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!

Friends together

We listened to you, here’s what’s new

At Wave Let’s Meet App we have been working very hard over the last few months to improve even more our new version 3.0. which was totally redesigned and launched last May, into a complete communication experience between your friends or family and you. So, we are very proud to announce that we bring you the best Wave update, already available for free on iTunes and Google Play.

We have worked over some of the suggestions that you have been sending us lately: it is a version thought by you and made for you, taking in consideration your initiatives. It has three fundamental pillars: a significant increase in the speed of loading the position of the users on the map, a greater precision and millimeter in the positioning of the users and a new chat to send voice messages and pictures.

Full chat: send audios and images

You can now send voice messages to your contacts when you are walking and you prefer talking instead of texting, when you are busy or when they just want to have a conversation.

The new integration also includes the option of sharing images, an essential feature since Wave is a really popular app for traveling in group. In addition to being connected to a private map, you can send pictures of the trip or whatever you want.

To use these new features, open Wave and select a contact or a group of several, below you will see the chat to write with two new icons. To send voice messages, press the microphone icon while speaking and release it when you are finished. To share images, click on the attach files button and you will get two options, to make a photo or to look for one in the gallery.

With this update Wave brings you a more creative way of communicating with your contacts at any time, even if you have not opened a session.

Higher performance, more accuracy

Real time maps will now load your position on the map even faster.  We probably have the best real time location sharing service of the world, making possible for you to feel connected even if you are in the middle of nowhere, or find your friends in the crowdest space possible.  

What do you think? Update yours now and let us know.

The best 5 apps to take the most out of Oktoberfest

The farewell to the summer holidays tastes better with a beer in the sun or just with a good excuse to eat, relax and enjoy with your friends and no occasion is better to do this than the Oktoberfest, the German beer festival held originally in Munich and celebrated as well in other parts of the world. To survive such an excitement, especially for those who can not say that they are too young, we have shortlisted the best 5 apps to take the most of this event worldwide.

If you want to know more about the History of Oktoberfest, we will tell you that it has a romantic origin. About 200 years ago the king of then the region of Bavaria Ludwig I, married Theresa of Saxony and celebrated the wedding with the inhabitants hosting a race of horses and offering food and beer in the prairie named as his beloved, Theresenwiese, that means ‘the prairie of Theresa’.

The great joy with which the inhabitants of the kingdom celebrated the event set a precedent that has been replicated since then in September instead of October anymore, with some exceptions by wars or epidemics, to take advantage of the last rays of sun of summer.

The festival is still held in the same enclave, a vast meadow surrounded by nature in the heart of Munich, and homes to more than 7 million people each year. If it rains or it is cold, you might wonder, then enjoy it with a beer in your hands, or so organizers claim!

In addition to the meat, the ribs, the German beer Hofbräu-Festhalle and the Bavarian music, the regional costumes have given a whole color to the party to make you feel again in 1800. Sounds interesting, right? Whether in Munich or in another region of the world, check out the following apps to your trip to the Oktoberfest!

Find your friends

Wave Application app to share the location find friends

7 million people are almost the population of Switzerland and the one expected to attend to Oktoberfest in Munich this year. Imagine how many people will attend the event while you are there. Amazing, right? To avoid getting lost and losing your friends, open a group with them on Wave application, a free app for iOS and Android in which you can share your location with them on a map in real time and privately. When needed, take a look at the map and see how to reach the others, chat and set a meeting point wherever you want.

Millions of users around the world already use Wave to find their friends anywhere in the world without making tedious calls and questions from wherever you are. Join the trend of private geolocation. Download it for free for iOS and Android.

Pick the best beer

App to save beers and discover new ones

Some of us are not experts in beer or prefer to drink only the famous Hofbräu-Festhalle Bavarian beer, however anyone can try different types of beer in each room, and as they are reputed to be among the best in the world. With the Untappd app users will discover the properties and flavors of each type, the origin, color and popularity that it has among their community of users. You will end up being a beer expert! It is free for iOS and Android.

Be aware of where you have around 

Wiesn Protect app dor Oktoberfest

One of the best apps for the event is Wiesn Protect, an app that informs of emergency numbers in the area, locates the users on a map regarding security points but also tells people on the map where are the food and music tents, the points of information and all those places useful for anyone going to the Oktoberfest. It is exclusive for those who are going to celebrate it in Munich and has some interesting features like its translator and its list with helpful sentences in German and Bavarian. It is free for Android.

Pay a round and get invited without losing your mind

Paying a beer at the Oktoberfest follows an unwritten rule, each friend pays a round of beers to their friends, especially those who are locals. To deal with this habit,  download Venmo, an app in which to add to your fellow travelers and pay them directly from the app. It will make the accounts accurate and you can keep track of when to pay or get invited. Get it for free for Android and iOS.

Discover all the events of each day

The events that happen each year are varied, apart from drinking beer is clear. This year’s dates are from the 16th of September to the 3rd of October, and there attendants will see parades, music bands, concerts, activities for children and great surprises. You can discover them all with the EventBrite event app, very useful both for those who go to Munich and want to enjoy the full pack of activities, but also for those who celebrate in other parts of the world and want to know the best places to enjoy the German party. Get it for free for iOS and Android.

Groups: the location sharing feature made real

Sharing the location is a trend and people are more and more willing to share their location privately with their friends whenever they are meeting in crowded places. Recently, the biggest social networks have launched timid features of location, but have forgotten a very important issue: people usually hang out in groups!

Wave application was born to precisely offer something that nobody had seen before: the option to open groups with friends to share their location with them in real time.  This helps them to spot each other in crowded places, festivals or even on the mountains.

Wave Application has built a complete communication tool with navigation features, a chat and a map in with to share places with friends and see their whereabouts.

Sharing the location in a group is one more way to be connected with whoever you want and only when you want. So far, we have facilitated millions of sessions between friends, family members or work colleagues. That is why we have not stopped growing to reach more than 11 millions of users.

GROUP MAP WITH FRIENDS

To see how group location works, we can go to the menu and select “create a group”, then add directly all members we want and select the period of time for the session. Our most common wave lasts 15 minutes. However, we can set it up for more time or get the unlimited one that stops only when we want to. The latest one is very useful for those traveling together, going on a hiking tour or driving.

Once the group is created a request will be sent automatically to each contact and we are all set up! When the requests are accepted the group map opens showing all contacts at the same time. Then we can chat, share our suggestions to the meeting point and set one place on the map, take directions to get there or call an Uber.

When the time selected expires nobody will be able to share their location anymore. Privacy is our core value. We believe location is something personal that should be shared only when needed and not at all times. As users we know that we should be the ones to control tech to make our life easier and avoid being controlled by tech and third parties.

MEET PEOPLE THROUGH GROUPS

Groups are created to fulfil daily situations in which people meet up with friends or more people, change the place to stay, meet in crowded places or simply don´t know the city and how to get there.

Here at Wave we firmly believe that our millions of sessions opened are a sign that we are revolutionising the way people interact with others. Our technology  is built specifically to provide the best design and solution for people’s lives and with the passion of doing it better and more precise than any other location service.

Female friends

Did you hear about this one? 5 Apps to be used only with the insiders ;)

Finding interesting people with whom to talk to about your sport team, exotic hobbies or fitness diets is a recurring option for those evenings when you have no plan and would love to meet someone new. In the era of social networking, this is made easy and in fact, it is super common to connect with someone who shares your particular interests.

There are many things we can share, but let’s be honest, there are some that you would rather keep to your closest friends. We are talking about moments and things that you would like to share only with those who care most. Those ones that know you almost better than you know yourself. Here’s a list of apps to use only with our inner circle 😉

Wave application

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Wave Application

Our contribution, Wave application, is a precise and real-time geolocation system, which allows you to share your location with your friends when in crowded places, outdoors doing sports or for example picking up your better half. Although there are more apps in the market that share the same insight with us, there is not a single one that shares the same approach. Privacy, bidirectionality, realtime, limited duration and top-notch UX and design mean everything to us. Try it for free on iOS and Android.

Uriji Jami

Creating the ideal environment to share a dream or a project with your friends is a delicate matter, although they are the only people you would tell your crazy dream of singing in public, make Youtube videos or open your own brand. Choosing the moment to share something as personal and as special as a dream can be an odyssey in such a fast and connected world. That is why we are amused by Uriji Jami app, which allows you to share with your friends comments that are dreams or projects that you want to undertake.

Through the application you can stay to late to advise and receive feedback on your projects, speak freely of them and also help your friends. Did you know that a friend wants to open a brand? Or did you notice that a friend wants to go and see the stars in some Nordic country? something that you also wanted since you started that course of photography. Check out privately the most personal side of your mates and share your own stories. You can use it on desktop version or download it for free for iOS.

Supper Club App

Supper Club App

If you have just left your parents’ house, you have opted for being a vegetarian or for some reason, you have decided to learn how to cook, Supper Club App allows you to share your delicious dishes and your progress with your friends in a private group. This application allows you to create a group with your friends, share recipes found on the web, add your own with photograph and even add on the calendar appointments to organize a dinner – and actually prove that you are so good at cooking. SupperClub app offers periodic events in the main cities of the world to unite the true lovers of gastronomy. By the moment it is getting updates but it will be online very soon.

Cluster

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Have you ever come across an invitation on Facebook from a relative or even from your mother? In those situations we feel like Facebook is more public than private and there are things we would not like to share with our family. Unfortunately, sometimes we want the opposite and we would love to share some unique and personal information with close friends or family and not with our 500 friends on every social network. If you still feel that there are times when the mainstream social networks are not the best way to connect with them, test Cluster.

We love how this app mimics the Facebook design with a timeline of photographs, status updates and comments that allow us to share the best and most intimate of our free time with only those who really care. To start, create a group with your family, another with your friends from school and another with those at work and share with them the most personal. Available and free for iOS and Android.

Capsule Cam

One of our favorite applications to share memories is Capsule Cam, although it works like any other online storage that you can open in iCloud or Google Drive or Dropbox, to name a few, this application gives you the added value of simplicity and having everything on the same place. Our parents, grandparents, siblings or friends can upload photos of the wedding or the latest event, comment on them, save them and even print them from the application. In this way we are all able to collect all the possible pics of a memorable event. It is free for Android.

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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

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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!

Couple in love

Stay at home, go to a party or have a romantic date… How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Valentine‘s Day is here, again, and there are plenty of plans you can do to enjoy these very cheesy days. Whether you are single or not, let yourself be carried away by the wave of celebrations and enjoy the day in your own way. If you do not know very well what to do, here we have the most typical stories of Valentine Day to mood you up 😉

Stay at home

Love is all around at the Social Media, the city and even on your Spotify recommended list. Some people don’t enjoy this day and believe it is just another festive pushed by big corporates to increase sales. Others are single and can’t even bare the idea of leaving their houses to face all that exaggerated love all over. Actually, this year it’s just a normal Tuesday so probably you might just like the idea of being at home, cooking something delicious or ordering a pizza and watching a nice film. If you invite around some other friends who share the same feeling, you can end up having a great time. Who said love is only for couples? A good friendship will accompany you during the whole life and most of your best memories are made with friends. In fact, there are countries where 14th of February is a celebration of friendship, not relationship.

Go to a single party

Are you single? If this year you have decided to give your best and go for a night out with your single friends, Valentine’s night is perfect for meeting single people who want to have fun. There are a lot of themed parties all over the world to celebrate friendship and the singleness, maybe most of them with an idea to end the last mentioned ;). Put on the right playlist with your favorite tunes, maybe watch a Youtube tutorial about how to get ready and get the tickets for the party. Maybe you are lucky, maybe not, but chances are high to have a pretty hilarious night.

Romantic date

Are you ready to live a dreamy Valentine’s Day with the love of your life? If you are one of those who follow the wave and you are going to spend Valentine‘s Day with your partner, there are a few ways to have a perfect date. You booked a table in a restaurant, bought some roses and are getting ready to celebrate love. Beautiful. Although the perfect date does not exist and it is possible that you will be late as 60% of our Spanish users have reckoned. Be smart and download Wave to share your location with your partner and head to the restaurant. Even if one of you is late, you can see each other on a live map so it’s more fun and ensures that you do not miss out the evening. Or have fights 😉

At Wave we believe this is a perfect day to celebrate with the people you actually love, those who would follow you until the end of the world and those to enjoy a late conversation about every detail of your life. Making memories with the people you love is the best way to spend any night of the year, specially the one that celebrates love. Bring your people together and enjoy Valentine’s Day.

Fitur 2017 tourism

#Fitur2017 kickoff : Wine, Cheese, Mountains And Virtual Reality…What Else?

Fitur, one of the most important tourism fairs in the world has started. It hosts around 10.000 companies from over 150 regions in the world in an expo that brings to Madrid new technologies, promotions and travel trends for our up coming holidays 😎  

Spain, that had more than 70 millions of tourists in 2016, is one of the most visited countries in the world thanks to its beautiful beaches, natural rocky landscapes and of course great cities. Now Spain is also leading the gastronomical tourism in Europe because of the fusion of new trends with the well known healthy mediterranean diet. It’s no surprise that wine and cheese from Galicia have mastered the first day of Fitur with the production process info, free tasting and conferences about how to attract tourists in the new digital era.

Technology and fun at Fitur

From an online booking till the activity you signed up with a QR code, Virtual Reality is here to bring us the sensations of different destinations from the moment of the reservation. Will you choose spending your holidays in Formentera after experimenting the waves in the crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean Sea right at your own sofa? Probably, right? 😉

Visitors will also be using new technologies to find each other in such a crowded place, as Wave Application allows them to share their location with colleagues and friends in real time. The must-have app is designed to make meeting easy and Fitur, a fair that had more than 250.000 visitors last year, is definitely one of those places where some help is more than welcome.

TechnoFitur will show us the new exciting trends of technology, stay tuned!

Our hot picks for #Fitur2017

Fitur will gather tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, resorts, marketing promotions and conferences about tourism for shopping, health issues, fun or trends.

The ibero-american meeting will take place on 17 of January hosting the trends of Spanish speaking countries. Africa will display Investour Africa, a brilliant conference on 18 of January about sustainable tourism as the continent is becoming more appealing to western tourists. That day there will be also conferences about how technology will change our holidays, from the time of the booking till the features we will enjoy during our holidays.

Health tourism is becoming a new trend for people eager to swim in hot springs and natural pools. Conferences about this topic will be hosted on 18 and 19 of January. The last day of the fair will be the time to speak about other raising groups of tourism such as Gay tourism, Wine tourism and Shopping. This day will host a gather of travellers from all over the world, organized by the online platform Minube. More information on the official website on this link.

Eating, tasting wine and enjoying national dances such as the one featured by Argentina will add to the show fun and interesting activities to enjoy everyday. See you at Fitur!