These days, everyone has a portal to the knowledge of all humans in the form of a smart phone in their pocket. But are we really maximising its potential? Here are five free apps that will not only make you smarter, but will make your daily commute infinitely more bearable.
1 Giant Mind
The team at 1 Giant Mind are dedicated to delivering free Learn to Meditate programs to reduce the negative impact of stress, and improve health and wellbeing. Meditation has been proven to increase your energy, vitality, focus and clarity which is what we’re all about here at Vibrantea Matcha. The beautiful app is easy to use. Start off with the 12 Step Course complete with video tutorials, a journal and the ability to set reminders. Once you’re pro, elevate yourself to the 30 Day Challenge to help you get into the habit.
Want to learn a new language for free? Duo Lingo has got you covered. The list of languages is enormous and ever growing. It really is the best way to learn a new language, with fun and addictive, bite-sized lessons that have been proven successful. Not only do you read and write, you also listen and speak so you can really impress with your perfect accent. It keeps you motivated to stay on track by recording how many days in a row you learn and it’s even social so that you can keep your mates accountable. Did you know that knowing a second language can postpone the onset of Alzheimer’s by 4.5 years??
So, you may not have realised but libraries have totally come into the 21st century. You can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library without having to leave the comfort of your bed. Whether it’s chick lit or horror, biographies or cookbooks you’re after, Overdrive will deliver them with a light tap of your touch screen. Worried about fines? No need to worry – books are automatically returned on their due date if you haven’t sent them back already.
Learn, laugh, and stay informed. Turn your car into a classroom. Discover hundreds of thousands of downloadable podcasts, from thought-provoking stories to hilarious interviews to sports and politics. Subscribe to your favourites, search categories, and see what’s rising to the top of the charts. Need somewhere to start? Try the massively popular This American Life, the food for your brain Radiolab or the thought provoking Invisibilia. Fact or fiction, serious or humorous, you’ll be sure to find a podcast so good that you just can’t wait for the next episode. There are different apps for Apple and Android so visit your app store to find one that suits you. We love podcasts so much that we've dedicated a whole blog post to them. Stay tuned.
Simple, sleek and entertaining. Owl tells you kick-ass facts every day. It's a daily fact app that doesn't suck. There’s not much to it – you set up daily notifications so, to be honest, you’ll rarely open the app. Just enjoy the bites of conversation-starting info that are delivered to your phone every day.
All of these apps are available for Apple and Andriod with the exception of Owl, which is only available for Apple users.