If you’re visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl – or just want to know your neighborhood better – take a break from Google reviews and download ListenUp, a free app that tells audio stories in up to 22 languages. Developed by Scottsdale residents Irina and Igor Ilyinsky, ListenUp shares hyperlocal stories and personal anecdotes that provide background on the area you’re in to enrich exploration. listen-up.app
If you’ve lost faith in crowd-sourced contractor recommendations, you might need SavonServices. The membership-based app ($29.99/year) connects users with vetted electricians, landscapers, locksmiths and more, with built-in, pre-negotiated discounts. Available in the App Store and Google Play. savonservices.com
If you like keeping up with what’s going on in your community – the fact that you’re reading this suggests you do – you’ll like LocalBuzz, a new video-based app launched by Phoenix entrepreneurs Adrian Gillette and Tony Ce (Snoh Ice Shavery) this past November. In it, you can browse videos posted by Phoenicians and sorted by geo-location, documenting everything from a morning Camelback Mountain hike to someone’s lunch.
If music taste is a dating dealbreaker for you, Vinylly has you covered. The Phoenix-based app matches people based on music compatibility, which its algorithm assesses by accessing your playlists. At best, you could find the love of your life. At worst, you’ll find new concert buddies. Vinyllly is free in the App Store and will be in Google Play soon. vinyllyapp.com
Juggling schedules is challenging enough for a small nuclear family. For blended and extended families, where several adults are responsible for care, it can seem impossible. That’s why Scottsdale couple James and Ginger Dellaripa started The Family Core, a scheduling platform that parents, guardians, caregivers and older siblings can access to streamline calendar communication. There’s also a place to store documents, like vaccination forms and school reports. Access to the website and app starts at...
What’s harder than trying to find a place to eat? Trying to find a place everyone will enjoy. Three Arizona State University students are developing an app that narrows restaurant options by preferences and diets, like gluten-free or vegan. Munch Hunt will allow groups to search for the perfect place to eat. The app is still in development but is set to be released this fall.