WHAT ARE SA’S TOP TECHIES US­ING?

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Tech broad­caster Si­mon Din­gle, tech broad­caster and de­signer who is con­stantly cross­ing con­ti­nents for both work and play, shares his top apps for the fes­tive sea­son: Asana has come a long way since launch and is now a pro­duc­tiv­ity pow­er­house that can be used not only to make your busi­ness work smarter, but also for or­gan­is­ing your per­sonal life and hol­i­days. Use it to gather in­for­ma­tion about flights and car ren­tals, col­lab­o­rate and share pic­tures of po­ten­tial hol­i­day spots, make an itin­er­ary card to track your plans, and more. It’s es­pe­cially use­ful if you’re plan­ning a big trip with a group of friends, or for get­ting your fam­ily to share tasks and ideas. Uber has a very sim­ple mis­sion state­ment: “We’re all about tech­nol­ogy mov­ing the phys­i­cal world.” Now we’re start­ing to see Uber broaden its mis­sion with the launch of Uber Eats, which can be used to bring food to you (pro­vided you live in Jo­han­nes­burg, for now). So save your­self some cook­ing time these hol­i­days and let Uber bring the meal to you! The Face­book-owned pic­ture and video shar­ing ser­vice re­cently launched In­sta­gram Sto­ries, which lets you share play­ful videos and pho­tos in a per­sonal time­line for­mat, sim­i­lar to Snapchat. That, com­bined with the reg­u­lar In­sta­gram ser­vice, makes it my favourite way to share places, ideas and other beau­ti­ful things with the world. In­sta­gram’s pho­tomap is also a fun way to rem­i­nisce about trav­els to ex­otic spots and good times in gen­eral. Arthur Gold­stuck, founder of tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tancy World Wide Worx, re­lies on the old and new for his glo­be­trot­ting mis­sions: My most-used travel and hol­i­day app is Google Maps, which is not only about find­ing di­rec­tions, but also a great guide to shop­ping, en­ter­tain­ment and places of in­ter­est. My most pow­er­ful app is Uber, which has lib­er­ated me from de­pen­dence on a car, park­ing and all the stress and time that goes with that. For any hol­i­day app to work, you also need a con­nec­tion to the in­ter­net, and a re­li­able way to find that con­nec­tion. Here I’ve just dis­cov­ered a tool I’ve been want­ing for a long time. It’s called OpenSignal, and it’s ideal to find the best mo­bile, 3G and LTE sig­nals, as well as the most ef­fec­tive WiFi hotspots. Its free WiFi hotspot finder is prob­a­bly one of the best tech­nol­ogy back-ups to good hol­i­day­ing that I’ve found.

Si­mon Din­gle

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