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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.

Friends getting together gps directions finding in the city

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.

 

10 cool gadgets you will love to take with you on your summer holidays – our best picks!

Summer is already here and you’ve probably decided whether you’re going to enjoy a quiet beach holiday, a bit of adventure, or an authentic road trip. Whatever is your case, don’t forget to leave some space for the coolest gadgets that will accompany you on your next getaway. Cooling your room, capturing the best videos on air or charging the battery of all your devices are just a few examples of what we have shortlisted for you. Check out these 10 amazing gadgets to use in the summer:

Cool your room

Summer holidays are to disconnect and to merge with the surroundings and relax. However, when it is very hot it is unlikely that you enjoy as you deserve your tent or your little house facing the sea. For these types of situations, you can try Evapolar, a portable air conditioner of the size of a box of soft drinks that you can take anywhere. Its humidification system is good to improve your breathing and allows the air to lower the temperature of a room down to 17°C / 30°F. A perfect relief for summer mornings. It costs $180.

Defy the streets with the skateboard

If you’ve targeted the two-wheel fashion, Maxfind Electronic Skateboard plays in another division. Although at first glance it looks like an ordinary skateboard, it has a 360W engine and a battery with autonomy that will allow you to fly along the roads to the astonishment of all your neighbours. It is one of the promises of the year and a great way to move around the city. As a novelty with respect to other automatic skateboards that you have seen, this one takes remote control so that you can be adjusting its speed with a control. It costs for $ 500.

Never miss out your friends in a new city

If you travel this summer in a group, with family or friends, it is best to enjoy the vacations together, leaving a margin for each one to do the activity that wants. If some prefer to swim in the sea, while others take a walk, Wave Let’s meet App is the perfect solution for making a plan. It is our free app for iOS and Android where you can share your location in real time, chat and set a meeting point with whoever you want.

So even if you are in a new and exotic city or on a busy beach, you only have to look at the map to get to the others, without having to look at the names of the streets or be calling you all the time.

Speaker waterproof

In order not to miss your last successes in the pool or on the terrace of your holiday home, you can take the precious Wonderboom with you. Within the wide variety of water resistant speakers, this works with bluetooth and allows you to synchronize your hits from the smartphone, while offering great quality of sound in 360 degrees. Its audio system combines active audio drivers with radiators, to offer a pure and clear system of sound. It costs $ 99,99.

Pictures printed from your social networks- just iPhone

Your best memories are probably on Instagram, but those beautiful compositions that you upload, full of colors, shades and paradisiacal environments are the perfect memory to hang in your room or give to your loved ones. Prynt prints those pictures in Polaroid size directly from your iPhone, through your battery connector. Best of all, you can sync it with social media to print them directly. It is quick and very useful to get the best of each site on your vacation route. It costs $180.

Dron to take selfies

Dobby is a dron that takes selfies and a significant evolution in the world of aerial devices. Perhaps in the first instance you do not see its great utility, however its ability to hold in the air with enough stability to take a photo, already makes it a device worth to admire. The device carries on a Quad core 2.3GHz processor and has a camera 13 Mgx Full HD. In addition, Dobby takes photographs for you from as high as you want and from all angles, in order to take some spectacular panoramas of your vacations and – finally – free yourself from the selfie sticks.

Read that books you saved for the summer

Summer is a great time to read all those books you’ve been saving during the year because you did not have time to read them. Perhaps what you needed was the relaxed environment of the beach or the mountain, so wolá! if you want to enter, even a little late, in the world of ebooks, we recommend you a light and powerful one to start with, like Kindle Paperwhite. It comes in black and has a 6’’ high resolution display and Wi-Fi. There are some offers from Amazon over the summer so you can get some discount on books too.

Portable Charger for professionals

When packing your stuff, be sure to take in your camera, your smartphone, your air conditioning, your dron, your flashlight with WI-FI and … in short, your portable battery. Although there are of all sizes, the portable Instapark Mercury Portable Charger is a genuine charger for professionals, in which you can load several devices at a time with a range of several hours. Its three solar panels will charge your batteries when you are resting so that it will always serve you, even if you do not have electricity. A gadget that will always suit you, wherever you go.

 

Live in 360

Imagine having a 360 degree camera that fits in the palm of your hand, connects to your iPhone’s recharge input and takes the best videos around you, naturally and as easy as holding the smartphone to take a photo. Insta 360 is a camera that is incorporated into the smartphone and with which you can directly share your videos on social networks, or even publish them live. Unfortunately, it is only available for iPhone lovers.  It costs $129.

For adventurers – Go Pro Hero 5

If you are going to live a real adventure vacation, there is no better way to capture it than the Go Pro. You can submerge it in the water or tie it to a chassis of a motorcycle without damage. The latest model, Hero 5, is the beast of the range and features 4K quality for your videos in 360. it comes with a touch screen and voice control. Also, it captures stereo sound and records in RAW format. It costs $399.99.

Friends jumping to the sea

Location apps are the hottest hot! Be an early bird ;)

Do you have a gadget to find where your car is? Or a tool to find your friends when you are lost in the streets? What today seems easy, was just a dream a few years ago. We don´t even realise how location apps have changed our lives. Finding cars, finding friends, arriving on time, checking out the news, the weather, the new restaurants… Look at your installed apps: Wave Application, Park My Car, Cabify or Google Maps. We have shortlisted the most common situations in which you use location to make your life easier:

Find your friends – no more “where are you’s”

Wave Application Let's Meet app loc

When you arrive late (we all do, sometimes 😉 ) and your friends are already gone it is difficult to meet them if they are heading somewhere and all you’ve got is a bunch of missed calls and unanswered messages. Here at Wave we found out the solution. Open a group on Wave Let’s Meet app with your friends and see where they are going or set a meeting point. Wave is 100% private so you all need to accept before you can start see each other on a live map. What’s new in the 3.0 is the Temporary Sharing – feature: now you can wave with the non-Wavers! Send your live location during 15 min to any of your contacts who don’t have Wave installed.

Find the car

Looking for your car trying to look like you’re just walking around? Right, this happened to most of us. The app that we liked most to solve this problem is My Car Locator, since it allows you to register accurately using the location your car and you can consult it whenever needed, as well as get directions to get to the car.

Park the car

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Not only where you parked but where to park? The odyssey of everyone living in a big city. If it takes you 20 minutes to get to a place, you know you will at least have to add 10 more to find a parking spot. And that being lucky, right? Applications like Wazypark identify public garages in cities, airports or stadiums where you can see if there are places available and reserve them in advance. To park in the street, it allows you to see where there are spots left, thanks to comments from users who leave their place free at any given time.

Find your favorite restaurant or bar

Whether you need a vegan restaurant, a deluxe experience or just standard food, you only have to go to one of the world’s largest restaurant portals, Yelp, where you can find, thanks to your location, the most suitable one to your preferences. We love the amount of filters you have to sort out for prices, type of food, location and user ratings.

Find your date

We become more practical every day, and to find new friends in a city or to have an appointment we do not want to have to travel very far. Applications such as Tinder, Happn for dating and finding a romance are ideal tools that use our phone location as the first filter when it comes to finding our ideal partner for weekends or romantic dates.

What star do you have in front of you?

Astronomers or the more romantic ones also have a perfect application that identifies their location. Sky Map, from Google, allows you to observe the sky through the camera of your mobile device to know with which constellation you are facing. The compass and gps are the essential tools for this application.

GPS

There are so many and they are so good that we have tried a few, from classic Google Maps to some paid as Navigon. We like all of them, although we have fell in love with Here, a young promise that has delighted us with the indications of the type “follow the natural route of the road” that we believe are very intuitive and differ from the usual robotic language of all GPS we have.

Want to add something more? Let us know below and we would test it! 😉

SXSW 2017: Location is the new tech trend

The annual conference that brings together startups and consumers in Austin, Texas until the 19th of March has introduced us new businesses that could rocket to the moon soon. Among the stars of this edition of SXSW 2017, we could highlight Seek and Zippyspot.

Seek has a geolocation system combined with augmented reality, in a similar way to Pokemon Go, to approach the brands that want to interact with their users when they are in a certain location. This means that stores can place an icon or an animation on a determined street to provide interaction between brands and their users. On the other hand, Zippyspot, is a location app that connects restaurants, bars and stores with customers nearby to attract them with coupons and discounts. In other words smartphone replaces the PR person handing over the flyers.

More companies are using location services to offer added value to their customers, for instance Here is another startup spotted at SXSW 2017, that uses a bunch of traffic data to predict the best routes for transport companies, such as taxis, cars or trucks, or even to find probable parking spots free at certains times in various streets.

In Europe we can see a few successful startups that are nailing it right now: Witrac uses its technology to track specific vehicles in the Ford Almussafes car park. Finding an automobile in record time seems simple in a car park, but given that they have parked thousands of cars in the same area, it is very difficult to find an specific one. For instance, Fiat announced a few years ago that they use drones with camera to fly over the cars parked and search for specific ones in their fabric in Turin. However, Ford posed new problems as it is a closed space.

The Witrac founders Pons and Ferrer, devised a set of sensors and connected them to a mobile geolocation system. Without cables it is fast and effective. Their business is basically industrial connectivity that can be transferred to other fields in which they are working, such as, finding defibrillators in a hospital. Witrac has only 8 employees and are developing a real time system that is solving the problems of big players.

Where to place your new business or to buy a real state is another successful pattern we are seeing recently in startup fields like Measurence, a company that analyses data from different location systems to draw a landscape of movement in a city and know exactly how many people walk daily in an specific area. Their founders wanted to use technology to analyze urban traffic and sell the data to companies that are going to place a new sucursal or office in a new city. Specifically analytics in – store to track the behaviour of consumers is the business of the successful startup Proximus.

Location for people

We can disguise many different uses of location systems, whether they are business driven or connect directly with the consumer. We believe that nobody wants to be located at all times, or by everybody.

This is why we came up with Wave Application. Today, with 8 million downloads, it keeps on making it easy and fun to find your friends by sharing your live location on a map only with the people you choose. We have already facilitated 60 millions of meetings and there have been more than 260 millions of Wave sessions around the world. It’s 2017. If we are constantly moving, why should meeting up be so complicated?

Video 4K, long battery life (finally) and the comeback of the legendary Nokia 3310: the best picks right from the MWC17

Mobile World Congress has started in Barcelona stronger than ever, with more than 2000 exhibitors and 100.000 expected attendees. The light presentation of Samsung, that has introduced only two new tablets and a new version of Oculus glasses, makes it easy for the rest ;).

There are, for example, Sony Xperia Touch, a projector that allows any surface to be converted into a touchpad, unbreakable phones and the Nestle coffee maker connected to the Internet, to explore. With so many surprises around us, the World Mobile Congress has re-established itself as the most important event in the world of mobile technology, so without further delay, let’s go to the most important: which mobile phones you will carry this year in your pocket.

The beast: Sony XZ Premium

The manufacturer of sensors and lenses Sony introduced the smartphone with the highest resolution in the world: its Sony Xperia XZ Premium records video on 4K with his 19 MP camera and has a full color screen HDR 4K that will turn any of your videos into an authentic piece of art. The camera has a predictive option to take pictures automatically when it detects movement around. To process quickly such quality, it carries the most powerful processor of the moment, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, with 4GB of RAM.

The smartphone comes in black and has 5.5, inches screen, a powerful battery life and has the fastest connection to Internet in the market.

Middle class smartphones

Lenovo is attracting a big part of the cake with two new smartphones Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, a 5.2 and a 5 inches smartphones that come with 13MP camera, high processor and a great battery life that allows you to have a 6 hours working phone after just 15 minutes of charging.

Nokia is back! The Finnish manufacturer wants to conquer us again after the famous fiasco we all know a little too well. The three new smartphones are built by its subsidiary HMD, also Finnish, and carry the latest version of Android, displayed natively on the phones, something that shows that both companies are working side by side.

Nokia 6 is a 5.5. inches smartphone with 18MP camera and a strong processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. On the other hand, Nokia 5 and Nokia 4 come in a 5 inches shape with 8 MP camera and a lighter processor.

The legendary Nokia 3310 is back

Nokia brings as a gift for fans the return of the mythical 3310, the best-selling phone in history with 120 millions of terminals worldwide. The new version comes with colourful tactile screen, a simple menu to call and receive calls and of course: the snake game. Sadly, it only works with 2G frequency, specifically uses 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency, an old network that is still prevalent in most of Europe and Asia but does not work in the US, Canada, South America and Central America.

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!