All About Apps Spring 2020

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!


 321FIT: Create your own playlist/workout with this app. Each exercise is the equivalent of a track. You can either pick a pre-built playlist/workout or create your own. Hit play and the app will tell you what exercise to do and when to move to the next one. Timer counts down, so you know how long you have left. Selections are a bit limited and many require gym equipment but it is a free app. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

 Pexels: A database of free photos to use for any purpose, including commercial uses, with no attribution needed but they are appreciated. Search by keywords or browse trending images. Tap on the photographer behind the photo and it will show you their works on Pexels and you can follow them and not miss anything they upload. You can ‘like’ and collect photos within Pexels and can take them outside the app to use in Instagram, wallpaper or download them. Upload your pictures to the app for others to use. Available from the App Store or Google Play.

 Pocketcoach-Anxiety Helper: Have anxiety issues? Pocketcoach is self-help app with a focus on dealing with anxiety. There are four courses focused on learning to calm down, handling worries, coping with panic and handling anxiety in social situations. Each contains lessons where a digital ‘coach’ will talk you through how to handle these things. Lessons last a few minutes and suggested to tackling one a day but not restricted to that. There are exercises which are delivered through audio and include elements of mindfulness, CBT  (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). It is not a replacement for therapy. Available for the App Store or Google Play.

 AP News: This is an official app from the Associated Press. It gives you constant stream of news stories from around the world. You can access the stories on your phone or tablet, use a feed of the tops stories or filter by category. For a customized experience you can choose which categories you do and do not want to see. If you want to watch the news or video and access AP radio download the app rather than reading it.  Available for the App Store or Google Play.

 SmartPlant: A database of plants, including care information for most of them, such as how much and often to water them, and where to place them.  Search by name, browse by category, scan a barcode, or snap a picture for the app to identify, and then you are presented with images and details. You can save plants to a wish list or tell the app that you have the plant already. If you do the latter then it will add entries to an in-app calendar, telling you the optimal times of the year to do specific things with it. For $3.99 monthly subscription, you can message experts to get more specific advice. Free version is worth having to build up a database of your plants and get basic care instructions. Available for the App Store or Google Play.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 23 No. 2, Spring 2020.

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