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Liberate Phone Clutter: The Apps to Have by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Liberate Phone Clutter:  The Apps to Have

Having 5,000 apps on your phone is like having 5,000 television stations.  There is no need for either and you will eventually narrow the number down to a handful of favorites, most useful, and vital to your life.  Cutting through the clutter, time wasters, and poor quality you will find what is essential.

The list below is made up of core utilities (the basic apps you use on a regular basis), episodic utilities (apps that are helpful and used for certain situations), and notification (apps that remind you do perform a certain task).  For those not familiar with apps:  An app or application is a program or software on a cell phone or computer.  Applications are designed by independent developers, within companies, or in partnership with consumers that have an idea and need help in bringing the application to market.

"The Etsy app for your iPhone or iPod gives you one-touch access to the world of Etsy. As a buyer, you can search for handmade and vintage items, browse Treasury Lists, and make purchases from your mobile device. As a seller, you can access your listings and latest orders, and use merchant tools to manage your business on the move. With seamless mobile integration of your cart, favorites, purchase history, and shop, the app is a streamlined extension of your online Etsy experience."

"A free iPhone app that helps you locate
the fabulous ;mom and pop' businesses
you'll love and won't want to lose.
Whether at home or on the road, LookLocal dials you into what's special nearby, featuring independent, locally owned brick and mortar businesses who have signed on as Supporters of The 3/50 Project."

Social Networking

"Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app."

"Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find in your life. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes."

"Discover the best places to eat around you!"

"YouTube for mobile means having millions of videos right in your pocket."

"Waze is a free social mobile app that enables drivers to build and use live maps, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation for an optimal commute.  100% powered by users the more you drive the better it gets. Join the community of drivers in your area today!"

TuneIn Radio:  "Whether you want to hear music, sports, news or current events."

"Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations."

Restaurant Reservations

"The Weather Channel provides the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and, our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, we provide you with the weather tools you need to plan your day, week, or even the next hour."

Disneyland Wait Times - WalkeeWait:  "Try our full featured version, Walkee iGuide to Disneyland with customizable, panoramic 2D maps for Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney, add pictures to your GPS, customizable Itinerary, check things off as you go, daily calendar, post eCards and status updates to your Wall and Mouse Connect (included in price)."

Shazam:  "Lightning fast tagging. Now discover, explore and share more music, TV shows and brands you love in as little as one second."

"Our iPhone app brings the most current scientific recommendations to your fingertips, so you can make sustainable seafood choices quickly and easily—whether you're eating at your favorite restaurant or shopping for dinner."

5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite:  "Tap into the largest collection of live police, firefighters, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency, and ham radios. Be the first to know about important news, events, or any major crime waves happening in your town."

Find My iPhone:  "If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map.You can then choose to display a message or play a sound, remotely lock your device, or erase your data on it."

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