Not only have our phones changed the way we shop, travel, dine out and socialize, but the apps we use for these activities and more are constantly changing! Check out our Top 10 list of apps to make the most of your summer.
Summer is vacation season. With a tag line like "Book Same Day Hotel Rooms with Big Discounts," this is a must-have app for the impulsive traveler. Or the neurotic traveler — always have your finger on a backup in case travel arrangements fall through.
Have you ever thought of your exes in terms of hashtags like #SweetToMom, #BelievesInLove, #RudeToWaiters and #CrazyJealous? Well get ready. Lulu is basically a boyfriend review app for women. If you're looking for a summer fling, sync this baby up to your Facebook (activity is not public) and start browsing.
When you're looking for a place for drinks, your smart phone is never dearer. Make the process of finding a craft beer spot that much easier. Find out what's on tap at local brew pubs, bars and restaurants, and even check out descriptions and food pairings.
This is the ReallyLateBooking for beauty and spa services. Got a last minute event but know you'll never get in with your usual hairstylist or manicurist? This app lets you select the service you're looking for and shows you openings and salons in your area.
If Spotify was the hottest new app of 2011, this is the add-on that will make 2013 even cooler. The app uses data visualization to track new artists you care about, monitoring their social buzz and spotify activity over a six-week period.
Another travel app, this one gives you user-generated airport info much more useful than a terminal map. Not only does this app give you information on amenities, restaurants and real-time reviews, a geo-location radar from people around you will help you wile away the hours of a layover.
So far this parking spot locator app has only really caught on in New York and Chicago (where it was launched) but it boasts parking spots in 35 states. The app lets you find a guaranteed parking spot and reserve it before getting to your location.
It wouldn't be a comprehensive summer app list without a service for finding people to smooch, would it? Tinder isn't totally new, but a recent update has made it more efficient. Swipe through nearby matches marking those you're interested in, and now you can filter potential dates down to a one-mile radius and also by age.
Foodies and cooks who care about the ingredients in and sources of their food are going to love this grocery shopping app. Scan an item and the app gives you nutrition info and can help you avoid things like GMOs or allergy irritants.
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Andrea Kiliany Thatcher is a freelance writer, editor and social media coordinator based out of the Philadelphia area. She writes mostly on fashion and beauty topics and has been covering New York Fashion Week and industry events for various online media since 2007.