, Map – video tour
For getting around…
This app downloads offline, zoomable, searchable maps of major cities, so that even if you are roaming around Tokyo and can’t read any of the signs, you can still find your way around. “It’s good for people like me who travel internationally but don’t like to get data plans,” says Thu-Huong Ha, of our editorial team.
Another great app for travelers, Word Lens visually translates printed text into your language in real time. When you snap a photo of a sign or document, it shows the image to you in English. “It’s crazy,” says Kyle Shearer of our Events Workgroup. “The translations are not always 100%, but it’s good enough to get by on.” Hello, food menus. (more…)
These excellent apps are the best ones that let smartphone users share their unabridged observations & life experiences anonymously--Whisper, Secret, Yik Yak
Touch-screen phones have become very good at some tasks but there is one feature that they still struggle to get right–the keyboard. Here are some apps and some setting tweaks to assist your fingers.
Touch-screen phones have become so astonishingly good at some tasks they have all but replaced landline phones, pocket cameras and printed maps. But there is one feature that they still struggle to get right — the keyboard.
The flexibility of the full touch screen has won out over tactile, physical buttons, leaving us with a keyboard that is just an image on glass and small keys that sometimes get cranky around big thumbs.
Fleksy App – features video
Eight excellent apps that’ll help you improve your reading ability and become a better literary citizen, while simultaneously boosting your brain function.
How many books did you read last year? If your answer is more than one, congratulations: you’re more well-read than about 25% of Americans over age 16, according to a 2012 Pew Internet survey. Ironically, as we become more surrounded by words in the digital age, less of us are finding time to actually read them. The good news is that your smartphone or tablet can help.
Trying to stray from the obvious reading apps, like e-readers, we’ve gathered eight excellent apps that’ll help you improve your reading ability and become a better literary citizen, while simultaneously boosting your brain function. Whether you’d like to read more, faster or some combination of the two, these apps will light your path to wisdom.
Similar to apps like Pocket, Instapaper allows you to save and download web text for offline consumption. The app reformats the text you give it, giving it a cleaner, easier-to-read lay out and allowing you to focus on the important part: the words.
Try reading this paragraph while repeating the ABC’s out loud. You’ll find that you’re reading much faster than normal. This is because you’re suppressing your natural subvocalization, or the internal repetition of words you’re currently reading. In short, Syllable helps you learn to speed read. You choose the text and it does the rest for you, leaving your pacing and grouping fully customizable. (more…)
The Facetune app lets users remove blemishes, diminish dark circles, smooth skin and create many effects that normally take considerable Photoshop training to master.
Facetune by Roy Furchgott
One reason celebrities look so polished in photos is that there are Photoshop artists to smooth every wrinkle, minimize every pore and erase every blemish. The rest of us? We have to live with poorly lighted mobile phone selfies. An app called Facetune helps you look your Hollywood best, even in photos taken on mobile phones.
Facetune app how-to video
Apps-five to get more battery life out of your phone, iPhone. Five free apps that help you extend the battery life of your smartphone.Battery saver, Clean Master, Battery Doctor Pro, Easy Battery Saver, Du Battery Saver
Apps | Top 10 traveling apps help you save money. Here are excellent apps to assist you in traveling around the world without busting your budget. Thanks to mobile tech, planning a trip is easier than ever
Apps | 8 after-work apps to melt your stress away. So your brutal workday is over & you’re ready for some great entertainment,Good news, there’s plenty of great apps out there designed to make sure you have fun
Apps | 10 great apps to assist your work day productivity. These 10 apps perform both simple tasks, like managing your to-do list, & complex ones like allowing remote access to your computer. Help you get work done
Apps | Pocket - saves articles, videos, & more for later viewing later. With the app, Pocket, you can save articles, videos, etc, directly from your browser or apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse, etc Automatically syncs to devices.
Apps | IMDB - excellent app for movie showtimes, reviews & more. The best movie app is from IMDB. Among its entertaining functions, like listing an actor’s filmography & movie trivia, IMDB has a great showtime section.
Apps-BigOven 250,000 recipes, your grocery list, menu plans, more. Big Oven app is a great demonstration of why recipe apps are better than books.Over 250,000 recipes, with a search engine offering options for finding recipes
Apps | Locates lost or stolen smartphone - Plan B, Find My iPhone. When your dear smartphone is lost or stolen, Plan B, Find My iPhone & other apps reunite you. They find iPhones & Androids. Check them out before it’s too late.
Apps | Viddy - the Twitter for videos is a life-streaming movie studio on the go. Viddy is a smart phone app for editing and sharing mobile videos. This app is a simple way for anyone to capture, beautify, and share short videos with the world.
Augmented reality covers the many ways of adding digital information to the real world around you, using a smartphone’s camera. It’s clever and very futuristic, but you can still try it out now easily with the Layar and Junaio apps.
Apps | Parker - finds parking spaces & can pay, reserve spots. Wish you could find and pay for parking spots with your phone? Now you can with the Parker app for iPhone, iPad, Android.