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Tech For The Day: 7 Commute

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June 04, 2014 AT 4:54 PM
Google Now -Google Now is what happens when you let Googles algorithmic genius have free rein over your life. Its a little scary what Now ends up being able to do, but if you can set aside your privacy concerns, its one of the coolest free apps in existence. Now will tell you how long its going to take you to get to work based on real-time traffic data, let you know when your package has shipped without even telling it you ordered anything, and even pull up your boarding pass when you get to the airport automatically. It feels so wrong, and yet so right.Free on iTunes Feedly -When Google Reader was shut down, everyone was scrambling for a replacement, and luckily we didnt have to scramble for very long. Feedly serves up articles from your favorite websites in an easy-to-digest format and looks pretty handsome while doing so.Free on Play.Google.com Waze -If commuting to work is your other full-time job and youre not using Waze already, we need to have a chat. Wazes crowd-sourced traffic data doesnt just help you beat the traffic, it also warns you about speed traps and helps you save on gas. And its free, unlike speeding tickets.Free at Play.Google.com Pocket -If, like millions of commuters, youre underground and without a signal for the majority of your trip, Pocket is your best friend. Bookmark articles, videos, pictures, and websites that you want to check out later from your phone, tablet, or browser, and theyre automatically synced for offline viewing to all your other devices.Free at Play.Google.com SmartPark -If remembering where you parked and how long you have left on your meter is a problem for you, pick up SmartPark to kill both of those two birds with one stone. Smart Park will create a GPS bookmark of the location your car is parked, so you can navigate back without any second-guessing.Free at Play.Google.com GasBuddy -GasBuddy is a fairly simple proposition: Tap a button and find out the cheapest place to get gas nearby. The money youll save makes it pretty easy to justify the zero dollars the app costs.Free at Play.Google.com iNextBus -If you take the bus to work, first of all, were sorry. Unless you live somewhere with an awesome bus system, youve probably lived with broken promises about when the bus is supposed to arrive for far too long. But no longer! iNextBus gives you real-time tracking of the location of your bus in select cities. Say goodbye to the days of standing on the corner like a moron as the bus stands you up like a negligent parent after little league practice. Not that that ever happened to us.Free at Play.Google.com Automatic Driving Assistant -Believe it or not, pretty much any car made after 1996 has a pretty sophisticated central brain that knows whats going on with your car at all times. But somehow the only way most of them know how to communicate with you is with that stupid yellowish-orange Check Engine light. Enter Automatic - the Babel fish of the car world. Automatic translates all the indecipherable gibberish that normally only your mechanic can understand into words that you can make sense of. Automatic will send you a push notification with all the details, should a problem arise.$99.00 at Automatic.com iNap -Sometimes you could really use a few extra Zs on your bus or train ride in, but youre so worried youll miss your stop that you dont let yourself drift off. iNap lets you create a GPS-enabled alarm on your phone so that you get woken up in enough time to get off at your stop. Now you can sleep so soundly you wont even notice when someone steals your stuff! Wait a second...Free at Play.Google.com