Monday, July 18, 2011

5 Apps to Make the Most of Your Summer

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Originally posted on Socialnomics

Most of us smartphone users have our devices practically attached to our hands at all times. Whether we’re posting to Facebook or Twitter, checking and responding to e-mails, or getting our work done on-the-go, being on our smartphones has become a way of life. The problem is that we’re often so consumed with our own little digital world that we often miss things going on in the world around us. I love my new iPhone 4, but I would never sacrifice my summer for it! The good news is that we don’t have to. Here are 5 summer smartphone apps that can help you make the most of your summer:


TripAdvisor: After working long hours all year long, you deserve a vacation! Whether you plan your vacations in advance or are a strong proponent of “winging it,” TripAdvisor can help you find restaurants, hotels, and attractions at any location. TripAdvisor also features reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, vacation packages, airlines and much more.

Songkick: Thanks to its gorgeous weather, summer is the perfect season to finally see your favorite band in concert. Songkick allows you to track your favorite bands and see when they will be performing in your area. This app scans your music library and creates a personalized calendar based your music preferences and location. Songkick not only tells you where your favorite bands are playing, but it also aggregates tickets prices from across the web.

Drinkspiration: What is the perfect summer cocktail? Well, it depends on a number of factors. Drinkspiration by Absolut helps you determine the perfect beverages based on the weather, time of day, location, atmosphere, personal preferences, and more. This app has a database of 400 drink recipes to help you find your perfect summer cocktail for any occasion.

Tan Pro: This app can help you achieve your ideal summer glow! Tan Pro lets you easily track your tanning progress and time your tanning sessions. This app allows you to set periods of time for tanning, turning over, and applying sunscreen. You are also able to take photos to measure the progress of your tan.

Steak Time: Summer is the perfect time for a barbecue. This app by Omaha Steaks features hundreds of grilling recipes, how-to videos, and grilling guides. Steak Time also features games, contests, a grilling timer, and various ways to connect with Omaha Steaks as well as other steak lovers across the web.

What are some of your favorite summertime apps?

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