8 Non-Farming Apps You'll Love Anyway

January 11, 2016 08:58 PM

The AgWeb App Finder was designed with farmers in mind. On it, you’ll find nearly 100 mobile app reviews. Many of them are highly specific to a farmer’s needs – a hay pricing app, for example, or a weed-identification app.

These are not those apps.

Instead, here are a handful of mobile apps that you’ll find useful regardless of whether you farm or not. Some make life a little incrementally easier, some are helpful in everyday life, and some are just fun.

1. Pocket. Anyone living in a rural area knows their smartphone gets a lot dumber if there’s no network service. Pocket’s an app that solves this particular problem by letting users read articles, news, blogs, videos and other content even without an internet connection. For those who find themselves constantly emailing links to themselves, Pocket can serve as a one-stop shop for that as well. “It essentially stores and organizes the vast amount digital content flying by your head,” applauds one reviewer. Free for Android or Apple devices.

2. Waze. It’s the world’s biggest crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. Every smartphone with Waze open on it is contributing to the app’s intel in real-time. That allows user to find the fastest route, the cheapest gas, and avoid road hazards, police traps and more. The live maps are constantly updating, and users can also tap into the app’s turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation. Free for Android or Apple devices.

3. Google Keep. Lifehacker calls it the “best note-taking app for Android.” The app stores text and color-codes your notes for easy filtering and sorting. Set reminders on specific notes, or share them with others. It doesn’t have as much functionality as Evernote but excels at what it does. Free for Android and Apple devices.

4. Cord. Is typing text messages on your smartphone a chore? Then Cord is the app for you. It allows users to create and send short (no longer than 12 second) voice messages to friends and family. Chat with one person at a time or set up group chats. It’s easy and intuitive to use. Free for Android and Apple devices.

5. IF. Formerly known as “if this, then that” – and that’s exactly what the app does. Set up a variety of if/then commands to make your smartphone smarter. The if/then options are numerous and range from totally frivolous to totally useful. For example, set up a command so if your favorite sports team wins, you’ll receive a notification. Or if you star any message in gmail, it will automatically be imported as a note in Evernote. There are dozens of these “recipes” (as IF calls them) that users can set up. Free for Android and Apple devices.

6. News360. Got a nose for news? News360 is a top-rated personalized news reader that pulls form more than 100,000 sources. Users get a “flexible personalization system” that allows them to curate quality news content from around the Internet. It has garnered somewhat uneven user reviews – many say it’s the best news aggregator available, while some claim it is buggy or biased. Free for Android and Apple devices.

7. NextDoor. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope… who’s going to come up with the next great social media platform? The developers at Nextdoor hope they have the answer with this neighborly app. Connect with your real-life neighbors and community to get the word out about any number of things, such as garage sales, lost pets, break-in alerts, landscaping recommendations, you name it. But beware – if your real-life neighbors are gossips, this app can become quite the online enabler. Free for Android or Apple devices.

8. Habitica. Nothing says “chore” like a to-do list. Habitica attempts to insert a little fun into the mix by gamifying the process. Checking off tasks allows you to level up a custom character and earn gold for in-game rewards. If the concept feels to juvenile for you, try it out on your children – it might just help motivate them to become more helpful around the house. Free for Android or Apple devices.

What are your favorite mobile apps? Let us know in the comments below. Find more than 90 app reviews written with farmers in mind at www.AgWebAppFinder.com

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Gina Grant
New York, NY
1/11/2016 04:22 AM

  News360 is great, you may check also TimelyPick.com which curates most popular news by topic


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