Apps of the week: 8 Apps to help master your commute


Most people have to deal with a daily commute to work. Whatever your method of transportation, you can use apps to help alleviate the delays and transit boredom. This week, we review eight apps that will make your commute faster as well as more productive.

1. Waze

Waze potentially one of the best traffic apps you can use to effectively get you to your destination. This app uses crowd-sourced traffic reports from its user that work with Waze’s GPS technology. Waze also identifies and shares road conditions such as speed trap locations, red light cameras, and potential road hazards.

2. Road Warrior Route Planner

Road warrior is an app for professionals who need help planning their route in the morning, Often, busy professionals have a jam-packed schedule and make several stops along their day running errands or going to a client lunch. Just put all of your destinations into Road warrior for an optimal itinerary which accounts for traffic, changes in your schedule, and cancellations.

3. Moovit

Moovit is a real-time transit app that updates transit information based on account user-generated reports. Moovit has updates on transportation such as subway, ferries, and trolleys. This app will give you updates on delays and outages in real-time so commuters can have the quickest route on various modes of transportation, so you can always plan ahead.

4. Downcast App

Downcast is a pod-cast app that has received rave reviews from various sources over the years, and remains one of the most popular podcasts to date. You can listen to Downcast on your commute to kill time and stay stimulated without having to sync with your iTunes. Downcast will automatically download podcast episodes in your playlist so when you don’t have an internet connection you can still have access to pre-loaded episodes.

5. Duolingo

Duolingo is an interactive language learning app that actually won Apple’s 2013 app of the year award. This app provides hundreds of speaking, reading, and writing lessons at varying levels of difficulty in nine different languages. This app assigns your grades as your lessons progresses, so you can continually improve yourself on your morning commute.

6. TuneIn

TuneIn Radio offers commuters 100,000 radio station and over four million podcasts that can be designed into personalized feeds. This app works on mobile, tablet, or a desktop so you can listen to the radio no matter what your transit looks like. You can also save and rewind programming at your convenience.

7. The Coursebook

The Coursebook is an app that allows you to access podcasts, lectures from top universities like Stanford and Yale, as well as TED talks and instructional videos. This app allows you to personalize your interests and will make suggestions based on what you like. You can also store your favorite content and share it with your friends on social media.

8. ASAM – AgileSpeech Audio Message

For working professionals, it may be difficult to respond to emails before work during your commute. AgileSpeech Audio Message is a great tool to stay productive during your commute and to prevent your tasks from gathering over time. This app uses voice commands to access your inbox and then will read your emails to you. You can also use this app in reverse and use speech-to-text software in order to reply to and forward messages.

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