5 Awesome Apps to Increase Productivity

These days it seems we have more and more to do and less and less time to do it all. We spend so much time doing the things we need to do that we rarely have time leftover to do the things we want to do.

Thankfully, technology has come to our rescue in form of these amazing apps that make your life easier. From saving time on chores to saving time in restaurant queues, these apps will allow you to reclaim your free time, and get on with doing the things you enjoy. Download them now and see for yourself!

Grabb: skip the lunch queue
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It’s lunch time. You’re hungry. And there’s a queue at your favourite place that stretches around the block. Sound like a familiar scenario? If, like most people, you’re sick of waiting in line for your food, then you need Grabb. This app lets you reclaim those 20 minutes lost waiting in line for your lunch by allowing you to pre-order and pre-pay for your meal. It also has a handy order notification system, and even tells you how far away your restaurant is so you can time your trip perfectly.

Download the Android and iOS versions of the app here, and take back your lunch hour!

Helpling: forget the chores

Chores: they never seem to end. Spend less time cleaning and more time on the important things in life by letting an insured, background-checked cleaner take care of the chores. The Helpling app is a double-whammy time-saver, as it not only allows you to offload your cleaning, but also saves you the time and effort of finding a good cleaner. They’ll find you the perfect cleaner in your area with no effort on your part, and have even taken care of legal checks. So you can rest-assured that you’ll get a trustworthy, reliable helping hand.

Download the app for Android and iOS, and let someone else do the dirty work.

Fast customer: say goodbye to waiting on hold

When you need to contact customer service, it’s always the same story: wait on hold for ten minutes, listen to the same elevator music over and over, and wait for someone at the other end of the phone to be available to take your call. But no more! This app allows you to highlight which company you’d like to speak to, and have them call you back when a representative is available. Use that time you would have spent on hold doing something fun, something productive, or even just take a nap. It’s your free time, so reclaim it!

Download the app for Android and iOS, and never listen to that irritating hold music again.

Urbery: have the groceries come to you

Urban + grocery = Urbery. With this ingenious app, you never have to spend time wandering around the aisles of the supermarket again. Within just two hours, these grocery gurus will bring you the ingredients you need for tonight’s feast. They’ll scour the shelves of all your favourite stores – Whole Foods, Sobeys, Longos and more – to get you the freshest products, and get them to you fast.

This amazing app is coming soon!

Brewster: find what you’re looking for instantly
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You can never find the information you’re looking for when you need it. That article you know someone sent you the other day – you want to send it to a friend now, but where is it? In Skype? Email? Facebook? Forget searching through a million conversations looking for that key information. Brewster saves your correspondence across all channels from each contact in one, neat place, so you can find what you’re looking for in a flash. A streamlined way to unearth that very important cat video you were looking for.

Sign up here and never lose a message again.

What about you – do you have any other time-saving apps that make your life easier?

10 Apps Every Vancouverite Needs in Their Life

Vancitybuzz has a great article on best apps for Vancouver residents. Check it out.

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/07/apps-every-vancouverite-needs/

Vancouver is my new home


After seven and a half years, the time has come to say good bye to Dubai.

I am now living in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is my new home.

I had a tremendous run in Dubai. Seven best years of my life. But Dubai is not a place where you live forever. Sooner or later one has to move on.

Vancouver is a place completely different from Dubai. It’s very green, for starters. And the weather in summer is how it usually is in Winter in Dubai. Oh, and it rains a lot. You get the picture!

I am looking forward to settle down and live in Vancouver. Apparently, it is one of the best places in the world to live, and that was a major factor to pick Vancouver over other cities of Canada. The city has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities due to great weather all year. I am hoping to participate as much as I could.

Let’s see how it goes. So far it’s been great. I am here for almost a month now and things have started to make more sense with every passing day. I still have to find a proper place to live, find a job, buy a car, and so on.

I will keep you guys updated with the progress. And thus starts a new category of my blog, Vancouver Diaries.

Five Apps You Need When You Travel

Planning the logistics of travel can sometimes be challenging, and let’s face it:  at least for most people, it’s not the most fun part of the trip. However, these days, there are tons of ways to simplify your planning using technology. If you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, you can find hundreds of travel-related apps to help you out. Apps for flights or accommodation are well known, but there are many more options than those. If you’re looking at a list of all the options, though, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. Here are some of our favorite apps that maybe you haven’t thought of.

Pack Point

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Packing is one of the worst parts of any trip. How many shirts should you bring… will you need a jacket… what about socks? The great thing about this packing list app is that you can input your destination and some of the details of the trip (business travel or vacation, length of trip, etc.) and the app will give you a list to follow. It may not work perfectly for all travel styles, but it should at least give you a rough guide to what you need and how many of each.

Trip Advisor

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Trip Advisor is a necessity for whatever kind of travel you’re doing. You can find reviews for accommodation, attractions, restaurants, and really everything that you might encounter while on the road. Tons of people use it, so it generally has the most up-to-date information available, which puts it head and shoulders above the rest of the review apps out there. Better yet:  they also offer offline city guides, so if you know where you’re going, you can get a whole set of information downloaded to your phone prior to your departure—and you won’t have to carry that heavy guidebook along with you!

Postagram

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We’ve all heard of Instagram, but here’s a neat way to use Instagram when you’re traveling:  this postcard app will take your photos and put them on a postcard that you can send to your friends and family back home. It’s a bit more personal than those cheap postcards you can buy in souvenir shops, and you don’t have to worry about finding a post office or anything:  they’ll send it out for you! Now you have no excuse for not sending Mom a card…

Expensify

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Even if you’re not traveling on a budget, it can be useful to know just how much you’re spending and on what. This expense-tracking app is a great choice since it’ll allow you to take pictures of your receipts for inclusion in your records. It’ll also allow you to forward your itinerary receipts for flights, car rentals, accommodation, etc. to one email address for automatic inclusion in your reports. Its reports are sleek and easy to view, so even if you don’t have a head for numbers, you should still get some valuable information from them.

A VPN Client

If you’re going to be using the Wi-Fi abroad, or anywhere really, you want to make sure you’ve got a secure connection and aren’t leaking all your personal information to hackers, who often make a point of targeting travelers. A VPN, or virtual private network, will give you that secure connection. Bonus:  it’ll also allow you to hide your true location, meaning you won’t be subject to geo-restrictions which can sometimes be a nuisance when you’re traveling. This means, no more error messages when you try to stream Netflix from abroad!

Although planning for a trip may always remain a necessary hassle, there’s no denying that it’s gotten a lot easier in recent years! If you’ve got an app-enabled device at your disposal, load up on apps prior to your departure and you’ll find that both planning and keeping track of your details will become exponentially easier. There are thousands and thousands of apps out there for you to choose from, so look around and see what you can find—but start with these five, which are useful for any traveler, regardless of travel style.

Top technology inventions that will revolutionize our lives in 2015

With a slew of new innovations in the tech world in 2015, the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, year after year, we are presented with the most revolutionary inventions that completely change the way we live in today. In this post, we want to highlight the top technological inventions that will shape our lives this year – wearables, OLED screens, 64-bit smartphones, and smart cars among others.

Consumer-owned digital health devices
It’s no secret that wearables will be on the rise this year, especially when most of the electronic and tech conventions are showcasing endless launches from smartwatches and wearable manufacturers. Wearables are the newest form of digital health technology that assists consumers in tracking their health in real-time. Currently, the top mobile manufacturers are also competing in the smartwatch arena, where brands such as Google, Samsung, Apple, and Sony are leading the pack.

Among the smartwatches today, the Samsung Gear S presents an innovative feature that we expect to see in the next wave of wearables. Said device, which we featured previously on our site, has the capability to be a standalone gadget that doesn’t require the need to be paired with a smartphone in order to perform mobile functions.

Aside from smartwatches, wearables also come in the form of fashion accessories, such as Google Glass with augmented reality, and clothes with health tracking sensors like the Ralph Lauren’s Smart Polo Shirt that many websites have covered in 2015. These devices are being tested to see if they will be able to assist field-based or remote workers, through ‘bring your own wearable’ (BYOW).

OLED curved screens
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays on televisions and mobile devices are the current craze in the tech world. In 2013, Samsung revealed the world’s first’ curved OLED TV, which provides panoramic wide view and high definition visuals. According to the company’s representatives, the 55-inch televisions offer a similar “IMAX feel” to watching. LG also announced their own curved 77-inch OLED TV early this year at the CES 2015.

Samsung expanded their OLED screens through to their smartphones, with the release of their new flagship device – the Galaxy S6 Edge. The handset has a 5.1-inch Quad HD Dual Curved display, which extends icons to the side panels of the device. Experts predicted that other gadgets will potentially adopt this technology very soon because of how well it has been received on the market.

PC-like 64-Bit Smartphones
Apart from adopting curved displays in their aesthetics, another feature that many smartphone producers are including on their latest handsets is the 64-bit chipset that is said to process mobile requests as fast as personal computers. The first to fully introduce the technology was Apple when they released their iPhone 5S. Recently, the company has ensured that their latest flagship smartphones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are also running the same power. Based on the data showed by O2, Apple upgraded the A7 chip of the iPhone 5S to an A8 chip on the iPhone 6 to provide faster processing with 50% more energy efficiency.

The rest of the mobile manufacturers, such as Samsung and LG, have also released their own set of smartphones with 64-bit chip to compete with Apple’s offering.

Smarter cars of the future
There will be a rise in the number of smart cars this year that have the ability to self-drive, lock and unlock via a mobile app, and those that can be located via a smartwatch’s GPS tracking. During CES 2015, we witnessed a number of automobile manufacturers and their high-tech cars that present the future of smart vehicles. Some of the top brands that joined the conference were Ford, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

However, top tech companies also revealed their own vehicles, with NVIDIA’s auto-pilot car computer that’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset being one that garner much praise. There are also reports regarding Google’s upcoming driverless car, which will be called the Google Chauffeur. Last year, the search giant presented a prototype of a car without a steering wheel or pedals. It is reported that further testing on the car will commence in the San Francisco Bay Area later this year.

It’s inevitable that there is still a host of new tech inventions yet to be unveiled by some of the leading frontrunners mentioned in this article. And hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of these in some of the major conventions scheduled for 2015.

What other life-changing inventions do you expect to see in 2015?

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