Talk Android Apps of the Week: January 31, 2016

 

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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using over the course of the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a fantastic parcel tracking service, an extremely reliable weather forecasting service, a great fitness rewards tool and last, but not least, an essential companion for all you coffee lovers.

ParcelTrack

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The first application we’re looking at today is a must-have for anyone who orders quite a bit of stuff on the Internet. ParcelTrack is a one-stop-shop for tracking your packages as it bundles support for over 70 different couriers, including Royal Mail, Parcelforce, UPS, FedEx and USPS.

All you have to do is insert the tracking number allocated to your order when you placed it, and ParcelTrack will fetch all of the relevant details from the courier’s website and present them to you in the easy-to-use application, which means you don’t have to go searching all over the Web to stay up-to-date with the location of your item.

ParcelTrack will notify you each time your package makes a pit stop, as well as when it’s put on the truck for delivery, so you can make arrangements to be at home when it arrives. If, for some reason, you couldn’t make it back in time, the service will inform you where the parcel has been left or request what date is convenient for redelivery.

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The Weather Channel

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Looking for a reliable weather application? Then, look no further. The Weather Channel is, without a doubt, the most accurate service out there. It provides a flurry of complex information that allows you to understand the current climate in greater detail, like, for example, pressure, humidity and visibility.

Getting started couldn’t be easier. Simply enter your ZIP code and the app will pull a 7-day detailed forecast for your location from its servers. This data is then updated and validated hourly in order to ensure that you have the most recent forecast, and are made aware of any warnings for your area.

In addition to providing the highest-quality forecasts, The Weather Channel also features a gorgeous easy-to-use interface, which displays everything you need to know in one place.

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Bounts

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If you’re trying to get fitter but are struggling to keep motivated, you’re going to love the third application we’re focusing our attention on this week. Bounts is a unique rewards service that showers you with cash incentives to get and stay fit. The more steps you take and the more often you visit a gym, the more points you’ll earn to put towards gift cards, clothing and even entry to special events, such as marathons.

Its incredibly simple and engaging user interface makes Bounts a pleasure to use. Not only is it ultra-snappy, but it’s also jam-packed full of tips that are designed purely to assist you on your journey to a healthier life and a fitter body. My favourite feature is the ‘Venue Map’, which makes it incredibly easy to find a fitness facility near you when your job takes you on the road — so you can keep topping up those reward points.

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Starbucks

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The official Starbucks application is essential for any lover of the coffee chain. Whilst using the app, you’ll not only have the facility to pay for your brew from your phone without having to hand over any cash or a card, but you will also be able to customize and place your order before you arrive, which means that you can simply walk in, pay and pick up your daily fix of caffeine.

Another useful feature this service incorporates is that it automatically applies Stars to your account whenever you use the application to pay for your order. This means you don’t have to hand over a loyalty card. When the cashier scans the code on your phone to debit your account for the cost of the items you’re purchasing, it applies your unique loyalty number to the transaction. You also have the ability to redeem any existing Rewards in the same way.

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About the Author: Josh Levenson

Josh is an avid Android enthusiast who writes news, reviews and the occasional how-to articles. He lives in the UK and is fascinated by anything technical. He enjoys stripping and rebuilding vintage Macs and is a keen amateur photographer. Currently, his smartphone of choice is the HTC One (M8), but he has a sneaky suspicion that’s going to change when the Galaxy Note 4 finally hits the shelves.