Monday, January 7, 2019

Examples of Apps

The term "App" is the new type of small applications that you download on your mobile device for convenience so that you do not have to use the web browser or to have a game to play.  It derives from the former popular PC terms - "software", "program", "application", "freeware", "shareware", etc.  In my opinion, there isn't really much benefit to most apps, since they are nearly identical to the web browser (such as banking or shopping apps), but some can be really convenient while others useless.  Here are some examples of a variety of apps:

1.  Game App (any game): Most game apps are convenient and fun to use, but often are a form of shareware with limited use and loaded with advertisements unless you purchase the full version.  Always be mindful when downloading a game app and be careful about the in-app purchases.

2.  Banking App (such as Citi or Chase): The only benefit is the Face Recognition feature on the iPhone X for easy access and the depositing of checks, but is otherwise nearly identical to the web browser.

3.  Amazon App: Actually worse than the website and loaded with glitches with freezes that prevent the completion of orders.  We recommend avoiding this one.

4.  eBay App: very convenient app that is more useful than the website in some ways, although for the most part it is better to use the website.

5.  News Apps: convenient if you like reading the news, but can cause a lot of alerts to pop up.

6.  Social Media Apps (such as Facebook or Twitter): Similar to a news app - good if you like receiving notifications and convenient to use.

Apps are the modern-day standard for downloadable programs and convenience, but overall there isn't a particularly great use for them.

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