Go find that iTunes password, because it’s time for another round of Hello, Apps!
As always, we have featured apps broken into 3 categories. We focus on the iOS platform, and apps on this feature can range in price.
1. Escapism & Entertainment
Recommended by Ethan
screenshots from Vevo
Intended to be a Hulu for music videos, Vevo launched in 2009 and later partnered with Youtube, which is why you’ll see Vevo when you search on Youtube for music.
As a fan of all types of music during a trend for cord-cutting continues in the home, I am ecstatic that music videos shine once again on Vevo. Vevo has made great strides in offering new ways & features to view videos and stay updated on music trends, old and new.
Vevo TV, an-always on channel of blocks of videos, showcases different categories like new music, specific decades (like the ’80s), and lifetime most viewed. Vevo Lift features a new artist monthly with videos, interviews and special concerts. You can also find news, interviews, and Vevo Certified videos, surpassing 100 Million views.
If you are a music fan but miss the days of music videos, don’t worry, they are now on Vevo in high quality video and sound.
“I want my Vevo TV!”
2. Information & Utility
Recommended by Ethan
screenshots from Zite
I like to call Zite a DJ for your news.
There are a few other choices available for this new space, but I find Zite to be the most simple and clean. It learns your interests and suggests articles that you would like. I find it an invaluable tool when catching up on the latest information.
I like Zite for its simplicity. It’s previous competitor, Flipboard, recently bought the company and has plans to eventually shut down Zite.
While I love Flipboard, too, I’m glad that I can still get the same Zite experience I got years ago when it was owned my CNN, at least for now. I’ll be sad to see it go, but for now I use it almost daily.
3. Social (People)
Recommended by Ethan & Kristin
screenshots from Facebook
What can we say about Facebook that hasn’t already been said? Love it or hate it, it has cemented itself into our culture for the tech-savvy and not so tech-savvy, as well as young and old alike.
We recommend it mostly because it’s essential to understand what Facebook morphs into with each iteration. Understand that it’s Facebook’s goal for you to live within their walls as long as possible, too.
Before Facebook went public with an IPO, it struggled to figure out how to even make money before realizing its ad revenue potential, and that is why Facebook time for you means revenue for them.
We recommend you stay smart on Facebook. As with many things in life, Facebook is what you make of it. If you want a good experience, you must give a good experience. That means being careful what you surround yourself with while you are there.
It really is unlike any other tool when it comes to connecting with others, and that’s why we recommend it.