The Top 10 Apps of 2015

Welcome!

Day 29 of the #nablopomo challenge. . . . the end is in sight my friends!

After pulling out all of the Christmas decorations yesterday it struck me –  the end of 2015 is just around the corner too.

While doing yesterdays post I decided I wanted to do a photo collage to tell the story of our new granddaughter – *beam* and the story of our daughter’s beautiful wedding. It was then that I realized that out of the dozens of apps on my iPhone, I didn’t have a single one to make a collage.

I’m kind of an app junkie you might say when it comes to anything photography related so imagine my surprise that there was one I actually didn’t have! My search ended up leading me to a pretty cool app (saved for another post down the road) that got me thinking. What other apps had I missed discovering or hearing about?

I set out on a mission and instantly embarked on a date with Google to find the noteworthy apps of the year. Here’s what I learned are considered by those in the techie world to be the top 10 apps for 2015.

Anyhow check out the list and test drive a few. I’d love to hear what you think!

  1. WhatsApp   Said to be a must have if you have friends and family across the world. Rather than using your SMS allotment by sending text messages, this app allows you to send messages over any Wi-Fi or mobile data connection instead. There’s also the ability to send and receive photos with . . .  are you ready for this? . . . With NO size restrictions! (music to my ears!)  If you’re using Wi-Fi or have unlimited mobile data they don’t end up costing you anything extra to send!
  2.  Strava. Is an app for all of you cycling and running enthusiasts out there. It’s considered one of the best fitness tools around. Strava lets you track your performance, set goals and gives you daily progress updates.The app has leaderboards and challenges and even has built in user routes if you need some help deciding where to run or cycle. There’s a basic model that comes free with all of that or a premium version that has even more tools.
  3.  Google Photos  This app boasts unlimited FREE storage for photos and videos. The app also works on not only iOS but Android computers too.This app comes with the ability to make collages (another reason I need it right!) and albums.
  4. Snapseed  Designed by Google to make editing photos as easy and fun as possible with a touchscreen device. Snapseed has tools to help you tweak and enhance your images as well as providing you with filters to transform  the photos you’ve taken on your smartphone or tablet. It’s one I’ve use a lot.
  5.  Spotify Music app  Said to turn your iOS device into  a  portable jukebox giving you the ability to listen to your favorite tunes any time, anywhere.Spotify music is FREE on iOS devices unless you want to download your favorites for offline listening or in the event you want ad free listening. (In that case you’ll want to invest in a Premium account.)
  6. Periscope, This is Twitter’s live video streaming app and it’s great for anyone who craves a visual.You can create your own live streams or watch other people’s and you have the ability to send comments and hearts in real time and there’s also a 24 hour window in which you can replay streams.
  7.  Google Maps This ones  a FREE  download claiming turn-by-turn navigation. In some cities it claims you can even get public transport directions.
  8. Uber Still widely debated in my parts, Uber is transforming the taxi industry. You can request a taxi using the app while also comparing rates and getting quotes. The app gives you the ability to pay with PayPal or you can simply add your credit card to a secure Uber account. You can use the app in over 50 countries now.
  9. Evernote Scannable Is an iPhone scanner.  As long as you have a contrast rich document it claims to work pretty efficiently.You can send the resulting  JPEG to Evernote to share it to another service, or do further scans that can be  compiled to PDF
  10.  Pushbullet, Definitely sounds like an app I need.  It’s said to give you the capability to view your iPhone’s notifications and messages directly on your computer!With this app you can also send files from your computer to your phone.

So that’s a wrap for day 29. I hope you found a few new apps to try and I’d love to hear what app was your favorite for 2015. Until tomorrow!

With Gratitude,

Bev

 

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