WunWun is going to be your new best friend if you constantly forget that one item when you're grocery shopping that is absolutely essential to the recipe you’re preparing. Or, if you’re one hour away from an event and you don’t have time to run out and pick up some hors d’oeuvres, someone from WunWun will do it for you. This free (yes free) delivery service connects users to their favorite local stores and restaurants and will deliver purchases within the hour.
These helpers will pick up anything, as long as it's located at a physical address and it can be safely delivered on a bike. There is no fee for using the service, but tipping the helpers is recommended — they’re doing all the running around the city for you, after all. Currently serving neighborhoods in New York City and San Francisco, the service is expanding quickly to other U.S. cities.
For those who want to stay up-to-date on all the breaking news, but don't have time to scour a plethora of websites, Circa is your saving grace. Currently available for download on iPhone and Android, this app allows readers to easily sort through the day’s news by delivering concise coverage straight to your phone. Most notably, Circa is the only such platform that allows readers to "follow" certain stories they are passionate about, ensuring they are updated in a timely fashion as stories develop. So, instead of wasting your time opening up a bunch of different apps, just check this one every morning to make sure you’re well-versed in the world’s current events.
Just one trip to the post office during the holiday season will make even the most mild-mannered person swear off sending gifts entirely. Welcome Shyp — a service that will come to you, pick up your items, pack them and ship them anywhere in the world using the cheapest, most reliable option possible.
All you have to do is download the app, snap a photo of the item you want to ship, enter in the destination and request a pickup. Ta-da! It’s actually that simple. Once you’ve completed those steps, Shyp will come pick up your item and send it on its merry way. Now you can spend all of the time saved standing in line on activities you actually enjoy doing.
If you’re tired of searching through your various emails, phone contacts, Facebook friends, etc. looking for the phone number you just know someone sent you, Brewster is going to be your lifesaver. Brewster compiles all of your contacts from all of the aforementioned services including Instagram, LinkedIn, Google, Skype and more.
Once the contacts have been compiled, they update in real time so you always have the most recent information; there’s no need to worry about duplicated or out-of-date contact information. Furthermore, your contacts are available on every device that is synced with your Google account, so they'll automatically populate when you’re writing emails or sending text messages.
Post-it notes and daily planners are organizational tools of the past — instead of carting around a bunch of papers that you might lose, Clear allows you to keep all of your daily tasks in one neat, intuitive app. You can create as many lists as you want, and within those lists you can prioritize your daily tasks using a color-coding system to denote how urgent the task is. Once you've completed a task, you can easily swipe to remove it from the list and move on to the next item on your list. The beautiful interface is what truly sets this app apart from others, as almost everything in the app is controlled by gestures.
Clear is currently available for iOS in the App Store for $4.99 and you can try it free for 14 days to make sure it works for you before you splurge on a paid app.
Zachary T. Brown