We scoured the app stores on various platforms to find the best apps out there at the moment. Here’s our picks of the week:
What if hiring a reliable, vetted, handyman, electrician, or painter was as simple as calling an Uber car? The great news is it is, thanks to brand new local South African handyman app Hey Presto! Here’s why you need to give it a try the next time you need a little help at home. The genius app takes the stress out of finding trusted suppliers in your area when things go wrong and it’s super easy to use! All you need to do is download the app from your Google Play or iOS App Store, create a profile and you’re ready to go. You can either book a job for a few days in advance or use the app to hail a reliable handyman near you in an emergency. Once you’ve logged your problem the app shows you a list of all the suppliers near you as well as their call out fees, hourly rate, and community rating.
Boost your productivity with Pushbullet, which lets you view your Android phone’s notifications and messages directly on your desktop PC. It means if you get a text message you can read it there and then without having to take your phone out of your pocket or bag. You can also quickly send files from your computer to your phone with only a few clicks, and if you regularly find that you email links to yourself just to open them on your smartphone, then you’ll never have to do that again thanks to Pushbullet‘s link sharing features.
IF by IFITT
IF was formerly known as IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that” and handily sums up what this app does. It’s a simple ethos that gives you a huge amount of options for making your Android and iOS devices even smarter. You can create simple statements such as “if any photo is taken then add them to Dropbox”, or “if my location is home, send a text message to my partner saying “I’m home!”” which can also be shared with other IF users. You’ll be amazed how much you can do with such a simple premise.
There’s no shortage of apps that promise to speed up your smartphone or clear up space on it, but Boost+ stands out in a few ways. For one thing it comes from HTC, so it’s got the backing of a big brand. As such it’s also suitably polished, with a clean, colourful interface that’s easy to navigate and shows you the state of your phone’s storage and memory at a glance. There are options to clear out any temporary files to claw space back on your device and find the apps you never use, so you can delete them and get even more MBs. Boost+ can also be used to free up memory in order to speed your phone up and save battery life, which you can do either as and when you feel like it or set the app to run clean-up duty automatically.
Sea Hero Quest
A mobile game launched this past month that could help crack the riddle of dementia. Called Sea Hero Quest, the game involves navigating a boat around a fictional world, memorising maps, sailing through mazes, and searching for landmarks. Experts hope 100,000 people will download and play the free game – enough to generate 57 years’ worth of data. It’s a great initiative and one which we should all get involved in.
What apps are you currently using? Let us know in the comments section below and tweet us @MenStuffZA!