In olden days (1951), computers like the UNIVAC I could remember about 1,000 words at a time and sold for nearly one million dollars apiece (which is about a billion dollars these days). Today the average smartphone goes for only 350 buckaroos. Your typical handheld device contains more processing power than all the tech NASA used to put the first man on the moon.
The growing number of smartphone users will reach 1.75 billion worldwide this year, according to EMarketer.com, excluding only very senior citizens and sweat shop employees.
Last October, Apple announced the 1 millionth app was added to the App Store. Apps or “applications,” are the programs that allow you to perform a myriad of tasks holding only your handy, hand-held device. While right now you can only film, text, check the weather, surf the web, track your calorie intake, turn off your thermostat, and get directions to your uncle’s girlfriend’s mother’s house; very soon we will be able to do things like boil an egg, cut your hair, jetpack to work, and teleport your dog’s waste to some black hole. Somewhere.
To continue this conversation in the most objective way possible, I thought I would review “my favorite apps.” A lot of these are the essentials; but, then again, that’s why they are the essentials.
Author’s note: all of this comes from an “iPhone only” user; and, I have to say, even though I have no personal experience with anything other than an iPhone, they are the best.
The Text App
Admittedly one of the world’s greatest inventions. Why talk to five people on the phone at once when 1) I can’t do that, 2) I don’t really want to have in-depth convo’s with most of them, and 3) some things are just better written? 4) Where would we be without the ability to use LOL, LMAO, and LMFAO in a sentence?
Where you catch yourself saying, “L-O-L” out loud.
Much better than Shazam, this app tells you who the song is by, lets you buy it on iTunes, and you can even hum the tune and seven times out of ten, it gets it right. That has nothing to do with my singing abilities, by the way.
This is my favorite app (of course, I’ll probably say that a few more times in this article). It’s basically a blog aggregator that collects the most recent and authoritative posts about a topic of interest according to categories you select. And it’s free! (As are most great apps.)
Translated: Parce qu’être en mesure de texte en français est une compétence très utile.
Social Media Apps
We talked about this. (Read my first post). And also, because knowing what all your friends had for breakfast while you’re driving to work is of the upmost importance.
My Starbucks App
ESPN Sports Center
Well, enough about me. What are your favorite apps and why? Email (don’t really do that), tweet (that will help my Klout score), and comment on The New Times’ Facebook to let me know and who knows – maybe I’ll quote you in a future article about it.
A former Internet Marketing Manager, Joe Cunningham is a screenwriter, playwright and all-around adventurer. He blogs for Kinani Blue, charms Google at Terakeet and enjoys running through the city. You can follow him on Twitter at @IndianaJoe77 or he can be reached at email@example.com.