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Overwhelmed By Your App Options? Try These 10 Must Have Apps For 2014

Jan 7 2014, 1:26pm CST | by

Overwhelmed By Your App Options? Try These 10 Must Have Apps For 2014

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In 2009, Apple trademarked their catchphrase, “there’s an app for that.” Little did we know how true that would turn out to be. Nowadays there really is an app for everything. There are finance apps, game apps, reading apps, cooking apps, every kind of app you can imagine. You can deposit checks via app. You can photoshop via app. You can even get an app that will stop you from texting while drinking. With so many apps to sift through, however, it can be nearly impossible to separate out the useful apps from the gimmicky ones. Just one look at the App Store or Google Play is enough to get your brain spinning. Never fear. Here are 10 apps that are guaranteed to satisfy every arena of your life. From fitness to travel to task management, these apps are the best of the best. Oh, and did I mention they’re free? Get downloading!

1. title="Hot5 App">Hot5. Hot5 is the up and coming fitness app to watch out for this year. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5 minute video workouts of every variety and difficulty level. What I love most about Hot5 is that it is incredibly simple to use with a beautifully designed and user friendly interface. Even the least tech savvy person will be able to navigate this app in a snap. In addition, the videos have outstanding production quality. They’re sleek, modern, and straightforward. Hot5’s workouts can be used as an add on to your fitness routine or as your entire workout regime. If you want to do 5 minute abs after a run, Hot5 is for you. If you want to do a 45 minute full body workout, mix and match to create your own personalized routine. This pick and choose system makes it great for beginners and fitness gurus alike. The best part? Hot5 is completely free. No hidden costs, no paid upgrades. Hot5 gives you the best of the best without costing you a penny. But beware…. this app is addicting! Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

2. Waze. Waze stormed the GPS navigation scene this past year, and will definitely give GoogleMaps a run for its money in 2014. Well, if Google hadn’t already bought the app for a whopping $1.3 billion. Like any navigation app, Waze will get you from point A to point B via the quickest route. However, the app sets itself apart by incorporating a community aspect to get the most accurate traffic reports. See an accident? Police trap? Road debris? Report it on Waze, earn points on your account, and level up. Waze’s interactive features not only add an element of fun to your daily commute, but they make the app’s traffic reports and quickest routes more accurate. Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone; Cost: Free

3. Hotel Tonight. Are you making an impromptu weekend getaway? Or are you away on a last minute business trip? Hotel Tonight is your ticket to last minute, discounted lodging in the chicest of hotels. Hotel Tonight works with hotels that have empty rooms, who then list the rooms on their app at discounted prices of up to 70%. How does it work? Narrow down your search by picking categories like hip, luxe, or basic, enter in how many days you will be staying, and search through their extensive inventory. Not only does Hotel Tonight guarantee the lowest rates, but they only work with the best of the best. Think The W, not Motel 6. Best of all, Hotel Tonight’s clean layout makes it easy to scroll, tap, and go. A few clicks later, and you have a bargain of a place to rest your head! It’s as user friendly as it gets. Oh, and here’s a tip – check the app at noon everyday. This is when the new (and best) deals are posted! Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: Free

4. 30/30. 30/30 is your to do list on steroids. Start with the basics – enter in your tasks, label them by color and icon, and order them as desired. The layout is simple and colorful, allowing you to see your to dos clearly in list form. The interface is also gesture based allowing you to manage your list with the swipe of a finger. Here’s where it gets cool. 30/30 asks you to designate a specific time frame for each item on your list. For example, you can give yourself 20 minutes to fold your laundry, 15 minutes to answer emails, followed by a 30 minute break. Once you’ve outlined your times for each item, hit play. The timer starts, holding you accountable for a single item on your list at a time, and also alerting you when it’s time to move on to the next task. Check it out for yourself. It’s awesome. Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

5. GymPact. Do you need some motivation to get moving again this January? GymPact is the perfect way to get inspired. How does it work? Make a commitment to your fitness by choosing how many days you will work out that week. Next, choose the amount of money you are willing to wager in favor of you fulfilling your commitment. If you don’t achieve your goal? Your credit card gets charged. Achieve your goal? You get paid! The days of being paid to workout have finally come! Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free

6. AroundMe. Whether you travel a lot for work or just want to try a new bar in your neighborhood, AroundMe is a must download. AroundMe uses your phone’s GPS system to find what’s closest to you. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant, gas station, a coffee, or even a place to park, this app will point you to the most convenient establishments. My favorite feature on this app is its Deals section. AroundMe will find places that are having Groupon deals in your area to help you save a buck or two. Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: Free

7. Pocket. Can’t find that Forbes article you meant to revisit? Looking for that Youtube video you didn’t have a chance to watch before your meeting? Next time, put it in your Pocket! We all find articles, videos, and other content online that we’d like to explore, but don’t have time to right then and there. Here’s where Pocket comes in handy. Pocket is a place for you to save content for later. Save something to Pocket, and the app organizes it in an easy to search, easy to find way. Finally have a minute? Head to Pocket and check out what you found. Pocket works on your phone, tablet, and computer, so you can save something on your phone, but read it later on your laptop. Pocket is even integrated into apps you already use like Twitter and Flipboard, making quick saving a breeze. Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: Free

8. Cloze. Cloze is the simple, yet genius idea we all wish we had thought of. Cloze integrates all of your social media accounts into one – Facebook, Twitter, Email, and even LinkedIn. Gone are the days of checking 4 different websites for messages and comments. Download Cloze and you can get all of your everything in one place. I particularly like Cloze because it organizes your contacts by who you speak with most, not who you spoke to last. This means your significant other, family members, and best friends are a single click away… not that mom from the PTA asking you to bake 2 dozen cookies for the class party. Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

9. Mailbox. Mailbox’s tagline is, “put e-mail in its place” and it most certainly does. This app makes checking and organizing e-mails on your phone quicker and more intuitive all with the swipe of a finger. Using the swipe motion you can delete, reply, or mark as read. Even better, you can set a reminder to respond to an e-mail later. Why don’t other email apps make this feature more readily available? With a quick swipe to the left you can set a reminder to respond – whether it’s an hour, a day, or even a week. Mailbox also lets you reorder your e-mails any way you like, so that your important ones are more accessible. Best of all, Mailbox cleans out your inbox in a breeze so that you can move on to more exciting stuff. Because let’s be honest, no one’s favorite part of the day is e-mail. Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

10. Lyft. Lyft may be old news to some of you out there, but I’m amazed by how many people still don’t know about this app. Lyft is a rideshare service that may just replace cab companies, and for good reason. If you need a ride somewhere, simply click on the app and find a driver in your proximity. You can see their name, pictures of them and their car, and their driver rating given by previous passengers. Request a ride, and you’re all set. How long will you wait for your car? I find that Lyft generally has many more available cars on the road than their competitors, which shortens your wait time. I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes. Payment? Lyft is a cashless system, so you pay your fare via the credit card you enter at sign up. This means no awkward, “do you have change?” situations. Even better? Lyft is based on a donation system. If you’re happy with your driver, add a tip! Bad experience? Pay a little less. My favorite part about Lyft is their happy-go-lucky attitude. Your driver will fist bump you upon arrival, and invite you to sit in the front to maximize chat potential. It’s a fun time. After all, their cars do tote giant pink mustaches. Compatibility: iPhone, Android; Cost: Free

Source: Forbes

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