Supported by iOS and iPhone 5 (version 6.0.0) and Android (version 4.0.1)
A local search engine packaged into a handy app, allowing you to search for everything nearby from restaurants, bars and cinemas to ATMs and hotels. Whether it be inspiration you’re looking for or just the nearest ATM on a night out, this app has you covered. And with incorporated GPS-driven directions you’ll be sure to get where you want, when you want.
Supported by iPhone
Price: US$4.99 (premium version), free for the lite version
This revolutionary app is a winner for parents, pet owners and anyone that’s feeling on the cautious side. Armed with 400-plus topics covering everything from bee stings and how to put on a sling to giving CPR, this app offers step by step instructions in the form of PDFs and video content. A genuinely remarkable piece of tech that every smart phone should have. Bonus points have to be awarded for covering pets and the significant ability to save a life.
Supported by iOS and iPhone (version 4.3.0) and Android (version 1.6.0)
Simply download this app and you’ll be thankful in the long run. This nifty piece of software allows you to create a list of close friends and family — anyone you’d contact in an emergency. A great option for those living in natural disaster zones. When in danger, press the red button and this generates an automatic SMS and email to your assigned list along with your GPS coordinates and a link on Google maps, maybe saving the day. What more could you ask for?
— Tara Oldfield