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Best Apps for Your iDevice

Tech Talker’s picks for the 7 best Apple apps to make life easier.

By
Eric Escobar
November 2, 2011
Episode #003

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Today, I’m going to talk about 7 extremely useful apps available for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Together these are unofficially known as “iDevices.”

What Is an App?

First off, an application or “app” for short is a program made specifically to work on a specific device. In this episode we will be covering apps that focus on Apple’s line of iDevices. Apps are self-contained, user-friendly programs that provide a service or information on the go. Some of these applications are free, and others generally cost a few dollars. The nice thing about buying an app is that it is a one-time buy and once you purchase it, it’s yours forever!
There are apps for virtually anything you can think of: traffic patterns, travel advice, restaurant finders, etc. The 7 apps that I’ve chosen for this episode are by far some of the best ones out there:

1. Dropbox

What it does:  Need a spreadsheet, PDF, or a picture? Dropbox is a file syncing program that you can download on your computer as well as your iDevice. Once installed, it will create a special folder wherever you choose. This folder will sync all files between any computers or devices you have. The great thing about this app is that it allows you to have all your files at your fingertips. Another great feature is that syncing occurs in real time, meaning you don’t have to attach your device to a computer every time you want changes to take place. It will update over WiFi or 3G (if you have an iPhone or iPad).

Cost:  Free

2. Evernote

What it does:  There are many to-do list apps available but Evernote is by far my favorite. Besides being portable, this application can also install on your computer and allows you to keep many lists updated between all your devices. For me, this is great when I am going between my phone, desktop, and laptop. Evernote also lets you record video and audio notes, along with attaching pictures of virtually anything. This function is really useful when you don’t have time to type out a sentence or two.

Cost:  Free

3. Runkeeper

What it does:  This little app can track just about any outdoor activity. Runkeeper uses the built-in GPS to track how fast you’re moving, where you’re moving, your pace, and elevation change. I’m an avid runner and I love that this app tracks my progress and even gives me updates on my pace and time. It will even allow you to select your activity to approximate how many calories you’ve burned, whether it be via cycling, hiking, or running. This is just the surface of this app, if you dig deeper, there are a ton more features such as social media connections, and a virtual trainer! Get-Fit Guy would definitely approve.

Cost:  Free

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