FIVE SMARTPHONE APPS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WOULD USE EVERY WEEK
More convenient than ever developers are creating app content that’s smart and extremely user-friendly. Free or less than $3, these five are some of the best you never knew you wanted….
Wegmans: Wegmans’ free app is a utility for area shoppers. The trick to getting the most out of this app is to create one family account and share the login. Then, everyone’s requests are combined into one primary shopping list – with a calculated cost for budgeting – available from anywhere for any spontaneous trip to the store. The store recently released Version 4 with intuitive updates like product finder specific to Ocean Township, optimized in-phone club card scanning and reliable Apple Pay acceptance. Turn on your iPhone’s Suggested Apps feature and the app will appear on your home screen as you walk in the store.
The New York Times recently wrote the primary key to Wegmans’ success (beyond its employees) is that the store works harder than any other to “meet the customer precisely where they are.” The mobile app is a successful extension of this philosophy.
Gotta Go!: Ever find yourself going somewhere that you are dreading like a meeting or date and worried you will need an “out” – a reason to excuse yourself urgently? Last month, Comic and Jersey Girl Chelsea Handler partnered with one of Silicon Valley’s top developers to launch a free app that will rescue you from anywhere at a pre-determined time.
With four-star rated Gotta Go! you craft and schedule template texts, phone calls and calendar alerts from a fictitious “person” in advance. Your excuses will be delivered in such a complete way – blowing up your phone – you can actually show people and say “see, I have to leave right now.” Getting caught in crummy situations is a thing of the past with Gotta Go!. Available on iOS.
Celebrity Net Worth: The free Celebrity Net Worth app bills itself as the “most influential celebrity finance outlets in the world” but really it’s just hours of silly fun and a game you can play anywhere.
What’s a reality show medium like Theresa Caputo worth? What are the creators of the Uber transportation service worth? All is revealed on this app which uses multiple sources including Forbes Magazine and property tax records to compile its info. Play it like a “Price is Right” game with your friends – How much is Tiffani Amber Thiessen of 1990’s Beverly Hills 90210 fame worth today, without going over?
Uber: Speaking of Uber, the transportation app, it formally launched in our area in 2014 but took off with the number of drivers available last summer. Search online for a variety of discount codes. With the app, you can always be assured a safe, clean, responsible ride.
“Our drivers are screened on a local, county and state level and their driving history is reviewed,” said Craig Ewer of Uber New Jersey. “Every year drivers submit their registration. Every ride is initiated and tracked by the newest technology and beginning March 1, all vehicles must be a 2006 model or newer.”
TurboScan: This app turns your mobile device into a premium multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, etc. Using your smartphone or tablet’s camera, TurboScan converts your documents into digital formats like PDF and JPG files from anywhere (no wifi connection needed). It work’s best when you have the most contrast between the document and the table it’s resting on. TurboScan is the top-rated business apps in the US according to Apple and as of deadline, for tax season, it’s on sale for $2.99.
Two other apps worth mentioning – Daily CraigsList ($1) makes posting from your mobile device easier than from your computer and NY Times Recipes (free) puts the legendary library of recipes in the palm of your hand.
Celebrity Net Worth answers: Theresa Caputo, $1 million; Lance Bass, $22 million, David Blaine, $12 million; Uber’s Travis Kalanick, $6 billion; Tiffani Amber Thiessen, $13 million. All apps are available on iOS and Android platforms unless otherwise noted.