5 Apps that Will Change the Way You Look at the World

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tablet with appsRapid advances in technology serve a variety of needs: they can help us be more productive (or less productive), find old friends, make new ones, and keep us up to date on all that’s going on around us.

In essence, technology makes the world smaller and more accessible. Here are a few mobile apps that will change the way you look at our ever-shrinking world.

Google Earth

The ultimate in world-view technology, Google Earth literally puts the whole wide world in your hands.

This app allows you to not only browse every known inch of the globe, but for more developed areas, you also gain access to street views, directions to specific addresses, phone numbers, restaurant reviews, and more!

Google Sky Map

Whether you’re a professional astronomer or an amateur stargazer, the night sky is truly awe-inspiring. However, many of us live in places where stars, planets, and other celestial bodies are nearly invisible due to air pollution and an abundance of man-made light. With Google Sky Map you are able to clearly see and identify every single planet and constellation—all from the comfort of your own home.


Word Lens

If you’ve ever been in a place where you did not speak the native language, few things are more frustrating than hauling around a pocket English-insert language here dictionary as you attempt to decipher street signs, menus, and other directories.

Word Lens puts that frustration to rest. With a simple point and shoot, this app allows you to translate any printed words to English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

MyRadar

We all know just how unpredictable the weather can be. Weather reports on the news are little better than suggestions, and there’s often no way to predict that sudden rainstorm.

MyRadar provides you with live weather updates for any location in the world. Using advanced weather radar technology, this app lets you see size, velocity, and humidity levels of any approaching weather system. It even tracks hurricanes.

iSpy Cameras

Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Ever want to return the favor? Downloading the iSpy Cameras app gets you access to any public security camera.

From the San Diego Zoo to the Eiffel Tower, view live feeds, take snapshots, and even control the camera’s movement for a better shot!

Edson Senna is a business student. He enjoys applying what he has learned by writing about investing, finance, entrepreneurship, and other business-related topics. He also works with app makers for small business.

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