Top 8 Best Sports App for Android

As the dust settles on the Superbowl for another year, we thought it would be good to go back the drawing board and check out some of the apps we get our fix of sports news from. Most of us have now decided on a specific sports app and won’t really look in any other direction, intent that this is the app for us and that no one can tell us otherwise. People have allegiances to specific sporting networks, too, whether they be ESPN or NBC or Fox – well, not really, nobody likes Fox – and as such will download the app that suits them. ESPN even named their app SportsCenter initially, just to take advantage of the fact that this was their most watched show. There has been an uprising in the past few years or so however of third party sports app developers, who have come at things from a different angle when it comes to furnishing our lives with the best breaking sports news and opinion. Some of these developers don’t have the commercial clout of your average sports network, but this isn’t always a disadvantage.

As the dust settles on the Superbowl for another year, we thought it would be good to go back the drawing board and check out some of the apps we get our fix of sports news from. Most of us have now decided on a specific sports app and won’t really look in any other direction, intent that this is the app for us and that no one can tell us otherwise. People have allegiances to specific sporting networks, too, whether they be ESPN or NBC or Fox – well, not really, nobody likes Fox – and as such will download the app that suits them. ESPN even named their app SportsCenter initially, just to take advantage of the fact that this was their most watched show. There has been an uprising in the past few years or so however of third party sports app developers, who have come at things from a different angle when it comes to furnishing our lives with the best breaking sports news and opinion. Some of these developers don’t have the commercial clout of your average sports network, but this isn’t always a disadvantage.

8. Thuuz Sports (Free)

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One of these third party sports app developers is the team behind Thuuz Sports, which has become quite the favorite for sports fans looking to get the latest news and scores on their mobile device. Thuuz sets itself apart from many of the other apps in this already crowded market however by focusing on game schedules so that you can correctly plan your weekend around the only thing that matters: that being sports. While many of the other sports apps you find will zone in on what defines us as sports lovers, that being our fandom, and invites us to select our favorite team upon installing the app, Thuuz does things slightly differently. It rates games depending on their anticipation level and ultimate excitement level, which makes it perhaps the best sports app out there for the neutral. – Download from Google Play

7. Feedly (Free)

A slightly different app that you might not have expected to find when browsing this list is Feedly, which is essentially an RSS feed app that is designed to help you customize the feed of content that you get on a daily basis, either from news sites or blogs or everything combined. Much of us sports fans these days will follow a handful of blogs and/or podcasts on a weekly basis, which makes something general like Feedly an absolutely essential download if you’re going to follow everything. There are lots of great sporting blogs that don’t have the support of an official app, but Feedly allows you to set up a feed that delivers this content to your mobile device. – Download from Google Play

6. CBS Sports (Free)

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The CBS Sports app recently got a major overhaul to bring it into the current century and give it more of a material design-inspired aesthetic. We love it, personaly. CBS hasn’t really become a station that one would associate with the subtle and the clinical, but its app breathes these particular qualities. The UI is clean and concise, with easy enough navigation and none of the clutter that you might imagine would plague an app backed by CBS in particular. No, this app is an excellent way to follow your favorite team, and the interface in particular is perhaps the best feature of the app. It’s also great for those that watch CBS on a weekly basis, since you can easily check when your favorite programmes are on or when games are showing. – Download from Google Play

5. NFL Mobile (Free)

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We here at Top 8 are huge NFL fans, so it wouldn’t be quite right to come up with a list of Android sports apps without mentioning one of the official NFL apps. They currently have a handful of different options out there, but one of the best is their NFL Mobile app, which provides free video content for Verizon subscribers. – Download from Google Play

4. Yahoo Sport (Free)

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The Yahoo Sports app is another great source of sporting news, and is perhaps the biggest name in this market behind ESPN at present. Their app is actually one of the more subtle ones out there at present, with a clean interface that makes following the latest scores easy. You can get schedules, scores, stats and there is great coverage of soccer as well as the other American sports. Another area that the Yahoo Sports app excels in is when it comes to sports blog content, since they have some of the best writers out there on board, delivering the latest sports opinion to your smartphone on a daily basis. – Download from Google Play

3. Team Stream (Free)

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When it comes to the average sports app or even the average sports website, it’s all about content. Content that is concise, timely and thought provoking. Many of the sports news websites out there these days, even the biggest ones supported by sport networks in the US, are always looking to innovate in terms of content and make it more accessible to the readers. This is why opinion columns and personal blogs have become so popular. Well, Bleacher Report has been one of the best sites in this area for some time now, and their app offers much of the same. There is however a notable emphasis here on social aspect when it comes to content delivery, allowing you to follow the Twitter streams of those in the know to get all the latest sports news as it breaks.  – Download from Google Play

2. TheScore (Free)

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When it comes to sports apps these days, one thing that people look for above all else is to be in the know and receive lightning quick updates. People will regular follow things like games as they happen in text form, which is why sites like ESPN and the BBC Sport app spend millions covering events in this manner. There are one or two sports apps out there dedicated to keeping up to date with the latest scores, and one of the best of these is TheScore. It allows you to keep up to date with the latest events as they happen, but is also one of the best in terms of alerts customization, meaning that you can pick your favorite team and set up your own notifications and as such avoid all the sports news you’re not interested in. – Download from Google Play

1. ESPN (Free)

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As mentioned previously, the ESPN app used to be known as the ESPN SportsCenter app, which to be honest made perfect sense given the popularity of that particular show. Much of ESPN’s programming was built around the SC base, but what if you don’t actually sit there and watch SC for hours at a time? Well, it seems that ESPN realized that at some point and decided to roll together all their functionality into one general ESPN app that gives you the opportunity to follow the latest scores, get the latest coverage and everything else. As you can probably imagine, the coverage of less popular sports isn’t really the strong point of the ESPN app, but it is second to none when it comes to covering the latest US sports news: football, basketball and baseball in particular.  – Download from Google Play

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Top 8 Best Magazine Apps for iPhone

The best magazine apps these days come in lots of shapes and sizes, from those that offer you access to digital versions of your favorite publications to those that are more like personal magazine apps: Flipboard, for example, which pulls news items and web articles from different sources in order to produce some kind of personalized magazine layout that suits your reading habits. We recently decided to got through a bunch of these different apps in order to find the best options available to current iPhone users. Of course, these picks are all subjective and entirely depend on your tastes as a reader and your reading habits. If you’re the kind of person that spends half an hour scanning the latest trending topics each morning then a certain app might suit you: something like Pocket, for example, which is great at clipping articles from the web to be shared across different devices and read at a later date. Perhaps you prefer getting the latest issues of your favorite magazine delivered directly to your iPhone? In that case, something like Zinio would be a good option. We discuss both of these and more below.

8. Texture (Free)

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I’ll mention Texture at the outset of this list because I’m still just discovering the app myself and beginning to learn its full potential. It is really a reimagined look at how we consume digital magazines on our mobile devices, and has to be tried to be believed! – Download from iTunes

7. Yahoo News Digest (Free)

Yahoo News Digest isn’t one that could be considered among the traditional magazine apps but it is an excellent source of the latest news, and also is one of the best looking apps – actually, the best looking app – in this particular area of the App Store. It pulls news from a variety of different sources and represents one of the most pleasurable reading experiences of any of the current stock of news and magazine apps. – Download from iTunes

6. Timeline (Free)

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While many of these apps fall into the category of news apps rather than magazine apps, I like to think that the way these apps arrange the news almost qualifies them as the latter: especially when you consider the tile like layouts of something like Flipboard. Timeline is one of the better news apps out there at present when it comes to putting the news into context within the current flow of events. Often, when using a personal magazine app like Flipboard for example, you will get the news fed into your feed but it has no context outside of the article itself and the category it is associated with. Timeline is an excellent way to uncover the true nature of many of the bigger news stories as they break, ensuring that you know more about these stories than just the basic details. – Download from iTunes

5. Longform (Free)

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One of the joys of following your favorirte magazines used to be that you would be able to follow your favorite writers. Of course, Twitter these days puts you in direct connection with these writers as well as the publications they write for, which is something that Longform looks to take advantage of with their excellent iPhone app. The Longform app has a unique focus however on (you guessed it) the longer articles from specific independent blogs and also major magazines. So if you look at reading the latest articles as a task that takes a few hours rather than one that can be squeezed in beside your morning coffee, then Longform is one of the best magazines apps and certainly worth checking out for your iPhone. – Download from iTunes

4. Pocket (Free)

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We mentioned Pocket above, and again, this is not a magazine app in the traditional sense but works with this very popular approach at the moment of allowing you to customize the content you receive and how you receive it. Personal magazine apps are those that allow you to pull content from the web and other sources and then arrange this in a way that suits you, and Pocket is very good at doing this. But then, this isn’t the real function of the app: no, as the name suggests, Pocket is all about saving content for later. The developers behind this one have realized that most readers simply don’t have the time in this fast paces world to sit down and read full articles, even in the calm before a work day. It therefore allows you to pocket the things you are reading and then pull them up on whatever device you happen to be using when you next get a few minutes to browse the news stories that most interest you. As such, you get a series of clippings from the web that can be accessed whenever you like and from wherever, which is the definition of a personal magazine app, really. – Download from iTunes

3. News Republic (Free)

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News Republic is another of these news apps that pulls articles from a range of trusted sources to give you a constant stream of useful and topical content. It’s also one of the more up to date and on the ball of the current news apps, giving you a fantastic level of detail and insight mere moments after a specific news story has broken. Apps like Flipboard are great as personal magazine experiences, but the customization of your news feed and layout will often lead to you missing the latest stories as they break and instead picking them up later. This might not be a big deal for some, but if you like to stay on top of things then News Republic is worth checking out. There’s also a great new widget that was introduced for iOS 8 users that allows you to see everything quickly and without entering the app unless you want to read these articles when they appear. – Download from iTunes

2. Zinio (Free)

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Zinio describes itself as the world’s magazine newsstand, and this is a description that fits the app down to the ground. This is one of the best magazine apps in the more traditional and literal sense of this title: that being, an app that offers digital editions of all your favorite publications, news sources, topics and much more. There are new articles available for free every day, so you can even download Zinio and try it before investing in entire magazines to read. It’s one of the best apps to have however if you often find yourself in the positition where you have to plug some time. Simply flip open the app, grab a magazine and read away. – Download from iTunes

1. Flipboard (Free)

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Finally we have Flipboard, which represents one of the very best magazine apps out there on the iPhone at present, at least when it comes to personalized magazine and content. It is great for those who like to seek out their news in specific areas, such as the tech world or perhaps even simply the latest stories trending in fashion, for example. Flipboard mainly pulls its content from big publications such as the New York Times and People magazine, but uses a lot of smallers sites too, ensuring a rich level of variety in your daily content feed. – Download from iTunes

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Top 8 Health Apps for Apple Watch

So, we’ve already covered the range of different fitness apps for the Apple Watch, but what about those that skew towards the healthy side of things? It makes sense, given that this is Apple’s first real venture into wearable tech, that fitness apps are something of a big deal – and of course, there are the two preinstalled apps that come with your Apple Watch out of the box: Activity and Workout. With one designed to track your activity throughout the day, whether walking the kids to school or running to and from meetings at work, and another specifically made for exercising. There are however a load of cool Apple Watch apps that focus on building a healthier lifestyle, whether that be monitoring your body in detail or perhaps picking healthy food to eat each day. We recently took a bunch of these apps and ran them through the trusty Top 8 mill so as to come up with our particular favorites, and the results weren’t quite what we were expecting! Check out our list below, and feel free to suggest your own health app recommendations in the comments section!

8. HealthTap (Free) 

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A favorite practice of hypochondriacs everywhere, Google and in particular Wikipedia are excellent tools when it comes to matching symptoms with terrible diseases, just to have something to worry about. The Internet can be a scary place, but rarely is it as scary as when you go out looking for a disease and promptly find one whose description worries you more than the symptoms in the first place! There are a bunch of different apps that are designed to give you answers to your medical questions, and HealthTap is one of the first alongside WebMD to get updated for the Apple Watch. This basically gives you answers to questions from almost 70,000 qualified doctors in the US, and will also give you reminders for doctor’s check-ups and to take medicine each day. – Download from iTunes

7. WaterMinder ($1.99)

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It seems simple, doesn’t it? But the process of monitering the amount of water your take on and keeping your body hydrated is a massive part of fitness and sports in general, so why isn’t there a go to app that deals with this? With WaterMinder, you now have that app; and with their recent updates for the Apple Watch, reminding yourself to stay hydrated and checking your daily water levels and intake just got a whole lot easier. – Download from iTunes

6. Skin (Free)

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Another kind of app that seems to be cornering a niche in the market that was perhaps overlooked until this point is Skin, which really does exactly what you think it does! All those body monitoring apps out there are designed to check your heart rate, calorie count and such, but there isn’t so far anything in the way of apps or accessories to check the surface of your body – that of course being your skin. As has often been quoted, the skin is the body’s largest organ and while many people spend lots of time moisturizing and exfoliating, there aren’t really many apps that deal with such things! This new Skin app from ModiFace looks set to change all that, using your iPhoen camera to scan particular parts of your skin that may seem concerning, and then analyzing them to let you know what’s up. The app has recently been updated for Apple Watch support, meaning you can see a preview of the scan on your wrist, too! – Download from iTunes

5. Clue (Free)

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Clue has quickly become the go to app when it comes to tracking your period each month, which is perhaps why people were dismayed when Apple chose not to include it as part of HealthKit recently. Still, that hasn’t stopped the developers behind the app updating it for the launch of the Apple Watch, allowing women everywhere to now monitor their period with a simple tap of the wrist. Part of the reason this app has become so successful, and in many ways left similar apps in the dust, is because (in the words of Clue CEO Ida Tin) there is a real emphasis on the quality of the data you are seeing as a user, rather than variety or quantity. Clue for the Apple Watch gives you a full overview of your cycles so that you can see easily enough at what point you are.- Download from iTunes

4. BACtrack (Free)

It’s kind of baffling to me that there aren’t more developers who have jumped at the chance to create somse kind of app-controlled breathalyzer or blood alcohol accessories for smartphones. All of us drink, yet it seems there is something of a taboo over responsibly monitoring how much we’ve been drinking. One person is usually assigned as the designated driver, and the others just drink as much as they like! With the range of smart breathalyzers from BACtrack, you can now easily check on your blood alcohol content, and with the recent updating of the app to support the Apple Watch, can do so from your wrist. So, as one reviewer has pointed out, at least you don’t have to drunkenly dig around for your phone each time! You can also set the app to remind you with a sharp buzz on your wrist, to test again every 15 minutes or so. – Download from iTunes

3. Hello Heart (Free)

Heart rate monitors are a big thing these days in the world of mobile apps and of course mobile accessories, so I guess it wasn’t going to be long until one of them popped up with Apple Watch support. Perhaps the best of these is Hello Heart, which is really more of a companion app than a straight up blood pressure monitor, but it works well as both. It uploads vital signs from your wrist to the app on your iPhone, and can be crucial when it comes to catching heart conditions before they get serious. – Download from iTunes

2. MyFitnessPal (Free)

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The recent purchase by Under Armour of the MyFitnessPal app could well be something of a game changer, but it remains to be seen at this point what kind of effect this will have in the grand scheme of things. Either way, it won’t upset the app’s march on attracting most of the fitness app market, key to which might be this speedy update to include Apple Watch functionality. MyFitnessPal remains one of the most versatile fitness and health apps around, allowing you to monitor your workout sessions, general activity, calorie intake and a whole lot more! – Download from iTunes

1. Lifesum (Free)

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It’s difficult at this point to really pick a best fitness app for the Apple Watch, since many of them have seen rather primitive updates and are still clearly working with this new tech, but one of the best out there is Lifesum. This is basically a nutrition tracking app, allowing you to check how much food (and what kinds) and water they take on throughout the day. You simply enter the meal you have eaten, and the app will do the rest of the work, subsequently offering suggestions to improve your diet. – Download from iTunes

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Top 8 Best Airline Apps for Android

While the beginning of the year is not exactly the time that most people do their traveling, their has been something of a shift recently towards airline apps that are actually useful, with many of the bigger airlines taking pains to create and market their own free app that is to act as your companion when flying with the likes of British Airways or American Airlines, for example. Looking at many of the apps that have been updated to support the Apple Watch, for example, there are at least enough to create a Top 8, which gives you some idea of the popularity of these apps at present. Today however we will be focusing on Android smartphones and tablets, looking at the best airline apps out there and how practical these actually are. The testing of these apps actually works quite well, since while we’re not off on our holidays and as such cannot test them in a live situation, most users will only tangle with such apps when flying, which can be a brief process.

8. Air Canada (Free)

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Let’s start with the Air Canada app, which is useful enough as a travel companion, boasting a home screen that will provide you with contextual information based on your plans and your preferences. The app allows you to search and book flights, then manage several trips at once with ease. Even the best airline apps can fall down when it comes to delivering notifications, but the Air Canada app does it fairly well. You can be notified for a number of things, from check in and boarding reminders to gate changes, flight delays, cancellations, booking charges and a lot more. Push notifications are nice, but you can also select to receive these notifications via email or SMS, too. – Download from Google Play

7. Alaska Airlines (Free)

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Sticking with the Canada theme, there is also the Alaska Airlines app which we’ve found to be very useful. You can explore different options through the app, book trips, check in and move through the airports with relative ease. The mobile check in is another useful aspect of the app, allowing you to check in through the app itself up to 24 hours before the flight. And of course, all the relevant flight info will be delivered to the app and updated constantly, so you will never miss your flight or miss out on information as it becomes available. – Download from Google Play

6. British Airways (Free)

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For those of you who have traveled to the United Kingdom before, British Airways is undoubtedly the way to go. Their mobile app certainly backs up this status as the best airline in the UK, and is designed to make the whole process of traveling that much easier, from the conception to the completion of your journey. You can look for flights and make bookings through the app itself, access your flight details on the go and get updated details on departure times and that kind of thing. This is also one of the most customizable airline apps out there, since you can actively alter the home screen to suit your own personal needs, which as most will agree is an excellent touch. One small gripe we did have is that, for those who are downloading the app when out and about, the whole registration process can be a pain and actually takes users out of the app itself to their browser in order to fill in the relevant fields. This could easily be addressed by including this registration process in the app itself. – Download from Google Play

5. United Airlines (Free)

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United Airlines have also invested a lot of money in their official user app, both for iOS and Android users. The result is something very intuitive, and with an interface design that is each enough to navigate. The great thing abot the United Airlines app is that it isn’t just for customers: flight attendants and even pilots can work out what’s going on though it, which I’m sure proves just as important a tool working for the airline as it does traveling with it. You can see a map of where you are and where you’re going, what kind of plane you’re flying on, even stream movies and TV shows through the app while flying.  – Download from Google Play

4. Southwest Airlines (Free)

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The Southwest app is a polished enough effort and allows you to check in, book and even cancel flight reservations. You can quickly see your upcoming flight’s status, check where you will be boarding and even get updated gate info from the home page. The app will also obviously allow you to see your mobile boarding pass, meaning that you can use it when shopping for duty free and don’t need to carry the printed out copy around with you. The app is also useful in that you can book or cancel car rental reservations through the app, which is idea if you’re perhaps traveling somewhere on business and only realise at the last minute that you will need a car in the city you are traveling to. There are also weather and travel alerts, which is obviously very useful when you want to know what the weather is like where you’re traveling to. – Download from Google Play

3. American Airlines (Free)

Another of those airlines that has invested heavily in the development and promotion of its official app is American Airlines, which offers a variety of different tools that are specifically designed to aid you in your trip. You get at a glance details such as your updated flight status, and of course your gate and seat number. You can check in through the app itself, as you can with most of these airline apps, and even download your boarding pass. Once you have an account you can also log in and change your seat number if you need to. – Download from Google Play

2. JetBlue (Free)

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The JetBlue app is another one that is full with features and functions that are very useful when traveling. You can download the app and get instant access to your different flight and travel itineraries, as well as updated status info, mobile boarding passes, as well as in flight entertainment that can be taken advantage of when you’re flying. And as with many of these airline apps, they are designed to support you through the flying process right from the start, even allowing you to search and book flights through the app. – Download from Google Play

1. Fly Delta (Free)

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The Fly Delta app is certainly one of the best airline apps out there at present, and currently serves over 160 million customers each year. It’s also one of the more feature rich alternatives currently available on the market, allowing you to find and compare domestic flighs and even book SkyMiles tickets. You can rebook cancelled flights and missed connections, manage your trips, profiles and transactions and even customize your travel preferences. As with many of the airline apps that support the Apple Watch, many of the airline apps also support Android Wear. With the Fly Delta app for example, you can check your eBoarding Pass on your watch once you’ve checked in. – Download from Google Play

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Top 8 Social Planning Apps for iPhone

While social apps such as those that provide text, voice and video messaging capabilities are obviously among the most popular on mobile devices these days, one can often find that these simply aren’t enough when it comes to organizing a social outing. I mean, everyone has WhatsApp and Facebook these days so simply adding a bunch of people to a group or thread and giving it a title should be enough, right? But what about browsing places to go, and checking how to get there? Neither of these platforms are particularly interactive when it comes to sorting out the particulars, but luckily there are a bunch of iOS apps out there that are looking to provide this service. With these apps, you can not only look through the places you want to go and find out how to get there, but read reviews and book tables and tickets, and a whole lot more. We recently took a bunch of these social planning apps for a spin and come up with a list of favorites – let us know what you think!

8. ZookCity (Free)

As is perhaps to be expected, many of these social planning apps tend to focus in on the main idea of “what’s on” in your general area, offering an aggregated and updated list of everything from concerts and sporting events to constant establishments like restaurants and night clubs. ZookCity certainly takes this approach, and isn’t so much a huge database like TripAdvisor or Yelp but an “of the day” chalkboard of different upcoming events that may interest you in your given city. You simply download the app, sign up using email or Facebook details and then head over to the Discover section to find interesting and fun stuff to do. You can then add friends to your social event through your friends list on Facebook and of course book tickets for events through partner sites, making ZookCity a very convenient app to own. – Download from iTunes

7. Allcal (Free)

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As is the case with just about every breed of app to be found on the App Store, social planning apps do come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Allcal, which is short for All Calendars, take a slightly different approach to many of the entries to be found here and builds its features on a powerful and very useful calendar system that makes organizing your life easier. It is however collaborative, meaning that you can invite friends, family and coworkers to use your calendar, adding or editing and sharing events along the way. It then gives you the opportunity to RSVP for an event, search events and gives you real time updates to keep you in the loop. – Download from iTunes

6. Konvene (Free)

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Konvene is another app designed to bring people together, allowing you to find and plan just about any kind of event. As a guest that has been invited to a given event through the app, you can then throw in money so as to pay for tickets or whatever, or just chat with other people that have been invited in order to iron out the details. It’s also a great way of planning and managing multiple events, since you can apply tags to them so as to tell them apart. Konvene is also really great when it comes to the navigation side of things, allowing you to access maps in order to find out how to get to wherever your event is taking place! – Download from iTunes

5. 7Out (Free)

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Then there is 7Out, which seems based upon the idea of an elaborate messaging app where you can share details of events. You create your event and then invite others on your friends list to RSVP – either through Facebook, email or even SMS. As an invitee, you can accept the idea or else enter the chat and suggest something different. The name of the app comes from the amount of different events that you can plan, which include: meal, drinks, party, coffee&tea, sports, outdoor and entertainment.  – Download from iTunes

4. Swarm by Foursquare (Free)

While the original Foursquare app has always seemed to lack a specific identity, growing into a cross between a social networking platform and something more atune to location discovery, their recently released Swarm spin-off looks to be a lot more sure of itself. Rather than event planning, Swarm is more about bringing people together in an efficient way, and part of this is using the GPS to find people around you so that you can perhaps meet up. Those looking for the check-in side of Foursquare will probably be disappointed, it’s a solid idea that expands upon the social planning concept.  – Download from iTunes

3. Mesh (Free)

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Mesh is another social planning app that brings together a range of different functions under one roof, so to speak, allowing you to suggest and plan events among friends for just about any kind of crowd – from getaway weekends to business conventions. One thing I’ve found with other social planning apps is that they are great for communicating, but you still have to look elsewhere in order to find flights, book seats, reserve tickets, etc. With Mesh, you can share your flight and hotel reservations with those involved in the event, so that others can pick the same – ideal for those who might wish to share accomodation. A recent update that offers users a calendar view is also very useful, especially for those who have multiple events running at around the same time. – Download from iTunes

2. Myhub (Free)

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Planning group activities can be a real pain, but Myhub looks to make the entire process easier, and most importantly confines the process to a single tool rather than a collaborative effort between messaging apps, social media, review sites, etc. All you do is enter the basic details of your event, and mess around with the advanced options if you need to, then send out invites to just about anyone in your contacts. All those you send an invite to can RSVP, supply money for the cause and of course chat with the other people that have been invited. The good thing about Myhub, at least in my opinion, is that it works for both large scale and smaller scale gatherings, so whether you’re organizing the business event of your career or just planning a night out on the town with some buddies, it works.  – Download from iTunes

1. WePopp (Free)

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Part of the reason I was drawn to WePopp in the first place was its glorious interface, which is precise and clean and just about everything you could want from a social planning app today. The app allows you to plan events with friends in just a few taps, and is perhaps the best of all those listed so far when it comes to polling friends in order to find a place, date and time that suits everyone involved. What’s more, the app was recently updated to support OpenTable, a service (which has its own app) that is designed to help you manage your dinner reservations. – Download from iTunes

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Top 8 Podcast Apps for Apple Watch

As popular site TechCrunch recently notes, the recent announcements regarding the new WatchOS has huge implications for both developers and the apps that they are creating. But there does appear to be even more benefit to one group of apps in particular: namely, those that allow you to access and manage your favorite podcasts. The main way that the second edition of the WatchOS does this is in its support for both audio recording and long form audio playback, which are two features that are sorely lacking when it comes to developing podcast apps for the Apple Watch at present. As such, this is probably why existing and very popular podcast apps still haven’t yet made the jump to the Apple Watch – and given this recent news, their hesitance has in many ways been justified. That doesn’t alter the fact however that there already a good bunch of podcast apps that allow you to access your favorite series on your wrist. We run through these below, and come up with a particular favorite.

8. Music App 

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Perhaps the first app that it’s worth mentioning when it comes to podcasts is the built in music app itself. Now, this app isn’t specifically set up to allow you to download and listen to your favorite podcasts, but there is a way to do so – something that perhaps highlights the limitations that are seemingly about to be addressed with those recently announced updates for the WatchOS. To sync podcasts to the music app on the Apple Watch, you first have to download them through iTunes and then – most important of all – mark these files as music under the kind of media. You can then add these files that your device now recognizes as music files to a playlist marked Podcasts, and sync it with your Apple Watch. Easy enough, right?  – More Info from Apple

7. TuneIn Radio (Free)

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While not exactly a podcast app in the stricted sense of the word, those behind TuneIn Radio are regularly adding podcasts to their music directory, and have also encouraged users to manually submit their own favorites by emailing a special account with details such as the title of the podcast, XML/RSS feed, etc. I’ve been a fan of TuneIn for some time, and I’d like to see them expand to really support podcasts in a more generic way.  – Download from iTunes

6. Instacast (Free)

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Developed by Vemedio, Instacast is currently one of the more comprehensive podcast apps available for the Apple Watch, with a bold orange and white on black interface that reflects its existing editions on other platforms. While the functionality in this Apple Watch update are rather limited, there are some excellent features such as the ability to speed up playback and a timer that will be gratefully received by some. The best thing about this app though, in the eyes of someone who will admit to not being a regular listener of podcasts, is the Unplayed menu which quickly lists all of the latest episodes that you are yet to visit, with a small thumbnail and brief description of the episode so you can easily decide what you would rather listen to next and then queue it up accordingly. – Download from iTunes

5. iCatcher ($2.99)

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While iCatcher is not quite as easy on the eye as something like Instacast, the functionality is still there and it works as a fairly impressive podcast app of the few that have recently been updated for for the Apple Watch. While the playback screen remains understandably quite basic, scrubbing through audio files is easier with the quick skipping shortcuts, which means that you can actively pick up where you left off on another device with a few taps of your wrist. I’ve used iCatcher for some time on my iPhone, and I think that some of my warmth towards using this on the Apple Watch is down to that established connection, but it is still a welcome update despite the features that are lost when switching from one device to the other. – Download from iTunes

4. HiCast (Free)

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HiCast features a similar kind of interface to iCatcher, which we spoke of on the previous page, and is a fairly capable podcast app that does the basic things well enough. Looking though many of the apps we’ve tested on the Apple Watch in recent weeks, one feature that many have employed and which I love so much is the ring-shaped progress bar, which of course lends itself well to the smaller Watch screen but does take up some space. So yes, the use of this kind of progress bar by those behind HiCast earns it a few extra points, in my book. – Download from iTunes

3. Pod Wrangler (Free)

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Another fairly basic podcast app that is worth checking out is Pod Wrangler, and part of the reason I liked this one is the sleep mode that comes as a default option. This is particularly useful for those that often fall asleep listening to their favorite podcasts, as I’ve been known to do from time to time! I also like the Up Next page, which is similar to the Unplayed menu in Instacast, giving you access at a glance to the different episodes that you currently have queued up – complete with a small thumbnail for each podcast, though annoyingly no brief description. – Download from iTunes

2. Overcast (Free)

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Overcast is another popular podcast that was recently updated to support the Apple Watch, with a handful of features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost and Smarter Playlists that will be welcome aspects for podcast fans. Now, Overcast was designed by programmer and podcaster Marco Arment, who has admitted to – like many Watch developers – looking to create a scaled down version of the iPhone interface for the wearable update of his app. While this “seemed like a sensible adaptation”, he writes in a blog entry on the design change on his website, in practice the interface wasn’t quite as useful as originally intended. In the same blog entry, Arment goes on to detail changes he would make to the interface in order to improve it, making for some fascinating reading if you are an iOS developer or interface designer. – Download from iTunes

1. Network (Free)

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Those who have followed the site will know by now that I’m a huge fan of clean and uncluttered interfaces, and the same goes for the premise of specific apps. Minimalist games and apps are a particular favorite, and I don’t think that there has ever existed a podcasts app that is quite as minimal as Network, developed by Andrew Conlan. Now, this is another of those apps that I’ll admit to not having even heard of when just in its iPhone guise, but that’s part of the fun of creating these lists – it forces you to browse all available options, and allows you to discover things you hadn’t perhaps found before. For those who are looking for advanced functionality and different features, Network as a podcast app perhaps isn’t for you, but it will be right up the street of those who prefer their apps simple and clean and elegant. – Download from iTunes

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Top 8 Event Planning Apps for Android

Planning events can be a real headache: when it comes to birthdays and of course the holidays, the stress levels can reach all time highs as we rush about trying to get things done on time. The same can be said for your average day, given all the average chores a person will have to work through when it comes to home life and of course work. I’m forever consulting Evernote, which is one of the best productivity apps out there, for this kind of thing: it is a great way to organize things like lists of stuff that needs to be done, but is just as adept as a notepad for jotting things down, since usually there’s simply no time to format things as you look to manage information. For Android users, there are a bunch of event planning apps that make arranging your day and of course those big events even easier. Whether you are organizing a small family among friends, or a once in a lifetime bash, the apps work just the same – with many features that are there to take the pain out of planning.

8. Schedule Planner Classic (Free)

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Pocket Planner was a good minimalist app for organizing events, but since that one bit the dust I suppose the best places to start would be Schedule Planner Classic, by Digi117 ltd. Some event planner apps are concerned with all the details of the day, and bringing people together to collaborate and make things happen. Others are almost like your personal secretary as you get things done, and Schedule Planner Classic definitely falls into the latter category. It easily allows you to schedule your meetings, plot in dates to remember and a lot more. One stumbling block I’ve always found with task management apps is that it often takes too long to put in the details of the task; with this app, it can be done in mere seconds.  – Download from Google Play

7. PayPal Here (Free)

We’ll return to this below, but managing the guest list can be one of the most important things about an event. And this of course includes the whole ticket management and payment system. If you are selling tickets and merchandise at your event, for example, there’s nothing worse than running around trying to find change and dealing with a card reader from the stone age. This is why PayPal Here makes so much sense, and has been working to make such things as pop up shops a whole lot easier to manage. – Download from Google Play

6. Eventbrite (Free)

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As I alluded to previously, event planning apps on the Android can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Many of them are concerned chiefly with one thing, which is the case with Eventbrite: an app that aims to speed up the ticketing process. Many of those who have experienced organizing some kind of event that calls for the printing, allocation and collection of tickets will know how complicated and difficult this can be. Well, Eventbrite removes the paper so as to make the process simpler: you integrate the app with your mobile devices so that you don’t have to carry a guest list around with you. The app can then work as a scanner to check people as they come in the door, which will make the whole process a lot easier on both you and your guests. – Download from Google Play

5. Bizzabo (Free)

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Bizzabo is one of those event planning apps that focuses on the social side of things, and why not? Most public events organized these days are won and lost on social media, and the simple creation of a Facebook page for said event can give you an excellent if rather crude insight into the kind of audience you can expect to show up. I say this, because as we all know, most Facebook users simply click “attend” on everything just to appease friends and make it look as though they have a social life! Anyhow, Bizzabo is great at juggling multiple events, and presents an excellent way to really network with your audience. It can be synced to different social platfoms so to ensure that your event is known about in every social channel.  – Download from Google Play

4. Sunrise (Free)

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Sunrise is marketed as a calendar app, of course, but that’s not to say it isn’t equally adept at managing your big day. The app holds a bunch of features that help you to break down your day by the hour and your week by the day, which of course makes planning an event a whole lot easier. – Download from Google Play

3. Pinterest (Free)

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Event planning involves a lot of organizing, but no event is going to turn out well without the right amount of inspiration. One app that I always find myself returning to when it comes to organizing events is Pinterest, simply because it is a veritable font of inspiration. Take for example the planning of a child’s birthday party. You start with the invites, all of which should tie in with the general theme of the party in some way and personalized for the individual guest. Then you have everything else: the food, the decorations, even the outfit that the lucky birthday boy or girl will wear. If you are running low on the old creative juices, Pinterest can be a real lifesaver. And if you are helping to organize such an event with friends, simply throwing together a pinboard of ideas takes but a moment but will give everyone else more of an idea of what you are looking for.  – Download from Google Play

2. 24me (Free)

I thought I’d mention 24me here also as a general task management and calendar app. While it isn’t exactly designed with events – or the fine details involved – in mind, it remains a powerful planning app that helps with the management of your day to day responsibilities and chores. So while it’s more of a macro management tool rather than a micro management one (no budgeting and drinks costs here, I’m afraid) it is still very much a valid and powerful option to have. – Download from Google Play

1. Evernote (Free)

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I mentioned it briefly above, so I’m sure a few saw this coming! Evernote, as I say, is the go to app when it comes to organizing my life, for a start, so of course it becomes incredibely valuable when trying to plan some sort of social event. One thing I didn’t mention above of course is that event planning is very much a team effort, bringing people and their ideas together and relying on the work of others so as to make sure that jobs get done and things go smoothly. The app allows you to manage the event as almost like a whiteboard where people can add things; a communication channel that is always open, and just an all round useful tool for planning that anyone involved can use. And once it’s been synced up with different devices, everyone will receive the latest info no matter where they are. – Download from Google Play

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Top 8 Remote Control Apps for Android

There’s always one thing that mobile users do or don’t do that gets on a person’s nerves, and this only gets worse when you involve TVs. It seems that while most people know their way around a brand new technology in the iPhone, the TV is still a general mystery – hence the reason why people will binge watch entire TV shows in the wrong aspect ratio, apparently completely unaware of the squashed faces that appear all distorted on their thousand-dollar entertainment system and plasma TV. Another thing that baffles me, especially given the nature and capabilities of today’s smart TVs is why more users don’t take advantage of the abilities linking their mobile device with their television. These days it’s easy enough to link a new TV with your Android device and have full control over what you’re watching without having to use a remote, but few people take that step. This, then, is our attempt to rectify this worrying situation: check out our top remote control apps for Android users!

8. Twinone TV Remote (Free)

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Let’s kick things off with the Twinone remote which gives you some good basic options when it comes to connecting your Android smartphone or tablet to IR enabled devices. As with so many of these apps, the compatibility can be somewhat hit and miss, some devices will work and others won’t – or the device will work but only give you limited functions such as channel changing ability but no volume option. Still, the app itself is free so what do you have to lose? – Download from Google Play

7. Peel Smart Remote (Free)

The Peel Smart Remote is a fairly simple app but one that provides an impressive level of functionality, supporting more than 400,000 devices at the time of writing and a userbase that currently totals more than 100 million. The basic idea behind this app is to give you control of everything so you never need another app or another device to control your TV, set top box, DVD or Blu ray player. A nice added touch here is the recommendation system, where the app will actively suggest things for you to watch and will provide a TV guide for you to use, too. – Download from Google Play

6. Swoosh Presentation Control ($1.99)

The Swoosh Presentation Control system moves away from some of the other remote control apps in this list by offering something slightly different. You download the app to your Android smartphone or tablet and then to your computer, then easily control your presentations without the need for other external hardware. Again, this isn’t a TV remote control app but is worth considering as one of the more effective remote control apps out there on Android devices and is perfect for business users. – Download from Google Play

5. Xbox One SmartGlass (Free)

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I suppose that no list of this kind would quite be complete without at least a passing mention of Microsoft’s entry into the remote control app market with their Smartglass system. The Xbox One Smartglass allows you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control and second screen for the Xbox One. This will give you extra info from your games, TV shows, movies and much more. It also allows you to manage your browser and Live account remotely. And if you’re an Xbox fan who hasn’t yet upgraded to the new model then do not fear for there is also a version of Smartglass for the Xbox 360! – Download from Google Play

4. Unified Remote ($3.99)

The Unified Remote app is another universal remote app for Android devices but one that stands apart from the others because of a key distinction. That being the fact that it controls your PC and its applications remotely, meaning that you can use it to control your Windows PC, which is great for those that will regularly hook up a laptop to the TV and then have to crouch down and change things with the mouse and keyboard all the time. It’s a great way to turn your PC into a media hub, taking the mouse and keyboard out of the process entirely. So if you’re the kind that will often blow up YouTube or VLC on your TV using a HDMI cable then this app will be worth trying. – Download from Google Play

3. SURE Universal Remote (Free)

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Tekoia Ltd’s SURE Universal Remote app is more of a combination of IR and WiFi to create something that could be considered a hybrid, I guess, but one that gives you the best of both worlds. It’s an app that will handle a range of different devices, from your IR controlled devices such as old TVs and set top boxes but will also be capable of tackling wi fi controlled things such as smart home devices and more. The app willl allow you to create different “systems” or groups of appliances that can be then controlled with a single tap, which makes it one of the more efficient remote control apps currently available for Anroid devices from the Play Store.  – Download from Google Play

2. Smart IR Remote ($6.99)

As remote control apps go, this is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Consider at this point that our number one pick for the list isn’t a remote control app in the strictest sense – it’s also backed by Google – so for the Smart IR Remote app to finish second is a major feat here. The main thing that sets this one apart from other remote control apps on the Play Store at present is its sheer compatibility, supporting a fantastic 800,000 different devices at the time of writing and the list only keeps growing as the months roll by. You can control your TV, media player and even certain old DVD players once the app is installed on your device. Perhaps the one small flaw worth considering here however is he fact that this doesn’t work with Sony smartphones. – Download from Google Play

1. Chromecast (Free)

When it comes down to it however, there are few service that I’ve found to be as useful when it comes to remote control with today’s technology than Google’s Chromecast. The problem with most remote control apps is that there’s no telling whether the app will work with your TV until you try it, and even then it may work with certain devices and not with others. The reason I like Chromecast so much is it because it takes this technology and makes it more accessible for the general public. There is no complicated setup procedure here for Chromecast is very much an out of the box deal. It’s free to use once you buy the $25 device, and then all you need to do is plug it into your TV and away you go! If you’re the kind of user that regularly watches stuff on Netflix, Hulu and YouTube (also MUBI, like myself!) then Chromecast just offers a level of convenience that you won’t find elsewhere. While the functionality is limited, it’s often the accessibility that accounts with this kind of technology and thef act that my own mother uses Chromecast really tells you all you need to know in that particular area! – Download from Google Play

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Top 8 Spotify Alternatives for Android

These days, people like to get all their music from a single streaming source, to grab stuff when they want to no matter where they are, stream it and download it so as to listen to when offline. Most streaming apps and services out there have evolved to deal with this kind of demand, and to offer users a different experience that will encourage them to pick a specific service over another. One of the best of these apps is Spotify, which currently accounts for a great deal of the market and is to many the best music streaming service for mobile and desktop users at present. There are however many other Spotify alternatives out there worth checking out; Spotify is fairly expensive, for one thing, so we recently decided to come up with our top picks if you want something different. These apps were tested out on Android devices, which is why we’re calling this our Top 8 Spotify alternatives for Android; check out our picks, then suggest your own in the comments section.

8. PlaYo (Free)

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Let’s start with a simple, free option. PlaYo uses content from SoundCloud so you know that it gives you access to lots of stuff, only it doesn’t have the complicated structure you get with SoundCloud. It therefore works as a decent alternative, I find, if you’re looking to provide this kind of service for your children who want access to music on their devices. It’s simple and free, as I say, so there’s no risk that they will run up bills purchasing music.  – Download from Google Play

7. TuneIn Radio (Free)

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TuneIn Radio is one of a bunch of different music streaming services that are based on this idea of radio stations, allowing you to stream all of your favorite content and discover new music, too. Rather than offering curated playlists, TuneIn actually gives you access to great radio stations from around the world. – Download from Google Play

6. Last.fm (Free)

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Last.fm is one of those Spotify alternatives that I actually came across way before Spotify itself, and for some time (just like Pandora) poured hours into it as a service, discovering lots of great new music along the way. If you’re old enough to remember the first days of Last.fm, it seemed like the possibilities were endless and I really thought that the social aspects of the web version in particular might lead to it becoming a social network on par with some of the bigger options that have since appeared. Last.fm works in the same way that Pandora does, in that it allows you to simply select like or dislike on a track and teach the service your taste in music. This means that it’s great for discovering new stuff, but not so good when it comes to creating custom playlists and that kind of thing. – Download from Google Play

5. Deezer Music (Free)

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Deezer is another of those names that comes up frequently when you search online for Spotify alternatives, and it’s easy to see why. The website is a fantastic asset, with access provided to millions of songs and an app that is available on a variety of different platforms and devices. As with many of the other streaming services listed here, Deezer has its free and paid membership, with $4.99 and $6.99 a month being the two main ones. The first one is basically an ad-free version of the app, though with limited capabilities; the second opens the app up to give you control over other features. – Download from Google Play

4. TIDAL (Free)

While everyone seems to have an opinion on the success or the non-success of Tidal, there’s a lot to like about this Jay-Z backed, curated streaming service and it makes a great Spotify alternative. This is perhaps the best alternative pick for those who typically like to listen to FLAC or lossless music. Also, for those who like curated content from musical experts, in a way to discover new music with each listen. Tidal also offers music videos, and is great in that it pushes this idea of fair and equal pay for musicians. While this sounds like a pretty sweet deal, readers should bear in mind that Tidal is also a lot more expensive than some of the other music streaming services out there currently, including the likes of Spotify. Currently, there is no free tier which seems to push this idea of exclusivity that is also tied to the service; the standard subscriptions start at around $10 a month, while the hi-res collection starts at double that. – Download from Google Play

3. SoundCloud (Free)

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SoundCloud is perhaps the best Spotify alternative out there when it comes to discovering new music, since it has an excellent social aspect – allowing budding musicians to upload their own content, and giving you the fan exclusive access to it. It’s also free, which is what sets it apart from other service on the list. Though, there is a lot of content you might not appreciate, such as remixes and stuff. – Download from Google Play

2. Pandora (Free)

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Pandora is a venerable online radio streaming service that has gone from strength to strength and exists these days as an important competitor to, let alone a mere alternative to Spotify. Pandora has themed stations, meaning that you can browse through and select something that peaks your interest. It’s really the best option if you’re the kind of listener who likes to be pushed in a specific direction or who would rather spend more time discovering new music listening to the radio, rather than hearing the same songs over and over again. The service does allow you to create your own custom playlists, which is a nice touch, and the service will actively learn your taste as you skip songs so as to better suggest music in the future. As for its depth and its cost, Pandora has a handpicked catalogue of over a million songs, and you can get these with commercials for free or ad-free for around $4 a month. – Download from Google Play

1. Google Play Music (Free)

There’s something pleasing about using Google apps and services on an Android device. We’re a huge fan of their Material Design approach to the UI here at Top8, and you can really tell with apps like Google Messenger and Calendar that they have been designed for the device, just as you can tell when it comes to such built in apps on iOS. There’s something organic about it, and something entirely convenient if you’re the kind of user who uses Google services on a daily basis. The Google Play Music All Access app is therefore a great music companion to have and works as an excellent Spotify alternative if you use the Play Store often. It has about as many songs at its disposal as its competitors, with almost 20 million available to access, but the best thing about it as that you can use it almost like a digital locker and store your own songs. It connects well with Google+, if this is a social network you use often. The difference between some cheaper music streaming services is that this one costs around $10 a month. – Download from Google Play

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Top 8 Airline Apps for iPhone

We all know how stressful flying can be: first you have to find a flight that fits within your price range, then you have to go through the arduous process of packing and organizing your things, and that’s before the process of traveling to and flying from the airport has even started! Fortunately, there are a load of apps out there designed around the flying process; whether these are built to help you find a cheap flight, to organize your documents for travelling, or keeping track of flights from the comfort of your smartphone. And as has become fashionable these days, just about every airline has their own official app that you can log in on and get up to the moment flight info, or find last minute flights with ease. It is somewhat difficult to rate and rank all of these airline apps, since many of them offer exactly the same thing, but we’ve attempted to do just that right here with this article. We’ve also thrown in a few other useful airline related apps that might come in handy when you are travelling across the globe this summer. It’s of course difficult to review these apps without using them for a while, so we encourage feedback from you: let us know your favorite US airline; is their app worth downloading?

8. The Flying App (Free)

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The Flying app is a great way to track current flights in real time, as well as revisit past flights and share your flying experience across social media. If the official airline apps are designed with the customer experience in mind, then the Flying app represents more of a general approach: if gives you access to not only the flights of a specific airlines mut all airlines, then allows you to compare these and gives you a real sense of fostering a profile when it comes to flying. It gives you a total KM flown figure as seen in the image above, and allows you to stack up the flights you have flown on and even write notes on them so that you can easily refer to your experiences in the future.  – Download from iTunes

7. Boarding Pass ($4.99)

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Boarding Pass is another of those general airline apps or flying apps that looks to de-complicate the whole process. Is that a word? Well, it should be. One glance at the iTunes page for this particular app shows you what it’s all about: basically, it is designed for those users who might be traveling on numerous flights but don’t want to have to download and install the app of several different airlines, then search through each one trying to remember where a specific flight itinerary has been saved. This app allows you to keep that all in one place, with flight info available at the tap of a finger and quick access to check in abilities with over 100 airlines from around the world. – Download from iTunes

6. Skyscanner (Free)

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Without descending to mention the whole host of cheap flight comparison apps out there these days, I thought I’d give a passing nod to Skyscanner, which according to me is the best of these currently available and is excellent when it comes to finding a last minute deal to suit you. The Skyscanner app allows you to compare millions of flights in a matter of seconds, no matter the airline involved; just punch in your criteria and let the app go to work. You can also earn frequent flier miles by booking with the Skyscanner Flights app where applicable, which is of course an added bonus. – Download from iTunes

5. United Airlines (Free)

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So, let’s take a look at some of the official airline apps out there that are designed as almost a companion app for their fliers, offering the latest flight info and allowing immediate check in at the tap of a smartphone screen. Unired Airlines is certainly one of the bigger airlines in the US, and as expected also shows up with one of the more comprehensive apps. There’s a lot of great stuff here, including a built in currency converter for when you want to change your money, and UBER integration to make finding a ride easier. – Download from iTunes

4. JetBlue (Free)

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The JetBlue is another very useful airline app if you are a frequent or exclusive flier with this particular airline. You can easily book flights using points, then receive the latest flight status notifications direct to the app so that you will know right away if your flight has been delayed.  like the timetable function here, since it really gives you a fuller picture when it comes to which JetBlue flights are taking off and when. Unfortunately, while there is detailed info on many airports, some are not included which is something of a pain. And as is usually the case with these official airline apps, there are a few superfluous inclusions tuch as the ability to make a postcard from a photo on your iPhone. Not very useful when it comes to booking and checking flights, but a nice touch nonetheless.- Download from iTunes

3. Southwest Airlines (Free)

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The Southwst Airlines app is quite simple when it comes to design and interface, which is often a nice thing since you don’t want the added clutter – though can be on the slow side when it comes to pulling up data. It’s a convenient app if you are used to flying with Southwest, offering your the chance to book flights through the app with your points, get flight info and a lot more. There are travel alerts that look to communicate info on things like severe weather conditions, which of course can be very useful when traveling. Then there is a built in car hire service that comes with the app, which is something I’ve not seen in any other airline app and can of course be very useful. The only downside I can see here is the lack of airport maps, which is often one of the first things I look for in one of these airline apps when alighting at a new airport that I don’t know very well. – Download from iTunes

2. Alaskan Airlines (Free)

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The Alaskan Airlines app is one of the better looking airlin apps out there, with a clean design that is very easy to navigate. You can book a flight through the app or see the value of it with miles, and then check in using the app so as to save time. It then gives you notifications on flight info, when you have to check in or be at the gate, and there is also a lot of other info when it comes to baggage rules and that kind of thing.- Download from iTunes

1. Fly Delta (Free)

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The Fly Delta app is perhaps the best airline app I’ve come across so far, and is rich in detail and features. With the app, you get full info on all Delta airports, the ability to book and alter bookings throuh the app, and you can even track your bags by punching in the tag number. If you’re the kind of traveler that likes to leave their car at the airport, this app also provices parking reminders! – Download from iTunes

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