On app overload? Not sure which are worth having and which are duds? Below is a list of apps tech-savvy Houstonian’s can utilize to save time, money & gas.
Houston Traffic app: stuck in traffic and not sure why? Find out by consulting this nifty traffic app with a map of all greater-Houston freeways with color-coded posting of current speeds. Red spells trouble illustrating slow areas with current speeds of below 20 miles-per-hour. Other screens include “Incidents” currently reported, “Highway info”, and freeway “Cams.” Available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kodoque.HoustonTraffic&hl=en
Local news apps Fox 26 and ABC13KTRK: Fox 26 News’ app has links to the latest local stories, video, weather, entertainment, money, health and sports. ABC13KTRK has local news, video, weather and sports, but also has links to traffic, flight info, movie info, Texas lottery games winning numbers, gas station pricing (by zip code), a community calendar, and a nifty slide slow section illustrating news events and happenings with photos and captions. Fox 26 app available at https://play.google.com/store/search?q=fox+26+houston&c=apps . ABC13KTRK app available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lsn.localnews25&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5sc24ubG9jYWxuZXdzMjUiXQ.
Yelp app: the top screen allows you to find what’s “Nearby”, such as restaurants, bars, gas stations, drug stores, deals, and “Hot New Businesses.” Once you click on a restaurant, you can see a business’s star rating (between 1 and 5) and its location and price point shown in dollar signs. The more dollar signs shown, the higher the price for food/drinks. Clicking on the gas and service station section does not give gas pricing, but does give a business’s star rating based on user’s reviews. The “More” category links other items such as nightlife, shopping, health/medical businesses, home services, automotive, and hotels/travel info. Available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yelp.android&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS55ZWxwLmFuZHJvaWQiXQ.
Places app: based on your GPS location, this app shows restaurant, cafes, bars and attractions near you. Once in the restaurant section, places are further categorized by distance, rating, price, and type of food, like Mexican, Chinese, pizza, etc. If you are traveling, you can enter an address of the location of town you will be in later, so you can look for an eatery before you make plans and get to that side of town. Once you click on a particular eatery, you can map it, get direction, call, or visit the website. There is also a link for you check in, add or photo or even a review. Of course, you can read other folks’ reviews as well.
Library apps: Houston Public Library app, Harris County Public Library mobile app: using both apps, you can search the catalog for books & movies by entering search word(s). If the item is found, the info shown will include: author, publisher, summary, and a listing of libraries having that item, as well as the status of that item, whether it be checked out, on hold, or available. Both apps also have a “My Account” section which lists your items’ due dates and any pending requests. Both also have a “Library Locator” section where you can look up all library locations and hours. Lastly, both have links to download ebooks and eaudiobooks via the Overdrive application. Use the search engine to look for items via title or author. And if available, download immediately. If not available, place a hold on an item, where when available, an email will sent to inform you of its availability. HPL app available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bredir.boopsie.hpltx&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5icmVkaXIuYm9vcHNpZS5ocGx0eCJd. HCPL app available at https://play.google.com/store/search?q=harris+county+public+library&c=apps .
Utilizing some or all of the above applications via your mobile device will save lots of time and effort. Saves a ton of gas, too.