More Apps and Tools

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

Off the Record

☀☀☀☀ What’s the first thing you think of after getting a speeding ticket? Is it, how can I fight this? Enter Off the Record, an app that matches people who got speeding tickets with lawyers. The tool asks you to take a picture of your ticket and answer a few questions. Referrals pop up. The app has been met with good reviews from both App store and Google play users. Journalists doing stories about speeding tickets could use it to find sources. — Ben Jacobs



☀☀☀☀ Venmo is a mobile payment app, popular among students who do not carry cash.  Venmo allows people to pay for things using their credit card information.  The app is similar to Square Cash, but is more popular. A different payment service is offered by apps like Tilt, which allows people to raise money for common goals.  Connor Van Siclen

☀☀☀☀ Venmo is a money-transferring app. Users can easily send funds to other people’s accounts. The app takes a minute to learn. It’s more accessible than similar platforms such as PayPal. If you sign in through Facebook, you can see where any of your Venmo-using friends are sending money and why. The simplicity of the app’s design minimizes confusion. News organizations could use it to pay freelancers. Ethical issues would need to be addressed, such as open vs. discrete payments. — Garrison Murphy


☀ Probably due to the fact that it hasn’t been updated since 2013, Jarvis has a tendency to lag and crash. The only aspect that gives it an edge over Siri or Google Now is the Iron Man theme with the unlockable Iron Man suit feature: scan a code in your Iron Man DVD for a suit in the app. However, the novelty doesn’t outweigh the performance issues. The voice recognition software seems solid; however, I would strongly recommend an app that’s up-to-date like this other personal assistant app (only for Android). — Leah Soto


☀☀ Scribe allows people to move bits of content from one Apple device to another (so long as both devices have the app). The Bluetooth app (released in 2014) is overshadowed by the newer more user-friendly AirDrop. Since AirDrop was invented, the need for Scribe has dramatically decreased.  Connor Van Siclen


☀☀☀☀ Tab is a simple way to divide a check. Out with a group of friends? A business lunch? This app handles all the trouble. You can create a “bill” for people to join, or join one in progress. You can even connect to Venmo. Tab also calculates the tip and tax. Huffington Post reviewed the app in its infancy and lauded it. Journalists can use this when out with sources or colleagues on the job. The app is loaded for a free app, and is available on both platforms. — Cole Feinbloom