The Top 7 Apps You’ve Never Heard Of But Absolutely Need

Face it: You and your phone are stuck in a rut.

It’s always the same apps, isn’t it? Tap, scroll, double tap, swipe right. … Next.

It’s time we redecorate that iPhone of yours. We’re giving you the Top 7 apps you’ve never heard of but absolutely need. Your relationship with your phone is about to get a whole lot hotter.

Imoji
You‘re about to get a heck of a lot more popular in those group texts. Imoji lets you get a bit wacky with stickers, in a totally good way. Discover millions of stickers created by the community. There’s seriously a sticker for pretty much every moment.

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Robinhood
Robinhood is how the millennial invests. It’s commission-free trading for all U.S. stocks and ETFs. It’s one of the world’s fastest-growing brokerages because it’s easy to use and awesome. Plus, use this around friends and they’re immediately going to know you’re better than them.

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Moodnotes

It’s time to get in touch with not only the mood that’s got ahold of you, but why you’re in that mood. Capture your mood and improve your thinking habits through an innovative approach to journaling. Moodnotes empowers you to track your mood over time, avoid common thinking traps, and develop perspectives associated with increased happiness and well-being. You can thank us when you’re in a good mood.
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Cameo

It’s so much better than what you can do with your iPhone now. Easily edit and share cinematic videos on your phone with this free app. It’s as simple as you want it to be: Import clips from your camera roll, trim and splice in just a few swipes, and add a professional sheen with a theme and soundtrack.
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Rise
Waking up is, arguably, one of the most important moments of your day. So make sure you’re doing it right. If you haven’t thrown out that old alarm clock yet, it’s time. Rise is a simple alarm clock with a lot of smart features. With its refreshing and clever way to set time, Rise is one of the easiest alarm clocks you’ll ever use.

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Fitmo
We hate to be the one to tell you, but your gym routine right now isn’t working. But at least we have a solution: Fitmo. It’s a sweet new app that helps you find, and work with, a real life personal coach to help you reach your health goals. From getting fit to training for a marathon, Fitmo will set you up with a coach that suits you and it’s way cheaper than what you pay Chad from 24-Hour.
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Staance
Of course, we had to. Staance is a beautiful app that shows you what the world thinks about everything happening now, through bite-sized statements, photos & videos.

Find Where You Fit In: Hillary or Trump? Beyonce or Taylor Swift? LeBron or Kobe? Instantly see whose side you’re on and what others have to say.

Build A Following: Gain followers who love what you have to say, and shape the world around you.
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Staance: Viral videos that reveal violence or injustice will ultimately make our society better

By Jimmy Spencer, Staance.com

We’ve been infected with far too many instances of, ‘What the hell is wrong with America?’ lately. The Internet keeps delivering these viral-video gut punches to remind us all of society’s broken layers.

This week, we saw a Texas police officer who showed up to a teenage pool party — necessary to disperse a trespassing group or not — and immediately made the situation 1,000 times worse when he went on a violent rampage.

 

The other video was of a two women who started throwing blows at a Walmart while a little boy, a son of one of the women, jumped into the fight. This video captured in Indiana is far more depressing than it is entertaining, something of which at least 62% of people agree. (The other 38% make up the hyena pack of snark that litters the Internet and perpetuates this type of violence.)

 

But these viral trash bags of our culture do have one thing in common: they are bringing to light some of the ills that haunt our society. Without a camera, that Texas police officer never would have resigned. And even that ugly scene at Walmart has surfaced the effects of awful parenting that makes young kids into future violent adults.

It’s all instant proof, even if context is needed to fully understand each situation. We are now being given further insight into the types of people or systems that destroy America.

Other than being just click-baity entertainment, these viral videos could ultimately improve America’s culture. You can agree or disagree with that Staance here.

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Staance Milestones: #Sports crosses the 1.2-million mark on Staance

The #Sports channel on Staance has become a monster of engagement.

There have already been 1.2 million Staances (agrees or disagrees) taken in our sports feed.

It’s proof people love to have their voice heard and share their opinions, especially on sports like the NBA, NFL, MLB, soccer, tennis, golf and more. Staance is still just in its infancy, and the numbers are continuing to climb.

If you are interested in becoming a host or want to learn more, email jimmy@staance.com.

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Staance: Don’t Celebrate That Baltimore Mother

By Jimmy Spencer, Staance.com

Let’s hold off on giving this Baltimore mother the “Mom of the Year” award, ok?

Here’s the video that’s gone viral, the one of a mom hitting her son and forcibly removing him from taking part in the current Baltimore protests:

 

This moment, caught on live TV should not be celebrated. It’s not heroic to beat anyone into making better decisions, especially when it’s your child. While her action is certainly better than inaction, it’s still a miserable display of violence to fight violence … which is occurring as a response to police violence that took the life of Freddie Gray.

That’s an ugly cycle.

FullSizeRenderThe mother’s strong effort to keep her son from protesting is right on, but the way she did it was not right. Violence does not help solve violence. Watching that attack on her son brings the realization this probably wasn’t the first time she hit him. You can even speculate that being raised in a household with violent correction like this might be the reason he’s ready to take part in rioting.

Obviously this brings forth a larger issue of whether or not it’s OK for someone to physically discipline his or her child, of which 74% of people agree it is OK. So maybe for most, this conversation ends where that one ends.

There may be many reasons why this mother was forced to take such dramatic, impulsive action against her son. My gripe is less with the mom — as none of us can speculate on her unique situation — but I do have a problem with America applauding this video. I am against all types of violence. We cannot condone and praise this mother while condemning domestic abusers like Adrian Peterson. (That may not be a fair comparison, but it’s no wonder the line is blurred for many.)

At the time this blog was posted, 77% of Americans said this mother should be applauded for rebuking her son.  At the same time though, 83% agree violence attracts violence. There’s an obvious contradiction here.

So while much of the country revels in this mom-on-son beat down, step back and see what actually being celebrated: just another exhibition of a violent culture.

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