2018 New Year resolutions and how tech, apps and gadgets will help you achieve each of them

It is the time to write the New Year’s resolutions, such as maintaining contact with old friends, having a healthier, more balanced life, studying, saving and so on. To help you finally achieve your goals this year, we have listed the 5 most popular ones in the world, collected from the Internet, google searches and surveys and we show you how to comply with the help of technology. Applications, robots and gadgets are at your service to help you achieve your goals for 2018.

1. Live life to the fullest

 

Living life to the fullest has been crowned as the most popular New Year resolution to begin 2018, according to a GOB survey. Experts relate this goal to an economic improvement, the crisis not being our main concern, to a greater awareness of the limited time we live and to the desire to organize all aspects of our life in the best possible way to enjoy every moment.

It is recommendable to start by introducing new plans each day, such as going to the theater to see an improvisation, taking dance classes or marking pictures of animals in nature. For those who need inspiration, the All Events in City app (free for iOS and Android) offers an endless number of activities to enroll in, sorted by proximity and thematic. In the same way, traveling is for many a way of living to the fullest, since it combines new food, new cultures and great experiences to remember. Technology in this case could serve with a list of applications for trips that you should not miss and that you can find here listed.

2. Spend more time with our friends and family

Christmas app

We are increasingly aware that social relationships make us happier, more prosperous and more ambitious, so it is not surprising that it is a New Year’s purpose to maintain them and regain contact with special people we do not see often. We all know that sometimes it is difficult to meet, we have endless groups to chat, we decide what to do and finally we have a hard time finding each other in the crowded centre of the city, calling over and waiting for them.

Wave Let’s Meet App (free for iOS and Android) is an application that facilitates the meetings, enabling people to share their location in real time and simultaneously with whoever they want when they are going to meet. Thus, people can set a meeting point on the map, see how to get there and where are the others with incredible accuracy. Once there are no long waits on the street suddenly meeting with friends seems much simpler.

While it is easy to meet for a coffee there are multiple ways to have a great plan with friends, such as spending a day outdoor hiking, biking or simply enjoying the nature. One cool gadget worth to carry on is the DJI Mavic Drone. This drone flies over the group of friends and records astonishing videos at  4K 1080p quality.

3. Get fit and do sports

Fitness woman for new year resolution

Doing sports, living a healthy life, eating fruits and vegetables are part of our end-of-year purposes. We barely have time to go to the gym every day, prepare a healthy smoothie for breakfast and make an elaborate dinner. Therefore we like applications such as 30 Days Fitness Challenge (free for iOS and Android), which establishes a light monthly plan with exercises to do at home and without equipment of 30 minutes or less per day to strengthen our health and get those desired six packs.

For the adventure getaways we recommend to get a pair of wireless headphones, resistant to sweat and inclement weather and with enough battery for the entire day. One of the most popular brands of 2017 is Jaybird X3 wireless headphones, designed to cushion outside noise and calibrate the sound adapted to the movement by bike or running. They have bluetooth, equalized and a comfortable cable that connects both headphones behind the head.

4. Eat healthy

For all of us who are not experts in nutrition, counting calories it is already a tough New Year resolution. That’s why we love using applications such as Mealime (free for iOS, Android) that do it for us, at the same time they offer us tasty weekly menus that include the caloric intake and the necessary nutrients for each lifestyle.

If, in addition, a gadget can facilitate the task of cooking healthy soups and juices for us, great. Scott Soupmaker is a high-tech mixer that produces soups, creams, purées and pastes without the need for any knowledge on our part. The robot also comes with a function for the busiest: the one to clean itself. Lastly, for those who have any serious addiction such as smoking, it is a good time to curb the intake or cut it cold turkey with the help of Smoke Free app (free for Android).

5. Avoid procrastination and be organized

Friends getting together gps directions finding in the city

Procrastination is one of the great scourges of modern society. It is the ability to delay the activities that we should do and leave them for another time. Being more productive and avoid procrastination has become one of our main concerns, as well figuring out how to be more organized. There are several methods in which technology can help, such as the Todoist app (free for iOS and Android), which is a complete organizer for task and lists by priorities, colors, people in charge and deadlines.

Not only apps do a great job to help us stay focused, there are great gadgets to help such as  Atentif Hour Glass. This app uses the pomodoro technique that suggests to work for 25 minute intervals (called pomodoros) to rest 5 minutes. The clock alerts the owner of every stage while the sand falls. Simple and effective.

Have you felt identified with this list? Tell us in the comments what your New Year’s purpose is and we will help you find the app or gadget that best helps you. Happy New Year!

Woman staring at her phone

Time is money! These apps will give you some

We are more connected than ever to the online world and for most of us the smartphone is the perfect match for work, leisure and holidays. However, if we dress with data this time invested, we see that we spend 4 to 5 hours a day with our smartphones, according to two independent surveys of ComsCore and Flurry*, published last March.

Most of that time is related to social apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We use GPS navigators, make calls, organize payments, play games or check the weather forecast. All of that occupy in total a sixth part of our day!

With such a daily activity it is difficult to disconnect, so we have shortlisted 6 super applications to curb your daily routine online and have some spare time.

Share your location with your friends and stop calling over

How many times a week do we meet up for a coffee, a movie or to do some sports? All of these plans usually require a previous bunch of calls and endless messages to organize it. With Wave Application, simply share your live location temporally with one or more people to see their whereabouts, set a meeting point that suits everyone and find them easily, even in crowded places. It is free and available for iOS and Android.

Make a payment as easy as sending a message

Paying the rent of the flat, solving that debt or organising the shared costs of a trip with friends are those tedious transfers that we do continuously logging into our bank accounts and asking for the payment details. Opt this time for Venmo or even Facebook, both apps make safe payments as simple as selecting a contact on the app, writing the amount of money and clicking Pay. Both are free for Android and iOS.

Get fit, eat well and sleep tight all with only one app!

The smartwatch that counts steps is not enough to chart your daily routine of exercise, food and hours of sleep. Instead of constantly looking at several apps, download Fitbit, the ultimate app to drive your healthy vein into your daily life connected to your wristband device. It has workouts, healthy tips, recipes, personalised notifications and it synchronises with a wristband or smartwatch.

Manage all the pictures automatically

A good part of the memories of the week would come from on our smartphone devices so Google Photos app is one of the best choices to organize them, upload them automatically to a cloud storage, share them with friends or even use their smart album feature to organize them by location or date.

Wait for the offers to reach you instead of searching for them

Traveling involves a lot of time searching for cheap flights and accommodations. Instead of spending so many hours on it, set alerts on Trip Advisor app so the app will automatically do the searching, check out the Best Value feature that shortlists the best choices based on previous searches and remember all the nice places visited on a personal timeline.  

Now you are all set! Try these apps and save time to do what you like the most!

*Both papers study the time invested by users of Internet through their mobile phone in the US surveyed in December, 2016 and published in March, 2017.

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Did you hear about this one? 5 apps with GPS to make your life easier

When it comes the time to leave the house and meet people in the city, go to a new place or do a quick check of the public transport, we often feel that the navigation apps with GPS we have are not enough. We require different apps to meet our friends, to drive or to book a table so we should instead focus on the very best for every situation. Each in its style, there are apps that will make our life easier and with which we can really solve most of our communication problems at any time. Check out our list with some of the best ones:

To move around the city

App to find directions on a city using GPS

All urbanites, who have breathed the polluted air of the city since they were little and consider that walking fast and combining transport is part of their daily routine, had to suffer the use of separate apps for each mode of transport. The Metro app, the tram app, the bus app… Now there are several good apps that cross all the updated data of public transport and pedestrian ways to identify the best route to go anywhere. Among them, one of our favorites is Moovit, an app that works in 1500 big cities of the world and provides a reliable transport relation in which you will save several minutes to the day. It is simple to use, just activate the GPS of your smartphone and indicate which direction you want to go and the app will give you all the options available at different times.

Moovit’s notification system will alert you when there are transportation interruptions, delays or strikes in real time to avoid unnecessary surprises. One of the things we like most about Moovit is that it also takes into account the opinion of a good part of its 70 million users around the world to update their databases and include incidents, strikes and other useful information. Get it for free on Android and iOS.

To meet your friends in the city

App to find friends sharing the location privately using GPS

For those who enjoy going out to have a beer with friends, try a new restaurant or just make a plan, Wave Application is the best app to share live locations with others privately. It is very simple to use: open a session with one or more people and send them a request to share the location temporally. When they accept the request a dynamic map is opened in which you can see each other moving as you do in real life. Then, you can take directions to reach the meeting point you have set on the map.

It is an app made for everyday life, where friends move from bar to bar, when some of them are late or when the crowd makes it difficult to find friends without the help of a GPS in real time. It also has a chat to close the details. Once arrived, it’s time to forget about new technologies for a while and just enjoy the company. Wave has millions of users in more than 150 countries. Get it for free on iOS or Android.

To drive without jamming, road works or poor road conditions

Waze app to avoid traffic jams using the gps on the smartphone

Many of us used to listen to the radio before going to work or watch for news about roadworks or events such as cleaning the asphalt. Nowadays, navigating while driving offers us alternative ways for every situation and save us time to do better things rather than staying at a traffic jam. Among several apps, the top one is Waze, an app acquired recently by Google that has already hundreds of millions users. Waze uses official cartography and data from private companies to ensure the best driving route at any time, but also monitors anonymously your own GPS to identify the speed and stops you do to update their suggestions of route both for your and for other drivers.

Taking into account the enormous popularity of this app, the information of the users is the key with which Waze has become the indispensable app to drive in half world. As a user you also have the option to report accidents like animals found on the road, garbage or problems of some kind. With the latest update, the app also proposes the Travel Drives function in which to find the best hours to travel for those who are planning the return of the holidays. Get it for free on iOS or Android.

Find the best bike routes even in the city

Cyclemap app for navigating using the gps while riding a bike

Cycling through a city can be quite an odyssey, often the parks are full and the jumble of cars can be a reason to give up our plans to exercise. That is why we find so interesting Cyclemap, an app that calculates the best routes near where we are to go biking, according to the user’s ratings, the forecast, the road conditions, the altitude and the length of the road.

In addition to planning the route, Cyclemap is an app consecrated among cyclists, as it provides varied information on our performance on the bike, thanks to the use of our GPS while we ride. For those who do not have a bike and take a free one in the city, the app will give them information about upcoming bike stations, its availability, and also gas stations to wash or inflate the wheels, rest areas or even viewpoints to see the amazing views of every route. Despite its recent departure on Google Play and iTunes, Cyclemap has already thousands of downloads and routes that are completing day by day. There are no longer excuses for not going biking. Get it now for free on iOS and Android.

For when you are as hungry as a wolf

App to find restaurants nearby using the GPS

An indispensable part of our social life is focused on food. With so many new options, new restaurants or trendy places, finding a good one in rankings listings is sometimes a tedious task if we then have to look where they are. The simplest way to solve a night out is an app that recommends us places directly near us, sorted by type of food, price and ratings from other users. And if to this recipe we add an app that is already established in hundreds of cities of the world and that has 40000 restaurants, then we have the app with perfect GPS to go out to eat.

Open Table operates in the largest cities in the world and already has 700 millions users, or 700 millions meals we could say, that will help us choose the best option for dinner, either in the city or on vacation. Its maps are not perfect for navigating throughout the city as a pedestrian, but clearly indicate where the main restaurants are located. From the same app we can book a table and have discounts for being users of OpenTable, a prize for being one of the largest communities in the world in restaurant reservations. Get it for free on iOS and Android.

 

Friends resting in a forest doing outdoor sports with an app Wave Application

Choose the way you Wave – this is what our super Wavers tell us

Did you know that people have had more than 260 million of Wave sessions worldwide to interact with their friends, family and co-workers?

Technology is developing continuously new ways to connect with each other online, however, it’s good to have tools to use on daily basis, when we need to meet someone on the go in real life, too. Using real-time location it is easier than ever to find our people in crowded places. We can send a request to share the location with our friends, wait until they accept it and then view them on a map. If needed, we can set a meeting point and arrive easily.

Thousands of unforgettable moments are produced every day in city centres, busy streets, concerts or natural landscapes. Wave has made possible more than 60 millions of meetings in just over two years of life. And the ones left? Countless. We want to share with you some of the stories from our users that find Wave useful for their daily routine.

A ‘safety belt’ for outdoor sports

Girl in a mountain

Joanna, 32, is a French teacher and climbs mounts and risks during the weekends around Albertville. The sportswoman knows every risk and every peak of the Eastern French geography. She has been doing it for a while, since she met some friends on social networks that share the same interests. She knows it is as funny as risky so she needs a good technology to ensure her safety by allowing other friends to see their location and find her fast if she needs. “You know, in the mountains there are not street signals, numbers or things that can you name when you are lost, so I need a precise real time technology that allows others and myself to find the rest of the group using sharing location”, she explained us.

“You never know what could happen to you up there, away from the eyes of the people. Although we climb in big groups, we usually break up into small ones”, admitted Joanna. “Two months ago I sprained my ankle and I had to wait alone for my teammates to help me get down the peak. Actually, I did not even have to pick up the cell phone, my colleagues opened the wave we have in group and immediately knew where I was on the map in real time”; she told us. “It was hard enough to think of getting down to even get worried about being lost”, she joked.

A beer out in a massive city

Jerry is a 48 year old engineer who lives in Bogotá, Colombia. He changed his city- Iowa-  for love and lives happily in Colombia for a year with his wife, Daniela and his daughter, Flora. “Coming to live in Latin America was the best decision of my life and as time pass by, I feel more integrated in the culture of the country”, said Jerry. “Everything here is very colourful, the people are very friendly, but the city is one authentic odyssey”, admitted.

Bogota, with 8 million inhabitants, is a gigantic city divided into districts not very organised, with a large amount of daily traffic and a continuous traffic jams at all hours. “When I landed here I needed a tool that I can use daily to be connected with my people and help me understand this massive city.  A colleague told me about Wave Application, a location – sharing app that connects me with my family, workmates and friends in real time only when I need to. When I go for a beer with my friends – that happens every week – or I eat out after work with my wife and her friends, I send them a request for 30 minutes, they accept it and we can see each other in real time on a private map. In addition, while I walk I chat and watch the streets they take, so I Iearn several routes to arrive that I know are good”, he said.

Work easier with people around

Kareem is a 24 years old tour guide who lives in Goa, India, one of the most touristic places in Asia and a place of concentration of its customers. “I live in Goa because I speak several languages ​​and I can work of what I like, that is introducing the Indian culture, History and nature to others” Kareem explained to us. In a city like this it is usual to see the guides carrying bright posters for the group to follow.

However, it is a very inefficient way to lead because the city is full of street markets, food markets and long and crowded streets. “This way or working does not allow tourists to have freedom; they have to follow me all the time, even if they are tired or hungry” thought Kareem. “That’s why I started searching for a tool that would allow me to share my location with my customers only for a few hours and use technology to work better”, he said.

“Wave Application makes my life a lot easier because I create with my clients the previous night groups in just 10 seconds and the next day we can all meet at the meeting point that I put in. This allows me to do my job without annoying my clients. Usually the young people take some free time during the tour to drink something with their friends and the oldest tourists go to buy souvenirs” he laught. “However, when I call the chat, everyone goes to the meeting point that I set without getting lost and without being exasperated” explained Kareem.

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Did you hear about this one? Top 10 travel apps

The only thing you can buy that will make you richer is travelling so if you are lucky enough to have a getaway soon we shortlisted the best travel apps on the market and the new trends worth keeping on mind. With so many apps on the market, the choice was everything but simple, however, we wanted to test them ourselves to focus on those that are really useful, before filling the smartphone with more apps to be deleted soon. So without further ado, these are the apps we recommend:

READY: Before you go

Minube

Minube app travel
Minube

This startup was originally launched in Spain and has become popular worldwide after being featured regularly on Google Play. It is a social network with pics and short descriptions of every single spot in the world worth seeing, contributed by the travellers themselves. Its design is very simple and makes it easy and quick to get an overview on your destiny and also to share your experiences afterwards. The best part: you can also save the cards to check them offline! If you do have data, Minube will track your route to display the recommended spots around you. Free download for iOS and Android.

Airline Baggage

 

travel app
Airline Baggage

We took the plunge and tried this new travel app with great potential! It calculates if your luggage fits with the restrictions imposed by your flight company. Should I pay an extra for my handbag or is it included? Can I take my ski equipment for free having an economy class flight ticket? All your doubts will be solved in a minute overviewing the restrictions of the most common flight companies on Airline Bagagge. We love the UX! Get yours for free on iOS and Android.

Skyscanner

App travel skyscanner
skyscanner

Europe is a great continent to fly for cheap and peep into different countries due to small distances, and Skyscanner is one of the best price comparators to do so, although it works worldwide. This app will find you the cheapest flights at any time. Introduce your route and it will spit out the best offers from flight and travel companies. Select one and it will redirect you to the official page to purchase your flights with no intermediary costs. This travel app has more than 10 millions of users and there are updates every few minutes to ensure the best deals. Free for iOS and Android.

STEADY: On your way

Btrfly

App travel to find people in the airport
btrfly

How cool is it to be all excited about getting into the plane and meeting someone who shares the same illusion? What if you can actually easily make a new travelmate or find a new friend? Btrfly connects people in the waiting rooms of the airports to break the monotony and enjoy a nice coffee and chat before the departure. What we love is that is super easy: you just drop a few lines about yourself, introduce your flight and airport and the app will connect you to other passengers waiting nearby. Free for iOS.

Flyover Country

Travell app
Flyover Country

Whoever said that the trip starts at the moment you leave home was absolutely right! Now you can enjoy every step in your trip with this Flyover Country. You will discover what is under your feet, whether is a mountain range, a city or even well known monuments that you are flying over. What is truly spectacular is that it combines hundreds of databases, including Wikipedia, to show you the history of the spots on your route. All you need to do is save your route before you get on board and the app automatically downloads the information to display it on flight-mode. Free for iOS and Android.

GO: On your destiny

Moovit

Moovit travel app
Moovit

Moovit is a must-have app that combines all the transport options to help you move around in a new city. Did you know that if you walk five minutes to that tram stop instead of going to the underground it will save you half an hour of your precious time abroad? Or that if you take two metro stations on that line and then take that bus you will be there in 15 minutes? The maps and timetables are very precise to help you arrive easy and fast. Also, it brings you updated information about strikes, closed roads and traffic jams. Feels like a native with Moovit. Free for iOS and Android.

Wave Application

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Wave Application

Wave Application is a geolocation app that was created to share live location between friends. While travelling with more people, you rarely all want to do the same thing: while others love sightseeing, others want to go shopping or to the beach. With Wave you don’t have to worry about it in a strange city; just open a group Wave and you know where your travel buddies are. When you get hungry (or thirsty!), just chat with them in the app and set a meeting point in the real time map! Simple and easy! Free for iOS and Android. 

XE Currency

XE CURRENCY converter money
Xe Currency

Keep in mind how much you are spending, even if your pocket is full of money that seems unreal and strange. XE Currency will display you the current exchange rate of any currency in the world in just a few seconds. It also works without internet, keeping the latest value displayed while connected to Internet. Very useful and simple, a handy tool to carry on abroad. Free on iOS and Android.

TripAdvisor

travel app comparator Tripadvisor
TripAdvisor

If you were already wondering, we actually have some applications to ensure you a delicious local menu in every place you visit. If traveling is eating Tripadvisor is the most complete social network in the world to find the ideal restaurant, call and book directly and place it on the map. It also reviews hotels, apartments and monuments. Every time you are hungry, trust the opinions of thousands of people who have been there before you and who have enjoyed the day with a good meal. Free for iOS and Android.

Airbnb

travel app airbnb rent apartment app
Airbnb app

Airbnb was once a website to find cheap accommodation by looking for particular houses that were rented on holidays. Today it’s a worldwide network where you can find a palace or an igloo to rent for your holidays, as well as a cosy apartment on the city centre of Paris. Anywhere you go, Airbnb connects you with hosts around the world to show you the best choices to sleep and feel like at home. Its reviews of thousands of previous guests will actually avoid you to have any trouble. It is free for iOS and Android

If you feel like going to a hotel, the biggest market to look for it, is Booking, another must-have app for travelling around the world. It is free for iOS and Android.

Now you’re all set…have a blast discovering new spots and new people!