My favourite apps (part three)

While love is in the air this weekend, I thought I’d take time out to show some love to a few of my favourite apps. Here are some apps I can’t do without at the moment. If you’re looking for parts one and two of this post, you can find them here and here.

MyFitnessPal Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

MyFitnessPal Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

MyFitnessPal allows you to capture a lot of info related to your diet and exercise habits

MyFitnessPal allows you to capture a lot of info related to your diet and exercise habits (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Finding a way to accurately keep tabs on what you’re eating can be rather difficult, but with MyFitnessPal, the nearly impossible is possible (and quite easy too).

MyFitnessPal keeps track of your breakfast, lunch and dinner along with any snacks you might have throughout the day. If you want to see how much exercise you’re getting or how much water you’re drinking, MyFitnessPal can log that info as well.

When it comes to food, you can either search for what you just ate or simply scan a barcode (if you have one handy) using your camera, and the item will come up automagically on your device. Pretty sweet, eh? Just input the serving you had and save the entry.

MyFitnessPal is particularly great because it not only holds info on what you ate, but the nutritional facts of your food too. That way you can easily spot if you’re eating too much sugar or if you could use more protein in your diet.

Omvana in the App Store (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Omvana in the App Store (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)


12. Omvana (iOS)
The Omvana Store offers a lot of content, but be prepared to pay for some of it (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

The Omvana Store offers a lot of content, but be prepared to pay for some of it (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

The world today is absolutely chaotic and overwhelming, so it’s important to take the time out to take care of your mind as well.

While it may not be easy to find the time, at least Omvana makes it easy to soothe your mind when you have a moment. With a bunch of meditation, mindfulness and hypnosis tracks available, chances are you’ll come across one that’s right for you. 

While Omvana does offer some free content, many tracks cost money, so be prepared to spend a bit of cash if this is something you can see yourself really getting into.

PressReader Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

PressReader Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

PressReader has a bunch of major papers and magazines (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

PressReader has a bunch of major papers and magazines (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Every journalist should have PressReader on his or her phone or tablet (or at least bookmarked in a web browser on a traditional computer). It’s a perfect way of searching what’s out there and getting inspiration for pieces of your very own.

The PressReader app allows you to search nearly every major newspaper in the world and download a full copy of the paper as well. In addition to newspapers, you can spot a few magazines on PressReader too.

You can also send articles to Instapaper, Evernote or OneNote if you want to read them later. If you’d like to share a story with friends, you have the option to send it through email or post it on Facebook or Twitter. PressReader also has a text-to-speech feature that reads articles to you so you can give your eyes a rest.

Microsoft Outlook in the App Store (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Microsoft Outlook in the App Store (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

I never would’ve guessed the best email/calendar app for iOS would’ve come from Microsoft, let alone would’ve been branded as Outlook.

The Outlook brand has had a tumultuous past. Its software was often criticized for being unsafe, unstable and glitchy. I even personally struggled for years to get Outlook to run on Windows.

Something happened over at Microsoft, though. I’m not sure what happened exactly, but all I know is that whatever happened was pretty awesome because Outlook now gives the stock mail and calendar apps on iOS and Android a run for their money.

Calendar on iOS 8 is a rather buggy, unstable mess, but Outlook is clean and simplified. Likewise, the way Outlook handles mail isn’t particularly drab as you might say with other email clients or confusing as Gmail’s new app Inbox.

If you’re able to tear yourself away from the default mail and calendar apps on iOS and Android, Outlook is a great option.

SNL Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

SNL Splash Screen (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

15. SNL (iOS)
Easily relive your favourite SNL episode with this app (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Easily relive your favourite SNL episode with this app (screenshot via iOS 8.1.3/iPad Air 2)

Just in time for the much-hyped Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, the fine folks over at NBC have released a Saturday Night Live app, and it’s quite something.

It has thousands of clips covering the span of the entire series. You can search for specific sketches, and videos are tagged so you can find similar ones you maybe interested in.

As a bonus, the app also has a keyboard extension that features emoji of some of the show’s most notable sketches. 

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but on the downside, the app isn’t optimized for the iPad yet.
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