In spite of all the criticism lodged against cell phones for their addictive qualities and tendency to distract people from relating to each other, we must admit that smart phones and their handy apps help to make life more manageable, convenient, and, in some cases, economical. Here are more than a dozen free apps that we find helpful and app-solutely essential for living in Pittsburgh.
ChildrensPGH – There is no manual when it comes to raising children, but if you need some medical direction, the app from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, is the next best thing. It features Symptom Care Guides and 145 Parent Advice Messages concerning the most common behavior and wellness questions parents ask their physicians. It also enables you to request an appointment online plus much more.
Go Mobil Pgh – This app takes the haste out of paying Pittsburgh parking meters.
Open Table – Need a reservation for dinner? Open Table can help you to find a restaurant and book a reservation for you—all from this handy app.
ParkPGH – This app takes the guesswork out of finding a parking spot in the Cultural District, Central Business District, and the North Shore. It gives real time updates on available parking spots in downtown garages and their parking rates.
Pittsburgh Food Festivals & Fish Frys – You’ll never miss out on a food festival or fish fry again with this essential app sorted by menu and location.
Pittsburgh International Airport – The official app of the Pittsburgh International Airport will help to make your traveling experience less stressful. The app gives real-time flight arrivals and departures, security wait times, and parking information.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Catch up on the hottest news on ice. Get Penguin scores, breaking news, post-game recaps and player interviews with this must have app for Penguins fans.
RUSafe – We hope you never need this app, but if you have questions about whether you are in an abusive relationship, this app can be a lifesaver.
Developed by the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the app can directly call the Domestic Violence Hotline or 911 if necessary.
Seat Geek – Seat Geek allows you to track upcoming shows, concerts, and sport events and see the going rate for tickets. You can also sell your tickets on Seat Geek.
Sigalert – Sigalert provides real-time traffic condition monitoring, including traffic alerts and accidents. It has a large network of t
raffic cameras, which allows you to personally view roa
Transit Tracker Pittsburgh – Wondering when the next PAT bus will arrive, or where your nearest park and ride lot is located? Then you need Transit Tracker, which will provide that information and more.
WTAE Action News – Don’t have time to watch the news? No matter, with this app you can keep updated on your phone.
Yinztagram – For pure fun, you can’t beat Yinztagram for allowing you to add a Pittsburgh touch to your cell phone photos. Add local celebrities and quintessential Pittsburgh icons to your pictures to allow everyone to know that you’re proud to be from the ‘burgh.