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We thought it might be fun to share with you some TechSoup staff recommendations for apps beyond the usual suspects: Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Pandora, iTunes, and Google Play. This is the first of two installments on app recommendations from our TechSoup staff.
There are now literally hundreds of thousands of apps out there, but most of us use fewer than 10 smartphone apps on a daily basis at TechSoup even though most of us have dozens of apps on our smartphones.
Here are a few fun facts from Mobi Thinking about apps, which make smartphones and tablets… uh, smart.
Here’s the apps that TechSoup folks like:
I have gobs of apps on my phone, but I doubt that I actually use more than 10 of them on a daily basis. Aside from the usual suspects mentioned above, here are some favorites that I use nearly daily for Android:
The work related apps that I use frequently on my tablet are:
They both suggested Cozi - a planning app for grocery lists, their respective families' calendars, trip and camping packing lists, and household to-do lists.
I use Pinterest, which is a “visual discovery tool” for finding interesting things to see and learn everyday. I also use Samsung Memo. It is a note taking app I use for organizing and managing information.
I use very few apps on a daily basis. Two networking related apps I use on Android are WifiExplorer, it’s a WiFi scanner. It’s nice to see which channels are not congested. I also like Ookla Speedtest which checks to see if I’m getting good connectivity.
Just for fun, if you're an amateur astronomer (and who isn't?), I use the Sky & Telescope JupiterMoon app to locate Jupiter’s four largest moons and predict Great Red Spot crossings and moon transits and eclipses.
I have a Nokia Windows 8 phone. I like Skymap. I use it with my kids for stargazing. It identifies all the constellations and celestial bodies. I also use the Lync app. It’s a communication and collaboration app. It lets you make audio and video calls, run online meetings, check my team’s presence status, and send instant messages.
This is just the first installment of app recommendations from our TechSoup staff. I hope you’ll be looking for the next one as well.
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