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Five apps to put to the test around your home

07 Jun 2018
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From meditation and reading apps, to a VR app that’ll help you plan out your IKEA furniture setup, here are five apps to put to the test around your home.

Podcast Addict


Podcast addict is the prodigy of the current golden age of podcasts. Let’s face it, over the past five years we’ve become spoiled for choice when it comes to the selection of quality podcasts that are available.

Suddenly long commutes and traffic jams don't seem so bad. Quite the opposite: They give you a chance to listen to a number of funny, informative, enlightening, entertaining and otherwise amazing shows.

Step in Podcast Addict which allows you to manage Podcasts, Radio, Audio books, Live stream, YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud channels and RSS News feeds all from a single app, removing tech clutter from your devices.

Here are some of the other awesome features available through Podcast Addict

• Search by podcast name or keywords (550,000 podcasts / 10M+ episodes)
• Browse trending and top podcasts by category
• Browse podcast networks (e.g - NPR, Gimlet, BBC, Serial, Ted Talks)
• Browse custom recommendations based on your subscriptions

Ikea Place

Here’s where things get really interesting. Released at the back end of 2017, Ikea Place is an AR app that lets you place furniture in your home (or anywhere else your heart desires).

IKEA Place is built on ARCore and lets you virtually 'place' IKEA products in your space. It also has a ‘visual search’ function: point your camera at any piece of furniture you love and your device will tell you which IKEA product it is or resembles the most.

The app includes 3D and true-to-scale models of everything from sofas and armchairs to footstools and coffee tables. IKEA Place gives you an accurate impression of the furniture’s size, design and functionality in your home so you can stop wondering and start doing – the future is finally here!

Ikea Place is available on both Google Play and the app store.



Tap into the world's largest social network for readers with the Goodreads app, available on both Google Play and the app store.

Using Good Reads, you can read thousands of book reviews by your friends and other Goodreads members, keep a virtual bookshelf of what you've read, and build your to-read list as you discover great books on the app.

Goodreads is free to use and with over 35 million members and more than one billion reviews, it’s the perfect app to help scope out your next read.

Headspace : Meditation and Mindfulness

Looking for a bit of down time over the weekend?

With millions of users, Headspace is one of the front-runners of meditation app development. Originally released in 2011, the Headspace meditation app offers short meditation exercises for daily use. With a sleek and well-presented UI. Whether you’re an experienced meditator or a complete novice, the app can help you keep up with a daily meditation routine.

Regular Headspace meditation sessions last 10, 15 or 20 minutes, although the app also offers a few longer and shorter exercises – giving you flexibility depending on your schedule and level of expertise.


Depop is an app that’s been making big waves over the past few years and is the creative community’s go-to marketplace.

Often users will refer to Depop as a hybrid of Instagram and eBay, as once you open the app, you’ll be able to scroll through a feed that contains the latest uploads of the people you follow (sound familiar?)

On a more serious note, Depop allows you to connect with people who inspire you and browse the best in vintage and secondhand fashion, rare finds, as well as your favourite brands through Depop’s explore function – like both instagram and eBay, it’s one of those apps you may find yourself scrolling for alot longer than you had initially expected, as there are tonnes of awesome items to be found.