Looking for a tasty treat? These apps will help you find delicious eats wherever you are1 – Zomato – Restaurant Finder
Zomato is a well-designed app that gives you very basic information about the restaurants near you and highlights the ones that have reviews. You can sort by the kind of meal you want, which is a very handy feature.2 – Yelp
This app might not be the prettiest, but it is feature-laden, providing its users with a wealth of information including reviews, addresses, phone numbers and customer photos. This is your ultimate one-stop shop for finding an eatery.3 – Near Me Restaurants, Fast Food
Talk about doing what it says on the tin! This app has preset fast-food outlets saved on its system so if you really fancy a KFC, you can just tap on the icon to find the nearest one to you and it will then display a map.
Remi is a programmable night-light and alarm clock that could change your Sunday mornings
Bedtimes and early mornings can be tricky times for new parents so this night light and alarm clock hybrid could help you out.
Remi is a friendly-faced device that also displays the time. It can be controlled entirely from your Android phone via Bluetooth, with parents being able to set a time for their kid to settle down and the earliest time that they’re permitted to get up. This information is displayed to the child through lighting and facial expressions. If Remi looks asleep, then they know it’s time to be sleeping.
Do more with your media in the complete guide to unlocking Chromecast, only in issue 61 of Android Magazine
Just what can you do with Google’s bargain media streamer? Quite a lot, as it turns out.
For the complete guide to getting more from Chromecast, check out issue 61 of Android Magazine.
These Android apps, gadgets and features will help you get – and stay – in tip-top shape1 – Watch your diet
Whether you’re dieting to lose weight or following a food plan to help you achieve sporting greatness, there are a host of Android apps out there to make calorie counting and meal planning less of a chore. The Diet Point Weight Loss app comes with a host of built-in meal plans and shopping lists to help you take the guesswork out of healthy eating, while My Diet Coach – Weight Loss from Inspired Apps brings an element of gamification to healthy eating and hydration.2 – Stay hydrated
Getting eight glasses of water down your neck every day can be pretty dull in a world of sugar-laden soda, artisan caramel mocha lattes and, of course, booze. Gamification’s the key feature here: Fourdesire’s Plant Nanny app is a cute little game in which you manage a Tamagotchi-style plant. When feeding it its daily water, it reminds you to drink your own. For those who take their water consumption more seriously, apps like Aqualert have a more sporty interface.3 – Get paid to exercise
Achieving the 10,000 steps a day that your fitness tracker demands can be an arduous chore, but now there’s a powerful incentive in the shape of Bitwalking. As you walk, the app converts your steps into Bitwalking dollars (BW$), a crypto-currency like BitCoin, which you can then spend on goodies from the Bitwalking Market or from third-party partners. It’s a new start-up and the app is currently invite only, so head over to bitwalking.com to check you can get it and request an invite.
Out and about and need Wi-Fi access? These are the best places to get free internet
A recent survey by Wi-Fi provider Devicescape revealed the best sources of available Wi-Fi on the UK high street. Greggs and Marks and Spencer topped the chart for the best quality free Wi-Fi. When ease of use was taken into account too, Boots and Asda took the crown, whereas the best high-street bank Wi-Fi came courtesy of NatWest. Surprisingly, shops and food-on-the-go retailers, like Greggs, provided a better offering than many of the coffee shops that we traditionally think of as the home of free Wi-Fi. It’s worth noting that the report found out of the 40 brands tested, all provided a good standard of free wireless connectivity. “The real takeaway here is not that Greggs has better Wi-Fi than the next brand, but that the quality of high street Wi-Fi in the UK is really very good across the board,” said Mike Hibberd, director of marketing at Devicescape. “At the very least the connectivity offered by the brands we’ve listed, and many more we have not, is good enough to stream video to a smartphone.”
This lightspeed wireless communications technology could power the Internet of Things – but how does it work?
Regular Wi-Fi uses radio waves to connect your devices to the internet. However, in much the same way as an old-fashioned analogue radio will crackle with static or lose its connection due to atmospheric interference, Wi-Fi can sometimes drop out. Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, microwave ovens and everyone else’s Wi-Fi can all interfere with yours.
Li-Fi is different. Rather than using radio frequencies, it uses visible light to transmit data. It’s not a new or novel idea: in 1880 Alexander Graham Bell designed what he called a photophone (later known as a radiophone) that could transmit audio using light. He considered it his greatest invention – “greater than the telephone,” he said – and the technology itself was the starting point for the fibre-optic networks we’re familiar with today, which send pulses of light down optical fibres to transmit data.