Five underrated apps for your smart phone

Austin Bell, Technology Editor, Puma Press

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Application software or apps have become synonymous with everyone who has a smart phone  and has become a staple of our English vernacular in the 21st century. While we do enjoy the massive popularity of our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter apps, there is so much more to both iOS and Android smartphone platforms. Best of all each of the five apps I’m about to introduce are all free to download with no initial payments up front.

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Pocket Points

Availability: iOS, Android

What is it?: An app that focuses on the problems of smartphone abuse in class and tries to reward students with coupon incentives. It was created and developed by Mitch Gardner and Rob Richardson. By accessing the app on campus and then locking your phone, you’re rewarded points that can be spent used to buy coupons to various food and clothing stores. You can also suggest other businesses on the app to get coupons from them.

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Flipboard

Availability: iOS, Android

What is it?: Flipboard describes itself as your personal magazine, which describes it to the tee. By signing up through a Twitter, Facebook and Google account, you can use the app to customize a personal magazine for yourself. You can choose from hundreds of different topics ranging from gaming, novels, to fitness. After choosing your preferred topics, it then assembles them from various articles across news websites and other magazines.

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Duolingo

Availability: iOS, Android

What is it?: Duolingo is a free language-learning based app that offers the ability to take lessons in 23 different languages such as Spanish, French, German and Chinese. The dueling app uses gamification as a way to teach you, and each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation and multiple choice challenges.

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Slack

Availability: iOS, Android

What is it?: Slack is a messaging app in the vein of the Facebook messenger app or Whatsapp. Slack is a cloud-based team collaboration tool co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson and Serguei Mourachov. It was originally used to talk to each other to help them build their own video games faster. It was eventually released to the public in August 2013. Features include team messaging, both private and public. You can also separate tasks into channels to help you finish things in a certain order.

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Postmates

Availability: iOS, Android

What is it?: While various companies have been experimenting with mobile delivery services like Uber and DoorDash, Postmates prides itself as delivering the best of your city. Not only does it deliver food specific to your city but delivers retail items from Best Buy and the Apple store. Best of all Postmates operates in only 18 states, one of them which is Arizona.   

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Five underrated apps for your smart phone