1. Constellation charts
I have a fascination with stars, especially when I get out of the city and get to see a blanket of it covering our skies. I even took Astronomy 101, but I never became great at spotting all the constellations. Then I heard about this great app that allows you to point your phone towards the sky like a camera and it will display the constellations for you. It’s fantastic! I even tried it when there weren’t many visible stars in the sky. I was able to see Jupiter and the surrounding constellations. There are a variety of apps all ranging from Free and up.
2. Music learning Apps
If you’re just learning to play an instrument, you can find great apps to help you learn notes, like mynotegames. It prompts you to choose a “mentor” and you can play various games to help you read scales and play by ear on a variety of instruments. For the experienced player, download a tuner and metronome. I have one of each so I can take it with me wherever I play music. I also have one to help me with rhythm.
3. Banking Apps
I still know people who write checks to mail or hand-deliver (my husband being one of them) but since my family lives far away, we often make use of electronic transactions. My favorite is being able to take a photo of a check and having it deposit right into my account. You read that right! You take a photo of the check. The money that appears on said check is now in your real bank account. The technology continues to amaze me. Can you imagine trying to explain that to someone who use to snap photos with a Kodak flash bulb camera?
Both of these tools are ones that I am glad to be able to have on my phone. I take my dog out at night and a flashlight is always useful. A magnifier app can also be useful at restaurants for reading menus or for reading other small print.