favourite five.

Free apps.


TED. What is TED? Food for your brain. This app provides easy access to the insanely clever talks featured at TED.com; opening your mind to new and innovative ideas. The app allows to save favourite talks or you can ask the app to inspire you, based on your mood and/or the time you have available to you.

Dropbox. There are plenty of apps for remote file storage, allowing you to transfer content between your devices, but part of the beauty of Dropbox is that its free! And, what is even better than that? It is far easier to use than most of its contemporaries. Drag files you want to sync in the Dropbox folder on your computer and the Dropbox app on your device will enable you to access them, download them for offline viewing, and, in most cases (provided your device has the apps to permit it) edit them.

Pocket. Pocket is formerly known as ‘Read It Later’ and enables you to save pages from websites to read them later. For free! Bereft of the advertising and other junk on the original page, Pocket downloads your articles so that you can read them anytime and anywhere, without a web connection!

Adobe Photoshop Express. If you’re looking for the power of Photoshop on your device, keep looking. Sorry. However, if you’re after a quick, free, highly usable tool for making edits to your iPhone photos, Adobe’s app is ideal. You can use it for cropping, straightening, exposure adjustments, colour effects, sharpening and more. While the builtin iOs photo editing capabilities are getting better, I find that Photoshop Express is much more robust and has more editing freedom.

The Onion. It’s true, there is often a feeling at satirical news site The Onion, that reading the headlines is enough, as they are much like clever punchlines. But, if you skip the rest, you’ll miss out. It’s a predominantly funny publication that really does manage to make some important points. This free app corals all the tart goodness found at theonion.com and has a fun ‘shake for news’ feature for the lazy and indecisive.

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