This travel app has us feeling all warmÂ and fuzzy, promising to â€œmake thisÂ planet a lot less lonelyâ€ for globetrotters.Â Townske features more than 3000Â user-created city guides across 300Â cities, covering everything from whereÂ to get the best coffee to which lesserknownÂ paths to explore (so you can skipÂ those pesky tourist traps). Sporting aÂ wealth of local knowledge and stunningÂ photography, itâ€™ll have your 2016 travelÂ itinerary well and truly sorted.
GOOD ON YOUÂ
Whatâ€™s the real price of that frockÂ youâ€™ve been eyeing? Developed byÂ Aussie social enterprise Good On You,Â this app reveals honest (to goodness)Â truths on how more than 1000 clothing,Â accessory and footwear brands treat theirÂ workers, the environment and animals.Â Donâ€™t like what you discover? It also hasÂ the functionality to let you relay yourÂ feedback directly to fashion companies,Â telling them to clean up their act. GoodÂ on you.
Nothing tastes as good as a half-pricedÂ lunch, except for one that you can scoreÂ at walking distance. Loocl works byÂ allowing business owners to post lastminuteÂ deals in real time to their localÂ community â€“ be it stock to clear or seatsÂ to fill. Conjured up by eBay Australiaâ€™sÂ former head of shipping and localÂ business, Elie Shuggi (who had toÂ give his job the boot when this babyÂ kicked off), Loocl has taken Sydneyâ€™sÂ eastern suburbs by storm â€“ withÂ national coverageÂ soon to follow.
TRELLO CALENDAR VIEW
If youâ€™re one of the 5 million peopleÂ who already use the virtual to-do listÂ Trello, youâ€™re probably familiar withÂ the standard default layout â€“ a seriesÂ of columns with lists of tasks you needÂ to complete, which can be shared withÂ other members. But, did you knowÂ you can now switch Trello to â€˜calendarÂ viewâ€™, which means it lays out tasks inÂ a chronological timeline, like a flowÂ chart? This means itâ€™s easier than ever toÂ prioritise jobs based on urgency. You canÂ also now sync Google Calendar alertsÂ with your Trello calendar.
You might have heard us banging onÂ about WildCard before, and for goodÂ reason â€“ itâ€™s the app of choice forÂ networking events, allowing you toÂ immediately sniff out a person of interestÂ who you genuinely have something inÂ common with. Think of it as Tinder forÂ professionals (without the side swipes).Â If youâ€™re at an event or location, theÂ app shows you a â€˜deck of cardsâ€™ ofÂ other users who are in the vicinity,Â with their professional info andÂ areas of expertise. It even suggests aÂ convo-starter based on their interests.
Another mindfulness app? This one isÂ different. Pauseâ€™s mission is to combatÂ multitasking (which makes us lessÂ focused, therefore less productive)Â with a simple computer game. A smallÂ amorphous blob shows up on yourÂ smartphone screen and you have toÂ move it around with your fingers, slowÂ or fast as per the instructions. Itâ€™s likeÂ an interactive lava lamp, and fans swearÂ by its relaxing benefits. The team areÂ currently working on a 3D version.
This isnâ€™t technically a timemanagementÂ app, but is a time-saverÂ for anyone without office facilities.Â As the name suggests, TinyScan is aÂ tiny pocket scanner. Hold your iPhoneÂ camera over any A4 document and itÂ will create a virtual copy which youÂ can then share over email or save to aÂ cloud platform. Remarkably useful, itÂ will save you a trip to the library (or aÂ friendâ€™s office) to use their facilities.
The brainchild of Sydney-basedÂ graphic designer Melina Wilkins,Â Quint places inspiration squarely inÂ your hands (and a designer hat firmlyÂ on your head), allowing users toÂ personalise their own invitations fromÂ more than 100 templates. It even hasÂ the courtesy to track your RSVPs,Â whether your invitees have the app orÂ not. Not the partying kind? No bother,Â thereâ€™s room to fashion artwork, cards,Â quotes, prints and tram scrolls whichÂ you can send out digitally or print.