There will always be distractions and barriers that get in the way of what we want in life. Whether it’s something as complex as finding a cheap apartment in San Francisco, or as simple as a weak Internet connection preventing you from a quick game download, there’s plenty of friction around to slow us from getting to where we want to be.
Luckily, for some of the more minor annoyances in life, apps have popped up to save the day. Here are a few simple, yet extremely helpful apps to help make your life just a bit easier.
Ever had trouble getting your thoughts onto paper and wished there was an app that could do it for you? Well, such an app exists—if you can think out loud. FreeDictate can save your voice in an audio file and transcribe its contents into text using the most advanced speech-to-text software from Nuance (which powers Siri). The app then emails your transcribed thoughts to you automatically, and can also track where you recorded your thoughts, using GPS to show you the location on Google Maps.
If paper mail doesn’t bother you enough on its own thanks to the rise of email and other online communication methods, paper junk mail surely does. Enter PaperKarma, the app that gets rid of your junk mail for you. Simply take a picture of the mail/magazine/coupon book you’re sick of seeing stuffed in your mailbox, and the app will remove you from the mailing list. PaperKarma has built a massive database of company information and submits a request on your behalf after it recognizes where the publication came from.
If you’ve ever tried to take a picture of someone in a crowded area (and you have if you’ve ever been a tourist), this app is just for you. Scalado Remove allows you to take a picture and delete any unwanted strangers in the background of the picture. After taking a picture, the app recognizes which objects in the scene are people, and allows you to remove them one by one, keeping the space behind them completely intact. Say goodbye to photobombers.
“Don’t let anything stand in your way” is the Scalado Remove tagline. With it and the above apps, just a bit of the obstruction in your daily life can be cleared—which can sometimes make all the difference.