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7 apps that will transform your phone into the ultimate toolkit

Quality of life: Improved.

THE BEST UTILITY apps are supposed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable.

From apps that tell you the exact minute it’s going to rain, to having the password to end all passwords, we’ve combined the best of the best and a couple of lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

1. Dark Sky – the rain-forecasting app every Irish person needs

darksky Source: Dark Sky

Dark Sky does one thing very well: It tells you exactly when that awful weather we love so much, is going to happen.

The app is beautifully designed and features a precipitation timeline that lets you know minute-by-minute predictions for when you can expect rain.

Price: €3.59 (iOS)

2.  Sky Guide – a stunning astronomy app that works like magic

feature01-large Source: Sky Guide

You don’t have to know anything about astronomy to use Sky Guide.

You just aim your phone or tablet at the sky and Sky Guide will highlight the constellations, stars, and planets high above you, displaying details about each.

If you want to try locating things on your own, you can use the app’s built-in compass to guide you.

Price: €1.99 (iOS)

3. LastPass and 1Password – make sure you never have to remember a password again

1Password and LastPass are two competing services that remember all your passwords for you across all your computing devices.

With a special browser extension, you just have to remember one “master password” and the apps will do the rest, helping you fill in you login and password details.

It’s a hassle-free way to keep all your passwords safe and secure.

1Password: Free (Android and iOS)

LastPass: Free (Android and iOS)

4. Yahoo Weather – the best-looking weather app out there.

Screenshot_2014-10-20-10-42-27 Source: Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather is an award-winning weather app that is elegant, informative, and useful.

It’s packed with gestures, and displays photos that match your location, time of day, and current weather conditions.

Price: Free (Android and iOS)

5. Hyperlapse for Instagram – transforms your shaky footage into a stunning time-lapse.

hyperlapse Source: DigitalRev TV

Until recently, to create smooth time-lapse videos, you needed expensive tripods and stabilisation gear.

Luckily, Hyperlapse from Instagram uses its image-stabilisation techniques to smooth out shake footage, and the results are impressive.

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It’s great for capturing sports moments, car trips, weather, crowds and journeys on foot.

Price: Free for iOS

6. Skype – still everyone’s favourite way to video message

photo (1) Source: Skype

It’s still the best way to video-message throughout the world, and voice and video calls to other Skype users are free.

And since it works on a few different platforms, it’s an easy way to instant message or video conference without having to worry about device everyone’s using.

Price: Free (iOS, Android)

7. Google Chrome – still the best mobile browser out there

chrome Source: Google Chrome

Chrome for mobile just works, because it’s lightning fast, easy to use, and syncs with the Chrome browser on your laptop or home computer.

It also lets you keep open and infinite number of tabs, and can cut down your data usage by up to 50%.

Price: Free (iOS, Android)

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