Advice
|30 May|4 mins

5 Apps That Will Change Your Life

From saving the planet to picking up the check
Nick Banks
30 May
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1. Get the Skills to Pay the Bills: SPLITWISE

It’s a good person — and let’s face it, it’s always you — who produces their wallet at the end of breakfast, when the arguments over the bill are about to start, and say, ‘I’ll put it on my card. You guys just settle up with me later.’ Because, you know, they know, everyone knows... no one’s going to settle up with you later. But with Splitwise there’s no excuse to go unpaid. This app divides expenses for you and sends them to your mates, making IOUs easy — and friends accountable.

Advice
|30 May|4 mins

5 Apps That Will Change Your Life

From saving the planet to picking up the check
Nick Banks
30 May
Share:

1. Get the Skills to Pay the Bills: SPLITWISE

It’s a good person — and let’s face it, it’s always you — who produces their wallet at the end of breakfast, when the arguments over the bill are about to start, and say, ‘I’ll put it on my card. You guys just settle up with me later.’ Because, you know, they know, everyone knows... no one’s going to settle up with you later. But with Splitwise there’s no excuse to go unpaid. This app divides expenses for you and sends them to your mates, making IOUs easy — and friends accountable.

2. Keep Calm and Carry On: HEADSPACE
There’s nothing more gruelling than, well, just life. There’s the work, the stress, the anxiety, the worrying about the stress and anxiety, and then the more work. We’re often told that meditation is the key to unburdening ourselves, but in a world of endless competing pressures, who has the time? Headspace works within those constraints to offer meditation guides, sleep aids, bite-sized focusing exercises and mindful moments to help you stay present and calm. No chanting needed.

3. Surf the Net, Plant Trees: ECOSIA

Fancy doing some good work for the planet while you trawl online? Then download Ecosia, a search engine for the digitally minded eco-warrior, which puts 80 per cent of its profits from ad revenue towards programs for planting trees around the world. This alternative to Google — available for iOS— won’t only change your life, but the lives of millions. And all you have to do is type a word into the search-bar, any word — Edition for instance — and hit return.

4. Get the Read on This: SPRITZ

Ever feel like you’re falling behind because you’re not reading quickly enough? That you’d be a real Elon Musk if only your eyes moved faster across the page? With Spritz, which works in conjunction with ebook reader ReadMe, words flash up on the screen one after the other at whatever speed you want, meaning you can train your brain to take in more words more quickly. Novels, popular science textbooks, whatever you want — you’ll be a regular encyclopaedia in no time.

5. Push it, Push it Real Good: AAPTIV

If you’ve ever wondered what it sounds like when you break through the pain barrier, download Aaptiv. This app gives you the most important ingredient of any workout — music — and lots of it. The tunes are upbeat, dynamic and energetic, and combine with guidance from professional fitness instructors to give you your own personal audio-driven PT sessions, whenever and wherever you want.

*Main image @chadmadden

Nick Banks
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