All About Apps Winter 2017


We all enjoy apps that help us in our everyday life.

We found a handful that you might be interested in adding to your collection.

Be sure to check these out!


Mobile Passport: The last thing you want after a long international flight is to get stuck in an hours-long customs line. But here is a travel hack for you: Download the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Mobile Passport app before your next trip. On your way back, pop it open and answer a few questions about your trip. (They are the same questions you would be asked anyway.) Then, when you land at one of 23 select airports, you will find a special Mobile Passport lane that is almost always far shorter than the regular customs line.

The Great Courses Plus: You could kill time on your phone with the latest button-mashing mobile game, or by endlessly scrolling through your photo-sharing app of choice. But why not put your downtime to better use? The Great Courses 2.0 is full of fascinating lectures from top college professors and other experts. You can learn about the universe from Neil deGrasse Tyson, take a drawing lesson from a top artist, or improve your camera skills with the help of a National Geographic photographer.

Empower: Keeping track of all your various bank accounts, credit cards and so on can be a real mess. Get some help cleaning up with Empower, a new money management app designed to help you make sense of your financial life.  It helps you track your spending by category, it can automatically transfer some of your income into your savings account, and it can even transfer money between accounts with different banks.

Funnel: Lately, it feels like it is almost impossible to keep up with every twist and turn of our 24/7 news cycle. But you can stay on top of current events with help from Funnel, an elegant app that streams the latest audio newscasts from sources like NPR, BBC News, CBC and more. It is like having a single radio station with a huge variety of content to keep you constantly in the know.


Pocket Casts: Those who enjoy podcasts probably have the easiest decision in regards to which podcast app they should use. The answer to that question is Pocket Casts. This stable and good looking app allows you to download or stream various podcasts for your enjoyment.  It features both audio-only and video podcast support so you can catch up on just about anything. There is also a light and dark theme, a sign-in feature so you can sync your podcasts across devices, and a pretty decent recommendations function. It is the last podcast app you will have to download and one of the best iOS or Android apps out there.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.

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