My Five: Apps for summer from Catherine Odson

Catherine Odson

Catherine Odson, courseware ninja

Oh, summer. I’m rarely without my phone, and this is even more true during the summer months, when I’m more likely to spend my free time out and about in the city than anywhere near my laptop. Here are five apps I rely on:

1. Swackett: The iPhone’s weather app leaves much to be desired. Swackett gives me everything I want — detailed hourly and weekly forecasts, maps, and warnings — plus a handy guide to how many layers I need to wear.

2. Ziplist: For keeping track of all of my grocery needs. During the summer, I shop at the store and multiple farmers markets, and Ziplist lets me keep a separate list for each place.

3. Yelp: Philadelphia is a very Yelp-centric city, and the app makes it easy to find good food wherever you are in the city. Search filters include price, open now, deals, and distance.

4. Baldwin: This underadvertised SEPTA app provides real-time Regional Rail updates. Save your most common routes, and get color-coded updates without the hassle of searching through TrainView. Available at

5. Flashlight: I’m not wedded to my particular app, but when the power goes out, I know I can count on my Flashlight app to get me safely to the real thing.

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