'Tis the season for heading out and about to shop, travel and visit with family, and the free ParkMe app could make your activities easier this year. It shows the location and rates for lots and garages near you along with a live map of available street parking, and provides detailed directions.
You might hit the gym or stay active for your health, but do you exercise your brain? The scientifically designed program Lumosity provides personalized training to help you improve memory, attention and a wide variety of other cognitive skills.
With the Ebola outbreak dominating headlines and flu season looming, it's difficult to know where to turn for fast, reliable health information. That's where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes in, offering a variety of apps to help you protect yourself.
Driving somewhere unfamiliar and in need of a gas station? Starving but not sure which restaurants are nearby? The free AroundMe app for iOS and Android identifies your location and shows you a complete list of nearby businesses in the category you select.
Have you ever felt unsafe or just uneasy while walking in a certain area? The SafeTrek app, developed by students at the University of Missouri, uses a "safe button" to passively connect to police and automatically notify them if anything goes wrong.
Do you hanker for the nostalgic feeling of typing on a manual typewriter? Tom Hanks has the solution. The free Hanx Writer app for iPad, created by the actor in partnership with creative agency Hitcents, brings the look, feel and sound of old-fashioned word processing to life.
Every writer can use a good editor. Enter WriteRight, an English/Spanish text editor for Apple devices that helps you polish your prose.
The free Goodreads app helps you discover and share books with your friends and other users. Browse personalized recommendations, write reviews and keep track of what you want to read.
Do you love listening to podcasts? The new Overcast app, developed by Marco Arment, co-founder of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, offers a simple, intuitive interface to listen to all your favorites.
From Candy Crush to Dots, addicting game apps have become a popular way to banish boredom. But what if you could combine entertainment with brain training to improve your critical cognitive skills, boost productivity and gain self-confidence?
Have you ever walked into a business meeting and wished you could know a bit about each person attending to spark real conversation and bypass the typical small talk? The free Refresh app for iOS provides a quick overview of the people you're about to meet, aggregating information from across the Web.
Imagine getting alerts from drivers around you in real time. Police officer around the next curve? A broken down vehicle blocking the shoulder? The free community-based app Waze makes it possible by crowdsourcing traffic and road information to provide drivers with the best route.
Apple unveils plans for a new Health app coming with iOS 8, which will gather information from various health apps and fitness devices to provide an overview in one place.
Think you could outsmart your friends and players from around the world when it comes to a certain topic? The free QuizUp app for iOS and Android connects users for real-time, head-to-head trivia challenges.
Adjusting to a new time zone can be tough when you travel, but a free iPhone app could help you overcome jet lag faster than ever before.
Few things are more frustrating than contacting big companies to reach customer service. The GetHuman app promises to make the process less painful by providing the best phone number or email address to avoid the usual frustrations.
Eliminate a wallet full of loyalty cards and coupons with the free Key Ring app for iOS and Android. See how it helps streamline money-saving efforts when you're on the go.
Keeping tabs on your business and its competition can be tough when reviews and posts are scattered across hundreds of sites. The free Perch app helps small businesses view online activity from Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare and hundreds of deal sites all in one place.
Many people dream of moving somewhere new and finding the perfect community. The dwellr app from the U.S. Census Bureau takes out the guesswork by recommending the top 25 U.S. cities and towns that best fit your lifestyle.
Creating a floor plan typically requires a tape measure and some patience, but the free RoomScan app for iPhone could make the process much easier.