OT - Favorite Apps

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on February 14th, 2016 at 8:36 PM
It has been a while since I've seen this topic posted on the board. And I'm terrible at keeping up with this stuff. I've recently upgraded my phone to the Nexus 6P and now in search of some new and exciting apps. So what's out there? What are some apps that you guys/gals can't live without (besides MGoBlog)?


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February 14th, 2016 at 8:39 PM ^

I enjoy Waze, Podcast Addict, Evernote, Flashlight, Uber, NYTimes, AccuWeather and Pocket. If you find it useful, you also might want to see if your bank and credit card companies have apps.


February 14th, 2016 at 9:57 PM ^

Thoroughly enjoyable, they cover a huge array of topics that range from "Stuff You Should Know: Large Hadron Collider" to "Stuff You Should Know: How Rodney Dangerfield Works" or wine fraud or anesthesia or patents or public relations or avalanches... well, you get the idea.


February 14th, 2016 at 11:06 PM ^

The BBC's "In Our Time." Each week's episode covers a different topic, and the host brings three experts on for the discussion. Recent episodes have included Eleanor of Aquitane, chromatography, Rumi's poetry, and circadian rhythms. (They seem to roughly alternate between science-y topics and humanities-ish topics.)


February 15th, 2016 at 9:36 AM ^

I'll have to check that one out.

I really like Emperors of Rome, for a good, quick overview on the Roman Empire. The same people also do a Biography podcast where they do 4-5 episodes on one person (Darwin was the first). 

Mystery Show is also a fun listen. 


February 16th, 2016 at 12:00 PM ^

I think there have been podcast threads before. But it's always a good topic.

My current favorites:

College football/Michigan related, in addition to MGoRadio:

The Audible (Mandel and Feldman cfb)

WTKA's Michigan Insider (I live out of state so I can catch up with these guys on the podcast)

The Wolverine (Rivals site podcast)

Wolverine Beat (MLive)

Used to listen to The Solid Verbal (Sbnation guys) but I found them tiresome.

General interest (to me at least!):

This American Life


Planet Money

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Channel 33 (this is where Bill Simmons et al landed)

BBC Discovery

Skeptoid (bad production values but interesting topics)

On the Media

Here's the Thing (Alec Baldwin interviewing show biz folks. Suprisingly good)

Used to listen to Stuff You Should Know but found it was basically two guys paraphrasing Wikipedia entries about stuff and then reading letters from their fans about how awesome said paraphrasing was.


February 14th, 2016 at 8:42 PM ^

Look up XPosed.

You can do all of this from XDA.

You will also find a lot of apps that are really cool.

That entire community is great, essentially the MGoBlog of Android forums.


February 14th, 2016 at 8:50 PM ^

Other than the social media staples I most often use TV apps (WatchESPN, BTN2Go, Red Bull TV, FSGo) since I don't have cable and rely on Chromecast, Strava, Timehop, Weather Underground, Tapatalk, and Spotify. Waze is also a good one as an alternative to Google maps. StubHub app is great and has lead to me going to a few hockey games on a whim after I noticed tickets were like $10 an hour before puck drop.


February 14th, 2016 at 9:12 PM ^

This will sound uninteresting - it is probably uninteresting to most - but I find it useful.

If you're an avid comparison shopper like me, there are plenty of good QR / barcode scanner apps out there that you can use in stores if you're curious to see if you can get a better price elsewhere. A lot of them will allow you to scan the product and actually search the product online to see what stores or sites might offer better pricing.