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5 great apps that do more than the ones you're using now

When posting on Facebook, getting the weather, or checking email, you’re probably using an app. According to a new report from comScore, apps now consume 50 percent of the time an average person spends on his or her smartphone.

With that in mind, here are five great apps that do the same old thing, just so much better.

Weather where you are standing

There is certainly no shortage of weather apps. Most apps provide overall information about the day’s high and low temperature and the chance of precipitation. The app Dark Sky is different.

Sure, it provides detailed weather information. Where the app shines though is when it predicts rain or snow, down to the minute, at your exact location. The app uses your phone’s GPS and it works exceptionally well.

While in Maui recently, I was packing for a hike when Dark Sky sent a notification to my phone that it would rain in 16 minutes. I didn’t believe it. Sure enough, in 16 minutes dark clouds covered the sun, and a light drizzle started.

The app has a slew of built-in notification options for rain, snow and government severe weather alerts. You can set you own notifications, such as if it’ll be too cold at night for the plants in your garden. Dark Sky also offers weather maps and simulations.

While the iOS app is $3.99, Android Dark Sky is a free download. To get the local minute-by-minute forecasts, fancy notifications, and widgets, you have to subscribe to Android Dark Sky Premium. It’s $2.99 per year. Click here to download and learn more about Dark Sky.

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