Tech Media on SAFM: Apps to help you achieve those New Year Resolutions

by Lynette Hundermark, January 19, 2016

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Firstly, Happy New Year to all 🙂 The start of a new year is generally synonymous with setting new personal goals, such as getting fitter, being more organised, decluttering and maybe trying out something completely new that one was contemplating for a while.

The apps that I’ve chosen to discuss on  @SAFM with @AshrafGarda this week fit in with that theme and I hope that it will be found useful to those looking for apps to assist with their specific goals that helps them achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

1.Learn a new language using the duolingo app – https://www.duolingo.com/

Available on : iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Price : Free

Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and many more

If learning a new language is on your list of goals, this is the app for you. Available in bite sized chunks that feels like games, this app claims to teach you a new language (read, write , listen and speak) within 34 hours (and is equivalent to an entire university semester).  This app is completely free, there are no ads or subscription fees. Bill Gates is one amongst the 70million+ users already signed up.

2. 1Password – https://agilebits.com/onepassword

Available on : iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Price : Free

 

Everyone these days is guilty of having too many passwords and too little time to remember them. This app creates a secure password for your various accounts and them remembers them so you don’t have to. This is an alternative for anyone who’s kept a pad of paper with their passwords, especially in today’s app world where you inevitably need a password for everything.

You would need to remember one very strong master password and the app will generate strong passwords for you, store them and retrieve them and even input them automatically  The app is free, though the mobile and business options will cost you.

If you can’t remember a long password, the latest versions of these apps will let you log in with your finger — as long as your phone has a fingerprint reader.

 

3. Unclutter  with the most popular ToDO list app, Clear – http://realmacsoftware.com/clear/

Available: iOS and Mac

Price: R69.99

My favourite app (which I’ve been using since launched in 2012), which works primarily with gestures in a simple UI. Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. It’s as easy to use as pen and paper.

– Simple gesture-based design that allows you to focus on your to-dos.
– Use separate lists to organise every aspect of your life.
– iCloud sync built-in so you can be productive everywhere and syncs with your Mac (if you are in the Apple ecosystem).
– Set reminders so you’ll never forget important tasks.
– Personalise your Clear lists with themes and make them your own.
– One universal download for iPhone, iPad and now Apple Watch

4. For fitness fanatics, Strava is the app for you – https://www.strava.com/

Available : iOS and Android

Price: Free for basic, Premium options are available

Track your running and cycling with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends on this app. Activities can be uploaded from your Garmin, iPhone or Android apps, and Strava will automatically log all your workouts.

Runners and cyclists who thrive on competition love the Strava app and helps users achieve their personal bests or follow other users to bring a competitive angle.

5. Explore movie streaming using Netflix, now available in S.A – http://www.netflix.com

Available : iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Windows phones and tablets

Price: Free but requires a subscription service ($7.99 / month)

The number one video on demand streaming service in now available in South Africa. The apps have been the most popular downloaded apps since launch proving that there was a demand for this service. Netflix has something for everyone. There’s even a safe watching experience just for kids with family-friendly entertainment.

No commercials. No hidden fees. Try one month free. You can cancel anytime.

• Netflix adds TV shows and movies all the time. Browse titles or search for your favorites.
• The more you watch, the better Netflix gets at recommending TV shows and movies that you’ll love—just for you.
• You can create up to five individual profiles within a single Netflix account. Profiles allow different members of your household to have their own personalized Netflix experience built around the movies and TV shows they enjoy.
• Instantly stream on mobile devices or on the web.