There are lists upon lists of “best apps” floating around the internet, and every once and awhile I like to put a few up on this site to see what you guys think. So today we’re going to take a look at the apps featured in CIO’s “Top Mobile Apps Showcased at DEMO 2012,” and PCWorld’s “12 Best Free Mobile Apps for Commuters, 2012 Edition” and “4 Best Free Health and Fitness Apps of 2012.” I chose these lists in particular because everyone likes new things, I commute to work and bathing suit season is coming up.
From Top Mobile Apps Showcased at DEMO 2012
The TourWrist iOS app is basically a Google Street View equivalent for any location the user decides to document; the app captures 360-degree panoramic images and shares them online. …
Perhaps the most interesting part of the demonstration came when the presenter stepped forward while viewing the Grand Canyon panorama and the app automatically zoomed in. … Another benefit is the ability to share these interactive images on social media sites for use by potential customers who do not have the app.
Fribi takes one of the most common uses of Craigslist — finding and soliciting personal items that would have otherwise been discarded — and takes it one step further. …
The design one-ups Craigslist by displaying each available item by its photo, rather than a one-line description that the user will have to click for more information. Older items that have since been given away remain on each user’s profile so others can get a sense of the type of business they can expect in the future.
Arqball is a combination iOS app and small rotating stage that combine to make interactive 3D images of individual objects. … By placing an item on the stage and capturing a rotation with the camera on an iOS device, the app creates an image that can later be viewed from every angle.
In its six-minute pitch, iGenApps was able to create its own custom app for the DEMO conference that provided one-touch access to the agenda and relevant social media information. … The ability to create, publish and share an iOS- and Android-compatible app in a matter of minutes was impressive
From The 12 Best Free Mobile Apps for Commuters, 2012 Edition
Waze is a popular tool that aims to help you spend less time in traffic. The app automatically reads the GPS location and speed of every person using Waze, and reports that data back to other users who might be traveling in the same direction. Users can also report accidents, heavy traffic, and police speed traps, and you can ping users on Waze to get real-time updates.
NextBus has a fantastic website that’s also optimized for use in a mobile browser, and it gives updated arrival times for transit lines in 31 regions of the United States and Canada. No download required–just go straight to nextbus.com in your phone’s mobile browser. It even uses your phone’s GPS function to locate the nearest bus stops.
Voxer for Android and iOS lets you send audio messages over a data signal, so you don’t waste precious voice minutes on short calls.
Software Data Cable
If you want to send a file to your Android phone from your computer before you run out the door, use the Software Data Cable app to transfer a file without a USB cable; note, however, that you will need an FTP client to transfer files over the wireless network you’re connected to.
Lookout Mobile Security
Finally, no commuter who uses his or her phone heavily should be without a security app. Lookout Mobile Security is a highly trusted name in mobile malware protection for iOS and Android devices, and if you’re an Android user you can use the app to remotely lock and wipe your phone if it is lost or stolen. Lookout can back up data and scan your device for malware automatically, too.
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From The 4 Best Free Health and Fitness Apps of 2012
If you’ve always regarded counting calories as too challenging, try a new app called The Eatery (available on iOS only), which lets you snap pictures of your food and rate the general healthfulness of the meal. … From your self-reported information, The Eatery gives you insight into where the traps are in your eating habits, and how healthy your diet was for the past week.
Calorific for iOS and Android gives you a food library to record your calories, and assigns foods a red, yellow, or green light depending on whether they’re likely to help or harm your health.
No Android app is better at tracking you as you run, cycle, or hike than CardioTrainer. This app not only keeps tabs on your speed and calories burned, but also maps your route and lets you know how much you’ve progressed during your workout.
Instant Heart Rate
Instant Heart Rate uses the LED light on your phone to take your pulse. By tracking color changes in the light that passes through your finger, this app determines your heart rate in about 10 seconds.
So what do you think? Are these the “best apps” or are there better ones out there?