Mobile Apps to Make Your Life Easier…(no, really!)

Many people are intimidated by technology, but if you can overcome your initial resistance, you’ll find a world of time and money savers. Applications to make life easier and more efficient are being developed every day.

For those who enjoy traveling, but hate the headaches that come with it, here are some applications to download on your phone. TripIt organizes travel documents in one easily accessible itinerary. Confirmation numbers, boarding passes, terminal numbers, and addresses are all stored in one place and can be found at the click of a button. No more fumbling to find paper copies tucked into a purse or briefcase. For road trips or just driving to work, let Waze be your guide. This application has revolutionized the GPS system by offering turn-by-turn navigation and real-time road and traffic updates. It can also be a life-saver when driving in an unfamiliar area, and you need to know an alternate route due to an accident or construction.

Want to get organized? Fancy Hands acts as your own personal assistant. Instruct a member of the Fancy Hands team by text or voice mail to tackle tasks on your to-do list, like scheduling a hair appointment, making dinner reservations or finding a medical specialist and getting an appointment. You don’t have to be a celebrity or CEO of a major company to have a personal assistant.  Now you can just download the app.  Also helpful, Evernote allows you to store notes, snap photos, voice memos and lists in an organized, searchable database.

There are countless applications, each serving a different purpose. TurboScan lets you easily scan and email documents, WifiFinder locates the nearest Wifi network, SpendingTracker is a user friendly budget management app that will help you take control of your finances, and MyFitnessPal can help you track your diet, weight, and exercise goals.  There are plenty of “just for fun” apps too, like the MorganFreeman app that can simulate the voice of the acclaimed actor.  Now you too can have Morgan Freeman narrate your personal videos and photo montages, all with the click of a button.

Remember, most apps are designed to make life easier for those who are not particularly tech savvy.  They’re easy to use, and beneficial.  So do yourself a favor and learn which applications would help you most with your daily routine.  We can all use a little help in our day.

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