More Apps and Tools

Nike+ Training Club

☀☀☀☀ Nike+ Training Club is a free health and fitness app that provides easy-to-follow personalized training plans. With more than 100 workouts, there’s something for everyone, beginner to advanced. Exercise anywhere, anytime, with or without equipment. The individually tailored workout plans are geared to your specific needs. Ever wanted to train with a celebrity? Say, pro golfer Rory Mcllroy? Or tennis star Serena Williams?  The Nike + Training Club makes this possible, too. Journalists should stay in shape, too. — Dillion Eddie


☀☀☀☀ Close5 sells items locally and is useful for students who want to buy and sell near campus. It made a top 10 list for buy/sell Android apps; I can see why. Search through a variety of categories. Take pictures of what you’re selling from your phone and make ads. Send and receive messages about what you’re buying and selling. Make a profile, gain followers, and have your current and sold items on your account. Available for Android or iOS. Sarah Hunt


☀☀☀ Oanda currency converter is a useful app for converting money when you are reporting abroad. Enter your currencies to produce the conversion. It has a wide database of global currencies. It is easy to use, understand, and has a clear format. It did not make this Android Authority list for currency converting apps, so looking around is recommended. Oanda is available on Android or iOS. Sarah Hunt

Word Flow Keyboard

☀☀☀☀ Typing can be difficult on the go. Microsoft Garage has sought to change that with its application Word Flow Keyboard. It has an innovative design featuring an arching keyboard that allows for easier one-handed typing. It also will detect your typing patterns to complete words the more you use the app. Michael Simon of gave the tool a 4.5/5 because of the sleek design, easier to use, he said, than an iphone keyboard. Journalists will prefer this tool to go hand in hand with their on-the-go lifestyles. — Ben Jacobs

Dragon Dictation

☀☀☀ Typing up interviews just got a little easier with Dragon Dictation. This app will record and “type” what you say in real time and is quite accurate. Unfortunately, it does not save the text within the app and will slow down significantly (or even crash) at the 200-word mark. Additionally, the app’s developer, Nuance, has not updated the app since 2013. Instead opting to create Dragon Anywhere, a huge improvement from its predecessor, yet only available for $15 a month. — Cat Supawit

Public Radio Player

☀☀ Public Radio Player is a free app for Apple products. It is similar to a podcast app, but also includes radio stations from around the country, sorted by category. I was excited until I tried to play something. The app had a glitch related to iOS 10 that prohibits it from playing at all. The reviews for the app are not superb. It is disappointing; this app could have helped  journalists who are out of the office and need to listen to radio news.  Julia Bashaw

Urban Devil

☀☀☀ Arizona State University students created Urban Devil. The often-updated app features events occurring around the downtown Phoenix campus. Local journalists can use it to find interesting story ideas. It also tells you about deals on event prices. Create a profile and connect to other users. All in all, Urban Devil (ASU’s nickname: Sun Devils) is a useful tool for ASU students attending or visiting the downtown campus. The app is free, available in both iOS and Android. — Sarah Hunt


☀☀☀☀ Soonfree in the Apple store, helps organize your list of adventures in one location. Instead of making dozens of forgettable notes on the latest bars, museums, or even movies, Soon will curate your likings into a clean and easy-to-use “bucket list.” My favorite feature of this app is the “friends” category. If you’re running low on new ideas for your next adventure,  Soon will give you the latest on what’s trending among your peers. TechCrunch called the app “the social calendar for the mobile generation.” Dillion Eddie


☀☀☀ Perspective, an iPhone app, offers a creative twist on journaling. You do daily entries, rating your day and week. The calendar, a grid sheet, shows an overall perspective on your life. The basic app is free, though you can support development of new features. I can see journalists using this as a way to document their own lives and careers, or even a newsmaker’s. Customer reviews are positive. Julia Bashaw

Document Cloud

☀☀☀☀☀ Adobe’s Document Cloud is an umbrella application that holds Adobe’s digital document tools in one central place. This is how we will work in the future, says Adobe’s think tank, using Acrobat with PDFs and Sign with e-signatures. One downside: many Adobe tools are costly, at $10 or more a month.  Still, this is another great roll out of the Adobe family. Ben Jacobs