Stuck on the bus? Bored at work? We’ve all been there, the only difference is that we’re being productive with our time – and now you can reap the benefits. Screw YouTube-ing videos of cats. Here’s a hit list of the coolest new apps that will give you something worthwhile to do with your spare seconds.
Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search | Free | Android
Travel junkies are gonna be jonesing for more of this new travel buddy. Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search is not unlike other travel helpers such as Expedia, Kayak, or Skyscanner, except for the fact that it takes the cool factor into account. Your flight searches won’t be strictly sorted by price, but rather by “agony” – allowing you to reduce the flight duration, number of layovers and cost. You can display your hotel results on an interactive map that allows you to read TripAdvisor reviews. Turn on “heatmaps” to narrow down the area that’s best for you based on personal interests such as food, landmarks, nightlife, and the nearest Gypsy Brides Market… if you’re into that kinda thing.
Secret Pictures for BBM | $1.99 | Blackberry
Kind of like Snapchat soft, Secret Pitctures for BBM allows curious or adventurous individuals to send secure, self-destructing (as in not-permanent, but not discounting reputation-altering) photos over BBM. Choose your shot, set the length of time it can be viewed and who to send it to. Unlike Snapchat, there are encryption codes that disable the screenshot capabilities of the recipients phone. (What?! They could do that?) There’s also a countdown timer on the other end so viewers know how long they’ve got to take that lasting mental picture. The caveat, however, is that they too must have downloaded the app.
BrightNest | Free | iOS
Let’s face it, there are a whole host of incompetent homeowners out there. From basic cleanliness to minor maintenance, some of us just don’t quite get it. Thankfully BrightNest will help you champion those important home tasks with simple instructions, a personal schedule and helpful reminders. Create your account with a basic house profile along with your personal goals. Receive customized tips based on your needs and your home’s unique traits. Then schedule your tasks, receive the reminders and transform the space you live in for the better. From home maintenance to organization, cleaning tricks, DIY crafts, and home design, BrightNest will take you out of the tree house and into the proud-to-be-me house.