Technology: 5 Apps of the Week

Originally published by, Thursday 8th August, 2013. To read the original, please click here

More apps than you can shake an iPhone at…

It’s time for us to whet your appetite with the most trendy new apps on the block.

Below are 5 apps for you to download and play with over the weekend. Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to download these apps and let us know your thoughts on how fun and useful they are. (iOS, Android) (iOS, Android)

While has been available on iOS devices for some time, it’s just been made available on Android devices. Essentially a “de-cluttering” app, combines messaging, emailing and social networking and reigns in all of your contacts across all platforms one, multi-layered app.

BlaBlaCar (iOS, Android)

Perhaps the ultimate car-pooling app, BlaBlaCar is for everyone:, whether you’re someone who likes company when they’re driving long distances, whether you are conscious about the environment or if you just want to save a bit of dosh on fuel. What’s so great about BlaBlaCar is that you can connect instantly with people who are traveling in the same direction as you. What’s more you can choose travel companions based on whether or not they smoke, what they do for a living and even their musical tastes. It’s definitely an app for anyone traveling around Ireland or going to a music festival over the summer months.

Thunderspace (iOS)

The long-overdue heat wave that has blessed us with its presence, in recent weeks, has given us all cause to sit out in the sun and relax. An app that uses an Emmy-award winning nature soundtrack to suit a variety of different moods, Thunderspace creates an environment that is nothing other than chilled, calm and dreamlike. Perfect for anyone winding down after a hectic week at work.

Polamatic by Polaroid (iOS, Android)

Polamatic by Polaroid (iOS, Android)

True, there are more photo apps available, now, than any one person would ever find the time to use and one app is generally all you need. For many, Instagram already offers the vintage feel and nostalgia of old photos. So what use is Polaroid’s Polamatic app? Well, Polamatic has all the filters, borders and captions that defined Polaroid’s iconic product, allowing you to choose from 24 different fonts and text customization options. If you’re as nostalgic for old Polaroid as I am, this one’s for you.

Waze (iOS, Android)

Recently the subject of a bidding war between Facebook and Google, Waze was eventually snapped up by Google for $1bn (Yes, you read that correctly). Essentially a social-sat-nav app, Waze, like Wikipedia, relies on user input to update map locations – restaurants, bars, venues, etc. – to make digital maps more accurate and more integrated with other social media platforms and other users. It also allows user to provide real-time, up-to-date traffic warnings. This app could definitely be a game-changer.

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