14, 05, 2017

App’ed


Since we now live in a very online world with an abundance of apps to choose from, we may not know where to start downloading. Whether you’re a gamer or just someone who likes to keep well organized there’s pretty much an app made for just about anything and anyone to use to it’s full capacity. Here are a list of my 5 favourite apps that I think everyone also needs to have in their phones.

Apps.


1. AVG AntiVirus
As we do with our computers and laptops — protecting our smartphones are just as important these days to protect, we especially need it now more than ever since we’re all much heavier phone users. Viruses cannot easily be detected or tracked without some help. I’ve been using AVG as my go to cell phone antivirus app for as long as I’ve ever owned an android. This app surely does get better in age since new features are always updated to help protect and improve the performance of your phone. You can enable automatic daily scans for instant security, as well as check up on your Wi-Fi security to make sure it’s well protected from any third parties. My favourite feature is the Anti-Theft which helps you to remotely track and control your phone if it’s ever lost or stolen. I also find the Task Killer feature to be really helpful at making sure that all apps that you closed down are actually closed and not running in the background, which can really slow down your device. And if you ever bump into any issues or have any questions, to contact AVG.com is always easy and you’ll get a speedy reply back.

2. Beelinguapp
Those who love to study different languages know that it’s not always easy to practice a language and gain fluency when you aren’t surrounded by it. Aside from language learning apps and finding language exchange friends to talk with, a nice way to keep practicing is through reading and listening. Beelinguapp offers short stories to read in many languages such as: German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Hindi, Italian, and that’s just to name a few. Some stories even offer audio to listen to when you’re reading, which I personally love since it helps me listen to the correct pronunciation better. One con is that not all of the stories are free ($0.99 each), but you really can’t complain because they do have a vase amount of free stories to choose from. As a language learner, getting into books can be very overwhelming, but I can assure you that there are many levels of stories to choose from.

3. Culture Trip
Along the lines of culture, I love to read up on interesting facts and events happening around the world. Culture Trip is like no other website and app I’ve ever encountered that keeps you up to date on the world as it’s truly happening; it’s as if Vice and Lonely Planet had a baby — simply amazing. The ‘Explore’ feature lets you choose what and where you want to read about, from topics in the Art, Music, Books, History, Food, Film, Design, and Travel department. Instead of clicking away through the Google search engine trying to dig out the interesting articles on specific countries and cultures that you’re interested in, it’s all in this one app. I also really appreciate how each article is unique and not typically what you would find in any guide or travel book. Many of the articles written are predominantly underground but with touches of mainstream culture so that everyone had something to enjoy when reading. I love how it’s such a great way to pass time while learning too!

4. Snapseed
While the VSCO Cam app is a very popular and instant way to spruce up your photos, Snapseed is perfect for when you really want to take control of the way your photographs look. Although Snapseed has filters as well, I personally like to skip out on them and do my own adjustments. So what makes this any different from the other photo editing apps? Let me tell you. One of my favourite tools are ‘Selective’ which lets you pick out specific areas where it needs more readjustments. For example, if you want to saturate your background from your foreground it can be easily done with this tool. One of the features that comes in most use and has always helped me create the perfect photos in Photoshop is the Curves feature, which most instant photo editing apps don’t have or can’t seem to nail it well. However, Snapseed’s Curves feature is exactly what I’m looking for when editing. I know I mentioned that I don’t like to use the filters in Snapseed, but I do have to say that if you don’t have much time to edit but want to post sooner, their ‘Tonal contrast’ filter instantly makes any photo flawless.

5. Podcast Addict
Although I don’t have an issue when it comes to motion sickness, I still have a hard time concentrating on a book when I’m commuting somewhere — that’s why I’ve really come to love and enjoy listening to the podcasts on Podcast Addict. And just like with books and movies, there’s a podcast for anyone of any taste. I personally love to either learn or laugh so my favourite podcasts are usually ones on marketing, languages, philosophy, modern love and relationships. Just to name a few: Invisibilia, Modern Love, Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield, Women Of The Hour, and Stuff You Should Know are my go to listens. Especially in the world we live in today I think podcasts are a good step back to something simpler, and all you have to do is sit back, listen, and learn rather than always browsing through your social medias.

What are your favourite apps?

This post was sponsored by AVG AntiVirus. All opinions are my own.


9 responses to “App’ed”

  1. I think I’ve been living under a rock, I haven’t heard of any of these apps but all of them sound amazing, especially Culture Trip, I love learning about events all around the world. The language app sounds really good as well and so does the anti virus app – I recently lost my phone (but luckily found it again, lying on the pavement in front of Tesco, ups) and it would have been so useful if I could have tracked it. My favourite apps are Job Today (which helps you find a job within a day), Duolingo and probably Google Maps tbh xx

    113thingstosay.com

    • Stacey says:

      Wow you’re so lucky that you were able to get your phone back! It’s really cool how the AVG app can track your phone on their website if you lost it – technology, I tell ya it’s crazy! Duolingo is great too. I use that alongside Memrise and it’s an amazing combo <3

  2. Emily says:

    This is a fantastic post because for once, I’ve not actually heard of any of these apps! Snapseed sounds like the perfect App for perfecting those instagram shots!

    Musings & More

  3. I love snapseed! It took me a while to learn, but once I did it’s been my go-to editing app too! I also added Elevate which I think you posted about previously and I’ve been loving that as well.
    Will definitely need to check out the other apps because you have great suggestions 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      Hehe I’m glad you like my app choices! Snapseed needs more recognition, it’s such a great app <3 and that's nice to hear you use Elevate! I think my listening has improved so much since using it lol

  4. Julia says:

    I have been on a podcast parade lately. Seriously. I’ve been listening to them all the time. I hadn’t heard of the Amy porterfield one, so I just got it!
    Also Culture Trip sounds so cool! That’s like everything I’m interested in an app. I’ll have to check it out 🙂
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

  5. Audrey says:

    i’m always looking for good photography apps..i’ll have to check out snapseed! <3

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