Five apps revolutionizing the UNCG experience


Molly Ashline
  Staff Writer

There have been countless reports in the media about how much time millennials spend on their phones.

The following list is an attempt to make the average UNC-Greensboro student spend even more time on their phone, because smartphones are actually beneficial and not detrimental technologies.

There are countless apps that can make navigating college easier; here are five:

LiveSafe. UNCG students recently received a university email encouraging them to download and use the LiveSafe app to help promote security around campus.

While some of the features in the app, like reporting suspicious activity or getting updates on crime around campus are somewhat redundant, one use of the app actually makes downloading the app seem worthwhile.

LiveSafe users can link their locations to friends or families, so people who are walking home alone at night can feel like at least someone knows where they are and when they get home. While that may unnerve some people, the prospect is probably comforting to others.

While UNCG has just introduced LiveSafe this semester, businesses, cities, and other colleges, have made good use of LiveSafe.

Swoodle. Swoodle is an app that is kind of like a mixture of FaceTime and Google Docs.

Contacts using the app can edit projects in real time and have video and voice conferences.

Even though savvy students could probably do all this collaboration using the tools mentioned before, it is more convenient to have everything in one place.

The main problem with using this app when working on a project with multiple students would probably be getting everyone to download and use the app, assuming they have a device upon which they could use Swoodle.

Level Money. College students are, more often than not, broke. Going to school for most university students of today entails paying tuition, buying books and gas, and occasionally eating.

These expenses usually have to be met with a minimum wage-like paycheck, which is kind of impossible.

On top of that, students want to have fun from time to time, whether that means going out with friends or, for some unnamed Carolinian writers, it means going out and buying obscene amounts of Sharpie pens, paper, and, well, wine.

The point is, students have limited funds and a lot of things to do with those funds without often having any financial planning experience.

Level Money lets people track what they are spending and what they are spending it on from month to month; so, if a user sees that they are spending $100 a month on Chipotle and no money on electricity, they can get their spending priorities straight, and hopefully, their lights turned back on.

TED. Every student, professor, landscaping professional, boogeyman and somnambulist should have the TED app.

The reason why everyone talks about TED videos is because they are almost always mind-blowing and people like talking about their heads exploding.

Everyone loves TED, so having an app that brings those topics as close as a tap of the finger is necessary. Enough said.

PAC-MAN 256. Some people only play games on their phones, and some people always play games on their phone.

PAC-MAN is a game that everyone is familiar with and everyone can play. This version is an infinite-play version, so one does not really have to worry about timed activity.

Moreover, it is important for college students to decompress from classes occasionally.

Playing a game that is simple to understand and easy to access can take the edge off of the semester stress.

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