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Some Weird But Useful iOS Apps

by Lori Gracey
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As you know, we’re all about the educational apps and learning here at TCEA. But once in a while, we like to talk about unusual leisure apps that have nothing to do with education, but are still useful on a more personal level or are just fun. Here are a few of these strange apps that we think you should try.

Laundry Day – Care Symbol Reader

This is definitely a unique app. For just $0.99, it uses your device’s camera to scan the laundry tags on your clothes and tell you precisely how to best wash them. Now I know that sounds strange. But sometimes those tags with all of their new symbols can be hard to read. The app works well even if the tags are faded.

Sidekix: Urban Navigator

If you live in a large city and will be out walking, this is a great free app to have. Tell it the kind of places you’re interested in and where you want to go and the app will create a personalized walking tour for you. Whether you’re into food, nightlife, art, shopping, or more, this app will help you enjoy the journey.

Charm: Collect Tweets on Twitter

Okay, you could use this free iOS app for an educational purpose like saving Tweets from an edchat. But you could also use it as your personal Twitter repository, saving up jokes that you like or building a playlist of all of the music your favorite musicians and music accounts have posted. Charm will organize your favorite Tweets into collections, save articles for later, cue up playlists of music you find, or transcribe conversations. And it works with whatever Twitter app you’re already using.


I love the premise of this app. Register (for free) and then have the app open when you are walking alone late at night or in any situation where you may not feel safe. If someone threatens you, hit the large red button and be instantly connected via a direct video call to a uniformed police officer who is standing by live. He will warn the potential assailant away and let him know that he is being recorded and scanned with facial recognition software. The app has limited areas of use right now, but they are adding to it every day.

Dog Whistler – Your Free Dog Whistle

If you’ve got a pooch you want to train, use this free dog whistle app. You’re able to select from a large number of sound frequencies and so can pick the one that works best for your dog. IAPs are available, but not needed.

MSQRD – Live Filters & Face Swap for Video Selfies

appsI am not a selfie kind of person. But even I couldn’t resist taking my photo over and over again once I got this free app. (You can see one of my photos as a cat to the left.) MSQRD uses your app’s camera to add masks and live effects to a selfie. You can even swap faces with a friend in the same photo. It is so much fun and incredibly easy. Really, you have to try this app!

What are some fun personal apps you love? Please share with me in the comments section below.

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