News, money, and photography
The biggest newspaper in the world comes to the small screen, offering breaking news alerts, morning briefings compiled by Times journalists, and the ability to save articles for offline access.
For those looking to get fair, unbiased news on a global scale, Al Jazeera English brings a curated collection of top news stories and video from across the world, and 24-hour access to live video and background audio streaming.
The BBC News App offers an alternative for those not looking to spend money to access all the features available through the New York Times. Pin top story threads for quick updates, or download stories to read offline later.
Reddit: The Official App
Categorizing the Reddit app under ‘news’ may undersell it a bit. Reddit, with over 36 million subscribers, is one of the largest Internet communities out there. There are ‘subreddits’ for nearly every subject you can imagine, and many of them are dedicated to news.
Use the NPR News app to stay up to date on both local and world events. The app provides written articles, NPR’s famous radio programs, and podcasts. Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air are just a few of the choice offerings on the NPR News app.
Payment and money management
Use PayPal to check up on the transactions in your account, send or request money, and photograph checks or credit cards to add them to your account without messing with the details.
Venmo is the payment app for the people. Connecting directly with your debit card, Venmo offers free person-to-person money transfers. Credit transfers charge a percentage fee. Compatible with many shopping apps for easy checkout.
It takes some time to set up, but once Mint can track all of your spending and create a sensible budget for you. You can monitor all of your credit card purchases and banking through Mint, created by Intuit (of TurboTax fame).
Spendbook (iOS exclusive)
Spendbook combines a simple, intuitive interface with a diverse suite of features to create one of the best budgeting apps on the market. Spendbook tracks your income and expenses, and provides you with vibrant charts to explain exactly where all your money keeps going.
Designed with college students in mind, Splitwise helps you keep track of debts owed between friends and connects seamlessly with Paypal and Venmo so you can settle up at any time.
Camera+ (iOS exclusive)
Even with the robust iOS 9 update, Apple hasn’t done a whole lot with it’s default camera app. This is the full-featured photo taking app that you’ve always needed and wanted on your iPhone.
Pro HDR X
The tenth edition of Pro HRD brings even more functionality, increasing the base quality of photos taken with your iPhone along with a huge suite of frames, sliders and filters to give your pictures a professional look.
VSCO is like a super-professional version of Instagram, allowing users to shoot high-quality stills with advanced camera controls and post them to their VSCO profile. The community features original content from VSCO as well as a curated collection of user work.
Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe brings the most popular image editing software to the mobile platform, with all the tools you need to create award-worthy compositions on their iPhone. Auto-fix, crop, and blemish removal are just some of the features available.
Unhappy with your selfies? Don’t blame the camera — blame the face! With Facetune, you can whiten teeth, erase blemishes, and anything else you might want to do to fix the subtle imperfections that drive you crazy.