We have compiled a list of all the apps that are worth taking a look at this winter.
If you’re tired of searching through your various emails, phone contacts, Facebook friends, etc. looking for the phone number you just know someone sent you, Brewster is going to be your lifesaver. Brewster compiles all of your contacts from all of the aforementioned services including Instagram, LinkedIn, Google, Skype and more. It’s really a one contact that rules them all!
Once the contacts have been compiled, they update in real time so you always have the most recent information; there’s no need to worry about duplicated or out-of-date contact information. Furthermore, your contacts are available on every device that is synced with your Google account, so they’ll automatically populate when you’re writing emails or sending text messages.
Even the most disciplined of us can get side-tracked on the Internet. Once you come across one interesting article, it’s amazing how easy it is to fall down the rabbit hole — and before you know it, an hour has gone by and you’ve accomplished nothing. If the Internet and the sheer volume of articles you want to get through constantly distract you, Pocket will make everything a little bit easier. Pocket allows you to save content and view it later.
The best feature of Pocket is that you don’t need to be online to view the content: Pocket downloads the articles or videos so you can view them during otherwise dead time, when you’re on the subway, airplane or anywhere without a Wi-Fi connection. Pocket also syncs with your devices, so you can easily access the content via your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo or web browser.
Let’s set the scene: You’re furiously typing a quick text or email to your hubby, BFF or co-worker…and hitting the backspace button to fix autocorrect on every other word. Save yourself the time—and frustration—with SwiftKey. This “smart” keyboard adapts to the way you type over time, learning your writing style to ensure more accurate messages (no more embarrassing autocorrect fails). Its swipe technology allows you to graze your fingers over letters for quicker-than-ever communication. And if you’re worried about pocket-texting someone, simply switch off the keyboard to avoid any and all jumbled messages.
Sleep Cycle App
An alarm clock on steroids, Sleep Cycle allows you to designate a window during which you’d like to wake up, and tracks your movements throughout the night so the alarm goes off when you’re not deep in your REM cycle (no wearables required). Not only will it make waking up in the morning a lot easier, but it will also give you a record of your sleep patterns over the course of the time you use it.
Bonus: It has awesome options for wake-up noises.
For only $10/month, Fetch’s team of professional shoppers find the cheapest place on the internet to purchase the item you want and place your order for you. They include shipping costs in their price comparisons (you can specify if you need rush), and keep your account on file.
Side note: We were totally shocked to find that even with prime, Amazon isn’t always the cheapest option. This is life-changing at Christmas.
Good Guide App
An indispensable, encyclopaedic resource for anyone concerned with the environmental and social footprint of everyday consumer products. It’s kind of hard to believe the amount of helpful info on everything from diapers to makeup to food items packed into a single app. The grading system is a great in-store shopping tool (the barcode scanning function is pretty brilliant, too) but the long-term goal is to encourage companies to produce better, cleaner products by buying better, cleaner products.
Your personal brain trainer. Elevate’s quick brain games are great for boosting your memory, creativity, and short-term information retention. Elevate is a new type of cognitive training tool designed to build communication and analytical skills. Members are provided with a personalized game-based training program that adjusts over time based on performance.
Fair warning: they’re also insanely addicting.
Giant Mind App
Learn to meditate in 12 easy steps and start feeling happier, more energised and less stressed. Perfect for those sceptical on meditation, Giant Mind can help reduce stress and anxiety, increase your energy and vitality, be more self-aware and present and have greater focus and clarity without any prior experience needed. What a relief!
Acorns helps you save & invest spare change from your everyday purchases and invest into a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. You can easily get started in minutes: anytime, anywhere. Featured in: TIME, The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, Forbes, WIRED, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and The Verge. Don’t feel overwhelmed by all the technical talk- it’s actually an easy and savvy way to save all the 1 cent and 2 cents here and there that you don’t even notice- which all adds up!
Pandora is free, personalized radio that plays music you’ll love. Discover new music and enjoy old favourites. Start with your favourite artist, song or composer and they’ll do the rest! This app has taken the world by storm- so if you don’t already have it, you should download it now. You won’t know how you listened to music without it!