When you buy an iPad or iPhone, you’ll find an overwhelming number of apps in the App Store, both from Apple itself and from a multitude of third-party developers.
Elsewhere we’ve rounded up some of the best free apps for the iPhone and iPad, but here we’ve picked out our favourites, both paid and free, that are essential for an iPhone or iPad user.
TV catchup and streaming
We’d recommend downloading the main TV catchup apps for your iPad or iPhone. We’re talking BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, which pretty much covers mainstream TV in the UK.
We particularly like BBC iPlayer, as it offers a huge range of content that you can stream or even download for offline viewing, and most TV shows are available for 30 days or more.
If you’ve got a subscription, you might also want to download Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video, and there’s also the likes of Sky Go, Virgin TV Anywhere, and NowTV, which offers most of Sky’s content, including the sports and movies.
Travel and weather
Feature rich and visually attractive, Citymapper offers detailed information to get you around a growing number of big city destinations, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and New York.
Street savvy urban dweller and tourist alike, the app does a great job of collating lots of information, including travel and weather news, into one app that gets you from A to B safely and efficiently.
We’d also recommend downloading a really good weather app such as Accuweather or Met Office, as you’ll find much more detailed and accurate information than that provided by Apple’s default weather app.
Read about more weather apps for your iPhone or iPad here
While Apple’s native Camera app has been significantly improved in the most recent versions of iOS, Camera+consistently sets the standard for camera apps.
Camera+ offers a range of manual shooting modes and controls to take your iPhone photography to the next level, including those for adjusting the focus, exposure, white balance and shutter speed.
You’ll also find macro-style close-ups, artistic filters and borders for extra creativity options too.
It’s Lab feature offers access to even more editing tools, including the opportunity to adjust the clarity and refine detail in your image.
Other good camera and photography apps include Snapseed and Enlight, and you’ll find even more in our best photography apps round-up.
You’ll also want to download all of your social media apps. Our picks are Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, but you might want to install messaging apps like Whatsapp too.
Take a look at our picks for the best messaging apps for iPhone for more inspiration.
Most major banks in the UK have companion apps that let you manage your finances online. We find it incredibly useful to be able to log in and move money around, pay bills and repay friends wherever we are using an online banking app. Follow the links below to find the app designed for your bank.
Barclays Mobile Banking
Lloyds Banks Mobile Banking
Royal Bank of Scotland
HSBC Mobile Banking
Halifax Mobile Banking
Santander Personal Banking
For you bargain hunters out there, we’d recommend the Voucher Codes app. There you’ll find vouchers for restaurants, shops and more so it’s always worth a check before you get the bill or reach the checkout in your favourite store.
We’ve seen it include vouchers like 25% off Dorothy Perkins, 30% off Body Shop, 25% off La Tasca, and £15 off for new Uber customers.
We love using our iPad and iPhone for gaming, too. It’s particularly great for staying entertained on the commute, for example.
Our favourites right now include brain training game Peak, Plants vs Zombies 2 and puzzler Rop.
Let’s not forget the all-conquering Mario though – Super Mario Run is only £7.99 and is a full game with no in-app purchases necessary. Here’s our review.
If you want more gaming inspiration, check out our round-ups of the best iPad & iPhone games, best free iPad games, and best free iPhone games.
What are your favourite essential iOS apps? Let us know in the comments section below.
Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) will declare the results of its Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) or Class 10 board examination on Friday.
Students can check their results here after they are declared. Key in the required details and click on submit to check your results.
About 8.77 lakh students registered for the exams, of which 4.69 lakh were boys and 4.07 lakh were girls.
In a tweet, Karnataka primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait recently said, “Much awaited PUC results to be announced on 11th may Thursday 2017 at 3.00 PM and SSLC results on 12th may Friday 2017 at 3.00 PM – official.”
Hundreds on apps get added to the Google Play Store every day. Despite being an android user, you may not be aware of most of them. Besides the new ones, many apps keep getting automatically updated. You might have tried downloading and using an app earlier but uninstalled it since some features you wanted were not available in it. But the app developers and Android would have received feedback from other users of the app and after making the modifications the app would have been updated. Here are a few apps that are worth checking out.
Video Downloader HD
This is a fairly new app on the Play Store launched in February this year and has already witnessed nearly half a million downloads. As the name suggests it is an app meant to download videos from the internet. The app has been built with a browser which helps you search videos easily. The app has a search feature and once you input your requirement, all videos in that genre will be displayed and you can choose and download. This app does not include YouTube video downloads. Obviously, it is advisable to use a Wi-Fi internet connection to download and the app will work irrespective of whether you have a 2G, 3G or a 4G connection. Download and enjoy the videos you have always wanted to watch and share.
Jokes for Instagram
If you have friends who keep forwarding jokes to you and you have always wanted to join the fun and send some jokes from your end, here’s the easy way out. Just go to your Google Play Store on your mobile and download and install Jokes for Instagram. The jokes are only in English and they should sound funny and interesting. Though the name of the app seems to suggest that they are for Instagram only the reality is you can send these jokes through any channel, SMS, WhatsApp or Twitter or Facebook and so on. The app is absolutely free and has many categories and you can choose the one you like and use to enjoy the jokes yourself and to share them. This is also a brand new app.
System repair for Android 2017
If you feel something could be wrong with your Android OS or if the phone hangs once in a while, you may wish to find some remedy from within the Play Store. The System Repair for Android 2017 app was first released in last quarter of 2016 and more than 500,000 installs have already occurred and the app has received several updated versions, with the latest Version 3 just updated 10 days ago.
The app has the capability to take care of any issues with the functioning of the system and will act like an anti-virus programme and clean up the system and if there are anomalies found, the app will repair them and your phone’s functioning will be restored to its normal levels.
If your business uses technology of almost any kind, you could be vulnerable to hackers. This is something that is already understood in many high-tech businesses. But in other industries that simply use technology in some capacity, cybersecurity falls a bit further down the list of priorities.
And in some industries, like the medical industry, failing to consider cybersecurity could be life threatening. In fact, St. Jude Medical just had to update its implantable cardiac devices because the Food and Drug Administration said they could be vulnerable to hackers. And last year, Johnson & Johnson notified more than 100,000 of its customers that their insulin pumps could be vulnerable to hackers as well.
Medical Device Security is Critical
Both issues are fixed now. And there were no actual hacks reported in either case. But if any hackers had actually caught on to those vulnerabilities, they could have changed doses, drained batteries or even shut down the devices entirely. And when you’re talking about things like pacemakers or insulin pumps, that’s a really big deal.
What these cases demonstrate for small businesses is the need to consider cybersecurity in any industry. The medical industry seemingly lags behind a bit in this area. But it’s just as important, if not more so, for those businesses to take the potential for hacks and other cybersecurity incidents seriously.
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