WHAT ARE SA’S TOP TECHIES USING?
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.