Want to watch a funny video of a cat sneaking up on a camera? Check your emails? Keep in touch with friends? Play solitaire? If you want to do it, view it or talk about it, there is an app for it.
There are approximately 1.2 million apps available in both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store and with that much choice it can be difficult to decide what is useful. To make life a little bit easier for you, BearingNet has picked a few useful apps for you to download and use.
BearingNet User Meeting – meeting planner and more!
Yes that’s right, BearingNet now have an app available for you to download, ready for the User Meeting in Riga, October 2014! You can access the meeting planner on your phone or tablet, let people know you are free for a meeting and it has some great travel tips!
Google Translate – Instant language translator
If you travel a lot it can be difficult to to try and cross the language barrier and learning a new language each time you visit a country can be time consuming and very difficult.
In steps Google Translate, a free app for iOS and Android that can translate 80 different languages across the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, major African dialects, Middle East and even the South Pacific.
You can speak, type or handwrite a phase and then choose the language to translate to. In the Android version you can even translate the text in photos, so if you’re unsure of what is on the menu, simply take a picture and Google Translate will do the rest!
You do need an Internet connection, so check your roaming charges before use abroad, or make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi. The Android version however does allow you to download some language packs for offline use.
Signal – Encrypted phone calls
If you’re worried about the NSA and other snoops from across the world listening in to your phone conversations, you need a call encryption app.
Signal is an iOS app that uses ZRTP and AES 128 encryption to create a secure connection with another telephone. Both users need to have the app installed for it to work, but with some persuasive skills, you should be able to convince your friends to download it. Text messaging services will be coming to the app soon.
And Android users, don’t fret! ZRTP encryption technology has been available for a while on Android phones with the Redphone App.
Anti Mosquito – Sonic Repeller
Everyone has dealt with these pesky, irritating, itchy insects; whether at home or on holiday they are a nuisance. I don’t know about you, I also find insect spray smells quite horrible, and isn’t always effective.
Well now there is an app for that! They claim that it produces a unique, high frequency noise that keeps mosquitoes and other insects away; and because of the frequency the human ear can’t hear it, so it won’t bother you.
Sleep Cycle Alarm – have a better kip
Around half of people in the UK are affected by some form of sleeping problem, with women being affected more than men and 42% of people over 11 are taking sleeping pills at night. So many people are looking for another solution to getting a better nights sleep.
The app needs to figure out your sleep patters, which you do by placing your phone on the bed next to you. It can then tell when you enter a deep sleep, if you toss and turn and how long you have slept for. In the morning it then shows you a graph plotting your sleep pattern for that night and grades your overall sleep quality.
Once Sleep Cycle has gathered this information, it can then wake you up at the optimum time each morning, so you feel refreshed and not drowsy. The longer you use the app, the better the results, but you should see results almost immediately.
However, one 13 year old girl in Texas fell asleep with her phone on her bed and woke up to the smell of smoke and fire. Her phone had melted under her pillow during the night.
Statistics from the Great British Sleep Survey 2012
Scanner Radio – real time emergency updates
In an emergency situation, one of the most important things is having up to date, real time information.
With Scanner Radio you get access to live police, fire, weather and radio repeaters from across the world. You can add your local stations to a favourites list and see the top 50 most listened to stations. Best thing this app is free and available on both iOS and Android.
What have we missed?
Are there any apps that we have missed that are staples for you? What is your favourite app? What would you like an app for next? Let us know in the comments below!
Oh and that cat video is here if you’re wondering 🙂