Download Worthy: Venmo

“I don’t have any cash on me.”

“I only have twenties.”

“I’ll pay next time.”

How many times have you said those words to your friends, or had them said to you? Let’s face it – with no urgent need to keep cash on you anymore, it’s getting harder and harder to fairly split checks, cabs, tabs, bills, etc. That’s where Venmo comes in.

Venmo is a FREE app that allows you to pay your friends back instantly and safely – from your bank account to theirs, and vice versa. Just select a friend, choose an amount, send a message (optional), and hit send payment. I don’t know how I didn’t learn about this app until recently, but I won’t go another day without it. I intend on approaching my landlord about using Venmo for my rent payments too!

Venmo is now available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones. How do you use Venmo? Tell us what you think!

Written by Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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Download Worthy: Waze

I know, like myself, you probably have an arsenal of good excuses for being late—

“I was waiting for my deodorant to dry.”
“I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.”
“I fell asleep in the shower.”

But wouldn’t you like to cut down on your tardiness if you could avoid it?

Waze is the “world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app,” and the perfect tool to help you with your punctuality. It may not be able to make you get up earlier, or help you find your other shoe, but this app will make your commute significantly less lengthy.

Waze has a number of really interesting features, aside from being a general GPS. Here’s a few of its coolest attributes:

  1. CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE – Waze will always automatically set you up with the quickest route to your destination (based on real-time traffic reported by other users), but you also have the option of avoiding tolls or highways by choosing a different route. Your course will also change to a quicker alternate route if traffic begins to build on its current path. I’ve found that feature to be extremely helpful whenever there’s any unexpected heavy traffic during my commute.
  2. REPORT AND RECEIVE ROUTE ISSUES – As you drive, Waze will alert you to road reports from other users. For example, if there is a car stopped on the side of the road, Waze will tell you to be cautious as you approach its location. The app also notifies you of other reports on your route, including hidden cop cars, accidents, road obstructions, construction, red light cameras, and more. You can report what you see along your drive to help others and earn bonus points, but I find this to be easier and safer with a passenger to help. (Keep your eyes on the road!)
  3. RIDE WITH FRIENDS – If you connect your Waze to Facebook, you will automatically be able to see which friends are currently using the app, and even be able to communicate with them. If multiple friends are navigating to the same location, you can see how far away everyone is relative to the destination and each other. There’s also an option to text your route to a friend (already at the destination) that will show your ETA and real-time updates of your location.

Besides all that, there are even more capabilities that Waze has to offer, and I suggest you see them for yourself! Be late because you “couldn’t find any clothes,” not because of traffic.

The Waze app is available for FREE on Google Play, the Apple Store, and the Windows Phone Store. Are you a Waze fan? Let us know what you think!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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Download Worthy: GoBank’s Nearest Bank Branch is in Your Pocket

GoBank, the bank used by designers on this season’s Project Runway , is a bank account designed to be opened and used on your mobile phone. You can download the free app to your Android or iPhone, sign up, then do all of the normal banking activities you’re used to (and a few you’re not). You’ll never have to step foot into a bank branch again.

Check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and fam—you can do it all on the app. Want to pull out cash? No need to log in, just tap on the ATM Finder, and it will list all the free ATMs around you. There are over 42,000 scattered over the U.S. (Ahem, that’s about twice as many as Chase and Bank of America according to info from their websites.) Another bonus? No overdraft fees.

You can use your GoBank debit card to make purchases. Choose their standard card for free, or design your own for $9 with a photo from your phone, computer or Facebook. Right now, if you head into your campus’ Barnes and Noble bookstore before July 31, you can pick up a GoBank info packet, along with a promo code for a free photo debit card. Or, just use the code below. Check out all of their Simple Fees at GoBank.com/NoWorries.

GoBank offers a little extra flavor when it comes to money management. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.

GoBankers can also build a budget to better understand their money situation, then ask the Fortune Teller if they can afford it. The Fortune Teller is an animated dog named Professor Dog, who exists in real life as the CEO’s favorite pet. You can view Professor Dog, affectionately nicknamed “PD”, on GoBank’s Instagram account.

Like what you hear? Follow GoBank on Twitter, “Like” them on Facebook, then download the free app. You can sign up for an account in between classes… depending on your thumb size of course.

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Download Worthy: Impulse Save

Let’s be honest, saving money is hard! We’re young and we want to have fun (and it usually costs us money). It might seem too early to start seriously saving your money, but the earlier you start the easier it gets – and the more you’ll save. I came across this app called Impulse Save that lets you save your money right from your phone – how cool is that? What I find to be really great about this app is that you can also use it from your computer. Here’s the simple breakdown – you create an account and securely link your checking account. Then, you can create your saving goals and set the amount you want save each week, and then it will tell you how long it will take until your goal is reached. It’s super easy and extremely practical for all college students. It’s easy to spend your money, so why not let it be easy to save too!

Available on both iOS and Android.

Have you used this app before? Tell us what you think!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Download Worthy: QuizCross

If you’re as obsessed with trivia as we are, you’ll be happy to hear about this app. QuizCross combines Trivia with the childhood favorite, Tic-Tac-Toe. Take turns answering trivia questions in order to win your square…three squares in a row means Tic-Tac-Toe! Topics range from science to sports to entertainment, so pop culture junkies and chemistry whizzes will both be satisfied. It’s the perfect app for your study break – fun AND challenging. Download it today and give your brain the workout it deserves!

It’s available for both iOS and Android…and it’s free!

Have you ever played before? Tell us what you think!

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Download Worthy: Pocket

We’ve all been there… the awkward moment when you say to your friend, “I saw the most hilarious thing online yesterday! Hold on, I’ll show you!” You search for what feel like forever for the video of Grumpy Cat doing the Harlem Shake, at which point it’s really not as funny anymore. Pocket, an iOS and Android app,  allows you to save online articles, videos, and more to any device to which you download the app. Not only is it available for iPhone, Android, and iPad, but also Safari and Chrome, making it easier to have your own media library anywhere you are. My favorite things about this app are it’s usefulness as a replacement to Chrome and Safari’s “bookmark this page” and the ability to tag saved items.

The app for Google Chrome and Safari has a Pocket button, similar to the Pinterest “Pin It” button, making it easy to save a webpage and in nano-seconds. It also prompts you to add tags to make it even easier to find the page in your Pocket Queue later. The smartphone app allows you to Pocket via the Mail Link to this Page option, from which you send the link to Pocket (the app prompts you to save this to your contacts when you install it), and the link goes right to your List. As the New York Times aptly called it, it is “DVR for the web.” Nifty, huh?

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Download Worthy: Viggle

You’ve probably checked into a location, but have you ever checked into a TV show? With Viggle, you can do just that. It’s a free app that gives TV-watchers rewards for checking into the shows they’re watching. Viggle automatically identifies (in a way reminiscent of the Shazam app) the television shows its users are tuned into and awards them points once they’ve checked in. Points can be redeemed via the app’s rewards catalogue for tons of different items, including gift cards and movie tickets. Feeling generous? Points can also be converted into donations to charity. Now THAT is cool.

What’s even more fun about the app is that users are encouraged to play along live. Answer trivia, see what others are Tweeting, and vote in polls. If you’re already watching the show, you might as well get points – right?

Have you ever used Viggle? Post a comment below and tell us your favorite feature!

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January is “Get Organized Month” – Tech Edition

Picture a vast black hole. Now envision a stack of papers the size of the White House being sucked into the swirling depths of that hole. That is what it’s like to be looking for a file on my laptop from Freshman year or a specific email in my Gmail account.

If this is sounding familiar, it may be time to get tech-organized.  There are plenty of downloadable solutions out there for your organization needs, like Evernote, but putting your existing files in order is a good measure to take as well. Even if your laptop and other devices are fairly ordered we’ve got a few tips and one download worthy app to help you cut out some of the e-clutter and always stay on top of things.

Files that are being used are often transported from your laptop to other computers and devices can end up existing in various states of being updated, especially if you are doing group work. Another issue is that sometimes if you’re in a rush you just save document s to a generic My Documents folder, making the file hard to find later.

One simple solution is to use the Google drive, available to anyone with a Gmail account. I personally am not a fan of this application because it’s very slow and you lose old versions of documents you’ve been working on. One Download-Worthy solution is using the Memory Stick App (free) for iPhones, iPod Touch, or iPad. The Memory Stick App allows you to copy files between your computer and your devices through iTunes. Basically, it functions exactly like a memory stick that you will always remember to bring with you. Files you are currently working on will be available on the go so you can make create or make quick edits to text files. The files on your computer are then updated through the cloud and vice-versa. Now you can stop emailing yourself 100 different versions of that essay—all with the same filename.

E-Mail is easily the worst offender when it comes to digital clutter. For accounts that get a ton of unnecessary emails I recommend one of two options:
1. Utilize email filters. This is a good way to direct mail from unwanted senders straight to the trash. Geeksugar has a step-by-step tutorial for Gmail here.
2. Give your inbox a top to bottom scrub with the Mashable E-mail Master Cleanse (but I do recommend marking emails unread instead of deleting them so you don’t lose anything important!)

Back Up your files as often as possible- speaking of not wanting to lose anything important! In the very least, back-up important things from this semester by saving them to the Google Drive or in some other cloud device (i.e. Dropbox). Last year my laptop got stolen while I was in the middle of working on a 10-page paper about the Jewish Diaspora. Not exactly a topic I wanted to cover twice! I also lost all my pictures from that semester and all my homework assignments from that semester— a bummer when it came time to study for finals. Case in point, back those thangs up.

Now that you’re inbox is clean and your files are living happily in the cloud, you’ve got plenty of time to play app games and read on your Nook. You’re welcome.

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Download Worthy: Trello

Group projects are a common part of many college courses. Often, they entail weeks of seemingly-endless brainstorming and collaboration until the looming due date approaches. Make your team experience run more smoothly with the Trello app. Create boards, organize them by cards, and upload attachments – all in one place!

This free app helps your group improve communication by eliminating an influx of emails and keeping everyone on the same page. You can communicate with other team members in real time in order to gather opinions and assign tasks. Group projects are complicated enough – simplify them with this helpful app!

Looking for more tips to help you survive your next group project? Check out our guide here!

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Download Worthy: Flashcards+

How many times have you slaved over making a set of flashcards for what seems like a million terms your professor wants you to know? With this study app, you’ll have the useful study tools at your finger tips all the time. Flashcards+ brings you more than 10-million pre-made decks to help you study. If you can’t find the set of flashcards you need, customize your own! The app can now operate in and speak 22 different languages in order to help you practice pronunciation. Studying has never been more convenient! The app is free for both Apple and Android.

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