October 19, 2015
Every week, hundreds if not thousands of new apps pop up in your favorite appstores, not to mention the myriad of apps that get updated on a weekly basis. Luckily for you, there is this semi-comprehensive guide to the top apps that you should be toting on your devices.
Overcast (iOS, Web)
If you’re not using Overcast on your iOS device for podcasts, you’ll missing out on what’s arguably one of the best experiences for listening to them.
What makes Overcast so great, you ask? Developer Marco Arment has a track record for some of the most beautiful iOS apps on the market like Instapaper, an app that allows you to save content (like websites, videos, etc), but most importantly, he’s a podcaster. Who would be better off knowing what podcast listeners want than a podcaster?
Anyways, the app is known for features like Smart Speed, which allows for silences to be made shorter, and Voice Boost, which boosts the volume to make every show loud, clear, and at the same volume. Overcast also integrates with Twitter to find new shows and spread the word about shows you like.
Overcast is available now for free on iOS and the Web.
Grasswire (iOS, Web)
Fair warning: I am a contributor to the Grasswire newsroom.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for getting a digest of the top news curated by ordinary people (like yourself possibly), Grasswire is the place for you.
The app basically offers up a view of the top news headlines and handy notifications for when you should pop in and check out what’s cooking (think breaking news alerts).
On the web, you can also edit Grasswire and help shape coverage of the stories that are making news.
Grasswire is available now for free in an open iOS beta and on the web.
RescueTime (Windows, OS X, Web)
RescueTime is the ultimate accountant for your time on your desktop. The quintessential app defines the “quantified self” movement, where people use data to gain insights into improving their lives. I’ve been using it for years, and it has defined the way I spend my time.
The app basically lives in your taskbar, and tracks everything you do on the machine (whether it’s watching cat videos on YouTube, jamming out on Spotify, or typing your life away in Microsoft Word). On the app’s website, you can sign in and get access to this goldmine of data, whether it’s the overall amount of time you spend on your computer(s) or the amount of time you’re in Chrome. One of the coolest features in the app is that it categorizes everything you do into productive, unproductive and neutral time based on the program you’re in or the website you’re on (obviously Microsoft Word would be productive and YouTube would be unproductive for most people).
RescueTime is available now for free on Windows, Mac, and the Web.