Pulse: How We Spend: Tech: iPhilly

Sure, your iPhone is filled with music, fun and games, but it’s time to put that investment to work. Here, eight free-to-super-cheap apps that will make life in and around Philly that much easier. (Which is the whole point, right?)

Feed your Phils addiction with ScoreMobile, a customizable app that pulls up-to-the-minute stats, scores, schedules and breaking news for your favorite teams, leagues or sports (even the PGA).
 Price: Free.

Like the personal assistant you don’t have, KidStuff finds the nearest park, water ice, bowling alley and other kid-friendly diversions, plus gives turn-by-turn directions. Call it the tantrum-breaker. Price: $2.99.

Headed to LBI or Ocean City? Know whether to pack sunscreen or a slicker with Surf Report’s two-day weather and tide forecasts. Price: Free.

Ditch those tattered SEPTA and PATCO paper schedules for iTransitBuddy. It’ll tell you how late your morning train is running (c’mon, it’s SEPTA) and whether you can stay for one more drink. Price: $3.99.

With 3rdWhale, you can find the nearest farmers’ market, sustainable spa, yoga studio, bike store, vegetarian restaurant … and the greenest way to get there.
Price: Free.

We can’t promise that downloading MultiCam Philadelphia  —  which lets you view live area traffic cams  —  will mean you’ll never get stuck on the Schuylkill again. But it can’t hurt, right? Create a set of favorite camera stations on roads like I-476, 422, I-95 and more. Price: $3.99.

Tired of outrunning the PPA? iCarPark not only counts down your need-to-feed-the-meter time; it also tracks your movements, to guide you back to your spot or garage when it’s time to head home.
Price: $.99.

Watching trailers, reading reviews, finding show times at nearby theaters (plus directions to get you there), and buying tickets are only a few of the things that film buffs can do with Flixster Movies Price: Free.