By Rachel Daley
Find My Friends
Looking to stalk your friends or crushes at the push of a button? Install Find My Friends from the iTunes store now! This app allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. By searching someone’s name, they will appear on a map of their location. However, don’t be too sketched out; the consent to share your location with another user has to be mutual. If you do not wish to grant your parents the satisfaction of always knowing where you are, you can choose the “temporary sharing” option, restricting the amount of time that they are able to view where you are. If you’re scared about your parents somehow rigging the system to find you, there is also a privacy setting which allows you to block them. Additionally, if your device is updated with iOS 6, then you can receive location-based alerts which notify you when a friend or family member leaves a current location or arrives to a new one. For girls, this will help substantially with getting ready to go out because you will actually know when your ride is leaving. The app also tells you exactly how far away you are in miles from your friends.
The Starbucks App
It’s fair to say that behind Nick’s Roast Beef, Starbucks is the next most popular teen hangout spot in the Cape Ann area. The Starbucks app is both convenient and rewarding. A key feature is the “Starbucks Card,” a virtual store credit card which can be swiped via your iPhone or iPod Touch at the register. You can check your card balance on the app and you can reload it with more money as well. Aside from the store card, the app also consists of a full food and drink menu which changes with the seasons. With this, you can access the nutrition facts of your favorite drink or pastry. Each time you buy an item at Starbucks, a star gets added to your virtual rewards coffee cup. Once you reach a certain number of stars, you are rewarded with a free food or drink at any local Starbucks. If you’re in dire need for a cup of coffee, you can search for the nearest Starbucks through the app with the store locator feature.