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


☀☀☀☀ DUO is here to secure access to your accounts. It relies on two-factor authentication, but unlike other security apps, it only needs a single tap on your smartphone to authenticate. You can configure the app to work with any application on any device, yet it can be a little tricky. The free version is geared toward personal use. Businesses will pay to use it to its full extent. The only downside: authenticating every single sign in is tedious. — Cat Supawit


☀☀☀ Being a journalist just got easier. Using IBM technology, the free app Anchor takes the hassle out of interviews. The app, available on the App Store and Google Play, just released a feature to record, publish, and transcribe phone interviews, all from within the app. The Verge tested this new feature. The app also encompasses podcasts of all kinds, separated down into bite-sized chunks for quick listening. With some fine-tuning, this app could prove beneficial for journalists. — Cole Feinbloom

Microsoft Translator

☀☀☀☀☀ In this corner, the challenger, Microsoft Translator! In the other corner, the reigning champion, Google Translate! Microsoft burst onto the scene with real time conversation translating, photo recognition, and speech-to-text. Available on the App Store and Google Play, Microsoft Translator is vying for the title of best translator app. LifeHacker says it is gaining ground. It is limited in terms of languages, but accurate, providing journalists with an alternative to Google. — Cole Feinbloom

Adobe Photoshop Fix

☀☀☀☀ Editing photographs on your mobile device is easy with Adobe Photoshop Fix. Fix can remove unwanted “litter” from photos. Simply select and cut the object you want to remove and a combination of surrounding pixels will fill the empty space. Fix will save these edits into layers so that the product is dimensional instead of flat. These images can be transported across the Creative Cloud for further use. These features may be great for family photos, but journalists who alter their photos can get into big trouble.  Fix is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. — Dillion Eddie

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

McAfee Mobile Security

☀☀☀ McAfee Mobile Security is a free app offered on the iPhone and Android. It functions as a security vault (with a six-digit passcode) for your photos, videos, contacts and files. It also can track your device. The app has received mostly good reviews on Amazon. The free app has limits, though, and annual subscriptions for the premium service start at $29.99. Still, the free version could be used by journalists who want to secure story or source information. Julia Bashaw

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

☀☀☀☀☀ Any dictionary is useful for journalists, but the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a dictionary, thesaurus, game and quiz app in one. Every week new vocabulary quizzes come out. Think you have a deep vocabulary? Play one of the three word games to find out how wrong you are. In my experience, the free version works well enough (except for pesky ads). Though, for only $1.99 a year you can get rid of those, and for $4.99, the premium version adds illustrations and proper and foreign terms. The app is available on iTunes or Google Play. — Leah Soto


☀☀☀☀ Boomerang from Instagram, available for both iPhone and Android, can add a little flare to your photography. Capture a burst of 10 pictures and watch them morph into a mini video. Post the video short to social media or send it as a message or email.  The process is quick, easy and fun. There are similar apps, but Boomerang’s large audience makes it hard to beat. Video loops are a nice change from still images. This app could be useful for journalists who want to try different forms of media. Nisa Ayral


☀☀☀☀☀ Rather than teaching you a new language with a formal curriculum, HelloTalk helps you learn just by communicating. Search for a native speaker in one of more than 100 languages. Converse with your best matches. Engage in free audio and video calls with your learning partners. Though it competes with a similar app called HiNative, HelloTalk is better, with a larger community (estimated at 3 million). Journalists could use this app to broaden their cultural understanding as they learn new languages. Available for both iPhone and Android. Nisa Ayral

☀☀☀☀☀ HelloTalk is part social media and part translator. It helps people learn languages through conversations with native speakers. You can connect through chat, free voice calls or a public posting board. Translate, correct grammar and transcribe audio to text (or vice versa) within a text conversation or post. Not feeling chatty? You can translate text without having to talk to someone. For journalists, this app can provide a great connection to sources in foreign countries. The app is available on both iTunes and Google Play. — Leah Soto