I use my iPhone all day long and I’m always looking for ways to to be able to do more with it. Following are seven apps I’ve found to be truly helpful and I don’t hesitate to recommend for your consideration.
Delicious. For archiving and researching information I’ve found online, my go-to online bookmarking service of choice is Diigo. However, I like having my bookmarks available to me on my iPhone and Diigo currently doesn’t offer a quality mobile app to make them available. But, that’s no problem because Delicious, another bookmarking service, has a great mobile app. Diigo can be linked with Delicious so as to simultaneously bookmark both services at once. Consequently, I now have the best of both worlds available to me in a single step: I mark things in the browser on my laptop in Diigo and then they’re all constantly available for me on my iPhone via Delicious. Nice.
Downcast. Do you listen to podcasts on your iPhone? Or would you consider such if you only knew what app does a consistently good job of rendering them? Downcast makes it all happen reliably. And that’s all I have to say about that.
EPA AIRNow. Being sensitive to air quality, it helps for me to know ahead of time what the air quality index is like outdoors in any given place, be it in regard to ozone, pollution, etc. The AIRNow app tells me precisely what I need to know, quickly and easily, namely the latest air quality index for any zip code at any given time at a glance. It also offers a forecast. Very handy.
HoustonCams. I live in Baytown, the eastern edge of the greater Houston area. With 3.8 million other people living here, traffic snarls aren’t uncommon, can be uber-ugly, and can make a royal shamble of your plans. Consequently, knowing ahead of time exactly what the road and traffic conditions are like in the area can make all the difference between going with the flow and cooling your heels in a shut down. That’s why the HoustonCams app stays on my phone and usually gets checked whenever I need to make a trip into the heart of, or a journey across, our fair city.
Lose It! While there are plenty of diet, exercise, food, and weight loss apps out there, I dare say none are more intuitive and helpful than Lose It! Do you want to scan a can with a barcode reader to enter your data? Check. Do you need to easily count the calories on foods available in a great many fast food places and restaurants? Check. Do you care to just get your exercise info entered, have it factored into your plan, and get on to the next thing? Check. Lose It! will do all of that for you – and much more – and best of all, you’ll already know how to use it as soon as you install it.
My TSA. If you travel by plane you’ll want My TSA, the official app of the Transportation Security Administration, on your phone. It can tell you about just about anything you might be curious about in terms of air travel and security here in the U.S. How long is the current wait times at any given airport in the States? What can you bring, and what can you not bring, through a security checkpoint? What’s the best type of clothing for you to wear to expedite your trip through security? What’s the best way to pack your things to expedite the whole process? And so and so on. Check it out.
Textweek. If you teach or preach, I suspect you’d appreciate having lists of, and links to, some available resources on every part of Scripture, be it anything from articles to artwork, ideas for illustrations from movies to the lectionary readings for the week, all in one place. Textweek does that for you.