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Brilliant Apps

With a incredible amount of Apps now available on Smart Phones we look at some brilliant life-improving Apps.

1. Heartwise Blood Pressure tracker

HeartWise is an easy to use application for quickly recording and keeping track of your blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight.

£1.99 for iPad

£0.69 for iPhone 

2. Instant Heart rate, free on iTunes and in Google Play

This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.

Free on iTunes.

3. Pillboxie

http://pillboxie.tumblr.com

An easy, visual way to remember your medicines. Customise your personal schedule from forty combinations of pill shapes and colours. Reminds you on time, even if your device is asleep as no network connection required. For iPhone and iPod Touch.

4. My Medical App

http://mymedicalapp.com

Keep all of your family’s medical information and medical history in one application. Keep a record of your medications, track blood tests and X-rays results and link medical appointments into your calendar.

5. Glasses Off

Chosen by Readers Digest as one of the top breakthroughs in science in 2013, Glasses Off is an eye training App aimed to improve your near vision and reduce our dependency on reading glasses. Use the App (available on Android and iTunes) 3 times a week for 12 minutes over 3 months to combat the natural effects of ageing.

http://www.glassesoff.com

6. Magnification Apps

Best Magnifying Glass (Android): app that uses the device’s camera to magnify text or images.

Eyereader (iOS): magnifier app for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Zoom activated by placing two fingers on the screen and then separating them

Big Names (iOS): an app that enlarges your contacts list in an extra-large font so it is easier to see when dialling numbers.

Big Launcher (Android): an app that allows you to customise your home-screen with big buttons and large fonts that represent the phones main functions.

7. Reading Apps

There are a number of Apps that transform your tablet into an audio book.

Audible (iOS & Andriod): app that allows you to download audio books and listen to them on your device.

Pastime Audio BookPlayer (iOS): app that plays audio books. Pick an audio book from the iTunes library, then tap the screen to play or pause it and use swiping motions to fast-forward or rewind it.

8. Sound Amplification Apps

These clever apps work by increasing sound levels and minimizing background noise:

SoundAMP R (iOS & Android): app that amplifies sound and speech. You can record conversations and then play them back with louder sound. You need to use wired headphones with this App and it cannot amplify music or phone calls.

uListen (iOS): a sound amplifier app that makes the sounds picked-up by your phone’s microphone sound louder. It is suitable for listening to the TV, increasing the volume of conversations, or for listening to sounds around the house.

LouderTV (iOS): a personal amplifier app that increases TV sounds for people with hearing impairments. Plug your headphones into your phone and the app will send what is being said on the TV straight to your phone at an increased volume level.

9. Clevermind – FREE

This is a great app to help people dealing with cognitive impairments that come with problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. From quizzes and games, to big buttons, voice command controls and a calendar interface.

http://myclevermind.com/home/

10. Pocket Physio, FREE

The Pocket Physio app by Care UK is an easy to use guide for physiotherapy exercises involved in preparing for and recovering from orthopaedic surgery. Available to download from iTunes, Android or to your home computer.

http://www.careuk.com/pocketphysio

11. Dragon Dictation, FREE

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. It is supposed to be up to 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8

12. Skype

Skype is fantastic for stay in visual contact with friends and family through video calls and messaging. Skype is available on all mobile platforms. You can also use FaceTime if both of you have iPhones or iPads.

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-mobile/

13. Scrabble, FREE

You can play the scrabble app on your own or it also has multiplayer capacity enabling you to play with friends and family from a distance. Excellent fun!

Available for use on Android. 

And on iTunes. 

14. BBC iPlayer, FREE

Catch up with news or any entertainment programmes you have missed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

15. Newspapers for iPad, £1.49

A comprehensive and easy to use directory of newspapers with free online content around the world.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/newspapers-for-ipad/id364745388?mt=8

 16. Tune in Radio, FREE

Listen to radio stations from around the world playing sports, news, talk and music.

Download it onto an Android device.

 or from iTunes.

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