Look around on a crowded street and you won’t find many adults without a smartphone in hand today. They have become as common as a pair of glasses or a watch. In fact, some would say that they have replaced watches as a way to keep abreast of the time. Continue reading “Apps for keeping your smartphone secure” »
Inspired by all those popular stories of self-taught programmers and hackers who went on to achieve big things, you probably set aside a bit of the summer holidays to perfect your own development skills. It is indeed true that you can literally learn everything you need to know about programming online, without even having to pay a single cent if you know where to look. In addition to getting the basics, there are a lot of projects with practical walk-through examples with which to polish your skills. Continue reading “App Ideas for Newbie Developers” »
When geeks and sports fans come together, what do you get? Awesome sports apps, that’s what! I am one such geek, and I have an army of great apps on my phone with their own sports category. With so many great matches, games, and tournaments happening all over the world, I need some easy ways to keep up.
Not only that, but I’ve been known to indulge in some sporting activity myself. Luckily, I’ve got a ton of great apps to help in that department too. So, if you love following sports, and playing them, here’s a list of apps you’ll desperately want.
This app has one amazing feature that I love. As I’m sure you know, there are hundreds of games on around the world. Many of them happening at the same time. How do I know which one to watch or follow? If you’ve ever found yourself flicking between the football, baseball, and athletics, you’ll know how I feel! You don’t want to miss out on the best action. That’s where Thuuz comes in. It ranks every sporting activity according to excitement. If you need to know the most fever-pitch exciting game happening right now, go onto Thuuz, and they’ll tell you.
I recently discovered this app after joining a local football team. It’s a cool way to keep track of all the information happening in your local league. Every player and coach gets a login, and you can see fixtures, results, and league info. Members can upload pictures from the local matches, and write reviews of the games. It’s a football tournament software that keeps you up to date with everything in the local leagues.
There are two versions of this. Sky Sports Score Center for UK and European audiences, and ESPN Score Centre for America. Both are fantastic, and they are easily the best way to stay on top of all matches around the world. It gives you real time scores and updates. They also run transfer rumours and breaking news. Best of all, you can personalise it to your favourite sports, and set up notifications for the things you love.
This is another app I discovered recently when I went up into the mountains. A friend introduced me to it, as I wondered how he knew so much about the conditions up on the mountain! Turns out he was using Ski Tracks to access all the data about our current location. The app uses your GPS location to show you which ski routes are accessible, and which lifts are open. It tells you when snowfall is predicted, and what time it will get dark. It’s an essential tool if you’re an avid skier!
It was a tricky choice for the final app. But, I have to choose Nike+ because it gets so much use on my phone. The app is the perfect way to measure your general fitness and activity. It’s an app that help improve your life. Nike+ uses GPS to track how far you walk, run or cycle every day. It breaks down your calories, and you can set goals and targets easily.
It seems that sports and apps are a match made in heaven. Have I missed any of your essential sports apps?
For anyone who has a full-time job, your spare time is precious. It’s even more so when you have a family you need to spend time with too. Making the most of the time that you’re not at work can be difficult, and it takes a lot of effort if you want to make it work. If you don’t try, you can end up going through the same cycle of working, going home for dinner, sleeping and then starting again. If your social life is lacking or you can’t find time to exercise, try using these awesome apps to help you get your life back on track.
If you want to start with the basics, you sometimes need to begin by addressing your moods, thoughts, and feelings. It can be difficult to make resolutions to enjoy life more when you’re already struggling to deal with everything that’s going on. The Headspace app gives you some short mindfulness meditations to help you cope with the everyday trials and tribulations of life. It could be your first step to enjoying life more.
Couch To 5K
Getting fit is at the top of a lot of people’s lists, but they feel too tired at the end of the day and don’t want to give up precious sleep in the morning. But if you want to feel healthier, it’s up to you to dedicate yourself toward it. You might find it easier with an app to help you along, giving you goals to work toward. Couch to 5K is designed for people who want to take up running, with a program that offers three short workouts a week to help you run 5 kilometers.
Whether you want to plan a trip around the world or just find a local restaurant, TripAdvisor is one of the best apps to help you do it. Just one of the travel apps you can get for the Lumia 640 smartphone, and many others, it’s perfect for finding the best places to go. You can find top-rated destinations, attractions, dining establishments, hotels, and more. If you need to get out more, TripAdvisor will help to tempt you into the wide world instead of going straight home after work.
One of the things that can stop us going out and having fun is a lack of funds. We all worry about not having enough money, but you can help to relieve those fears with an app like Mint. You can use Mint for both personal or business finances to help you budget everything and find ways to save. When you feel more confident about managing your money, you’ll be able to spend it on more treats outside the house. You can look after everything in one place, from your savings to your bills. And it’s still safe to use, with password protection.
You don’t have to sit at home all the time when there are lots of apps to improve your life. Whether you go out with your family or make some new friends, there’s more to life than working.
As illogical as it may seem, the highest grossing apps on the market are those that come free of charge. The simple fact is that by putting a price tag on an app, however low it may be, it is likely to deter somebody from buying. So while young and eager app developers are chomping at the bit to make a killing from their first app they could actually be pricing themselves out of a much more lucrative market and greatly inhibiting their prospects of future growth. Continue reading “How developers can use free apps as an income generator” »