Tech Tip: 5 Apps to bring with you on your holiday

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Apps for the holidays - CentrixIt’s a fact that we spend more time using apps on our phone than we do using it for conversation. In fact according to Nielsen, Australians 18+ spend around 33 hours on smartphone apps and just under 4 hours on their smartphone browsers each month.  What do we do with this time? We spend the majority of it on social, entertainment and gaming!

These days there’s an app for almost everything and holiday time is perfect for giving these a try. Here’s our top apps to download before you depart the desk for the holiday season:

1. MyFitnessPal

Available for iOS / Android / Windows Phone (Free + IAP)

Holidays are a time when your normal exercise and eating regime can fall apart. If you’re following a fitness plan, this app will help you monitor your calorie intake easily using a simple chart. Track your diet and exercise in less than 5 minutes a day. It also offers nutrition facts and has a recipe importer that lets you visit any recipe on the web and easily import and track it with just a tap! Another great thing about this app is that it works well with other health apps like Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Garmin, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Strava, Runtastic, Misfit, Healthkit, and more!

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2. Sleep Better with Runtastic

Available for iOS / Android (Free and Paid versions)

Sleep patterns can also be disrupted when you’re out of your normal routine. This app is designed to help you achieve a full night’s rest no matter where you are. Sleep Better tracks the overall quality of your sleep by laying your phone beside you (it relies on your phone’s sensors to determine how much you toss and turn). It also has an alarm function that wakes you at the best time within your cycle. It lets you take notes about your dreams and chart things that could affect your sleep cycles like caffeine intake.

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3. Hopper – Airfare Prediction

Available for iOS / Android (Free)

By analysing billions of flight prices daily, Hopper helps travellers find the best deals (up to 40% cheaper) by predicting the best times to fly and buy. There are reviews and customer ratings you can use for comparison. The app also notifies you the moment prices drop and before they’re about to rise.

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4. Wunderlist

Available for iOS / Android / Windows Phone (Free + IAP)

Can’t stop making lists? Download Wunderlist on your device so you can jot down ideas, things to do, and places to see. If you’re a real workaholic, you can use Wunderlist to remind you of due dates and project tasks whilst you’re sipping your margarita. You can likewise share your lists, collaborate with others and stay in sync wherever you may be. Wunderlist also allows you to group all related lists so you can easily access them in a folder. It works seamlessly with all major devices. A new Wunderlist app for iPhone and iPad is also available with a 3D Touch-capability which makes browsing your lists quick and easy!

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5. Microsoft Translator 

Available for iOS / Android / Windows Phone

Leave those bulky translation books at home! Instead download this handy companion that’s capable of translating words and phrases in 50 languages. You can have things read out or displayed on screen. It also works on smartwatches for even faster access. The best thing about this app is that you can also use it to translate content and reach a global audience. Find out more about Microsoft Translator for Enterprise here.

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Alternatively you can take a digital detox and put your phone away whilst you are on holidays.  But if you’re like most people that’s unlikely to happen!