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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

5 Free Apps To Help Make Your Summer More Enjoyable

If you're like me, your always looking for ways to get the most out of summer. Long days and short nights means that we can pack in a lot of activities ranging from traveling, entertaining or just hanging out. It doesn't matter if you you plan to spend your summer traveling, soaking up some sun or grilling for family, friends or the neighborhood, there are apps that will help you make the most of your summer plans. The following apps are some of my favorites to use during the summer months. They are all available on Android and iOS devices and the best part, all of them are free.

1. SunWise from the EPA. One of the most important things to do in the summer is to watch how much time you spend in the and to keep an eye on the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. This app provides a daily and hourly forecast of UV radiation from the sun. We all need exposure to the sun, but too much exposure can be dangerous causing damage such as sunburn, cataracts and skin cancer.

2. Field Trip. Ever feel like you're missing out on cool destinations when you travel? Field Trip notifies you on your device whenever you're close to an interesting landmark or tourist destination. Using Google Maps technology, this app will give you alerts for historic places, museums, and restaurants along with descriptions of each location. It's a great app to have if you want to get the most of your travels.

3. SkyView. Skyview allows you to gaze at the celestial objects without the need of the telescope. Using your smart device's camera, you can look at the sky to identify stars, planets and constellations. As a bonus, you can always keep track of man made satellites like the Hubble Telescope and the International Space Station. It's like having a hand held planetarium.

4. Weber Grills App. My favorite Grill is a Weber and it's no surprise that they've developed this app that is designed to make anyone a backyard grill master. With the Grills app, you get over 250 grilling recipes, how to tips to step up your grilling game and a built in timer to prevent you from burning your dinner to a crisp.

5.Chimani. If you're visiting a National Park this summer, you have to get the Chimani app. Anything you wanted to know about our national park system is stored in this app. Included in this app are GPS enabled maps to keep you from getting lost, the ability to track which parks you've visited, and you don't need to have access to wifi or cellular data use all of the features in the app.

Do you have an app or a group of apps you like to use in the summer for travel, cooking or just hanging out? Drop me a line and let me know.

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