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4 Apps You Need Right Now

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There are millions of apps available to install on your phone, tablet, or even laptop. Games, music, photography, social media… you name it! All are just a click away! But how do you choose which ones are the most worth it? We can’t blame you if you don’t want to spend $5 on an app only to find out it isn’t as great as you thought it would be. Apps aren’t refundable, so we took the guessing work out of figuring out which ones the savvy college student should have on his/her phone.

Here are the four must-have apps to get right now:

1. Viber

If you’re constantly on the phone and tend to use up your minutes quickly, Viber is a must have app. You can make calls from anywhere and everywhere for free, plus text and picture messages. When I went to teach abroad, Viber was what I used to call back home and text friends when Skype and regular texting wasn’t available. It was a real comfort, when I want to be frugal with phone minutes.

2. Yelp

Don’t want to spend money somewhere you haven’t been if it won’t be worth it? Heard some bad reviews about a restaurant and want to see if they’re true? Yelp is the best place to go for honest, in depth reviews. I’ve used this before going to hair and nail salons, sketchy restaurants in my city, and computer repair shops. It’s the best way to assure you’re going to get your money’s worth. It’s also perfect for sharing your own opinion of a place with other Yelp users. When you do find a place you like, the contact info, hours, and prices are usually listed, too. Likewise, ScoutMob free for Android will look for all the newest, wallet-friendly specials at restaurants off campus. Walk into a restaurant and it’ll alert you to the current deals.

3. MoneyWiz

For those of us with trouble keeping our money in our wallet, and bad with impulse buys, MoneyWiz is the perfect solution. For just $4.99, you can enter in your checking and savings info, your student loan info, and any other accounts you may have, and then you can enter in each purchase or deposit you make. This app will also remind you when your bills are due, and even draw up a budget based on your finances. This app is truly a wise investment to help you become more financially responsible.

4. Gojee

Ever struggle with what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner when you don’t have all the ingredients you think you need? Gojee is an award-winning app developed to be your personal kitchen assistant. Food and drink bloggers supply you with hundreds of recipes based on what you list is currently in your kitchen cupboards. Complete with photos, Gojee will pull up the perfect recipes in line with both what you’re craving and what you don’t like. Similarly, AllRecipes takes the work out of making sure you have all the ingredients for something delicious. Search by ingredients you have, and even by dietary needs, or cooking time. Who says you need a chef?

What is your favorite go-to app? Share with us in the comments below!

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Vine: New Social Media App

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What is Vine, where did it come from, and why is everyone so obsessed with it? Let’s talk about it and consider if you should be using it.

1. What Is Vine?

Created by Twitter, Vine is a mobile app which allows its users to record and post short video clips. All video clips are about six seconds and can be shared on social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the Vine community. The video clips are also referred to as “GIFs,” which are a series of video frames that move as animation.

2. How Do You Use Vine?

Download the app to your phone (iPhone only for now). Use the app’s camera to record a six second clip of anything you want. Hold your finger down on the phone screen to create your video. You can start and stop recording as many times as you want during the six seconds.

3. Should You Use It?

If you’re a journalism or media major, or have a job in any industry that uses video art, you’ll probably love this app. It’s great for stop-motion pictures, short messages to friends, and anything else you can think of. It does record audio, so be aware of any background noise.

4. What Are People Saying?

I haven’t read any rave reviews about Vine. Most are skeptical or critical of it, noting there are more not-so-great things about it than great, and that there are some tweaks needing to be made. People like it for allowing creativity and a fun form of expression. Others say upload time can be a pain and that there isn’t a way to text a Vine straight from the app.

As Mashable’s Seth Fiegerman says in a recent article, “Vine deserves credit for convincing uncreative amateurs like myself that we can be quasi-videographers for six seconds at a time, but it’s not every day that you come across something truly video-worthy or have the forethought to stage a good shoot.”

Are you a Vine user? What do you make videos of and would you recommend a friend to use it?

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Twitter for Post-Grad

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Twitter has more than 200 million active users, so it’s safe to say some of that 200 million are employers looking to hire your highly qualified and educated self. For those of you who don’t have a Twitter account, get one. Like Facebook, it’s addicting, but unlike Facebook, it’s a bridge to employers, job opportunities, and beneficial connections. Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey found that “more than half (54 percent) of recruiters now use Twitter for their talent search.” It’s become an essential tool for both employers and job seekers (like college students), so get on board! Here are a few accounts to follow to get started.

1. @JobHuntOrg

Jobs, advice, and resources. Just looking over their feed, there are a lot of helpful articles, including knowing when to relocate for a job, mistakes to avoid at job interviews, and how to stand out from other job seekers.

2. @InternQueen

As I mentioned in my last post, Lauren Berger is the goto expert on finding and keeping internships, not to mention other career and workplace advice.

3. @AskAManager

“Not sure what your manager is thinking, how to ask for a raise, whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or more? Ask away.” Insight that’ll prove to be valuable. Also check out @BrazenCareerist.

4. @Ed2010

For those journalism majors who want the latest on openings in the magazine world.

5. @Lifehacker

Okay, not really job related, but still – simple tips and tricks everyone can benefit from.

6. @CollegeTownLife

“Articles, photos, videos, music & everything college.”

Other accounts to follow: your professors and university, people who work in your field of study, companies you’re interested in, etc. Build up your own following, market yourself via your profile, etc. Put yourself out there and reach out to people and companies. You never know what you’ll find.

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Come on, Get App-y: I Wish There Was an App For…

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There are more than 10,000 cell phone apps for the iPhone alone. Sometimes it amazes me that as many apps as there are for our cell phones, there still aren’t any for the truly important things in life, reminding me why I broke up with my ex, or help with how to fix a recipe once it already looks beyond ruined.

I wish there was an app that would distract me from thinking about certain things and people. Dreading a work event? Don’t want to think about a guy or a girl? Push a button to get a fact so shocking, it’ll switch your mindset in the complete opposite direction. Better yet, maybe someone could invent an app for hypnosis?!

I wish there was an app that would discourage me from making permanent decisions based on temporary feelings, like reaching into that cooler by the Target checkout stand and grabbing that cold Pepsi that looks so good just because I’ve been waiting in this line forever and it hasn’t moved an inch, thus giving me a lot of time to imagine drinking that sugary goodness. I’m usually pretty good at convincing myself to not buy something, but sometimes the stomach rules.

I wish there was an app that would remind me why I broke up with my ex in the first place. It would keep track of everything good or bad that happened during the relationship and then replay those bad moments in case I ever had a “maybe we should try again” moment.

I wish there was an app for fixing a recipe I wanted to try but messed up when I added half a cup of unsweetened cocoa instead of just a tablespoons’ worth. How much milk and how much sugar do I add to balance it out? Should I just quit and start over? Is there something else I can make with this very unsweet mess I’ve already created?

Our world is progressing fast and new apps are released every day, so at least one of these can’t be far off, right? What apps do you wish were available?


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Electronics: Better For Education or Entertainment?

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Student dependence on electronics is rising. Recent studies have shown that 98% of students claim to use their electronic devices for school, incorporating it into their study habits and on the go. In fact, many classes are taught on the web. Technology plays such a large role in college life by furthering education and providing entertainment – but the big question is whether it poses as a great educational tool or simply as a distraction?

The Laptop

The college necessity is still the laptop. Although Skype calling your friend most likely won’t earn you that A – using your laptop to type papers, do research, upload assignments, and communicate with professors via email are all essential ways to keep up with college. Although, students may get distracted easily from browsing social media websites.

The Cell Phone

While many professors embrace turning all phones off, I recently had a professor who challenged students to use gadgets to help them learn in the classroom. The cell phone can be used to quickly get information and there are tons of applications (apps) available. One of my favorite apps is Dropbox: a free app which allows you to upload class notes, movies, and music to access from any linked device. It’s a great way to sync your music or share notes with friends. For some more hot apps check out Rachel Freeman’s suggestions.

The eReader

The eReader is the easiest way to take your whole library with you anywhere you go. Many textbooks now come with a digital version which you can access on your eReader, and public libraries (and select schools) allow you to borrow books for free using the Overdrive Media Console. This is a nifty tool that is not as easy to get distracted on.

The Tablet

The more media driven may forgo the eReader and push for a tablet (the middle area between a traditional computer and eReader). The tablet’s portability and fun apps make it more popular for in the classroom and on the go. These are great to bring to the class to take notes on, however are just as easily to get distracted on as a cell phone or laptop.

Do you think devices promote educative learning, or are more of a distraction?

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