Google home mini – is more or less an internet connected speaker with a mini computer. Imagine it sort of like googles version of Siri but intertwined with home kit. A surprisingly good quality speaker which is simply plug into the wall, some very easy wifi connection and you’re off. Just Say “Hey google” and ask it anything you like. From what’s the weather going to be, play a song of your choice or even turn on any smart connected lights you may have. Actually a very handy little device to have in the office, kitchen or bedside – to give you voice command or dictated answers to pretty much anything you can search on google without having to have your phone. Do you need it – probably not. Is it handy – absolutely.
Microsoft translator is an app which could possibly save your life! What a gem. Download the app – then the best thing to do is to download offline languages that you need. From there you can either type or speak into your phone and the app will translate what you’ve said and read it out load as well. Quite frankly it’s amazing. You can even have 2 way conversations with the translator language user on the opposite side of the phone talking their way and you yours and the app will translate both ways. Having recently been on 2 overseas trips to 2 Asian countries myself – I found it an absolute life saver…well maybe not a life saver but certainly saved me hassle and confusion. Perfect for the next BDAV study tour!
City Mapper is another great little travel app. Its sole purpose in life is to get you when you need to go. The app will know where you are then simply plug in where you want to go and it will run up all the options for you. Everything from Uber to walking to public transport. It has most of the time tables available so can show you the relative times it will take using different routes and modes of transport, what the bus or tram number is and where to get on and off. An absolute must have both for your own city and whilst travelling.
If any other members use or know any new or interesting websites, tech or apps, please feel free to drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share it with the other members.