Danny's App Picks of 2014

2014 was full of new and updated apps. We got iOS 8 which allowed 3rd party app developers to integrate Touch ID, widgets in Notification Center and extensions. Let's take a look at some of my top apps of the year.

Tweetbot 3 - Tweetbot is one of the best 3rd party twitter aps available fo iOS. Not only does it look great, but it has tons of features like push notifications, mute filters, it supports various "read later" services and has sync options so it can be used with multiple devices. The downfall is its only available for iPhone (at this time) - so if you're looking for an iPhone/iPad interchangeable app, I could see how you may be turned off. The app is $4.99 with no in-app purchases.

Overcast - Overcast is a Podcast client from Marco Arment - the same people who brought you, Instapaper & The Magazine. I absolutely love this app!! The main selling feature for me was Smart Speed and the true playback speed. Smart Speed automatically detects dead air in the Podcast and skips it. Not sold on it yet? To date, I have saved 36+ hours with Smart Speed enabled - that's over a day and half!! Overcast is free with a one-time in app purchase of $4.99 to unlock advanced features, that include Smart Speed, cellular downloads, unlimited playlists and much more; its also universal and has a web player. I highly recommend this if your a lover of Podcasts, like myself!

Feedly - Feedly is a one stop shopping center for your news. I currently have two sections, Apple & NY Yankees - Feedly then collects links from websites and presents them to you in a easy to review list. From that list, you can sort through the links, share them, or save them for later. I use this app every day and find it helpful when putting together show notes for iOSDocked and Apple Juice cast. The app is free, universal and easy to set up. Feedly.

1Password - Hands down my most favorite app of all time! The basis of 1Password lies in the name .... you only have to remember one password to gain access to everything else. It's more then just a password manager - not only does it store your passwords and logins, but gives you the option to create strong & complex passwords, store notes, banking information, driver license #, and much much more!! Oh and did I mention you can use Touch ID to unlock the app?! 1Password also allows you to interact with other iOS 8 apps, Safari, and can be synced with Mac and PC devices (application must be downloaded separately). 1Password is free for iOS with a $5.99 in-app purchase to unlock pro features such as multiple & shared vaults, and more...

Mint - No, it's not a breath freshener, but an easy way to keep track of your finances. One of my co-hosts fron iSODocked turned me onto it. The app will aggrigate all of your financial information into one place. It allows you to track your spending habits, income, set goals, and get financial advice. All of your transactions are categorized so you can see exactly where your money is going. Mint supports many of the well-known & used banks and credit card companies. Ooh and did I mention the app and all it's services & features are free?!

My Verizon - My Verizon allows you to keep track of your account, make changes and pay your bill. The reason its on my list is because of a recent update which now inclues a widget showing data usage. This is super handy when your account has multipple lines and shares data. The previous app also did a good job but was only able to show my usage on that particular device, not the whole account. My Verizon is free and has no in-app purchases.

Fantastical 2 - The name says it all, it's a fantastic .... calendar! This calendar features reminder integration, natural language input, and has a lot of other bells & whistles. There is a down side to the app - it's not universal so you will have to make a separate purchase for the iPad version. Fantastical for iPhone is available for $4.99 and $9.99 for the iPad version.

Deliveries - Deliveries is a package tracking app that is available on both iOS and Mac OS and is very simple to use. Enter the tracking number, (it will auto fill if it's in the clipboard), a description (optional) and you're done! A recent update brought a widget which gives you quick access to details with only a swipe. Deliveries is universal and available for $4.99.

There it is, my top apps of 2014! All of these apps can be purchased for under $30 and I highly recommend each and every one of them. They're extremely helpful and I utilize them throughout my day, everyday. Still skeptical? Try these apps out for a week or two and see the differences yourself - I promise you won't regret it!

Happy New Year!!!!