There’s An App For That

In April 2020, Stuff by Lauren Kruchten

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In the digital age we live in, we use technology for everything from turning the lights on in our houses to getting home from work in the least amount of traffic. While much of the time technology can seem like a distraction, when it’s used well, tech can actually help us live savvier day-to-day lives. Here are some apps that will help make you smarter.

Blinkist
blinkist.com

Like CliffsNotes for non-college students, this app summarizes more than 3,000 nonfiction books into easily digestible, 15 minute summaries. Subjects include psychology, science, economics, religion and many others. 

iRecycle
earth911.com/irecycle

Be smarter about how and where you recycle with Earth 911’s recycling app, which allows users to look up 350 different recyclable materials and find local drop-off locations for them. 

Duolingo
duolingo.com

There’s no time like the present to learn a new language, a process that boosts cognitive power whether or not you ever achieve fluency. Duolingo guides users through reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises in 13 different languages. 

TED
ted.com

Close out your social media apps and pull up a TED Talk instead to learn from inspirational leaders, thinkers and innovators speaking on interesting topics you may—or may not—know much about.

DailyBrain
apps.apple.com/us/app/random-fact-of-the-day-dailybrain

Do you need to know that a dolphin sleeps with one eye open? Not really, but a little extra random knowledge won’t hurt you. Every day, DailyBrain delivers a random fact you probably didn’t know before.

Mint
mint.com

Be smart with your finances using the Mint app, which analyzes your income and purchasing habits to make sure you’re not spending more than you make. Create a budget, then track what you’re buying throughout the month in different categories such as bills, groceries and food.

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