After enjoying a full season of Silicon Valley, I can confidently say that nothing in the tech world ceases to amaze me. . . or so I thought. Last week, an app called “Yo” raised over $1 million in investment funding. The app’s function? Sending the word “Yo” to the friends of your choice. Yes, you read that correctly and no, I’m not kidding. Since it’s one million dollar raise, the app has moved its headquarters to San Francisco and is now looking to hire employees. Even though this is great news for Yo’s developer, it’s left many of us asking questions like, What!? and How does this app contribute to anyone’s life? While the app’s usefulness is certainly debatable, it’s no reason to lose faith in humanity. Rest assured, there are amazing apps that lend a helping hand to some serious (and not-so-serious) life complications. I think we can all agree that they deserve some recognition, too. So without any further adieu, here are the 8 most useful apps you need to download right now.
1. WhereWithWho [Free | iOS]
What it is: A genius polling app that helps you and your friends decide on where to go.
Why you should use it: Group texts are a friggin’ nightmare and that is the absolute truth. Aside from ceaseless messages (I once woke up to 26), reaching a consensus via text can be like pulling teeth. WhereWithWho solves all of the above with no fuss. Simply put a group of your friends together, add up to five locations to vote on, and boom – majority rules. It’s by far the easiest and quickest way to poll your friends on where to go out. Try it out this weekend! Not to worry if your friends don’t have the app— they can vote via text message.
2. Chef’s Feed [Free | iOS]
What it is: A chef-powered restaurant guide!
Why you should use it: I love Yelp as much as the next person, but there’s always that sliver of doubt that makes me wonder whether the review was written in good faith. Maybe that person had a bad day. . . or maybe his/her taste buds are the total opposite of mine. So rather than combing through hundreds of reviews searching for a semblance of “truth,” take recommendations from expert chefs. Based on your location, Chef’s Feed gives you quality recommendations on restaurants and their popular food items.
3. Fitbay [Free | iOS]
What it is: A customized shopping guide made especially for your body type.
Why you should use it: At times, online shopping can be a little too good to be true. It only took me one experience to realize that a beautiful blouse can turn out looking like an ill-fitted moo moo. Thankfully, Fitbay takes the guesswork out of
online every kind of shopping. Just answer a few questions about your height, weight and body type, and voila—viable clothing options made especially for you. The more you use the app, the better it gets to know you. It’s totally free and well worth the 30 seconds it takes to set up.
4. Delectable [Free | iOS]
What it is: A point-and-shoot guide to all things wine.
Why you should use it: I can’t tell you how many times I have aimlessly wandered the aisles of liquor stores looking for a “good wine,” only to buy a pricey bottle that tasted like motor oil. No matter your level of wine wizardry, Delectable lets you learn about and collect your favorite wines. Just take a picture of the bottle’s label and you’ll receive ratings, recommendations and all sorts of useful information to help you become the wine connoisseur you were born to be.
5. Venmo [Free | iOS]