Inspect the tech with Cesareo Contreras: Some apps you should check out

Let’s face it, a large part of our communication with the world is through the use of mobile applications – posting a status to Facebook, composing a funny tweet, or liking someone’s vacation pictures on Instagram. We are an app-driven society. Yet there are so many functional and great apps people aren’t aware of that could make these tools so much more enjoyable and make owning a smartphone more valuable. While there are many to choose from, here are some apps I think everyone should check out:

Relay for Reddit /Alien Blue/Readit

Reddit is the “front page of the internet” and I’m sure I’m not the only one that is on this website all the time. The primary way I check out the site is by using one of the best-designed and functional Reddit clients on Android, Relay for Reddit by developer DBrady. Using Google’s Material Design language guidelines, this app feels native to the platform and makes perusing through Reddit a joy. Unfortunately, this is an Android-only app, but Alien Blue on iOS is actually Reddit’s official client, so for iOS users Alien Blue will provide a first-rate experience. Windows Phone users should check Readit for Windows Phone, by Message Across Studios, which is also pretty good. Alien Blue and Relay have free apps and pro versions, but Readit only has a paid app for $1.99. Alien Blue PRO can be bought for $1.99 and Relay for Reddit (Pro) for $2.99.

CamScanner

Do you ever wish you could put all your notes on your phone to have them all organized for later viewing? Do you ever wish you could scan documents without having to go to an actual scanning machine? If you answered yes to both or one of those questions, well, CamScanner by Intsig Information Co., Ltd. might be what you are looking for. Available for free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon devices, this app makes saving and scanning documents and class notes simple. Just take a picture of the document you want to save, crop the image, apply the black and white filter, and presto, you have a saved quality image for later viewing. There is a premium version which cost $1.99 without ads, and they also have a optional subscription service for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, which gives extra features like more cloud space and auto-upload to cloud storage sites like Google Drive and OneDrive.

Pocket Casts

Podcasts are great, and if you aren’t listening to them you are seriously missing out. Whether it’s comedy, television shows or cars, there’s a podcast about almost anything. One of the best ways to listen to these streams is through the podcast app, Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly.  Although, it is pretty expensive at $3.99, this app is arguably the most beautiful podcast app on both Google Play and the App store and is chock-full of features. Some of those features include cross-platform sync, the ability to cache podcasts for offline use, and Chromecast support.

Crossy Road

Crossy Road, developed by Hipster Whale and published by Yodo1 Games, has been compared to the arcade classic Frogger and is a blast to play. Essentially, you start the game as a rooster trying to cross busy roads with many cars, trains and river streams. The goal of the game is to try and take as many steps as possible before either drowning in a river, getting hit by a car or by not moving fast enough. The game stays interesting by introducing unlockable characters, and there are dozens of them including an Android robot, a ghost and a zombie. The game is free on Google Play, the App Store and the Amazon App Store.

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