Tech Thursday: 5 must-have apps for this cold winter

Winter time can be such a drag, not only is the weather miserable, there is often not much anyone can do but hibernate until it’s all over. In the meantime however, there are certain apps that can keep the blues at bay. So whether you would like to always be informed about the weather or get food delivered at your doorstep, here are some of the apps that can help you this winter.

1. Africa Weather

With the recent unpredictable weather around the country, an app like Africa Weather for Android and IOS devices is a great companion. It is free and dedicated to African-focused weather coverage using information supplied by the South African Weather Service. It’s not nearly as fancy as some of apps out there but it does provide reliable information. It includes an hourly weather breakdown in all the different SA cities. It also boasts a focused weather warning section.

2. Uber Eats SA

Winter is the perfect time to stay indoors but still have the luxury of being at a restaurant. UberEATS is an on-demand food delivery app, which launched in South Africa in 2016. It operates as a separate app from the taxi service. The service lets you choose from a selection of menus from fast food joints and restaurants near you and delivers the food to your doorstep.

3. Netflix

If you have not yet succumbed to the cosy pleasures of Netflix, this is the season to get started. The service provides streaming media, movies, TV, documentaries and video-on-demand right to your smart TV, game console, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet and more. All your favourite shows can now be watched whenever you are connected to the internet.

4. St Johns Ambulance

Winter can bring lots of unforeseen emergencies which might require some first aid knowledge. St John Ambulance is one of those essential apps for winter that gives you first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions. Although the app is more in line with first aid advice from the UK, it’s a great tool for how to perform certain emergency treatments like CPR.

5. Sleep Better

Since the nights are longer in winter, an app that tracks your sleep patterns is not a bad idea. Sleep Better gives you tips on how to make the most of your sleep, track your alcohol consumption levels and exercise regime to see how it affects your sleep. You can also record your dreams and monitor moon phases. The app gives you a smart alarm clock as a bonus.

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