Reading, shopping, and social media
Though it hasn’t been updated since 2013, we had to include Apple’s native ebook reading app. The app connects with social media platforms like Facebook so you can share your thoughts on your favorite novel.
Amazon rules the ebook reader world, but you can also get its Kindle app just about everywhere else, including iPhone. Kindle features one of the largest literary selections in the world, and you can even subscribe to Kindle Unlimited to read as many as you want for $10 a month.
What’s the difference between Amazon’s Kindle app and Barnes & Noble’s Nook app, you might ask? Well, there isn’t much of one. Nook, though, does offer over 1 million free titles. So there’s that.
Goodreads is similar to Yummly, but for books, providing recommendations based on books you like and books your friends like. The app lets you connect to book clubs and discussions with readers across the globe.
Prefer listening to books over reading them? Audible has you covered with more than 180,000 titles that you can download for offline play. Speed up or slow down narration speed to fit your preferred listening experience.
Amazon is the number one online retailer for a reason. Browse Amazon’s vast collection of products quickly and easily. Plus, you can enable notifications for daily Amazon Gold Box deals so you never miss out on a discount.
There’s very little that you can’t buy or sell on eBay. The app is full-featured and much easier to use than the website. Bid on items, track your orders, and sell all of your unwanted stuff right here.
Feeling arts-and-craftsy? Etsy has you covered with their diverse marketplace featuring homemade and vintage goods from millions of creative people. The app works with Apple Pay or PayPal to ensure safe transactions.
The free Groupon app is perfect for all the coupon clippers out there. Save money and paper in one fell swoop, as Groupon presents you with incredible deals that often total up to 70 percent off a meal or outing.
ScanLife offers you a wealth of information about nearly any product, using your iPhone camera to scan the barcode or QR code. The app links you to product reviews, price comparisons and even nutritional facts for food products.
Twitter helps you keep your finger on the pulse of the world — and find out who’s worth listening to. Follow friends, celebrities or companies’ official feeds to get instantly notified when something big goes down.
Pinterest is the ultimate repository for creative concepts and photographs of food. Users can ‘pin’ stuff they find on the web, searching using tags to find what they’re looking for, from recipes to fashion ideas.
Twitter’s answer to Meerkat, Periscope lets users live stream on Twitter. Your followers can interact by commenting on the view. Finally, a way for your friends to respond to your live stream of the bus ride home.
Hands down, Snapchat is the best app to use if you want to send naughty pictures to someone. Every picture or short video you send deletes itself forever after about 10 seconds. Watch out for screenshotters!
Looking to get famous quickly? The Vine app allows users to to film and edit quick, snappy videos that can be uploaded and shared directly, and the most popular users have millions of followers — and views. Like Twitter, but with less words.
Musical.ly allows users to create their own lip-sync music videos by adding effects and music to the footage. The app, which received a $500 million valuation this summer, represents one of the fastest-rising social platforms on the planet.