The apps revolutionized the way we use computers. Our smartphones and tablets have altered the way we live. We practically have apps for everything. Whether it’s for business, personal, entertainment, you name it and there is probably one out there that you can download. If not, you can be sure that someone is developing it as you read this article.
Here are some of the best apps that you must have in the New Year.
The app offers entertainment from Sky’s live TV and Anytime+ movies and sports content. Sky has upped the ante with their latest major update. This app allows users to download their favourite programmes to their smartphone or tablet without a WiFi or 3G Connection. Now isn’t that great? This app is free but users need to subscribe to their services. It is available on the iPad, iPhone and Android.
Netflix is loved by box-set junkies for their exhaustive catalogue of on-demand titles. They also have a growing collection of original series. The new AirPlay function for iOS 7 allows devices to sync with any Apple TV. The app is free but a subscription is required. The subscription costs £5.99. It is available on the iPhone, iPad and Android.
Jaw-dropping is the best way to describe this app. It lets you turn your iPhone or iPad into a basic 3D scanner. You can create pictures that appear to move in front of your eyes as you rotate your device. It’s a fun and simple way to create your own 3D Seenes. This app is available only on the iPhone and iPad.
My Culinary Encyclopedia
None other than Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse teaches you some of his best techniques and secrets in this app. It boasts of 250 recipes from the chef’s Grand Livre de Cuisine. You can also find detailed information on 180 ingredients with details on how to select, store and prepare them. It also has videos to teach you more than 100 cooking skills. You can annotate the recipes and send shopping lists via email. You can create your own list of favourites. It is quite an expensive app but the wealth of high-quality information makes it all worth it. If you are a budding culinary expert, this app is worth the investment. It costs £23.99 and is available on the iPad.
This is a smart bar and restaurant guide. Just punch in your preferences by location, budget or cuisine and you will find some of the best-reviewed places in your neighbourhood. Want something spontaneous? Just give your device a good shake and a surprise suggestion will pop up. This app is free on the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
Great British Bake Off
This app can be used by any baker of any level. This app comes from the successful BBC series that features sweet and savoury treats. Recipes are broken down into ingredient lists. It has skill-level tips and includes a step-by-step guide. The app costs £2.99 and is available on the iPhone and iPad.
Get Running (Couch to 5K)
Want to take up running? This app helps novice runners with ease as they build strength and stamina over 9 weeks to reach a goal of 5km in 30 minutes. You can even share your achievements on Twitter and Facebook. This app costs £1.99 on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Everyday Golf Coach HD
This app is packed with tips, videos and even clever golfing tricks that come in handy when you are on the fairway. It has all the suggestions you need to help you improve your game. It also features a smart swing analyser. The latest tablet HD version also looks superb. It costs £4.99 and is available on the iPad and iPhone.
Even though iMessages are popular, this app retains one key advantage over it – you can message friends who are on other smartphones. It’s like a free text messaging service. It is one of the most consistently popular apps of any category in the App Store. You can download it for free and is available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Wikipedia may be available online but this official apps lets you save articles so you can read them later offline. This is handy if you know you will need to refer to something later when you don’t have an Internet connection. The new version offers even greater localisation of content.
It’s the easiest way to catch up the news or connect with your friends. You can collect and save pieces you like to build your own magazine. Pick a few topics and collate everything from news, sports, travel, beauty and more. It is free on the iPhone, iPad and Android.
Ladybird: I’m Ready for Phonics
Phonics are the best way that children learn about letters and eventually start reading. This app supports the curriculum they have in school. It does not skip the hard parts that can’t be easily sounded out. Parents can also find some useful information. This costs £4.99 and is available on the iPhone and iPad.
Sleep Time is a smart alarm clock. It detects movements while you sleep using your phone’s accelerometer. The virtual alarm clock sets itself off during your lightest sleep phases so no more groggy morning wake-ups. It is free on the iPhone, iPad and Android.
This is an app that delivers curated information from both locals and seasoned travellers on more than eight thousand destinations. Its latest version has the interface tailored to specific devices to improve display. It is free on the iPhone, iPad and Android.
Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe
This app features gorgeous images, spectacular videos and well-written text. It is a very engrossing app. You will be impressed with its features. Pinch to zoom to see things in greater detail. It also includes exclusive samples from the BBC series. It also contains extra features. It costs £3.99 and is available on the iPhone and iPad.