They surprise, they are helpful, sometimes they are a bit silly. But whatever you want, whatever you need, even whatever you don’t need, there’s probably an App for that. Here is my list of top 10 Apps I wouldn’t want to live without.

Moving to the hotspot of technological innovation makes even a fairly tech savvy person feel like she’s way behind. I recently landed in San Francisco, from Switzerland, for a year-long job. Since arriving, I’ve been flooded by fantastic Apps, most of which I have never heard of before.

Here is a collection of the most useful and fun Apps that, now that I know about them, I don’t think I could live without.

Sworkit
Sworkit

Too late to hit the gym and no workout equipment at home? Sworkit is the solution. It is an extremely convenient free App letting you chose which part of the body to train and for how long. A variety of exercises are guaranteed.

Strava
Strava

Strava is a San Francisco-based mobile App that tracks your athletic activity via GPS. The App is mostly used for running and cycling. Strava users can compare their performances and therefore compete with one another. A fun way to keep in shape!

Duolingo
Duolingo

Duolingo is a free language-learning tool and a crowd-sourced text translation platform. It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a section where vocabulary can be practiced. Playful and educating at the same time.

Snapchat
Snapchat

Privacy is a hot topic these days. My new friends in San Francisco are all about Snapchat. It deletes messages and photos shortly after reading them. Sometimes things just have to been kept in private.

Venmo
Venmo

Venmo allows you to exchange payments with people via your smartphone. Using the same encryption method for the protection of classified government information the App links your Facebook friends and email contacts to your bank account.

Sworkit
Sworkit

Too late to hit the gym and no workout equipment at home? Sworkit is the solution. It is an extremely convenient free App letting you chose which part of the body to train and for how long. A variety of exercises are guaranteed.

Mint
Mint

Mint.com is a popular App for managing your bank account. It primarily allows the users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions as well as make budgets and goals. Available only in the US and Canada for now.

Strava
Strava

Strava is a San Francisco-based mobile App that tracks your athletic activity via GPS. The App is mostly used for running and cycling. Strava users can compare their performances and therefore compete with one another. A fun way to keep in shape!

One Second Everyday
One Second Everyday

One Second Everyday: a nice way to document your life. It helps you create a video of your year using a one-second video you record everyday, which it then edits together into a single film.

Duolingo
Duolingo

Duolingo is a free language-learning tool and a crowd-sourced text translation platform. It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a section where vocabulary can be practiced. Playful and educating at the same time.

8Tracks
8Tracks

8Tracks.com is an Internet radio based on the idea that users create playlists of at least 8 tracks in whatever style you want. It is a perfect way to find your new favorite artist.

Snapchat
Snapchat

Privacy is a hot topic these days. My new friends in San Francisco are all about Snapchat. It deletes messages and photos shortly after reading them. Sometimes things just have to been kept in private.

Waze
Waze

Waze is a community-powered mapping and navigation app that provides real-time traffic information and road alerts. Its rich and constantly updating database of information makes Waze a reliable and useful App.

Venmo
Venmo

Venmo allows you to exchange payments with people via your smartphone. Using the same encryption method for the protection of classified government information the App links your Facebook friends and email contacts to your bank account.

Jelly
Jelly

Jelly is a social searching machine that lets you ask questions appended with images and give answers to people in your extended social network. It might not be as fast as Google or Wikipedia but definitely more enjoyable.

Mint
Mint

Mint.com is a popular App for managing your bank account. It primarily allows the users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions as well as make budgets and goals. Available only in the US and Canada for now.

One Second Everyday
One Second Everyday

One Second Everyday: a nice way to document your life. It helps you create a video of your year using a one-second video you record everyday, which it then edits together into a single film.

8Tracks
8Tracks

8Tracks.com is an Internet radio based on the idea that users create playlists of at least 8 tracks in whatever style you want. It is a perfect way to find your new favorite artist.

Waze
Waze

Waze is a community-powered mapping and navigation app that provides real-time traffic information and road alerts. Its rich and constantly updating database of information makes Waze a reliable and useful App.

Jelly
Jelly

Jelly is a social searching machine that lets you ask questions appended with images and give answers to people in your extended social network. It might not be as fast as Google or Wikipedia but definitely more enjoyable.

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