That’s the Ticket

BY MOLLY SIMON // FEB. 24, 2014 //

Looking to get discounted tickets for sporting events, concerts, or plays? Go online, of course.

SeatGeek is a great app that can be downloaded to both Android-powered phones and iPhones. All you have to do is add the desired dates and times of your desired entertainment, and SeatGeek will connect you to upcoming events. It evens saves your histories for future use.

Sure, there is always Ticketmaster and ACE Ticket to purchase tickets to area events, and occasionally they are discounted. But what makes SeatGeek so accessible is that you can easily check your phone daily to see if ticket prices have gone down.

If you are looking to go outside of the Boston area for entertainment, try the (available for Android and iPhone). This app is the official site of The Broadway League. If that doesn’t work for you, try the tkts app, which searches for Broadway and off-Broadway shows.

There are usually ways to go see a show without having to pay full price. But with the power of technology, now you can save a little time, too.

Get Yourself Organized

BY TYLER COLLINS // DEC. 2, 2013 //

When it comes to choosing an organizational app, two lead the pack. Both apps are among the best sellers around.

Evernote and Clear can both help you organize and keep track of virtually everything in your life, in a quick and easy format. But they are different.

Clear is predominately a “To- Do list” application that helps you organize and categorize your life by allowing you to create a series of lists specific to your needs. At one point, it was rated the No. 1-selling app in Apple iTunes.

The Clear app allows users to create and organize all sorts of "to-do" lists.
The Clear app allows users to create and organize all sorts of “to-do” lists.

Clear costs $1.99 and allows you to customize and sort all of your lists. The app also enables you to store all of your lists through iCloud, and to even customize your theme colors. The major benefits of the app are its vibrant and easy-to-view colors, and overall simplicity.

Evernote is another organizational app that will aid you in remembering everything worth remembering in your life. It was rated in 2010 by The New York Times as one of the “Top 10 must-have app’s” for Android-powered phones. It’s also available for Apple devices.

Evernote takes the average note application and raises it to the next level. There is a free version of Evernote, while a premium account that costs $4.99 a month. This includes the ability to lock your notes with a passcode and add or edit your notes offline.

Evernote is compatible on all of your devices (computer, phone, tablet, and online). With Evernote you can add a typed note, photo, video, voice clip, or even save a webpage to view later on any of your devices.

The best part about Evernote is you have the ability to share your notes with friends, colleagues, and classmates virtually any time you need to. With Evernote, it’s also easy to find anything you need when you need it.

Both applications are useful productivity tools, but serve different purposes. Clear is a quick and easy “to-do” list manager, while Evernote is best used when you utilize it for everything you want to remember in your life.

Apps, apps and more apps


There are thousands upon thousands of iPhone, Android and Blackberry applications to download. Yet, there exist the better ones, the top-tier apps. Even with the thousands of apps available, almost everyone with a smart phone seems to have at least one of the more popular ones—and if you don’t, you’re missing out.

The poster child for popular apps is, without a doubt, Angry Birds. Everyone has at least played the game, where you fling birds at carefully stacked objects with the intent of destruction. Now the game cost $1, so people who limit themselves to free apps can’t join in on the fun. However, there are new kids on the app market block.

Besides Angry Birds, the most popular game app for college kids this semester has been Temple Run. In the game, you play a man running through ruined temples collecting tokens and dodging obstacles, like narrow running space, flaming limbo installations trees hollowed out at the base for the easy passage of very short people. If you mess up, large black monsters—or monkeys, I’m not totally sure—chase you.

Zynga's Words With Friends dominated smartphone gaming world during the fall semester // PHOTO COURTESY ZYNGA

If you are more intellectual, land miss virtual social interaction, then Words With Friends, Scramble with Friends or Hanging with friends might be your deal. Words was another high ranking app this semester. Kind of like scrabble, you get letters and have to make words on a board and there are bonus tiles. Scrabble is timed, and that means you have to dedicate more time to the game. So, if you’re like me, you don’t have that kind of extra time.

I still go back to Words every now and then, (and the people in the middle of games with me there won’t like this post,) but since Draw Something has taken off in popularity, that “every now and then” is slowly morphing into something even less frequent. In Draw Something, your opponent draws an object and you guess what it is. You given three options of objects to draw, and letters to guess what that object is. It can get very hilarious, and is harder than it sounds.

But apps aren’t all fun and games. (Well, almost all are fun, but not all are games.) Postgram—not to be confused with the popular Instagram, which almost everyone has and is now a staple in the app world—is an app where you can take a picture, edit it, and then send it as a real, physical postcard to any U.S. address for $1. That’s right, you could send a picture, as a postcard, of you and your sibling right to the mailbox of your grandmother for just a buck and in only two screens. We know you wouldn’t use it for anything less scrupulous, so I won’t even go there.