How many apps do you use every single day? If you're anything like the average person in 2018, numerous apps and gadgets will spring to mind and you probably can't imagine how you lived without them. Whether it's the organisational apps and platforms we all use to sort out our work and fitness schedules, the myriad indispensable apps necessary for personal security or the digital personal assistants that keep our life smooth and on track, there's no denying we live in a world where our lives are inextricably connected with technology. With that in mind, here's a roundup of the apps and gadgets we can't live without in 2018.
Remember the dreary days when you were responsible for your own health and wellbeing? When you didn't have those handy little apps to measure your BMI, motivate you to train harder and put together a balanced meal plan? Those days are long gone. The heaviest hitter in this sector is undoubtedly Fitbit, which offers a range of applications and wearable tech to seamlessly measure your daily step count, heart rate, steps climbed and even the quality of your sleep to keep you on track. Fitbit is by far the most popular platform, with millions of users across the planet. But the buck doesn't stop at wearable tech, as these days you can download apps that measure and track your muscle mass and even buy yourself a high-tech yoga mat that reads your skins receptors and adjusts itself accordingly during a workout.
10 years ago, if you were told that one day you'd be dictating your daily life and allocating tasks to a little robot that lives in your living room, you'd have dismissed it as some kind of Jetsons-level fantasy. However, where would most households be today without their Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePod or Google Assistant? The proliferation of e-assistants into our homes has been rapid and advances in technology breathtaking. Whether you're wanting to book an appointment at the hair salon, order in your favourite Lebanese food or put together a music playlist for every mood, your super-intelligent PA has most definitely got you covered.
In an uncertain world, security means a lot of things. Whether it's security against cybercrime and viruses, security against fraud or even protecting your physical safety, there's an app for it. The growth of increasingly smart apps geared around protecting your privacy, information and tech means you're covered in every conceivable situation, with hackers finding it harder than ever to breach the endless safeguard apps that now exist. ExpressVPN keeps your browsing and messaging private, LastPass Password Manager keeps all your accounts safe and, for the extra-cautious, ProtonMail actually encrypts all your emails and messages. Do your worst, cybercriminals!
Nowadays, there's no shortage of technology out there to encourage us to live our healthiest, safest and most-organised lives. If you have any tech tips which have made your life easier, let us know in the comments!