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10 Incredibly Useful Apps

With the advancement of technology increasing rapidly, there are many ways in which you can use technology to your advantage and improve the quality of your life. There are many applications, or "apps", that can be downloaded to your mobile devices and make daily activities effortless and more time-efficient.  

1. Uber

Uber is a ridesharing app that allows you to schedule rides to anywhere you’d like (airport, doctor’s appointment, bank, etc.) right from your phone. Insert your payment information one time and it is saved on the app for all of your future rides, so there is no need to worry about cash or card. You can enter your destination into the app, and it will predict the cost of your ride and what time your driver will arrive. Drivers typically arrive within minutes and are ready to bring you on your way. Uber is available in most cities across the continental United States.

2. Mobile-Banking Apps

Mobile-Banking apps can save you a trip (or many!) to the bank. They allow for you to perform many banking functions on the go, such as: check your balance, deposit checks, pay bills and transfer money. For example, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, Citi, CapitalOne, and HSBC all have their own Mobile-Banking apps. Check out the App Store to see if your bank has their own app.

3. Senior Savings

The Senior Savings app provides people ages 50+ with access to hundreds of discounts across a variety of categories. The categories include: dining, entertainment, travel and lodging, groceries, services and shopping. The app explains the details of each discount as well as informing you of age requirements or restrictions. The Senior Savings app can be purchased in the App Store for $0.99.

4. HelloFresh

HelloFresh is an app that delivers quick and simple recipes to your doorstep weekly along with the necessary ingredients. This app takes away the hassle of grocery shopping and finding healthy recipes because everything is already there for you. You can choose from three different plans: the Veggie Plan, the Family Plan or the Classic Plan. Each plan has a different cost and allows for you to choose the number of people you want to serve along with how many recipes you want a week, and includes free shipping.

5. AroundMe

AroundMe provides users with information about nearby services such as: restaurants, gas stations, theaters, hotels, parking, hospitals, banks, and many more. This app makes traveling easy by giving you constant nearby recommendations. The AroundMe app can be downloaded for free in the App Store.

6. Find my car

The Find my car app is a parking necessity. It keeps track of your parking location, providing you with directions to find your car in a crowded lot and even allows you to share your parking location with friends and family. The app is reliable and easy to use, saving you tons of time in the parking lot. The Find my car app can be downloaded in the App Store for free.

7. NPR News

The NPR News app gives you access to the latest news, podcasts and radio easily through your phone. NPR provides users with endless content, and even notifies you with breaking news alerts. The NPR News app can help you to stay informed with current events and critical information effortlessly and for free.

8. Voice Reader

The Voice Reader app will read text out-loud that you copy and paste into the textbox. The app can read emails, webpages and much more. The app can read thirty different languages and does not require internet connection.

9. EyeReader

EyeReader can both magnify and brighten text so you can read all text regardless of size and whether-or-not you are in a poorly light room. The EyeReader app can be used to read menus, prescription labels, credit-card vouchers, PlayBills and much more. You are also able to take pictures of the magnified and brightened text through the app. The app can be purchased in the App Store for $1.99.

10. Lumosity

The Lumosity app offers brain teasers to help challenge your cognitive abilities and keep your mind sharp. The app includes daily “workouts” which are a combination of brain puzzles to activate different areas of your brain. Lumosity is being utilized by many schools and universities in order to keep their students engaged and evaluated. The app is a great way to remain mentally active and have fun doing it. Lumosity can be downloaded for free in the App Store, but in-app purchases are encouraged in order to access more content.


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