Excel in and out of the classroom by using your smartphone to its fullest potential. You already take notes via Evernote, but now you can catch the TED talk and impress your professor. Keep in touch with your friends and family through Skype and FB Messenger? Invite them to watch a concert IRL next week. When everyone opens up Yelp to figure out the best place to grab lunch, you’ll be saving money with Scoutmob. Be ahead of the pack with these 7 apps.
LIVE MUSIC SANS HEADPHONES – Bandsintown
This app synchs with the music in your library, as well as your Facebook likes and Pandora/Spotify/Last.fm playlists, to create a customized list of concerts in your area so you never miss another live show. No reason to dance in your room alone, now you can make it to the dance floor with your friends. Free
LOCAL GOODNESS FOR LESS – Scoutmob
Servicing 13 major cities, Scoutmob is a treasure map for local deals, events and restaurants in your neighborhood. They source locally-owned shops and give you the deal instantly. Take a picture with their in app Stache Cam while you enjoy 50% off brunch. Free
STAYING ALIVE – Zombies, Run!
Feel like saving the world from an apocalypse while getting in your cardio? Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. The story is delivered straight to your headphones and makes running a little more entertaining. $3.99 or $1.99
MASTER CLASS – TED
Stay up to date with over 1,400 TEDTalks by leaders and innovators in every industry at your fingertips. You can search for the Sheryl Sandberg discussion that fueled her best-selling book, or let the app suggest talks that will inspire you. Get distracted by something that isn’t focused on crushing candy. Free
DON’T HATE, GET EIGHT – Sleep Cycle Alarm
Tired of being tired? The sleep cycle alarm uses the accelerometer in your phone to determine when to wake you within a 30 minute window. During the night, you’ll go in and out of REM sleep which your regular alarm clock doesn’t care about. Sleep Cycle will make the most out of your eight hours so you’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed. $0.99
NEXT LEVEL – Urban Daddy
In 16 cities and counting, Urban Daddy will act as your digital concierge to find the perfect place according to who you’re with and what you want. Answer a few questions and Urban Daddy will suggest the next move for you and your very cool entourage. Free
READ YOUR FEED – Feedly
Stay up to date without staying up all night. Feedly is an RSS reader with a beautiful user interface and is the best replacement for Google Reader (which is sadly going offline 7/1/13). Sync with Facebook and transform your web sites and blogs into a feast for your eyes. Free