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September 16, 2013

Whether it’s to help enhance productivity, find your way through uncharted territory, or simply to just kill time, mobile apps are quickly becoming the hottest commodity in an ever-growing mobile world.  Let’s face it -there is an app for almost every task you could imagine.  The challenge in finding a good mobile application is that there are just so many it becomes overwhelming.  Good thing I’ve put together a list of the top 10 most useful iOS applications.

  • IFTTT – If This Then That (IFTTT) is by far the most interesting and flexible app of 2013.  It allows you to automate almost anything by setting up a rule that, when an action happens, it triggers another action. For example, when my iPhone clock hits 8 AM, it tells to send me a text with the day’s weather. You can imagine the possibilities. Lots of people have. There are thousands of user-created “recipes” on the site for you to download.
  • Google Maps – This app is an essential when you’re on the go. Sorry Apple, but Google puts the standard iOS Maps application to shame. So many features, so easy to use, this app is a must-have for all iPhone owners.
  • Find My iPhone – The name speaks for itself.  Be honest – are you a little scatterbrained when it comes to misplacing your phone? Download this app, and you’ll always have a sense of security.
  • Bump – I have yet to figure out how this technically works, but it is an amazing application that transfers literally anything from your phone to another device.
  • 8tracks – Sorry, other audio applications, 8tracks blows you out of the water.  From the explore tab to the ad-free playlists, 8tracks offers the best listening experience available on a mobile device.
  • Line2 – This is a great app for people with a business or for those who are in need of a second phone line. With this app you have not one, but two phone lines on a single device.  Helpful, and more importantly, pretty cool.
  • JamBase – Tired of searching through LiveNation or Ticketmaster for an event?  This app shows you all the details for events in your area.
  • CameraPlus – Make this your best spent .99 cents of 2013. This app allows you to edit your pictures like a professional, providing a ton of filters that improve the overall quality of your image.
  • Cydia – If you want to expand the power of your iPhone, look into “jail-breaking” it.  Cydia offers thousands of applications that the Apple store simply doesn’t.  Caution: This app could possibly void your warranty.
  • News360 – Tired of hearing one-sided news stories?  This app collects the same news article from all news sources and compiles it into one easy-to-use page.