The 45 Best Apps of 2016


aaeaaqaaaaaaaaglaaaajdlkodywnjy0ltawzmmtngvini04nwi2ltgzzdywyjm4mda2ngIt’s no secret, millennials love their technology. As digital natives we are constantly seeking innovative apps, websites and plug ins to make our life better, both professionally and personally.

I have the privilege of being the 2016 chair of Realogy‘s NextGen group which is a group of young leaders who are rising stars within our company. Recently our group came up with 45 of our most favorite apps, websites and plug-ins. So clear out some space on your phone and get downloading!!

1. Honey (Chrome Extension) Category: Shopping

A chrome plug for online shoppers. Sick of searching for online coupon codes? Then Honey is a must! Honey is a browser extension that automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout with a single click.

2. Venmo Category: Finance (#1 Best App of 2015 –NYT)

A free digital wallet that lets you make and share payments with friends. You can easily split a bill, cab fare, or much more. Think PayPal but even better!

3. Chegg (Website)Category: Finance/Student Save up to 90% on textbooks when you rent from Chegg.

4. WhatsApp Category: Communication

This is the most widely used communication tool in the world. It provides a more affordable way of sending global SMS messages.

5. Waze Category: Travel

The world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app. Get the fastest route to wherever you’re going in real time with updates on traffic hazards and speed traps reported by other drivers.

6. Mint Category: Finance *The King of Budgeting Apps

Mint connects with your various bank accounts, pulling in your spending and income and organizing it into categories that make it easy to track and stick to a budget. It’s great in those situations when you’re contemplating a big purchase and want to see if you can really afford it or not.

7. Google Photos Category: Photo

This free app backs up (while connected to WiFi) all your pictures and videos from your mobile device, organizes and labels them so you can find and share them fast.

8. Hopper Category: Travel

Want to score the best deal on a flight? Hopper analyzes billions of flights to help you find the best deals and the best times to fly and buy.

9. Uber Category: Travel

Simply put…no need to wait for a bus or taxi. This app provides on demand transportation. The app stores your credit card information so no more fumbling for cash or a credit card at the end of your ride.

10. LastPass Category: Organization

A fantastic and secure way to store your passwords. This award winning password manager saves passwords and autofills them when you sign back into a site. With LastPass you’ll never have to hit “Forgot Password” again.

11. Poshmark Category: Shopping

Looking for a quick and easy way to sell clothes or for good deals on designer brands? Poshmark is a must for any fashionista.

12. Zulily Category: Shopping

Zulily offers deals on brands for moms, babies, men and kids. You can save up to 70% on their daily flash sales, featuring home décor, clothing, toys and more.

13. Google Flights (Website)Category: Travel Find cheap flights in seconds, explore destinations on a map and sign up for fare alerts.

14. Freedom Category: Productivity

Freedom blocks apps, websites and the entire internet on iPhones, iPads, Windows and Mac computers so you can be more focused and productive.

15. OneTab (Chrome Extension) Category: Organization

Reduce tab clutter on your browser. Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the onetab icon to convert all your tabs into a list. When you need access to the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

16. Headspace Category: Health

Meditation made simple. This is a guided meditation app suitable for all levels to improve focus and mindfulness.

17. TimeHop Category: Social Media

An app that connects to your social networks and camera roll that helps you see the best moments of your past! Perfect for those client/friend connections and “keep in touch” reasons.

18. Pocket (Chrome Extension & App)Category: Organization/Productivity

Reading an article or watching a video that you don’t have time to finish? Put it in Pocket. Pocket saves save articles, videos and more with a click of a button and you can pick them back up on any mobile device.

19. Simple Blocker (Chrome Extension) Category For the procrastinator in us all… This plugin temporarily blocks websites that you tell it to block (i.e. Facebook) for either a predetermined amount of time or indefinitely.

20. Confetti Category: Photo

Big on SnapChat? This app allows you to create SnapChat geofilters for cities, public places and events.

21. Any.Do Category: Productivity

The #1 task management app to keep your life organized.

22. Color Splash Category: Photo

Want to make a picture pop? This app lets you quickly and easily gives photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color.

23. Outlook Mail Category: Productivity

“The BEST email app” – The Verge If you a fan of Office 365 you will love this app!

24. Wordswag Category: Photo

Provides a simple way to add text over photos.

25. Storm Category: Weather

Keep your eye on the sky with Storm by Weather Underground. High definition radar, advanced storm cell tracking, severe weather outlooks and real-time severe weather alerts make this the best app to have by your side when weather is closing in.

26. The Great Suspender (Chrome Plug In) Category: Organization

Automatically suspends unused tabs on your browser to free up memory resources on your computer.

27. ShopSavvy Category:Shopping

An awesome way to find the best price for an item on the spot. Scan the barcode of the item you are looking at and it will find which store has the best price for it. Bonus: If you are in a store with the higher price some companies will price match the lower price you found to keep your business!

28. Camera+ Category: Photo

This app costs $2.99 but offers an array of professional editing tools ranging from exposures and effects to shooting modes.

29. What Should I Read Next Category: Entertainment

Always looking for a good book recommendation?  This website will recommend your next book based on the ones you already love. If you find one you love it will provide a link to buy it.

30. Unroll.Me Category: Productivity

Does your inbox need a major clean up? This app allows you to unsubscribe from unwanted emails, consolidate newsletters into a convenient daily digest called a Rollup and keeps the rest in your inbox.

31. Duolingo Category: Education

Want to learn a language in your downtime? Duolingo is a FREE, fun and easy way to learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Swedish and English.

32. Tiny Fax Category: Business

Can’t get to a fax machine? Turn your iPhone or iPad into a fax machine for documents with the touch of a button.

33. Open Table Category: Food

An oldie but a goodie! Discover, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations free and instantly—anytime, anywhere.

34. Gyft Category: Shopping

Need a last minute gift? This app allows you to buy and send gift cards to anyone via email or mobile number. Receive a gift card? Upload it into the Gyft app and never worry about losing it or being at the story without it. It also allows you to check gift card balances.

35. SoundHound Category: Entertainment

“Think Shazam on Steroids” With sound hound it cannot only identify songs playing from a speaker, but you can also hum or sing parts of the song into your phone. Handy for those times you can’t just remember the name of that song!

36. HealthTap Category: Health

Guilty of using Dr. Google when it comes to diagnosing an illness? Skip the search and use this app to send a question to a network of doctors.

37. Amazon Instant Video Category: Entertainment

An app for Amazon Prime users that allows the user to instantly stream tens of thousands of movies and tv shows for no additional charge. Great for downloading videos and shows for flights!

38. Grub Hub Category: Food

This app makes ordering food super simple by showing what restaurants in your area delivers, how much time it will take for delivery and even has a tip calculator built into it.

39. My Fitness Pal Category: Health

There is a reason my WFP is the world’s most popular health and fitness app! It makes tracking diet and exercise quick and easy! Bonus: You can search nutritional facts for over 2M foods!

40. UberConference Category: Business

Stress free conference calls have arrived! For most people, audio conferencing starts with the awkward process of finding and typing dial-in numbers and PIN codes. UberConference reinvents conference calling with web and smartphone interfaces that make it super easy to have a productive meeting.

41. Find Friends Category: Safety

Want to check in to see where a friend or family member is? Simply request their location via Find Friends and see their exact location on a map. This is a GREAT tool for parents!

42. Nextdoor Category: Social Network

Nextdoor is the free, private social network for your neighborhood. It is the best way for you and your neighbors to hear what’s happening in your local community.

43. Canva Category: Photo

Feel like you are lacking in the creative or design skill department when it comes to graphic design? Canva will help you to create gorgeous images and documents with their simply drag and drop illustration tools that include thousands of stock images, stickers, fonts and shapes.

44. Heads Up Category: Entertainment

Looking for a fun game for large groups? Cosmopolitan said “will be the best dollar you’ve spent” and we agree!

45. Vivino Wine Scanner Category: Food

This is the #1 app for winos. Shopping for wine, dining out, invited to dinner or just looking to try new wines? Vivino is your partner in wine, always with you and ready to help you pick, remember and share your wines.

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