'THERE'S an app for that'.
Yes it certainly seems that way, Apple.
From voice recognition software to Angry Birds, digital applications have continued to change the way we interact, consume new information and well, do everyday things (have you tried the remote control app? Blimey). In 2013, the NYDaily revealed the average smartphone now has 41 apps and life's tools have now been squeezed into one snazzy mobile device. How times have changed.
Now a great diet app would come with its own 'Food Snatcher'. The Snatcher would be alerted to come knock the cake out of your hand before you gobbled it down whole.
In the not too distance future, technology will advance to the point where iRobots (you know, like the ones from that Will Smith movie) will be ironing our underwear and burping our kids, probably.
Need a lightbulb replacing? 'There's a robot for that'.
The idea doesn't even seem that absurd.
Today, with both Apple and Android developers continually creating apps said to increase productivity (that's if we can get off damn Candy Crush), there's no reason why living a digital life couldn't lead to a better life.
Since you're probably looking at your phone anyway, here's the best apps to help improve your life in 2015:
All apps available on both Android and iPhone unless specified.
GET FIT | PACT | Free
Money talks, we all know that. Money incentives can certainly improve on our productivity rates. In the gym that would be no different. Formerly known as GymPact, fitness app PACT encourages users to put their money where their mouth is. Users pledge a set number of days they plan to workout that week along with an amount of money they must put up. Users must pay for each day they miss, but they get paid every time they complete a workout. Pact now features the option to connect with other tracking apps.
KEEP ORGANISED | EASILY DO | Free
EasilyDo is an award-winning 'assistant' app that promises 'less work, less worry and more time for you'. It 'connects with your calendar, email, and social networks to bring all of that information to one place. It tells you when it’s time to leave for an upcoming meeting (taking traffic into account), lets you send birthday wishes and congratulations notices directly to Facebook, and stores information for upcoming trips, including tickets and boarding passes.
MONITOR YOUR DIET | Calorie Counter | Free
Now a great diet app would come with its own 'Food Snatcher'. The Snatcher would be alerted to come knock the cake out of your hand before you gobbled it down whole. In its place, Calorie Counter is a top pick for both PC Magazine and Wired. The app contains massive database of more than three million foods and lets you track the calories, fat, carbs, and cholesterol in just about everything you eat. The app also offers more than 350 cardio and strength training exercises to help you trim down and tone up.
QUIT SMOKING | Livestrong MyQuit Coach - Dare to Quit Smoking | Free (In App Costs)
Reviewed and approved by 'smoking cessation specialists', this app comes with a personalized quit plan that allows you to either quit cold turkey or gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke a day. You can track your finances to see how much you've saved without the smokes, and earn reward badges for meeting personal goals.
GET MORE SLEEP | SLEEP CYCLE | £0.79/Bundle £2.49 iPhone | £0.99 Android
Fancy waking up in a better mood? Sleep Cycle is an impressive and very considerate app that aims to help you monitor your sleep patterns by simply popping your phone under your pillow. Since you move differently in bed during different phases of sleep, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use an 'accelerometer' in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in - from light sleep to deep sleep and when you enter into a dream state (REM-sleep). The app even gives a 30 minute alarm window to wake you in your lightest sleep phase.
PLAN TO HAVE A BABY | PINK PAD | Free
Whether you're trying to plan for pregnancy or prevent it, Pink Pad is an all-in-one app for women's health. It works as a period tracker, ovulation calculator and a visual-progress chart helps keep track of your menstrual cycles. There's also a built-in social network, customizable symptom tracking and a curated in-app shop for fertility and women's health products and calendar sync function lets you keep track of important days.
READ MORE | GOOD READS | Free
Want to get through this year's bestsellers? Goodreads connects users with a large population of avid readers and their reviews. The app includes a barcode scanner to catalog your library, so you can share your collection, likes, and thoughts with your friends.
GET A NEW LOOK | THE HUNT | Free
Ever spotted something on a stranger that you liked the look of? Or been on Instagram and saw an outfit you liked but couldn't find where from? The Hunt app claims to be 'the cure for outfit envy' and lets you track the item by posting a photo (probably best ask the person's permission), and waiting for a community of thousands of fashionistas to find out where its from so you can shop.
SAVE MONEY | REDLASER | Free
'A savvy shopper compares the cost of items before buying,' so says every price comparison website going. They would be right, mind. Redlaser is a nifty app that allows you scan an item's barcode while shopping, then it checks to see whether you can find it cheaper elsewhere. It works best on food and electrical items.
LEARN NEW RECIPES | GOJEE | Free
In a world where snapping pictures of your dinner is commonplace, Gojee is the perfect app for cooking enthusiasts who enjoy attempting new recipes and taking pictures of the result. It's a beautiful, well designed app with really inspiring and saliva-inducing images.
HAVE MORE SEX | iKAMASUTRA | Free
If you and your partner are stuck in a sexual rut, or maybe just adventurous, the iKamasutra app has included 110 of the most popular positions from the 4th century Hindu manual to erotic love, the Kama Sutra. It's described as a 'tasteful app to guide you to mind blowing positions that will be sure to bring ecstasy'. Couples can shake the app to come up with a random suggestion for the evening’s festivities and it even allows users to share their progress on Facebook and Twitter (perhaps best not to share though, eh).
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