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  1. There are of course the ubiquitous apps everyone uses – the Facebook app, and the Kindle app, the LinkedIn app, the various email apps, Google Earth, Skype, and a selection of news sites (overseas and local). These are good, but I’m not thankful for them every time I use them, though I probably should be. (Well, I am for Kindle, though I tend take it for granted now.)
  2. Pocket: I see so many fascinating articles or blogposts in the course of a day – links on FB or click-through links on another article I’m already reading – that I don’t want to skim, but don’t have time to read fully. I use Pocket all the time. My account (and add-on apps) are on my phone, my iPad, and my laptop, so no matter where I am, I can save an article to Pocket to read later. Off-line – that’s the beauty of it, as my iPad is wi-fi only, and I don’t always have data on my phone simply because I don’t really need it. As long as I sync my iPad or phone Pocket apps on wifi regularly, I’m never caught without anything to read, even if I only have a few minutes. For example, the other day, I read about coffee naps as my husband filled the car with petrol.
  3. Feedly: I write and read a lot of blogs. Keeping track of them can be hard, especially since Google stopped its reader. Feedly though, makes it easy. I tried Bloglovin’ and that was adequate, but I much prefer Feedly. I can read and comment from within the app, and it syncs across my devices. I’ll use Feedly directly on my laptop, my iPad and my phone.
  4. Path keyboard: Typing on my iPad is often difficult, because I read it in bed, in the morning and late at night, or when I’m lounging in front of the TV. I often want to write on it – respond to emails or comment on blogs, or make notes about something. Path keyboard allows me to swype type, one-handed, or left-handed. It is a swipe keyboard – I swipe my finger from letter to letter to put together a word, lifting my finger only when the word is done. It’s quite accurate, and is easy to change if I need to. Copying and pasting into the app where I’m working is simple – maybe a little more annoying than typing directly into the app, but it bypasses the problem I have on Blogger blogs that freezes  if I go back and edit any typo.
  5. Yoga Studio: I’ve always liked the idea of yoga, but the one or two attempts I’ve made at classes sent me running – all those young, lithe, flexible people, and the instructors who refused to make allowances for injuries I was holding at the same time. I remember finding a stretch class at the gym to be very helpful many years ago, so last year I decided to take the plunge. On Mel’s recommendation, I bought (for very little) this app. I do yoga every few days, on days off from the gym. I did it this morning. There are lots of beginner classes of different lengths to choose from – Flexibility, Strength, Balance, Relaxation, or Combination – and once I can do those, I can move on to Intermediate or Advanced. I’ve even bought a yoga mat, and have a spot next to my dining table, looking out onto the deck and across the valley, that is perfect for my yoga practice. (Though if I haven’t done the dishes in the kitchen, then the calming effect of the balancing poses is disrupted. I try to look out the window instead.) Yes, at times I look like a beached whale, but my husband knows better than to comment, and no-one else can see. Yes, there are times I scoff at the instructor, laughing “that’s NOT going to happen!” But I’m stronger and more flexible and even calmer as a result. Not to mention happier. Money well spent.
  6. Calm: I was introduced to meditation at Wat Bak Nam in Bangkok, as a 17 year old. Daily, the novice nuns sat on the ground for about an hour – it seemed interminable – and tried to meditate. It was uncomfortable, my legs hurt, it was hot, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. But I’ve always been interested in trying it. Calm teaches you how to meditate, and has guided meditation programmes. Accessible on the web as well as through an app, Calm really does make me calmer. I haven’t used it as much since I’ve been doing yoga, but just five minutes really helps.
  7. Overdrive is the app that enables me to borrow books from our public library. I love that I can sit at home and within minutes can have new books on my iPad. It’s so easy. Unfortunately that means I tend to forget to read the books before the return date, but it’s okay, I can just borrow them again.
  8. Zite: A news site that allows you to organise your content by subject matter.  By giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to an article, and further prompted information, it can “learn” what types of article you like. It means I don’t have to search for relevant articles – whenever I’m in the mood for world news, interior design, photography or travel articles, I can find them. And I can save articles to Pocket to read later.
  9. Flipboard: Many of the different media sites I want in one place. The best thing is that I don’t have to have a subscription to be able to read them, and I can change what or how I read it every time I visit.  It bought Zite last year, so now you can browse by subject matter here too, but I still prefer to do that on Zite.
  10. Houzz: For ideas and inspiration when thinking about interior or exterior home design. I like the layout, the ease of saving to my favourites, and the selection of photos, especially as they have brought in more UK and Australian designs, so it is not as US-centric. (There is a distinct style to a large amount of US design, I find.)
  11. And finally (yes, an 11th) I guess I have to confess that I usually have favourite game apps. Though which one is the favourite depends on the ones I am addicted to at the time.

 

Note: All of these apps are on my iPad, some are synced on my Samsung phone.

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