If you’re one of the millions of people all over the world with a smartphone in their hands, chances are you’re used to your gadget friend being pretty useful in a huge variety of situations. But let’s face it: how often do you really go out of your way to beef up your incredible piece of pocket technology with fantastic new apps and functionality? If your answer to that question is a resoundingly enthusiastic “All the time!” then you can pat yourself on the back and rest easy. On the other hand, if you’re one of the majority of users who are content to limit their iPhone to only its most default capabilities (a music player, calculator, internet browser and/or map searcher) then it may be time to step out of the 1990’s and officially get in the game.
Thankfully Dr. Trend Hunter is here with a fresh prescription of five great apps that will set you on the path of revolutionizing the way you use your phone. From serious software with serious benefits like the Energy Saver App to curiosity driven programs like the White Shark Expedition app which are designed to fill your daily life with interesting knowledge, this list is here to help you say goodbye to living in the past like an antiquated dinosaur. It’s a brave new world of technology out there so go seize it!
Who among us can honestly say that they don’t have that one friend who always seems to be borrowing money? You know the person: the one who seems to perpetually forget their wallet at meals or outings until eventually it’s hard to tell exactly how much they owe or when/if they have paid you back (think Kramer from Seinfeld). If you can’t think of anyone who matches this description, chances are that this person in your social circle is you. But fear not, because no matter which side you are on the SpotMe app takes takes all of the awkwardness and insecurity of loans between friends out of the equation. Featuring completely automated (and impersonal) emails and messages, SpotMe ensures you don’t have to worry about uncomfortable face-to-face conversations and reminders about IOU’s ever again. Best of all, it’s set to be integrated with Paypal and ZipPay to make settling outstanding loans easy and painless to handle. What more could you ask for?!
Sure modern living is fast-paced and can be hectic at times, but the EcoSpeed app doesn’t let you use that as an excuse for neglecting your environment-protecting duties. Designed to help users maximize their fuel efficiency in a world where fuel prices seem to permanently reside in the realm of absurd exorbitance, the EcoSpeed helps ensure that you’re always driving in the most environmentally friendly way possible. But how does it do that exactly? Easy! It simply calculates your speed, the distance to your destination, the make and model of your car and the available routes at your disposal in order to calculate the greenest course to your desired location. It even tells you what your optimal speed would be to maximize fuel efficiency.
These days, “higher education” and “cheap” aren’t exactly two words that you see cozying up to each other in the same sentence too frequently. With the iTunes U App however, this long drawn-out standoff seems to be slowly moving towards a happy relationship. Available in iTunes, the iTunes U App lets people from all over the world connect with a huge number of academic institutions from the comfort of their homes. They can then choose from a wide range of courses that include everything from history to molecular biology and almost anything in-between. Best of all, it’s a surprisingly modest priced service. While certainly not a substitute for a full-fledged degree (we wouldn’t recommend “I graduated from iTunes U” as a go-to line for job interviews), there’s no doubt this handy app would be a fantastic companion for knowledge-loving smartphone users looking to learn while on the go.