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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?

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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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Top 10 Free Apps That Every College Student Should Have

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By BookRenter Corporate Communications Intern, Rachel Freeman
Rachel is a graduate student at San Francisco State. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication from University of the Pacific. In addition to working at BookRenter, she coaches high school and club volleyball. In her spare time, you can find her playing with her golden retriever, Mollie, and cheering on her hometown San Francisco Giants.

Voxer – When you are around campus and need to get a hold of some friends, don’t you sometimes wish you could just walkie-talkie them? Well, Voxer is just that. Great for group chats or personal blah blahs!  Whether you are on campus, at the football game, or at the local club/bar, this is THE app you need. (iPhone & Android)

One School – Need a bus map integrated with your college campus? Trying to find out information about your courses? Then One School is definitely the app to have. With a local news features, now you won’t get stuck in the ‘College Bubble.’ (iPhone & Android)

Google Translate– Stumped? Need a translation in your Spanish class? Then say ‘adios’ to your Spanish tutor and ‘hola’ to Google Translate.  Plus it’s got more than just Spanish…we’re talking 63 different languages. And it will even read the words to you so you make sure your accent is in tip-top shape. (iPhone & Android)

8,500+ Drink Recipes– Not only does this app have over 8,500 drink recipes (as its name suggests, duh!), but you can also input the ingredients you’ve got on hand and it will tell you what drink concoctions you can make with those ingredients. Pretty soon you’ll be the most talked about party on campus! (iPhone & Android)

Evernote– Take your desktop Evernote with you! This app pretty much helps you, as a student, integrate your life. You can take notes, sync with your laptop, and even record audio files. In a group project? Share notes easily through their Facebook and Twitter integration. (iPhone & Android)

Guardly will dial your network if you need help. Photo by @gletham.

Guardly – Imagine walking across campus after spending the evening at the libs studying for tomorrow’s exam. You notice someone is following you. With one tap, you can tell a circle of family and friends where you are. If you’re really in a bind, it will even dial 911 for you. Talk about keeping you safe! (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows 7)

Alfred –Think of this app as your personal restaurant assistant (we all could use an assistant, right?). You tell Alfred what kinds of restaurants you like and Alfred suggests local places it thinks you’ll like. The more you tell Alfred about what you like, the better the recommendations. It’s got everything from cafes and coffee shops to dive bars and local eateries.  (iPhone & Android)

Free Graphing Calculator – I don’t know about you, but I remember having to fork over $80 to buy a graphing calculator in high school! Now, I don’t have to waste my money. This app is a scientific, graphing calculator that allows you to graph up to 4 equations at once, has a unit converter, and has certain equations already stored (forget about having to memorize the quadratic formula, the app has it!). (iPhone)
Bonus: Copy and paste these equations into your new graphing calculator for a cool surprise! (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200 x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5

myHomework – Forgetting to do your homework. Showing up to class and finding out there is a test. Sounds like a nightmare, huh? This app helps you keep track of all those assignments you have to do. Plus it organizes your assignments into a color-coded calendar! (iPhone & Android)

Grocery IQ – Going shopping with your roommate? This app lets you build shopping lists quickly by simply scanning the barcode for any product or typing it in the search bar. Not only can you create lists, you can also share them. So if your roommate goes to the store without you, tell him/her what you need! And I don’t know about you, but I constantly get lost in the supermarket looking for items. This app’s got my back; it’s got an aisle organizer! (iPhone & Android)


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