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Column: Test out these apps for that new device

| Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, 12:54 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

Merry Christmas! If Santa delivered a new you a new gadget, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. But there are apps designed to help you get the information you need.

Tablets, smartphones and e-readers all have apps available. Some apps cost money to download, while others are free and can be found in app stores.

Here is a list of five free apps that can come in handy:

• OverDrive: This e-book- and audiobook-lending app is offered through the library. With this app, you can download books directly to your device for free.

• Google Maps: This is my favorite GPS app. It gives users the option of getting walking or driving directions, as well as public-transportation options. Once you type in your destination, it will give you an approximate time and traffic information. The best part is that you get step-by-step instructions, so there's no need to look away when driving.

• Facebook: The Facebook app is similar to how Facebook would look on a computer. Another app, Facebook Messenger, allows you to send Facebook messages and chat with friends.

• NoWait: NoWait allows you to view real-time waits at restaurants. If you are thinking of going to a place and want to see a wait time, you can check it out on No Wait. With the app, you also can add your name to restaurant's wait list without being there and track your place in line. Some restaurants on NoWait include Burgatory, TGI Fridays, BRGR and Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant.

• IMDB: The International Movie Database helps you identify actors quickly. If you are watching a movie and thinking, “Where have I seen this person before?,” just type her name in and access a filmography.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL; on Facebook, like the Baldwin Borough Public Library; and you can email Pam at

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