6- Washio will do your laundry Perfect


6- Washio will do your laundry Perfect

Washio will do your laundry Perfect

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Washio does your laundry for you. It sends someone to your front door to take your clothes, wash them, and return them neatly folded within 24 hours

For now, the service is available now in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Washington DC, but there are plans to expand to more cities

Price: Free to download with prices varied by service
Available on: iOS, Android

Blue Apron will send you meals to make

Blue Apron
A sample meal from Blue Apron 

Blue Apron has exploded in popularity this year. It’s currently delivering fresh ingredients and original recipes straight to peoples’ doors to the tune of 3 million meals per month

Here’s how it works: The company sends you all the measured ingredients and instructions you need to make a meal. It’s up to you to do all the chopping, slicing, and cooking though. But it’s a fun alternative to going to the grocery store and trying to figure everything out yourself

Back in July, Blue Apron released an iPhone app that makes it easy to order ingredients and view the startup’s recipes

Price: Free
Available on: iOS

Seamless makes ordering takeout a breeze

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Seamless changed takeout by allowing people to order food through their computer and smartphone instead of calling a restaurant. The service, which is part of the online and mobile food ordering company GrubHub, allows people to order from around 35,000 restaurants in more than 900 cities

The app and website itself went through a rocky redesign this past summer, but it’s still as reliable as our late-night pizza cravings

Price: Free
Available on: iOSAndroid

Slack is where you communicate with your coworkers


Think of Slack like the modern equivalent of an internet chat room that eliminates the need for email. Log in to communicate with your colleagues in public channels or private groups, share files, and more

The app is geared toward businesses large and small that need a way for their employees to communicate internally, and it’s hugely popular. Other apps and services can integrate directly with Slack too, which makes it kind of like a command center for getting stuff done at work

Thousands of companies use Slack, including Tech Insider. Your team should be using it too

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Dark Sky will tell you when it’s about to rain

dark sky iphone app

Most weather apps give you a basic forecast. But Dark Sky takes it a step further with notifications that warn you when it’s about to rain or snow in your exact location. It’s also an excellent app with a beautifully minimalist design and access to weather radar

It’s like having a weather psychic in your pocket, and you’ll be glad you bought it the next time you almost get caught in the rain

Price: $3.99
Available on: iOS

1Password will generate and store your passwords

1Password Android app

It seems like there’s another massive customer data breach every day, and it’s more important than ever to make sure your passwords are not only strong but also unique for each service you use

The problem with passwords is that they can be easy to forget, especially if you have more than a few, which you should

But thankfully there’s 1Password. It’s the best app for managing your web logins and sensitive information. It has a user-friendly interface and it’s available on whatever device you have with you at the moment, whether it be your desktop, phone, or even Apple Watch

1Password will generate secure passwords for you and fill them in on websites using its free Safari and Google Chrome extensions

Price: Free, but there’s an optional upgrade with more features for $9.99
Available on: iOSAndroid

Dropbox is an easy way to store files in the cloud

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With cloud storage services like Apple’s iCloud Drive and Google Drive, it may seem like the biggest tech companies have the cloud storage market cornered

But Dropbox is a reliable and well-designed cloud storage app that works well on multiple devices

You can automatically upload photos from your phone and store them in Dropbox, comment on documents you have shared with other people, and of course browse everything you have stored online

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Microsoft Outlook is an email app for getting things done

Microsoft Outlook iPhone app

Leave it to Microsoft to take one of the most despised corporate email platforms, Exchange, and give it one of the best mobile email apps

Thanks to its acquisition of the email app Acompli late last year, the Microsoft Outlook app has become quite good. It integrates with Exchange (of course), Office 365, Outlook.com, Apple’s iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail. There’s a built-in calendar view, quick access to files stored in attachments, and some smart filters that once you use, you find hard to live without

It’s simply the best email app you can use

Price: Free
Available on: iOSAndroid

Sunrise is a simple, smart calendar

Sunrise Calendar Android

Let’s face it: The default calendar app on your phone probably doesn’t cut it. Sunrise, which is owned by Microsoft, is like the social-savvy cousin to the Outlook app. It integrates with Facebook, Evernote, Asana, TripIt, Songkick, Wunderlist, and Meetup to help add the little details to your schedule that eventually add up

Faces of people you’re meeting with are filled in by social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter. The Weather app shows the forecast on a given date, and Google Maps integration gets you directions to where you need to go. And that’s just scratching the surface

Make sure you also try Sunrise’s custom Meet keyboard on the iPhone because it’s one of the slickest ways to manage your calendar that we’ve ever seen.

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Wunderlist is a collaborative to-do app


There’s no shortage of capable to-do apps in the App Store, but for most people, Wunderlist is the best option. It’s easy to use, offers a nice mix of customization, and can do collaborative task management. It’s also available as an app on just about every modern phone, tablet, and PC imaginable

Wunderlist, which is owned by Microsoft, is free to use, but there’s a pro version with more features for businesses that costs a small monthly subscription


Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Naked Apartments will help you find your next apartment

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If you’re on the hunt for an apartment, try out the Naked Apartments app. The service works directly with brokers and landlords to find low or no fee rentals and lets you message owners directly and schedule viewings

Plus, you’ll have access to an incredibly handy renter’s guide that will save you a lot of headaches

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Scanner Pro is what you need to go paperless

scanner pro will help you go paperless

If you’re trying to go paperless or even just manage a growing mountain of receipts, Scanner Pro is a godsend. It uses your iPhone’s camera to scan documents and create a clean, editable PDF

You can save and share files, or even upload them to cloud storage providers like Dropbox

Price: $2.99
Available on: iOS

Day One will help you record your memories

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Day One is a beautiful journaling app that lets you record memories with photos, videos, links, and more. It supports syncing with iCloud and Dropbox and will even let you publish entries online to be shared with others

Price: $4.99
Available on: iOS

Slice is the ultimate package tracker

slice not only tracks your packages but also lets you know if the price drops on something after you buy it

Slice is not only the smartest package tracker we know but also a great way to save money on stuff you buy online

Slice connects to your email account and automatically recognizes tracking numbers for packages to track their progress for you so you know when they arrive. It also sends you alerts for price drops on the items you buy so you can claim the cheaper price from the retailer before your window of opportunity expires

Price: Free
Available on: iOSAndroid

Paper will help you capture ideas

Paper for iPhone

Paper by FiftyThree was one of the first hit iPad apps, and with the recent release of its iPhone version, it’s no longer just an app for drawing or making charts

You can use your iPhone’s camera to create visual notes, make a checklist of things to buy at the grocery store, or use your finger to draw up a quick sketch and share it to get feedback from your other friends who use the app

Price: Free
Available on: iOS

Workflow will automate tasks on your iPhone

Workflow app

Workflow lets you do all kinds of things on iOS that aren’t possible with individual apps alone. It’s tagline is “powerful automation made simple

You drag and drop “actions” together to make apps talk to each other in creative ways. Examples of what you can do with Workflow on the iPhone include: turn multiple photos in your camera roll into an animated GIF, download the audio from a YouTube video as a MP3, get an Uber to your next calendar appointment, and much, much more

It’s pretty incredible that one app is able to tap into so much unused potential in the iPhone

Price: $3.99
Available on: iOS

Gallery Doctor will free up storage space on your phone

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If you’re running out of storage space on your smartphone, then you need Gallery Doctor

The app uses algorithms to scan your camera roll and show you photos that are blurry, duplicate, or just not good looking. It then lets you batch delete them so you can recover precious space

Price: $2.99
Available on: iOS, Android

iTranslate breaks down language barriers

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When two people don’t speak the same language, it can be nearly impossible for them to communicate. The app iTranslate helps overcome language barriers by allowing you to quickly translate back and forth between 90+ languages

You can even speak into your phone or PC’s microphone and have what you’re saying translated into another language

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Google Now is a futuristic digital assistant

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On Android, Google Now trumps Apple’s Siri in just about every way

It learns from your behavior from Google searches, calendar events, and emails to deliver you information you want to see, like sports scores from teams you like and flight information from itineraries sent to your Gmail. Best of all, the digital assistant is just a swipe away on your home screen once you install its launcher app

On the iPhone, Google Now’s capabilities are more toned down and confined to the main Google app. But the app still delivers helpful information at a glance, like the day’s weather forecast and driving conditions. Its voice search capabilities are also more reliable than Siri

Cost: Free

Available on: Android, iOS

Pocket will help you save articles to read later


Bookmarking articles is so 10 years ago — unless you use Pocket. The service lets you save anything you come across on your smartphone or desktop computer to come back to later. Lots of apps integrate directly with Pocket to let you save articles and videos

The app itself can download stories in a clean, easily readable interface for offline reading. It even reads text to you with a Siri-like voice. You can also share (with comments) articles with other Pocket users, and the service learns what you like and recommends more articles you might find interesting

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

NYT Now is great for digesting the news


The New York Times exemplifies how to make a great news app with NYT Now. The app is run by a dedicated team at the Times and updated throughout the day with breaking news, features, stories from other publications, and easily digestible breakdowns of the day’s news highlights. Even better, you can use it for free, even if you don’t subscribe to The New York Times

Price: Free
Available on: iOS

Nuzzel shows you what your friends are reading

Nuzzel news app

Nuzzel knows the stories your friends are talking about on Twitter and suggests them for you to read. Not only are you seeing the most talked about articles from around the web in your feed, but you also see them with comments from accounts that you follow

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Flipboard is a beautiful magazine of stories you want to read

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Flipboard has been in the App Store for a long time, but even with the introduction of the Apple News app in iOS 9, it’s managed to stay relevant

Like Apple News, Flipboard pulls in stories from online publications and displays them in a mobile-optimized interface. Where Flipboard stands out is its ability to let you see what other users are reading through the app. You can also make your own “magazine” of content you like and share it with others on Flipboard or through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Amazon Kindle is great for reading e-books

Kindle app

With access to over 3,000,000 books and audiobooks, the Kindle app is a no-brainer for reading

It works on and syncs across Android, iOS, the desktop, and, of course, your Kindle, so your reading progress is up to date wherever you go

The formatting options, built-in dictionary, and search capabilities are great, but the real killer feature is Amazon’s Whispersync For Voice technology, which lets you go back and forth between reading text and listening to an audiobook. For now, the feature is available on 60,000 titles

Price: Free
Available on: iOSAndroid

Wattpad is a reading community with access to millions of free e-books

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Over 40 million people use Wattpad to read millions of free e-books, from classics like “Moby Dick” to “Twilight” fanfiction

Wattpad is also a social network around reading. You can leave comments on passages and see comments from others. Authors on the app can talk directly with fans and share their works

90% of all Wattpad activity is on mobile, and it’s easy to see why: the app is universally loved with an average 5-star rating

Cost: Free

Available on: iOSAndroid

Sworkit is the best workout app


Sworkit uses a combination of aerobic, strength, resistance, and flexibility workouts to create routines that work for all kinds of different fitness goals

The app has been scientifically proven to work, too. A recent analysis of 30 popular free fitness apps by a team of sports scientists found that Sworkit Lite was the most closely aligned with the American College of Sports Medicine’s training guidelines. Tech Insider science writer Kevin Loria swears by it

Sworkit has a “Lite” version that’s free to use with ads and a “Pro” version that costs $3.99 to remove ads and unlock features, like the ability to save and build multiple custom workouts

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Lark is your personal health coach

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Lark uses a mix of artificial intelligence and human experts to help people lose weight and get fitter by tracking their workouts. The app uses a texting interface to make it seem like you’re communicating one-on-one with a personal health coach

The idea is to take the complexity out of tracking meals and exercises. Just tell Lark what you had to eat and it will give you nutrition coaching based on your goals and past eating habits

The app also uses your smartphone and Apple Watch’s sensors to track your workouts for you

Lark was named Forrester Research’s most innovative digital health product of the year. The app is free to use and offers enterprise pricing for coaching teams or patients and working with health care providers

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

Headspace will help you meditate


British meditation teacher Andy Puddicombe trained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk before he made Headspace, an iPhone app that pitches itself as a “gym membership for your mind.” Certain meditation techniques have been scientifically proven to work, and Headspace has been downloaded over 3 million times since its release in 2012

Here’s how it works: hundreds of hours of original meditation exercises are broken down into guided and unguided lessons that range from 2 to 60 minutes long. Some of the benefits it promises include “better self awareness,” “less stress and worry,” and the guarantee that you’ll “smile more.” The app tracks your progress and even lets you pair with a buddy for accountability

The app is free to use up until the completion of level 1, and from there it’s $12.99 per month month or $94.99 per year

Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android

to be continued