5 Helpful Apps To Download Now

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I'm sure our phones share a lot of the same common apps. Instagram, Google Maps, Target, Shazam. We've all heard of them, we all use them.

Every once in a while, though, I'll come across one that's a little different. Here are five helpful apps you may not have heard of:

Anchor Pointer

If you're like me and you're prone to forgetting where exactly you parked, this is a good app for you.
I often use it when I'm parking on the street in the city.

It's simple: You press "Park Car" and the app stores your location. Then later, you press "Find Car" and follow the compass back to your car.

There are two other features that seem useful, though I've never used them. The first is an "Add Anchor" option, which allows you to "drop an anchor" anywhere to store it for future reference, and again, you'd follow the compass back. Another is "Meet Friend." As long as your friend also has the app, you both use the feature simultaneously to find each other at a location.

This app is available for iPhone.

Be My Eyes

This app is designed to help those who are blind or visually impaired. As a sighted volunteer, you will essentially be FaceTiming someone to help them with a task. It's an easy way to do some good.

Each call rings multiple volunteers at once to ensure the person requesting help gets connected to someone quickly. I downloaded the app last month and have gotten a few calls but didn't answer fast enough to be connected.

I encourage you to sign up as a volunteer, and to tell anyone you may know who is visually impaired about the app so they can use it as a resource.

This app is available for both iPhone and Android.


Curiosity is essentially a news app for curious people who like to learn new things. It's articles, videos, puzzles, what have you, on unusual and interesting subjects.

I first came across the Curiosity website and was signed up for their emails for a while. I only recently downloaded the app, so I'm not super familiar with it, but it's entertaining to scroll through during my free time.

This app is available for both iPhone and Android.


This one is for all you online shoppers out there who have too many packages on the way to keep track of. I'm sure there are a ton of mail tracking apps out there. I've tried one or two others but this is the one I've stuck with.

It's simple: You input your package's tracking number and carrier, and then you can monitor where it's at, either by manually checking the app or with notifications. You can opt in to as many or as few alerts as you want – when the package is out for delivery, when it's delivered, or each checkpoint during transit.

ParcelTrack is a great way to keep all of your online orders in one place.

This app is available for both iPhone and Android.


When it comes to my Instagram feed, I'm not too picky. I don't have a theme and I post whatever I'm feeling like posting, which is usually related to whatever I was doing that day. Still, I try to avoid pictures that look very similar ending up right next to each other, either to the side or directly above/below. That's where this app comes in.

UNUM is a design tool that mocks up your Instagram feed so you can see what it would look like if you posted the photo you were thinking about posting. The app always stores your updated feed. From there, you can input photos, move them around, hide previous posts to see what that would look like.

If you spend a lot of time looking at your own Instagram feed, this is an app you'd probably enjoy.

This app is available for iPhone and as BETA for Android.

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