Life is complicated. From landing a great parking spot during rush hour, to just getting a quick bite to eat, there’s a simpler way to get through life’s obnoxiousnesses if you have a smartphone. Check out our shortlist of apps that help our lives run a little smoother:
Big city parking has set an international standard for frustration. Between finding a garage, landing a much-coveted street spot, or paying big bucks for valet, we’ve needed a better way to park for a while. SpotHero aims to fix that, with geolocation-based search capabilities, a wide network of parking lot owners, a simple payment system, and a slick interface, they make parking in a number of major cities (check their site) an absolute breeze. Check them out @ SpotHero.com and grab their app!
From cable bills and college loans, to stock portfolios and family budgets, keeping a watchful eye on your financial life can be tough. Mint puts all your information in the same place, giving you a sleek, birds-eye view of where your money sits. Mint was created by the geniuses over at Intuit, who also created the Quicken tax software, so you can be sure you’re getting a safe and secure platform for dealing with your money. Try it for free at www.mint.com
Hungry? If not, you will be eventually, and when that happens, grubHub is a great way to find your next meal. With ratings and reviews of restaurants near you, coupons, PayPal integration, and fast, trackable delivery, you can get what you want, when you want it. Whether you’re in a big city, small college town, or somewhere out and about @ grubhub.com
If you love live concerts and want to keep up-to-date on who’s playing near you, Bandsintown is hard to beat. With constantly updating trending lists for upcoming shows near you, it’s hard to find a night without something to do! See who’s coming soon at www.bandsintown.com
“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is a phrase only uttered by skinny people who haven’t eaten the right food. For working off some stubborn fat and taking control of your eating habits, MyFitnessPal is easily one of the best diet/exercise apps to date. Both its app form and its extensive online portal offer tremendous customization of both diet and exercise tracking, with a social aspect where you can team up and encourage friends in your fitness journey together. Get started today at MyFitnessPal.com
After its initial meteoric impact (i.e. massive cratering failure) Apple Maps has been synonymous with getting lost. Google Maps is functional, but a better geographer than navigator (see Google Earth, that crap is amazing). Waze is just plain fun. With social-sourced information including gas prices, police traps, and traffic accidents on the road ahead, it makes road travel faster, safer, and easier. It also features voice guidance options in several dozen languages, and English options that include Elvis, BoyBand (it sings at you), and a rotating celebrity or two. Download it today at www.waze.com and make driving a little more fun.
7. Uber & Lyft
Taxi! If you’re not in a major metropolitan area, hailing a cab has never been an easy process. Between calls to dispatch centers, let alone there being a driver close to your location, getting a car on short notice was a hassle. Uber and Lyft, however, have made getting fast, convenient transportation exponentially easier. Don’t be confused, they’re direct competitors in the taxi market, but it just keeps making their services better. With cars available in most cities, their apps can get you where you need to go quickly and affordably. Check them out online and via their apps at www.uber.com and www.lyft.com
Music players are fickle things. With permissions, paygates, and exclusive content/point-of-purchase setups where tracks are only accessible through a particular app, listening to all of your music has become a divisive process. Caktus aims to change that. Through partnerships with iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify, their app offers cross-platform play from all three sources, consolidating your music collection into a streamlined music experience. The app also features unique trending analytics where you can see what music is being listened to around you and in cities around the world. Their current public version contains iTunes and SoundCloud integration, with Spotify’s addition launching in a matter of weeks. Caktus is available for iPhone with an Android port in the works. Grab it now and be first in line for the Spotify update at GetCaktus.com!