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Top 5 Best iPhone Apps of May 2014

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Here’s our round-up of the coolest and most useful iPhone apps. These are the best iPhone apps people are using this month.


1. Slingshot – Wireless Mirroring and Video Conferencing

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(Slingshot)

Slingshot is a handy cross-platform app for video conferencing and screen-sharing. You can use it to share ideas, and even take notes in real time. This app will appeal to both students and business professionals. Even doctors have used this app during medical procedures. This app is brand new for the month of May.

Download Slingshot – Wireless Mirroring and Video Conferencing here.


Pros:

  • AirPlay iOS or computer screens directly to a session
  • People can dial in to a call if they don’t have a mic on their end
  • Audio and text chatting in the app keeps meetings productive if video dies
  • Includes document sharing
  • Free app

  • Cons:

  • App is free, but service is only free for the first 30 days
  • Anyone can attend Slingshot meetings, but to host you must have a Slingshot plan
  • For optimal performance, you must use a Wi-Fi connection
  • No scheduling system
  • Chat transcripts are not stored: great for privacy, annoying for business record keeping

  • 2. ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup

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    (ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup)

    If you’re gearing up to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup app is a must-have in your app arsenal. Updated on May 5, Version 3.0 of this app is the perfect thing to get you psyched for some soccer action this June. It is a great way to follow football news and scores.

    Download ESPN FC Soccer & World Cup here.


    Pros:

  • Up-to-the-minute scores and informative videos
  • Twitter integration pulls in info about Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, and Liverpool
  • Get news on the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, European Championships, and more
  • Add or remove features to customize your experience
  • Keeps you abreast of rumors and transfer news

  • Cons:

  • Some features are US-only
  • Too many ads
  • App feels laggy at times
  • Boring, cluttered interface
  • Requires iOS 7.0 or later

  • 3. Dealo

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    (Dealo)

    Billing itself as “Craigslist meets Instagram,” Dealo is attempting to make local buying and selling both faster and more secure. Brand new for the month of May, this new app is definitely worth checking out if you are a Craigslist or Freecycle devotee.

    Download Dealo here.


    Pros:

  • List or buy within 30 seconds
  • Gorgeous UI knocks the pants off what Craigslist can do
  • Contact seller via text or call in just one tap
  • Intuitive design
  • Ideal for listing items on the go

  • Cons:

  • App is brand new, so there may be bugs
  • App’s newness means limited item listings in some markets
  • Some items display incorrectly
  • Many items have very little description attached to them
  • Limited settings options

  • 4. UP Coffee by Jawbone

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    (UP Coffee)

    UP Coffee is an app from Jawbone, makers of the Jawbone UP fitness tracker. This app actually launched back in March, but it kinda flew under the radar for some people. If you use a Jawbone UP, this app is a great way to track how your daily cup of coffee can affect your sleep patterns and sleep quality.

    Download UP Coffee by Jawbone here.


    Pros:

  • Packed with tons of cool coffee trivia
  • Fun, friendly tone that makes the science seem cool
  • Tracks your caffeine intake
  • Helps you figure out when you’ll be ready for sleep, and how much longer your caffeine buzz can last
  • Great user interface

  • Cons:

  • May not appeal to you if you don’t own a Jawbone UP device
  • Requires 7-10 days of tracking to develop your data
  • Logging your caffeine can become tiresome, especially if you’re using another app to track weight loss
  • Could benefit from additional customization
  • Your iOS device must be running at least iOS 7.0

  • 5. Grow

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    (Grow)

    Released on April 30, Grow is a new app that helps people to capture time lapse videos of things that are important to them. You can use this app to track the growth of all kinds of things, from your new puppy to the flowers in your garden to your children.

    Download Grow here.


    Pros:

  • Built-in guide lets you compose your shot with ease
  • Allows you to add filters
  • Add music from your iTunes library
  • Share your creations via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Beautiful design

  • Cons:

  • Not a free app
  • Takes a long time to create a project if you’re not working from existing images
  • New app, may have some bugs since it’s version 1.0
  • You must be running at least iOS 7.0
  • Some users may prefer working on these kinds of projects in a desktop setting

  • For the best mobile experience, we recommend:

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    Portable charger: AnkerĀ® 2nd Gen Astro 6000mAh (2A Output) Portable Charger

    iPhone 5 Battery Case: Belkin Grip Power Battery Case


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