1 | The only news app you need
In this age of social media addiction, it’s easy to find yourself swept away in the vortex of information being downloaded by your phone every second. Yahoo have created a solution of sorts with News Digest, an app for the iPad that gives you a round-up of the day’s most important stories, from news to entertainment, saving you the trouble of scroling through your Twitter feed every five minutes. If that’s not enough incentive, every Sunday you’ll get a weekly round-up helmed by every man’s guilty newreading pleasure, Katie Couric. Almost as useful as Apple’s U2 removal tool.
2 | The fitness band you can actually afford
While Apple are promising to keep you fit through your (incredibly expense) new watch, tech brand Misfit have introduced an affordable piece of wearable fitness tech that will leave you with change from £50. Opertating in conjunction with the Misfit app, ‘The Flash’ uses a ring of LED displays able to measure everything from distance travelled, to steps taken and calories burned without any overly complicated features. It’s also good for aquatic exploits with its 30 metre waterproofing making it perfect for jaunts in the pool as well as roadrunning.
3 | The best tablet for streaming HBO's top shows
Sometimes, streaming on your tablet can feel a little bit like the grim old days of dial-up internet. The Archos 80 Helium 4G Tablet does its best to combat this, with a 4G SIM card offering broadband-style streaming and download capability, even in remote areas. This also means you’ll be able to make voice calls through the tablet while the 8-inch IPS screen has a HD resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, perfect for video calling, while the extra-large battery capability ensures you won’t be without those episodes of The Sopranos on long train journeys.
4 | The app that can cure your insomnia
Apps that help monitor your sleep have been around for a while now, but Sleepio – now available on Apple’s brand new iOS 8 system – is designed to treat specific medical conditions such as insomnia and aims to replace face-to-face sleep therapy. Created alongside Professor Colin Espie, of Oxford University’s Department of Clinical Neuroscience, the app will run alongside Apple’s HealthKit package. There’s a lot of science behind it, but essentially the app promises to "remove negative emotions" before you get your head down, ensuring an un-interrupted rest, with users reporting a 58% rise on energy and concentration levels during the following day.
£99 for 12 weeks, with a 7 week free trial. sleepio.com
5 | The RoboCop Jetpack
How to run a mile in under five minutes is a problem we face everyday at Esquire, which is why we’re excited about the new jetpack being developed by Arizona State University in conjunction with US Department Of Defence off-shoot DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). It sounds like something from a sci-fi film at the moment, but the university hopes to have their jetpack in the hands of the military as soon as possible, so give it ten years and we certain we'll all be using them to nip to Tesco and walk the dog. The only downside is that the jetpack doesn’t actually allow you to fly, just run really, really fast. We’ll take that for now.
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