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My Top 5 Favorite Apps of 2016

by Jamie Sanford on December 22, 2016


I am surprised that I haven’t created one of these posts in the past! I’ve been an iPhone user for almost 6 years, and apps have pretty much taken over.

Here we go with my top 5 favorite apps of 2016.

1. A Color Story

A Color Story is the best photo editing app I have tried, and I have tried a LOT of photo editing apps. You can adjust curves! For anyone who uses Photoshop, you know how valuable this is in a phone app.

2. Instagram

I joined Instagram in the middle of 2011, and as of 11/30/16, I am 3 posts shy of 3,000 images posted. That’s a lot of estate sale photos. I do miss the old algorithm, because I don’t feel like I see as much as I want to anymore.

3. Hilton HHonors App

I don’t know why it took me as long as it did to start using the Hilton HHonors app. We took a lengthy road trip last Christmas and stayed in Hilton hotels all the way, racking up points along the way. The app is so easy to use that I don’t ever go on the regular website anymore to book Hilton hotels. I can’t think of a higher compliment than that.

4. Timehop

Why spend all of this time putting content on social networks if it can’t create a beautiful set of memories to look back on? Timehop is GENIUS and if you aren’t using it, you are missing out. Every morning, I check to see what I did 1 year ago, 2 years ago, etc. It is one of my  favorite apps ever.

5. Slack

Unlike most people who use Slack, this is being used in my personal life, not my professional life. I would love to start using it in my professional life, but for now, I have a lovely group of friends in a group, with multiple threads for us to talk about whatever comes to mind. I love that I can use this so easily from my phone.

Honorable mentions:

  • Whatsapp: for texting internationally, there is no better option.
  • Facebook: for all of your unneeded political opinions.
  • Wunderlist: for creating and sharing lists – the one used the most for me is Will and I’s shared grocery list.
  • Glympse: mildly creepy but you can share your GPS location with someone else. Will and I use this for when we are meeting somewhere and cannot provide updates by text due to driving etc.
  • Snapchat: good times with those filters.
  • Later: this has been great for posting Instagram content for Noritake.
  • Tumblr: for aggregating lots of content about specific things I am interested in, I haven’t found anything better.
  • Spotify: playlists, playlists, playlists.
  • Twitter: for commentary during live events I’m watching on TV, there is nothing better.

Tweet at me with your favorite apps of the year.

 

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Podcast Picks

by Jamie Sanford on March 10, 2016

I have been listening to podcasts for years, long before I had an iPhone with an app for it. I used an actual iPod for podcasts! One of the earliest shows I listened to was Daily Source Code, hosted by Adam Curry, a pioneer in the podcasting medium. I have also been a longtime fan of many of the Smodcast network podcasts.

Here are my current top 5 favorite podcasts, in no particular order.

1. Untitled: The Adam Savage Project.

I came across this podcast after being introduced to Tested.com by Adam Savage’s Twitter. (That’s a lot of steps.) Adam, Norm, and Will talk about a variety of subjects, and it’s a good time.

2. Death, Sex, and Money.

This recommendation came to me from Ellen Fondiler during a Miracle Worker meetup, and I added it immediately, but didn’t start listening until way later. I then binged on something like 30 episodes in a week. This podcast will make you laugh and break your heart, sometimes in the same episode. The host, Anna Sale, is remarkable.

3. Hollywood Babble-On

This show has been around for years, and I have not missed an episode. Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman started out with a show meant to skewer Hollywood news and celebrities, and now it’s a varied formula of regular bits, Ralph’s impressions, and audience participation.

4. What’s The Tee?

RuPaul and Michelle Visage are BFFs, and this is one of those podcasts that I love because you are just an extra person at the table. It feels so much like hanging out with your friends. This show has also had some amazing guests.

5. Another Round

Heben and Tracy drink and podcast, which WORKS. Their content is a great combination of guests and random chatter about topics ranging from homicidal house plants to racism in the United States. They even had Valerie Jarrett, and they got to interview her at the White House!

Honorable mention – I listen to a lot of podcasts, picking 5 was too hard.

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