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Seven must-download apps for savvy students

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Far gone are the days of “making calls” and “sending texts” – the primary purpose of phones has well surpassed these archaic activities. Phones today can be your personal accountant, your travel planner, your bar-hopping buddy and your saving grace during midterm season if you use them right. Thankfully, The Arcade has compiled a list of must-have apps for Tulane students today.

  1. SelfControl

For those with persistent procrastination problems, SelfControl is the app to download. This app is free to download for Macs, and it helps users stay focused while studying by blocking access to distracting websites and mail servers. The app lets users set a time period for blocking the websites so that they aren’t blocked from them forever. During the set time period, however, there isn’t much you can do to unblock yourself — not even restarting your computer or deleting the app altogether can grant you back access.

  1. Scenehound

Scenehound guarantees users the ideal night out before they even have a foot out the door. The app helps pick where to spend your night by providing live reports on different restaurants and bars. These reports tell people how crowded the venue is, wait times and other information to get an idea of the current atmosphere of the venue. Scenehound partners with a few local venues, like The Rusty Nail and Lucy’s Retired Surf Bar, which offer drink and food specials when users check in with the app. With more than 3,200 users, all of the reports are likely to be up-to-date. Currently, Scenehound is exclusive to New Orleans, but the app will be expanding to Columbus, Ohio within the next two weeks.

  1. Mint

If you often find yourself blowing through your paycheck in just one day, Mint is the app that can help. Mint is a free budgeting app that helps users keep track of their money. By linking your accounts, cards and bills to the app, it helps you know how much money you have and how much money you owe. You can also create budgets for yourself, and the app helps you figure out ways to save money. Being a broke college student has never been so easy.

  1. Brainscape

If flashcards are your study tool of choice, but you’ve found that writing them out and keeping track of them isn’t quite so convenient, Brainscape can give you the best of both worlds. This app allows you to look up different sets of flashcards to use to study for your next exam, and you don’t have to take the time to make them. For those set on making their own sets, the app also offers the opportunity to create them. Either way, Brainscape offers easy access to the flashcards via phone or laptop to avoid the struggle of carrying a huge stack on notecards.

  1. Momento GIFs

Instagram feed looking a little dull? Momento can help turn you into a meme queen. Momento GIFs is a free app that turns boring pictures in your camera roll into exciting GIFs. The best part of the app is that it works automatically, so it requires no effort to get artsy. When you find a new GIF that you like, the app lets you edit and share it with friends. You can make the GIFs even more exciting by adding text, filters and other special effects to them, as well as adjust the speed.

  1. TOURED

TOURED is the perfect app to download when you’re looking to escape the Tulane bubble for a night. Upon downloading it, users complete a survey, identifying food and drink preferences and hobbies, which are then used to create a profile. Once the profile is completed, TOURED makes recommendations on restaurants, shops and other activities based on the responses. The app also allows users to search for places by categories like neighborhood and price. Additionally, TOURED includes a feed section featuring more than 100 articles with fast facts, itineraries and more. The app launches in just a few weeks, and New Orleans is the first city that gets to try it out.

 

  1. Drunk Mode

Drunk Mode is the best app for making Friday nights at The Boot Bar and Grill slightly less regrettable. The app offers several features that could be your life saver on a night out. The “Call-Blocker” gives you the option to hide certain numbers for up to 12 hours, ensuring that you won’t wake up to find that you called your ex several times after 3 a.m. If you lose a friend, Drunk Mode has you covered with its “Find My Drunk” feature, which helps you track your friends with a GPS. The app also includes other useful features that help you seek out the best parties, find a safe ride home or even retrace your steps the next day.

 

Update: Feb. 21 – The article initially incorrectly stated that the number of users for Scenehound was 1,250, and that it would be expanding to Austin and New York within two weeks.

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Seven must-download apps for savvy students