There's An App For That

It’s been a while since I last highlighted some of the more popular mobile apps. Since that time, there haven’t been many changes to the most widely used choices. By now most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the Facebook, YouTube, and Skype apps at our disposal. This month, I thought I’d take a second look at some other, possibly less well-known, yet handy options.

Groupon:

One of the most popular coupon apps, Groupon, has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I find using it very straight forward and simple. Admittedly, there are times you’ll have to wait for a specific coupon you’re after, but for the most part, you’ll find plenty of discounts on a wide range of products.

Flashlight app:

Any flashlight app, at least for me, is a must. It seems I never happen to have a flashlight handy. I can’t tell you how many times a flashlight app has saved me time.

LastPass:

This app is one of the most popular password managers available. There are many advanced features. Its primary function is to store all of the user’s various passwords, but it also offers the ability to add a layer of encryption to help keep those passwords hidden and safe.

Universal Remote:

I can’t be the only one among us, after a long day and finally getting the opportunity to sit down and relax, only to realize the remote control is ‘way’ across the room. Or, perhaps I am. There are quite a few remote apps out there. I won’t single any one out here because of the variety of options. Go ahead, try some out if you want and find the one that works best for you.

Pandora:

Pandora’s claim is that it will “change the way you discover and listen to music.” I’m not sure if I fully agree with that, but it is a nice app to have in the arsenal. This app gives you the option to choose the genre of music you like best. I’ve discovered many great artists and songs that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Instagram:

This is a free online photo sharing and social network platform. This app allows users to upload, edit, and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

LinkedIn:

This is an app typically geared for the business community. It allows you to build a portfolio that includes your education and skills. It also helps you to network with others in your field. Some businesses use LinkedIn to recruit new employees.

Letgo:

Letgo is an increasingly popular choice for those who are looking to buy and sell items locally. It is somewhat similar to other classified listing services such as Craigslist, but is liked more by some users because of its smooth interface and updated options.

There are, of course, plenty of other very useful apps circulating. Browsing through the clutter of available apps on Google, Apple, or Windows stores to find something useful can be overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to look around; see what’s new and what works best for you. You can always delete the app if you don’t find it useful. Happy app hunting!

-Lonny Dockendorf, The Broadband Guy