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AroundMe App Identifies Nearby Businesses

September 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

SafeTrek App Alerts Police in Unsafe Situations

September 2, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

Hanx Writer Recreates Typewriter Experience for iPad

August 26, 2014
By Rachel Lily

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.

WriteRight: Take Your Words to the Next Level

August 12, 2014
By Ali Cybulski

Every writer can use a good editor. Enter WriteRight, an English/Spanish text editor for Apple devices that helps you polish your prose.

Goodreads App Offers Virtual Bookshelf Browsing

July 29, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

Podcast Player Boosts Sound and Speed

July 22, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

Training App Can Elevate Your Brain

July 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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?

Refresh App Reveals Insights on Potential Contacts

July 8, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

Outsmart Traffic with Community-Based Navigation App

July 1, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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 Comprehensive Health App at WWDC

June 3, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

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.

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