Whether you’re trying to figure out the name of that song your neighbor was whistling or assess how many calories are in the steak on the plate in front of you, there’s quite literally an app for that. These moments, when you may be utterly confounded, are more frequent on the road but can crop up anytime. To help you out, RealClearLife has rounded up some of the best apps that are currently available. These should prove handy as you make your way through the world.
If you’re foraging for your next meal or just curious about what that flower is at the park, Pla@ntNet lets you identify a plant just by taking a photo of it.
This app has been around for quite some time, but knowing what bands are playing close by is just as valuable as the day Bandsintown was released. It’s especially helpful when traveling or if you’re searching for an impromptu concert.
Stuck on a proof while studying for your grad school exam? Struggling to help your child with their algebra homework? Photomath fixes those problems with the tap of your smartphone screen. It solves math problems submitted via images or text.
This educational web platform now offers its own mobile app, meaning you can stream courses anywhere. It offers classes on everything from entry-level coding to rocket science, all available on your smartphone to make the most of your time.
Most food tracking apps require all food to be itemized and entered manually, but this app goes next level. Nutritional information is captured with a simple snap of a photo, so you don’t have to waste time inputting all that info.
The computational database that powers Siri combines machine learning with a trove of encyclopedic information. But it’s also available as a separate app, and this is that app. Search for anything from a complex mathematical expression to Ben Zobrist’s playoff RBIs and Wolfram Alpha has got you covered.
Just a tip: If an app is featured in an Apple Promo, chances are it’s pretty incredible. That’s the case with Star Walk, which is your augmented reality guide to the night sky, constellations and all.
Chances are you’ve used the web version of Google Translate at some point to converse with a foreign colleague or just for kicks. Well, it’s also available in app form. The greatest feature of Google Translate is the ability to translate languages in photos. Traveling abroad? Download the language pack of the country you’ll be visiting to save on data charges (and also use it when you lose service).
If edX wasn’t enough for your brain, there’s always DuoLingo. This app, unlike many non-interactive ones, teaches you to read, write, listen, and speak a foreign tongue. Thirty-four hours of DuoLingo is equivalent to one full semester of study.
Like Shazam, SoundHound can identify songs by their sound. Unlike Shazam, this app can also decipher a track if you hum or sing it. Perfect for when a stranger was whistling that new Passenger song on the subway, but you can’t figure out what it’s called.
For those looking to go for a run in an unfamiliar area, this app is perfect. It provides turn-by-turn directions for your run that are automatically plotted for you based on a range of preferences. A wonderful blend of nature, tech, and a little bit of grit.
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