Appy Hour: Spotcycle

App: Spotcycle  icon175x175
By: 8D Technologies inc.
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on an iPhone

Welcome to DC, young Cardinals! As you take your fledgling flights into our wonderful city, you might be wondering about all those red bikes you see your fellow Washingtonians riding!

Here in DC, we have a bikeshare program that provides bikes for members to use around the city. It’s called Capital Bikeshare, and there’s a bike station right on CUA’s campus near the Brookland-CUA metro station. The bikes are reasonably priced and easy to ride. Whether you’re headed to an internship downtown or a walk through the lovely Rock Creek Park, Capital Bikeshare has stations close to your destination. Biking in DC is a great alternative to public transportation, particularly given that CUA is right near the developing Metro Branch Trail.

What, you may ask, does this have to do with an app called Spotcycle? Continue reading “Appy Hour: Spotcycle”

Appy Hour: PadMapper

App: PadMapper Apartments and Homes for Rent  unnamed
By: PadMapper, Inc.
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on an iPhone

Headed back to campus and looking for an apartment? You may have heard of the popular website Padmapper, which puts available apartments right on a Google Map for you to search. The website’s free app, available for iPhone and Android, is a great way to find apartments on the go!

Using Padmapper’s app, you can filter rentals by rent, number of bedrooms, or even if the apartment allows your furry friends! If you’re looking for a pool or laundry on-site, try using the keyword search. You can refine your results until you find exactly what you want, then view the units in either a map or a list. Selecting an apartment gives you contact information, pictures, and a link to the original listing. You can even save your favorites if you make an account! Whether you’re looking for a three bedroom house or a studio apartment, Padmapper is a great place to find relevant leads.

While finding an awesome apartment for an awesome school year at CUA is…well…awesome, there’s something even more awesome to consider. This app was originally just a mashup of Craigslist and Google Maps (which, incidentally, resulted in a lawsuit against Padmapper that was only recently settled). Putting information of two different types together can yield incredibly useful results: Map + Craigslist = MAGIC. Padmapper’s slogan is “We make apartment hunting suck less.” And, I have to say, I think they’ve succeeded!

So, if you have an idea to make something suck less, get out there and make it! We’ve got lots of Lynda classes to get you started!