Sree Tips: Favorite Apps in the CBS2 Newsroom
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From Google Maps to Angry Birds and Instagram, there are a ton of apps out there, many you may not have heard of.
So we asked members of the CBS2 news team, those in front and behind the cameras, to share their favorite apps.
Sree Sreenivasan, tech expert from our partner CNET and chief digital officer at Columbia University, stopped by to talk about some of them.
Up to the minute scores, standings, schedules, stats, and news for pro and college sports on your phone
The largest collection of interior design and decorating ideas on the Internet, including kitchens and bathrooms. Over 1000000 inspiring photos
Omar Rodriguez, Assignment Editor
Sleepy Sounds, app for soothing babies – app has lullabies, white noise, nature sounds, etc and you can put a specific time or indefinite.
Can be used anywhere!
Sarah Walters, Executive Producer
Run Pee app tells you when to ‘Run” to the bathroom during a movie. It has the best time when nothing is happening, and tells you what you missed. $0.99
Kathy McGee, Writer
Exit Strategy: NYC Subway, bus and neighborhood maps
TKTS: tells me what Broadway and off-Broadway shows are currently on the half-price board before I head to Times Square
iMovie: I edit all video and slide shows that I shoot on my iPhone and iPad
FourSquare: Tells me about bargains all around town.. especially when I’m just wandering on the weekends
Mantis Bible Study: It’s the bible on my phone or tablet
Danielle Parker, Writer
Aliza Moorji, Producer, CBS New York Plus
Fooducate: You can scan the barcode of a particular food item and it gives you a letter grade. It also gives you suggestions on what is better and healthier.
Songza: Plays music automatically according to the day/time. Choose the occasion and it plays the music accordingly. For example, if you use the app on Sunday morning, it will give you a suggested playlist of light music for a Sunday morning. Or if you want fast beat music for a workout, you set the setting and it will play energetic music. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songza/id453111583?mt=8
Remember the Milk: This one’s a task management app. You can have different categories for your tasks like personal tasks, work tasks and it’s pretty much an on-the-go task list.
Vintique: This is my favorite. It’s photo filter app that allows you to take your current pictures and make them look antique/old school.
360Panorama: Take panorama pics. It’s easy because it guides you with grid lines so your panorama picture comes out even and smooth.
Tara Cifarelli, Producer
This app provides information about local historical sites based on your location and interests. Over 35,000 sites across the US
Christine Broomhead, Assignment Editor
Instapaper. I can save articles I see online that I don’t have time to read and then read them offline on my phone when I’m in the subway. I think the app Pocket does the same thing.
I also like Songkick. It alerts me when bands I like (which it gets from my stored music) are playing in my area.
Regina Graham, News Apprentice
the Yelp app, NYC Subway app, HopStop app, and Groupon apps are helpful to me. As a new comer to NYC, I had not a clue about the trains and now I know my way but if I have to go to Brooklyn or somewhere in lower Manhattan I’ll use the NYC Subway app or HopStop to see exactly what stop and where I need to get off. Yelp I use to see the ratings and a few of the comments for restaurants/nail salons/coffee shops that I have never been to before and also if they are in the area that I’m in. And last but def not least, Groupon! I use that to see what kind of deals there are not just for food, but gyms or yoga classes, clothing items, electronics, etc.
Sree Sreenivasan is CBS2′s technology expert, appearing every Wednesday morning at 6:50 am to discuss ways to save you time, money and aggravation. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook and on his personal site. E-mail your questions with “CBS New York” as the subject line.