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Your Smarter Smartphone- useful apps

Most of us cannot imagine leaving home without their mobile phone. This affordable and accessible mean of communication has become much more than just a phone.  The latest Deloitte Media Consumer survey 2014 shows that 75% of the 2000 UK households surveyed own at least one smartphone- a pocket-sized device more powerful than the computers initially used to send men to the Moon! Mobile phones have become an essential part of our lives, radically changing the way we interact and operate in the modern society.

According to data published in Google’s “Our Mobile Planet Study” in 2013 the average smartphone user has installed 26 apps, however less than 10 of them are in active use.

Smartphone owners- average number of apps

With hundreds of thousands apps available it is very hard to find the ones that are really useful. Evaluating them all would take a lifetime and the time limit means that we will never get to try every app.

To make the choice easer we have put together a list of 10 interesting apps that can make your smartphone a bit smarter:

  • Money Dashboard is a piece of personal finance software that brings all your accounts together giving you a clear picture of exactly what's happening with your money. This app provides secure ‘read-only’ services  and gives you a breakdown on what you spend money on (food, clothes, household etc.) as a pie or bar chart with percentages. A great way to monitor and manage your finances.
  • Allrecipes Dinner Spinner  this app gives you instant access to Allrecipes’ collection of member-shared recipes, photos, ratings and reviews from a community of more than 30 million home cooks. Scan any ingredient you find in your kitchen to find a recipe that uses it. You’ll turn that forgotten tin of chopped tomatoes into an amazing dinner!
  • Dropbox is file sharing service. It allows you to store your documents, photos, music and videos in a cloud storage space so you can access your files from anywhere.  It is simple and free to use.   The app will allow instant access to your documents – so there’s no excuse for forgetting your coursework.
  • ReferenceMe  offers assistance with referencing. Simply scan the barcode of the book you are using or enter a web address and the app will provide the reference information for you. You may find it useful for keeping track your research sources and you can create lists for each project.  This app will help you get familiar with the Harvard referencing system
  • Wud U? This new app launched by Barnrado’s aims to educate young people about behaviour that could put them at risk of being sexually exploited. It is a great educational tool for teachers and care professionals who interact with young people that might be at risk of sexual exploitation.
  • Dictionary.com Every now and then we all find ourselves stuck on a spelling. This app is a great alternative to old-fashioned dictionaries. Download the Dictonary.com app to access a comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus available to use whenever you are. It even has an audio pronunciation to help with those extra tricky words. Simply click on the speaker icon to hear the word out loud.
  • Moneysupermarket iPhone App Gives you thousands of discount codes and vouchers that help save money on a variety of different products. What’s Local feature will help you to find great offers in your local area.  Check when near or inside a restaurant, clothes shop or hotel on the current location function to see if they have any special deals for you. Tripadvisor A great app for going out or discovering places of interest - whether it is across the road or across the globe.
  • Tripadvisor will tell you about places and activities around you and special deals and discounts available (places to eat, drink, sleep, do activities). The best thing about Tripadvisor is it has reviews from people who have used or visited the establishments. It is a site for the people by the people.
  • Viber app allows free worldwide calls, text and video messaging over WiFi or 3G, using your mobile number, without needing to register. It is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows phone. The app syncs with your mobile contact list, automatically detecting which of your contacts have Viber. The well designed interface makes it feel no different than using your mobile phone and your carrier’s GSM network.
  • SleepBot. Finally, a good night’s sleep will help you make the most of the day. If you are tired of being tired and wish to avoid groggy mornings download the SleepBot app. It is a sleep cycle tracker and smart alarm clock that monitors your sleep movement and set itself off within a 30- minute window of your set time, during your latest sleep phase.  In theory, this should wake you up feeling more relaxed and ready for a busy day.
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