Don’t forget that it’s Father’s Day this weekend. It’s time to take your dad out and spend some time together, whether it’s on a golf course or at a coffee shop. It’s also time for our Friday app roundup and while we don;t have anything for fathers specifically, we’re sure yours is bound to like at least one of our suggestions.
This week’s picks for our four best and most intriguing apps include: an app to take all the hassle out of meeting up with pals; a game to get your kids excited about coding; an app to give you the social support you need to run regularly and the messaging/CRM app that you never knew your small business needed.
What is it? This an app designed to take the hassle out of meeting up with groups, whether they’re friends, family, colleagues or some mix of those categories. It’s a private, temporary location sharing app. Most location sharing apps, will share your location with more people than actually need to know where you are. So instead Fringle gives you control over who sees your location, helps you with directions, gives you ETAs for the people you’re meeting and it can also recommend locations for you and your pals to meet up. It’s great for showing you where the person you’re meeting is and their ETA, so you have a better idea of when to expect them. It can be used for meeting up with people or as an emergency resource in case of an accident or similar situation where your loved ones would want to know where you are. Keep in mind, that because you’re sharing your location with friends, it only works as its intended if you and your friends both have the app installed. So I hope all your contacts have Androids.
Best review quote: Whether you’re out with a large group for dinner, or about to carpool on the way to work, or even pick your loved one off the airport, or guide someone new to the city, use Fringle to bid adieu to all the hassles involved in getting there. – Android and Me
Get it now: for your Android.
What is it? One of the hot parenting trends is to have your kids learn how to code. It’s taken as a given that in the future, coding is an area of expertise that everyone will either need to understand and/or there will be a shortage of skilled workers in this field. Who can say yet if that’s truly the case, after all the pitch this year has been that we are moving beyond apps into chatbots. But no matter what the future does hold, your child learning to code isn’t going to be a bad thing. Education will do them good. Entertaining education is even better. So with that in mind we have Box Island which is a story driven way for kids to learn the building blocks of coding by solving puzzles. It supports 20 languages with bright colours and interesting characters to keep kids engaged and happy to learn. Its App Store page includes a convincing pitch from the late Steve Jobs about why your kids need to know how to code: Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!
Best review quote: “If your first experience with coding isn’t fun from the get-go, there isn’t going to be any learning,” says Vignir Gudmundsson, CEO and co-founder of the game’s maker Radiant Games. “Box Island is about sparking that interest. It’s an exciting start, and we hope that future coding geniuses look back on Box Island as how they got their start. Really, the goal is to get kids to be driven to learn more about computer science”. – TechCrunch
Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.
What is it? When it comes to making and keeping a commitment about your health and fitness, social support systems play a larger role than you might think. It’s harder to cheat and skip out on exercise, if you have someone else to guilt trip you into attending. That same fitness pal can also be great to commiserate with to distract you from the physical challenge of exercising. Not everybody has easy, ready access to potential fitness pals. We Run is designed to fill that gap by connecting you with other running buddies from around the world. You can run with an online running buddy in real time through the app and you can send each other encouraging messages. Everything is handled through your headphones so you don’t need to spend your run peering at your phone and it’s still compatible with you listening to music while you run too. All in all, it’s a great way to bolster your running goals with a tangible support network of like-minded people.
Best review quote: Do you like running, but miss the support of a running mate? Or do you lack the time to meet up? Get motivated with We Run and get in shape. We Run is a free social running application that connects you in real-time with another runner during your trainings. – Android and Me
Get it now: for your Android.
OS: iOS, (Android version still in Beta)
What is it? This is an app that you and your employer may not have realized that you needed. Basically, it’s a separate app that can be used to keep in touch with your clients, but it’s a bit more than that. For one thing, it sends your messages from a separate number without you having to change your device’s number or set up a VPN, making it more secure and professional. It also offers built-in basic client resource management tools, making it easier for you to develop a relationship with your clients. You can build client lists to send larger marketing campaign messages to, construct detailed message templates, archive/export text messages and get unlimited text messages period. It’s built to work best with teams and keep everything unified, so if an employee leaves, you still have an up-to-date record of their client interactions. It makes scheduling and photo sharing easier, as well as making it simpler to get customer feedback. Unlike some other professional apps, it’s built with small businesses in mind. In spite of its focus on SMBs, HeyMarket also counts BestBuy as one of its customers.
Best review quote: As a CRM, HeyMarket offers analytics that wouldn’t be available to businesses that simply text with customers. Professionals can see which photos were viewed and get impression feedback on messages. Users can quickly identify which leads are hot and which are cooling and could use a followup with lists and reminders. – TechCrunch
Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.